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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilting/tying bee pictures... on: March 01, 2010 06:32:07 PM
These are beautiful and to thoughtful. Great job. How long are your quilting or tying sessions?

We usually start around 10 and everyone brings a pot of something to share.  This time we actually had them done by about 1, because we only had two to tie.  If we tied more or were quilting then we would have left around 4.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilting/tying bee pictures... on: March 01, 2010 08:00:32 AM
I hope these make you smile.   This is the quilting bee that turned into a tying bee on Saturday.  These quilts are both for ladies that are battling cancer that I pieced over the last 2 weeks.

Red quilt ready to go:


Putting the backing on the frame




We kept the children busy with Perler beads...

What happens when they run around...


A few scenes of the blue quilt in frame:






Quiet:

He slept for a while, the lady who is a paramedic just taped the cut up and he didn't need stitches

Preparing the edges for binding:


All done, I bound it Saturday afternoon.  It is a queen size, so it doesn't quite fit my bed (there is a small body under it resting)


I would imagine she is sleeping under it now Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: YES Can I use a ykk zipper slider to replace a ybs? on: December 23, 2009 12:11:02 PM
I searched through my zipper stash and found a plastic molded tooth zipper with a similar size and shape...

Take side cutters and snip stops off of victim until you can get the slider free:


Use side cutters to remove the top zipper stop on the jacket (the side with the stop at the bottom)


Carefully thread donor pull onto area under removed stop


 Grin
Zip zipper into new slider and see if it actually works!!!


Pinch new generic stop at top of zipper where you removed the original one.


A shot of the zipper fix kit that I bought ages ago.  It has saved me lots of headache...  The problem is that there are not all of the possible combos of sliders... 


Total time...  5 minutes and $1.60 for the donor zipper -  I could have replaced the entire thing, but that would have taken hours...
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Can I use a ykk zipper slider to replace a ybs? on: December 23, 2009 05:48:24 AM
I did it!
Check out my clothing post for a tutorial on how!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331751.0

My little guys coat was pinched in the door last week and it crushed the slider of the zipper.  Nothing else is wrong with the zipper, but the slider broke off.  It is a plastic molded tooth zipper and it says ybs on the slider.  I don't want to replace the whole zipper if I don't have to - he will outgrow this coat by spring, I think.  I have a zipper repair kit, but the sliders that I have are for metal or coil zippers.  I was wondering if I could just cut the slider off one of the many ykk zippers in my stash instead of using the whole zipper and just use a generic stop to replace the one I cut off.  This should take minutes instead of hours of seam ripper....

Has anyone tried this?  What is the best way to do it?  
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / YES Can I use a ykk zipper slider to replace a ybs? on: December 23, 2009 05:47:14 AM
I did it!

My little guys coat was pinched in the door last week and it crushed the slider of the zipper.  Nothing else is wrong with the zipper, but the slider broke off.  It is a plastic molded tooth zipper and it says ybs on the slider.  I don't want to replace the whole zipper if I don't have to - he will outgrow this coat by spring, I think.  I have a zipper repair kit, but the sliders that I have are for metal or coil zippers.  I was wondering if I could just cut the slider off one of the many ykk zippers in my stash instead of using the whole zipper and just use a generic stop to replace the one I cut off.  This should take minutes instead of hours of seam ripper....

Has anyone tried this?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two super fast fleece recon projects on: December 08, 2009 06:56:36 AM
I started these less than an hour ago...

My cousins gave my boys some fleece pillowcases a few years ago that have been sitting on my fleece pile for almost as long as the children got so sweaty sleeping on them...


KSFT 3T

10 minutes start to finish  Shocked Shocked  He will wear them to bed to stop oopies from soaking through,  He will hate this picture when he is older  Embarrassed


DS3 got a hold of the camera while I was sewing, so here is his shirt still on the pile as a pillow case:


As I am sewing it:


All done:

Pillowcase band as the hem, and cuffed sleeves because there was not quite enough fabric to have hemmed sleeves. 

Pretty good for 45 minutes on a Tue morning  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Copying a pair of favorite jammie or sweatpants on: December 07, 2009 07:51:27 AM
I started with Tim's favorite threadbare sweatpants.

Step 1:
Carefully flatten the pants so the seams match and lay flat.  Line up one side of the flattened pants on the fold of the fabric, lining up the side seam it they have one...  

I double folded the fabric here, (so my pants are laying on two folds), that way I only had to cut once for both legs, instead of having to use my first cut out as the pattern for the other leg...


Step 2:
Add seam, hem and waist allowances with some kind of marking instrument.  I used the same as the original garment, 1" for the hem, 1 1/2" for the waist and 3/8" for the leg seams.


Step 3:
Cut!  I cut through four layers here, to get two legs cut on the fold.  My scisssors protested a bit, but it worked and saved me the extra step of having to cut a 2nd leg.


Step 4:
Serge or sew the crotch curves, right sides together of course.


Step 5:
Line up the inside leg seams.  

Sew them as one continuous seam, starting at one leg hem and finishing at the other.


Step 6:
Dig through your elastic stash and decide how you want to apply the elastic Smiley based on what you find there...


I decided to go with a drawstring elastic waist like the original pants and a cased narrow elastic for the hem, because I didn't have a suitable width of woven elastic to do the hems like the original.

Step 7: (for cased hems)
Turn up the hems 1" to the wrong side.  Stitch close to the edge, leaving a 1" opening to insert elastic.


Insert elastic using a bodkin or large safety pin.


Stitch elastic together into a circle, pull into casing and stitch opening closed.


Step 8: Drawstring elastic waist
Cut elastic about 25% less than waist measurement because this is stretchy stuff and it also stretches as you sew through it.  His waist is 32", so I cut the elastic to 27".  
(More pictures coming the next time I make pants)  
Zigzag the elastic into a circle, being careful not to catch the drawstring in the stitching (ask how I know this...)


Quarter mark the elastic and the waistband (I used pins, a marker would likely work better).


Pin elastic to WRONG side of pants, matching your marks.  I add pins between the quarter marks to make it easier to control the stretch while sewing.


Zigzag or serge the edge of the elastic to the pants, stretching as you sew.


Fold the elastic down and mark where the drawstrings are going to go thru.


If you are using a woven, you would make button holes.  My origianl pants were knit and they were just holes cut, so that is how I did mine.  Maybe you can cut your holes neater...


Turn the elastic to the inside, pull the drawstrings through the holes and knot the ends.


Pin in place and stitch, stretching between the pins.



All done!
Comparison to the origial



Two more pairs to match Daddy:



Please give feedback if this is confusing  or useful... Thanks for looking Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two more Raglans - purple recycled, cute guys on: December 04, 2009 08:53:50 PM

DS2 won a colouring contest at a local health food store, that they had all participated in.  (the prize was a hand wash station blacklight/special soap, etc. for his classroom at school)  We picked up his prize this afternoon after parent teacher interviews.  The store manager knows and loves seeing us come in, and she wanted all of the boys to "win" something.  She solved the one prize/4 boys problem, by giving the long sleeve tshirts that her workers didn't want to wear  Wink.  Of course, when you are a little boy, a purple shirt with a bug on it is to be coveted  Smiley

They were adult large, so DS4 had a dress that reached his knees.  With a little restructuring, we had a matching crew that wasn't in danger of killing themselves tripping over the hems...

I wasn't allowed to make supper until they were done...




There was one for DH too, so all five of my guys are sleeping in their "Beat the Bug" shirts and the gray sweatpants I made earlier this week

I adjusted the neck on the YCMT raglan (the 5T), but I'm going to use the Patrick Raglan after this, because I am still not quite happy.  The KSFT 3T shirt was perfect.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fleece pants - all sizes, some with feet on: December 02, 2009 10:55:27 AM
I started the Dec. stash game (on another board) by copying dh's favorite track pants that are rags, I'll put up a tutorial eventually, but here is the copy and the original:


Nothing fancy,  Wink but he loves the black ones...

Matching ones for DS1 and DS2 because DS1 is outgrowing everything


This is the first time I have used drawstring elastic and I really like it.  I have had it laying around for ages, and I will be glad to get it out of my messy elastic stash (two more pants to go for that).

My friend asked me to make her some fleece jammies for her guy, and I agreed.  Yesterday when she was here, she asked if they could have feet.  I didn't have a pattern for them, but a quick dive into my pattern stash found this pattern from the thrift store

It has fleece slipper socks.  With a few modifications it turned out really nice. 

The first pair ended up fitting DS2 instead of her guy, can you say pattern sizing off?  I cut them size 6 based on his waist measurements, and size 10 ds2 fits them perfect  Embarrassed


Take 2, cut to a size 3 (he wears 6 rtw) turned out awesome:


Take 3:


I'll make another pair for him, and a shirt to match the maple leaf ones Smiley

These were a fun, and quick challenge that worked...
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Duffle Bags and more Bags... on: November 30, 2009 06:50:34 PM
these look great! i picked up this pattern as well b/c sewing circles and duffles confuses me and they never look so good, did you find this pattern hard to work with ?
Now i need to dig that pattern out and try it
thnx for sharing

I really liked this pattern.  After the first batch, I modified them to make the zippers exposed instead of with the covering flap.  I found them simpler and the zippers open wider.  I subtracted 1 3/4nches off of the end with the fold line on it and sewed both sides of the zipper the same, and then continued on as per the pattern instructions.  I also didn`t do zipper pockets on any after the first, because I was production oriented and wanted to get more done Smiley

It is a beautifully simple pattern and I really like it.  I will do more for gifts in the coming years.
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