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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / T-shirt Yarn from the Back of the Shirt Only- Tutorial on: July 23, 2015 05:55:10 PM

A while ago, I made my sister a tote bag by using the graphic (a Boston Terrier with a moustache) from a t-shirt as an applique. I never threw out the remaining scraps, and just came across them today while doing some cleaning.

I've been meaning to try making t-shirt yarn, but every tutorial I've seen has used a shirt that is still a tube with the front and back still attached.

So, I decided to see if I could still do it by modifying the method.

First (not pictured), I trimmed the shirt back to make a rectangle. I only used the area from the armpits down, but since you're not using the front, you could easily use the entire back (and I don't know why I didn't think of that sooner!).

Next, I folded over two opposite edges by about a half of an inch. I think I had the stretch going the right way (the stretch should run from fold to fold), but I was just winging it and didn't check.

Then, using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler (alternately, you could use a ruler to draw lines and cut with scissors), I cut lines 1 inch apart between the folded edges only- do not cut into the folded over area.

If you'd like, you can trim the uncut areas to 1 inch wide (I trimmed them at the end).

Now, and here's where I crossed my fingers that I was doing it correctly, I cut the bottom and top edges. First, I cut the bottom edge- I cut one "strip" over, and then every two strips all the way across.

Next, I cut the top edge- I started two "strips" over, and then every two strips all the way across. If you did it correctly, you should end up with one continuous strip.

To eliminate little "flags" of t-shirt sticking out of the yarn, you should trim the square corners of the strip (not pictured). If you didn't trim them earlier, you can do it as part of this step. First, cut the corners at an angle (cut off little triangles). Second, cut the "height" of the edge so that it is about an inch (you'll cut off a trapezoid shape).

The rest is just like making the yarn from a whole t-shirt! Run the yarn through your hands, stretching it as you do. This will make the yarn curl up along the edges.

Finally, wind the yarn into a cute little ball!

I used the back of small girl's t-shirt, so it didn't make very much. I do have a matching shirt (the front is destined to be a pillow), so I can make some more in the same color.

Also, this shirt was 100% cotton (pre-washed), and I tore the tag off of the shirt and stuck it into the ball of yarn so I would know what it was later.

ETA: I just realized that, for the first step pictured, I could have probably folded the fabric in half and made my cuts from the folded edge to 1 inch from the cut edge. I'll try that the next time!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap? on: July 11, 2015 08:20:15 PM

So, we're planning to run another round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap (R6!), but then Watsonc7 and I were wondering if folks would be interested in an ongoing swap. I've never done (participated or organized) an ongoing swap before, so I'm looking for feedback. Would you want to participate in one? What are the pros and cons of having it set up this way (as either a participant or for the organizers)? What parameters should we have?

We can, of course, keep running it the way we've been doing it, but we were just putting feelers out! Let us know what you think!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bend it Like Beckham Pouch on: July 11, 2015 10:16:07 AM
Okay, the real name of this pouch is Bendy (I took a Craftsy class on zipper pouches, and this was one of the 3 pouches), but as I was helping my friend learn how to do the steps, I made a comment that she was ready to "bend it like Beckham!" So, that's what we started calling it.

My friend wanted to learn how to make a zipper pouch, so I showed her the basic zipper pouch (that I learned how to make from this tutorial on Craftster). I wanted to give a Bendy a try, and once my friend had the basic pouch down (the cherry print pouch in the photo), she wanted to make a Bendy, too. I had watched the Craftsy video on how to make it, and had the pattern instructions on hand, so I started mine. I stayed at least one step ahead of my friend so I could A) Show her what the next step looked like and B) Help her to avoid any mistakes (I made at least 2). She ended up making 2 pouches at the same time Smiley

Our completed set of pouches for the day: Basic zipper pouch and 3 Bendys

Close-up shot of my Bendy

Another view of my Bendy

One of the cool things about the pouch is that it stays standing when it's open or closed. It's a little smaller than I expected, but it's the perfect size to hold the cord and bag of presser feet for my sewing machine.

I'll definitely make another one, and hopefully I can figure out a way to scale it up a bit.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Everyday People Hat on: July 11, 2015 10:04:07 AM
This is the Everyday People hat (pattern link). I made it using navy Caron Simply Soft. The stripes are Caron Simply Soft (green), Red Heart Super Saver (teal), and Red Heart Sport (white). It doesn't have quite the proper "slouch" because of the yarn weight, but I think it still looks good. I'm donating it to the "closet" at school for the needy and homeless kids. I was worried that it'd be too snug with the yarn I used, so I made it in a size medium.

I really liked the extended single crochet stitch, and I think I'll try this hat again once I get some yarn of the proper weight!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Toxic Toys Shadowbox on: July 03, 2015 01:54:01 PM

My friend's grandfather used to own one of the plastic factories in the town where I work. The factory specialized in baby toys and hair combs (I think). While my friend played with these toys as a child (and turned out perfectly normal), the materials used to make the toys are now considered toxic. Her niece is having her first baby, and my friend wanted to make a shadowbox that included some of the toys. Not being a crafty individual, she enlisted my help.

First, we went through the large box of stuff and picked out some items we thought we'd like to use. Each item got cleaned up as best as we could.

My friend wanted to include a picture of the factory, but the ones that were online were of poor quality. So, we took a drive downtown and I took a picture of the factory (it's been converted into apartments) and used one of the photo apps on my tone to make it look "vintage." I was able to upload it directly to a nearby pharmacy and we had a nice 4" X 4" print in less than an hour!

We hit the craft store to pick up supplies (glue dots, background paper, ribbon, embellishments, shadowbox) and headed back to the house to get started! we played around with the arrangement of the items (and it's a good thing I took pictures as we did so we could remember how things were on the one we liked the best!).

Unfortunately, in spite of the presence of the ruler in one of the above photos, we neglected to measure the depth of the items, and our shadowbox (12" X 12") wasn't deep enough. We headed back to the store, but couldn't find a deeper one in the same size, so we opted for a smaller one (10" X 10") that was the right depth, plus it had a nice "frame" around the front edge.

It looked pretty good once it was all finished, and the only thing that we would have changed was to shift the diaper pins up (they were stuck down onto the backing paper with permanent glue dots) because the name of the factory, printed on the bottom of the card, got covered by the frame edge. And, as long as the baby never opens it up and actually plays with the toys, a nice piece of family history will be hanging in the nursery!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chartres Labyrinth TM Patch on: April 04, 2015 07:27:03 AM
I made this patch for calluna in the most recent round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. As soon as I did a bit of stalking, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The patch is based on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. I decided to stitch the borders of the path, rather than the path itself, and I wanted to try my hand at couching.

I used some Perle cotton for the base thread and three strands of embroidery floss as the couching thread. I added beads in the center and around the outside. I probably should have picked something simpler for my first attempt Smiley I did use Sulky Solvy for the pattern transfer, and it made it much easier for me to get nice lines! It was my first time using it, and I'm definitely a fan!

It took forever, but it was very relaxing to stitch and, it turns out, it could be used as a finger labyrinth, too!

The patch is about 4 inches square.

Once I have a little more time on my hands, I might stitch up something similar for myself!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! on: February 06, 2015 02:53:46 PM

Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437630.0

Post all of your fabulous patches here!

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

calluna: craftADDchick
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, calluna
Craftsunderground: roler
crazyda79: goatgoddess, roler
DaphadillyArt: milkeway, goatgoddess
goatgoddess: crazyda79, DaphadillyArt
Ludi: Sharalee
milkeway: DaphadillyArt, Watsonc7
meowari: Sharalee
roler: Craftsunderground, crazyda79
Sharalee: meowari, Ludi
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, milkeway
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) on: January 11, 2015 12:29:14 PM

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: January 11, 2015- January 31, 2015
Date to send item by: Monday, March 2, 2015

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those in to a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Yet Another TM Patch Swap!)




IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.

 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, craftADDchick:

 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. craftADDchick
2. crazyda79
3. DaphadillyArt
4. milkeway
5. roler
6. goatgoddess
7. Sharalee
8. calluna
9. Craftsunderground
10. Watsonc7
11. meowari
12. Ludi

calluna: craftADDchick
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, calluna
Craftsunderground: roler
crazyda79: goatgoddess, roler
DaphadillyArt: milkeway, goatgoddess
goatgoddess: crazyda79, DaphadillyArt
Ludi: Sharalee
milkeway: DaphadillyArt, Watsonc7
meowari: Sharalee
roler: Craftsunderground, crazyda79
Sharalee: meowari, Ludi
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, milkeway
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Owl Man Exists! on: January 04, 2015 10:39:46 AM

This is probably one of the most complicated things I've ever made and I made if for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. When I signed up for the swap, I declared that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone of crocheted, sewn, or stenciled items. This project definitely fit the bill!

One of the things artsycandice listed in her swap questionnaire was Owl Man, a cryptid spotted in England, and equated to Moth Man here in the US. It's possible that Owl Man is a hoax or a very large owl that was mistaken for the Owl Man.

I had originally intended to make him on a much smaller scale using some action figures procured from the thrift store. But, when someone at work left a pile of free stuff in the lunch room, and I saw the marionette (Joey Fatone from NSync), I knew I had to use it make Owl Man.

The first challenge was in untangling the strings. After a bit of research, I found a picture of a complete set of marionettes that showed pretty clearly how they were supposed to look. So, after checking out how they were attached to the doll, I cut them off (all but the one on the lower back). I also cut off his boots (and later his hands) so that I could attach the clawed feet and hands.

I started on the wings by sketching a template and cutting them out of plastic canvas. I covered them up with a "skin" of grey t-shirt material and then glued on a whole lot of feathers.

Next, using some more of the grey t-shirt material, I stitched up a little suit and hood to cover up the doll and so I could have something to glue the feathers onto. I could have glued them directly to the doll, but I wanted to use the grey material for two reasons: 1) To make any gaps in the feathers less obvious and 2) To make it seem more like he was wearing a costume (to fit in with the possible hoax). I cut the suit along the back so I could slip it on and stitched it back up, also stitching it to the hood at the neckline. Before I stitched it up, I re-attached the strings to the body of the doll.

Then, I made a set of wire armatures from some scrap copper wire and, using black polymer clay, created the clawed hands and feet. I also fashioned a beak out of the clay (I pressed it onto his face so I could have an impression to match up with when I glued it on later).

I glued on the clawed hands and feet using E-6000, which took longer than I expected because I had to hold each piece until it set. I cut a small opening in the front of the hood to glue on the beak.

I made 2 more cuts in the hood so I could drill into the skull to attach the eyes. The drill melted the plastic a bit, so when I stuck the red safety eyes in, they held firmly without additional glue. I then stitched the wings onto the upper arms (another advantage to using the grey suit).

Finally, I spent a few hours gluing feathers onto the body before I re-attached the strings to the "sticks" of the marionette.

And, it was done! Whew!

10  Category Challenges / Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries / Spider Swarm Pumpkin on: November 09, 2014 02:21:19 PM
This was inspired by the news story about the house that had brown recluse spiders erupting from the walls... While I don't mind having spiders in the house, poisonous spiders crawling out from every nook and cranny? No thanks!

So, this pumpkin is decorated with almost 37.5 (one is still "emerging" from the hole I gouged into the side) plastic spiders (they were rings, and I cut a portion of the ring off so I could stick them into the pumpkin). It will eventually become squirrel food, so I didn't want to glue the spiders on (as irritating as my local squirrels are, I wouldn't want one to choke on a plastic spider). For now, it sits in the dining room, and it's sure to give me a start every time I turn on the lights... Even with the lights on, I can almost swear they're moving...

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