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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reupholstered Goodwill arm chair with IKEA fabric on: July 02, 2011 10:59:53 PM


This is what my chair looks like now!


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And this is what it originally looked like.



At first, I was aiming to go to the bookstore, but took a wrong turn and ended up on the other side of the street.  Oops.  "Well," I thought to myself, "Got to turn around somewhere, so I guess I'll look in Goodwill while I'm there."  Smiley

And then I saw this chair at Goodwill.  Now, normally I'm a refashion-your-clothes or an I'm-super-short, hem-your-pants kind of person.  And sometimes make a bag or a dress.  So I love to go through the other Craftster boards, but had to do some searching to figure out where to put this post!  Smiley



And it cost $4.99, so I thought, "What the heck," and bought it.  (Well, after calling my sister--who's more stylish and more practical than I and debating it for awhile.  And then struggled to get it into the backseat of my station wagon--it BARELY fit.)



So then I started taking it apart.  (Above is an anti-climatic picture of me trying to pull the feet off the chair...)  And then left it in the middle of the living room in its not-so-pretty state (there was fluffy white padding everywhere) for a few weeks while I bought fabric at IKEA (which cost more than 8 times the cost of the chair, but whatever).



And stapled, and sewed, and sewed some more (mostly stapled, LOL...) and this is what I happened.  Smiley  It's definitely not perfect, but I learned a lot in the process.  And I know that I won't do it again for a long time!


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Somewhat-small springy/summery messenger bag (purse) on: June 01, 2009 09:59:04 PM
So... I've always been lurking on craft sites, but here's another shot at what I've been working on lately.  

The urge to craft always strikes in the latter half of the term. Smiley

















And a key fob thingy...


I tried to make something that I can put stuff in but is not a normal messenger-bag type style.  Let's see... I used some twill and some Amy Butler (?) fabric that i had in my stash.  And a magnetic snap.  And lots and lots of thread!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / reverse applique panda t-shirt on: September 03, 2008 04:59:32 PM
Here's the shirt I burned... long story, I was trying to dry it with a hairdryer and it got too hot and burned a small hole.  I wanted to fix it (it was my first time wearing it...) so I decided to do a reverse applique to fix the hole.  I found the stencil as a pumpkin carving stencil (google "hp wwf stencils" without the quotation marks).

(Here's the instructions I used http://darnkat.wordpress.com/reverse-applique-tutorial/)

And here are the pictures!  Sorry the one with my whole shirt is a bit wrinkly...





4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Whale "applique" drawstring backpack on: August 23, 2008 12:26:06 AM




Here's my take on making a drawstring backpack.  I didn't really use a pattern, but for figuring out how to thread the straps, I used Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing book.

The bag is made out of the rest of a sheet from Ikea that I used to make a dress out with, and the "applique" is made from my sister's old jeans.  The reason I put "applique" in quotes is because I know I'm not doing it the correct way... I cut out the shapes, glued them in place with a glue stick, and sewed around the edges.  Hey, at least I used the clear machine foot (for the first time)! 

It's smaller than I wish it were, but it's because I didn't have a very big piece of material to start with, so it's okay the way it is.  I can't wait to use it!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry blossom bag on: April 06, 2008 02:05:38 PM
So, after "lurking" on craftster for awhile now, I decided to make my first post - this is a bag I finished recently... it's denim with felt appliques (okay, I cheated and used craft glue...).  I wanted something more springy.

It's not my best work, but oh well Smiley

6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / any ideas for using plastic water bottles (the 16 oz size)? on: April 06, 2008 01:46:49 PM
I have some of those plastic water bottles (the bottled water kind), and I was wondering if there are any good craft ideas that would use 1 per person (for a group of girls).  I might have enough for two per kid, if necessary.

Oh, and by the way, I don't normally buy bottled water like this - I saved them though because I thought I might able to use them for a project.  Maybe something like this?

http://www.craftypod.com/?p=152

I just don't want it to get too complicated (for girls about age 8-11).
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lotta Jansdotter sunhat ideas for modifying it... on: April 06, 2008 01:33:20 PM
I really want to make a hat, but after seeing what they could look like on google, I decided that this is not what I'm looking for.  I've looked some, but are there any good (and free) bucket hat-style patterns on the web?  Or is there a good way to modify it so it's not so much like a sunhat? 
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