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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Making FF bags, need ways to transfer lyrics/pics easily... on: October 16, 2005 02:32:14 PM
So, I'm making three Franz Ferdinand bags for me and my friends.  Basically they're going to be black with red and light green stripey things like on the YCHISMB album cover... I wanted to somehow transfer a pic of the boys onto one of them (something B&W - I already have two images I used for Citrasolv transfers that worked well).  Then on one of them I wanted to transfer lyrics and on the other one probably just "FRANZ" in block lettering or something.

Anyway, so I've never screenprinted before and I don't really have the materials.  Stencils would look crappy since I suck at them.  I don't want to spend a lot of money... can you go to Kinko's and get stuff easily transfered onto fabric?  Or do those things where you print onto fabric with an inkjet printer work?  Something?  I dunno yet...

Otherwise I'll just do the stripeys if I can't find an easy, cheap way to transfer that won't look horrible.

TIA Cheesy

PS -

Is it weird that I think they're all incredibly sexy?  Ah, skinny paleness.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Regency? on: September 01, 2005 08:04:50 PM
Hey there.  I've never sewn anything from a pattern before, but I am in love with all things Regency and thought I might give a spencer or something a shot.  Anybody know where I could find patterns?
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New handbag! The set is complete :) on: August 12, 2005 02:38:07 PM
I've previously posted my iPod sleeve that I about about a year ago, as well as my wallet, which I made a couple of weeks ago.  All were made from a dress my aunt gave me when she was having a moving sale.  I loved the fabric, made the iPod sleeve, then decided to make a whole set.  I think it's a bit much to have everything matching, but when I saw the pattern for this bag, I thought the fabric I had would look perfect on it! (it's actually pretty much the same as the "rounder roomy bag" or whatever posted on here, but I got the pattern from a different site and tweaked it).  Now that I'm done, I considered making a new wallet since the set looks like a little too much, then decided making a wallet so it wouldn't match my purse seemed silly.  I had originally planned on making a matching bag, but I had intended to do something in another fabric with just a little stripe or some sort of accent in this fabric.  Ah well, I love the bag I ended up making!  And here it is...

This was my first time using magnetic snaps, as well as my first time using zippers.  It ended up taking forever since I wasn't really sure what I was doing (and I was using a zipper I'd cut out of another bag and the actual zipper kept falling off), but I like the end results.

The set all together!  Plus my left toe.  I was going to retake the picture but then thought this might be his only chance at stardome, who am I to take that away from him?!

And this is the other side of the flap.  I still need to fix it since it looks terrible.  I'm just going to cut out the fabric I sewed over the magnet (it was too strong without a piece of fabric there) and then sew a new piece over all the ugly stuff.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / The Concequences of Late-Night Crafting - A List by Sara on: August 11, 2005 11:55:47 PM
1) You lose everything you had 5 minutes ago.  Repeatedly.  Some of which prevent you from finishing and heading off to bead, then send you back searching when you can't fall asleep.  Then you lose things that prevent you from showing your finally finished crafts on Craftster.  Like your camera... and batteries... and then your camera again (I just had it!!) ... and then the cord that connects the camera to your computer, which you then realize you left in the hotel.

2) You lose all ability to spell and/or construct coherent thoughts.  You begin speaking in other languages.  Some of which you do not speak.

3) You get TONS of brilliant ideas.  Tons of them.  But the ones that seem great at 4am seem slightly less so at 10am.  Hmm... I guess very crookedly sewing a giant red felt heart on my just-finished purse wasn't such a great idea... where'd that seamripper get to?

4) You don't care at all about how messy you get or how organized your craft room stays.  You just want to get done.  Which equals a catastrophe and a good two hours of cleaning and re-organizing in the morning.  By the looks of it tonight, tomorrow I won't be getting the homework done that I didn't do today (I had sewing to do!)  The guest room/sewing room is now covered in bits of fabric (probably thousands or millions of little tiny bits), needles, pins (umm... I better be careful when I'm cleaning tomorrow), sewing machine parts I decided i didn't need, thread, zippers/velcro/magnets that SHOULD have been very useful but werent, etc., etc.  I even took pictures, but unfortunately cannot post them (see #1).

5) You started your project mid-afternoon, and now you're into the wee hours of morning.  You realize you're starving.  What happened to dinner?  So you head downstairs and begin to eat.  Then wonder "why the hell am I so cold?!" and finally realize the brilliance of taking your meal out of the refrigerator before consuming it.

6) You realize your beautiful finished project has a hole in it.  Oops.  Now you have to fix it before sleeping!  Sleep is for the weak and un-crafty!

7) You finally finish, then get some crazy idea for another AWESOME project you just HAVE to start right away.  Then remembering the last time you thought that, decide to just write it down and see if you still think it's an AWESOME project in the morning.
8 ) You can't fall to sleep even once you finally get to bed because you still can't figure out how that ONE tiny itty bitty purse resulted in so much seamripping, frustration and MESS in the sewing room... it just boggles your mind.

9) You're so tired you can't even think of a #9.  Aww... poor #9...

10) You realize posting stupid lists on Craftster out of boredom when you really SHOULD be sleeping suddenly seems brilliant and absolutely necessary.

I need sleep...
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Bags for younger kids... on: August 11, 2005 03:19:34 PM
I know it's a little early to be making Christmas presents, but I always get busy with school and everything and as soon as I found out who I was buying (or making) for this year, I got excited to start!

For a 6-year-old girl, I plan on making a pink drawstring backpack (if I can figure out how to make one... I'm lame with tutorials, I never understand them, I have to look at an example and see how it's made and figure it out myself) with little embellishments and filling it with cute toys and things.

For an 8-year-old boy, I plan on doing the same thing with a super hero theme or something.  Any ideas on what works best for images?  I suck at screenprinting, but it is an option.  I'm thinking of using those print out onto fabric things, but I've never used one before, what is cheapest and works the best?

The problem, though, is for the 12-year old.  She's really nice, but not very "girly" like a lot of 12-year olds, she's a lot more sensible.  I doubt she has a whole lot to carry, either, though I'm sure if you have a cute bag you'll find a use for it.  So I'm thinking a small bag, but I have no idea what style and what colors to use for it.  I could ask what colors she likes, but I kinda wanted to wing it based on what's on sale.  I'm having a really hard time deciding what will be most practical for a girl that age.  Maybe a weekend bag or something for sleepovers (though I know she has one) or another drawstring backpack, but I wanted to be a little more original.

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Hmm... I want to make a padded laptop sleeve... on: August 10, 2005 11:35:22 AM
I just bought a new iBook and I'm worried about it getting scratched up.  I want to make a sleeve for it.  The thing is, I don't really know how to go about it...

First of all, would it be sufficient to just have two sides sewn together or am I going to need to make it wider?  (Sorry if that doesn't make sense... wider like by adding a third piece about an inch thick that wraps around the sides and the bottom, with a zipper or something on top).  Also, what can I use for padding that's easy and inexpensive?  Finally, does anyone know where I can find a tutorial on how to put it together so it all looks right?  I can probably figure it out, but in my head the way I want to do it just won't work.

I'm kinda lost.  I've made a lot of bags before, but something as simple as thisis becoming extremely complicated in my head.  I just don't know where to start.  And I'm thinking vinyl is the only thing that'll be heavy enough... maybe canvas... will that work?

Hmm... thanks in advance!  Also if anybody knows where I could just buy a DIY cute one (like if anyone here makes & sells them), that might be an option.  I like supporting other craftsters, especially if it's something I'm too stupid to figure out how to make myself!
27  COOKING / Dessert / Grapefruit ice cream on: August 09, 2005 06:49:32 PM
When I was in Paris, I stopped at a little stand by the Notre Dame and found... grapefruit ice cream.  The best thing I had ever tasted.  It wasn't a sorbet, it was like a pink ice cream with a lot of grapefruit flavor.  From then on, I stopped at every ice cream stand I saw in Europe (and still continue my search...)

I have not found it since.  So... I'm wondering how to make ice cream.  Is it possible?  Could I make it with grapefruit flavor?

Or if anybody knows a place to... like, special order ice cream online... Huh

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first wallet! on: July 30, 2005 10:34:21 AM
I spent forever on this wallet making sure I was sewing straight and everything lined up.  Plus I ended up seamripping just about EVERYTHING and resewing.  When I finally got to sewing the outer fabric and the inner fabric together, I first sewing it upside-down  Undecided  But it ended up nice.  The sewing isn't straight on the little plastic ID holder, I might try to glue some ribbon or something over it to make it look nicer.  Also I would have prefered something other than velcro (and I wasn't thinking when I put the ID holder in, so the velcro had to be on the side)... but I did'nt have anything else at the time.  Other than that, I'm very satisfied!  It's super thin and holds just what it needs to!  It was also my frist time working with felt and embroidering thread and everything, but I think the little flower looks okay Smiley

I also forgot to attach a little bit of fabric with a tiny d-ring on it so I could attach a coin purse or wallet chain or something to it, but I forgot.  Any tips on how to sew it in now that it's done so that it still looks good?

Anyway, here it is...

My first wallet!

This is what the outside looks like all stretched out.

And the inside...

I attempted to take a photo showing how thin it was... this was the result, you can still kinda see.

It matches the iPod case I made a year ago!  Except the fabric looks much less worn (that iPod is also never out of its case!)

Oh, and the fabric is from an old dress my aunt gave me when she was having a moving sale.  I loved it, so I made an iPod case and then didn't touch it until now.  I think I might have to make a coin purse to match and add just a little bit of detailing on the next purse I make in it as well.  I'd have a whole set!

The inspiration for the pattern came from this thread, I just liked the way it was organized and tried to sort of copy it while altering it to my needs.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My very most favorite pair of jeans ripped in the butt. Help! on: November 17, 2004 05:14:20 AM
I only have one pair of pants that fit.  I love them.  They are so hot and I really only feel like I look good when I'm wearing them (at least compared to all the other pants I own).  I find a pair of pants that actually look good on me like once a year.

Well, today, I was standing on a chair trying to find pillowcases in the linen closet when I fell and my butt landed right on the top corner of the back of the chair.  Hurt like hell, but when I went to feel it I felt skin.  My pants and underwear had been ripped straight through.

So now there's a big hole in my favorite pair of jeans.  It's about 4 inches long and it's a sort of curve.  It's about an inch from the seem.  All of the fabric's still there, it's just ripped.

Any suggestions on how to fix it?  I would find a snazzy cute patch but it's like RIGHT on the butt.  Wouldn't look too cute.  Any suggestions?


PS - I have gigantic thighs and a tiny tiny waist and like baggy pants if anybody knows where I can find jeans like that.  I have found NO JEANS in France like this.  I have enough trouble in America when I'm surrounded by shopping malls.  Any suggestions on where I can find NEW pants that might fit me would be greatly appreciated.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Austen/literary-themed crafts... on: September 14, 2004 04:16:24 AM
I'm stumped.  I want to do something crafty and I want it to incorporate my love for Jane Austen.  Any ideas?  For any literary-themed crafts.  I can't come up with anything besides decopauging pages onto something or just embroidering/screen printing quotes onto bags or clothing.  Nothing very original.

Any ideas?  Discuss any ways to be crafty with your favorite books/authors.

If it matters, my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.

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