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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Denim Coverlet - Made from Recycled Jeans on: March 25, 2012 10:36:53 AM
My boyfriend recently went through his wardrobe and was on the verge of throwing out several pairs of his old jeans. They were worn out, had a few holes, and really weren't fit to be worn anymore. But why waste good fabric?

This coverlet is large enough to fit over the bottom 3/4s of my bed, making it a great decoration. It's made from three pairs of guy's jeans and is backed with a soft navy colored flannel. It's smaller size and (surprising) lightness have already made me glad to have it during the spring weather, when it's cool enough at night to need a blanket but still too warm to use my winter bed spreads.

Not to mention that the additional pockets and slightly distressed material make it fun to have around!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Forest Green Baby Quilt on: July 29, 2011 09:15:42 AM
This was a bit of a stash buster - I'm glad to have used up the last bits and pieces of these fabrics.
And lined with fleece inside, it's so warm and soft!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Yellow Baby Quilt on: July 28, 2011 12:19:08 PM
When you put your mind to it, it's amazing what you can cut and sew in one day!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Wall Hanging on: June 19, 2011 02:59:20 PM
After seeing a similar project on display at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics, I knew that I needed to make this wall hanging. It's about 1.5x3 feet, perfect for my bedroom. It's mix of fabric and color is so happy that I love waking up to it every day.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Quilt - Full Size on: June 15, 2011 10:10:52 AM
I finished my very first quilt about a month ago and was only just able to take some photos of it (I've had the hardest time getting it's natural colors to show up!) It's a full size, large enough to fit over my bed.

I'm pretty proud of how it came out. There are some errors, like one panel that I sewed on backwards, but I still love the end product. It was a good effort for my first try and hopefully taught me the skills I needed for future quilt making.

This is a bit closer to what the colors actually look like:

What the individual blocks looked like:

And here's the backing fabric:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Valentine's Day Bag on: March 13, 2011 02:57:50 PM
I can't believe I forgot to upload this sooner!

I found some cute fabric on sale last month and decided to make myself a quick, simple bag for my school books. The Valentine's Day season got to my head and inspired me to make this reversible bag: It's large enough to carry both my binder and a textbook, and can easily be turned inside-out in order to cater to my girly fashion whims.

The entire thing was sewn by machine and took roughly 5 hours. The designs are cut-outs: The hearts are cut from the primary fabric with the secondary fabric peeking through the back.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cozy Winter Hockey Hat on: October 27, 2008 01:41:01 PM
After looking through my closet and sadly realizing that I have very little college-spirit clothing that can be worn to hockey games, I set myself to create my dream hat - An earflap cap in my school's colors that can keep me warm in winter.

I winged the pattern as I went along and came up with this:

The main section of the hat is a simple beanie that I crochet in the round, alternating colors to create my stripes. From there I simply attached a small rectangle that I sewed upward as a brim. The earflaps began as two small green rectangles on the sides that I outlined in black until they were large enough and round enough to cover the sides of my head.

This was a very simple project that went by much more quickly than I would have guessed.
I think I'll be making more for Christmas presents!

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Technique Question - Changing Colors on: August 31, 2008 09:17:26 AM
I've decided to enlarge a baby blanket I made a few months ago, and turn it into a full sized bed blanket.
It was just a basic Granny Square pattern and one of my aims to to make it rectangular in shape.

I'd like to make it look like this:

The center squares are the sections that I've already finished.

My question:
See those diagonal corners where the two colors meet? How can I do that?
How do I change colors on a corner?

My first instinct is simply to cut the yarn and tie the next color onto it, but after a while that would get very messy and would look unfinished. Is there a better way?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Maroon Messenger Bag on: June 10, 2008 12:42:38 PM
After looking at the basic design of Zeeby's Bag from the Stitch 'N Bitch books, I was inspired to create a larger messenger bag from some extra yarn I had sitting around the house.

The construction is pretty basic - I used the stockinette stitch to create two rectangular panels for the front and back, and gave the top of each a slight rim so that it wouldn't curl and would have some extra durability. The sides and bottom were then made from a single long strip of garter stitches. I crocheted the pieces together and attached the single strap at either end.

And since I actually wanted to use this bag on a regular basis, I finished it off by lining the inside. Nothing fancy, since I'm not very handy with the sewing machine yet. I just happened to find a nice textured material on sale, so I whipped it into a basic square and sewed it inside.

The entire thing was much quicker and easier than I would have thought.
I'll probably make a bunch more of these and use them as holiday gifts!
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