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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: An amoebe that eats headphones on: January 08, 2008 01:26:12 PM

I do not often visit craftster anymore, but I just noticed on my website stats that this page still gets visits, and the links to the images on the first page were broken! They have been fixed now.

A lot has happened with the amoebe bag (called 'Toedels') meanwhile.
It has travelled, it has a fanbase (myspace.com/iamtoedels) and it has been to many-a-gig, proudly carrying it's owners headphones.
I've succesfully wooed Toedels owner, my then DJ-mate, now boyfriend, with it!
We'll get married in spring and Toedels will be brides, ehrm, amoeba.

It'll please him that he still gets some attention from Craftster visitors every now and then.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: An amoebe that eats headphones on: August 05, 2005 07:33:43 AM
Thank you for all the enthousiastic reactions!

To answer those who asked whether or not Ill be selling them: I am still thinking that over.
Making this honey has taken me the best part of two weekends! I had to draft the pattern, make a testversion, and si still had to unpick seams several times and do some serious handsewing because parts of the bag got out of reach for the sewingmachine long before they were finished

Making more amoebes and selling them is not really an option for now: It would either lead to a highly overpriced huggy amoebe, or a very underpaid creator. Id have to finetune the process to make them faster than that.

My mate has told me that his amoebe is feeling a wee bit loooooneley and Im afraid a new one will be in the making very soon to solve this particular problem. I might find a better way to make one in the process.

Anyway: a few pointers for those whod like to make something similar (Doesnt have to be an amoebe, could be any animal, or whatever you fancy to hug and drag along) :
- Making a 3 dimensional paper version in advance has helped me a lot. Just draw your animal and cut it out twice in sturdy paper, then stick em with their bottoms onto a table. That way, you can fold paper over the construction to determine what shape the sizes should be having. With a lot of cutting and sellotaping youll end up haveing a 3D animal, and when you cut it apart agan youl have some sort of pattern.
- Ive padded mine with the foamy stuff used in furniture, approx. a centimeter thick. It is sturdy enough to let your animal bag keep its shape, yet flexible enough to bend it.
- The paws are not lined but stuffed with wool: Ive adjusted the lining accordingly so the paws were excluded from the original outer-pattern. Ive used felt for the red lining, its easier to use because it doesnt fray, so no need to turn the seams inside out and do complex things like pulling your bag through a tiny hole.

I hope this all makes sense??

The tongue is an inner pocket, it has an opening on the bottom part of the tongue, its big enough to put a passport or drivers licence into.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / An amoebe that eats headphones on: July 22, 2005 09:55:31 AM
Meet Toedels; an amoebe shaped bag that eats headphones.

I made it for a DJ friend who was looking for a not so middle of the road headphone bag
This is howI responded to his wish, and the good thing hes got the guts to wear it in public and not looking embarrassed by it at all.
He even takes the bag on stage besides the turntables, where its on display for everyone.  Toedels is becoming a wee bit of a star already!

It was quite a project, sussing out how to work the lining and padding, but in the end it all came together quite nicely.
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Super duper high pattern prices! on: March 19, 2005 01:52:12 PM
Iin Europe, Youve got magazines like Burdaand Knip that cost around 6 euros, but offer about 20 patterns in one go, multiple sizes. Usually, theres at least three or four patterns that are useable/nice. Some libraries even allow you to borrow them and take them home for a couple of weeks, which is what I do.
Spending 12$ for just one pattern seems almost over the top, but I suppose were just a bit spoilt over here..
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: rounder roomy bag tutorial on: January 21, 2005 01:00:58 PM

Made a variation on the Round bag theme, with a zippered top Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green purse with flap (Now with Pattern and lil tutorial) on: January 21, 2005 12:48:58 PM
Just added pattern & little tutorial. As English isnt my mothers tongue, the tutorial mightnt be as clear as youd ideally want to, but I hope the pics will clarify things.

Im afraid this isnt the easiest bag in the world, but its quite doable for those with some bagmaking experience.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Alternative Process Polaroids on: January 15, 2005 01:38:27 AM
These techniques look really interesting.
I would like to try the polaroid transfer, but its not entirely clear to me how its done?
At what time in the developing process would you start transferring? Any chemicals needed in the process, or is it a case of simply putting the polaroid facedown onto some paper, then add pressure?
Also,observing my polaroids, it looks like that the photo-emusion is captured between plasic layers, should someting be removed first?

Ive done transfers with printed pictures from papers onto fabric, you need thinner (paint solvant ) to make the printing ink come off. The thinner fries your brain and the results are so-so. This method might be a lot better.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green purse / handbag with flap on: January 13, 2005 09:15:06 AM
Thanks for the compliments, all of you !

The piping (unfamiliar word which sounds somewhat strange to a Dutch person!) turned out not to be as complicated as one might expect.
Maybe its because Ive used ready-to-sew piping material with the string already sewn in. A zipper foot is essential though, because you have to sew closely alongside the string.

If someone seriously wants to give the purse pattern a try, let me know, then Ill stick it in this thread with some instructions.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Green purse with flap on: January 12, 2005 02:02:30 PM
Just finished this wee little green handbag (Its not much longer than a handlength)


Ive  made it of a scrap of upholstery fabric, lined with black velvet - for that luxury vibe Smiley
The pattern Ive used Ive drawn in Illustrator. I made a paper testversion before trying the pattern for real. Shagged up the first version anyway, made some improvements in the pattern and hey presto!

Belows a preview of the pattern.

Full size pattern to be downloaded here

Technically, this bag is similar to the famous jordy bag. You make outerbag and lining, sew them together good sides facing each other, then you pull the bag inside out trough a hole in the lining. In this case, the hole will be in the linings pocket.
The lining is the same shape as the outerbag, except that its got an inside pocket attaced to it. If you cant be bothered with the inside pocket, you can use the outerbag pattern for the lining. You will have a harder time wringling the bag inside out through the hole in the lining.

My example purse is 27 cm wide at the bottom. If you decide to use piping, keep in mind that youll need 5 times the bottom width, 135 cm of piping string (purchased or home made)

Its up to you how you get the pattern onto the fabric. Just make sure you dont forget the colored position marks (%, # etc), as you will need them later on. 1 gridline is 4 cm, but you can enlarge as you like.

When youve done that, start with cutting and marking the fabric pieces.
In this example, the lining is blue, and the outer fabric is orange, the wrong side of the outerfabric is blue as well.

Start with the outerbag : Pin sidepannels and main panel together, aligning the stars and the triangles. If you use piping, sandwich it in between these panels, the bulkier part of the piping pointing inwards.

Now sew together panels carefully, using your zipper foot guiding it alongside the outside of the piping. Sew as closely alongside of the piping as possible.

Work piping of the front top of the bag, again the buly bit pointing inwards. sew  the same way with zipperfoot.
Put in the other side panel the same way as the former one and sew.

Work your piping alongside the flap of you bag, going round. You should end at the starting point, so the piping goes around the bag in one piece.
Sew as previously.

Fold the orange strap hems inwards and sew.

Now you can proceed with the lining.
put lining bits together good sides facing each other. sew as shown in pic (- - - )

flip over pocket and sew as shown in pic.

Now flip back the pockets and sew the sides shut.
Dont forget to leave a hole open in the bottom, as you will be pulling the bag through that hole later!

now pin in the side panels and sew them in the same way as you did with the outerbag.

Put outerbag in innerbag, good sides facing each other. Sew (- - - -) alongside the piping on the top and sides of the bag, as well as the top of the front of the bag. Do not sew the sidepanels shut yet.

Pull the bag inside out through the hole in the lining pocket. Push everything into place.

Put rings to the ornage strap bits and fold the strap ends inside the bag, inside the lining. Handstitch the sides shut as well as the pocket bag.

Make a strap and attach the strap to the rings, and youre done!

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