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7231  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: 73 Train Tickets on: June 17, 2007 07:57:54 AM
Hmmmm...I'd swear I posted to this the other night...probably forgot to actually hit the "post" button...

In any case, now that you've made your awesome bag, this might not apply anymore. But, you did say you still had some tickets left...

This link is for a "flexi-cube" made out of train tickets...and I'm jealous because I don't have any tickets like these and can't make one like it...
7232  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - JUNE on: June 17, 2007 05:46:00 AM
LOL, craftADDchick!  Cheesy You reward yourself with your butterfly square and I will reward myself with the hearts square! We deserve it  Grin

Yay! Okay, as soon as I get off the computer, I'll get to work on finishing November!
7233  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Zipper Pouch on: June 17, 2007 05:44:52 AM
I used Aunt Lydia's "Fashion Crochet Thread" (100% Mercerized Cotton), Size 3.

And, I bet it would have worked out just as well, if not better, if I had made it wider on longer and folded it in half. Good thinking!

I want to make one for myself, so I might try your suggestion! I was just trying out a pattern from the book, so I just made a swatch, originally. Hmmmm...now I'm even thinking I could add a flap to cover the zipper...I have plenty of the thread and I have extra fabric...all I need is a zipper...hmmmm...

7234  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - JUNE on: June 17, 2007 05:34:27 AM
Here I am, with no papers to grade and nothing extremely pressing to work on. So, I actually have time to continue my November Easy square. And then I'm jumping ahead to do the butterfly square as a reward to myself.

Reward for only completing 2 squares, you say? Why not? Or , maybe it could be an "I-made-it-through-a-school-year-with-one-of-the-worst-groups-of-8th-graders-I've-ever-had" reward.

Less expensive than some of my usual rewards (books, CDs, craft supplies) and much less fattening than some others (chocolate, ice cream, cookies...). So maybe it could even be a reward for avoiding these other rewards!

And I know some of you are saying- "Whatever! Just get your darn squares done!"
7235  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab dress with straps on: June 17, 2007 05:29:17 AM
This is amazing! I would love to make something with pop tabs and this is inspiring!

I was just at a party yesterday and the beers and sodas were being consumed at a rapid pace. I actually started to reach for a blue tab on a can of Coors Light (I think), but stopped myself...it would become an obsession...

Maybe I'll send an e-mail out to the family to start saving their tabs for me...

What do you do about the sometimes sharp/jagged bits that appear when the tab is removed from the can?
7236  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Typographic Pop Up Book on: June 17, 2007 05:24:57 AM
This is a fantastic piece of work! You seem to have an excellent eye for graphics- the boldness of it all works very well!

I love the pull tab on the cover- it grabbed me right from the start and made me want to keep looking! And, the Contents page is slick! Then, the chapter dividers- love them- and I love how they are not as wide as a full page- it makes it than much more interesting.

I really want to hold the completed book in my hands and fully explore it! If you don't get an A on your project, send it to me and I will re-grade it for you Wink

Your attention to detail is impressive. And, while I like the story, what you did with it just makes it that mych better!

Very, very, very well done and inspiring! Now I want to go and dig out all of my book-making books and have a go...
7237  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Zipper Pouch on: June 16, 2007 08:02:54 PM
Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Since I gave it away as a gift, I'll have to choose another pattern to try from the book and then make one for myself!

And elizabeth, it really wasn't too hard. The hardest part was trying to keep the crochet piece flat while I sewed it onto the fabric. I used a lot of pins...and many curse words...and a few band-aids...  Grin
7238  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Zipper Pouch on: June 15, 2007 07:02:53 PM

I'm lazy, so I machine stitched it. I stitched the crocheted panel onto the piece of outer fabric first, and then  basically followed the lined zipper pouch tutorial.

The crocheted piece had nice edges on the top and bottom, so it was easy to machine stitch that part. The sides were not as neat, which is one of the reasons it curves a bit (plus I tried to stretch it straight as I sewed the sides...clearly it didn't work...  Grin ).

I would guess that if you were working with a flat piece of crochet then it would be easy enough to sew the lining in with a machine. I know that some folks who have been making the fat bottom bag (at least that's where I think I read it) have been talking about the best way to do the lining. I haven't made the bag yet, so I can't offer any advice.

Maybe, if you were working with a non-flat crocheted piece, then you could sew the lining by machine, but stitch it into the bag by hand. You probably only need to stitch it by hand around the top edge.

I don't know how helpful this was...mostly thinking "out loud."
7239  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: cut out handle with fish!! on: June 15, 2007 02:03:01 PM
hi- am I the only idiot that can't find this amazing tut I keep reading about? I love the bags you all have made, but I am in SUCH need of directions!  Any help appreciated!

I had seen the tute and couldn't understand your confusion. Then I went back and saw this...
Tutorial here removed at the request of Amy Butler Design.

If you'd like to learn to make this purse, please purchase her pattern:

7240  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I <3 Tea/Coffee/Cocoa Swap Round 4 Gallery on: June 15, 2007 01:43:34 PM
Fluxity- That tea cup is awesome! I don't know if I'd be able to pull that off!

Hey, thanks! I was really proud of it.... I wanted to keeeeep it, but I exercised some will power Smiley

I had to do the same for the tea cups that I etched. It took a while to cut out the characters, but the end result was worth it. It's funny because I had the tea cups but never used them (very similar to yours), and once I etched them, I almost couldn't give them away!
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