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61  Re: hobo-style lunch bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graced on: October 15, 2007 04:16:06 AM
Bronzfrog, craftandfabriclinks is really fast, too. I already have my spiffy new interfacing!

Update: TWICE she's spilled something on this bag from the inside. (Mandaran Orange juice and lemonade.) Both times I hand washed in cool water with just plain old dish soap. Once I line dried it, once I put it in the dryer on air only, both times I pressed to help it regain its shape.  IT WORKS!!!!!!!  Roll Eyes

Here's a photo of the bag with her drink and thermos (no extras today, she must not feel hungry!):

However, for the second bag, I think I'll try french seaming the lining in an attempt to keep spills off the outer fabric. Stay tuned....

(sorry for multiple posts. I'm trying hard to figure out how to post legally from Flikr!)
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62  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by graced on: October 12, 2007 04:31:50 PM
So...it's that time. I cannot stand it one minute more. (Of course, this state of affairs probably has more to do with a currently unmet freelance deadline passing today than the actual need to clean, but I digress.)

I have an 8 x 12 "office" just off my kitchen. Unfortunately, when we built the house I asked for french doors into my office. Yeah. BAD idea. It's the first thing people see when they come in our door. It looks like Hiroshima must have looked the day after. To make it worse, my husband is moonlighting, needs the computer, and is wanting to be in MY space much of the time he is home, and he is a very tidy (engineer) person. I'm seeing this space through HIS eyes, and boy, does it need help.

This is just after I started tearing things out to organize...you can usually get to the computer desk if you are careful to follow the path I kick in the mess. I remembered this thread while sorting fabrics (only about 1/10th of my stash, unfortunately) and decided it was just the kick in the pants I needed to get this mess cleared and maybe even pretty.

Any suggestions would be welcome! The bookshelves are full of my professional (teaching) books though I've been out of the classroom now for more than five years. I want to keep the books until there's no possibility my kids might need what's in them, but I think I'm going to try to move many of them to the attic to commune with the rest of my yarn/fabric/junk stash.

Pretend you're sitting in my computer chair. This is to your left.

The computer area. I have some shelves under the desk that I plan to use better.

(The flikr link if the pix don't show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/sets/72157602392489651/ )

Right of the computer:

Facing away from the computer:

So, do I win some kind of prize for the absolute worst mess in the world?
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63  hobo-style lunch bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graced on: October 05, 2007 12:41:34 PM
Q: What if you're an 8th grade girl who's not too cool to want lunch, hates "kiddie" lunchboxes,  but can't stand what the cafeteria dredges up?

A: You design this (without knowing that it is a hobo bag) and ask your mom to make it for you!

The outside of the bag,  in a fabric I would not have guessed in a million years she would choose (from a decorator fabric place):

The many repeated coats of Scotch Guard might help it stay clean, but I kind of doubt it. She's at the in-between age, half kid and half young lady. I made it in about 2 hours, with about $10 worth of materials, knowing it has an inevitably short half-life! The pattern (McCall's 5486) was $.99 on sale at Hancocks Fabrics. Yay!

Inside, lining of pink fuzzy-backed vinyl and extra layers of batting for insulation. Drink holder, zip money pocket, extra pocket to keep her napkin dry (her idea):

It looks huge, but this morning when we had it all packed with a thermos full of penne pasta, frozen lemonade, and the other goodies, there wasn't much room left over. Maybe if she only took sandwiches she could do with a smaller version, but that thermos...!

I'm sure there's a better solution for insulation but I couldn't find it at any of our stores. Anybody know of a source? She already wants one for a friend's Christmas present.
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64  My first messenger bag in size extra wide: IMAGE HEAVY in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graced on: October 05, 2007 12:09:45 PM
I found some funky, sturdy, and CHEAP fabric on the clearance table (about $2 per yard) and bought it on a whim to make a tote bag for a very boring purpose. Then my dear daughter--an 8th grader suddenly terribly concerned with style--spied it and spent the next day in school designing a messenger bag for herself using the fabric in question. Here's her design:

And here's what I came up with. She took it to school exactly one week after she drew it...and she's not a patient client at all! (Notice the "for three day weekend" imperative on the drawing!)
The front view, with her "signature" hand-embroidered on the front. The pink stripe was her late design change or I think I might have centered the monogram differently.

An iron-on applique on the flap, some under-flap pockets for calculator, etc.

Inside zipper pocket and key ring hook:

Inside zip pocket for personal items one wouldn't want falling out in class...

The velcro pocket for her gym clothes:

Here it is, stuffed...

Is there another name for this kind of really deep messenger bag?

She must have liked it, because she promptly drew another plan, this one for a purse-like lunch box! (Posted soon.)

Link to my flikr page in case I'm muffed the photo post: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/

ETA: picture of her lunchbox https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200242.msg2128116#msg2128116
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65  red and black polka-dot key-let? Wall-ey? (wallet with keyring) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graced on: September 28, 2006 07:06:22 PM
What ARE these things called?!!  Roll Eyes

First the story: A friend and I spent one very long, hysterical and slap-happy day trying desperately to sew/rip/sew just TWO mini wallets with vinyl windows and a place for a key ring! We made the first ones from a pattern I'd made up and used exactly one time this past weekend. Pictures of that Lilac-and-lace key-let here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/sets/72157594303896847/

Admitting defeat, we refined the idea to something like this polka-dotty key-let.  I have been folding 11 x 14 paper origami-style for the last two days to come up with this. My friend hasn't seen the revised wall-ey yet, so I hope it's what she had in mind!

It's an original pattern, and muuuucchh easier than what we were trying to do before. It's my third wallet, ever.

Hmmm. I'd like to say the top stitching is straighter than it appears. Sigh. It's sooo thick, with "medium" weight (1/8" thick?!) interfacing in it. It was really hard to sew through. Suggestions?!)

There's good news...No vinyl! (I hate things I only get one chance to sew. It ALWAYS takes me twice!)

Notice the difference between the sew-in velcro (on the change purse, nice and straight) and the iron-in velcro (on the key-let flap, edges curved like the directions said to). Ick. I won't be doing THAT again. Will it really "lift" if I don't curve the edges?!

There are three card pockets, two "cash" pockets, and a hook-and-loop sealed change pocket. It took about an hour and a half, from cutting out to finished, but that's with me having to figure out which order to sew the change purse flap in (nope, not THEN...! Rip, rip, rip.) and to NOT use that iron-on vinyl to make the outside dirt resistant. (It wrinkled so much as I turned the tube that I had to use my little scimitar seam blade to cut it off and then cut out a new one.... Rip, rip, rip. Argh.)

The next one(s) should be easier, quicker. Tomorrow, not today.

This one is the prototype. If we can get it down to where it is quicker, we'll make a whole bunch for Christmas!


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66  my first post--really simple drawstring packs in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by graced on: July 25, 2006 04:54:01 PM
I've been lurking for a few days, being wowed at all the talent in the world! Here are some of my recent projects, which are no where near the skill or creativity I've seen so far. I'm interested in learning, so I'm open to any input!

kids' backpacks by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

inside of ballerina backpack by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

loomed CD player bags by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

These are backpacks modeled after the nylon kind that kids are carrying around this summer. I happen to hate nylon, and I have bunches of coordinating fabric pieces. (I'm a packrat!) Each backpack takes one-half yard of two different fabrics, including the straps. The dimensions are approximately 15" x 18". They're lined with the coordinating fabric and have a "hidden" (in-seam) pocket so that the kid's money or ID won't fly out when they pull out their other stuff. Does anyone have any ideas for improvements before I start some more?

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