Monday, February 3, 2014

She Who Sews blog hop



I don't know about you, but when I saw this line of fabric from Quilting Treasures, 
my heart skipped a beat!
Yes, it was hard to find, but well worth the search for sure!
I seem to be in an "old as new" frame of mind recently. 
Maybe it's those dreams of making this old body new again!
But I realized that ship has sailed!
LOL!!

So next is best.

 I've long be captivated by these dish washing tab containers from bulk food places like Costco and Sam's Club.
They are such great containers...
and a nice size for a little trash can in my sewing room! 


A perfect place to show off those adorable ladies!



Did Madame Samm not just announce a ruffle blog hop recently?
Hey Samm, does this count? 
:-)
Oh never mind, I know the answer already!
tee hee!


 In the interest of sharing everything, the good the bad and the ugly, I must admit, that once it was done, I was a little disappointed in myself for not backing my piece before putting it on the bucket.
I did not want to line it, since it was a trash can.  It would make it too hard to get all the little strings and things out, but I am not wild about seeing thru it once it was done.
Oh well, I guess I really don't spend a lot of time staring into my trash can anyway!
But it's a good lesson for next time!

Next up was to re-dress a wooden doll that was in my sewing room.


My little pin cushion helper so to say.
These little  2 foot tall girls were the mainstay of my crafting career. I can't begin to tell you how many I made over the years.  All I know is, I curled raffia hair with a curling iron for hours on end and  burned out at least 10 of the darn things over the years!  LOL!

I still had some of this delicious fabric left,
so it was time to take it out of the sewing room.


I love these Professional Totes.
UPDATE:
Here is a link to the pattern from  The Creative Thimble
So many have asked...


So many cool pockets and these great snug up side pockets that are perfect for so many things.
Like water bottles!


I travel with them all the time, and the travel strap on the back slides right over the handle on your luggage. Makes it a breeze to get thru the airport with.

My favorite part of these bags, are all the compartments and zipper pockets.
They are so hard to show once the bag is made...


The photos below show the compartments in the center as your putting it together.


If you have never made one, this looks very strange, I know. Trust me, 
when it gets stitched into the side seams it all makes perfect sense.


More pockets

Key clips, and pen pocket


Cell phone or camera holder!
Really they have thought of everything in this bag and it's all secure with zippers and velcro.

WHEW, this post is long! So glad you stuck with me thru it all.
Give a way time.

 Snap tape bags!
Just one more thing I did with this great fabric...
 How'd you like to win one of them?
They area a big 14"x17", perfect for all those projects you might need to tote.

Just leave me a comment, and I will be picking 1 winner on Feb 6th. 
(sorry, the rest of em have been spoken for)
LOL!!

A big thanks to Madame Samm and Carla, for a fun filled couple of weeks. These are my fellow bloggers anxiously waiting to share their creations with you today. Make sure you drop in and say "hey"!   :-)
                                                      February 4th


106 comments:

  1. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity no matter what the project or fabric or challenge.

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  2. What fun projects! I especially love that tote!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Wozers! I love your projects. The trash can is a great idea. And that bag is fabulous. And the little dress on the doll is so cute! Great job. Thank you so much for sharing.
    xo jan

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  4. OOOOOooooOOOOoooo....wowee...such a busy little moose!!! LOVE the bucket....so absolutely CUTE and resourceful too...(I think our cats might donate one of their litter buckets to me...I will play...in May..when I have a free day...) Love dollies new threads!!! She is one stylin chip off the ole block! And the TOTE!!! Now you are going to make me dig for that pattern (I KNOW it's around....somewhere) because I've never made it - yours is TRULY the best version I've seen! Kudos kiddo!!!!

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  5. Never thought of doing that for a waste basket! It looks great. I don't mind that it is see through at all !!
    The bag is wonderful. I do like the idea of all those pockets for all the goodies we carry. Just imagine how much fabric will fit in there when you go shopping?
    Love the little snap bags. Lovely way to use little pieces.
    Now I had to smile when I saw the doll. here we go again. I think I started teaching doll making in classes about 20 years ago. It worries me as to how many I have made over the years!

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  6. You always amaze me with your wonderful creations in each hop! Had to run to the garbage can to retrieve the plastic bucket, lol! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. You're killing me with that tote. Incredible. Nice job. Trash can - Did you glue the fabric to the plastic? I love those little tubs too. Your snap bags are adorable. adorable.

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  8. You are sew crafty! I love the trash container idea. Now my sewing room trash bucket needs a makeover. Maybe I will "ruffle it up" for that hop ... thanks for the idea. I can be the "other sewing trash can lady" !! Just kidding. I am going to figure out how to ruffle my sewing room trash can, though. Not for the hop. Just 'cause I want one.

    No chance I am ever going to become "the other raffia hair curling lady" ... these look adorable, but the work is beyond my skills.

    Your professional tote looks very professional ... you could sell these ... not kidding ... :) Pat

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  9. What a great idea for a waster basket! I used to buy cat litter is a huge bin and was saving one. One day a friend asked for it for her dog food and I let her have it. How many times I have wished I still had that large bin. Now I buy cat litter in a jug that has a small mouth (comparatively). The whole top was open on the other one. Anyhow, live and learn. I've learned that she wasn't raised to be a giver. I don't need the tub anyway and there's plenty more in this house I could you to bless others, if I would just do it. Of course, I'm always anxious to see what you have to share with us. I think you could at least repost a pic of your trash can on ruffle day, eh? I know you'll have a new spectacular project. The dolly is adorable. I chuckled at your burning up 10 curling irons. Recently I've been going through hair dryers. My hair isn't that long. I guess when my hair was to my waist for years and years, I didn't dry it with a dryer - I just let it air dry and now that I'm old - I use a dryer from time to time. I did find out they overheat and need to cool down, too! Another lesson learned after throwing one away. The tote is magnificent. I'm going to Albuquerque in June for two weeks to be grandma to the two grandboys there. I'm always looking for a great carry on tote. Today I went to the eye doctor (100 mi trip each way - yep, he's a specialist). I didn't know how long it would take with the snow, so I was early. I took some hand stitching with me. I knew I probably wouldn't have to wait long, so I didn't take much and I had plenty. I just put one Grandmother's Flower Garden in the bag and I think I hand pieced in two hexies. The snap bag would be perfect for those. Those 1" hexies can disappear at the drop of a hat. I made an individual design board for a block (Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet's idea) and I use it for them now. I love see all your wonderful projects. As usual, thanks for participating in the hop and inspiring me. I just wish I'd get something finished. I'm working on it, I'm working on it - just not fast enough to suit me.

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  10. I have been saving one of those Cascade bucket and now I know what for. It is rufflelicious. And that tote, I think I might have to make one of those. Very stylish in that fabric line, Beautiful work!

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  11. I just can't decide which I like best...the bag and the doll are a tie for first...I like the little trash can cover and the zipper bags too. This has been the best blog hop ever. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  12. I'm in love with your tote. Where can I get the pattern?

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  13. I have made a bag like yours several years ago and it is very good to travel with. I also use it to carry my lap top. It took some time to sew it, but it was worth it. I love your tote made of this wonderful design. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  14. Great job. Love all your projects, but that tote bag is amazing!!

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  15. What great projects and the ruffled bins, great try….but for this hop they are perfect as this a themed one…and alll of your sewing treasures are just that ….treasures…love them allllll.

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    1. the tote, is really the most amazing tote I have ever seen. I am not a tote carrying kind of mdm, but even this one would change my mind wink...

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  16. What great projects. I love the bag, what pattern did you use? :)

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  17. Your trash can is the prettiest trash can in the history of trash lol! And the big tote bag is fantastic as well. Thanks for the chance to win a snap tape bag...they're great too!

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  18. As usual, I love your projects! Using the detergent container is brilliant -- I love the way they turned out and am always a fan of recycling! And the professional tote is fabulous -- I keep wanting to try something like that but I'm not as talented (or as patient) as you are. Maybe this year! :)

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  19. Whoa, what a terrific display of projects - perfect for this fabric! Love the trash can, what a great recycle/repurpose project! Your little sewing doll is adorable, and the array of Snap bags feature the fabric so well! But that bag! Perfection. So it's called the Professional Tote - I'll have to check it out. Well done!!

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  20. I never thought of a trash can cover but I love it! And like you I have some of those containers I just can't bear to part with there have to be more uses for them, right? But that bag is awesome! I'd love to know about the pattern and maybe where I could find it? blessings, marlene

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  21. Joan; u outdid yourself!!! I want that bag.....lol. Fantastic

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  22. Great ideas and projects!! I really like/want them all. :) Thanks for the give away!
    Lynn

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  23. BEAUTIFUL! I need to get my hands on dome of this fabric! It is just sew darn cute!

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  24. Love all your projects! And love the professional tote! I have some fabric left over from my projects and just last night I was wondering how it would look as a professional tote. So I was very excited to see yours this morning! Love the red cording!

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  25. All of your projects are sew cute. Love the idea of covering the trash can. Thanks for the great giveaway. I have been wanting to make one of these snap bags and haven't gotten it done yet.

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  26. You really went all out! That bag is impressive! It is so professional looking. The trash can for the sewing room is inspired. how in the world did you do it? You have the best ideas. I have little bits of fabric I love all over the place. I should consider making some snap-tape bags, then I can carry my fabrics along with me. I am glad I stopped by.

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  27. Oh my.... so many great projects! I guess I'm really impressed by that bag with a place for everything. And tossing trash has never been so lovely! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. I love the tote, I am a real bag lady, the covered trash can is cute, I am wondering whether to make one to hold my rulers ans stuff, they never seem to stay where I want them. I could put pockets on to hold the rotary cutters and other small things.

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  29. Wonderful projects. I just keep the dishwasher detergent thingys and keep buying the smaller bags of pods and dumping them in there...now I will have to buy another one to make a trash can. Beautiful bag, love all the pockets etc.

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  30. I just love your trash basket and travel bag! They are wonderful! Please enter me in the drawing for the cute snap bag.

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  31. Awesome. I'd love my trash to look so pretty.

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  32. I love that fabric. Wonder if it is still available.

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  33. What great projects and love that bag! I would love to win one of your snap bags!

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  34. Love the snap bag...where did you get the pattern for these wonderful projects?

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  35. Gotta make me a trash can! I'll line mine tho (wink). I love the pro bag with all the pockets and the re-do of the doll is just too sweet. Now I wished that I had kept mine over the years. Hadn't thought of making the snap bags BIG. Mine are just small.

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  36. You are so creative. Great idea to recycle those plastic tubs. I have a ton of them and I'm always thinking I shoud cover the outside of them with something.
    Thank bag, I want. Where did you get the pattern? Is it a pattern you drew up?
    I love those snap bags. They are always handy and what a great use of the panels.
    Thanks for hopping and showing some great projects. I'm inspired.

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  37. Joan, you know I love seeing your name on the list of these hops! You always make the coolest stuff!! I have three of the Cascade tubs holding my scrap squares. I keep telling myself that I am going to prettify them up with fabric one of these days!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag! I could have 500 bags and still be jealous of someone else's new bag!! Now, I think I need that pattern!!! Great job on all your projects!

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  38. I really love all the projects, Joan, especially the bag. You can never have too many pockets. Great idea for the trash can, too. I use a round basket that would be easy to cover like that. And I have a sewing doll almost like that. So thanks for all the inspiration. Great job!

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  39. I LOVE your Professional Tote. I'd like to get my hands on the pattern if could share that information. Very creative projects you've chosen for a stunning line of fabric. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  40. What a great use for those containers!! That's perfect!
    The professional bag is beautiful! Wow!

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  41. Wow, I was really wowed by all of your projects, especially the professional tote bag you made. Where can I get the pattern? sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

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  42. I always love what youmake and this blog hop has been no exception! Have been eyeing the professional tote pattern at my lqs for some time and will be picking it up and this fabric tomorrow!

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  43. I love how you used the Cascade crate! Very clever. The tote is spectacular. It has so many great storage places and is wonderful in that fabric.

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  44. Everything you do is amazing! Just love this blog site. Great idea for those Cascade containers. I'll have to make sure my husband doesn't throw it out! Thanks for all the neat ideas.

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  45. Everything you do is amazing! Just love this blog site. Great idea for those Cascade containers. I'll have to make sure my husband doesn't throw it out! Thanks for all the neat ideas.

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  46. You really made amazing projects using this fabric...love them all! This is just the greatest idea for recycling those containers. Your doll and bag are amazing!

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  47. You have been a very busy lady with lots fun projects--excellent job! I love that large tote with sew many pockets, and putting a strap on for the airport was just pure genius. How often do we overlook ways to make our lives easier. I always enjoy your posts and projects!

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  48. Love the fabric and the projects you have created from it. Great idea for those containers we seem to accumulate.

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  49. Great minds think alike! I love how you took the plastic container and re-purposed it. I recently did that with a plastic round sugar container. I think I felt the need to do it, not just because I needed a caddy for all my pens, pencils, scissors, etc, but the fact that sugar was no longer going to be sold in the paper bag and since I was paying for the plastic anyway, way not put it to good use. Fortunately the company must have done only a limited number since I still see the good old familiar paper sacks in the store. Thanks for sharing your great projects/ideas.

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  50. Love that bag! Thanks for sharing all of your projects and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  51. Your projects are adorable! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  52. What a WONDERFUL trash bag for your sewing room! And I love, love your bag! All those pockets and places to hide things. Thank you for sharing your talent. I loved all of your projects! :)

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  53. Well, all I can say is WAOH with a huge big W!!!! I like the idea of your now very nice trash bag, but you know what, your tote is just SUPERBE!!!!! Waoh, again, LOL

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  54. AWESOME projects! I LOVE the garbage bucket! It's almost too pretty to throw trash in! haha! The bag is fantastic too. Wasn't this a fabulous line to create with!?

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  55. I loved your portrayal of the professional tote. The fabric was/is amazing. How many did you make? I made one and love it (so I don't need yours, thanks--don't worry about me entering the drawing)....I want to make some more. It wasn't really hard--just a lot of steps. I even taught another lady here in Poland how to make one--she is so proud of hers!

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  56. wow! I love everything you made Kathy

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  57. Love that trash can... a great way to reuse something and a great way to spruce up your sewing area!

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  58. What a clever trash can you have made! I must make one too. I'll bet your sewing room doll likes her new dress, and I absolutely LOVE the tote!! Gotta get the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  59. Love the trashcan project...all these are wonderful!

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  60. Ooooh! Love that Professional Tote - so many extra features that make it awesome!! Thanks for sharing in the hop and giving away a Snap Tap bag!!

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  61. Wow, you really went to town with this fabric! Such cool stuff. I would have done the trash can cover the same way. I actually think it looks cool to be able to see the fabric from the inside too.

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  62. Now I will need to save the tubs that the dishwasher tabs come in! That is so cute as are all the other things you made. What a fun fabric to work with.

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  63. I love your tote and trash can project!!

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  64. Your trash can, doll and Professional Tote are so gorgeous!!! I adore this fabric and you have certainly made some amazing things! Thank you for sharing your projects!

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  65. Great ideas! I love everything! I was trying to pick one but I couldn't. Too Cute!!!

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  66. Great ideas! I love everything! I was trying to pick one but I couldn't. Too Cute!!!

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  67. That Tote is amazing - so many handy pockets and love that strap that fits over the luggage handle - how coolio is that! Love your rubbish bin and doll too - she is awfully cute - what a sweetie to have in the sewing room with you. Great projects all.

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  68. Brilliant idea to cover the tub. As usual, all of your projects are beautiful, very creative and simply amazing!

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  69. I really like your tote bag...thanks for the link. A trash can cover for the cascade bucket was a super idea ! Great work Joan !

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  70. Ha ha! That was such a long post I forgot what the first project was. It's either my age or I was so fixed on the gorgeous tote. My kinda tote. Oh, now I remember. The absolutely greatest "repurpose" project--the waste basket. And it is beyond neat!

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  72. LOVE the tote. I will have to run over and find the pattern:)

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  73. You definitely showed this fabric to its best advantage. Just one project cuter than the last one. Thanks for sharing and I am hoping I am the lucky winner.

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  74. Hmmm...what can I put those sticky little dishwashing tablets into so I can have the container! Love your sewing threads and snips receptacle. Fabulous travel bag with such a perfect luggage strap on the back. I am totally smitten with "She Who Sews" fabrics. You are sew generous to give a snap bag away. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  75. I messed up so I'll try this again. I always look forward to the projects you will come up with.

    I am just mad over the scrap basket. Maybe I could use one of the empty ice-melter buckets I have here. (Lord knows, I've used enough of that stuff this winter). lol
    Anyway..I love all of your efforts , well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  76. So incredibly creative! Love your trash basket! Looks too pretty to put trash into!! I LOVE your tote bag! Completely amazing!! If it's ever missing, you might check over here LOL!!!!!

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  77. Wow you were very busy. A great idea for the trash can. Thanks for having a give away and for the chance to win.

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  78. Ohh I love that tote. You are right - it's perfect for traveling. And this fabric makes it delightful to look at too! Thanks for the link to the pattern. And I love the wastebasket! I never would have thought of making a wastebasket pretty! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win one of your fun creations!

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  79. Your projects turned out great! I would love to win your bag, it's too cute. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a bag.

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  80. You came up with inspiring projects! Now my husband is going to think I have gotten crazier than he already thinks I am when I start saving those food containers. I would love to win one of your bags

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  81. Your bag is awesome! the fabric suited the bag perfectly, but my favorite thing was the trash can! whimsical...wonderful!

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  82. I really loved all of your projects, very creative and fun ideas. I especially love the tote bag with all of the lovely pockets. Thanks once again for sharing and taking such wonderful photos.

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  83. What a great tote and it looks great in these fabrics! Thanks for the link. I like your idea to pretty up a wastebasket with a cover. I had no idea you could use a curling iron on raffia without burning it. Your wooden doll looks wonderful!

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  84. oh my goodness, you have been a busy girl! I have two professional totes and love them!!! I love your little trash can. I happen to have one of those plastic containers I just emptied! great idea! thanks for the chance....

    Lorene
    qlt7scrap at gmail dot com

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  85. Oh how exciting, you made so many fun things! I love your big bag with all the pocket-goodness, especially the cinch-up one, that's a great idea. The garbage can is such a great idea, I will have to remember that. And I must say, I could use one of those bags you're offering, so thank you for the chance!
    ~Brandy

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  86. I am amazed at all the cute accessories you came up with for your sewing room. And I don't think the trash can looks bad at all…you could always put a plastic bag in there to line it, and then you wouldn't notice the back of the fabric!

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  87. What wonderful use of this fabric. Love the covered trash can. Good use of the panel. And so many neat pockets and pouches on your tote bag. Very pretty and creative stitching.

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  88. Your tote is fabulous and I really love that trash can cover. A great upcycle!

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  89. Love that fabric and your scraps can, is a delight!
    Guess you could line the interior with that old fashioned Fablon if seeing the backside of the fabric really annoys you.
    Least its smooth finish would still allow you to pick up the itsy bitsy bits easily still.
    The tote is perfect in that fabric too lol a real conversation piece I imagine!!

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  90. I really enjoyed all of your projects. The fabric is just too cute. Thanks for letting me be in your drawing.

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  91. Wow - you made so much! I would adore to win one of those - thanks for the opp!

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  92. Oh I just love all the great things you made with this fabric. And to be totally honest, I wondered as I opened your post on my computer if you had found a way to make a moose with that line. That would have been very interesting but I'm glad you found other great ideas to use it for.

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  93. I really love your idea for the sewing room trash can. I have made the snap bags in the small size, but never one this big. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  94. Hoooola, me ha gustado mucho tu idea del cubo de basura, muchas gracias por inspirarnos

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  95. LOVE the Professional Tote - I'm heading over to check out the pattern. The large snap tape bags are wonderful. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  96. I love your trash can. How creative! You might be giving me ideas.

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  97. You are one very creative lady! I love the snap tape bags! Thanks for sharing your ideas & for the great giveaway.

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  98. I love these fabrics! Great projects too. Thanks for the chance to win a snap bag! hugs

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  99. I love the trash can, to cool, a thought here tho.. you could get those small white garbage bags (I think they are made by glad) and use those to line first, then place your cover over it. I do like all the other projects, but am sad that I couldn't get here before today for the giveaway...

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  100. Hi There! Very cute can and pin cushion helper. However, I love your professional tote, all the pockets and how you used our She Who Sews fabrics Brilliant job! J. Wecker Frisch

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  101. As always, fabulous projects. I love the recycled bin/wastebasket. I don't think it's possible to make something that's NOT cute out of this fabric.

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  102. You did a wonderful job on all of your projects. Love, Love them.

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