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1201  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a bunch of t-shirt recons. Picture heavy on: April 16, 2011 04:20:16 AM
I know this is an old thread but I just happened upon it. Omg I love these! I've recently been trying to figure out ways to give new life to my favorite band t's that I've either grown out of or have shrunk in the dryer.
I love the idea of putting a collar and buttons on a t-shirt, that looks amazing and I bet it fits better than a regular button up too, I always have a problem of button ups puckering in the front and showing more than most ppl want to see, but the stretch of the t shirt would probably fix that.
I also love the one with the side and bottom panels, it looks so cute. I just did that to one of my shirts and I wasn't sure if I liked it or not (the comments from my mom that I must be getting too fat if i'm putting expansion panels in my clothes was the main source of my doubt) but now that I see how awsome yours looks I'm going to be wearing my shirt like that a lot more.
Great work!
1202  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Massage Cloth Tutorial on: April 16, 2011 12:38:11 AM
Ok this is my first tutorial so please be kind.

Im a massage therapist and I found this board http://www.bodyworkonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=16315 but the instructions on it werent very detailed so I decided to make my own tutorial for anyone that wants to make their own massage cloth.

Theres a product called Magic Massager  http://www.magicmassager.net/ins.asp and what it is, is a slippery piece of cloth so you can more easily massage over clothing. If youre a massage therapist and youve ever given a chair massage you know how annoying it is to work with no oil, over clothing. Theres friction and pulling and clothing bunches up. With the massage cloth you have a slick piece of fabric between your hands and the clients clothing making the massage better for you and the client. It also works good if youre in a situation where you have to work around the draping. Like with preganacy massage, sometimes it is hard to undrape as much as you usually would, using this massage cloth makes it easier for you to work over the sheet, enabling you to give a better massage.
You dont need to be a massage therapist to get use out of this either, its great for just giving a quick back rub to a friend, and according to the Magic Massager website it works amazing for pet massage.
The only downside to this massage cloth is that it costs $20 http://www.massagewarehouse.com/products/magic-massager-15-x-15/ but the good news is that with a little simple cutting and sewing you can make one yourself for $2.50 and it takes under half an hour to make.

1.   Start out with one yard of polyester satin. It doesnt have to be high quality or anything. I used the costume satin from Wal*Mart that was $2.50 a yard. If youre going to be using your massage cloth in a setting where you have to look professional (like you do chair massage at a fancy office building or something) I  would stick to black or white, otherwise just pick a color you like. Lightly iron your fabric, it doesnt need to be perfectly smooth, just make sure you get out all the major creases so its easier to work with.


2.   Lay your fabric out on the floor or table (if you have one big enough). Make sure its laying so all the edges are straight, and then fold the side to meet the bottom, making a triangle with a little left over. Cut off the extra fabric and you will be left with a square. Dont worry about having to cut it perfect or use a rotary cutter or anything like that. This projects pretty forgiving, its not going to affect the end product much if youre edges are a little wonkey. If you started with a yard of 45 fabric you should have a square that is about 36x36.



3.   Fold the square in half either vertically or horizontally (NOT diagonally), and cut the fold so you are left with two rectangles that are 18x36.



4.   Fold each rectangle in half with the WRONG SIDES TOGETHER leaving the pretty shiney sides out. If you do any sewing this whole wrong sides together doesnt make sense but trust me it works for this. Each rectangle should now be a 18x18 square. Put a few pins in each side of the squares just to keep it folded evenly. Lay the squares out so that one square has the folded edge in the 6o clock position (at the bottom, closest edge to you), and the other square so that the folded edge is in the 3o clock position (the edge on your right).


5.   Lay the 3o clock square on top of the 6o clock square. You should now have one square that consists of four layers of fabric with a folded edge on the bottom (6o clock) and another folded edge on the right (3o clock). Pin all the way around. Dont worry if your edges dont line up perfectly. Unless you have some trick for working with satin, you probably wont have perfect edges cuz satin is slippery and moves a lot. And if you do have some trick to working with satin and battling its slipperyness, please let me know  Cheesy .  Instead of fretting about getting everything even and spending a ton of time trimming edges just use a larger seam allowance to ensure that all four layers get sewn through.


6.   Sew around all four edges, remembering to leave an opening for turning it out.


7.   Turn your square out. Make sure that when you reach into the hole to turn it out, you have two layers of fabric on each side. Does that make sense? So when you go to turn out the square, dont just reach under the first layer and start turning it out, make sure that you grab it from the middle of the four layers of fabric. Just use your finger to turn out the corners, they dont need to be crisp corners so you dont need to use a chopstick or anything like that.


8.   Sew closed the opening, either by hand or machine, whichever you prefer. DO NOT TOP STITCH AROUND THE ENTIRE THING!!! If you do that the fabric wont slide right when you use it. Just sew enough to close the opening.


9.   All done! Mine turned out to be about 16.5x16.5. I think its a good for most massage situations. But Im still probably going to make a bigger one using a yard and a half of fabric which would start me off with a 45 square and should give me a finished cloth around 20x20. You could of course sew pieces of fabric together to make a larger starting square if for some reason you want to make a really huge cloth.



10.   Take your new massage cloth and go give someone a massage. Better yet, go get someone else and make them give you a massage  Wink

Hope all this makes sense, and I hope someone gets use of this tutorial. It really is a great tool to have if youre a massage therapist and would make a great gift for any massage therapist. Also it saves a ton of money and works just as good as the store bought product. I just made mine about a week ago and I've already gotten a ton of use out of it. I actually think I'm gonna make a few more, one to keep in the car and maybe even one to keep in the purse so I can save my hands some pain when my friends are begging me to rub their shoulders  Grin

If anyone ends up making one let me know how it turned out.
1203  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 15, 2011 08:28:45 PM
Hiya guys.
I will be delayed in starting crafting as I fell down stairs and broke my leg and damaged. I have been to hospital today and have to go in for surgery tomorrow, not sure how long I shall be in for, I still want to be in the swap but I may be late in starting and sending as I don't know how long they will keep me in for.
Sorry xx

So sorry to hear that, I hope you make a speedy recovery. But make sureyou leave yourself more time for crafting than you think you'll need. I had ankle surgery a couple years ago. I thought the time off would be a great chance to catch up on my crafting, but the pain meds got the best of me. My mom came home from work every day to may asleep on the couch surrounded by piles of yarn and fabric and ribbon. So just keep that in mind when you're planning out your crafting time. And I really hope you get better soon.
1204  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 15, 2011 03:03:19 AM
Holy cow manure! After terrorizing my room trying to find supplies and then staying up all night crafting for the past few days (sometimes the loopyness from lack of sleep helps the creative process  Tongue )...I be done! And I must say I'm quite proud of myself.
So since this is my first swap I was wondering, do I have to wait till the send out deadline to send or can I send now or is this something I need to discuss with my partner?
1205  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 13, 2011 09:32:59 PM
Lol!  I had a hard time watching the first few episodes of season 2 because to me he was most definitely Barty Crouch Jr.  I kept expecting him to say "ll show you mine if you show me yours," or "I'll be welcomed back like a hero," then lick his lips.  

Especially when he was still in Nine's costume, which just looked kinda sinister on Tennant.  As it was too big for him, it made him look all the skinnier and therefore emaciated from something like.... oh I don't know, spending years locked up in a Wizarding prison.   Roll Eyes

Clearly, I got over it and fell in love.   Cheesy

And now I'm clearly sad because I've remembered he's not in any more new episodes for me, and I'm left pining for a fictional character....   Embarrassed

Watching him in HP at that part still gives me the creeps and it takes me a day or two before I can walk past the Dr. Who picture on my wall without getting the shivers. But i definately know what you mean about pining over a fictional character. In preperation for the new season/to get me in the spirit while crafting I've been watching old episodes and I keep getting all nestalgic watching the David Tennant ones. Don't get me wrong I'm definately in love with the character of The Doctor not the actors that play him (well except for maybe David Tennant  Wink ) but I still think he gave something to the other character that the other actors haven't quite hit. Just the right mix of extreme goofyness, a mess of deep dark repressed psychological issues and of course pompus genious knowing he's better than everyone. I'm especially missing the dark side of the doctor in the last season, I love the fun episodes but I'm kinda hoping something takes a dark turn in the new season.

1206  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 12, 2011 07:38:41 PM

The OTT police are going to get you!!

I'm still stewing about what to make. On a side note, while googling images of David Tennant, I figured out that he played Barty Crouch Jr in HP4! Durrr!

haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one that had a blonde moment on that. When season 2 started, every time I watched an episode I'd be like "what do I know him from?" and then every time I'd watch HP4 I'd do the same thing, then finally one day it clicked that they were the same person, I seriously wonder about my mental state sometimes lol
1207  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 5/7) on: April 12, 2011 03:14:32 AM
Started one thing and really didn't like how it was turning out, so now I'm trying to figure out something new. Problem is, I've got too many half-ideas and I can't figure out which ones would actually work and which would better be left for a larger-scale project. Blerg. I have a feeling I'm going to end up with a ton of half finnished projects before this is over Tongue
1208  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet on: April 10, 2011 04:52:35 PM
THis is so beautiful & so very well thought out! I'm not a fan of the show because I've never sat down to just watch it from the beginning, but I enjoyed reading about why each charm is important & what it represented!

If you do ever decide to sit down and watch the show from the begining (which i suggest you do, its quite an amazing show) only do it fromt he beigining of the current series (the one that started in 2005) cuz the original series ran for almost 30 years and you'll be watching it forever, I should know I'm slowly working my way through the originals from the begining. Also if you just start watching from the begining of a season, you'll be good and know enough to keep up with it. Even though they do make refrences to older episodes its not one of those shows where you're lost if you haven't seen every episode.
ok I'm done pimping the doctor now  Tongue
1209  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Survival Kit on: April 08, 2011 12:55:06 AM
hahaha, that's awsome, i may have to make one for myself
1210  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Doctor's Companion Charm Bracelet on: April 07, 2011 10:23:14 PM
oh....my....god.... .that is AMAZING! absolutely love it!
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