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61  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fill-A-Box Canadian Style on: July 16, 2008 11:33:51 AM
For Canadians who can't participate in the Fill-A-Box (US only) Swap. We can use Canada Post. Anyone else interested? I can't lead it because I haven't even participated in a swap yet.
62  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cloth diaper experiment (picture overload!) on: July 14, 2008 03:24:52 PM
I want to make some cloth diapers (all-in-one's) for my 10 mth old and my friend who is expecting a baby boy in September. I found a couple patterns that looked pretty simple online (Rita's Rump and Chloes Toes) I worked with both on three of them then kind of did my own thing and ended up liking that one the best Smiley So, not only do I have a pattern I like, but it's mine so I can now use it to make and sell them. Yay!

Anyway, here are some pics.

All four diapers. Normally, I would have cropped to photo to remove my daughter, but she looked so darn cute! She was mad because I wouldn't let her play with the diapers.


Closeup of #1 Ritas Rump pattern. Not impressed with my sewing on this one, but's it's my first diaper so I can't be too hard on myself.


It can be made smaller to fit a newborn.


Closeup of #2 Chloes Toes pattern. After this one I decided to sew velcro on before putting outer and inner pieces together.

Inside


Closeup of #3 Large Choles Toes pattern. Modified to add snap in doublers. I also stiched in a soaker in the lining. I was mad about the elastics not working out right so I was frustrated when I did the top-stitch. Doesn't look too nice!

Inside


Closeup of #4 My design. I love it Smiley Plus the fabric is super cute. I stitched a soaker into the lining and created a back pocket for stuffing. Too small for my daughter though so I'll have to make a bigger one for her. Not sure if I should topstitch it... What do you think?

Inside


Comments welcome and much appreciated. Let me know if you think I should topstitch #4. Thanks!!


63  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ill fitting skirt becomes cute white sundress for my daughter! on: July 10, 2008 09:17:18 PM
My first dress, or recon for that matter. Unless taking making a wrap skirt out of my mother's new sheets in grade 9 counts... Embarrassed

Comments welcome Smiley
Sorry the pictures suck. Lighting was poor.

So this is how it all started, a cute skirt that made me look really bad!


Here it is now! It looks exactly how I wanted it too Smiley She'll probably wear it to my brother's wedding in September.
The straps are even, they just weren't laying right when I took the pic.


Here's a closeup of the straps. They're braided from the scraps I cut off the top of the skirt.


Here's my 9 (almost 10) mth old daughter modeling.
Full dress:

Closeup of straps:

The diva wanted me to stop taking pictures! There's a little run in the material that I didn't notice before I began Sad Oh well! She still looks cute Smiley


So, how'd I do?
64  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / What do you think? Advice needed please :) on: June 29, 2008 01:12:32 PM
I created this diaper bag for a friend. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254325.0;topicseen It's nice and large and has many pockets. It's made of a drapery/upholstery fabric (??) sot it's nice and durable (and not cheap!). Anyway, I still have some tweaks to make in terms of making it more stiff so it stands alone better, but I was hoping to get some oppinions from you pros Smiley

What do you think of it in terms of it's saleability? What price range do you think it would fit into? Would you buy it for yourself or a friend? Any other comments or critiques are more than welcome Smiley Thanks!
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Giant bag is too floppy! Help please! on: June 29, 2008 01:05:42 PM
I made a diaper bag for a friend (pics are here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254325.0;topicseen ) Anyway, I used heavyweight interfacing on the outer fabric, but it's still very floppy and doesn't hang very nice. Any advice??
66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Giant Diaper/Messenger Bag (picture heavy) on: June 29, 2008 12:36:37 PM
It's about 19x12x6 and has 12 pockets.

I'm making a diaper bag for a friend who's due in December. She loves the Messenger Bag style and she wants lots of pockets. It's my first bag of any kind, ever. Seemed like a daunting task at first and it took about 7 or 8 hrs to complete, but I'm pretty pleased with it. There are a couple problems and I hope to get some feedback and advice from you wonderfully talented people Smiley

I did use heavyweight interfacing on the outer fabric, but it is still quite floppy. Any suggestions on how to remedy that? Any other critiques or advice on flaws I'm not noticing are welcome. I want this to be perfect. I enjoyed making it so much I may start selling them!

Full front view:

Side pocket:

In action:

Hanging:

Button up-close:

Under flap 'Mommy pockets':

Soother strap and pocket:

View of all the pockets:

Back view:


Your comments and insight are appreciated! Thank you for looking Cheesy
67  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My 3 paintings... I'm new :) on: June 28, 2008 10:38:03 AM
I did these first two paintings for a friend of mine:
First, a tree frog in oil and acrylic. Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of it dry!


Second, an inukshuk in watercolour and acrylic.


This one I made for a friend's wedding. It's oil and it's still wet too Smiley


Comments welcome.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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