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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easy Peasy Snap wallets - I'm so addicted! - TUTORIAL + SNAP TUTORIAL on: August 02, 2007 08:02:39 AM
I made one of these for myself a couple years ago and it ended up being my everyday wallet that so many of my friends have asked for one justl ike it. I love them cause they are cute and don't use much fabric at all, and its something I can whip up in twenty minutes.

EDIT! I made a separate tutorial for setting Snaps since I've had a few requests. Check it out here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241116.msg2656846#msg2656846

EDIT: I've had a ton of people asking me where I got my labels, so here ya go - go to Etsy.com and search for 'custom labels' The girl I got mine from is no longer doing labels but you're sure to find a great seller on there! Happy Crafting =)

TUTORIAL!! I hope ya'll like it, its my first one!

Here's the tutorial!

Step 1: Give 3 year old daughter some crayons and paper and turn on Hannah Montana so she stays out of your way for 20 minutes =) (if you don't have kiddos in the house, you may skip this step)

Now you need a pattern, I use tissue paper (and gold paper cause I'm awesome), but any paper will do. Hell, sometimes I just wing it and don't use a pattern at all.

I've found that 8" x 5" is a good size for the wallet, so make it a little bigger for seam allowances.

Cut out two pieces, I used this cute lemon fabric but a neato thing to do is use a different fabric for the lining..

Also cut out some interfacing slightly smaller than the fabric cause you don't wanna sew over it, just makes things harder.

Iron on the interfacing to one of your fabrics (doesn't matter which one, I haven't found that it makes any difference)

Now, put the two pieces together, right sides facing each other, and sew around the whole rectangle. The trick is to start sewing in the MIDDLE of one of the short ends.. like so:

Then bring it back around and stop where the lines are..trust me, this is a really good trick.

Now cut off the corners, its not vital, but is an old trick of my mom's and I just do it anyhow.

Now turn the thing right side out.. it LOOKS scary here, but not for long:

Use a pen/chopstick/whatever is handy to poke out the corners so its nice and sharp

Now remember that hole we left?

It tucks in nice and neatly, and you now iron over the whole thing which creases the hole and makes it look perfect!! (what a cool trick..only took me like.. a year to figure it out)

Now sew across that seam with the hole:

Now's a good time to attach your label if you have one:

Fold it like so, you want to fold it in about 3 inches, this will be where you stash all your moolah, so if you're broke like me then it doesnt' need to be that big..

Start sewing at the bottom of one of the folded ends.. like so:

When you get to the crease, I like to put the pressor foot in reverse and sew over that part a few times to make it stronger:

You'll be sewing in a U shape.. only picking up and turning your wallet at the corners, but never actually stopping sewing.. continue to sew all the way around the 3 sides:

Now you can attach a snap or velcro.. I used velcro cause this one sucks which I'll blame on me being sick =)

You're done!!!  Now you better drop everything you're doing cause once you make one of these babies, you'll wanna make a million!

12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pillow Pants and Listerfiend!! Plus other shrinky madness on: August 01, 2007 07:11:40 PM
I dunno what made me do this, but after watching the movie Clerks 2 about fifty million times, I decided to make a pillow pants and listerfiend 'troll' cell phone charm.. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then its prolly for the best, LOL

13  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Bird and skull on baby shirts on: July 29, 2007 07:04:48 PM
I got a last minute invitation to my friend's impromptu baby shower this weekend, and here's part of the gift I got her.

I used the skull and banner (maybe from tattoo your towels? I forget) and put his name Xander inside, and also a bird from Kurt Halsey. I find that embroidering on felt and then stitching the felt to the baby shirt works WAY easier..

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / A few harry Potter shirts - IMAGE HEAVY on: July 20, 2007 08:04:06 AM
I somehow got myself into making 8 shirts for the release party..AH!

A friend wanted 'Auror Tonks' and "her dog patronus thing" on a shirt, and this is what I came up with: (dont make fun of my pathetic photoshop skills hehe)



Her younger daughters (age 10 and 12 and have read the BOOKS! how awesome!) wanted Snufles and Hermione.

FRONT: I made the prefect's badge from a shrinky dink

BACK (crookshanks looks better in person)

Another friend is in hre 40s and wanted Trelawny, and her daughter wanted Luna

front - I stole the luna idea from here on craftster (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=174487.0), and the other one has the prophesy along with a picture of harry holding his prophsey orb from the book


And then my silly boyfriend who's never read a lick of Harry potter but is going with me to the release party got jealous and wanted a shirt so here it is:

Not pictured are the shirts I made for my BFF and I.. we're going as Weasely's wizard wheezes shop employees, and I'll post pictures of those after the party so you cna see us dressed up

15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter Potions earrings - (Plus exciting pic!) on: July 19, 2007 08:36:02 PM
My best friend and I made these as part of the many things we made for the release party TOMORROW! Its little glas vials with colored water, I mean, Potions, (duh) inside. I used industrial glue on the corks to make sure they don't come out.

Also, the last pic is me and her holding a BOX of Deathly Hallows! She works at a store that's selling a few copies, and we snuck in several 'feels' of the box holding the books.. lame I know =)

**edited to remove  pic so we dont get in trouble**     
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Okay this is a real question.. I need to decorate a banana... on: June 29, 2007 10:20:02 AM
Hey ya'll.. I've been asking friends and co workers and no one is very creative so I came to the experts here! I am going to an 'interior decorating' party tomorrow with my bf's mom.. Its also a banana split party thing.. I dunno... and she told me that everyone is supposed to bring a decordated banana for a contest. the best banana wins a prize.

She said some people were dressing it up like a barbie, adding hair and a face and clothes, etc.. so I dont want to make mine into a person, rather something better like an object.

Any ideas?? I was thinking of painting, glueing, shoving pipecleaners into it., using clay, etc etc..

The only good idea I got was to make the Oscar Meyer weinermobile out of it. LOL

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Travel Sudoku in Altoids tin on: May 17, 2007 08:27:16 PM
I made this as part of my mom's Mothers Day gift, she LOVES Sudoku. I took an Altoid's tin, lined the inside with felt (pink of course). Then I printed out tons of Soduku games and xerox'd them at work to a smaller size so they'd fit. Then I made two little marble magnets with scrapbook paper, and as you can see, the game you're playing can be stuck to the back.

Its great for when shes stuck at one of my sister's dirtbike races.. she LOVED it!

18  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Kind of big embroidered rectangle patch on: May 15, 2007 11:12:11 AM
Okay, so I'm sitting at work (hardly working, lol) and I have this cool patch that they were giving away from a surplus of my company logo.. Anyhow, I took one cause its FREE and my first thought was to make a bag/clutch/wallet out of it.. I posted a picture of it next to my keyboard so you can see the size reference. I'm thinking a snap enclosure.. I want the exterior to be the whole patch and not like put the patch onto bigger fabric.. or, I could keep it long and add fabric to the pack for a zippered makeup clutch??

Anyhow, does anyone have any good ideas (even non purse related) for this? I'm fairly good with a sewing machine and am open to all suggestions.

Thanks in advance! Its a really slow day at work and I have nothing else to do but brainstorm about crafting when I get home =)

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