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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Embellished Jeans - Help! I might be finished? on: March 13, 2014 01:22:33 AM
Ok, I've started working at a bar on the weekend and I wanted to jazz-up my old jeans a little bit. I added lace and studs, but I think it looks a little strange still. What do you think?  







Sorry for the crappy pic, it's hard to take pictures of your own butt  Cheesy


I wonder if it would look better if I did silver or gunmetal studs instead. I had gold ones already so that was basically the reasoning. I also am considering holes/distressing but I'm nervous that I will ruin them so I'm not sure where to place.

All ideas appreciated!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / M&M Purse on: October 28, 2013 12:21:46 AM
Here's a purse I made using my own pattern.


A coworker wanted me to make this for a birthday present. Here's the finished project!



The opposite interior side has spaces for cards and phone.

The only thing that bothers me about these bags are the handles. Anyone have any advice on either: how to make better handles out of vinyl (Should I switch to leather?) or where to find cheap pre-made straps? I just can't justify spending $8 per handle sorry!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hawkeye Baby Quilt - University of Iowa on: October 20, 2011 10:12:58 PM
Hello!

I  made this quilt a couple months ago for my manager's baby shower. She's didn't seem to be into 'girly' themes but is a HUGE Hawkeye fan (like many Iowans lol) so I thought this would be perfect.


This is only the second quilt I've ever made (the first being here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363673.msg4269829#msg4269829). So, I'm sure I made plenty of mistakes, but overall I'm pleased!


There's definitely some puckering as I did it myself and I really had no idea what I was doing, but I'm telling myself that it just gives it 'handmade' appeal  Wink



It came together in under two weeks as I started only after I received the invitation...Yeah, sometimes I create unnecessarily difficult crafting situations for myself. It was all worth it to see the looks on everyone's faces at the shower, especially those who didn't know that I'm a closet Crafster  Wink
4  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween Cake Pops on: October 18, 2011 08:04:37 AM
Here are some photos of cake pops I made last week:

Eyeballs and Jack-o-lanterns

The eyeballs were red velvet cake inside and the pumpkins were actually pumpkin bread - worked just the same and very tasty!

Then ghosts/sprinkled:
These came after I decided I was too lazy to make more decorative cake pops Smiley They are vanilla and chocolate on the inside, with milk chocolate chips mixed in.

I made these for two separate work pot lucks, and they won the 'favorite dessert' contest both times!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Lace Wall Art on: October 17, 2011 08:14:15 AM
Hi!

I haven't posted for awhile. Anyway, here are some photos of a project I just finished:

This project was super easy, I only used some old clothes I had lying around for the backing and an old curtain for the lace. Just cut to fit! Not to be smug, but I think it's super cute  Grin


If you wish, you can see more about my process at my blog:
http://crashcoursecraft.blogspot.com/2011/10/quick-and-easy-wall-art-one-hour-craft.html
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Quilt - Boy did I underestimate what I was getting myself into! on: November 02, 2010 11:03:44 AM


My little brother graduated high school last June, and in May I decided I would make him a t shirt quilt...

...I finished last week  Grin

To be fair, I did complete the top in time for his graduation party, but it was a pretty intense process.

For one, since I've never made a quilt before, and since I'm the only relatively crafty person in my family I've never seen a quilt being made before, I cut my pieces with no regard to making blocks of any kind.

If you look at this picture, you can see that the top is one giant block:




Also, because I just cut out pieces randomly as I went along, this thing is HUGE! It took up the entire living room floor of my apartment and was a general nuisance in the few weeks it took me to sew the pieces together. I think that it's 8 ft x7 ft? I need help anytime I want to fold it lol.



This is the full quilt, with my mom and my boyfriend holding it up (they couldn't get it fully off the ground it's so big!).

I sent it out for machine quilting because I knew my tiny machine wouldn't handle it. My brother was in band and show choir so I asked for music notes:


I finished the binding by hand; I'm so glad I'm finished with it! It's wayyy too big for my brother's dorm, so it's staying at my mom's until he graduates. I definitely learned a lot from making this quilt, and I'm really proud of it!

In fact, I might be crazy enough to attempt a second one of my own t shirts some day... Wink



7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Classic Wolverine! (Now with boot cover tutorial in comments) on: November 02, 2010 10:21:56 AM
So my mom told me that she was getting a group together for Halloween about two weeks ago, and everyone would be going as superheros. What could I be with such short notice on a college kid's budget?

Wolverine of course!



Wolverine has always been my favorite X-men character because of his general bad-assery. This is the original that I modeled my costume after:




My entire costume was made by hand, except for my eyelashes. The majority of the costume was made using t shirts and cardboard. The black was a shiny miscellaneous fabric I stole from a jacket sleeve.

Here are some in-process pics:


One boot cover completed, halfway through another...you can see the t shirt I used on the left side


Pizza box belt buckle, it's really bright red but the pic doesn't show it.


Top, fitted tank made from a t shirt with appliques. I alternated the pattern of the stripes from the original image to better suit a female figure.


Buckle and one set of claws, pre-paint
I used this tutorial for the claws:http://badgerlala.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Wolverine-Claws-148310493
They worked pretty well but after the second night I wore them the cardboard was getting a little too bendy for my preference, they probably wouldn't have stood up to a third night of use.


Finished covers:


Full Costume:


Back:


Note my boyfriend's attempt at a costume here  Grin:

(Normal people just don't compare to us craftsters!)



I had a blast making this costume, and it was even more fun getting people's reactions in public! A ton of men kept coming up to me and whispering 'WOLVERINE' in my ear...I was like, really is that what I am? I hadn't noticed lol. Someone else told me that I 'won Halloween,' so here's hoping I win this contest as well!

Thank you for your vote, if you vote for me!





(Also, I am more than willing to make a tutorial on any or all aspects of this costume, so feel free to ask if you want to be Wolverine next year!)

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 51 ENTRIES / Creepy Statue Chess Set becomes Lakers Chess Set! on: June 06, 2010 04:48:30 PM
My boyfriend has an equal love for both Chess and the Lakers (hopefully they'll win the Finals again this year, or I'll be dealing with quite an unhappy fan!), so when I thought combining the two would be a perfect option for both this challenge and a random gift!



While searching for a random chess set I could modify from various thrift stores in the area, I came across a set that, while disturbing, gave me the idea to make each piece represent each player instead of simply the team colors. I didn't take any before pictures  Roll Eyes but I still had the original box.

The pieces were in about the same condition as this box - scratched, felt all or nearly removed....


With disturbing faces that (supposedly) looked like they were carved.


The original pieces were 'wood grain (plastic)' and creamy white-ish that was disgusting all together. According to the box this set was made in 1957, so that likely explains the condition (and I apologize if I've destroyed a valuable antique!)



So, I did some research, and the purple 'team' is the Lakers' players as they stood in the 2009 championships, and the gold 'team' is what sports critics have dubbed the best Lakers' players of all time - Kareem, Worthy, Magic, and the like.



I spray painted each piece in solid purple/gold, and did the same for the purple on the board. I then hand painted each chess square, jersey number, and face based on google searches. Following that, I re-felted all of the bottoms with matching felt, and I will seal each piece after I find a sealant that I'm sure won't instantly destroy what I've painted.....

Commence random pictures:






Pao Gasol

(Yes, I know Gasol is wearing a necklace....I had to work with what I was given!  Tongue)
Shaq


Derek Fisher


Kurt Rambis


Feel free to ask any questions you may have...I hope you like this!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Epic bag and skirt tutorial - two crafts in one! on: March 26, 2010 07:57:47 PM


So I dont know if anyones done this before, but I didnt find a tutorial, so I decided to make one.
 
How to make a Skirt AND a tote bag, out of a skirt thats half your size:
(This could probably work for a skirt thats too big for you as well with your own modifications.)

You will need:

One thrift store full length skirt in a pattern you like, size doesnt really matter as long as it widens towards the bottom.
One coordinating t-shirt-size depends on you. I used a mans XL, needs to be long enough to be your hips measurement from above bottom hem to below neckline.
Small amount of coordinating fabric you could easily use scraps; need less than a yard.
Interfacing (if desired)
General sewing supplies

To start, hold the skirt up to your body to decide where you would like the new waistline to start. Make sure the new section will be wide enough to fit around your hips if it is a smaller size; too large is ok. Mark the section, and lay flat on the ground.

Cut the skirt in two horizontally, cutting through both layers.

The top half becomes the bag, and the bottom the skirt.

Skirt Tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342541.0

Tote Bag Tutorial:

*In order to follow this tutorial according to my instruction for the lining portion, make sure the top of your skirt has a folded-over top edge on the inside. Look at the final photos of the lining to see what I mean*
First, lay the top portion of the skirt flat, and cut sides as desired. I left my edges tapered, but you can just as easily cut it square. Make sure youre cutting off the zipper if there is one while you do this, or it could create problems later. Youre aiming for two equal sized, hardware-free panels. Also, remove whatever tags you dont wish to have in the final bag with a seam ripper. I left the brand but took off the size.


Make sure you keep the scraps you cut! Its easiest if you cut in large portions as opposed to smaller, because youll be using those to make the handles.

For handles, if there is enough leftover use the scraps to make both sides of each handle. There wasnt enough for mine, so I used some of the leftover t-shirt from the skirt project to make the bottom side. There arent any pics of this (dont ask me why I apparently was spacing out), but I essentially folded the sides together and topstitched. Im sure there probably good handle tutorials out there anyway, but maybe Ill post pics when I make another one. If you dont have enough after cutting the sides off to make straps, you can always cut a couple inches off of the bottom and use that instead.

When you have made the straps, mark where youd like the handles to go, and cut into the top edge of the panel with a seam ripper. The folded edge will hide the handle.

Sew where youve pinned like this - [X], but on the outside only!! The flap should still be.flappy.

It should look like this when youve done that.

Mark the same section on the other panel, making sure its even, and attach the second handle.
Next, youll need to get your lining fabric and interfacing.

Youll need enough interfacing to fit the whole outside panel, but your lining only needs to be enough to go a little past the bottom edge of the interior flap.

Put all the pieces for each side together, and cut 1 or 2 square inches of both corners. Doesnt matter what measurement really, as long as its even.


When this is done, iron the interfacing on the back of the outside portion. Now is the time to embellish as you see fit. I painted some lovely snails, but you could embroider or do whatever. (Painting is best after interfacing, embroidery might be easier in a hoop before it? Try it.)


When your embellishments are dry/finished, you can proceed with the lining. Pin the bottom of the lining to the bottom of the outside, simply to keep it even while you pin the top. Pin the piece underneath the bottom of the flap, and sew over the stitching that is likely already there. You will have the remove the bottom pins to sew this, because it is only sewn to the inside, not the part with the interfacing!
 
If youre fancy you could add a pocket before that step.

If you prefer a boxy tote, iron the edges like I have done here. If you prefer a rounded tote, skip this.


Pin ALL right sides together like I have done here:


Be very sure that the top edge is even with each piece or the bag will not come out right. Try to keep the bottom edges of the flaps even as well.

Sew around all edges, EXCEPT the cut out corners and part of the bottom lining big enough for your hand to fit. I used a stronger stitch on the edges of the interfaced portion than I did with the liner.

Proceed to boxing the corners. Basically, at each corner pinch the open edges until the seams meet and the unsewn side is flat, creating a box shape.


After this, turn right-side out. Flip the open edges you used to turn inside out, and topstitch close with coordinating thread.


Congratulations, youre finished! Heres a pic of my finished project:

This is one I made for a swap I just finished:

Inside:

Close-up:


These were my first tutorials, I hope they made sense! If you use this, let me know and post some pics!

Comments appreciated Wink

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fit into a skirt half your size in an hour! 2 epic tutorials on: March 26, 2010 07:50:20 PM
So I dont know if anyones done this at home before, but I didnt find a tutorial, so I decided to make one.

 How to make a Skirt AND a tote bag, out of a skirt thats half your size:
(This could probably work for a skirt thats too big for you as well with your own modifications.)

You will need:

One thrift store full length skirt in a pattern you like, size doesnt really matter as long as it widens towards the bottom.
One coordinating t-shirt-size depends on you. I used a mans XL, needs to be long enough to be your hips measurement from above bottom hem to below neckline.
Small amount of coordinating fabric you could easily use scraps; need less than a yard.
Interfacing (if desired)
General sewing supplies

To start, hold the skirt up to your body to decide where you would like the new waistline to start. Make sure the new section will be wide enough to fit around your hips if it is a smaller size; too large is ok. Mark the section, and lay flat on the ground.

Cut the skirt in two horizontally, cutting through both layers.

The top half becomes the bag, and the bottom the skirt.

Tote Tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342542.0

Skirt tutorial:
Before I begin, Id like to mention that as the fabric used to make the new skirt is already in the shape of a skirt, you can easily modify this idea as you see fit. What I made is simply a very easy way to make a skirt with having to fuss with zippers, and you can change the length at whim! But you get the picture, just be creative!
Lay T-shirt flat, and cut off sleeves. Cut vertically as close to the midpoint as possible.
 
Cut off bottom hem and across neckline, and the outsides if necessary. Basically, make them as close to perfect rectangles as you can.

You should now have 4 even sized rectangles. Pin them together in pairs across one long side, with the side you want showing inside. As you can see from my example, I didnt want the mangled Hooters logo on the outside of my skirt (I totally bought that from Goodwill for crafting purposes only! Dont think Im an avid Hooters-goer, or anything:p), so its on the outside of the pinned section. If you want the design to show which could be cool in some cases, go for it. Its your call.

When both rectangle pairs are sewn together, turn them right-side out. Lay one on top of the other, making them as even as possible. Mine is all black, so it didnt matter which side I choose, but if you prefer a design make sure the right-sides are facing. Sew them together in a slight taper. Starting from the top, the new line you are making may start a inch from the side edge, and end at about 1 to 1 inches from the side. Remember its inside out so the top part will be closer to the edge, not the other way around! (Because I definitely did not make that mistake the first time :p)

The top is on the right in this image. Feel free to do a better job at pinning than I have here.

The tricky part comes next. Keeping it inside out, hold the piece around your hips where you want it. It is ok if it seems really wide, because thats how you can adjust the length. Pin the fabric TIGHTLY on the opposite side. You want it to be tight so that when you wear it, the shirt will stretch and not fall off. It doesnt have to be suffocating-ly tight, but make sure it will stay on your hips if youre not holding on to it.
[Dont have a pic of this one, so if this is confusing (I hope not!) feel free to PM me ]

Carefully remove the part you pinned, and mark the approximate line youve created with fabric pencil or whatever you care to use. If you have an ample backside such as I do, you may have a bigger section in the back than the front, but thats ok too; it is made to fit you so it wont look strange when its on.  Sew this together like you did the other side, cut off the excess (after checking to make sure it fits and making proper adjustments, of course).
Perhaps the hardest part of this whole thing is fitting the waist piece to the skirt. Pin the pieces together to see if they are the same circumference. If you would prefer to figure this out mathematically, thats probably easier, but Im terrible at it. If theyre the same, great! Attach the edges right-side in, and have a more hidden seem, or you can fold the top edge over and top stitch it with matching thread. I did the latter.

If it doesnt fit perfectly, you have a couple of options. You can use darts, pleats, or just cut and sew new seams that fit. Not terribly hard to fix.

If you were wondering what I was talking about with the adjustable length, heres what I mean:

Long:


Rolled under, it still fits the same but is much shorter:


Forgive me for the uninspiring bathroom photos!

These were my first tutorials, I hope they made sense! I really like this idea because now I no longer have to pass up a great skirt just because its half my size or way to matronly. If you use this, let me know and post some pics!

Comments appreciated Wink
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