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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Muscle Beach Rounder Roomy & A-line Jordy on: November 20, 2004 06:33:04 PM
I just love making Sushimifune's Rounder Roomy bag.  And thanks, SewPixie, for the zipper pocket tutorial.  The idea for the fabric was from Poppet, who made the amazing "Man Bag."

Wah, I might have to give this one away to the wife of someone who's doing my family a big ol' favor-- we're gonna sit in on a taping of The Simpsons!
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Minky Muffler on: October 18, 2004 07:19:09 PM
I made this muffler out of 1/2 a yard of Minky!  Ooh, it's luscious.  Feels like the softy-soft fur on a baby bunny wabbit's tushie!  (Okay, don't ask me how I know this.)  Minky also comes without the bumps.  I found it at New Pieces in Albany, CA.  Gotta make baby blankets for my baby nieces out of this stuff.

My son graciously offered to model it.  He says, "Minky is soft, warm and cozy."
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Canteen Bag prototype on: September 27, 2004 09:56:39 PM
I took Holywhack's great duffle tutorial and tweaked it to make a canteen-shaped bag.  The cylinder is now a 4" gusset with a SewPixie zippered-pocket-turned-zippered opening.  I interfaced the outer fabric and the lining.  The strap is the width of the gusset and is held in place with belt loopy things.  I will eventually sew seam binding on the raw edges inside.  Green piping would have looked good.  This was just a prototype.

To get a perfect circle, I traced my 11" in diameter collander!
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / April Cornell Jordy on: September 11, 2004 10:44:42 PM
I made a Jordy out of a 22"x22" napkin by April Cornell.  I couldn't quite get the birdies where I wanted them on the purse.  I like that when I open the pocket, I can see one.  After I use this purse a while, the lining will fit better.  Those of you who are still feeling uneasy about sewing a zipper pocket, try Sushimifune's or SewPixie's tute.  I've tried both techniques and they're sooo easy! 

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Half-Zip (Say What?!) Grosgrain Pouch on: September 05, 2004 02:57:27 PM
I made a grosgrain ribbon pouch with a unique half-zipper.  The zipper is easy to install, especially for a person who's afraid of her zipper foot.

You didn't ask for a tutorial, but I'm a-givin' ya one anyway.
Sew 22'' lengths of your fav grosgrain ribbons side by side, so they overlap by 1/4". 
Cut off one side of a 22" Coats & Clark polyester zipper and the stopper.  (Yes, I said CUT THEM OFF!)  Remove that side completely.  Sew the remaining side to the long side of the rectangle of ribbons.

Next slide the end of the half-zipper back into the pull.  Sew your own stopper.

Make sure the zipper is partially open.  Pin the rectangle in half with right sides together.  Sew on two sides.  Finish the raw edge with a good bit of zigzag stitch.

Turn right side out.  Done!
Since I've become addicted to making purses, I've been using a new purse each day.  I needed something to put all my essential stuff in, so I could switch purses by just throwing the pouch into the flavor of the day.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Botan Rice Bag on: August 28, 2004 09:20:28 PM
No biggie-- I just bought a Japanese rice bag tote bag from the Japanese-American Museum and put in a sushi print lining and zippered pocket. 

No, I don't know how to use a zipper foot.
37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matzo Shirt on: August 20, 2004 08:34:47 AM
Matzo was a comfort food for me when I was a kid, so I was thrilled when I found this fabric.  (Kim chee was also a comfort food, but I couldn't find a cotton print of it!)  I'm making a long-sleeved version for my six-year-old son for the new school year. 
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Men in Florals on: August 16, 2004 08:05:37 AM
Made a shirt for the ol' ball 'n' chain (Hey, that sounds lewd!  Sorry!)  Men look good in florals!  Does anyone else make floral shirts for their guy?  Here's my latest (shirt, that is, not husband):
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Humongo Jordy (Bag, Not Woman) on: July 29, 2004 11:38:41 AM
Made this Jordy for shoppin' at the farmers' market.  The strap fabric reminded me of doggie fur.  Don't you just love pulling the outer fabric through the little opening and seeing your Jordy emerge?
40  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kitten on Onesie on: July 29, 2004 11:27:03 AM
This kitty looks mange-y.  Sat next to a waterfall in the Sierra and embroidered.  Craftiness at 8,600'.  Hey, does anyone paractice extreme embroidery?  Have you ever heard of those dudes that do competitive shirt ironing while skydiving, climbing, spelunking, etc.?   
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