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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hillbilly Diaper Bag on: March 17, 2008 10:23:17 AM
this bag looks soooo professional! i like the size...it's not too big, not too small. i just finished mine and i think it may be a tad on the big side. great job! and you can't go wrong with pink and brown. Smiley
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: another weekend...another weekender bag. brown/orange diaper bag. (image heavy) on: March 17, 2008 10:21:58 AM
xkacie- it's actually more of a travel bag then it is a diaper bag...it's gigantic! you should give it a try...without the piping looks just as great and i'm sure that would take out a lot of the stress of making it. Smiley

fizzgiggly- i love my wheaten. her name is rosie. we call her roobear. Smiley they just have a personality of their own, don't they?

TheSapphireMoon- i will be sure to take your advice on washing the bag and having it hang dry. hopefully it wont get too dirty and i could spot clean. i purchased some scotchguard yesterday and will be spraying it down. maybe that will help.

thanks to everyone else for their comments. i'm really happy with it and i've already started packing it to take to the hospital!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: another weekend...another weekender bag. brown/orange diaper bag. (image hea on: March 16, 2008 10:42:02 AM
halfbrit- i agree. love these weekender bags! this is actually my second...the first was for a fashion show and given as a gift, but it's been a looong time that i've made a bag for myself. i'm tempted to make another couple as a gifts for my mom and mother-in-law.

rascal kosher- what a wonderful compliment! i absolutely love merimekko!! thank you!

thank you everyone for such nice comments. Smiley i'm hoping to get some good use out of it. not quite sure how it will hold up after a wash in the machine...yikes! i may be picking up some scotchguard for it today.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: another weekend...another weekender bag. brown/orange diaper bag. (image hea on: March 15, 2008 06:11:50 PM
expressmail: thank you! i had a lot of fun with the quilting blocks...but i was definitely done after 6 of them. a friend convinced me to just do a solid brown on the back side because no one would notice anyway. glad i did that!

crafting in my cave: thanks! i agree i think i'll be able to use it long after the baby doesn't need stuff hauled around. it's definitely a little more gender neutral and not so "baby"-ish.

sewing-girl: i used amy butler's weekender bag. you can just do a search for her name and i'm SURE it will come up. Smiley
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / another weekend...another weekender bag. brown/orange diaper bag. (image heavy) on: March 15, 2008 05:49:57 PM
okay, i know there have been a handful of these shown on craftster, but i'm so proud...how can i not share!? this bag was so easy up until the end when i was putting together all the layers..ugh! thankfully i used a foot i had that is really handy for thick leathers and denim. it seemed to do the trick.

i didn't know what fabric to use for the interior, but since it was going to be used as my diaper bag, i ended up using the fabric i used on the crib bumper... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=228416.msg2478947#msg2478947

anyway, here's my new diaper bag!

pieced and quilted exterior pocket. this probably was the most time consuming part, but i really loved the outcome.

front and back

attaching the interior

now on to the exterior

all finished!! the piping made it so hard to assemble at the end. i didn't stay with all one fabric pattern because i think the houndstooth would have been a tad much. i'm happy with the log cabin part of the bag. Smiley

i made elastic side pockets instead of the regular flat ones that were called out in the pattern.

top view. i also lengthened the handles so i could carry it easily over my shoulder

interior view. the pattern calls for no pockets inside, but i added a smaller pocket at the top for keys and little items and elastic pockets on either side of the bag at the bottom in orange for diapers and baby things. Smiley

oh..and last, but not least...here's my stroller. the orange color of the stroller obviously inspired the color of the bag as well. no baby just yet, so my little wheaten terrier is testing it out for us in this photo. Smiley

i know it's image heavy..sorry bout that! i can't wait to use it. i'm just so relieved that it's done so now i can start on my next project!! Smiley

anyway, thanks for looking!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my weekender bag! lotsa pictures! on: March 03, 2008 04:16:13 PM
absolutely beautiful! i love the fabrics you chose....love the solid red bottom...just fantastic!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finished Amy Butler Weekender Bag! on: March 03, 2008 03:50:27 PM
I think I did it right, in so much as that it's in, it's secure and looks ok but I actually had my head INSIDE the bag while hand sewing it (how I wish I had a picture of this). I think the directions call for you to turn the bag inside out but from my previous experience that can bend the Timtex (or Peltex in my case) and sort of cause it to collapse in some places when you turn it right-side-out again when you're finished. This happened with my first bag and all the ironing in the world couldn't get it totally sturdy again.

i'm planning on making this bag again..the first time i made it i had no trouble with the interfacing pulling from the fabric...but i used really heavy upholstery fabric: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tnealis/2271575631/in/set-72157603837197319/

this time i'm planning on just using quilter's cotton. i see you had trouble keeping the interfacing from pulling from the fabric when you turned it inside out...this is my fear this time around. would you recommend just lining it with quilt batting instead? I know that doesn't make it as sturdy. i'd like to avoid sewing with my head in the bag...haha! if you have any othe recommendations, please let me know.

btw, your bag turned out so incredibly professional. i love that you changed the pocket colors..i think i'll be doing that too, not because i want to, but because i dont have enough fabric! haha. anyway, wonderful job....beautiful piping!!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Conquered! Amy Butler Weekender Bag on: March 03, 2008 03:45:02 PM
hello! i am in love with the exterior fabric you used. actually i like both the exterior and interior fabrics. i've got a few yards of each myself. Smiley your bag turned out beautifully and the colors are just so wonderful!!

i tried out the weekender bag too and really loved the outcome. i was making my first one for a fashion show i entered and ended up tweaking the pattern a bit so it was more like a bowling bag with its rounded corners:


i'm trying it again and will be making it as my diaper bag, but wanted to ask you about yours. i'm planning on using cotton quilting fabric for the exterior this time instead of heavy upholstery fabric. i see that this is what you used as well. did you just iron the interfacing into the exterior fabric? Did you have any trouble with the fabric pulling away from the interfacing as you sewed or turned the bag inside out? I'm worried about how it'll look in the end. i was planning on just using quilt batting instead of fusible interfacing, but wanted to see how you went about making yours.

let me know your thoughts. thanks!!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: baby boy nursery in AQUA! on: February 28, 2008 05:06:00 AM
out of curiosity, are you going to embroider/sew your son's name onto the banner?  I've seen it done before, and it's such a fun idea!  I love all the colors you chose for your nursery, it's a nice change from all the prepared nurseries that I see all the time at work (I work at a Toys R Us/Babies R Us)! Grin

i actually found felt letters at joann and purchased all the letters for his name already. Smiley i currently have them strewn on a ribbon and ready to be hung....just where is the question...need more furniture in the room to determine that.

i finished the bunting banner last night! the picture is above along with a pillow i completed for my swivel rocker.

thanks for your comments! gosh...it's a good thing i dont work at babies r us at the moment. i'd really go bankrupt...it's bad enough as it is... Cheesy
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: baby boy nursery in AQUA! on: February 26, 2008 06:18:40 PM
Thanks for the info!! That's a tough decision on the painting. It looks good as it is, but of course I'm sure you'll paint adorable houses if you chose to. The blanket...man it is CUTE! It is pricey, but if you think about all the quilting on it it probably is worth it. I thought to myself. "Hmmm, I could do that, but it would take forever! Eh, just pay the 70 bucks!" lol

Do you make baby clothes at all? i could just picture all these cute handmade things to go with the nursery. Let me stop, you're making me want another new baby or at least to go in and totally redo both my son's rooms  Grin

Anyway, I too live in Phoenix (west valley)! How awesome to know a local crafter  Smiley

yea the quilt was a tad too much...but i couldn't help it. Smiley

i haven't made baby clothes. we'll see if i get there. i've never really been good at making clothes to begin with, but who knows once the baby's here. although, i'd be more likely to make clothes if it was a girl...dresses are just too easy! i saw the quilt you recently made...too cute! i purchased a few matching fabrics with the stripes at the craft show in jan.

i live in chandler! didn't realize you were in az too!
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