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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tulips Take Two on: October 12, 2008 05:50:32 PM
So, earlier this year I made this:


and my husband's grandma saw it and really liked the tulip design, so she ordered another one from me for a birthday present for another family member.  Only this time she wanted yellow, and smaller, and more like a purse than a tote bag.  She's not on Craftster, so no chance of giving away the surprise Smiley

So here's the result -- photos aren't great since I didn't finish the bag until the sun had already gone down.

And a close up of the applique -- I used all different yellows, not so obvious here but more so on the actual bag.  The white is cotton eyelet, my most favourite white fabric of all Smiley  I freehanded the tulips and borrowed the big leaf from an old applique book I had lying around.

The lining is a cute cotton print I've had waiting for a home FOREVER -- how nice when fabric finally finds it's destiny! Smiley

I actually am quite pleased with the shape of the bag -- I started from a pattern this time (unusual) and abandoned it almost entirely halfway through (that's more normal for me LOL).  But I think the shape basically turned out how the pattern was done.

Thank you for looking -- and keep your fingers crossed for me the b-day girl is happy!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ISO Mens/Boys Dress Shirt Pattern on: October 09, 2008 03:40:14 PM
Hey y'all!

I'm hoping for a recommendation on a good pattern for making Mens dress shirts (need something in Boys sizes as well).  It would be great if it wasn't crazy difficult, but shirts are one of those sewing projects that freak me out a little, so I'm keeping my expectations low on that score Tongue

Many thanks in advance, lovelies!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wheee! Finally made my dream matching set :) on: October 08, 2008 04:04:26 PM
So I've been applique'ing Celtic shtuff all over the place, bags mostly and some quilts, but I've been wanting a matching messenger bag, makeup bag and zippy pouch combo for a while now to take to dance comps.  So this was my tester and for once, I'm totally in love with how it turned out the first time:

The new thing is the makeup bag -- I need a lot of zippy pockets for all the hairpins, elastics, makeup brushes, sock glue, safety pins blah blah blah.  So this one has FOUR pockets -- three on the inside and one on the outside:

I just bought the clear vinyl thingy -- I hate sewing vinyl since I don't have one of those roller feet.  I made the bias tape though, from the same fabric lining the messenger bag.

And a little zippy pouch so I can get to my lip gloss fast before going on stage finishes the trio.

Hope you like it!  As always, comments and constructive criticisms highly appreciated!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Firefly/Serenity Inspired Bags n' Stuff -- for charity! Pic heavy! on: June 21, 2008 11:51:26 AM
So as some of you Browncoats may know, it's Can't Stop The Serenity season!  For other folks, CSTS is a yearly event where Firefly/Serenity fans all over the globe show a screening of Joss Whedon's movie Serenity on (or near) his birthday. 

The extra cool part (as if the one and only Whedon flick on a big screen wasn't cool enough) is that the proceeds from ticket sales go to Equality Now, a charity dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women everywhere.

You can find out more about CSTS and Equality Now at the website:

Anyhoo, I was contacted on Etsy by the Arizona Chapter via the Big Damn Crafters street team to possibly donate something for them to raffle off/sell as merch!  So my biz partner and I put together the following goodies:

Inara Rockstar Messenger Bag:  one of our usual designs but done in the kinds of fabrics and colours I think of when I picture Inara -- I haven't used 100% silk in a while, it was sort of nice to upgrade for a good cause Smiley  here's the bag and a close-up of the embroidery:

Oh Grandpa!  Kaylee Inspired Strawberry iPod cozies:  The pictures are kind of wonky -- I guess my camera couldn't handle all the red? But we were pretty happy with how they came out Smiley

And we made strawberry hairties, which I know aren't bags, but I figured I put them here just for completeness LOL

Comments, criticisms, woot-woots directed at CSTS/Firefly in general all welcome!  And if you're in the Arizona area (I am not, unfortunately) GO SEE THE SCREENING! Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tartan n' Tulips Project Bag! on: March 18, 2008 07:14:04 PM
So a group of crafters I know all got together (via web) and decided to make something featuring tulips in our respective mediums -- since I wasn't pulling together a darn quilt for the event, I went for a bag.  Here she is!

And a close up on the applique -- I love me some metallic threads and tartan:

I just love the inside of this bag though -- it has one interior zip pocket that I lined in this funky pink jersey with these holographic bubbles on it. 

But the best part is this thing, a zip-off zip-top pouch in the interior! It's a purple cotton velvet, and the top of it is the same Strawberry Shortcake fabric I used to line the bag:

I can't believe all bags don't have this thing.  I put one half of a separating zipper near the top of the inside of the bag, and attached the other half to a tab on the pouch to make it so that it can be zipped in and out of the bag -- keeps all yer crafty good stuff separate from your gum wrappers, lip balm and the fabric store receipts you're hiding from your husband Grin

Comments and constructive criticisms are welcome and appreciated as always!  Thank you for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Celtic Applique Bags at last! Not just embroidery, LOL. Lotsa pics! on: March 09, 2008 04:45:58 PM
So if you saw this post......


you'll know that I had done a bunch of embroidery to make bags.... well, I thought I had better post pics of the actual completed bags, you know, since this is the Bags forum and not the Flat Pieces Of Embroidered Fabric forum LOL.  Since the last post brought a bunch of dancers out of the woodworks I'll name the tartans Smiley

Here we go!  Dress Black & White Erskine Messenger Bag:

Dress Royal MacGregor Tote Bag:

Dress Red Lennox Tote Bag:

Dress Ross Tote Bag:

Thank you so much for looking!  As always, comments, suggestions and constructive criticisms are MOST welcome Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly plaid embroidery and applique madness! on: February 26, 2008 02:28:30 PM

OK OK so these are not bags YET but they are destined to be.  Just normal messenger type bags and open top totes and yoga mat carriers, so I figure the actual bag part is less interesting than the applique  Cheesy  I'm getting my MIL's serger in a couple of days, that's why I'm waiting on putting the bags together.

Those of you who have seen my previous posts know I have a lot of tartan floating around (well, not LITERALLY  Grin) as MIL is a kiltmaker and she gives me her scraps.  This is what I am doin' with it!  I also get shiny/glittery/sparkly/all of the above fabric scraps from local Irish dance dress makers so I use those too.

Here's a few more just for fun:

The crossed-swords are a Highland dancer thing, and not because I am especially militarily inclined LOL

THank you for looking!  Constructive criticisms are always, always welcome Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dr. Who Project Bag (pleasingly plump with images) on: February 26, 2008 02:17:09 PM
I recently made these for a swap -- partner has received so I am safe to post.  I had so much fun with this I can't even tell you!  The theme of the swap was "I hate my job" and my partner, who is an avid knitter, hates her commute (she's up at 5:15 every day!!!!)  So I decided to make her a messenger bag to carry on her commute which will hold her knitting and her work stuff, and keep them from getting mixed up.

Also, and this part is crucial, she's a mega Doctor Who fan -- off to Wiki I went to find out a bit more.  This, apparently, is the logo of Rassilon who is a Time Lord, which sounded important-ish, at least to me:

Cool little design, eh?  So I applique'd it on the front flap of the bag:

Now, like an idiot, I accidentally deleted all the pictures I had of the INSIDE of the bag, so I'll have to describe it.  Tongue  It's lined with that dark blue fabric, and I put a separating zipper on the inside front to which I attached an inner rectangular zip top pouch which is half the width of the bag and a little bit shorter.  So, the bag is 16"x12"x6" and the inner pouch is 16"x11"x3".  On the front of that zip pouch I put:

which was "inspired by" (i.e. directly copied from) this:

The bottom bit on mine says "Loops Come To Yarn" instead of "Death Comes To Time".  *snicker*  It's more visible in real life  Smiley

So the idea is that half the separating zipper is attached to the back of the pouch, and half is attached to the bag.  So you can zip the pouch in and out of the bag -- in when you are off on your freakishly long commute, out when you get home so all the hated work materials can be left languishing by the front door and your beloved knitting can be brought to the TV.

The final swap item was a knitting roll -- no embroidery, just matchy-matchy.  It's the grey suiting material I used for the main body of the bag on the outside:

Thanks for looking!  This was my first swap and I had an absolute blast!! You can see the whole gallery if you're interested in what other folks did here (including the awesome stuff I got from my partner!)

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Get Off Your Bum (Bag) And Go Practice Dance! on: February 04, 2008 08:39:44 PM
So I'm a competitive Irish and Highland (Scottish) dancer and one of my resolutions this year was to be more consistent about practicing. After all, I spend a lot of time and money on competitions and it would be nice to do better, therefore, must practice!! However it's all too easy to get sidetracked by a busy day and so I wanted to make a reminder of how much I love to dance (yes, even when I'm tired and mad at my job, or whatever) that I could carry around with me. 

So I made a Go Practice bum bag! (bum bag because I made it out of the bum of an old pair of jeans).  I wanted one side to be an old pair of dance shoes I wore through, to remind me I really can work hard, and I wanted the other side to be some inspiring quotes.  Here's the quotes side, in all it's fabric-painty glory:

The "Dance" quote is Baryshnikov, and the "Dream" quote is Steven Leacock and is one of my all time faves (spoken like a true dreamer, eh? Cheesy) Here's the shoe side, pre-assembly:

Here's a close up on the shoe (it's called a "ghillie") -- I attached them with a zig-zag stitch, just like the pieces of argyle fleece, and kept the original laces:

The lining I made from that argyle fleece -- I bought 4 yards of that stuff when it was on sale so look for another post with all the projects I intend to make from it, LOL! This is just the first of many Smiley

Here's the lining pieces, pre-assembly:

And sewn into the bag (no, I did not try to match the pattern.. who am I? Prada? Tongue):

The final touch?? A rhinestone zipper of course!! Plus the D-rings have rhinestones too although I don't think you can tell from this picture.  The strap is black cotton webbing attached to the silver snap hooks.

That fabric paint is still drying (note to fabric paint makers: 12 hours is an ETERNITY!!) but I didn't want to wait to post because I am just so loving this bag, it turned out exactly how I wanted it, yay!  So I will take a picture of me using it and add that tomorrow hopefully.

And yes!  It DOES make me want to practice more  Grin  Hope you all enjoy it as well!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Summer Roses quilt with celtic embroidery on: January 31, 2008 10:19:20 AM
Well, I had actually pieced this top a few years ago, and somehow it got buried in my craft room -- I found it a few weeks back and decided to do some knotwork embroidery on it since I'm, well, doing that to everything that will sit still long enough.  Here's the finished product looking warm and cozy:


And a close-up of the emboidery motifs (done in rayon and metallic gold) with the rose print I used to back and bind it:

There are more work-in-progress pics and embroidery close-ups on my Flickr site if you're interested!


Thanks so much for looking  Grin Comments and criticisms very much appreciated!
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