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91  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pop Top Tab Granny Square on: April 20, 2008 02:27:18 PM
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 Wink
92  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fold-up Tote Bag (Tutorial on Page 2-image heavy) on: February 29, 2008 04:27:14 PM
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 Wink

I did take pictures as I was making it, so I could try to make a tutorial for it if anyone is interested!

Tutorial & PDF available here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230817.msg2518901#msg2518901
93  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Toiletry Bag w/ Fused Plastic Lining (2 pics) on: February 28, 2008 03:11:05 PM
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 Wink

94  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snail...Male... on: February 14, 2008 04:59:32 PM
Here's a cute little snail I crocheted (pattern from: http://www.pepika.com/ ). He's a cute little guy who loves all things 70s, hence his penchant for the color orange. Wink

95  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hamster Time! on: January 06, 2008 04:10:34 PM
So, since my sewing machine broke, the Christmas gift I intended to make for my friend's daughter just wasn't possible. I was a bit stuck for ideas since I was short on time. I thought I might be able to pull off a stenciled t-shirt.She loves animals and has had a couple of hamsters in the past, so I checked Stencilry and found a really cute hamster image. The only thing I changed was to give it a short tail. I meant to get a pink shirt and use some maroon fabric paint, but for some reason I spaced out in the store and just got white. But, from another project, I had some leftover copper fabric paint and it looked great on the white shirt!

I made the whole thing (from washing and drying the shirt to cutting the stencil from freezer paper to painting) in a couple of hours on Friday night. I needed it for Saturday morning- nothing like waiting until the last minute!

96  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ribbon Votive Holders on: December 22, 2007 04:55:49 PM
I was flipping through a magazine and saw something like this and, in true Craftster fashion said, "I can make that!" The original had 4 votives and a big bow at the end, but since I can't make a bow to save my life, I just snipped the ends. Once I figured out that I really did need to measure first, each one took about 5 minutes to make!

97  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Snowflake on: December 22, 2007 04:50:27 PM
I found the pattern for this online (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6340/sflaker2.html), but it had 8 points and, as a science geek, I just couldn't have that. So, I modified it to make it 6 points, and I eliminated the ring. It's a very easy pattern to make and I'll be making a couple more for last minute gifts!

98  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Floppy Disc Notebook on: December 22, 2007 04:45:37 PM
Using some old 5.25" floppy discs I found at a thrift store (brand new in the box), some cereal box cardboard, some binder rings and some scrap paper from school, I made a couple of notebooks/notepads. The guys I gave them to started to reminisce about the days when these discs were all that were available ("Double side, double density! Do you remember what a big deal that was?"). And, if anyone can find a computer that still takes these discs, they should still work because the holes are punched outside of the disk diameter! I'm a geek... and so are most of my friends Wink

99  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Magic Bows (tutorial included) 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!
100  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Melting Madness Swap Gallery on: September 18, 2007 03:53:18 PM
Can't wait to see all of the melted goodies that everyone receives!

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