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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Green Grocery Bag on: June 07, 2009 10:50:54 PM

OK green it is and green too because it keeps me from using plastic or paper bags.
I love the lining both because it has cows on it and also because I can store my buttons from the last election on the inside and smile every time I put some lettuce inside and see them.

Pattern is one I made by cutting up a freebie give-away conference type bag.

Meg Rose

32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Yet? Drawstring Backpack So useful for grocery walks on: June 07, 2009 10:41:52 PM
Shortly after I got married I made some curtains and a tablecloth out of this material. They weren't very successful curtains. I retired them when we finally managed to strip the existing sparkly gold, silver and brown metallic wallpaper off our dining room walls.  The previous owner had put it up in the '70's. Well after all, it went well with the plastic wagon wheel chandelier. No, I'm not kidding! o I retired the fabric. Several times my husband has tried to retire the remaining curtain further to the donation bag, asking me patiently what I might ever use it for. But I loved it so much I held onto it.

Is this fabric vintage yet? I bought it at Calico Corners in 1980.

One day that same husband came home with a new laptop computer in a plastic drawstring backpack/sack. It was the first time I'd seen this clever creation. I've made a few now and my wonderful tablecloth has made the best so far. I particularly like this little piece of lampshade trim bead strip. Outside only! It has a lining made out of various pieces of scrap and some quilt batting.

I typically walk for groceries (not an entire weeks worth mind you) and since I made the pack nice and long, it holds a fair amount of groceries. Sometimes more than I want on my mile and a half back home.

Though many examples I've seen using a grommet, I've found in this, and others, that a little gross grain ribbon tab and a key ring (look at first photo) work just great when well sewn tightly in. I pin and try on, checking the fit a couple of times in a mirror. Placement of the ring for each pack seems to work out differently, depending on fabric, lining, etc. Maybe the cord too.  If you sew it in at the wrong place it hangs funny on your back. And it doesn't look cute!

Upholstery cord works a lot better for me than the thiner kind sold with ribbon. It's more comfortable on my shoulders.

I've already remodeled the carrier for the casing that the upholstery cord runs through.  I saved this pretty ribbon from a not-so-successful belt. Love it here.

I buy 3 yards of cord (it runs through twice) and usually cut some off. It also stretches over time as I use it so I have to pull it out, cut it down and re knot it.

When I put the backpack on I usually pull a little on the cord to get it balanced. You have to sort of get the hang of it over time. Just make sure the cord runs through the casing freely.

A key ring sewn inside in the top is handing for clipping things to as well. I don't have a photo.

I've seen several  tutorials on the web if I google "drawstring backpack".

33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Thoroughly Modern Millie Purse-Card on: June 01, 2009 11:49:42 PM
A friend's daughter got the lead in her high school play of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". And it's a particularly good time for her as life has not exactly been a bowl of cherries.

I made the same type of thing for her mother except Mom's has different images and different quotes from the same song. So they can compare them.

Fringe is recycled from decorator passamenterie sample cards. (joined side by side and sewed down by hand but you could probably glue it.)

I chose my favorite lyrics from the Everything-today-is-throughly-modern song and played around with layout and images. Have them on both the front and back.

Inside each purse/card also a lyric at the top.

After they finish drying (paper clips in place tonight). I will sew up sides with my machine. Into daughters I will tuck a $5 Starbucks card. Into Mom's a free-hug-from-kid-of-your-choice card. I'm sending them in the mail before the play, which I will definitely attend with enjoyment

34  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Popup Piano Card with wallpaper scrap on: June 01, 2009 11:42:51 PM
My piano teacher's daughter is intense about playing piano and music. My teacher and her husband are both professional musicians. Her daughter plays and listens with great passion.

She is turning 5.

The front of the card I made her is simple. The ribbon is not attached. When done the ribbon tied around the card and a simple persent of a tiny sheep and bear either of which

can serve as a musician at the popup piano below.

I fooled around with various folds of paper until it just seemed to look like an upright piano. It is only taped on, since I never quite believed I had the hinge right. Usually I make a slit hinge in a popup but in this case the folded paper was the popper. The keyboard was a separate piece I stuck down.

No, it doesn't have a full compliment of keys. I'm sure this child will notice that.

I paper clipped on two little tiny books she can write her own compositions in. One of them has her name. The other the name of her favorite piano piece on the cover (Brahms second piano concerto - no I'm not kidding)

the little piece of sheet music on the piano is a pdf of a piece I've been playing, shrunk down simply in Microsoft Word (just clicked on a handle and pushed it down). I printed several sizes to see what would fit best.

I used a gold photo marking pen to make a name on the piano and to decorate the composition books. I used a colored envelope to cutup for the piano. Otherwise wallpaper scrap folded over a piece of cardstock that had seen better days.

meant to hole punch edges and threat with ribbon but cardstock was too heavy so I sewed with my machine

35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wallpaper Card & Mini Scrapbook on: June 01, 2009 11:30:31 PM
I made this combination birthday card and 3 recipe mini scrapbook for my nieces birthday. I t has a total of  6 content pages so above each recipe is a photo that relates in some way to the recipe. Combination of handwritten and typed notes about the topic.

It also includes tiny pieces of passamenterie and other swatches and bits & pieces from a variety of decorator samples that were being recycled by www.fabmo.org (free monthly giveaway in the SF Bay Area . To be notified leave email at web site if you live in this area)

The moss was on a plant sitting on a table in front of me. I needed to cover some glue spots and then I loved it.

I made her birthday package from wallpaper scrap as well as the card.

36  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Does it exist? What is it? Audio Recordable Medium for Cardmaking? on: May 31, 2009 10:14:54 PM
 Huh I like to work with my own audio files (me playing the piano for example, strange noises, or a bunch of starlings sitting on a telephone wire.) I carry a little microphone that plugs into my ipod around with me, and capture things I use for various purposes.

I also like to make my own cards.

I'd like to include my own short audio files in a card - like the expensive ones you buy from Hallmark where you open the card and just the release of the card starts the short audio clip running , the same way the hinge of my pop up cards releases the simple paper spring I've built behind an image.

I think there is such a recordable media - I'd swear I've even seen a record-your-own Hallmark card somewhere. But where....... I just have no idea what keywords to search on to find it.

Please understand, I don't want to just put a cd into the card for the person to play. I want it to just start playing when the card is opened.

Any ideas is there is such a thing and what it might be called? I ask whenever I'm in a stationary, photocopy or craft store but I just get THE LOOK. It must be a techno/media thing.

Thanks for your ideas and not sending me THE LOOK.

37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wash Day "Making Vintage Bags" alteration of pattern on: May 27, 2009 08:10:07 AM
The dryer wears out my great handmade-by-me linen palazzo pants and other fine creations . Also I have a clothes line so why not use it? I put aside a lot of stuff to wash in cold water and line dry, using a postit on the washer to make sure my husband doesn't throw my stuff in the dryer (OK I admit it he does most of the laundry around here)

 The bag that was holding all my dirty clothes intended for the cold water wash was small, ancient and had one broken strap.It used to be the bag that went with my daughter to her daycare and she is in her first year of college now.  Once the clothes fell out and then my husband, finding them on the floor near the regular clothes hamper tossed them into the regular wash. So much for those nice black wool pants I made - and I could never find that thin 100% wool again! But you don't complain when somebody else does the laundry.

I found a wonderful bags book at my public library It's called "Making Vintage Bags" by Emma Brennan. Have since bought a copy because I yearn to make every bag in the book. Many are purses as is the "Doris" pattern that I altered to make my new cold water wash bag. I just made it bigger even than the "enlarge by" size. Not sure how much I eyeballed it. Also the original straps just fill the opening but I left a space on either side so there would be a tuck-here area to put the dirty clothes down. Also there is a gap at either side atop the side seam (just don't sew the side seam all the way up and sew lining appropriately) But that is part of the original pattern.

Also I use oil cloth scrap to line the bottom of the bag - because I use oil cloth for a lot of projects and keep the old bits and pieces.Works great no need for special stiff stuff.

Also I stiffened the area next to the ties with some sort of very stiff no sew interfacing left from making my daughter a strapless dress. I don't remember what it was but it might be buckram.

Hope this photo attaches! I'm a newbie in this forum. Thanks for having me. I love the inspiration of everybodys bags and have also just finished a Jordy for my daughter as a result of that inspiration.

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