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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another "Ethel" Tote on: December 15, 2019 12:24:39 PM
I was pawing through the Fabric Pile, and came across some faux leather and suede.
I decided to plan an "Ethel" Tote. I thought the suede bag and a faux leather pocket.

I asked my husband if that might work. He asked if I had enough leather to make the entire tote from leather. So, I did. I had already decided to use webbings for the handles. DH requested shoulder length. I had enough, so I did.

Well begun is half done

The reverse side

Done, done, done, done, done.

What do you think, Craftsters?
2  COOKING / Dessert / Banana bread and muffins on: December 12, 2019 02:46:19 PM
 Cry    I'm posting until the end  Cry

Today, I mixed up the bananas I'd bought with the intention of making breads. The other day, I got the idea to make a dozen muffins, rather than 3 loafs. A plain recipe of Banana Bread doubled makes 3 loafs.
So, here they all are:

As you can see, I added Chocolate chips.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Pillowcase Shopper on: December 11, 2019 03:42:47 PM
 Cry I'm going to keep on posting until the end  Cry

Here's another pillowcase into a shopping bag.
I'm not sure where this pillowcase came from. But, using the Singlet bag tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0), and mostly following her crafty Majesty's instructions, I made another shopping bag. I used a Wal-Mart bag for the"pattern".

The outside

The inside.

I like it. Anyone left to leave an opinion?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Camo Swoon "Ethel" on: December 02, 2019 02:26:42 PM
I could have made another "Fold-over Tote Bag", but, I found some black Duck Canvas material. I checked and found I had enough to make an "Ethel". So, I cut it out, and finished putting it together today.

Well begun is half done.

The lining.

And the end product

I'm pleased with it.
What do you think, Craftsters and guests?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Fold over Tote bags" on: November 22, 2019 06:39:37 PM
The Bag-Lady has been "Bagging"!

I bought some Camouflage print fabric, with the intention of making these bags.
Some was left over from the former camo-bag. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458227.msg5526429#msg5526429)
And, each of the bottom pieces are a faux suede.

I had to re-line both of them, because I messed up the linings.  Embarrassed

Here they are:

Both of them

The front of the first.

The back.

The first interior.

The second one.

The original snap-flap.

The redone interior.

I had to redo the interior because it was too big (about an inch, both ways) plus, I removed the snap-flap.

The first one, the interior was an inch too long -- plus, I found a magnetic snap for the top.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Newsboy Cap (Kwik-sew 3133) on: November 10, 2019 06:57:40 PM
Unfortunately, KS3133 is out-of-print.

You might be able to get it on E-bay, or maybe from another sewist.

This was the first thing I ever did when I began sewing. Many years and projects later, my "Fabric Lady ", Anita, told me, "If I'd known it was your very first project, I would have suggested maybe a bag, or something."

A while ago*, I promised a neighbour that I would make her one. She asked for a brown, or plum; nothing fancy or flashy.
I chose a fine-wale corduroy, in a darker plum colour.

So, what do you think, Craftsters and guests?
*like, a couple years ago.  Embarrassed
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Makeshift "car mats" into a Tote Bag on: October 18, 2019 11:01:22 AM
We bought a newer vehicle, and as nicely done up as it was, we din't want to ride around without floor mats. So, I ran inside and grabbed a couple pieces of Denim. They did okay until we got regular floor mats.

After their vehicle adventure, they were quite dirty. I washed them and had already made the plan to make them into a Tote bag. I think it's about the size of "The Jordy Bag" (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0)

Which is similar to the one I carry my shopping bags in.

As I was pawing through the "fabric pile" looking for some webbing for the handles, I discovered some faux suede. I decided it might look nice on the bottom.  But, not too high up. (And, I did find the handle webbing)

So, assembling all the pieces, and planning it as I went was challenging, but I managed.

I think it turned out really good.

Because I wanted to use just the denim pieces, I ended up with a black interior, but, I can deal with it.

So, what do you think, Craftsters & guests?
8  COOKING / Dessert / {Fruit/Berry} Shortcake on: August 24, 2019 05:41:03 PM
Shortcake for strawberries, blueberries, or various fruits is very simple. The only thing that might be difficult is getting a Flan Pan. But, if you don't have one, just use a round or square Pan.

3 Large Eggs
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C. Flour

Preheat oven to 350*F
Grease and flour Flan Pan - Really well.
Put 1 pint (2 C.) berries into a bowl, sprinkle with 1/4-1/2 C. Sugar. Let stand while you mix and bake cake.

Beat eggs. Add sugar. Beat. Add flour. Beat.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched, and lightly browned. Cool on a rack. Then turn onto a plate. Lightly stir berries, and fill middle part of cake. Slice and serve with Whipped cream. Enjoy.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blue Jean Bag on: July 25, 2019 09:06:22 PM
I had seen one similar online: I decided that it would be simple enough to copy. I was over-optomistic.
I bought, at a resale shop, a pair of children's jeans, and cut off the legs. The top part has been "ripening" for nearly a year. Yesterday, I finally decided to just make it happen.
I ripped the crotch, and got a piece of denim for the bottom.  Putting it together was challenging, because of the original jeans' shape. I did get it together, though.
Then, putting a lining into it proved equally challenging. I had already decided to use pre-bought handles. I found this pair in an older storage chest.
I couldn't put the lining into the bag the way I usually do. Eventually, I chose to just sew it around the top.
After breaking a needle, I used a leather needle, and it finally got done.

It turned out kinda cute, but it probably could have used a bit more planning.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A washable, reusable garbage bag for the Car. on: July 17, 2019 10:19:02 PM

I was thinking about the last 2 projects that I'd done. The reusable garbage bags, and the reusable bag from a Pillow case.

I got thinking also about needing to get a bag for garbage in the car. We usually reuse a plastic shopping bag. (In spite of having lots of reusable bags, we still end up with plastic bags.)

Then, like a flash, I realized I could make a bag from a Pillow case: we don't put "Messy stuff" into the "Car Garbage" very often. and, even if we do, what difference would it make? That's why it's washable.

So, I went to the Hall Closet: in some of the older stacks, I found a really old (very stained) pillow case. Just what I needed.

Similar to my previous post, I used the Singlet Shopping Bag Tutorial. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0) Again, {mostly} following her Crafty Majesty's instructions, I put together a bag. Instead of lining, I used a facing. Which I sewed down this time. (It's for garbage: I wouldn't want to be digging trash out from between the facing and main bag.) I then boxed the bottom, which I sewed down, also. (same reason: I din't want garbage caught in it.)

Now, to put it out into the car. It ought work well.
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