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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Hamburger Shop on: February 12, 2012 11:04:39 AM
I wish I would have had a creative Kindergarten teacher like you!  This is too cute!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: Button Down Bags - recon'd shirts to gift/lunch/tote bags (Image Massive-sorry) on: January 04, 2009 03:34:46 PM
I love the one with pockets on the front!  We just did some closet cleaning and filled bags for charity.  I am going to go back through them and look for button down shirts!  Great idea!
3  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Anyone in Midland need an OLD sewing machine? on: January 04, 2009 11:54:01 AM
I was gifted a Singer Fashion Mate, probably from the 70's.  It does a good straight stitch but I can't make the zigzag work right.  Needs a cleaning BAD.  You can't get quality machines like these anymore.  Old and heavy like cast iron!  Anyway I already have three machines so I would like to see this go to a loving home to be used...for some great craftster ideas!  You can email me at carol at carolstreasures you know, turn that into an address, I hate spam so I won't type it the right way.  I will keep this machine in my basement until it finds a new home.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mail Sorter on: December 29, 2007 06:27:01 AM
I made something similar to this and instead of sewing cardboard into it, I made a pocket in the back and added the stiffener after the sewing.  I found a piece of heavy plastic for mine.  I think it was quilter's template plastic.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bats in the forest shoulder bag - v last min gift! on: December 25, 2007 07:27:30 PM
I love this bag!  What a perfect background fabric; it looks fabulous.  This coming from one who hates BATS!!  I once had one tangle in my hair-it was a horrible experience.
I'm sure your MIL loved it.  Homemade gifts are the very best.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Essentials - What's in your kit? on: December 25, 2007 12:27:43 PM
You really need a good pair of scissors.  Nothing is worse than trying to saw through a piece of fabric with dull scissors.  Use them only for fabric and they will stay sharp for a long time.  Buy a pair of Gingher scissors at JoAnns when they are on sale usually they go 50% off.  Buy lots of good quality thread.  Don't bother with the thread that is 2 or three spools for a dollar.  If you run it through your sewing machine you will have lots of problems.
I have just learned to use a rotary cutter and I really like it.  I also use the mat that comes with the rotary cutter a lot for a crafting surface.
Get a good sharp seam ripper.  I use mine more than I should.  I am always working so fast to finish projects I make mistakes.  My sharp seam ripper makes quick work of removing the unwanted seams.
Have FUN!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: A pair of jeans my Abby can fit into again! on: January 09, 2007 07:18:32 PM
Very nice!  I have a pair of jeans I need to do this same thing to for my daughter.  It is hard finding clothes to fit an above average size child.
How did you do the waist band?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: free fabric and clothes on: January 09, 2007 06:57:19 PM
I don't know of any source of free clothes except asking my family and friends.  I often have clothing that is still usable but I am just sick of wearing it.  I wouldn't want to repurpose it unless it totally looked different.  Sometimes I am sick of the pattern of the fabric.  Asking friends to do a clothing swap can yield a good haul of stuff.  I had a rummage sale with a few friends last year and at the end of the sale my friends said they didn't want any of their stuff back.  I sorted out what I could use then donated the rest.
If you are involved in any community organization where you have a large group of "friends" you can get lots of free stuff.  I wanted to make a quilt out of old blue jeans so I mentioned it at a Girl Scout leader meeting and over the next few weeks I had a couple dozen pairs of worn out jeans given to me.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: has anybody watched "living with ed"? on: January 09, 2007 06:49:02 PM
I agree, too much time on their "personal" issues.  I liked the whole rain barrel idea, how about showing a creative way to disguise it, like using some of the white plastic fence Ed was so proud of. 
Like many crafters, I love reusing, recycling and all the save the Earth goodness.  I will be watching future episodes as well.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Reconstructed pants into hippie patchwork (Now with Waist band tut)!! on: January 06, 2007 05:45:11 PM
I have some jeans just screaming to be reborn like this.  Thanks for sharing.  Adding on to the top with the drawstring is great; I too have some of those low riders that show more than anyone wants to see!  I think I will give this a try.
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