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1  The Tinkerbell Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Idle Hands on: April 15, 2010 11:27:27 PM
A good friend is preggers with the first offspring.  I'd been planning on making a diaper bag for months but kept postponing it.  I got the invite to the baby shower last week Monday.  When's the shower? This Saturday.  Not a biggie I've got a whole week and a half, right?  First lined bag project sure no problem!  Good grief was I in for it.  I think I sewed the whole thing twice or more.  Thankfully it's done a whole day early and I could take pics of it.  

The outside fabric was a cheapie calico I bought from JoAnn's about 15 years ago.  They still make the print!  The inside fabric is from Wal-Fart's meager fabric selection, but they were the only ones I could find a cute Disney print around me.  I used Sew Baby's Double Duty Bag pattern although it's basically a Jordy bag with an interior pocket panel.  Instead of doing the two-toned exterior for a reversible bag, I taped the two pattern pieces together.  

The bag stands on it's own due to interfacing both fabrics with Pellon Decor Bond. The pattern said to use Craft Bond.  Pellon has either Craft Fuse or Decor Bond.  *Hint* the heavier the interfacing the more likely it is to come loose from the fabric.  The Decor Bond was pretty stiff on it's own.  I'm surprised any stuck.  For the straps I used two layers of lighter interfacing left over from another project and I think it behaves better than the Decor Bond by far.

Outside standing on it's own without any props or fillers.

Inside shot

Inside shot with baby stuff.  The pockets are substantial, three on each side and all about the same size.  I've got a bottle with packaging, a portable baby wipe container, and pacifiers with a baby powder all on the pockets of one side.

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2  Drawstring bag & Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Idle Hands on: December 18, 2009 05:53:09 PM
I made my first two bags this week.  I tried starting with the tote at a friend's house on Sunday but didn't bring the fabric for the second half of the strap.  I worked on the drawstring bag instead. 

Both are adapted from the book Sew What! Bags by Lexie Barnes. I changed the drawstring bag to have the string anchor to the bottom of the bag for a shoulder strap.  The tote is the Tiny Tote and I squared out the bottom (gussets?) based on a tute I found through Craftster. 

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3  Pumpkin Mini Muffins in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Idle Hands on: December 07, 2009 12:25:01 AM
I baked up a batch of yummy mini pumpkin muffins for a quick holiday treat:

I found this recipe at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=36267  For my oven about 14 minutes with the mini muffin pan was the perfect baking time.

It's very low in fat and a little fiber from the pumpkin.  I'm working on boosting my whole grains so I'll be finding another cake recipe but it's a good starting point.

I heard Libby's is or soon will be running out of pumpkin due to poor crops for the past two years.  The only places I could find canned pumpkin was Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
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4  Re: Any tips for Knitting with Fabric strips? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Idle Hands on: September 20, 2009 07:08:04 PM
Over on the Crochet forum there was a tutorial or at least detailed pictures showing how to join the fabric although I cannot find the thread.  I think I've got the basic idea down. 

Let's name the pink paper fabric A and the green paper fabric B.  Cut a slit near the end of both strips of fabric at least half as wide as the fabric running the long way of the fabric.  Slip the tab end of A through the slit in B.  Then do the same with slipping the tab end of B through the end of A. 

I have not tried this with fabric but the thread I found showed fabric laid much flatter than the paper.
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5  Softee Chunky Hat & Scarf Set in Crochet: Completed Projects by Idle Hands on: February 15, 2009 11:00:22 AM
Here's the second completed project I've had in a long time.  It's a hat and scarf set that will go to charity.  After hearing of the winter clothes drive at work for a local area school district, I've decided it's time to put older yarns in my stash to good use.  (I live in the Chicago suburbs and we got very cold this winter, as low as -20*F)

The hat and scarf are a basic DC, Bernat Softee Chunky in Grey Ragg, nothing fancy here.  When I started this one I was looking for a small project to take along on long car trips.

The first completed project in about a year was my Mom's hat and scarf made from LB Homespun.  I finished it with only about an hour to spare before giving it to her for Christmas.  Not enough time to get the camera out.
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6  Re: finger-less-glove-along! in Crochetalongs by Idle Hands on: December 25, 2007 09:17:43 PM
I finished my two pairs of fingerless gloves.  Both have matching scarves.

The first one is made with Patons Decor in Spring Ombre

This is made with Lion Brand Chenille
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7  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Idle Hands on: December 20, 2007 08:23:13 PM

My machine is a 1960's vintage Kenmore, model #158-161.  A friend of mine was moving half way across the country and gave it to me free including the wooden cabinet.  She mentioned it needed a cleaning and it was her MIL's machine.  It was sent to be cleaned and repaired and it needed a zig-zag cam.  Now it works as well or better than the new ones for about the same price overall.  My favorite part is it reminds me of my mom's old Singer that originally was in a cabinet.  It has some panels in the same avocado green too. 
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