A while back, I saw the Arc Reactor Shirt made by pickled_peppers and knew that I had to have one for my brother's birthday. We decided to do a personal swap for one and when I checked out her wists, she had wisted a wallet in this fantastic cherry pattern and a handbag. I happened to have the exact same cherry fabric on hand, so I offered to make the handbag in the same fabric.
I cannot begin to tell you the troubles I had with this purse! I used a tutorial (sorry, I don't remember where I found it), but the measurements were a bit vague, so I had to do some figuring and finger-crossing. Then, it has a zipper closure, which I was excited to try, but I had misplaced my zipper foot. I finally had to buy a new one, then wait for it to arrive. When it did arrive, it didn't quite fit my machine, but I managed. Along the way, I managed to misplace the supplies more than once and run into other sorts of random obstacles (like my machine suddenly and randomly skipping stitches). And, the night before I finally put the final touches on it all, I pulled my back out!
I decided that the purse was possessed by a demon, hence the name...
But, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. There are a couple of things I'd change should I ever get the courage to make another one, but overall, I'm happy!
Because the pattern on the fabric is busy, it's a bit hard to tell but there are two pockets on the front with buttoned flaps. It closes with a zipper and has a 32" strap. It's lined with black fabric. It's about 7" X 10" X 4" big (or small...).
And, because it was taking me so long, and pickled_peppers was being so good-natured about the whole thing, I also made a little coin purse. It has a little loop so she can attach it to a key ring if she wants.
And finally, the root of all of my problems, the Demon Cherry himself...
After much success with freezer paper stencils, I decided to branch out and try 2 colors... I still need to work on this technique (and I'd love any advice!)...
I needed to make 2 birthday presents for today, so I decided to do each girl's initial and put some little images on them.
For this one, I stenciled the hearts first and then the letter. I ironed the freezer paper over the hearts to make the mask.
For this one, I stenciled the butterflies first and then because the were only on the borders of the letter, I only had to cut out the letter with the butterflies indented as a mask. I had some bleeding on this one and, because it was 11 pm when I was doing this, I forgot to put the center of the "A." I was going to put a white butterfly in the center (I had mixed the paint and knew I'd never be able to match the original butterfly color), but I was too tired to cut the butterfly. So, I used the "A" that I had cut out and ironed it down and put white paint in the center. But it bled horribly, so I had to fix it up with a toothpick "brush." It doesn't look to bad from a distance... and she's only 8...
So, for the Science IS Art! Swap, I decided that I had to make a pillow that used Fibonacci squares to make a Fibonacci Spiral. It is a series of squares with sides that follow this pattern: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34. I actually used a scaled down image, so the smallest square was about 1/4" square. Realizing that I could not easily sew such a tiny square, I decided to use this tutorial by angelbum to help me figure out how to do it. It made it much easier!
I don't have a close-up shot (I think there might be a better one in the swap gallery!), which is kind of good since you can't see all of the mistakes (only some of them ).
I wish I had used some paper piecing for the border strips to make sure that they came out straighter, but I know better for the next time. Also, I learned that my machine sews wiggly seams if I sew fast- it isn't me...really! I think the feed dogs wiggle... I used my plain old sewing machine to quilt the Fibonacci spiral into it.
I turned it into a pillow case, but since it was an oddly sized rectangle, I needed to make a muslin pillow form for the inside.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I had only done paper piecing once before (another pillow), but once I got going, I remembered how much I liked it. I don't have the patience for piecing quilt blocks together otherwise!
I brought it into work, and a couple of folks expressed a desire for a Fibonacci pillow of their very own, so I'll be able to fix some of the things I didn't like about this one.
Last year, I made a bag for the Bottomless Bag Challenge and I called it the Grow-A-Bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150364.0). A few folks asked for a tutorial and somehow over a year went by before I finally got around to making one. This bag is the result.
It is modified from the original (a.k.a. Version 1) because A) It is smaller B) I used Velcro closures instead of buttons and loops and C) I made a placket to hide the upper piece of Velcro.
It isn't perfect, because I made a few measurement errors (hopefully corrected in the tutorial), and I used a cheap shower curtain liner as the bag lining. I already ripped the lining, so I'm sure it'll need replacing soon. Fortunately, I thought ahead and used a large stitch width for ease in "reverse sewing."
The bag has 3 size options:
This bag measures about 12" tall, 10" wide and 6" deep, give or take. Even with the errors in measuring, I'm still very happy with it! It's sized generously enough for me to put a small plate in the bottom without it tipping over. There is also plenty of room for my assorted lunch containers and large bottle of water. And, the Velcro is much better at holding the sections closed.
The tutorial is posted over in the Version 1 thread, if you're interested. There is also some info about figuring out new dimensions for the bag. I included a PDF link, too (but it's a 3.5 MB file, so it takes a while to download!).
Well, after entering and then perusing the Macro Photo Challenge, I decided that I needed to play around with my camera a bit more. I let the camera do most of the work, but I think there is a way for me to exert a little more control...I'll just have to find the manual and do a bit of reading
Anyway, here are some of my favorites out of the dozen or so that I took. And, I realized that one drawback to macro photos is that they make the dust look macro too!
Yoda Toy (still in package)
Eileen "heart" Stan (This is etched into the glass of one of the windows of my house...from the original owner, I think...because the family I bought it from didn't have an Eileen or a Stan...)
My pile of watches
Tree Cookies (slices of tree trunks)
Light Switch (my house is in the middle of work...)
I didn't manipulate any of these photos. I have Photoshop, but I don't really know how to use it
Inspired by pesky pixie's post and the included tutorial, I made a pop top granny square of my own!
I essentially followed her tutorial, but then added another round to finish it off. It came out a little wavy, but A) it was just a practice one and B) it isn't blocked. If it stays wavy, I may use only 3 dc in each of the chains around, instead of 5.
To do my additional round, I did: 5 dc in each 5 ch sp (this is what I might need to change to 3 dc) 1 dc in the dc between each 5 ch sp
In the 5 sc crochet in the corners, I did: 1 dc in each of the first 2 sc 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the 3rd sc 1 dc in each of the last 2 sc
Now to start collecting more pop top tabs so I can make some more
This is a tote bag that I made for the Reading Rainbow 4 Swap. It folds up and then unfolds to make a pretty good-sized tote. I modeled it after one that I had purchased at the grocery store, but I made the bottom wider.
This is what it looks like folded up:
And here it is in all of its unfolded glory
I did take pictures as I was making it, so I could try to make a tutorial for it if anyone is interested!
I made this toiletry bag for a swap, and I was so darn proud of it, I just had to show it off. It is far from perfect, but I didn't use a pattern- I modeled it off of one that I own. I used fused plastic bags for the lining to make it water resistant. It wasn't very hard to make, but I put the zipper in waaaay too soon, and made it much harder on myself. The next time I make one, I'll know better...I hope