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91  Air Mail! Another Macaroon Coin Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: March 01, 2013 05:47:17 AM

Normally I get bored after making something 2 or 3 times, but macaroon coin purses are definitely an exception! Here's my sixth!


I love old mail stuff so was excited to try out the theme on a coin purse for a swap partner. The red and blue are added with a fabric marker. I wanted the blue back to match the blue airmail stripes so that's colored too!


Over the brown the blue looked more slate blue so I tried to pick that up with the zipper- plus I didn't want it to look too new! Smiley The top and bottom of the macaroon are covered 1.5" buttons so the interior isn't very big, but I keep finding uses for the pumpkin one I made for myself. It's surprisingly handy!


I embroidered on my swap partner's birthdate and a destination she said she liked for the postmark.
Ones I made previously are posted here and here if you're interested. Of course, they're posted there if you're not interested too Cheesy .

I can't wait to make more!
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92  Messenger bag purse with curves in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 28, 2013 03:05:35 PM
Made for my wonderful partner in the recent IYP swap from my own pattern.



The green (from a sheet) is heavier and thicker than the floral fabric (a shirting swiss dot) which caused some little hiccups but not too bad.


The reinforced bottom is to help the bag keep its shape more than for strength- it's not that big! Finished size was 6"x8" and the sides taper from 1.5" to about 3/4" if I remember right. The outside is all interfaced and the lining's sides and bottom are backed with fusible fleece for that purpose as well (and for looks, etc. Smiley )


Pocket on the outside...


...and 2 on the inside.


For security there's a zipper under the flap! I think this was only my 3rd purse zipper which I found really odd considering how much fun I have with zippers. Need to remedy that. The loops that the strap clips to are made by 4-strand braiding scrap fabric strips with embroidery floss woven in for strength. The strap has a length of twill tape adhered with heat-and-bond tape between the layers so it's nice and sturdy. I didn't like the fusible tape at first but now I'd be sad without it!

I hope someone can use this info or, better yet, be inspired! C&C always welcome.
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93  Robin Hood Papercutting in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 28, 2013 08:26:35 AM


My partner in the most recent (and the previous 4) IYP swaps said she liked Robin Hood so I finally got it in my head to make her something along that line. I've experimented with paper cutting before but this was my biggest project so far (I know, not nearly as big as some of you amazing crafters out there get up to! But I was pretty proud of myself for continuing my education Smiley )


It's 5"x5" edge-to-edge. The picture part is about 3"x4" if I remember right. I found the silhouette online and made a few changes and additions, including putting in the words at the bottom.


I was happy (and relieved and surprised) to find a 5"x5" wood frame. My camera wasn't too happy about photographing the glass, though. Smiley

The paper is cardstock. I used a regular exacto knife to cut out the picture part and a small blade for the words. I've read there are blades better suited for this but I was having a hard time finding a base to put them on. There were lots of blade options at the craft stores but not a whole lot of handles. It worked out, though, I think? Smiley
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94  Re: Triple Versus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: February 18, 2013 08:17:43 AM
More cool stuff!

My partner, mama24boyz, received several days ago so I thought I'd go ahead and post pics of what I sent her:


She said on her Pinterest that she loved the movie Up, so I made her this pillow cover.

The balloons are done by painting each bubble on a piece of bubble wrap a different color then pressing the paint to the sky fabric. The included 12"x12" pillow form is removable thanks to a zipper closure in the back.
I don't know what to call the method of insertion I used. It's a lapped zipper, secured with a blind hem but the zipper's sides are enclosed in the lining which doesn't fold with the lap for sturdiness.

I made it its own post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420414.0 Smiley My partner said she liked it so I'm happy.
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95  Up movie pillow: An adventure in bubble wrap printing and zippers! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 17, 2013 12:39:34 PM

I love the movie Up and so did my partner in a swap.


I didn't think I could (and still think I can't) pull off the lettering and balloons from the movie poster so I had to go with an interpretation Smiley .
After some mulling, I decided to try bubble wrap printing for the balloons. It worked! I chopped out a partial ballon-bunch shape and painted each bubble a different color with fabric paint (I'm glad it was only a 12"x12" pillow cover!) then flopped it down on the sky square. Peeling the bubbles off slowly I repainted spots that hadn't transferred entirely, repressed, then continued peeling.

I stitched the lettering with embroidery floss after adding the white frame and backing it all with more white (so the seam allowances were covered and the pillow form wouldn't show through.)



The back- which is the same blue as the front -is also backed in white and closes with a zipper. Its hiding place is given away by white stitching Smiley . I don't know what to call the method I inserted it with. It's a lapped zipper, secured with a blind hem, but is fully tucked in the lining (which doesn't fold with the lap for more stability.)




Both sides are topstitched for ease of opening and closing. Smiley


Looking forward to more adventures in crafting!
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96  BBT Soft Kitty Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 17, 2013 11:50:40 AM
My partner in a swap was a Big Bang Theory fan so I decided to sketch out and stitch up this:




The pink and gray stripes are appliqud using this method, more or less. Since they're such small pieces I didn't cut out the backs. I really like the clean-edge finish and especially the no slipping while sewing! The eyes and mouth are painted on with a fabric pen.


The pockets, edges covered with bias tape. All the dark gray is bias tape; the waist is well interfaced for stability (and sewn over the doubled light gray.)  Smiley


The skirt is a fraction of a circle so I cut a facing for the hem (no gathering to fit! And it can be kinda deep! Yay!) Kitty's face is fully lined.



I haven't gotten into the show so apologies if I did anything horribly wrong with my apron interpretation of soft kitty- like, I don't know, if the lack of whiskers means it isn't soft kitty but evil kitty or something. I think I did okay, though!
C&C always welcome.  Smiley
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97  Re: IYP22 Crafting with the Glitz GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: January 29, 2013 03:58:25 PM
I received first and what amazing things they are! StickerChic87 sent me...


Gorgeous golden yellow mitts and scarf! I love this color! She said these are the 2nd and 3rd things she ever crocheted. I can't quite wrap my head around that fact. They're beautiful! And just as beautiful is ...


This. This lovely, lovely purse with a dresden plate flap! It's incredible, really. The shape is awesome. The gray and blue colors match two coats I wear all the time. The strap length is great. I love it! I also love...


The pouch and shrinky-dink postcard bracelet she sent! She even included a few extra postcards in case they were needed as replacements. The length is just right. The images are so clear and clean! The pouch is going to be so handy. It's just the right size to carry or store some necessary little items. And you know what else is just right?


These fat quarters, pizza server from her workplace and old foreign coins! I'm always picking up and using fat quarters, I've asked for her expertise on pizza a lot and I love old coins. She chose some great ones for me! Especially...


this one from the USSR! It's dated 1988, right before the fall! I find Soviet-era history very interesting- sad, but interesting and important.


Thank you so, so much for everything, Sticker! I love it all. You are the best!
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98  Re: Triple Versus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: January 19, 2013 08:11:51 PM
I still love the sunflower fabric! Texscrapper made me two lovely pillow cases with that fabric for another swap. They're super!


Today the envelopes in the mail box were unaccompanied by a package but the mail lady came back several hours later with my wonderful hoopla from johnson.mom2two! Check it out:


A beautiful, embroidered and colored pumpkin patch with the Russian word for "Pumpkin" (pronounced tikva) arched over it! I love pumpkins and languages. Johnson.mom2two said she'd been wanting to something for me with those for a long time. It was completely worth the wait.
Thank you so much, johnson.mom2two!
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99  Snow Angel in Needlework: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 01, 2013 02:34:34 PM
Happy New Year!

For a swap I made a snow angel hoop inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.


blurry full view


close up


close close up (Why does my camera like close ups so much? No other setting seems to work as well as often.)


sideways


a fairly rare blurry close up of the boot tassel french knots


the back, finished with felt


just because I like photo collages

I used crayon tinting to color the picture then added the accents and outlining. The "snow" is felt. I made a similar one for a previous swap...



...and the more recent one went a lot smoother! I'm learning! That's always good. On that note, I always appreciate c&c.
Thank's for looking!
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100  Re: OTT Winter Holiday Edition 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 27, 2012 12:11:54 PM
Oh, that little snowman army is cute and the shadowbox is lovely! So is the cardinal!

I received from arwenjade before Christmas. Lookee what she sent:

A girl at one of my favorite wintry indoor activities: Reading! And what might she be reading?


A Christmas Carol! One of my all-time favorite books.
I love the looks of the pictures arwenjade chose. I collected clip art like this in high school. The holly is a perfect touch (one of my top Christmas items). I love the whole thing!
Thank you, arwenjade!
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