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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / porca tote! on: March 02, 2009 07:34:19 AM
I've been using the language part of my brain too much these days, so I've been sewing a lot to counteract that. 
Here's a bag I made after a long Saturday spent at the library.  It is an unlined flat bottomed tote with pleather handles.  To keep the inside looking neat (for myself and no one else) I encased the seams with red bias tape.  The fabric is home dec weight  Etsuko Furuya's Echino.  It's very floppy so it was hard to photograph the inside but essentially for the pockets I made a flap with the pockets sewn on and attached that to the two inch of fold over from the top, that way there is no stitching on the exterior of the bag to ruin the perfectly graphic nature of the print.  Thanks for looking!


pockets in action

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Who's your favorite children's book character? on: May 10, 2005 06:01:54 AM
My sister is having a baby in July, the first in our family.  We decided that because she's a teacher and loves books her shower would be book themed.  I made her invitations look like library book pockets and as part of everyones gift we requested they bring their favorite book for the baby.  My gift to my sister is a book shelf which I am going to hand paint.  While I know they are having a boy and are decorating his room with trains and plains and things, I wanted to keep it gender neutral for any future daughters.  So I have settled on the Idea of painting characters, such as Harold (Harold and the Purple Crayon), Max from Where the Wild things are, etc.  I'd love some more Ideas from the craftster universe so I don't simply put all of my favorites.
3  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / knitting on the E line. on: April 01, 2005 07:26:24 AM
I had a nice moment on the train this morning.  I live at the end on the E-line in Jamaica Plain (neighborhood of Boston for non-locals), and only a few people get on the train there each morning.  So I hop on and take my usual seat and I start to rumage through my bag for my knitting.  When I look up the rock n' roll girl seated across from me was knitting as well.  We smiled at each other knowingly and continued our rows.  God bless the femine arts revolution.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My summer purse! (first real post) on: March 31, 2005 07:08:18 AM
I scrambbled to make this purse last night because spring has arrived and my winter purse doesn't match my spring coat.  I found the lining fabric first and fell in love but it was a bit too busy for me to handle a whole purse made from it.  So i found some cream colored linen in the remnants pile (score). add bamboo rings and voila, my new summer bag, roomie enough for my camera, a book, and my sunglasses case.  All a girl needs to live a life of leisure.

The whole bag.

My applique with some freestyle stiching.

the lining I love, which is a bit hard to see, but the applique is from this fabric.

I really wanted my bag to look like my grandmother would have back in '66.  I think I got that.
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