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11  Tattered Love t-shirt with tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maize on: December 28, 2005 11:15:28 AM


Recently, my girlfriend showed me a t-shirt that she purchased at a boutique in downtown Seattle for $100. I instantly thought DIY!

So, here's my version of what I call Tattered Love. Find a well worn t-shirt, mine's from Old Navy. You'll need some cotton material in the colors you like, embroidery thread, needle & pins. Trace out your letters on card stock for a pattern. Then cut two of each letter. I doubled mine because I wanted a thick fray on the edges. Pin the letters on your shirt and hand stitch with embroidery thread. Throw the shirt in the washer and dryer when you're done so you'll get the washed frayed look.

I think it turned out pretty cute and I didn't spend $100!


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12  Duct Tape Vintage Dress, Handbag & Hair Pin! (Shoes too!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maize on: November 18, 2005 10:42:48 AM


My daughter made this dress with duct tape from a vintage pattern she found at Joanns.  It even has a side zipper!  She made the hairpin, handbag and also covered her shoes in duct tape.  I think it's a work of art and had to share!
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13  Re: Bleach Pen "Courage" Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maize on: November 12, 2005 11:40:42 AM


Here's a great shot of the Rock Star bleach pen jeans I did for a friend's little boy.  Check out his shirt!

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14  SPROUTS! Easy FIMO stick pins/tacks--WITH TUTORIAL! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maize on: November 02, 2005 09:44:59 AM



On a recent sewing binge, I was struggling with pins that had little plastic balls on top that kept falling off.  

I had some FIMO clay and decided to make some pins of my own.  I had some stick pins that I purchased from a thrift shop and sorted through them for the longest ones.  I used 1 & 1 1/2 inch pins for each, then just roll the balls and stick the pins in.  You'll have to make sure that the clay is pinched around the pin.  I also made some that looked like the head of a tack.

Cut some potatoes in thick slices and stick the pins in.  Bake at 265 for 45 min or as the directions state on the package.  Let cool.  Then spray with clear gloss.

These will look great added to my felt pincushions (see the picture above) or make a felt pin book.  You can also use them on your bulletin board as tacks.  

It's a great kids project too!

Can also be viewed on my website at:  http://www.maizehutton.com/sprouts.html
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15  My new BIG FAT KNITTING TOTE! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by maize on: October 29, 2005 06:00:06 PM




I woke up yesterday morning wanting to sew myself a new knitting tote. I had a vintage chenille bedspread that's been sitting around waiting for me to cut up. It became the outside of my bag.

In my material stash, I had some great leftover yardage I cut when I shortened a pair of Ikea curtains. This would become the lining. Then, of course, the felt! I cut everything without a pattern. I wanted something big and boy is it ever! I grappled with adding the lettering, but since it's a knitting tote, I felt KNIT was appropriate. I can always cut the letters off if I decide to later. On that same side I have slots for my needles. On the other side, each felt pocket has one of my handfelted beads sewn onto it. There's a pocket for circular needles, scissors and my Ipod. The inside has another pocket for kleenex and lip balm and I also included a small loop for my yarn so when it's in my bag it doesn't get tangled up with everything else when I'm knitting.

I LOVE IT!

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16  Re: ROCKSTAR MEHNDI BLEACH PEN JEANS! WITH TUTORIAL!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maize on: October 21, 2005 11:11:30 PM


I have a friend in Australia and made this pair of jeans for his 18 month old son Paris.  The left back pocket is bleached with the words "ROCK" and the right back pockets has a STAR.  I think they turned out friggin cute!!!!!!!

He LOVES them!

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17  Felted Flower & Ball Rings! in Felting: Completed Projects by maize on: October 21, 2005 10:59:37 AM



I made these little felted flower and ball rings for my boutique.  I purchased some adjustable silver ring shanks and attached the flowers and balls.  Aren't they fun?!

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18  Cut & Paste Sewing Suitcase Box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maize on: October 20, 2005 01:43:15 PM



I purchased a small balsawood suitcase at Michaels for $2.  I had a bunch of old craft magazines and decided to cut up the ads in the back and decoupaged them to the box.  Once it was dry I sprayed it with a clear coat.  These are going to be little sewing suitcases which I will give my crafty friends for Christmas.  They'll have a felt wrist pin cushion inside   a small pair of scissors, embroidery floss and a felt needle case.
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19  Felt Embroidered Wrist Pincushions WITH TUTORIAL! in Needlework: Completed Projects by maize on: October 17, 2005 09:40:04 AM


I posted this in the embroidery section also.

This is a super easy project to make for your sewing buddy.  My fave is the watch pin cushion.  There's also the mice version, the olive version and the flower garden version.  

What you'll need:

Felt
Embroidery Thread
Black elastic (cut to fit wrist with pin cushion)
Scissors
Embroidery Needle
Fiberfill stuffing

Cut a 2 circles.  You can use the bottom of a glass for a pattern.  Usually about 2-3 inches in diameter.  

Use your embroidery thread to stitch a design on the front.  With the top side up, bring your needle and thread up through the bottom on a spot that you want to start stitching.  I usually start at the top or side depending on where the elastic will be.   Your knot will now be on the inside of the cushion.  Hold or pin the backside to the front then start stitching using the blanket stitch.  When you come to the point that your elastic should be stitched in, insert it in between the two sides.  Stitch in the elastic with a regular stitch.  Then complete stitching with the blanket stitch until you need to stitch in the other end of the elastic.  Make sure to leave a small opening to fill with your fiberfill, then stitch shut.

Enjoy!    


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20  Embroidered Felt Wrist Pincushions WITH TUTORIAL! in Needlework: Completed Projects by maize on: October 16, 2005 05:42:03 PM


I'm making a bunch of these for my sewing buddies.  I thought up the wrist watch (Time to Sew) pin cushion last night.  There's the olive version, the mice version and the flower garden version also.

What you'll need:
Felt
Embroidery Thread
Black elastic (cut to fit wrist with pin cushion attached)
Scissors
Embroidery Needle
Fiberfill stuffing

Cut a 2 circles.  You can use the bottom of a glass for a pattern.  Usually about 2-3 inches in diameter.  

Use your embroidery thread to stitch a design on the front.  With the top side up, bring your needle and thread up through the bottom on a spot that you want to start stitching.  I usually start at the top or side depending on where the elastic will be.  Your knot will now be on the inside of the cushion.  Hold or pin the backside to the front then start stitching using the blanket stitch.  When you come to the point that your elastic should be stitched in, insert it in between the two sides.  Stitch in the elastic with a regular stitch.  Then complete stitching with the blanket stitch until you need to stitch in the other end of the elastic.  Make sure to leave a small opening to fill with your fiberfill, then stitch shut.

Enjoy!

Can also be viewed at http://www.maizehutton.com/feltwristpincushion.html
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