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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: jumbo diaper bag / tote in damask and assorted large scraps on: July 01, 2011 06:40:44 AM
the extra layers definitely give it a little bit of squishiness. If I have only one strap for a larger bag, I'll usually go with 2" wide finished straps, which means I start out with 8" wide fabric(!) and then lay down 5 lines of top stitching. I've done a channel strap with fusible padding (light) that turned out really well too. I have a folder full of strap templates Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spider & Web Messenger Bag and Goodies on: July 01, 2011 06:34:48 AM
wow, great details and purse organization!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / jumbo diaper bag / tote in damask and assorted large scraps on: June 30, 2011 05:27:33 PM
To get the dimensions for this huge bag, I used a "It's So Easy It's Simplicity" pattern for the front/back and sides/bottom. I used a 5" wide strap template of my own (fold over 3 times, center and then the sides to center so it's 4 layers thick). All the pockets I made in random heights according to the fabric I had. There are 5 outside pockets and 8 inside pockets.

I used a large wooden button I bought 30 or so from an eBay shop in China. The entire exterior is interfaced to give this gigantor more stability and a quality hand made feel. The straps are interfaced with fusible light-weight.



"striped" pockets (ran out of mauve cotton sheeting for lining) Smiley

layered pockets

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reusable Lunch Sets on: August 03, 2010 11:17:36 AM
This reminded me that I wanted to make these. On my first try, I used 9.5"x13" panels, which I found to be a bit small. So on the next try, I used 12x15" panels and liked the size on it, gives you lots of options and bag scrunching space.

I lined mine with cotton and used a thicker, ribbed cotton fabric on the exterior. To close, I used velcro so the bag can roll shut like a paper bag. But with velcro.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirt Surgery - Ideas on: July 25, 2010 08:12:39 AM
This is my second posting for t-shirt surgery, so if you're looking for ideas, check out my first post.

Burning Moon band baby doll shirt, weave on back, slashes over back shoulders, ties on sleeves, slashes on front and tied to sides of chest (women's small) This was one of the good cotton shirts, like a regular men's tee.

Halter beach cover-up, sewn at neck and back to make ruffles (previously men's humongous)

Halter top, large ties in back, thin straps sewn to sides as neck straps (prev men's large)

I cut this dress in half to make a apron, cut the bottom hem on a slant and added a ruffled black skirt made from a t-shirt I had kickin around.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tonight it's curtains, he's the Night Surgeon! on: May 17, 2010 04:37:57 PM
love it!
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8  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re: Halifax? on: May 01, 2010 06:40:05 AM
Guess I'm lurking. In Halifax Smiley I DIY whenever possible, but sewing is my primary distraction. I'm big on custom sized lunch bags these days.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: from old jeans to new corset! [photo obese] on: April 02, 2010 03:19:28 PM
Your 'wearing-it' photos really sell it. It's very fitted and smooth (no wrinkle-up). Maybe I CAN make a corset. I think you've convinced me. I've been putting it off for months, but it's been on my list. I even have some jeans my boyfriend won't wear. Great job on the project!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nintend DS Cases/Purses (lots of pictures!) Now with tutorial on page 3! on: March 31, 2010 12:03:00 PM
This is brilliant! I'm definitely going to make one. I bought a plastic case for my DS, but it only holds 3 games and gets scratched pretty easily. The storage on yours is inspired.
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