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1  Re: BAG CHALLENGE :2: SPRING BAG! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by dory14ksmith on: April 16, 2006 01:08:04 PM
This is the 'Country Mouse' version of the it's Coach canvas and leather cousin.  I love the contrast of the fine print/whale corduroy and the pop of the bright satin.  I can't wait to put it to good use!

Bag Title:  Spring Blossom Hobo
Materials Used:  1yd Corduroy, 1yd pink satin, 1/2yd bottle green pleather, buckles, rivets, snaps, d-rings, and 10" zipper
Bag Pictures:  

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2  Re: Urban Outfitters Foldover Bag Copy *Tutorial on Page 3 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dory14ksmith on: April 05, 2006 06:51:48 PM
Ok Crafsters, here we go.  It's getting late and I'm crossing my fingers that this is a decent tutorial, please correct mistakes and/or ask questions. I'm available for help and I take harrasment well...so lets get going!

Get Out the Scissors

1) Measure and cut out pleather and liner to the above specified numbers and dimensions

Handle Top of Bag

2) *Take (2) pieces of pleather a. placing them right sides together, pin if necessary. Stitch around 3 sides, using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Bottom straight edge is left open. Clip tiny slits along semicircular cutout, not going beyond seam, to allow for curve. Turn a 1/2" hem up along bottom openings, seam around hem on both sides.  Turn piece right side out.  Repeat from * for remaining 2 pieces of a.

3) *Turn a 1/4" hem on all 4 sides of pleather b., raw edges to the wrong side. Repeat from * for 3 remaining pieces of b.

4) *Fold right sides together of pleather c. lengthwise. Seam along long edge, leaving ends open.  Be sure openings are large enough to just accommodate the size of your rope. Turn fabric tube right side out.  This can be time consuming, I used a chopstick to push the fabric through. Repeat from * for second piece of c.

5) *Thread 1 piece of rope d. through the above handle tube. Try using a bent wire hanger to hook onto rope and pull.  The rope should be centered within the tube, allowing for about 4" of tube on either end. Knot fabric at each end of the rope and cut excess pleather to the length of your liking. Repeat from * for second piece of rope d.

6) Assemble 2 sets of a./b./c./ as shown, pinning to secure. Mark pleather at snap position, lining up handles. Install snaps as directed on snap packaging.  
All 4 female ends of snaps on one handle/side, and 4 male snaps on other handle/side.

Outside Zippers and Their Pockets

7) Position 2 exterior zippers at a 'v' shaped diagonal on 1 piece of lining e. Secure with pins and stitch along each side of each zipper.  Open zipper and make a straight cut along zipper opening. Place pleather f. directly over (pleather side up) zippered e. and mark where zippers are to be. Set aside  Cut along mark and turn 1/4" of raw edge under by pinning.  Do this for both zipper openings. Place cut and turned f. carefully over e. so zippers fit into turned back openings. Pin in place and seam around zippers, attaching e. to f. and catching all turned under raw edges.

Cool Take second lining e. and placing it over zippered e. pin raw edges together.  Seam liner e. to liner e. avoiding the attached pleather f. Cut a straight line in the center of the attached e. liner pocket to allow for separate pockets to be made.(..if a single pocket is desired, don't cut!) Pin the newly cut edges of liner pockets e. and seam each pocket closed.  

Body of Bag
9) Pin pleather f.'s, right sides together.  Seam, starting from 1" down from top, along 3 sides, and stopping 1" from top on other side -leaving the 16" top open.  Zippers will be at the bottom 3/4 of the bag. Turn bag right side out.

Bag Lining
10) Take 1 piece of liner f. and add a pocket (if desired) then stitch 2 pieces of liner f., right sides together, on 3 sides as above, starting 1" from top and ending 1" from top on other side.

Put It All Together

11) Place inside out liner bag f. into zippered pleather bag bottom f. Fit raw edges of lined bag into hemmed handle opening as shown. Be sure to place the functioning side of the snap at the liner side of the bag. Pin the layers securely together, sewing over the bottom of handle hem stitch. Do this for each side of bag.

12) Mark rivet placement at either side of bag, approx 2" below seam where handle top attaches body of bag.  Install rivet as rivet instructions state, 1 rivet going through all 4 layers of fabric on either side of bag.

13) Fold pleather g. lengthwise, in half, right sides together.  Seam along long raw edge. Turn fabric tube inside out....still got those chopsticks? Pin seam in center, flat, as shown. Install rivets, as directed, along seam, 4" apart, the length of the strap. Seam both long sides, 1/4" seam allowance. Turn raw edges of strap under and seam. Place rivet at each end. Install large lobster claw, attaching it to strap through riveted ends. Attach strap to bag, hooking lobster claws through rivet openings in bag sides.


If just one person makes this, the time it took to make the tutorial will have been worth it.
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3  Urban Outfitters Foldover Bag Copy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dory14ksmith on: April 03, 2006 06:01:48 AM
After making travel reservations for next week (Boston&NYC) I started itching for a new travel bag. Something I could take on the train/plane, but still metro enough not to throw up any hick tourist red flags.  Smiley

The Urban Outfitters Foldover bag seemd like a reasonable copy item, and after finding terrifically soft pleather in a lovley dark glue/green (with matching zippers at that!!) I knew I had a winning combo.

Sew....ta da!

Additional notes:
-it is lined in a lovley butter yellow/blue green oversized flower print linen
I still haven't found a way to connect the strap.  Any suggestions?
Thanks for the look-see!

Tutorial - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87999.msg834737#msg834737
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4  Re: Circular Shrug- created by keridana, julsey723, guessica, and others... in Knitalongs by dory14ksmith on: March 13, 2006 04:00:25 PM
Thanks for the compliment!  I'd love to share...

It took me about 1 1/2 weeks knitting evenings 1-2hrs...but it goes by pretty quickly-

I cast on 208 sts, for 2 reasons...
     1) I measured my back, added 4" for the extra 'sleeve' and multiplied for
     2) I also wanted a number for the center panel that would be divisible by 8 for
         the diamond brocade pattern mentioned earlier in the thread
I used 3 skeins of about 300yds ea of Encore, an acrylic 75% wool 25% blend.  The only thing that I don't like about the yarn is that it is slightly springy/puffy. If I did it again, I think I'd use size 8 needles instead of the 9's that I used for a tighter fabric with more structure.

I knit the 2x2 rib for 7" the center panel for 18" and the 2nd 2x2 for 7".

also...I ended up stitching the edges together with my sewing machine...eliminating about 5" from either side of the ribbed edges and arcing the seam toward the center of the folded panel.  It creates a sleevey look without too much structure.

I hope this helps! I wear it all the time!!
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5  Re: Boobholder KAL, gals? in Knitalongs by dory14ksmith on: March 12, 2006 09:37:20 AM
To join the 2 garter stitch sections:

Knit to the end of right side row and place the 5 garter stitches +1 on a double pointed needle.  Match up the 1st garter stitch on the double pointed needle to the 6th stitch in on the left circular needle, the 2nd garter stitch on the double pointed to the 5th garter st on the left circular needle, the 3rd garter stitch on the dp to the 4th on left circ, 4th garter st on dp to 3rd on left circ, 5th garter st on dp to 2nd on left circ, and finally 6th on dpn to 1st on left circ

knit together the lined up sts with left circular and continue knitting in the round

This is my first attempt at pattern directions...so please ask questions and pardon the last minute drawing. Roll Eyes
Also, I'm not sure what color...I'll check it out this week at my lys, but it was 6 skeins.
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6  Re: Circular Shrug- created by keridana, julsey723, guessica, and others... in Knitalongs by dory14ksmith on: March 11, 2006 02:10:22 PM
I love a good novel,
and after reading all the threads, I just couldn't put this one down!  I had to make my own ending (kitch) and put together my very own circular shrug....

a tryst with teal
Thanks everyone for posting your pictures and modifications!
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7  Re: Boobholder KAL, gals? in Knitalongs by dory14ksmith on: March 11, 2006 01:56:43 PM
Phew ---I finished my boobholder....aaand it turned out to be so much more....EXPENSIVE
than I intended...Likely because I decided to turn it into a trad sweater with 3/4 sleeves and such...
and after lots of experimentation I went for a pleated (?) sleeve to take up the extra stitches
It's made from a really lux Noro wool/silk/angora blend that almost set my checkbook on fire.
Thanks for the inspiration and suggestions....I never would have attempted this as my first sweater without you gutsy gals & pals leading the way.
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8  Re: judy jetson cardigan kal!!! in Knitalongs by dory14ksmith on: March 11, 2006 01:47:35 PM
Another kal-er here, I printed this pattern out in Feb, but just started this week.  I'm putting it together in the reccommended Lambs Pride, but a pretty Persian Peacock color.  Size 9 circulars  

Here's my progress report so far, the back is done and I'm beginning the left front as directed

I'm hoping that it isn't too large...how is the sizing going for everyone else?
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9  French Market Tote with Stars! in Knitting: Completed Projects by dory14ksmith on: March 11, 2006 12:51:27 PM
After much internal debate on color choice (stripe? pattern? solid?) etc, I finally jumped into Knitty's French Market tote as a stashbuster.  I've got loads of Bartlett fisherman's 2 ply left over from a mittens-as-Christmas-gift binge and what better thing to do than felt it, yes??  YES!

and here crows another French Market parent
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