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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 new purses made from fabric I got from Japan (IMG HVY) on: June 05, 2007 08:33:31 PM
Hi! I've been coveting fabric from Japan for awhile and finally managed to get my hands on some Smiley Here are a couple of purses that I made using the fabric.

This is a messenger style bag. I used a mix of indigo denim and the Japanese cotton. I found that the denim got a bit bulky for my machine, so if anyone wants to sew with denim in the future I would recommend trimming all of the seam allows near folds very close to the edge to make it lay flatter!

I lined the inside with black

This is another bag that I made to fit a magazine. It's the same type of fabric used in the messenger (denim, lined in black...but I used a navy cotton fabric)

I'm torn between wanting to hoard the fabric from Japan and wanting to use it all at once LOL.

The last purse I made is from a wool (or wool blend) that my Grandma gave to me. I think she made a suit out of it and had some leftovers. I pleated the front of the purse to give it a bit more depth.

After I had finished sewing the purse, I thought it looked boring so I ruffled up some fabric to make a little flower for some extra oomph (is that even a word hehe) Close up of the flower:

I had to get my sewing machine fixed because I broke the bobbin part. $115 later I learned that when things seem to be a bit stuck under the foot, DON'T yank it through or else you could break the feeding part or bobbin thing. I doubt that anyone else does this, but on the off chance that you do (like me) I thought I'd share my costly mistake Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Elmo dress and matching backpack on: May 27, 2007 04:13:48 PM
This is my 1st time posting in the kids clothes section, but I've been lurking and seen some adorable clothing that I'd like to try!

My little cousin is 2 and in an "I love elmo" stage so I decided to make her a summer dress and a matching backpack.

The dress is reversible (aqua on the inside) and the straps attach with velcro at the top:

The backpack has a drawstring front and the flap closes with velcro. She goes to her grandparent's house every morning while her parents are at work so I thought they could put her little clothes inside Smiley


23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Apple and Pears Purse set (IMG HEAVY) on: April 21, 2007 12:39:12 PM
I just got some amazing fabric from a swap that I did with Ezri_B. She sent me this really bright and funky fabric that I fell in love with. I decided to use it all to make myself a new spring purse and matching pouch. Want to hear something funny? I've never actually made a purse for myself!!! Isn't there a saying, something along the lines of "the shoemakers kids never have new shoes".  However, once I got this fabric in the mail I was very inspired to use it. Although sometimes when I have really nice fabric to use, I suddenly don't know what to do with it, I become overly cautious because I know I want to make something nice, but I also don't want to make a mistake so it ends up sitting in my pile for a LONG time. Sounds weird I know Smiley

Sooo here is the purse set that I've been working on all day. I'm happy that I finally have a purse for myself!!

Here is a pic of the fabrics that I got in the swap.

I'm trying to think of something neat that I can make out of the other piece of material. I started making a laptop but then I realized that since I graduated from uni (a year and a half ago) I've NEVER actually carried my laptop around....soooo back to the drawing board Grin
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 New Purses: 1 Messenger + 1 new design on: April 15, 2007 09:21:12 PM
Hi! Here are a couple of purses that I've made over the past week. I also splurged and bought serger Smiley I've been playing around with it, and trying to teach myself how to use the different functions...but luckily I have a free lesson coming up this weekend.

I used an upholstery weight fabric on this first purse, which is a great weight for purses, but tends to fray. I serged the inside edges (after spending 45 minutes trying to thread it. Hopefully I can cut that down by about 95% the next time LOL)

This is a design that I call the couture purse:

A pic of me holding it...hmm, please ignore the black sweatpants and brown shirt, and the worst part, the fact that I hemmed the sweatpants by cutting them unevenly with kitchen scissors hehe:

The second bag is one that I made from a thick vinyl material. It was a bit difficult to sew because parts of it almost didn't fit under my presser foot but I managed to just shove the pieces through. I guess a tip that I learned for next time is to buy the thin vinyl!:

Oh and the neat part is that my Grandma called today to say that she saw a picture of the messenger bag and wanted me to make one for her. I was surprised because I didn't think that she would like this style (she's 80) but glad that I can make her one because she is the person who taught me how to sew one summer when I was 5 or 6 Grin
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Bliss Bag....made from fabric that I've been eyeing for a month!!! on: April 03, 2007 08:18:52 PM
I don't know if anyone else does this, but I've been eyeing this one fabric for about a month. There is a home decor store right beside my job and I walk around the store on my lunch hour. About a month ago I saw this fabric that I LOVED, but when I saw that it cost $25/metre I decided against buying it. Anyhow I went back about 3 times and finally decided that I was going to buy it. I did a quick walk through to make sure that there was no other fabric that I liked more, and as luck would have it there was a remnant of this same fabric....3 metres for $29!!!! It made my day  Grin

Anyhow, here is a new purse that I made using this fabric and a set of wooden rings that I picked up a couple of months ago and have been waiting to use.

I've also been experimenting with the basic messenger bag design, but a smaller version. Here is what I came up with. I figure that a smaller purse might be more useful for day to day stuff.

I went to Ikea to buy more of this last fabric, but they were all sold out!!! I've been fabric hunting of late and I just found these really cool designs by Alexander Henry. Does anyone know of stores in Canada that sell his fabric?

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Sewing wallet....and a new vinyl purse!!!! on: March 25, 2007 03:52:34 PM
Hi, I got lots of good advice last week after I'd posted my vinyl wallet. Yesterday I went out and bought a teflon sewing foot and I've been playing with it ever since Smiley I was going to buy it online, but being the impatient crafter that I am, I didn't want to wait 5-7 days for it to arrive!

Here is the sewing wallet that I made using it:

And a hip purse that I made last night using the same foot:

The vinyl that I used for the purse is fairly thick and I found that when i was trying to sew anything more than 2 layers, it would barely fit (or just get stuck) under my presser foot. Has anyone heard of a presser foot that sits higher than normal?

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 new projects...all about cherries! on: March 21, 2007 07:01:10 PM
I found the cutest fabric at Walmart last week. It's bright green with little red cherries on it. My mom said that it reminded her of a fabric that kids might like....guess my tastes run a little younger than my age  Wink

Here is a little messenger bag that I made out of it.

On the theme of cherries...although these are of the cherry blossom variety. I made attempt number two and there at sewing vinyl. Someone here (I forget who sorry!) told me that it's alot easier to sew with a teflon foot, so I'm hoping to buy one soon. Does anyone here have one? I'm curious to know how much it will cost...$10?$20?

Cherry blossom makeup case:

Cherry blossom wallet:

I've got an important question...well not really that important, but I've been wanting to know for awhile. What is a wist?Huh Do people trade wists? Or do people buy you wists? I'm really confused. Thanks, Heather.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl Messenger bag with an appliqued Cherry Blossom on: March 11, 2007 05:25:37 PM
I was inspired to go out and buy some vinyl by my swap partner, danabanana who sent me a cute make-up pouch made out of vinyl this week. Today I found a neat store in my city called Bouclair that sells alot of home decor fabrics. They had about 6 or 7 colours to choose from and I stocked up on a bunch of vinyl to play around with different ideas. I had no problems sewing vinyl from the back, but I found that my sewing foot tended to get stuck when I tried to sew the front of the vinyl. I ended up putting tissue paper on top of the vinyl and then sewing on top of that. It was a bit of a hassle, but with the tissue paper at least the sewing foot was able to glide across the vinyl like normal.

I cut out some cherry blossoms and machine stitched them to the front flap.

My mom told me that vinyl would be really hard to sew, but it actually wasn't that bad. In fact I've decided that I LIKE vinyl because it doesn't fray Smiley You should try it out!!!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A purse and a knitting/crochet organizer on: March 06, 2007 03:01:41 PM
Here is a picture of one of the purses that I made this weekend. I don't usually like army green (just personally, I think it's because growing up my mom always told me taht I should avoid green and brown clothing!) but I liked this material because it had a funky pattern!
It's made from the sling purse pattern that I posted a couple of days ago.

This is kind of random because it's not a purse, but it's a knitting/crochet organizer! I'm trying to think of a cool organizer that could be used for scrapbooking because my mom and aunt are really into it, and I know that would make a good mothers day and bday gift. If anyone has made one in the past, or knows of a link on this site, please send me a message Smiley

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two new purses! One new design THE SLING PURSE on: March 04, 2007 06:06:02 PM
I'm always looking for new ideas of purses that I can make. I've been flipping through magazines all weekend, but nothing was really catching my eye. It wasn't until I was digging through my own purse (a bought one) that I realized how straps are sewn onto alot of bags. I hoofed it off to Walmart in search of some metals rings and zippers and have been sewing like a maniac all day Smiley

Here is a new design that I call the Sling Purse!!!

The Sling purse in artistic white:

The Sling purse from a side angle:

The Sling purse in army green:
hmm, well for some reason everytime I load the picture on craftster's pic hosting site a different picture comes up. The thumbnail is right, but when I click on it a different pic comes up. Weird. Oh well, I'll check back tomorrow and try to add the correct pic!
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