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421  Re: lipbalm/lipstick cozy w/tutorial (v. image heavy) in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: December 22, 2007 04:35:23 PM
I finally had a chance to make one of these! I ran into a couple of problems (no fault of the tutorial, though!). My D-ring was too small, so I made a separate tab to put it through. And, I couldn't find decent snaps and my Velcro seems to have vanished, so I had to use sew-on snaps (which I hate). I also forgot to change out the thread so I stitched it all in white, but the 7-year old recipient didn't seem to notice. Other than that, it came out great! Thanks for such a great tutorial, vegbee!

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422  Re: Magic Bows (tutorial included) in Winter Holidays by craftADDchick on: December 08, 2007 01:36:38 PM
Here's another one...



They whip up pretty quickly! Unless you stitch over the middle ribbon like I did on this one...I really should pay attention to my own warnings Wink

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423  Magic Bows (tutorial included) in Winter Holidays by craftADDchick on: December 08, 2007 12:42:10 PM
Well, I'll stick this in Winter Holidays, but only because it's winter now! In reality, these bows could be used throughout the year...

The backstory:
Over a year ago, I saw directions in my aunt's Threads magazine on how to make fabric bows. They were essentially a fabric tube with a ribbon running through it and strategically placed tack stitches. When you pulled the interior ribbon, the outer fabric tube "scrunched up" into a bow. Lame explanation, I know.

Anyway, my aunt made me a copy of the directions, which I promptly misplaced. But, the more I thought about it, I realized that I didn't need the directions anyway. Somewhere, I had a magic bow made of gift wrap ribbon and I could just use that for my inspiration. Instead of gift wrap ribbon, I used regular ribbon.

So, here is my first attempt, and it was a pretty quick and easy project! Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason, my camera decided that today was one of its days to take lousy pictures...

Sorry, no action shot! You need two hands to pull the bow into shape Wink

And now for the mini tutorial...

  • 40" (100 cm) each of two coordinating ribbons. One ribbon should be at least an inch wide, and the other should be no more than a half an inch. Depending on the size of the gift, you may also want to make the thinner ribbon longer than 40" so you have enough length to wrap around the package.
  • Matching thread
  • Tape measure
  • Fray check
  • Pins


1. Trim the edges of the large ribbon at an angle (or cut a V-notch in each end). Apply fray check to the cut edges of each ribbon.
2. Fold each ribbon in half and mark the center.
3. Center the thin ribbon on top of the wide ribbon and pin in place.

4. Tack the thin ribbon in place at the center point.
5. Fold the ribbons in half, sandwiching the thin ribbon inside the wide ribbon.
6. Measuring from the fold, pin along the top edge at the following points (Note: Be careful that you don't catch the thin ribbon in the pins. The thin ribbon must be able to move freely!):
2 5/8" (6.8 cm), 6 1/2 (16.5 cm), 10 1/4" (26 cm), 15 3/4" (40 cm)
7. Measuring from the fold, pin along the bottom edge at the following points (Again, keep the thin ribbon clear):
2 3/4" (7 cm), 6 1/8" (15.5 cm), 10 3/4" (27.2 cm), 15" (38 cm)

8. Tack along the edge (I used a zig-zag stitch in the same spot), at each marked point.
9. Holding onto the ends of the thin ribbon, slide the wide ribbon up the length of the the thin ribbon to "scrunch" it into a bow.
10. Tie it onto your package and you are finished!
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424  Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 05, 2007 06:11:11 PM
Neato prawn and Butcher Bird cards!!! And I totally had a shirt/short set with that manatee pattern (in cotton form with some rainbows) that I wore in elementary school that my mom made me. Crazy cool that the still have it!

Did you paint on the dominoes? I want a close up of that crab-it's phenomenal, craftADDchick!

Ha! I wish I could paint like that! Sadly, I cannot...But, I can decoupage a print-out of a horseshoe crab...and, I just realized that it's actually a trilobite...

And, I do have some more of the manatee fabric (pretty funny that you had it when you were a kid!), but it's a bit too vibrant for me to wear. I'll probably make a bag or pouch with it, though!
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425  Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 05, 2007 03:03:58 PM
My partner, Moonoverbrooklyn, received today but can't find her camera, so she said I could post pics of what I sent...

Two domino pendants (a horseshoe crab and a diatom) and a hedgehog cell phone charm:

Then, a crocheted "gentleman prawn" (got the pattern from a fellow Craftster):

Followed by a Nine-Banded Armadillo shirt with an Audubon illustration:

And a set of Butcherbird notecards:

And, finally, a manatee messenger bag with this very colorful manatee fabric as a lining.

I had a whole bunch of fun making these items for my partner- this swap was a blast!! Grin
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426  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 03, 2007 11:26:07 AM
And, I finally found my battery charger and located the cable for my camera, so here is a picture of the shirt that SaccharineSunshine04 made for me. I love the color!

Thanks, SaccharineSunshine! As soon as it warms up around here, I'll be wearing it! Wink
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427  Re: Science/Math geek Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: December 03, 2007 11:19:47 AM
I received from Moonoverbrooklyn today!! And I just love it all!

Forgive the abundance of pictures...most of the items required a close-up Wink

Nice things come in small packages! When I opened the box, everything was wrapped or tied in pretty ribbons (and some cool heart elastic) with notes attached:

The first thing I opened was a package that was labeled as "made especially for you...but not waterproof." Three slide pendants that are just AWESOME!!

#1- My name in binary code:

#2- A Bacillus laterosporus made with batik fabric:

#3- A diffusion pendant- the beads move to actually demonstrate how diffusion works:

Then, there were a couple of maginfying specimen boxes:

And an adorable mudskipper stuffie!! It's so cute that I keep hugging it!

And, because I was able to locate a shirt out my way that was out of stock in her area, she got me a bundle of beautiful batik fabrics!!

Thank you so much Moon, I love it all!! Grin

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428  Re: Post your unusual flower pictures here! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by craftADDchick on: November 27, 2007 06:11:57 PM
Okay, I had to post one! I took this picture at an RV park just outside of Washington, D.C. this summer. I have no idea what it is, but it was so funky looking!

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429  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: November 18, 2007 12:59:49 PM
My package from SaccharineSunshine04 had arrived yesterday, but when I got home late last night (or early this morning, take your pick Wink ), I didn't see it on the porch in the dark.

I got a bunch of very cool little items! I only took one pic, because my camera battery is just about to go, and I can't locate the charger  Tongue

There is a little old-fashioned school desk with my name on it, and when I opened it, there was a beaded dragonfly pin inside! There is also a wire dragonfly pendant necklace (I wish the picture showed it more-it's neat!), a blank journal with hand-decorated cover and sequin bookmark, a mini tiara ( Cheesy ), and a barette with sequins and a frog bead (but I need to glue it back on). Thanks so much SaccharineSunshine04!
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430  Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2007 06:58:16 PM
I'm still a little bit jealous! Wink

But, I realized that I made another one...a basic granny out of Lion Brand Thick & Quick Chenille. I made it for a swap. It worked up quickly and I can do a granny while watching TV. I'll be making more for sure!

And, I just scrolled through all of the images and picked out some that I definitely want to make (Face Cloth, Falling Leaves, Bark Sedge, Treble Dipped, and the one with "zipper" in the name).
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