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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink Pirate vinyl bag on: March 07, 2007 10:34:40 AM
Found this fabric last week and had to have it.  Had to have some vinyl to go with it, too.  I also bought red and royal blue vinyl but haven't made it up yet.

I intend for this to be a diaper bag, but it wouldn't have to be.  It is HUGE.  The next ones won't be so large.  It has two elastic pockets on the inside and one plain pocket on the outside.  Two magnetic snaps close it.  The strap is adjustable so it could be worn messenger style.

I'm not usually conservative with pockets but this was my second time with vinyl and I didn't want to use up huge amounts of the pirate fabric in case it didn't work well.

I have a couple of lessons learned but overall, I'm happy.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Messenger style diaper bag recon on: March 07, 2007 08:11:00 AM
This is a new messenger bag.  I added the lining, 5 elastic pockets on the inside (1 on each side, then the back divided into 1/4, 1/4, and 1/2), a small pocket on the outside, a padded shoulder strap, and a pocketchanger.

My husband loved this but hated the fabric.  His suggestion was to use manlier fabrics and market them as daddy diaper bags.  I think he's right, but I would want to make a few more with feminine fabrics, too.

I also want to add a large zipper pocket to the outside of the backside.

What do you think?  
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Musical Tote on: February 28, 2007 06:53:00 AM
This one is tan twill with music fabric for the pockets and lining.

This was the second attempt at putting a zipper top in.  I looked a all the tuts on here (I think) and parsed several methods together, but don't ask me how I did it this time.  I am not sure I recall!

I didn't have enough fabric to put pockets on the inside.  In retrospect, I should've just used solid black and made at least an open top pocket inside if not a zippered pocket.

Oh, well, it is finished now!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Twin Baby Girl Jumpers on: February 21, 2007 06:09:04 PM
These are reversible jumpers sized 6-12 mo for twin girls.  

They are cotton and if you have them on with the gingham side showing, the floral print peeks through at the hem.

I put yellow flower buttons on one and green on the other for three reasons:  1) I hate to make exactly the same thing, 2) I think even twins should have a tiny bit of uniqueness about them that shows, and 3) I didn't have two button sets in the same color.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / file folder envelope HOUNDSTOOTH on: November 27, 2006 08:34:22 AM
I bought this fabric back in the summer to make myself a fall/winter bag.  I haven't gotten around to that yet, but I have leftovers.

My immediate need is  sleeve/envelope/something to hold file folder and a notebook while I job interview.  This is what I made this morning for my 1 p.m. interview!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / gifts for teachers on: October 31, 2006 05:45:35 AM
In the "holiday handmade disappointment" thread, it has really spun into great ideas for teachers. 

Forgive me for not giving proper credit, but one poster said she made a teacher a scarf in the school colors.  I think that's a fabulous idea.

In the past, I Helped my niece and nephew make beer bread mix (you don't have to use beer) and put it in a sealed baggie and then in a nice tin from the dollar store.  I made them handwrite the instructions on a card.

Kids like getting involved in making gifts for teachers, and I think mix gifts are a good way to do it.

WOuld love to have a thread on other teacher gift ideas, even if they are repeats from the "disappointment" thread or posted elsewhere.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / small sets for a diaper cake on: October 11, 2006 11:15:43 AM
A local woman makes diaper cakes and she has called on me a few times to make up personalized items that she incorporates into the diaper cakes.  they turn out so cute!  The set is a tiny (like 26" square) fleece blanket, a bib, and a burp cloth.

Before, she took this set. . .

And turned it into this cake. . .

Plus she had a nice write up in the Biz section of our local paper yesterday, so I hope she gets more orders for personalized cakes so that I can make more for her.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / hooded towels with machine applique' embroidery on: October 06, 2006 10:18:59 AM
I woke up at 4:45 this morning itchin' to make hooded towels for tomorrow's craft show.  Each one has a coordinating wash cloth.  I probably won't sell a thing.  It was either make hooded towels or a diaper bag or two.  Since I prefer custom orders for the diaper bags. . . This is what I did!  Most of the designs are free patterns from annthegran.com.  

The dragonfly is the only one that isn't applique.

The pirate one will match the blanket/bib/pocketchanger gift set if someone wants to go hog wild and get a complete set.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / 2 more gift sets--including PIRATE blankie on: September 30, 2006 02:29:20 PM
I made these two today. Well, they are almost complete.  I need to make a pirate pocketchanger and I need to make a "let's pretend" bib.  Any ideas for the "pretend" bib are welcome.  Otherwise, I'm just going to applique some of the fabric swatches, like 3 of the boys' faces, onto the bib.

Both are backed with red flannel.  The "let's pretend" is coupled with short pile golden fur.

Sorry the pics are so dark.  I need to fiddle with the cam settings.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Raggedy Ann/ USA theme diaper tote on: September 30, 2006 12:45:39 PM
I just completed this custom ordered diaper tote.  This was my first true attempt at putting a zipper top in a lined tote.  It went pretty well once I figured it out.  I searched the tuts here and also looked at pattern instructions in the fabric store this morning.

The lining, which you can't see very well, has a Raggedy Ann theme to it with lots of patriotic stuff and "Made in the USA" and so forth.  

I put in lots of pockets, and 2 pen/pencil channels.  When you have deep totes, you gotta have pencil channels or you'll be fishing for a writing utensil forever.  The whole thing has pretty heavy interfacting (sew in kind).  The exterior is red duck cloth.  Between the duck cloth and the interfacing, she's a sturdy bag, but not too heavy, I think.

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