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91  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ocean scene fleece scarf on: January 07, 2009 08:32:24 PM
So here is another one of my fleece scarf projects. This time an ocean themed scarf. It was a gift for my neighbor, but I like it so much I might do another one, but with a mermaid.

My favorite part was the lion fish on one side:

The rest included an octopus, two seahorses, some yellow tang, a buoy, and a sail boat:

The middle part was all cloudy to add some thickness to the neck. Each shade of blue was supposed to represent a kind of layer of the water, so the very top is sky.

If you look carefully, you can see that the designs in the lowest layer are made up of skulls and crossbones.  Grin

I really loved this scarf, but the layers kinda made it really stiff. So when worn, it didn't really move much.... But I still liked how it looked... I don't know how to fix that issue.

Thanks for checking it out!
92  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Peace and Love scarf and Fleece Rapunzel scarf on: December 22, 2008 02:34:34 PM
So here are a couple more scarves that I made as gifts for the holidays. For some reason, I have become addicted to them. I love working with fleece since making my Fat Cat and other scarves and such.

First up is a stripped fleece version of the every-so-popular Rapunzel scarf. I took several different colored fleece fabrics and cut them into different widths, and then added what little ribbon and yarn I had. It isn't as whimsical as other scarves, but on a tight budget, it seemed more practical. I have been wanting to make one for a while but without spending a small fortune on yarn. So ta-dah!

Let me know what you think:

And I found this awesome hippie looking fleece in the remnants at Jo-ann's yesterday with my bf's mom. She loved it, so I made her a scarf with it. It is doubled over in thickness with a top stitch. She really loves no-sew blankets and ruffles and tassels, so I cut the ends and tied the like a no-sew item. I know... it is kinda of going backwards after using a sewing machine, but whatever.

93  COOKING / Dessert / Church Windows! on: December 15, 2008 10:30:06 AM
So I was looking around online and could not for the life of me find a picture of this holiday dessert to show my friends a while back. My mom has been making them every Thanksgiving and Christmas that I can remember, and they are soooo easy. And everyone always loves them.

All it takes is a bag of chocolate chips, a stick of butter, a bag of mini multicolored marshmallows (which are the hardest things in the world to find, but usually Super Walmart carries them), and a bag of shredded coconut.

You can just microwave the chocolate and butter for about two minutes then mix until it is smooth, or use a double boiler. After cooling for about 5 minutes, mix the marshmallows in. While waiting for the chocolate to cool, prepare some foil by sprinkling about a foot wide rectangle of coconut to pour the mix on.

When ready, just dump the chocolate/marshmallows in a log shape across the coconut.

Then freeze for an hour or two... or less. I never leave them in as long as they should and they come out fine. Also, this makes two logs.

When done freezing, take them out and slice them a little less than an inch thick. Ta-dah! Stained-glass church windows with a light snow on the edges. Enjoy!
94  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tree Scarf and Muffin Scarf on: December 14, 2008 09:51:04 PM
This was a really fun scarf I made for a friend for Christmas. It took no time to make. I saw something like this somewhere else, but I don't remember where or who, so if you know, tell me and I will add credit to that person.

This is all fleece, which is really fun because you don't have to worry about hemming and stuff!

There are little branches and leaves and flowers all added over the original layer of fleece. A zigzag stitch trims the outside and straight stitches trim the added things.

I also made this muffin scarf for another friend. It isn't as fancy, but my other friend always told that silly muffins in the oven joke when we were in high school. So I turned a plain rectangle of fleece into a muffin scarf.

95  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Beatles Apron! on: December 14, 2008 09:40:55 PM
For Christmas I made one of my really awesome friends an apron. We both really like the Beatles, so this was way too much fun and pretty easy even though I had no patterns to go by. All of the fabric was random remnants and scraps from previous projects. The tie goes on the side instead of the back so that you can see the bow when wearing it. The yellow submarine is made of furry stuff, and the octopus is fleece. Both are ironed on with fusible stuff. The flowers are pieces of fake flowers with random fabric circles under buttons. The main fabric is a pink/black mix, but it is hard to tell in the harsh lighting of the photo.

I was going to do hearts and strawberries on it too, but ran out of time because our Christmas party was last night.

And yes, the octopus is really something like a hectapus. Oh well.

96  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fat Ella- stuffed cat on: December 14, 2008 01:41:04 PM
I made a big stuffed cat that is a replica of my best friend's actual cat. We are away at college, so this was a Christmas gift for her because she can't have pets anymore. Our Christmas get together with a few friends was last night, so she already got it and really loved it. Smiley

I made her from scratch without any patterns. The reference photos I used are linked at the bottom.

I didn't take a back side picture or one to get an idea of the size, so here is one after she opened it:

I had a couple of pictures of the cat on my deviantART:

And here is a random picture online that I got the pose from:
97  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help! My fleece is jamming in the machine. on: December 11, 2008 03:43:45 PM
My sewing machine is very fond of pulling fleece under the needle plate causing nasty jams and sometimes breaking the needle or making big holes in the fabric. It requires some tugging to remove the fleece.

Does anyone have any solutions to this?

My machine only two or three years old, and it is a Singer CG-550.
98  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Turn metal tin without hinge into wallet? on: December 08, 2008 08:47:44 PM
I got a cute Charlie Brown gift card holder from Walmart the other day and wanted to turn it into a sort of wallet. Does anyone have ideas as to how I can add a hinge? Or something else that will hold it shut...

I also want to line it was felt or something. What is the best way to fasten/glue fabric to metal?
99  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Iron-on patches on: December 06, 2008 04:59:35 PM
These are some iron-on patches that are part of a gift I am giving to a friend for Christmas. She is receiving a homemade bag and a second-hand jacket from other people, so I made these for her to spiffy them up some!

(We have a running joke about dinosaurs, she loves turtles, and she is a recycling nut.)

Here is the back-side with the iron stuff attached:

I am thinking about going back to add buttons and beads for decoration, but I am not sure how that will fair under the iron...
100  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Whimsy Jars in progress! (img heavy) on: December 06, 2008 04:04:54 PM
(I guess this topic goes here?)

So lately I have been super inspired by all the jar of whimsies swaps on craftster, but I have been too nervous to actually join a swap. Instead, I am creating whimsy jars for some of my closest friends. So far I only have little things like paper lucky stars, pins, cute trinkets from Wal-Mart, and some iron on patches that I made from scratch. I have already decorated most of the jars, and out of 4, one is already complete. I already know what I am putting in all of them, but I wanted to show off my progress and get some feedback Smiley

Here are some of the tags I made to go around the jars:

Here are the iron-ons (these have been my favorite, and pretty easy):

(all the patches wrapped up and tied in a ribbon)

This is a bobble head that I am going to paint to look like my friend's cat and the lid that goes on her jar (the jar is in the background unfinished):

Aaaand my messy, messy table with all the crafting goodies plus my roommate's pretty Christmas table cloth!
(if you look carefully, there is one jar stuffed to the brim with a shirt and strange objects in the middle of the table)

I'll post more as I go Smiley
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