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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: September 30, 2014 07:37:33 PM
I decided that making another batch of soup would have to wait so I could sneak in one more project this month!

Prompt:  Flash Mob- September- Game of Life
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Liner
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435952.0
Brief Description: Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!   Grin  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Project Picture:

Sideways picture of the outside of the bag:

The inside of the bag with the removable liner:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Lining- Made from a Bedhseet Storage Bag! w/Tute! on: September 30, 2014 07:29:57 PM
Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!  Cheesy  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...

Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Here's the finished bag:

It doesn't look too special, but I decided that I needed to add a liner to it:

And, in case you have a few empty sheet bags hanging around and want to make your own, here's how I did it!

Materials: Empty sheet bag (this was from a set of Queen-sized sheets), Clear vinyl, Coordinating double-fold bias tape, thread, plastic cable ties {Not shown: Clear packing tape, scissors, sewing machine}

1. Measure the bag to determine the size of the vinyl liner. In my case, the bag was 9 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches across, and 6 inches deep, and it was a boxy shape. To save myself from having to sew a seam at the bottom, I cut along the fold, which meant I needed a little math. I added half of the depth to the height of the bag, and added the depth to the width measurement, plus seam allowance for the side seam (I used 1/4" seams). So, my piece of vinyl was 12 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long (12 1/2 inches folded). I realize that isn't the clearest explanation, so I can try to add a diagram with my measurements later.

2. Next, I cut notches out of the corners (3 inches up from the bottom fold and 3 1/4 inches from the side seam).

3. I folded the bias tape over the side seams and stitched them down along the edge of the bias tape (about 1/4" seam).

4. Next, I folded the bias tape over the top edge and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape.

5. To make the box corners, I flattened the corners, bringing the edges together (I pretty much learned how to do this from the Jordy Bag tutorial).

6. Then, I folded the bias tape over the edges and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape. I did this on both sides.

7. Here's the completed liner!

8. Next, I wanted to add a bit of support to the opening of the bag. You could probably skip this step because the liner gives the bag a decent shape, but if you don't use a liner, it'll help to keep the bag open so it's easier to put the trash into it. So, the first thing I did was to open up about an inch along the top edge seam. I opened it from the inside, along the back edge.

9. Then, I cut the cable ties to fit the measurements of each side (mine were each 6 inches long), and then I taped them together with clear packing tape, leaving a tiny gap between the ends of the ties so I could bend the form at the corners.

10. Thread the ties through the opening and wiggle it through so that the corners of the form match up with the corners of the bag. I didn't stitch the opening closed when I was finished in case I need to adjust the ties later.

11. Finally, I stitched a piece of bias tape onto the back side of the bag body (just below the top seam), and stitched the edges of the bias tape together (which I should have done first, but I didn't think about it in time).

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry on: September 29, 2014 05:42:28 PM
I hope so, too! We used to win on a regular basis, but two other teams joined forces, and now they're dominating (we call them "Team Google" because grown men should just not know some of the things they know...).
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: September 29, 2014 05:40:19 PM
Dinner was cooking, and now that the first part is cooked, I'm too tired to do the rest... So I'm checking out projects instead! So much good stuff!!

gozer, I didn't play video games as a kid, but pac-man was a big one bacl then, and I love your coin purse! And, I really like your Perler bead kitty. I have Perler beads somewhere, and I really should dig them out! They really look like a nice, fun, easy craft! And, holy cow! I love your steampunk dogs (great idea to make them into notecards, too!). Your Skull & Raven came out amazing- I love the black and red combo, and I like how it doesn't scream skulls, but needs a second look. I'd totally carry that bag around with me.

LovelyMiss, what a great idea to make a bunch of bags for the Days for Girls pads! I am still amazed by how many sets you make and send away! And, cross-stitch Steve came out great! Cross-stitch is a natural for pixel art, isn't it?

vincentvanbuck, I really like your apple TM patch! I love how you stitched the fabric patten inside the apple- it gives the patch some great texture! I like your Clue-themed patch, too. you picked a perfect background fabric!

storerboughtcreations, your little pixel dinosaurs are super cute, as are your ornaments! Needlepoint also lends itself very well to pixel art!

crazyda79, your ring looks great, in spite of all of the difficulties you had making it. Love your pencil box, too (frogs!!). And, your tealight snowmen are adorable and it's awesome that they make carrot noses when they're lit up!

GenesisAzrael, great dice! I'm impressed with how neat the cubes are! I have a feeling that if I tried it, it'd be a quite a bit less cube-shaped! And, your rainbow snowflake is fantastic! What will you use it for?

FreakieGeekie, nice hat and I really, really like the color. I'l have to check out that yarn the next time I'm in the store- it looks nice and chunky!

Ludi, fantastic coaster! But, I'd never be able to put a drink on top of it... I'd have to use it as a lid for a box of plain, boring coasters instead! Nice job on the mop covers, but I, too, wonder where the embroidery is Wink  But, I guess utilitarian is good every once in a while Grin

Ankhored, I never heard of the Fun Fair game before, but I am impressed that you made your own version of it when you couldn't find one to buy! The playing counters came out really well- nice detail! Your Ah-Choo is also really cute (and yet another game I'm not familiar with). Your name plaque came out great, and it's such a clever way to personalize something! Love your cup of tea drawing- that must have taken quite a bit of time to get the spots so uniformly sized!

Calabaza, what a GREAT idea to make the flaps on the bag interchangable! So often, I stick with the same bag because it's a hassle to switch out all of my stuff, but switching the flap would be so much easier!! Brilliant! And, good idea to make your dresses wardrobe malfunction-proof! Smiley

artsycandice, excellent progress on your Research Project. Can't wait to see the finished product!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: September 29, 2014 03:49:50 PM
Okay, I know I have to go back and check out all of the projects I've missed in the last couple of weeks, but I need to post this quickly, and then get started on dinner... and then work on my September Flash Mob (because I forgot that I have plans to go to the movies tomorrow night!).

Prompt: September Battle- Board Games!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435924.0#axzz3EkPWbnj0

Brief Description: In my teens, Trivial Pursuit was the hot game to play, and my friends and I played it regularly. Now, I play weekly team trivia at a local restaurant, and we haven't been doing so well, lately. So, if I wear this to our next game, hopefully it'll bring back some trivia mojo!

Project Picture:

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry on: September 29, 2014 03:40:16 PM
Almost every Wednesday night, I get my geek on and play team trivia at a local restaurant. Since we haven't been doing so well lately, I decided that I needed a Trivial Pursuit necklace, to use as a trivia talisman, of sorts.

Here's how I made it:

Materials- Trivial Pursuit "Pie Pieces," accent beads, Sharpie, beading pliers, small drill bit (the one I used is 1/16"), bead findings (I used a head pin instead of the jump rings) and not shown, a drill, a clamp, clear packing tape, scrap of wood

1. Decide how you would like your pieces to be arranged. I found it handy to stick them to a piece of packing tape to keep them from shifting around.

2. Use the Sharpie to mark the locations of the drill holes {note: I didn't mark the top and bottom, but it might have helped to align the holes a bit better.}.

3. Before drilling, tape the sides of the pieces so they don't go flying across the room.

4. Carefully, drill through the pieces. It would be very wise to use a clamp to hold the pieces together while drilling {protect your fingers!} and to also use a piece of scrap wood under your work {protect your table!}. My drill bit wasn't long enough, so I needed to drill from each side.

5. Once the holes are drilled, thread the beads and pie pieces onto a head pin.

6. Using your beading pliers. make a loop at the top, and trim off any excess head pin. String onto a chain or string and wear with pride!

Note: The pieces have a tendency to flip around on the head pin, so if this annoys you as much as it annoys me, you may want to add a dab of jewelry glue (like E-6000) to secure them (and I'll do this as soon as I find where I stashed the tube of glue).

Now, I just need to see if it brings us any luck. If not, I might have to make some matching earrings to boost the mojo!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:Sept. 16- Oct. 6, 2014; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 on: September 28, 2014 05:53:22 PM
I love that more folks who have never made TM patches before are joining in! And, for those who are still thinking about it (for example: Ludi, Abbeeroad, Craftsunderground, crazyda79), I hope you're able to join in as well!

There were so many cool techniques used in the last round! I think I'm going to try at least one new technique this round.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Half Bath to Wunderkammer project on: September 28, 2014 08:52:02 AM
I can't wait to see how you transform this space, Ludi! I just know I am going to have bathroom envy Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 28, 2014 08:51:06 AM
gozer, I agree with bunny1kenobi! You can do it! For me, the hardest part would be cutting out all of the squares!

And, Ludi, that is an amazing idea for a bathroom! I can't wait to see how you transform it! There is a local science museum (The Ecotarium) and one of their exhibits is called "The Curator's Workshop" and it's set up like a tiny office and loaded with skulls, feathers, rocks, and all kinds of interesting things to examine. It's one of my favorite places to visit in the museum, and since the "curator" is almost always a different person (I visit once a year on a field trip), I always learn something new! If I visited your house, I'd probably never leave the bathroom Grin

I made progress on my Research Project last weekend! I finally set up the second set of wire shelving (I've had it since the start of the summer) and loaded it up. I emptied two tall, narrow bookshelves that were holding food and cookware. I moved one of the bookshelves to the other side of the kitchen (not sure if it's staying there), and the other one is currently blocking half of the doorway Smiley I haven't decided where to put it. I got side-tracked by the need to clear the way for a freezer delivery (a chest freezer that is now sitting in the dining room... It's much bigger than I realized, but the basement is too icky (and doesn't have an outlet) for me to put it down there. Now that I've gotten that task out of the way, I can re-focus on the kitchen!

And, I don't know how it got to be the end of September already! I have to plan out my September Battle project (I know what it is, I just have to decide on the arrangement of the pieces) and then I need to remind myself of the Flash Mob so I can do that, too!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Explore the World Shadow Boxes on: September 28, 2014 08:29:44 AM
manja_is, I think I got the frames at Michael's. And, you've reminded me that I should post an updated photo! I finally got the little globes, so I need to put it in the frame and re-photograph it Smiley
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