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pink stiletto
Dec 31, 2005
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Ozma posted:

And, in my opinion, if you just have room and time it's not a big leap from making a pillow to a quilt if you're up for it. You may be more interested in sewing clothes, but quilting is handy. Just putting together a simple patchwork or square quilt is pretty easy, in my opinion. It helps teach you to be very exact with cutting and with sewing, which is something I still kind of struggle with. I don't like to be really careful about seam allowances but quilting forces you to do that if you want even a simple design to stay lined up.

Sorry for pimping quilting so much, I'm just curled up under the fruits of my labor so I felt the need to preach. :)

I've really been wanting to start quilting lately. How long would you think it would take a beginner to make a smallish quilt (just large enough to cover me, I suppose)? I'm terrible about just eyeballing things, so I think it might help me to actually measure things and be careful about seam allowances. Pretty sure I could at least piece it together myself. Luckily my mom used to quilt many years ago and volunteered to help with it once I've got it pieced together. I just need some sort of push to get started on this thing. Hmm...maybe an inspirational trip to the fabric store is in order...

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pink stiletto
Dec 31, 2005
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guaranteed posted:

You can buy fabric already cut to 5" squares (search for charm packs) or in rolls of 2 1/2" strips (search for jelly rolls), and patterns to go with them. The fabric is usually a bit more expensive than Joann's would have, but it's really nice to work with. fatquartershop.com is good, and so is abbimays.com, and connectingthreads.com has a more limited but cheaper line.

You are my hero now! This sounds like it will make my first quilt a lot easier. Already cut AND color coordinated.

pink stiletto
Dec 31, 2005
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Nystral posted:

I need help.

I want to build my own backpack. I have an idea of what I want, essentially a basic box 17"x13"x4" with a drawstring top, flip over top with velcro fasteners, and seat belt material for the strips. I was thinking canvas or some heavy duty cotton as an exterior fabric, with a liner of a softer fabric.

Now the twist.

I have never sewed in my life. I can understand the basic concepts behind what I want to create.

IE create exterior of bag inside out, same with the lining. When adding the padding I place that in between my my exterior and interior, attach straps, sew everything up.

How do I sew the lining (inside of the bag) to the exterior of the bag? What would be the best way to attach the straps to the bag?

Craftster.org has a whole lot of cool bag tutorials. I've been making tote bags like crazy and they helped get me started. Once you learn the basic principal it can easily be adapted.

pink stiletto
Dec 31, 2005
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I'm most definitely a novice, but I do know how to use my sewing machine. Here are a few projects I've worked on this week.


Tote bag for a friend's birthday. She made me a cute felted pillow that looks like my parrot for my birthday, so I felt her gift should also be handmade.


I used heavier fabric to make for a sturdier bag. The inside and front pocket are fully lined. Ever since I learned how to make lined tote bags through a few online tutorials I've been obsessed. I got the most help from Sew, Mama, Sew.


Apartment Therapy had a little blurb on making covers for couch pillows. It seemed like a cheap way to make the pillows my couch came with a little brighter.


It's just an envelope style, so I can easily change it out. I'm thinking of doing different colors for different seasons.

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