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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring back packs on: December 08, 2008 09:19:36 PM
I have been meaning to make some of these for ages and finally made these today. 

The blue one I made for my niece for Xmas and liked it so made myself one.  I made my niece a purse to go with hers but I added a zip pocket to mine.  Blue one is lined with aqua cotton and mine is lined with pink gingham.  I roughly copied the tutorial found here  http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/09/tutorial-reversible-patchwork-bag.html
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Green and gun metal byzantine chains on: October 21, 2007 04:24:09 AM
These are my latest attempts at chain maille.  The gun metal my husband nabbed and the green I have claimed.  Hope you like them.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Necklace addiction...can't stop...must seek help (way too many pics!!) on: October 13, 2007 09:38:31 PM
Here's some completed projects I have done over the last couple of weeks.  Nothing terribly difficult but I can't seem to stop myself making these. 

  Polymer clay pendant made by me and my 11yo son

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / chain maille bracelet on: October 06, 2007 09:42:50 PM
I bought a book on wire chains on Friday and although I don't have the correct wire to make the jump rings yet (I really wish the post man would hurry up) I thought I'd make do with some wire that I had lying around.  I think it turned out OK, what'cha reakon???

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Inca Puno dangle thingy (photo fat) on: October 05, 2007 05:32:06 PM
This is my first attempt at making jump rings and chain jewellery.  I didn't have the correct guage wire so I made a short chain just to play and added a gemstone on the end.  I have it hanging at the top of the stairs just so I can show it off.  I know its not too grand but I like it. Let me know what you think

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grungy phone sock (pics now working) on: September 15, 2007 06:04:20 PM
My son wanted a phone sock for his mobile phone.  The design and colours were his choice.  I used a cross stitch to sew on the velcro and sewed straight across the flap rather than turn the edges under so it would fray and add to the grungy look.  I have pictured it with my phone to show the size

I have had somewhat of a sewing hiatus lately so I thought this small project might kickstart some creative happenings.  Comments always appreciated.  Lisa
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / kumihimo braid on: May 30, 2007 02:56:46 AM
I'm not really sure if this is the correct forum for this so if not I apologise and feel free to move it to the correct place.  I recently got hooked on Kumihimo braiding and here's the first few I have completed or started. It's very relaxing to do and I hope to soon have a marudai which is the braiding stand they are made on.  At the moment I am using a piece of cardboard but it works fine while I am learning.  Hope you like........
8 thread - 2 colours
8 thread - 4 colours
 16 thread braid
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Appliqued sailing boat pillow on: May 06, 2007 08:06:05 PM
Here's a pillow fresh off the sewing machine.  I made it for my eldest son to replace the Winnie The Pooh one I made him about 8 years ago that is almost in tatters.  It took a bit of convincing to get him to give the old pillow up but I think he'll like this one.  Well I hope he will.

And a close up of the applique
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Continuous zip purses *now with tutorial* on: April 17, 2007 03:10:49 AM
Ok, I went back to work today from the Easter break and one of the girls in the office had a handbag that she purchased in USA at Christmas made from a continuous zip.  Everyone oohed and aaahed and completely freaked out that such a thing was possible and I grinned from ear to ear admiring its crafty goodness.  She said she wanted a small purse made the same way but couldn't find one.  Stupid comment #1 from me:  Too easy I'll make you one! (Ha, I had no idea how to start).  Really she said, but I'm leaving work next Friday, I'll pick it up in the next couple of weeks.
Stupid comment #2 from me:  No problems, I'll make it tonight and you can have it tomorrow. (Ha Ha, still had no idea how to start).  Wow that would be great she says, I'll pay you if you do.
Stupid comment #3 from me:  No, don't do that, it will be an experiment anyway.  (Yep, that's an understatement).
So I went to the shop to purchase 4 meters of continuous zipper.  The shop keeper could not understand why I would need 4 meters of zip for a purse  Huh (ah ha, must go back in and show him why). So without further ado....... my attempts at not one, but two zip purses!!

 And my little mate hoot that I crafted yesterday.

Continuous Zipper Purse Tutorial

This is the method that I worked out to make these purses.  This may not be the only way to make these; in fact this may not even be the best way but feel free to use this tutorial to make your own zipper purses.  I would love to see the finished purses you make.

1.   Start at the top end of the zipper with the teeth closed, sew a bar tack or a few zig zag stitches across the teeth to keep the zip pull from coming off (not pictured)

2.   Fold the end of the zip back around 6 or however wide you want your purse.  Fold so that the right sides of the zip are facing.  Sew a very narrow seam starting from the fold.  Sew until you reach the bar tack which should be about 1/8 inch from the end of the zip.
3.   With the needle in the lowest position, raise your presser foot and rotate the top part of the zip until the narrow end is lying parallel to the long edge of the zip underneath and continue sewing your narrow seam, stopping a couple of mm from the edge of the narrow end.

4.   Keep your needle in the lowest position and raise the presser foot again, pivoting the top  half of the zipper until the long sides are again parallel like they were when you first started.  Keep sewing a narrow seam around and around in circles until the purse is the desired height.  Mark with a pin on the bottom round where the corner of the purse will be.  This should be directly below the fold in the top of the purse like pictured.  Sew your seam to approx inch short of this pin and remove the purse from the machine.

5.  Ensure the zip is open across the top and turn the purse inside out and lay it flat so that the unsewn edges of the bottom of the purse are in line.  Start sewing from the folded unsewn edge to the other end stopping opposite your finished stitches from the other side.  Remove the purse from the machine and sew across the end of the short end of the zip to close the gap that you left when sewing up the sides.

6.   Turn your purse right side out.  The top and bottom should look like this:

Finished!!!!!  I hope this was clear enough.  If you have any problems I will do my best to help you out.  Don't forget to post pics of your finished purses!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 15 minute phone cozies and that darn nosey frog on: April 15, 2007 08:26:56 PM
Trying to make the most of a day off work I made these two quick phone purses this morning.  The white one is lined with a cream coloured fabric with gold glitter on it and closes with a green rhinestone (?) press stud and the red stripey one is lined with white satin and closes with velcro.  As it turns out the press stud closure isn't all that great on a phone cozy (I'm afraid I'll crack the screen on my phone) so I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.  Oh well she who dies with the most purses wins....right!!!!  Anyone care to do a swap for it??

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