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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shopping Bag from an old Pillow-Case on: July 15, 2019 08:00:11 PM
I saw an attractive pillowcase when I was looking at the Salvation army (resale shop) for a sheet to use for the Reusable kitchen garbage bag. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458679.0)

I had the vague thought I could make a shopping bag from it. Since it wasn't expensive, I bought it with the sheet I'd chosen.

I thought about and planned it while it was"resting". I decided it could have just a facing in the handles, rather than lining the entire bag. Thinking on it further, I wondered if the top fold could be unfolded and used for the inside facing.

When I decided that the fabric was well enough "rested", I took the shears to it. I cut off the top fold. I opened the top fold, and found that it would be plenty enough for the facing I planned.

Using a plastic shopping bag for the pattern, I cut out the handles. Then, I did the same in the top fold.

I decided to use the"Singlet Style Shopping Bag" tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0 )
following Her Crafty Majesty's instructions, mostly, I attached the facing to the bag.
I attempted to sew the bag handles together first: but, discovered that the facing had to be inside the bag when I sewed the top of the handles together. After seam-ripping, I was able to sew the handles together. Then I topstitched, which held down the facing.
Last of all, I boxed the bottom. To finish it, I sewed the triangle to the bottom seam.

So, what do you think, Craftsters? A good idea, not so much, or somewhere in between?
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / An unusual request *TUTORIAL NOW ADDED* on: June 28, 2019 03:24:28 PM
A lady I've known since high-school asked for an unusual item.

So, using an old sheet, I made one.
It's basically a drawstring bag, made with 2 handles.
Can you guess what it's for?

Here's what it's for:

A re-usable, washable kitchen garbage bag.

Some background: our Prime Minister has announced that by 2021, all single-use plastics will be banned. I believe he'd meant plastic cups, straws, and grocery  bags. Kitchen garbage bags weren't included, as far as I know. However, if your garbage doesn't include "messy" things, like Coffee Filters, tea bags, and leftovers, there's not any particular reason you couldn't use a reusable bag. She does composting, so the "messy" stuff mostly doesn't go into the garbage, and the bag is washable anyway. And, this one is the second one for her, so she can switch them out and have one being washed, while the other does trash-can duty.

This time, I've written down the instructions. (The first time, I didn't) If you'd like the instructions, please tell me in your replies. Thank you.

Either way, what do you think, Craftsters? A good idea, or not so much?
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kwik-Sew 3526 (Boring) on: May 20, 2019 07:41:23 PM
This is the most boring bag I've ever made.
I was looking around at a store called "all for less". Has a great variety of items. One section is bedding and the like. I found in their Sale Bin a King Sized Bed-skirt. I've never used one, and have a smaller bed. It was an attractive item, and I thought it would make some nice looking bags.
I found out immediately that the skirt part wasn't very long.  Tongue I suppose I ought have known that, but it was shorter than I was expecting. I also discovered that it wasn't a very thick fabric -- nor very quality, either. (The cheapest no-tell motel has more expensive sheets than this material.) It is strictly for appearance.

So, I used some of it for another bags' lining. Then decided I'd try  to make one of these. I had the notion I might get 3 or 4 of these out of the bedskirt part. Now that this one is done, I might get another lining out of it -- maybe.

It prob'ly would have been attractive as a bed-skirt. But, I don't think it makes a very good bag. It will carry whatever I put into it, certainly. I lined it with a plain white nylon. But, it's the simplest bag I've ever made. The photo doesn't show it very well, but the colour is Navy.

Feedback invited.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / DH's New Tote Bag on: May 07, 2019 05:00:16 PM
Simplicity 9658

I was sitting about a gas station, on WIFI, and noted that there was lots of camouflage print wandering about; hats, shirts, jackets, pants, shoes, boots -- and even on a pickup-truck! Thinking a bit further, I thought maybe I could make a bag with camouflage print. Looking online, I found LL Bean and Lands End had done similar. I decided I could do it -- but, why? I mentioned to my husband that it was possible, but I prob'ly wouldn't bother. I didn't know anyone who'd use it. He exclaimed, "I'd use it!" So, I headed off to my fabric shop.
With lots of conference texts, my husband chose an Oak Leaf pattern, and a dark brown contrast. I'd already picked out the 9658 in my mind as the tote I'd make. I didn't have the lengths required, but remembered most. So, purchased the amounts I remembered. I knew I had a good colour for a lining at home.

Hubby wanted a snap-flap added. I added the Key leash myself

So, after about a week of "resting the fabric", today I decided I would just go for it.
I think it turned out alright. DH likes it.

What do you think, craftsters? Feedback invited.
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Article about starting bag-selling on: March 08, 2019 09:27:46 AM
[Moderator, if this is disallowed, you may delete]
I was wandering about the Int'net, and came across this article. I've read it and recognized that it has lots of down-to-earth advice. Have a look:
16  COOKING / Dessert / Carrot Cake & Cream Cheese Icing on: February 20, 2019 08:43:01 AM

Read entire recipe before beginning. Gather ingredients and utensils.
Grease and flour pan(s). 9X13, 9" Round (2), OR 8" Square (2). Preheat oven to 350*F. Peel and grate Carrots.

Mix well in large bowl:
1 1/3 C. Flour
1 C. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. B. Soda
1 tsp. B. Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
Add and beat on low speed:
2/3 C. Oil
3 Lg. Eggs
Stir in:
1/2 C. Crushed Pineapple
1 1/2 C. Finely grated Carrots
1 C. Finely chopped Pecan Nuts
(If you like them, you can add 1 C. golden raisins)

Scrape the patter into the Pan(s). Bake until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
30-35 minutes for Oblong
25-30 minutes for Round or Square

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Decorate with Finely chopped Pecan nuts.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces Cream Cheese
5 Tblsp Butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 - 2 1/2 C. Icing sugar.

In a medium bowl, beat until just barely mixed. DO NOT over mix.

{To make a heart shape, bake 1 round and one Square. Cut Round in half. Put on 2 sides of the square, which has been set like a diamond. If required, trim your round cake to fit together.  If one is "too high", don't worry too much about it, the icing will hide it.}
17  COOKING / Dessert / Black Forest Cake on: November 20, 2018 06:15:29 AM
Black Forest Cake is a yummy layer cake.

Using a Spray Bottle, bought for that purpose, I sprayed each layer [generously] with Brandy.

Following that, I smeared the filling part of Cherry Pie Filling and stacked the layers.
I carefully Whipped the cream, and stopped before it went too firm.
I got my husband to smear it on the top. While I was placing the Cherries on top of the cake, my husband grated some Chocolate (Id bought for that purpose)

I think it turned out pretty good.

(Except 1/2 a Mickey of Brandy might have been a bit too generous spraying onto the cake.)
But it is Yummy❣️

(For those who might be interested, I used this recipe for the cake:
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Baby holder Chair Cover on: August 26, 2018 03:59:05 PM
{Moderator: if this is the incorrect place to put this, you have permission to move.}

I saw this, and thought, Thats a great idea!
It needs some Reverse Engineering, though.
A cover for a kitchen chair, with Baby Holder attached; for those times when you got a friends or relatives house, and they dont have a high-chair available.

19  COOKING / Dessert / Rhubarb-Raspberry Pie on: August 22, 2018 07:42:17 PM

A neighbour shared her bounty of Raspberries! I decided to make a Rhubarb-Raspberry pie.
I went into my backyard and grabbed a few of the thinnest stalks still around. I washed and chopped them: I used about 1 1/2 Cups. Then added 2 1/2 C Raspberries, and followed the directions. (I put a bit of lemon juice onto the rhubarb before adding the raspberries. And, I added the quick-cooking Tapioca)

Mum's Never-fail Pastry
5 1/2 C. Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 lb. Shortening
1 egg
1 Tblsp. Vinegar

Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until the consistency of coarse meal with a few larger pieces.
Break egg into a measuring cup and beat slightly. Add vinegar. Fill to the three-quarter cup mark with cold water, and blend together.
With a fork, gradually stir in liquid mixture into flour mixture. Add only enough liquid to make dough cling together, and clean easily from the bowl.

Makes 3 Double-crust pies.
(Can be wrapped in Saran-wrap plastic to store. Be sure to label as pie dough, and Date made. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.)

Berry pie with fresh fruit
Makes gooseberry, currant, BlackBerry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, huckleberry, or Loganbery.
4 C. Fresh fruit
2/3 - 1 C. Sugar (or more)
1/4 C. Flour
1 1/2 Tblsp. Lemon Juice OR 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
If fruit is really juicy, add 2 tsp. quick-cooking Tapioca

Preheat oven to 450F . Line a pie plate with bottom crust.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand while rolling out top crust. Dump berry mixture into bottom crust, dot with butter, cover with top crust. Flute edge.
Slash top (use a fork to put berry initial in middle of top crust. "H" for Huckleberry, for example)
Bake in 450F oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350F. Bake 35 to 40 minutes more or until golden brown.

*Note: let pie cool completely before cutting, or filling will be runny.
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to answer various {put down} replies to prices on: July 23, 2018 12:20:11 AM
DISCLAIMER: this post is primarily a vent. Ive tried to be kind, but I get frustrated.

I sew hats and bags.
People often approach with admiration, then ask, How much?
I used to say just cost of fabric, which gained hostile replies:
I can get it at _____ for $**.
I could make my own for less!
Its not THAT attractive!
Oh. How much for ME?
I dont know why youd ask THAT much. Youre at home with nothing better to do anyway.
Its just a hobby for you: you shouldnt charge so much.

(I usually shrug, and tell them go to _____ and get one, then. Or agree they could make their own, but will they? Or, I just agree, and wish them a pleasant day.)

 Angry  Sad  Angry  Cry

It used to really gnaw at me. Then, I started saying the cost of Fabric, time spent [charging minimum wage], and rounding up to the next 10. (For example, Fabric,$43; Time, 5 Hours* (X$10) = 93. Round up to $100)
I went this route because theyre not actually wanting to pay even Fabric cost, never mind time invested, so, ask outrageous price. Who knows, maybe youll get it.
*5 hours is First cut to last stitch, including pressing, and interfacing time. I think many people who sew charge time spent at sewing machine. Which is where you hear, I can make a bag in an hour and a half.

Several problems are at work in pricing.
1. Wal Mart/Target is where many people shop to go easy on their wallet. (Understandable, but generally, items bought there wont last beyond the current season.)
2. Peoples perception of Handmade is that its LESS sturdy than store-bought!
3. People really havent any clue about Fabric Prices, or actual time spent on Hand Made
4. People who work on products At Home are really thought to be just as a hobby/time-filler.
5. Farmers Markets & Craft Sales usually underprice remarkably! Partly due to fabric/product choices, partly for sales, partly to undercut *****, a couple booths over. If you choose cheaper fabric, the product wont be as nice looking as carefully chosen fabric. If you price to sell lots, youre not getting much [if any] profit. Pricing to undercut another seller at the market, just petty and vicious. (And, yes, there are some that do that)

I dont sell many. I generally make for myself, love the admiration, and charge what I charge. If you dont want to pay that, okay.
I make bags as gifts for chosen friends and family. I choose the fabrics based on what Ive observed their interests are, or which gender they are. All my gifts have been appreciated.

If youve read the entire post, thank you for your attention.
If youve run into such answers, or had people try to wheedle you [or bully you] into lowering your prices, how have you handled it?
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