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381  Chair Cover Re-Do in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HSG on: October 18, 2007 01:48:36 PM
Had these chair covers I was tired of, so I decided to reconstruct them.


Reconstructed them to cover these two cushioned chairs:

Then the remaining fabric was re worked to cover 6 chairs like this:

Once they were cut it was fairly simple to get them done. Do have to go back and make the area bigger for the two armed chairs.

Thanks for looking! Smiley C&C always welcome.
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382  The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: October 02, 2007 05:58:45 AM
This was my entry into Challenge #20. After several requests I agreed to make a tutorial, but unfortunately this is the first chance I have had to get it together, and post it.

For referance here is the original post:The Brown Paper Shopping Bag: Reinvented (Pics Galore)

Brown Paper Shopping Bag

This bag has all sorts of things you can add or take away. Make it your own, and please enjoy! I love mine, and use it all the time. Matter of fact I've got several now because it is so easy to make. Also now please bear with me, since I've never done a sewing tutorial before.

Fabric (about 2 yards)
vinyl shower organizer from Dollar Store
brown paper bag for pattern

2 wire coat hangers cut into 12 inch long pieces (4 pieces total)
Note pad for shopping list
Coupon organizer
Shrink Film
Vinyl scraps for handles

Cut along one side and around bottom of brown paper bag, so it will lay flat for your pattern. Layout fabric folded in half, place paper bag on top and pin for pattern. Placing this way means you will not have to sew the top portion of the bag.

Cut out fabric and sew with right sides facing on one side, and bottom. Leave one side unsewn to turn right side out. The way when turned right side out, the inside of the bag (for mine anyway) matches the outside.

Cut one of the pocket sets out of the vinyl shower caddy, and sew onto a contrasting piece of fabric. This makes it so the paper and coupons can be seen easier. For mine I used black.

Cut out two strips of shrink film, and use Sharpies to write "Coupons" and "Shopping List". Follow directions to shrink to proper size. Fold over very edge of vinyl pocket to hold shrunken film in place, and slide in. Sew folded over piece to hold secure over proper pocket.

Sew vinyl to extra fabric piece, and then to what you want to be the front of your bag. I used a zigzag stitch to attach mine, but again use what stitch type you prefer.

Now pin the bag together so it will look like the shape of the brown paper bag, but inside out. Now you're ready to sew. Go all the way around the bag in any stitch you would like. Turn right side out, and it should look like a brown paper bag shape.

Now you should decide how long or short and the width of your two straps. I made mine long enough to use over my shoulder, and wide enough so they will not be flimsy or cut into my hands when the bag is loaded. Also mine is reinforced with some vinyl scraps I had to keep them flat. Sew straps inside out, then turn right side out.

This is optional, and can be a pain, so do at your own risk...On the four sides of the bag go in about 1/2 inch and sew a seam from the bottom to the top. This will create the pocket to insert the pieces of metal coat hanger for keeping the bag upright when packing.

Place and pin handles for sewing onto the bag. They are stitched from the inside, but can be done on the outside. For mine a straight stitch was used in a crisscross pattern to make it secure. This was done through all layers of fabric.

Now insert hanger pieces into four corners of bag, but do not sew closed. This way they can be removed for washing bag.

Cut out a sturdy piece of cardboard to place in the bottom. For me I had a USPS small mailer that fit perfect once folded. This too is temporary for washing purposes.

Now you have a finished bag...I think. Hope that is clear as mud. Smiley
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383  Wine Cork Placecard Holders in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HSG on: September 26, 2007 02:02:25 PM
Not sure where I saw this, and am short on time to check my links. Love recycle projects that are pretty, too.

Save all my wine bottle corks:

Find two with similar height and shape. Make sure bottoms are relatively smooth so they will stand. Glue together (I used Tacky Glue), and hold in place with twist ties till dry.

Make name cards, make line across the top to hold name cards (I used my Dremel). Tie pretty ribbon around corks, insert names and taaadaaa:

Wanted to get picture at the place settings, but rushed for time.
Thanks for checking it out!  Smiley
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384  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 21, 2007 10:57:41 AM
All done!!!  Smiley

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385  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 20, 2007 04:47:44 PM
Grouted to day, and now I have to decide on the color(s) for the grout. Input welcome!

Larger Image: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1056/1415138500_6b375e3c57_o.jpg
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386  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 19, 2007 05:53:31 PM
No probs! I welcome questions. Smiley

For grouting glass it is best to use non-sanded so it won't scratch the glass. I've used sanded on project with glass, and it did okay. However, on this one I want to maintain the shine so non-sanded.

As for wet/dry grouting it is different things to different mosaic artists. For me the dry method is much prefered, because I think it is easier and less messy. If you want more specifics on this please let me know.

Guess what tomorrow is...GROUT DAY!!! Cheesy

Got all the glass in place, and here is the updated picture:

Grouting will be done tomorrow, but I may not get to the grout color wash till Friday.

C&C welcome and encouraged! Smiley
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387  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 18, 2007 11:35:36 AM
Well, apparently my hubby was wrong again when he said I owned one of everything from the glass store. Seems I missed some of the white, cause I ran out! LOL Have to make an unexpected trip to the glass shop to get enough to finish...and whatever else I may see. ~: )

Here is an update for now though:
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388  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 17, 2007 05:54:17 PM
Okay, so I was overly optimistic on what kind of progress I would make today.  Grin

Anywho, here's todays update:

I'm trying to make the colors look random without any pattern being noticeable. Is that the effect you see?

C&C always welcome!  Smiley
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389  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 16, 2007 06:05:29 PM
Finally got a chance to work on this some more today. Hope to get it done tomorrow, and grouted on Tuesday. Anyway, here is an updated picture.  Smiley

As always C&C are welcome!  Smiley
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390  Re: Mosaic Cart WIP in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 07, 2007 01:32:33 PM
Today's update:

Now I will start filling in the rest with the other glass. Most likely though I will not get more done till late Sunday or very early Monday.  Sad
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