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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So long.. Towel bag, Sheldon quotes double sided wristlet on: August 01, 2010 07:27:05 AM
I made this for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Swap but I wanted to share it here too - because I'm proud of it lol.
Made out of a towel
Outside of the messenger bag - So long and Thanks

Inside - Thanks for all the fish


I also wanted to share the Sheldon quotes bag (made out of t-shirts) and a patchwork flower bag (made out of tshirts and patchwork hexagons I found at a 2nd hand store) I made for the Reconstructed T-shirts swap - again because I'm proud hehe
Oh Ubuntu! You are my favourite Linux-based operating system

BAZINGA!
Oh Gravity. Thou art a heartless bitch.

The inside of the Sheldon quote bag is plain white so it can be used as a reversible.

The patchwork flower bag


Thanks for looking Cheesy
22  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Stick weaving on: July 25, 2010 06:31:43 PM
Here is my attempts at stick weaving. I will upload more photos later, but for the moment, here is the second scarf I have completed. I will post up a pic of a bag I made with lining later on too. I've only been stick weaving for about a week, but so far I'm really enjoying it, it's great fun.

Here is a scarf I completed for my mum's birthday (I don't yet have a pic of the matching bag)

One I sold to a friend:
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse swap tote bag, mini purse and goodies. Warning Pic OBESE on: June 10, 2010 07:00:55 AM
Hi there
This is a bag I made for my partner in the Make me a purse and fill it swap Smiley I was so proud of it I had to post some piccies too. She said when she got it it smelt of mints because I put in a box of Eclipse mints and some minties as well as the other stuff.
Here it is:

Some details:
This flower I made out of ribbon, did a running stitch and then pull the ribbon up. Because it's that stiff kind of ribbon, it didn't really go as I expected but after some scrunching and shuffling, I sewed in the middle then sewed a little half pearl button in the middle to finish it off. The blue frame I also hand stitched.
Iron on transfers I glued on because ironing on didn't work in the least.
(it's a little cat)
(metallic love heart glitter thing)
(two kittens)
Little purse thing with a box of mints inside
Pocket inside bag
THE GOODIES!
(not pictured, minties and chapstick)

If you're still with me, thanks so very much for checking out my bag. Hope you like it!

24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Janome 19110 Sewing Machine on: May 16, 2010 08:08:53 AM
Hi guys
I own this sewing machine listed here: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/NEW-Janome-19110-Sewing-Machine-Quilting-Patchwork-BNIB-/260569600924?cmd=ViewItem&pt=AU_Sewing&hash=item3cab28939c#ht_24855wt_1165
In general it is a brilliant machine that does not require oiling and I've yet to try out all of it's functions properly.
However, the other day I attempted (with my sewing teacher) to do a button hole. After eventually figuring out how to put the button onto the foot etc, I started sewing. The machine makes part of the "L" before stopping with three short beeps, it will not sew again regardless of what you ask. You have to remove the material and turn the machine off before you can attempt to sew again. After this happened a few times, my teacher tried to do a button hole on her machine (which she had not done before, since she generally makes quilts or doll's clothes or things that don't need button holes), and found that every time she attempted a button hole it would start the hole fine but continue on the vertical part instead of turning a corner like it is supposed to.
I'm thinking whatever we're doing wrong, it's causing both machines to have problems sewing a button hole. My teacher's machine is not computerised so I presume this is why it has a different result.
Does anyone have any idea why either machine is doing this?
Also, one other question, my machine came with 2 sets of 5 needles (as pictured in the link), and I wanted to know how you differentiate between them. I've read books on needles and I am guessing the blue tipped one is denim, but haven't yet figured out how you know what is what?
Any help you can give me is much appreciated - even a link to a thread about a similar issue would be fantastic. Thanks!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1920s dress and vest - reconned out of other clothes on: May 16, 2010 07:35:53 AM
My boyfriend and I were invited to a 1920s themed night and I decided I'd challenge myself by making as much as I could with my limited skills, as cheaply as I could, but that was still historically accurate as I could get.

This is the result.

(Action Shot)
The dress was originally a skirt from Vinnies, which I added elastic to to make it "stay up", and added the sequins and fringe. I bought the flapper headband and added a ruby rhinestone to it. I made a bag (see my post in Purses, reconstructed, for a pic) out of a bed sheet and the leftover fringe and sequins. I also made a cigarette lighter (not pictured yet) out of a black straw, a clear straw and twisted napkin - probably sounds silly but it really looks like a lighter.

For my boyfriend's outfit, he bought a white shirt and black pants from rivers for less than $30, wore his own shoes and purchased a Mafia show bag at the show. The show bag is where the vest, hat, sunglasses (with mirrors so you can see BEHIND you, how cool!), baseball bat and tommy gun came from.

The vest was not originally a vest, it was a youth shirt which I reconned (I used a tutorial from here, the one about adding strips of fabric at the side to make a shirt bigger, thanks whoever posted that) and removed the sleeves.

All it all, I'd say we probably spent not much more than $100 on both outfits, which is not a bad effort considering most I knew going to the same party spent that on their dress alone, never mind shoes/bag/head band/partner's outfit etc.

Any and all comments welcomed Smiley Thank you all for reading this much lol

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1920s evening bag on: May 16, 2010 07:23:45 AM
Hi there
This is a bag I made out of a red bed sheet for a 1920s themed party I went to (check out reconstructed clothing for the matching dress). It also has a black strap not pictured. It took about an hour to whip it up. It's made with two pieces of material for the outside and two for the inside, stitched together and then flipped out the other way. Then I hand sewed the fringe and sequins.

Comments appreciated
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Keen to make soap, shampoo, conditioner for eczema/sensitive skin on: May 13, 2010 07:12:02 AM
Hi folks
How are we all? I'm hoping someone can help me because I've run out of ideas. I have a burning itchy rash (I suffer eczema too, but this rash doesn't appear to be eczema as it is not red/scaly) on my neck/shoulders/back/legs and this flares up everytime I shower, regardless how short it is or how cold the water is. I have tried using natual store bought products such as coal tar shampoo and organic products, sorbelene wash, non-soap washes, dermalogical washes, crystal bath wash, putting cocoa butter and sorbelene cream on before and after a shower but to no avail. After showering those creams have had me in tears from the burning pain, but no cream means my skin feels like it's crawling with biting ants - I really can't win.
I have even attempted using baby wipes and dry shampoo and leave-in condition in an attempt to avoid having showers as often but I still have to wash my hair properly every couple of days.
Has anyone here ever made anything themselves that helped their skin? I am more than willing to have a go at making bath salts, shampoo, conditioner, bath wash - or better still, finding something that will allow me to avoid water - I don't know if there's a dry shampoo other than store bought or talcum powder (and both leave a bit of a powdery residue I found), but I thought if anyone had an idea, you guys would.
I have instructions for a chamomile based conditioner but I'm scared to try it because it has a lot of expensive ingredients and it might not help anyway.
Sorry if this is not posted in the right area, but the FAQ said as long as I mentioned making something, I could post. I don't mind if it's moved, I'm just desperate for an idea to try.
Thanks very much in advance Smiley
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Mother's Survival Kit on: April 26, 2010 08:25:58 AM
I gave my friend who is pregnant a mother's survival kit I put together myself. Mostly it is store bought stuff, little things like marbles (for the ones she'll lose), a clock (to remind her how fast time flies), toothpicks (to pick out the good in all situations), a crossword I made up myself (so she can do them, not say them), but what I am most proud of is the door hanger I painted myself.



Initially I used stencils for the lettering but got sick of that pretty quick, so just did it my own way. I traced a vague outline of the butterflies and cats then filled them in with permanent texta.

Let me know what you think.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Reconstructed Angel Onesie on: April 10, 2010 06:51:43 AM
Here is a onesie I reconstructed. My stepdaughter is modelling it for me - she is almost 2 but the onesie is a size 00 but while it still fitted around her arms/torso, it was too short to button up so I cut that part off and added a skirt. I think it turned out all right for my first go.


Let me know what you think
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for my sewing teacher on: April 04, 2010 07:00:06 AM
Hi there
I searched in the forum already but so far haven't found any threads that deal with my problem - if there is one, please feel free to give me the link or tell me the name of it so I can search myself.
I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions as to something I can give my sewing teacher? My teacher is a friend of my mum's, and she has given me a few lessons for free as well as a slice of home made cake for morning tea. I would like to make her a small gift to show my appreciation, preferably showing my skills I've learnt as well.
I have basic sewing skills (you can see examples of it in other posts) and I know she enjoys quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch and making porcelain dolls, she is in her late 50's-early 60s.
Apart from basic sewing skills on my Janome, I can also do small cross stitches but I'm absolutely terrible at hand sewing.
I don't have many skills in other areas of craft yet, so I would appreciate any ideas that use a sewing machine, basic skills and preferably has easy instructions/tutorials.

Thanks in advance for your help
Stef  Grin
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