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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Nursery letter bow holder... on: December 13, 2007 01:43:15 PM
I don't know if this is the right forum, but I recently made a couple gifts for a friend who has a baby girl, and I think they would make great baby shower gifts!

First I made her a custom bow holder to match her nursery. The idea is to clip hair bows onto the ribbon. Here is the first one I made using this idea, although it is not very attractive at all...it was my "tester"  Tongue But just to show how it works....

And here is the one I made for my friend:

Closeup of the rose (sorry it's kind of fuzzy)

She has a flower fairy theme in her nursery, with characters from the books by CM Barton. I decoupaged a few of the fairies on the letter, and I attached the long ribbon to it. I also painted one of these really gaudy butterfly charms I found at the craft store with fabric paint to match. To weigh down the ribbon, I made a rose out of polymer clay, which I then painted to match the letter.

Any comments are welcome! Let me know what you think, this is the first time I've done a project like this (normally I do clothing) and I had so much fun with it!

Oh, and here are a couple little bows I made for her too...they are on little alligator clips:
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby leg warmers (with tutorial!) on: November 13, 2007 12:56:53 PM
I just posted this on the general discussion board to help someone out but I figured I'd post it here too....

Ok prepare yourself for the most ghetto tutorial ever...lol! Please excuse my nasty carpet, I have a 10 month old...

First take the sock and cut off the end like so:

Then, cut off the heel part of the sock and the toe part and discard of the ends:

Then, take the middle part that is left, and fold it into a makeshift cuff:

Sew the raw edges together:

I use a serger for this part just because it's easier and they are more durable but you could get away with a zig zag stitch)

And viola!

here they are in action!


And some more that I've made:

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Which ink to use...is fabric paint ok? on: November 12, 2007 11:44:33 AM
I'm hoping you guys can help me...

I'm new to screen printing...I've mostly just been doing stenciling thus far and that's worked out pretty well for me but I'm working on a more complex design right now so I'm going to give it a shot. I'm actually only making one shirt (it's a gift for a friend) so I really don't need anything too....industrial. I'm just wondering if I can just use regular fabric paint, or if I need to buy screen printing ink? And I keep hearing about how awesome plastisol is, but do you need to get one of those super expensive flash dryers to use it? Or is there a down and dirty DIY method you can use (I'm thiking of the oven but I don't want to set my house on fire!  Embarrassed)
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How do you keep paint from bleeding through? on: November 12, 2007 06:07:52 AM
Hey guys, I keep having this problem when I'm stenciling where the paint bleeds through to the inside of the shirt...is there any way to prevent this? Am I just pressing too hard or using too much paint or something? Also, I want the end result to be soft and smooth, is there a certain kind of paint I should use, or technique?


5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need help creating shabby-chic peice for nursery on: November 09, 2007 10:07:56 AM
I'm making a bow holder and a stool for a friends nursery...her nursery theme is CM Barkers flower fairies

This is her nursery:

I found a book that has the fairies in Decoupage...I'm thinking that I'm going to do that method. I know basically how to do it...but I want them to have a shabby-chic, vintage feel. How would I acheive that? Is there a certain technique or paint I could yse as a base? The peices I'm working with are just plain wood...

Here's a link to the decoupage book:
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / My first attempt at stenciling... on: November 08, 2007 01:38:58 PM
I admit I was skeptical about the freezer paper technique but I'm now a convert! I made this shirt for my daughter just now...took me less than half an hour from start to finish!

I think I should have made it all one color and maybe put the baloon a little higher, but for my first attempt I'm pretty happy!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I need help finding a pattern... on: November 08, 2007 06:34:52 AM
My friend is having a baby and I want to make a diaper bag for her that looks like this

She's obsessed with bows so I think she'll love it! I've never made a bag before but this looks like something I could do...Does anyone know where I could find a pattern like this?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / What is your favorite fabric designer? on: November 07, 2007 08:58:04 AM
Since I'm officially addicted to fabric I thought this would be a fun thread to see what everyone favorite designer is!

I love:
Alexander Henry
Anna Maria
Free Spirit
Baby Nay
Robert Kaufman

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can you line a lightweight fabric with fleece? on: November 07, 2007 06:54:57 AM
I have this adorable Alexander Henry fabric that I want to turn into a pair of pants for my daughter...problem is it's VERY lightweight and won't work for a CT winter! I have some lightweight fleece that is a corresponding color and I am wondering if maybe I can line the pants with that...and if so how do you do that? Do you just add more of a seam allowance to the pattern or what?

(Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm a novice sewer!)
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best stich for stretchy knit... on: November 07, 2007 06:40:39 AM
One of my projects is baby legwarmers...there is a tutorial if anyone wants to see, they are really cute! But anyways, basically what it involves is taking a pair of tube socks, and cutting off the foot part, and turning that foot into a cuff, and then sewing it on the end of the tube. I've been playing around with different ways but I can't seem to get the result I want...The end gets too stretched out or it puckers around the end that I'm sewing.

I want the end to be tight, if that makes sense...because it's supposed to be a cuff. But I don't want it to pucker. I have a serger...does anyone have a suggestion for a good stich?
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