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1  Zippered bowling style bag -- Lots of pics! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: February 14, 2009 06:44:39 PM
This is a new purse that I just finished sewing tonight!

Earlier in this week I was stuck in a traffic jam getting very bored of lifting my foot on and off the brake petal when I started to think about purses. This one is semi-inspired by the weekender bag, but on a much smaller scale. When I got home I started drawing out some different ideas and this is what I came up with...

(I stole a piece of fishing line from Dad so that I could get the handle to stay in the air while I was taking pics hehe)

It zippers shut

This is the part that took the longest, hiding the inside seams with seam binding. The only thing that made this part bearable is that I wanted to try out this new nifty seam binding maker that I bought awhile ago but hadn't used before  Wink

The only name that I could think to describe the style is "bowling bag", which come to think of it sounds kinda ugly  Grin, but it does remind me of those retro-ish bowling style bags.
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2  Macbook Damask Laptop Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: January 11, 2009 03:01:14 PM
My cousin got a new Macbook and asked me to make a laptop bag that she could use to tote it around. Since laptops are fairly heavy, I lined the bag with a padded quilting fabric and sewed three seams close together (instead of one) so that the laptop wouldn't end up on the ground one day  Wink

She wanted to use this damask fabric (it's one of Joel Dewberry's):

On the inside are pockets for pens, a cellphone, laptop charger and usb cords. A quick tip, instead of measuring the width of the pen pockets by hand, you can use a yard stick (or metre stick if you live in Canada like me!) and just trace the width. It's the perfect size for making pen and pencil pockets and will save you from having to measure each one:

I wanted to try out something new for the strap protector. I saw this cool men's messenger bag that had one similar to this. It's an oval that has a couple of layers of padding sewn into it. Then on the top of the oval, I attached a thinner rectangular channel. It's a bit wider than the width of the strap so that it can be moved up and down the strap if she decides to lengthen or shorten it. Oh and if you decide to make one, don't do what I did and sew the rectangular channel down on both sides before adding it to the strap. I had to get out the dreaded seam ripper and pick out the stitches so that I could re-sew it actually on to the strap haha.

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3  A Weekender Bag -- Why I was late for my x-mas eve party... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: December 25, 2008 08:33:41 PM
I had big plans this year for finishing off all of my Christmas presents with time to spare, but it didn't quite turn out as perfectly as I had planned Smiley

It took me until 8pm on Christmas Eve to finish off this Weekender Bag. The Christmas Eve event started at 7pm so I was a little bit late haha.

I used Amy Butler's Weekender Bag pattern and her Lacework in brown fabric:

And brown piping:

The inside is a decorator weight fabric from Ikea. Since the outside fabric was a regular cotton, I wanted to make it more durable. There is also a layer of heavy weight iron on interfacing adhered to the lining:

One modification that I made was to lengthen the straps. It's for a relative who is going on a trip in the New Year so I thought that it'd be easier to lug around with longer straps. Also, I split the pockets on the front (by sewing a seam up the middle) so that there would be 6 pockets on the outside, instead of 4.

Finished just in the nick of time, but I'm happy with how it turned out in the end Wink
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4  Cupcakes & Crayolas -- an x-mas present w/diy instructions in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: December 09, 2008 06:28:30 AM
I wanted to try and sew some presents this Christmas. Here is a tote bag for my little cousin that she can use to carry around her colouring books and crayons. The cupcake fabric is from Joanns.

DIY Instructions
The bag is really easy to make Smiley All you have to do is sew on 2 large strips of fabric (a seam on the left, bottom and right edge of the fabric, leaving the top open because this is where the crayons will go) to the front of the bag, and then measuring 1 inch apart, sew lines vertically across each strip. You can use tailors chalk to mark the vertical lines (it comes off when you iron it). Other than that, it's just like a regular tote bag. I used piping at the top of the pockets, but if you don't have any on hand, it doesn't really matter if you leave it out!

The bag:

Here is what the fabric actually looks like (my flash washed out the pics, but I was too lazy to go downstairs and take them again):

Close up of the pockets:

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5  Big headed people need hats too -- My 1st attempt at a handmade x-mas in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: November 21, 2008 02:28:48 PM
I've decided that this year I'm going to try and make as many Christmas presents as possible. Here is the first one that I've finished so far. It's a hat for my mom! She's going on vacation in the new year and has a hard time finding hats that fit because she has a pretty big head. Umm, I figure that I'm allowed to make fun of it because I also have a big head haha. I used Amy Butler's Sky Hat pattern. It was really easy to follow and took about 3 hours to finish. Fingers crossed that it fits and she likes it Smiley

Halfway through the sewing process I ended up adding a layer of heavy interfacing to the brim of the hat because I thought that is was a bit too floppy.

The hat:

A view from the top:

If you are curious, here is what the pattern looks like on a real head!

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6  Agenda Wallet Makeover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: November 12, 2008 06:30:31 PM
Sooo I know that mid-November is kind of late to decide that it's time to get organized and have an agenda, but on the upside you can say that it's better late than never  Wink

I couldn't find anything that I liked at Staples, so I ended up buying a cheap, plastic agenda. I've got lots of scrap fabric lying around and I found a piece that was big enough for the outside piece.

I decided to eyeball the size of the agenda cover and it ended up being too big so I had to sew some extra seams at the top and the bottom of the agenda to make it more snug:

It closes with a magnetic snap:

Another ooops  Grin the flaps of the agenda cover weren't large enough to hold it in. I used a piece of elastic, sewn in the middle of the organizer that I could then slip the back of the agenda underneath so that it won't fall out:

Here is a pic of the original plastic agenda:

Now I'm all set until December 31st.....2008 hehe.
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7  Kawaii Panda Camera Case....lots of pics! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: October 05, 2008 07:51:25 AM
Last night I started sewing a camera bag for my new camera. I decided to use a small scrap of the blue panda fabric that had been hanging out in my fabric stash for a couple of months. The fabric scrap was actually quite small, probably half the size of a fat quarter (1/4 yard). For the lining I used some quilted fabric for protection and another piece of scrap aqua fabric.

I sewed a large piece of velcro to the flap and main body of the camera bag. Originally I wanted to use a metal clasp, but the bag is really small so I didn't have a small enough clasp on hand.

There is a zigzagged rectangular opening on the side for the camera strap to hang out of. I had to rip it out the first time because I made the hole too small  Grin

This last picture is to give you a better idea of the size of the camera case. It fits in the palm of my hand. I found that it was more difficult to sew a tiny bag of this size because I couldn't slip it over the arm of my sewing machine when I was sewing the layers together.

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8  With love from Korea...a black damask purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: July 10, 2008 01:27:02 PM
This is a purse that I made for my mom for Christmas. A little late posting pics hehe. I was in Korea at the time and found this really cool metal purse frame that I wanted to use. I'm not sure what the real name for it is, but it's tubular in shape and snaps open and shut. Does anyone know?

Anyhow, I saw a picture of a similar purse made using this frame and I decided that it would make a neat homemade present for my mom. The frame unscrews at the ends, so I just had to sew a straight tube to slip it into at the top of the purse. I handstitched on the handles (there were pre-drilled holes). I'm pretty sure that was my least favourite part of it all!!

I wanted the bottom of the bag to not be saggy so I inserted a cardboard piece. It was late at night and all I could find in my apt. was a Frosted Flakes box, so I ended up cutting 2 pieces of it to fit the bottom, and then wrapping them in packing tape so that they would be a bit more firm. I think that Tony the Tiger would have been happy to know that he was recycled  Wink

PS If you want to see what Tony the Tiger looks like when he is speaking Korean, I added a pic to my blog! http://blissbyheather.blogspot.com/2008/07/frosted-flakes-and-jolly-green.html

The bag:

Inside there is one zippered pocket. You can see on the ends where the purse frame screws together:

Side view:

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9  A messenger bag for a friend from Japan in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by travelbug on: July 05, 2008 06:24:11 AM
One of my closest friends that I worked with in Japan is in town for the US long wknd. I haven't seen her since I left 2 yrs. ago so I wanted to make her a little gift that she could use.

She had mentioned awhile back that she's been on a search for a messenger bag that is a bit more professional looking that she could carry to work (in lieu of a purse and lunch bag).

I made this messenger bag with a wide base (4 inches) so that there would be lots of room for food! There are 3 slot pockets inside for pens/pencils and one for a cellphone. I added a magnetic purse snap to the flap and the strap is adjustable so that she can carry it on one shoulder, or lengthen the strap and carry it slung across her body.

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10  Care Bears fabric + Erasable Chalk Board fabric in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by travelbug on: June 29, 2008 07:12:17 PM
I ordered some really cute erasable chalk cloth fabric and just received it in the mail this week. I wanted to make an erasable travel placemate for my little cousin K. They are super easy to make and hopefully she'll have fun doodling on it while she's at a restaurant or just waiting for dinner at home Smiley

I made a little pocket and flap with a velcro closure to hold extra pieces of chalk. There are 2 long ties that can be used to secure the whole placemat when she is finished using it and her mom wants to roll it up and tuck it into her tote bag.

I wasn't really sure where to post this project because it didn't quite fit into the doll category, or the purse and accessories category...so I put it here since it's kid related  Grin

The back of the mat:

The chalk part:

Rolled up and ready to go:
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