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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  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.
3  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.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Latest Swoon "Ethel", with some nifty additions on: July 21, 2017 03:25:08 PM
This is my 3rd "Ethel" Tote Bag.

My niece-in-law (nephew's wife) asked me to make one for her to send to her mom for her birthday.
I decided to add a snap closure and a key-leash

"Well begun is half done":

The handles, snap closure, and key-leash:

And the back:

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Former (favourite) T-shirt on: June 20, 2017 06:35:49 PM

Using her Crafty Majesty's instructions (mostly),
I spent the day making this:

And, having an attack of the clevers, I used the tag to show which way is "front"

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Swoon "Ethel" on: June 12, 2017 09:51:45 PM

The lining isn't in it yet, but here's the next one started.

I have another plain nylon to line it with. Again, I have put both pockets on the outside, rather than one outside and one inside.

The fabric used to be a tablecloth, but never used as one. I've interfaced (interllined) it with canvas. It seems to work well enough, and makes it into a sturdy bag.

Tomorrow, when I've finished it, I'll post the final product.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon "Ethel" Tote bag -- take 2: relined on: June 05, 2017 06:56:29 PM

This is a free download from the Swoon Sewing Pattern site.
The website says, "A roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag. With a teardrop shape, Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. Its a stuff it in and run out the door kind of bag, designed to comfortably sling over your shoulder. There are a few slip pockets for the small things."

Its dimensions are 13" wide, 10" tall and 5" deep
I admit I was expecting a much larger bag. (Like: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441466.0)
This one is more purse-sized.

I chose a denim for the exterior, and a nylon for the interior. (Don't choose nylon: very unstable and annoying.)
I also chose to use cotton webbing for the handles.
All in all, not a bad bag.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Paracord wrist strap on: May 23, 2017 11:01:40 AM
[Moderator, if you feel this is the wrong category, you have my permission to move it.]

I had seen several of these, and thought them attractive; the price, not so much.
I decided that since I thought myself to be crafty, I would try to make one.
Online, there are lots and lots of different instructions for how to make Paracord _____.
I chose this one.
(I don't have the copyright for listed instructions)

I had the notion that they were very difficult. The above link makes the shown picture very quickly. (I might even go so far as to call it "stupid-easy".) And the end result is just as attractive as the store-ones.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Drawstring Bag on: May 10, 2017 06:56:04 AM
I first borrowed this book from the local library:

I had been skimming through it, and it's written in a friendly, chatty style. I'm not a quilter, but was looking for anywhere that might have a bag. (I think I saw in the index that this had a bag in it.)

Anyway, I found out how much fabric was required, and went and bought it. (Yes, I prob'ly had enough to make it, but a new reason to buy fabric isn't to be passed by.)

I saw a fun patterned corduroy, and brought that, for the contrast, I bought a pink cotton/poly blend.

It took a day to do, but, it turned out nicely:

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A new bag on: March 28, 2017 04:08:18 PM
(Moderator, if this is in the wrong category, you have permission to move)

Kwik Sew 3526, as always.
The main bag body is made from a Table Cloth. (Bought new, and hasn't been used as a tablecloth)
The band and handles are a new, fashion fabric, the interior is a plain broadcloth. Down on the bottom is an elastic, in order to hold it when rolled.

All in all, I think it turned out quite good. (I'm not sure if it's "me", but, I'll see.)

What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
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