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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Pillowcase Apron Tutorial on: February 18, 2011 07:29:48 AM
I know this is a super old thread now but I had to bring it back because I just tried this tutorial out today.

This is, I think, the third thing I've tried sewing since I got a (quite lightweight, and it did struggle!) sewing machine for Christmas, and I'm so chuffed with it.

I got these pillowcases from my ex boyfriend who had it in his stash of bed linen that he'd accumulated from his mother (who is a right hoarder). As soon as I saw them I just knew they could be turned into something awesome, with such pretty floral pattern - if I ever learnt to sew. So I kept them. Two years later, and here one of them is, reincarnated as an apron!

Thank-you so much!







2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTET: One Tiny Emboidered Thing GALLERY on: July 14, 2010 08:29:01 AM
I received from LuckDragon (finally), and I love it! I was forever losing my Oyster card in my bag because I had nothing to keep it in, but now it can go in this amazing travelcard holder that LuckDragon embroidered with a koi carp (because I like Japanese things), wahey! Cheesy





Thank-youuuu! Cheesy Now let's hope that my package doesn't take too long to reach you. Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTET: One Tiny Embroidered Thing Sign ups until June 5th/ Send-outs July 12th on: June 18, 2010 08:01:22 AM
I got some Sulky Solvy, trace pattern onto that with a permanent marker, then stitch onto the fabric, wash off, voila. Smiley

I've just started stitching mine today. Cheesy
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTET: One Tiny Embroidered Thing Sign ups until June 5th/ Send-outs July 12th on: June 06, 2010 01:46:33 PM
Wahey - stalking, commence! This is gonna be fun. Smiley

Hey partner!  Can't wait for the questionnaires!  I already have some ideas just based on your wist...we have very similar taste!  This is going to be great!  Grin

Oh yes! I have so many ideas for you flooding my brain, can't wait to get the questionnaire. Cheesy
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTET: One Tiny Embroidered Thing Sign ups until June 5th/ Send-outs July 12th on: June 06, 2010 01:18:34 PM
Wahey - stalking, commence! This is gonna be fun. Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTET: One Tiny Embroidered Thing Sign ups until June 5th/ Send-outs July 12th on: June 05, 2010 01:53:28 AM
I swear I keep coming back to this thread and refreshing it as though that would somehow make time go faster. I desperately want to start stitching!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTET: One Tiny Embroidered Thing Sign ups until June 5th/ Send-outs July 12th on: June 03, 2010 01:48:19 AM
Ok - I want in. Not done any swaps since 2008, and would like something small to get going again. Wink Sending questionnaire now.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Embrace your disease? on: June 03, 2010 12:54:07 AM
I'm actually still looking out for the next round of 'I have a disease' swap so that I can join on behalf of my best friend, if anyone is hoping to organise that soon I'd be interested. Smiley

I think that it is more appropriate to craft people things related to their own disease that would be fun or useful or to cheer someone up - but you would still learn about your partner's disease in the process.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I Have a Disease Round 4 (sign up closed send out 10/12/09) on: October 17, 2009 12:59:53 PM
I love the idea of this swap, but I don't have any disease (well - only diagnosed PMS, really, which the Dr has now advised me to combat by taking a BC pill for 3 months at a time so I only have PMS 4 weeks a year Tongue) but my best friend has just been diagnosed with HMS (the Dr kept telling her it was just RSI and that it would go away soon... yeah :/) and I keep thinking of things that I could get/make her to make life easier (she basically can't use her hands - not even to read anymore - without being in excrutiating pain) like electronic tin openers, double-handled mugs and wrist warmers to cover her unsightly tubigrips... and it's a little fun.

If there's another round - do you think I could join in return for goodies for my friend?
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horrible Old Furniture into New Sleek Black and Gold Set (Image Heavy) on: September 06, 2009 07:44:09 AM
Me and my boyfriend hoped to get a new unfurnished flat to move in together a few months ago. I saw his horrible old furniture and decided that we really needed to do something about it before I would let it into a nice new home. Thankfully, the chest of drawers and cabinet in his bedroom were solid wood and very sturdy. We decided to recondition them and save ourselves the walletache of having to purchase new.

After:







And together in use in our new home:


Before:







What we did:

Originally we painted them in black gloss, but I found it too 'polished' so we went over again with matt black spray paint. I then masked the edges of the drawers and tops with masking tape so that we could spray paint a gold outline. We tried putting a stencil on the top of the cabinet but it didn't come out 100% perfect and the stencil (though apparently re-usable) was rendered unusable so we couldn't repeat the process for the drawers.

We then replaced all the old knobs with brand new crystal knobs, and lined the inside of the drawers and cabinet with some pretty patterned and soft textured wallpaper. Both of these things we obtained from our local hardware store. The total cost was quite high, but not as high as trying to buy brand new bedside cabinets and drawers, so we are happy. Smiley
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