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« on: October 01, 2008 06:47:29 AM »

It's Freshers' Week at my university college next week, and there's a fancy dress bar night. The theme this year is... "Film and Movie". So, really, this was an opportunity for me to dress as a character I've always wanted to be - SUPER MARIO! ...Nevermind that the film was a flop, that I'm a girl, with purple hair and quite a few piercings... Who cares? I'm wearing a pair of my dad's bib and braces from when eh joined the Fire Brigade (so they're about 33 years old!), and they're got pockets, but how could I pass up the opportunity to make a geeky handbag?

So here it is... the Super Mario '?' Block!

I used brown corduroy left over from a messenger bag I made for the bag body, and yellow cotton for the lining. I basically cut out six squares, interfaced them, then joined them in pairs before sewing them together. Then, once I knew where to put the zip (halfway across the top face of the cube), I cut off part of the top face, attached the zip, then cut out another piece for the other side and attached that to the rest of the bag.
I didn't attach a proper handle because I wanted to be ale to stuff the cube and have it in my room (or play with it. Which will no doubt happen!), so I sewed a loop of grosgrain ribbon and used a slipknot to attach that to the zipper pull.  The bag's about 5" on each side, but the opening's really small - I have fairly large hands, and I can't pull my hand out easily if I put it all the way in! The corners lose shape quite wasily because my interfacing wasn't very thick, but if I'm stuffing it, I'm not that worried.

Here goes! I apologise for some of the lens flare and the blurry closeups!

The whole bag:

Top view:

Closeup of the zip (this caused me bother. I have got an invisible zipper foot, but ti woudn't feed, for some reason. Any ideas would be much appreciated - it's a Brother machine):

You can just see the spotty yellow lining material inside.

And finally... a closeup of the '?'

The question mark is yellow craft foam, Copydexed to the bag and then secured with zigzag stitching all the way round.

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008 07:04:52 AM »

Oh man, that is cool! 

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 07:25:45 AM »

LOVE! Mario rocks my socks.

Hmm....mario socks........??

Anyway....that's so cool. It needs a little mushroom dude to hang out in it. Or perhaps a star.....

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 09:01:52 AM »

Oh my freaking gosh!!!  Thas is the coolest (emphasize on 'coolest'.) bag ever!  Oh, my!  I think, the only thing that would make it better would be to make a little polymere clay charm of a star to hook to the zipper pull. Grin

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 04:57:44 PM »

Ohmegee, one of the best things I've seen all day! Cheesy
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 10:05:01 AM »

It needs a little mushroom dude to hang out in it. Or perhaps a star.....

I've just made two stuffed stars (for geeky photograph opportunities!) and I'm in the middle of making a coin purse shaped like... a giany gold coin Cheesy
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