I made these last year when I was still in high school and in a silk-screening phase. I never silk-screened anything, but I used freezer paper and fabric paint to produce these pieces. I used bleach to make the rings on the second one.
At first I thought about selling them, but I kind of like them too much to want to sell. They're also a bit sloppy, so I don't know if I want to sell something like that to someone, even if I'd only charge seven to ten dollars a piece.
I was watching Project Runway last week and saw one of the competitors wearing this cute black stretch headband about 4 inches wide with a button and a bow on the side. I decided I'd try my luck at making one and learned the hard way that the bias is extremely important if I want it to fit. I cut it the wrong way so the fabric barely stretches, then made a loop and sewed on the button. This was my first time sewing knit fabric, and luckily I had a ball point needle, which is still very sharp, so I don't see how it could be called a ball point.
I can also put it around my neck like a collar with the button at an angle, and it looks SO COOL. Hence why it's in the "jewelry" section. I see the knit collars all the time, and while I had it around my neck to push over my face, I realized how pretty it looked with my black shirt and Siamese Twin necklace.
Then for Christmas I bought myself this awesome dress in the clearance section at Target. It had a checkered bottom with an elastic waist and a gray sleeveless top portion, and I bought magenta tights and earrings to go with it. Then I got home and realized I owned no pink or purple jewelry, and I didn't want to overload on the black and grey. I remembered I bought shell pieces at the bead store and got to work. It turned out very well, and everyone asked me where I bought it. I love DIY.
I always get gift cards for crafting stores every year for the holidays and I almost never spend them, but this year I swore I would, so I went shopping with my grandmother and found some of these pieces in the jewelry section of Michael's:
I'm really at a loss. I bought them thinking I'd create something super cool, but as soon as I sat down with my beads, I hit a negative 100 on the inspiration scale. I have a terrible bead collection, a mediocre button collection of which the good buttons are going to a different project, and a nice scrap fabric collection I could potentially use but is otherwise also going to another project.
What kinds of beads or pendants could I make/buy to put together with them? Would it be interesting if I mixed these tarnished pieces with clean pristine silver pieces? Or would that look too awkward? Is it possible to use fabric strips?
Any thoughts are welcome. Any colors that would look good, or shapes or images, would be appreciated. Tips or pictures of jewelry including any of the pieces would be fantastic, too. Thank you!
Oh, and I bought the owl pendant and the moon pendant from the Natural Elegance line they're selling, but everything is listed under the Blue Moon company, I believe. The moon-shaped piece is from Blue Moon, the big square from Forged, and the circles piece is from Treasure Chest, in case that helps.
I've been searching for this bag everywhere, but as I can only describe it as a triangular shape with a thick band attached to the handles, it's proving difficult to find anything useful. It seems to have disappeared, and I know it was a very popular purse. The closest I've found is the Estelle Bag, but it's still only vaguely similar to what the bag I want looks like. Here's a sketch of the one I'm trying to find:
I would appreciate anything at this point, or suggestions on how to forgo searching for the real pattern/tutorial and make one from scratch. Thanks!
Some more Christmas presents, but aimed for my pen pals. One is in Arizona, and she's the one obsessed with anything Alice in Wonderland. I made her AIW earrings a few months back, and this is the really cute Cheshire Cat button bracelet I made for her:
The buttons are supposed to be the stripes, and I hot glued two orange eyes onto random buttons.
Complete with an adorable heart clasp:
And I love how it looks on the part that's supposed to press against the wrist:
I'm hoping she likes it, too! This sucker needed a big box to wrap, and I had to send it through the post office in this big envelope in order to fit the bracelet box, the inch-thick letter, and the Christmas card.
Now that I know how to make this sort of bracelet, I think I'll make more. Thanks to my mom for modeling the bracelet (she has super skinny wrists, as you can see, so this didn't fit too well on her).
And this set of earrings is going to my friend in Japan for Christmas:
Does anyone know what the circles are called? They're like glass or ceramic or shells or something, but I haven't got a clue what they're really called.
Here's the back of them:
They were very easy to make, but look adorable! I'm definitely making a ton more of these! Before I wrapped them up:
These were easy to ship to Japan, too. Surprisingly cheap, too. I thought I'd be shelling out 20 dollars but the lady at the post office charged me 2 dollars for shipping and 1.09 for the medium envelope I sent the earrings and a card in.
This gift is for a friend of mine who doesn't wear jewelry but he loves hemp stuff and will wear that (no mind to the fact that this is my second time attempting hemp-wear). This is his Christmas present.
It's a light normal color I tried to dye a darker brown with tea, but it didn't work. I used the square stitch to begin, then tried what I believe is called a backhand stitch, but not before sliding on those tiny little red beads (his favorite color, and I couldn't get red hemp from the store because the lady wouldn't cut it for me ).
Then I repeated the square stitch, red beads, and backhand stitch, then the square stitch, followed by that nice black bead (his third favorite color, following navy blue which was the original bead color but they were too girly for him) and then the entire square-bead-backhand all over again.
I had to hot glue the end of the knot to make it stay. Square knots don't work too well on hemp, apparently.
All I have left in terms of Christmas gifts are a wallet for my mother, a purse organizer for my grandmother, and a body pillow cover for my brother. I have no idea what to make for my father.
EDIT: He received his present and went outside while it was raining, and most of the red on the red beads washed off! I was so embarrassed but surprisingly it looked really good. I wish I'd taken a picture, but I was too busy feeling like a cheap friend.
When I began college this semester, I had just returned into a crafting state of mind after two years of a craft inspiration drought. My muse wasn't helping either, so none of my artistic outputs were really working. I went into the college bookstore and saw these dinky little planners for upwards of 20 dollars. I'm all for blowing money on things, but 20 dollars for a little palm-sized monthly planner? I don't think so!
So I went to Target, but no luck. They were ugly and didn't fit my needs. As my dad and I trudged out, we passed through the journal and stationary aisle, and what did my eyes look upon? A really ugly black cover with spiral binding and multi-colored lined pages. But it was the color that did it for me. I urged my dad to buy it (on sale for 5 dollars) and as soon as we got home, I used a purple lightning bolt fabric quarter from Michael's to cover the plain black (by use of a hot glue gun) and searched through my box of ribbons until I found a lime green one and a white one with velcro on one end. I lined the inside with pink and purple felt and made a pocket for my extra papers and reference numbers. One super giant neon blue button later....
I hand-wrote all the days and dates, listed my schedule on the days I had school, added a "To Do" list section at the bottom of each page, and included all my contact information for my professors in the back. About two-thirds of the way through the semester, I realized I could use a clip to keep all my old pages clumped together when I needed to get to the current date.
The sad thing is I don't have a use for it anymore. Not exactly, anyway. My dad got a free planner from some conference and it's PERFECT for the Spring semester. I think I'll tear out the pages I used this semester and just use the "organizer" as a writing journal to make sure I write or draw every day. I only labeled up to the end of December, so I'll have plenty of pages remaining to do something with (only 300 or so).
I made three sets of earrings which were supposed to be presents for friends, but one wasn't too pleased with the second set I made her. So I took them instead! The first pair are Alice in Wonderland. I made them for my penpal in Arizona who is obsessed with anything AIW. I used the 'A' and 'W' pieces from Scrabble, used a drill to make holes for the connector rings, painted everything around the letters white including the numbers, and then printed a picture of Alice and the Cheshire Cat on regular printing paper. After decoupaging them to the back of the Scrabble pieces (Alice with 'A', Cheshire Cat with 'W'), I painted the sides corresponding colors. Alice was blue, the cat was pink.
I have a pack of mini cards and I sent the earrings to her with the hooks poked through the queen of hearts card. These were my favorite earrings to make, and I didn't want to let them go.
My other friend is part Native American and she loves dream catchers and feathers. She's been complaining recently how her dream catcher was broken, so I decided to make her a set of earrings where one was a dream catcher and the other a feather.
The feather half:
And the dream catcher half:
And both together:
Finally comes the straw earrings. I had big, clear with red stripes straws, and small neon with white stripes straws. It was pretty easy. I saw people wearing straw bracelets and necklaces and belts, and I thought, "Oh, all the accessories but not the most important?" Well, earrings in my opinion are the most important accessory.
And again, Caitlin, my brother's friend's girlfriend, modeled these for me. Many thanks for looking!
My first ever pattern-based creation! I had a bunch of patterns from my grandmother and she bought me some at JoAnn's, and this was the first one I used. The tissue paper was sooo thin, though, and it kept tearing when I tried to unfold it and pin it. My mother said she didn't remember the patterns being so thin and figured they expected it to rip so the buyer would have to go and buy another one.
After many hours of me screaming at my carbon tracing paper for not working, I got it right. Or I just got lucky because I couldn't tell which side of this particular fabric was right or wrong. And after several more hours of pricking my fingers and screaming at my machine for not pinning my fabric correctly (yes, it was the machine's fault), I finally finished sewing this thing. And then came the stringing of the corset. Jeez...
My model, Caitlin, was actually too small for this corset, but it still looked halfway decent for the first piece of clothing I've ever sewn.
This specific style called for a zipper, but I didn't have a zipper foot and I didn't have a zipper, either.
Credits go to Caitlin (again), my lovely model. She's my brother's friend's girlfriend and did this for me when she modeled the Straw earrings and Elvis Jailhouse Rock Reversible Sling Bag.
I've never sewn a wallet before, and for Christmas presents I thought I might try. I don't have a zipper foot so I had to sew the zippers on using the foot the machine came with. It wasn't too hard the second time, but it took me a while to realize pins wouldn't work and I had to sew reaaaallly slowly.
So this first wallet was made with this adorable candy swirl fabric quarter and matching neon yellow fabric quarter from Michael's. It was my first time using interfacing as well. I now abhor interfacing. I followed all the directions with the iron and the fabric stayed at first, nice and flat and neat, then began to peel. And when I went back to iron it again it suddenly caused the material and interfacing to shrink or something, and left me with a whole bunch of creases right in the center of the fabric where the fold would have been. Both my mother and grandmother don't know what happened.
My mom wants that for Christmas, but I told her it's too poorly made and I'd make her a different one. She didn't particularly care. She said she loves it because I made it.
Onto the Elvis Jailhouse Rock coin purse (which sort of matches the Elvis Jailhouse Rock Reversible Sling Bag I made). My friend asked for specific colors for her Christmas present: teal, grey, black, and white. The blue used was the closest to teal I had. I used scraps from the sling bag, parts of an old shirt, and leftover bindings from my other friend's skirt. First attempt at sewing without a zipper foot.
And finally, I've seen these adorable monster purses and pouches all over Craftster, and I had to make one! Made from an old faux fur pillow cover I bought and never used, a big roll of polka dot cloth from my grandma's friend, and some leftover felt from my mother's high school project (all this stuff is old!!! But cute!). No zippers this time, but sewing faux fur is a pain in the butt! It kept getting caught in the bobbin and the thread tension got really loopy. But it was worth it, because it. Is. So. Cute!!!
First he sits down like a good boy.
And then he gets hungry...
...so I have to feed him some moolah. But I'm broke. So he goes into sparkly-eye-pleading mode...
God he's too cute! I'm going to make a bunch more, and even though this guy is purple on the inside, it's definitely a boy pouch. I considered making a tail for him, but I'd start crying because he's just too cute as it is. Does that happen to anyone else? I get teary when I see super cute animals and stuff. But anyway, I'll make him a sister or a girl friend and I'll give her a bow or something. Thank you for looking!