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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frankenstein EPP Travel Folio on: August 31, 2015 06:49:47 PM
I really enjoy English Paper Piecing because it is very portable. Recently, I purchased a small rotating cutting mat so I could more easily cut out pieces using templates. I had plans to make a carrying pouch for my supplies, and when I got the rotating mat, I altered the size to accommodate the mat. Also, I did a favor for gozer in exchange for some scraps of this fantastic Frankenstein fabric she had. I figured that Frankenstein was pieced together, so it seemed appropriate for my EPP pouch Smiley

The folio has 6 EPP hexagons (2") appliqued to the outside, as well as a zipper pouch on one end, plus a bunch of pockets on the inside.

I don't have a tutorial right now, but I'm planning to make something similar for my embroidery supplies, so when I don, I'll post a link to the tutorial here, in case anyone is interested Smiley

And, sorry for the not-so-great pictures. The light is not good for pictures right now...

Completed folio:



Inside (with some supplies):



I fussy cut the hexagons, and stitched them together to make the applique strip. Then, I stitched them on to the outside piece of fabric.



Each piece of the folio is made with the outside fabric (black) and the lining fabric (orange). I stitched and turned all of the individual components, and then I joined them all together. There's a bit of a trick to get it all nice and neat looking, but I don't have a photo of it (but when I do the tutorial, it'll be there).

Putting in the zipper for the zipper pouch:




Stitching all of the pieces together! It's inside out right now.



I meant to put the zipper pouch on the other side, but wasn't paying careful attention. It actually worked out better because when the cutting mat is inside, it gives the bottom/back/right half (depends on your perspective) more structure.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Choose to Be Happy on: August 31, 2015 03:34:40 PM
While helping my mom clean out her attic, we came across a box of craft supplies that a friend had given to her. Inside the box, was a supply of vinyl letter & number stickers in a variety of sizes. I recently saw this quote, and thought it would look neat using the different sizes of stickers.

It's a slight modification of the original Voltaire quote, but the essence is the same Smiley

First, I stuck down the letters (I fixed that letter E before I painted). I didn't measure or use a ruler to keep things centered and straight- I just eyeballed it- so there might be a bit of unevenness happening.




Next, I hit it with some spray paint (I was very happy to have yellow on hand- I was afraid I'd shift the letters if I used craft paint and a sponge brush).




In the time it took me to go inside and get the Xacto knife to lift off the letters, at least 4 insects had landed on it. Before the paint dried, I picked off the letters (and the bugs), using the Xacto knife.



I was pretty impressed with the nice clean lines. And, I didn't have a letter D for "GOOD" so I made it using a letter B, and you can only tell if you look close Smiley

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Keep Calm and Carry a Budweiser on: August 16, 2015 10:36:20 AM
My step-uncle's 80th birthday was the other night, and he is a big fan of Budweiser, so I wanted to make him a Bud-themed shirt and decided that, since the logo of Bud is a crown, it would make a funny play on the original "Keep Calm..." design. I found a free font online called "Keep Calm" and another font called "Budweiser". The second font was $25, but the font name was shown, so I took a screen shot of it and imported it into the software for my Silhouette. I also found a clipart image of the crown logo (the newer version) and imported that. I set up the design in the Silhouette software and cut it out on some iron on vinyl (I used flocked because I couldn't find any smooth in my craft room- I may have used it up).

I thought it would be a bear to weed the design, especially the crown, but with a bit of care, it went pretty smoothly.

And, the best part? He loved it! And, I bet that the next time I see him, he'll be wearing it Smiley

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery on: August 05, 2015 02:58:23 PM

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

Participants:
1. craftADDchick
    Claimed Goldensunshine- send by 8/19
2. meowari
   Claimed craftADDchick- send by 8/13
3. roler
   Claimed Inselaeffchen- send by 8/20
   Claimed RovingAnarchist- send by 9/8
4. lindyv321
   Claimed meowari- send by 8/14
5. crazyda79
   Claimed lindyv321-send by 8/14
    Claimed Alatarial- send by 8/29
6. MommyTheMaid
   Claimed crazyda79-send by 8/15
7. Sharalee
   Claimed roler- send by 8/22
8. Inselaeffchen
   Claimed craftADDchick- send by 8/20
9. calluna
   Claimed MommyTheMaid- send by 8/17
   Claimed crazyda79- send by 9/5
10. GoldenSunshine
   Claimed calluna- send by 8/17
11. goatgoddess
   Claimed Sharalee- send by 8/25
12. Alatarial
   Claimed goatgoddess- send by 8/28
13. RovingAnarchist
   Claimed calluna- send by 9/8
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Tulle Dish Scrubbie w/tutorial on: August 02, 2015 02:42:55 PM
Growing up, we always had these plastic mesh dish scrubbies in the kitchen. I've had trouble finding them in the store, so I decided to crochet a dish scrubbie of my own.



I used tulle that comes on a roll. It "smooshes" up to make a thick yarn when you work with it.  



I used a J hook for the first 2 rounds and an H hook for the 3rd round.

Directions:
Start with a J Hook
1. Start with a magic ring and chain 3 into the ring.
2. Round 1- Make 11 more dc into the ring. Tighten the magic ring and join with a slip stitch at the top of the starting chain 3. (12 dc)
3. Round 2- Chain 3 in the first stitch and make a second dc in the same stitch. Make 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the starting chain 3. (24 dc)
4. Cut the yarn and weave the outside tail in towards the center, but do not cut the extra length of remaining yarn.



5. Make a second one, but do not cut and weave the tail. Remove the hook and lengthen the loop so you don't accidentally pull out any stitches.
6. Put the wrong sides together and tie the cut tail ends together, knotting well. Trim off the excess yarn so it is hidden between the two halves.
7. Switch to an H hook and, holding the two halves together, single crochet around, stitching through the edges of each half.
8. Join with a slip stitch, then cut and weave in the tail.

I've made several of these, for family and friends. People are always a bit skeptical at first, but once they use it, they always ask for another!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen Dishtowels with Fabric Accent (Tutorial) on: August 02, 2015 09:43:20 AM
Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to make some new kitchen dishtowels. I have a slight addiction to kitchen linens, and thought it'd be fun to try making my own. I purchased some waffle-weave fabric, put it in the craft room, and let it languish for several years...

In April of this year, I decided it was time to make them! I cut the fabric I needed, but then, I got side-tracked.

The other day, a friend requested some assistance with making a pair of costume vests for her kids. I didn't think she'd need much help, so I wanted to bring along a project of my own, and the dishtowels were the chosen project (finally!!).



I ended up making 8, in total, and it took me most of the day (in between helping my friend and taking a couple of breaks).

It wasn't difficult (except for the rolled hem on the edge... more on that later), but I figured I'd show how I did it, in case anyone was interested (sorry that the photos are not the greatest- I forgot my camera and had to use my phone).

1. Gather your materials:



-Linen or cotton fabric for the towel (I used a waffle weave, which I can't recommend. It has a nice weight, but was a bear to sew through on the hems.)
-Fabric scraps (or Fat Quarters) for the accent strip
-Thread (I used thread that matched the accent strip for the topstitching and thread that matched the towel fabric for the hemming)
-Twill tape (I thought I bought cotton, but it was polyester... it won't matter which one you use)- OPTIONAL {it's to make a hanging loop...skip it if you don't plan to hang the towels on a hook}
-Scissors (or a rotary cutting tool & mat)
-Pins
-Iron

First, you'll need to prep your fabrics (and twill tape):
-For the towels- Cut panels that are 17" X 26" (I didn't worry about trimming the selvedge because they'd get covered by the hemmed edge)
-For the accent strip- Cut strips that are 4" X 17" (I cut them a little longer because I was using a fat quarter {so about 18"} and then trimmed off the excess later)
-For the twill tape- Cut 6" pieces

Then, I'd recommend ironing all of your fabric pieces (unless you are clever and have your fabric ironed before you start).

Next, you need to prep the accent strips.
- Fold each strip in half lengthwise and iron a "soft" crease along the fold. This is just to mark the center, so don't make a nice crisp fold.
-Fold each long edge to the center crease and press (a nice crisp line, this time!)




A nicely pressed stack of strips!



Now, you'll need to top-stitch the strip onto the towel.
- Use a ruler to mark the distance from the bottom edge of the towel (I just used the 4" width of the ruler) and pin the strip in place (I don't normally pin things but, in this case, it was necessary!).



Top-stitch close to the edge of the strip on both edges using matching thread. Trim off any of the excess accent fabric, if needed.



Now, it's time to make the hanging loop. Along one of the top corners (the opposite end from the accent strip), position the twill tape diagonally and pin in place. Stitch it into place with a couple of basting stitches.



All you have left to do now is hem the edges! Because of the waffle weave fabric, I had to switch to a heavy duty needle (I don't think I would have had a problem with linen). And, I had to switch to my friend's sewing machine (she was working on some hand-stitching at this point, so her machine was free), because my machine couldn't handle the bulk.
- First, I folder over 1/4" and then folded over 1/4" again, stitching close to the edge to make the rolled hem on the top and bottom edges.
- Then, I snipped the corners just a bit to remove some of the bulk
- Then, I did the rolled hem on the left and right edges.



Finished!

Of the 8 that I made, the 5 orange ones were for my kitchen, the red one pictured above was for my friend's kitchen, and the other two will be part of a raffle prize!

How long would it take to make one towel? Well, from start to finish, under an hour, even including the cutting of the fabric (and maybe even a little over a half an hour {hard for me to judge exactly because I cut the fabric a few months ago, and struggled mightily with the hem edge}).
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 (July 29- August 29, 2015) on: July 29, 2015 01:41:33 PM



PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU READ THE WHOLE POST BEFORE JOINING THE SWAP.



DISCUSSION THREAD
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439961.0

GALLERY
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440254.0

SWAP INFO
Swap name:  Ongoing Yet Another Teesha Moore Patch Swap Round 1
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick and Watsonc7
Sign-up date range: July 29, 2015 - August 29, 2015 The date for the end of signups has been updated.
Date to send item by: 14 days from the day you claim (this starts on the day you claim NOT the next day!)
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO (if you do not wish to send out of the country, please check the country before making a claim)
Additional Age requirement? 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:
This is an ongoing version of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. For this round, you are limited to 1 open claim at a time, but once your partner has received, you may make another claim. The last person who makes a claim in this round will be the first person to post a list in the next round. See additional details below:
Claims:
-You can not make a claim until you have been approved for the swap.
-You can only make a claim from the last list that has been posted.
- For the first round, you are limited to 1 open claim at a time (an open claim is one that has not been received)
- Each claim is for 2 patches
-You must PM the organizers when you have made a claim
- You will have 14 days from the date of your claim to send your patches (this starts on the day you make your claim)
- You must send the tracking # and/or customs numbers to organizers when sending.
- Once your partner has received, you may make an additional claim

Communication:
Communication is the key to the success of this swap! Please do the following with all PMs:
1. Include craftADDchick and Watsonc7 in all PMs
2. Use the appropriate subject line in your PMs:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Approval
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Claim Made
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Received
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Question

Additional Information:
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=439296.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4!)

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!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer for approval (please use the appropriate heading in the subject line: Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Approval)

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1
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)
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least 2 patches per claim? (If not then you will not be approved )
This next section is what you will also post on the thread, after you have been approved
Country (Do not claim outside of your country unless you are willing to ship to another country):
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?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZERS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  

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


HOW THIS SWAP WORKS:

CLAIMING
1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...

This continues through the end of the swap period, when the swap organizer closes out the claiming part of the swap and continues this swap in the next round starting in the next month.

2. How to make a claim:
A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. The send by date (two weeks from the date the claim is made)
3. The following information from your questionnaire:
   A. Country
   B. Themes
   C. Preferred size (if any)
   D. Preferred colors (if any)
   E. Themes, colors, shapes you do or do not wish to receive
   F. Link(s) to Pinterest, Wist, or websites that your partner can use for inspiration

ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A CLAIM
1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. Send a PM to the organizers to let them know you have made a claim using the appropriate heading in the subject line: Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Claim Made
3. You have 14 days to complete each claim and have it in the mail to its new owner. You cannot make a new claim until your partner receives.

ONCE YOU HAVE SENT OR RECEIVED PATCHES

1. Please PM the organizers and claimer/claimee when you send or receive your patches.
2.  Please use the appropriate heading in the subject line:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R1- Received
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3) who sent it

FEEDBACK
Positive feedback will be given at the end of the round when all of the patches you sent have been received.   Good communication is vital and will be noted in feedback.



ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizers.  

This thread is for claims only! Please use the discussion thread for questions and comments, or the gallery thread for posting photos of patches.


Participants:
1. craftADDchick
2. meowari
3. roler
4. lindyv321
5. crazyda79
6. MommyTheMaid
7. Sharalee
8. Inselaeffchen
9. calluna
10. GoldenSunshine
11. goatgoddess
12. Alatarial
13. RovingAnarchist
8  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!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap- Discussion Thread 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!

It's alive! Check out the swap post here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440175.0


We'll use this thread as the discussion thread for the swap.
10  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.
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