This idea originated with Tappanga http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19998.0. I have tried to contact her regarding continuing this into 2007, but I have not heard back. The last time she posted on Craftster was in early December. I hope all is well with her but I just wanted to start a 2007 thread because I'd like to see this idea continued!
This is an unswap! Keep everything you make for gifts at Christmas. Sign up at any point that you'd like. If you don't want to do whatever craft is assigned to a month, feel free to subsititue with another craft. The main point is to keep crafting and making gifts to avoid the malls as much as possible at Christmas time.
Anyone who wants to join the Craftalong Unswap, email email@example.com . Thanks! Don't just post here that you'd like to join with your email address, because I probably won't see it (sorry but it's honest).
Also, feel free to post here any questions you have about a craft, or pictures of your finished crafts so we can oooh and aaaah.
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I think it would be fun if we came up with a few new craft themes this year - I'm all for handmade stuffed toys. Anyone else have suggestions?
I saw a cool idea in Martha Stewart Kids about adding a new embellishment to your stockings every year, to reflect hobbies, change in taste, etc etc. I picked a yo yo with a vintage button sewn to it because I've made SO MANY yo yos this year. The button is deco and I love it!
I have a tradition of making all of my Christmas presents by hand, which usually means crafting up until the last moment. I came up with this scarf as a simple, but still beautiful, project to modify for three close girlfriends of mine. Each will get a scarf in a different colorway. The tutorial is below - enjoy!
Cut a piece of (creamy white) polar fleece 5"x60". Cut "fringe" on each edge. I made cuts that are roughly 3/4-1" apart 1.5" long.
Cut circles from three coordinating materials - I chose to go light to dark with my colors and I used a spool of ribbon as a template, for a nice circle.
Play with your placement, and pin when you're happy.
Put in a crafty friendly movie, like Amelie, and start stitchin'!
Applique the circles by blanket stitching around the edges.
Use all six strands of embroidery floss to highlight each circle with a running stitch.
Voila! You're done. Easy, yet heartfelt, completely adaptable to anyone's style! I've (almost) finished three (the pink one doesn't have the running stitches yet) in two afternoons!
It's been such a long time since I've actually POSTED something on Craftster, so here we go...a little reconstruction. I wish that I had taken a picture of this shirt before. My husband plays bass in a punk band, and his aunt and uncle - trying to show their understanding, gave him this wretched HUGE grey tie-dye, 80's, smoke n' flames, rock n' roll, Gibson guitar shirt. Suffice to say he is very slim, does not play in a hair band nor play guitar.
So the shirt was left to my devices. I took care of the ugly design by turning the shirt inside out - exposed seams are hip enough, resized it, cut the holes out for the designed, placed red fabric underneath, and hand sewed over the top et voila!
Pardon the drama-y photos - I'm a dancer, I was in the mood!