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21  Blue Toile Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: January 11, 2007 08:01:28 PM
Just finished this one, first time using the Toile print.  The material is a canvas type with a blue/cream Toile print.  Matching blue canvas/denimy material lining, silver D-Rings attaching strap.  I also added silver eyelets, one on each side, sewed blue grosgrain ribbon, snipped the ends into fancy ribbon tips and tied them in a bow.

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22  My First Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: January 07, 2007 03:21:16 PM
I took an image in my head thinking about wallets I've purchased in the past, cut out the fabric and just started sewing.  I had a handful of goofs and did some pretty good cover ups.  I would have to say the only thing that I couldn't cover up was the extra waves of fabric on the middle part where the zipper change pouch is.

Velcro flap closure
Slots for credit cards
Clear sleeve for your ID
Zippered  pouch for change/$$

What do you think?  Any suggestions on how to make it where it's not so floppyish with the extra fabric in the middle?  Any comments or suggestions are welcome as I want to make more.  This one took me about an hour and a half to complete.

This matches the purse I just made and posted recently as well (see link).
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23  Just like riding a bike in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: December 30, 2006 10:00:35 PM
It's been so long since I've had the chance to sew a purse, I had to say it's just like riding a bike...you never forget.   Grin  Anyhew, the only thing I don't like is that I forgot to add a closure to the top but since it's kind of a tote/purse, it really isn't that big of a deal.  I want to make a matching wallet as well.  The lining I got from Walmart a couple years ago and only bought like a yard of it but now I wish I had bought more.  It's a denim type material as is the outside too.  There was an extra piece I had cut so I appliqued it to the front and hand sewed matching mini beads on each color strip.  All in all I love the bag and can't wait to make more.  Dimensions are:

11" across top
15" across bottom
12.5" tall
Applique is 8" across x 4" down
Strap is 31" long
*Sorry, no measurements of depth, maybe 1.5 to 2"?

Comments welcome...thanks!

Bag sitting up:

Bag laying down:


Close up of lining:
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24  Children's Aprons (image heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by janetsjunk on: December 16, 2006 08:18:29 PM
It's been forever and a day since I've sewn so I got busy today and made a bunch of aprons.  I've been selling them after making one for my son (see picture) for Christmas to go along with his Easy Bake Oven.  Yes, boys cook too.  Smiley  Anyways, I made plain heart one first, then made my sons with Disney Cars and finished out the day with two Disney Princess prints.  I've sold the 3 others and still have to make 3 more for people that already have their money in.  I've had so much fun doing this.  It's my own pattern, just had the image in my head, drew it out on paper and shazam...there you have it.

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25  Re: Winter Bag Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by janetsjunk on: December 23, 2005 06:10:53 PM
I knew there was something I'd forget to add to my note.  The first one was the test run and when I tried to fit my phone in it (which is what I thought was the size of your phone), it fit too tight.  So I made the 2nd one and figured you could use the other one for gum or something...business cards is a good idea too.  I don't have pics of the cell cozies but I do have two pics of the bag (one outside, one inside).

The handle is actually longer that what it looks like but it's a shorter over the shoulder one.  Outside is like a flannel material, interfaced and lined with black material.  Pocket is with matching material from outside.  Cell cozie is the animal print as well.  Style is the rounder roomy one.  Two circular metal circle things attach the handles.
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26  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: December 10, 2005 08:08:33 PM
Here are two duplicate Jordy's I made with leftover fabric from two different items I made this last year.  The outside is a thick denim that is rather stiff so it worked perfectly without having to use any interfacing.  The lining is a soft cotton with blue stripes and little lady bugs.  Outside pocket fabric matches the lining.  Two handles made of the denim as well.  Velcro closure.

These are to give away at my church for Christmas...we have a gift giving tree and I picked up two tags for 8-9 year olds.  I'm sure whoever gets these will be tickled pink.  I also threw in a small bottle of nail polish and a clear lip gloss with a key chain that says "kiss".  Smiley

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27  TUTORIAL: Pro Photo's The Easy & Economical Way in Crafty Business Discussion by janetsjunk on: November 02, 2005 06:29:33 PM
Tutorial by Kimberly Mowers (aka: zaum)
Thank you Kimberly for your free advice, it is greatly appreciated!!

Let me first say that I AM NOT A PRO!!  But perhaps something in here will help..

Ok.. the first photo I sent is of the set up where we shoot.  If you don't have light and umbrella stands, dont worry, it's no

big deal.  It just makes shooting alot easier, and if you want a set, you can get them on ebay for about $120.  2 light stands,

2 lights, 2 umbrellas.  That is what I have set up here.  If you use umbrellas, point the light away from your table, and facing

the umbrellas.  You want the light to reflect off the inside of the umbrellas, and onto your bags.  The backdrop is a large roll

of white paper.  I just tacked it to the wall, draped it over the table, and let it go to the floor.  On the sides of the white

paper are two large pieces of white foam core.  I just taped the sides of them to the table and the wall.  You want them

slanted out a bit, like opening up to you.  Not too much though.  The point of these is to reflect the light onto your bag, and

keep the color neutral, to block out anything else in the room that the light might reflect off of.

If you are using the photo stands and umbrellas, you need bulbs called "photoflood"  and you want daylight bulbs.  I use

5oo watt bulbs.  they come in 250 or 500.  They are blue.  This way, you can also shoot any time of day, and not have to

block off the windows.  (For example, if you were shooting with tungsten lights, you would have to block out all daylight, as

the colors of the light will be different)  Daylight reads blue on camera and film.  Regular house lamps and are yellow. 

If you don't have the photo lamp set up, and don't want to buy one, there is a simple and cheap alternative, which is to buy 

clamp lights.  They are very cheap.  I would use about two or three on either side.  (I only put one in the photo)  Just clamp

them onto the tops of the foamcore.  Point them not directly onto your bag, but towards the opposite piece of foamcore. 

this way, you are getting the reflected light instead of the more harsh direct light. I think you can buy them in any hardware

store, and they should only be a few bucks each.  For these, you should also buy "daylight" bulbs.  You can buy those in the

supermarket or hardware store too.  They are for household use, in the lightbulb section, just look for a label that says they

are "daylight".  ( I use sylvania brand) 

If you don't have a tripod, you can use anything tall enough to set the camera on. 

As far as shooting, I have always been a 'traditional" photographer, and only recently have ever used digital cameras, so I'm

sorry, but I dont know much about different cameras!  We have an olympus camedia.  On the camera, we can choose the

quality of the pic.  Always use the best quality if you have a choice.  (highest resolution)  You can always make the images

smaller afterwards, but you can't make a higher quality pic from a low quality original... so.. we shoot on high quality, and

also for the smaller items we shoot, we use macro focus.  For our larger bags though, we just shoot on portrait or

landscape, and they look fine. 

If you want to try photoshop, it's really simple, I'll just give you a quick run down, and if you are interested in trying it, I can

go into more detail later..

open the image in photoshop.  The first thing to adjust is "levels".

Go under image, than adjust, than levels.  bring each little arrow to the first black peak on either side of the black peaks.

Thenyou can go under image again and go to brightness/contrast.  I wouldn't use the contrast too much, as you don't want

your bags to look too harsh.  Under image, you can also adjust the color balance.  I don't use this much because with the

daylight bulbs, the color is already very good.
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28  TUTORIAL: Magnetic Snaps (version 2) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: October 26, 2005 07:34:23 PM
I've tried a few different ways of making handbags with magnetic snaps and this way seems to be the easiest for me.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I did want to add that I had tried plastic canvas as well and don't use it for a couple reasons.  You could cut it in a circle and it would work great.  I always did mine in a square and wondered why they always pokes holes eventually but it was because of the pointy sharp corners.  The other side to working with plastic canvas in handbags is if you wash and dry them, the plastic will melt.  The thick interfacing (not cardboard) is completely washable and dryable.  Smiley  Now on with the tute.


(1) Set Magnetic Clasps (4 pieces total, two protectors & two clasps; see below)

Piece of thick interfacing or cardboard



*Reminder:  If you are sewing a handbag, put the magnetic clasps in the lining BEFORE the bag is sewn together.  This will allow everything to be neatly hidden (see illustration below).

Cut out 4 small pieces of interfacing or cardboard.  Place magnetic clap down and draw circle around it about an inch out (see picture below).

Cut out circle.  Place protector in middle of circle and using your pen/pencil, trace where the two lines are on the protector, onto the interfacing/cardboard.  When done, cut those lines to create small slits.  I did this by folding the circle in half where the lines were, and then cutting two small slits where the fold was.

Take your protector piece and line it up on your fabric where you want the snap to be placed.  Be sure to go far enough down, leaving enough room for the seam allowance.  Take your pen/pencil and trace the two lines again but this time onto your fabric.  When done, cut those lines to create small slits.

You are now looking at the 3 pieces necessary to complete one side.  The interfacing/cardboard cut out, the one side of the magnetic clasp and the protector.

Take your magnetic clasp and slip the prongs through the small slits in the fabric, making sure the prongs are coming out of the wrong side of the fabric.

Place your interfacing/cardboard over the prongs coming out of the wrong side of the fabric.

Place your protector over the interfacing/cardboard and over the prongs coming out of the wrong side of the fabric.

Bend prongs down so pieces all stay in place.  (Please note, I now bend prongs inward instead of outward...this prevents the possibility of the prongs poking through the fabric.)

You are now ready to sew the rest of your bag or whatever you are sewing.  Notice in the picture below that the inside of the lining shows what the clasps will look like all clean and professional looking.

This view is on the wrong side of the fabric showing what will be hiding in the bag once it is all sewn together.

Here is the completed bag with clasps all neatly done and above picture examples hidden inside the bag.  I left just enough room between the edge of the fabric and the clasps so I could sew the seam allowance and the bag together.

Here is the completed bag closed.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Thanks!
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29  Re: Autumn Bag Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by janetsjunk on: October 22, 2005 07:50:08 PM
Okay, here is the bag I received from andreamarie.  She also sent me a pair of matching earrings which I've worn proudly ever since I have rec'd them and have carried the purse. Cheesy

Outside view of bag.  Outer fabric is a brown material that is similar to slacks with a slight pin stripe.  Detailed with hand sewn on flowers with button embellishments in the middle of each.  Tie closure with ribbons.  Good size bag, not as big as a typical tote but small enough to be a purse.

Inside of bag with all my junk.  Three huge pockets inside.

And kudo's to my partner for sending me gorgeous earrings to match the bag.

Thanks again Andrea!!! Kiss
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30  Autumn Bag Swap w/Bamboo Handles in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by janetsjunk on: October 19, 2005 08:12:42 PM
I joined my first purse swap recently (Autumn was the theme) and this is what I came up with.  Thank you Andrea for taking the pictures so I could post them.  Cheesy  It's my own design.  Let me know what you think.  I also added a small pouch that has a zipper on the outside and a zipper inside for the change.  Whatcha all think?

Full view of bag

Inside lining is a real pretty green, with a zipper pocket.  Bottom is same fabric covering a thick interfacing like cardboard.

View of beading on the outside and contrast fabric that is velvety.

Extra coin and dollar purse.  Has zipper on outside and inside zipper to hold change.  I printed out some Monopoly money and put some pennies in the coin part.  Cheesy
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