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111  Fabric Paper (Popcorn) Bag Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: November 04, 2014 05:37:01 PM
I’ve always wanted a bag based off a paper bag. I really like paper bags. They’re such a good size for so many things! I also really like popcorn. This Halloween I wanted to join the circus, so I got off my duff and made this:


(More on the whole outfit is here.)

It was fun to make once I stopped making things more complicated than they needed to be Tongue It’s a habit I’m trying to break.

I used:
A paper lunch bag
Fabric for the outside (and fabric paint to paint the stripes on the muslin. Masking tape and a sponge brush were also involved)
Lining fabric (Cut 2 pieces as long as the top edge of your bag + 1/2” seam allowance and as tall as 1/2 of the finished bag width + 2” seam allowance so it can close in the middle.)
Drawstring closure fabric (I used unpainted muslin)
Interfacing (I used some cheap, light-weight stuff to give it a lunch bag personality)
Cord
General sewing supplies like scissors, sewing machine, pins, etc.

After settling on a plan of action, I snagged a paper bag from the pantry and cut it open like this to use as my pattern:



Next time, I will square it up before cutting Roll Eyes

I just added 1/2” for the seam allowance by measuring that far away all around the bag except for the top (I wanted mine a smidgen shorter, so I didn’t add any on the straight parts there.) Draw where you want the seam allowance to be for the curved cut-outs at the top of the bag. Cut like this for the outside and lining.

Make and attach pockets if desired. (I just had one inside to hold my ID and such. Don’t forget to allow for the gusset and top seam when positioning.)

Take outer body piece and fold in half right-sides together so the edges of the small rectangles meet and the long edges are even. Sew. Repeat with other side. Repeat with lining, leaving an opening to turn bag through (or not. As long as the stitch length isn’t on teeny-tiny, the seam ripper is my friend. And it sure helps with pressing to sew it all closed)

Press open side seams. Trim to 1/4” if you want.

Take 1 body piece and open out a small rectangle so that the edges meet in 1 line, with the side-seam in the center of 1 side. Sew right-sides together with your seam allowance. Repeat with the other side and with the lining.




Iron in folds (like a paper bag!)

Sew closure pieces right sides together along short sides. Press open seams. Fold seam allowances under so the edges meet the seam like this…

…and iron.
Sew seam allowances down close to the edge, like hems.

Press.

Press top edge of closure under 1/4”. Press under another 3/4”. Sew close to the edge.

With seam ripper open the side seams sewn into the hem. Slipstitch the inside side and the bottom 1/4” or so of the outside closed so the opening is only on the outside and the 1/4” raw edge inside is covered. These will be the openings for the drawstrings.


Time to put it all together!


Slip closure piece on the outside piece, aligning edges and side seams, right side facing right side of outer. Slip lining piece on, right side facing wrong side of closure, aligning edges and side seams. Sew around top edge using your seam allowance. Turn through lining and press, poking the rounds (and everything else) into shape!




Top stitch around top edge 3/4” away from the top edge with the closure tucked down inside.

Slipstitch lining opening closed.

Insert string for 1 side of drawstring in and out through 1 side. Knot. Repeat, going in and out through other side.

Your fabric paper bag bag is complete! Yay!

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112  Circus: On the tightrope is... in Halloween Costumes by Calabaza on: November 04, 2014 05:33:48 PM
This year I decided I'd join the circus for Halloween!



I made the dress...


...from my own pattern and lined it:

I love how the lining looks old and gauzy. I was fortunate to find it and the dress fabric at the thrift store.

At first, I wore a store-bought black cardigan underneath the dress...


...but after the outing to the zoo on costume weekend, I snipped some fishnet, tape-style yarn apart and sewed the netting together to make "sleeves":



I must remember this for future projects. I totally recommend it!

Of course, I had to make a popcorn bag to go with it all:

(A tutorial on this is coming here.)
I love popcorn!


Thank you so much for looking!
I had so much fun with the circus.

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113  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 28, 2014 08:37:07 PM
Another busy day! Love the monster, Smeddley!
Gozer, thanks so much for the info!

Prompt:  October Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Ice Planet Popcorn Balls
Project Link: (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436435.0
Brief Description: These tasty and problematic treats were made for a Halloween girls' night. The idea came from a blog and the popcorn ball recipe came from one I tweaked from my grandmother's cookbook. (recipe and a link to the blog are in the link!)
Project Picture:


Prompt:  October Battle: Halloween!
Team:Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: caramelized onions and pasta
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also for the get-together the other night. The secondary theme was make-your-own-theme-party, so this easy-peasy dish (cook the onions, boil the pasta and toss them together with olive oil, salt and pepper) were marketed as gala-inspired: bow ties and cummerbunds.
Project Picture:


Prompt:  Graveyard Shift
Team:Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Lemon Chicken
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Dinner is useful for nighttime! This recipe is adapted from this one. I didn't do the veggies (I didn't like the veggie part of this recipe when I did them before) so I halved the olive oil, ditched the salt and pepper and just used one lemon (the juice only.)
Project Picture:

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114  Popcorn Balls (or Ice Planets!) in Dessert by Calabaza on: October 28, 2014 08:18:42 PM


I saw the idea for popcorn ice planets on this blog, and knew I had to make some for a girls Halloween night where the secondary theme was choose-your-own-theme. I used my old (very old! Mostly from my grandma’s cookbook with a little tweaking) recipe for popcorn balls.



1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
32 cups of popped popcorn (takes a bit over 2 batches for me to get enough from my air popper. I get it popping while the syrup is cooking.)

Cook the first 3 ingredients in a small pot over medium to medium-high heat. I stir occasionally most of the time, but, really, I’m a ditz and I haven’t figured out a way to screw this recipe up yet.

Put the popped popcorn into lightly greased, shallow containers (don’t include unpopped kernels if you can. They’re no fun.) I use 2 disposable aluminum roasting pans from the grocery store (but I wash ‘em and keep ‘em instead of disposing of ‘em Smiley)

When the syrup reaches softball stage- use a candy thermometer or the ice water trick to tell -quickly stir in the vanilla and salt then pour over the kernels. Stir to coat.

When it’s cool enough for you, grease your hands (butter is tasty!) and get to forming the sweet, corny goodness into balls. If you want to make them into ice planets, form each around a strand of baker’s twine long enough to tie to a bbq skewer or whatever later.

Let cool all the way. If they haven’t been devoured after that, wrap in plastic to keep fresh and/or hold together better (soft ball stage is soft!)



Don’t fear candy making! Popcorn balls are delicious and easy! Ice planets are too, if problematic to eat Wink

Enjoy!
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115  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 15, 2014 04:23:03 PM
Congrats, indeed!

Thanks, LM!


Prompt:  October Pumpkin
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Bitty Pumpkin Box
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436229.0
Brief Description: A little box decorated with a little pumpkin (a floss-wrapped bead) and other things Smiley
Project Picture:

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116  Bitty Pumpkin Box in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: October 15, 2014 04:16:44 PM
A while ago, I got a little pack of little, round boxes. For a swap, I decided to make this:



It's very much on OTT!




The pumpkin is a wooden bead wrapped with 2 shades of orange embroidery floss and a floral-tape wrapped wire stem.




Only the lid has beads, to help tell it apart from the base. For the top, I strung oodles of seed beads then coiled them into place around the pumpkin- with the help of a toothpick -onto a layer of glue. After wrapping the side with yarn, I stitched on a scattering of the beads with invisible thread.




I had a lot of fun making him!
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117  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 15, 2014 04:02:49 PM
Great little earrings!


@ madcrafter: It's actually a box, not a spool. The beaded part is the lid Smiley



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118  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 13, 2014 06:28:34 PM
I got a lovely little pendant from madcrafter:



Thank you! I love the colors you chose for it!
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119  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 13, 2014 06:25:37 PM
It think it would, Ludi. Badwolf and her hubby did a couple amazing projects together if I remember right.

Work continues on my research project. It was time to break out the paints for an accessory:
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120  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 13, 2014 06:11:24 PM
Seizures = no fun Sad Hope they leave you alone soon, storerboughtcreations!


Prompt:  September Scrabble
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Home Sweet Home
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Made for a swap based on a pin my partner sent me Smiley The words are stamped on both sides of the pounded pennies.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  September Pong
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: fabric boxes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also for a swap (everything in this post is.) Pixels are little squares. These fabric boxes (made with hand painted fabric Smiley) are square!
Project Picture:





Prompt: September Hide and Seek
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: felt ornaments
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Look on the back and the cuffs and you'll find glitter!
Project Picture:



Prompt:  September Solitaire
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: felt ornaments
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Made mainly from felt.
Project Picture:



Prompt: September Yahtzee
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: felt ornaments
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: When rolled, dice scatter with a clatter...kinda like beads!
Project Picture:



Prompt:  October Hocus Pocus
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: felt ornaments
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Sparkly glitter always makes me think of pixie dust and magic.
Project Picture:

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