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41  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Child Drawing Ornament Tutorial on: December 18, 2012 07:36:57 AM
If you're a last minute gift maker like me, here's a quick, easy, and personalized way to turn your kid's drawings into ornaments!



Materials Needed:

See-through top fabric (I used muslin)
Backing fabric
Fabric marker
Polyfill
~8 inches of ribbon
Scissors
Ruler
Kiddo's drawing



First, cut both your top fabric and backing fabric to about 4 in x 4 in:



Next, place the top fabric on top of the drawing and trace the image onto the fabric using a fabric pen:





Easy, peasy.

Next, layer the fabric pieces right sides together with the ribbon sandwiched in the middle. Make sure the ends of the ribbon are at the top of the drawing so it hangs right side up after sewing.

Sew around the edge, leaving about 2 inches open at the bottom for turning right side out:



Turn right side out:



Stuff with polyfill and hand sew the opening at the bottom:



You can personalize it by adding names, dates, drawing titles, whatever!

I'm sure there's a million things you could do with the drawing once you got it on fabric. I hope this inspires you this holiday season!!

Thanks for looking Smiley
42  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Na Na Na Na Batman! on: November 02, 2012 07:06:34 AM
It's the year of the superheros! My son chose Batman, and here's what we came up with!



We started with a plain gray shirt and pants bought at Target. I scored some wool felt in the remnants bin at JoAnns, and it became the Batman symbol, mask, and arm bands.

I really struggled with the head piece for Batman until I found this awesome pattern, and went with the mask instead. I think it's better for a three-year-old anyway!



I used this tutorial for the arm cuffs, just modified slightly to fit my little dude.





I made the belt by covering an existing belt with yellow duct tape and adding some velcro to help it stay on. The "buckle" is just a duct tape square with the batman symbol painted on it. I sewed up a couple pouches for the utility belt with some vinyl scraps I had lying around. It wasn't the right color, so we spray painted them yellow! I really love how the belt came out!



I made the boots using those duct tape boots tutorials floating around the Internet. I couldn't find a complete one, so I kinda did my own thing. I put a sock on an old pair of boots to use as a mold (rather than attempting to get my three-year-old to sit still for any length of time) and taped it up. I cut a slit up the back to remove the duct tape boot from the "mold" boot. Instead of re-taping my kiddo up in his boots, we left the back open and used a safety pin to close. It works pretty good and held up in the running test.



Lastly, the cape. Pretty self-explanatory. I used two fat quarters for this, and they were the perfect size. The symbol is two pieces of felt.



Some action shots!







Thanks for looking! Happy Halloween everyone! Smiley
43  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled Tie-Dye Pants on: September 30, 2012 07:27:34 PM
For this challenge, I decided to dig into my stash of DJ's clothes that no longer fit him.I ended up digging up several old tie-dye onesies and t-shirts...



I cut them up into strips:



And refashioned the strips into a pair of pants!



Some action shots:







Thanks for looking!
44  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Ice Cube Tie-Dye Mini Tute on: September 21, 2012 09:34:07 AM
Inspiration for this post comes from Carol R. Eaton Designs and this blog post: http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/fabric-dye-ice-cubes-awesome.html

Once I saw her awesome effects of dyeing with ice cubes, I knew I had to give it a try. It was super fun and easy!

Here's what I did:

I used a big jersey knit sheet as my fabric and coiled about half in the bottom of a mop bucket. Since I used RIT to dye, I did not pre-soak my fabric. I then placed a layer of ice cubes on the fabric and covered with powdered RIT dye (about half a box). I coiled the second half of my sheet on top of the ice layer and repeated the ice/RIT layers. The end result is a fabric/ice/dye lasagna:



After 24 hours, the ice melts, leaving behind a splattering of color. The powder works especially well with this method as the dye component colors bleed out and together, giving really unique and unexpected results.

In my first round of this, I used brown, black, and teal in my powder layer:



Round two was black and blue:



I can't wait to try this with different colors!! I have some green just waiting for the perfect fabric!

Thanks for looking!
45  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "Fall in Love" Wall Hanging on: September 11, 2012 06:12:37 AM
A couple of my husband's and my good friends are getting married this weekend. We both wanted to contribute to a hand-made gift for them rather than than the usual registry list gift.

I made a wall hanging Teesha Moore style with an embroidered tree with their initials carved in the trunk and fall leaves to reflect the time of year they are getting married. I also added the date to the bottom.

My husband, de6w6it, made the metal hanger for the piece. He bent and welded metal rod to look like a tree branch with a heart.

I hope they love it.





Thanks for looking!
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Flower Power" Fabric Petal Jewelry on: August 29, 2012 01:43:27 PM
I made these for the most recent round of the Hippie Swap.

It's reconstructed because I started with a plain white t-shirt that I dyed LWI-style with teal RIT powder dye. I cut the petals out from a cardstock template and sewed them together with black thread on my sewing machine. I used the stitching to kind of draw in the petal details.



Action shot of bracelet:



Action shot of earrings:



Closer shot of necklace:



I think I want to make a set to look like leaves next. Maybe in fall colors?

Thanks for looking!
47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Avatar: The Last Airbender Charm Bracelet on: August 23, 2012 11:17:12 AM
I made this bracelet for the most recent Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra Swap for my lovely partner,  IsikkahJai. She requested a charm bracelet, and though I'd never made one before, I knew I had enough beads and charms in my stash for an attempt. I drew inspiration from (who else?) the amazing jennieingram, who I also believe gave me every single charm I used in this bracelet, AND gave me awesome photography tips to help show off my creation. While these pics are still not the best, they are definitely better than round 1 with my camera and crappy lighting! The background isn't ideal, but I think it matches the "elemental" feel of the bracelet!



For those of you not familiar with Avatar: The Last Airbender, it is an amazing cartoon on Nickelodeon where characters can "bend" or manipulate the four elements (not including metal or spirit of course!) through movements of their body that mimic different styles of Chinese martial arts.

To embody the show in a bracelet, I knew that the four elements had to be central. I also used charms to represent not only the elements, but also certain characters, episodes, or items that carry meaning throughout the show.

Here's a closer look at "Earth":



Including lots of green and gold which are the colors of the Earth Kingdom, bare feet for the Earth Bender Toph, who is blind, but "sees" with her feet and her bending, a metal leaf (under Toph's feet) for Toph's metal bending ability, and a stone bead to literally represent earth and earth bending.

Here's "Air":



The Air Nomads are very peaceful and monk-like and their element (air) is very swirly and free. Their clothes are yellow and orange, but I felt that white represented them better for my purposes. There are lots of spirals and circles to represent the movement of air and Aang's air scooter that he invented. There's also a peace sign to represent Aang's commitment to peace. There is a flat circle bead with a garnet to represent Appa, Aang's sky bison.

Notice the heart between Air and Water to represent Aang and Katara's romance  Cheesy

Here's a close up of "Water":



Waterbenders are empowered by the moon, and both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes are deeply connected to the moon, so of course, there is a moon charm right in the center. There's also lots of blue to represent water and the colors of the tribes. There's a fish to represent Sokka, who is fishing when first introduced, as well as continually preoccupied with meat in any form throughout the show. Also there is a speckled blue stone to represent the meteor that Sokka uses to forge his space sword out of in Book 3. The blue charm with the wire wrapped around it represents the bottle of spirit water Katara carries with her and uses to heal Aang at the end of Book 2.

"Fire":



Fire was the most difficult for me, maybe because I did this section of the bracelet last. Obviously, there's lots of red for the Fire Nation and fire in general. The Chinese writing represents the scrolls that Zuko finds explaining who his grandfather was and helps him learn who he is and who he wants to become. The bead with the gold stripes is supposed to represent Zuko's scar. The key represents Zuko's trips to visit both Uncle Iroh and later his father in the Fire Nation prison.

And that's it! If you made it this far through the post thanks for your attention to detail!  Grin
48  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / SINGER 7442 on: June 08, 2012 08:45:39 AM


Brand: Singer

Model: 7442

Year: 2009

Cost: ~$350

How long have you had the machine? 3 years

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic sewing machine

What are your favorite features? The decorative stitches, the reverse stitch button (no presser foot necessary), and the top-loading bobbin.

What are some of the unique features it has? When reversing decorative stitches, the machine does 4 small tacking stitches to secure the stitch. When selecting decorative stitches and adjusting the stitch width and length accordingly, the machine beeps to tell you when the stitch length and width are ideally set for the chosen stitch.

How well does it run? It runs pretty well. When I first got it I thought it ran very smooth and quiet, but it is getting rougher and louder as time goes on (probably normal). The machine skips stitches when using certain fabrics (such as fleece) and does not handle several layers of fabric (especially heavier weight) very well.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? A few broken needles, which were probably my fault. Other than that, basic maintenance has been very easy.

What are your least favorite features? The machine always ends stitches with the needle in the upright position. Even if your foot is off the presser foot, it will try to complete the stitch. This took a while to get used to and I broke quite a few needles this way. The machine will try to push through the fabric no matter what because it has to complete the stitch cycle to end with the needle in the up position. Skipped stitches are frequent and annoying.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Yes
49  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / BERNINA 330 on: June 08, 2012 08:21:41 AM
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Brand: BERNINA

Model: 330

Year: 2012

Cost: ~$700

How long have you had the machine? About 2 months

Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic sewing machine

What are your favorite features? I love the automatic button hole program, the automatic darning program, the 40 different functional and decorative stitches, and the needle threader.

What are some of the unique features it has? The BERNINA 330 has a letter sewing feature that allows you to sew words and names into fabric. I love this feature and the possibilities are endless.

How well does it run? It runs very smooth. The machine handles all fabric weights and types equally well, even heavy fabrics several layers thick. It is also extremely quiet.

Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? No, but I haven't had it for very long.

What are your least favorite features? The front-loading bobbin is a little cumbersome at times. Also, when securing a decorative stitch with the reverse stitch feature, it just reverses the stitch, which can make it look a little messy if it does not line up perfectly. Other machines perform a backstitch knot when using the reverse stitch on a decorative stitch program.

Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Absolutely
50  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Child's Hoodie (with pattern!) on: May 30, 2012 08:37:35 AM
Summer is rapidly approaching, or here already, judging from this past weekend's weather here in NJ. I wanted to make my son a light-weight hoodie for the summer, just to keep the beach winds out (or for those chilly A/C-filled stores and restaurants). I found some light jersey with skulls on it in the scrap bin at JoAnn's that I thought would be perfect. It was only 0.75 yards, so I had to make it work somehow. I decided to fashion my own pattern from one of his existing hoodies, and to my surprise, actually pulled it off!



I think DJ likes it, too!  This is my first pattern, and my first post being able to load attachments, so I wanted to share it just in case anyone else could find it useful. I don't have step by step pics, but there are written directions at the end of this post. And of course, PM me if you have any questions! I'm sure if I can figure this out, you can, too!

I made this project with the Master Craftster BERNINA 330 which I thankfully have yet to return. I used the overlocking stitch for all my seams on this project since it mimics a serger. If you have a serger, though, go ahead and use it! The finished seams look as close to professional as I've ever gotten. If you don't have a serger or a machine with an overlocking stitch, a straight stitch and zig-zag will give you a similar effect. This is what I normally would do. Here's a pic for reference (I had no idea what an overlocking stitch looked like prior to this machine!):



The attached pattern should fit a 2-4 year old depending on the size of your little one. My son is 3 and this fits him perfect. Once you download and print out the attached pattern, cut out the pieces and connect the split pieces with tape (these should be clearly marked - if it's confusing, let me know!) Place your pattern pieces on your fabric and cut! Make sure that for the sleeve pieces and the back piece, you place the pattern on the fold of the fabric, as indicated by the arrows. Pattern pieces that will need to be mirrored when cut for left and right are indicated by the word "flip," which tells you to flip the piece over when cutting the second piece.

Right sides together, sew your sleeves lengthwise on the open end. Turn right side out.

Fold the cuff piece in half lengthwise, right side out, and sew the ends together to make a circle. I cut my cuffs out of the same fabric I used for the hoodie, but you could also use ribbing. When sewing, you again want right sides together. For the cuff piece, this won't matter as the pattern should be on both sides of the fabric - just make sure the sewn seem is facing away from the pattern side of the sleeve fabric. Sew the cuff to the narrow end of the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Attach the right and left FRONT pieces to the BACK piece (which should be twice the width of the pattern piece if cut on the fold) at the sides and the shoulders, leaving the arm holes open to attach the sleeves. Sew right sides together and flip right side out.

Attach the sleeves to the assembled hoodie at the arm holes. You want right sides together, so the sleeves will be right side out and the assembled BACK/FRONT piece will be inside out.

Right sides together, sew together the two HOOD pieces along the curve. Attach the HOOD to the assembled hoodie along the neck curve. The HOOD piece should almost come to the edge of the FRONT right and left pieces. There should be just enough room on each side of the hood to attach the zipper when finished.

For the bottom cuff, measure and cut out a piece of fabric (or ribbing) 2 inches in width and 25 inches in length (measure along the bottom of you hoodie, as your length may differ slightly). Fold in half as you did for the sleeve cuffs and attach to the bottom of your assembled hoodie. Right sides together.

Attach your zipper and youre done!

It should look like this (or better - I messed up my cuffs a bit, don't look too close!):

Front -


Back -


Wear with pride!



Thanks for looking! Feedback on pattern much appreciated. I'd love to see if others make this! Smiley
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