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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport Case TUTORIAL Passport Holder on: August 26, 2007 06:43:58 PM
What you need:

11 x 11 outer fabric (red)
11 x 11 inner fabric (black)
11 x 4 ID pocket fabric (black)
11 x 6 passport/ticket fabric (red) - SWOOPY
16 iron-on tape
12 elastic
8 x 4 cereal box CUT 2 OF THESE
paper towel
sewing machine

Step 1: 
Tape the cardboard cereal box together, leaving about gap.  Tape BOTH sides so you cover up the stickiness. Set aside.

Step 2:
Fold the 11 x 4 ID pocket fabric (black) in half and press with RIGHT SIDES OUT.  Set aside.

Step 3:
A. Lay the 11 x 6 passport/ticket fabric (red) RIGHT SIDE DOWN on top of the paper towel.
On the WRONG SIDE of the fabric, draw a line at the center of the fabric.  Also draw lines from the  top edge and sides.  This will be your seam allowance.  DRAW the swoopy lines as shown.  (The deepest part of my swoop is 1 from seam line.)

B. Using a BASTING STITCH, sew on the SWOOPY LINES, through both the fabric and paper towel.

C. Cut away excess fabric above the swoop.  Follow the curve leaving about . 
D. Cut slits close to the basting stitch about every .  Press with iron.

E. Tear away paper towel and pull out the stitches.
F. Iron on the adhesive tape, following the curve as you go.  This does not have to look pretty; it just has to cover the raw edges.  You may need to trim the edges, if the tape is not wide enough.

E. Top stitch over the adhesive tape.

Step 4:
A.   Lay 11 x 11 inner fabric (black) RIGHT SIDE UP. 
B.   Lay SWOOPY piece on top, RIGHT SIDE UP.
C.   Lay the folded 11 x 4 ID pocket fabric (black), FOLDED SIDE towards the top and the RAW EDGES at the bottom. 
D.   Pin the 3 pieces together as shown.
E.   Stitch as close to the edge as possible, going through ALL 3 layers.  Only stitch the 3 sides, starting at the POINT of the SWOOPY piece. Sew down to the corner, across the bottom, and up to the other POINT of the SWOOPY piece.
The purpose of this step is to create 1 piece of fabric out of all 3.

Step 5:
A.   Lay the 2 pieces RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
B.   Lay the elastic BETWEEN the 2 pieces, top to bottom.
C.   Leaving a seam, stitch around 3 sides, leaving the TOP open.
D.   Turn and press.

Step 6:
A.   Slip the CEREAL BOX inside.
B.   Fold the top opening inside and press.
C.   Pull the elastic behind the OUTER fabric and tuck it in.  Leave it a little loose.
D.   Pin and stitch the top closed.

Step 7:
Stitch straight down the middle, from top to bottom.  Your stitches should go through the point in the middle of the swoopy piece, as well as the ID pocket.  You will also be stitching through the tape between the cardboard cereal box.  This will create 2 separate sides in your case, one side for the ticket and one side for your passport. 

To close, fold in half.  Bring elastic around to the front.

DONE!  Fill it up with your ID, PASSPORT, and TICKET.  Happy Travels!

*If you notice any mistakes or confusion, please let me know.*
Please post pictures if you make one. 
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Computer is in the Closet! on: August 06, 2007 02:31:53 PM
So, we are in the process of converting the computer room into a baby nursery.  Cheesy  The computer must stay in the room, but it's not very baby friendly.  My husband and I (mostly my husband) created a custom built-in computer desk inside the closet. 

The towels and linens are staying too, so I made a curtain to conseal them.  We even threw in the TV, so I can watch DIY and HGTV while I'm surfing on Craftster.

I'm so proud of us.  Everything fits perfectly!  I absolutely love it.  He designed it so well, the chair even fits inside the closet when the door is closed.

Here are some pictures.  Before ... During ... After.

23  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / SAVING THE PLANET, ONE BAG AT A TIME on: August 04, 2007 05:05:34 PM
Here's my entry.  I used off-white canvas fabric and the morsbag tutorial.  I love that tutorial.  I actually plan to make about 10 bags all together, for large shopping trips.  This challenge was very inspiring.  Thanks Leah.

I used freezer paper for the stencils.


24  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 670 Small Round Magnets - 16mm on: July 03, 2007 06:23:50 AM
So my husband and I went to the RagShop's Out of Business Sale last night.  I saw a basket full of loose magnets with no price.  I brought it up to the register. 

The girl at the register looked a the huge pile of magnets and asked, "How many magnets do you have?"

I replied, "All of them."

She said, "The regular price was $0.20 each, the sale price is $0.10 each.  But I don't want to count them."

My dear husband said, "Will you take $5.00 for all of them?"

She smiled and said, "Sure!" 

So I got home and counted them.   I have a total of 670 magnets!

Regular Price      $0.20 x 670 = $134.00

Sale Price          $0.10 x 670 = $ 67.00

My Price                             = $  5.00  SWEET!

So now what?  The magnets have a diameter of 16mm.  Slightly smaller than a dime.  I guess I could cover my fridge with MARBLE MAGNETS.

Do you have any other crafty ideas?

25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / F*CK CANCER Cross Stitch on: April 10, 2007 05:17:05 PM
My mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. 
My cousin made her this.  I think it's great!

26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Show off your EASTER EGGS 2007 on: April 07, 2007 05:52:11 AM
My family colors eggs every year on Good Friday.
Here are the best of our eggs from this year.
Please share your best eggs too.

27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Can you identify these strange needles and gadgets? on: March 11, 2007 01:36:24 PM
My mother found these odd needles and things in a drawer.  She gave them to me. 

Some of the needles are flat on the end.  One needle has 2 eyes and a stumpy end. 

Then there are these other strange gadgets.  The wire is removeable and adjustable.  It can go into any of those holes.  There is an eye hole at the end.

The one on the bottom has a sharp, pointy end.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
Most of them are stamped  "ENGLAND" or "BRIT-ZONE GERMANY".
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Terrified to cut. Felted or Not Quite? on: February 25, 2007 03:57:59 PM

I knit a rectangle out of ...
Grey (50% Mohair, 31% Wool, 19% Acrylic) 
Red (I'm guessing 100% Acrylic, but I'm not sure)
I knit the two yarns together as one strand.

Then I added hot water, dish soap and rubbed it together for about 30 minutes.  Then I threw it in the washer and dryer.  This is the final result. 

I want to cut holes out of the fabric to create an iPod cover. I photoshopped the white shapes to show where the holes will be.

My question is...
Is this felted enough?  I held it up to the light so you can see the holes between stitches.  I'm afraid it will unravel if I cut it.  Any advise will be appreciated.

29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I made paper! Handmade paper! on: February 25, 2007 12:21:10 PM
I had so much fun last night making paper.  Tongue This was my first time.  I made a screen with an 8" by 10" picture frame and some panty hose.  I grabbed the old blender and got to work.  I used mostly shredded mail with some bits of tissue and construction paper thrown in for color.  I also added dried lavender for texture and scent.  I ended up with about 25 sheets of 8" by 10" paper.

Now... What's a girl to do with all this beautiful paper???

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / OWL Pouch on: February 20, 2007 09:45:40 PM
 Cheesy I am so excited about this guy!  I had to share him with you.

I created this pouch for a swap partner who likes owls.  It took me hours to figure out how to make it, but once he was finished, I knew I couldn't give him away.  I get so happy when I look at him!

So I decided to make another, and another, and another.  I spent the past two days making these owl pouches.

 Here he is!

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