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1  Tote bag with funky lining and a pocket in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: November 12, 2011 04:24:52 AM
I have had the outer lining fabric for several weeks now, I bought it in Ikea with the plan of making myself a tote bag. I've made several bags and always as gifts and decided it was high time I made one for myself. Only I wanted to push myself. I wanted to create a bag with sides and a bottom panel.

Putting it together was insanely easy and because of how it has been sewn it could be reversible if I felt like it.

(My fianc being a delightful model lol)

I'm still contemplating whether to make some sort of decoration to add to the outside. I'm leaning towards definitely doing it and if I do I'll add pictures. Grin

I'm really pleased with the bag, I wanted something large enough to carry notebooks to the library and yet not too large that it looked silly against my small frame.

It has taken me forever and a day to upload these images because apparently the Craftster Photo Hosting site will only allow one image to be uploaded at a time despite having the option for at least five.
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2  Re: Labyrinth Swap Round 4 GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Demi_Kitten on: April 23, 2011 04:18:07 AM
Are you guys ready for some awesome stuff? I hope you are!

First I get this...yes, it's a treasure chest...I may have squeed a little bit when I saw it. According to the letter I had stumbled across Jareth's treasure chest...being the sneak thief that I am I took everything including the box...HA he totally didn't see that coming!

100_0834 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

Upon opening I find shiny things! (They were wrapped but I was too impatient to see what it was to take pictures XD) You can see one of my extras, a cute mask keyring, I forgot to take a separate picture of.

100_0835 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

Sarah's wrist warmers to match her pretty dress, beautiful lace and bead work!

100_0837 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

An ear cuff which I totally hope I'm wearing right in the last picture!

100_0836 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

A necklace, this made me squee out loud, I saw, after some mad stalking, that Midnight made these lovely necklaces and I really wanted one, a LOT! But I didn't say anything because I'd feel so cheeky demanding stuff. I got one anyway so mad props to the psychic partner! I haven't taken it off since I got it except to sleep I love it so much!

100_0839 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

A crochet hook roll or make-up brush roll, my hooks fit in nicely and I love the stitched design.

100_0841 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

100_0842 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

Some funky extras, look at this adorable scissor holder necklace, it's so cute and will be great for when I crochet or sew because the tiny scissors will be firmly in place around my neck, no more lost scissors!

100_0840 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

Now for your entertainment, me dressed up in wrist warmers, necklace and ear cuffs!

100_0843 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

100_0845 by pam_pam_kitten, on Flickr

(Please ignore the stained wall, my landlord is terrible at dealing with stuff like this and promised to decorate before we moved in and didn't, and we refuse to because he said he would so we're at a stalemate)

I've been totally spoiled by Midnight as she included some fabric scraps for me to play with (I am planning stuff already) and I loved everything she sent me!
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3  Crochet hook roll for a craft swap! in Completed Projects by Demi_Kitten on: March 09, 2011 02:15:06 AM
I made this for my partner in the Newbie craft swap and as we've both sent and received we were allowed to show off what we made.

This is the medium item (There is a matching bag in the bag section).

When I saw that one of the ladies was excellent at crochet I thought immediately I would like to make her a crochet hook roll if she was my partner. Well, I was pretty fortunate because we were partnered so I bought fabric and set to making something I'd never made before.

I pretty much made it up as I went along and bought her some sparkly crochet hooks as a gift.
Apparently when she saw it rolled up she thought to herself, "I hope this is what I think it is." Apparently she wanted a hook roll for a long time and I happened along and made her one. I do love it when a plan comes together.  Grin

What do you think?

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4  Craft swap tote bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: March 09, 2011 02:04:36 AM
I took part in the Newbie swap and as my partner and I have both sent and received we were told we could show off the things we made (in the fine old tradition of look at me, aren't I clever!).

I knew Tarmine626 didn't like huge patterns, I saw this fabric and knew immediately it was perfect, it's just gorgeous and honestly I had a hard time giving it up. The lining fabric is again gorgeous but the bag was missing something. I knew she had a cat and decided to make a felt silhouette to sit on her bag.

I included an inside pocket for the placement of wallet and keys (I know how much I hate having to root around in my own bag for keys).

I was extra careful and zigzagged stitched the seams so that it wouldn't come undone. I was a little paranoid but I'd hate for my lovely swap partner to get a bag that wasn't sturdy. I don't know how much it could hold weight wise but the handles are sewn on with a rectangle and an X in the middle to make sure it stays so I'm gonna say it's not a light weight bag...it's a contender (sorry I had to include the Rocky reference...I couldn't help myself).  Grin

Now, on to the pictures. (Which I had to borrow from Tarmine because the pictures I took turned out blurry which is annoying but happens).

I'm really proud of my bag and I had a lot of fun making it for the swap. I'm also glad my partner loved it Cheesy


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5  Re: Newbie Swap round 15 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Demi_Kitten on: March 03, 2011 04:31:30 AM
I'm so excited right now I can barely type, I keep spelling things wrong. PICTURE HEAVY DUE TO AWESOME!

Tarmine626 made me the most amazing items ever! She really got to know me and I love everything!

Oh god he's amazing, Death is one of my absolute favourite characters from Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and Tarmine626 got him so right!

Some detail.

A wreath which is going on my wall as soon as I find a hammer and nail.

A Brighid "corn" doll made from raffia in my favourite colours!

Brighid's cross and Moon's eye, both done so beautifully I am in awe.

Fabulous arm warmers to keep my frozen hands warm.

And two extra's a kitty amigurumi and buttons which I can't wait to use!

And just because it looked cute...and fearsome (clearly) Death holding the kitty!

She also made me a swap trophy in the shape of the Eiffel tower which is totally amazing and I'll post a picture of it ASAP!

Tarmine was the best newbie swap partner I could have hoped for she went above and beyond the call of duty to make me the most amazing things and I'm honestly nearly in tears about how beautiful everything is! I really wish I had added more to my parcel now, I just hope she likes what I made because I love hers!


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6  My first ever crochet projects! Hats off to me! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Demi_Kitten on: February 20, 2011 05:31:28 AM
I taught myself to crochet using youtube videos and the Happy Hooker book from the Stitch n Bitch range of books. But I still can't follow patterns because they mostly just confuse the crap out of me. So I started a circle, expanded it until it seemed wide enough then stopped expanding and voila, hat. Then I found a youtube video to make a simple crochet flower and followed that, then in the red flower I changed how she did it slightly by adding a second layer of petals into the back of the first petals and made them bigger to give it a 3D effect. I like how it turned out anyway.

I created the red hat first (the flower was second despite this) and the purple hat went a lot quicker, which I was pleased about. I'm getting a lot better at crochet even if I still get confused by patterns.

Here are the flowers in greater detail.

Hope you like my little hats. Smiley
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7  Skirts I have made and loved! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: February 06, 2011 03:21:29 AM
I should have posted these ages ago but being the mushroom that I am I promptly forgot and got on with my life. I made a skirt yesterday, took me about an hour and a half and I really love how bright and happy it is.

The skirt I made yesterday is the pink floral skirt, I bought the fabric to make a bag, made the bag (still have to sew the handles on) and wanted to use the rest (because I bought loads because it's so pretty) to make a skirt...and I did. It has a zip in the back.

The blue lace skirt came about because I kept seeing people wearing lace skirts but couldn't find any in the shops, so I thought "screw it" and bought the fabric to make my own, it has an elasticated waist.

This skirt is the first skirt I ever made and I love it, it's bright and I love how versatile it is.

All images are taken from my blog which is why I'm posing funny.
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8  Tote bag I made for a Christmas present in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: January 27, 2011 07:58:18 AM
I made this for my friend, she saw an owl bag she wanted but couldn't afford so I decided to make one for her, she also loves stars which is why the inside fabric and handle is made of star fabric.

I really wish I'd taken more pictures of this, the inside has a pocket in the same lining material.

I originally wanted to do something more complex but it was the first bag I'd ever made so didn't want to screw it up, especially as the owl fabric was so adorable and there was only a small amount of fabric.

My friend really loved the bag though Cheesy
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9  Cute obi belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: January 27, 2011 07:49:44 AM
I actually made this a while back but didn't get around to posting it until now. I'm special like that.

I got the idea after seeing a leather obi belt, it was really nice but around 40, there was no way I could afford that so I decided to make one myself. So I did. I figured out the pattern (I say pattern, three rectangles is hardly complex) and it took me maybe an hour and a half to make including preparation and sewing.

Hope you like Cheesy
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10  First time I've ever used a pattern = Success! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Demi_Kitten on: January 22, 2011 06:20:36 AM
I wanted to make something using a pattern as I figured it was about time I learned how to use them. People find it weird that I've made skirts, cosplay costumes, bags and belts without a pattern but didn't have a clue how to use one.

Anyway I went with a Simplicity It's so easy pattern 3842 and first got completely confused with the pattern sizing. It seemed to be saying that a 14 would shrink several inches upon sewing to fit an 8...or at least that's what I thought it was trying to say I really didn't understand it.
Because I am booblicious I went for a 14 and rather than attempt to make it fit all of me instead of making it a 10 at the waist I stuck to a 14 everywhere because using a pattern is one thing, altering it is another kettle of fish entirely.

I will say now, It's so easy might be a lie for a beginner in pattern using like myself, it starting waffling on in places about pinning and gathering but was vague as to where I was supposed to gather, the pattern pieces were also vague which meant I just throught "screw it" and did a few tucks in various places to avoid the headache that was forming. Luckily I have enough experience with sewing that I could alter the bits I didn't like (it wanted me to add lace and I didn't have any and didn't want any on there anyway) and work around the instructions that may have been originally in Swahili and translated by a man who only spoke two words of Swahili.

Still I am proud of how it turned out and I've learned a lot from this experience.
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