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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / David Bowie bag on: March 29, 2004 11:20:09 AM
I've been thinking about expressing my love for David Bowie (the 1970s versions of him, anyway) on a bag - I was thinking of making one for myself and one for a friend for her birthday.  I was going to scan some photos of him and print them out onto that iron-on transfer paper and use them on a bag (how, exactly, I haven't figured out yet).  Now, I know that if I were doing this and selling them, that's illegal - but is it illegal to use copyrighted photographs on a bag made for personal use?  I've been reading some other entries on this site with concerns about copyright and wanted to check on what y'all think...
22  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / To Dye For sweater on: February 18, 2004 08:12:33 AM
Has anyone tried this project with the Kool-Aid dyeing yet?  I dyed my yarn yesterday, and it was lots of fun.  However, it doesn't look as nice and neat as the yarn in the photo does.  I don't know what mine will look like when knitted up (the yarn is still drying as we speak) but I found it really difficult to separate the colors when pouring the Kool-Aid onto the yarn.  The colors on the yarn in the book photo look like they were separated.  Mine just blended all together.  It still looks cool - I used diluted solutions of Pink Lemonade and Orange so the yarn is all different blends of pale pink and orange - but I'm wondering if anyone has succeeded in keeping the dye colors separate from each other?  I was thinking maybe a turkey baster or eye dropper would help control the flow of the dye somewhat and achieve more precise results.

I will post a picture of the finished sweater once I've got it done - in the meantime, would love to hear about anyone else's experiences dyeing and/or knitting this sweater.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag with gusset tutorial on: February 12, 2004 07:31:20 PM
hi everyone:
i love reading the step-by-step projects on this site, so thought i'd post one of my own.  this is intended as a sort of companion piece to Jordy's square bottom lined bag tutorial.  this is for a messenger-style bag with a flap and long strap and a gusset (inset fabric on sides and bottom).  Here's a photo of the completed bag:

And here are the instructions...

1. Cut out your fabric.  The photo below shows the pieces you need.  From top to bottom: cut 1 "flap" of fabric and 1 of lining; cut 2 "front and back" of fabric and 2 of lining; cut 3 "gusset" sections from fabric and 3 from lining (two gussets are the same size, and one is slightly smaller, for the bottom of the bag); cut 1 "strap" from fabric and 1 from lining.  The dimensions of the pieces should be the finished dimensions (see below) plus 1" for seam allowances.

2. If you're using interfacing, sew or iron it on first - to each of the pattern pieces.  I ironed mine on to the lining, since I used kind of a thin cotton for the lining and it needed some toughening up.

3. Sew the 3 gusset pieces together at the short ends, with one long section on each side of the shorter section.  You should have one long strip of fabric with two seams.  Press the seams open.

4. Pin the gusset to one of the "front and back" pieces (which are identical at this point).  Here's what it should look like:

Pin the corners first: the way to do this is to clip the gusset seam a bit and pin it to the fabric like so:

Pin the rest of the gusset on and stitch; trim the seam and clip the corners.  Stitch the gusset onto the other "front and back" section in the same way.  Here's what it looks like when both sections are pinned/stitched to the gusset - you can see the bag starting to take shape:

Turn the bag rightside out when both sides are stitched, and press seams.

5.  Next you're going to make the flap that attaches onto the front of your bag.  First, attach one half of a magnetic snap to the lining.  Pin the fabric and lining flap sections together and sew around three edges, leaving one long edge open.  Trim seam, turn rightside out, and press.  Sew optional trim around the edges.  Here's what it looks like when finished:

Attach other half of magnetic snap to bag front:

Pin the flap to the back of the bag, right sides together:

6. Pin strap and lining sections together and stitch along long edges.  Trim seam, turn righside out, and press.  Topstitch along both edges.  Pin the strap to the gusset sections, right sides together:

7. I made two interior pockets - cut four rectangles from the lining material.  Pin two pieces together for each pocket, sew around the edges, and leave a small opening for turning. Trim seams, turn, and press.  Pin the pockets to the "front and back" lining sections.  I made one a pen and pencil holder (in photo on right) and one is a regular pocket with a Velcro closure (in photo on left).

Topstitch around edges of each pocket; topstitch in 1-1/4" rows for pen holder.

8. Prepare gusset lining sections same as for main bag.  The only difference is that you should leave an opening in one side to turn the bag rightside out.  Here's a photo of the bag lining stitched together with the opening in the bottom:

9. Pin lining and bag together at top edges, with bag inside lining and right sides together.  Stitch top edges together, trim seam, and turn rightside out through hole in bottom. Here's a photo of the bag after turning:

Press the top edges of bag, and sew up the hole in the lining.  Push the lining down into the bag, and press the top edge again.  Topstitch around top edge of bag, and voila!

This particular bag's finished dimensions are: 13" long, 10"wide, and 2 1/2" deep.  The strap is 48" long and the flap is 7 1/2" long.  You can make this bag any size you want, of course.  This size can hold a good amount of stuff without feeling too bulky:

Any questions, please let me know - and I hope this is interesting/helpful!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with wire? on: February 10, 2004 04:17:22 PM
Does anyone out there know of any good resources for learning how to knit with wire?  (websites, books, etc.)  I saw some lovely knitted chokers and bracelets recently made from wire and beads and would love to try this...  Thanks!

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