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1  Padded laptop bag + stars = w00t in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Mizua on: February 04, 2011 05:53:29 PM
So, I recently got a new job, at which I was given a laptop to use. My old laptop bag was a little too small for everything I needed, plus rather blah, and I was tired of having to carry my purse and a laptop bag and juggle whatever else I had... so I decided to make a bag to fit it all!

This was the first big project I ever carefully planned out, went and selected fabric and batting for, and actually made purely from scratch--I'm usually a recon girl or make things out of scraps, duct tape, whatever. So I'm pretty excited.

The construction was pretty easy... I wish I'd taken some in-progress shots, but alas! I did not. Basically, I took a long piece of quilt batting, the correct width of the bag I wanted and twice the length. I "sandwiched" this between layers of this lovely fabric I found--blue with silver stars--and sewed around the edges, so I had kind of a thin pillow. Then, I folded it in half and sewed up each side, so the fold became the bottom of the bag.

I then turned it inside out and started on the outside pocket--it's two pieces, wrong side out first as I sewed along three sides, and then turned it inside out and did a zigzag stitch along the fourth side to be the top of the pocket. I left the inside corners at the bottom intentionally a little "squared off", and zigzag stitched it onto the bag:

sewing about 3/4 of the way up and then folding the top part down so it looks all nifty like that Smiley It actually was meant to be a cover over the pocket on which I was going to attach velcro, but I idiotically forgot that it didn't actually cover the pocket--that folded over part is not the "lid", the pocket is behind there xD  I think it looks nice anyway.

Then I wanted an inside pocket, and I just happened to have another fabric that was blue with stars (what can I say, I love it) that was a good size for making a contrasting pocket inside. Not enough fabric to make it lined, but it's worked well enough so far--I zigzag stitched this in as well:

(ignore the batting sticking out there on the left, I hadn't trimmed that yet Grin)

Then the handle! I took a long piece of the quilt batting, measured it to the right length I wanted, and made it about three inches wide. I then took the fabric and cut a strip about the same length, but more like 8 inches wide. I folded it around the batting, overlapping it slightly, and then carefully pinning and sewing more zigzag stitch straight down the middle of it. This was the hardest part to get right, but I think I managed okay. It's secure, and soft when I hold it Smiley

So here is my laptop in its new bag. There's plenty of room around it for me to put my small purse in it too when I run in to work, so when I go out to lunch I can just pull the purse out and go.

"Oh, thank you for making me a lovely soft warm place to sleep!"

I can also fit a water bottle or whatever in it, and then the CDs, external HDD, etc I need for work go in the inside pocket. My phone goes in the outside pocket along with anything else I might need to be able to grab in a hurry.

yay! Sorry for long post! I'm proud of it! (I did eventually trim the batting and excess fabric at the top, and I plan to get some bias tape for the edges, but I haven't found any I like yet...) Anyway, thanks for reading Cheesy
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2  Old black pants to pencil skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mizua on: February 03, 2011 05:11:10 PM
I have posted on here in forever! I have to catch up!
I'm starting with this one, because I just finished it last night and am so super stoked about it.

OK, so... I recently became a big girl and got a real professional job in a real office full of fancy people (lol). I had to get a bunch of business casual clothes as well as some more formal stuff like a suit. One thing I could not find, that I really wanted, was a sexy black pencil skirt! So... I found this tutorial online:


and was like, "heyyyyy that would work!" I have had this old pair of black pants in my scrap fabric for over a year because the bottom got ripped, and I had holes in the inner thighs where, um, you know.. they rub together. I'm not skinny. Hush. So I followed the tute and it actually worked really well! I didn't take a "before" picture, but it was just a basic pair of black pants that zip and button in front. Basically, I cut off the legs at the knees, ripped out the inseams, and sewed them together (cutting out some in the middle where the holes were and making it line up neatly). You have to pin like crazy during this step because otherwise you can get puckering where there's too much fabric in the middle to lay down straight. But I managed, and even got that cute little slit in the back! Then hemmed up the bottom to make it just a tiny bit shorter (and, you know, not fraying) and ta-daa Cheesy Here are a couple of pics--sorry I don't have a better camera, just my cell phone =/

Woah, I look like one o'them office ladies in a sitcom!



I can't wait until it gets a little warmer and I can wear this to work!
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3  Starbucks hoodie! (Based on Mezzi's tutorial) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mizua on: October 05, 2008 02:52:41 PM
So, at least a year after reading https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100217.0, and at least 6 months after buying the fabric, I FINALLY made my hoodie. It's even better than I imagined it! I used to work at Starbucks, and I loved the shirt even though it was way too big. After I left, I kept the shirt, and knew it was destined to become more...

So I followed Mezzi's tute--including resizing the sides, made it more curvy for my hourglassy figure, and made the sleeves, hood, and pockets out of this lovely knit fabric I found on Ebay. It's great quality, thin but warm, and matches perfectly! I skipped the zipper part (well, intended to put one in until I got to the buttons at the top and couldn't figure out how to make it work without cutting them off and then it being REALLY low cut) but it works just fine as a pullover. It's so comfy!

I don't know what I was thinking with this pose, I am SO white  Cheesy

Hands in the pockets...

Can't see it very well (or the shape of the back for that matter--my hair is very long and dark and got in the way) but there's the hood:

Close-up of the logo, not that you aren't familiar with this by now:

Close-up of the pockets. My sewing machine decided to throw a fit halfway through, so the stitching got a little wonky on one side. To cover it, I put some sparkly silver fabric paint around the borders, and tied the rest into it with little silver stars on the top near where the hood starts. You can't really see that in these pics, though.

And last, but not least, me hamming it up Grin Yes, that is a tiny Christmas tree in the background. No, it is not Christmas. Yes, I'm crazy. (Actually I just have nowhere else to put it...)

Mezzi, thanks SO much for the awesome tute (again, can be found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100217.0)! This was a lot of fun!
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4  Mario Magnets! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mizua on: November 03, 2007 12:54:34 PM
(It said jewelry and trinkets...I think these count as trinkets, so I hope I'm putting this in the right place.)

I made Mario magnets from that shrinky-dink plastic! I'm absolutely obsessed with Mario, and video games in general, and I needed something cool to hold things up on my fridge. Sorry for terrible pic quality, all I have is a camera phone.

What I did was look up pictures of the original power-ups online and copy them, pixel by pixel, onto 1/4" graph paper. Each square was a pixel. Then I traced the pattern onto shrinky plastic and colored them with my permanent markers. 2 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven, plus some glue and strong magnets on the back, and I've got the latest in video game graphics right on my fridge...circa 1985 =D

The ? box. On the right are some smudgy marks from the sharpies. I was hoping that'd disappear when they shrank but it looks worse D:

Fire flower! I think I'll use a lighter orange for the second "ring" next time. It's red in the center, then orange around that, but you can hardly tell the difference.

This one's definitely my favorite--I love it!

Now I'm just being silly. I want to be invincible too!

What do you think?
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5  OMG, not another tie skirt... (img chunky) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mizua on: October 16, 2007 04:42:17 PM
I know, I know, these aren't even original anymore...but so fun! I made this skirt about a month ago, just now got around to taking pictures of it. Unlike a lot of them I've seen, I wanted a stiffer skirt that stood out more, so I left them whole rather than unfolding them, and sewed them side-by-side with a thick black zig-zag stitch (which I love!)
Please excuse the terrible cameraphone pics, I have no digital camera at the moment.

Somehow I look big in this picture  Undecided there's the front...

the back...scuse my messy room  Embarrassed, I'm packing. See the boxes back there?

slightly better quality pic. The waistband is one tie that goes around and actually ties back there! There's also a hidden zipper. I love this pose for some reason.  Cheesy

Close up of the zigzag stitching  Grin

The whole thing laid out on my bed...I love the shape.

and a bonus, because I did my toenails myself and I just HAFTA show it off to someone  Grin

I wore it downtown with a plain black, sort of fitted top and got all kinds of looks and compliments. It looked nice with the fitted shirt and then the flared skirt. Let me know what you think!
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6  Re: Wallet made from a computer keyboard in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mizua on: June 01, 2007 12:54:15 PM
I made one a few days after I saw this post, but I didn't have a digital camera until now. So I can show you! One thing I did differently with my wallet is I used the connector part that went into the wiring as a velcro strap. It was perfect for the wallet.

Outside, complete with the strap holding it closed. Notice my painful lack of dollar bills. It looks SO much cooler with money inside:

Inside, with the two side pockets for cards.

Close-up of the connector part I used for the strap:
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