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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Yoga mat cover (no pattern) on: February 02, 2017 02:12:36 AM

I made this yoga mat cover with no pattern, just eyeballed it. I used a bright green cotton, possibly from Eurokangas. I added a patch with an embroidery from Urban Threads on the side. http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UT5269

Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/r0-elUJrfy0

I cut one large rectangle, in wich the yoga mat will fit. If you want to, you can just cut one large rectangle and a small rectangle, make the strap and attatch it. Then just sew two of the edges of the larger rectangle and put the draw string opening on the other end and you're done. I wanted to do a circular (came out oval) shape to the bottom.

Below are pictures of the parts you need for this project. Further instructions are in the video. Happy sewing and have fun at the gym, friends! Smiley

The address to my blog, if you want to visit, is: http://stitchesandcuts.com/
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Tron hat on: December 16, 2016 06:45:23 AM
My boyfriend asked for a hat to wear when they go to a cottage with the guys on the weekend. The only instructions I got were something Tron-related and that it keeps him warm. Found the picture from Pinterest, searched for "tron", then made the embroidery off the picture using DRAWings 6 PRO.

Here's a tron hat I made. I shot a video of making it with my GoPro attached to my head, but the direction was all wrong, so I'm sorry for that! The hat was made with the earflap pattern from https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2016/02/22/wool-cotton-sewn-ear-flap-hat/ and it's a free pattern you can find at the bottom line of the "Materials"-section. It's a PDF that you just have to print out, cut and tape together. This is one of the easiest hats to make, ever!

I also made a YouTube-video on the making of the hat. https://youtu.be/z-65eEIEZxQ

3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / wider flap for my big calves on: January 31, 2014 09:54:33 AM
I'm a girly girl, so my calves are HUGE. WEEEELLL. Now I've gone and done it LOL
I bought these awesome boots, but my feet would not fit. So after consulting a shoe smith (hehehe I'm Finnish. what's the word? Cheesy) she said that I just needed a wider flap and I could use my local *shoesmith* to make them all better, she said her pay would be 50 euros. She is too far away for me to use. So since I don't trust any *shoesmiths* in my area, I decided to do it myself :DDDDDDD

Here are ALL the pics: http://susitaika.blogspot.fi/2014/01/uskomattomin-diy-projekti-ikina-d.html

Happy as a clam, I am!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DIY needle stopper on: January 17, 2014 01:10:03 AM
this is so amazing i need to share. i thought this might be the best place for it, if not move it.

so i've been looking for good needle stoppers for ages. my works tend to unravel everytime i take them with me, no matter how careful i try to be with them. so when i saw this online i had to try it. i can't believe i didn't hear about this before 2013, it's so simple!

all you need is two pieces of fabric cut rectangularly and a piece of rubberband. i cut mine a little bit too long for this tutorial.

you new the rubberband in the middle of the two rectangulars like so

then you fold over the rectangulars. SO SIMPLE! and fast to do! and costs next to nothing Smiley i'm in love! all my stitches have been securely set on my needles since i've started using this Smiley

here's an action picture

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Clara from Doctor Who + PDF printable on: December 20, 2013 11:20:57 AM
So I made this tutorial again, in Finnish. I googled a picture of Clara from DW and drew a black and white stencil-picture of it and made it into vectors in Illustrator. I adjusted the design a little bit when cutting, so that the stencil would be in one piece and I didn't really need to place the face and hair glee bits.. I also gave the PDF to download http://susitaika.com/tiedostot/clara.pdf

And here is the link for the tutorial:

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / an adorment for horses tail made with reflective fabric stars on: December 06, 2013 11:55:50 AM
So here's a tutorial for this ingenious craft! i saw one online and had to make a few. had to share the tutorial for the world. the original one i saw online was just a tape around a horses tail and three strips that hung from it, but after a lot of thought i decided to make one that works better: it's held in two places, so there's no fear of it hitting the horse at any point and it's secured in two places with velcro, so it doesn't fall off!

the tutorial is in finnish, but there is lots of pictures, so i hope you'll enjoy, and atleast get some ideas!! Smiley


The most important notes are:
1. the upper strap is good to be placed as shown in the tutorial, so that it is easier to put in place
2. remember to put the soft velcro inside the strap as it can possibly come in contact with the horses skin, so it really shouldn't be the rough velcro that is against your horses skin. it's tender inder the tail!

i actually don't have anything else to say about this. just: happy crafting!! Smiley enjoy
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / New embroidery designs on: September 07, 2013 06:02:20 AM
OMG. I bought this new program, DRAWings Pro 6. It's cool, but not as nice as I had hoped. Although, since it cost only 1300EUR I'm not complaining! Definately a bargain. (For those of you not in the KNOW, the software I'd LIKE TO have costs 15 000 EUR... WITHOUT TAXES!)

The first two embroideries I made by first drawing on the computer, then automatically digitizing the drawings. That works out really well, I'm pleased!

The third one I first drew by hand, then scanned. I tried the automatic digitizing on this one also but it was HORRIBLE. This one I did convert to a vector image, but apparently the lines on the drawing were too wide, so the embroidery software insisted to make them into satin stitch.... Awful. So after a few minutes of cursing I decided to digitize it by hand - dot by dot. It took me over an hour, but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Digitizing again, this time the smallest cat! on: July 18, 2013 01:19:18 PM
I made this kitty from a drawing my friend left in a note for me. Just too adorable not to make into an embroidery, don't you think? It is about 3*3 centimeters, so it's VERY small Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / micro jean shorts on: June 12, 2013 10:12:19 AM
So wanted to make some shorts. Jean fabric seemed fitting, especially since I had bought some light colored denim last year since it was so cheap. I got to home with my denim and realized that light colors make my butt look HUGE. It isn't the smallest in any case (and I'm trying to lose the last few pounds that are my goal and MAN are they stuck!!) and light colors just make it look BAD. My ass usually looks fab, btw. I have no issues with that. I have issues with using wrong colors Wink

I also made a home studio upstairs. I live in a detatched house all by myself with my dog, so I have my own sewing room and now I have a studio - not usable during the coldest winter on the count of there being no insulation. Sad I also don't like the way the very thin white fabric in the background makes the background look multicolored. I want a white BG, dang it!! I used photoshop and am not a very fluent photoshopper, so that's why the crummy pics.

The embroidery on the back pockets is from UT, of course. http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UT1861

I used the same pattern that I've used for (almost?) all the pants I've posted on this forum. It's my favorite!

OH AND!! I usually stitch the pants together and THEN do the fron zipper. This time I first sew the small patch of fabric underneath the zipper, just the front pieces together, then I added the zipper. After that I sewed the back seam together on the back pieces. Then the seams that are inside your legs and THEN the sideseams! It was weird since I usually start with the side seams, but it was much easier to sew the zipper on on the count of there not being so much fabric to work around. I urge you to try it if you haven't! I'm going to try it a few times more atleast. Will have to see if it really does give better results or if this was just a first timer fluke!

AND THEN THE PICTURES... Of which there are TWO. Sorry!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Embroidered prizes for rescue dog community raffle on: June 06, 2013 12:54:30 AM
So here's what I made for a raffle that's held to support a group dedicated to helping rescue dogs here in Finland! More about the subject on my blog http://susitaika.com/Blogi/?p=48

The thing I love about these is how different the colors are (darked colors on darker fabric) and how the feeling slightly changes when using different thread colors!

The embroidery designs are, as always, Urban Threads. The RESCUE-design was for free when I got it and it became somewhat of a phenomena that people embroidered it on scarves etc for dogs. I thought about making a scarf with it as well! So much to be done....

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