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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

REVERSIBLE HANDBAG WITH RE-PURPOSED HANDLES

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 I wanted to make my Granddaughter a purse for her birthday. I wanted something simple, but with sturdy handles. I first made one for myself with this design, but will make hers  smaller. This uses re-purposed handles from 5 gallon jugs.

Materials and Tools

Materials

(2) Handles from 5 - gallon jugs
Duct tape
Fabric (approximately 1/2 yard each of 2 fabrics)
Thread to match the  fabric









Tools

Hacksaw
Utility knife
File (optional)
Sewing machine
Iron
Scissors
Straight pins











Prepare handles
This is the type of 5 gallon jug I'm using. 







Use a utility knife to cut the pin connecting the handle on one side and remove it from the jug. 




Cut off the round hinges with a hacksaw. 





Cut about 1/8" out of the center of the bottom of the handle. Clean this up to make it fairly smooth with a utility knife or file.




Pattern
 This is the design I used for this handbag.
The pattern fits an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper.





Cut Fabric





Cut out (2) of each, outer fabric and lining, following the pattern.





Sew top seam
 Put (1) outer piece and (1) lining right sides together and  sew a 1/4" seam across the top.  I always double seam except for topstitching.

Press open the seam, turn right side out and press down fold on seam. This makes for a crisp fold, with the seam in the middle.



On the wrong side, fold over 1/4" on the straight edge at the top and press down.





Topstitch close to the edge from where it starts to slant to the other slant. 
You can click on the picture to make them bigger, if you can't see what I've done.




Making the handle casing
 Fold the tails in and fold at the top seam wrong sides together. Pin in place and sew a casing 1" down from the top.











Press out any creases in the body at this time.





Sewing the body
 Pin the handbag right sides together, like fabrics together. Sew 1/4" from the line at the top of the pattern (where the topstitching ends), all around to the other side to the line on that side on the outerfabric.




Do the same on the lining, except,leave an opening at the bottom to turn.

BE SURE TO MOVE THE CASING OUT OF THE WAY OF YOUR SEWING. MOVE IT SIDE TO SIDE INSIDE.
Clip the curves at bout 1" intervals and clip where the slanted part meets the straight part at the top.

Turning the piece
Turn the handbag right side out through the opening at the bottom of the lining and handstitch the opening closed.




Push the lining into the outer piece and push out all the curves.
You could probably press the handbag at this point.




Attaching the handles
Take the handles that you've prepared and thread the casing onto one side of the slit.




Cut a 3" piece of duct tape and tape up the opening in the bottom of the handle.




Slide the casing back evenly over the bottom of the handle.





Repeat with the other handle. 





TA DA!






Wednesday, April 21, 2010

PHOTO ROOM DIVIDER/SCREEN

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 I wanted a room divider/screen to have as a family tree photo display. I could not find anything I liked, so I decided to design my own and make it. 

Here is my design/concept:
This is the final product.

You can check the day to day tutorial on my main blog HERE

Or it's all in one place on Instructables, HERE

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

DECK STORAGE BENCH

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This is the storage bench I made for our deck last spring.  I use it to store the grandkids outdoor toys and other deck things for the winter.

I got the plans HERE
The plans are all on one page now.  I think there were 3 pages when I did mine. I did change out some things, though.

#1 I used composite decking instead of regular lumber, that way I won't ever have to paint it, but boy is that sucker HEAVY!


#2 Because I used composite decking, I did not curve the top, so it would have a clean manufactured edge on top.

#3 I added a 1/2 board at the bottom, since I had some left, and made the storage area deeper.

Too bad the deck looks so crummy next to it. The plan is to restain the deck this year. We got all the stain last summer, but ran outta time. One good thing tough; Gary got most of the deck cleaned last year, so the prep work won't take as long this year.

LEAF CASTING PLANTERS

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Here are my Leaf Casting Planters
I don't have any pics for a tutorial 'cause I made them last year when I had slow internet connection.
If you're interested, I'll tell you how I did them.










Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CHIMNEY BLOCK SEATING

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My Chimney block benches came through the winter fine. Of course we did put them under a roof overhang.
See that garland around the deck? That's me not getting all my Christmas decor put away yet.

Here's a couple more views.

You can find the plans on one of my sibling blogs:

CHIMNEY BLOCK BENCHES

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These are the benches I made for the play area in our yard for the Grandchildren. I made 4 of them, 2 for each of the corners by the driveway, rather than have a fence.  I was going for a look that would be cohesive with my landscape and not look totally playground. These break down for winter storage, because they had to be out of the way for snow removal.

Here's how I did them.
Make 2 for each corner you want them in.

MATERIALS:

2X6X8 Pressure Treated Boards (2 for each bench)
1X4X8 Pressure Treated Boards (3 for each bench)
2 1/2" Coated Deck Screws  (I used 3 in each 
     area of the 2X6s, total of 30) 
1 5/8" Coated Deck Screws (I used 2 in each area 
     of the 1X4s, 10 for each board, total of 60)
Chimney Blocks (2 for each bench)
Exterior Latex Paint
Deck Stain and Sealer

TOOLS:

Power Miter Saw or Table Saw
Power Drill
Small Square
Corner clamps or Band Clamp
Pipe Clamps
Paint Brush or Roller


CUTTING DIAGRAM:

STEP BY STEP:









Some pics of the final product