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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock Monkey Army! on: January 10, 2011 06:37:01 PM
I like the one with roses on the legs...

Thanks for all the comments! They're actually strawberries on that purple one Cheesy Sorry I don't have individual pictures of the monkeys.. they're all handed out now.

I used this tutorial.. http://www.web-goddess.org/writing/tutorial/Image0.html

It's very easy to do and straight forward, just takes a little time to stuff just right and to hand sew the different parts together, but it's definitely worth it. The argyle one was the first one I tried to make and took the longest because I was silly and thought I'd try to use knee length socks for the project.. it turned out super cute but man was it a pain to stuff!!

Instead of regular buttons sewn on for eyes, I covered the buttons in black fabric, then sewed them on. The pink stripey on on the left went to an infant. They're quite child safe, as long as you sew everything tightly (the tutorial suggests sewing around the limbs twice to keep it all sturdy)
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey Army! on: December 30, 2010 10:42:22 AM
Okay, maybe half an army. I ended up making a couple of sock monkeys as Christmas gifts and it was a lot of fun! I wasn't sure who would get which monkey, so I decided that whoever showed up at my house first that day, would get first choice. Everyone ended up loving their sock monkey Smiley



The one with the extra long limbs is mine and my first test run.. he still needs eyes, but I might just leave him the way he is now.

I still have a sock dog to make on my list.. and more people are showing interest. I didn't think there would be a demand for these guys  Cheesy
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Good/Bad Kitten and Argyle Sock Monkey on: December 20, 2010 03:22:42 PM
Thanks for the comments! The sock monkey is still eyeless, but I'll have to look for some special buttons for him. I wish those socks fit my legs.. but at least something neat came out of that Smiley I love the idea of the wire rimmed glasses! I was thinking sunglasses at one point myself, lol.

Now I have at least three sock monkey requests from family and friends.. and a sock puppy while I'm at it!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Good/Bad Kitten and Argyle Sock Monkey on: December 17, 2010 09:39:00 AM
It's my first time making a stuffie but I tried this tutorial to make a kitten for my friend for Christmas.. (that is, if it turned out okay! Cheesy) http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/cat/terrycat.html

I didn't follow it exactly, since I wanted it sized down enough that it could be used as a tree ornament.. and I used furry fabric, so it didn't turn out exactly like the tutorial, but I thought it was cute nonetheless!



^ I used some fleece for the ears a nd nose, and buttons for the eyes, that I painted over with nail polish and white acrylic. Then I thought it wasn't quite my friend's style, so I decided to make it a bit evil...



And thought maybe add some angelic wings to even it out.. I ended up adding some ribbon afterwards, so she could hang it. I gave it to her early and she liked it! Now it keeps her company as it hangs above her serger Smiley



I also thought of trying to make a sock monkey.. I had some argyle socks I got for free, that were waaay too skinny for my legs, so I thought I'd give it a try.. it took so much time for a first try! I used this tutorial: http://www.web-goddess.org/writing/tutorial/Image0.html



I named him Slendy after Slender Man because of his insanely long limbs/tail.. (I used knee length socks, which took up a lot of time to fill!) He still needs eyes though.. I can't find suitable eyes, but he might just remain eyeless for now.. I was thinking of making this guy for a friend.. but now I'm kind of too attached to him Cheesy Might just have to make more of them now.. (but with shorter socks, lol)



Creepy Slendy the Sock Monkey!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My son, the headless guy. on: November 01, 2010 05:11:23 PM
That is so freaky.. I LOVE it!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / White Rabbit & Alice in Wonderland Group on: November 01, 2010 05:10:13 PM
My friends and I grouped together for an Alice in Wonderland theme this year. Since we decided this well ahead of time, I ended up spending months on and off working on my costume - the White Rabbit. I've never done anything so intricate, though last year I did a a generic cutesy rabbit and I was pretty pleased with it.. http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a303/yamasocoolies/LJ/15443_165785196357_511471357_270845.jpg (I didn't make the pink bra top, nor the white booties - though the boots are actually two pieces.. bought white furry slippers and furry leg warmers I made Smiley) Anyway, I digress! I found it funny that I ended up doing another rabbit this year, but I wanted to go in a different direction with the Alice Rabbit this time around, take it away from what I did the year before... plus I have this thing (I think it's called 'competitiveness'! lol)  where I really want to top last year's costume. Anyway, I decided I'd take a Steampunk spin with my White Rabbit costume this year, and this is what I ended up with..



I ended up making a matching wrap following this awesome tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332604.0
This has definitely been my most hands on projects I've ever had.. I made almost everything! The only things I didn't make myself were the black top hat I had bought (but made all the stuff on top of the hat), the chain I used so I could wrap my pocket watch/purse around my waist, and my boots, but I made boot covers to fit over them.. and of course, the lovely Cheshire Cat that we picked up, in honour of our friend that was originally going to be the Cheshire Cat, but couldn't make it Smiley But I made everything else, and I've never made that much of a costume myself.. which took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, considering I'm not exactly all that great at sewing.. it was a lot of trial and error and tweaking late into the night.

Anyway, I'll shut up now! On to the pictures!



^ Our Mad Hatter, Alice, and me Smiley My costume without the wrap. I figured I'd be a little outrageous and made my boobs furry. I thought it was a hoot.



^ Our Queen of Hearts, Alice and me.



^ Front view. Unfortunately the flash kinda washes it all out. The brocade fabric itself I bought for $4!! Here's a better look of the fabric: http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a303/yamasocoolies/LJ/69464_446087746357_511471357_5196579_712769_n.jpg



^ Side.



^ Back. My tail made Alice giggle. I made my boot covers a bit funky since I wanted to kind of give it more of a rabbit's foot shape feel. I don't know if I failed with that or not, but I tried.



^ Feet! I made a pocket watch/purse for my goodies Smiley



^ We also decided on making a Cheshire Cat pumpkin. I managed to finish this just in time for Halloween - whew!



^ Me and my cats. I'm really good at looking like a child.. lol.

Happy Halloween!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Scarf From Jersey Pants on: November 24, 2009 06:06:11 PM
Wow I just looked at the tutorial and it's SO much easier than I thought it'd be! What a cute scarf! I totally need to try this! Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Comfy gauchos(?) from bf's t-shirt on: November 21, 2009 10:59:24 AM
Those are so cute and look so comfy! I love the dragon on there and the drawstring just ties it all together.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paul Frank tee gets a little frilly on: November 21, 2009 10:54:51 AM
Just finished this and wanted to share Smiley

I've never bought any Paul Frank shirts before, but I got this for free ages ago. I never did wear it but I didn't want to let it go, just because that monkey is amazing! Look at that pose! And the fur is actually velvety/fuzzy, which adds to the hilarity.


I wanted to make it a fun top, so this is what I ended up with. When I looked at his pose, I figured it would work well as a one-shoulder shirt, and I think it turned out okay. I'm starting to get addicted to making things frilly.. can you tell?  Cheesy


On me Smiley It's funny that I made the pink stripe part off-center, yet it looks centered in this shot. I really should get around to ironing all these recons so they look more finished when I wear them.. I like making them but I hate ironing.. bah!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 6 Shirts + 1 Skirt = 3 Tops & 1 Dress. (img heavy) on: November 16, 2009 05:31:59 PM
I haven't posted in a while, but here are a few things I've reconstructed since.

#1. I picked up the Generation T book a few weeks ago for $5 (woo!) so this was my first project from that book. I took this shirt..


.. added some extra black scrap fabric and did a bit of chopping and sewing and ended up with this. I'm not completely satisfied with it though.. I'll probably hem the edges and possibly add some cups for a built-in bra. The Generation T book is definitely inspiring, but I think I'm just not so keen on raw edges nowadays.


The back.. or lack of.


#2. I've had this skirt for ages and stopped wearing it years ago, so when I pulled this out of my to-do pile, I really wanted to turn it into a full dress. I also had this tank top that I bought for $2 that was shiny and smoooth (and kept riding up, ah!)


This was possibly the fastest dress I've made Cheesy


On me:


#3. More shirts I don't wear:


The after: (plus some fuzzy pink fabric)


I added a bow to the top as well, though I'm going to redo the bow since I'm not happy with how that turned out. I love the rest of it though.


#4. Some more shirts I never wear..


I didn't end up using the blue shirt after all but here's what I came up with Smiley Frills!


The back:


On me!


My little Hello Kitty bow Cheesy

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