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1  printed fabric- it's buttons! in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by applesaregreen on: March 14, 2008 05:00:26 PM
So I have recently become very interested in textile design and printing my own fabric. This is one i made of a bunch of buttons. It's a pretty simple design, but I really like it. I had a huge screen and made 1/4 yard pieces. I want to make an even bigger screen to do fabric by the yardage.  Cheesy eh, we'll see.

hope you like it, thanks!
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2  Re: PLEATNESS BAGS! now enriched with tutorial goodness! pg 10 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: November 03, 2007 12:16:21 AM
ok so I was able to recover the pattern but I can't get to the pictures. here's the pattern:

Hopefully you can do it without the pictures, but if you have any questions about it just ask me or pm me and I'll do my best to answer them.
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3  Re: PLEATNESS BAGS! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: August 30, 2007 02:38:46 PM
Pleatness bags now with oh so much tutorial goodness  Cheesy

so you want to make a pleatness bag. Heres how.
The material: I like to use strong cotton for the outer parts and medium weight fabric for the pleated parts. The liner is just good old fashioned cotton.

The pattern:

The steps:
Step one: Well start with the pleating. Take one of the pleat material and one front topper parts and fold both in half, marking the center front with a pin. The top will act as a guide as you pleat. Go about 1 inch out from the center and make the first pleat. Continue pleating until the pleat material length matches the length of the front topper. This should take about 4-6 pleats depending on your pleating mood and how many you are willing to pleat. Ok, so do the same thing to the other half of the pleat material. Here's the pictures to help.


Step two: repeat step one with the other pleat material for the other side. Now pin the front topper to the top of the pleat material and sew. Do the same for the other side.


Step three: Now for the straps. Take the strap material and fold it in half. Press it and fold the 2 raw edges over inside about 1 inch, making a strap thats around 1 inch. Press it again and then sew all the way down the unfolded edge. Do the same for the other strap. It should look like this:


Step four: Pin the strap ends onto the front pleated part 2 inches from the end. Sew the strap on in a rectangular fashion, going all the way up till you have sewn about 1 inch past the pleated part and on the front topper, then around and back down again. Do the same for all the other strap ends on the other side. It should look something like this:


Step five: Attach the bottom piece to the bottom of the pleated part by pinning each pleat in place. Sew and then repeat for the other side.


Step six: Now its pocket time! Take the pocket piece and fold under half an inch and then again. Press and sew this part then again for the other pocket piece. Gosh so many pieces. Ok place those pocket pieces and pin them and the side pieces to the side of the bottom pieces. Sew and repeat.


Step seven: Ok, almost there I promise. Now you want to attach the sides and pocket pieces to the front part. Just pin the sides together and sew and repeat for the other side. There will probably be a little extra fabric on the top of the sides, I just put this there so that in case some of my cutting or stitching went a little awry, I could still fix it with the bit of extra fabric and make it all line up as best as possible.


Step eight: Flip everything out so that now youve got something that looks like this! Yay!


Step nine: Now for the zipper part. Take the zipper pieces and fold them in half and press. Just like the straps fold in the raw edges and press again. Now put a 14 zipper in between the 2 folds you just made. Sew this and do the same for the other side of the zipper. Then it should look like this:


Step ten: Youre so close, almost there. Assemble and sew all the liner pieces together just like the outer pieces. Set that aside for a second, go to the outer and fold over/pin the raw edges using where you stopped sewing on the straps as a guide. Now take the liner and pin that to the inside of the bag, folding over the raw edges.


Step eleven: Now pin the zippered top to the top part of the bag, matching the liner and outer part together. Sew all this together on the front and back, leaving the sides open. Then flip the bag inside out one last time and sew up the sides.


Step twelve: Congratulate yourself on making such an awesome bag. Then take a picture and post it here because I really want to see what you guys come up with.


My first tutorial, so it will probably be really confusing. I just hammer these things out like a factory now (my boyfriend calls me a "sewing machine" Roll Eyes ) and had to really think about how I do it so I could write it down. lol. But if you have any questions just ask and Ill do my best to answer. Oh and one more thing, please dont sell this bag or pattern, its my own design and Im trusting it to my fellow craftsters to keep it safe and treat it well. Thanks so much.


here's the link for the lost pictures
Thanks so much ronise for saving this!
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4  Re: PLEATNESS BAGS! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: June 25, 2007 07:34:59 PM
WOW, so many replies. Thanks so much, you are all too nice. And it makes me so happy they you love these bags.

Here's the latest addition to the polkadotted pleatness family, it's blue!

Here is a picture of the zippered top with a little peek inside the bag where it is lined with black cotton.

I've never done a tutorial before, and this probably isnt the bag to start with because it's kinda difficult to make, but if I can figure it out and put something together, I will surely let everyone know, I'm totally up for sharing!
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5  PLEATNESS BAGS! now enriched with tutorial goodness! pg 10 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: June 21, 2007 03:54:28 PM
probably the most complex type of bag I have ever made, but it was totally worth it and i really love how they keep turning out. I have a whole bunch in my closet, but here are a few of my favorites. I made them with really sturdy cotton, so they are all pretty stiff without the use of interfacing and they all have completely closed and zippered tops. I use my own and I have used it for almost a year and it's surprisingly still really sturdy. I love it! So I present to you my pleatness bags filled with oh so much pleatness goodness.

polkadotted pleatness

rescue team pleatness

pretty pleatness

argyled pleatness

paisley pleatness

pirate pleatness

so I hope you like them all. They were really complex to pattern and make, but i think they all came out really well. I'm currently working on more to depleat my fabric stock (I have way too much fabric).

I made more (ok so the last 2 aren't exactly pleated, but it was the same pattern, so I figured what the heck)

They're cameras!

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6  Typographic Pop Up Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: June 16, 2007 08:05:17 PM
Long time, no see. I haven't been on craftster in more than a year because I have been so busy with school. But now I have time to make and post all of those things I have been dreaming up all year. I am a design major at ucla and because housing sucks, I havent had enough room to do any crafts or sewing until now, when I can get a double. But anyways, here is my final project for my typography class. We had to hand bind 40 of our best typographic designs into a well planned and thought out book. Each design is
for a book cover for oscar wilde's the picture of dorian gray, and I wanted to make all of my designs pop, so I made a pop up book to go along with that theme. So here it is, I had a couple of glue/cutting problems since it was my first bookbinding adventure, but I hope I get a decent grade for it.

Here is the cover with the yellow band thingy around it (that comes off).

It has a pull out feature that changes the color of the title and shows my name and class and everything.

content page.

Here is a chapter divider. The letters popout when you lift the flap and there is another pull out feature on transparency that lists the specifications of each assignment, along with another transparency with my comments bound into the spine of the book.

Here are a couple of my type designs with front, back, and spine matter. The pages fold out from the spine of the book.

Here is another chapter divider. They vary from red, blue, and yellow on each chapter.

Sorry for the mediocre pictures. I was packing when I took them before I ran to turn the book in and I only had my desk lamp. But I hope you like them!
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7  my minuscule me complete with ipod and laptop case. in CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES by applesaregreen on: February 02, 2006 08:22:59 PM
yay for my first craft challenge! This was so fun. well anyways, here's my minuscule me in Barbie form, complete with ipod, chucks, my favorite sweatshirt, and the laptop case of my dreams.

and some closer looks...

and the smaller details...

Hope you guys like it. Thanks!
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8  1st post!!! teal cocktail dress!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by applesaregreen on: January 21, 2006 06:24:55 PM
so im new here on craftster and just thought that i would share this teal and black cocktail dress i made. hope you like it.
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