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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / New Scissor Carousel (dust) Cover and how I did it! on: January 14, 2012 05:12:39 AM
I have a small "built-on" craft room that has very thin walls that allows the dust to continually settle down on everything in there. Therefore, it's time I made some changes. I decided to make a dust cover for my scissor carousel.

And this is how I made it:
Trace circle from the base of the carousel.

Add about a centimeter on all sides. (Use new pattern weights  Roll Eyes)

Not shown:
Cut out circle and place over carousel to make sure it fits. Cut out a long piece of whatever you're using Height x circumference. Add on a bit to the length. Sew circle to length of fabric then sew the end. I used a 5 thread overlock. Done. Hard part over.
Place sewn cover on carousel to check that it fits.

Now take thin wire. I have no idea how thick it is. I just took it from my stash.

Put the wire inside of cover to make a ring. Overlap a bit for stability.

Check again!!!

 Now place cover over carousel to see if it works out and everything is in place.

Everything look ok? Wire? Stitches? Length? Make double sure! (Measure twice cut once!)

Now take some really thin wire (more stash stuff) and wrap thicker wire to add to stability.

Insert round ring into top of cover and push in til it's straight all around. Make sure it is in tight.

As you can see, the wire wasn't in snuggly enough so I worked on it more til I was satisfied.

You want to check the top and sides.

Now go find a place for it. (But before that I'll give it another cleaning in the hopes that I won't need to wash it down every few weeks.)
That's my new dust cover. It took me less than an hour including rummaging and figuring out measurements. Hope this helps someone. And I do believe that this is actually my first tutorial. Please be gentle.

C &C Always welcome. Thank you for reading this.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Totally inspired Pattern Weights on: January 10, 2012 12:19:54 AM
This project was totally inspired by TheMistressT and her pattern weights found here...
I cut most of my patterns from thick clear plastic from a large roll of plastic so the pieces have a tendency  to curl.  So when I saw TheMistressT's pattern weights I knew this is what I need to keep my patterns in place and to keep them straight. Of course I had to complicate things. I wanted a pyramid shaped weight. On to the pics:

I used an old cookie tin to hold them in (Thanks TMT) and since I don't have any nice paper or stickers I'll just use the nice tin.

Here they all are with the proto type I made.
And a fancy picture just cause I like the weights so much.

Again, thank you TMT. Now to start using them.
Hope you like.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / King Leo Sewing Machine on: December 19, 2011 11:40:32 PM
Anyone heard or have any advice on these machines? Any good? Reliable? etc? Thank you.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Fleecy Goodness for new baby on: May 30, 2010 02:21:53 AM
I've been having so much fun crafting for my new GS.  DIL received a fleece vest for the baby and hinted that she wanted more so I simply used hers as a model, cut it out on a used cereal box, cut it out with one side a larger neck line and put on a picture on the front.  Easy, simple, fast and he now has 4 new vests for the winter.
Right one is the original.

Close up of the new vest.  Picture is a recon from an old shirt.

Here is the not too pleased young man wearing a fleece hat I sewed laying on a fleece blanket (I just sewed two layers of different colored fleece together, turned it right side out and over stitched the whole thing.  Another fast easy project and everyone loves it.

Better picture of the blankets.

If anyone has any questions or comments, please.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / When a project goes wrong Craftsterize\improvise From Bumper to blanket on: May 30, 2010 02:00:19 AM
Being an over zealous grandmother got me into trouble this time.  I found two super soft blankets and decided to make my own crib bumpers. I loved the shade of brown and light blue so I cut them into strips, overlocked them together, made one long strip for the top, added a zillion Velcro strips to attach it to the crib. Then showed it to my BF and was told that synthetic bumpers and very fuzzy ones at that were taboo for babies. I thought it came out great.  Oh well...

And I was so pleased with myself...(being a little winnie here)

So I took the thing apart at the length. Cut it into long strips

Sewed  that sucker back up.

Close up of "bumper blanket"

Finally, a finished super soft baby blanket.  Who cares if it's a little big?  It's great on the floor also.

Long story short.  I sewed a baby blanket.
(You never learn if you don't try.)
Comments always welcome.  (Or am I the only person that has to do things multiple times.lol)
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Diaper Stacker\Storage on: May 30, 2010 01:28:42 AM
Being a new grandmother brings new things into my life constantly and it's wonderful.  My kids got us a used crib for the new GS so of course I've had to go craft for the new addition to the room to our family.  In order to have some place to put the new diapers, crib sheets, shoulder bibs, flannel blankets, etc I had to come up with something.  Then I remembered that I had one of these for my eldest.  It's been years since I've seen one so with help from the internet I kind of winged how to make one.  The only thing I would change\add is some type of tape\ribbon on the front seam going across at the top because the tension from the weight exposes the thread. This now hangs on the new crib.

Just after sewing them.

Close up of the design I copied from the bed bumper.  I cut out felt pieces and just glued them on.

I hope it looks right.

17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Passover 2010 What are you making? on: March 21, 2010 10:28:50 PM
This year our Sedder is at our sons new home which luckly is just down the road from us.  I've been asked to make the usual brisket, potatoes and never fail matza balls (with out the soup...they don't like powdered soup).  DIL's mom and grandmother are filling in the rest.  I've decided that I'll make some deserts also.  A mousse and probably peanutbutter balls (in which I got great help and tips from Retro Rose now I'll have the confidence to try them again.)
What are you making?  Any new recipes or new variations out there?  Passover is always a challenge that I love.
18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Alice In Wonderland Costumes on: June 10, 2009 03:40:27 AM
Every year we have a children's day.  One of the highlights is a play which usually is based on a film from Walt Disney.  This year we did Alice in Wonderland.  There is a friend and myself that does the costumes each year.  This year I asked for helphere and it wasn't slow in coming.  Thank you Craftster and everyone that helped. A special thanks to the wonderful member that sent me the patterns for the Tweedle's, Alice and the Queen.  It is all non profit and we all donate our time and skills in order to give the kids a special day all of their own.
Nuf' babblin' and on to the pictures.  All of the patterns we used were altered to our needs.
This is Alice (costume made with Simplicity pattern 2785

I love this picture.  This is a pratice run for Alice "falling" into the hole.

I think the rest are self explanatory.  If anyone has any questions please ask.  And again, Thank you all!!!

And finally:

I hope this gives inspiration as you've given to me.

19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sabbath Meal Cover on: March 25, 2009 01:28:55 AM
I hope this is the right place for this kind of thing.  This is my first time here on this board and took a look at the little pictures and you guys are just incredible.  All true works of art therefore I'm hesitant to post here but here goes.
A friend of mine asked me to make her something to cover her "Shabbat hot plate".  Short explanation.  On the Sabbath she doesn't cook.  She prepares the Saturday lunch on Friday afternoon and puts it on a hot plate called a Shabbat platter and it cooks for around 24 hours.  The meal is traditionally beans, meat, wheat, chick peas.  Basically a very filling stew.  I was planning to make myself one but got sidetracked by other projects.  This is the first time I've done applique...what a nightmare.  That was hard!!!  But here are the fruits of my labors.  My friend promised me action pictures next week.

It is two pieces of rust colored fabric on that a woven polished cotton with Good Sabbath in Hebrew.
Here is the "stencils" I made from fonts from the computer.  Behind are the little plastic baskets of fabric that I chose from.

It has the quilt filling inside.  Another adventure in sewing.  I've learned alot from this project.
Thank you for looking.
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Alice in Wonderland Play Costumes: Cheshire Cat Mask on: March 20, 2009 01:14:11 AM
I am helping out again this year in sewing the costumes for the annual "Children's Day" play.  This year we are doing Alice in Wonderland, Disney style.  As opposed to what I've done in the past, this year I've been asked (By my best friend at that) to make up a few costumes.  I've gotten great help with the flower people...done the sunflower.  I'll post when I can get someone to put the thing on.  I've decided on: sunflower-done, pansy, rose and calia lily which I'm now working on.
My biggest challenge will be the Cheshire cat mask.  Here is where I'll need the most help.  Please.
Anyone got any ideas on how I can go about it?  I need it to be 3D cause they will be seen from all directions. My BF sent me a picture for an idea.

(Hope I did that right).
Can anyone please help me on this?  I was thinking of making a pillow type thing and just reinforce it somehow.  Also,  they need to wear a microphone "glued" to their face.
Thank you.
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