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21  Kitty Cat Number Purse, wool felt (pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Caine on: November 14, 2007 11:41:48 PM
While I was making an advent calendar comprised of numbered wee felt pouches http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203930.0, my number crazy 4YO daughter became enchanted with the idea of having pouches that represented her heros -- mostly girls she knows who are slightly older. I made some pouches (a horse with the number 7, to represent her 7YO horse loving buddy, etc.).

We upped the ante this weekend and made two for real purses -- one cat purse for a friend turning 6 and another for my daughter. Here it is! Two views ... My first purse! I really had to scratch my head about how the lining might go. As many times as i have read it, I have to try it to get it.





It is hand sewn in wool/rayon felt, with a cotton lining. I hand sewed it because I was too lazy to get off the couch and start my machine. Hoping that my funky hand stitching lends something, er, sweet to it, rather than just lookin' sloppy!  The cat is merely glued on. Probably need to sew it but ... lesseee how much she likes it. The handle is yarn braided and run through some grommets (I just got the tool, ooh woo!). I used 4 strands of yarn of each color to please my numerology girl, plus one blue strand to pick up the color of the lining. Or for luck?  Hope you like! She said she wants to keep a real cat in there. Or some dice. Or or ... we'll see what she does tomorrow!
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22  Skateboard, Scrappy Applique for 7 YO Boy - Pictures in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: November 05, 2007 07:15:16 AM
My nephew loves to skateboard (and everything like that). I needed a 7 YO birthday gift for him and delayed so long that I ran out of time for any of my more energetic ideas so i came up with this -- the shirt is from Target -- it looked so cozy and raggedy! And the scraps are from old t-shirts of mine and a bit of one of my daughter's stained t-shirt dresses.

My sister (his ma) says he is super picky so I cannot promise any action shots. I thought I would post it because I have been away -- since July! -- from this board and miss it. Hope to start posting again!

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23  Pirate Hat -- Easy, Felt, fits most heads in Halloween Costumes by Caine on: October 24, 2007 10:54:09 PM
With this easy hat and some tatty clothes (all mine are pretty close already, just from being a mom!), you can get your timbers shivered pronto, or?



It's a little big on our 1 YO model but fits the rest of the family just fine!

ARRRRRRRRR!!!!
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24  Re: Advent Calendar, (photos) Wool/Rayon Felt, Hanging Pockets in Winter Holidays by Caine on: October 24, 2007 10:03:28 PM
Here is a close up of a few more pockets ... thanks for asking!




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25  Advent Calendar, (photos) Wool/Rayon Felt, Hanging Pockets in Winter Holidays by Caine on: October 24, 2007 07:53:24 PM
I am happy with the way this turned out -- unfortunately for me I made it for a craft fair at my kid's school and so it is already sold. So I will have to make another for us and one for my ma!

It is easy to make -- the hard part (for me) was coming up with illustrations and colors that all worked together. Lots of daydreaming!

I do hope the photos are clear -- I wasn't quite sure how best to shoot it (but my DH took a pic of each pocket separately too -- say if you want to see more)







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26  Power Wristbands -- quick n easy! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 18, 2007 01:12:23 AM
At my daughter's school we are knee deep in crafting for our Fall fundraiser -- I grew weary of the big - takes many days -- takes many people projects and needed a boost of POWER so I whipped up these wristbands -- it is just felt and glue, hoody do! Tomorrow I will take them to school and while the others are making complicated things I am going to hum and cut and make power wristbands with whomever will join me! Hope you like them! This is my first post in playthings and I just started posting here, but I do have some a bunch of toys I made that I would love to share!


There's a bearish skull and crossbones (thank you to Kids Craft Weekly for inspiration); batman; spidey, moon and stars (some kind of glare obscures the star -- just like in real life!), flower power, jewelry and even a quidditch ball with a bolt of lightening!

These are fun! I am sloppy with the glue and cutting them free hand -- wondering too which glue is best for gluing felt that kids will play with (but not being glued by kids!)

Tips? Wristband ideas? I think I will wear a FLOWER POWER one all day tomorrow. Looking forward to posting more with you! Such great things I see.


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27  Re: Let them eat cake! The Marie Antoinette the Peasant Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 17, 2007 05:34:44 PM
Silly me -- i wasn't thinking about showing the dress here when I took it but she wanted a pic for her Dad. I can post a picture of the dress without anyone in it. Lemme check and see if I have one handy. dress is not yet hemmed, btw. I will try and get her to model it standing up tomorrow if she comes by the school.

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28  Let them eat cake! The Marie Antoinette the Peasant Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 17, 2007 05:27:42 PM
I am making a dozen or more of these this summer for my daughter's preschool  -- we craft all summer to fill up a "store" during a one day carnival at the school . It is all sewn as a group. We always sell out of our "princess dresses" -- I wasn't involved with princess dresses last year since I didn't sew last year.

I decided to design my own dress and wanted it to be different. When I was at Versailles way back I recalled being enchanted in that lovely teenage ironic way with Marie Antoinette peasant village. Anyhow, I thought of it again when I designed this dress.



Whatcha think? The dress looks pretty plain hanging on a hanger but when a little girl puts it on, seems to come alive!
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29  Re: Running the numbers (skirts) -- Twin Twirls for Best Friends! IMAGE HEAVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 16, 2007 08:07:17 AM
Just for fun -- here is a closeup of the fabrics -- if it is not clear, I can replace it with a better one, if a quiet spot in the day emerges ... meanwhile, I need vegbee's list of things to keep my kids occupied because ...

the doggies and kitties are at my feet!
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30  Running the numbers (skirts) -- Twin Twirls for Best Friends! IMAGE HEAVY in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 15, 2007 11:52:37 PM
My daughter asked me to copy one of her favorite skirts for her best buddy. I think they liked the result. Skirt thing is a three tiered twirly with elastic waistband based on a design by Belle Marie Boutique -- I bought a tute at youcanmakethis.com and then, ya know, had my way with it ... i cannot leave things alone.



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