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11  TUTORIAL - Alterations to the FREE Buttercup Bag Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 26, 2009 03:09:19 AM
A few of us Craftsters have made the free Buttercup Bag Pattern from here:  http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html.  I made a bag with quite a few alterations to it, including enlarging the pattern to 125% on the photocopier.  Here's the link to the one I made:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296978.0.

The alterations I made were:

  • Firstly - enlarged to 125%
  • Added a mobile phone pocket instead of a flat pocket
  • Added a zipper
  • Lengthened the strap to 24"
  • Interfaced the outer top

A couple of words of advice.  If you choose to interface the lining, the outer top and the handle and you sandwich the strap between the lining and outer - make sure your machine can handle thick layers otherwise you'll be breaking lots of needles!!!

OK.  Firstly, I'll show you how I added the zipper.  You need to start by altering your pattern.  Cut the lining an inch or so down from the top, then add 1/4" seam to either piece, like this:

Then cut your pieces for the bag.  You need to cut extra pieces.  4 pieces, width of the zipper x probably 2 or more inches (for the ends of the zipper) and another 4 pieces, 2 inches x a bit longer than the length of the outer upper piece of the pattern (for the sides of the zipper).  If this is a little confusing now, it may make more sense in the pictures further down.  You need to add the little tab bits to the ends of the zipper like this:

Then you need to add the side bits to the zipper, like this:

Then you need to cut the whole piece to 1 3/4" wide x length of outer upper piece, centering the zipper, like this:

Now you need to sandwich the zipper between the lining bottom and top, like so:

Repeat for the other side.  This is what it should look like:

Then sew the lining together.  With the ends of the zipper, make sure they go 'upwards' when catching in the lining, like this:

Make sure you leave an opening in the lining to turn right sides out:

OK. This ends the tutorial on the zipper.  If it seems a little confusing, I've used a couple of tutorials.  One of my own:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.msg805095#msg805095 and another:  http://www.themikkelsens.net/sarah/journal/2008/06/recessed-zipper-how-to.html

Now onto how I did the mobile phone pocket.  I cut two squares of fabric (outer and lining) 5 x 5 inch square with 1" squares cut from the bottom of each fabric, like this:

Put right sides together and sew across the top:

Sew the corners of lining and outer:

Put right sides together.  Sew around edge leaving gap for turning:

Turn right sides out.  Press and top stitch along top edge:

Pin to lining:

Sew to lining:

Finally, the pleats.  I followed the directions of the pleats but somehow, I could not get them to fit.  This is how I ended up doing them. I must say, that I do like this way:

I placed a pin in the middle of the fabric.  I pinned the other 4 pleats according to the pattern.  This is what it looked like:

Start by sewing the pleated edges with the outer top piece on the top towards the centre but stopping before the centre, like this:

Start and the other end and stop before the centre.  Create a box pleat and continue to meet the other line of stitching:

You should end up with something that looks like this:

Hope this is helpful.  As always, if you have any questions, fire away!!!  Grin
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12  Buttercup Bag with Aussie designed and printed fabric!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 15, 2009 09:43:39 PM
I came across this excellent pattern a week or so ago:  http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html

I did a test first as I had read others comments that the bag was small and if they made it again, it would be larger.  So, I made one and, yes, it was way too small.  It only fit my phone, wallet and glasses - even then it was at a pinch.  So I enlarged it by 25%.  Now it's the perfect size for me!!! 

I altered the pattern significantly.  When doing the pleats, they didn't match the contrasting band, so I winged the middle pleat and made a box pleat.  I put a mobile phone pocket instead of a flat one, added a zipper instead of a magnetic clasp and I sewed the strap between the outer and lining.  I also added interfacing to the contrasting band with great results!!  The lining is interfaced but the outer bottom isn't - it's a great result.  A bag with structure but not the 'stiffness' on the outside.

Then - the fabric!!!  That fantabulous linen/cotton print is titled 'Winter Nest' and is hand printed by a Sydney designer, Kristen Doran.  I bought a panel of this gorgeous fabric at the Stitches and Craft Show in Sydney, Australia last year.  I finally got to use it. 

Enough babbling - onto the pictures:

Zipper view:


Side view:

This is the original sized bag from the pattern on top of the 25% bigger one:

Thanks for looking!  Wink

Edit:  I just realised that there is another post of these bags.....which sings the praises of this pattern.  I too, really love the scale of this bag.  Great pattern all round.  The only drawback (not for me - but perhaps someone else) is that you cannot sell the bags you make from this pattern.
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13  Re: paging a spiral pocket coin purse.. anyone? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: March 07, 2009 01:37:13 PM
Glad to help out a fellow Aussie!!  Wink  OK.  I've got it.  I did a test using paper.  Here's how:

  • Firstly I drew a circle (twice as big as the final size of your coin  purse when closed). 
  • Then divided that circle into eighths using a pencil.
  • To start the first fold, choose one line and fold it to the centre and press - but not all the way across (see second picture below and you should see why).
  • Then take the line next to that and fold it into the centre.  This will create the first 'petal' of the purse.
  • Continue until the last line.

Hope this explanation is OK.  If you've got any questions, please fire away!! 

Here's some pics:

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14  Swarovski Heart Rings in Beads: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: January 31, 2009 01:15:39 PM
Here are some rings I've made over the holidays.  I used a tutorial from www.jewelrymakingprofessor.com.  The ring takes 30 swarovski crystals to make and use both 3mm and 4mm bicones.

Firstly, the black one.  This is my favourite:

Next, the purple one. This has a contrasting border which for some reason I don't really like the contrast of these colours, but when I made this ring, I only had the clear 3mm beads and I wanted to see what a contrasting border would look like:

And, finally the clear one.  This is great, because it goes with alot of outfits:

Thanks for looking  Wink
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15  Tutorial - Boxy Cosmetic Bag with higher placed zipper in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: January 30, 2009 04:03:59 AM
Ok.  Let's get the ugly stuff out the way.  Please do not take this tutorial and sell it (even if that means taking your own pictures and re-writing the steps).  I have worked hard in figuring out how to raise the zipper higher in this type of bag and I do NOT appreciate it being taken and sold and making a profit off someone else's hard work.  So PLEASE....do not sell this pattern.  If I find this pattern/tutorial for sale, I shall pursue the matter to the FULL extent of the law.  I do realise there are similar tutorials but this differs in the zipper placement and is a complete new pattern.  HOWEVER, in saying that I have no problem if you wish to sell a bag that you make from this tutorial - so it's not all ugly talk!!!  Wink

This tutorial arose from a question about my earlier tutorial on a cosmetic bag.  I have taken the boxy cosmetic bag (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128258.0), and altered the pattern, in that I have raised the zipper in the sides, so that the zipper does not sit in the middle of the side.  Here's what I mean:

What you need:

14.5 x 13 inch fabric for main fabric
14.5 x 13 inch interfacing
14.5 x 13 inch lining
12 inch or longer zipper (this is trimmed down later)

Cut fabric/intefacing/lining to the above measurements.  Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric.

Then cut yourself a template from cardboard that measures 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch with a 1 1/4 square cut out of the corner.  The next picture shows how it will look (including all the measurements):

With the 14.5 inch side towards you (the side at the bottom of the picture in the next photo), trace around the template on each of the corners as shown in the picture:

Cut out the corner pieces just marked.  This is how it will look once all the corner pieces are cut:

Sew in your zipper.  In the next picture, you will see why a 'longer' zipper is helpful.  I sewed this zipper in when it was fully open:

This is what it's like when the zipper is sewn in and trimmed:

Sew the small end pieces together on each side.  If you wish to sew little 'tabs' in to help with opening and closing the bag, now is the time to sew them into this seam:

Before you do the next step MAKE SURE YOUR ZIPPER IS OPENED otherwise you will have trouble turning the bag once you have completed the next step.  OK.  Now pinch the corners and sew all four sides of the bag.  It should start looking something like this:

Once you have all sides done, turn right sides out.  Now to start on the lining.  Press 1/4 inch along each long edge like this:

Then continue with the side ends as you did the cosmetic bag and then each side corner as you did for the cosmetic bag.  Hand sew the lining to the bag:

That's it!!!  Enjoy!!  As always, if you have any questions, please ask.

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16  Scrap Fabric Drawing Organizer in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: January 27, 2009 12:25:52 PM
After seeing Colorfuldayz awesome journal/notebook case, I thought that this would be perfect for my 7yo who likes to take drawings and pencil case with him to restaurants etc.  This is the fabulous case by Colorfuldayz:


I did mine a little different in that I have no raw edges - I had a hard time coping with that  Roll Eyes and I have 90 degree corners rather than rounded corners.  I like the rounded corners better but I had to squeeze in quite a few loops for the textas.  That meant I had no room for a closure but with the weight of the textas, keeping the flap closed is no problem at all.  As Colorfuldayz said, there is alot of room in this bag.  I would highly recommend anyone wanting to try this.  I used what I had and it hardly made a dent in my scrap stash. 

As I said, I just used what I had and since I didn't have any solvy, I just stitched free motion straight onto the scraps without using solvy.  It worked great.  Most of the scraps stayed in place when embroidering.

All the scraps ironed down onto the interfacing:

A close up of the free motion embroidery:


Thanks for looking  Wink
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17  Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: January 23, 2009 01:50:26 PM
This is a great tute! I am planning on making myself one...if I made it larger, at what point would I add handles??

Hi orangebelle.  Just got your PM - I only just found where the PMs are now  Tongue.  I would suggest making handles like a duffle bag.  Hang on, I'll see if I can find a picture......like this:

...where the handles go right around the bag.  Here's a good tutorial on how to sew the handles on:


I would start by either cutting your outer bag as one piece OR cutting two pieces as in the directions then sewing the bottom seam to make one piece.  Then sew the handles on in one loop.  Then sew the bag as usual from there.  If it's larger, you shouldn't have any trouble putting the zipper in with the bottom seam sewn.  Alternatively, you could sew the handles as shown in the tutorial above.

Hope this helps..... Grin
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18  25 T Shirts Silk Screened with Gocco in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: December 26, 2008 01:07:32 PM
I was recently asked to silk screen t shirts for a friend.  I was a little nervous as I had not had consistent results using Gocco but I took my time and I am really pleased with the results.  There were 25 shirts that were screened front and back.  So, a little time consuming but worth the extra effort. 

I used an MG-11 Gocco which uses a reusable xenon lamp to expose the screen.  Therefore, I don't have the expense of bulbs.  I silk screened by hand using Permaset inks.  The trick is to go slow and do two passes with a buddy to hold the screen.

Thanks for looking  Wink
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19  Re: Kick Pleat Help in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: November 27, 2008 12:00:22 PM
I did something similar except I made a feature of the pleat:

To do the kick pleats as shown in the brown bag, here's how:

1.  Sew a strip of contrast (in this case, a print) fabric in between the main fabrics.  The width of the contrast strip would depend on how big you wanted the pleat.

2.  Press the seams.

3.  Bring the seams together in the middle of the contrast print.  This forms the pleat.

4.  When you sew the other pieces to the kick pleat piece, you can either pin or tack the pleat together before sewing the seam so that the kick pleat stays in place.

Hope this helps.... Smiley
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20  Re: Interesting Zipper + Reversible Bag Technique- Can Anyone Explain? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: October 05, 2008 05:39:34 PM
I think I know what you mean.  I did a 'proof of concept' bag which may help (no handles or anything as I can work that out, no problem).  Is it something like this?  Is the zipper visible from the inside as shown in the picture?  Is it the same (ie. zipper on inside and outside) when reversed?  The only thing I didn't pay attention to when sewing was that the inside is not a contrasting fabric to the outside.  Despite seeing loose threads, I assure you that there are no raw edges showing.  It's the way I inserted the zipper and I didn't pick out all the loose threads  Tongue:

The second picture shows better detail:

If this is what you were after, I can do a tutorial for you.  It's basically 4 pieces the same then sewn into two separate 'bags'.  Those two 'bags' are then sewn together. 
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