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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lotta Jansdotter's All Day Tote in black and pink on: August 31, 2011 04:41:56 PM
After years of having this fabric, I've finally gotten around to finishing this bag. I actually ended up cutting out two sets of pieces for this bag so this first bag was dubbed the Experiment, which is a good thing as I have learned quite a few things from my first experience of making a bag.

The combination of the outer fabric, a lightweight canvas, from what I can tell, with white and pink designs on it, and the lining fabric, both a plain pink and a pink with white polka dots, looks really nice all put together. (Pattern taken from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.) However, the whole piece really needs interfacing, because the bag literally falls in on itself. I'm sure you can tell by looking at some of the photos. I can't take this one apart very easily as I've stitched some heavy plastic material into the bottom pieces, between the lining and the exterior. I'm not sure what it's called, but I know I bought it for this project. Plus I was ready for that bag to retire. (Other sewers, if you have a poor experiment like this, what do you do with it?)

I'm not sure WHY it didn't occur to me to apply interfacing to the side pieces before I put it together, since I can't really undo everything at this point. I'll definitely make some additional modifications to the pattern the next time I do it. This time, the only major modifications I made were, I lined the two exterior pockets, I left out the key hook thing, and I used some piping on the front pocket instead of twill tape. When I go through round two to make the final product, the one I'll give to my cousin, I'll definitely add interfacing to all of the exterior pieces. Oh, and I'll extend the straps so that it can be worn over the shoulder, and possibly add a snap or invisible magnet closure to the top center of the bag. It's a shame this bag's sides are so damn floppy as opposed to the bottom, as it's so darn cute.

back view


front view


interior with pocket


action shot with exterior pockets filled


2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dragon-print pillowcases on: August 27, 2011 04:31:08 PM
Hello Craftster! Long time no post!

Some of you may remember my post about an envelope book I made, about a year and a half ago, for a boyfriend. Well, we're living together now and we decided we'd use that envelope book as the inspiration for our bedroom. Since the fabric is a bit expensive, we opted to have it function as more of an accent than a constant, and pillowcases naturally became our easiest and most obvious choice. I finally finished these pillowcases sometime last week after sitting on the fabric for months, and I thought they'd be a good project to share on Craftster. (Plus my cousin and her man want a set. Ee!)

Here's a shot of the two matching pillowcases on our bed. We have a black/grey reversible comforter, a black slipcover for my body pillow, and the same grey for a couple other pillows. I thought it would be easy to acquire matching pillowcases and sheets in similar colors to keep the theme going. The last touch for the bed will be some red sheets, or even a red comforter, to provide us plenty of options for switching up the room and managing extras for when we do laundry.


(Boyfriend's pillow is a down pillow so it's a bit lumpier/slouchier than mine. But I think they look great!)

Here's a shot of just one of the pillows.


And here's a close-up of the trim and band. I liked the subtle circular pattern on the black fabric more than the plain black - it blended a bit easier between the bold dragon fabric and the soft grey/white splatter fabric.


One last picture -


They were extremely easy to do, and I think the perfect small project to get me back on my sewing feet. I think it's been a year since I last did anything with my machine.. hm, that reminds me, I should probably take it in to get tuned up, just to be on the safe side. Thanks for viewing!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Fixing a broken cabinet stand on: October 26, 2010 05:59:24 PM
Earlier this evening I stumbled across a neighbor tossing out this stand.



It's a little beat up, it needs a repainting and a new back. It's a little warped, but otherwise it's in good shape. Except for this.



One of the supporty-feet thingies was completely broken off. It looks like it's part of the whole side of the cabinet, so I can't just glue on another piece. I could replace the side, but I don't think I want to do that.

I was thinking about sawing that part so it's completely flat and then attaching a round foot to the bottom part with a nail and some wood glue, maybe reinforcing it somehow? I know it wouldn't be the prettiest but I'd be willing to live with that. However I have no experience with woodworking, so do you guys have any suggestions?

I'm also a little concerned that there's moisture in the wood... I know some of the surface treatment/painting was damp but how do I tell if it's deep into the wood?

Any tips, pointers, random information, etc, would be lovely. <3
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I want to bind a book. on: October 08, 2010 10:36:09 AM
I want to bind a book.

I want it to be about the size of a sketchbook I bought from Hobby Lobby a while ago -
here's a picture.

I've figured it to be about 12x9 or 10, but I haven't measured it yet (just found my measuring tape in the cat's stash). It was done with folios, so I need paper to be about 12x18 or 12x20. However, the kicker is that I want this paper to be somewhat heavier duty. The reason I love this sketchbook is that it took SO WELL to my tea staining test adventure (see here). BUT once I tried to stain the creases, the paper got so soggy it came out of the stitching.

To combat this, I want to get the big paper to make into the folios and dye it all BEFORE I put it into the folios. But that's as far as I've gotten. I've got plenty of things to try for the cover and the binding, it's just the paper I'm stumped at. I want a heavier-duty paper, because I'm going to be doing some serious journaling here, so the paper needs to be able to hold up to teastaining and/or light watercolor, as well as some paint, stamping, inking, etc. I know you can make the paper hold up better to these elements through use of a gesso, but I want to preserve the look of that light-tea stained paper (to make it look older).

Can anyone tell me what type of paper they use to bind into books? And where they get this paper? Or any other random tips? I have a TINY bit of bookbinding experience with the envelope book I did, and I want to do some more experimenting before I use 'the real good stuff', but aaaaaany advice, tips, pointers, etc, that anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Envelope book (IMAGE HEAVY) + tut, sort of on: October 06, 2010 06:30:14 PM
This is kind of an old project, as I made it for my boyfriend for Valentine's day this past year (our first together). I wanted to make this a special occasion because 1, he's the first serious boyfriend I had through V-day, and 2, I hate buying things on V-day when I can make things. It took me a long time to decide on something but I ended up picking this after I saw a tutorial on instructables (if I find it again, I'll put it in here so everyone can find it). I messed up the envelopes and had to start all over again, and it was a hugely tedious project but I feel like I learned a LOT (and most importantly, how NOT to make an envelope book, haha). Thus follows are the 33 TONS of images I took documenting the whole process. I'm including them because, well, I LOVE to see how people get from point A to B. So I hope you guys enjoy!

The finished project: (sorry it's a mite blurry)


I don't know when exactly I completed these two steps, so I'll tack them onto the beginning so I don't forget to add them. I picked out this fabric from JoAnne's. (Luckily I had dragged the boyfriend there for an expedition prior and caught him admiring this fabric, so I knew he'd like it.) I prepared the fabric by using an envelope, a pencil, and a ruler to hash out the size I would need. Then I cut the fabric and ironed on a piece of lightweight interfacing.



I started off with 12 of these envelopes. My mom, from whom I have learned much of the paper crafting world, bestowed upon me her wondrous leftover scraps from a similar project. I believe she calls this gift 'tagboard' but I can't be sure. I had two pieces about this size but I ended up going through quite a few chunks of it by the time I was done due to my inability to keep track of which pieces went where.



Then I used a ruler and a pencil to mark where I was supposed to punch the holes to bind them together.


I used a hole punch to make the holes first. My mom had this giganto hole punch that I could punch through all 12 envelopes at once. My hand hurt like heck after. Of course, AFTER I punched through all of these envelopes, I found out I punched the holes on the right side. DO NOT DO THIS, IT WILL MESS UP YOUR BOOK.



So I tossed THOSE envelopes, got 12 more, drew another line, drew holes, then used one of Mom's scrapbooking tools (this one was some sort of mini awl she used to punch holes for 'grommits' I think) and a Pink Pearl eraser as an absorber to punch the holes through the envelope.

Then I used a long needle and thread to stitch the envelopes together.

Like so.

Here's what the underside looked like;

I got to the point where I used the mini awl and only got about halfway through, so I flipped the envelopes over and tried coming up with the awl through the bottom.

The envelope booklet will now look like this;

Notice how you can actually open the envelopes now. This is the right way to do it Wink

The idea with the envelope book was that I'd fill it with things, so I had to make sure the binding allowed the covers to fit the expanding. So, the next step is to put spacers around the stitching of the envelope booklet. I cut out two pieces of tagboard the height of the envelopes, and about half an inch wide.


Then I covered them with grey paper that matched my cover fabric. My go-to adhesive, Mod Podge, didn't work. Sadface. I used... 'Yes!' I believe it is called. It's a combination paper and fabric adhesive for 'heavy duty crafters' from what I learned. After I let that dry overnight, I took some large clips and hot glue and glued the spacers to the stitching of the envelope booklet.


Spacers attached and dry;


Next I used the booklet + spacers to measure how big to make the 3 binding pieces. The center binding piece was a little bit bigger than the width of the two spacers and the booklet combined. The other two were about the same size as the two spacers. However, these three pieces are the same length as the cover pieces which are about a quarter of an inch bigger than the envelopes, on each side. Anyway, here I laid the pieces on the prepared fabric and traced them onto fabric, then trimmed as necessary.



Next I used the 'Yes!' adhesive to attach the tagboard to the prepared fabric.



I let this dry overnight. Then I folded the fabric over, trimmed the corners, and used the Yes! adhesive again to secure the fabric. Because the adhesive was thick, it bled through the fabric a bit. In order to keep it flat, I used the same clips as before, but I stuck popsicle sticks between the clips and the fabric to keep the fabric from getting adhered to the clips.



After that dried, I cut a red ribbon and glued it into the spine of the cover. Then I measured and cut a long slice of grey paper and pasted it over the exposed tagboard and across the spine. I used a bone folding tool to make creases where the spine would bend. (Sorry, I didn't take a picture of this step.) Next I took hot glue and ran it down the spacers. VERY QUICKLY I pushed the spacers into the grey paper lining the cover and creased the cover so it folded into the shape. (I did some folding with it before I glued it together to make sure it would bend the way I intended it to.)



Lastly I took a black stamp pad and some oriental stamps my mom had to embellish a few pages.






Rawr! Imageshack won't let me upload any more images, it's being a pain. I give up. Haha. I'm sure you guys get the point tho, right? Wink Thanks for viewing!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / The Megadoily on: October 04, 2010 10:25:18 AM
I saw this online several weeks ago.


http://www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com/megadoily


Want!!!



And then I found they have an Etsy shop.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/43532832/handmade-mega-doily-rug

Yes, that's right. $600 for a small 3ft rug.


uhhhhh... sorry, can't do it.



So I was wondering - ladies and gents of the Craftster family - how would I go about doing this? I figure it to be an extra super large doily so I have a few patterns I can use. And I believe the lady who did this just used her hands, so I don't have to worry about trying to find a superhuge crochet hook. I am really just stuck on the material. They say it's made out of cotton rope. Where would I get it from? What kind can I use? And, here's the kicker, how do I find out how much I need? I do know how to crochet though it's been a few years since I sat down with Grandma and had her teach me, so any and all tips would be appreciated.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Replicating expensive storage - woodworking? on: October 20, 2008 10:08:11 PM
Okay, so.. I don't know how I find these places, but yesterday I was browsing the web and found a handful of Celtic/Wiccan boxes. I'm not into that sort of thing but these boxes are really nifty. HOWEVER... they're really decked out in Pagan symbols - and they're REALLY expensive for how tiny they are.

Here are the three I really like;
http://www.craftmagick.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=168&products_id=2066
http://www.craftmagick.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=168&products_id=2065
http://www.craftmagick.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=168&products_id=2055


I like the sizes they're at because I measured and they'll fit in the extra spaces in my room. I also think they'll be perfect for some of my excessively random craft items. (But I'm frustrated that they don't have any pictures of things open or with anything else in the picture to reference the size, grr.)

I was thinking that maybe I could just use some wood glue to construct them, and buy a sheet of inexpensive wood at the local home improvement store and have my dad help me cut them to size. (He's got clamps and saws and stuff in the garage.)


But, besides that, I'm not sure how I'd proceed. so... help! any advice would be wonderful.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / spider-webbed blouse on: October 14, 2008 11:46:10 AM
I love Halloween. it's my favorite holiday. but sometimes it just isn't acceptable to wear a Halloween costume around. so... I thought I'd try a classier approach to celebrating Halloween. I took a needle and some silver thread to an old black blouse and here's what I got.




Here are some close-ups.

First I did the right side of the blouse with a large spider-web. I wanted it to stretch over the sides and not directly over the front. I can't decide if I want to add another ring on the outside of it.



And then, because it looked nekkid still and I spotted someone very clever on here did something really cool on her blouse, I emulated it on the left collar. (I cant remember her name or the exact thread... I'll edit it in later when I find it)



Here's a shot of the back. It's plain except for the extended web. I've been thinking about adding a little spiderweb on the left shoulder, behind the sleeves.




sorry if they're hard to see. Flash + silver string = only half of the silver showing up.


thanks for looking! Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / pirate/fairy costume on: October 14, 2008 11:39:13 AM
I used part of a pattern from a previous year's costume to make the vest and the gathered, elastic top. the skirt was really a trial-and-error process, as I didn't use a pattern and found out the hard way that I needed a zipper to make it fit right. I wore it with big black wings on Saturday night.



Here's the front. I tacked on some leftover lace over the yoke of the skirt and leftover mesh/netting over the rest of it to give it a more rough look.



Here's a shot of the arm detail. I forgot the pattern for the blouse left the arms open so I went back and tacked a criss-cross design of ribbon over it.


And here's a shot of the back. I had leftover lace on the ends when I tacked it to the yoke, but I really liked how it looked so I left it on.




thanks for looking! Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / sand - where to find? on: March 30, 2008 07:32:59 PM
I've got this great big glass bowl that I've wanted to do a zen garden sort of thing with, but wherever I look for sand, they're selling it in 50 or 75 pound bags. Granted it's nice to see our local Lowe's pricing a 50 lb bag at $2, but I don't have any place to put the remaining 47.5 lbs of sand after I've got what I need for the project.

@_@

do you have any suggestions?
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