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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / chopped up diaper bag/mega tote on: September 26, 2007 04:36:17 AM
i was getting sick of the diaper bag i was using. but it was the perfect size, and had all the right number of pockets. so i chopped it up, and used it as a pattern.

the bag is far from perfect, but it's perfectly functional. now to pick all those loose threads off it.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / finally getting my sewing mojo back *img heavy* on: September 19, 2007 09:35:55 PM
i've been knitting only, pretty much all summer. i finally got the urge to start making bags! woo!

so in honor of fall arriving soon (i hope!) i broke out the corduroy and wool, and chocolate. because every good sewing venture needs chocolate.

and i still don't freaking know how to resize pics. sorry!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / my vintage pillowcase dress - picture chunky to say the least on: July 20, 2007 08:46:24 AM
so, after seeing all these amazing recons, i decided to jump on in. i've had this fabulous vintage pillowcase lying around. only for the longest time i didn't think it was fabulous. and that's why i chopped it up first, instead of turning to my really awesome ones.

i used one of Beans' 18mo size dresses, and i hope it will fit her properly when she does get into it.

so, without further ado, i give you the dress Beans will not wear until next summer.

(i'm still trying to find my red ribbon. what i have in the shoulders is too thick for the sides. and i also need buttons on the back, and a decorative button or 5 on the front. minor finishing details that i'll do on her next nap.)

i'm kinda retarded sometimes when it comes to being so anal about details. i wanted ribbon to support the button holes.

after sewing the skirt into the bodice, i encased the top half of the seam in bias tape. because even though my stitches are crooked, they'll be crooked and covered in bias tape, dang it.

i'm also proud to say, that even though the pictures are deceiving, i sewed a nice even circle when i joined the top and bottom. for once in my life.

Edit: still can't find the ribbon. but i stuck the baby in it anyway

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what to do with over a thousand home dec. samples on: September 21, 2006 11:02:07 PM
i'm in a conundrum.  a furniture store closed in my town, and i was able to go through all the upholstery and drapery fabric books and pull whatever i wanted. i have over a thousand sample pieces, most are about 16" by about 10" with some larger than that, and a bunch that are about 8" by 8".  i HAVE to go through them and get rid, give away or sell on ebay most of them, since i have to turn my craft room into a nursery. not that that's a bad thing, i just need to cull the pile.  any recommendations on what to do with the 700 i won't keep?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / inspired by all the cool diaper bags on here - PICTURE OBESE!!! on: September 21, 2006 01:24:56 PM
i was on here about 2 days ago, looking for good ideas for my diaper bag. i found a great tutorial for a pocket on a diaper bag, and here's the result. tute link is first tho. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38622.0

here are my pictures...

me modeling the front of the bag, nice and low slung too...

the back of the bag with the changing pad and vinyl bag for dirties inside it. the exterior pocket is sparkly silver vinyl.

the top of the bag... you can see the little offset zipper pocket. there are a set of magnetic closures on each side of the bag, and then one in the center. this way it closes and opens very easily without needing too many flaps or zippers.

i forgot to rotate this one... this is the exterior elasticised bottle pocket, inspired by the tute. you can see one of the magnetic snaps open up top.

this is another unrotated picture, a closeup of the exterior fabric.

this is the side with the zipper pocket on it, and it has 3 elastic pockets as well as the center magnetic snap.

this is the side with flat pockets, 3 of them. the picture obscures it, but the pockets completely line the interior of the bag.

and finally, a closeup of the sparkly vinyl changing pad.

the materials were:
a vintage 60's dress for the exterior
some clearance home decor fabric for the main interior
a full size sheet from the 70's for the eagle and stars, and stars on the strap
a felted red scarf cut in half, and sewn into a long strip for the strap
and about a yard of clearance vinyl scraps.

thanks for looking! now if the baby would hurry up!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / totally retarded new crocheter on: June 06, 2005 03:43:01 AM
i know this is the most obvious question, but i'm completely new to crocheting, and i don't know anyone who crochets.  how do i increase my stitches when i am crocheting off of a ring - example:
ch 4, sl st to join to form a ring - got this

i have no clue how to do 8 sc's off of only 4 stitches from the ring plus the one i just chained. 

directions to helpful websites, or just some plain english explanation would be awesome...
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bags learned on craftster on: April 12, 2005 09:13:10 PM
first, many thanks to jordy, and sushimifune for posting their tutes - i totally scavenged your hard work for these babies  Grin

i've just started sewing, and these are a few of my bags...not all of them, since i sold 4 already

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first knitted purse on: April 12, 2005 09:02:24 PM
i just started knitting a few weeks ago, and this is my first purse.  i used lopi, not lite, and felted it... it's a little smaller than i had hoped, but i plan on making lots more  Grin
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / first attempt at a book clutch! on: April 12, 2005 08:52:30 PM
i bought a bunch of vintage readers digest books from the 50's in mint condition, and decided to make the "book clutch" out of them.  this is my first one, and i plan on making like 13 more...

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilt of scarves on: April 01, 2005 08:02:06 PM
maybe i'm just tired, but i don't remember seeing anything on this topic.

i have around 60 vintage and just plain awesome head scarves, neck scarves etc etc out of fairly lightweight and some sheer materials.  i really would like to make them into a quilt for my bedroom once i get my hair grown out.  i have sooo many that i love, and i thought this would be a neat way to keep them. 

so the question is, how do i re-inforce them so that they do not tear apart as the years go on? i considered a muslin backing for them, but i assume i would need to individually sew the muslin onto each scarf, which would seriously be a time taker.

any help possible would be greatly appreciated, as i am going to start re-inforcing the less favored scarves soon.
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