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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What to do when people want to buy my work? on: September 03, 2009 07:25:03 AM
I don't sell anything. Well, it's happened, but as a general rule I don't. Sometimes when I post things, I specifically write "No, these are not for sale" or "No, I don't take orders". (No, I haven't posted that much here, but other places, which is why I'm asking for advise here.) I think I'm quite generous with describing my work in case somebody's interested, so they can make up their own if they want to.

Still, at occasions, people PM me and ask to get things. "I saw that you wrote you're not selling, but could I place an order, please?" Most of the time, it's quite easy to reffer to what I've said earlier. I don't have unlimited time and I don't like sewing/crafting in general so much as coming up with ideas, so I'll probably never start up a business selling stuff I made.

The last time though, the question came from a woman recovering from cancer. She's asking for a toy for her 1 year old daughter. I'm not selling her anything because that's, like I said, not my thing, but I am sending her what she wants for free. Normally, I give things to people I like because that adds a value to me that money doesn't and I have been considering giving my stash of that particular toy to charity. It's easy this time, but where does one draw the line? I'm working full days, have a child and spend little of my free time sewing. Why do I feel guilt when I want to primarily make things I like and not things that others want from me?

Anybody else recognizing this and how do you deal with it?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: The fastest lined bag on: August 17, 2009 07:51:43 AM
This is my first tutorial on Craftster, so be nice to me. Wink The tutorial is actually old, but I haven't published it in English before. This way of thinking is very versatile and can be adapted to a lot of projects, but I choose to illustrate it with this little case. Perhaps there's another tutorial for the same thing somewhere around here but I haven't seen anybody suggest sewing like this so I hope you like it. It has saved me a lot of time at numerous occasions.

Lined bag with 2 seams

Cut two pieces of equal size in your fabric choices.

Fold/press the seam allowance on one of the short sides. This will be the upper edge of the bag's inside.

Fold/press to mark the depth of the bag, right side in. The lid part will now stick up.

Put the two pieces on top of each other with the folded seam allowances inwards.

Baste if you want/need to.

Sew along the three unfolded sides.

Cut the corners. (Zigzag the raw edges if you want to.)

Turn the bag right by first turning it through the hole in the bottom...

...and then fold over the outer fabric.


Top stitch around the edges.

Here I used a snap button for closure. Done!

English is not my first language, so please correct me if I'm not using the correct terms or if something needs clarification.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabric treatment for bags, are you using it? on: July 07, 2009 02:35:56 PM
(Sorry for my lack of vocabulary in English on this subject - I'm not a native speaker.)

I've found a couple of brands of spray impregnation (sp?) for fabric to make them withstand moist and dirt better. Are you using it? I've seen several of those lovely weekender bags here, and my first thought is that I want something that can take at least a little rain. Are you using yours as is or are you treating the fabric first? What would you recommend: first making the bag and then treating it, or first cutting the bag and then treat the pieces of outer fabric before sewing?

(I'm making something similar to the Amy Butler weekender bag in this:
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another purse organizer on: March 12, 2009 01:04:03 PM
I got inspired by the beautiful red/white polkadot organizer, which is actually the first of it's kind I've ever seen. Then I've seen some other solutions as well, but decided to make my own since I like that you really can't miss the pockets in this one.

There are two places where I keep my stuff: in a Japanese knot bag with a round bottom, or in a bag next to a laptop. So I wanted an organizer that would fit these places. This one does:

Like this for my knot bag:

And like this for my laptop bag:

Filled with some of the junk I carry around:

I'd love to hear what you think. Smiley
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