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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog purse on: December 22, 2009 06:05:14 PM
My college roommate and I discovered Mo Willems' book "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" and loved it, so when I was trying to decide what to make her for Christmas, I decided I needed to incorporate it somehow. This was around the same time I discovered that I really enjoy needle felting, so I came up with this purse! It's certainly not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty well, considering it's the first thing I ever needle felted!



2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Can a Snuggie be needle-felted? on: December 11, 2009 05:14:52 PM
I don't mean making an entire Snuggie from scratch...

Christmas is fast-approaching and I was planning on making a lovely little gift basket of felted soaps and homemade bath bombs and stuff for my mom, who lives on the other side of the country (meaning I have to ship her box soon if I want it to make it there by the 25th!) but long story short, I'm not so good at either of those. (Of 5 experiments, one soap came out looking decent, and it's not the right color for her bathroom!)

So I thought, she is ALWAYS freezing (poor circulation + living in the mountains of Oregon = chilly toes and fingers!) and she doesn't have a Snuggie, to my knowledge. But instead of just sending her a regular Snuggie, I thought it would be nice to needle-felt something onto it, because that's something I know I can do. (I needle-felted a purse for someone else for Christmas already and it's awesome!)

Ok, for the end of my unnecessarily long post... Are Snuggies made of something that can be needle-felted onto? I'm REALLY new at felting (the aforementioned purse was my first complete project) and don't know much about what materials work.

Thanks for any help, Craftsters are the best!  Cheesy

EDITED 14 Dec:
It can be done! Turns out a Snuggie is just straight-up fleece, and I successfully needle-felted a lovely monogram onto one for my mom, and will soon do one for my aunt. I'm too much of a Craftster noob to post photos, so no visual aid.  Undecided
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I need a brilliant binding idea on: November 30, 2009 06:51:56 PM
Hello world of brilliant Craftsters! I lurk constantly but never take the time to get nice photos and post my work here. Right now I'm in full-swing Christmas present mode, and I've hit a roadblock that hopefully some genius crafty mind here can help me with.

I don't have photos, so hopefully this will make sense.

My college friends and I had a Post-It wall where we stuck our hilarious, stupid quotations. Most of us graduated 1.5 years ago and I promised before then that I would give them all awesome gifts incorporating the quotes somehow. I finally got around to it, hooray! I used Corel Draw to make nifty designs and type the quotes in fun fonts, in squares about 2.75" wide. I printed them out, cut them apart, and put them in trading card sleeves (those clear plastic sleeves you slide trading cards into to protect them from the elements). So there is about 1" of empty space at the top of each sleeve. The idea is to make these into booklets for each person, and there are 40 sleeves (or pages) for each person's book.

Finally, to the question! How should I bind these? They're sort of slippery so they're hard to work with, and I don't think I'll be able to do a good job trying to sew them together, though I might try that. I've also considered using a hole punch to put two holes in the top of each sleeve and using those binder rings (not sure what they're really called, but they're like the rings in a 3-ring binder, but loose) to hold them together.

Since I'm not really sure if either of those is a good idea, and I've worked so hard on these already and therefore really don't want to screw them up, I thought I'd seek help from you guys, since there are always really nifty handmade journals and books and things like that here. If you're a really visual person and need a photo of what I have so far, I can post one if it'll help! Smiley
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