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1  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Woodward Dream Cruise Craft Fair on: July 17, 2014 07:09:03 AM
Woodward Dream Cruise Craft Fair August 16th from 8am to 9pm in downtown Pontiac. Tables only $20!
I'm not the one hosting it but I am going to be there at my own table. It's indoors! You can pm me or contact Letizia at lcjudd@gmail.com for more details.
2  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Upcoming Craft Shows? on: February 28, 2014 06:03:01 AM
I recently started making things to sell (versus making things to amass great piles of things) and I'd really like to try a craft show. Does anyone know of any upcoming shows within a few hours of the Detroit Metro area?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tiny gift bag pouch on: December 09, 2013 09:28:30 AM
I made these tiny little bags for candy and other Christmas treats so that I can put them in a stocking or basket and keep everything looking neat. I ended up putting Hershey kisses in one of them. There is elastic in the opening so that everything doesn't just fall out.

I think this is a pretty easy project so hopefully some beginners out there can enjoy it and put it to use this holiday season.

I cut one square of fabric into a 9 x 4.25 rectangle and one small piece of elastic to 6.5 inches. I serged the edges so that I wouldnt have to line these bags, I wanted them to be a quick, easy project.

I folded the rectangle in half, right sides together, with the folded end at the bottom of the bag.

I sewed the sides using about a quarter inch seam allowance. You should have something resembling a small flat bag.

Now you need to make this bag stand up on its own, so holding it upside down youre going to push down the middle so that the two ends of the bottom stand up, like in this picture:

It should look like this:

Now fold those two pointy ends together like this:

and draw a little line at the one inch mark like so on one side:

and flip the bag over and draw a line on the other side. Fold these two corners apart and sew them each, individually. It should look like this:

Fold over the top a half inch or so and sew around the top leaving a small space big enough for a safety pin to get through.

Secure a safety pin to your elastic toward the end of the elastic, but not too close because the pin can fray the elastic. Feed the elastic through the half inch or so you just sewed.

You should have two elastic ends coming through the small space you made big enough for the safety pin. You need to sew these two ends together. I dont worry too much about whether the two ends are flat or whatever. You can machine or hand sew the elastic, just make sure its secure. I dont recommend tying a knot, that hasnt worked for me, ever.

Pull the elastic, which should now be in one piece and sew up the tiny safety pin sized hole and turn it right side out.
TADA, insert candy or peppers

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Soft Kitty Toys, no bits can be torn off and eaten! on: November 23, 2013 09:35:51 PM
I made these toys because I have a cat who is totally insane. He eats feathers, eyes, feet, tails, tags off of every toy we've gotten him. So what these are basically, is a shape (in this case, a fish) sewn together and filled with stuffing and a smattering of catnip. I also did a mouse one, but that was a little more trial and error.

Heres how to do it!

Fold a piece of 5x16 fabric right sides together and draw your pattern on it. I free handed this fish because I couldn't seem to find what I needed online, for free but there is a lot out there. 

Cut out your fish pieces leaving about a inch around the whole thing for your seam allowance.

Sew along the lines you drew, making sure to leave the tail part open.

Now, turn in inside out and add stuffing and catnip! It should be looking like a cat toy now.

To close up the toy I folded the end of the tail inside itself and machine sewed a straight line from the top of the tail to the bottom. Though, there really isnt a top and a bottom.

My boyfriend got a great shot of the cat going bananas.

I think I'm going to try a person next, like a gingerbread man or something.
I hope someone finds this useful. This is a great beginner project!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Twenty First Purse (Blue/Brown) on: July 14, 2008 12:11:52 PM
I made my first purses back in 2002 and they were...eh.  So I put it down for a while but I've been practicing over the last year.  I made one in April that I am currently using and of course it's not quite as attractive and photogenic after months of wear but here is one I just completed.  My twenty-first!  I got this fabric on sale at JoAnns, it was $4 a yard and the lining is some turquoise cotton I got at the local quilt shop.  Inside is no particular interfacing (I can't remember...it was just laying around) and some warm and natural.  The only real issue I had was that I didn't get the innards quite the right size so I had to do some last minute trimming when it was already half-way sewed to the outside.  If that even makes any sense.

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this on: July 04, 2008 08:14:09 AM

I cant remember what all the fabrics are in this thing but the brown background with red roses is from the Queen of the Ranch Collection from Moda.

This is the dissappearing nine patch and I really like the way it looks, I like the colors I picked out BUT!  Theres always a but.  Just one block alone looks good, or in this case heres four blocks sewn together:

But when I line them up next to eachother in the formation of say, a quilt, it starts to look really busy. 

What do you think?  What are my options?

Heres a picture of the throw pillow Im making to go with it.  I was orgionally thinking of making this a bedroom quilt but I think it may need to be smaller to accomadate the design.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Artsy-Fartsy Wedding Quilt (3 pics) on: June 02, 2008 12:13:02 PM

Here it is!
I was commissioned to complete this quilt.  Maybe you can follow this weird story.
Last year a girl commissioned me to finish a wedding quilt for one of her friends.  She gathered nine squares from close friends of the bride and I put the quilt together and hand quilted it.
That girl is getting married (already has!) and one of her friends asked if I would make another quilt like that (a little bigger, 12 squares).
I'm a big fan of quilts for purpose and not art (I know, so shoot me) but I looove this one.  Al the pretty purple blocks really come together.

I did not take enough pictures of the detail and work that went into some of these blocks.  It's stressful to sew someone else's stuff together when you are worried about beads falling off and velvet stretching etc.  some of the embroidery is amazing.
The heart at the middle/bottom of this quilt is all embroidered!

I don't recommend using flannel backed satin for the backing and borders though.
all in all I'm happy with the way it turned out!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 4017 Tunic Top on: December 07, 2007 09:13:58 AM
I bought this pattern and did View B.  The fabric is a very light weight cotton that I purchased from JoAnn on clearance for I think $2.88 a yard.  I bought 2.5 yds but only needed about 2 of those.  I made the final in a size 8 but according to the measurements on the back of the package I sould be a 12.  In real life I wear a 2 or 4 petite.  So sizing was weird to say the least.

I thought maybe it looked a little too baggy but in the pic it seems to look alright.  I wish I had an action shot to show you!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Subversive Cross-Stitch Project on: June 08, 2007 12:16:02 PM
I got this book for christmas (from my mom and finished my first project from it sometime around Valentines Day, it took about three lunch breaks at work (whihc is about three hours. Here it is:
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Churn Dash Twin Sized Quilt on: June 07, 2007 03:24:00 PM
I started this quilt in 2003 when I lived in Florida and right before I first joined craftster...here's the QIP (quilt in progress): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3148.0

and here is where it is finally done! (I live in Oregon now and actually have a reason to use a blanket).

I have been using it steadily over the last two years and I have to say I am suprised on how well it held up because I used JoAnn's fabrics for the quilt top.  The batting was that fancy heirloom stuff and the backing was a used Goodwill sheet.   

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