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31  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!
32  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!

33  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.

34  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dusk in the Forest on: October 04, 2010 07:28:24 PM
Its not great but I was watching Bob Ross and I thought Id give trees a try with acrylics (even though I realize Bob was painting with oils).

Made with acrylic paint on heavy duty watercolor paper and a very large fan brush to get the right texture for the pine trees.

35  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / road runner and wile e coyote mural on: October 04, 2010 06:41:58 PM
This is a mural I finally finished for my dads cabinet that he asked me to do months ago but I just haven't managed to finish until now. Hope you enjoy!

Acrylic paint over plexiglass cabinet doors
36  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of Hearts Skirt on: October 04, 2010 06:20:35 PM
Queen of Hearts Skirt:

So I am making another of my little cousins a Queen of Hearts costume for Halloween and this is the skirt for the costume. It was pretty simple to make. I just took 4 large red satin panels that have a beautiful raised swirl pattern and alternated them with four black cotton panels that I zigzag stitched on red hearts. Then I hemmed the skirt and put in a draw string waist to make it adjustable and give it some shape.

Its a simple costume that can be paired with a red or black shirt and I might make a little Bolero to go with it in the future if I have time before Halloween.

37  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Yue inspired Kids Costume on: October 04, 2010 04:29:06 PM
Princess Yue inspired Kids Costume

I am currently working on making myself a Princess Yue inspired double breasted coat (again the key word is inspired). And I had enough fabric left over after cutting out my coat to make a childs Princess Yue costume as a kind of practice run with this fabric because Ive never used Quilters flannel suede fabric before or heard of it for that matter.

This is my kids sized Princess Yue inspired Halloween costume. It 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 costume 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.

For the pattern I cheated and took my younger cousins dress and used that to ballpark the size and shape of the costume. This is my practice piece and all in all the dress took about 3 days to make and I am so happy with how the Koi fish on the back turned out (as is my little cousin who is dying to wear it for Halloween). Now I just have to finish mine in time.
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lonestar Eagle Quilts with Pattern on: October 04, 2010 02:20:12 PM
Lonestar Eagle Quilts with Pattern

This quilt design was taught to me by my grandmother and we worked on this quilt together over a period of three years because it kept having to be put on hold when I had to go back to grad school. But it is finally finished and I gave it to my brother as his Christmas present last year.

This is my quilt top but I still haven't managed to get around to actually putting the front together with the back and the batting (laziness). Sadly the edges puckered allot more than my brothers quilt that I made but since this one is mine I guess I can live with it if I ever bother to finish it.

The quilt is based off of a standard Lonestar quilt pattern with varying color placements to form the eagles. The pattern was drafted by my grandmother. She saw a picture of a similar quilt in a magazine at the hospital the day we found out my grandfather was dying and this pattern has had allot of significance to us ever since. My grandmother spent allot of time figuring out the pattern pieces afterwards and I then made her sketch into a computer diagram which is available below so that anyone else who is interested in this beautiful quilt pattern doesnt have to go through all the trouble trying to figure out the placement of colors.

I have a nice PDF of the quilt pattern so if you are interested its available on Deviant art at the link listed below


Hope you enjoy!
39  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Katara Halloween Costume on: October 04, 2010 04:28:36 AM
Katara WaterTribe Costume

So my little cousin wanted to be Katara from Avatar the Last Airbender for Halloween and this is the result.

The costume was surprisingly easy to make. I dont have any childrens patterns so I cheated and took a dress of my cousins that was the right size and a hoodie and simply drafted the shape and size by eye based on the clothes I had. The costume is a size 7/8 and takes about 2 yards of fabric and allot of faux fur which sheds as bad as my dog.

The hardest part I had was figuring out how to get her in and out of it because cartoon artists never think about where zippers go so I cheated and made it baggy enough that she can pull it over like a nightgown and then the fur belt at the waist is separate and velcros closed to cinch in the waist.

Because the costume wouldnt be complete without Kataras bethrothal necklace I had to make one of those as well.

To make the necklace my little brother even helped by take a circular drill bit and drilling out a wooden disc for me from some scrap wood we had around the house. Then I drilled a whole through it and painted the disc to match the cartoon. The cartoon has the pendant on a piece of blue ribbon but all the ones Ive seen online show the pendant pulling on the ribbon so I decided to take a piece of long blue cotton and I interfaced it and used that to make the choker so that the weight of the pendant didnt pull on the fabric.

Hope you enjoy!
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