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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Our hippy baby tie dyes on: March 10, 2007 04:04:51 AM
So a ton of my friends are having kids and I love tie dye.  I made a bunch of onesies for the gifts and then used the extra dye to jazz up a few of my little guys cloth diapers.

 

 

I think they turned out great!! I just used the Dharma Trading Company kit from JoAnn's and it seems to be staying really well, even after lots of washing...and the occasional poop stain (sorry).
OH...and this one I tried to do the hot glue gun batik thing and it totally didn't work out. Well, I guess it kind of looks like it on the sleeves. I think it still turned out cool, but it wasn't what I thought it would be...maybe I did it wrong. See it closer at my flickr page http://flickr.com/photos/81538549@N00/380772651/in/photostream
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rag Quilt with a twist on: March 09, 2007 07:50:38 PM
I've made a few rag quilts for friends and I've always put batting squares in between the two flannel pieces but this time I used fleece on one side and flannel on the other.  It made for a really cool blanket. Nice and cozy... and I could use some different textures for the baby to explore!


Here's another view ...a long with the super cool tie dye onesies I made the little lady.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Our hippy baby tie dyes on: March 09, 2007 07:44:50 PM
So a ton of my friends are having kids and I love tie dye.  I made a bunch of onesies for the gifts and then used the extra dye to jazz up a few of my little guys cloth diapers.


 

I think they turned out great!! I just used the Dharma Trading Company kit from JoAnn's and it seems to be staying really well, even after lots of washing...and the occasional poop stain (sorry).
OH...and this one I tried to do the hot glue gun batik thing and it totally didn't work out. Well, I guess it kind of looks like it on the sleeves. I think it still turned out cool, but it wasn't what I thought it would be...maybe I did it wrong. See it closer at my flickr page http://flickr.com/photos/81538549@N00/380772651/in/photostream
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / River Rock Floor Mat **WITH TUTORIAL and added suggestions** on: May 29, 2005 08:43:31 AM
I saw this somewhere else and figured that I could recreate it!!


So Hubby and I went for a little trip to 'the Depot' to collect our supplies.
* 1 roll of that rubbery shelf liner stuff in a neutral color(about $3-$4).
* 1-2 bags of river rocks from the garden center (the 1 to 3 inch variety was about $3 a bag)
* 1 tube of Landscaper's adhesive - I bet you could use silicone, but hubby was with and he's all about making things STRONG. (about $3)
* 1 can of polyurethane

First, I poured out all the rock on the back patio and rinsed them off and let them dry for a day.

Second, I took a roll of that rubber shelf liner stuff and cut it to the size that I wanted.

Third, I started scavenging through all the rocks to find ones that fit together in a cool pattern. It took a while, but I got them all situated. We bought two bags just so that we could find all the 'perfect' rocks.

Fourth, I laid down wax paper underneath the mat, WHICH I DO NOT SUGGEST DOING!, so that the adhesive wouldn't stick to the floor. NEXT TIME, I would use something more durable or easily tearable, not sure what at this point. EDIT: Someone here suggested using polyurethane plastic sheeting, the cheap drop cloth kinds because nothing sticks to that!!

Fifth, I started glueing the rocks down to the mat using the adhesive in a caulk gun. I ended up changing my design a little just because I couldn't keep it all in order as I transfered the rocks from the floor to the mat. EDIT: Also someone suggested using outdoor silicone because the landscape adhesive is really meant to stick rocks together, not really for rocks to plastic. I can say that it's been a while since I originally posted this and about 4 rocks have fallen off my mat, but it's also been moved in and out many times because of the hurricanes and moving to a new house.

Sixth, I waited for two days before I started messing with it. I cut the waxed paper off the back and it was a real pain.  I had to cut around ever dot of adhesive because I couldn't peel the paper off the adhesive. BUT...live and learn right?! Like I mentioned earlier...use the plastic sheeting to avoid this head ache.

Seventh, I trimmed the extra rubber backing off the edges so that it looked cleaner.

Eight...to be completed... I am planning on putting glossy polyurethane on the top to seal it too!

Hope you like it.  Comments appreciated!!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Capri Sun Clutch ** NOW WITH TUTORIAL** on: May 22, 2005 06:47:39 PM
So I had my 4th graders save me all their Capri Sun pouches for the last week or so just so that I could make a few fun items.  Here's the results!!



It could be a deluxe checkbook cover or a clutch!!

I gave them both to one of my young friends, who is loving them now!  She's ready to strut her stuff at middle school tomorrow! Can't wait to make more...one for me this time maybe.
***NOW WITH CLUTCH TUTORIAL******UPDATE **** So sorry all the tutorial pics were hosted at another server and now they are all missing! DANG IT...that was a good picture tutorial and now it's gone.  WELL, here's the tutorial in just words at least ***********
HOW TO MAKE IT!!
Find 6 Capri Sun Pouches and 1 Kool-Aid Jammers pouch(the ones with the clear backs- for the ID holder)
Wash them all out by cutting a slit in the bottom of each and rinsing them with hot water.  Let them dry for a day or so.  Also, you can use something like goo-gone and an old credit card to scrape off the glue that holds the straw on.

Put four of the pouches together in a square and zigzag stitch them together. ALWAYS BACKSTITCH ON EVERY SEAM!!

Fold down the top edge about 3 inches to make the pocket for dollar bills or a check book. Then fold the whole thing in half to make a crease line for the center.

Cut one of the other pouches up to make a 2 inch strip that will become the velcro tab. Fold that strip in half and sew along all edges and sew hook part of velcro to one end.  Position it on the clutch with scotch tape were you think it would look best. Sew the tab on and then sew the fuzzy part of the velcro to the clutch.

Refold the dollar pouch down.

Take another juice pouch and cut it to be the two card slots.  I cut mine about 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top so one part is bigger than the other. Then cut the Jammer pouch to be the same size as your biggest section of the Capri Sun pouch.  *BE sure that you cut the Jammers pouch so that you use the straw end of the pouch to be the bottom of your ID pocket. Sew across the tops of the two Capri Sun sections. Lay all three sections out and scotch tape them down to make them stay while you stitch.

Stitch around the three outer edges of the clutch, excluding the side with the tab sewn on.  Stitch down the middle of the pocket section. I stitch all the way to the middle so it looks better. When you're all done peel off all the tape.

AND TA DA!! You have a new Capri Sun Clutch to enjoy!!

Good Luck!! Email or PM me if you have any questions! Post your finished clutches here too so we can see all the different kinds of pouches!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My mom is stylin' now! on: May 10, 2005 04:31:45 AM
So she usually has those boring black purses that you can buy anywere.  She mentioned she needs a new purse and I jumped on that!! I had to remember she's an earthy Midwestern Mom/Grandma so not too wild.  Here it is!
http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/mompurse0.jpg
She got it yesterday in the mail (I'm in FL, she's in WI) and she absolutely adores it.  She loves all the organization!! I put lined pockets on the outside. I was inspired by LadyLemmon's Cherry Blossom baghttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32021.0;topicseen and numerous hobo and bamboo handle bags.  Just made the pattern myself from all the inspiration here on Craftster!!! I also added a easy pocket on the inside with a special pen/pencil slot and a ring to clip keys on.
http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/mompurse1.jpg
I did have a little trouble sewing the lining to the outer because it ended up being a little short, oops!!  I folded outside fabric in and tried to make the top stitching look nice. It's a little wrinkly, but it's on the inside so I hope it's disquised! OH, well, she loves it and that's what matters.

Funny too, I've already had another family member, from up there, ask me to make her one!!

What do ya'all think? Comments are always welcome.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Does it look too much like a Diaper bag? on: April 24, 2005 11:17:03 AM
So I started wanting to make a skipping bag, then it converted into a Jordy because I can't seem to sew a square insert bottom.  AND then I almost sewed the handle on to be a hobo bag.  Well, here's the finishes product.  Sketched a pattern in the beginning but, kind of just made it up as I went.

 Undecided DOES IT LOOK TOO MUCH LIKE A DIAPER BAG?  Please be honest! I loved the polka dots and the green was what I had to match. I don't want to look like I'm toteing bottles and dipes inside! Also, I need to put a closure at the top so it sits nicely!  Any suggestions?! I don't really want to use velcro.

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/greenbag2.jpg

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/greenbag3.jpg
A few pockets for all the junk. Actually it could be reversible!

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/greenbag1.jpg
The outer piece is attached at the top and bottom only, making for another huge pocket on the outside for things like the ever present sunglasses here in Florida.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / They just love DORA on: February 26, 2005 06:34:41 AM
I found some Dora fabric at JoAnn's Clearance rack for $1.95 a yard and I couldn't resist!!  I know my three year old twin nieces will love these for all their treasures!
http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/dorabags2.jpg

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/dorabag1.jpg

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/dorabags4.jpg

http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/dorabags3.jpg

Nothing super fancy, but I thought they sure would look cute with these on their backs!! Thought I'd get a little creative with some left over flannel on the front instead of a plain fabric front too!

Comments, anyone?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / One Hip Kitty on: February 26, 2005 06:16:36 AM
So we got our cat one of those cheap-o nylon collars at Wally World and within a week she had scratched to He**!!  I chopped it up and now she's our Hipster Cat!!
Here's my before and after...
http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/collar1.jpg
A Nylon Mess that is so not sylish
http://www.objectibus.com/Beth/collar2.jpg
One stylin' diva with a kickin' batik collar!

*Sorry she's too shy to model!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Men's Peasant Shirt on: February 06, 2005 02:48:16 PM
Can you help me out...it might be a long shot.  We just got done watching 'Serpico' (a really young Al Pacino) and my husband has asked me to make him one of those shirts.

What he's talking about is what Al Pacino wears in the movie.  A peasant like shirt for men made with lighter fabric, maybe linen, no collar, not to be tucked in, with slits at the sides, V-neck. Pretty simple looking, but I'm not quite sure how to make it. I haven't made any shirts yet.

Any suggestions, patterns, point me in the right direction please!

A BIG thanks!
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