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11  Re: Long Awaited Monster Bag Tutorial*NewBags*on pg3! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ikillbarbies on: January 06, 2006 07:53:22 PM
I finished another two bags this week.  I was going to post them tonight, but Etsy seems to have slowed down, so I'll either post them late tonight or tommorow night.  I wanted to give you guys a sneak preview.  The green tote is probably my favorite monster face ever and I just really like the black messenger bag.  The fur is gorgeous in the light, it shimmers like real fur.

and its inside:
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12  Plastic Grocerybag Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ikillbarbies on: January 06, 2006 07:32:16 PM
I was bored last night and decided to finally try it.  It was considerably easier than I thought, not to say it was easy, just easier.  I added a magnetic snap as a closure.  Completly inspired by ReadyMade.
I took it to work tonight and the guys I work with (usually pretty macho) were grabbing it from each other to look at it.  Everytime someone new came in, they would show it off.

Side One


And inside:
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13  Glow in the Dark and Warhol-esk Jester w/ Metal Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ikillbarbies on: December 31, 2005 10:49:54 AM
I feel silly that I never post any of my stencil work here, I used to do so much of it...

This is my brother's apartment warming present. I made the stencil in welding class this semester out of steel (talk about durable!).  They are two 16"x20" canvases done with spray paint.

The stencil:

The Warhol:

and a close-up:

And my favorite, the Glow in the Dark Jester:

I couldn't get a picture of it glowing, but I assure you, it's Bright!

The Warhol one almost killed me, I had to re-do some of the squares two or three times.

Questions? Comments?
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14  Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by ikillbarbies on: November 13, 2005 02:46:30 PM
I'm having a sale in hopes of jumpstarting my sales. I figure $10 off each bag would be tempting to customers.  I made a new graphic for it, well, my boyfriend did most of it, but I did the layout and made the cupcake. He's a graphic design major and this is the first time he's helped me with logos or ads. Finally!

What do you guys think?

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15  Opinions on Ad Graphic? in Get Product and Website Opinions by ikillbarbies on: October 19, 2005 09:13:16 PM
This is my first graphic for my etsy shop. I've posted it to livejournal and a few other places. I'm not completely happy with it, but not sure how to improve it. Can you guys give me any pointers?

Did I mention that my boyfriend is a graphic design major and still hasn't designed a website, business cards, or even a logo for me? Bah.
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16  Re: Long Awaited Monster Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ikillbarbies on: September 29, 2005 06:38:41 PM
I've finally summoned the courage to sell my bags. Well, almost...but there's a discussion about that here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=55836.0

I'm giving you guys a sneak preview before I put them up for sale on Etsy.

Another large messenger bag, her name is Purcona:

Mini-Messenger Bags:

And my favorite, the tote bags:

All bags have two pockets. The messenger bags have adjustable straps. The totes have magnetic snap closures and handles which match the lining.

Large messenger bags are $50
Mini messenger bags are $35
Totes are $40

I'm calling the Ferocious Furries, but I'm tempted to go back to calling them Monster Bags. Several of them have their own names, all of them will soon.
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17  .sarahsarah. is setting up shop--eeep! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by ikillbarbies on: September 29, 2005 05:32:12 PM
I'm going to do my first listing on Etsy either tonight or tomorrow...I'm quite nervous. Can you brilliant people take a look at my products and descriptions and let me know what you think? Think of it as a sneak preview.

Adopt a Ferocious Furry!

Meet Purcona!
This adorable pink messenger bag could be yours. Purcona is made of high quality bright pink fur with metallic highlights, and lined with a polka-dot lining. Her face is felt. Purcona comes with two interior side pockets, perfect for a cell phone, ipod or keys. The bag measures 13 x 10 x 4.5 inches, and fits spiral notebooks and binders. The adjustable strap is strong black webbing with black hardware.
Purcona is priced at $50.

All large messenger bags come with a FREE Lucky Monster Foot!
The current color choices are:
Pink Metallic (to match Purcona), Bright Green, Bright Orange, Green Metallic, Turquoise, and Pink with White tips.

Each Ferocious Furry is unique and will never have the same face and fur as another. Everything you will find here is one of a kind.  I only buy small amounts of each fabric to insure my bags are individuals. The fabrics are always changing, so check back often. All of my bags are lined with coordinating fabric, have pockets and are machine stitched.

What do you guys think of the name Ferocious Furries for the line of bags? I didn't want to call them Monster Bags because other people have, but it is clearer than Ferocious Furries. I've been naming all of my bags, I thought it would be more fun.

Here are some of my other bags:
The tote, named Oodar:

The mini-messenger bag, named Surk:

Thanks for your thoughts and comments! I'm just really nervous.
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18  Re: Alice in Craftland :D in Craftalongs by ikillbarbies on: September 06, 2005 04:47:07 PM
Nice stencils!

I stenciled Alice in Wonderland characters onto some records and put them up on my wall.


The close-ups came out a little blurry, but I assure you, they are very clean lines in real life. I used to stencil so much....I should get back to that.
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19  Wonders of the Night Sky Throw Pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ikillbarbies on: July 19, 2005 01:23:41 PM
For my friend's birthday:

Pillow #1

Pillow #2

And the back:

They are 12"x12", the pillows are removable.  I used pillow forms. The fabric came from a "make your own" quilted panel books, you know the ones for kids?  There are tiny pearls sewn onto some of the stars, and a red ribbon sewn into the girl's hair.
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20  Long Awaited Monster Bag Tutorial**MoreNewBags**on pg4! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ikillbarbies on: June 30, 2005 02:05:14 PM
Check page 3 for my newest designs and bags!

Since perfectly flawed has decided to leave our community and move onto other things, I guess that leaves me to make a tutorial.  Alright.  I haven't done a long photo tutorial yet, and I know that everyone is on a different sewing level.  So, if I point out obvious things, I'm sorry, and if I leave out complicated parts, let me know.  I've been meaning to put a pattern drafting tutorial on the board, maybe later this summer.

Here we go!

This is my finished bag:

Step 1
Lay out your pattern and trace your pattern onto the wrongside of your fabric, make sure that the grain is going in the same direction.  Don't forget to put in your seam allowance, because the fabric is bulky and moves, it really helps to have it drawn on.  LABEL EVERYTHING!  I'm not sure if you can see it in these photos, but each piece has it's name, the seam allowance and  grain direction on it.

And the lining:

Step 2
All of your details, ie. applique, pockets, strap, have to be done before you assemble the bag.  It's important to plan out your entire bag before you start, otherwise it's hard to go back and change it.
I started with my pockets. 

Pictures of the finished pockets:

Then did the felt face.

For the strap, cut 2 5" pieces of webbing.  Put a D-ring on each and fold in half, and stitch closed.  These will go on the sides of the bag.  Take a long piece of webbing and hold onto it.

Step 3
I then assembled my outside bag (the faux fur).

The one thing I forgot to do on this bag, but have since corrected on my patterns is to cut out a square in the corners, so they will join better.

And then, the lining.  Attach all the pockets to the lining and the two webbing and D-ring pieces.  Then sew the lining together.

Step 4

Attach the lining to the faux fur.  This can be a little tricky in setting up.  You want the fur and the lining rightsides together.  This is where I usually make a mistake.  I reccomend pining one side and turn it right side out, just to make sure you're putting it together correctly.  The D-rings should be hidden between the lining and fur.  You should be able to see only the end of the webbing.  I would have a picture of this, but I didn't do it correctly.  I will post a picture when I make my next one.

If you're making a messanger bag, sew all edges except for the end of the flap.  Turn rightside out and topstich the end of the flap.  The seam will disappear when you ruffle the fur.  Attach the long strap to the D-rings with a giant X.

If you're making a tote, then sew the front, back and one side.  Turn rightside out and top stitch the last side.


So that was my technique.  I'll try and update this with better pictures and instructions as I make more of them (I'm working on setting up an online store and doing craft fairs).  I feel that most people who want this tutorial just want it to make them for themselves, or their friends.  They are pretty similar to the jordy bag, just different fabric, so it isn't hard to figure them out without my meager tutorial.  I'm sorry that perfectlyflawed feels how she does about sharing, but I think that if you want to sell them you'd figure it out anyway.  Which is exactly what I did, I put my perfectionist tendencies to work to make quality goods.

I'm almost done with a tote version.  It should be posted by this weekend.
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