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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Laptop Sleeve on: June 29, 2011 04:44:18 AM
I've been wanting to do one of these for ages and since my laptop while a normal size on it's own, with the extended life battery fits in *nothing* I decided to go ahead and use this http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/05/elizabeths-fabric-focus-5/ tutorial to make my own sleeve ... I had all the supplies already (hooray for my supply hoarding) so cost = $0.  Aside from a measurement error which forced me to seam rip half of the flap after it was already completed (but before attaching it) I think beginning to end it took about 2-3 hours (my measuring mistake easily took an extra hour so I am not counting it).  My machine definitely protested in sewing through the final layers but did it without jamming or anything with a little coercion.  I didn't use the fusible fleece as the tutorial suggested though it would have been nice.  Normal fleece worked fine too.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maternity Shirts from Men's shirts on: June 27, 2011 06:38:34 AM
First attempt at reconstructing clothing ... Took 2 men's shirts ($5 each at goodwill) and some supplies ($5 for each, I couldn't believe how low I was on thread and bias tape!!) and I have 2 maternity shirts.  Learned a lot.  I think next time with the complete reconstruct (ie the blue one), I will actually dis-assemble a maternity shirt I am not in love with to use as a pattern instead of guessing.  The green one was from this tutorial http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/maternity-patterns.html turned out great with some mods for my bust line and some mistakes in the initial mods of the sleeves...  Not 100% impressed with the results, but definitely a good first showing ....  (they look cuter in the picture than they do on...)

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cowgirl Crib Set for my BFF! on: March 07, 2011 09:05:42 PM
After about 25 hours of sewing (I'm not as fast as some of you out there) I finally finished the crib set for my bff.  The fabric is Ponies by Michael Miller and is a discontinued fabric so I had to hunt it down on ebay 3 times to get enough *and I ended up with too much at the end**.

I am pleased with how it turned out.  I used patterns from sew4home and this http://bundlesoflove.org/CribSheetsPattern

Somethings I learned from this project:
  • I prefer to work with measurement type patterns than the old fashioned paper kind.
  • I can break 4 needles during the course of a crib set project (2nd time making, broke 3+ needles each time)
  • I thought leaving a space at the bottom of the bumper instead of the side was easier and neater to close up by hand.
  • I always need a "warmup" project to get back into the sewing thing if it's been a while.  Luckily I had one this time or I would have been in trouble
  • I will not make ties from fabric again... ever...
  • Half sewn bumpers left on the floor means it's fair game for doggy beds.

Three sided crib skirt (when I was conserving the cowgirl fabric I made the executive decision to only make a 3 sided skirt)

Bumper Detail

All the bumpers

three crib sheets

2 Valences...

Picture of Crib set in Baby's room!!

4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Button Spider on: December 26, 2010 09:26:12 PM
Had a ton of black buttons screaming to be used, so I created this black spider on orange plastic canvas as a birthday gift for my step-father (they are super Halloween nuts!)

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Monogram Post-It Notes on: December 26, 2010 09:24:16 PM
Copied an idea from another crafter (MIL bought a sample earlier in the fall) and made monogrammed post-it notes for my coworkers.  Ended up needing over 25 but found the post-its for $.50 per pad at the store and the rest of the supplies I already had so it was a win-win.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Why I Tri on: December 26, 2010 09:21:05 PM
The first of what I think will be 2 Triathlon layouts commemorating my first triathlon season *ever* this year.  I am just getting back into scrapping so the layouts are straight lifts out of old scrapbook magazines I saved from about 5 years ago.  Regardless I think it turned out OK.

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