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41  Re: Round-bottom, Drawstring Bag???? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by meanbean on: February 07, 2006 01:26:07 PM
I haven't made one of these, but I'm picturing something in my mind that I think would be a fairly easy assembly.  Depending on the size you're aiming for, trace a pattern onto paper (in case it don't work!) and trace around a dinner plate (or mizing bowl, or whathaveyou) for the bottom.  I would make tic marks evenly spaced around, where the upper portion of the bag would have darts along the circle.  Then, I would create a rectangle whose length is the circumference of the circle plus a few inches for the darts (I'm terrible with math, you can get conversions online to get the circumference).  The width (shorter side) of the rectangle should be the height you want the bag, plus the drawstring casing and seam allowance.  Stand the pattern up like you're assembling the bag and make tics along the rectangle that line up with the marks you already made on the circle.  

As if you're not already confused, here's the area where you can fudge if needed - actually drawing and cutting the darts.

Obviously, you'd want to make all the triangles the same size and height for even spread around the circle.  You'd cut these out and sew them like regular darts, and then when you assemble the purse, you'd want the seams of the darts to line up with the tic marks if possible to keep it even.  

Does that help?  You've got my creative juices flowing, and now I want to run home and try my idea to see if it would work! Smiley
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42  reconning my fav shoes insoles in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by meanbean on: February 07, 2006 11:31:42 AM
I have this pair of shoes that I've had for over ten years now (ack! I feel old!) and they're starting to show some wear.  They're my absolute favorite shoes, and I need to repair them, Aerosole doesn't make them anymore.  They look somewhat like the pic below (construction is close enough), and the part where the arrow is pointing is what's coming apart.  I literally have holes under my toes and balls of my feet, and I want to repair/replace it somehow so I can keep wearing them.

Does anyone know how I can do this?  Or maybe some resources online to find out how?  I can't seem to find anything on this, and the rest of the shoes are good, just the insoles need to be helped.  It's such a waste to throw them out, I can't bring myself to do that.

Anyone? Huh
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43  Re: A Bag a Month Craftalong? in Craftalongs by meanbean on: February 05, 2006 07:06:16 PM
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I just finished another bag tonight  - is there a limit to how many bags we can do per month? Wink

Boring, closed front:

Front Pockets:

It's a pocket Orgy!!!

Pocket with hidden label:

Zipper top:

I still have a heckuva time with zippers, but I'll get the hang of it soon Smiley

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44  Re: A Bag a Month Craftalong? in Craftalongs by meanbean on: February 03, 2006 08:42:21 AM
I've done a couple of bags, one of them is posted on the Completed Projects board too - what can I say, I love tote bags?  

This is my new, uber simple knitting bag:

And this one is for a swap - it's getting sent off today Smiley

I need to start adding a little more detail interest to my bags, but sometimes I just like to have it plain so the fun fabrics get all the attention Smiley
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45  My new knitting bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by meanbean on: February 03, 2006 12:24:22 AM
So, after several weeks of bags, bags and more bags, my machine told me (yes, they do talk!) it was time to make a fun bag just for us ( my machine and me)  Heh, so I made myself a nice little simple knitting bag.  It took about an hour and a half (would've been an hour, but I wasn't paying attention and had to rip some out), and was actually fun Smiley

Hope you like it....

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46  Re: A Bag a Month Craftalong? in Craftalongs by meanbean on: January 30, 2006 02:40:51 PM
So, I've been lurking, but making bags like crazy, so here's the latest one I made last night from some swatches...

The mod outside fabric is a soft faux suede that's really nice, and the inside lining is a deep olive green taffeta - the darkest parts in the pic are closest to the actual color.  The flash made it look kind of camo colored, which it's not Smiley

The MeanBean
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47  Understated Retro Pocketbook in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by meanbean on: January 29, 2006 07:27:43 PM
So, I signed up for a swatch club (kickass, everyone should), and part of the swatches they sent me were huge upholstery swatches.  PRETTY upholstery no less...so, since I've been doing other people's wants this weekend (or, it's horrid sewing for money Wink) I decided my last project would be just for me.


The shine from the flash on this last picture is a little decieving, that's solid green taffeta for the lining, it's a cool deep olive green.  The dark portions of it are as close as my camera got to capturing the color Smiley

Pretty great for a couple of swatches that cost less than a penny apiece   Grin
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48  Curved Zipper? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by meanbean on: January 23, 2006 08:52:01 AM
Ok here's the deal - I have a purse that has a U shaped top.  It's generally open, or has a snap closure.  Now, I have customers asking to install zippers on these.  I've done one, but it ends up lumpy and unprofessional looking.  I'm slick with flat zippers, but the curving is killing me!  Does anyone have suggestions for installation of such a creature?

Here's the style of purse:

the lovely square sides and whatnot get lost with the zipper, and it ends up looking really flat - like this:

Please help  Huh
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49  Super Bright To The Rescue! (aka, another bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by meanbean on: January 20, 2006 10:34:55 PM
This isn't a new design or anything, but it's a really fun set of fabrics that I just love, so I had to share! Smiley

The Whole SheBang:

Detail of the Swirly Goodness:

Details of my semi-okayness at D-Ring Application:

The Niftyness that is Purse Hiney:

Zipper Shot!

And...drumroll please....

My Favorite of All Fabrics Thusly Crafted With:
the Interior:

Now, some of you might ask, since this Orangey Goodness is my favorite, why it's not the outside fabric.  This purse was a custom purchase, and she requested the smaller swirlys for the outside, and I got to choose the interior.  So, I had fun Smiley  And I will use this fabric again...oh yes, yes indeedy I will....oh yes.
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50  Giant Tote/Grocery Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by meanbean on: January 16, 2006 07:57:01 PM
I was commissioned (sp?) to make this purse/giganto thing to be a switch out purse for a co-worker.  She's already got one this size, and requested a second, so she can wash them, etc.  I have to say, so much sweat, tears and frustration went into this, I'm ready to throw it across the room.. It's done, but I'm not happy with it (perfectionist, are we?).  This was the first of several techniques, pockets, a zipper top, a sturdy bottom and less sturdy sides.  I found out later, I went about adding the zipper the absolute hardest, most frustrating way that I could have.  Next time, the tinafish way it is Smiley  any feedback is greatly appreciated - I never want to make another bag like this in my life!!!  Gah.


Front Pockets(the sideways design - this way it's not so hard on the eyes):

Interior Detail (this pocket gave me so much hell!!! ACK!):

Feet (sorry for the blurry pic):

Anyone?   Undecided
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