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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rounded Satchel bag on: August 27, 2012 05:27:33 AM
I made this bag for my best friends birthday, it has a zippered pocket in the back, a front pocket and a divider in the main compartment with a pocket (which is edged with piping covered in the outer fabric Smiley )

The outer fabric is a type of paisley-ish cord, it closes with a magnetic closure, and has D rings on either side to make the strap more comfortable (she often wears her bags diagonally across her) and I used ready made webbing because the cord had a bit of stretch to it and I figured it'd be more difficulty than it was worth Smiley

And this is a photo of the lining

I folded the front pocket and pressed it in place to make it so there wasn't a seam on it, I thought that it looked better that way. The entirety of the paisley fabric is interfaced with a medium weight interfacing, the divider is also interfaced, and then sewed inside out so there were fewer seams on show.

The fabric was about £3.90 for a metre, I've still got some left from that though, the pink was an old pillowcase (lovely soft cotton though) the webbing was about 0.30-0.50 pence per metre and I got 1.5 (but only used probably 1-1.2, can't remember)
I didn't use a pattern, I just sketched what I wanted and winged it.

Thanks for looking
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / sugar scrub assistance on: August 29, 2011 05:21:45 PM
Hello Smiley first time on this board (and I am also a complete lurker on craftster in general)
I am going to be absolutely broke by christmas, so am trying to get a head start on buying/planning christmas presents.

I wanted to try this http://www.care2.com/greenliving/brown-sugar-body-polish.html recipe. It's got cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and then cardamon oil...however cardamon fragrance oil is really expensive! I was wondering if anybody had any idea of another fragrance that would complement that combination of spices?

Also, I noticed a lot of the fragrance oils are concentrated, would I have to dilute them with something before putting them in the scrub? To stop them irritating skin.

I am a complete newby to this, and this tutorial just seemed easy enough for me to follow.. if any of you think I should just give up and start again, I'll totally be open to that too ^.^
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / how to bind a to-do list? :s on: September 02, 2010 07:26:28 AM
I've been trying to brainstorm cheap ideas for christmas presents I can make, which are useful but within my level of competence..
tricky task..
I hit upon the idea to make some of my busier relatives to-do lists,
I want the sheets to be able to be fairly easily ripped off, but secure when not...needing to be ripped off?
I've looked at traditional binding methods such as folding each sheet in half and sewing through the fold, as well as another sewing method I've seen a tutorial for on craftster..but I worried that if one page was ripped out either the thread would snap, or just the whole thing would kinda fall apart..
So I was wondering if there was a way of binding the list which meets the requirements?
I know that comercial to-do lists etc use a tacky glue on the ends to bind them, but I didn't think this would be able to be replicated  at home?

I realise that this post is fairly convoluted, and just hope that somebody knows what I am on about, I have a lot of time...and can probably learn things fairly well? (I hope..)
But yeah, >.<
If anybody makes their way through that piece of densely constructed prose I applaud you.. >.<

Thanks! >.<
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 'Sweet' themed birthday party..any additional ideas? >.< on: June 27, 2010 10:33:08 PM
Ok, so I, along with the masses, have been seduced by the concept of a candy buffet, so I decided to have a 'sweet' themed birthday party.
The theme is pink and white
I've sorted out where I'm getting the sweets from, decided on some preliminary recipes to make (cotton candy cupcakes and cake bites) >.<
I'm going to display lolly pops in flower foam, surrounded by little decorated sleeves which I have already made, I am going to tie pink with white polka dotted ribbon around the handle of my scoops..
and have pink bunting..
But I don't know how to really..turn my house beautiful.
It's going to be in the kitchen, dining room and a room we call the snug (basically, there's a sofa and a TV) but..I can't think of a way to really transform it..
I was wondering if anybody had any ideas or suggestions I could poach Wink

I was considering a pinyata too...but I don't really want people waving bats around in my house, and outside there's nothing to hang it from.
I was considering having a balloon, filled with sweets (or possibly handmade things..such as zippered wristlets? since people are unlikely to be competitive for sweets when there's sweets inside..) and having people with a stick with a pin on the end..
but then I had awful images of people being stabbed...

Anyway, in short, I'm pleading for some ideas really >.< It's an 18th, and although I'm allowing alcohol, I don't drink..so I want it to be really memorable. And as good as possible for me.

If anybody has ANY suggestions, they'd be greatly appreciated Smiley
Thank you ^.^
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / ...my machine is...broken? on: February 28, 2009 07:15:14 PM
I was doing some chaos stitching on my sewing machine (which means i was alternating between forward and backward stitching in quick succession) when suddenly my machine started making an awful clunky noise.

I think that i've managed to locate the problem (through removing the top of my machine) to the hand wheel...which barely moves when i press the pedal down, (almost as if it's only moving like a fifth or less of the speed its supposed to) and when i turn it by hand it makes a sort of jamming noise, and is really stiff.
My machine is a Frister Rossmann Cub 4 from like...1972 ish?
i dont expect anyone to have the same machine but maybe it'll help! haha =/

Is there a part which is supposed to click into the bevels on the inside of the handwheel which i've broken or does nobody have any idea what it is?
I cannot figure it out any further, so it would be great if  anybody even understands what i'm trying to explain!!
darn chaos stitching, why'd they make it so fun!

thank you Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / reconing suade trainers...? on: February 19, 2009 08:48:50 AM
I have a pair of suade shoes, whihc i never wear because i love the style but they're beige, and i Never wear beige. I was thinking of painting them or drawing on them , but because suade is such a strange material i was wondering what to use?
does anybody have any experience with it?
only i'd feeel guilty trying to alter them if they went awfully wrong, even if i never wear them!
thanks Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / upcycled dress, out of an old sheet and a t-shirt. on: January 19, 2009 08:21:33 AM
I am a long time lurker, but this is my first post, after being confronted with some of the things people on here can make, it has taken me a while to dredge up the courage to post this Smiley. I make quite a lot of random things but this is the dress i wore on new years eve.

I found this absolutely lush t-shirt in a local charity shop ( a thrift store, type thing), the fabric was lush, but it didnt fit over my bust, So i brought it and paired it with a pelmet off an old bed sheet, and some netting left over from a failed project and some fabric i brought at a charity shop.
Please ignore the truly awful expression on my face, i think i was mid-dance Smiley (the skirt is lovely and swishy)

(this one was taken later, so i have purple hair instead =)

the top layer of the skirt has a geometric print on it.
and this is the bottom layer, made from the part of the sheet.

any comments are appreciated Smiley
have a nice day
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