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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / COVERING UGLY CURTAINS THAT ARE PRO INSTALLED on: January 07, 2014 07:50:49 PM
A little bit of background info- I'm a senior in college, and plan on living at home for a few years after to save up money to buy a car (If I move out now most of my income will be going toward rent and my car is approaching 17 years old).

Anyways- my parents had these ugly ugly curtains installed in the entire house. They cover the whole window from about 6 inches above to 6 inches down. The nice thing is that they are blackout curtains- as I have two windows in my room.

But I really can't stand the color, and I'd like to spice up my room a bit- something more me.

My question is, how can I cover these up? I was thinking of making my own curtains and attaching them with clothes pins, but that might look weird? I don't know how I feel about safety pins because I do not want to damage the curtains (They were really expensive)

Any ideas?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Candy Printables/College Student Gifts on: January 30, 2013 03:01:11 PM
This is the second Valentine's day with my boyfriend- but the first one we are celebrating. His brother's birthday is on Valentine's Day...so it kind of gets it in the way. I'm giving him a lot of little gifts, I plan on giving him one gift till Valentine's day.
I used these:



I've also got a picture frame (dollar store) and put a picture of us inside to keep at his desk at work.

This is what I have so far

I ordered the ipod case online for a few dollars.
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Polyvore Inspired Summer Clothes on: January 29, 2012 03:34:01 PM
This is the polyvore set I made to reflect all the clothes I made inspired by these outrageous expensive designer clothes (at least on a college student's budget)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Sweaters into Slouchy Hats- the easy peasy way! on: January 21, 2012 09:42:10 PM
After many errored times using this tutorial:
I came up with my own way- the lazy way.
Instead of cutting out all the pieces individual- I cut out just one piece!

I figured it out by looking at a knit beanie/hat I already had and realized that it was one piece- not three, four or six pieces!

Taking an old knit sweater, I took the measurement from another beanie and measured along the bottom of the sweater (using the ribbing that's already there- so we don't have to cut it off and reattach later). I then drew this:

I sewed up the sides first, making it into a tube- then sewed the other ends together finishing it off. (I'm not really sure how to explain this- but once you have it sewn into a tube you can pin and figure out which sides go where)

So in the end I got this:

I probably could have made it a little shorter- but I like having it a bit longer.

I also made a little bow for it and sewed it on.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / white paint on black fabric on: September 25, 2011 05:22:17 AM
I have experience stenciling, but I always have trouble when it comes to stenciling on black fabric.
I'm making a skeleton Halloween costume and need to stencil the white skeleton on black t-shirt fabric.
Every time I stencil on black fabric I have to put layers and layers for it to show!
I use acrylic paint and Delta fabric medium.
Is there anything I can add to it to make the paint thicker? Or any suggestions? When I add too many layers the image gets really hard and almost plastic like!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Removing a print from a fabric? (Store bought reuable bags with the store labels on: March 31, 2011 02:57:22 PM
Here's my problem- I have tonnes of reusable shopping bags, but they all have store labels on them that I'd like to remove,
I know running a hot iron over it, the print will come off onto the iron, but is there another way?
I'd like to fade/ remove the labels from the bags so I can put my own images on to the bag.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rufio Hearts Lil Snoty Inspired Hoodie on: March 13, 2011 12:37:29 AM

I was inspired by designers Rufio Hearts Lil Snoty- they do mainly upcycling/recontructions and 80's inspired stuff.

I used three shirts- one being a tank top that had been reconned out of an oversize gray v-neck shirt.
The other two were failed attempts at making leggings, but I salvaged the fabric to come up with this.
The sleeves are loose and too long, so I think when I wear it, I'll roll them up, something I usually do on most of my shirts I have yet to resize- for some reason they will fit in the torso, but are too loose on the arms.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where to get Grommet Tape? on: February 19, 2011 10:51:56 PM
Ever since I joined this site I've always wanted to make a t-shirt corset, but have never found grommet tape- not even on Amazon! (and they have everything!)
I followed the sources on WhatTheCraft.com, but it seems that EBay store is no longer open.
I was wondering if anyone could recommend any sites or even EBay shops that you have purchased from and are reputable and sell grommet tape?

Thank you so much in advance!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / motorcycle jeans?! help please. on: January 06, 2010 06:13:50 PM
Looking through my new issue of 17...I came across these motorcycle jeans...I have tons of jeans laying around that have already been altered skinny- but I have no idea how I would go about doing something like this.
I was thinking about making some jean piping from some scraps laying around, and handsewing it on to the jeans?

Any ideas?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / baisc sweater to deep v zipper sweater- questions/suggestions on: August 20, 2009 10:26:27 PM

I found this in the trunk of my car, lol.
and saw this sweater in the september issue of 17,
and thought to myself...
All I need is a zipper!

(black sweater)


i was thinking-
make a deep offcenter v-neck,
and then put in a jean zipper...
and possibly shorten the sleeves.

but also- should i leave the raw edges of the sweater, or add ribbing to the collar, for a more polished look?
thanks for any imput :]
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