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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Summer Tote Bag (Reminds me of Rainbow Sherbet!) on: April 21, 2008 07:22:58 PM
I needed a bag big enough to carry all my stuff to and from work, as well as be large enough to handle a few groceries when I have to stop at the store last minute without my reusable bags.  This pattern is Simplicity 4535 view D, with a magnetic snap instead of velcro and I added a piece of plastic in the base for stability.  It turned out larger than I anticipated, but I am so glad!  I am carrying it everyday now and I am working on making a vinyl lined lunch box to match. 

Any recommendations on a lunch box pattern?  I'm kind of making it up as I go along.  Can't be too tricky to make a box, right??  (Famous last words...)

Here is my new bag!!

I came really close to getting the stripes lined up.  The pocket flap is what threw me off.  I had it on the pieces when I was cutting the pattern but once I started assembly, the flap wouldn't line up properly...  argh!

Please excuse the few stray strings... I was so excited to take pictures I didn't finish snipping them...

Please ignore the garbage bags in the background...as you can see finishing my bag was more important than finishing my cleaning!  Oh well!
Thank you for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spring Reconstructed Placemat Mini-Tote on: April 08, 2008 08:49:43 PM
Once again, I didn't think of taking a picture of the original state of the fabric until it was too late, so picture four round placemats...

Using Simplicity 4535 I ended up with this little bag. 

It is smaller than I usually carry, but it was the only pattern that would utilize only the fabric from the placemats.  I had a bit left over so I made the matching wallet using this pattern

I highly recommend using placemats for purses!  It was great!  I found colors and patterns I liked last summer on clearance 90% off.  Ended up paying no more than 25 cents a piece.  I ripped the seams and had outer fabric with interfacing already attached and a lining perfectly matched.  Couldn't be more fun!

Thanks for looking!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / *HOT* Stroller Cozy! on: January 25, 2008 12:01:56 PM
My sis lives in Manhattan without a car, and keeping a blanket on a two year old in a stroller has proven difficult.  She asked me to make her a stroller cozy, since she doesn't want to pay $80-$100 for one.  The only request she had was that it not be bubblegum pink, or have flowers and butterflies.  I took care of that for her!  I whipped up this bad boy for her while they were in town for the holidays and now my sweet little niece is the hottest kid in town!

Here it is unzipped.... She's sleepy....

It's super warm...  I used the back of an old wool coat that doesn't fit anymore inside the front panel, so it's nice and heavy.  I made the mistake of using the Simplicity 3712 pattern, which is "one size," however it is sized for an infant.  Instead of having the shoulder straps go through the back, they are over the top of the back so her legs have enough room.  It still works, but doesn't sinch around her head like it is supposed to.

 Does anyone know who makes a pattern for a toddler sized cozy?  I am thinking about making an extension using the double separating zippers that are already there, but I haven't experimented with it yet.

Thanks for looking! 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Knit Purse on: December 15, 2007 08:18:52 PM
This is the first purse I knit that I was actually proud to carry and admit, "I made it!"  It was a really simple pattern that I modified a bit and have used many times over in different ways for different purses.  My only disappointment, I found that the wool pilled up quite a bit after carrying the purse for a while.  Any suggestions or remedies?

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Patchwork Blanket on: December 15, 2007 08:11:38 PM
This is a blanket I made for my sister last Christmas.  She loved it!  She stayed wrapped up in it the whole week.  It was fun, knit little square after square, then put it all together!  Simple.  The tricky part was the guage.  I wasn't very consistent at that point.  Note -- the line on the upper right corner is the sun through the window, not the blanket.--

All comments are welcome!  Thanks so much for looking!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Time Toddler Dresses on: December 12, 2007 03:32:34 PM
Here are two toddler dresses I made for my niece, Maryn, who is 20 months old.  I just love making stuff for her!  And the modeling is excellent I must say!

I have just started to play around with reconstruction a bit, and I am hooked!  I have been having alot of fun!  My only regret is that I get so excited when I see what it is going to be, that I forget to take the "Before" picture!  Thus, why I am not classifying it as a Recon...  I'll work on getting better at that!

The striped dress was made from a women's button down oxford style shirt.

The courduroy dress was originally a full length women's skirt and the accents are from a linen napkin, both which I found at a
consignment shop for less than $4!  Woo hoo!

Thank you for taking time to look!  Any comments and suggestions are welcome!  I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration!
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello From an Enthusiastic Crafter! on: June 17, 2007 10:30:59 AM
Never thought I would call myself a "crafter", but I have the bug!  I started knitting, did a little scrapbooking and then got a sewing machine, so now the sky's the limit!  I am having so much fun!  I came across this website on a daily SnB calendar I got for C-mas.  I've been looking around at the site all morning and I am loving it!  I am so glad to have found something like this!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Back-Pack on: June 17, 2007 10:26:04 AM
I love finding fun and funky linings for my bags!  It's like a little surprise inside!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Strong Messenger Bag on: June 17, 2007 10:23:55 AM
I made this for my sister who wanted something very strong and durable.  I reinforced the seams with clear acrylic thread.  It is pretty tough!  Thanks for letting me share my work!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bob the Bunny on: June 17, 2007 10:13:36 AM
Here is "Bob" the bunny.  I made him for my neice's first christmas.  She was only eight months old, and had found the letter "B"......"baa...baa...baa...., thus the name "Bob the Bunny."  It was so rewarding making him.  He was the first thing I had knit that wan't simply square.  I was so intimidated by the pattern, but it ended up being much easier than it looked!  Thanks for letting me share!

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