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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 More tea wallets on: June 01, 2009 02:10:38 PM
These are so fun to make! They're like instant gratification...'cause they're so easy!
I used this tutorial: http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=482

Only I used 2 bits of interfacing..fusible fleece on the outside and regular fusible on the inside...the pockets don't have any interfacing. Also, my measurements are 6 x 8 instead of 5 x 7 but yeah...I'm also going to experiment a bit with the closures...like maybe using a tab and snaps or something instead of the button and ribbon combo but other than that...great tutorial.

Here are mine:


Thanks for checking them out!  Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Tea Wallet on: May 12, 2009 02:06:20 PM
Tea Wallet with vintage button and ribbon:

Opened up:

Definitely needs some tweaking. If you notice the upper right corner...it's basically messed up. I couldn't quite get that corner to look like a corner. Ah well. It looks nice closed, at least.  Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Goth Girls Tote for a friend on: April 22, 2009 01:56:50 PM
I believe this is Michael Miller fabric...anyway, I saw it ages ago and just had to have 4 yards of it! I absolutely love it and yet, strangely, have yet to make something from the fabric for myself. Anyway, I made this tote bag for my friend Rach and she loved it! I think she's had a few of the hairstyles on this bag...

These were the only pics I could get of the bag before I gave it to her.

The bag:

And my daughter modeling it....along with me in the mirror...oy! Bad pic, but I was trying to show the color of the handles that match the lining:

That's all! Thanks for looking!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Charming Toadstools Bag on: March 12, 2009 02:19:36 PM
I've had this material for a few months now. Finally felt inspired to take it out and play with it. For once, my allergies are not kicking my butt and I felt clear-headed enough to wield a rotary cutter.  Grin

I made this yesterday. It is 10" x 16" x 2". Straps are 38" x 3.5". Pockets are...I forgot.  Wink


All laid out...pocket on the front:

Inside...light blue lining. Lemon yellow thread. And pocket on the inside:

The more I look at it, the more I adore it!
Thanks for looking!  Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pears 'n Apples Reusable Grocery Bag on: February 13, 2009 01:13:17 PM
This is what I put together this morning. Smiley
It's 12x12 and the handles are 18x1.  Cheesy
It's also interfaced with Pellon 987F fusible fleece. Awesome stuff.



Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Too big Camera Cozy turned Case of Sorts on: February 11, 2009 02:50:04 PM
One of my projects was to make a camera cozy. Something to fit over my camera so when I take it with me places and it's sitting in my purse, it's protected from the hits it can take bouncing around in there and stuff. Well, I started by tracing the sides, bottom, top, and front/back of my camera on freezer paper. I then cut out the little shapes and put them on the fabric and with my non-slip ruler and rotary cutter, I began to cut out the fabric. I sewed it wrong, but that's okay, because I didn't allow for seam allowances anyway and so it was too small.

I tried again. Except the second one I made was too big, even with seam allowances. Oh well. I decided that's how it was going to be, and maybe if it wasn't going to be a camera cozy per se, it was at least big enough to hold my camera accessories (i.e. camera, battery charger, batteries, and cord)  and I would never again would I have the problem of losing my battery charger or misplacing my cord, because it would all be in one place.

There was very little gnashing of teeth with this project, which made me feel good. Smiley I did the lining wrong the first time out so spent some time with my seam ripper but then I figured out my mistake and did it right the second time. I used quarter flats for this project and the outside was batik, which I've discovered is strong enough in itself so I didn't use interfacing. Which is fine anyway because all it is is a glorified holder of stuff.  Grin

So enough rambling, here it is:

Sitting on the counter with the battery charger inside:

A better view of the batik:

The lining and inside look:

It was just nice to make something that 1) is useful, 2) taught me something along the way, and 3) didn't make me want to bash my head in.  Wink I learned how to do notches (they're a little uneven but whatever...) so it's all good.  Smiley Obviously can't show what it looks like with the camera inside since I only have one camera but it's big enough for the camera, battery charger, a couple batteries, and the cord so yay!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Froggy Purse on: October 20, 2008 03:56:35 PM
I made this little bag for my daughter using Simplicity 4391 for the camera "case". I used a fat quarter (the froggy material) and a flat quarter (the lining and pocket). This sums up the results of my first-ever sewing project (hopefully with many more to come).  Smiley I hated the lining part. How to sew in the lining looked so much easier when I was doing it in my head!

Anyway, enough babbling, on with the pics:

(Sorry, they're not the best quality, but they're decent)

the bag:

pocket on the front:


and the action shot (but she was more interested in looking outside):

comments/criticisms welcome!

The strap ended up being too wide for the bag itself, bah. The flap was supposed to come to the middle of the pocket (not covering the whole front  Huh), according to the pattern. And I'll probably add some velcro or a small snap there in the future, but for now...
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Reusable Wiping Cloth Messenger Bag (lotsa pics) on: October 04, 2008 05:37:25 PM

On why there's two receipts: Basically, me and my munchkin (below) went to the store, got all our stuff, and when waiting in line at the bank in the store, realized: Ah crap! I forgot the food item...so the red line is where the date and time is (same shopping trip! just....two receipts.) Now that I got that out of the way....

Here are my items:

The reusable cloth bag is empty because...I took this pic after I already made it.  Cheesy

Other items used:

roll of Heat n Bond (which was brand new, I might add):

Here's my munchkin modeling the finished product:

I'm sorry I don't have "in the making" shots, but I didn't have anyone to take pics for me. Sad

Another modeling shot with a scrunched-up face:

The bag on the floor:

Close-up of the rainbow, decorated with froot loops:

Eating the rest of the froot loops:

And...the inside of the bag:

Thanks for looking! This definitely was a challenge as I had a completely different idea in my head, but when I went to the supermarket and saw duct tape was nearly $9.00/roll, I had to change everything right there. Still, I had fun, and this is a no-sew bag. The whole thing was put together with heat n bond...First the dish cloths were doubled to serve as a kind of outer shell and lining...and then it was put together. Smiley
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