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1  Hooray, I found time to sew something - Crane Tote Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: March 31, 2006 12:13:16 PM
I made this as a birthday present for my cousin.  I think it's my best "gussetting" to date.  I put a simple flat pocket inside.  Next I want to try - oh, what's it called - a "welted" pocket?  They look very nice and it's no matter if you have no zippers!

Anyway, thanks for looking and thanks always for the inspiration that I always get from all you creative guys and gals.

Next, I am finally, finally going to make that new diaper bag inspired by Brubendall.  She's my hero!  : )
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2  Re: The Sha Sha Dream Bag ~sew cute~ Now w/ Tutorial! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: October 29, 2005 04:26:44 PM
Buglake - I think I posted it on another of your posts. Are there two posts for the Sha Sha Dream bag?

I decided to have a beer while drawing the pattern out and, yes, HOORAY, I finally got it!!  It's my daughter Mahalia's Dora Sha Sha Dream Bag:

It's a little floppy since I didn't use a hard bottom insert since I figured I'd be washing it periodically.

The only reason I have a protractor  Grin is because I have a son in the 7th grade taking Algebra and I'm trying desperately to be of some help to him (Algebra for Dummies).  I am not managing to stay one step ahead...but I think it helps him to explain things to me! 

Thanks again for the tutorial!

I made two others as gifts but didn't get to take pictures of them before I gave them.  One was especially cute with surfer pin up girl fabric and soft flannelly material for the lining and black plastic handles.  It was almost too cute to give away...
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3  Re: The Sha Sha Dream Bag - 2 Fat Quarters & 1 Hour ~~sew cute!~~ in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: October 27, 2005 11:41:20 AM
Yay, hooray!  I finally made a Dream Bag!  Mine is my daughter Mahalia's Dora Dream Bag.  Though when I gave it to her she was confused and said "No, I don't want to go to sleep!"  I tried to get a pic of her modeling it but she refused the photo opp.  "White Kitty Meow-Meow" is doing a fine modeling job though.

I made 2 more but had to give them away before I could get photos.  Thanks again for the great tutorial!!

Oh and ditto on the pulling the bag through - I have to do it Jordy style (that almost sounds pornographic, no?  Or am I just a perve...) too or it's uneven.  But that's because I'm impatient and tend to do before I think...
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4  Apron with matching covered recipe book in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: September 29, 2005 10:14:26 AM
I made this for my cousin.  She's a sweet, sunny person and a fantastic cook.  And she didn't own an apron!


The "recipe book" is a small photo album that holds 4" x 6" photos (Walmart, $1.84!!).  I covered it in the same material and printed out some of our family recipes onto index cards.  The fabric covering can be removed and washed and the plastic photo sleeves can be wiped clean.

I hate to hem, so I cut two of the apron pieces (the back is just white poly/blend) and sewed them together with all the ties sandwiched in between (not unlike a purse with straps) and then topstitched after I pulled it all right side out. 

I am going to make one for my friends son and husband as "new baby" presents.  The dad's is going to say "Daddy and Chief Cook" and the son's (he's 3) is going to say "Big Brother and Chief Bottle Washer" or something like that.  I figure I can just scale it down for a smaller apron. 

I used McCall's 2233 that I've had for years and years..

Thanks for looking!!!
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5  Red Blood Cell Kitchen Curtains in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: September 09, 2005 01:58:38 PM

Well, that's what they make me think of anyways!  I guess the kitchen is the heart of the house, right? 

I really like cafe curtains so I thought I'd try making some.  The only thing I was trying to coordinate with were these round red rugs from Ikea.  I found this fabric at Joann's and made each panel 1.5 times wider than the width of the window.  The only thing I wish I'd done differently was to make the bottom panel 2 pieces so I could part them.  As it is, I can push it to either side which does work fine.

Thanks for looking!
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6  My first messenger bag - more flames... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: August 24, 2005 01:16:58 AM
I don't know, I guess I have a thing for flames lately.  This is my first messenger bag.  It's for my 12 year old nephew for his birthday.  I plan to put a few cartooning books and a drawing pad and some drawing pencils inside.  There's one inside pocket that closes with velcro and one flat pocket with spaces for a bunch of pens/pencils.

I was hoping for some feedback though about some specific things:

1.  What do you think of the skull patch?
2.  Do you think the strap is too narrow?  It's one inch.  I think it looks *okay* but maybe a little wimpy?  

I'm not above taking the stiching out and putting in different straps (I haven't sewn up my 'giving birth to a bag' hole yet (okay, that doesn't sound as wholesome as I intended...)) and I could do a stencil instead of the patch since it's just pinned on right now.  Any ideas?

Thank you for looking and thanks if you have any ideas.  There are so many, many creative minds out there.  I love hearing what people have to say!


dang, I always get that camera strap in the picture

Oh, and I made my own bias tape to put around the flap edges.  At first I tried using store-bought and I just couldn't get it to work.  So, I did a little research and made my own and boy was it easier to work with!  DIY wins out again!  My stitching around the curves is a little puckered but all in all, I like what I see if I do say so myself!
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7  Flamin' Diaper Bag ala Jordy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: August 19, 2005 03:27:50 PM
I made this diaper bag for a friend who is expecting.  It was based on the Jordy tutorial, I just made it bigger and the cutouts bigger.  I recycled some 'hardware' from an expired diaper bag of mine to make an adjustable strap.  There are two long pockets inside as well as a zipper pocket (thanks to the several zipper tutorials!!).  Also, there's one pocket on the outside with just a flap with no closure.

I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I think she'll like the flames, they'll match her Chuck Taylor's, anyway!  

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8  Sublime Mermaid Jordy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: June 14, 2005 04:18:06 PM
My niece loves mermaids and is having a mermaid birthday party.  I just got my first 4 Sublime Stitching pattern pages and I love Jordy bags.  Soooooo, here's the result of work spread out over too many days.  Hard to find the free time with 3 kids... ah well.  Anyways here's my bag:


I used some scrap denim for the outside and straps and some light rayon batik-ish patterned print from a sarong that I wanted to recycle.  I top-stitched with an embroidery setting on my Singer.  There's one little flat pocket inside and I added a loop of denim and a fake bamboo looking button to close it at the top.

Here are some things that I learned:

1.  Those long rods for opening and closing the slats on horizontal blinds work great for turning out purse straps.
2.  It is impossible to sew and nurse a baby at the same time, or at least to do either of them well...
3.  I really should practice more with the built-in embroidery settings on my machine, they are kind of cool but take a bit more practice than I allowed.
4. Jordy bags rock (okay, I already knew that).
5  Jenny Hart rocks.  I love, love, love embroidering but never knew it 'til now.  It is easy to put down and pick up (and put down and pick up and put down and pick up and put down and pick up and put down and pick up and put down and pick up ) as necessary to play with kids, change diapers, feed children, nurse babies, etc.

Here's a couple more views.  Thanks for looking!!

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9  Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kellebelle on: May 26, 2005 02:41:58 PM
Thank you for the great tutorial.  I finally had two babies napping at the same time and made this:

Here's the inside:

I am finalizing a diaper bag with the same fabric and style for a friend, but this pouch is for my 12 year old son's girl friend (not to be confused with girlfriend...).

This was very satisfying because I could do it in a (relatively) short time.  I still have to perfect lining up the sides of the zipper but I still am pretty proud of this one.  Thanks again!!

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