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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / a tiny vintage fabric scrap revival on: May 06, 2010 11:00:18 AM
I got a couple big ziploc bags full of old quilt scraps at a flea market probably 7-8 years ago. I went through them meticulously, sorting all of it. I hand washed and dried every piece and stored them in a huge acid free photo box.
Of course, my very favorite of all the scraps was one tiny strip, a little over an inch long and less than 1/2" wide. It's so small, I never could figure out what to do with it.

But today I thought about the marble magnets I made not too long ago and figured I could apply the same process to fabric. I think I'll use them in a jewelry project though, because I really want to wear these, lol.

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Where do you buy your fabric online? Looking for some fav sites. on: April 30, 2010 09:14:27 AM
What are your favorite places to buy fabric online?
I like cottons best, and love sale fabrics, remnants and fat quarters.

I've never bought online.

If there is a thread for this subject already, just point me in the right direction.

Thanks bunches!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Cape - monogrammed on: April 23, 2010 03:24:20 PM

I got inspiration from several places.

The second site said they used magnets for the 'ties' at the neckline and I thought that was an awesome idea. I used magnets as well. They were a bit heavy, but hold up well under the fabric + interfacing.
He should love it, he wore a bee costume for 2 whole days several weeks ago.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tshirt to infant gown on: April 23, 2010 09:17:31 AM

links to pattern and instructions:


DEF! read this one, because i made the mistake myself and had to add fabric to the sides, it's cute, but it would have been much easier had i read the pattern instructions first.

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled costume jewelry? Wire Wrapping Binge - pic heavy on: April 22, 2010 02:32:31 PM
First, the big cuff I made:

I took the pale pink flower from a pair of clip on earrings that my mom gave me. They were falling apart, so I helped it along.
I made a frame for the cuff and arranged my beads:

I made a big spiral to give it shape

Put on the flower

And covered it with beads

Next I made an interesting looking pendant/brooch out of a cameo my mom also gave me. It too, had seen better days.

Without the cameo -- which I'm using in another wire wrap project. It took a long time to get all the old glue off, then I scrubbed it with soap and a toothbrush and baking soda... it's not silver.

I polished the inside a bit more and drilled holes around it

I took the stones from this pair of clip on earrings (one shown)

And went to work:

To finish it off, I glued a piece of black felt and cardboard to the back, the black felt added lots of depth to the design.
Thanks for looking!!

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / inspiration from several crafster purses to make this on: April 19, 2010 12:51:02 PM
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / t-shirt to bib on: April 19, 2010 12:49:37 PM

I cut a bib shape out of the shirt, making sure to cut into the back too so there would be room to fasten the bib

I used a large freezer storage bag to make it 'waterproof'. Hope it holds up, I won't know my niece puts it to the test!

Instead of pinning, I taped it so I wouldn't weaken the plastic

I used a zig zag stitch at the neckline

I did a really sloppy job around the edges, but it's going to get covered in food anyway and I'm sure she won't mind.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / repurposed watch box, mini calender and magnets (lots o pics) on: April 15, 2010 02:11:30 PM
Everything I used I got at the Upcycle Exchange here in St Louis.
The mini calender had thumbnails of each month's postcard on the back cover. The paper was thick and sturdy, so I cut them all out and put them on sticky back magnets. Then sealed with decoupage and acrylic sealer.

I used an ed hardy watch box. I removed all the gold 'hardware' pieces, removed the display pillow and velvety stuff from the box, took the inner box out of the cover. 

I painted the cover white on both sides, then put some pictures i cut out of a used mini calender of vintage postcards from Italy on there with decoupage.  I sprayed everything with acrylic sealer 2-3x

Famiglia means family in Italian - I made this little card to put in the inside lid. I wrote it by hand using a downloaded font as the guide, then decoupaged and sealed it.

I lined the box with some felt, and a piece of cardboard from a cereal box covered in rose fabric. I also replaced the original black strap with a new one out of the same fabric.
Then I put the gold hardware back on

the before pic of the watch box
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help making Felt Eyes and mouth on: April 10, 2010 07:30:38 PM
I made these two scottie dogs and I have a full week before I give them to my niece and nephew.
I want to make some eyes for them, and maybe a big ol cheshire-ish grin. I think the kids would like it.

how the heck do i make spiralie eyes? and a big ol mouf full of teefs? -- on the scotties:

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Patchwork Scottie*s on: April 08, 2010 06:58:00 PM
tut here:

I had to make one for the new baby, too! They make a cute pair
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