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111  Flat in the front, shirred in the back lined skirt (plus bonus bracelet!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 24, 2012 09:31:16 AM
I made this number for my fab partner in the IYP swap:

A breeze came along at just the right time for this picture! This skirt is hemmed with hem lace and lined with the cream you can just see underneath. It's cut less full than the purple to avoid indecent exposure charges on windy days Smiley The purple was cut a little less than 2x my partner's hip measurement. I topstitched the hem lace in place to keep with the kind of rustic feel.

Both fabrics were thrift store sheets but since I only used the narrow hem of the cream to avoid having to sew my own, I thought they'd fit in better here with the general completed projects. I unpicked the ends of the narrow hemmed sections so I could sew the side seam then closed it back up, folding the fabric over the seam so it looked like I did the whole thing myself  Grin

Shirred back with 1/2" (hmm, I think it was 1/2") elastic up top.

It's got pockets!

Another shot of a pocket with the bracelet I sent too. The beads are white, black and gray but the gray really picks up the purple in the skirt which I didn't notice until later and made me very happy Smiley The bead colors stand for dots, dashes and spaces which spell out "may the force be with you" in Morse code!

If you want to make your own skirt like this, do it! It was a super-fun project.
Thanks for looking!
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112  Re: Hair Accessories Swap Round 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 21, 2012 09:12:16 AM
The other day a package arrived from Unicornlasers:

I love these chessmen hair sticks!

Unfortunately the rest were broken, but I think with a needle and thread I can fix 2 of them.

Thank you, Unicornlasers! And thank you so much to Kookaloo_Starr for being willing to angel!
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113  Field-ready Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 21, 2012 08:02:08 AM
I made this military-inspired messenger bag for my partner in the dieselpunk swap. It was my first time using grommet tape and I just ordered a bunch more yards of it Smiley  I don't know if I got the dieselpunk vibe or not, but I'm pretty please with how it turned out.

The back pocket, topped with grommet tape.

The grommet tape is sewn all the way down the sides and into the bottom seam. The pockets pleats are sewn at the bottom and pressed all the way up. This fabric holds a crease really well.

The extra tape from the adjustable strap part can hide out in one of the pockets.

I used a buckle and a vest-tie-buckle-thing for the adjusting hardware. The grommet tape that went all the way down the sides goes all the way past the top of the bag to become the strap.

The inside is lined with muslin and has a pocket with brown grommet tape trim.

Oh, and there's grommet tape running all the way up the center front under the flap as well! I love this stuff. It should come in every color of the rainbow plus patterns and different widths. I got mine from MajikCraft on Etsy. I only saw black at JoAnns.

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think. Is it dieselpunky? Do you know of other places to buy grommet tape? C&C welcome. Smiley
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114  Re: Dieselpunk swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 20, 2012 03:12:36 PM
I'm glad you like what I sent you, trisarose! Incidentally I posted a tutorial for the composition book cover here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410258.0 It differs a bit from others I've seen.

Okay, now for the truly awesome package trisarose sent me!

First up is a pair of long wished-for fingerless gloves:

I love them! I have wanted fingerless gloves for ages and ages and now I have a fun and wonderful pair of my very, very own.

Next is one of the most perfect jackets I've ever seen, let alone owned:

She made military-insignia-esque covers for the epaulettes. It's awesome for me: more subtly dieselpunky so I can wear it out and about, which I have already!

One of the most challenging parts of this swap for me was that I saw a lot of stuff labeled dieselpunk that looked like stuff in stores now. I don't now if I'm reading that wrong, but I can pick out steampunk much easier than dieselpunk. However trisarose made something I think is wonderfully blatant dieselpunk and suits me to a T:

She said she took a file and hammer to it to age it! How's that for gutsy? It incorporates so many things I like: Black and silver, time-telling devices, Morse code, Russian and symbols. The top word in the Russian poster picture means "workers" I think. Google translate thinks the ones printed sideways mean "take the rifle". Can you tell I'm a beginner  Grin

I don't know if she or the postal service (the box looked like it'd been taken to a stable and trampled on  Angry  ) did the cracked glass but I think it's a great touch!

Thank you so, so much! I love everything, trisarose. And thank you, Alchamy513, for hosting such a fabulous swap!
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115  No-Outside-Stitching-Necessary Lined Composition Book Cover * TUTORIAL * in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: June 18, 2012 06:01:05 PM
I’ve fallen in love with composition book covers. I was already in love with composition books themselves and this just added a whole new dimension to the relationship Smiley

But I’d never actually made a cover myself until recently. The tutorial I’d seen had the flap pockets that hold the book created by sewing from the outside, so the stitches showed. I got it in my head to make one without necessarily showing stitches, then got sidetracked and forgot until a swap partner came along who I thought might like a one. I sat down to figure it out. To spot where I went wrong in any failures (there were 2) I took pictures. This means I took pictures of my success as well!

Here they are as part of a tutorial (ok, a little reading first, then pictures):

Cut your outer fabric and lining to the same size. Both should be big enough that they wrap all the way around the composition book when closed plus however deep you want the flap pockets and seam allowances on all 4 sides. Decorate the outside if you want. I did some diagonal stitching and sewed half of a loop of 1/4 ” elastic top to bottom to use as a closure and 1/2” elastic across the long way, sectioning the front to hold pens and pencils. I added some jewelry thingies too.

I don’t have measurements for mine because my outside fabric was shifty and rotten to work with (but otherwise perfect Smiley ) so I cut it bigger than needed. This is also why it looks so iffy in the in-progress photos. Rest assured I made it much neater once I knew it would work.

Take your outside fabric and iron back your side seam allowances so wrong sides touch. Then lightly press what will be the flaps so that the right sides of them are touching the right sides of what will be the outside, the “body” for lack of a better term. The right side of the seam allowance should be on top of all that, facing you. Do the same to the lining fabric. Pin lining and outer pieces so right sides of seam allowances, wrong sides of flaps and right sides of bodies are together. You should only see the wrong sides of the bodies when that’s done.

Whew, that was a lot! This next step is easier:

Sew top and bottom NOT THE SIDES. Sew all along the top. Remove from machine and clip threads. Sew all along the bottom. Remove from machine and clip threads. You should be able to reach in one side and come out the other.

Now reach in one side and come out the other, grab and pull: Turn the cover right side out!

Don’t worry, you won’t have 4 separate flaps. This is how it’s supposed to look at this stage. See how the seam allowances line up? Turn the flaps of outer fabric (the striped gray one here) so they cover the lining flaps (black).

Now sew those side seams up! I suggest a ladder or slip stitch.

Fold the cardboard composition book cover back and slide into the flap pockets of your new fabric cover. Voila!

Does that make sense to everyone? This technique can work for bags too. In fact there’s a tutorial here for that: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317558.0

I hope someone finds this useful. Smiley
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116  Re: Hair Accessories Swap Round 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: June 09, 2012 05:34:38 PM
Well, I know my partner received but I'm sure she's busy with her new baby!

Here's the couple of pictures I got before sending.

Jewel trim on ribbon, knotted (the ends are done with knots too), ribbon braiding, reversible fabric and lace.

So you can see it really is reversible  Cheesy

I hope you like them, unicornlasers. I had a fun time making them.

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117  Re: Crafted Cushion Cover Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: May 16, 2012 01:51:17 PM
Here I am, posting twice in a row again, but, also again, for a very awesome reason: To show off the amazing cover professionalpineapple sent me!

ORANGE! Knitted with cables! Amazing, how-in-the-world-does-anyone-do-that cables. Look at those! The orange is a gorgeous harvest-y, burnt orange color in a cuddle-worthy soft acrylic so I can touch it and hug it to my heart's content which I have been doing since it came out of the wash.

The back is stunning too! Ribbed (are those ribs? I don't know if that's the yarnie term or not) and the best buttons. How on earth do you knit button holes? It would probably blow my mind.

Thank you so much, professionalpineapple! And thank you again, PlumCrafty! I adore both my covers. They're perfect and lovely and I feel so lucky to have them. You two are great!
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118  Building the pyramids stitch by stitch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: May 15, 2012 07:25:36 PM
One of my partners in the most recent cushion cover swap round liked strong colors, the ancient world, art deco and vintage travel. So I came up with this:

The image is inspired by art deco style travel posters. It's done with reverse appliqué because I thought it would give a good vintage-y look. The layers are sandy yellow on top, then black, then sunset gold then red. The back of the pyramid, letters, etc. are interfaced and the edges are straight stitched @ least 2x and zig-zagged times @ least 2x to hold up through the wash. I'm paranoid about that  Roll Eyes

Here's where the cording is joined. I'd never worked with lip cording before so was pretty pleased it turned out ok. 1 side is cut from the lip part and the cord thread wrapped over the other side so the join blends better. The edges of this cover are rounded. They were going to be pointy but when I got out my trusty seam ripper to take out an accidentally rounded edge, I decided I liked it better that way. Yay for happy mistakes!

The back is just an envelope closure. I sewed on a thin strip of the sand yellow to the hem and roughed up the edges. And zig-zagged and straight-stitched my heart out  Smiley  The back of the front (does that make sense?) is covered so all that stitching is hidden and the pillow form as a nice, clean place to hang out inside.

Vintage travel is one of my favorite styles but I'd never made anything in it before now. I'm glad I got to try it out and the lip cording and do reverse appliqué.
C&C welcome, as always.
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119  Re: Crafted Cushion Cover Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: May 10, 2012 11:39:12 AM
I'm posting twice in a row for a very good reason: My cover from PlumCrafty came today! It is beautiful and lovely and, well, see for yourself:

It's just like stained glass! PlumCrafty sewed on tiny little white flowers that blend so perfectly with the fabric but add so much I thought they came with it until I peeked closer. The zipper is on this side. Can you see it? No? That's because she was clever and hid it beneath a little flap!

And my cover has not 1 side, but 2!

Bunting! My cave-like house and the cloudy day weren't doing my bad photography skills any favors. It's less peachy in color in real life and oh so pretty. Check out the corners!

Look how nicely it came wrapped up and with some real bunting too! My wrapping job was...interesting on yours PlumCrafty. I apologize in advance!
Thank you, thank you! The size is perfect and the design and all those details you put in are just lovely. I love it!
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120  Appliquéd sashiko embroidery inspired pillow cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: May 09, 2012 08:37:59 AM
I made this pillow cover for one of my partners in the latest cushion cover swap. The fabric was cut in a sashiko embroidery design then appliquéd onto the blue cotton.

The reverse front, once the linen was stitched on top.

The back is the same linen as the appliqué. I put in a lapped zipper using a blind hem stitch. It was my first time doing this particular method and I really liked it! It's very satisfying to watch zipper teeth hide away.

I wish I had taken in-progress pictures but I was so scared it wouldn't turn out that I couldn't bear the thought of having photographic reminders. I did keep my scraps after it turned out okay:

I drew the overlapping circle pattern onto the paperbacking of some wonderunder...

...then ironed it onto the linen and cut out the overlapping centers. That's a quarter up front to give an idea of size. There were at least 36 complete circles. I didn't count the cutouts at all.

And here's a couple of scraps! The whole cut-out linen piece was pretty cool before it was attached to the blue. I'm glad I have a little piece left.

Since the cut-outs are on the bias I left those edges unfinished, just went down the middle of the curvy linen lines with small machine stitches. I think it'll look nice too when the edges get fluffed in the wash! It was 18x18inches when finished.

C&C always welcome.
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