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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Papercut Chanukah/Hanukkah cards! (Img heavy) on: December 22, 2010 01:45:37 AM
This is AMAZING! I can't believe you cut all those out so perfectly. Your letters are gorgeous. They are all amazing. I would frame those immediately
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Baz Lur Juliet's dress for wedding! on: September 01, 2010 11:46:40 AM
I am getting married in October and was hoping to find or make or buy a dress that looks like Juliet's dress in the Baz Luhrmann movie- here is a picture of it from google http://blog.informiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Romeo_Juliet_1996_1200_l.jpg, if you don't feel comfortable clicking, then google Romeo+Juliet in google images.

Does anyone know how I could get a pattern? or at least for something similar? the top is stiff material. I am a decent seamstress but since it is a wedding dress I'd like a pattern or something. Or maybe someone knows where to get one of these? Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Ribbon Harness and Leash on: January 17, 2010 06:44:31 AM
That dog is the cutest thing ever!!! What a face!! I used a soft satin ribbon so I don't think it chafes anymore than anything else. Also with a little time it gets softer anyway.

I have no idea what breed my dog is, most people think she has a little King Charles Cavalier Spaniel in her because of her ears I think, but maybe she's mixed with pincher or something. She is the most loving dog I've ever owned though and smart, too!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story. on: November 24, 2009 02:27:41 PM
Wow about a tutorial- it was actually pretty easy (though physically kind of hard work). Just flip whatever chair you have over and figure out how the first cloth is attached. You should see staples under the bottom. Rip out all the staples but try not to damage the cloth, and if you do remember to account for inches lost when you are measuring out new fabric. I ripped the first row of staples with a pair of pliers by grabbing a loose piece and winding it around the pliers in the same manner you'd open an old fashioned can of sardines (ew.)
  You should start to see how the thing was put together, ripping up staples as you go. Then take all pieces of cloth and lay them over the new cloth you want to use. Trace and cut out (leave a little extra on all sides to be sure). Then staple and stretch the new fabric pieces in the opposite order you took the old ones off in. Use stiff fabric because silky stuff with rip and stretch too much out of the staples. That's about it!
  For this chair I sanded it with sand paper and added a few coats of paint before replacing the cloth. I think "Decor it yourself" has a video on reupholstry also but it might be just a basic chair or ottoman. You'll get the general idea though.
  Also for the piping, I didn't sew it on the edge of the fabric because I didn't have the pieces absolutely right (i'd damaged the original cloth and didn't trace it exactly and know how tight to stretch it, so I used about 5 pieces of twine and wrapped the cloth around and sewed down the open side and cut off the excess, then hand sewed and glued it into the place where two pieces of cloth meet. This was a super annoying way to do it so if you can figure out a better way, do that and tell me how!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story. on: October 26, 2009 03:46:46 PM
Man, thanks so much for all the comments! Craftster is such a great place for moral support! lol.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story. on: October 24, 2009 02:09:38 PM
 
Oh my gosh, who wouldn't LOVE it?!?

It looks beautiful and if I had seen the finished product and never ssen the before pics I would've never guessed of it's past life lol


Do you have to learn to upholster in order to do it?


I didn't learn how except through experience (and this is only my second time doing it). I watched one Youtube video to kind of get the idea, then just started turning chairs over to see how they were put together. It is suprisingly easy. Just turn the chair over and follow the fabric. I took the staples out with a pair of pliers and a knife (couldn't find a flat head screwdriver) and then you'll just see how the chair is put together. Try not to rip the old upholstery because you use it to trace out the new cloth you want to use. then put the thing back together in the same way you took it apart, only this time using the new fabric.
   Also, as I noticed from the first chair i did with a silky fabric, use something thick, or maybe even fabric meant for upholstery (too expensive for me) or else the fabric will stretch and start to kind of come up from the hidden staples. Also, use a lot of staples. Also, try to get a decent staple gun, the one I have is such a piece of trash and I got blisters on my hand from it. Jams every second staple and most of them wouldn't even pierce to wood until the 10th try. Something that should have taken 20 mins took an hour and a half, from reloading the damn thing and fixing jams, and throwing away staples that didn't even pierce the wood.

Thats it! and you can sand and paint stuff before hand if you want. Be careful of bug families in furniture you find though :/ do all the removing of cloth outside so there aren't suddenly bugs dropping into your carpet. gross
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story. on: October 24, 2009 12:06:01 PM
Thanks! Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / lingerie shorts and a scarf from my fav fabric on: October 24, 2009 12:03:29 PM
made these babies for my sister when I go home this December- Would have liked to show them on but didn't really want my thighs showing in those things. She's skinny as hell and they would actually look cute.  the side with the bow is open and closes with the two long ribbon pieces. I'm thinking of adding a little matching bra as well.  I love the uglyness of the fabric... It reminds me of a 70year old woman in Miami's patio furniture but I thought it would be cute in small increments.  Also using it as a purse lining for a bag I'm making her.

the scarf I just made, nothing special but I love the fabric so much. It's super long and one side is the wrong side of the fabric, which I also love.





scarf



9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Could this nasty curb chair be rescued? - A Cinderella Story. on: October 24, 2009 11:44:36 AM
A friend found this nasty curb chair a few days before her wedding and left it in our yard to come back for it later. She was I guess planning to put a blanket or something over it or try to ask some tips on reupholstry (we're all young and broke here) so I thought I could do something for her for a little wedding present. The fabric was 15 shekels a meter and I used two meters and have a bit left over to hopefully make a clutch for my sister.
  
I ripped off all the old and disgusting fabric with a kitchen knife and a pair of regular pliers and had a hell of a time with a really crappy staple gun. Sanded all the wood as best I could with two pieces of sandpaper and gave it a few coats with spray paint before finishing it with a spray varnish, waiting a day and then stretching the fabric. Used a sewing machine where needed on the inside and am still working on sewing the piping in by hand (Stupidly done, I should have sewed it to the bottom fabric but didn't know exactly
how it would fit at the time.)

The color is much prettier in life I think, richer maroon-ish pink but it isn't showing up well on camera... I am really hoping she likes it!!!







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10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Ribbon Harness and Leash on: October 14, 2009 05:40:08 AM
That is adorable! and your puppy reminds me so much of Lady from Lady and the Tramp. I think it helps I could easily see Lady wearing this kind of harness too. I love it!

I always think of her like Lady also! If she didn't have a name when we got her I might have considered that
that's beautiful! And so's your puppy. She looks like my Cav King Charles Spaniel. Cheesy

I think she is a Cav and maybe pincher mix. Someone found her in the soccer park but so many people think she is a Cav but she doesn't really have the face and she's super skinny. Also, short ears.

The leash was easy to make!
I tried to draw it in Paint, but probably easier to just explain.

Two lengths of ribbon, one that fits around the neck loosely, another around the chest/belly. then on the open ends, I sewed another short piece of ribbon that would go from the back of her neck and attatch to the belly ribbon. (of course folded the ribbon ends overthemselves and sewed in a small box pattern) Before this step, I also sewed a smaller piece of ribbon on top of this middle to hold the metal leash loop.  I then sewed another small piece of ribbon to connect the two "circle pieces" of the neck harness and belly. On the belly one I sewed the ends of a plastic clip thingy that you squeeze the sides to open. I left it on the side of the harness so it would be easier to get it on and off. Also I tried it on her through each step to make sure it wasn't too loose or too tight. here is my attempt at a drawing with paint- pretend the thin lines are actually luxurious ribbon pieces.. 




I added the bow because when doing a box like stitch to connect the belly ribbon to the bar down the back i messed up and wanted to cover the stitches. sewed the bow on by hand to hide the stitches. the leash you can probably figure out, just a loop for the hand, with ribbon edges sewn under and then a little clip thing at the bottom. I got the clip and the metal loop on a sort of leash like thing at the 1.50 shekel store and cut off the old string.. Only like 50 cents! you can use one from an old leash or from one of those long strings you clip your keys onto. THe black clipy thing I got at a sewing store, though it is a lot bigger than I wanted. And the ribbon is wide and I sewed everything over a few times so it is strong and she doesn't weigh much anyway!

By the way, the belly ribbon doesn't exactly go over her belly, it's under her chest like a harness should be but just closer to the belly so thats how I said it. People in the streets really love it and think she is cuter with it I think (lots of people in Jerusalem are afraid of dogs, but seems like less now)

hope that helped somewhat.


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