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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Girly Girl Purse - Pink Polka Dots on Purple on: January 12, 2006 04:23:00 PM
Who can go wrong with these color combinations?  Small shoulder bag (my design) with pocket on front and zippered pocket inside.  I made it for a woman at work, her daughter LOVES purses...and these are her favorite colors.  Only two things I don't like...I forgot the magnetic closure and the front pocket folds underneath it because of when I sewed the pocket on I didn't leave enough room for the fold to make the bottom.  I inserted some super thick interfacing between the outer fabric and the lining and attached metal feet (first time).  Overall it's a super cute bag but next time I will add the magnetic closure, ensure there's enough room for the outer pocket if I add it and also make the bag a little longer for more contents.  Let me know what you think.




32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Animal Print Beauty on: December 23, 2005 06:15:11 PM
This is a rounder roomy bag I made for the Winter Swap on craftster and since my swap partner just rec'd her bag, here it is.  The outside fabric is flannel animal print which I sewed thick interfacing on the inside.  The lining is a sturdy black material.  Inside zipper pocket is made with the same fabric as the outside.  The strap is attached with two metal circle rings...strap is black and the middle of the strap has the contrast to match the bag itself.  I also made her a matching cell phone cozy.  The strap is actually longer than it looks, but it's a shorter over the shoulder bag.  Oh, and magnetic closure using a small flap.

Dimensions of pattern used (not completed project):

7" wide x 8" deep


33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / TUTORIAL: Pro Photo's The Easy & Economical Way 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.
34  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Does anyone know where a tutorial is for... on: October 29, 2005 09:49:39 AM
I'm looking for a particular tutorial or one similar to that I found on here for taking pictures of your crafts in a professional way that is inexpensive.  They had step by step instructions of things you could use to get just the right lighting and how to adjust your photo's in editing software on your computer.  Any help is appreciated.  Smiley  Thanks in advance!!
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Magnetic Snaps (version 2) 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!
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Autumn Bag Swap w/Bamboo Handles 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
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / HOBO-riffic on: October 03, 2005 06:13:48 PM
I'm on the bandwagon of making hobo bags now...and I love it!!  I found this flowery denim like material and lined the bag with blue small flowery printed cotton material.  It's closure is magnetic (which I'm so stuck on now because I love how easy it is and how well it works).  I have a smaller version that I'm carrying around with a green material for the lining that matches the green on the stems.  Tied the ends of the handles together and viola!  Let me know what you think.

38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Magnetic Closures on: September 25, 2005 08:13:20 PM
I've been on the hunt for the cheapest magnetic clasps I can find.  I'm tired of buying them for $2 - $4 per piece.  I found this link online but I'm wondering if anyone else knows of other resources before I commit to buying from him.  I figured it's about 50-cents a piece.  Each purchase comes on a card with two clasps so if I pay $15, I get like 30 total closures.  Whatcha think?

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Muslin on: August 14, 2005 08:06:27 PM
Okay, I have a general question about Muslin fabric.  I'm not sure I know exactly what it is and I might even have some on hand.  I'm going to be taking part in a swap and need muslin fabric to start with.  Is it that really stiff cotton type material that you can see the threads weaved together on?  I'm not positive, I'm guessing and can't tell from doing a search on the internet.  I'm trying to avoid having to go to a store and ask someone to show me.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
40  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Magazines on: August 12, 2005 07:13:43 PM
Does anyone know which sewing magazine is best?  Which one offers the most for the money?  Has great patterns or ideas?
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