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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl Pirate Laptop Bag 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.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Snaps. on: February 04, 2004 02:21:54 AM
I just started using heavy duty snaps and really like the results.  They're secure and flash, but I always seem to mess up the tops.  You have to pound with it face down, so it gets all lumpy.  The package says to just tap it lightly, but then the snap is too loose.  Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?  
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to make a cutting mat? on: January 28, 2004 12:03:01 AM
Hi everyone!

I've been really getting into sewing lately, but I'm super slow so I wanted to get a cutting mat and rotary.  The problem is the big mats (and who wouldn't want a big one?) are very expensive.  

Anybody have any ideas for a low cost solution?  I was thinking maybe if I glued a couple of layers of cardboard together and coated the top in polyurethane or something...  I just need something that will last.  

Has anyone ever attempted this before?

Thanks so much!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / She-Ra Pillow 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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