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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totebags on: May 30, 2007 07:49:24 PM
Here are some pics of tote bags I made for my husband's customers.  Using inspiration I got here, I took pieces of artist's canvas that came precoated with gesso.  We fed it through the printer - canvas side up and printed the comany logo directly on the canvas.  The bags are made from the fabric used for outdoor furniture.  The base and the lining is outerwear fabric.  Instead of interfacing I used heavy plastic that I got when the shrinkwrapping was taken off a boat at the sailing club.  I'll bet that they can carry water in these bags without leaking!  [/img]
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Silk on: February 01, 2007 10:48:18 AM
I am making a friend's wedding dress this summer.  She is very environmentally conscious and has located 'organic' silk from a supplier in England.  Now, I've seen a silk factory in China and know how silk is made.  For the life of me, I can't figure out the 'organic' part...anybody have any ideas?  (I would understand looking for a fairtrade supplier or a supplier who says that their employees are treated properly.) The reason I want to know is that I will now need to source lining for this dress and I am debating whether to go to the trouble of going back to the supplier or just go out to the local fabric stores and buy the best silk I can find for the lining. 
3  CANADA / Ontario / Buy the Pound on: January 21, 2007 03:22:18 PM
Great news--- Planet Aid on Parliament at Carlton has converted to Buy the Pound. The price is $3 per pound and $3 is the minimum.  No tax.  I went by today looking for sweaters to felt and then make into accessories - handbags, mittens and hats, etc.   I was able to buy 4 great sweaters for $9.60 - much easier and cheaper than knitting them up myself. 

Apparently, the staff have been given a hard time today - people complaining that less than a pound is $3 or about the inventory.  But from what I can see, everything is clean, sorted into about 6 different types of goods - sweaters, shirts, jeans, pants, skirts and then shoes.  I can see that I will be there often (I live around the corner) and hope to find more treasures (One of the sweaters I bought today is exceptionally great!)

Planet Aid has two locations - I don't know where the other is and I don't know if it has converted.  Check them out - all the proceeds go to charity too!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Christmas Gifts on: January 08, 2007 07:27:19 PM
The last couple of weeks before Christmas was a mad rush - but everything got done.  Two projects included a hat with earflaps for my niece.  It was lined with a piece of fur that was given to me.

The other was a pair of socks made for my sister. ...loved the wool that makes its own project - went out and got a few more balls in different colours (before my New Year's resolution to use up my stash!) 
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pre-Christmas commissions on: January 08, 2007 07:18:47 PM
Here are the pictures for two commissions I made before Christmas. They were knitted and then felted.  They are both lined with interior zippered pockets.  One has a zipper closure and the other the button on the front.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Last minute Christmas gift. ***Now with Tutorial added**** on: January 08, 2007 07:13:38 PM
When I saw the small bag in this ad, I thought of the tutorial here called "Classy pleated iridescent clutch"

I made this bag for my sister for Christmas based on the inspirations.  


The stiffening I used was artist canvas that had been coated with Gesso...it was great to work with - easy to cut and stitch.

***Handbag Tutorial****

Fabric for Bag
Interfacing (I used artists canvas that was Gesso covered)
Zipper for inside pockets
Magnetic snap
Handle hardware hooks and D-rings
Decorative buttons
Chain and Charms 

Cut a rectangular piece for body of the bag.  The width of the piece will be the width of the bag plus seam allowance (my bag was about 9 inches wide) and the length of the piece is twice the height of the bag.  I cut a piece about 11 inches long and then trimmed off the excess during assembly once I determined the height I wanted. 

Fold four deep pleats in each end of the length of the piece.  Ensure that the pleats are even.  Baste across. 

Fold in half with right sides together.  Sew side seams.  You may want to curve the seam toward the fold. 

Using the bag body as a pattern, cut lining and interfacing.  (Because of the deep pleats on the outer bag, I chose to make the lining and interfacing different than the outer bag.)

Sew the bottom of the Interfacing and then open the seam and press and the stitch each side down.  Then sew up the side seams. 

Make pockets in lining with or without zippers.  Remember to sew in your label if you have one. 
Sew lining together with right sides together. 

Put the lining inside the interfacing and then inside the bag and check for proportions. Make any adjustments to the height.  Cut the interfacing down to the exact height of the bag.  Cut the outer body and lining to allow a seam allowance for finishing the top of the body. 

Make a paper pattern for the flap and test it on the bag.  Find the centre of the front of the bag a look for markings that need to aligned (e.g. stripes).   Determine the length of the flap to be attached to the back of the outer body allow for additional length once the bag has contents.  Cut two of fabric remember seam allowance.  Cut one piece of interfacing without seam allowance.    Sew the fabric pieces with right sides together and turn and press.  Insert the interfacing. 
Make the tab for the flap:  Cut a piece of interfacing the width of the tab and about 2 inches longer than the flap.  Round the tip.  Cut 2 pieces of fabric with seam allowance.  Attach the male side of the snap to one piece of the tab plus the interfacing through the interfacing.  With right sides of the tab fabric together, sew the side seams, using the interfacing as a guide.  Turn. 
Attach the tab to the flap using topstitching through all thicknesses.   Finish the back edge of the flap.  I used a piece of double folded bias tape, but could have turned the edges in and hand sewn along.  Take the lining and interfacing out of the bag body.  Attach the flap to the body of the bag and reinforce the stitching. Check the placement of the female side of the snap and attach.  I used a scrap piece of interfacing behind for reinforcement. 

Reinsert the Interfacing and Lining and finish the top edge.

Make the Handle.  Cut interfacing the desired length of the handle plus an allowance for folding over the hardware.  The width of the D rings.  Cut the fabric twice the width of the interfacing plus a seam allowance.  Make the centre seam and turn.  Insert the interfacing.  Top stitch the sides of the handle to keep the interfacing in place.  Finish the ends.  Attach the hardware to each end. 

Make a tab for the D- rings using the fabric.  If your fabric is sturdy interfacing may be unnecessary.  Attach to bag body and stitch securely. 

Attach your decorations.  I used a series of similar metal buttons.  The dangle was made from varying lengths of chain with charms on each end (from Walmart).  I used a ring to loop them together.  I made a small tab from fabric and sewed the tab to the flap and attached a button on top. 

Whew sounds like a lot of steps but it was actually very quickly made. (This tutorial took longer to make!!)

7  CANADA / Ontario / Craft Event - Toronto on: November 24, 2006 06:34:59 AM
Hi - I got a notification from another group about an event tomorrow.  Here's the information:

The crafternoon tea is happening again this Saturday. It's a hip indie
craft and fashion market from out local artists, combined with
homemade baked goods and tea. What could be better, shopping and food!
And this event is also supporting the Woodgreen Community center. It's
a great chance to shop for one of a kind craft goods without the high
price tags and support our local artists and commuity.

When: November 25, Saturday,from 10am to 6pm
Where: 947 Queen Street East, Presbyterian Church. (S.E corner of
Carlaw and Queen)
Admission is by donation of art supplies, canned goods or $2.00

Come on out to support our community and get some retail therapy.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Wuzzy Slippers on: October 18, 2006 08:07:05 PM
Great news today - I got confirmation today that my fulled slippers will be featured in the major local newspaper Christmas gifts issue.  I started out sewing handbags, moved to knitting and felting purses...now I'm the slipper knitter!!!

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Oilcloth on: September 23, 2006 05:05:48 AM
At a local show I saw fabulous bags made from oilcloth.  The bags were made from fabric that had been treated and then sewn - not storebought oilcloth.  Looked like cotton canvas that had been coated.  Any ideas on how to do this? 
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Post on: September 15, 2006 03:58:18 PM
Here are the pics from the handbags and felted purses I had on display at our neighborhood festival last weekend.  It was fabulous to get all of the compliments.  Although I didn't sell too much, I did get lots of interest - including a reporter from the local paper to include my work in an upcoming feature.  I expect commissions from a couple of people to visited and since, have had two small commissions...I guess I'm now in business!!

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