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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / i need some suggestions for a little purse. on: November 19, 2005 02:04:55 PM
okay. i'm going on a trip to orlando with my marching band (yeahh!) and i need a purse. i always make my own purses or recycle old bags to use, but they're all shoulder bags that don't really close. i wanted a small purse that wouldn't really inconvenience me that i could just hold onto that would hold a cell phone, wallet, maybe some other things. nothing real huge. like a little smaller than a hobo bag, but not like that. and i want it to have a zipper.

so... any suggestions? i don't have a huge range of fabric, either... but that's my problem, not yours.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / resizing a sweater HELP! on: October 06, 2005 06:26:48 PM
alright, so i went to a salvation army and i picked up some sweet sweaters. only problem is, they're a bit thick in the middle, and not that flattering.

does anyone have any sort of tutorial or advice for bringing in the sides? preferably without completely taking it apart, cause idk how well i can get it back again...
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / crafty book covers? on: August 31, 2005 05:05:58 PM
well, school is starting again, and the teachers are requesting covers for schoolbooks. any one have any crafty ideas to make books awesome without actually sticking anything to the cover (except like stuff that will come off, of course).

i didn't want my book to have a boring brown paper bag cover like everyone else!
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / stencilling my walls on: August 04, 2005 05:04:17 PM
k, so i had this awesome idea for my room. i just painted it all the other day, and now i want to make it even more awesome. i have a huge stretch of wall and i wanted to put some stencils on it but i'm having bad luck so far. i wanted to use a projecter to put the image on the wall and then i could fill it in, but i don't have a way of getting one. then i actually made a stencil, but i don't know how to print it out on more than one paper.. any help?

or if anyone could think of another way for me to get the image on my walls.. much help.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag and small purse on: July 28, 2005 01:21:23 PM
okay, i absolutely love all the ideas i see on here. a couple months ago i kind of combined a couple messenger bag patterns and made my own, without any interior pockets or anything, just a big simple bag. i took pictures.

on the floor. kind of a vintage-y tropical canvas-y fabric i found half-price at joannes. i also stuck a lot of random pins on it.

the interior. lobsters!

me modeling it. (i'm not very good.)

it's got interfacing in it, the strongest i could find, but it's still pretty floppy.

next, today, in like an hour, i made a small simple purse. my friend would always just make random things on the spur of the moment. they weren't the most sturdy things, but they were really cute so i took a cue from her and tried it myself.

mainly just a piece of fabric folded over, right sides sewn together, and the top hemmed. i made two buttonholes on each side to slide a ribbon in so i could change the length whenever i wanted.

closeup of the fabric

me wearing it. (again, not the best model.)
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / book bag help! on: July 28, 2005 09:07:05 AM
Hey! I just moved, and we've got a library just downtown, off of post. I love to read, but I need a good bag to carry books in. My messenger bag I made just isn't built for carrying more than a couple small ones, and it gets annoying to walk long distances with.

I was thinking I'd like a sling bag like this: http://jansport.com/js_product_detail.php?cid=12&pid=TX63

anyone have any ideas as to the best way to go about this?

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Holding stitches? Heck, I don't even know the abbreviations. (Help!) on: April 03, 2005 06:28:54 PM
Okay. So, I'm a pretty new knitter. I've made one scarf, a couple hats, and half of another scarf. (I got bored of it.  Roll Eyes ) And now I'm trying to make mittens. I'm pretty sure I can make them, except for one small detail. The thumb. I know this involves "holding stitches", which, I'm assuming, is putting them on a hook-like thing? And lots of places say you can use a scrap piece of yarn.

So, my question is, how would I go about doing this? Please dumb it down for me, I haven't been catching on to the knitting language quickly. Smiley I've got no reservations making "hand-socks" (in fact a lot of my friends want some and I'm not even done with mine!) but I'd like to know how to make a thumb or something.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Ipod accessory.. help? (Or just give me an idea. Really. Anything.) on: March 02, 2005 05:26:45 PM
Alright. I hope I can find some help here, since I wasn't sure where this would go.

I recently (like, yesterday) got an ipod mini (the first edition), and I named it Westley. (Yes, after the Westley in the Princess Bride.) Therefore, I would like to make him a small black mask for when he feels like being the Dread Pirate Roberts. And perhaps a little moustache?

So if anyone has any ideas on how I could give him a little mask that won't fly off or anything, but isn't permanent (like cloth or something,) I'd appreciate it. Smiley
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