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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl laptop sleeve on: May 07, 2009 07:07:22 PM
When I taught myself to knit four or five years ago, the first thing I finished knitting was a light brown ribbed scarf. I gave it to my husband, then made him a matching hat, and then...stopped making things for him. For some reason he's just not interested in purses and tote bags. Whatever dude. A few weeks ago I ordered a smallish amount of closed-cell foam. I've been interested in making a laptop sleeve for myself (my husband gave me a fancy new laptop for Christmas and it's a little snug for my old laptop bag), but I can't figure out all the bells and whistles I want my bag to have. The husband has a bag that he likes, but its pocket is unpadded, so I decided to make one for him as practice.

The husband grew up in Minnesota and loves the Twins. The dark blue and dark red vinyl that I keep on hand is pretty close to the Twins' colors. I briefly considered doing a Twins logo cutout for him on the envelope flap, but as this was a guinea pig sleeve and I wasn't entirely sure it would work out okay. I was afraid I'd spend a lot of time on the cutout and then sleeve wouldn't work and I'd have spent all this time on it and WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH A NON-FUNCTIONING TWINS-THEMED LAPTOP SLEEVE?! So I opted for stripes. He like stripes, so it's okay.

I really like the lining of the sleeve. I got the fabric from Ikea. The half-circles are all different sizes as it goes down. I sewed velcro across the top and down the front of the bag for the closure. Closed-cell foam is thick. I got the 1/4" size and there's NO way my sewing machine will go through it. I ended up sewing most of the bag as I usually would, then stuffing the foam in between the vinyl and lining, and then keeping it in place with a little hand stitching. I used a thimble and still wound up with a blister on my thumb.

What do you think?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / small part-vinyl zippered clutch on: May 05, 2009 09:38:16 PM
I won some neat Japanese fabric from a giveaway on The Fabric Shopper blog a little bit ago. I didn't want to use it all at once, so I used it with some vinyl to make this little clutch.

Here's the inside. I used the same fabric for the lining as I did for the outside and the little handle.

Here's just a close-up.

It's funny, the fabric is Japanese, but the writing in the little apples that are made out of text is French. =)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / chili pepper apron on: December 17, 2008 09:28:22 AM
My friend was looking for an apron to give to her Secret Santa for Christmas, but wanted to give something that matched her kitchen, which is orange and decorated in chili peppers. She couldn't find anything she liked, so she asked me if I could come up with something.

I forgot to take pictures of the back, but it's basically just two long orange ties that look like the neck strap.

I haven't made an apron before and just sort of made it up as I went. I had a few "what have I gotten myself into?!" moments while I tried to figure out how to put it all together (I accidentally sewed one of the back ties to the front somehow, I had to rip seams out several times when I realized I'd sewed something in the wrong order, etc.) but I like how it turned out.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / scooter oven mitt & potholders on: November 20, 2008 12:40:00 PM
My friend is the president of a scooter club, so when I saw this fabric I had to make something for her with it.

The back of the potholders (the blue fabric) is the same as the inside fabric on the oven mitts.

This was adventure #2 with binding tape, and I think it went pretty well. =)

Thanks for looking!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / oven mitt + potholders on: November 14, 2008 11:40:01 AM
I made these for my sister-in-law for her birthday. It was my first time using binding, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

The potholders both have the green pattern on one side and the pink/yellow dots on the other, then (you can sort of see in the picture) the inside of the oven mitt is the pink/yellow dot fabric too.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / black/white damask tote on: November 12, 2008 08:18:55 AM
I finished another custom bag recently, and I really like how it turned out. She wanted all black and white. The bottom and straps are vinyl and the lining fabric is a home decor weight that I found on sale.

Aside from being happy with the bag, I'm happy with how my pictures turned out! I'm the world's worst photographer, and these look pretty decent to me. =) Thanks for looking!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / small leaf tote on: November 07, 2008 10:11:15 PM
I was asked to make a bag with this leaf fabric. She pretty much left everything else to me, but asked that it have some sort of leaf cut out. I liked how the goldish vinyl popped against the black vinyl, so I used that for the bottom.

And I had some of this Amy Butler fabric hidden in the bottom of my stash. I love it and had completely forgotten I had it. I was pretty pleased that it looked nice with the oranges on the leaf fabric.

I thought about doing a maple leaf for the cutout, but I thought it might not fit well, so I ended up doing this.

I don't think I would have picked out the leaf fabric on my own, but I'm happy with how it came together. I think it's a good mix of what she wanted and my style. =)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / wall letters on: October 21, 2008 01:35:24 PM
My husband and I painted these wall letters for our son's bedroom. The W is purple and gold (we both went to the University of Washington, those are the school colors), the M has part of the Mariners logo on it...I think (hope) the rest are self explanatory. =)

(in case that's too big, here's a link: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2065/2486160271_b10e834b38_b.jpg)

Here they are up in his room:

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl cupcake bag on: October 19, 2008 01:46:18 AM
I finished this up a couple days ago. I like how it turned out. =)

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / little wedding bag on: September 06, 2007 09:19:20 AM
My friend asked me to make her a little, round, ivory lace bag for her wedding. I finally finished last night...I hadn't ever worked with lace or satin before and I had some issues with it.

She wanted a really bright lining so this is what I picked. I sent her pictures this morning and she likes it! Phew. =) There are more pictures and details and stuff in my blog.
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