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1  High Chair seat cover in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Betty B. Cake on: April 03, 2010 02:08:38 PM
So I know this technically isnt clothing, but I did sew it and it is for my 8 month old daughter.
The seat cover that was previously on her high chair was cheap and heat sealed at the edges, so it started to come apart pretty quickly (plus, it use to be my sons, so its been well loved)
I set out to look for materials that would be an easy clean up without me having to throw it in the washing machine.
I came across a kids shower curtain (on clearance...yes, SCORE!)  that is clear vinyl w/cute animal print. But I knew i needed a backing, so I took the foam cushioning out of the old seat cover and added in a layer of green w/wht star rib knit fabric that I already had laying around the house. And Voila!!!!
Aside from the fact that I knew I couldnt screw up on this project; because lets face it folks, vinyl is not forgiving, it turned out really well. The bottom is uneven, but its just gonna get covered in baby food anyway, so who cares. It fits the chair well and is super cute. I'm not into all the super girly colors, so i'm glad it turned out more gender nuetral.











Let me know what you think

Thanx
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2  BROBEE ; the little green one *YO GABBA GABBA* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Betty B. Cake on: November 14, 2008 04:26:16 PM
Another recon from my husbands old shirt. This time I used part of an old green tank top of mine for Brobees head, as well as other remnants laying around......& voila!!!! Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba

my son got so excited when he actually recognized the character on his shirt!!




& here is the Muno shirt I posted a few days ago.....just thought I should group them together
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3  Toddler Boy T-shirts Recon using my hubby's old shirts...yo gabba gabba in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Betty B. Cake on: November 13, 2008 01:02:02 PM
So between patching up my husbands jeans constantly and sewing my sons Halloween costume, I managed to make him some T-shirts from my husbands old shirts. I am very proud! I didnt have a pattern, so I made my own & it has progressively gotten better. I still have a lot of trouble with the neckline & usually have to pull out the seam ripper at least twice per shirt, but its worth it. IF ANYONE HAS ANY TIPS ON SEWING A NECKLINE i WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!

Anyway, here is MUNO from Yo Gabba Gabba...I <3 this shirt soooo much!


This was a shirt from the Gap & looks identical to the original before the recon


This was originally an American Eagle polo style shirt, but I dont know how to make a collar like that, so it ended up as a regular T-shirt


Originally a converse shirt , during recon I added orange stars and an orange ringer neckline to match so cute (until my son got a stain right in the center, now I just need to add another star as a cover up)


Thanks so much, let me know what you think!
Any criticism is welcome!

I am currently working on a white long sleeved T-shirt with Brobee on the front...YAY!!!
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4  Samurai Jack Costume w/plushie Aku in Halloween Decor and Parties by Betty B. Cake on: November 07, 2008 09:33:36 PM
So my 20 month old LOVES the Samurai Jack cartoon & I must say I am quite proud of him for having such good taste @ a young age. Anyway, I didnt have pattern, I pretty much winged the whole thing. It was originally suppose to be white and grey, but my husband went out looking for fabric in the middle of the night & beige was the best he could do. Its still cute though & I am happy with how it turned out. I used a white twin sheet for the karate pants (they tie @ the top) & the Gi, the beige fabric is a pillow case (like I said, best he could do) I think the total came to about $8.....maybe.

The Aku plushie I already posted; you can find all the details for it in this link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276071.msg3123004#msg3123004

I was going to make him a cardboard samurai sword, but my kid is lethal with anything resembling a stick, so I decided on AKu (the villian of Samurai Jack) instead. The AKu plushie is truly the best thing I have ever sewn & I am so proud of it. I have been shoving it in everyones face that comes in my house like its a trophy or something.

a reference pic for all of those unfamiliar


This picture was taken when we got home from trick-or-treating, so pardon the chocolate stains




& Aku....I have one of my son holding the plushie with his costume, but I cant seen to find it. I will post it later when I come across it.


also, a reference picture of Aku


I hope you like everything, I know the Samurai Outfit wasnt the moist complicated thing in the world but it took me awhile to figure out the correct Gi pattern.
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5  Great Flaming Eyebrows!! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Betty B. Cake on: October 29, 2008 08:04:23 PM
I hope everyone is familiar with Samurai Jack, if not...you are seriously missing out.
Anyway, I made this Aku softie to go with my sons Samurai Jack costume that I made for this Halloween. He is only 2, but he freakin <3's SAmurai Jack so much its ridiculous; its like crack for toddlers. Anyway, I just thought I'd share. I'm going to post pics later of him with all his gear after we are done trick or treating.

A few details...I literally made this out of scraps around the house, you would'nt believe where I had to scrounge up the green fabric from!!!

-The body is sewn using a zig-zag stitch
-All of the facial features were glued on with Fabric glue and then hand stitched for security (the glue just helped so much, you have no idea!)
-The pupils, teeth & nostrils are all hand embroidered (its only been about 15 years since I actually embroidered anything, so Aku started out wonky & progressively got better)
- & I havent secured the eyebrows completely yet or closed the bottom, so it is temporarily pinned in the picture.





I hope everyone likes it! &
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!

Let me know what you think
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6  Toddler T-shirt neckline issuse..HELP! in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by Betty B. Cake on: October 02, 2008 10:52:38 AM
So I cut up my husbands old converse t-shirt & I catually did a really good job making it into a 2T size shirt for my son, but I couldnt reuse the neckline in the original because it was all tattered. Now I am left with nothing to use. I tried just folding over and stitching the neckline, but it looks so plain and awful. I need help.
Does anyone have any suggestions? It just doesnt sit correctly across my sons collar bones, if you know what I mean.
Here is a picture (and pardon my dirt floor, we just got a new dog)

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7  Fluffy Chomps-a-lot & The Wonky-asaraus...my first in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Betty B. Cake on: October 01, 2008 08:09:11 AM
Ok, so this is the first time I have ever made any stuffies/plushies. The dinosaur is made of some old plaid pants that are a little stretchy (which gave me hell the first time I used them for a project, and they game me hell this time as well) So he came out all wonky, hence the name. I stitched most of him on my machine, the eyes and mouth are hand stitched. I knew that it would fray around the edges & hoped it would add character, but I think it just makes him look messy.
Fluffy Chomps-a-lot was all hand stitched and was originally a scarf. He is not really as wonky as he appears in the picture, I just didnt make the proper adjustments before I took the picture. Overall, I'm happy with him, I guess.
I was hoping that my 19 month old would take some interest in them, but he doesnt care to much for any kind of stuffed animal........oh well!




I was going to add nostrils to him, but got discouraged when he came out so bad.


I hope they arent too terrible. It was definately a learning experience. Let me know what you think. Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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8  Boring lamp shade, NOT IN MY HOUSE! (bursting w/pics) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Betty B. Cake on: September 22, 2008 07:38:17 PM
This is actually a really old project that I did about 8 years ago, but since I am still technically a craftster newb, I decided to share. I love making collages/decoupage and find that I will keep just about every magazine or catalog that I can get my hands on just in case I feel the need to attack it with scissors. Anyway, my husband and I had bought this really cool lamp (sorry I didnt get a picture of the base) but the shade was a dull beige. So one night I collected all my clippings and sat down with a giant vat of mod podge and went to work. I think I worked on it every night for about a week, trying to fit everything together as neatly as possible. I filled in an extra spaces peaking thru with purple acrylic paint pen and then slapped on about 3 more coats of mod-podge. Overall, I have no idea how many coats are actually on it, but let me tell you..........Its a LOT!

I tried to get a 360 degree shot








i know, its crooked  Undecided


I truly love this shade, but it doesnt look so hot when you turn it on. All the light shines thru in an odd pattern because of the different shades, textures and thicknesses of paper. I didnt think about that before hand, so we just keep it around for looks, and because if something happened to it I think I would cry (it took me so long to cut and paste all those clippings)

Let me know what you think, Thanks! Cheesy
I know its not the most glamorous thing in the world, I probably could've done a better job & it doesnt have a theme, but I'm a pack rat & I think it pretty much symbolizes that part of me.


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9  Old Plaid Pants + Boredom = Tampon Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Betty B. Cake on: September 21, 2008 08:11:16 PM
So my husband just left for work, my son is asleep and I am freakin' bored out of my head. The next logical step is to sew. So I go dig thru my pile of forgotten clothes, that are all to small, but I just cant bare to get rid of them knowing that one day they will become a recon. I happen across my favorite old plaid pants (they just happen to be abercrombie, which genarally I hate, but one year they had a ton of awesome plaid pants, so I caved and bought them, cause they rocked and fit me like a glove) Anyway, they are about 3 sizes to small now and I decided that they really needed a new purpose in life. So viola, my new tampon pouch!

I KNOW IT MIGHT BE HARD TO SEE, BUT THERE IS A STRAP THERE TO HOLD DOWN THE FLAP




AND HERE ARE MY BELOVED PANTS, YOU CAN TELL if you look real close i FORGOT TO TAKE THE PICTURE BEFORE CHOPPING AWAY @ THEM


 I was going to  line the inside with a different fabric, but after testing it, I remembered that the pants had a lil bit of stretch to them & the fabric is kinda thick as well. I decided that it was in my best interest not to add any additional fabric. I mean, its just for holding tampons, i'm the only one that has to look at it on a constant basis, right.

I know I just rambled thru that whole post, but like I said, I'm bored
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10  Plaid Halter Vest recon from old dress pants (img hvy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Betty B. Cake on: July 29, 2008 06:36:50 PM
So I recently found out that I have jury duty...ugh, and I have nothing appropriate in my wardrobe (most of my dress clothes are now to small due to having a baby) Anyway, I really wanted a vest and I saw this tute yesterday
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250504.0

So I kill two birds with one stone , I get a sweet vest AND something to wear for the dreaded jury duty.
The only real difference in mine from the tute, other than the obvious fabric, is I added a seam under the bust line to accentuate to boob'age.
Now my only real dillema is how to close the vest: Ribbon, buttons......I'm stumped, so if you have a suggestion as to what would look better, I'm all ears.

Front


The Fabric


Displaying the bustline seam


Back


Also I just wanted to add, that I am sorry I dont have a before picture of the pants. And, the fabric was a poly/spandex blend. It gave me hell, I kept having to readjust the tension & I never quite got it right. So the stitching is not some of my best (I have never sewn on polyester before), but It suits its purpose, unless I were to point out the defects of the stitching, noone would notice. So I'm happy with it, but I'll be even happier when it is totally finished.
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