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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: capn' crunch handbag! on: November 21, 2004 06:26:47 AM
When I tried to sew the felt.box part and vinyl together
it was a diaster every thing wanted to slip!!! jUST GAVE UP!
Is there a secret to it?  I ADORE the purses and have so many ideas !PLEASE HELP!!!

thank you,

dont cut your vinyl and felt to the exact size of the box before you sew. cut a piece of vinyl and felt that is bigger than your box piece. then stack and sew one side. that way your not trying to keep 3 things perfectly lined up. after you sew the first seam smooth everything out and move on to the next - use the first seam to keep it all in place. go slow and use your hand to keep it smooth as you go. i sew with the vinyl as the top layer. if your foot slips on the vinyl use a little piece of tissue under it to keep it from slipping. don't try to turn corners. sew all  the way to the end and then start a new seam for the next side. after it is all stiched, go back and trim all 3 layers to be even.

hope this helps.  Smiley
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: capn' crunch handbag! on: November 19, 2004 07:49:24 AM
What type of vinyl did you use? Smiley And how did you sew it on?? It looks awesome!


you can find the vinyl at just about any fabric store. it's usually with the big rolls of oilcloth and apolstry fabric, but i've seen it floating around in the interfacing section too. it's supposed to be for making things like patio furniture covers and boat tarps. it comes on a big roll with tissue on one side to keep it from sticking to itsefl. it comes in several weights so you have to do the feel test to figure out which one will work for you. another option is a clear vinyl shower curtain or a recycled vinyl bags - the type blankets and quilts and such come in. whatever you use, you can just sew it on by machine using a slightly heavier weight needle. i also used clear thread but colored would be fine.

there's more details on exactly how to make the bag page 2 of this thread.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Purse from an old sweater...maybe? on: November 02, 2004 08:07:16 PM
i made a purse from an old sweater once - it was a silk and wool blend. i just washed and dryed it a bazillion times til the fabric was nice and tight, then i cut my pieces and stitiched them together with some wool thread. i used a blanket stitch on the outside so it was nice and pretty. i put a piece of stiff board in the bottom to help it keep it's shape and a pice of plastic inside the handle. then i made a huge felt flower for the front. i didn't really use a pattern. the great thing about fleted wool is you can just basically decide what shape and size you want  your purse to be and then cut it out. no seam allowances needed! i'm sure i have a pic somewhere and if i can find it i will post it.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Speling Bea, Star Wars, Mr. T, Blues Band on: November 01, 2004 05:05:24 PM
fun stuff - the mr. t is great! and i have to say - your NAILS are BEAUTIFUL!!  Wink
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: creative halloween costumes on: October 17, 2004 01:42:19 PM
my daughter always waits til the last minute to decide what she wants to be (and this year is no different) so i've had to make more than one costume on the fly. one of my favorite tricks is to combine elements from previous costumes to make something new. for example, this is what we came up with this year: take a big poofy shirt, patchwork vest, and peasant skirt, tie lots of scarves around the waist, add an old shawl, tons of beaded necklaces and bangles and top it all off with a kitty mask and tail. poof viola - gyspy cat! i don't have to make anything new and she doesn't have to wear something she's worn before so we're both happy. there's tons of possibilities - just use your imagination. we've done vampire cat, fairy bride, and beauty queen ghost to name a few. just try putting all your costume bits and pieces in a bag, shaking well, and seeing what "falls out".
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old Chambers refrigerator recycled! on: October 17, 2004 07:52:25 AM
i'm going to second all that lothruin said and also add that if you have kids or there are kids around you don't want to do this unless you can rig a way that the fridg can be opened from the inside. little kids can get trapped in them and suffocate. i hate to be such a downer but it happens with old refrigs all the time. that's why when you see them on the curb they have their doors removed.

as another option - i have an old 30s frigidare that i had professionally rebuilt with new motor and (more environmentally friendly) cooling system that now works perfectly and safely. it wasn't terribly expensive to do. i have a tiny kitchen so for now it's my regular fridg, but someday when i move and have room for something a little bigger i'm going to keep it to use for drinks and overflow during the holidays.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Very Gaudi Junk Jewelry Vase/Candleholder/Whatever on: October 16, 2004 06:56:08 AM
it looks like a piece of outsider art. covering bottles with beads and found bits and pieces is very common in this genre - especially with artists of african or haitian descent. what a wonderful find. congratulations - it's awesome!
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: ink jet printing on: October 15, 2004 07:08:13 AM
i have used the ironing with vinegar technique to great success. you have to be careful with the steam and such as if it is too damp (and depending on the fabric - texture, color, ect.) it may bleed a bit and then the bleed is permanent! but if you don't mind experimenting a bit it is worth it. try presetting with a light spray of vinegar and not much heat/steam, then once that is dry set again. i  have several pieces that i have done this way and they wash and wear great.

good luck!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink clover bag with lots of pockets on: October 13, 2004 03:10:08 PM
OOH! that's PERFECT! sneaky thing -  hiding out in the embroidery section. thanks for the tip!!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pink clover bag with lots of pockets on: October 13, 2004 06:04:16 AM
is there a tutorial you used for the zip bag? or would you mind posting one? i have the worst time getting mine right - yours is so perfect!! the whole bag is wonderful. i love all the attention to detail. great job!
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