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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Giant fabric flower bouquet & boutonnieres, easy peasy - TUTE on: October 01, 2008 06:56:12 AM
Ok, so here is another of my wedding crafts. The original link with the other tutes is here.




My bouquet


bridesmaid's bouquet

Materials:
fabric of choice - i used multicoloured gauzy fabric that need ALOT of starch (but it worked) and purple satin dress lining
bamboo skewers - i painted some and all were cut in half
hot glue and gun
MATCHING thread for gathering
You really need another set of hands for this project!


I used the whole width of the fabric to make it a bit easier. The satin was great cause it tears in a straight line but the coloured was a pain. The single layer satin fabric is 12 cm wide and the multicoloured fabric is 24 cm wide.



Iron all the pieces and starch if you want. Firmly press any doubled pieces in half and give them a nice clean crease


I used a sewing machine to stitch the longest straight stitch I could, you can do this by hand but it will take a while. Gather the fabric to about half the original length. DO NOT gather evenly, leave some areas with no gathering and really bunch up others for a unique look. Leave each end ungathered for about 10 cm.


Pick an end and fold the corner down to create a point


Glue the point to the stake about 6 cm from the end


Have someone hold the stake and twirl it as you glue. Wrap the fabric around and around, gluing as you go. Keep it taut. If you want your flowers to have a slightly indented centre, spiral the fabric up slightly as you glue. You only want the end to be about a centimetre higher than the start of the fabric on the stake (does that make ANY sense??) Mine were glued evenly, each time the fabric wrapped around the stake it was directly on top of the last glue line so the ends were aligned.


When you get towards the end fold the fabric again to make a point and continue gluing. Not necessary but gives a neat tucked-in finish.

I just trimmed the fabric on the bottom but you could cover the bases if you like. I didn't have anything suitable on hand and saved my sanity by not pursuing the matter. You may like to trim the stakes further, I did for the bouquet but for a vase long stems are nicer.


And here are the matching boutonnieres for the men, made at half the width and about a quarter of the length of fabric.

These flowers are inspired by an Etsy artist, but the process is entirely my own (and took a while to get right too!). These were made just for me and not for resale. Please do not use my tutorial without my permission or for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that  Tongue

Comments and questions welcome please let me know if I missed anything or it doesn't make sense. I plan to make heaps in fabulous colours, don't forget to play around with the size of the fabric too. Giant shiny orange ones are in my head  Cheesy



22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Giant fabric flower bouquet, easy peasy - TUTE on: September 30, 2008 06:02:54 PM
Ok, so here is another of my wedding crafts. Since flowers are more commonly a home item I put the thread here, I hope that's ok.

The original link with the other tutes is here.




My bouquet


bridesmaid's bouquet

Materials:
fabric of choice - i used multicoloured gauzy fabric that need ALOT of starch (but it worked) and purple satin dress lining
bamboo skewers - i painted some and all were cut in half
hot glue and gun
MATCHING thread for gathering
You really need another set of hands for this project!


I used the whole width of the fabric to make it a bit easier. The satin was great cause it tears in a straight line but the coloured was a pain. The single layer satin fabric is 12 cm wide and the multicoloured fabric is 24 cm wide.



Iron all the pieces and starch if you want. Firmly press any doubled pieces in half and give them a nice clean crease


I used a sewing machine to stitch the longest straight stitch I could, you can do this by hand but it will take a while. Gather the fabric to about half the original length. DO NOT gather evenly, leave some areas with no gathering and really bunch up others for a unique look. Leave each end ungathered for about 10 cm.


Pick an end and fold the corner down to create a point


Glue the point to the stake about 6 cm from the end


Have someone hold the stake and twirl it as you glue. Wrap the fabric around and around, gluing as you go. Keep it taut. If you want your flowers to have a slightly indented centre, spiral the fabric up slightly as you glue. You only want the end to be about a centimetre higher than the start of the fabric on the stake (does that make ANY sense??) Mine were glued evenly, each time the fabric wrapped around the stake it was directly on top of the last glue line so the ends were aligned.


When you get towards the end fold the fabric again to make a point and continue gluing. Not necessary but gives a neat tucked-in finish.

I just trimmed the fabric on the bottome but you could cover the bases if you like. I didn't have anything suitable on hand and saved my sanity by not pursuing the matter. You may like to trim the stakes further, I did for the bouquet but for a vase long stems are nicer.


And here are the matching boutoinerres for the men, made at half the width and about a quarter of the length of fabric.

These flowers are inspired by an Etsy artist, but the process is entirely my own (and took a while to get right too!). These were made just for me and not for resale. Please do not use my tutorial without my permission or for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that  Tongue

Comments and questions welcome please let me know if I missed anything or it doesn't make sense. I plan to make heaps in fabulous colours, don't forget to play around with the size of the fabric too. Giant shiny orange ones are in my head  Cheesy



23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Handmade purple and gold tiara, progress pics and semi tute on: September 30, 2008 04:53:33 PM
Hi everyone, here is another of my wedding projects. The original link with the other tutes is here.

This is my headpiece, total cost $6 and using some existing materials.

Materials:
wire headband - mine had the wire comb part on it but I cut it off with wire cutters
thick purple craft wire, no idea of the gauge but it's tough and probably a coated aluminium
medium gold craft wire 20 gauge
super fine craft wire, about 26 gauge, maybe higher
seed beads and chalcedony focal teardrop
ribbon
super glue



I only have a few progress pics so bear with me.


I bent my purple and gold wires to shape using cups and things to get a nice curve. I had little planning and just made it up as I went along, I DID measure the centre of the headband and where the wire would join so it was symmetrical - mark the headband with a permanent marker. You can see where the purple wire ends and is wrapped around the headband with the super fine wire. Each end of purple wire and any joins where the wire touches the headband is wired like this, the gold wire is just wrapped around the headband at the start and finish.



Mine was made to angle backward as it did not hold my hair back, it slid down into my hair so only the top showed. Had it been made so the tiara part sat straight up on the headband it would have sat too far forward and looked odd. It's a little fiddly to get the wire to sit right before securing in place but not too difficult. Just bend and shape baby.


Grab some coordinating ribbon (mine was 5mm craft ribbon) super glue the end to the headband on one side and start to wrap around, making sure you cover all the purple wire ends and going in between the joins. Glue the end in place on the other side. You don't need to cover the ends of the headband since that will be covered with a ribbon that matches your hair colour.


The rest is filled in with the super fine wire. secure to the headband or wire and loosely wrap the wire around the frame, adding seed beads as you go. When the wire is in place, grab a pair of round nosed pliers (I'm sure regular pliers would be effective too) and loosely grip a random piece of fine wire, twist the pliers a few degrees to either the left or right and you will make the little staggers and zigzags I have in mine. Alternately, just curve the wire for a more organic look.


When you are finished, grab a ribbon that matches your hair colour closely. Super glue a small length to the very ends of the headband so it is a little papped and then glue and wrap the remainder around the arms until you reach the coloured ribbon on top. Secure with more glue.

Done!

Please do not use my tutorial without my permission or copy my design style for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that  Tongue

Comments and questions welcome please let me know if I missed anything or it doesn't make sense  Cheesy



24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper wedding favour bags with tags and beads. TUTORIAL on: September 30, 2008 04:24:38 AM
Hi all, I wanted to share these favour bags I made for my wedding. The original link with the other tutes is here. I am so thrilled at how they turned out and I think they look very professional! They are regular A4 computer paper printed with a Photoshop brush and glued into shape. The tags are also created in Photoshop and the 'love' beads are rolled paper beads with the word printed on. All tied up with a piece of varigated purple cotton crochet yarn they looked pretty good. I popped in 4 large choc coated cake balls wrapped in purple cellophane and they held up really well.






I had a few of these to make so I made myself a sturdy little cardboard box frame out of an old chocolate box. Mine is 9cm wide x 18 cm high x 5.5 cm deep and it makes a nice wide little rectangular bag.


Print up your page and lay it right side down and pop your box on top. Note the thin black line at the top of the box? That's to line up the top of the paper so all the bottoms are the same and the bags are the same height. Crease the edges well.


Run a line of glue down the right side of the paper. Or use a glue stick but remember the paper only overlaps a few millimetres.


Fold the paper over and press to adhere the glue. Then align the paper to the line at the top.

It takes a little while for white glue to dry but glue sticks are nearly immediate. I made a few up to this point, pulled it off the box and moved on to the next while the glue dried. It can be tricky getting the paper to slide back on the box though when the glue has dried.


Tip the box on it's end and fold in the bottome like you would wrap a gift. Crease the paper well and add a few dobs of glue in the corners.


Fold the flaps over and secure with a little tape. Remove from the box frame


Cinch the sides and you're done!


If you are making a few you might like to fold them up for easy storage. Lay the bag down and continue to fold the sides.


Keep the sides folded in and press the bottom towards the back of the bag so there is no crease on your nice printed front.


Ta DA!

I hope that makes sense, let me know if you have any questions.

And although the paper bags are obviously a universal design, please do not use my tutorial without my permission or copy my design style for profit. You know, crafty karma and all that Tongue

I bet these would make great gifts bags for Christmas gifts, and a nice way to present assenbly-line gifts too. Have fun!

Comments and questions welcome

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25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Super crafty budget wedding, heaps of project pics and budget ideas on: September 30, 2008 03:18:26 AM
Ok, now bear with me. If you get sick of seeing my projects around Craftster over the next few days just remember it's my wedding and I'm extrodinarily proud of my achievements Cheesy

Firstly the breakdown:
guests - 23 adult guests attended and 3 kids
timeframe - 5 months total from planning start to end
budget - as cheap as possible! My mum helped out a great deal so we were very lucky but you could cut costs even more
ceremony - local botanic gardens, free to book through the council
reception - buffet all you can eat restaurant at the casino (classy but relaxed with something for everyone) cheaper for us and much less stress than trying to cater such a small guest list

DIY bits:
invites
dress
bouquets tute
boutionerres
pocket squares
card box
cake topper
favours and favour packaging tute
veil
headpiece tute
jewellery gifts for mum and bridesmaid
my own hair and makeup, I just had a haircut and blue highlights put in a few days before at the salon

Total expenditure - all DIY projects, postage, reception, limo, rings etc. $1770.00 Australian

The happy couple Tongue


My bouquet

Bridesmaid bouquet:

Bouts

All TOTALLY free, made using existing fabrics, bamboo garden stakes, ribbon and beads

Favour packaging (filled with white choc and milk choc coated cake balls - less than $10 made at home) bags are printed on the computer and glued in shape, tags and 'love' beads are DIY too


Notecards for the card box, also free made on the 'puter and printed on light card


Wedding bubbles holder for my bubble-girl Tongue


Headpiece, wire headband, beads and various wires, ribbon


Invites - my design and assemblage, professionally printed though



Dress





The restaurant has an entire dessert buffet so we didn't need a cake, therefore the 0 calorie cake was born, to hold our cards and notes and so I could still have my much-desired cake topper Cheesy


'Cake' topper, wire and beads, my first attempt and I will be making more!


Necklaces and earring for my bridesmaid (MIL) and Mum, dichroic glass pendants, tiger tail, glass beads and seed beads. A labour of love



To further cut costs, we would have gone for a picnic reception in the park but my mother offerred to pay for the buffet. I was thinking the whole traditional picnic, you know with checkered blankets and a colourful pavillion. A bbq and heaps of delicious finger foods and punches, it would have been really cost effective but quite a bit of stress as we would have catered it ourselves. Also, in Australia you must have an official celebrant to do the ceremony, if we had the option we woul have had my FIL ordained online and had him do the ceremony but we can't here Sad. Also, the limo was lovely but not really necessary. Anyone with a nice car who would chauffeur you around would be perfect.

Mods, please forgive me for posting a few of these individual projects in other boards. I really think they would be inspirational to others and deserve some more detail and tutorialising, Thanks! Cheesy

I will endeavour to make some tutes for my most proud projects and if you have any questions please ask. Comments welcome! I have plenty more detail pics if you want.
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tattoo kitty - kids toy idea on: July 28, 2008 02:50:01 AM
Hey all, this was for a swap but I thought that some of you might be interested in the idea. These are plain white cotton stuffies with embroidered features that came with coloured markkers for the recipients to 'tattoo' their own designs on. I originally planned to get water-washable markers - so they can be washed clean in the machine and drawn on again - but had a little trouble finding them so I went with water-based markers (for safety).

Just a basic two-piece stuffie, features embroidered in black and varigated brown crochet thread. Stuffed pretty full to make it easier for writing on.





I figured the idea would suit a variety of ages (and grown-ups too Wink) and you could make any animal or doll to suit the recipient. I used a good quality white sheet for these as the cotton was tightly woven and quite thick.

Comments welcome
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible vintage-stye apron with detachable finger towel on: July 28, 2008 02:35:49 AM
This was a part of a swap package, my partner loves vintage-y aprons so I whipped this up.

I found some adorable strawberry-print knit and backed it with red knit, and used printed cotton for the waistband and neckband. And lace of course  Tongue. It comes with a removable finger towel cause who wants to dirty up their fab apron with messy fingers?!  Cheesy. The towel attaches with a loop and there is a button on either side to accomodate lefties and righties.









What do you think?
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lace-up high socks - PATTERN LINK ON pg.1, TYPED OUT ON pg. 2 :P on: July 28, 2008 02:25:53 AM
These were for the Craft My Wist swap, my partner had some adorable lace-up long socks on her Wist but I figured I could do a little better. I wanted to do something with a shaped, in-built heel and extra shaping around the calf and figured that an afterthought toe would work best.

I have never actually finished anything larger than a crochet toy and though I have made patterns, never anything this complex (and certainly not socks!). I am really pleased with the way they turned out and the single crochet leaves alot of room for embellishment. Being crochet, they can stretch (and are closer to knee-high but I didn't want to stretch them before my partner got them  Tongue) and can be laced tight for warmth or left looser to show off the lacing. The yarn was $2 per ball stuff from the discount store and I used about 6 balls.






calf shaping


toe


yarn and ribbon - closer to actual colours

My partner loved them (yay!), what do you think?

Alrighty, here is the pattern. It's a pdf file so it's easy to save or print and there are images to go with it. Enjoy but please remember not to sell the pattern or the socks, they are for you to make for yourself and your loved ones  Wink, k?

I have done my best to make it understandable, but what makes sense to me doesn't always make sense to others  Tongue, please let me know of any mistakes or if you have any queries

Also, this is the yarn I used. I have idea what to call it but I hope it helps  Tongue



the cuff says:
10x10cm = 18 rows and 13 stitches. 7mm/2 UK needles
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 'Pieces of me 2008' gouache and ink on paper on: July 14, 2008 08:27:25 AM
This was as a part of a swap, it needed to represent me but I also wanted it to suit my partner's likes. I love Art Deco and Art Nouveau and my partner loves the 20's so that was good. And I enjoy the cleanliness of black and white, this piece is black ink and gouache wiht metallic silver accents.

There are small sentences about me following the curves of the inside floral design.

Size = about A2











Comment always welcome Cheesy
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / $400 + postage??! Pfft, i'll make a better one for under $20 ... on: May 04, 2008 10:43:15 PM
Ok, so today is my son's first birthday and anyone with small children probably knows just how hard they are to gift for. I mean, they don't want anything they don't really need anything and they spend more time playing with plastic cd spindles than the $50.00 Christmas toy they got  Undecided.

So, I had seen this, and loved the idea but come on $400 for a foam play area that's probably too big for my loungeroom anyway? So I figured I would make one myself. Xavier's big things at the moment are climbing over things and getting mummy and daddy to make a tunnel to go under. Plus he has always loved soft stuff like pillows and he runs at the lounge and buries his face in the scatter pillows and laughs  Cheesy.

So here is Xavier's personal play gym....



It all folds up into a rectangular pile...


And the tent cover is reversible to cover the whole lot, you can pick the thing up and nothing falls out, and the brown cover is a little less in-your-face than the Muppet print


Al tucked away, it makes a perfect footstool

The tent cover attaches with these kids toy hooks


And the fabric is $1 per metre polyester in dark blue, light blue and chocolate, and the beautiful flannel was from my stash (my new most favourite material ever!)


The foam is a single mattress from the op-shop for $10.00 (do you know what those foam and rubber stores charge??!  Shocked) and the tent cover is an old foam cot mattress that I cut in half width-ways (not easy, but I had it in the cupboard and it saved buying extra supplies)


All the covers are removable.

So after a day's hard work I have this one of a kind toy that fit's all my kid's needs. There are 2 x rectangular pieces, 2x triangular pieces and 1 x triangular piece that is twice the height of the others. The mattress was originally 90cm x 190 cm so the whole thing is a decent size. In fact I have already been inside the tent and have decided I want a cubby too now  Tongue. $10 for the matress, less than $10 for fabric and the rest of the supplies from my stash. You could make one of these with no supplies on hand for less than $40 I reckon.

Folded up, its about 90 cm wide, 45 cm deep and 50 cm high. And it passed the kid test so I must have done ok, except now I have a huge crafting migraine from the stresses of trying to make the tent  Tongue.

And when I want to stretch out on the floor at night, I can use it too...lol

Comments welcome, thanks for looking.

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