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1  Florida / Florida: South / T-shirt Recon Workshop on: January 16, 2012 07:45:41 AM
Join Trash To Treasure (T2T)
Tuesday, Jan 24th
from 7-9pm
To learn how to take a simple tee and a pair of scissors to create new and awesome accessories!

We'll be making new styled t-shirts, layered necklaces, flowers, and t-shirt yarn!

It will cost:
$5 for T2T members
$10 for non-members
Space is limited, so reserve your spot through email or phone (305.710.7428)

Learn more about T2T at http://www.trash2treasurefl.org/
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Outdated Dress into Fun Headband on: February 06, 2011 08:58:18 PM

came from that...


I found this dress for 99 cents + tax at a local thrift store! Polyester, shoulder pads, the fabric's pattern, and the layered, frill waist created quite the outdated look.

Originally I wanted to make a cloche hat by cutting up the fabric into long strips.

The cutting didn't take too long. I was so excited while I was forming the crown. That all ended when I realized I only had enough fabric to crochet the crown! I could have left it and called it a yamaka . However, I undid my work and instead crocheted several circles and braided the rest. I used some scraps and elastic to make a headband with the braided part. I then put the circles together and scrounged up some buttons and sewed a decorative headpiece.

Thanks for looking!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 57 ENTRIES / Upcycled Waste Stream Wreath on: December 02, 2010 08:51:30 PM
What I love about the holidays: the cool crisp weather, steaming hot cocoa, cranberry sauce, the desserts, and decorating! What I don't like so much is all the waste that follows the holiday season!

As much as I tell a cashier, "no bag, thanks" somehow I still seem to have accrued more plastic and paper bags than I am happy with. So when I was thinking about this challenge, I wanted to try and make something beautiful from these not so pretty things and give in to my wreath making kick too.

And voila, this Upcycled Waste Stream Wreath:

What I like the most about this wreath is that is has an earthy feel, reminiscent of acorns and snow, while being made of garbage! What do you like about it?

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Buttons from an old shirt
  • Plastic Bags

  • Mommy and Me Template
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread

  • I cut 9 plastic bags to make 1" wide "plarn" (plastic yarn).
  • I tied them all together and started to braid, each strand being 3 stands thick.
  • I wrapped the braided plarn around the embroidery hoop and finished it with a loop, in order to hang the wreath.
  • With the leftover plarn strips, I sewed rosettes of varying sizes.
  • I cut out the flowers from the brown paper bags using the Mommy and Me template.
  • They were assembled by sewing the button in the center.
  • I then assembled the rossettes and flowers to my taste and then hot glued them in place.
  • Finally, hang and enjoy!

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 54 ENTRIES / Crayon Buttons and Pencil Beads make an Awesome Necklace on: September 04, 2010 01:53:50 PM
This challenge was the kick in the tush I needed to getting round to melting crayons! While surfing the net on those how-tos, I stumbled across an artist who makes pencil sculptures and beads http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/18951.

I originally wanted to make a necklace with crayon and pencil beads. I couldn't figure out how to sculpt the crayons though. No matter because I decided to make buttons! I love buttons.

Et voila, this necklace was conceived and made.

These are the supplies:

for crayon bead making

for pencil bead making

and finally, for putting all the pieces together

Here are some close-ups:

of the back

the crayon buttons and pencil beads

the button (i did not make) for the closure

You like?

I was thinking about making a tutorial. Let me know what you think.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Shirt and Pants Fashioned Into a Cute Dress! on: December 05, 2009 02:58:53 PM
I took these two flashy, incompatible items...

...ripped them to pieces, put them together and constructed this dress.

The top and sleeves are from a "Built by Wendy" pattern I made recently (http://builtbywendy.com/onlineshop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16762&category_id=296). The waistband and skirt were assembled after seeing what material I had after taking the shirt apart.

I love how the shirt had shoulder pads and beads sewn all over the top.

I had to use them.

With the beads and buttons of the shirt, I made a simple stretch bracelet.

With the shoulder pads, I made a handy wrist pin cushion.

"Wow! I really like it!"

I think my sister's a fan!

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