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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purse Organizer on: March 07, 2009 06:00:51 AM
This is beautiful! You must have a keen eye for detail to get everything that perfectly aligned, wow Smiley Beautiful fabric too and I love the design...only the other day i was wondering if something like this existed so THANK YOU - you may have saved my new year's organisational resolution!!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: large quanity of flag fabric and sequined trims on: January 05, 2009 01:51:32 PM
The organising side of me would design and stitch some hanging storage for all the material, otherwise it would take over my workspace and put me off using it. Then I'd contact some local kids dance/drama troups and see if they needed costumes! I also imagine that you could have some fun printing onto the fabric, perhaps use some to make a shower curtain, curtain divider for a room or similar?! Use it to line a waistcoat, make a beanbag chair...maybe if you know a student about to go away to university you could craft them a laundry basket/bag or some fabric baskets to organise their dorm (easy to clean)...combine the fabric with leather offcuts and other textures to create stunning one off items of clothing...experiment with making your own ribbon?

Have fun!!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Re: The Very Hungry Caterpiller....and Cocoon and Butterfly! on: December 09, 2008 04:10:32 PM
This rocks! I love the concept, the finished project and the book behind the idea of course - this is one toy that will be treasured  Smiley
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Brigadeiros - traditional brazilian sweets on: December 07, 2008 12:36:32 PM
Super recipe! I didn't have chocolate sprinkles on hand, so I just dropped little drops in some more cocoa powder and rolled them in my hands til they were coated - yummy Smiley Just don't put butter on your hands if you do this, as I found, when for some time I looked like a crazed butter and cocoa covered monster! Thanks again for the recipe Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Mr. Owl Experience: includes commentary on interfacing, stabilizing and more on: November 22, 2008 02:29:13 PM
Gorgeous colours and bag shape and a big thank you for the commentary; really useful tips Smiley What I love most is Mr Owl's mischievous expression!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teacher friendly birdie satchel - first post - still have all my fingers! on: November 21, 2008 04:20:48 AM
Hello! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments  Smiley

Cheebz & EarthyMum: I love IKEA for fabric!! There's always something different in. I live a good way from towns and cities, but oddly have an IKEA almost on my doorstep! The grey fabric is somewhere between brown and grey and has orange flecks in it, that's the best I can describe it.

This is my first bag project - about three years ago I made an 80s cocktail dress out of an Action Man bedspread for a fancy dress party...um, but I didn't finish off, and safety pinned up the hem! The only other thing I ever attempted was a scarf. I didn't know it was possible to ruin something as simple as a thick wool knit-stitch only scarf - trust me, it is! I'm now forcing myself to learn to knit.

obitay, I stumbled upon http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/04/ahhh_grasshoppe.html when looking for reinforcement ideas. I ended up using up some thick, almost plastic like aida that I had hanging around in the base of the bag as a bottom, and I tried to reduce the weak points: the outer gusset is two pieces joined in the centre but the inner gusset is three pieces stitched together. The point at which the strap meets the main bag has four short sections of polyester boning sewn in (vertical way) and everything is double stitched, with topstitching around the top of the bag. I think it could survive a nuclear explosion!!

Take care and happy crafting Smiley I'm finding loads of inspiration on craftster for future projects!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher friendly birdie satchel - first post - still have all my fingers! on: November 20, 2008 08:36:56 AM

I'm a student teacher, so when I'm not carting around students' work it's folders and notebooks galore. I teach English as a Second Language so I often take random stuff to lessons for inspire conversation (cooking equipment/legobricks/small furry friends). I had a satchel for two months but it just fell apart due to the daily weight of my stuff - time to make one I thought, and properly reinforce it!!

First, three things you should know:

1. I've never made a bag before (or finished a crafting project)
2. I got excluded from textiles classes in secondary school because I argued with my tutor and so...
3. My sewing knowledge (and common sense levels) are almost nil!

So with that impressive C.V stitching a bag should be no problem, right?? I am always so inspired by what I see on Craftster (and usually too scared to post - everything here's so good!) Anyway I took a look at a tutorial for a basic satchel (do you guys call them messenger bags?) and scaled it so that it would fit A4 folders and other bits and pieces. I found a beautiful idea for the bag front from a blog called montessoribyhand and adapted everything together to fit. This is the result of my first DIY pattern, I hope you like it cos I'm in love with my creation!

The finished product:

To give you an idea of the strap length:

Inside, a little birdie pocket:

Full of all my 'teacher items' - it's roomy! :

It has a good sized back pocket too, but my camera batteries died before I could snap that sorry!

I enjoyed making this so much that I'm going to have a go at another bag (plus I now own a sewing machine, the best impulse buy ever Cheesy) so please give any comments or suggestions (good/bad!)

Thanks and happy crafting  Cheesy
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: UK crafters? on: November 20, 2008 08:32:17 AM
If anyone happens to be in Chester there is a fantastic little shop called Liberty Bell in the town centre - http://www.liberty-bell.co.uk/ - I could have spent my entire salary on their cotton fabrics! Definitely worth a visit and the lady who owns the shop is very helpful too Smiley

I'm in Warrington, having moved from Nottingham and currently hunting out fabric/supplies shops! Any more recommendations for the North West? x
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: It started with a chair... JUNO TOTE! on: November 20, 2008 08:25:08 AM
You have an exceptionally talented sister, she must have such a steady hand to paint in that much detail! You lucky thing Grin
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Educator's Board/Non-Lame Lesson Plans on: November 20, 2008 08:19:18 AM
So many Craftsters involved in education in some way, wow! It'd be fantastic to have somewhere for crafty lessons/resources...I know I'm always designing boardgames, games and other things to use in ESOL classes and lots of these could be used with early years, so I'm in support of this!

Edit: perhaps Crafting for Good and not Evil would be a good place for such a board?!
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