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21  A Wicked Fascinating Fascinator for Halloween in Halloween Costumes by I Sew Cute on: October 10, 2014 08:14:25 AM
I saw the little pre-made witch hats at my local craft supply store & was inspired to throw together a fun little fascinator as a hostess gift to a friend who is going to have a handmade Halloween party at her house.  Smiley

This is an easy project - minimal sewing skills needed.


Witch hat ( you could make one out of felt if you can't source one...or look online )
headband (I used a padded one covered with satin ribbon)
mardi gras bead strand, skull beads, & feather boa hair clip (I used the Darice brand)

"Tools" Needed
glue (optional)

First, I sewed a string of mardi gras beads around the base where the brim & hat meet.

Next, I added a skull bead where the 2 ends of the mardi gras beads met with a dab of glue & a few quick stitches.

Then, I positioned the witch hat where I wanted it to rest on the headband.

...and tacked it to the headband on both sides of the brim.

It only took a few stitches to attach the feather boa to the fascinator after I removed it from the little plastic clip it was attached to.
Please note that I didn't stitch it on before attaching the hat to the headband because it was easier to attach to the band without all the loose feathery tendrils getting caught in my thread as I tacked it down.


This would look fabulous with other embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, bits of lace, a vintage brooch...the sky's the limit!

This is super cute with these little vintage pumpkin earrings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436143.msg5252005#msg5252005

Happy Haunting!
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22  Halloween Pumpkin Earrings made from Upcycled Vintage Cupcake Toppers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: October 10, 2014 08:02:34 AM
This is a super easy & fun project for Halloween. Wink

What you'll need:
plastic cupcake toppers (I used Halloween Jack O'lanterns that I bought online).
Sandpaper (or a dremel with a sanding drum attachment)
Heavy duty scissors (or wire cutters)
Needle nosed pliers to open jumprings or earwires
Jumprings or Chain (for adding optional length if you like your earrings super dangly)

This is what I started with. As you can see, the pick which sticks into a cupcake needs to go.

Take your wire cutters & trim off the plastic post, then sand it smooth, so there are no sharp edges.

Add your earwire to the top. If you prefer longer earrings, you can add some chain & a jumpring. Make sure they dangle straight. I added the earwire right to the jack o'lantern handle.

Voila! Go rock those festive earrings at your next Halloween soiree! Happy Halloween!

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23  Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 08, 2014 09:41:23 PM
I received from fiberartsy an adorable vintage stitchy Halloween kitty!!! I'm so excited because black cats were #1 on my list! Smiley

Front view:

...and Back view (check out the button detail! So cute!)

It's adorably spooky & reminds me of those Halloween cat masks from the 60's - 70's... you nailed my taste fiberartsy! Thank you so very much! <3
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24  Black & Orange Glitter Nails - Manicure for Halloween in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: September 28, 2014 12:54:27 PM
Black and Orange Glitter Manicure for Halloween by isewcute

What you'll need:
Shiny Blackish Nail Polish (I used OPI Lincoln Park After Dark)
Orange Glitter (I used a variety of different orange glitters blended together)
Clear Top Coat Nail Enamel (I used seche vite dry fast top coat)

Brush on Black polish & while it's wet, dip your nail tip into a cup filled with a little glitter.

Tap the loose glitter off & gently use your finger to pat down any glitter sticking up. You don't want to smudge it.
Brush on a coating of clear top coat & let dry. You can add another clear coat if the glitter still feels too rough. I did 2 coats. Wink

Enjoy your Halloween sparkle!   Smiley

For more great ideas for your nails, check out the Awesome Manicure Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421432.0#axzz3Edr7glDh
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25  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: September 25, 2014 09:58:09 AM
I claimed my bookmark that savvysister made for me, as well as some extras she sent & finally have photos to share!

  The cuteness....I love it!

Showing the whole piece:

Bonus goodies (I love snoopy!):

Thank you so much savvysister! You really spoiled me!  Smiley
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26  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by I Sew Cute on: September 23, 2014 07:16:28 AM
Lindyv321 - CUTE! I really like those! Fun colors too!

Alright y'all, I'll do either bells or a surprise plastic canvas creation.
Here's pics of the bells in case we have new folks joining this year that haven't seen them.

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27  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: September 22, 2014 07:58:57 AM
Very cool rendering of the Nancy Drew image Acadian Driftwood! The quote on the back is funny! Great start to the gallery!
Zalphinian, I like the design of your hunger games bookmark...the leaves are beautiful & the kitty is darling!
Blupaisan, I love the illustration you did for Acadian Driftwood's Abhorsen books bookmark. The textures are really great to make the characters really pop, but the troll one really cracks me up! I love it!
AugustBell... beautiful, beautiful work!
It makes me think of an art quilt & the colors are gorgeous!
Toraline, what is the text on the bookmark you made for noodle-bug? I love the subtle sailboats!
Pioneer9,  I love the vintage illustration look of the bookmarks you made for noodle-bug. Super fab retro looking spaceman & rockets! The Shakespeare one is my favorite. Smiley
Elderflower... I adore your watership down bookmark... bunnies are my favorite & that pulls at my heart strings! I also love your cross stitched rainbow kitties! How did you make it double sided with the quote? Is it 2 pieces sewn together?
Pioneer9 - the wizard is really cool... great quote & huzzah for glitter on the bookmarks you made for Toralune. It's so thoughtful to include the book title on the penguin piece. My boy would love both of these!
Savvysister - I'm so tickled you like the princess bride piece...it just came to me as soon as I read your swap sign up info. Wink
chameleonhound, very cool hunger games bookmark! I like that you made it horizontal with all those trees & textures... you captured a great mood!
wizard_pupil - Such pretty beads & ribbon! Beautiful work!

I've received from whatthepuck - Thank you so much for the super fun & colorful unicorn bookmark! My mini snatched it from me at the post office, but I eventually got it back from her! Cheesy I love the rainbow colors & the fibers you used in the tassel!
Love the fiber tassel on the bird/map bookmark you made for savvysister also! The textures go so great with the images.
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28  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 (signups end 10/6, send by 11/3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by I Sew Cute on: September 18, 2014 05:48:47 AM
Filling out the signup info now! Smiley

Here is what I'm working on ...a variety of plastic canvas yarn ornaments.
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29  You have to try my Banana Pudding! in Dessert by I Sew Cute on: September 12, 2014 12:10:28 PM
This is hands down the best banana pudding I've ever made/had. My husband was dying for me to make it, so here it is. He says it tastes more like a banana cream pie than pudding, so I guess that's a compliment.  Cheesy

4-5 large bananas
1 box Nilla wafers (vanilla wafer cookies)
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding (Not banana pudding...Weird, right? Just trust me.)
3 cups + 1/4c. milk
1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups cool whip

Mix the milk & pudding together first, then blend in the cream cheese. (leave it out of the fridge for awhile so it softens a bit to make mixing easier)
Then blend in the cool whip until creamy.

In a deep dish/pan, what have you, line the bottom with the nilla wafers.
Spoon on a layer of pudding mix & smooth it out.
Slice up a layer of banana on top of that.

Repeat these steps until you have come to the top of your dish & have hopefully ended with a layer of fluffy pudding.
With the leftover nilla wafers, I crushed them up & sprinkled on top. I know it's not perfectly pretty, but for what this is lacking in good looks, it more than makes up for in taste! It's banana heaven baby!

Enjoy! Smiley
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30  Snap Clutch Purse - Batik Patches - by isewcute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: September 07, 2014 05:12:22 PM

This photo is by Loves2Experiment... my partner in a make a friend swap last year. Smiley

I had a great time creating this clutch because I was doing a craft I love...piecing squares as you would for a quilt...and doing something I was completely unfamiliar with...making a snap clutch with a purse frame. One of the things I love most about swaps is that it pushes me to do or try things outside of my normal comfort zone.

For this project, I cut strips of batik fabric & sewed them together, then cut the sewn together strips into yet more strips, then matched up the corners & patterns how I liked them & stitched them into a workable piece of patchy fabric.

Sewing was a little crazy, but the challenging part for me was to fit the fabric piece into the purse frame.  Roll Eyes After a couple of trial & errors...it came together as planned. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Grin

I think it turned out so cute!... or 'sew cute'! Cheesy Best of all, my awesome partner, Loves2Experiment, seemed to really like it!
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