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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Matchbook Sewing Kit (with pattern) on: May 23, 2012 04:30:06 PM
This is fantastic. Beautiful and ingenious!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt quilt in progress on: March 30, 2012 12:40:52 PM
The backing is navy blue extra-wide cotton from Joann Fabrics. They sell the 90" kind, which saved me from having a seam on the back.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Revvin' up your engine, listen to her howlin' roar on: February 29, 2012 08:43:18 AM
Very cool. I have some airplane earrings that I love, but they were store-bought. So cool that you made some!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Boot Cuffs on: January 22, 2012 07:17:08 AM
Those are great! If you want really warm boots, you could add the cuffs to the top of boot socks. You can make easy ones out of fleece that will keep your feet super toasty  Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial for bow tie headbands on: January 21, 2012 12:17:39 PM
By request, here is a step-by-step tutorial for making bow headbands from repurposed men's ties.



So, go ahead and raid your local thrift store, Goodwill, or even someone's closet. To save you multiple trips, I'll go ahead and warn you that, once you try these and see how easy they are, you'll want one to match every outfit. So, make sure to get extras Smiley

1: Choose a tie with a pattern that you like.


2: Cut the point off at the widest end so that you get a straight edge. Measure about 32 cm (once you make one, play around with the size. Go really big or make some cute, smaller bows). and cut again.


3: Depending on the tie, you may have to iron the end where you cut the point off. Some really wide ties will require this. On ties with less variation, the width difference will just get covered up.


If you need to make an adjustment, just gently refold the width of the wide end of the tie and iron.


4: Right sides together, fold the tie piece in half and sew raw edges together. I used the presser foot edge as seam allowance. (Again, if they don't match up perfectly, it's no big deal. If they are still too different, go back and make adjustments in Step 3 again.)


5: Trim seam allowance. I found that some of the ties raveled a little, so use a bit of Fray Check if you have this problem. Flip right sides out so your fabric will be a loop. The main portion of you bow is finished! (That was quick!)


6: From the leftover piece of your tie, cut a section from the wide end about 8 cm. This will become the middle of your bow.


Seam rip at the back seam, and remove stabilizer.


7: Fold length-wise, sew and flip (Without a good tube-turner, I like to use the safety method).


8: Flatten so the seam is in the center on the back side. You may need to iron (although I am bad about skipping pressing things since my ironing board has to be stowed and set up in the dorm). With the back of this middle piece facing out, wrap around the main section pinched into bow shape.


9: Sew middle piece close to the bow. It helps to have the needle aligned to the left.


10: Trim seam allowance. I definitely added Fray Check here since this seam can be subjected to some stress when flipping in the next part.
Flip the middle so the side without the back seam faces out. (I like to do this as it looks nicer. If you have trouble or don't want to bother, this step can be omitted. Just sew the same way with the seamless side already facing out. You will end up with a visible seam on the back of your headband, but this will be covered when worn.)


Your bow is complete! Slip a thin headband through the middle loop on the back side of your bow, add a dab of hot glue between headband and fabric, and you're finished!
Alternately, there are a lot of projects these bows can be used for. Shoe clips, clothing embellishments, on hair elastics, etc. Be creative!



If you make one, share your pics!

This tutorial and more at http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/bow-tie-headband-tutorial.html
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Golf skirt from 90s shorts on: January 18, 2012 07:58:14 PM
It is extremely difficult to find cute, flattering golf clothes for teenage/young adult women. When my mom was cleaning out her closet recently, she found these shorts from a couple decades ago and thought I would like the pattern. It's actually little golf greens on bright pink!
With the high waist, knee length and pleats, they weren't exactly something I would wear as is, but with a little bit of reconstructing, these shorts



became this skirt!



A close-up of the pattern



For this article and more crafty ideas, http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/shooting-in-90s.html
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: London Underground/Tube Map Quilt on: January 17, 2012 11:42:11 AM
Love the idea! The London Tube is just so unique that there are so many things to do with the design. A friend of mine has London "Tube" socks  Cheesy
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a marvelous time for a moon dance -- My Wedding Quilt on: January 17, 2012 11:39:36 AM
I'm so impressed that you had the time (and sanity) to complete a quilt while planning a wedding, too! It's beautiful!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Bow Tie" headbands on: January 16, 2012 08:07:45 AM
Over the weekend, I saw a New Years themed advertisement that caught my eye. It wasnt the confetti that caught my eye, but the beautiful headband the girl was wearing. It was a giant bow made of tie silk perched on the side of her head.

I love the patterns and shine of tie silk and found some fantastic $1 neckties at Goodwill. The bows were really easy to make, and just had to be hot glued to some headbands I already had lying around.









More about this project and other great DIY ideas at http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/bow-tie-headbands.html
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: T-shirt quilt in progress on: January 03, 2012 10:33:21 AM
It'll end up about twin size. I used 20 shirts and cut 14 1/2" squares - which fit all of the shirt designs perfectly!
I'd love to see yours when you get around to it!
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