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11  Curvy Wristlet Floral Print in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by b2j2fitz on: January 12, 2013 09:19:16 AM
This cute wristlet is made of recycled products with the exception of the interfacing. I love the size and shape and can't wait to make a bunch more.

The outer fabric is from a thrifted skirt: it's a unique sateen cotton fabric with lines of knubby...stuff. LOL Make sense??  The lining is from a sateen sheet! The swivel hook for the wrist strap is thrifted off of an old bag. I rarely buy hardware outright. Way too expensive.





the inside...no pockets. Not really the space for that, but you could easily fit cell, cash, keys, lipstick...
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12  Chevron Wristlet and hobo bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: January 07, 2013 06:24:13 PM
I first made the Hobo Bag for a new project and had the perfect amount of scraps left over to try out a new pattern I purchase a while back. Here is the wristlet:







and here is the hobo bag:







So, is the chevron fabric still popular??  The fabric is printed duck cloth so it's nice and sturdy, and that's teal and natural (light cream).  I love the removable strap on the wristlet. The hobo has 2 slide pockets and a magnetic snap.  
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13  Keeping Kids Busy on the Road: magnetic paper dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by b2j2fitz on: May 23, 2012 11:57:04 AM

I recently posted the magnetic alphabet matching game

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408931.0

and mentioned that I had also finished up a magnetic paper doll set to use on our road trip.  Here it is, all ready for my littles to play with next Friday!  I posted about it on my blog so if you're interested in finding out where I purchased the paper doll set or the magnetic paper, go have a look at that:

http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2012/05/keeping-kids-busy-on-road-part-2.html

These are very easy, albeit time consuming to put together.  All you need is a printable set of paper dolls, magnetic paper, a pizza pan or cookie sheet (the $ store carries them where we live so very cheap), and coloring utensils.  I prefer the markers...and I tried coloring pencils and crayons also.



I made a set in girl...



and boy...





I have had the devil of a time keeping my girls away from these!  They are dying to play with them but I won't let them...and I'm hoping that's a good thing! 

Overall spent on the project: $20 for two sets
$10 for 4 sheets of magnetic paper
$8 printable (reusable) paper doll sets
$2 2 pizza pans

Remember, I made a set for 2 of my children because i don't want them to have to share one set. 
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14  Magnetic Alphabet Matching Game for toddlers in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by b2j2fitz on: May 22, 2012 09:19:06 AM
We are about to embark on a 14hr+ road trip on June 1st...  Shocked  and I have 4 littles to tow along with me.  (Did I mention that my husband isn't able to drive with me?  He flies down a couple days later to meet up with us...)

So, I have been wracking my brain for some fun activities for the kids to do in the car.  I also like to make a couple of them just because I'm like that and it usually saves me $$.  Here's what I came up with for my toddler:

a Magnetic Alphabet Matching Game



I purchased a pizza pan at the Dollar Tree for um, a dollar.  Grin  Purchased heart shaped wooden discs at Michaels for $2.99 and a role of magnetic "tape" for $1 as well.  Total spent=$5.  If you have the plastic alphabet set that you can for a buck at Walmart/Dollar Tree, then should only cost you a buck or so for the pizza pan.  I would recomend simply buying a new pan since they're so cheap. 

I used a sharpie marker and just wrote out the alphabet randomly on the pan.



I then wrote out the alphabet on the wooden discs.  Cut small pieces of magnetic tape and apply them to the backs of the discs.  You CAN apply a bit of hot glue or E6000 for added strength.  I tried glue and no glue.  They are all holding still after a week. 





I'll be back soon to share a magnetic paper doll set I just finished this morning!  The littles in this family are getting super excited for vacation! 
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15  Moby Wrap knockoff in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: May 10, 2012 11:53:52 AM
This baby carrier is sooo easy to make and is soooo comfortable to wear!  About 5 years ago, I made a baby sling for my 2nd child.  It worked just fine but was absolutely horrible to wear!  It made my neck and back ache like crazy the first time so I never wore it again.  :/  Fail on that project. 

We are headed on vacation in 3 weeks with a 6 week old baby in tow and a 7, 4, and 2 year old as well Smiley  I really thought a baby carrier would be beneficial to us in keeping hands free while we're out and about.  This also frees up the sit n stand stroller for the 4 and 2 year olds. (ahh, the REAL method to my madness!)  Please note, this is NOT my original tutorial or directions for this type of carrier.  Google the moby wrap and you can find a tute without any problem.  In a nutshell however, you buy 5-6yds of KNIT (stretches BOTH ways) fabric.  If you aren't picky about the print/color, i would highly suggest hitting up Joanns during their 50% off the clearance section sale and purchase a knit fabric from there.  Normally, knit fabric runs $10 at my local Joanns and I purchased this navy blue for $3 a yard.  6x3 is $18 BUT you can get at least 2 wraps out of the one cut of fabric.  So, $9 for my wrap and I gifted the other one to my SIL who had a little boy last October.  Score one for me Smiley

Cut the fabric down the length at 25" wide. That is all I did and it is perfectly safe and usable.  It's helpful to somehow mark the center of the wrap.  When you tie it onto your body you need to know where the middle is so I added a sew in label of mine at the center mark.

This carrier does NOT hurt my neck or back.  It's wonderful!



I've worn it for 2+ hours at a time with still NO pain!



I love it!



What do you think?
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16  Carseat Tent Tutorial link in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: May 10, 2012 11:41:24 AM
I recently had a baby and I redid our carseat liner.  The carseat canopy is GONE somewhere, so I needed something to cover the little.  A couple years back I made a carseat tent for a friend and she got a lot of use out of it.  So, that's what I decided to make to keep out the wind, sun, and rain...and whatever else might be blowing around.  If you can sew a straight line, you can do this!!


The fabric is from Hobby Lobby and it is one of the matching fabrics to the liner I made. 



Side view



Flipped up to allow for air circulation when it's nice and hot (our oober hot months are right around the corner! AND we are taking a family vaca to Garden City, SC in 3 weeks)



Close up of the straps: I attached them to the "blanket" using a square and X stitching.  Should be good and secure.



I wrote up a non photo tutorial on my blog if this is a new project for you. 

http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2012/05/carseat-tent-tutorial.html

Happy to answer any questions.  I think this would make a great shower/baby gift.
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17  Aiden and Anise Knockoff Gauze Receiving Blankets TUTORIAL in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: May 03, 2012 04:13:54 PM
I have been eyeballing the Aiden and Anise *muslin* receiving blankets that you can purchase at Target for a while now: ever since I found out I was pregnant.  BUT it's $45 for 4!  I just could not see spending that much for receiving blankets: especially on a fourth baby where we pretty much have everything we need already.  So, I researched and looked hard at the actual product while still in it's packaging anytime I was at Target...one thing I noticed: they aren't made out of muslin. At least not what I consider muslin to be.  They're made out of gauze.  There is a big difference between gauze and muslin.  Muslin is cheap, rough texture (I think so), and has no stretch.  Gauze is airy, breezy, stretchy, and soft.  Perfect for summer babies: especially breast fed ones!  (It gets quite hot under those heavy blankets while nursing a baby!)  Here is what I came up with:



Our local Joanns carries white gauze only...I was hoping for a bit more to choose from so I checked out online and found more at fabric.com  They in fact have many color options and some print options as well.  The pricing is way better than Joanns at $3.98 yd!  Joanns runs about $8 yd. Yeah.  I wanted 4 blankets at least so I purchased some white, purple and pink gauze.  Here's a simple tute for those of us who don't have a serger.

Cut the yardage down to your preferred size.  I like about 40"x50"...or even bigger can't hurt! 



Don't bother pressing the fabric, just fold over (once) as you go and zigzag stitch over the edge of the fabric.  Use a zigzag stitch to catch and keep the fabric from fraying AND because it's a stretchy fabric.  A straight stitch will simply bunch the fabric.  When you reach a corner, simply fold it upwards and zigzag to the edge.  Do this all the way around the blanket with a coordinating thread and then you're done. 



If you want to add a little decoration, cut a shape such as a heart out of knit fabric (stretchy fabric onto stretchy fabric).  Zigzag stitch around the edge to attach the shape you choose. 



WE are loving our gauze receiving blankets!  Our little one is 12 days old and we have used these blankets daily since she got home. 

and just because everyone likes to see a cute baby, here she is Smiley




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18  Diaper Bag and Accessories in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: April 20, 2012 03:19:13 PM
I am 37 weeks pregnant with my fourth child, 3rd daughter Smiley We need a new diaper bag that isn't pink...purple...etc.  I love how this turned out!  Here are a few photos and you can also find more on my website

http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2012/04/marking-things-off-bucket-list-diaper.html

The completed bag:



Accessories: binky bag, wet bag (trying out the cloth diaper method this time!), nursing strap, and changing matt.



binky bag:



changing matt:



inside photo: I added 2 more pockets to the opposite side, a cell phone pocket, and a zipper pocket.  The pattern called for 2 pockets on one side.  You can find the FREE pattern here:

http://sewspoiled.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html

Scroll down for the tutorial and pattern.

What do you think?

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19  Shades of Dawn Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: April 11, 2012 04:16:28 AM
A couple months ago I created a new necklace that I call the Shades of Dawn Necklace.  This week I was working on a couple of those in their original form when I decided to try something a little different.  I had already had the ivory rosette made and I decided to put it with these beads. 

For a full tutorial on how to make this necklace, go here:

http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2012/01/satin-rosette-and-pearls-necklace.html

Here are a couple views of the newest necklace.







What do you think?  Good color combo?  Weird beads?   Grin  Thanks for looking!
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20  Ruffle Maternity Maxi dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: April 07, 2012 05:17:09 AM
I am pregnant with my fourth baby (yikes!!) and she is due in early May.  In February, my husband and I were headed to a Valentine's Dinner and I really wanted to make something different to wear.  You know, maternity clothes only afford so much to wear!!  So, I purchased some hot pink ruffle fabric from a local craft store and made my own maxi dress!!

If you're interested in the tutorial, I posted it on my blog a few weeks back.

http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2012/02/ruffle-maternity-maxi-dress-tutorial.html



It's really just a rectangle (I AM pregnant!) with straps on top and a sash to give it some shape.  I DID take my measurement around the belly and height. 





Questions and C & C are welcome Smiley This fabric is so stretchy that even now, 10 weeks later (I was 26 weeks in the photos) I can still wear it. 
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