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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making Purse straps using a bias tape maker? on: September 29, 2004 09:22:35 PM
When I make purse straps I usually use the following method:

- Cut a strip of fabric 3 inches wide by how ever long it needs to be.
- Iron a small hem along each side of the fabric
- Press strap in half, matching the folded sides together.
- Sew along each edge

Basically, its bias tape I guess! I have never used one of these little bias tape makers, but to anyone that has: My straps are always 1 inch wide, can I use one of the bias tape makers to make my strap? I think it might make it looks near perfect, and very quick to do!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Buying labels! on: September 06, 2004 11:46:24 AM
I am planning on purchasing some labels for my business, and I have spent a long time looking on different local websites to plan which one to purchase from. But I have a some questions, and who better to ask but all of you!
1) What material would you recommend? satin, polyester, cotton twill, satin cotton, taffeta, or  damask?

2) What finishes do you find best? cut, or end folds?

3) Sew in, iron-on or pressure sensitive backing? (What even is pressure sensitive backing?)

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Thrift Finds Swap on: August 21, 2004 11:08:56 PM
Mailed on August 14.
Post your photo's here!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Another child board for the Business section - HTML Help on: July 16, 2004 10:42:47 AM
For those that know some HTML and are trying to build a website, it can be frustrating when you want to do something, you can picture it in your head, but you can't figure out how to actually do it.

Maybe a new section to the Craft Business Discussion board for be for html help questions. At the top we could pin a topic that could have links to good websites that provide help with html. (Maybe htmlgoodies.com and lissaexplains.com) Sometimes I find that I cannot see what I am looking for on a lot of these websites. This might be because I don't know what it is called, or I don't understand it. But I think for those starting a website, or even those who have had one for a long time, it could be useful to have a bunch of friendly people to help out! What do you think?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / ideas for making frames on: July 08, 2004 10:48:19 AM
<< ORIGINALLY POSTED BY EejVeejY on July 08, 2004 06:19:58am >>

Ellow EveryBody here!

I have a question for ya all! : Is her somebody that can help me with ideas to make frames, i don't mean decorate, but make them with things you find round the house, in the house, ...!

If u can help me, please do! XxX

Thank u, Thank u, ...

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Being Efficient on: June 21, 2004 04:06:20 PM
I'm curious to know what ways you find most efficient to make something.

I make handbags, and I am having trouble deciding what is better: cutting out everything at once for say 10 bags, front & back pieces, lining, straps, pockets, etc., or doing it one full bag at a time.

I think preparing many bags at once, and then sewing them each up quickly would be more efficient, but I find myself lost when I have so much on the go.

What method do you find most efficient for sewing up handbags for your business?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Sew Mini Duffle Bags 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!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Invoices - What info to include? on: June 09, 2004 04:55:35 PM
Hello again,

Sorry for the sudden large amount of questions I am posting, but I am possibly going to consign my bags for the first time, and I have a ton of questions!!

I was asked to bring an invoice which would start what pieces I am bring to the store. I have no idea what to include on this, and I was hoping someone would give me some pointers on how to start one. I know excel/access if that helps. If anyone has a sample they could show me, I would really appreciate it. Thankyou so much!!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Business License for consignment? on: June 06, 2004 10:41:04 PM

I am just curious to know if one needs a business license in order to consign at a local store? I've looked into the process of getting one in Canada, but it seems so big for what I am. I have my own business name, would I need to register it? Or do consigners usually not care about these things?
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / HANDBAG SWAP NUMBER TWO! (SIGNUP 6/1/04-6/15/04 ; MAIL BY 6/30/04) on: June 01, 2004 10:31:41 PM
Swap name: Hand Bag Swap #2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Lia
Sign-up date range: June 1 - June 15
Date to send item by: June 30

IF YOU DECIDE YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS SWAP AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP, PLEASE PM ME TO TELL ME BEFORE JUNE 15. This isn't a problem, because I will have time to match up the participants still.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No limit.

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Of course!

All ages allowed.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: NO

Details of swap:

The first handbag swap was so popular, we have started a new one! There were many problems with bags not being sent/recieved, so hopefully this time things will run smoother. You have 2 weeks to sign up, and the another 2 weeks to create/mail your handbag once you recieve your swapper's information. Like before, everyone is welcome to join (except the suspended traders!), you could sew, or knit, or crochet and be creative with your handbags! Have fun!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name & Mailing address (please double check that this is accurate):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Favorite Colour/s and Patterns (optional):
What sort of bag is more useful to you (messenger, small handbag, tote, doesn't matter, etc):
Anything else you would like to add?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Please remember once you have mailed your bag, to PM me with the DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER and the website to retrieve the information. If I do not recieve one, I have no way of knowing the status of your parcel, and this could end you up on the suspended traders list!
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