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181  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Purse (and sewing project ever)! on: June 05, 2007 09:24:11 AM
Really amazing that this was not only your first purse, but your first sewing project.  You're a natural!

And, don't you love the fabric from Hobby Lobby?  I have two favorites that I got there.  The first was a Mary Engelbreit print - obviously made to be a quilt.  There are 14" by 14" patches that have the "Queen of Everything" prints and the "Princess of Quite-A-Lot" prints.  I've had it for a few years now, trying to figure out what to do with it.  But, now I'm thinking it would make a great purse or tote bag.  I might make a bag following your lead ...

The second was a black background with what looked like coffee labels on it.  That I used for throw pillows for my coffee-lovin' sister.

182  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch on: May 14, 2007 12:08:01 PM
Here's another link on shortening zippers (in fact, it includes "Everything you wanted to know about zippers"):

I found it by following the first zipper-shortening link.  That gave a reference to something called a "zipper wedge".  It turns out that's the official name for what people were talking about on how to make the corners of your zipper bags look squarer.  It's a little tab that you sew on the end of the zipper.  There's an official name for everything, I guess. 
183  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / sewing across the zipper? on: May 14, 2007 07:57:35 AM
Does anyone else have problems sewing across the zipper in the final assembly?  If the zipper is the wrong size and you have to shorten it (with zigzag across the zipper and cutting off the extra), then in Step 9, when you fold lining-to-lining and exterior-to-exterior, you have to sew across the zipper which is now kind of bent in half.  I broke a sewing machine - not just the needle - doing one of these!

Just wondered if I was the only one with this problem.  Perhaps I am doing something wrong.  Maybe I could try the tabs at the end of the zipper and make the zipper even shorter to avoid this?
184  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Granny Pouch - Keroppi ----------------------------- NEW! on: May 13, 2007 07:54:00 AM
Is that a little plastic pouch on the front of the bag?  That would be really handy!
185  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bright Flowers Bag on: May 12, 2007 11:52:21 AM
Boy, that's not so basic in my book!  Love the fabric and the curved top.
186  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Fo' Shizzle! cross stitch. w/pic! on: April 19, 2007 11:16:32 AM
My mother, who passed away three years ago, would have said "Fo' shizzle", too!  Thanks God for mothers with a sense of humor.
187  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: kitty pillow case on: April 19, 2007 11:12:43 AM
It's very, very cute and very, very nicely done.  And, I don't even like cats!
188  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL - very simple coin-card-whatever mini wallet/purse on: April 11, 2007 02:32:22 PM
I am just thrilled to say that I am making a case to hold the wedding rings at my niece's wedding based on this pattern!  They aren't going to have a ring bearer - the best man is going to carry the rings in his pocket.  I'm thrilled to be contributing something to the wedding and thrilled that I found this pattern.

Of course, I've made a few changes.  I'm making it out of cross stitch fabric and I'm putting their initials and the wedding date on the back in cross stitch, then making the front flap longer and tucking it under a ribbon loop. 

I'll post pictures when I get done, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

Betty Bat
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