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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big Square-y Square Bag, + other projects made with my sister (rather pic heavy) on: January 12, 2008 09:05:35 AM
'allo all. I've just been to Tulsa, OK to visit my sister, and as is our custom, we had to do something crafty. This time we decided on making purses. We have a friend who works for Habitat for Humanity out here, and he saved us a block of wood at their workshop and helped us to cut out handles from it, which we shaped and sanded according to the purse that inspired this purse-making binge.

We scouted through her fabric stash (one of the other things we did while I was here was try to organize her craft room!) and picked out various fabrics, as well as scored a couple vintage fabrics at a thrift store we went to.

So, without further ado, here are the purses, each with mini explanation.


both together

the inside

close up of pattern. It's actually an orange-y brown, the lights in my sister's house just suck haha. This is one of the vintage fabrics we found, only $5 a yard, and its beautiful in person.

We got very frustrated with this purse, because we used a fusible interfacing to try to make it more sturdy, and should have gone with our gut feeling on which weight to use, the woman @ JoAnn's talked us into getting a heavier weight, which, we found out at 1 am was definitely a mistake. After wrangling with it, having to resort to using a staple gun, and snapping off part of one of my handles (we glued it back on...now you can only barely tell) we finished and took a break for the night.

The next day, (yesterday) we made these two other bags, and decided to take it easy on ourselves.

With strap out

Tucked in, for a beaaaautiful clutch

Easy as pie, with a couple dollar place mats, two lines of stitching and some iron-on velcro we made these little clutches, with optional ribbon strap.

Last, we decided we wanted big bags. And when i say big, I mean huge. If I curled up very small, i could almost fit inside one of these bags. Well...almost Cheesy

We decided on "big square-y square bag"'s (to quote my sis)
So, here they are.

insides, with cute little pockets

Action Shot w/ my sis

Action shot with me (please excuse my ridiculous face.)

I love this bag, because it is HUGE, and I have filled it with much yarn and other goodies to occupy me on my flight home and 4 hour layover in Chicago today haha.

Hope you enjoy, and sorry for the extreme amount of pics and explanation haha
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Nightmare Before Christmas Swap!! Sign-up 4/27/05-5/11/05, Send by 6/18/05 on: April 27, 2005 05:40:36 PM
Swap name: The Nightmare Before Christmas Swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Megami
Sign-up date range: 4/27/05-5/11/05
Date to send item by: 6/18/05

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): depends on how much interest, but lets shoot for between 10-20

Non-U.S. participants allowed? [edit] sure, why not

All ages allowed? Or 18+? all ages of course!

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will
make sure that every participant has been a member for
at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap: Alright, the theme is The Nightmare Before Christmas, so anything relating to the movie is in. T-shirts, bags or other things with the characters on them, lyrics from the songs, whatever. Stuffed versions of the characters and everything, GO WILD! You can make one large item or a few smaller ones, it's up to you. I might match up those who plan on making more than one item together, we will see.

The period of time before we have to send is a little more than a month because i have a dance recital, choir concert and 2 band concerts coming up between now and June 11th, so I figured a little extra time would be nice for everyone involved  Grin

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship outside the US?
How many items do you plan on making?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my green skirt :-D on: March 03, 2005 05:16:35 PM
i wanted to make a pleated skirt (as i don't have one) and i found this really cool green material at walmart (man oh man how i love the remnants basket!) and this is what i made:
the skirt on me^^
the skirt on me again^^
the skirt on my bed^^
close up on the ribbon^^

let me know what you think Smiley i wore it to school the other day and had 3 people ask me if i would make them somethign haha. it was my first attempt at pleating so i had a few problems with it, and got some tips from my friend jared on how to do them. so they wound up turning out okay Smiley
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Nightmare Before Christmas Swap anyone? on: January 26, 2005 05:59:33 AM
alright, i can't swap for another...oh about a week and a half...but i was thinking about swap themes and The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite movies of all time, and i'm sure there are others out there as into it as i am...so, how about it?

it could be anything to do with the movie, using lyrics to the songs, characters etc etc, there could be shirts, bags, pillowcases, stuffed characters, drawings, whatever...

so yeah...just thought i'd throw that idea out there  Cheesy
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / decoupage question... on: January 07, 2005 01:34:45 PM
my dad and i are making one of those chinese screen things for my bedroom. but instead of the boring old frame and fabric, it is going to have a frame, then in the center is going to be plywood or something with a ton of black and white pictures of my friends, family and places i love decoupaged on it...we're starting the project this weekend, making the screen and putting it together and all, but i have one problem...i've never decoupaged anything before...so what do i need for that, and how do i do it?
any help would be greatly appreciated
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / card and packing tape wallet on: January 06, 2005 03:27:22 PM
i got kind of bored over christmas break, so when my sister showed me this cool wallet a friend had made her from packing tape and monopoly cards, i decided to chagne it a bit and make my own. i had a ton of cards lying around, so i used those.
there are two pockets for money/receipts etc and 2 credit/gift cards slots

what do you think?
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