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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / valentine maryjanes (toddler) on: January 30, 2007 05:48:40 PM
I made these little shoes for my two-year-old.  They're adorable on her.  There's nothing literally "valentine" about them, but they're especially sweet and a little pink...

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Feedsack & Floursack purses (w/bamboo handles)! on: October 21, 2006 09:16:15 AM
Yes, this is a bit "spring" but I had intended to make it this summer and JUST NOW got to scratch it off my To Do list!

Made this for a quilter with a large collection of vintage feedsacks.  It's reversible, made from two vintage feedsacks and bamboo handles.  She picked the feedsacks from her collection (they're not my taste, but it works):

She asked for it after her daughter raved about my vintage Flour Sack purse I made last year:

I'm planning to sell some next spring (no I don't have a shop and am not advertising), but the materials can be pricey, since they're vintage and very collectible.

Hope you like!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corduroy Hobo on: August 28, 2006 12:46:57 PM
I guess I'm using the term "hobo" loosely; its a different kind of a hobo - more like a "Booty Hobo."   I love the way it slouches and how incredibly roomy it is.  

Side views so you can see the size & slouch of it:

And Lining & Pocket:
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bright Floral Needlecase & Yarn Tote on: August 09, 2006 12:21:43 PM
This was my first needlecase ever and I love how it turned out - I made a yarn bag to match and gave them both to a dear friend who is teaching me to crochet.  The fabric is from a nice home dec piece found at an antique store.


And Yarn Tote (I wish I had thought to make this more open on the sides so that it was easier to use for yarn)

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / BDU (army uniform) Purse/"booty bag" on: June 29, 2006 04:56:37 PM
The Army has changed their uniforms, so soldiers are getting rid of their old uniforms (called BDUs).  My hubby is deployed and I am wanting to make him a travel bag for more storage while he is there [not pictured here yet].  I'm not about to destroy anything of his until he is safely home (just a quirk some military wives have while hubby is deployed) so a nice woman sent me her husband's BDUs and asked me to make her a purse like the corduroy booty bag I posted previously. 

I have a post about it on my blog.  Suffice it to say, these BDUs are a tough nut to crack.  But I forged on to create this for her - and it will be a nice reminder of her hubby's tush when he deploys later this year.  I see a lot of people wearing army-inspired clothing and such, but I think its a nice touch for those truly going through it to get to sport their husband's gear. 

Hope you like! Smiley

I pleated the purse so it was a little more "girly" and also out of necessity.  I had to cut above the pockets on the thighs, which made the purse dimensions wonky (very wide vs very short)

Here is the obligatory "Pic of Me Carrying Purse" picture that I swore I would never do:

I used an army desert pillowcase for the lining:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty Lavendar Corduroy, pillowcase, and bits of pink...Purse! on: June 09, 2006 12:03:41 AM
In a former life, this purse was a pair of pants (I found at a thrift store) and pillowcase (also from thrift store).  The bit of paisley pink fabric was from my stash - it just matched so perfectly!  I'm really pleased with this one and I get lots of compliments on it.  Its hard to find corduroy in such a pretty color...

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elephant Softie - First Toy Try ever! on: June 05, 2006 10:46:24 AM

I'm new to this particular board bc I'm new to sewing toys.  I bought a very vintage pattern and after lots of frustration, Elephant #1 was born (I still haven't named her). I made her from the same fabric as my toddler's bedding.  I will probably add some accessories (a tutu and a bow) but for now I'm just glad she's done!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tote for Mom (w/upholstery & mary engelbreit) on: May 13, 2006 09:13:56 AM
My mom owns a business and is constantly dragging work home - in plastic grocery bags!  Its funny to me what she will spend oodles of money on...and then she tries to carry heavy files and staplers in a grocery bag.  So, knowing how much she loves Mary Engelbreit I made this for her.  Next time I do a bag with pleats I think I'll do two on each side instead of one (under the ends of the handle straps). 

The tote is square-bottomed, though the way its pressed against the corner of the window that's hard to tell.  I used a sale piece of upholstery fabric for the outside and the Mary Engelbreit fabric on the inside.  The pockets are made from leftover squares from a sort of sentimental quilt I made my dad (piano keys represent my younger sister, who was killed in a car wreck seven years ago, and the other pocket is "support your troops" fabric to represent my little family - husband is Army and is deployed right now).  For the applique, I cheated and used fabric glue.

I would say that altogether the materials cost less than $10.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Best "stiff" interfacing for making a purse to hold its shape? *WITH FOLLOWUP Q* on: April 18, 2006 08:35:00 PM
My neighbor and I like to make purses.  Personally, I like floppy types, but she would like to make some that really hold their shape.  Is there a product or specific interfacing out there for this?  Thanks
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / holy cow the Electric Company has iron-ons! on: April 06, 2006 10:37:43 AM
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