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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Felt Rainbow Notebook of Yay on: January 13, 2012 05:44:18 AM
I recently discovered that a friend I used to volunteer with is here on Craftster!  I don't know many crafty people so I was chuffed when I found that out.  We agreed to have a personal swap and this is something I sent her:

My stitching is kind of wonky but I like to think that this is charming.  I'm not sure which side is the front/back or up/down so I'll let littlebluegirl decide.

I used a wonderful craftster tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=241981.0) for the binding technique and made the book out of a cardboard box and some felt and cotton fabric scraps.  I had some little bits of leftover ribbon that I knew I was keeping for a reason so I added them too.  Each signature has an outer sheet of pretty paper from my stash.

A close-up of the pretty paper.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Velvet Underground Cushion on: January 06, 2012 11:39:01 AM

What better way to decorate a cushion than to stitch a fleece banana on the front?  I made this for my Dad because he loves the Velvet Underground.  If it had been for somebody else I might have made the limited edition 'pink banana' version but I didn't think it would be appropriate for my father, ahem.

I think I'll make some more album cover cushions.  I'd really like to do Forever Changes by Arthur Lee but that could take a while and I am very lazy.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / (Another) Cactus Pincushionn on: August 22, 2011 02:23:45 AM
I saw all the excellent cactus pincushions that get posted on Craftster and I wanted one of my very own.  Here she is:

She's made from an old cushion cover and stuffing, felt, a button I found in the street (thief!), a 50p pot from a charity shop and some confetti to make the pins more exciting.  Ta da!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / EXPECTO PATRONADS! Potter Puppet Pals T-Shirt on: August 22, 2011 02:16:38 AM
I made this for my girlfriend almost a year ago and just haven't got around to posting.  I only had about 40 minutes while she was out of the flat, so he was a little rushed - but that adds to the charm, right?  Right?  The writing was done with a hastily-drawn freezer paper stencil and the puppet is made from felt and sewed down. (I did originally try using bondaweb, but that just made a mess of the iron.  I had a lot of fun explaining myself cleaning that face off the iron when she came home!).

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Purple Charm Bracelet of Janglyness on: August 04, 2011 12:41:08 PM

I made this charm bracelet as a birthday present for my friend and had so much fun picking all the beads out.  I made this when I should have been revising anatomy which made it all the more enjoyable to craft.  I included a fork charm because we went out for a birthday dinner and put some little bells on to make it extra jangly.  I put a little black skull on to remind her of her angry teenage years. Wink  I want to make more of these now!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / (Off) White Stripes Bag For My Little Sister's Birthday on: May 06, 2011 02:24:32 AM
This is the first bag I've ever made, so I'm pretty pleased with it.  I followed this tutorial (which I believe is made by another Craftster member): (http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.com/2008/07/tutorial-messenger-bag-with-zip-top.html) but lazily left off the zip closure as it looked too difficult for me.  I made this bag for one very cool 11 year old's birthday because the White Stripes love must be encouraged in children!

There's loads of things a bit wrong with this bag.  I just hacked the lettering out of some random cloth I had lying around, and while I like the scruffy edges I'm less fond of the off-white clashyness with the purer white of the striped fabric.  Pretty much all the seams are a little wonky and I broke my last sewing machine needle part way through and had to do the rest by hand.  I kept using crappy threads that got tangled up and I think some parts of the bag were too thick for the machine to cope.  I'm still not fully bonded with my sewing machine, but we'll get there...maybe.

I had loads of fun though and maybe there'll be more (hopefully unwonky, unclashy) bags posted here in the future (if my sewing machine ever forgives me).
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red and Black Fabric Boa (Made Without Sewing By a Very Lazy Crafter). on: April 28, 2011 11:19:16 AM

Messy flat, oops.

This is a simple craft but I'm really happy with it.  I'm going to a cabaret/burlesque type thing next month for my birthday and wanted a boa - but not a feather one because I don't wear animal materials.  I went to my local fabric shop and bought 25cm wide strips of about 8 different fabrics (which I think might have annoyed the shop assistant but she was very nice about it), chopped them into 3 inch-ish wide pieces and just tied them to a longer strip of material.  I didn't have to sew anything which is great because I'm rubbish at that.  This was finished in about an hour and cost about 6.  I'm looking forward to making all the other bits I'll need for the night, even if that means doing battle with my sewing machine.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First Attempts at Homemade Paper on: February 13, 2011 07:58:15 AM
My girlfriend's mum bought me a paper-making kit for Christmas and I've only just got around to giving it a try.

This paper is about half and half brown and white paper from the recycling bin.  I've added raffia, garden twine, rose petals and some purple embroidery thread.

This paper is made from white paper, blue dye (came with the kit), red chads (the bits made by hole punches - I was so happy to learn this word!) and various red, gold and blue threads.  I held this paper up to the light to take this picture.

This is a beginner's kit so it only makes these little discs of paper.  I'm having loads of fun producing them but I'm not sure what I'll do with the finished products yet.  I'm tempted to make my own frame so that I can produce larger sheets of paper.  The kit isn't really necessary if anybody else fancies a go at this - all you need is the frame (I'm sure it has a special name) and some scrap paper.  I've added all the bits and bobs from my own stash.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Tree with Autumn Leaves on: November 27, 2010 12:36:29 AM

I made this little paper tree as a birthday present for my dad.  I found online instructions for the base and for the leaves.  I made the trunk by wrapping some very fibrous paper (don't know what it's called :/) around some thin wire and smoothing it in place with watered-down PVA glue.  (I twisted some of the fibres on the trunk into a knot but that doesn't show very well in the picture).  The base is filled with dried chick peas for balance.

The instructions for folding the leaves can be found here: http://www.origamibonsai.org/foldingvideos.html (it's the video at the bottom of the page)
The instructions for the 'closed box' base are here: http://www.origami-make.com/box-square-closed.php
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Alien Squid Head Massager on: August 31, 2010 01:53:27 AM

I made this for ilovesnails in the 'things with tentacles' swap.  He's a squiddy brain harvester that tricks you into placing him near your brain by assuming the form of a head massager.  While you relax through the soothing circular motion of his metal arms, he transmits your thoughts to Squidlor, his master.  He's made from a pack of silver fimo, two safety eyes I'd lost the backs from, a 'genie' head massager and some kinda tacky blue sticky stone things.  I love him but I've developed respect for people who made complicated things with polymer clay, I struggled even to do this.
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