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1  Re: Vinyl Pirate Laptop Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CurlyFrye on: July 06, 2006 04:54:19 PM
Thanks for all of the positive comments!  You guys really got me going and I now present something even better than a long awaited tutorial... and actual pattern!  Available at : PinsandTomatoes.com  It comes with illustrated instructions and a stencil to make the whole project super easy and fun!  Cheesy 

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2  Vinyl Pirate Laptop Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CurlyFrye on: April 12, 2006 09:26:34 PM
I needed something hip and padded for my new 17" laptop, so I whipped this baby up:

It is black and white vinyl lined with lightweight black foam.  Basically I just traced the outline of the laptop and then added 1/2" seams.  It has 1" sides and a top heavy duty plastic zipper.  I drew the pirate girl on the back of the black vinyl front and then cut her out.  From that cut out piece, I cut the features.  I glued a piece of white vinyl to the back of the black front and then glued the features in place.  Then I sewed everything down (get a tephlon foot!) and put the rest of the bag together.  If you guys want more detailed process instructions, let me know.  Overall I'm pretty happy with the result.
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3  She-Ra Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by CurlyFrye on: January 27, 2004 06:49:08 PM
So I got this large scale She-Ra fabric off eBay and decided to make a pillow.  Luckily I got enough to make a scalloped flap in the back so I wouldn't ruin Swift Wind's head.  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, especially the trim.

What I did:

1. Cut out one square with She-Ra and two with Swift Wind.  The characters were framed with a triple border printed right on the fabric so this was super-easy.  I think they're all about 18" square.  My fabric was thin, so I also cut everything from white muslin and lined it.  You'd want to do this for the back flaps anyway.
2.  Cut around Swift Wind's profile on the main fabric and the muslin adding 5/8" seam allowances.  
3.  Leaving about 1.75" overlap, cut the other Swift Wind panel and muslin on a diagonal to go behind the scallop panel.
4.  Sew the muslin to the flaps and turn right side out.
5.  Stitching in the seam allowances, sew the trim to the front of the She-Ra (front) panel with the outside of the trim facing inward.
6.  Sew the back flaps to the front panels.

I also added snaps to the back flap to keep it closed.  This was an after thought, so my stitching showed.  It would be ideal to attach the snaps to the muslin on the scalloped flap BEFORE it's sewn to the main fabric.  

Anyway, comments welcome!  This board is so great!  I've never seen so many creative people all in one place!
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4  Re:Fun with Vinyl in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CurlyFrye on: January 27, 2004 05:41:07 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster.  Smiley

I was really inspired by this thread and had some vinyl laying around, so I made a bag too.  It turned out way better than I expected.  The vinyl really is surprisingly easy to work with!  I didn't have any problems with it sticking, don't know why.  :/  Anyway, the results:

I used a pattern for it (Simplicity 8331) which was WAY more complex than I had originally intended.  It's lined with black corduroy and has a vinyl facing.  I had a lot of trouble with the handles.  (One ended up as a dog toy!)  I tried making them completely out of vinyl, but coudn't turned them right side out.  I finally got them with one side as corduroy.  

Does anyone know how to iron a decent crease into the vinyl?

lootbystinab-  your bags are absolutely stunning!  Totally inspiring!
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