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1  for the love of two fabrics in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pixing on: August 27, 2010 11:32:02 AM
Kwik sew 3684 - easy pattern but made a few alterations naturally

I got these two Japanese linens at a small fabric store near me - they have great products - Franklin Mill Store.

I wanted pockets inside and some sort of closure which I added with a magnetic snap. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the zip pocket so instead of cutting two of the lining material I made one side of the lining in two pieces like the exterior figuring that I would install the zipper in the seam (or something!) but that was unnecessary.

I would make this again in home dec weight so it's less floppy. My error with the 'car' fabric - I'm still learning about matching patterns. I thought I had spaced it right so that the car is more centered in the top band. Instead, I added the ribbon trim after to cover up the top of the next row of cars. Not 100% happy but I didn't have enough of the car fabric left to do the top panel over entirely.  This was a stash buster project - meaning that I have enough crap beautiful fabric and sewing supplies to make 100 projects - I should be able to make one with the stuff I have on hand.

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2  Smart Card Wallet - adapted from Amy Butler pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pixing on: April 15, 2009 10:29:07 AM
Hi all - I'm so in awe of all of your gorgeous bags and wallets but never get around for making anything for myself!  This is no exception.  Cheesy  My husband was in need of a wallet to carry all of the Smart Cards for his cameras.  The little plastic cases that the cards arrive in are varied in size and shape so he asked me to put something together. 

After much racking of the brain, I found a free Amy Butler pattern for a business card holder (link below) since the dimensions were about right and I liked the idea of a rigid panel to give the wallet some substance.   You crafters are all about making a pattern your own so I thought I'd share.  Fine detailed sewing is not my forte, but I think this will work.

Bright color so it is not lost in the dark camera bag:

Larger strips of Velcro to accommodate extra bulk:

I added a third panel and made a long 3/4" (finished width) tube and sewed it horizontally instead of using the card keeper directions. :

Even overengineered with extra interfacing, the keeper flap and extra panel, it's not that bulky:

Here's the pattern - PDF file ttp://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/Business_Card_Keeper.pdf  Despite the intricate directions, this was easy to follow.  I would definitely use this to make a "business card keeper." 
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3  Ruffle Apron Mania! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pixing on: September 12, 2008 07:20:49 AM
This could go under crafting for good also since these aprons are part of a fundraising effort.  I made seven!

I used the pattern found here (scroll down):


I'm part of a tour of 9 kitchens, the one I'm at has a mexican theme...  we thought we would jazz it up with these fun aprons.
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4  Luscious Fruit in Needlework: Completed Projects by pixing on: April 19, 2008 05:57:11 AM

I began this project August 2, 2007 and finished it a few days ago.  It was part of the big project stitchalong.  It's 15 x 15 inches and as you can see fairly covered with stitches.  It was a DMC kit plucked from a clearance bin but it idled in my basket for a long time since I thought it would take forever.  I stopped and started this several times doing many sewing projects in between - though it actually moved along pretty quickly since there were not that many colors.

It's supposed to be a pillow top, but wouldn't go with my furniture at all, I think I will frame it and hang it in the kitchen.
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5  grocery cart cover in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by pixing on: January 29, 2008 11:25:38 AM
I made this for a friend's shower.  The pattern was one that I purchased on-line and was mailed to me, but I've made a few changes to it.  Mainly adding a lot more padding and doing self-bias tape.

here it is propped over a upside down footstool - the closest approximation to a grocery cart that I had in the house Smiley

close up of the fabrics:

it has a couple of tabs for those plastic toy links, a velcro closing cup holder and a velcro pocket for a toy or snack

the inside before the elastic is strung through the casing - you can sort of see the giant buttonholes for the cart strap to go in:

I would recommend this as a project - it's a little more complicated than some, but the new moms seem to love these.

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6  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2008 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pixing on: January 29, 2008 11:16:53 AM
gosh - I stopped to do several other projects - christmas tree skirt (plus other decorating natch), curtains for three windows (lined roman shades for 3, 2 got toppers, one got drapes) and a shopping carriage cover for a baby shower


I'm back and working on this - started on August 2, 2007

hopefully I'll finish soon!  the canvas is 16 x 16
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7  Re: Show off your TREE, Mantle, Or other HOLIDAY decor! in Winter Holidays by pixing on: December 13, 2007 04:58:26 PM
*some* of my decor - I have way too much

my tree this year - ack it's a fake one! 

a new skirt I made this week - I was hoping for something more contemporary for fabric but I was way short on time

I made these stockings two years ago:

I have many nice wreaths, but I think I'm going to do a good wreath/bad wreath tut Smiley
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8  Re: Post Photos of Your Tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by pixing on: October 11, 2007 06:21:52 PM
jumping in - my tattoo

I'm 47  I got this around the time I turned 40

My mom was really really sick (dying) and while caring for her I kept having recurring dreams about having a tattoo on my hip...never thinking of having a tattoo ever before.  The pattern emerged as stylized flowers, jacobean....

After she died, I was cleaning out her hope chest and found my very first crewelwork done when I was in my early teens - I was in shock and very upset so I didn't keep it - but I couldn't believe that was the thing that I saw being tattooed. 

So a little while after she died, I drew this up and had it done...

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9  Re: Rock, Paper, Scissors in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by pixing on: October 05, 2007 05:00:09 AM
here's one of the boys - Andy is 11, the one of the 13 year old looks too much like something you'd see on Smoking Gun, so I'm sparing him Wink

thanks again for the artwork!  they came out great
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10  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2007 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pixing on: October 01, 2007 05:00:42 PM
lovely work everyone!

mine is coming along as well - i did end up sewing on a muslin border

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