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21  My First Purse Attempt (mini-tute) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GlinkS1063 on: July 13, 2010 06:58:24 AM
This is my first attempt at purse making and by the way this one went I think I will be making plenty more!

I found a remnant piece of cream fabric with cream flowers and vines already embroidered on it and thought I would try coloring the embroidery with markers (which worked out wonderfully). 

To construct the actual purse I took the lining (cut to match the remnant) and outer material and attached them right sides together on two parallel sides by sewing them on the machine.  I turned the "tube" right sides out and tucked each of the unfinished ends in so there was about 1/2inch tucked in and sewed those up as well so I had a finished rectangle of double sided fabric.

I then gathered each corner by hand using a 1 inch gather stitch 6 inches long on the "long" corners (as in long side of the rectangle) and 3 inches long on the "short" corners.  I brought the gathered corners together hot dog style and sewed the two sides of the purse.

To attach the belt I cut the belt about 6 inches past the buckle and undid the belt so I had two separate pieces and attached a strip of lining fabric to both cut ends (covering about 2 inches of belt) using hot glue and staples.  I inserted the fabric covered area of the belt down the inside of each side of the purse and sewed the fabric to attach it to the purse itself, I also sewed the remaining strip of handle fabric back up the side and tucked it neatly to cover the staples(sorry, no pics of this).  This is the finished product although I can't decide if I should attach a button to close the top or something...any suggestions would be great!

This is the medium project for my swap partner for the Newbie Swap Round 13 (if you haven't swapped yet I would really suggest trying it!) and I will be sending it out along with a couple other projects next week sometime. 

Thanks for looking, I appreciate any suggestions and comments Cheesy


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22  The cutest little apron this side of the Mississippi! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by GlinkS1063 on: June 13, 2010 07:18:56 PM
I started collecting "material" in the form of sheets, curtains and pillowcases from garage sales, thrift stores and *ahem* the garbage a while back. 
I decided to use some of the more awesome greens and pinks in my collection to fashion this half apron.

This is a first attempt at giving new life to these lovely fabrics, obviously an apron is not so difficult as some of the other beautiful getups in this particular area but I wasn't sure where else to post.  I am quite proud of the finished product and may even enter something in challenge #52!

It even makes me want to cook more when I wear it, it does not however make me want to do the dishes!
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23  Photo Booth Mustaches in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by GlinkS1063 on: June 03, 2010 10:44:37 AM
This was a fun project for my sister's wedding photo booth.

I shaped equal sized balls of clay for each side of the mustache and flattened and formed into the different shapes.
Pictured are the large black "Burt Reynolds", brown "Lars the viking" and brown "stagecoach robber". 
We also made a number of lips and other mustaches, three packages made 12 total props. 
I simply hot glued dowel rods to the back side of the mustaches.


These were crazy fun to make and the photos from the wedding were absolutely hilarious! 

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