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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Pokeball! on: December 30, 2013 08:11:57 AM
I'm doing a Secret Santa gift exchange with friends, and the person I'm gifting is unfortunately very hard to shop for. She likes anime and things of that nature, but to go out and buy an item relating to that would probably be expensive due to licensing and such. Besides, I'm a crafter! Why not make her something, as that would be more meaningful and fun?

She likes Pokemon a lot, so I thought I'd make her a Pokeball because that's pretty simple. I originally wanted to make it out of clay, but my clay was hard and I was pressed for time.
I instead turned to fabric and sewed up a little ball using the pattern provided by this lovely lady: http://stitchesandloveblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/free-fabric-balls-tutorial.html
It was a bit rough because I haven't sewed in a long time, but it was generally a ball shape...
I don't have any pics because I honestly didn't think this was going to turn out well enough to post on here! XD
Anyway, sewed up the little ball and stuffed it with some stuffing and cotton balls I had on hand.
Next, I had to figure out how to add a little color to it!
I decided on yarn after realizing I had no felt and that using more fabric was likely to be a pain.
Started wrapping red yarn around the top and gluing it down with hot glue because that was quick. I did end up switching to Elmer's glue about halfway through, though, because hot glue leaves those annoying little strings.

I also had to leave room for the little button in the middle, hence the semi-circle in the middle of the red yarn.
Next, I had to do the black lines. For some dumb reason I don't have any black yarn, so I just used a black shirt that had already been partly cut up. Stretched out a strip so that it rolled into a kind of cord (similar to yarn!) and wrapped it around. Also did the circle in the middle with a thinner strip.

Lastly, I had to do the white part. Unfortunately all I had was a thin white yarn (the red yarn was quite thick), so I had to do a base layer of white and then a second layer on top of that. Glued down the first layer with hot glue and the second layer with white glue.

Finally, all that was left was the center (the little button thing)! Just wrapped a bit more white yarn in there, and Poke was complete!

I really hope my friend likes it. I think she will. Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick, cheap earring and ring holders! on: December 28, 2013 02:49:41 PM
I've been RE-reorganizing the top of my dresser, because it was getting cluttered again...
Anyway, I figured there were a few things that were taking up too much room - one being a standing jewelry holder that a friend gave me years ago that was barely being used (probably in part because it was in an awkward place, but too tall to put at the front of the dresser), and the other being a plastic box that was great for taking cosmetics and stuff to school in, but was bulky on the dresser.
I have been hoarding toilet paper rolls for a while now, but hadn't figured out what exactly to do with them. As it happens, I also have a bit of a problem with holding onto chopsticks (unused!) from restaurants. It occurred to me that chopsticks would be perfect for holding rings and earrings, and take up far less vertical space, which is what I wanted.
Making the holders was so simple. I just poked holes in two toilet paper rolls and stuck the chopstick in, then glued one end. I'm leaving one end 'loose' so that I can put rings on it and take them off again...it'd be kinda hard to do so if both ends were glued!
I repeated the process to make a 'bar' for my earrings. I also poked post earrings through the cardboard of the tube, because I didn't have any way of hanging them. It worked quite nicely!
I'm keeping it natural for now, but if I have the time I'd love to paint them, make them look a bit fancier. ^^
Here's a pic for you guys, in case you're having trouble visualizing what I've described (sorry for the terrible pic quality...you get the point, though, right?)

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