A while ago I've never even heard of crocheting with beads (until I came across crafty_dame's necklaces), let alone crocheting wire with beads. But when I had to make a new watch strap, I decided to try this technique and I'm quite pleased with the outcome. (I don't make/wear jewelry, but I make/wear watch straps. Haha.)
A lot of it was trial and error, eg. the length, amount/density of beads, what kinda stitches/how to crochet, fastener, uh ... everything, basically. The strap isn't too rough on the skin, although it feels a little wire-y still. But I like how it looks and am glad I actually have a wearable watch now. (Lost one watch, and the other's strap was falling apart...)
So this isn't the most original idea ever, making a case out of just zippers, but I happen to have an obsession with colourful rainbowy things, and I needed a new pencil case, so here:
I sewed on white cotton tape in between each zipper before sewing them together, 'cause I think borders look nice. A couple of things I would change if I did this again would be:
Use an even number of zippers. Because I alternated the zipper directions, but forgot that if there was an odd number of it, there'll be two zippers in the same direction next to each other. (Red and blue in this case. [pun not intended])
Sew the end seams a little more neatly. (I broke a couple of needles 'cause they hit the zipper ends. Should've bought slightly longer zippers so I could sew through the part before the metal zipper end, and have the case still fit my pens.)
Add a hanging loop/strap at one end so I can hold on to the case without grabbing it in the middle. No big deal though, I could add a keychain or something on any one of the seven zippers
Total cost for the whole case: RM1.60, which is about US$0.50. (Zippers were RM0.20 each, and the white tape came in an RM1 roll, and I only used a little bit of it.)
Here's the original thread with the totally cute jacket-from-skirt made by Miss American Pie. I made mine from an old pair of pants (sorry no before picture ), lots of seam ripping involved, and I removed the belt loops too 'cause I didn't like 'em, (and the waistband doesn't go around the back of the jacket anyway), and because of the back pocket disaster (look below), I didn't want to use the back of the pants for the back of the jacket.
But ... there wasn't enough fabric from the pants' legs, so ... I had to use the butt of the pants anyway, so I sewed it on again after patiently picking it off.
Sorry for this not being a proper completed project. I really need opinions on the back pocket. I wanna remove the other pocket as well, but the obvious pocket silhouette... Can I like, bleach it or something, or hide it...? The armpit needs hemming too, I'll figure it out when I get more thread. (Don't you hate running out of thread? )
Thanks for the replies! I sewed the pocket back on, finished the armpit hems and also fringed the bottom edge. (Though I'll probably make the back edge more even and fringe some more.)
The "netting stitch" I learned from this tutorial: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/17577358/ and the elastic I got from unraveling a bracelet I never wore ('cause I couldn't find elastic thread that's thin enough to use with a needle ) and the beads were cheap craft store ones. (I think they're local, the other Japanese seed beads were about 4 times the price of these.)
I like the finished strap a lot, only I wish I didn't have to wrap/tie the strap like that, with the messy threads and all. I've seen, online, a little metal piece with holes that you can attach to the pins and then attach the thread neatly to, but yeah, too much hassle for me to buy stuff.
Just a "cut up old/unwanted t-shirts and merge them into one nice t-shirt" project. All the ... uh, design elements on this were unplanned, I had to do them to solve some problems. I'm so the trial-and-error, forget planning-and-pattern-drafting type.
I've had the red short-sleeved Korea t-shirt (actually there are two, the uncut one in the picture is the bigger one, which I didn't use) for a while, and initially just wanted to make it more fitted, mainly pull the sleeves down so it doesn't fan up so much and look like a boy's t-shirt (which it - sort of - is). But then I thought, the design is pretty darn scary and I wouldn't want to wear this outside the house, so I cut the design out. And then I remembered a wrap-top tutorial at ohmystars.net (and at craftster too, thanks ohmystars!) and decided to do something like that, with pieces from the white shirt for the bias binding.
But it became too small and too tight, I had to wear the (then vest-like top, with short sleeves) by stepping my feet in and pulling it up my shoulders. So that's where the rectangular white stripes from the armpit along the sides came in. But then, the sleeves flared up too much and started to look space-suit-y, so I sewed in a little bit and got the stripes to be tapered and pointy. I think that part looks like a football jersey a bit. ^^;
All this while, I planned to wear it over a black long-sleeved shirt but the sleeve area was still especially tight and had creases when my arms were pointing straight down, so I thought; let's just make it a "fake" layered t-shirt so I won't have to wear another shirt underneath it. Ah. So this is where an old long-sleeved black t-shirt came in; cut off the sleeves and a triangle for the front, sewed them on. And finally, the black band at the bottom ('cause I don't usually like horizontal stripes at the waist ) exists because the hem of the white stripes ended unevenly with the red hem, so I just sewed on a band and tucked the unevenness inside.
I'm still not sure I'd want to wear this in public; the stitching's pretty messy and the inside raw edges are totally ... raw, still. 'Cause I don't have a serger and zigzags don't go along very well with thin knit material. And, well, maybe it looks too funky or handmade? ^^;
Extra pic to show the left area and (accidental) wide neck:
Haha, I'm not sure the title is structurally correct.
I'm pretty proud of this, it's only my fourth looming project ever, and my loom is a shoebox, and I don't have a beading needle so I had to weave in the ends into the teeny holes BY HAND, and I made up the pattern as I went along (and I love the pattern! ), and the result came out half-decent! It's only slightly loose on my wrist and the pieces lie almost perfectly flat and of course it matches the watchface very nicely. Previously I've only done safety pin straps, so I was thrilled when I discovered looming 'cause it makes the strap stiff and strong enough. (I tried doing peyote and stuff, but either the beads are too small or my lack of needle is a big problem. )
Just wanted to add another wallet I made yesterday; it's slightly bigger than the corduroy wallet 'cause it has bias binding, but I still like it. Very sturdy 'cause I used Wonder-Under and fused the tie-dyed pieces to just white pieces. (Would've used regular interfacing but I don't have any. )
I started with a pair of white pants and fabric dyes and ended up with a terribly stained carpet, a really messy bedroom floor and regret that I didn't dye some more fabric yellow for the binding. (There weren't enough for one outer edge.) Oh, and the wallet. The tie-dyeing didn't come out so bright and colourful but I'm okay with that. Ignore the sloppy stitching, please!
I originally just posted my pictures in the A Bag a Month Craftalong thread, but fort_loop asked for a tutorial, so here it is.
My wallet is on the messy side and I'm sure there are better ways to sew on the pieces, so forgive me for any mistakes and such in the tut.
I'm aware that Craftster resizes big images, so to read the text properly, just click here to open the image in a new window.
But I did have some ugly free watches that could use some funky straps, so I went out and bought safety pins, painted a bit of elastic so it's not stark white, and started beading. I really like the results, though the elastic could be a tad wider, or the pins be a tad smaller. (I already had some even smaller pins, but there wasn't enough to cover my wrist -- my size took like 48 pins -- and I couldn't find anymore of the same size at the store.)