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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Goodbye beloved yet ill-fitting purple cords..... on: April 04, 2008 12:36:57 PM
....hello funky new skirt!

These pants no longer fit me; since I lost a few pounds, they're too baggy, and though I loved them, I never wore them anymore, so I decided to try my hand at recon....




And here's what they look like now.....

Front:




Back:




Will add an action shot later today.

Haven't decided yet whether I want to shorten it or hem the bottom. I turned the corduroy the opposite way in the inserts, so it runs horizontally instead of vertically. If I leave the bottom hem unfinished, will this end up looking funny, because the fabric will fray differently?

Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute yoga mat bag...I'm so proud! on: April 04, 2008 12:20:20 PM
I'm just starting to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine, with some success! Last night I dug out some of my hoard of fabric and whipped together this yoga mat bag. I'm *really* pleased with the result. I didn't use a pattern, and I'd do it a little differently next time, mainly I'd make it a couple inches taller so the drawstring closes more tightly, and a touch wider too - the mat goes in nicely, but I sorta have to turn it inside out to get the mat out.

Thanks to CMFoster for the recent inspiration ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237739.0 ) especially for the pocket, and the close-up of the boxed corners, which I used because I was not confident I could do a round bottom.

Here are some pics of the finished product....


Empty bag:




Bag with mat inside:





View of carrying strap:




Close up of all 3 fabrics (so you can see the purple stripe in the pocket that matches the flower fabric):




Action shot:




Thanks for looking, comments/critique welcome!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrabble board wall art on: April 02, 2008 08:59:43 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first project posted here. I think this is the right board for it, doesn't seem to fit anywhere else.

I made this wall hanging recently, using a vintage (1953) Scrabble board that was my Mom's. I used the tiles to spell out my last name, my partner's last name, and our first names, along with the first names of our 3 kids (blurred out the last names for posting....).

Here it is....




I cut a square of 3/8" plywood just smaller than the board and mounted it on the back so the board would be flat and sturdy. I laid out the tiles and decided how I wanted the names to fit together, then affixed them with clear silicone. We haven't hung it yet, but plan to drill a couple of holes in the plywood backing so it can be hung on a couple of screws/nails/hooks.

This was SO easy it's ridiculous. Fun too!

I used the leftover letters to make fridge magnets. I cut up one of those big advertising magnets you sometimes get in the mail, or free at a show or something, and glued a piece to the back of each tile. This didn't work all that well, as that type of magnet, when cut into little squares, is not strong enough to hold the wooden tiles up very well. I brush by the fridge and they all fall off. I'll have to redo them with stronger magnets.

Thanks for looking!

4  CANADA / Ontario / Sublime Stitching kits in TO? on: March 30, 2008 09:37:42 PM
Hey fellow crafty people, I'm new here!

I'm more of a paper crafts kinda person, but I'm hoping to branch out into other things, and I've decided I really want to learn embroidery. My birthday's coming up, and on my wish list is one of their Ultimate Embroidery kits. I know I can order them direct from their website (er...I mean, my *family* could order it for me.....LOL), but I was hoping to find somewhere local that stocks them. I've tried 2 places listed on the SS website as retailers, that aren't far from me, Winkel, and The Naked Sheep. Neither have the kits in stock, and neither plan on getting more in in the next little while. Any ideas for where else I might get these in TO?

Or.....is it better for me to buy the supplies somewhere else (like where? Michaels? do knitting or fabric stores usually carry embroidery supplies?) and just get the cool patterns from SS?

Someone point me in the right direction, please! Thank you. :-)
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