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21  Made my first Jordy! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by westcoastchica on: September 26, 2005 11:47:43 PM
So this was my first real sewing project like ever. The fabric is all from the thrift store; as in the zipper cost more than the entire rest of the bag. I really like the outer fabric - it's this tweedy wool blend - and for $8.99 I got over 6 yards of the stuff. STEAL. I didn't have any interfacing, but I did find this thin padding in my mum's fabric stash, so I used that in between the two layers. It's not stiff, but I do like the slightly padded feel.

And I even put in a zippered pocket on the inside. Because every tote needs a pocket!

I forsee many more of these in my future... :-) Thanks for the AWESOME tutorial. Couldn't have been any easier to follow!
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22  Re: rounder roomy bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by westcoastchica on: September 16, 2005 09:55:08 PM
This bag is the reason I joined this site! My sister told me she was sewing it as her first project and I JUST HAD to jump in and make one of my own!!

Heya sis, welcome to craftster! Your bag is ultra cute. And, unlike mine, it's actually usable!!!

This was my first attempt at sewing anything (well, since Grade 8 home ec, and that was a Looooooooooooong time ago)..

I had no rings, so I just made a strap and sewed it on. Here's a closeup of the join and the inside.

Thanks for the super easy-to-follow tute! Now to go get me some REAL fabric and make a bigger roomy bag!

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23  Re: Recycled Bulky Cotton Cardi in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: July 27, 2005 09:34:37 AM
Mine's done! Well, except for the zipper, since I haven't had time to go out shopping for one. I finished knitting this thing about 2 weeks ago, but I wasn't in the seaming mood until Monday night.  And then yesterday I did the collar and wove in all the bloody ends. I do rather like it though :-)

Kinda grainy pictue, but y'all get the idea...

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24  My first sock!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: July 23, 2005 02:44:42 PM
I'm so excited, I just finished my first sock. I really thought it was going to SUCK, but it totally didn't. I can't wait to make MORE!!! I used Patons Kroy yarn, and followed the instructions in Threads Magazine's Handknitting Techniques (GREAT publication with fantastic illustrations of techniques).

Now I need to start working on the mate so I'm not running around with one sock on all day long!
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25  Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: July 05, 2005 10:52:29 AM
Boobholder #2 in progress... this one will be modified to be more of a cardigan, methinks...

I love that this is such a quick knit... (especially the second time around). And I'm digging the green...  Grin
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26  Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: June 30, 2005 01:39:25 PM
I wasn't overly inspired by the original pattern, but after seeing all the variations around here, I just had to have one. I grabbed some Patons Classic Wool that I had laying around from a frogged cardigan, and after depoofing the sleeves, I had my very own minisweater:

Instead of a button, I used a pin that I got at Value Village for like 99 cents. I'm definitely planning to make more - one for my sister in black, and one for myself in green! :-)
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27  Re: I'm preparing for Christmas!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: June 30, 2005 12:25:36 PM
Those snowflakes are HAWT!!!  Here are a few ideas on what to do with them:

1.) Starch them and dust on a bit of fine glitter before the starch dries (a dilution of cornstarch and water should do the trick, then stretch them out and lay them on wax paper to dry).

2.) With some really fine thread, string about 6 or 7 of them together, leaving a few inches between each one (I just make loops, nothing fancy). Leave an extra long loop at the top (a foot or more) and then pin the whole thing to the ceiling with a thumbtack. In the winter, I tack about 8 of these strings in front of my living room window, and then I have snowflakes all winter long. I'm really not into tacky Christmas decorations, but I find that these are festive but still tasteful. And they're not Christmas-specific, so I usually have them up from November to February. I don't have a particularly good picture of what they look like, but here's what I do have....

By the way, my mom made the snowflakes, I take no credit!! I think she just made up the patterns as she went along, and no two are the same. I was SO happy when she made me a set of these for my own apartment!
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