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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mug Rug Round 2 on: March 22, 2011 09:41:24 PM
So, I'm still bummers that I missed the mug rug swap.  Wondering if there is any buzz about a round 2?
I should have some space cleared for another swap within a week or so.  Unfortunately, I don't know beans about organizing so I'm hoping there is some interest and an experienced organizer out there.   Grin
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for a newbie on: September 17, 2010 08:26:23 PM
I finally broke down and bought an embroidery machine after visiting it for 6 months or so.  I don't think I have ever spent that much on something that was just frivolous but you only live once right!  Grin

Well, I don't know where to start.  Any good beginner projects?  If anyone has ideas, suggestions or tips for me I would be grateful.  Can't wait to get started!  Oh, the machine is a Bernette 340.   Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Gifts for boys on: September 15, 2010 10:57:44 PM
I would like to make a good portion of my Christmas gifts this year.  I can think of all sorts of things for girls but not so much for boys.  My son is 9, nephew is 10.  Nephew is into sports; my son is all over the place but loves basketball and football.

If you all have ideas I would appreciate it.  Thanks!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / PBW Recycle Purse Challenge: Holey Jeans on: August 10, 2010 06:12:12 PM
Hi all!  This is my first challenge and my first time uploading pics so bear with me.
This is a purse that I made from my sons old jeans.  He is constantly wearing a hole in them and I hate to pitch them so I'm glad to have a found a use for these.  He is very proud of the fact that I recycled his jeans, LOL.  The lining is some scrap fabric I had laying around, I also had leftover interfacing so the only things I bought were thread (darn, I ran out just as I wound the bobbin), and the magnetic snap.  The button detail is from an old, but expertly tailored suit jacket, I found at Goodwill.  Sorry, I didn't think to use them until the last minute so there is not picture of it.  

Re-purposing items is harder than it looks, kudos to those of you who do it all the time.  On to the pics, hope they work.









Thanks for looking!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Question on elastic on: July 22, 2010 09:34:03 AM
When you sew elastic in a casing do you stitch directly through the elastic to the fabric or do you make the casing and slide the elastic through?

Are there projects where one way works better than the other?

Just curious what more experiences sewers do.  My last one didn't turn out so good.  Roll Eyes
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / A question on copyrights/selling items on: July 22, 2010 09:10:25 AM
Before I post my question, please know that I am not being snarky or rude, the question is sincere.

I have seen on many blogs that people make tutes (which are wonderful, thank you) and then post 'for personal use only' or do not sell items made with this tutorial'.  Now, I completely understand not wanting anyone to copy your tute, there is a lot of time and effort involved.  My question is, how can someone make the claim on the idea?

I mean something general like a standard rectangular tote bag or a gathered skirt or a zippered pouch?  I seriously doubt they originated the idea.  These things have been around quite a long time.  Obviously, there are exceptions and some truly unique ideas out there (although I maintain that we are all inspired by something) which I can understand a bit more.  I guess the same question can be made for commercial patterns too really.

Please educate me on this.  Is there something I am missing?  How can someone lay claim to a very general idea like those I mentioned above that we see everywhere from craft shows to Wal-mart?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any insight you can offer.  I hope I didn't offend anyone.  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is flocking? on: November 18, 2009 05:25:15 PM
Hi all,

I have seen dresses that are described as "flocked" but I don't understand what it is exactly.  How is the look achieved?  Is this a technique that a home sewer can duplicate?  What is the difference between this and technique of ironing (so to speak) designs into velvet?

I am hoping someone here can shed some light on this for me.  Thank you for your help! 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / When do you start? on: January 25, 2009 12:52:10 PM
I have been thinking a lot about making spring/summer clothes for my girls.  I am just curious, when do you start making clothing for the next season?

My kids are growing like weeds, if you start a few months in advance how do you compensate for a growth spurt? 


9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Reputable place to buy online on: January 17, 2009 08:01:53 PM
Hi all!

I am new here and want so much to learn to make jewelry.  Can anyone recommend online stores to buy supplies, beads, findings, wire, etc?

I went into the local craft stores with a list from books I have here and had a hard time finding the items needed.  Thank you for your assistance.


10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Pants too short on: January 04, 2009 12:24:56 PM
Hello all!

I am new here and I can't tell you how much I have been inspired browsing the different boards!  I used to sew and am now getting back into it after several years.

My question is- how can I extend the length of my daughters pants, mostly jeans?

My youngest daughter is growing so fast!  All the pants I bought her within the past few months are now too short.  Since she is the youngest, I have no one to pass them down to and after looking here it seems there should be something I can do to save some money AND be creative.

I was thinking I could add a ruffle or something to the bottom of the jeans so that she can wear them a bit longer. 

Has anyone done this?  Do you have ideas/suggestions on how to go about it?

Thanks so much for your help!
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