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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Holey socks on: December 27, 2011 09:38:00 AM
I have too many socks and tights:

And I want to thin out my collection. The most obvious place to start is by getting rid of the socks with holes in the heels... but I'm crafty at heart and can't throw anything away. I just don't know what to make with them, though. Most sock animals seem to be pretty heel-centric. Any ideas?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lumpy Space Pillow! on: May 13, 2011 06:36:30 PM
I made this out of a weird scarf that I've been cutting up for a while because it's so soft. It's the same color as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time so I thought it would be perfect to make her. I used a zigzag stitch on my machine to make her arms, eyebrows, and mouth. I had never tried something like that before and they came out a little bit weird, but I still like her! Her bottom lumps came out too small, also. Oh, well. I stuffed her pretty lumpily but that was on purpose, I promise! Let me know what you think. Smiley



This is the picture I used as a reference:
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reversible tote from a Ghost Mice t-shirt on: April 26, 2011 12:45:18 PM
My friend gave me some band shirts that didn't fit and told me to make stuff with them. This shirt had the album art for the Ghost Mice/Andrew Jackson Jihad split (which I love love love) and I thought it would be cool in bag form.


The front! It was really difficult to measure/mark the stretchy black fabric, so I eventually just stopped trying and winged it.

The back! These pictures are pretty bad. I'm sorry!

The other side! I probably should have picked something that matched the bag better, hah.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Envelopes made from vintage kids' books! (LOTS of pictures) on: April 20, 2011 01:56:57 PM
I've been going overboard making my own envelopes for the last few months. I really enjoyed making them when I had a letter to send, and at some point I realized that I could make them in advance so I'd be ready when I had something to mail. It's gotten out of hand since then. We recently went through our monstrous book collection to try to thin it out some, and I got away with a box of beat up kids' books. These are the results so far...


These are made from "Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday?" 5 5/8" x 3 1/4"... which, I found out the hard way, is too small to mail.



The kid in this book really liked to eat. ("You have to keep eating if you want to keep going!")



I made matching cards for these that are blank on the inside.


These are made from a book of jokes. They're the same size.




This was my first time using double-sided tape. I don't know what I was thinking putting the tape on the bottom edge. Jeez, Kara. Get it together.


These are made from the Sesame Street "Together Book". They're the same size as the other ones, but the paper isn't as thick.


This book was really short, so I could only get five good envelopes out of it.


I made cards for these, too.


Thanks for looking! Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A skirt, a pinafore, and a dress! on: April 11, 2011 06:09:53 PM
This is my first post. I've been crafting for a long, long time and lurking around Craftster a lot recently. I think it's about time to share something. Hoo boy...

First up: a skirt!

It took about an hour, half of which was spent hand-sewing the zipper. I dont know how I feel about it. Its not as ruffly as I had hoped, but it's growing on me. I didn't take a picture of the back, but it has a nice matching orange zipper. I'm starting to like high-waisted skirts. I haven't gotten a chance to wear it yet.


A close-up of the fabric. I love this stuff! I still have a ton left over.

Next: pinafore!

This is made out of a comfy flannel fabric. I measured my waist/waistband once and eyeballed everything else. I'm happy with how the gathering turned out. I kind of messed up the button holes since I usually do it by hand and decided to use the machine this time, but they work. It was my first successful attempt at darts and I love them! I wish it was maybe an inch longer, but I'm really happy with this. The only real problem is that it frays a LOT in the wash. Oh, well. Lesson learned (maybe).


The straps criss-cross in the back! I really should make them shorter, or make it so they also button in the back and can be completely removed.

And finally: a dress!

Okay, this technically isn't a completed project, but it's so close! I made it out of a bed sheet almost two years ago and never really finished it. The top is ruched with a million super skinny pieces of elastic and took forever. Because the top is all bubbly, I cant wear anything over it, which means theres a very tiny window of time where I can actually wear it outside. I am pretty sure if I ever actually wear this, Im gonna wear a shirt under it to prevent any peek-a-boob. Or maybe Ill add straps. The bottom is a full circle skirt that I never got around to hemming. I think Im gonna just get some white lacey stuff and sew it on there, but it's kinda pricey, so I'm waiting until it's actually warm enough to wear it. Im also thinking maybe Im too tall for it but a few people told me it is a-okay. I used this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252608.0

Thanks for looking! I hope I did this right. Smiley
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