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1  Easter Egg Cosies in Easter by jenhook on: April 07, 2007 01:45:54 AM
I made these Screen Printed Easter egg Cosies for little gifts for my SO's Family.

Have a happy Easter everyone!
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2  Re: pleated jordy bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jenhook on: October 08, 2004 11:47:33 PM
Here we go.... I've just done the pleating part for the rest just follow the jordy bag tute!

1. Take a piece of material at least one and a half times the size of the bag you want to make (I usually go twice the size but it depends on your pleats)

2. Pleat and pin as shown, I pinch-fold-pin, you can make the pleats whatever size you want, these ones are larger than the first bag to make it easier to show.

3. Iron down the pleats, don't iron the outside, just the pleats.
4. mark the width of your stitching rows with a fabric pencil.

5. Sew in a down-across-up-across motion make sure you hold the material flat to avoid distorting the pleats.

6. when you do the across parts I usually sew just off the edge of the pleat to leave it loose.

7. Viola, now pull the ends of the thread through to the other side of the material for neatness (rather than trimming close to the stitch)

8. Un pin and press the top and corner pleats in.

9. place the pleated piece onto a piece of fabric that you will use to stabilise the pleats

10.trim both pieces together to end up with your rectangle for the front of the bag.

11. Pin and baste together on the sewing machine. (sew close to the edge use a long stitch if you like)

12. Iron carefully

Continue with the jordy bag tutorial, from the beginning cutting the second peice of outer fabric and the lining same size as the pleated piece. then cutting the corners out of all the pieces (you can either re-baste the corners or leave them.)
you can add interfacing if you like just be carefull not to iron out your pleats
(oh and make sure you cut the corners out of the top, not the bottom like I did with this one)

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3  **now with tute** pleated jordy bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jenhook on: September 19, 2004 12:51:08 AM
we love the jordy technique at my house!
I was just fiddling with folding this material and came up with this...


I'm of two minds about topstitching this bag because I don't want lose the form of the pleats at the top  Huh
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4  Re: Machine 0r Hand-sew? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by jenhook on: August 28, 2004 05:48:20 PM
I have a dinky little sewing machine that I got at the supermarket for $45 AUD (about $30USD) it's completely dodgy and only does short straight stitch and long straight stitch  and reverse.

It has coped quite well but I fear prolonged use may spell it's downfall...
here's a pic...

amusingly it has a sticker on the top that reads; THIS IS NOT A TOY - Unsuitable for children theis item contains sharp functional points and small parts.

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5  Tutorial: Skipping bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jenhook on: August 28, 2004 01:43:23 AM
the pictures that go along with the tutorial can be found on page 12.

here's a tutorial for the skipping bag I posted here....

okee it's an odd little pattern but if you mark out the base dimensions and the center line then you can put a plate as shown below to get the curve.

2 x Outer fabric
2 x Lining
1x lining for the base
1 x outer for the base

if you plan to use interfacing I don't recomend putting it up the straps because it makes it too stiff to turn out.

in the picture shown my straps are actually two inches wide but that left me with a tiny seam allowance and it was quite tight to turn out the right way at the end so I reccomend going at least 2.5"

Lay out your two peices of lining as shown and stitch up the sides (these will become the centre seams)

open the fabric out as above, matching up the centre seams.

fold up the base as shown and lay over the base and pin together
(my pinning is below - gloriana has a good show of pinning in her messenger bag tute)

Stitch the base to the main part of the lining on three sides only!

Repeat steps two to five with the outer fabric except sew the base on all sides

put the lining inside the outer bag with the right sides together, match the center seams and the straps, pin  and join, sewing completley aroun the top edge (i've show a detail of the strap just so you can see)

Turn the bag inside out through the hole you left in the base of the lining (like the jordy bag) and before you seal it up make sure you push out the end of the straps so you have some neat corners then fold the holes edges in and stitch it closed (again like the jordy bag!)

Press the top edge of the bag and stitch around the top edge and up the straps.

join the straps together at the top (stitching a box and fill the box with an x is strongest) add a decorative button as below.

And you're finished!

decorate as it pleases you....

hope this is useful....
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6  my crochet monsters in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jenhook on: August 18, 2004 05:30:47 AM
hi all,
here's come of my creatures.... so good to see everyones great work!

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7  Re:covering journals with fabric in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by jenhook on: October 20, 2003 02:27:30 PM
yep adding padding will make it feel schmick.

If you want to make like a slip cover just cut a peice of fabric about an inch taller than you book and with enough overlap on each end to fold in over the covers.
like this

then turn the flaps in on the wrong side of the fabric - sew and then turn inside out and slip over your book.
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