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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Divider in a gussetted bag?? on: June 13, 2007 12:36:47 PM
My friend has requested a big bag to carry all her stuff in... laptop, appointment book, etc., etc. She likes the style I make of a really wide gusset; 5 to 6 inches. She would like a divider in the bag to separate where she puts her laptop, book, and then just regular purse stuff. She asked for 2 dividers.

My questions are, is this possible and how would I go about it? Should I maybe do a Jordy style bag and just make the squares really wide? I would prefer to do the gusset. I have been thinking about this for a while and just cant seem to wrap my brain around how to do it.

Help... lol
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totes, Totes, & more TOTES! on: February 11, 2007 05:45:17 PM
I am preparing for my first major fair being put on by the Nashville Craft Mafia on March 3rd. It's called the Revolution of Craft and I am so friggin excited! My daughter started going to Mommy's Day Out at the local church just so I can sew. I also sew while she naps and after she goes to bed at night.

I am not quite half way to where I want to be yet as far as inventory, but I am getting there. I decided to sew all the bags of one style now, then when I am done, sew my next style and so on. Here is my first installment... totes!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The bag that almost drove me mad on: January 20, 2007 11:52:12 PM
I had to have this print. I had seen it on here and various places and just HAD to make a bag. Last night, I invisioned this bag... the one below. I was so excited for my daughter to go to sleep so I could start sewing tonight. As soon as she was down at 7:30, I got to it. I just finished... it's now almot 2:00. I did have to get up with her for about 15 minutes just to soothe her and get her back to sleep, but other than that, I have been sewing non-stop. It was well worth it cuz I LOVE THIS BAG! But, I am glad it is done!

The strap and bottom of the bag is a matte, rough, THICK vinyl. I added studs and a few gems to it. I also added some gems to enhance the print. The middle of the flowers on her leg are gems and on the flip side, they are on her shorts and the shoe at the top. I didn't want to go overboard with the glitz.

The inside pocket is a girl cut out and fused on, then I freehand appliqued around the edges.

Would love some feedback.

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Your Opinion on Purse Display on: November 12, 2006 10:08:23 PM
I will be in my first fair this coming weekend. But, it really isn't a fair; it is more of a bazaar type thing. My friend works for a big salon in the city and they are having a customer appreciation day and she is releasing her DVD. There will be a DJ, food & beverages, she will be doing make up demonstrations and more run of the mill vendors (Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.) I think there may be one more girl there selling purses, but not sure yet.


I haven't had a lot of money to invest and since it is my first time at a 'fair', I wanted to get your opinion on how I will be displaying my purses. I will have a table for my stationary, accessories & and small stuff.

Basically, it is a clothes rack that I put bungee cord on and clipped my purses to the cord. The picture is with wooden clothes pins, but have since found my  color ones. I secured the cord with foam tape so it won't slide down the pole.

Do you think this looks too shotty? Is it okay? I would love your input.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It's hobo-ish on: November 09, 2006 08:33:43 PM
So after looking at a bazillion and one hobo bags, I decided to give it a try. The first one is a chocolate courdaroy with a black filagree design.. though you can't really see it. The second is this awesome faux leather polyestery fabric. I only found it as a remnant and wish I could finde a whole bolt of it. I LOVE IT! THe flower is a removeable brooch. I like how they look will have them for sale at my first craft fair type thingie. I am nervous about that, but excited as well.


I also made a bunch of zipper pouches out of fabric samples my aunt found at a yard sale. I want to make cute zipper pulls for them.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mod Daisy Paisley Bag on: September 12, 2006 03:13:58 PM
This fabric is similar to the fabric minidutchess used on her bag except my accent is bright green. I actually based my kitchen redesign on this material and made a valance & recovered my kitchen chairs in this fabric.

On the bag, I added some green paisley stretch denim for the side pockets & inner pockets. I LUURVE this bag, but I am gonna have to make one for myself I think. I have a sht-tonne of the fabric so I am gonna get crackin on more bags.

and the obligatory "action" shot to show sizage

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 Bags & A Question *IMG HVY* on: August 17, 2006 09:22:57 PM
I have completed 3 new bags and I really really like them. I know I am my own worst critic but I am scared of selling my stuff. I am afraid that once someone purchases a bag (if at all), they will get it home and find all this stuff wrong with it. I know that I am still new to sewing and am kind of making things up as I go, and that I will get better, but I can't help but feel sub-par compared to so many of you great crafters out there.

Has anyone else felt like this? What helped you get over that feeling?

Anyways, here are my latest bags...
Boxy pixel camo with white vinyl flower & peachy cherry blossom lining

Teal boxy indoor/outdoor canvas w/ white skull and black lining

simple a-line handbag with $1 fabric from Joann's & pretty mauve lining

Though, the upside to all of this is that I am having so much fun sewing, so I know that makes it worth it. But... it would still be nice to make a little money on my efforts.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paperdolls & vintage handles on: August 07, 2006 09:27:33 AM
I found this awesome fabric at the Hancock by my house that is going out of business and the handles were thrifted recently. I knew they had to go together and this is what I came up with.



I think the fabric is just too damn awesome.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My New Orange & Green Kitchen on: August 01, 2006 10:10:46 PM
We hadn't painted any of the rooms in our house except for my daughter's since moving in and since I have been on a sewing kick lately, I decided I wanted make some new curtains. I found this awesome brown/green/orange retro print fabric and fell in love. DH liked it too so we decided to repaint the kitchen to match. I made the valance & recovered the kitchen chairs too.

Here is a pic of part of the kitchen before we moved in. The whole house was painted that plain off-white.

Here is the after...the orange isn't as salmony/pink but more of a terra cotta color
I found orange & green baskets to match and painted some canvases over there on the counter - but I want to do a little bit more to them.
I also turned the table 90 degrees - before, the short end was against the wall
we have to do another coat of green, but we have been too tired lately so we will get it when we get a little energy. Don't mind the dirty dishes.

What do you think? Notice the valance & reupholstered chairs... two are the fabric I bought & two are green linen napkins I found at the thrift store that totally matched. I am debating making cafe curtains or just having the valance.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherrity- Best One Yet on: July 28, 2006 12:19:26 AM
Purse making rampage equals cutest bag yet...

My latest is based on the ever famous Jordy (Kudos again to you). I decided to use a sequin cherry patch that I have literally had for years as my inspiration. The outer fabric is an acrylic-y remnant from Wal*Fart & the lining is the last as-close-to-solid-red-as-possible that the Hancock by my house had. They are going out of business, so I got what I could, but I like it. I added wooden curtain rings that I painted red and the strap is long enough to wear over the shoulder but short enought to carry in your hand without being cumbersome. The overall dimensions are 15" at the widest part & approx. 10" in height. Obviously it is an A-line and like I said, I think it is the bestest one I have made so far.

On with the pics already
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