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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Woven Ribbon Mirrors on: December 02, 2006 09:48:56 PM
Those are great!  You could use the same technique to make the cover of a scrapbook or photo album... great work!
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Aprons on: December 02, 2006 09:47:18 PM
Aweee.. they are adorable.
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: new wet felted stuff on: December 02, 2006 09:44:24 PM
Your scarves are gorgeous!  I wish I had been at your sale... I definitely would have gone home with the tree scarf.

I was at a craft show in Toronto today where there were many artisans selling similar pieces for upwards from $100.  You could definitely charge that and more for yours!

34  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Woven bag on: December 02, 2006 09:37:26 PM
Fantastic!  I've always wanted to try weaving and a small bag would be a great first project.  Maybe I'll do little dogs in place of deer!

35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A Tidbit of Lace on: December 02, 2006 09:33:18 PM
You have way more patience than me... beautiful work!  Your Nona will love it.

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: super cute bobby pins! on: December 02, 2006 09:30:51 PM
Those are great!  I've got a bag of those glass beads sitting on my shelf... now I know what to do with them.

Great for gifts.
37  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / Re: My patchwork jean shoulderbag.. err I mean handbag... no it's a shoulderbag... on: November 15, 2005 10:19:34 AM
Thanks!  I'm flattered you all like it.

As far as a selling price... to tell you the truth I haven't really thought about that.  So far I've just been making things for family & friends under my label.  Anyone have any suggestions??  How much should a seamstress charge for time?  Or should it be a set fee per project??

38  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / Re: Recycled Jeans Set on: November 11, 2005 11:18:45 PM
What a good idea!  You took hand-me-downs to a whole new level.  When I was little I always wanted to wear my mom's clothing.... and your daughter can!  Great job!
39  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / My patchwork jean shoulderbag.. err I mean handbag... no it's a shoulderbag... on: November 09, 2005 11:13:14 AM
I used an old pair of jeans & a pair of overalls to make my bag.

After sketching my design & tearing the clothes apart, I cut out blocks of jean, inverting the fabric for some pieces to double my colour choices for the patchwork look.


The front of the bag is designed to imitate the front pockets on a pair of jeans.  There is a functional 'change' pocket and a 'front flap' pocket for essentials like lip balm and keys.  The flap is held to the bag with a button and attached to the back panel of the bag along the top.  It isn't necessary to unbutton the flap to access the main compartment unless you were putting a larger item in the bag like a book.  The logo & Flatline is my label that I use on all the clothing I make.

I cut out a back pocket, stitched my logo across it and sewing it to the back panel of the bag.
Once I constructed the bag, I pressed it to age the seams.

Salvaging the two alligator clips from the overalls, I sewed them both into the shoulder strap so that the shoulder strap could quickly be transformed into a hand strap and then back again.  Not only is the bag versatile in matching with the colours in your wardrobe (jean goes with anything, right?) but the style of the bag can change too!


Although I forgot to take a picture of the inside before I gave it to my sister... It is fully lined including a zipper pocket for those 'unmentionables'.  I sewed a heavy plasticized card into the bottom to help the bag keep its shape.  The finished bag measures about 12" wide by 8" high with a base 3" deep.  The strap is convertible from to 25" to 40"
40  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / Re: Christmas Jean Tree! on: November 07, 2005 05:38:57 AM
What a great idea - it turned out fabulous!

And for the record - it's never too early to start Christmas crafts!
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