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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first handmade clutch/wallet (pic heavy) on: March 22, 2011 10:17:39 AM
Well, I got my first sewing machine and after some practing on some scrap fabric I bought on clearance.  Shocked

I thought a small clutch/wallet would be perfet.  Wink

The hardest part, was to line up the graphics -because it wasn't a pattern fabric.

It was a little lop-sided and the top flap kept flopping up.  Embarrassed

I liked how the inside came out.  Grin

So I thought I'd cover my mistakes with lace and make the ribbon for the button interesting. Which I ended up not liking at all.  Cry
But my step-daughter loved it, so I gave it to her.
So it was a win-win, I got some experience on my new machine and she got a new handy school clutch/wallet.

Any thoughts/advice/likes?  Huh ~Thanks in advance and taking a look.  Cheesy
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine, CP6500 on: March 15, 2011 10:22:30 AM
Hi my fellow Craftsters...
I just set up my sewing machine and table last night.

I did my very first sewing and first clogs that I cleaned and un-cloged my self.
But I didn't really understand the digital stitch selecter. This is my question: 

It has 60 stitches to pick from, and then you can adjust I guess length/width? I am not sure if I have that right..... ~Thanks in advance Smiley
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Second Purple Scarf w/my first pattern! on: March 08, 2011 01:24:11 PM
Yes, this my second purple scarf. But with some pratice!
(I used "Dark Orchid" yarn.)

I used my own pattern:
A Starter chain(o) of 20 + 2
Second row single crochet stitch(o), chain 1 and turn
Third row is crossed crochet stitch(X) with double crochet stitches, chain 1 and turn
Fourth row of single row crochet stitches(o), chain 3 and turn
Fifth row of stitch a row crossed stitch(X), chain 1 and turn
Sixth row of single row crochet stitches(o), chain 3 and turn
seventh row stitch a row of crossed stitches(X), chain 1 and turn
Eighth row of single crochet stitches, chain 3 and turn
Ninth row of treble crochet stitches( 8 ), chain 1 and turn
Tenth row of single crochet stitches(o), chain 3 and turn

Repeat from the Third row and keep repeating until the desired length.
(The last row should be with a single crochet row on top of an other row of single crochet stitches.)

Tassels were made with three strings of yarn, and the 2 corner tassels were made with four stings of yarn.

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24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cover for ripped foot rest. on: February 28, 2011 12:52:43 PM
I wasn't in a rush to post this project up, but since this chair is going to the curb. (Since the arrival of his brand new chair.) I thought I'd take a pic to show the work I did.

It's my sweetie's "man chair" from the basement. This Lazy-e-boy chair had a rip on the foot rest part. So I whipped up a simple crochet scarf, and sewed it to the foot rest.

I used a very thick yarn and he picked out the color for me to use.

25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Chocolate Box or ??? on: February 19, 2011 07:23:59 PM
I got this box from work. It is so cute and has nice folded hinge. I couldn't just throw it away.
I'd like to make it something that could be used again, without runing the frail fold in the hinge part.

Any ideas? ~Thanks in advance  Cheesy

26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Shopping around for a first ever, compact sewing machine - advice? on: February 16, 2011 12:43:46 PM
Hi All!
I've never used an actual sewing machine. (Except for a toy one, a few years back -it couldn't handle anything -it was very cheap).
So I am looking for:
  • a good first machine
  • small/compact
  • easy to use
  • not to expensive

Here are a few I found, I would appreciate any input and referrals to other machines.
~Thanks in advance! ♣___♣




27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini Bags/Purses on: February 14, 2011 09:46:53 AM
This is one in many series of crochet stitches I am learning. This one is the crumpled stitch. (There are a few double crochet stitches and one treble row for the front flap to fold over easier.)
I made a mini bag or make-up bag for inside your purse. OR when you don't want to carry a purse just put your id, money and chapstick in.

The button I used is clear.  Cheesy

This one was made with a Crunchy Dots pattern and a few single, double crochet stitches and one treble for the last row, boardered with single crochet stitches

28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Kinda not Romantic but, more funny -Fortune Cookies on: February 13, 2011 09:52:51 AM
We are huge fans for the Simpsons tv show. But he doesn't like real fortune cookies.
So I merged handicrafts and simpsons in this Valentine's Day themed gift.

I used the Martha Stewart fortune cookie pattern.

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf with OSU/Buckeye team spirit on: February 13, 2011 09:09:41 AM
I finished this scarf a while ago. Last night I just added the second buckeye to this scarf. They didn't turn out the way I wanted.
This is a birthday gift for my sis who is a huge OSU/Buckeye fan. But I hope she'll like it.

I used a crossed stitch with single crochet every other row, in between the crossed stitched rows.

Update 2/23: I gave it to my sis last night, she loved it.  Grin

30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / 52 Reasons Why I Love You! - Lots more pics! on: February 11, 2011 10:08:04 AM
Yes, I was inspired from my fellow Craftster on this Valentine's Day gift idea.
So, my thanks to you guys!!!

I did change it up a bit, I didn't want to alert him why is red card deck was missing. So I used an older blue card deck. Which I think works just as good  Shocked
Instead of using rings to connect the cards, I braided white white ribbons, and tied it around the whole card deck. Which helped it from sticking out accordion style.

Then I recycled a once used gift bag, and used the card box as a decoration to cover the old decal on the bag. Then rapped the cards up in tissue paper.

UPDATE: When he finally sat down and looked at every page, he was about the cry. He said it was the sweetest, thing that was ever made for him. I am so happy he love it!

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