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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Captain America on: November 01, 2011 08:46:09 AM
Itty Bitty Captain America!  Made with a very modified Kwik Sew pattern 2711, which is actually a cat/dog/rabbit/pumpkin pattern.
Here is the front:


The star and the A are white fabric cut to shape and appliqued on, attached with fusible web and sewn with a zigzag around.  The wings on the side of the head are two pieces with interfacing in between, with the "feathers" sort of quilted on, following the old classic design from the comic books.  
 


The mask is a separate piece.


I couldn't find a striped fabric that I really liked for the belly, so I had to assemble it out of red and white fabric sewn into stripes.  They are also attached with fusible web and then sewn around the edge for extra strength.  

Here is a shot of the back.  I sewed a velcro loop onto the back to hold his shield, which is the only part of the costume that was store bought (and actually bought as a plaything, not for the costume).


I made his brother a Perry the Platypus costume, so they made an interesting pair trick-or-treating.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aprons on parade on: August 12, 2011 06:06:50 AM
I have a thing about aprons.  Here are ones I've done over the past few months.

This is my favorite (and newest) one at the moment.  Body and pocket are quilting cotton, lining and ties are a light broadcloth.


This is one is a bit heavy for some reason, and the pockets came out a bit crooked, but still cute.  Quilting cotton body, ties, and pockets, muslin lining.


Another of my favorites.  My apple apron.  Quilting cotton body, muslin lining, broadcloth ties and pocket.


They look a little awkward lying flat without a dress form (which I will soon remedy), but they look nice on an actual person.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Upcycled! Old, broken frame to decorative hair accessory holder on: July 26, 2011 10:48:05 AM
I needed something to hold my hair ties and whatnot, and got a bit thrifty and creative.  I've seen holders of this kind around the internet and decided to try to make my own.

I apologize in advance that the pictures are a little crooked.  My favorite camera is out of commission at the moment.

Here is the finished product.  The background is some thrifted fabric that I've had lying around for months that I think the previous owner had turned into a curtain.


Here is the before: the old, sad, broken, thrifted frame (which is actually plastic, not wood like I first thought)


And hanging on the wall with some (but not all) of my hair thingamabobs.


I'm worried that it turned out too cutesy, with the white and blue fabric, but with my bathroom being very blue, I was afraid to go crazier.  I had made a prototype a few months ago with green paisley fabric, which really didn't work in the space because of the color.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt! Now with more (and fixed) pics! on: July 25, 2011 08:58:40 AM
A little about this quilt: It is my very first quilt, a queen size, and the large majority of it (with the exception of backing and batting) are from my scrap stash!  I assembled the blocks by machine, but hand quilted it.  There are 143 blocks of about 9".  It took about 5 months.

The finished result


And a few in process photos.  Here's one of the backing, which is a nice little daisy print


And it on the lovely quilting frame that dh made for me to make my hand quilting easier


And I had so much extra backing left over, I used it to make a panelled bag for the quilting frame.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Make a yarn tail? on: September 06, 2010 06:18:32 PM
OK, I need a bit of help with this one.  I have a very well loved Floppalots stuffed dog.  (You can go here http://www.cirque-design.com/portfolio.html to see what I'm talking about.  Middle picture in the left column.  The dog.)  Since having children, I have passed my lovie on to my youngest son, who loves it and has made it his lovie.  However, the yarn tail has come completely apart.  Attempts to make another have failed.

Does anybody here know how to go about making one?
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES / Mini pincushion with inch worm on: March 01, 2010 01:33:25 PM
This is both my first crafster contest and the first time I'm posting my own project.  Here it is, my mini mushroom pincushion with inch worm!  The mushroom head is made out of a bit of scrap fleece, and the spots are just some white scrap fabric that I sewed on.  I like how the white ravelled a little bit when I sewed.  The head is stuffed with just a tiny bit of polyester filling.  The stem is a cork that I carved down.  The little inch worm is made of home made play dough that I baked at a low temperature in the oven to dry it out before I painted it.


Here's a head on view.


And one showing the size.  It's actually a bit smaller than it looks because of the angle of the camera.


And finally, it actually having pins in it.


The idea came to me because I had previously made a mini pincushion with a bottle cap.  I found that tutorial here: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/945/how-to-make-pretty-pincushions
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