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21  Re: TUTORIAL: Tin Can Drawstring Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: April 04, 2009 05:44:39 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial.  I've taken your instructions and used them to make a wine bottle bag (an anniversary gift for sister-in-law and her husband) and to pretty up some DVD cases that I use to hold pens and stuff.  I only did the outside of these, since they contain things that would just mess up fabric, but it makes them look so much nicer!  Your "math" really helped make these easy projects.  I never sew circle stuff, because I can never get it to fit correctly and it got too frustrating.


DVD cases covered:

Interior, left as is:

Action shot:

Wine bottle bag:

Interior of wine bottle bag:
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22  "Aunt Flo" Case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: March 25, 2009 08:31:33 PM
I saw a case similar to this somewhere in my internet surfing yesterday, but I can't remember where.  So I decided to make my own version.  This is my first attempt at trying to make something just from a photo and I'm very pleased with the results.  This is a nice discreet way to keep those needed supplies in your purse without making it obvious what it is.  Aunt Flo of course is the silly name that I and many others give "that time of month".  (You know, Aunt Flo is visiting from Red River).  Anyway, I have to give credit to heartofmary for the button closure thingy.  She has a similar closer for her fabric journal cover that I copied for this case, thanks heartofmary (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269402.0).  My "button" is actually a butterfly bead I bought at Walmart for another project (actually for a journal cover previously mentioned).  I can't provide a tutorial for this since the lady I got the idea from is selling these at her website.  I'll try to find the website so that I can post a link in case anyone is interested in purchasing one from her. 

I've actually made this case for my niece who is getting married in October.  I'm starting to make her one of those "Bride Survival Kits".  I'm hoping (as I'm sure she is as well) that she won't need it on that day, but just in case she or one of her attendants does, it will be there.  Any tips on what I should include in the kit are welcome, by the way.  I've started a list, but I'm sure there are things I've forgotten or haven't thought of.

Thanks for looking!



Starting to Open to see the closure in all it's glory:

Almost completely open:

Totally open, there they are!

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23  Re: Travel Wallet NOW WITH TUTORIAL!! pg. 1 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: March 12, 2009 06:22:49 AM
I made another one for myself.  My embroidery machine was feeling left out, so I let it join in too Wink.  I screwed up on this one by putting the snap closure on the wrong side, but that's ok with me.  By the way, I can't take credit for my pen holder.  I borrowed the idea from heartofmary's fabric journal cover tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269402.0

Thanks again for the tutorial. 



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24  Re: gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rauni on: March 05, 2009 07:27:57 PM
What a great idea this is.  I saw this post a while back and just the other day I got this ad from Dior in the mail, and knew it just had to become a bow!

Thanks for the great idea!

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25  Re: Travel Wallet NOW WITH TUTORIAL!! pg. 1 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: March 01, 2009 08:11:38 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial.  Putting letters on all the pieces sure helped when putting it together, although I still made boo boo's (my fault).  Regardless, I am thrilled with the results, and I'm hoping my co-worker will be as well, since I will be giving it to her (and will be making another one for myself of course).  Here is the photo of it, I modified the pen holder by putting a loop? tube? in with the big pocket instead of the elastic.

P.S. My co-worker LOVED it!  Yay, I knew she would!

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26  Re: Dance Bag for DD (lots of pictures!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: February 27, 2009 09:12:23 PM
Here's a quick shot of the stuff I made for my daughter's friend.  A purse like the one in this post, but bigger, a cosmetic bag based on queenofdiy's tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0, a wallet based on a tutorial here (modified slightly):  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237259.0 and a kleenex cozy from a tutorial found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215629.0.  Thanks so much to those who posted the tutorials, they are great and very inspirational!

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27  Re: TUTORIAL: Tri-fold wallet with license holder in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: February 26, 2009 08:29:27 PM
Thanks for this great tutorial.  Here is my version.  I added a zippered section on the back for coins and I added a flap and used snaps to close it.  It's part of a gift for a friend of my daughter's, so all the stuff in it (except the money) is fake.  Sorry for so many pictures.

Open inside:

Open back:

Zippered coin pocket (excuse the boo boo on my thumb):

Closed front:

Closed back:

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28  Dance Bag for DD (lots of pictures!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: February 16, 2009 09:09:41 PM
I needed an excuse to sew up a new bag, because I was "in the mood"  Wink so I made a bag for my daughter to use for dance class.  She doesn't need much when she goes, just her shoes and a bottle of water, so I "designed" it for those two items.   I picked up the fabric from Walmart in the city over the weekend and I used a combination of tutorials on this site to get the final results, and I thank them all for their wonderful, clear instructions.  I used the following tutorials:

This tutorial for a coach bag: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263673.0, this tutorial for the gusset/zipper part: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.0 and this tutorial for the "bottle pocket", but I put mine inside the bag rather than outside: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191374.0

Thanks for looking

Front of bag (sorry about the shadows):

Back of bag (put my label on backwards, oops)


Inside with water and ballet slippers:

Close up of bottle pocket:

Bottle pocket empty:
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29  Clothes pin bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rauni on: February 04, 2009 08:22:27 PM
Ok here is the story, I was browing through this post on tea wallets: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=279654.0  Within that post, was a link to a tutorial on tea wallet, that acutally did not work, but pointed you to the correct website which is: http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=482  While I was checking out Christy's blog, I found this tutorial for making clothes pin bags: http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=463 

So.....instead of the tea wallet (which I will eventually make), I made this clothes pin bag.  I did have a store bought bag from Dollarama, but it was not big enough.   This one is very big and will definitely hold all the clothes pins I need, plus it's much cuter than the store bought one, and it's extra special because I made it!  Now I need to make one for my camper too, but a little smaller.  I machine embroidered the stitching on it after digitizing an image I found on the internet.  I'm a little bummed that I can't use it yet, I'm still in full winter here in northern Canada, and will have to wait until at least April to try it out  Embarrassed, oh well...

I also made my own tags after getting inspired from the discussion in this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262813.20  The tags are printed on my Epson printer and soaked for a couple of minutes in a water/vinegar mixture and seem to be holding up well.  I haven't tried washing one yet, so I'm not sure if they will survive the washing machine.  By the way, my Epson printer uses an ink called Durabrite, and that may be a factor in the success of the labels, as I have read that others haven't had much luck printing on fabric and having it last. 

Anyway, on with the pictures, hopefully this will inspire others (by the way, the tutorial can be a little confusing, so if you need help, let me know and I'll do my best to give you a hand.)


The bag in all it's glory

Interior bottom

Interior top

My tag

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30  Re: Briefs from self printed fabric (Tutorial) + New designs in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rauni on: February 04, 2009 01:39:39 PM
I am definitely going to try this.  I have my sewing labels all designed and ready to go and I have an Epson printer (with the "Durabrite" ink), so I will post the results when I have them.

Well I tried making my own labels, and seem to have had success.  I soaked them for about two minutes in a vinegar/water mixture and didn't lose any of the image.  I only printed a black label at this point, and I haven't tried washing it yet.  I'll try some other printing this week and report back.  Below is a photo of the label attached to a current project (clothes pin bag, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=290807.msg3302222#msg3302222)

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