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201  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:how to make a simple lined bag? on: September 26, 2003 10:43:53 PM
You have the right idea.  Make your purse first, turning it right side out.  Then make the lining with the same pattern - however, be sure to leave a small opening in the bottom of the lining to pull the purse through.

When the lining is all sewed up, slide the outside of your purse inside it.  You'll now have the right side of the lining and the right side of your purse facing each other.  Sew the lining around the top of the purse.  When done, pull the purse through the little opening in the bottom of the lining.   Turn the raw edges of the hole in and stitch it shut.  Push the lining inside the purse and it's done!
202  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re:Ninkybink Boutique and Help please! :) on: September 26, 2003 10:38:25 PM
As the others said, interfacing is a must!!  I've started making purses as well, and don't think I could live without my craft bond (make sure to get the fusible stuff though - so much easier to iron the stuff on instead of another sewing step!)

On the patterns I have, there are little circles in the gusset part where you match it to the front and back of purse.  Once you mark the circles, sew threw them about 1" above and below the circles.  Then, just cut the fabric from the raw edge to the stitching, but be careful not to snip through the stitches!  

The cuts allow the fabric to make a nice 90 degree corner.  Then, pin the gusset to front of the bag, starting at the bottom in the middle.  When you get to your corners, because you snipped the edges, the fabric will bend right at the corners of your purse.

Sounds a bit difficult, but you'll be surprised at how much easier the sewing goes.  And you'll get better with practice.
203  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re:Sassy x-mas Stockings on: September 25, 2003 08:01:16 PM
Thanks for posting the pic!  I knew I wasn't doing something right.

Glad you guys like it - although no, not taking orders yet.  I'll be lucky to get dozen or so I want to make done by x-mas!

As for how I made it, it was a test in creating my own pattern.  Basically, what you see in the pic is what the pattern is.  Finished piece is about 20" long.  The pattern is about 21" (small seams).  Warning - it's a bit long!

I made it like a purse.  

1. Cut out the two pieces of the boot and interfacing - iron on the interfacing.

2. Pin the fabric right sides together and sew a 1/4"  to 1/2" inch seam all the way around - leaving the top open.  

3. Turn right side out and push out all corners (a pencil or chopstick or nail file works well for heel and toe).  

4.  Stuff toe, heel and rest of boot with fiberfil until it has a nice shape.  Stuff up to ankle of boot.

5.  Cut a piece of your stocking fabric out (roughly 3" by  5" - this is your loop to hang it from).  Fold the piece togther, right side to right side and stitch along edge.  Turn inside out and match up raw edges.  Pin to stocking with raw edges matching top of stocking, along the back part - remember, this is how the stocking will hang.

6. Cut out two pieces of liner material.  When laying out the pattern keep in mind that you will be stuffing the toe and heel parts of the boot.  Basically cut out enough lining to make it as deep as the 'ankle' of the boot.

7.  With right sides of lining together, sew 1/4"  to 1/2" inch seam down the sides of the liner (leave the top and bottom parts open).  

8.  Pull liner (still right sides together) over the top of the stocking.  (Right side of lining to right side of stocking).  Make sure hanging loop is between stocking and lining.   Line up the top pieces and sew the lining to the stocking all the way around - careful not to sew the stocking shut!!  This will also secure your tab to

9.  Turn lining right side out.  You will now have your stocking stuffed with the lining sticking up.  All you have to do is turn the raw edges inside and stitch the edge shut.  Shove the lining down inside the boot and voila!!  All done.

Sorry if I didn't explain it well, and I don't have a digital camera yet, but when I get one, I'll take pictures.
204  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sassy x-mas Stockings on: September 23, 2003 08:26:07 PM
Yup, finally decided to get a jump on my Christmas presents this year so I wouldn't have to scramble at the last minute!  I'm making stockings for my girlfriends for christmas (stuffed with homemade recipe books, spice rubs, ornaments and a few other store-bought goodies!)


(not sure if that worked, so try this link:  http://home.wi.rr.com/flamgirlant/x-mas%20stocking.jpg

I made a pattern out of a grocery bag.  My inspiration was the shoe section of a Frederick's of Hollywood catalog!  After a couple of samples and a few pattern changes, this is what I came up with.

I used grommets in the front and 'laced' the boot up with organza ribbon.  The bottom of the stocking is stuffed so there is some dimension and it's fully lined - plenty of room for a wine bottle to fit snuggly inside!

Nothing says Christmas like a leopard print high heeled boot!

***This is my first post with a pic, so hopefully I did it right!!
205  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Usernames: Talk about Crafty! on: September 22, 2003 07:09:14 PM
I'm a newbie here and bit of a lurker... been focusing on creating my website!!

But my name, flamgirlant, came from a guy at work.  I told him he was very flamboyant - he didn't like that very well thinking it had a gay connotation and he being "100% straight!!".  So, he insisted if he was flamboyant I was flamgirlant.  Something just clicked - I had been thinking about names for my crafty biz for weeks and it was perfect!
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