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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Free Amy Butler Clutch Purse Pattern Online on: June 09, 2006 11:01:35 AM
Link: Amy Butler Pattern
I spotted this cute clutch while looking though my emails and thought I needed to actually post the link if no one else had.  The clutch uses only about 1/2 yard of outside fabric and another 1/2 yard for lining.  Looking at the pattern, I think it can be done with several different outside fabrics and look really cute.  If you only have a scrap left of a favorite fabric, I'd use it for the piece that has the pin on it.  Anyway,  "Clutch Purse with Antique Pin Closure" is the exact title at the Better Homes and Gardens site.  It looks like the directions may have been in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine but I can't tell.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy Knitted Dog Collar on: December 06, 2005 08:43:00 PM
My greyhounds are so wonderful that I thought they should be on my new years card this year.  But their collars have been very mistreated since they have learned the skill of removing them and leaving them outside for me to hunt down after rainstorms.  So I decided to knit them some fun collars to wear in the photo.  They are staring at a treat that my husband is mocking them with so I could get a photo.  Yes, they each got one after this photo.

How to knit this collar: I used a bulky yarn (Mint Blue is Caron Simply Soft Boucle) and a super bulky yarn (Purple is Bernat Velour).  Both were knitted on size 13 needles (9.0mm).  For the greyhounds, I casted on 30 stitches.  Depending on the neck size of your dog (or cat or boytoy or whatever), youll either need to add or more likely subtract.  Anyway all you do is cast on row 1 and then just cast off row 2.  Thats it.  I added a button later for attaching purposes but a nice little bow works too as they are here in the photo. 

It is nice and stretching so if the dogs get it caught on something, they can get out of it without too much effort.  It is also much lighter than my normal collars for the greyhounds and they cant use their normal trick to get out of it.  Normally, they just lean their heads down, put their ears forward and shake until gravity takes care of the pesky collars.  Next will be a little knitted bag for covering their dog tags so those stop making so much noise.

(Yes, both of my greyhounds are rescues and as lazy as a cat! I think their old collars were uncomfortable during all their naps.)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Small boobs: Need to Downsized a Padded Bra but need some help! on: October 04, 2005 02:46:13 PM
Ok, so after a very entertaining bra sizing, trying on dozens of bras in stores and ordering ever style of bra in my size and surrounding sizes from Victoria's Secret Catalog, I have yet to find a bra that fits.  Band size is no problem but the girls just don't fill out anything but a training bra.  At an age over 30, I really don't enjoy that but oh well, they aren't going to grow any bigger.  Plus, they don't make a padded training bras and apparently padding is needed so total strangers don't come up to me and ask when I had breast cancer whenever I wear a breast cancer awareness t-shirt.  (Yep, it happened...TODAY!)

So, what I have is several padded A-cup bras which gap in the front in a way that just says, you need to go down a size.  Unluckily, they don't make a size small enough.  Name the  bra style and I have it to work on!  The gapping can be seen through many of my shirts and if they are a scoop neck, you get the full nipple view if I bend forward.  My husband likes that but flashing the world is not my favorite thing.  I think you get the idea of the problem here. 

I can sew like a mad woman but this alteration has me stumped.  It pretty much needs a dart on the upper cup edge near the center in the cup where the bra is supposed to sit along the top insides of your breasts.  Normally that area on a too small bra cup is where you spill over the top, lucky you!  That would be easy to dart on a non-padded bra but on a padded one...yikes!   Has anyone ever fixed a padded bra down a size in the cups or have any ideas how to do that? I've tried opened inside the cup, cutting out the dart in the padding and sewing the dart but washing kills that!
 
Also, if anyone has seen a padded bra pattern for sizes AA-cup and under where you make your own cups, post the pattern company and pattern number!  I've been looking for years.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Moms and Dads out there: What DOES go in a DIAPER BAG? on: August 15, 2005 03:21:22 PM
Here's my situtaion: I don't like kids but I do like my best friend of 20+ years and she is going to have a baby, which she knows I will not be holding...ever.  Yes, a woman 30+ who hates babies...

Anyway, I am making her a diaper bag but I have NO CLUE WHAT GOES IN THOSE!  I realize diapers are in there but how big are they?  How much room should I have for that?  I want pockets for whatever but have no clue on the what goes in there and how big said items are.   I am guessing there some bottles, baby stoppers, a change of baby clothing....but honestly I have no clue.  I understand that messenger style bags work well for this so that is the style I'll be working on.  I really don't need pattern or sewing help here, just what goes in those bags.  HELP!

Thanks! Kiss
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Personalized License Plate Purse (or a box) with Tutorial on: July 25, 2005 06:21:03 PM
So you probably stumbled upon my first license plate purse, which is a bit of a pain to make and worse to explain how to make.  It is here if you are hunting that instead:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2162.0

This one is a lot easier and best of all is perfect for those personalized plates! I made this one with my old ham plates.  Since it has my call letters on it, Ive covered them for this post.  No offense but it is really easy to hunt people down by their call letters and I only like to flash them now when out with my fellow radio geeks.  Anyway, I think this one maybe an option for those of you overseas if you play around with it a bit.

So, heres the purse that I made:

How to make this puppy:
1.   Clean your plates.  I used a bit of dish washing soap and lightly removed the bugs who have sacrificed themselves on the front of my plates.  Be carefully here.  You can remove the paint.
2.   Figure out where you want to bend and the resulting size you want.  I decided on either side of my call letters.  So it was like (bend)CALL(bend). But you could also do REDS(bend)FAN(bend) so on the sides it said REDS and on front/back it said FAN.  You just need to end up with 2 bends for the most part.  Mark your bends on each of your 2 plates.  The closer you are to exactly matching each plate to the other, the easier it will be to make the bottom later. 
 
3.   Bending the plates is next.  The way I did it as you can see by the photos is I clamped a heavy metal ruler on top of the plate at the bend point and then bent the plate by hand.  Older plates maybe harder to bend and a rubber mallet will help.

4.   Making the wood base.  This is a good use for scrap wood.  You want something thick enough for you to screw into the edge.  In the photo above you can see what I used and how it fits into place.  Cut the wood so that it fits into the plates and they form a box around the wood.  Depending on the plates, you can either overlap you plate edges or you may need to butt them up against each other like I had to.  Take a look at this close-up of the side.  Ignore the text right now other than to see the rivets.

For the above type, I used a bit of another plate behind the personalized license plate to rivet to.  If you are overlapping instead, you must figure out how much the overlap will be so that you wood base will fit inside.   Cut the wood and paint to go with your plates.
5.   Before we go any farther, those holes that you use to attach your plates to your car really look crappy.  I found that the grommets made by Gritz that you can get in fabric stores like JoAnns fit perfectly into those holes.  I just had them lying around and I love using them.  Place on in each of the holes. If you look at the photo with all the text, you can just see them under the handle screw and the gold earring at the bottom edge.  Yep, thats a earring.  You still have holes at the bottom that you probably wont be using so find something to fill them.  You may want to use a pretty gem or glass stone or a coin.  I used either hot glue or E6000 to glue it in plate.  I forgot right now.  The top edge holes ate perfect for attaching a handle latter.
6.   With a drill with a drill bit for metal, drill holes for the rivets and the bottom edge screws that will attach the wood to your plates.  If you havent already, put on safety glasses.  Metal shards in the eye are really bad.  You will need to figure out where to drill on your own because of the variations in the step 2 bends.  You should have at least 6 screws along the entire bottom for connecting the wood base. I had one on each end and two on the front and two on the back.  For the rivets, have at least 2 along each meeting edge.  You can see how mine is done in that photo with the text.  My butt joint has a total of 4 rivets. 
7.   Screw the wood base into place.  (You need to drill holes into the wood first to match the holes you drilled in your plates.  If you dont, the wood will split.) Rivet the plate edges into place. 
8.   Youve now got an open top box that you may want to use for something else at this point.  I think I may make another on for my incoming mail.  Unless you dont care about the surface you are placing this on, youll need to a so feet to the bottom.  I used chair sliders on the bottom of mine so that the plate edges dont scratch floor and tables and the like.  Adhere them to the bottom of the wood at the corners.
9.   For the handles, I sewed vinyl ones, put grommets in the ends and attached them with screws here.  You could thread them thru the grommet plate holes instead or used rope or whatever.  Maybe some nice bungee cord would go well for the theme.  Creativity is good here.
10.   For the lining, you can go whatever route you want here too. I sewed a box shaped lining to fit inside and added a drawstring top.  You may want to skip the top or you may want a flap cover instead.  Your plates are probably magnetic so you may be able to do a closer with a magnetic just sewn into the flap tip.  Creativity is also good here.

Enjoy! Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tie One On Cropped Wrap (with tut) on: July 10, 2005 03:49:58 PM
(The after is at the bottom.)
 While searching for an old t-shirt, I came across a favorite top from my college days (~1993).  I havent worn it since I got done with undergrad so it was in need of a makeover.  Please excuse the odd color combos here.  I didnt feel like matching today.  Below is the before so you can see the fit to begin with.  It is a knitted silk top from Express.  The yarn is very thin in the lightest weight so you can probably use a knit top in any type of fabric. 

Below is a diagram of my cuts.  It's the best I can do for a tutotial.  First, I cut down the middle front. Then I tried it on to figure out where I wanted the knot, which is right below the breast line and marked the bottom edge length.  I cut a line from the neckline to that knot point to create the v-neck part.  Next, (pretend the second photo is the backside) I cut across the back only from side seam to side seam. Finally, I cut from the side seam to the center bottom edge of the top.  To get the ruffled edge, I put the fabric taunt while I sewed the heamed edges.   

After:

The bottom edge is ruffled not scalloped like the photo may look like.  Enjoy!  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Reshape a Hockey Jersey? on: December 26, 2004 04:07:15 PM
Has anyone tried to reshape a hockey jersey into something less huge and tent like?  Obviously, this would be for not playing hockey but watching it.  I'm thinking sew in the sides and arms.  Maybe lacings on the sides to mimic skate lacings.  Most jerseys are long sleave on me without my pads.  Ideas?  Photos of completed ones?  Anyone? I miss NHL hockey.....
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Las Vegas Party - Recipes? on: December 19, 2004 10:55:54 AM
I am throwing a big poker and craps party in January and I need some finger food to go with the theme.  I was thinking have having a dish to represent some of the major themed hotel along the Strip but I need ideas.  Here's the list of casinos:
Aladdin
Bellagio
Caesars Palace
Excalibur Hotel-Casino
Luxor Hotel and Casino
Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
The Mirage Hotel and Casino
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
New York-New York Hotel and Casino
Paris
Rio Suite Hotel Casino
Stratosphere Las Vegas
Treasure Island
Venetian Casino Resort

IDEAS, PRETTY PLEASE?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Free Purse Patterns On the Web on: December 05, 2004 11:24:52 AM
I found patterns for a pleated pouch bag, a clutch bag and a drawstring bag at this site and thought I would post the link.  It is from Threads Magazine #113 but the directions are only on-line and not in the magazine.  I've only made the drawsting one but I did modify that so that the cuff is smaller and goes up instead of down.  I'll post a photo if someone wants to see it.
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00182.asp

Anyone else find sites with free patterns for purses?

 Kiss
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spice Rack a la Martha Stewart on: December 04, 2004 07:01:42 PM
My reaction when I saw this Martha version of a spice rack (link below) about a year ago: "Mmmmm....Spice rack....Agh! NO! $169! For a spice rack!  I can so make that."
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=product&id=product1133&site=&_requestid=72067
The Result:
The spice containers are candle tins from an online candle making shop.  I made the labels with my computer. I love sticker paper!  On one side is the name of the spice and on the back is a desciption.  For example, cumin says "Gives a distinctive warm flavor to a range of savory dishes from Asian, Mexican, Indian and Thai.  Commonly used in curries, satays and garam masala."  I found the descriptions at online spice shops. The rack was built to fit between my door and the cabinet. I matched the stain to the cabinet wood. Tip: Make sure your spice contains fit and can be easily removed.  If this space was 1/4 inch smaller a space, I couldn't have fit 30 spices.  It would have only been 20. Wink  The extra space at the bottom holds my measurement spoons too.
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