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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cat fabric bag & fusible fleece question on: January 04, 2007 11:14:50 AM
I thought you might like to see a piccie of the bag I made for a friend's Christmas.  I didn't have quite enough of the cat fabric to make the complete bag, so I added some black and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Also, I have a question about washing fusible fleece.   I just bought some it and would like to use it to interline a bag.   Has anyone out there tried washing bags with fusible fleece in them?   I'd love to hear how it washed.  Did it keep its texture and was it still firmly stuck to the fabric after washing?  

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: packaging knitting needles on: December 14, 2006 08:55:00 AM
Sorry, but I already have more work than I can handle - this was just a wee challenge for me.  However, I am sure there is someone around here that would be willing to do it for you - you could try posting and please feel free to use the idea / picture.   

Good luck
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: anyone have any ideas how to make this bubble dress???? on: December 13, 2006 04:47:14 PM
Assuming it's the bubble skirt you want to make, here's how I would go about it ... but I'm sure there are other ways of doing it.

Cut the skirt lining as you would for a straight dress - making it about 2  inches shorter than the desired finished length of the dress.   

Cut the skirt fabric between 2 to 3 times the width of the lining (dependent on how full you want the skirt to be) and make the length about 5 to 7 inches longer than the lining.   (The fuller the skirt, the longer length you cut ... so if you cut at 2 times the width, make it 5inches longer; if you cut at 3 times the width make it 7 inches longer.)

Gather the bottom edge of the fabric to fit the lining, arranging the gathers evenly, stitch.   It's a good idea in a bubble skirt to understitch the lining at the bottom edge - helps to stop it rolling as these skirts are hell to press once made.

You will need to gather the skirt at the top to fit the bodice (or waistband if it's a skirt rather than a dress you are making).

Bear in mind what I said about pressing - if you use a washable fabric to make this, try to use one that doesn't require ironing and will retain its drape after washing (many washable fabrics have a "finish" on them that makes them a little stiff and this looks great for your bubble skirt, but when you wash the fabric, the finish vanishes and your skirt will have a sad floppy look).   

Hope that helps.


4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: packaging knitting needles on: December 13, 2006 03:57:57 PM
>laughing< ... no sewing machine could be a wee bit of a problem.

Anyway, a cup of coffee and another 5 minutes on the sewing machine, produced this ...

It has a vinyl window to view the needles and a drawstring top to hang.

Don't worry if it is of no use to you ... I made it to satisfy my own curiosity!

Good luck with finding something.

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: packaging knitting needles on: December 13, 2006 02:04:45 PM

As I had a strip of cloth lying on my cutting board and the sewing machine was switched on, I thought I would run up a fabric pouch and see what it looked like.    
This is my first time posting pictures, so fingers crossed...

and open for display:

Only problem I can see with the fabric case is that it wouldn't give much protection to your needles when they were on display as people would be able to actually touch the needles.   A vinyl pouch would let people see them without causing much wear to them.

Oh, the case took about 10 minutes to make ... that included thinking time ... I would reckon if you were making a lot of them, it would take a couple of minutes maximum.

Hope that helps.

p.s. if you want the case to see how its made, happy to pop it in the post to you ... just e-mail your mailing address details to me... my e-mail address (remove the x's) is: xizzi@xcastleisle.com
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: TUTORIAL for Personalized Labels! on: December 09, 2006 06:36:50 AM
Just what I've been looking for  Grin

Many thanks
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible tote bag - with tutorial on: December 09, 2006 06:33:46 AM
Great bag and the tutorial instructions look so clear - definitely one for my "to do" list.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: handbag dying away on: December 09, 2006 06:31:17 AM
What a fabulous bag - absolutely gorgeous - thanks for sharing.  It's so sad to see traditions and skills like this dying out >sigh<.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: i heart my new funky handbag (and its new funky tute!!) on: December 09, 2006 06:26:50 AM
Great bag - the style and fabric just seem made for each other.   Thanks for the tutorial - can't wait to try it  Smiley

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: *TUTORIAL* my tote bag on: December 09, 2006 06:23:57 AM
Great bag - love the shape  Smiley   Thanks for posting the tutorial.

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