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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing bags (not tie and dye) on: February 24, 2012 10:28:58 PM
Hi, I'm thinking of dyeing two of my bags. Bag 1 is a medium-thickness cotton Muji black bag, but the handles are a little faded. I'm thinking of re-dyeing it black, but there is a metal zip. Has anyone done that before, and will the dye get onto the zip?

Bag 2 is a Duluth pack haversack with leather trim http://duluthpack.com/luggage/luggage-bags/messenger-shoulder-bags/shooters-haversack.html and the green canvas is faded. Is there anyway I can use Dylon dye on it, without affecting the leather trim and metalware (front flap and shoulder strap)? If the leather gets dyed along with the canvas, will it make the leather more suceptible to cracking? I'm thinking of using a sponge to dab on the dye, but the edges may end up being a little faded.

Hope there are some experts on dyeing bags out there!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Decorating plain nylon bag on: November 11, 2010 06:42:11 AM
I'm as un-crafty as people get, but I'm hoping to dress up two plain LeSportsacs. One is black and the other is medium gray.

What can I use that won't add much weight to the bags and can be easily removed if I change my mind later? I'm thinking of tacking on some cotton lace. I want it to look a little more interesting than a plain black or grey bag, but I don't want to go overboard with them as they're bags that I will bring for work. Also thought of stamping some patterns in very subtle tints of grey, but I'm not sure if nylon can accept stamp inks. TIA.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt pouch and pencil case on: April 13, 2008 05:31:30 AM
These are my first felt non-stuffies  Grin

Camera pouch
I saw this on Etsy but couldn't afford it, so decided to make one for myself. The etsy seller's work looks far more professional though (esp the mega thick and smooth felt, plus impeccable stitching), but I love mine too! Cheesy I love cameras, and most camera-shaped stuff!

Pencil case
This design came from a Japanese craft book called 'Small felt creations'. It was love at first sight and there are several neat projects inside, which I couldn't get off my head. So I just had to purchase the book a few days later!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lucky Doggy on: April 06, 2008 08:20:37 AM
Presenting...Lucky Dog from the Softies book.

Lucky is one of the main reasons why I got the book, and he can be seen on the cover for comparison: http://softiescentral.typepad.com/blog/softies_book/index.html.
I ended up painting the black of the eyes with acrylic onto white felt, as the black felt was shedding too much. Embarrassed
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birdie flat tote on: March 29, 2008 07:48:35 PM
Hiyee! This is my first attempt at making bags. I've made some little stuffies and a few pouches before, but nothing of this size and--ehrm!--complexity. It's reversible (though the inside cloth doesn't match with the straps) and took quite a while for me to figure out as the book wasn't very detailed about dimensions. The bird's an applique made of felt, and the pocket inside is recycled from old shorts.

Here's the outside:


Tell me what you think! I love bags so I'm hoping to make more.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help identify sewing machines on: January 14, 2008 06:14:15 AM
I love vintage/analogue stuff and now that I'm thinking of getting a sewing machine, I thought of a retro one. Has anyone seen in the Softies book, the machine behind the Tramp Heart Bear? It's a cool looking Singer. What about this webby? http://www.expertvillage.com/videos/camera-bag-welcome.htm Love the pink machine! Hope this is the right place to ask. Thanks!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / First small softies and some questions on: January 01, 2008 06:49:08 AM
I'm new to making softies and consider myself a non-sewer (after disastrous results with a sewing machine years ago). But I recently caught a softie bug and bought a number of books, so here's the result:

The second and third were made from The Cute Book. I forgot the arms for the rabbit till too late, and could not unpick much as the cheapo acrylic felt was tearing. Sad I'm a super slow sewer, the yellow softie which is 2.5 inches in height, took about 2.5 hours to create, including a small loop at the back for attaching to keyring. And I even had patterns!

Cutting the small pieces of felt carefully takes me a long time. Also, tracing with a water erasable pen (and removing the ink later) took quite a while. Is there any way I can speed up these processes? Lastly, how should eyes be attached? I have a book which shows this:
Is there another way so that the knots don't show? Thank you Smiley
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / One more from Singapore on: January 01, 2008 06:33:28 AM
Hi everyone! I'm from Singapore. Glad to see some Singaporeans on this forum too!
I'm wondering if we can pool our knowledge to list specific shops that sell craft supplies. We all know about Spotlight, while Art Friend has limited craft supplies. Are there other shops that sell materials for toy/doll making? Thanks! Wink
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Waterproofing fabric on: May 07, 2005 11:16:09 PM
I've searched the internet quite a bit but can't find much information on how to make fabrics permanently waterproof, preferably with a sheen. I've read about therm-o-web iron-on vinyl. It seems good and easy to use, but I want the waterproof to be thin and flexible. Is there some kind of fabric varnish that will do the job? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Decorate camera? on: April 30, 2005 01:24:17 AM
Hiyee...I'm new. This is a great forum and I see lots of really creative and exciting creations and ideas here.

I'm wondering if any of you have decorated your cameras before? I have a few point and shoot cameras as well as 'toy' cameras like the Holga, and would like to make them more unique. I've used Jo Sonjaa's acrylic paint on a few of them, but the paint doesn't go on well. I think it's a great paint compared to other brands I've tried, so I'm probably lacking in the know-how about using acrylic paint. Do I need to use a base paint first?

I've also used some decoupage medium to stick denim and other stuff on my cameras, but now I'm bored. Does anyone have any ideas about what to do next? I'm not good with sewing and just very average with craft work, but I'm tired of those boring black cameras. If you've decorated your camera, can you show me what it looks like? Thank you in advance!  Smiley
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