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1  Biker Jacket from Grandma's Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CarlieJoe on: April 03, 2016 03:20:32 AM
Last fall, I cut up a jacket my grandmother didn't wear anymore. I liked the color. It came out a little too short and I can't really move well, because the fabric has no stretch. And I should never make a pattern without adjusting for my length anymore! Hm. Still like it, but wouldn't make it again, weird fit.

Unfortunately, I deleted the picture of the original jacket. It was one of those boxy shapeless things. I cut the pattern pieces and didn't keep any of the original things. Come to think of it, it was so little fabric, it wouldn't have been possible to make it any longer as it is. Oh well.
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2  Biodegradable Minoru Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CarlieJoe on: November 11, 2015 01:59:08 PM
If, by any chance, I should happen to die in this jacket, everything except for the buttons and zippers will nicely decompose. Outside is made from hemp twill (which really is soo nice to the touch!!!!), inside from cotton my mother gave me a while ago. I interlined it with an old wool blanket from my grandmothers basement ans sewed with cotton thread. That didn't break despite being thrifted. One was particularly nice because it went perfectly with the shade of the blue fabric AND was a nice shiny thick thread- perfect for the topstitching. I am really happy with how this turned out, even though it is a bit too pear-shaped for me. But for being risky and not making a muslin it fits perfectly! I even lengthened it by 20 cm and it still fit. Great pattern!!! If somebody still doesn't know about it, you can find it here: http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/minoru-jacket/ I was stalking minoru on pinterest and on blogs for ages before whipping this up in more or less two solid weekends.

In-progress with wool blanket:

And the lovely thread on my lovely machine:

P.S.: What is it with the pictures never turning out upright???
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3  Baby Quilt No. 3 Green in Quilting: Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: November 11, 2015 01:31:00 PM
First one was blue, second one red, now I decided on green. Guess what baby was wearing when I arrived to give it to the family? Green, of course. Something is going on here! Baby had also been using baby no. 1's blue quilt for the first three months of her life. Very big-hearted big brother here!
Sewed it together in one crazy weekend (weekend of whale and bunny and quilt), so the quilting is really crooked. Child needs to learn life's not straight, anyway. The earlier, the better  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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4  Whale from old jeans in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: November 11, 2015 01:25:10 PM
I am really crazy about keeping old clothes. You never know whether you might want to copy it again at some point. Or make a whale out of it after schlepping it along (cut up) for 15 years...

This time it was a really good idea to keep it, because I always saw this http://valaanvillapaita.blogspot.de/2011/05/tee-se-itse-valas.html
and thought... I don't need that- but I want to MAKE IT!!! Fortunately, all my friends decided the time was right for having babies so I can sew baby stuff.

I still want it for my self, only now I'm dreaming of a giant whale to use as a pillow. Sigh...
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5  Bunny from old towel in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: November 11, 2015 01:15:02 PM
My brother liked my first bunny so much I gave it to him instead of the baby it was supposed to be for. Baby got this new one instead:

This one does look a bit less grumpy than first one and is sturdier. Will hold up better while being chewed on I guess  Cheesy
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6  Rose bead bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: August 17, 2015 08:13:46 AM
When I saw this http://knitionary.blogspot.ca/2015/05/capturing-summer.html, I knew what to do with a lot of time in my grandmothers garden. I spent two weeks with my parents there and my father observed my doings over a span of a few days rather amusedly. I think he was impressed how long it could take to get some raisin-like beads ;-)

I actually wanted gold beads, but they only had weird ones at the local shop. I thought maybe to have the gold cups face each other to make a bead, but in the end decided to use them as intended- sometimes the coincidence produces the best results!
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7  Lap desk in Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: August 16, 2015 02:40:05 PM
Made this ages ago but never took any pictures. I tried making nice edges, and failed. The close-up is not of the failed corner ;-)

I love it and use it all the time for everything (I love working on the couch or on my bed...)

The inside of the pillow is filled with fabric scraps. I knew there was truth to this:

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8  Re: I am on pins and needles in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by CarlieJoe on: August 10, 2015 03:12:48 PM
I use three different things to store my needles in- my favourite is the walnut. I have the magazine clipping with the idea somewhere in storage, so I can't tell the source. The needle book was winged from an old scrap of embroidered bedsheet, and the tin is constantly falling off my table. I had strong magnets stored in it at some point, but they prevented the pins from being picked up. So. Don't know whether that helps  Wink
I was thinking about making something out of fabric and magnets just because I don't like plastic- but it (whatever it might be) is still on my list.

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9  Bombshell bathing suit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by CarlieJoe on: August 09, 2015 10:43:15 PM
I am so glad I finished this. No more loosing the ill fitting store bought bikini while swimming (ok, I admit, it was from H&M, so I probably shouldn't have expected it to fit...).

Anyway, I'm so pleased with the outcome. I sewed one morning straight from nine to one and then my friends took me to the beach to try it out.

I used this pattern: http://store.closetcasefiles.com/products/bombshell-swimsuit, she also has a sew-along on her blog that saved a lot of thinking on my part. Really nice pattern to work with!
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10  Bottle bird feeder in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by CarlieJoe on: July 31, 2015 10:27:22 AM
When I saw this https://thechickenstreet.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wine-bottle-bird-feeder/, I really wanted to make one! So I did! Everything is reclaimed from the wood pile. We redid the deck and had a lot of scraps lying around.

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