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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elephant Bag (Simplicity 1495) on: January 29, 2014 01:37:35 PM
  What is a clip closure?  Is it a magnetic snap?

The pattern actually calls for a regular snap applied to the tabs that stretch across the bag to keep the sides tucked in when closed. I used a mitten clip instead. I also used mitten clips because I had some in my stash (but didn't have o-rings which that pattern calls for). It closes with a magnetic snap, as well. Extra secure!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Double-layered Hogwarts Fleece Scarves (with tutorial) on: January 26, 2014 04:40:17 PM


TUTORIAL
MATERIALS:
-Fleece
-Rotary Cutters & Mat OR Scissors
-Ruler
-Thread
-Sewing Machine OR hand-sewing paraphernalia

1. CUT out pieces as follows: (either with rotary cutter, ruler and mat OR scissors)
   -20 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR ONE
            (Hufflepuff = Yellow, Gryffindor = Gold, Ravenclaw = Pewter, Slytherin = Silver)
   -18 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR TWO
             (Hufflepuff =Black, Gryffindor = Red, Ravenclaw = Royal, Slytherin = Green)
  -4 squares measuring 6x6 inches of COLOR TWO







2. Using scant* 1/4 inch seams, SEW pieces for one side/length together, alternating colors, so that you have used 10 Color One (Yellow in the example) and 9 Color Two (Black in the example). Sew the larger/square pieces on the ends (Black in this case). REPEAT for the other side/length.



*SCANT in sewing terms means that you're erring on the inside, so that your stitching line would be on the inside of 1/4 inch. The seam allowance (fabric on the inside of the stitching line) will be less than 1/4 inch in this case... more like 3/16 inch.



Make sure seams are all on the same (wrong) side

3. Place the two sides/lengths with Right Sides together, and SEW long sides with scant 1/4 inch seams.



4. TURN scarf right side out (so all the seam allowances are inside).



PRESS (carefully, on low setting, fleece is essentially plastic and will melt.)



5. CUT fringe on both ends, through both layers of fleece, about 2 inches deep.



6. Attend Quidditch match and declare your house pride!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ROOOARReady for School! Dinosaur Backpack (McCall's 4610) on: January 26, 2014 03:57:05 PM
This was a gift for my room mate, and when I went to take photos of it, she said my dress form looked like it was 'ready for school'.



 It's not a large backpack, and the straps are not adjustable, but it is cute (not too challenging a pattern with a clean finished product -no visible seams inside or out). The fabric was a spoonflower print by Dennis the Badger on canvas (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1906078) -not affiliated, just love the site and the artist. Because I opted for a canvas fabric, I forwent (wow, that really is the proper conjugation of 'forgo') with the 'sew-in hair canvas' interfacing, and just used regular medium fusible pellon, and then used the fusible fleece for the second interfacing (that adheres to the lining) as prescribed.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Elephant Bag (Simplicity 1495) on: January 26, 2014 03:50:13 PM

Simplicity 1495, downloadable version, in corduroy and polka dot cotton.
This pattern is pretty nifty, has some great details.
Side pockets as well as inside pockets, the bow with buckle, and tab/clips to hold the top closed.
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bored At Work Sketch on: December 02, 2013 01:50:43 PM
Here's the finished card... It ended up not the traditional card size, rather a 8x11-ish deal which I pasted the letter on the back of. But I couldn't resist the scrapbook paper (the gold damask layered over a teal, which reminded me of the wallpaper in 221B). Good news is that the recipient loved it!


(Taking photos of rectangular objects from above is not easy... It was more square/less wonky in real life)


I also went with stillatthetop's suggestion of adding in a little color. It's hard to see in this lighting, but there's a hint of navy colored pencil to match the blue paper it's mounted on.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bored At Work Sketch on: November 11, 2013 01:56:10 PM
You definitely win the jeopardy prize!

I don't make cards all that often. (I also don't draw as often as I used to since sewing is my primary craft now...) My mom always makes home made cards. They're such a nice thing to receive!

And to get paid to come up with this at work???  Roll Eyes

Ha! I feel like the boss isn't going to complain if I draw/sketch while waiting for the embroidery machines to finish up their run... at least not when I never take my breaks (I can't sit still that long at work, it seems like a waste of time).
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bored At Work Sketch on: November 11, 2013 01:20:46 PM
stillatthetop- Ooh! I like that idea. Maybe I can pull a color from a scrapbook paper to use in the background on the card for the accent in the sketch to tie it together. Thanks!

(Yes... Sherlock as played by Benedict Cumberbatch is what I was going for.)
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bored At Work Sketch on: November 11, 2013 12:56:15 PM

(Copy/Printer Paper, #2 Pencil)
Thinking of using this to make a card for a friend, but... Is it recognizable?
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kraken! A Steampunk Outfit & Umbrella on: November 10, 2013 06:36:21 PM




Outfit Breakdown:

-Blouse: I made a few years ago out of an old bedsheet for a casual steampunk outfit
-Fingerless Gloves: made from quilter's cotton to go with my first steampunk outfit a number of years ago.
-Hat: from my Steampunk Birthday Party outfit, only trimmed out with red instead of purple.
-Neck Decoration: Strip of red lace.
-Skirt: Quilter's Cotton, my bustle skirt design
-Vest: Sage-ish stripe Upholestry fabric, brass buckles, laces up sides with ribbon through brass eyelets, my Mrs. Fitzsimmon's Supportive design
-Nylons: Dollar Tree! They of course, ripped the moment I put them on, but that's okay for steampunk style...
-Boots: Funtasma Victorian, costume-quality boot (my first... yes, I said first, as in I have three pairs of Victorian Style boots (one of which is a very nice leather pair) even though I don't yet have decent shoes to wear to work everyday for the winter...)
-Umbrella: Black acrylic Painters' Pen (love these!), free-handed.  (I used to do more 'art' than 'craft', primarily drawing and painting, but now I definitely sew more than I delve into fine arts, but it's nice once-in-a-while to bust out the artsy skills.)
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Scrubbing Bubbles Amigurumi on: November 07, 2013 12:32:21 PM
oh my gosh! So cute!  Grin
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