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1  These Ain's Yo Grandma's Doilies! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennjitsu on: February 02, 2010 10:27:34 AM
I don't know what it is about doilies, but I'm drawn to them.  If I come across them in thrift and antique stores, I snatch them up and recently acquired a huge load of them from my MIL and her neighbor.  I just had them hoarded in a box, awaiting assignment.  My MIL has a lot of her clothes from when they were stationed in wildly interesting places like the Phillipines and India or Brazil and she gives them to me when she discovers a box in the basement.  I was given a very plain stretch knit outfit and nearly gave it to Goodwill when it dawned on me that it would make a great lining for the doilies and the idea snowballed from there.  It took a lot of tedious cutting, hand-stitching (thank goodness for dressforms!)and rearranging but I finally finished! Phew!

Oh, and can you believe my photographer is only 4 years old?  Cheesy



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2  Hootin' an' Hollerin' Owl backpack in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jennjitsu on: December 08, 2009 01:59:22 PM
DD gets the most random ideas about what she wants, and for her first preschool backpack she wanted an owl, and one way or another she was going to get herself an owl!  I believe I used a McCalls pattern for the actual backpack but I'm not impressed with it.  I made the applique myself since the only appliques that came with the pattern were of a kitty, dog, lion and....something else that wasn't an animal of flight.



A little closer.  The eyes are vintage buttons from a HUGE jar I found at The Arc thriftstore for $5!


And the guts


I think next time I'll make the straps a bit shorter since it hangs awfully low, and I'm going to make it a little bigger around the middle strips, right now it's skimpy on room!

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3  Sweater Upgrade! My button stash is about 6 oz lighter... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jennjitsu on: December 07, 2009 04:52:46 PM
Not that 6 oz makes a dent in the hundreds of buttons I have left!
I had a sweater that looked great when it was new, but a few launderings left the shoulders wonky so I was going to donate it when I sate down and stared at it for a while.  I saw that the seams around the shoulder/yoke were pretty solid so I carefully snipped the arms away, doing a little hand-stitching in a few places that needed to be reinforced.  I picked out some cool buttons and sewed them over the undersized pockets and voila!  So glad I didn't let go!

Phase 1


Phase 2


Phase 3


Phase Dork


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4  Futon Facelift in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jennjitsu on: December 07, 2009 04:06:05 PM
I was getting impatient after getting sniped over and over on Ebay, trying to win a futon cover pattern.  I found a print I loved from Joann's home fabric section during one of the 50% sales.  I think it was Liz Claiborn but I'm not sure.  I bought what I was sure would be more than enough and laid it over the futon mattres, tucking and pinning until I made a kind of fitted sheet.  The plan is to eventually sew it to the existing cover (it's about 12 years old I think, many holes and worn spots!) but for now I have it attatched with about a zillion giant army safety pins!  I just didn't let the potty learning three yearold on the couch for a while!

I only have links since I'm so fresh Smiley
Before

After

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5  Tie your hiney to the chair! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jennjitsu on: December 07, 2009 03:58:28 PM
I made a tie skirt for my little sister (she wore my original 12 year old tie skirt to BITS) last Christmas that didn't go so well, so I made another this year that went swimmingly.  I had remnants left from both which turned out to be the perfect size to recover my dining chairs.



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6  Yay first post! Earring holders from Ikea shadow boxess in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jennjitsu on: December 07, 2009 03:51:10 PM
When DH and I were stationed in Germany about 6 years ago, I frequented Ikea and before we left I grabbed several unfinished shadow boxes.  They've made three moves in their shrinkwrap!  I finally decided to make them functional as earring holders.  
I had to bust the glass out of the front unfortunately.  I thought it would slide out but I was wrong.  For the back panel pictures I scanned in the cover art from two different pieces of antique piano sheet music from a huge collection my grandmother gave to me.  I printed them out and cut the most visually interesting parts to fit onto the back panel that slides in and out.  I used a picture hanging kit I snarfed out of DH's toolbox and screwed the loopy screws in after starting them with a hammer and strung the picture wire between them.  Easy peasy, under and hour!


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