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31  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Kitty Pryde Painting on: January 03, 2011 09:58:48 AM
My boyfriend is about to turn 29 and I needed a birthday present that reflected his style so I decided to paint his favorite comic book character Kitty Pryde.

Final Piece:

The painting took about 15 hours to complete and is made with acrylic paint on canvas

Progress Shots:
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crayon Art Bag on: December 23, 2010 03:46:45 AM
My boyfriends niece is a huge toy story fan and I had fabric left over and I needed an idea of what to make a little girl who is not very girly and thankfully like most kids she loves to color so I made her a crayon art bag. I found a great tutorial at:

I made a few minor adjustments but the pattern is really simple and the tutorial is great!




Thanks for looking!

33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Children's Fleece scarves on: December 22, 2010 04:04:21 AM
I needed Christmas presents for some of my cousins and my boyfriends niece so I made each of them a fleece scarf with their favorite characters. The scarves took only a 1/4 of a yard of each fabric that was then sewn together and then I cut the fringe at the end. The print is cotton and the back is fleece for extra warmth this time of year. Thanks go to my mom and my little brother who reluctantly modeled these for me  Grin

Scooby Doo Scarf:

Toy Story Scarf:

Transformers Scarf:

Thanks for looking!
34  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Childrens Fleece Kitty Ear Hats on: December 20, 2010 07:03:21 PM
Childrens Fleece Kitty Ear Hats

The hats are Christmas presents for two of my littlest cousins (2 + 3 year olds) who I am meeting for the first time this Christmas so I needed a cute present that would also be something they would be able to use. And seeing as how its been about 0 degrees outside who doesnt need a fleece hat this time of year.

The pattern is improvised based on examples Ive seen on the web and as for head size I was luckily able to get some average measurements based on their ages thanks to Google so hopefully they fit. The outside is a lovely patterned cotton and the inside lining is fleece.

Hat # 1:

Hat # 2:

Thanks for looking and now I really hope they fit and that the girls love them!
35  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Yue Inspired WaterTribe Jacket (Pic Heavy): on: November 01, 2010 03:31:40 PM

I made the coat from the Simplicity 2508 Inspired by Project Runway pattern. Its actually a nice pattern because it was really simple to construct and there were allot of options to tailor the coat to your personal preference.

The jacket is hand painted on the back with the koi fish (the moon and the ocean spirits) circling each other to reference the Sacred Spring where Yue was given the gift of life. The jacket is also trimmed with some faux fur and pieces of silk brocade that was upcycled from a jacket that I found a few years back.

The coat is made out of quilters flannel suede and lined with cotton and insulated with quilt batting which makes it super warm, but winters here are often in the negative numbers so that is definitely a good thing. The buttons were a nice find online for all of 99, wahoo!


Front Brocade Detail:

I was inspired to make this after seeing this beautiful costume: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/262140/
But I didnt want something that I could only wear for Halloween or for a cosplay event so I decided to make a modern take on a WaterTribe jacket with Princess Yue and that costume in mind.

I was going to cut the front in a circle that was shorter than the back but I dont wear skirts and I thought that it would just look strange with a pair of pants so I decided to stick with an even long hem.
My Original Sketches:


The coat took about a month to make, but I also worked on allot of other projects during that time period so with that and work I could have finished it allot sooner.

Even though its ridiculously heavy I still love this coat and I am so happy that its done and it was so much fun for Halloween.

Princess Yue Bethrothal Necklace:

For the bethrothal necklace I found this beautiful button at a local craft store and it reminded me of the pendant on Yues necklace so I sewed it onto a heavily interfaced chocker made out of my coat material. I needed to interface the fabric because its a metal button and somewhat heavy so I didnt want it to pull on the fabric. I then used snaps that I fastened to the ends to open and close it.

Bethrothal necklace:

*Thanks to my bestest friend and fellow craftster Graverobbergirl who had to put up with me bugging her for fabric and faux fur opinions for the last month or so.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Scoodie on: October 31, 2010 10:17:41 AM
I have been dying to make a scoodie for a while now and since winter is just around the corner I thought this was the perfect time.

I used the rest of the fabric from my Halloween costume/Winter coat and hand painted some Steampunk gears and motif onto the hood.

The back is a little large, well a lot large, but I wanted a hoodie I could wear even if my hair was in a pony tail. I hate when hoodies are too small to fit my ponytail so I went a little overboard.

The faux fur lining is so soft and comfy. The blue fabric of the exterior is a beautiful quilters suede that I really want more of now (sadly its all gone).

To make the scoodie I used the instructions provided at the link below and then I made some alterations to work with my design. Thanks to the author for sharing her instructions.
37  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Scooby Doo Costume on: October 11, 2010 12:08:51 PM
Scooby Doo Halloween Costume

So another of my little cousins needed a Halloween costume (I have many cousins considering each of my parents are one of 8 children nearly all of whom have had children on their own). She is a huge Scooby Doo fan so it was the natural choice for her costume. It is made of microsuede and the spots are made with fleece that was zigzagged on.

I had a lot of trouble getting the Scooby Head to sit on the hood of this correctly and as for a pattern is was another of my favorites, the improvised pattern (AKA: I winged it). The Body is a simple dress with a zipper in the front and a hoodie.

For Scoobys head I had an old Scooby Doo stuffed animal that was my dogs and it was ready for the garbage bin so I pulled apart his head and used the pieces as a pattern to make a new head for the costume. Frankly it was a huge pain in the you know what and if I ever made another Scooby Costume I think I would skip the head and just sew some ear onto the hoodie and call it good enough.

I was happy with the costume overall though and so was my little cousin who keeps wanting to wear it around the house.
38  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Cooking Mama Apron (Picture Heavy) on: October 06, 2010 07:50:07 PM
I am a huge fan of Cooking Mama so I insanely decided to sew together hundreds of 1 inch by 1 inch squares to enter in the challenge. While it came out really cute it was an insane amount of little squares.

I started out by drawing Mamas face and then I placed a grid over it and began adjusting her facial dimensions to give her a pixilated look.

She has a total of 900 squares (if my math is correct) cut out with a rotary cutter and cutting board.

Then I began laying out the rows or squares and sewing them together. After many many hours the top of the apron was finally done.

Then I improvised an apron pattern (AKA: I winged it). I added a pocket to the bottom and painted on Mamas favorite phrase Dont worry - Mama will fix it.

I love how it turned out even though its far from perfect. Hope you enjoy!

P.S. A special thanks to my best friend Aimee for listening to me complain about the never ending number of squares that had to be sewn together to make the top!
39  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Snuggy 2.0 on: October 05, 2010 04:04:26 AM
So my little cousin is madly in love with the snuggy and wanted one for Christmas but my Aunt said she was not paying that price for a blanket with arms, especially since it has no back.

So I made her Snuggy 2.0

It is basically a long shirt dress made out of fleece. To make it I simply took a baggy shirt of hers and then added a few inches to each side, Ive learned that due to its bulk fleece seems to shrink on me once Ive sewn it so definitely add at least 3 inches to each side to give it enough room to be baggy and add to the snuggle factor. I cut and sewed it just like a shirt and then I added some cute buttons in the front as decoration (it velcros closed). Its a snuggy with a back and its really simple to make!

40  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Starburst Quilt on: October 05, 2010 03:17:48 AM
This quilt was made as a gift for my best friend from High school as her college graduation gift. Is it obvious her favorite color is orange?

Made from a standard Lonestar quilt pattern that I then played around with in Paint to get the color placements that I like.

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