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1  Re: swap ????????? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Lia on: September 15, 2004 02:31:31 PM
I have a Huh I'm new to this board.  I have to say I love it.  My question is, Do you  ever do swaps where there is say 10 people in your swap.
The theme is jewelry each person sends 10 of the same item to the host and the host sends out 10 different jewelry items to swappers. Or do you always do a swap partner??

I hope this made since.

Thanks Grin Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

We would prefer that swaps are always just between two people, this way there is less room for a disaster (see the hair jewerly swap thread!). If you need to send everything to the host swap first, for now please do so at your own risk! We would recommend not to, but for now its up to you!
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2  Re: Some purses I made in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: August 31, 2004 03:27:39 PM
Very cute! I love the first one, where did you buy the closure?

I love the flowers, do you have one of those little plastic flower looms? I do! I love it:

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3  Tutorial: Sew Mini Duffle Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: June 10, 2004 04:57:48 PM
I sewed these up last night, they are so ugly they are good. I drafted up my own little pattern and whipped them up in no time. I must admit I haven't lined them but I am dreading handsewing in the lining. I made them to consign at a shop downtown. I used vintage pillowcases and tablecloths! They close with a matching zipper. I'm really pleased with them!





Cut out 1 piece of outer fabric 20 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches. Cut one of interfacing also.
Cut out 2 pieces of outer fabric in a circular shape 7 1/2 inches in diameter. Cut two of interfacing.
Also needed: One zipper at least 14 inches long. (You can always trim the zipper if its longer than needed.)

Fuse your interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric now.



Fold the fabric in half (right sides together), matching shorter sides together. MACHINE BASTE (with a large stitch) along the top of the bag (this is the side that measures 13 1/2"). You will now have a sort of hollow log.



STAY STITCH around the circular edges 4/8" from the edge. Be sure to separate the top seam so you sew over the seam allowance.



Press down the seam allowance from the top seam.


Now its time to sew on the zipper. Place the zipper over the fold you just press down, the right side of the zipper facing down. If you are less experience with sewing I would suggest hand basting the zipper in place before you sew it down. If you feel confident, just pin it!


Switch to your zipper foot, and sew along the zipper tape, making sure to keep a straight line, and the same distance away from the teeth the whole time. You want to sew only through one layer of fabric, and you will see this on the right side.



Turn the bag so the right side is facing out. Carefully stitch pick the top seam which you machine basted to expose the zipper. (Remove any hand basting you have done at this point.) Remove any excess threads sticking around.



Now its time to make the straps. You can choose to make them any size you want, as long as you are sure they will wrap around the full width of the bag. These straps are around 40" long total. They let the bag fit very nicely under your arm.

1: cut two long strips at least 41 inches long and 3 inches wide of outer fabric, or a nice contrasting fabric.
2: cut two long stips the same size as above pieces of interfacing.
3: fuse interfacing to straps.
4: at the iron, fold each edge 1/2 inch inward so there will be no raw edges showing. the iron full length in half for a nice finished look.
5: with each long strip of folder fabric, put right sides together and sew them together.


this will create a nice seam on the outside, and attach the two pieces together.


6: do the same with the other end of the straps, making sure not to twist them in the process.
7: re-press these two areas



Now you should have a big circle of straps. Fold the bag in half, with the zipper at the very top. Place the straps on the bag, putting the two parts with the seam where you attached the strap together at the bottom.




Sew along each side of the straps using your foot as a guide. Make sure to stop two inches from the top of the zipper, and only sew on a single piece of fabric! (Sometimes its easy to accidentaly catch onto other fabric, but you can always use a seam ripper! If you have a free arm sewing machine, you should remove the case so you are able to move the fabric around easily. Also, keep the zipper open for this step.)


NOTE: Pull threads to back, and tie them to reinforce, even if you have backstitched.


I sort of forgot to take pictures of this step, so hopefully this will be OK.

Now you will sew the ends onto the duffle bag. Turn the bag so the wrong side is facing outwards. Pin the end onto the bag using this image as a guide:


Sew this together with a 5/8" seam allowance. (you should not be able to see the stay stitching when the bag is turned right sides out.) Clip the edges close to the seam.


You have completed the hardest part of the bag! Now its time to put in the lining. (sorry no pictures!)

Follows the following steps in order to create the lining:

- STEP ONE (cut out lining fabric, 2 circles, and interface everything)
- STEP THREE (machine baste edges, but first fold the lining in half right sides together and 5/8" from the top, sew one inch inwards from the side. You will not machin hem the top, nor put in a zipper!!)
- STEP FOUR (press a 5/8" seam allowance at the top edge. This is important since you will not be heming it, but hand sewing in the lining.)
STEP NINE (sew the ends onto each end of the bag)

HANDSEWING IN THE LINING (sorry no pictures!):

Turn the outer bag so the wrong side is facing you and the straps and right side of fabric is inside.
Now you need to put the outer bag INSIDE the lining. Make sure the lining is right sides out! (once this step is complete, the wrong sides will be facing each other)
Hand stitch the lining to the zipper tape. Be careful not to sew through to the good side of the bag, and use a matching thread to conseal any stitching on the inside.

Turn bag right sides out and you are finished!!


I hope that wasn't confusing, and easy to follow! If you have questions just ask, or PM me Smiley
If you decide to try this, take your time and don't let yourself get frustrated, because it can be difficult! Good luck!

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4  "Giraffe" Change Purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: May 28, 2004 11:47:08 AM
Last night I started to experiment with new shapes and designs, and I came up with this giraffe change purse!

There is a small change compartment in the side, with a velcro closure!

Basically what I did was trace out the shape of the deer on a piece of paper, transfer that to 2 pieces of upholstry upholstrey fabric, leaving a seam allowance.
I then cut out some felt shapes for the features, and sewed them on one piece of the green fabric. Right sides together, sew the two greens together, leaving a hole along the side (it starts just where the white dots start, and ends about and inch and 1/2 from the bottom.

I also put a bit of filling around the head of the giraffe, to give some shape!

Then I took two small (just imagine where it would go in, inside the giraffe and measure. its about 3" by 4 1/2" without seam allowance) white pieces of broadcloth, interfaced them, hemmed the top and sewed velcro to each piece right at the hem. Then I sewed around the sides and the bottom, and hand stitched the change pocket in!

I'm envisioning many more of these for summer ... other animals, ice cream cones and cupcakes!! Smiley
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5  Rocketship Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: April 15, 2004 11:17:44 PM
I made this for a friend! I found these cute little rocketship appliques at a cool sewing store in Vancouver. Its basically just a jordy bag, and the stars are machine stitched on! I love it, and I thought I would share!

I wish you could see the rocket things better, but they get a sort of glare, since they are metallic silver! They were only 49c!

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6  Re:Band T-shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: April 10, 2004 09:19:36 PM
Hurrah I just made yet another radiohead t-shirt this one is of johnny greenwood I was thinking since i have a thom and johnny shirt now i might just make a whole set with Colin Ed and Phil but i dunno im a little lazy

Hey! That fabric's from Dressew right? I saw it a while ago and thought it was so funny. I'm glad you made it into a pillow, what a good idea! Smiley
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7  Re:Where You All Host Pictures? in Craftster Itself by Lia on: February 05, 2004 07:27:57 PM
i use photobucket when i can't log onto my ftp for a subdomain..

its great too, because you quickly copy either just the img url, or the html code for an image, and even the board code for an image ([img])!
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8  Re:Fun with Vinyl in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: January 27, 2004 06:18:17 PM
Does anyone know how to iron a decent crease into the vinyl?

I find that just top stitching the seam, really pins down the fabirc! Its instant, and adds a nice touch. I would just top stitch all around the top opening of your bag, and it will make it look at lot flatter. Nice job!

I posted my vinyl bag in the square bottom tutorial thread, but here is the one I made!

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9  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: January 27, 2004 10:05:38 AM
Lia, not sure if you will see this, but for the designs on your flap, did you just stitch through the vinyl before sewing the lining to it? I love the look of it - very cool!

Pretty much miss mom!
i made this, incase anyone else is interested and didn't really understand.

I hope it makes sense! And make your design on the outside piece of the fabric, because you sew it together if you want. Its much easier this way!
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10  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lia on: January 22, 2004 07:27:09 PM
Thanks jordy, I used this for one of my vinyl bags, and it worked well! I haven't put on a strap yet, I am waiting to buy some webbing, or whatever that seatbelt stuff is called.

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