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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hooray, I found time to sew something - Crane Tote Bag 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!  : )
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing and Eye Safety, Yikes. on: March 27, 2006 12:58:52 PM
I was sewing with my Singer today, not on a particularly thick piece of fabric, and the needle broke at the thread-hole and the tip shot up and struck me about 3/4" below my left eye.  It came with such force that it drew blood! Tiny, but scratched the surface nonetheless.

I am going to re-examine my tension, though I think it's fine.  I think it was a fluke or something (never happened before in my 25+ years of sewing - wow, hard to believe I've been a more-than-sentient being for that long...) but just wanted to put it out there. 

I am going to wear a pair of clear plastic glasses to sew from now on.  Like my son doesn't already think I'm a dork, but this incident really freaked me out and I feel lucky that it didn't fly any higher and get me in the eye.

Sew safely!!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bird's Custard questions... on: November 15, 2005 03:13:34 PM
I bought some Bird's Custard thinking that my husband would be able to enjoy it and watch his cholesterol at the same time.  I thought it would be like Jello Pudding in consistency but it never gets very thick.  I've tried twice now with runny results.  The directions on the tin kind of end without telling you how long to cook it.  Does anyone have any tips?  Is this meant to be a standalone pudding or an ingredient in something else?

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer Side Cutter attachment - has anyone ever used one? on: October 26, 2005 03:26:27 PM
I was thinking about getting the Singer Side Cutter ("Serger-lite", so-to-speak) because I can't afford a serger right now but would really like the features.  From what I can tell, for about $25 US, I can get similar results - fabric trimmed as I sew using a zig zag or overedge stitch.

Has anyone ever used this attachment?  If so, what good or bad you comments can you share?

Thank you so much!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apron with matching covered recipe book 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!!!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Oh for the love of pinking shears or to pink is divine! on: September 29, 2005 08:41:41 AM
I finally bought a pair of pinking shears.  I don't know why it took me so long.  I didn't realize how empty and sad my sewing supplies were until now!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!  Their size and weight in my hand.  The cute little zig-zag pattern they leave on the fabric.  I finally feel like I've arrived!  In a sewing kind of way, I mean.  Every time I sew now, I have to do a little pinking.

Did you know:

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary says that the term "pinking shears" was first noted ca. 1939. Pinking shears got their name from the verb " to pink" (origin 1598) - meaning to cut a saw-toothed edge on.

Also, I picked this up verbatim on the www.  Is it all true? I don't know.  Is it interesting? I, personally, think so.  Do you care?  Maybe not.  But as my 12-year-old son has been saying for about 2 years now, his mother is a dork.  (Just for the record, there was a time when he thougt I knew everything and anything...  Now, I think he finds it embarrassing that I know more about punk rock than he does.)

"You might be surprised to hear that using the word "pink" to mean a light red colour is the newest meaning of the word. Pink is the common name for the flower dianthus, a relative of the carnation. It was considered to be a perfect flower, so expressions like "in the pink" really mean you're as perfect as a dianthus, not that you're pink in colour. One common colour of this flower is light red, so the colour pink was named after the flower.

The flower is named after the serrated edges of its petals. The verb "pink" means to cut a serrated edge, or to cut a decorative serration. If you sew, then you might have pinking shears on hand that cut a zig-zag edge to keep fabrics from unravelling. To review, the verb "pinking" led to calling a flower a pink, which in turn named the colour pink and also became synonymous with perfection."

Thanks for listening.  I'd try to explain it to my husband but he'd probably just look at me and shake his head...

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Red Blood Cell Kitchen Curtains 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!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first messenger bag - more flames... 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!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flamin' Diaper Bag ala Jordy 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!  

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sublime Mermaid Jordy 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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