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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Capri-Sun bag on: July 05, 2009 10:22:17 PM

I know using Capri Sun pouches is not original, but I love my new bag.

Some background: I work as a recycling coordinator for the garbage company, which means I go to schools and businesses and teach them how to recycle. I needed a bag to carry my paperwork, stickers, other outreach supplies, and I wanted something that was all recycled material.

And for the record, I hate capri-suns and their fake juice and the non-recyclable mylar packaging. But apparently kids love them, and I used to work at an environmental school. The kids would always bring them in their lunches, so I rescued them from the landfill, knowing that one day I would use them.

The straps are bright blue suede from the thrift store. Its amazing what some people will give away! I got almost a yard for only $1.50! I had to refrain from buying the bright green...

The white is linen from a tablecloth (also thrift store).

The pockets are constructed from fabric from an old dog bed cover. I used to work at a dog boutique store and a customer brought it in to get a replacement because their dog chewed the zipper. It was going to get thrown away, but I saved it, washed it, and used it!

For the interfacing, I used an old navajo kitchen rug that was in my house when I moved in over a year ago. It sat in a corner where I kept meaning to take it to Goodwill. But yes, I found a use for it!

The only new things are the snap, and the thread.

Thanks for looking!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / finally something that fits! a skirt from a lazy sewer... on: March 08, 2009 09:06:18 PM
To start off with, I'd like to tell you that I'm the laziest sewer EVER! I never cut the little notches out when cutting the pattern, I use more-or-less standard seam allowances, and I have never, ever measured a hem.

Which would explain why I have a crap load of half-assed items in my closet that don't fit me. I needed something nice to ware to a bridal shower, and after spending a bunch of money on yards of Alexander Henry fabric, I decided to actually try and make this one work. I was on a time crunch and had no additional money to buy something else if it didn't work out. So I really tried my hardest. I took time to iron all the seams flat, I measured the seam on both steps, I even re-did the zipper when my first try was crooked.

I'm glad I took the effort. I love it, it fits me, and I will try my hardest never to go back to my lazy ways. 

I used McCalls pattern number 5432. Please let me know what you think!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / And I call this a Carpet Bag on: January 22, 2009 08:56:43 PM
This is the latest carpet bag I made. I call it a carpet bag because its huge and it reminds me of those junior high history lessons when we learned about people who where "carpet baggers" after the civil war and came with their giant bags ready to pillage and plunder. This bag is not, however made out of carpet (just as a disclaimer)  Tongue.

This is for my boyfriend's Mom as his belated XMas gift. He picked the fabric out and everything!

Its lined, with multiple pockets and a magnetic snap. The handles are cording threaded inside a fabric tube (pain in the ass to do).

And its very large!!!

Thanks for looking!

14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hot pink silk clutch on: January 05, 2009 01:40:46 PM
I've always admired the silk bolts at my local independent fabric store but always avoided them for the most part because of the $ridiculous amount. a yard price tag, but they were having a sale! I finally shelled out a small amount of this hot pink stuff with the image of something small and pleated, with a wrist strap. 

This is what I came up with.

The pleats weren't hard to do, but I regret using so many pins, because they left small snag holes.

I lined the inside with bleached muslin.

The back is just flat, no pleats.

I wore it out to my boyfriends work's dinner party and got a lot of complements on it.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. This was my first time working with silk, and I'm deffinatly going to go back and buy some more in different colors, while its still on sale, to make some more!

Comments and critiques appreciated!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Homer and Marge Simpson...with the amount of pics as big as my hair on: November 01, 2008 11:28:29 AM
This year, I'm finally with a guy who was willing to dress up as a pair (one of the many reasons he's a keeper for sure  Tongue ) but I didn't want to push my luck by asking him to be something non-manly like Prince Charming or anything that involved tights. We were invited to a costume party and I wanted a couple costume that not everyone else would have. We were also on a budget, so we were wanting something cheap. I looked online and didn't see any for Homer and Marge, and he was totally into it (he likes beer and donuts), so here is what we came up with!

His was really easy...just stuff some pillow batting under a collared shirt.

Mine took more effort. The dress is Simplicity 3797, slightly altered to fit my lack of boobs and make strapless. Its made from about 2 yards of bright green fabric I found at Joanne's for like, $2.00 a yard, plus it was on sale. The red flats are from Walmart for $9.00 and the beads I found on sale at Michael's for 2/$5.00. And the wig was the big part of the project.

Having no previous wig making experience, I was slighly stumped on how to create this, but I knew three things: it had to fit on my head, it had to be big, and it had to be blue.

It started off as this:

a chineese lampshade thing I found at the Goodwill for $2.00.
I had the boyfriend cut the top and bottom off and then I sewed the framework onto a beanie.

I then proceeded to sew rows of pillow batting around it.

Almost finished!

Ready for paint!

After a large amount of blue #24 (just like Marge used!) spray paint, I think it looks pretty damn good!

It even held up for dancing!

Thanks for looking!!!!

and in case you aren't familiar with these characters:

For more pictures with our costumes "in action", and because I don't want to take up all the picture hosting here, check out  my blog
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fuzzy Monster Doorstops (pic heavy) on: October 31, 2008 03:08:55 PM
Before I start, I'd like to mention this was not my original idea but I can't for the life of me find either the website, the post, or the etsy store that inspired me.

What else do you do with that fun fuzzy yarn form the dollar store? You make fuzzy monsters!!! Introducing....Penelope and Dot!

Here they are...hard at work keeping my door open.

I gave them a break from all their hard work to go outside and enjoy the sun.

Stopping to smell the flowers.

Picking out a pumpkin.

Oh No Dot!!!!! Watch out for the killer kitty!!!!

Returning home.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I saved a Bundle on Wreath Materials from the Dollar Store on: October 31, 2008 02:59:14 PM
This is my first wreath. I've always wanted to make one, but was always a bit put off by the seemingly outrageous prices of fake flowers and dried stuff. So finally I was going to just suck it up and use one of those 10% of my entire purchase coupons from JoAnne's and buy all the stuff I needed for a harvesty theme wreath. I even got to the line and was almost next, but backed out because I just couldn't reason spending $4.99 for just one bundle of wheat when I had nothing but old milk and green beans in my fridge.

So a few days later I went to my dollar store to get something else (I love that store....I can afford EVERYTHING in it!) and LOW AND BEHOLD! all the same stuff I wanted at JoAnne's was there too!!!

So I got 4 bunches of that wheat that was previously $4.99, a grapevine frame, some harvest colored ribbon, a bunch of fake sunflowers, and a tacky scarecrow to put in my window.

After some wire I found laying in my junk-drawer and just a few minutes later....TA-DA! My first WREATH!

on the door

complete with other holiday decorations!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / faux suede slouchy bag on: October 31, 2008 02:50:34 PM
This is my first type of this bag. I used Vogue pattern 8310 and I think it turned out fairly well.

I used a black faux suede fabric to matchthese boots from Target that I had just got. The metal rings that I used came from my stash of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Carousel Rings that any Santa Cruz local has 'borrowed' from the ride: you grab the rings from an arm while your on the horse and try to throw it in a clowns mouth as you up-and-down by.

I even managed to put in a zipper that was halfway straight. I suck at zippers. Big time. I used a fun and tacky neon green pink flamingo fabric for the lining. I love fun linings because when else could I have used that fabric?

Thanks for looking!

Happy Halloween!!! Grin
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need Help with My Brother Bobbin on: October 27, 2008 10:53:06 AM
I CAN NOT find a plastic bobbin to fit my Brother Pacesetter PS-1000.

I have tried every brand and every size that they sell at Joanne's, Beverly's, and even Walmart, and the little local independent sewing stores in my area.

None fit.

My manual doesn't give me a size. The Brother website doesn't even list my model.

I only have the one that came with my machine, and I'm going CRAZY. I've delt with it the past few years, but just can't handle it anymore.

Do you know what size bobbin I need? Do you know where I can find them?

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork bag purse with matching wallet on: February 27, 2008 08:26:21 PM
Inspired by this bag http://www.2freshpetunias.com/product_info.php?products_id=341 I created my own.

Using this wonderful tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187229.0 for inspiration I made a matching wallet.

And I created customized pockets for my pens, cell phone and other little crap.

I used it today and it worked well, except I need to add a snap or a tie to make things a little bit more secure.

Thanks for looking!
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