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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Beanie for my brother on: August 19, 2011 12:48:03 PM
I used the pattern from Ravelry, I think it was called the Boy Beanie version 2.0 though I did add an extra row of double crochet, a row of alternating fpdc and bpdc, and finished with a row of single crochet through the back loop only.

Yarn was Vanna's Choice (I love that stuff!)  Light grey, medium grey, and a charcoal black. Sometimes my cell phone takes decent pictures and sometimes it doesn't. I apologize for the haze in the picture.

I totally love it, and hope that he will love it too!

It's for his birthday, and I also want to make a pair of finger less gloves that transition into mittens.  First I have to find a good pattern though :0)

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Crochet (or knit) Spa swap? on: August 05, 2011 01:36:43 PM
Anyone else interested in soft new bath and spa items? I'm not sure if one of these has been done before. Knitting or crocheting cleansing cloths, back scrubbers, soap savers, bath poofs, or anything else related... I could just picture the extras being yummy smelling soap or salts, a good book to read in the tub, maybe a rubber ducky?

I am not prepared to be a swap organizer at this point in time... Maybe if enough people are interested someone would be able to pick this up and organize it?

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake cell phone holder on: July 21, 2011 11:06:31 AM
I made this for the cupcake swap and it turned out so darn cute I really want to make one for my self now! 

It's made out of craft felt but double thickness so that it's durable.  The inside, which I forgot to take a picture of be for sending it to my swap partner, is lined with teal felt, so you get a nice bright pop of color when you open it up!

The details are embroidered and I assembled everything by hand with a blanket stitch, I think that's what it's called anyway.


The cell phone slides straight down into the teal lining which has been sewn in place so that it fits perfectly and the cell phone doesn't get jumbled around inside the cupcake!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Apron on: July 21, 2011 11:00:57 AM
I made this for my partner in the cupcake swap.  The cupcakes are embroidered, but the apron is totally made from scratch.  I used a basic pattern found in the book Vintage Notions. And then lined all most all of the edges with bias tape.  It was my first time working with it and it wasn't too bad at all! Not nearly has hard as I was imagining it to be!

( I have to rave about how beautiful and enjoyable that Vintage Notions book is.  The book is divided into 12 sections, one for each month of the year, and each month as a sewing pattern listed in it. Their are no cut outs or pattern pieces but just simple diagrams showing how to make some basic cuts on different types of fabric, and then casual directions explaining where to put the seams.)

Anywho, this apron pattern came out of February or March's section.  It didn't include the flounce ruffle.  I added that on my own. It's made out of two cotton men's dress shirts so it's easy to wash and iron, if desired.  The color combo and details were inspired by a wist item of my swap partner's.  So basically it's a twist off of her wist item.  Smiley

Apron


Aporn yoke close up


Pocket close up


5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cupcakes! on: July 21, 2011 10:47:23 AM
These are two items that I made for the recent cupcake swap.   An apron and a felt cell phone cozy, with velcro closure.I am pretty new to embroidery still but had a lot of fun working on these.  Both turned out so nicely, and now I think I'm going to need to make a cell phone cozy for myself!

Apron
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386461.0

Cell phone holder


Close up for another view of the details


Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the inside of the cell phone holder, it's lined with teal felt, so you get a nice bright pop of color when you open it up!

Thanks for takin' a look.  I really enjoyed making this, and it was my first swap so I had the "swap butterflies" going as well :0)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Great pattern for beginners on: May 13, 2011 01:10:01 PM
So I'm really new to sewing and I swear that I saw this pattern already posted somewhere in here but I can't find it for the life of me! I just wanted to show off what I made and feel proud :0)

This is McCalls Easy 6264 and it's made from a rayon jersey knit.  The fabric was a little tricky to sew because it stretched so easily, but it turned out great and made for a very comfy, nicely draping dress.  I followed all the directions exactly except for the portion on the bottom hem.  I couldn't quite figure out what they wanted me to do so I winged it!  I folded in an inch of fabric, basted a quarter inch from the fold and also basted a quarter inch from the top raw edge, then I top stitched on top of the top basting.

Full length, sorry for the messy bathroom


Upclose of the front, to show the elastic gathered area at the waist.  
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