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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for my mother's club craft night on: March 13, 2007 02:24:39 PM
My mother's club is having a craft night - I volunteered to lead a craft.  I'm looking for ideas.  The club buys the materials, so it needs to be cheap, like $1/person.  It can't be made of found materials, because of course its unlikely I'll be able to find 35 identical items, so it needs to be something I can buy at a craft or $ store. And it would be great if it was something the women could actually take home and enjoy.

Any ideas?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake Appliqued Fleece Throw on: November 07, 2006 02:22:12 PM
I posted this in housewares but I thought I'd post it here too since its winter themed.

I needed a gift for my MIL for her birthday which was two days ago.  I decided to make her a nice warm blanket to snuggle under when she watches tv.  I decided to go with a snowflake theme - originally I meant to try to machine embroider some simple snowflakes on the white fleece in blue thread, but then I realized that wasn't going to happen without some kind of stabilizer, so I went for an applique using the blue backing fabric and zigzag stick on my sewing machine. 

The back is the same blue as the snowflakes and border- the border is just the back fabric folded over and zigzag stitched.  Took me two days - maybe 8 hours? Including all the failed attempts at figuring out how to get snowflakes on there. Smiley









Hopefully she'll like it!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Snowflake Applique Fleece Throw Blanket on: November 07, 2006 02:16:34 PM
I needed a gift for my MIL for her birthday which was two days ago.  I decided to make her a nice warm blanket to snuggle under when she watches tv.  I decided to go with a snowflake theme - originally I meant to try to machine embroider some simple snowflakes on the white fleece in blue thread, but then I realized that wasn't going to happen without some kind of stabilizer, so I went for an applique using the blue backing fabric and zigzag stick on my sewing machine. 

The back is the same blue as the snowflakes and border- the border is just the back fabric folded over and zigzag stitched.  Took me two days - maybe 8 hours? Including all the failed attempts at figuring out how to get snowflakes on there. Smiley









Hopefully she'll like it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Child's scarf - my first knitting project! on: October 27, 2006 08:14:09 AM
Okay, so I'm sure this isn't terribly exciting for most to look at, but I'm really excited about it.  Not only is it my first knitting project ever, but its kinda my first craft project 'back' since I had kids.  I haven't crafted much in the last few years, so I'm excited to be getting back to it. And its my first completed project on craftster, so...

I decided last week to learn to knit, I see so many cute knitted things on here.  So I bought a 'learn to knit in a day' book and knitted a practice square, but I hate doing things for no purpose, so I decided to use one of the simple patterns in the book (just a K2, P2 scarf) and make it for my daughter.  It's just one 4oz skein of Red Heart kids yarn.




I was impressed with how easy it became if I just persisted at it.  When I first started the pattern I had to constantly say 'knit 1, knit 2, switch, purl 1, purl 2, switch' just to make sure I didn't screw up, but after a while I really could tell which stitches were which and noticed if I screwed up in time to fix it.  Next I'm thinking a matching hat for her if I have time among my xmas projects.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Patterns for kids dress up clothes? on: October 23, 2006 01:06:39 PM
I was just at jo ann and they have this great line of pretend fabric - all on sale becuase of halloween (though I'm sure I can find it on sale later too) but I was thinking I'd love to make DD some great dress up things for christmas, but I don't really want to make her a 'costume' per se - Like a princess dress would be great- but I want to make it so its easy for her to take on and off herself and so it will last a few years. So I want something that isn't too tightly fitting, but would still be fun. Any ideas where I could get some patterns like that?
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Iron-on on fleece or other fabrics? on: October 18, 2006 05:22:58 PM
I want to make some alphabet bean bags for my daughter for christmas - I am thinking I'll use iron on transfer for the letters, but I was originally thinking of making the bags from fleece - anyone done this? Is it a mistake? I suppose I could just give it a try on some scraps, but I thought I'd see if anyone has some experience.  Any other fabrics that just won't work?

I'm not really concerned about the letters looking glossy against the matte fleece, if they adhered well enough, but I could see that being a problem.  Oh and the bags would never be washed, so that wouldn't be an issue either.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Teenage boys? Is it possible to craft them a gift they'd like? on: October 17, 2006 05:00:29 PM
I usually give my cousin's boys gifts.  Problem is they are getting older now and I don't see them more often than once or twice a year - this year I'm trying to do a more crafty christmas.  Is it even possible to craft teenage boys gifts?

They are 8, 13 and 15.  I have no clue what they are interested in aside from that they play soccer and like football and sports.   (Last year I gave them hockey tickets, the year before football jerseys)   My cousin buys gifts for my kids - but she probably spends $30 while I'm spending $150 - I don't really mind the difference but we are broke this year and trying to cut back - second cousins I never see seems like a good place to start.    I'm pretty crafty, I can't knit but I've done simple crochet and can sew and I can pick things up quick and I'm ambitious.

 I don't want to waste my time if I can't make them something they've got a shot at really liking since I have a lot I want to do this season.  Is it even possible?  Any ideas?   I'm thinking this is a long shot. 
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