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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lazy Daisy w/lazy tutorial on: May 28, 2004 02:44:56 PM
First can I say, thank YOU to all the peeps out there who post tutorials, as having to organize myself, has brought new levels of appreciation for all the past masters, and highlights my slack nature, hence a tutorial for veryeasy-peasy fabric flowers. I love the felt flowers but didn't have any felt on hand. I 'conceptualized' this on a whim when I quickly needed something to tie together a skirt and top combo I was a bit unsure of.  I received some complements, made some more, and voila, the birth of the lazy girls flower corsage. Please let me know if you have any questions, tho why I've taken so bloody long to post, in one I can't reasonably answer!

Here's a quick-like tutorial, not that any of you all will require, and it shall unveil how very rudimentary my skills are!
Firstly grab yourself a strip or two of fabric, anything will do, and a heavy-dutier type needle strung with a matching thread :

(You might want to sew close to any fraying ends to prevent total string meltdown, but this is the lazy girl way, so it's up to how ambitious you're feelin')

I'm an old hand at these, so I gasp! used two pieces of fabric. Start by pinching the strip in one hand while pleating the fabric toward the stabalizing hand:

Continue to make pleats (and I'm talking really loose, bunched up pleats- just sort of wadding it together works too- it's all about the end product in my case):

Then when your fingers are full of pleats, take that threaded needle and work it through all the layers.  Don't worry if you don't catch each every pleat as you can always patch it up later:

Basically you just keep repeating the steps above, fold, pleat, sew through the layers, coming out through the back and through the front- don't worry about keeping the threads neat- you'll be covering all that mess later, my friend. Here's a side view of my layers. Work in a circular, flower-like fashion, it should vaguely start to resemble a corsage of some sort.

I decided to add another strip of red to my flower, to fill it out a bit, just start folding it into place right where you left off, attaching it with your thread.  When you get the circumference you desire, thread from the backside to the frontside several times, catching all those loose pleats and stabalizing your flowe. I decided to carefully snip a few slits in my petals to make them more petal-liker:

Now comes the fun part- creating your stamen. I'm the proud parent of a badg machine so I let those little doo-dahs work their magic here, often using a flower print, just to ensure passerbyers realise what I'm wearing. Anything can work- buttons, more fabric, badges, what have you:

I would never want to be judged by what the backside ends up looking like but nothing a little patch of fabric or proper bit of foam and penback can't   hide (tho if you're truly lazy, like me, this would never happen and you'd already have a safetypin through that sucker and on your top by now): :

Flower power, wear with petal pride!:

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: CicadaMania Wristband! on: May 28, 2004 07:57:05 AM
I like the polka dot contrast wth the strong lines of the cicadas.  I suppose stripes could be an option but maybe that's too obvious of an alternative.  I think hearts would be cool, thereby fully displaying your admiration for the liittle scaries.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sparkly tank! on: May 28, 2004 07:52:05 AM
It's great- great colors and nice spanglies.

Pattern making is HARD- I normally just alter bought ones and until I make myself my own mannequin, nothing quite fits right the first time round.

good work!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! fabric paint? on: May 28, 2004 07:50:45 AM

I have some of that fabric medium- can one mix it with any kind of paint? Like emulision or house paint? Apologies for the unlearned question....

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: square bottomed lined bag tutorial on: May 24, 2004 01:06:19 PM
I bet she'll be thrilled. Lovely job!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: sleepy time mask...i'm not a princess i swear..hehe on: May 23, 2004 01:51:29 AM
Surely with a name like SarahFroggy, there's a princess in there somewhere?? Grin

I was just planning on making my own mask due to crack in blinds sending a bolt of sunlight through at much too early in the morning. You've inspired me to get on with it- do you find your mask dark enough to keep the light out? I suppose having two layers does the trick.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Another of Dad's old shirts on: May 21, 2004 07:52:10 AM
Looks fab, very tidy.

I like your looks in each photo- clearly not satisfied in the 'before'- totally proud and lovin it in the 'after'  Cheesy
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Newbie With a Jordy :) on: May 21, 2004 07:43:10 AM
It looks great Kim, hard to believe it's a first bag!

I'm a terrible one for lurking and not posting- I should really get on it with alll you brave newbies!

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chicago T-shirt skirt. on: May 17, 2004 03:00:14 PM
Necessity (being broke) is the mother of invention, no?
I like the way the the black waistband and ruffle provides a frame for the skirt- and man, you did a great job on the ruffle- the pleats are so welldone, especially considering the stretchiness of t-shirt material. do share your tips, o wise one.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What to do with fab pants that don't fit on: May 17, 2004 02:55:30 PM
I defintiely like the elastic idea- I've tried darts before but they can wind up pokey looking- you know a bulge at the point- and I know there are tips to avoid this (not backstitching etc) but on heavy fabrics it seems to bulge no matter.
 I'll definitely be putting your innovativeness to use next pair

from a fella big bottomed girl makin' the world go round....

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