I hope it is okay to post a wip here - even though it is for 'completed' projects. But I am so excited about the progress of my kitchen that I couldn't hold back. sneak preview:
Back Story I bought this house about 6 years ago. It has a great kitchen - large, 60's style, lots of cupboards etc. But the vendors painted everything (cupboards, walls, ceiling, cornices, everything!) in the kitchen a pale blue-grey colour, which is quite gloomy. The kitchen faces south, which in Australia means it gets no direct sunlight. I put off painting for years, because it is such a huge job. Sooo many cupboards, none of them painted inside. But finally decided to get down to it, with the help of my daughter and her boyfriend. When we started to prepare ie sand and sugarsoap, we realised that the existing paint was just one coat and had not been properly prepped, so we have had to scrape and sand all the paint off... . it has been a massive job. Now about half way through. We decided to go insane with colour. I mean really insane...
Anyhoo, on with the pictures:
Here are some 'before' pics -
You can see we have started to scrape back the paint
Now on to the new stuff -still in progress. Some of the cupboards have only one coat, some have masking tape around them. You can see the masking tape in this pic
These cupboards are finished
The bottom ones are still in progress
Wow, its bright! What do you think? Too much? (S**t my kitchen is messy)
I used some indonesian batik from my stash to make placemats and a tablecloth. The placemats have the tablecloth fabric on one side and the other batik on the back. They are quilted and bound with a striped fabric. The pictures show two of the placemats, sitting on the scrunched up tablecloth.
[I just can't seem to rotate images after they are uploaded - sorry everyone, the pictures aren't easy to look at sideways and they are distorted/stretched . Can anyone help me with this? I edit the images, rotate them, but it just doesn't seem to work when I insert them in a topic.]
I used a button closure, with two buttons I bought at Spotlight. I think the buttons really add sizzle. Here is it being modelled by mum.
The front closure
close up of top and bottom buttons
Interior view. There are two pockets on one side and a zipper pocket on the other side.
She loves the bag, it holds all her junk, and she drags it everywhere.
I have been making woven magazine bags for ages, but have never posted photos. In the past, I used Barbie Magazines, which my daughter has grown out of. the results were cute and colourful (lots of pink!). This time I wanted to make one for my grown-up niece, who is a real groover. Instead of magazines, I decided to use the fabric catalogues that I get sent to my by Hancock's of Paduca. I love the results, the images of the fabric are so small, that you can look at the bag for hours picking out your favourite square. I haven't attached the handle yet - It will be a chain attached by clips. On to the pics: looked at from above:
inside close up
outside [why can't I rotate this image? sorry everyone!]
outside close ups
darn that shiny shine.
Okay, not the most practical of handbags, but not too bad. The inside surfaces are covered in contact, the corners and edges are black fabric tape.
Hope you like, comments, criticisms and suggestions welcome
Okay, not the most earth-shattering crafting ever done, but I made these for my ex-mother-in-law (mother-out-law?) for xmas. I bought some inexpensive teatowels, then got some fat quarters from spotlight, cut and sew and stitch and bob's your uncle! tower-o-towels:
there were 3 black and 3 white towels. Here is one of each
And some close-ups of the fabric
They were fun and simple to make. I hope she enjoys using them.
I made my mother a handbag for her birthday, which was in mid-December. I have been sooo busy crafting my xmas pressies, I haven't had time until now to post the results. I haven't made a lot of bags, but this one is my favourite so far. I have had the fabric for a looong time, and have been saving it for something extra super special. What better than mommy? The pattern and tutorial I used were generously posted by Oh Fransson here: http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/11/margaret-sling-bag.html But the fabric I used is kind of old-fashioned. Here is an action shot with my mom modelling:
Here is a shot of the interior of the bag. It has two pockets on one side, and the lining is a kaffe fasset stripe
One inner pocket made with the outer fabric, the other pocket made from the lining fabric
I nearly ran out of outer fabric. I cut the fabric for the out strap, then couldn't find it anywhere in my craft room. I decided that the culprit was:
Mr Frog, my daughter's new puppy, who has been known to chew a thing or ten. But lo and behold, I found the strap fabric underneath another project I was working on - oops sorry Mr Frog! Anyhoo, here is a blurred shot of the button closure
aaan a close up of the detail on the topstitching. Geez I love the machine embroidery stitches on my machine - don't have many but they are cute
I used to love monopoly as a kid. I don't like to play anymore, but I still love the board, money, pieces, hotels etc. As part of my xmas hoard, I made this bag for my daughter aged 16. Sorry, some of the pics are sideways - I have edited but the unedited version seems to come through. Here it is relaxing on the couch
The inside. Lining is just cotton, with one zipper pocket
A blurry close-up of the straps
Oh looky here - one of the pieces had a hole in it, so it became the zipper pull
A close up of the front - it got wrinkled during construction.
Anyway, hope you like. I used freezer paper to attach the money to fabric, then I covered it with sew-able iron-on vinyl. It isn't really strong, but I think it is kinda fun and funky. Hope li'l one likes it. C & C very welcome.
Back with another bag I made over the weekend, this time a Xmas pressie for a friend who loooves autumn colours. It is a slouchy kind of bag with pleats. I got the tute from some generous person on craftster, but once again, having trouble locating it. Will edit it in asap. Yay, I found it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149376.0. Three cheers for bouncyflea! Anyhoodle, on to the pics: Here is an action shot courtesy of a work friend:
The fabric is cotton with gold so it looks more silky than it is.
Another coupla action shots:
The zipper pocket: open
and the pockets on tother side. The little flap with the magnetic catch is drooping into the photo too.
Hmmmm... I think it looks better in real life than the photos. Also, should have probly put some interfacing in the yoke to hold up the flap.
Thanks fer looking and I would welcome suggestions and comments.
So inspiring reading other posts here on craftster. I am currently into making purses and made this bag for a friend's birthday. I am not very experienced (just learnin'), but I was happy wif it. Next time I won't use such stiff interfacing, but oh well, live and learn Here is an action shot, being modelled by my li'l girl:
Here is a pic of the inside. My first zippered pocket whoo hoo:
(her nailpolish is chipping - oops ) Aaaand another inside shot
I made some yoyos for the strap attachment:
and one final (sorry for all the pics)
Thanks for looking, suggestions and comments welcome!