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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Card Holders/wallets on: August 17, 2007 09:23:19 AM
Thanks everybody!

I know many of you want to know more about these cardholders. I talk about them on my blog and I even have a tutorial and yes, I sell them but I have been asked not to post a direct link to my blog by the Admin.

There is a link of my website under my craftster if you want to take a look at the tutorial. I think I posted the tute in the bags or wallets section, I don't remember.

Thanks everyone.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Card Holders/wallets on: August 05, 2007 06:05:28 PM
I made these during the weekend:

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Covered Buttons TUTORIAL (NO KITS)!!! on: July 12, 2007 07:14:33 PM
Thanks everybody for the nice comments. I really would love to see some of your own buttons to see if it this tutorial worked for you!!:)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric Covered Buttons TUTORIAL (NO KITS)!!! on: July 08, 2007 07:08:09 PM
I honestly hate to pay so much money for the cover buttons kit. I use them a lot and it can get really costly if you buy them retail. SO I created this tutorial to show you how I cover my buttons with out using the metal kits.

You will need...

 1. Scrap of fabric (enough to cover the button that you will be using)
2. A button with a shank. (Button with a loop on the back. No holes)
3. Scisors
4. Embroidery thread (just 3 ends)
5. Fine needle
6. Ruler
7. Ball point pen

With the ruler measure the distance between the shank and the edge of the button.

 With the pen and from the edge of the button, mark onto the fabric the distance that you obtained from measuring the inside of the button.

 With the button on the fabric and upside down trace around the button the circumference of the piece of fabric needed to cover the button. Put the button aside and cut the circle.

 With the needle and the embroidery thread, stitch a running stitch along the edge of the fabric circle. Make sure to leave a tail of thread long enough to make a couple knots.

 Place the button up side down right in the middle of the stitched round piece of fabric.

 Pull both ends of thread until the fabric snuggles the button.

 Make a couple knots making sure the fabric is tight around the shank of the button.

 It should look like this.

There should not be any fabric or thread blocking the button's shank so you can sew your button to your projects.

I just want to add that YOU can buy thirfted metal buttons with a shank. Because those get dull with time there is not other way to use them. I buy a lot of buttons with shanks at my local thirft shop to cover, you don't have to by them new.

TO Gallstones:
Your tutorial is very well presented. It's clear and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing. Personally, I've never been able to make those store bought kits work. This I can do.

I just had an idea.  Wink
The buttons with holes could be used. A person could make their own shank with wire. It would be just like making a wire loop for a charm or pair of earrings.
Me: Yes, I actually made my first one with a regular button. They work out good too.

TO Giff:
Thank you for this beautifully clear tute! You make it look so easy. One question, though, is how do you stop the fabric edge from fraying? Or is that not a problem?

Me: I use fabric that does not fray much and there is not problem, but if I want to use messy fabric, I just add to the fabric some fusible stabilizer before cutting the circle. This really helps.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink faux fur bunny sling bag on: December 23, 2006 05:10:19 PM
I made this bag while having a mild cold. I just hate sitting in fron of the TV without doing anything crafty.
I used some faux fur I had, I thought to use it for a pillow but I think it was perfect for this project.

This is the detail of the face. I used felt and embroidery.

This is the inside and velcro closure.

And this is the back of the bag. Notice the yoyo and button tail Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "Dirty Rose of Texas" or "Save a Horse Ride A Cowboy" Western Shirt on: December 19, 2006 07:15:22 AM
this one is soooo cute. I want one!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Frog Handbag on: December 19, 2006 06:40:06 AM
Sorry, I forgot to answer the question about the frog. I googled "coloring frog" and I got a lot of coloring pages related to frogs. I picked the design that I used for this frog, printed it and traced it into cardstock paper. I used fusible web for a piece of felt and I traced the frog shape to the felt, cut it out and apply to the fabric and as final step I did a running stitch around the applique.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Frog Handbag on: December 19, 2006 06:33:36 AM
Ok this bag has a little of square bottom, just enough to stand up by itself. And the fabric is not mesh, this is a heavy weight like velvet fabric with tiny beige dots. It feels and looks very nice.
Thanks everybody for your nice comments. I got more bags here to see:
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: electric guitar handbag (completed project) on: December 18, 2006 07:41:20 PM
here: I think this one is better. I made this one too.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: electric guitar handbag (completed project) on: December 18, 2006 07:36:31 PM
I think the embroidery detail suck a little bit. I am pretty good with embroidery though, I think I was in a rush to see how this would turn out.  Undecided
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