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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Bourne Identity" bank bag replica -- kind of on: August 08, 2017 11:19:30 PM
A few years ago when I watched the DVD of "The Bourne Identity", I thought the bag he'd carried from the bank was cool looking.
Being a seamstress, I decided that it wouldn't be that difficult to replicate.

[^these photos gleaned from the int'net. I don't know whose they are.]

Red Canvas, eyelets around the top, cord that can tie to an eyelet.
First, I found a pattern (Butterick 6678), bought the elements required, and started.

I, of course, wasn't certain how to do the black stencils around the top, so used reflective tape. Instead of the word "Brennen" (German for "Burn", I found out), I put on my last name.  Then, because I felt like it, I added an appliqu of a Coffee Cup.
I think it's a good bag. My husband snitched it and was keeping some work items in it. This one and another I'd made got really filthy. He wasn't sure if it would work, but he flung them into the washing machine. These pics are after the wash.

A photo of the front

And closed

And, the hook clipped to the eyelet


According to my sewing journal, I made this in March 2008
... 9 years ago  Shocked

I don't mind it at all. My husband is quite impressed with it, and with how well it cleaned up.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cupcake Prices on: August 07, 2017 09:28:31 AM
Thank you steiconi and lindyv321, for your replies.
I thought it was actually pretty steep, myself. But, like I said, I'm way out of the "Bake Sale" loop.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Another Swoon "Ethel" on: August 06, 2017 08:33:04 PM
Stopped by and checked again.

My fabric lady said that she has made a few copies for customers.She had heard from some of her clerks that customers just wanted to take the store copy: she hadn't believed it, but found that it was true. Then, she admits that she made several copies, because she was getting irked by making copies in the middle of the day. So, now, she has some extras on hand.

She really believed that many customers could download the pattern themselves. She said her Mom could. She would have a bit of difficulty, but she figured many of her customers were much more "Tech-Savvy" than her.

So, it's still a popular pattern. I'm glad.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Medical Swoon "Ethel" on: August 06, 2017 12:50:25 PM
I started this because I ... er ... located this cheerful printed Twill in my Linen Closet. (Don't remember buying it or what for. It was a remnant, by the tag on it.)

Because I am in an "Ethel" groove, I checked to see if it would work for one. I had enough, but barely.


For a bit of difference, I added Rick-Rack to the pocket.

And, 2 inside pockets, and a Key-leash.

And, an action shot.

So,  what do you think Craftsters and guests?
Feedback welcome.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Free gift with purchase" on: August 02, 2017 01:08:44 PM
Thank you, Gozer.

The bow is dual coloured because neither my daughter nor I could decide which colour looked the best. She came up with the idea of using both colours, and had a picture to show what she meant. I think the dual coloured bow sets it off just right.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swoon "Ethel" Tote bag -- take 2: relined on: July 31, 2017 02:17:10 PM
Thank you, Craftylittlemonkey.
I carried it today, and I'm pleased to report that it works even better now. The writing implements and paper, my Daytimer, and personal effects are corralled.
There's lots of room for the larger items, still. And there's still the outside pockets to fill.

It has definitely come together as an improvement.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swoon "Ethel" Tote bag on: July 30, 2017 08:35:02 PM
I've heard it said, "Sometimes things fall apart, so better things can come together."

I have re-lined this bag, after the lining fell apart.

I'd like to think that it's now improved.


The print is a kind of foggy forest look.
I also added 2 more pockets.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Improved, or just alright, or same-old?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Latest Swoon "Ethel", with some nifty additions on: July 29, 2017 06:02:40 PM
So, I've delivered this to her. She's happy with it: and she says her Mom is looking forward to receiving it.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Free gift with purchase" on: July 29, 2017 05:58:53 PM
Thank you, JS.
She seems to like both of them.


I gave a Zucchini loaf in this one (superstition says, "A bag given empty will stay empty."). And I included the recipe as well.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=orange_juice

So, she's happy with them.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Free gift with purchase" on: July 28, 2017 05:35:26 PM


This is a gift for my niece-in-law, to go with the Ethel Tote she purchased.
She gave me a lip balm she'd put on Facebook, and told me' "Your money is no good here."
She and my nephew have been married for a bit now, and I've never given her anything.  Embarrassed
(She's a nurse at the local clinic, and that's where I met her.)
Anyway, I decided to make her a bag. I'd shown her some of the bags here on Craftster, and she really liked one of the ones with a bow. She often posts on FB about wine, so that's where the grapes band and handles came from.
Here's a few pics of the progress:


I think it turned out alright. So, what do you think, Craftsters and guests? Not bad, alright, good?
Feedback welcome.
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