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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / how to reinforce slipper sole on: February 10, 2012 07:06:41 PM
I have these bootie style slippers that are down filled but there's nothing on the bottom but two thin pieces of fabric.  What a crazy design!  You totally feel the cold through the floor AND they're not very soft to walk around in either.  I was thinking about cutting some foam inserts to put inside, but when I tried standing on some of my craft foam, it seemed pretty hard.  Anyone have any ideas?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Looking for suggestions on how to fix pajama waistbands on: May 27, 2011 07:18:04 AM
I have three girls, so our clothes get handed down a few times.  The problem with cotton knit pajamas is that quite often the waistband starts to develop tiny holes in the fabric along the top edge of the elastic casing.  Otherwise they're fine.  Anyone have a quick fix idea?  I thought about folding some ribbon in half over the top edge, but because of the elastic waist, it needs to have some give.     
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / doll campfire - need materials advice on: August 23, 2010 05:27:28 PM
My daughters and I want to make a toy campfire for their dolls.  I'm not sure what I'm going to use for the base - maybe wood in a doughnut shape?  I want to make a ring of rocks and leave an opening in the middle to put a battery tealight underneath.  What kind of adhesive can I use that will work on rocks? 
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / AG doll dress and pinafore on: July 24, 2010 03:50:42 PM
This is a dress that my mom made for my daughter's American Girl doll.  Aren't grandmas wonderful?  It's McCalls pattern 3275.  I hope that she won't stop making clothes for my girls' dolls now that we have our own doll clothes business.  Cheesy

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / roman shades from mini blinds on: April 29, 2010 07:46:03 AM
We're redecorating our living room and dining room and will be replacing the ugly old mini blinds with flat roman shades.  I saw this tutorial at http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/02/make-shades-out-of-mini-blinds.html for making roman shades out of mini blinds, and I thought this would be an easy way for me to make the new shades.  Unfortunately my husband also had some strong opinions about how this should be done.
1) He doesn't want the back to be unlined.  (I'm on board with this one since the windows face the front porch.)  
2)  He doesn't want sloppy folds, and he was worried that the blind slats would not give enough weight to make the shade fold nicely.  

I can sew, so I decided I could sew a lining and the front fabric together before hanging it.  Adding dowels seemed a little more tricky.   I decided to just sew a shade the "normal" way using Wrights roman shade tube tape that I bought at JoAnn (directions here: http://www.wrights.com/wrights/class/homedec/romanshade/romanshade.htm).  Per the directions, I put the first row of tape 2 inches from the bottom of the shade and then every 8 inches.  For hanging, I decided to still use the mini blind hardware to save me the step of making that part.  I cut the ladder string on the mini blinds and removed all the slats, leaving just the header and the cord.  Once I had sewn my fabric, I ran the mini blind cord through the cord loops on the tube tape and inserted wooden dowels through the tape for weight.  It pulls up okay, but going down is not very smooth.  The last fold gets caught (last row of tape and second to last row of tape) and won't come down unless I physically pull it.  I've tried it with and without a weight in the bottom and the same thing happens.  Any ideas?


(That's just a black bead I used to tie a knot in the cord at the bottom.  All of the pull is on that tiny little loop on the tape.  I can't believe that will really hold up over time.)  
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need help altering sleeves on shirt on: April 08, 2010 09:43:45 PM
I have a linen shirt/jacket that has gathers at the top of the sleeves (where it is attached at shoulder).  This creates a puffy sleeve/big shoulder look that is very unattractive for me.  Is there some way that I could make an alteration to remove the gathers?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Matching sundresses for a girl & her doll on: March 23, 2010 11:09:08 AM
My mom and I made these matching sundresses for my daughter and her American Girl doll Emily from some great fabric we got at JoAnn Fabrics.  


For the details, please visit my blog:
http://centralnjemilyroseathome.blogspot.com/2010/03/welcome-spring-with-matching-sundresses.html
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / modifying t-shirt for mock layered look on: March 21, 2010 12:59:48 PM
I like to wear v-neck t-shirts, but many of them seem to be cut really low.  In the cooler months, I just wear a cami underneath, but now that the warm weather is coming, I'm trying to figure out what to do.  I was thinking that if I could add something at the neckline, I could make a mock layered shirt.  Any suggestions on how to do this?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / modifying t-shirt for layered look on: March 21, 2010 12:57:28 PM
I like to wear v-neck t-shirts, but many of them seem to be cut really low.  In the cooler months, I just wear a cami underneath, but now that the warm weather is coming, I'm trying to figure out what to do.  I was thinking that if I could add something at the neckline, I could make a mock layered shirt.  Any suggestions on how to do this?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crocheting on fabric on: March 16, 2010 08:40:33 AM
I saw this kids top in a store, and I would love to make something similar for my daughter.
 


I'm not quite sure about how to crochet on fabric though.  What would I use to make the holes?  How would I prevent the fabric from fraying?  I like the addition of the beads, but I think I'll forgo making it THAT complicated for now.   Cheesy
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