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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchy hobo bag. Last patchy bag for a while (I hope). on: August 20, 2008 06:22:09 PM
Everything I have been making has these little squares all over.  I promise this is the last one for a while.  One of my coworkers requested a bag like the awesome dee ring bag, but with the patchwork like the messenger bag I posted a while ago. 
(dee ring)

If these two bags had a baby, it would look like this...

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ahhhh first socks!!! on: August 20, 2008 06:09:01 PM
I am so proud of these suckers.  This is the first complete pair I have ever finished.  I made two other socks before these, but they were both failures and were not mates.  Look at the stripes, man!!  The Stripes Match!!!  Wooo Hooo!!

13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / glue for googley eyes? on: August 20, 2008 07:49:30 AM
What type of glue should I use for gluing googley eyes to fabric.  I want them to stay put without making the fabric all gross. 

Thanks so much!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / dee ring bag on: July 29, 2008 02:24:20 PM
Here is another dee ring bag.  It is going to be hard to part with this one.  I just keep thinking about all of the stuff I can fit inside of it.

15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More little squares! Boxy bag. on: July 29, 2008 02:18:22 PM
This one really made me think.  I wanted it to look as square as possible, but also zip half way down the sides.  I came to the conclusion that it does not need to zip open that far.  Next time I am going to make it more like this bag (also made by me).
I tried my best to get the most variety and color in the squares that I pieced together. 

Open her up
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / smaller patchy purse on: July 08, 2008 08:59:05 AM
Here is another from my "line" of patchwork bags.  I'm keeping this one for myself. 

You gotta love it when you found a bag that goes with everything.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yin yang messenger bag on: June 23, 2008 08:30:52 PM
My friend Amy now owns the origional patchwork messenger bag.  She had a special request from one of her co-workers for me to make this one.  This girl wanted a yin yang applique and dragon print.  I came up with a way to combine the two without the bag looking too busy. 
Flip that flap up.

Inside shot.  You can see the interior pocket from here.

It broke my heart to put that awesome Alexander Henry fabric on the inside of the bag.  It just had to happen that way though.

Here is the link to the tutorial.
In this case you just have solid panels instead of constructing the patchwork ones.   
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork messenger bag tutorial on: June 14, 2008 04:48:04 PM
This one nearly killed me.  Those of you who have written up tutorials as you make a project know what I am talking about. 
Here is the origional.
Here it is. 
The scrapstash busting messenger bag!

First you get to bust your scrap stash a little.  Pick out your favorites and brightest colors.

Iron everything flat and cut out squares mine measure 3 by 3
I always go crazy and cut out way more then I need.  I actually used 64 squares. 

This is my favorite part!! You get to arrange the squares in a pleasing pattern (or non-pattern).  Mine are meant to be random, but I do want to disperse the colors evenly.  I tried to blues and blues away from each other and such.

Flip all of the squares over and arrange them very close to each other.  Iron on a layer of fusible interfacing to the backs of the squares. 

Cut the squares apart.

Start sewing the squares together in rows.  I always sew a straight stitch and then a zigzag close to the edge when doing the patchwork section. 

When you have two rows, press them flat and then pin them together.  Make sure your seams match up.  Sew a straight seam to attach them and then another zigzag to secure them.  Keep going until you have a large rectangle.  Mine is four squares by five squares.  It measures about 12 by 14 inches.

Repeat this whole process until you have three patchwork rectangles.   

Now you get to cut out the sides and lining pieces. 

Black fabric. 
Large rectangles x 3        12x14 inches
Long rectangles x 2      3x14 inches
Short rectangles x 4       3x 12 inches

Fuse interfacing to each of these pieces.
I also use a heavier sew-in interfacing that gets attached to the lining. 
Cut these pieces out of heavier interfacing.
Large rectangles x 3        12x14 inches
Long rectangles x 1      3x14 inches
Short rectangles x 2       3x 12 inches

Cut out more black fabric for the strap. 
7 by 42 inches
Fuse interfacing to the back of this fabric

Fold the edges into the middle and press.

Fold the whole thing over again and press.

Topstitch close to both sides. 

Set strap off to the side.

Assemble the pocket..
Put together four of the scrap squares using the same technique as in the beginning. 
Cut out a black rectangle the same shape as the patchwork square

Stack these together with right sides facing each other.
Sew around, but leave an opening at the bottom to turn it inside out.

Flip it inside out and use a chopstick to pop out the corners.
Grab one of the large black rectangles.  Place the square where you want the pocket to be and pin it down.  Stitch around the pocket you will catch the turning opening in the seam.

Time to start assembling the lining.
When I attach the lining pieces, I layer the heavier interfacing with the lining as put it together.  I sew it together all at once.  You can see in the picture, the white stuff is the interfacing. 
I started with attaching the bottom (longer rectangle) to one of the large lining rectangles.
Leave an opening about five inches long on this piece (for turning later).(I dont zigzag the lining pieces.  I think I can get by with out it.  I do however zigzag the outside pieces just in case.)   

Attach the sides in the same fashion.
Sew the bottom of the side pieces to the bottom piece.

Pin the other large rectangle to the rest of the lining.  Sew the bottom and sides to the rest of the lining.

Time to get nuts.  This part is pretty cool.
Look at your three patchwork pieces and pic out your favorite.  This one is going to be the turned into the flap.
Fold the patchwork rectangle in half and cut out a curve like this.

Lay the piece on top of your left over large black rectangle and interfacing.
Cut those pieces to match the patchwork piece. 

Attach a piece of nylon webbing about 6 inches long to the center of the lining part of the flap about three inches away from the edge.  Flip up the lose end of the webbing and pin it out of the way. 

Now it is time to start applying the scary bias tape.  I absolutely love the look of bias tape binding, but have a hell of a time getting it on there and not looking like crap.  I bought one of these handy dandy feet for my machine off of ebay.  I just did a search for bias foot and 22 items like this showed up.  It takes me less than ten minutes to take care of edging like this.  I love this foot!!!  With a regular foot, this would have taken me an hour to get it to look right.  I am completely anal about this stuff.

So anyway, the bias tape goes around the sides and bottom of the flap.  The top stays raw.

Assemble the outer part of the bag the same way you did the lining. 

The only difference is instead of leaving a hole for turning, you need to pin a six-inch length of nylon webbing to the front and center.  Here you see a little of the tail hanging out where it has been sewn into the seam. 

Pin the straps and the flap to the outer part of the bag and stitch those down.

Grab the lining section and flip it right side out.  Put it inside of the outer section, line everything up, pin all the way around, and then finally sew around the entire opening of the bag.  Pull the lining outside and this is what you have.
Flip the entire thing inside out through the hole you left in the lining. 
Pin that hole closed and stitch it down.  (I add my tag at this stage)

Use the nylon straps to attach whatever closure apparatus you want.  I used one of those plastic buckles.  Just thread it through, pull it back behind itself and sew it down to make a loop.  I did this on both sides.  Click it together and you are finally finished. 

Here is what mine looks like on the inside.

Heres the glory shot.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / round bottom bag with patchwork insert on: May 13, 2008 07:52:50 PM
I had some little squares left over from this bag.
I also got a little sick of working with zippers.  I never thought I would ever master the button hole option on my machine, but its not really so bad.  I really love going through my button jar so I should make more like this.  (oh there's another row of squares on the back.)

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / mom makes me crazy on: May 10, 2008 10:51:26 PM
Now that I look back at my life, I realize that my mom was really awesome.  She did teach me how to sew.  Sewing is a huge part of my life now.  She was just so critical.  When I would finish a project, she would look it over and then point out all of the things that could have been done better.  I remember cutting corners and doing things wrong on purpose just to piss her off.  I thought my ways were better. 

Years later, I am such the better seamstress because of the critical eye I have developed because of her.  She is one of my biggest fans now.  Every mothers day I make her a bag and I agonize over whether it will be good enough for her.  This is what I came up with... I almost trashed it and started over with something else just because the zipper section seemed a little wonky to me.  My husband told me I am nuts.  When I filled it up, I felt a little better about it. Here is to moms and Mothers Day and making me crazy.

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