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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cheap ikea bed + army blankets = fab! on: June 12, 2011 07:37:07 PM
My bedroom was a sad, sorry sight. Part of the problem was my Ikea unfinished pine bed frame (hey, it was cheap!).
inspired by this site http://manhattan-nest.com/2010/07/23/a-whole-mess-of-staples/
i decided to give it a go myself! I bought a piece of plywood cut to size and screwed it to the frame. I used batting to give a little padding to the headboard, stapled it in place, then covered it with an army blanket and stapled some more. I had already altered my bed a little by elongating the legs so that I could store underneath it, so i couldn't follow the blog example by padding the lower frame and staining the legs. Instead, I made a bedskirt with box-pleats at the corners for the legs.
Before:

after:


I'm quite pleased with the results. It makes quite a big difference in the room as a whole. Well, that and putting my books on the bookshelf instead of just leaving them piled by the bed
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / stenciling for gifts on: March 25, 2009 07:59:39 AM
I really wanted to thank two friends, but being low on funds options are limited. So I craft. I made them each a pillow, stenciled with something they like. One is the logo off the top of an old cinema programme, and the other is Charley Chase (silent film actor/director).



success! nothing works like a bit of peronalized toil.
I couldn't find freezer paper, so I improvised. I used photoshop to get the contrast design I wanted, printed out the images, attached them to contact paper and cut out. This really worked well because I could use the sticky of the contact paper to stick to the shirt. a bit more labour intensive, I guess, but it works!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Futon 'o movie fun on: February 22, 2009 04:49:58 PM
the sheet covering my futon fell off one too many times, and I decided to finally do something about it.


I got a duvet cover and modified it to be a futon cover that fits. I then stenciled some of my favourite actors on some plain unbleached cotton and recovered some throw pillows.  yay! much more appealing than a bed sheet.

close ups of the stencils:

Toshiro Mifune

Buster Keaton

Jimmy Cagney
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first underbust corset on: October 25, 2008 10:24:17 AM
I made a corset! yay! I used a black silk with red and gold cherry blossoms that I had hanging around (why, i dont' know) and the tutorial here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122286.0




i'm so excited - i can't wait to make another one!
The only problem i had was a ripple on the top and bottom edges if its not pulled all the way tight. has anyone else had this happen? what can i do so it doesn't happen again?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tshirt recons: a dress, a top, a strapless on: October 18, 2008 04:13:37 PM
attacked the pile of t-shirts last weekend a put together a couple of fun things.



First is a mini-dress from a London Underground t and a white t (doubled the chest area - not showing off that much of the girls!)
Then its a strapless with a tie bottom from a red t and an old little Inuyasha shirt
last is just a fitted and girl-ified shirt with an odd picture. well, at least I find it amusing...
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / cracked soles and uppers - help! on: September 29, 2008 12:23:37 PM
why is it that buying quality dress shoes is impossible? my partner and I both seem to be experts at cracking soles. Does anyone know a good way to repair these short of getting them re-soled? tried super glue...

and for a cracked upper, is there a way to seal this back up?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / altered fitted shirt on: September 27, 2008 03:56:48 PM
ok, its nothing all that new, nothing all that hard, but I like it! I had a plain dress shirt that I just didn't like. So i removed the sleeves to make the body more fitted, then re-attached the sleves, gathering extra material on top for a slight puff. its like a whole new shirt.



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8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / custom dress form: just add water on: September 01, 2008 11:43:17 AM
I've seen examples of people making their own dress form with duct tape and a friend, but I like to stick my pins right in the form, and was confused about how that would work with my sticky silver hero (no, really - I made my prom dress from duct tape - I love that stuff). So I cound this tutorial from 1926 (http://vintagesewing.info/1920s/26-fcm/fcm-24.html) and with a roll of paper packing tape, an ugly t-shirt, and a bewildered partner, came up with this...



its standing on a giant cardboard tube salvaged from work, and anchored in an old bucket with rocks from a fishtank.

has anyone else made one using this kind of tape? did you seal it with anything?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / nasty throw pillows become chair cushions on: August 31, 2008 05:06:24 PM
I had two old throw pillows that were discoloured, battered that needed to go. I felt guilty tossing them, so they got repurposed. I recovered them with some material left over from my mum reupholstering a chair, and used old shoelacing to make the ties. Voila! chair cushions from some rather uncomfortable ikea seating. I like them this way even better then when they were new!

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