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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse organizer (Super image heavy tutorial!) on: April 04, 2012 02:07:33 PM
So I found out about this through a blog; Tintamar bag organizers and though it was a great idea; I too carry around little things which I forget in the wrong bag when I switch 'em... So of course I needed one! Except that the price tag was interesting *cough* around 30*cough*

After a little venture to the fabric shop and some 6 euros later I came into possession of some polished heavy-duty cotton (I originally wanted some synthetic material but "Enstex" seemed fine for the purpose. The fabric needs to have some stiffnes but preferably not be too heavy to carry around.

This is what I ended up with;

The pattern can be found HERE and I try to explain it; the crappy color coding might help too. Cheesy (or confuse even more) No seam allowances included; include about 1 cm.

RED= x2 inner lining, add +1cm to the top.
BLUE= x2 outer shell
ORANGE= x1 Cell phone pocket (when cutting add some 15cm to lenght for the lipstick pockets)
GREEN= x2 size of lipstick pockets
Pocket part is about 21x14 cm (including zipper)

I cut out two pieces for the outer shell, two pieces for the lining (+1cm height to the top of the pattern for the lining), pieces for the zipper pocket and a long strip for the cell phone pockets+lipstick pockets.

Inner and outer shells.

zipper pocket parts.

Long strip + two smaller pieces cut from it.

Start with the zipper pocket; zigzag the raw ends of the pocket part and turn allowances and pin.

After this pin the zipper down and sew it.

Zadam! The pocket is ready. I was lazy and zigzagged only the raw edges which were "present" outside the inside of the bag...? err, like insides of pockets.

Prepare the lining. This part is otherwise the same but with 1cm extra height on the top part. Zigzag the top part as in the picture and cut to the corner and zigzag the cut area too.

It's easy...

Turn the elongated-top-part sides to the wrong side and sew. This longer top part will make the place for the drawstring.

Sew the lining from the bottom and sides together, wrong sides together.

Flatten the seams.

Whoosh! Steam!

Sew the lining into a "bag" by pinning the bottom hole together and sewing. If we were stupid and did not have markings for the sewing line on the wrong side, we can also measure; as we know the width of the side is 6 cm. (3+3cm per side of bag, if you get it)

Like this!

The long piece (height 11,5cm + allowance) was cut to the lenght of the bag itself with allowances; the leftover bits will become lipstick holders.
Zipzag the top and bottom.

Turn allowances from the long sides; sew the other one (top of pocket) and turn and pin down to the outer shell and sew.

Like this? And try to give the pocket fabric a little slack, as you'll have bulky things put into them.

The smaller bits you cut from the longer pocket part? Shorten to size; I wanted a shorter lipstick pocket so it was about 7 cm tall(+allowance). Zipzag the top, bottom and one side (and the mirror side in the other), turn the top and sew. Cut excess.

To the right size of one of the outer shell pieces, place the zipper pocket, the short lipstick-holder-pockets (zigzagged side facing the zipper pocket), pin down and sew.
Note when placing the zipper pocket and the long cellphone pocket; don't place the bottom edge it right on the bottom crease but a couple of millimeters above, so it looks nicer and is easier to sew. (Above the place where the bag bottom starts...)

Like this!

From the lining you made previously; turn the top flaps down to the wrong side and pin to place.

Sew the outer shell together like the lining, right sides in (pockets inside then turn around so they're on the outside) and pin top allowance.

Place the lining inside with the folded flap thingy between the lining and the outer shell; pin in place and sew around.

Tahad! insert a drawstring using a safety pin and tie/add beads to ends/etc... Your cheapo organizer is ready to go!

It holds by crap, lipsticks/balms, my HTC and work phone, wallet etc... And it is easy to lift from the drawstrings when I want to switch to another bag. Smiley

Of course you could customize your pockets and add more e.g. to the inside, but I like mine compact, just like me. Wink
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Unmotivated? on: March 21, 2010 11:54:49 PM
Exactly the same... One reason too; I would need to buy metres of fabrics to get together all the supplies for a dress and a skirt, and it is soo expensive! Especially when you're planning on doing a nice party dress for no apparent (useful) reason but fun...

I've taken baby steps though. I start by doing a small fun project that doesn't take much time and is easy (say felt sushi, a rasterbated image, modpodging a storage box...) and I'm trying slowly to wake up my crafting senses this way  Grin
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: CD or DVD empty spindle on: March 21, 2010 01:25:17 PM
I read this on a tips and tricks column on a magazine... Use a cd-spindle as a donut/lunch bagel lunch box for work Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Craftster Chat: I Has It on: March 21, 2010 12:14:00 PM
Chat, anyone?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Solution to cleaning a leather sofa! (or any other leather..) on: March 03, 2010 12:26:02 AM
I hope this is the right category for this, I am so ecstatic about it I have to share, and I think this will fit into the crafster "ideology"...

As we bought a white leather sofa (err... not what we were looking for in the furniture store, but it happened to be -50%...) the problem is keeping it clean. As we bought the thing we also invested in a set of leather shampoo and conditioner... Once used, and it really didn't give the best result (had to do vigorous scrubbing, left lighter spots).
And as we now are the happy owners of a little parrot who also lives in the living room, I was concerned about cleaning the sofa again with those chemicals (with instructions "avoid breathing the vapour, may irritate blah blah") on the bottle. The bf did a google search, and off we went to buy a block of Marseille soap...

Miracle cleaning! The dirt just came out without much physical excercise, with a barely moistened sponge rubbed into the block of soap.Rinse, repeat, ta-dah Cheesy And finally rinsed completely with a clean sponge. The couch is like new!

Cheap, natural, effective and no toxic fumes. Smiley

The soap has more oils/fats so it doesn't dry the leather out too much... Though I wonder, what could be used as a non-toxic leather conditioner?

Picturesque proof:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: July 03, 2007 09:35:07 AM
Finished a satin (brocade?) corset for a goth festival. It didn't quite turn out as I liked (it was modified from a over-bust corset, maybe that's why?) and I guess I sewed it sloppily from the left side since the curve plunges a little bit more than the right side. But after a day of wearing it, maybe it's not that bad after all Smiley Just those small things you only know Wink Also maybe should have used stiffer lining (it was regular cotton fabric). I have an underbust one with that lining and it is ok, but now that I think of it my other over-busts have a thicker one.

But hey, learn something everytime Cheesy

Made of three layers of fabric, and since I usually sandwich the bones between the two linings, I tried to use boning channels this time for the sake of it. Well, not bad but not better. Might stick to the sandwhich method from now on though.

Some pics:

Front, it ends just below the boob frill, you can see the satin binding.

See the curve

Here this side curces deeper. It is actually not that noticeable, but still Sad

And some "production photos"
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars inspired on: March 19, 2007 07:21:49 AM
Kudos!  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Underbust corset and two skirts on: March 19, 2007 07:10:31 AM
Thanks for all the replies!  Smiley

Here is the skirt tutorial in it's current URL: http://koti.mbnet.fi/monterra/crafts/tutorials/skirttutorial.jpg

Hope you have fun with it and don't forget to show what you did Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tartan skirt+winter jacket+ 2 shirt mods (pic heavy) on: March 19, 2007 07:07:50 AM
Wow new replies, thanks Smiley

The back of the first skirt is just fishnet. The traps are attached to the fishnet fabric at the shoulder, just like any other top that has the seam there. Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: March 01, 2007 01:39:40 AM
Holy cow, great thread!

But how come no-one has mentioned synthetic whalebone?

It is plastic, but in my opinion and use it has been as effective as flat steels, and much easier to cut the lenght you want it (because when I ordered ready flat bones, they hadn't been cut the exact same lenght, but varying with 0,1-0,5 cm)
Plus it's much cheaper. Wink

I just finished my third corset - yay pvc.
I made my first corset with these instructions, using flat steel bones, and it turned out pretty well Smiley

The next one I made using an overbust "custom" pattern I ordered from  here (Finnish), and even though it was custom-made I had to alter it quite a bit.. Even after the corset was finished, I had to cut some 2cm's off the top and now it's much better. (and I actually found a easy way to do a corset, before I had turned the seams inwards to the two layers of backing fabric and after putting the "dress" fabric on top of them, sewed the hemming by hand to the inside...)
Nowadays I cut the pieces with only extra space on the bone seams, and none on the bottom seams, leaving the bone some 1cm shorter than the whole corset and then hemming the top and bottom  by just sandwiching the corset fabric between the hem strip. Much simpler and looks better. Smiley

Some pics:

first corset:
pic (it isn't really as crooked as there, just not laced well.. Had already gained some weight in that pic so the gap is quite big Sad

second one:


Third one: (and best so far imo! Fits like a dream!)

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