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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Back pocket wallet on: June 28, 2008 02:23:05 PM
I need to learn how to attach snap closures, it looks Way more professional than velcro!

They're super duper easy to do!  I was afraid to try at first and I bought the 'plier kit' which comes with a few snaps and grommets but you can use just a hammer and thread spool (according to the directions on the back of the snap packages.)  http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=25-R

Have fun!  Wink
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Back pocket wallet on: June 28, 2008 02:17:21 PM
Where did you find the cute print? Most that I see are big flowers.

Hi Nancy, 

I found it at Tall Mouse in Cerritos, CA.  I've gotten pretty lucky finding nice oilcloth prints there as well as actual fabric that's been plastic coated so it handles like oilcloth. 

I've also tried looking online but come across the big flower or fruit ones, too.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Back pocket wallet on: June 27, 2008 04:15:56 PM
Thanks for all the compliments!   Smiley

Was it hard to sew that "oil cloth", did you have a special machine foot for it or not?

It wasn't too difficult to sew the oilcloth.  I did go slow and I used a walking foot, just to be on the safe side.  I have read that you can sew with a piece of tissue paper on top so the foot slides easier but then it's kind of hard to see.  And there are nonstick (Teflon coated) feet out there you can buy but I don't have one yet.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Back pocket wallet on: June 27, 2008 11:37:08 AM
Made this wallet based on this: http://blissfulbyquenna.blogspot.com/2006/10/whiplash-accessories-entry-mini-wallet.html,
but to suit my needs. 

Sometimes all I need to carry is my driver's license, some cash and some credit cards.  And I don't like to carry them loose in my pocket so I needed something small and not too bulky to carry around in my back pocket or skirt pocket.

It is made out of oilcloth and is about 2.75 x 4 inches with a pearl snap closure.




and not that I wanted to show you my behind but to show how nicely it fits in my back pocket.  I did pull it out a bit so you could see it was actually in there (and the tag looks backwards cause it's my reflection in the mirror):

Thanks for looking (at my wallet, not my behind).    Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: fabric postcard on: June 24, 2008 04:24:38 PM
The pic of the kids reminds me of the "Dick and Jane" books we read back in first grade.

It is!  That fabric is by Michael Miller and he has other "Dick and Jane" prints.  That little piece that says "Run, run, run." is also part of it. Cheesy 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / fabric postcard on: June 24, 2008 02:59:35 PM
I didn't see a 'general' sewing area in which to post so I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong place. 

I got some decorative threads to play around with so I decided to try play and with them in small doses. 

This is a finished fabric postcard with some leftover fabric pieces I had and embellished with decorative threads. 

I played with some free motion stitching which does not come easy to me yet.  The bottom left hand corner is supposed to say "Come over and play" in a kind of circular motion.  I was planning on sending this postcard to my friend who has two boys who usually like to come over and play in the yard.  Cheesy

This is the front:

Here is a detail:

And another of the words:

And the back, which, because I used white cotton instead of my darker muslin shows the 'backside' of the thread but I think I kind of like that they show through a little bit and I guess they won't show as much once I write the message:

Thanks for looking.  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Little dress for my niece using McCall's pattern 4006 on: April 27, 2008 12:30:05 PM
Thank you all for your comments, much appreciated! 

I got the fabric at my local Joanns in the tiny 'juvenile apparel' fabric section.  This is what the selvage states:  "Social Butterfly" 2007 Designed by Janet G. Gossard for Fabrics by Spectrix.   Smiley

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Craft closet again! on: April 27, 2008 11:54:44 AM
I was going to put clear contact paper over the top to protect it, but it doesn't come in a wide enough roll, so I'm just leaving it and I'll put down newspaper if I need to. 

What about clear vinyl?  It wipes clean easily enough and it can be cut to fit the exact table-top or drape off the sides like a tablecloth. 

I grew up having that vinyl on my mom's dining room table.  She'd put it over her pretty lace tablecloth so it was still visible but wouldn't get dirty.


Hope that helps.   Wink

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / poker night necklace on: April 27, 2008 10:58:54 AM
I haven't used the shrinky dinks since I was the craft leader at summer day camp so many years ago!  I forgot how fun it is to just stand there and watch it curl and unfold.

Anyhow, I made this necklace as a gift for my neighbor, for her poker nights.   Cheesy

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little dress for my niece using McCall's pattern 4006 on: April 27, 2008 10:31:00 AM
So this is my first 'completed project' post!  Smiley  I made this dress for my 1 and a half year old niece but I haven't been over to visit her recently so I don't know if it will fit her.

The pattern was so super easy that I'm glad I didn't pay the full price for it.

dress front:

dress back:

pocket detail (I used blue thread to match the flowers and to contrast the pocket a little):

I made my own bias tape out of the same fabric because I didn't have the right color of ready made bias tape on hand and I'm so glad that I did.   Grin  Here's a detail of it on the armhole:

Any comments/critiques welcomed!  Thanks for looking.   Wink

p.s.  I got the fabric at my local Joanns in their tiny 'juvenile apparel' fabric section.  This is what the selvage states:  "Social Butterfly" 2007 Designed by Janet G. Gossard for Fabrics by Spectrix.    Smiley
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