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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skull Luggage and Accessories on: September 02, 2010 02:10:38 PM
I'm new to making bags - can you tell me what you used for the zipper pulls and the straps - is that bias tape?  Like I said, I'm new, and I don't know what I'm looking for when I'm shopping... 

Thanks for your help!

The zipper pull, I made myself using crochet cotton and a skull bead.  Just looped a couple of strands of crochet cotton threaded on a bead and knotted the cotton to keep the bead in place.

The straps are a lightweight cotton webbing.  Here's a link as to what it looks like close up:  http://www.wbcindustries.com/web_cotton.html  I think what I used is polyester though, not cotton.  I didn't like it at first because I didn't think it was sturdy enough but after using it, the webbing doesn't dig into your hands when carrying the bag.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to de-wrinkle after turning right side out on: August 03, 2010 01:52:51 PM
After wrestling with wrinkles from interfacing for many years, I came up with two solutions:

1.  Use the interfacing in your lining - that way, wrinkles won't show on the outer fabric.

2.  Only iron the interfacing JUST enough to hold it in place while you sew.  That way, the interfacing will kind of 'separate' from the fabric when turning right side out but the bag still holds its shape and you won't get wrinkles.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prototype of Wearable Wallet now with DOWNLOADABLE PATTERN on page 5 on: August 02, 2010 12:04:39 AM
Sorry Craftsters - I haven't checked in for a while.  The link is up and running now.  Not sure what happened previously but I've reloaded it.


It's made the same as Kategirl's messenger bag with zippered divider tutorial except on a much smaller scale.

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: May 01, 2010 02:57:01 PM
You don't mix the solution before placing the fabric into the bowl?
Thank you,

Just give it a quick swish.
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: The sewing machine fairy hit me...twice on: April 10, 2010 02:18:59 PM
I’m going to have to think long and hard about how to pay this one forward.

I think you already have - but in 'arrears' by taking Mike in and looking after him through his bad situation!!!  That's Karma for you!  Wink
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: March 11, 2010 09:00:19 PM
thelastkodama that bag is fantastic!!!  I must say, your zipper ends look fabulous!!!  The fabrics are a great choice - the dark colours hide dirt very well.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: February 28, 2010 03:58:08 PM
Lagaz, your bags are FABULOUS!!!  I love, love, love the designs.  Do you paint them?  I bet they're lots of fun to make.  Each one is definitely unique!  Looks like they're coated to protect them as well.   Fantastic.....  Wink
28  COOKING / Dessert / Re: blueberry coffeecake & blueberry muffins w/ crumb top on: February 28, 2010 12:06:21 PM
I have a fruit cake recipe from my high school days which requires coating the fruit in the flour before adding to the rest of the mix.  Somehow, I remember (being some 20 years go) my Home Ec. teacher explaining that this step was required to stop the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake. 

So, I put the flour (and other dry ingredients) in a separate bowl then add the fruit.  Toss the fruit until all the fruit is coated with the flour.  Then I add this to the 'wet' ingredients.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: February 27, 2010 01:42:12 PM
They look fantastic Hax.  Great job!!!
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding help - what the heck am I doing wrong?!! on: February 22, 2010 01:03:47 PM
It looks like you are trying to sew both sides the binding on the machine.  As you will see in Heather Bailey's tutorial, the second side is handstitched down.  I've tried many methods to sew the second side of the binding on the machine but it's almost impossible. 

I do my binding just like Heather Bailey - cut strips 2.5" wide, press in half lenthwise then match raw edges of binding to raw edges of the quilt and sew around - mitering the corners as you go.  Turn the folded edge of the binding towards the back and HANDSTITCH in place.  This method is neat and doesn't show stitching on the front of the quilt.  It's up to you whether you use bias binding or self-made straight of grain binding.
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