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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Swedish Fabric Scrap Baby Shower Invitations - on: August 27, 2006 01:55:22 PM
I'm planning a surprise baby shower for my sister who lives in Sweden. Over there, there really isn't anything comparable to a baby shower, and many people have no idea what it is.

I made the invitations myself by printing out the umbrella handle and tip on card stock, along with the wording. Then, I went through my huge stash of fabric scraps, and cut out little umbrellas that I attached by sewing them to the card stock.

For the other side, I first made a background out of scrapbook paper with a baby shower theme, and I printed out the specifics on a smaller piece of white paper, that I then glued to the scrapbook paper background. This also covers the back side of the stitched umbrellas. I made the title - baby shower - look as though it had been pulled from a dictionary (I included pronounciation, and part of speech) and then defined exactly what a baby shower is..

I put each invitation in a vellum envelope and mailed them out.. It was fun, and wasn't too much trouble. Here are some pictures.

The front of some of the cards


The back of the cards with the text
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro Black and White Wristlet on: July 24, 2006 07:09:39 PM
I found this fabric at a thrift shop. I paid around $3 for about 4 yards, and so far, I've made a wallet (my first, so it's not very good), a wristlet (shown below), and the world's smallest business card holder. I screwed up on the sizing, but was determined to finish the damn thing, and right now you can probably fit two tylenol in it.

Anyways, here's the wristlet. If no one buys it at my etsy shop, I may just claim it for myself.



And the lining..
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / LOVE the clearance fabric! on: July 04, 2006 06:10:38 PM
So, I found this black fabric with white stitched flowers on clearance at Jo-anns, and when combined with a fat quarter, and some brocade, it turned into two makeup bags!  Gotta love the long weekend to get some projects out of the way!

The exterior fabric


The pink brocade lining


The black circles lining

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink/Red/Yellow/Orange baby quilt on: March 19, 2006 06:09:00 PM
So, I'm almost done with my first ever quilt.
It's got lots of flaws, but all in all, I'm pretty satisfied. It has given me an idea of how much work goes into a "real" quilt, with the piecing, and stitching.. Yes, it is all machine stitched, since I have very little patience these days..

This is the quilt in it's entirety (It's approximately 25"X30")


This is a close-up of the squares.


And, this is the back - I have sewn on the front of the binding, and pinned it. It just needs to be hand-stitched to the back.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not technically a quilt either - just a baby blankie... on: March 06, 2006 04:34:36 PM
I cross posted this on the Special Occasions (baby) board, but things seem to be quiet over there, so please don't flame me..

I made this for a woman at work, who had a healthy little girl after 5 months(!) of bed rest.. It took me about an hour total, not including picking out the fabric. With just the two pieces of flannel, it's not as heavy as a full blanket, but still has some weight to it, so it will drape nicely around baby. My son (age 7) still uses his, and rubbing his cheek against the silky edge helps him relax and get to sleep.

The flash on the camera makes the binding looks disco-shiny, but it's really just plain old satin binding.



Ingredients
1 yard each of flannel for front and back (I used monkeys on one side, and pink dots on the other)
1 package of matching blanket binding, and matching thread.

Directions
*Iron each piece, and pin together, right sides out. (you are going to cover the edge with the binding, so it doesn't matter if the edge is unfinished).
*Square the whole thing, and sew together (RSO), trimming close to the seam.
*Pin blanket binding along edge, covering both sides, and miter corners.
*Sew a fairly tight zig-zag seam along edge of binding.
  Voila, it's finished!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Easy peasie flannel baby blankie (with tute) & mitered corners tutorial too!! on: March 06, 2006 04:18:35 PM
I made this for a woman at work, who had a healthy little girl after 5 months(!) of bed rest.. It took me about an hour total, not including picking out the fabric. With just the two pieces of flannel, it's not as heavy as a full blanket, but still has some weight to it, so it will drape nicely around baby. My son (age 7) still uses his, and rubbing his cheek against the silky edge helps him relax and get to sleep. 

The flash on the camera makes the binding looks disco-shiny, but it's really just plain old satin binding. 





Ingredients
1 yard each of flannel for front and back (I used monkeys on one side, and pink dots on the other)
1 package of matching blanket binding, and matching thread.

Directions
*Iron each piece, and pin together, right sides out. (you are going to cover the edge with the binding, so it doesn't matter if the edge is unfinished).
*Square the whole thing, and sew together (RSO), trimming close to the seam.
*Pin blanket binding along edge, covering both sides, and miter corners.
*Sew a fairly tight zig-zag seam along edge of binding.
  Voila, it's finished!

Edited 14 July 2006 - I've added another post to this topic for a mitered corner tutorial.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brown corduroy tote w yellow vintage inspired fabric on: November 24, 2005 09:03:41 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I made this last Sunday, and liked the way it turned out. I've never made a bag this large before, but this one is large enough to carry a notebook and files, along with the other accessories.  I quilted the corduroy, and then sewed on the panels with the yellow vintagey fabric.  As you can see, I also used that fabric for the lining.

The tote



And the lining...
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's long and red.... on: November 18, 2005 05:30:00 AM
I've been working on a granny square blanket for some time now, and needed a quick project that I could complete fairly quickly. 

Enter the variegated yarn, and the single crochet stitch.  I made this in a couple of nights in front of the TV..  Surprisingly, I've gotten a number of compliments, so I'm thinking that it would be a good X-mas gift..   

Thanks for looking, and please comment!!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red/blue reversible swing bag (with Swedish fabric!) on: September 05, 2005 06:47:55 AM
Sometimes I buy fabric that is just too good for me.  It's so gorgeous that I have to have it, but then finding something to make out of it is torture.  I bought this, along with a bunch of other fabric,  during summer vacation in Sweden at a store called hlns. I was in heaven, since the fabric stores near me (here in New England) are great, but their fabric leans toward the cutesy, and it's hard to get any kind of cool, graphical prints.  hlns had lots.

Most of the bags I've made are of the tote variety.  I knew I wanted to make something reversible, since I had the same fabric in both red and blue..  When I saw Our Juliet's Reversible Swing Bag tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44041.0), I knew that would be it.



10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini tote for little girl on: June 17, 2005 06:19:53 AM
Just finished this one up.. It's for my 5 year old niece. I tried to make it girly, but not too frilly for her.. We'll see if she likes it.

The bag..


The button flower...


And, the lining..
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