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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Interfacing help...please! on: January 24, 2006 08:18:34 PM
Hey guys, I'm just wondering if anyone knows if there is any sort of interfacing that doesn't hold creases when folded? I've been making belts using ribbon and interfacing (there's a tute up that I made for them) and it works well except when I fold them, they get strong creases. They can be ironed out, but it'd be nice if there was a way to avoid this. Any ideas??
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sturdy Reversible Ribbon Belts w/ Tutorial! on: January 22, 2006 10:53:31 PM
During the Ongoing Wish List Swap, CraftyZary asked for a ribbon belt. I had never made one before but thought I'd like the challenge. Soooo, this is what I came up with!
Please bear with me on the tute...it's my first time making one. If anything is unclear, just ask!
Also, I am planning to sell these in the near future so...you know...keep the pattern for personal use, please Smiley
Ok, here's what you need:

Iron-on interfacing...I'm pretty sure mine was medium-heavy weight. Double-sided iron-on bonding tape. Scissors. Tape measure. 1 1/2" ribbon...2 different colours/designs. An iron. And some sort of belt buckle..I used "fashion rings" (not pictured).
So, the first thing you do is measure your waist and add about 4 inches. Now cut a piece that length of the ribbon, bonding tape, and 2 from the interfacing. You want the interfacing to be in strips that are a bit narrower than 1 1/2"..they don't need to be perfectly cut.

Now you want to iron the interfacing onto the backsides of the ribbons.

Got it? Good. Next you place the right sides of the ribbon together and, at one end, sew a point like so:

And then cut off the excess.

Now turn it ride side out. It should look like this:

Now, here is the part that is hard to explain that I stupidly did not take a photo of, but I will do my best. It's really simple, just hard to explain...maybe. What you do is you take the length of bonding tape that you cut and sandwich it in between the two ribbons so that it is on the inside. Also, importantly, you want to rip off a bit of the tape at the end of the ribbon that is not sewn together in a point. You need to leave about 3 - 3 1/2" without the tape in it. Ok?  Now iron the ribbon together, keeping the edges lined up as best you can. See? Easy peasy. After this step, it will still look exactly the same as it did in the last picture. And it will be bonded together except for the ends like so:

Now that we've overcome that mountain, let's move on to the buckle. Make a little hem on the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying. Lay a ring (fashion ring, D ring..whatever) down on the inside of one piece of ribbon, fold over like this, and then sew across:

And then do the same thing for the other ring/piece of ribbon.

Now you want to sew all the way around the edges of the belt. When you get to the end with the rings, sew a straight line across right below them to hold them together.

And voila! You're finished!

(photo of gold belt by CraftyZary!)
If anyone makes one, please post it!




3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Violent Purse on: January 18, 2006 09:28:02 PM
Over the past couple of days, I've read 2 very interesting threads. One was 2 photographs of Hitler that someone drew flowers and rainbows and tribal designs on, and one was 2 xstitch portaits of serial killers. Those pieces all got quite strong reactions, positive and negative. It reminded me of a bag I made during the summer that I thought I would share.
The stencil I made was based on a photo of a makeup job I did last year. It was pretty gory and I thought it would be an interesting juxtaposition to have the image on a girly fashion accessory. So I bought a plain tote bag and dyed it turquoise and stencilled it. I added a bow to the "victim"s hair, and a silver bead on her lebret because it was pierced in the photo.
Shortly after I made this bag, a girl who was missing in my city was found slain in the forest. Whenever I looked at the bag after that I hated it. I never used it, except once as a knitting bag to bring to a stich n' bitch at the model's house, just so she could see herself on the tote.
So anyway, if you think it is bad taste, I won't really disagree, although the intent when I made it was really just to showcase my makeup work.
Here is the original photo:

And the tote:
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / ANGEL FOUND For Mix Tape Swap on: January 13, 2006 03:21:44 AM
Hey guys, I just found out that someone in the Mix Tape swap is no longer able to participate.

1 angel needed for TheDishClothQueen (swap angel- Spirals420)

Here is the original thread for the swap:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65390.0

Thanks guys!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Kickin it old school Craftster style: Mix tape swap Gallery! on: January 06, 2006 01:31:03 AM
Here is the gallery for the mix tape swap, which you can read about here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65390.0

Covers and track listings appreciated Smiley
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Kickin it old school Craftster style: Mix tape swap! Signups closed. on: November 27, 2005 06:20:55 PM
Swap name: Mix Tape Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Ohhdarling
Sign-up date range: 11/27/05 - 12/18/05
Date to send item by: First send out: 1/9/06

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All Ages

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:
Time to break out your old ghetto blasters, ladies and gentlemen!
In a time of profound technological advancements, sadly, things that were once cherished are being obliterated. Cassette tapes were swept aside for a new generation of cds and dvds. Now it's MP3 players. Who knows what's next?! In this time of chaos, I offer you solitude. And by solitude, I mean a totally sweet mix tape swap!
Here's the low-down: In this swap, you will be assigned to three different partners and will make a different mix tape for each one. You may use a theme if you like, such as "Music to _____________ too", but this is optional if you find it too limiting. The icing on the cake is the more traditional crafty part of the swap. Along with making the tape, you'll get to craft a new case for it. This can be done by embellishing the original case, or by making an entirely new one out of any medium you prefer. Go crazy!
The send out dates are a week apart. This means:
First send out: Jan. 9
Second send out: Jan. 16
Third send out: Jan. 23

***PLEASE NOTE: Sign-ups have been extended to December 21***

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Mix Tape Swap
Craftster username?
Email address?
Your real name?
Mailing address?
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Favorite type(s) of music?
Least favorite type(s) of music?
Are you offended by profanity in songs?
Additional comments?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Here's who's sending to who:
HUBBYOED -> onecraftybitch/ohhdarling/shaina
MACAULKV -> semicharm86/thedishclothqueen/future!
SEMICHARM86 -> hobbit54/onesmallinstrument/magzilla542
MAGZILLA542 ->future!/macaulkv/ohhdarling
ONESMALLINSTRUMENT -> nosleep/magzilla542/hubbyoed
OHHDARLING -> macaulkv/semicharm86/onesmallinstrument
THEDISHCLOTHQUEEN -> shaina/nosleep/onecraftybitch
SHAINA -> magzilla542/future!/nosleep
ONECRAFTYBITCH -> onesmallinstrument/shaina/macaulkv
NOSLEEP -> hubbyoed/onecraftybitch/semicharm86
FUTURE! -> ohhdarling/hubbyoed/thedishclothqueen
SPIRALS420 (swap angel!) -> thedishclothqueen
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / BELT BUCKLES on: October 15, 2005 01:32:02 PM
Does anyone here make belt buckles out of resin or know how to? I am trying to figure out what the best way would be, as far as what pieces to use in the back, and so far I am stumped. Any help would be appreciated!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Lovely boy! on: October 12, 2005 11:01:53 PM
This isn't much. But I think it's cute. Tonight I dragged my friend Spencer to Michael's tonight to take advantage of my 40% coupon. Now, I am a very indesicive person. For instance, I had originally intended to pick up a Xyron but last night decided I wanted polyester resin instead. Poor Spencer patiently waited while I hummed and hawwed over everything in the whole store and at one point I left him sitting on a stepping stool by the wood carving knives. Tonight, I found this in his LiveJournal and I just had to smile.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Faking it? on: October 12, 2005 10:06:47 PM
I've decided to go as a slain bride for Halloween. I am going to hit up the thrift stores tomorrow to look for a dress, but considering it is so close to the 31st already, I doubt they will have any. If not, I was thinking that I could just find a white dress and add on to it to make it more bridally. I'm ok with relatively basic sewing (although I am not entirely bad at figuring out hardish things). Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how I could make this fake wedding dress?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Calling all Crafters!! Quick thinking needed! on: October 08, 2005 09:36:22 PM
Okay, so, I got a coupon in the mail today for 50% off of ONE ITEM at Michaels. The problem is, it's only good for one day...tomorrow. So, I am wondering if anyone has any ideas of what is ONE GOOD CRUCIAL item that every Crafter needs. That said, I don't knit or crochet, so supplies of that nature are not needed. But any other all-purposey type things will do! I know if I don't come up with a good idea soon, I will just end up wandering the isles and eventually getting a silly impulse buy like...a roll of ribbon for 2 dollars. Also, there is another coupon for 40% off another item later in the week so I can pick two things! Aide moi s'il vous plait! (Help me please!)
Merci!
If I wasn't so damn broke this issue would not be as pressing. But even still, 50% off is a pretty sweet deal!
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