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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: good craft projects for children of low-income families? on: June 24, 2007 09:56:16 AM
Yay!  Thanks to both of you.  I joined my local freecycle, and I'm looking through craigslist ads as well.  I think some of the older kids might enjoy learning how to crotchet if they have the patience  Smiley
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / good craft projects for children of low-income families? on: June 23, 2007 01:00:25 PM
This summer, I'm volunteering to work at a community center's free summer program for children of low-income families.  There are about 20 children from ages 5-12 that will be attending, and part of my responsibility is to come up with projects for them to do in arts and crafts.  Many of the children are likely to be violent, depressed, etc, so one of the ideas I had was to have them make some kind of pillow on which they could draw things that make them angry or sad.  That way, when they're upset, they can beat up the pillow as much as they want rather than take out their anger on other kids.

I'm not sure if a pillow would be the ideal item, though--maybe something more "weird" shaped or humanlike.  I'm also working on a budget of around $200 for 5 weeks (art is 3 times per week) so I'm not sure what kind of materials would be ideal for the project that aren't too expensive.  I'd love to hear your ideas!!

Also, if you have any craft ideas that are cheap and would be fun for these kids to do, let me know!  Especially if you can work anti-violence themes into the project.  Thanks so much!!!  Grin
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends?? on: January 02, 2006 10:01:41 PM
That seems pretty simple, because it's basically a pill shape.  What I would do is cut two of the shape out of some fuzzyish blue fabric, put them right-side-together and then sew it up with a sewing machine (simple enough) leaving a 5-inch or so opening on one end so you can stuff it.  After that, just turn it right-side out and stuff it, then hand sew the opening closed and draw a face on. Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / i need a hat for my stuffed octopus =( on: January 02, 2006 09:55:44 PM
I'm making a stuffed octopus as a gift for my friend.  I'm not exactly a master crafter though, and this is the first non-clothing project I've attempted.  It's going pretty well and I'm almost done, but the problem is the opening at the top that I left so I could stuff it.  I'm done with the stuffing and I need to close it up...

I can manage to hand-sew it but it won't be that pretty, so my idea was to make a hat to cover the ugliness.  But I'm not really sure how to go about that...I was thinking a simple bowl shaped hat and a spinny thing on top (cuteish).  But I don't know how I would make that, especially the spinny thing.  Another problem is that the opening is about 7 inches long, so the hat would have to be oval if I wanted it to look right, and I don't know how to sew it up right and attach it without making it look weird.  Here's some pictures of it so far:





So my question is: can anyone help me figure out how to make a hat, or any other ideas for covering up the seam?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: sheet skirts on: July 18, 2004 12:50:42 PM
ooo okie...does LDS stand for something?   Huh
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: neato uneven dress from dad's old t-shirts on: July 16, 2004 06:54:10 PM
I have pink hair too...lol


well, just in the front.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shirt Design; Help? on: July 15, 2004 04:55:07 PM
Wait I just realized I said those were simple....scratch that.   Tongue
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shirt Design; Help? on: July 15, 2004 04:54:07 PM
I looked on the simplicity website (it's at www.simplicity.com) and found a few patterns that are pretty simple.  5195 seems like it's very similar to your shirt, but with a different neckline.  That can be altered though.  Number 5594 would be great if you added sleeves.  I like the buttons, but if you don't, then this probably isn't a good pattern to use...If you're like, really good at sewing, and if your material is stretchy enough, I guess you could just sew down in the front where you should add the buttons.  I'd be scared to try it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: If plaid was popular in the 50s... on: July 13, 2004 04:50:18 AM
OK, fine, I edited.  Happy now?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: If plaid was popular in the 50s... on: July 12, 2004 01:19:10 PM
Hmm...learn something new every day I gues...
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