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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Giraffe" Change Purse! 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
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rocketship Bag! 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!

13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FABRIC SWAP (sign up closed ; send fabric by April 15) on: March 25, 2004 06:06:09 PM
If you are interested in trading ONE METRE/YARD of fabric with someone, please private message me with the following information:

Subject of Private Message: Fabric Swap

Screen name:
Real name:
Snail Mail address:
Email Address:
Looking for any special fabric?

Please note that you may not recieve the kind of fabric that you asked for, but its nice to have some hints of what type of fabric will be wanted! Also, I'm sure we are mostly interested in more "novelty" type prints, because we can all find something like basic black corduroy (etc) on our own!

No one is expecting really expensive fabric, but I don't want this to get to be too much! It's best not to spend over $10 a metre, to make it fair.

Sign up from March 25 - April 8.
You will recieve the address to send the metre of fabric to, by at least April 10.

Please mail the fabric by April 15!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black Corduroy Purse with a Pink Ruffle! on: March 14, 2004 11:06:34 PM
I just finished making this for a friend, I think its cute, I wouldn't wear it myself but I love it!

The most acurate colour is the third photograph.



15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / HANDBAG SWAP (sign up closed ; mail your craft by: 3/31/04) on: March 08, 2004 12:43:18 PM

I know that making handbags have been on of the latest trends on the board, thanks to some awesome tutorials. I am sure we have all been sewing up a storm making more and more and have nothing to do with them! Here's your chance to make a special bag for someone, and in return get one back! We can always mix up our collections with new shapes, designs, sizes, and fabrics!

So, the last date to sign up is March 17, 2004.
You will recieve notice of the person you are to send your handbag to by at least March 19, 2004.

Please mail your hangbags by March 31, 2004 (You will have one week to finish personalizing the bag, and package it up to send!)

Please fill this out and send it to me via Private Message:

Screen name on Craftster:
Real Name:
Birthday (optional):
Age (optional):
Favorite Color/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?

If there are any questions, please feel free to PM me, or ask in this thread. If you have a problem with anything above, or want to add any suggestions, you can discuss it below.

Everyone is welcome to join, you could sew, or knit, or crochet and be creative with your handbags! Have fun!

[Don't forget to send a Private Message to Lia by clicking on her name. Don't respond here saying you're interested in participating. If you have a question or comment about this swap and you think it would be useful to everyone to post it in this thread, that's OK. Otherwise PM Lia with any questions/comments -- leah (the craftster admin)]
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Crew neck sweatshirt pattern? on: February 28, 2004 11:02:04 PM
I think its just me, but I can't find a pattern for a very simple crewneck sweatshirt. I think I came across one on the internet a few months ago, but I can't find it again, and the one I did find was boat neck, or a zipup hoodie!!

I spent some time looking through catalogues today, but I just can't find one. I know there has to be one out there somewhere!

Can anyone PLEASE direct me to a very plain and simple (and easy!!) crewneck sweatshirt pattern? I'll be forever in debt!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Puffed sleeves? on: February 26, 2004 04:35:01 PM
I've become completely enamoured with puffed sleeves, I think they are just so sweet!
I bought some amazing vintage fabric from the thrift store the ohter week, and I can just see it as a summer short sleeved blouse.

I've been looking at patterns, but I can't seem to find anything with puffed sleeves (and not like huge sleeves, something like this:

<<removed link to broken image>>  (built by wendy blouse!)

How would I modify a pattern to a lot more room in the top of the sleeve, to make it puffed, and how would i do the actually 'puffing' itself?
I've never actually sewn a blouse before, but I have used a pattern, and taken a sewing class, so I think I know a little about modifying patterns.  

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Smocking on: February 13, 2004 11:14:57 PM
I've suddenly taken a great interest to learn more about smocking, and while I know what it is, I'm not sure of the exact process of it.

Basically, its just fabric sewn with a special decorative stitch with an elastic thread, that makes it all bunch up right? I know you can get a special machine to do this, but I'f I have a sort of honeycomb stitch on my sewing machine would that work too?

I'm hoping maybe I can make a cute summer dress or something this spring!
19  CANADA / British Columbia / Vancouver - Consignment? on: January 08, 2004 05:58:34 PM
Does anyone know of some local stores that would allowed me to consign some of the things I make there? Ex. knit/crochet/sewn goods, paper goods etc.

Someone suggested the Flea market to me, and I can't see that happening. I haven't been there in a while, and the last time I was there, I just remember a lot of homeless people selling stolen piles of remote controls.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Pet toys on: January 07, 2004 06:02:48 PM
Pet toys are really easy to make, and a good way to practice your sewing skills! And hey, you know you little puppy or kitty doesn't really care how well its made, they're just fun to play with.

Here is the lastest one I made for my dog. I would recommend NOT using felt, since slobber and stuff really doesn't help it stick well. She doesn't really seem that interested in this one though, I think its because it doesn't have a squeakie thing in it.

Basically, just cut out a square of fabric, draw a random shape on one wrong side, right sides together, sew along the line of the shape and then cut out the seam allowance. I do the cutting last, since my machine doesn't follow all the lines (or, well I dont!) Then, turn it inside out, stuff it with LOTS of filling and then sew up the top, and decorate if you want, with animal safe things. You can also stick a squeakie thing while you are stuffing it.

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