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1  Pretty yellow brocade clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by wienersandbeans on: March 13, 2008 06:56:53 PM
This is a birthday gift for a friend: a small, poufy, yellow brocade clutch. The yellow fabric is reclaimed from a fancy old cushion-cover, and the lining is made from a Japanese handkerchief.

It has a magnetic snap closure, and the top section is reinforced with pieces cut from stiff plastic packaging.

Hurray for reusing materials! This cost me maybe $2 to make, but it looks so damn classy!  ;P

This may give you an idea of the scale:
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2  Skirt from very cool Japanese fabric in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by wienersandbeans on: February 14, 2008 12:06:05 PM
betty_death found this amazing fabric in Japan, and ever since she gave it to me this skirt has been on my to-do list.

In general I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I based it on a skirt I had already, and it was very simple (the invisible hem was the most tedious part).

The one issue I have with it is the close-but-no-cigar pattern matching higher up on the skirt. This seems minor though, and I figure I'll just wear tops that more or less conceal that part.

Your comments are welcome!

Gratuitous out-of-focus cat picture!
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3  Re: Five valentines (image heavy) in Valentine's Day by wienersandbeans on: February 12, 2008 06:03:48 PM
Hee, thanks a lot! I'm glad you like them. The comic ones are my faves too.

Here's how I make them ...

First I cut out the two sizes of heart. I line up the smaller one where I want it placed on the larger one, and then I fold them together into the envelope shape -- just folding the sides in first, then the top and bottom. Then I separate the hearts.

I cut two small slits in the top and bottom folds of the large heart, and feed the ribbon through (Diagram #1!). Then I glue the smaller heart to the bigger one, concealing the cleverly threaded ribbon (Diagram #2).

You can find similar instructions at marthastewart.com.

After that, it's just a mad, slapdash collage frenzy! The superhero images came from some old Batman and Superman comics that I had left over from another craft project.

Have fun! I'd love to see yours if you make some!
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4  Tropical dust-cover for my new keyboard in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wienersandbeans on: February 09, 2008 05:55:36 PM
My boyfriend bought me a sweet keyboard for Ecksmas! But the dust and the cat hair were conspiring against it; the need for a cover was evident ...

Quick, Batman! To the fabric stash!

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5  Five valentines (image heavy) in Valentine's Day by wienersandbeans on: February 09, 2008 04:50:47 PM
I just went on a valentines rampage! These are for my sister and her family. The basic structure -- nested paper hearts folded and tied with ribbon -- is straight from marthastewart.com (there are some amazing valentines ideas over there). The insides are collaged images from magazines and comic books, with cut-up origami paper and some amazing letraset I found in Paris last year.

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6  Passiontote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by wienersandbeans on: January 28, 2007 04:20:19 PM
I recently splurged on a tiny bit of this utterly expensive passionflower-print canvassy fabric. With only one meter to work with, and being desperately in love with it, I nixed my first idea (which was to make new cushions for the couch, but furnishings don't last long around here -- I have two cats with claws at the ready) and decided to make a tote bag instead. I only used half of what I had, and don't know what to do with the rest -- suggestions are welcome!

This is intended for use as a carry-on bag for an upcoming vacation. The handles are vinyl (it looked terrible on the thrifted footstool I pulled it off of last year but I knew it would be good for something), and the lining is cotton left over from another project.

My favourite part is the pocket, which is trimmed with a weird colour-swatchy motif that was printed on the selvage of the passionflower fabric.

For the pictures I put a pink towel in the bag to bulk it up a bit.

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7  William Morris mini bubble handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by wienersandbeans on: January 13, 2007 08:14:26 PM
Based largely on YouGotPhoned's tutorial, I made a mini bubble bag. I (completely insanely, it turns out) decided to add a zipper. It was a little hellish, and resulted in some lopsidedness and bad visible stitches and bits, but I nevertheless completely adore it. I used some really neat William Morris fabric I found on ebay. Hurray!!

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