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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two Bags Inspired by the Guitar Bag! on: January 06, 2008 09:52:54 AM
While browsing Craftster I saw this bag by mewyam http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210511.0 and since my kids were watching they just wanted me to make one for each of them modeled after their guitar hero guitar---they have more faith in my skills than I do because I have never made a bag, purse or anything and I am just getting back to sewing and crafting after many years hiatus---but I went for it anyway cause with kids you can totally mess up and they still love it and you, great motivators they are for the ego...anyway here they are:

This one is spidey fabric, with blue satin stuff lining, the white bar is supposed to be the Wii controller (bad flash pics) that you stick into the guitar to play the game(for those not familiar) but I traced the actual guitar to come up with the pattern--the buttons are some vintage ones I had laying around and finally have a project to use them on although they are a bit heavy for the fabric they are just about the same size and shininess as the ones on the real guitar so I had to use them I think I will do a tighter stitch to get them to lay flat--I will try to take some better pics cause you can not see the wii controls that I stitched onto this





Here is the pink one, wish she had picked another color cause the contrast did not turn out well against the details...and the whammy bar is not the size I wanted but she wanted it that way...and in this one you can see the Wii remote details, that was fun...She wanted a zipper on the inside of her bag but I think the zipper made it bunch at the top, she plans on using this to take her dolly dressing supplies & accessories to her friend's house and she did not want stuff to fall out, should have known not to make a bag for the critical purse maven who at her tender age of 7 already has a wall in her closet dedicated to purses with a nail for each one





It was a fun project overall, great sewing practice and a good break from the swap stuff I have been working on....thanks mewyam for the good inspiration!  Enjoy!

Anyone know how to make the pictures bigger?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / No need to worry Underdog is Furry....7yo designed sweater on: December 31, 2007 06:46:01 PM
So she took great pride in finding a sweater and tracing out the pattern and cutting it and glueing it onto the sweater and since I am addicted to here she wanted me to put it on too....her dog is so cute now.





Enjoy!  Never to early to start the love of crafting!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Plain toy trunks to painted cool....Image obese on: December 28, 2007 01:22:44 PM
This first one was painted for my oldest who has her room painted and themed for Harry Potter so I made her a dragon traveling trunk when she goes to track down the dragons from the Dragonology book.  We used stickers from that book-I think they came with the guide--as well as scrapbook traveling pieces from around the world. The trunk pieces are from goodwill leather belts and metal pieces and the 'lock' part are the backings from a drawer pulls which I found the round one for the 'lock' and the long ones for the 'metal bindings'  ...you can see the end of one belt above the 'lock'

The pillow on top is covered with two leather strips and tea colored muslin



This is a side view, this trunk was ugly, dirty white when I bought it from a garage sale for $2





And this is a view of the inside of the lid, I like the dragon scratches-they are stickers from the Dragonology book



I covered all the stickers with a water based clear coat sealer-several layers for kid proofing


The second trunk was for my youngest daughter, she chose the Mary Englebreit fabric and all the colors and stickers-she is very firm in what she likes-you can see the bright colors she has in her room by the yellow on the wall





View of the inside of the lid with scrapbook pieces of 'seed packets' and victorian clothing (these are actually 3D and required a lot of clear coat)




This trunk was also a dirty white and had to be repaired on the bottom, I just coincidentally found them two weeks apart at garage sales and knew what I was meant to do, lol, we did add a kid safety hinge on this one because the lid tended to slam down.

This last one was something I cobbled together from scrap wood to contain the magazines, I stenciled it on to the primed wood with acrylics--I made the stencils after seeing them in a craft book, so I did not design them but I cut them and adapted them



Here is the frog stencil side



Here is the fairy castle side, darn warped scrap wood



Here is my fav part of the whole thing, I just love this scene--the inside is just a plain color and the shelf behind it is a work in progress bookshelf/costume trunk



Enjoy!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Baa La La on: December 28, 2007 12:42:29 PM
Please welcome Baa La La to the stuffed animal universe.  She was supposed to be small but as I was sewing her body kept getting bigger, must be sheep magic? So she poofed herself up to become a sittable, leanable stuffy and as long as you don't block her mouth (so she can have access to beautiful flowers) you can hang out with her.  She also chose her own lips, requested two pink bows on her ears(and promptly pulled one off, which I can not figure out how she did that because she has no neck) and the necklace from my daughter...she is very persnickity and totally loveable!  She even named herself!





And here is a close up so you can see her button eyes.  Unfortunately in the poofing process she was made without feet but mostly because she is so large she has to roll everywhere and feet would just ruin the rolling momentum but she does have a nubby tail under which rests the hole (now sewed together) through which her body was stuffed (the girls loved that part and I did too because it was like vet school only no gloves needed lol)--she requested that we not take a photo of her backside for obvious reasons!  Enjoy!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Gauchos for the girls!--Now with the cape on: December 28, 2007 12:29:53 PM
Made these for my youngest for her violin recital but forgot to take a pic of the outfit that eve so today I finally got her to put these back on, they turned out very easy but I overestimated her size and so they have to be arranged around her waist, other than that she loves them and that is what is impt right?!





Ok so then the oldest wanted a pair and she got into my vintage fabric stash and picked out some LOVELY polyester style which actually turned out pretty cool and it really matches her style, I like the whole pirate fling the ties give these.....forgive the loving looks on my kids faces, the oldest one is on a guitar hero binge and has been rocking into the wee hours and her hair is permanantly mussed because she has taken to wearing bat ears on some imagination kick she is on and the little one just plain does not like to do things because I asked her to

I made both pants longer than normal because the girls wanted them longer and wider-perhaps born in the wrong era?  LOL





They are from Design A of Butterick B4848

Added this image of the cape that went with the outfit-just finishing the top never got it done in time but the colors of the fabric and sparkles went with the colors on the top and I will post that when it is finished!---I procrastinated and did not get the top done for her concert so I figured I would at least get these done first!





There is a matching sparkle 'blob' on the other side and she picked her ribbon to go with it...too fun to make!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Patterns that fit Bratz dolls on: December 18, 2007 06:18:18 AM
Ok so my daughter wanted some of these for the holidays and I found some used ones on ebay.  Surprisingly none of these girls came with any slutty outfits just regular clothes.  But now I want to make some clothes for them and so to ask you doll making experts what free patterns will fit them?  Some of the Blythe patterns are nice, I don't think Barbie clothes will fit them so any suggestions?

Or perhaps a doll clothes making tutorial so I can design my own?  Thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Have I forgotten how to do elastic? on: December 16, 2007 09:06:54 AM
I have made clothes before but all of a sudden I am having problems putting elastic in a pair of pants.  The elastic only goes on the back of this pattern- I am making design A of Butterick B4848- why is it not stretching?  Does anyone have a link to a tute sort of thing on elastic I am sure once I read I will figure out what I am doing wrong.

Perhaps sewing until the wee hours of the morning does not help the thinking process!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How to recontsruct a sweater vest? on: October 13, 2007 02:57:40 PM
It is like a size 12 and I want to reconstruct it into a dress/skirt thing for my preppy daughter....any suggestions or links?

My daughter is a size 6x/7 so I think I would only have to add a skirt at the bottom or I could make this a long skirt/dress thing to wear over pants...I would love advice even funky stuff as she loves just unusual clothes...Thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Warmer Kimono pattern w/ top & Pants on: October 07, 2007 06:04:19 PM
OK with all the talk about the kimono dress and the temps here dipping down I would like to be pointed towards a pattern for a warm top and pants outfit...obviously pants are the easy part I have tons of patterns for those BUT what type of material for kids would be washable, durable for the season?  A thick knit?  Would quilted fabric work? 
10  UNITED STATES / New Mexico / Funky Art Gals Forming-Albuquerque on: September 29, 2007 04:53:04 PM
We are mostly homeschool moms but if you are in our area and want to join in please contact me.  We do welcome other moms and we do not care where/how you educate your kids just that we choose to homeschool ours!

We are mainly on the westside and we might not always use proper language in the heat of the moment so we are not for the faint of heart but then again we are not totally wackadoos (you meet us and decide lol)...just a bunch of moms getting together to get our groove back.

Notice how we did not use the word 'mom' anywhere in our title.  Talking about kids is ok but NOT going on and on about the little darlings...they get enough 'me' time.  Also, no religious or political talk that would kill our group real darn quick!

All types of crafters welcome we will just meet at each other's houses and create together and breathe easier and sleep better!

Email me mtandg@yahoo.com

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