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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Snow Princess on: November 15, 2004 07:12:46 AM
Santa made his grand arrival at the local mall this weekend, and as a part of the festivities there was a prince and princess parade -- the kids got to walk throught the mall with Santa.  There had to have been 200 kids there -- It was barely controlled chaos, but we had fun.  The kids got to come in costume (as a prince or princess), and since I figured that everyone else would have the generic princess costumes from the disney store or wal-mart, I decided to make snow princess & prince costumes for my daughter and nephew.  We got loads of compliments and it was great that they looked different from everyone else.

Snow Princess -- Michaela 3 1/2
 

Snow Prince -- Phillip 9 weeks
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Meaningful handmade gifts....... on: November 10, 2004 11:56:19 AM
I got into a discussion with some of my coworkers at lunch about meaningful handmade gifts.  So out of curiosity, what is the most meaningful handmade item that you have ever gotten?

-- my younger sister is hyper, high-strung, and very energetic -- Sort of the ADHD poster child.  When I was pregnant with my daughter she asked her boyfriend's mother (who is now her mother-in-law) to teach her how to quilt so that she could make something for my daughter.  At my baby shower, she gave me a beautiful quilt that fits a twin sized bed -- she had pieced and quilted the entire thing by herself.  She refused to let anyone help her.  It is beautiful, and it is even more meaningful because I know how hard it is for her to sit still and focus on any one item.
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween -- Poodle Skirt on: November 08, 2004 10:24:33 AM
My daughter's halloween costume.  It's actually the first thing that I have used a pattern to make (although I had to shorten it twice for my munchkin.)  The material was 1.00 a yd at Wal-Mart on the discount table  Smiley
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My CD Purse..... NEW PHOTOS on: October 22, 2004 07:45:38 AM
My latest creation  -- Van Halen CD Purse..........




I made it using the same principle as the Magazine purse, just using the booklets out of the front of my CD's.
It's lined with black glitter felt and the handles are something that I bought off of a roll in the ribbon secion at the craft store.  I'm not totally thrilled with it, but for a first time it wasn't too bad.  I made another last night using my Tim McGraw Cd's and it turned out even better.  It just hasn't been lined and doesn't have handles yet. 

  So now I have one for when I am feeling country and one for when I am feeling rock-n-roll  Grin
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Sewing my Magazine Purse -- HELP on: October 20, 2004 05:39:25 AM
I am in the process of making a magazine style purse, and I have run into a few snags.  I used clear contac paper to laminate the pics that I am using, but now I can't get it sewn because the needle is picking up sticky residue from the contac paper.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could fix this?  I finally gave up last night with it half way assembled because the thread kept breaking and I was getting VERY frustrated.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Recieving Blanket baby tote....... on: October 19, 2004 08:22:11 AM




My sister recently had a baby and was complaining that all of the bags that she had gotten were a little too big and bulky for short trips (ie to the grocery store, wal-mart, or to a restaurant)  I was thinking about her dilemma while picking up toys for my daughter and had a brief flash of insight while holding a recieving blanket.  

Here are the results.  It is a very simple 2 sided tote with a shoulder strap and velcro closure.  I backed the blanket with the neatest stuff -- it is designed to be bedspread backing, so it is already quilted and finished on one side, you just add whatever you want to the other side and viola.  The 200 yr old lady at the tiny shop where I found it said that people buy it alot to make tied quilts.  I've been using it in purses and totes.  

The photos on the sides are just black and white printouts on cardstock that I covered with clear contact paper and sewed to the sides of the bag.  It's just the right size for short trips and she loved the photos.  The handsome little fellow is my nephew Phillip and the rotten toddler is my daughter Michaela ;-)
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Receiving Blanket baby tote on: October 18, 2004 01:35:38 PM





I guess this counts as a reconstruct since it used to be a receiving blanket. 

My sister recently had a baby and was complaining that all of the bags that she had gotten were a little too big and bulky for short trips (ie to the grocery store, wal-mart, or to a restaurant)  I was thinking about her dilemma while picking up toys for my daughter and had a brief flash of insight while holding a receiving blanket. 

Here are the results.  It is a very simple 2 sided tote with a shoulder strap and velcro closure.  I backed the blanket with the neatest stuff -- it is designed to be bedspread backing, so it is already quilted and finished on one side, you just add whatever you want to the other side and viola.  The 200 yr old lady at the tiny shop where I found it said that people buy it alot to make tied quilts.  I've been using it in purses and totes. 

The photos on the sides are just black and white printouts on cardstock that I covered with clear contact paper and sewed to the sides of the bag.  It's just the right size for short trips and she loved the photos.  The handsome little fellow is my nephew Phillip and the rotten toddler is my daughter Michaela ;-)
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Hello Kitty Embroidered Poncho - with pictures and tutorial on: October 07, 2004 12:05:48 PM
Some of this is a copy from another thread - sorry if it's repetitious  Wink

I've been enjoying this site for a while now - getting all kinds of cool ideas.  I was browsing all the nice embroidery projects when I stumbled onto Jenny Hart's great patterns.  I was inspired to start a few projects for myself.

The first thing that I tried was a fleece poncho for my daughter with one of the Sublime Stitching Kitties.  Well, the embroidery was ok but I totally screwed up the measurements and it is WAY to big for my tiny 3 year old.  I am still working with it in the hopes that I can salvage at least part of it.  If nothing else I am going to cut the embroidered kitty out to use as a patch on her jeans or something.

Anywhooooo, I tried the poncho project again this weekend with much better results.  I used a hello kitty for the embroidery and much smaller dimensions for the poncho.  She loves it and I think it looks pretty good.  Plus, she wore it when we went to a football game on friday night and people kept asking me where I found it and if they could buy one.  I may have stumbled into a way to make some extra $$ for Christmas.

Here are the finished results:
http://home.ripway.com/2004-10/183816/kittyfull.jpg
http://home.ripway.com/2004-10/183816/kittyclose.jpg

It was ridiculously easy, and a couple of people asked for the dimensions and how to, so here goes:

You will need to start with a Square of your chosen fabric.  I used fleece for this one, but any knit or decent warm fabric could be used.  I made one for a friends niece out of a nice jersey material because her niece lives in California and didnt need it to be too heavy.

1.  My daughter wears about a 3T so I used a piece of fleece that was 17x17 inches square.

2.  Fold it in half on the diagonals twice. (corners 1& 4 together, and then corners 2& 3)

3.  Next cut a small curve in the top of the triangle.  This will give you a rounded neck hole.

4.  Then I rounded the 2 corners that were going to be around her shoulders/arms so that they wouldnt stick straight out, leaving the other 2 points to be the center of the front and back.

5.  Now it is ready to embellish or embroider as you see fit.  I like the way that it turned out, but it seems a little plain.  I think that I may cut a little fringe around the edges since I dont really have to worry about fleece  unraveling.

http://home.ripway.com/2004-10/183816/ponchotutorial.jpg

edit -- Sorry for the hugeness of the picture - I am still getting the hang of all of this.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hello Kitty Poncho........ photos edited and tut added on: October 04, 2004 07:54:50 AM
I've been enjoying this site for a while now - getting all kinds of cool ideas.  I was browsing all the nice embroidery projects when I stumbled onto Jenny Hart's great patterns.  I was inspired to start a few projects for myself.

The first thing that I tried was a fleece poncho for my daughter with one of the Sublime Stitching Kitties.  Well, the embroidery was ok but I totally screwed up the measurements and it is WAY to big for my tiny 3 year old.  I am still working with it in the hopes that I can salvage at least part of it.  If nothing else I am going to cut the embroidered kitty out to use as a patch on her jeans or something.

Anywhooooo, I tried the poncho project again this weekend with much better results.  I used a hello kitty for the embroidery and much smaller dimensions for the poncho.  She loves it and I think it looks pretty good.  Plus, she wore it when we went to a football game on friday night and people kept asking me where I found it and if they could buy one.  I may have stumbled into a way to make some extra $$ for Christmas.

Here are the finished results:



http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/11484ponch_tut.gif 
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Question for the masses on: September 30, 2004 11:22:34 AM
I am fairly new to the site, but not to crafting  -- anywhoo, I have a question about embroidery-

I attempted to put a kitty (thank you Jenny Hart)  on a fleece poncho for my daughter.  It turned out ok, but I had a bit of trouble due to the thickness of the thread (I'll try to post a picture later).  Turns out that my measurements for the poncho were all out of whack and it is enormously huge, so I will be starting over tonight.

Before I try again--  My question is - how many strands of the thread should I be using?

and - how hard is it to embroider on denim?

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