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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Japanese Craft Books on: December 21, 2006 06:31:30 AM
While plagiarism is indeed bad mojo, the Japanese also aren't responsible for every bag design available today.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interfacing? on: December 21, 2006 06:28:35 AM
I always use Pellon for my bags unless hell has frozen over and I can't find it anywhere.

Peltex is really hefty, so use that for bags whose shape you want to be maintained regardless of overuse. Most of my bags have this, because I don't want them to flop around.

Pellon also has three grades of sew-in interfacing: 30, 40, 50.

40 is a great mediumweight interfacing that will give you shape but also that floppy effect. I use it on my Mojo Hobo and new Dalia styles.

30 is fairly lightweight, so if your outer fabric is thick (canvas?) then use that. I use the 40 when my outer fabric is quilting weight (<= 4oz).
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Christmas present for my sister! Mmm hobotastic! on: December 20, 2006 10:09:23 AM
Thank you thank you! I got the lining print from Joann's surprisingly enough. It was only 2 bucks a yard, so I picked it up. I didn't want something too patterned on the outside, because it would be loud. The bag is fairly large for its shape, but that makes it great for carrying lots of things.

Sometimes I just want to reach in the bag and grab what I need and not fiddle around with pockets and doodads getting in my way. I just want my freaking wallet. I just want to reach in, get my wallet, pay the woman, chuck it back into my purse without reorganizing it, and get the heck out of the store Tongue
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Super Cute Checkbook Cover & CC Wallet! on: December 20, 2006 07:41:03 AM
*very* nice looking!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Who doesn't love black-n-white? **ADDED MORE PICS!!** on: December 20, 2006 07:37:59 AM
I'm jealous of your zipper installment too! I can't seem to figure out how you did it Tongue

I want to use more zippers, but they're just so daunting!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Christmas present for my sister! Mmm hobotastic! on: December 20, 2006 07:34:04 AM
I've been doing a lot of really stiff bags lately. Most of my designs involve using ultra heavyweight interfacings that don't leave a lot of room for special designs, so I decided to do something a bit more "floppy" and slightly larger than my normal bags. This new design is a Christmas present for my sister. Since she doesn't read Craftster, I can get away with posting it here out of sheer excitement!

The "Dalia" is 14" wide, 10" tall, and about 4" deep when filled up:

URL in case the forums resized it: http://www.fiercekitten.com/blog/images/dalia1.jpg

It has an interior zippered pocket that measures 8" wide and 7" tall. The bag closes with an optional magnetic snap... I say optional, because once it's filled up, it pretty much hangs itself shut thanks to its floppiness:

Another URL in case of resize: http://www.fiercekitten.com/blog/images/dalia2.jpg

I *love* this bag. Usually I want to stick to bags with zippers, but this sits right up under the arm with a 10" shoulder drop, so it's not like anyone is going to be able to reach in there and snatch anything out anyway. The bag is so deep that even if it fell over, it's not like anything is going to fall out either!

I'm jealous she gets the first one Tongue I may remove the hardware entirely, because I hate making the straps. I can't ever seem to attach them to hardware evenly. Instead of the hardware I'd just make the straps shoot straight up and then include some extra slip pockets on the inside for more organization. I try to balance creation costs and creation time ^_^;

For the first one though, it's not half bad!

Any thoughts?
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: anna william bags? a bit of a rant on: December 04, 2006 06:27:56 AM
Well, it is, but at least she knows her name is worth the price now.

Sometimes building up a big fashion industry name can boost the price. Just look at Coach bags. Some of them aren't all that great looking. They slather the things with their logo and they still sell for $200+   per bag! Crazy!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: anna william bags? a bit of a rant on: December 02, 2006 02:43:04 PM
Your reproduction is nice, but I cringe when I see people mocking her pricing scheme.

I wholesale my bags with a brick & mortar store in Virginia that marks up my prices 3x the wholesale price. I'll sell a bag to her for $20, while my retail is $40 and she'll turn around and sell them like hotcakes for $60.

The reason her prices are so high is because of wholesale options. I've realized through wholesaling that my prices are not good and that I am not paying myself a "reasonable salary." I'll certainly be raising my prices next year, though not by much (5-10 bucks probably).

So the moral of the story is to think about why the prices are that way before mocking them. Perhaps she takes wholesale clients or her target audience isn't poor crafters. The thing to remember here isn't that "oh, I could make that!"... it's that we're not Walmart here and there is a whole level of difference when you are talking about handcrafted items.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My New Fall Diaper Bag on: September 19, 2006 02:21:17 PM
Wow that is an awesome looking bag! Great job!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: *HUGE* Bohemian-Style Hobo Bag on: August 25, 2006 07:37:31 AM
Yeah it's a really cool bag Smiley I was thinking of actually offering them as something to sell on my site. I can't offer it for the sweatshop prices of Old Navy, but for handmade, people really can't argue.
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