Felted Handbag… Mom Would Be Proud


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All done. My last finish for June.

My mother’s old black wool coat is now my new felted handbag.

From this…

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To this…

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She is probably looking down on me now, smiling… and hopefully saying Job Well Done. 😀


You can read more about this project here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/recycle-9-from-wool-coat-to-felted-handbag/


Linking to…

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/07/linky-party-tuesday.html

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

Grommet Handbag Finished… Yay!!


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Well, finally I can show you my handbag with grommets. One of the “list” to-do’s. The reason it took so long was due to my daily panic attacks. I wanted to get it finished, but the What If’s beat me down.

On DAY 6, after hubby casually said, “You haven’t finished that YET.” I bit the bullet, picked up the scissors, took a deep breath and cut. One inch holes. Into my just finished handbag. In my mind, I was hoping and wishing. Hoping I didn’t make a boo-boo on the hole sizing. Wishing I could be finished already. 😀

Adding grommets is kind of scary, no? You spend hours (days) making something only to take the scissors to it and cut out holes. Huh!! Does that make any sense!!

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But I am all good. Over the fear of “what if” and the unknown. It wasn’t so bad. A lot of measuring and marking. I didn’t take any photos of the measuring and marking. Only because it kept changing. And then finally I decided on THE SPOT to cut. Picked up the scissors and punched a hole.

I think they look great. For my first try. I even pried off one by sticking a flat screwdriver into the slot and wiggled it off. Then I snapped the grommet back in place. It worked!! I wanted to see for myself what the instructions said would happen. They were 100% correct. I am really pleased. I now have a new Go-To-Embellishment.

It measures 16″ L, 13″ H and 4″ W.

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I don’t have a name for it. Maybe Tall Drink-of-Water. It is kind of tall. I’ll have to think of something clever for when I list it on Etsy.

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Fully lined, one inside pocket, one outside pocket, magnetic closure. Nice and sturdy. Fusible fleece ironed to outside fabrics, pellon ironed to the lining, double panel of heavy pellon stitched to the bottom bed. Fusible fleece in the straps.

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Straps are adjustable. Two handles or one long strap over the neck.

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From this..

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To this.. No pattern. My own design and creation.

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Yay!! One more project completed. Picking up my pen. Crossing Handbag with Grommets off the list. I will keep working on the MAY List until they are either finished or progress made.

Well, that does it for me. I have enjoyed making this handbag. BROWN!! You know how much I love brown!! And polka dots.

Come back tomorrow to see what else I have been working on. Don’t change that channel!!

“MAY” Round Up… The Big Eye


Updated 7-18-12.

When I was little and piled more food on my plate than I could possibly eat, my mom would say I had the “big eye.”

When AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts posted her May Small Projects Sew-a-long, I signed on thinking what a perfect time to work on recent unfinished projects plus a few back burners. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/05/small-projects-sew-along.html

So, I made up my list. Will Do and Want To Do’s.

WILL DO

  • Download embroidery designs from my PC to sewing machine
  • Embroider one design, maybe two
  • Faux Chenille quilt finished
  • One handbag with grommets finished 6-9-12
  • Machine Felting, start one project finished two projects
  • Work on Umbrella quilt finished quilt top -6 blocks 7-18-12
  • Make more zippered bags four finished

WANT TO DO

  • Finish 4th of July Picnic Blanket/Table Runner/D9P Finished 6-25-12
  • Make pincushion inspired by coffee mug Made two 6-18-12
  • Work on Game Boards for Family Reunion
  • Work on black/white/red Postage Stamp Quilt Panel #2 made, 6-5-12.
  • Finish Attic Window Bird Cage pillow

But guess what happened? Yep. You guessed it.

I HAD THE BIG EYE.

I was only able to cross off TWO items. How embarrassing!! But it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying. (I will tell you more about that in a minute.)

One thing not on my two lists received the most attention. My charity pillowcase project I recently started. Throughout May I sewed and sewed and ended up finishing 41 pillowcases. I timed making one pillowcase and if piecing wasn’t necessary and I could just cut and sew, it took me exactly one hour. Piecing added an extra 30 minutes or longer. So roughly I would say I devoted about 50 hours making pillowcases. That included fabric selection, ironing and preparation time. But seeing them finished, folded and ready to ship brought me so much joy. Many smiles. I was delighted to donate the time and materials.

Here they are.

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In between making pillowcases, I managed to make one quilted handbag. The plan was to add grommets (and then I could have crossed it off my list) but I ended up using wooden handles instead. 😦

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One thing on the WILL DO list I completed was this little zippered bag. 😀

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It goes with the handbag.

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And even though my Faux Chenille finished quilt/blanket was for a DOLL, I am crossing it off anyway. I went through the entire process. Learned it, sewed it, finished it. And have plans to make a larger one this month.

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So.. those were my two On-The-List finishes.


OK. Now let me tell you about my PROJECT ATTEMPTS.

I spent HOURS trying to figure out how to download embroidery designs to my Janome MC 10001 sewing machine.

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Everyday I would search the net, search Janome’s web site. Nothing I tried worked. The culprit? My operating system. Using my USB cable that came with my sewing machine, I could not automatically find the required drivers. And a manual search didn’t find them either. The program fix I found at Janome didn’t work. Because I have a 64 bit (????) system and the USB connected download only works with 32 bits. So… I am really frustrated right now. After I cool off (don’t want to be mean and cuss at the poor sewing center workers), I plan to take it all in and demand ask for help. Hopefully sometime this month I will be able to embroider one of the digital designs I bought five years ago.

Another item on my list that I can say a bit of progress was made was learning about my Janome Xpression Felting Machine.

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I have had it, I think, about 4-5 years. And never used it. I can proudly say, I am now more familiar with it, the tools and the process. More so than ever. I spent HOURS (about as many as on the embroidery issue) reading my manual, searching the net, watching how-to videos. I am certain I will be able to complete a machine felted project in June. How’s that!! One Machine Felted Item Coming Up!!

Though I only managed to finish two items on my list, I still count May as a success because of what I DID finish. (Photos below if not above)

41 charity pillowcases
2 pillowcases for me
1 doll pillowcase
1 quilted handbag
1 zippered clutch
1 faux chenille doll blanket
1 doll ruffled pillow
1 little girl’s purse

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Well, that does it for me. How about you? Did you complete your May projects?


Linking to:

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/06/small-projects-sew-along-finale.html

I Love, LOVE Making Handbags


I really do. I guess I just love to craft and make stuff.

This is my latest creation. A quilted handbag. With a coordinated little zippered clutch. I have been working on and off on this set for a couple weeks.

I showed you my fabric pull three weeks ago. Remember? I used all of these except the scripted fabric on the left and the avocado polka dots.

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From That to This…

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The handbag is quilted, lined, has one small inside pocket, has a swivel hook on the inside to hang keys from. Handles are dark brown wood. With magnetic closure. You can see the hardware and buttons I used here in this photo.

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Photos of the inside.

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Bottom and side views.

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Zippered bag was made from the same fabric pull plus leftover strips from the handbag. I am so drawn to these little bags. I plan to make lots more.

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How cute is this orange kitty cat zipper pull!!

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It came from MiMi’s Etsy shop. She has them in lots of colors.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MiMisBeads

I didn’t have a pattern for either. Just worked from the vision in my head. Colors are green, rust and peach.

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Handbag measures 15″ across the top, 10 1/2″ along the bottom, 11 1/4″ height, 4″ width. From handle to bottom: 17 3/4″. Zippered bag measures 10″ by 7″.

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I am 67, and Lord willing, I hope to be around long enough to make thousands more items.

Have a great Memorial Day!!

Quilted Clutch Reveal Time

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The last time you saw this was when I was making my table runner. Using these same fabrics. In my mind I could see “clutch” and I was carrying it under my arm.

That vision stayed with me all through finishing up the table runner. I was thinking ahead. How many pockets? Sew through to the bottom layer? Or do all the sewing on the inside layer? Quilt top and bottom? How to combine the top to the bottom? Bias binding?

I had a lot of decisions to make.

I started off the same as when making the table runner. Same design. Though different placement of the fabrics. I was working with the last of the batch. And had to make do.

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I wanted the clutch to be sturdy, not flimsy and thin. So I quilted both sides.

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It took about a week for me to chew on how to proceed. All those questions I had asked myself. I couldn’t sew the top to the bottom until I decided.

Made the pocket first. Actually a double pocket I lined with interfacing.

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Next went on the magnetic closure. More Pellon. The thick kind.

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Only then could I sew the top to the bottom. I was feeling great about then. The end was coming into view.

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Another decision. How to form the clutch? That took a couple days of trying out different widths of binding. Single fabric. Folded fabric. Machine sew. Hand sew.

I went with a 3″ bias binding. Folded in half. Machine sewn on the bottom. Hand sewn on the top. The sides were kind of tricky. I made a sandwich with the bias binding, sewed them together and then opened them up to hand sew along the edges.

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The wine broach-like pin on the front came from JoAnn’s Drapery Department. I saw it and loved it. Looks so much better than the buttons I had planned to use.

The FRONT.

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The BACK.

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It’s a nice sized bag and measures 14″ by 10″. It can hold a little.

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Or a lot.

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Now I have to decide. List it on Etsy. Or keep it. I found one shirt in my closet I can wear with it.

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Macrame Purses: Before & After

Tuesday, June 10

I know, I know.. it took me awhile to circle back around to work on these macrame purses. I bet you thought I had forgotten.

On 5-21 I posted, More Macrame Purses Coming. And true to my word, here they are.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Used 113 yards of 6mm braided macrame cord.

Measurements:

  • Length 12 1/2″
  • Height without handles 9″
  • Height with handles 14″
  • Width 1 1/2″

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Used 98 yds of 6mm braided macrame cord.

Measurements:

  • Length 10″
  • Height without straps 8 1/4″
  • Height with straps 12″
  • Width 1 1/2″

I have made many macrame purses over the years but had never tried either of these designs before. Both purses were really easy. Only had to consult the instructions twice. Once for the brown one, when creating and attaching the flap and another time for the lavender one, when creating the “V” shape in the front and back. Anyway you slice it, a square knot is a square knot. I can usually look at the picture and figure it out. Like cooking your favorite dish. You don’t need to look any longer at the recipe.

I am hoping the brown purse is a hit with a chat buddy of mine. She asked me to make her a macrame purse several months ago. She knew I was just getting back into macraming so said there was no rush. Not really sure what she would like, I searched through my macrame purse books and selected this one. I changed up a bit from the original instructions. I added the beads on differently and made it wider and longer. So after looking at the directions to add on the flap, it was just me and the knots, going to town.

The lavender purse was fun to make. So much fun, I have already started another one in peach and will probably make several more in summer colors. No added cost for a purse handle. It is all cord. And quite easy to make. I don’t think I will sew buttons on any of the others. I only added buttons to the lavender one since, # 1, it is Button Month, and # 2, I had a lot of lavender and purple buttons to use up.

There are so many other things you can make with macrame cord. Not sure if you have ever seen or heard of the Chinese Crown Knot. It is really a cool knot. Very easy to make. You only need two hands and a pair of knees. This knot can be used in so many ways. I have used it in plant hangers, candles, corn stalks, animal noses, snakes and bracelets. Once I get over my obsession with purses, I will show you how to create things using it.


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/

1520 Macrame Knots

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Wow!! Is this HUGE or what!! I wanted to make a big purse but didn’t think it would make up this large. There are 1520 macrame knots in this purse. I counted them. Well, actually I counted two rows to double check the count and multiplied by the number of rows. 😀

And the purse used 258 yards of cords. It will hold a lot of stuff. I bet it will hold a laptop. Maybe TWO laptops!!

It took several days working on and off to complete. My hands, fingers and arms ached and got tired so I worked about five rows at a time.

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I took frequent breaks to rest them and once pulled out my smelly and stinky Jointritis to rub gently on my right arm. Whenever I use it, I am REALLY in pain. It smells so awful and lingers until my next shower. 😀

This is how much I had knotted after a day and a half.

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Purse was made similar to the other cream one I blogged about, just larger and with only one row of wooden beads.

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It was tied with the beginning Square Knot Sections, 18 rows of Alternating Square Knots, one beaded section and then 12 more rows of Alternating Square Knots. I could have used an extra pair of knees when closing up the bottom.

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Not sure what I will do with it. For now, I am just enjoying looking at it.

Measurements: Length 19 1/2″, Height without straps 14″ and width 2″ at its widest, the bottom. Straps measure 26 1/2″.

Macrame Cord: 6mm Braided in cream

258 Yards Used:

  • 3 yard cords for body (72)
  • 6 yard cords for straps (4)
  • 4 1/2 yard cords for straps (4)

Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/