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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How can I find out if a fabric is not for commercial use? on: March 07, 2014 10:28:26 AM
Thanks for the advice CraftyChef and kjlutz.  None of them are super obviously copyrighted so I think I will use them ^.^
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to finish this cat. on: March 07, 2014 10:24:39 AM
Thank you so much for that link!  I didn't know how I was going to find something like that.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / How to finish this cat. on: December 18, 2013 08:08:49 AM
My mom found a listing on Craig's List for a bunch of scraps of fabric.  She got me a bag of really cool ones, but as I was going through I found all these oddly shaped bundles pinned together.  When I flattened them out it looked like a shape of a cat.  So now I have a bunch of these bundles that have a cat body, two back legs and a tail.  I have a general idea on how to sew it, but I don't know what kind of finishing this kind of project usually gets.


Here is one of the bundles.  You can see that the cat will be seen in profile and the back legs will help hold it up.
If anyone has worked on something like this before I would love some ideas.  Pictures wouldn't hurt either ^.~
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap Tea Boxes? on: October 31, 2013 10:52:40 PM
Places like Total Wine and other shops like that will sometimes have cigar boxes you can buy.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I make the pattern for leggings show the different heights around waist? on: October 27, 2013 12:45:47 PM
You just have a legging that is as it;s supposed too be  Wink

Back should allways be higher as the front regarding  anything that  works as pants.

You need more fabric at the back,  unless you wanna be standing up  the whole time .
Or keep pulling the dammed thing up the whole time you sit down  Grin

I knew why that was, so I wasn't wondering why it was like that.  I was just wondering how I can make sure the ones I sew do that as well ^.^
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I make the pattern for leggings show the different heights around waist? on: October 25, 2013 08:24:29 AM
Hi all!
I got these leggings from Forever 21 and I love them.  They fit me perfectly and even magically fit my friend who is about 20 lbs lighter than me.  Because of these leggings I have discovered my love of them.  Since these fit so well, I want to make more so I can have tons.
I generally know how to make patterns from things, but nothing like this.  As you can see in the pic below, the front is shorter than the back.  How do I show this on the pattern?
I know it would be easier to take it apart and make a pattern that way, but I don't want to!  I would love to be able to just trace it and add a but more for seam and cuffs.
How should I go about showing the differing heights?



Edit: I actually figured it out on my own.  I was going to make it so I had to lay the pattern on the fold, but I realized that I could just make the whole leg pattern flat.  That way I can put the front lower than the back.  It also means less cutting.
Go me!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I use to treat cotton fabric to make it more durable? on: October 19, 2013 10:57:36 AM
I gave the iron-on vinyl a try.  While I did do the things I was hoping, it also made the fabric not look like fabric.  I made it look almost like I took a picture of fabric and printed it on paper.
It was a really good idea though.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What can I use to treat cotton fabric to make it more durable? on: October 18, 2013 08:42:11 AM
I have a pin-back button maker. For the longest time I've just used it to make paper ones. Lately I've been thinking of making some using fabric. My problem is that the fabric is thin, so I'm worried it might wear through too quickly. Interfacing has helped sone, but I've found that it doesn't fuse as well as I think it does. I can just peel it off the back even though I follow the ironing instructions. Is there anything out there that will more reliably hold the fibers together? I've heard mixed reviews about Scotch Guard. The fabric also cannot be made too stiff since then it might wear on the machine too much.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nylon beading thread vs nylon sewing thread for beading? on: October 10, 2013 07:50:35 AM
So, I've made a piece with the sewing thread. So far I really like it. It is a bit too thick for some of the seed bead work I might do, but otherwise I like it. How long should I stress test it before I make my final decision?
I've worn the small pendant everyday for a week now, and I've not noticed and change to it. I've even fidgited with it during that week and no change.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How can I find out if a fabric is not for commercial use? on: October 10, 2013 07:40:51 AM
I have noticed that some fabrics have "not for commercial use" on the selvage. I can understand that some people wouldn't want their patterns to be used in items being sold.
Here is my problem. A bunch of my friends know that I like using scraps in the things I am working on for my online shop. They have been giving me garbage bags worth of quilt scraps. I'm worried that I won't be able to tell if any of the fabrics are not for commercial use. While it might not be a huge deal right now, since my shop gets so few views, I still don't want to risk it for later when I become super successful (at least that is my plan)
Is there any place I can check on things like this? I don't want to just throw out all of their donations.
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