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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / London Fog Messenger Bag on: March 03, 2008 01:32:02 PM
I had thrifted a huge London Fog trench coat that was in sorry shape, expecting to recon it into a swing coat of sorts. However, it turned out I would have needed to fix the shoulders and the like.

So, I made it into a messenger bag. It's 13x10x3.5 inches with a 33 inch strap.

It's rather simple. This is my favorite part-- i took the tag and made it into a little pouch on the back for quarters or condoms or keys.

I saw a girl on the subway with a pouch that looked like a camera and was suitably inspired. It's about 9x5 inches. The outside is felt and it's lined in polka dotted cotton.

Tooth and Nail

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Le Sophie on: July 24, 2007 08:06:26 AM
Oh my heavens, the prototype has been perfected!

I present... Le Sophie! (I apologize in advance for the unfabulous pictures)

Tech Specs:
Le Sophie is approximately 18" long and 14" tall. She has a three inch gusset and her handles are 15" long, just right to sling over your shoulder or hold without the bag reaching the ground. They are thin enough to comfortably be held even in the tiniest of hands, and strong enough that they won't stretch or wear. There are two interior pockets: one patch, divided in two, and one pleated with a button closure. The entire bag is closed with a fabric covered button closure. The bag is interfaced by thick quilt batting, providing strength but also the ability to "squish" the bag and have it come out unharmed.

The entire bag:

A Close-Up on the Closure:

The pleated pocket:

The patch pocket:

Thanks for looking!

All feedback would be greatly appreciated!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Cloth Pantiliners on: April 25, 2007 02:26:20 PM
Cloth Pantiliners of my very own design, although their inspired by those of noodle princess. The reason they're packaged is for a swap on swapbot. They have a layer of super high absorbency towel (like for hiking) which I love!

I'd love any comments/questions!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Covered Composition Books and Period Pad on: April 04, 2007 03:33:57 PM
First off, here are two books I recovered. They're both recovered using Old Navy wrapping paper (chandeliers). I recovered the steno pad's binding using black duck canvas.

The second pad is made from a vintage ad for pursettes tampons. It's kind of hard to see the writing, but it talks about how fabulous the afore mentioned tampons are. The filler paper came from a notepad that I had in my possession. I pasted the add onto cardstock, applied liberal helpings of glue to secure both the front and back covers than glued black duck canvas over the binding.

And the back/top view...

That's it!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Pattern Central on: March 21, 2007 06:19:14 PM
Hey guys!

I have a question- knitting pattern central seems to be not running. I keep getting the "Problem Loading Page" shebang. Is anyone else getting this, or is it just me?

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Spin Attempt on: January 28, 2007 06:12:24 AM
I went to a beginners spinning class yesterday. Here's my first try at yarn on a spinning wheel.

And here's what I left with, since a wheel is a little out of my price range. 

Different colored roving, from Icelandic Sheep!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Holiday Craft Fair-along on: December 27, 2006 07:32:12 PM
Hi! I'm a newbie here, but I really love craftster! The support and community of this place is just incredible. Anways. I'm planning on doing the "Craft Fair" circuit come December. I always start planning right after Christmas, but am, as to be expected, rushing to finish minimal stock right before it's due.

So, I propose an about face. I'd like to have a way to keep motivated and stay strong. I'd love to have other people join in so we can be a combined force against crafty-not-getting-things-done-in-an-orderly-fashion-ness!

Is anyone else interested? I/we could start a Flickr or Yahoo! group/Livejournal community and see how it goes. Or maybe not.

Good night!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for Booking Binding with Kids on: September 22, 2006 04:34:49 PM
Hey Craftsters!

I'm volunteering at a Fall Festival next weekend and was volunteered by a friend to design/host a craft for kids aged 6-10. It's a fall festival, so I was thinking maybe a quicky book with a leave modge podged on the front.

However, I'm at a loss. I don't know what the crafting abilities of the average 6-10 year olds are. What takes me ten minutes might take them hours and leave them in tears. Does anyone have any experience bookbinding with kids, or any specific do's/do not's? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Yo-Yo Tutorial on: August 25, 2006 09:55:17 AM
This is my first picture post on craftster, so hopefully all is well.

Yo-Yos are ruffled circles of fabric that are extremely easy to make. My mom has fond memories of staying up late and making these with her Mum on Friday nights, and I've been fascinated by them since I was little.
When Mum used to sew (when she stayed at home), I'd hang out with her around the dining table. She'd cut me circles out of scrap fabric, and I'd patiently (and messily) form fabric yo-yos.

A couple of years later, while watching Project Runway, I noticed that one of the designers used yo-yos as an accent for their outfit. Once again, my yo-yo making obsession was sparked and I've been sewing up a storm of yo-yos. Here's a tutorial for a simple yo-yo.


You need
  • A template for a circle (I used a plastic glass)
  • Fabric (just a scrap!)
  • Scissors/Needle/Thread/Tool for marking fabric

Step 1

Trace your template onto the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out.

A quick note on the size of your yo-yos. To find the approximate size of your yo-yo, divide the diameter of your circle in half and subtract .5" (for seam allowances)

Step 2.

Fold your fabric over .25" and secure with a loose running stitch. You're essentially folding a hem, although there is still a rough edge. Do that around the entire circle.

When you're finished, the top looks like...

And the bottom looks like...

Step 3.

Using your extra thread (from the two ends of the running stitch), pull the ends of the thread. Your yo-yo should start to ruffle. Pull it into a tight circle on the top and knot the threads together.

It kind of looks like a yo-yo now, but not exactly. All you have to do is kind of center the hole in the middle of the yo-yo and squish the fabric down.

It should look like this, although hopefully not as blurry. (Darn that digital camera!)

And voila! A yo-yo for your embellishing pleasure. They're great on bags, pillows, scarves, hoodies... their just great, in general.

If you have any questions, please ask me!

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