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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fancy a cuppa? i've got one in my wallet! pics added to explanation! on: January 27, 2009 11:00:15 AM
Thanks for the tutorial kmsmaverick!

I made two of these tea wallets so far.  This one was my test one, the second one was a gift for my mother and of course I forgot to take a picture of it.

A few years ago I had made a pair of too-short pajama pants into capri length pajama pants.  The purple fabric used here is from what I cut off of the pants.

I did not use interfacing on this one because it was a test one and I figured I'd be the one using it and wouldn't mind if it were flimsy.  I did interface the one for my mother and it seems more stable.

Thanks again for the tutorial and all the pictures people have posted of their creations.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Wallet/Organizer Holder with Pattern on: January 27, 2009 10:38:29 AM
I know this thread is really old, but I just had to thank you for the wonderful tutorial and share my finished project.

I changed the design a little so it would fit my needs.  The finished dimensions when closed are 8 in. x 4.5 in.

Here is the outside view:

I didn't attach elastic as a closure, instead I made a belt type thing that Velcros to itself.  It isn't attached to the wallet itself, so it is a little annoying to hold on to when I open the wallet, but I purposely didn't attach it so that I could easily change the belt to give the wallet a new look when needed.

Here is the change pocket on the back: (the zipper tutorial was extremely helpful!)

The belt closure and the change pocket fabric is from an old pillowcase.  The tan fabric of the wallet is from an old skirt, as was the zipper for the pocket.

Finally, here is the inside:

Once again, thanks so much for the great tutorial!  I have always wanted to make my own wallet and now I finally have.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jazzed-up Tote w/ Kanzashi Flower on: January 27, 2009 10:14:34 AM
I love your fabric choices and the style of the bag.  I also like that there is a cat in the third picture - my cat enjoys being involved in picture time.

If you don't mind me asking, I am wondering what you did to give the bag structure.  Did you use a heavy interfacing like Timetex or something else?  I am currently compiling ideas for a tote bag that I want to make, but I am unsure what to use to give it structure.  I like to upcycle other items to make my projects, but I can't find a good alternative for heavy interfacing.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: shantoons on: January 27, 2009 10:05:05 AM
These are all hilarious!

Also, nice mastery of Paint - I use Paint much more often than I should.

And thanks for reminding me about the Penis Game...
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Upcycled Wool Skirts to Purses on: January 27, 2009 09:57:46 AM
You did a great job on the purses!

Don't you just love it when non-crafters assume that since we are capable of crafting, we must want to make things for others.  They don't realize the effort that is necessary to make our creations.  Hopefully she really appreciates the work that you put into the purses - I know I would if I were her.

Nice job again!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Warning: Poo humor and sexual references *gasp* on: January 27, 2009 09:51:50 AM
I love these!  From a distance, they look just like a traditional fancy cross stitched saying.  But up close... quite the laugh!  I can just imagine having guests over and the reactions from people when they actually take the time to read the stitched sayings.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My reused items! Opinions please! on: January 27, 2009 09:42:07 AM
Wow - you sure do have a lot of ribbon!  And all of the ribbons have nice looking colors and patterns!

This is a great use for these items that would have otherwise been thrown away by most people.  For the yogurt container one, I always save all the containers that are supposed to be recycleable, but can't be yet in my community -- so now I have a use for them.  We can only recycle narrow necked bottles labeled 1 or 2, so yogurt, ice cream, frosting, and similar containers can't be recycled here yet.

Also the coasters are a great idea for using old cds.

Thanks for the inspiration!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: thrifted basket => perfect laundry basket! on: January 27, 2009 09:35:27 AM
This looks wonderful!  What a great idea!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Simple mittens from Buttercup on: January 27, 2009 08:59:51 AM
Buttercup is quite a beauty, and the mittens you made are wonderful.

Now if only I could find a way to knit with all the fur that my cat sheds...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Unfertilized Eggs on Board Sign on: January 26, 2009 03:46:11 PM
I love these!  Great idea!
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