I've been overdosing my self with all these books on crafty goodness (Including some as birthday presents).,that I've been tempted to actually make something from them, like the Craft Tote from BB (plus I got all this material from the Shoebox swap, I just felt like making something from it), but knowing myself, I don't precisely follow the instructions. I cut two "trapezoids" each of both my front material
And my inner material
with the wider lengths facing each other & the shorter lengths outward, with fusible webbing (also a swap goody) in between the edges of both layers, ironing them together & then "hemming" the top of the bag (the iron & the webbing just wasn't working that time).
Once I was done with that, I sewed the sides together with embroidery floss, then to create a "boxy" feel to the bag, I turned it inside out, cut off both corners & sewed them together. I then used the new corners as a guide to create "edges" on each side of the bag.
I used a sash as the strap, instead of any additional fabric, sewing it to the sides.
For the front pocket, I used some spiralgraph fabric,
but before sewing it to the front of the bag I "hemmed" it with some adhesive glue. Once attached (with some nylon thread), I added a fringe, comprising of beads & shrinky-dink (from the "SuperCrafty" book with a picture from a book of Pierre et Gilles artwork as the centerpiece).
For additional pockets on the inside of the bag, I used pieces of both the front & main pocket material, along with some additonal scraps (including some playing cards sewn together).
I just found out about them yesterday, but so far am having a pretty hard time finding them in the US. There's a lot available on ebay, but I hate waiting and paying shipping... Please post pics of your cuties! I'm so jealous you have 7 of them!
I've managed to get pic of my now 8 pinkys, theming each one on a color of a the Rainbow (pink included, along with personalities) , with & although they can't be seen, little "earrings" on each one.
Kokoro, My "Red" Pinky & Quite the little shopper.
Risa, My "Orange" Pinky & a Jock.
My "Yellow" Pinky (the doll's name is Hana, but I call her Hitomi), A quiet , but sweet girl & "Twin sister" to another Pinky.
Yoshiko, My "Green" Pinky, & the school Photog.
Tamae, My "Blue Pinky, a Riot Grrrl & a Rocker (personally, my favorite)
My "Indigo" Pinky & Yellow's Twin (Like Yellow, Doll's name is Sumire ,but I call her Himeno), A Craftster in her own right.
I'd had made this with the plan of sending it for the final month of the 3rd Secret Craftster Swap, until Kat_penguino decided to end it already.
My swap partner ,makes a lot of jewelry, so I figured she must have a lot of supplies, so I had the idea of a rack of some sort, & somehow using a piece of a belt I had leftover from another swap. I later came up with the belt piece
being suspended by two wire-wrapped dowels inserted in two 19oz. pop bottles, weighed down with pony beads. I also with the bottles, before I poured in the beads, poured in some acrylic paint (red, orange, and yellow in one. Blue, green and purple in the other) for a splattered-type effect. Then I painted where the labels normally are with more acrylic , blending it as I go & also decorating them with stampings & stickers.
And also, on the rack, are earrings made of paper clips I also made for the intention of the final month of SCS 3.0.
I so wanted to participate in another challenge, that as soon as I saw this one in the NEWS, I started right away. My inspiration was those Japanese pillows of a stuffed man's work shirt. So why not do something similar.
First I took A pair of jeans that kinda had some sentimentality to them (The were my first purchase of clothing at the neighboring Goodwill, when they first opened. I had worn them so much, that eventually the button on the fly came off & in typical DIY fashion. I used a shoelace to create a lace-up fly, instead of the usual button & Zipper. And, unfortunately, I've hadn't worn them since), cut off the knees (the spare fabric would serve me later) & with embroidery floss, I sewed up at first were I cut it off .
Once I was done with that I moved to the fly, where the stuffing could leak out. To prevent that, I took the scrap jean material, Cut a square of it in the right size, & sewed it to the back of the fly.
Then came the stuffing, (which is not really how I do pillows, but...) a mixture of polyfil & more scrap fabric I had laying around. once I had the pillow to the right "fluffiness", I sewed it up with more embroidery floss.
With this as the final result:
P.S. I obviously didn't take any pics of the jeans before hand, (I do it all the time, get so wrapped up in a project & getting it completed) so don't hold it against me.
I got my stuff today from worthwhilegirl I couldn't get pic of the shirt (silkscreened with "Eat your veggies", Good job) or the earrings, but I did get one of a matching necklace & a set of Cards & envelopes.
I've been rather fond of some of the stuff she makes out of basic items (Dresses made out of Zippers & pieces of dollar bills), so when I took a seam ripper to a pair of thrift store jeans (the zippered kind that can be removed to become shorts, without the bottom half) , removed the zipper, cutting up into 10 pieces & came up with this little patch.
I'm a huge "Full Metal Panic" fan (both the original & FMP? Fumofuu) Which gave me an idea of making my own "Bonta-Kun" plush.
I had episodes of Fumofuu with me as my guide to construct templates (head without the hat, arms, body & feet) with a yellow towel as my material (which I also used for the hat, but I dyed it green). For the hat, along with the towel, I used a trimed-down portion of the insides of a 5" disk. the dots were with a brown Sharpie, the eyes are made from shrinky-dink plastic (using a pic of Bonta-Kun as a guide) & the nose/mouth consists of handmade pom-poms of white yarn "molded" with glue & sewn to his head.
He's not perfect (almost anything never is, + hence the "diuretics" in the title post) & I still want to do more to him. like add a bowtie, sew his feet to the bottom of his body (like he is in FMP) & plus do something with the hat.