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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Wallets on: February 05, 2009 07:09:22 AM
How did you get the stitching on the outside to be so straight? I can only stitch a straight line when I use the 1/4 inch foot. very nice wallets. nice fabrics too.
mayoosh, you can use a 1/4 inch topstitch on the outside, that would be fine, though, you may have to increase the initial size of the rectangles you cut, to accommodate the adjustment to the finish.

the best way to improve skill with a very narrow topstitch is to practice. perhaps you have some scraps you can use? I find that my topstitches generally look better if i press them first, regardless of if i plan to use a 1/4 or a more narrow one. 
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Easy Skirt Pattern? on: January 31, 2009 08:27:54 AM
someone did a tutorial fora circle skirt round here somewhere, i think it takes about the same amount of fabric, but the starting piece would have to be larger. a pattern would have you cut the pieces from fabric like a puzzle, so the piece off the bolt could be say 3/4 of a yard. a circle skirt might have to be a whole yard.

but i might have made that up, because i've not made a circle skirt, just those from patterns.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Wallets on: January 31, 2009 08:24:52 AM
they're just a cute little thing to keep tea bags organized in a pocket book or bookbag or what have you. at my work we have one of those horrible industrial coffee machine things. so it's nice to have a favorite teabag at the ready to pop in the cup.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea Wallets on: January 30, 2009 10:43:52 AM
klippyklip, i posted a second kind of tea wallet here, i haven't done directions yet, but it's not too tricky a project.

15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first tea wallet! on: January 28, 2009 06:08:15 AM
i posted a tea wallet tutorial here

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Easy Skirt Pattern? on: January 27, 2009 09:03:46 PM
no, i think the chart is simply the bare bones math with regards to the calculation and geometry. the total amount of fabric will still depend on your measurements. So using me as a example, i would use the 36 waist measurement and the 11.5 radius to make a flared skirt.

so, assuming your fabric is lying rsf and is folded in half and set in such a way as to match the x and y lines on the the chart there (the long crosshairs i mean) then you would bust out your protractor, and set it to the 11.5 and trace away to get the waist arc. the bottom arc would be more tricky, but i confess, i cannot solve for x
now, the thing is, i'm only assuming the fabric is folded in half, the chart doesn't include that info. if you need to make rough estimates regarding fabric, pictures of the pattern envelopes are often available on the mfg websites, so you can have a look through your stash and make a nice list before you leave for the fabric shop.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Easy Skirt Pattern? on: January 27, 2009 10:45:12 AM
you might also consider getting the book Sew What, Skirts! from the library or from amazon. it's a very useful book that explains in approachable terms the concepts to the different styles of skirts, and why some pieces suit one girl better than another.

there are directions for drafting your own pattern that can be easily modified to the fabric you've chosen, and the purpose of the skirt (i.e. is it going to be worn on a to a wedding, or is it for kickin' it lookin cute on the weekends)

It's as good a reference book as i've found.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: another coffee cuff on: January 27, 2009 07:35:15 AM
so this morning i did stop for a coffee! mmmm, delicious!
Last night i did make a second one. this orange one here.
Now, it looks a lot like the blue one, but it's not unwrappable. it's like a cuff. it slides up from  the bottom. If i decide to move forward with these as a project then that's how i'll do them. I'd rather sacrifice the wrappability than the neatness of it.

now, this orange one isn't really one size fits all, but none of them are, really, unless you put a cross of velcro on them, and it don't want to do that, because as i mentioned, i think velcro ends up looking shabby. I think i'll send this to my cousin, who does a fair share of starbucks. Though, i do confess to having a bit of a moral dilemma regarding these neat things- What's the point if they go on a throw away cup? I know it's every litter bit helps, but here's what i would like: a plastic cup, exactly the same shape, size, volume, diameter, weight and everything as this Dunkin Donuts cup. Decor craft sells I Am Not A Paper Cup but that's not really what i'm after. i don't want porcelain. i want a plastic cup.

is there no one who can help me?
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / another coffee cuff on: January 26, 2009 10:06:08 AM

I made this over the weekend, because i went to arriba and was again moderately irritated by the sleeve. what is strange is that i seldom purchase coffees any more, since Coffee from a Shop was one of the first things to get the ax when i was making hard financial choices. (that particular one was hard on everyone else, as the adjustment from high-caff to half-caff was significant!) but the sleeves still get up my nose.

This is a fun project, and it's totally earth friendly, as it's reusable and not made of paper. it's even made from scraps, so the fabric was re-purposed. plus- machine washable. this is a prototype, so this one will probably stay with me. now i've got my legs under me with the project i'll make a few more for my friends who might like em.

i just spoke with my mother on the phone, and she helped me think of an idea! initially i was going to go for one size fits all, but that would require velcro, and to me, velcro looks shabby. so i went with snaps. but to be perfectly honest, my technique with snaps is also pretty shabby. So, then ma said, well, why don't you just make it not like that, but like a regular sleeve? Ah ha!

So, tonight before my game, i'm going to try again, i'll post the results tomorrow. Perhaps i'll stop for a coffee tomorrow too!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New tea bag wallet on: January 16, 2009 07:16:49 AM
mhills, I've got a tutorial here:

they're super easy, and make great scrapbusters. they would be good for valentines!
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