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81  Easter Bouquets for Teachers in Easter by queenofdiy on: April 11, 2006 01:57:36 PM
I did these easter bouquets for my sons teachers.  Surprisingly they didn't need as many eggs as I thought.  There are 5 medium sized (about 2 1/2 inches high) eggs and 17 small solid eggs in each bouquet.

and a close up:

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82  Re: My New Handbag **NOW WITH ZIPPER IN THE TOP TUTORIAL** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: April 10, 2006 04:15:43 AM
HI queenofDIY...love your bag and i am reading the tute and i know everyone else is getting this but i am not..yikess!...i understand putting in the zipper but i am lost from sewing on the seam allowance with the wrong side of gusset to right side of lining.....to the part  before you sew the side seams up...pls help!! i am confused...  what am i  missing??..(besieds my mind!!!)
If you could explain this in other words i would be so grateful!

Here is a diagram I did in paint - not sure whether it helps or confuses, but I will try to explain it another way as best I can:

The diagram shows what your zipper gusset and lining should look like when pinned ready to sew within the seam allowance.  The WRONG side of the gusset will face the RIGHT side of the lining.  What I mean by sewing "within the seam allowance" is if your seam allowance is 1/4 inch, you sew between that 1/4 inch and the edge of the fabric.  This line of stitching is just to hold the gusset to the lining - I guess more of a basting stitch - but a permanent one.

Repeat with the other side of the gusset and your other lining piece.  You should now have three pieces (lining - gusset - lining) that are sewn together and can be stretched out to look like a big rectangle.  

Now place the gusset flat against the lining piece so that it looks like the diagram above and fold the edge over (the edge where the yellow stitching line is) and press your seam allowances to the wrong side of the lining.  Repeat with the other side of your gusset.  This step is done purely to make pinning and sewing easier when the lining and main bag are sewn together.

At this point you need to place the two lining pieces together and at the same time folding the gusset in half so that the zipper sits down in the lining and the gusset is caught in the side seams.  You can see this in the picture of the tutorial with my stubby fingers holding the side seams - this picture is showing a kind of cross section of the side seam.  You can also see where I have unfolded the fabric which was previously pressed as mentioned above.  Then sew up your side seams.

Then it's just a matter of sewing the bottom seam on your lining, then the bottom corners of your lining.  Place the lining bag inside the outer bag with the seam allowances pressed towards the wrong side (this is where it helps now that you previously pressed the seam allowances to the wrong side of the lining).  Place your handles where you want them.  Pin then stitch around the bag.

Hope this helps.  

Please let me know if you want more help.  I'm more than happy to walk you through it.  Grin
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83  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by queenofdiy on: April 02, 2006 03:25:16 PM
I LOVE to play with PSP.  Here's one I did for my son's birthday invitation.  I had the photos printed 6x4 then folded them in half and glued the invitation to the inside - that's why the writing at the top is upside down so that when I folded the photo in half, the writing was my little "signature" at the back of the card.  It went down well - everybody loved them.  Sorry the picture is pixelated - I had to reduce it to 30% for Craftster's picture hosting.  Smiley

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84  Re: i need an idea for this pin thingy in Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: April 01, 2006 11:16:26 PM
You might not like the colour but the idea is there.  I made one of these as part of a care package for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer.  I just added the charm to help you visualise it.  It's a small (4 x 4 inch) album which I made from scratch.  It contains 8 pages (16, if you include "double sided").  If you would like instructions on how to make one, I will post them here.  To make one of these, all you need is 1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock for the pages and 1/2 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock for the cover, ribbon (to close) and fibre (fancy wool) to stitch the binding.  Excuse the pixelated picture - not sure what happened there!! Anyway, enough of my rambling, here's the picture:

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85  Re: Kids Chair I need imput in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: April 01, 2006 10:56:39 PM
I found the photos!!!  I forgot that I had used cording - whoops!  I think that it would still look great without the cord.  As you can see from the photos, my fabric was busy enough that at first glance, you wouldn't even notice the cord.  The first photo is a bit fuzzy 'cause I enlarged it from the original photo.  The second one shows that it can take an adult (hehe) and the last one is after the dog claimed it.  In my last post I mentioned that it started to tear.  Where this occurred is the seam where the dog has his chin.

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86  Tutorial: My New Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 18, 2006 12:27:02 PM
I got bored with my old handbag, so here is my new one.  It took me about 4 hours - cause I didn't want to stuff it up.  I particularly like the zipper in the top rather than just the magnetic closure.  The handles look short but they're actually 22 inches long - it's just that they are leaning backwards slightly in the photo.


This bag is similar to the jordy https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 except that I have different handles.  It is also constructed slightly different than the jordy in that the outer bag is made separate to the lining bag.  They are sewed together in the final step.  If you have any questions, please ask.

To add a zipper into the top of your bag, you need to firstly have a zipper.  Depending on the size of the zipper, you may or may not need to add little end bits to the zipper.  In this case, the zipper was a bit shorter than the bag, so I added end tabs to them.

You need to cut gusset pieces.  The measurement of these will be the width of your bag by about 2.25 inches (probably no more than that otherwise your zipper will end up too far down the bag).  My original handbag was less than that but it depends on your preference.  If your zipper is shorter than the width of the bag, you will need to cut little end tabs.  These will be the width of your zipper (in my case this was 1 inch) by a few inches (more is better - you can trim down later).  You will need to neaten the edges of the tabs and one side of your gusset pieces.  They will look something like this:

If you have end tabs, sew them to the ends of your zipper, like this:

Fold the seam allowance of the neatened edge of your gusset pieces towards the wrong side, like this:

Pin the gusset pieces to the zipper:

Sew in the zipper.  I added the action shot as someone mentioned that I have "good putting in zipper skills" Cheesy  I just use a zipper foot and I go SLOW.  I used to think that going fast is the answer to straight sewing but sadly the slower I went, the neater it was.  As you can also see I keep the fabric well back from the zipper teeth.  If you look at a zipper, there is a "strip" which the weave is slightly different.  This is the "mark" that I line my fabric up with.  When I am using my zipper foot and line my fabric up with this "mark", I don't need to move the zipper pull out of the way when sewing.

Trim the end tabs down in line with the gusset pieces.  Now pin one side of the gusset to your lining with the WRONG side of the gusset facing the RIGHT side of your lining piece.  I know this goes against everything you've been taught but trust me on this one.  Now you need to sew WITHIN THE SEAM ALLOWANCE.  This line of stitching is just to hold it in place until the final step.  Repeat with the other side of your lining.

Now fold and press the edges over you just sewed.  This makes the last step easier.  Just ignore what looks like a sewn seam at the side.  I had to unpick  Angry 

Unfold the edges you just pressed and place your two lining pieces together folding and catching the gusset in the seam.  Sew both of your side seams.

Finish sewing your lining piece - bottom and bottom edges, like the jordy.

Sew your outer like the jordy then fold and press the top seam allowance towards the inside.

Pin your handles to the inside of the outer bag.  Now place the lining inside the outer bag and pin in place.  This is where the pressing you did previously makes it easier now. 

When sewing this edge take care around the edges as it can take some manipulating, depending on the width of your gusset.  And what it looks like sewn:

The final bag!  Woo Hoo!!   Grin  You will need to add a zipper pull if your zipper pull thingy is too small.

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87  Re: Cosmetic Bag **NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!** with another TUTE TO COME!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 14, 2006 07:52:50 PM
Here's the tutorial on the first cosmetic bag. 

Firstly cut out your pattern from the main fabric, interfacing (I used heavy iron on) and lining fabric (optional).  As for the pattern, the pieces are as follows:

One x rectangle 25cm x 15.5cm with rounded corners
Two x rectangles 20cm x 3.5cm (these attach to the zipper)
Two x squares 7cm (side pieces)
Two x 6.5cm x 4cm (tabs)

1/4 inch seam allowances are included

I didn't use interfacing on the two side pieces that attach to the zipper but that is just my preference.

Then iron your interfacing to your main fabric

Finish the edges on the two rectangles of fabric to go either side of the zipper

Then fold the finished edges to the wrong side

Then sew these side bits to the zipper, making sure that it is the same width as the two square side pieces (these are a 7cm square)

With zipper sewn in:

Fold raw edges of end tabs in then fold in half

Sew both long edges of the tabs

Sew the square side pieces to the zipper part, adding the tabs to the centre

Mark the centre of the square sides and the centre of the long end of the main body of the bag.  Also, clip the seam allowances of the pieces that are attached to the zipper.  This will allow you to ease around the corners.

Pin these marks together

Sew across the bottom of each side piece.  Starting and stopping 1/4 inch in from each of the square pieces.  Clip at each of the starting and ending points on the main bag to allow pivotting around the corner.  Pin the main body to the sides, easing as you go then stitch in place. 

Repeat for the other side making sure that your zipper is open to allow turning to right side.

Now add a lining in the same way but omitting the zipper and handstitch to the main bag.  Otherwise, neaten the edges of the bag.  Enjoy your new creation.  Stay tuned for the next cosmetic bag tute!!!  Grin Roll Eyes Grin

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88  Re: Cosmetic Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 14, 2006 04:48:15 PM
Thanks all for your kind words.  I would be more than happy to do a tute!!  I have learnt so much from this site - it's time I gave back.  Stay tuned!!  As for the pattern, I took apart an old Red Earth cosmetic bag I had and made a "baby" from it.  I will post the pattern when posting the tute.  Cheesy

cyndiq:  thanks for your suggestions.  I did make my own pattern (after much thinking) with a square bottom but I didn't want the sides to stick out - I wanted the sides to be straight up and down.  This is what I came up with.  If you wanna tute on this one, just say so.   Grin These ones are much quicker.  The dimensions are 7 x 4 x 2 1/2 inches

I only had to buy the fabric for the outside.  I was given lots of fabric for lining and I have about 20 zippers (all in the blue colour).  I am donating them to the stall, so I'm not too concerned about the price of the fabric - I should get quite a few from the 2 metres I bought.
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89  Tutorial: How to Sew a Cosmetic Bag - with link to another TUTE !! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: March 13, 2006 06:47:16 PM
I am trying to work out what sort of cosmetic bags I should make for the school's mothers day stall.  I was mucking around and came up with this one but it took me about an hour to make...and it's unlined!!!!  Trouble is I want them to be quick to make but still look kinda classy.  Anyone got any other ideas, apart from flat rectangle ones??  Or perhaps someone knows how to make these ones quicker?

Updated to add link to the other tutorial on the bag shown further down on this page:

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90  Re: I WANNA SILKSCREEN! in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: March 07, 2006 06:23:29 PM
Just to keep you updated - I did try and "simmer" "Pledge One Go".  I did research ammonia and its MSDS sheet said there was no flash point.  So, I started by adding 25 drops of red and 25 drops of blue food colouring to a bottle of Pledge One Go with a VERY low heat then eased it up.  It ended up simmering and after an hour, there was no sign of it thickening....but IT STUNK..... real BAD   Sad

I then put it outside to cool to see if it would thicken upon cooling - no joy.

I googled "thickening ammonia" and found this informative site:


So, in the name of craft, I tried adding beeswax to the Pledge One Go.  I re-heated it and then added the wax.  I didn't expect it to mix together.  However, this is the result:

I'm much happier with this.  It's about the consistency of thick custard.  I will try it on a screen and let you all know how it goes!!

Craft on.....
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