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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Little netbook case on: May 09, 2011 06:44:07 PM
I got a new netbook a few weeks ago, and knew I needed a case for when I throw it in my bag.  I am working on a shoulder bag, and used my leftover material to do a case.  No pattern, and I'm pretty happy with how well it turned out!!

All closed up- I figured an envelope-type case would be easiest to construct.

All cozy and safe!

Peeking out!

I've been in a brain funk/creative slump lately, so it was nice to get inspired and creative enough to do this!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchy-sort of bag :) on: October 23, 2010 11:53:45 AM
Just finished the other half of Simplicity pattern 2396 - I am SO happy with how this turned out, even if the sides do not quite line up exactly right Cheesy  I searched all over for O-rings to attach the straps, but was unable to find them anywhere (even online!) so I just used D-rings instead.  If I do make this pattern again, I think I will lengthen the straps- they are a little shorter than I'd like, but other than that I am loving this bag!!



It is huge!  I think this will be great for traveling- lots of room for everything!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New bag :) on: October 16, 2010 06:39:24 PM
I got this Simplicity pattern (2396) a few weeks ago, and have been itching to try it out!

The outer fabric is a bit thicker and heavier, which I think will wear well for being a purse.  I found this nice subtle pattern for the lining, and I think it works well:

First time using fusible interfacing- it is great stuff!  Just started cutting out pieces for the other bag that goes with the pattern- apparently, I am on a bag binge Cheesy
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First freezer paper stencil! on: September 06, 2010 01:59:13 PM
I have seen so many of the amazing projects you all have done with freezer paper stencils, and decided to give it a try!  I had this little canvas bag which someone had given me, and since it is pink, there was only one thing I could put on there- my sorority letters Smiley

Cutting out all of the bits of the letters was HARD (though I was amazed at how well the paper stood up to the exacto knife!) and I am SO PLEASED with how this came out.  Thanks for all the inspiration, and the knowledge to tackle a new craft!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt becomes a shirt! on: August 22, 2010 02:12:17 PM
I've had this wrap-around skirt in my closet for a few years now- I wore it once or twice, but it is a bit small now, and just taking up space.  I found this great sewing/recrafting blog "http://newdressaday.wordpress.com/" this week, and I was inspired to turn the skirt into something wearable.

(There are supposed to be ties over on the right- I cut them off before I took the 'before' pic!)

I took off the ties, and hand-stitched the bits I'd had to seam-ripper.  I also removed one of the inside buttons, and stitched up the old buttonhole.  The biggest effort was figuring out how to close up the back- I had one button left, but the rest was hanging open.  So, I put in a zipper to keep it closed.

I only had a black zipper on hand, but when the button is closed you can't even see it!

I took in the sides, then used the ties to make straps, and tah-dah!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo Game wallet on: August 05, 2010 04:37:41 PM
I had more Beatle-y fabric leftover, so I decided to make a case for the many DS games my friends have let me borrow.  2nd project without a pattern!

It is about 4" by 5" when closed

And this is when it is open!  There are slots for 6 small games, and the two bigger slots on either side are for GBA games.

Thanks for looking Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Beatle bag! on: August 03, 2010 10:28:17 AM
I bought this Beatle-y fabric ages ago, but wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  I've made a few Buttercup bags in the last few weeks, and decided to try my hand at making a bag without a pattern.  I figured out the size of the pieces I wanted, and off I went!

Other than the no pattern thing, the bit I am most proud of is the lining.  I took long strips of scrap fabric that I already had, sewed them into one large piece, and cut the lining pieces out of that.  It kind of resembles a circus tent, but I figure it works with the 60s-Beatles idea Smiley 

And I managed to figure out the zipper in only two tries!  Not bad for a first pattern-free attempt!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first bag! on: July 16, 2010 08:26:57 PM
Finished my first bag!  The pattern is here: (and free!)

I'm really happy with the way it turned out, especially because I haven't sewed anything in over a year!

9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: July 14, 2010 10:32:20 AM
Hi all!  My name is Jessie, and I dabble in several crafty-type things.  Well, at least I used to... I've just gotten over a long period of illness/surgery/radiation/NOT FUN stuff, during which it was about all I could do to wake up in the morning and go to work.  In the last week, I have decided that I KNOW I am feeling better, because now I want to get back to making things!!

My best crafting area is scrapbooking and making other things from paper.  With some help from my friends I have been learning to sew, and have made several things on my own that I'm pretty happy with!  I used to know how to knit, and keep thinking I need to relearn....

So, yeah!  That's me Smiley  I am a teacher (4th grade), I love classic rock, am hopelessly addicted to TV, books, and puzzles, and I live in Southeast Louisiana, but am originally from Chicago.  I am really looking forward to getting some great ideas and inspiration from everyone here!
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