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« on: December 12, 2005 10:32:09 AM »

I couldn't decide whether to put my Homestar Runner patches on blue or red, so I asked for advice, and my advisers were split on that, too, so I thought of something else to do with the blue and that settled it:

I was making this knitting roll for my friend when the idea struck me to make a matching tote:

I cut out and appliqued purple glitter-felt cats and moons (one crescent, one full w/star), then decided there needed to be a bat slipped in.  I managed to cut the bat-shape out of the moon without mangling the negative image, so I added the bat shape I removed to the other side.  The beading is just a Style-a-Bility sew-on.

I may not see my friend before Christmas after Tuesday, so I'm giving it to her then.  She knew I was making a knitting roll, but I'm hoping that the matching tote surprises her.



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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 11:29:53 AM »

She will definitely be surprised to get such a nice tote too!
The knitting needle roll is also great.

« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 11:45:38 AM »

those are super! have you got close up shots of the cats and the roll? i'm wondering if the roll is quilted, and also how you attached the cats to the bag?

« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 12:10:49 PM »

those are super! have you got close up shots of the cats and the roll? i'm wondering if the roll is quilted, and also how you attached the cats to the bag?

For the roll, I used this pattern that another crafter posted in the knitting projects forum:


I made two small modification--I used a thicker quilt batting instead of fleece in between and moved over one of the three-inch pochets for symmetry.

When you sew the pockets, the batting (fleece) is already on the back of the inside fabric, so that side gets somewhat quilted.  The outside doesn't in this pattern, but if you replaced the thicker filler (batting/fleece) with two thinner pieces, one sewed to both the outer and inner fabrics, you could probably do some quilting on the outside, too.

I could try to take a close up of the applique, but it may destroy some of the illusion.  I basically used purple thread and a simple zigzag stitch around the edge, with the outer zag (or is that the zig?) just barely on the outside of the shape.  Or, that's what I tried to do the whole time.  There were a few places that, due to the small and angular nature of the piece being sewn, turned out a little less pretty, though whenever possible I tried to start and end in places on the shape where your eye isn't ordinarily drawn to "conceal" the back-tagging and such.  I used felt because I knew it wouldn't ravel and I'd be able to get a cleaner edge on the small things than if I sewed the appliques out of the cat-print fabric.  If I'd thought of this earlier and had more time, I'd probably consider embroidering a border all the way around the shapes for a smoother finish.  I decided against gluing because sometimes the felt gets funny crunchy spots.

Hope that answers your questions adequately!


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and we'd be like oooh we're in a movie.

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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005 06:42:44 PM »

so cute

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