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61  Re: New purse with fabric I designed in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: November 28, 2009 03:48:22 PM
Well, I looked into it - it's $18 per yard for quilter's cotton, $32 for the uphostery weight.  Pretty steep, but I ordered some to be made from a painting my son did in art class at school:

I just love how his painting came out, and using it with the mirrored repeat feature on spoonflower - it looks totally cool!  I really hope it comes out well.  I'll let people know once I get it back!

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62  Luigi (of Mario Brothers fame) and a camoflage jet airplane! in Halloween Costumes by Padester on: October 31, 2009 06:17:19 PM
So, after making these largely fleece costumes for my kids, it's 80 degrees(!) on Halloween night!  They wore slightly altered versions of these for actual trick-or-treating . . .


- I hadn't yet put another elastic thread on the right hand glove, so it's a bit floppy - I fixed it for Halloween!

Jet Airplane:

This is where you can see the cute boy wearing the costume (not that I'm biased or anything . . . )


Coming in for a landing:

You can really see in this pic the reflective tape I put on the back so that cars would be able to see him . . . turned out not to matter - we were out mostly when it was still light out!

Thanks for looking!!

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63  Re: Family water bottle holders in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: September 02, 2009 05:29:31 AM
Okay - here is the tute I used:

This is the one I made for my father:
I decided against the pockets on the current ones, as it adds a lot of work and not enough use for me to make it worthwhile.

And here is a link to LittleMe's variation, where I had gotten the pocket idea:

And HeartofMary is the one I was thinking about wiht the other variation:

Cool, eh?

And here are some pics of the D-ring construction:

I chose this one because you can see the pink stitiching.  You just sew both D-rings in like this, then thread them like this:

I hope the visuals help!!
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64  Family water bottle holders (Now with tute links and D-ring pics in post #10) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: September 01, 2009 07:00:07 PM
I made a couple of these for my parents as gifts, but hadn't gotten around to making them for us . . . then took the family to an amusement park and borrowed the ones I'd made my parents - SOOO useful!  So I finally got around to making them for us!

Here they are:

From R to L - for me, my DD, my DH, and my DS.  I didn't do the Dora fabric right - I turned it so there were 2 upright Dora's and one upside-down . . . didn't think about the fact that the upside-down one would be front and center!  Oh, well . . .

Mine and DH's hanging up

The kids' ones hanging - see the right-side-up Dora?   Cheesy

Thanks for looking!

Moderator edit: click here to find tutorial links and more helpful information
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65  Sushi bag for my hubby in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: June 27, 2009 06:53:00 PM
Well, I made my dh a bag for father's day, but it was apparently too small for his intended purposes.  So I made him a new one with this really cool sushi fabric!

The whole thing:

I put a zip pocket in one of the sides:

It's a little crooked, but still gets the job done!

Spacebots lining for the zip pocket  Cheesy :

And Buggs Bunny to go on the inside of the main compartment:

Comments and critiques are welcome - thanks for looking!! Grin
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66  father's day gifts (links to tutorials in post #3) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: June 10, 2009 05:13:58 PM
Hi all!

Here are a couple of things I made for my dad and my hubby for father's day:

For my dad - a water bottle holder, made from the tute that Little Me made hers from.  I'll see about posting a link later - I'm in  a rush now:

another view:

And for my hubby - he requested a bag that could hold his shoes and something else for workouts, etc:

Pocket lining picked out by my dd:

Inside lining:

edit 6-13-09: sorry to remove the pics, but my dh, who rarely looks at our flickr account, is about to add some photos to it this weekend, so I needed to take them down for a while.  I'll put them back after f's day!

okay - again on 6-13 . . . I took the pics off my flickr site, but they're still here . . . If you see them, sorry to confuse you.  If not, the above explains why! Huh

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67  Quilt for my son - all his favorite stuff! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 14, 2009 06:16:55 AM
So I just finished a small quilt for my 6yo son, and let him pick the fabrics from my stash. 

Here is the whole thing:

Can you tell that his favorite color is yellow? Cheesy

Here's a pic a little bit closer that shows all the different fabrics (plain yellow, yellow with nuts and bolts, black cats, bicycles, bulldozers, tools, blueprints, star wars and baseballs:

And here are a few that show the different fabrics a bit closer:

He used it to sleep with last night, so it's a bit more wrinkled and linty than it might be otherwise.  It would still be a bit wrinkly, as I was not terribly careful with putting it together Tongue.  But he loves it, and that's what counts!

the back is just yellow fleece that I had to piece together, as I didn't have a big enough piece in the stash.  Everything is from the stash, so it essentially cost me nothing!  I need to make another like it . . . not with the same fabrics, but just using stuff from the stash - nice and economical.  (And it makes room for me to buy more cute new fabric! Wink)

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68  Quilt for my 3yo daughter out of flannel scraps and new fleece backing in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: February 23, 2009 11:01:57 AM
Okay - so here it is:

This was my first time trying to quilt with triangles, and my first time using my 1/4" foot (LOVE that!).  I did okay on some of the pinwheels:

But some did not turn out so well:

I think it's a measuring thing - I think I stacked too many layers of fabric when cutting out the squares and they were not all exact in their measurements.  Live and learn!

And here is a pic of it with a corner folded over to show the backing fleece - nice and cozy!

Overall it's about 3 feet x 3 feet square.  If I'd had more flannels that worked together, I would have made it bigger, but really nothing else went. It's still nice for her to snuggle with in front of the TV, and she really likes that I made it for her!

I am currently working on another quilt for my son, also out of my stash - this time, even the fleece backing is something I already have!  Need to economize and need to thin out the stash!

Thanks for looking!
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69  A lap quilt for me! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: January 29, 2009 07:25:21 PM
Well, after making a few lap quilts as gifts for Christmas, I decided to make myself one.  It's been finished for a while now, but I still have to take a totally complete pic.  I'll try to do that soon.  Here are some of the "almost" done pics:

The top, with some of the backing fabric peeking out:

Here's the backing fabric - it's a batik flannel - very soft, and not quite this bright IRL:

And here is a pic of the edge of the front with a little bit of the backing fabric peeking out to give some sense of how it will look when bound:

The edges aren't that wavy - must have been how it's lying on the floor.

Anyhow, thanks for looking!   Grin
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70  lap quilt for Dad's Christmas gift in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: December 02, 2008 06:21:12 PM
Okay - here is my 3rd and final lap quilt for Christmas gifts.  I made one for mom, one for MIL and s-FIL, and now one for dad.  The other two are posted on here somewhere, but I'm too lazy right now to find the links. Tongue

So here it is:

And here's a close up of the fabrics I used:

My dad is big into woodworking and also into sewing - my parents have belonged to a group that re-enacts the Revolutionary War since the 70's, and they both make their own period clothing.  So I figured that the rulers would work for both hobbies, the scissors and buttons for the sewing and the tools and screws and such for the woodworking.  It's backed with a chocolate brown fleece, which I think looks really yummy and is nice and soft!

Thanks for looking!
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