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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Zipped up Earbuds on: February 10, 2010 12:42:52 PM


I sewed the wires of my earbuds into this crazy purple and gold zipper to protect the wires from tangling and breakage.  I think it looks pretty neat, too!



I simply separated the wires all the way down to the plug, then sewed each wire along one side of the zipper.  Just fold the zipper tape in half towards the wrong side and use a running stitch to enclose the wire inside.



Keep them zipped in your bag, then unzip them when it's time to enjoy your tunes.

(also blogged with more pictures and details) http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=295


2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelery that comes in handy on: July 08, 2009 11:32:35 AM
Ok, so I don't do much beading.  To be honest I'm afraid I don't have much patience for it, so big respect to all you fantastic jewelers on this board.  I thought I'd offer my humble contribution since I'm proud I managed to finish this simple necklace.  This was my laundromat project of the week (all that time waiting is best spent with a project in hand!).



It's long enough to slip over my head, so it doesn't have a clasp in the back, but I did add a clasp hanging from the center front for the pendant.



Tiny folding scissors!
I am usually sewing, and I'm terrible about clipping my thread ends before I wear something I've made.  These are great for when I'm hand sewing and need to snip threads or cut small pieces, or when I'm out and find one of those pesky uncut thread ends I forgot to snip when I was sewing.

Eventually I'd like to make a pretty chatelaine with clasps to hold little scissors, a needle case, a thimble cage, that sort of thing, but until then this will make me happy

Cheers!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My little Laundrymat Lamb on: June 08, 2009 01:20:16 PM
Just wanted to share this little project I whipped up this weekend.  I brought the linen and some crewel wool with me to the laundrymat to keep me busy while I was waiting for the machines to do their thing.  I sketched it out and stitched up the trees and grass during the wash cycle, then decided it needed a little lamb while the dryers were running.



And a couple of detail shots:




At first, I made the sheep's body with a double layer of satin stitch, but it just didn't look right.  I think the french knot curls look adorable, and since I layered the french knots on top of two layers of satin stitch it really stands out and has a great texture.

Now I just need to know what to do with it!  I's about 4"x6", so maybe a little pouch? a pin cushion? I don't know do you have any suggestions?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sewing Maneki Neko Crewel embroidery on: April 29, 2009 06:50:30 PM
I found a bunch of crewel wool in a thrift store and thought I should give crewel embroidery a try.  Memories of old woolly fruit and flower covered throw pillows popped up in my mind, but I decided to try something a little different.  After checking out a small stack of books from the library and learning a few stitches I drew a simple design onto some dark blue fabric and started stitching.  This is a beckoning cat (Maneki Neko) but I gave him a needle stitched in metallic embroidery floss and a thread spool of gorgeous bamboo yarn. His tail wraps around a little pin cushion. I think I'm going to sew this onto a reusable grocery tote so I can carry him around with me. What do you think for one of my first adventures with crewel?

I think he's about 8 inches wide

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Replacing worn cuffs tutorial on: April 03, 2009 02:46:01 PM
I pulled one of my older hoodie's out of the wash recently and found that the cuffs at the wrists were torn to shreds! I mean, it was an old hoodie, but wow.  Anyway, not being one to just toss something out I decided to replace the cuffs, and being someone who loves to share i decided to take photos along the way so you can do it to.  I'm going to post a shortened version of my tutorial here, because I put a ton of photos in it and it's huge, but I think it'll cover the basics.  If you feel so inclined you can view the full tutorial on my blog http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=187

Okay, so here are the cuff in their sad, tattered original condition:


To replace the worn cuffs I cut two rectangles of a stretch knit (ribbing works even nicer, but I liked this striped knit for this project) to 9"x12".  It's important to note that the 9" side should be in the direction the fabric has the most stretch and will wrap around your wrist (width) , and the other side will be 2x the length you want the cuffs to be (plus seam allowance if you want to be really picky about it) I wanted 6" cuffs, so I cut that length at 12"

First sew along the length (not across the width) with one rectangle folded in half, right sides together. 

Now start to turn the cuff right side out, but leave it half way, with the raw edges meeting on one end of the tube, and a fold on the other end.


Cut off the original cuff and slide the new cuff onto the sleeve (right side out) fold end first so that the cut end of your sleeve matches up with the two raw edges of the new cuff.  The cuff should be smaller than the sleeve and you should have to stretch it as you sew to match it up to your sleeve.

Sew around the edge, catching all three layers together, turn it out, and topstitch the seam if you want.
Do the same thing with the other rectangle and the other sleeve and you're done!


Thanks for reading!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple spoon ring on: January 28, 2009 11:50:17 PM
I've never had a chance to post in the jewelery board before! (I'm a little more comfortable with a needle and thread).  On a whim I picked up a spoon from Goodwill to try and make a ring like I've seen on here and out and around the web.  I didn't expect it to come out too well, since I don't have any special jewelry tools or psychic spoon bending abilities.  Luckily, this spoon was really soft and easy to bend.  I just used a pair of pliers and wrapped the spoon in a towel as I worked.  I put a few scratches in it this way, but I don't mind too much.  I used my dremel to grind down the sharp end of the handle after the "spoon" part of the spoon came off (It just kind of popped off from being bend back and forth while I was curving the handle). Quick little 10 minute project while I was cooking the spaghetti for dinner!

Thanks for letting me share!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial- Inserting a yoke into a shirt for extra cuteness on: December 05, 2008 04:31:47 PM

I recently posted a step-by-step post of how I made this shirt on my blog, and since I had a few questions about the argyle shirt I made and posted on here I thought I would share the process on how to add the cute yoke to the front.
(to see the full tutorial, you can go here: http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=159)

First take the front piece for the body of your shirt and with a marking tool, draw the basic shape of the yoke.  I decided to use a rounded square shape.  Fold the body of the shirt in half (to make sure that both sides will be shaped the same) and cut out the shape you drew.

The piece you cut out will be the pattern for your yoke piece.

Lay your yoke pattern piece out on the fabric and cut around it, leaving an extra bit all around for seam allowance. (my yoke pattern piece has the cut section down the front because I cut off the original collar and buttons from the shirt I was reconstructing)
Then, cut a curve in the top of the piece for your neckline.

I added a strip of the fabric, serged on the edges and folded into place down the center of the yoke with the straight stitch on my sewing machine.

Match up the lines at the edge of yoke with the edge of the body piece and pin into place.(right sides together)

Serge the edge of the yoke to the body.  For a nice finished touch, straight stitch along the edge of the yoke, too.

Finish the rest of your shirt; side seams and sleeves, and add your buttons.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's Argyle shirt recon (Now with link to tutorials!) on: November 30, 2008 12:00:50 PM
I'd just like to share my first serged garment!  It's a shirt I made from a large man's polo shirt (argyle=love) and some soft grey knit fabric I had in my stash.
Before:
shapeless, huge, man's shirt (really soft, though!)


After:
I can't wait to start some more serger projects.  It makes it so quick and easy to have nice, finished seams.
What do you think?

Update: I added a full step by step tutorial to show I made a shirt similar to this one and posted it on my blog for anyone interested!  http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=159
and a quickie tut for the yoke here on craftster http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281534
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Big Red Muff Tutorial for a Vintage style faux fur handwarmer on: November 26, 2008 09:27:11 AM

What a lovely lady, and check out her muff!  I am a huge fan of muffs, and the type that always has cold hands.  Gloves and mittens just dont do it for me.  With my muff I can keep my hands warm, and when its really cold combine it with a pair of gloves and be extremely cozy.  Theyre also great for holding hands! With your hand in one end, and theirs in the other you can guide your loved one and share the warmth.

I'm going to show you how to make this really quick and easy project.  

First, all you will need for your materials is your faux fur, scissors, measuring device, marking tool (like a marker or chalk), and your sewing machine, or needle and thread.


We will mark and cut our fur into a rectangle that it 16 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Make your markings on the back side of the fur.  The shorter side should go with the nap of your faux fur, and the longer side should cut across it.  If you don't have a lot of experience working with faux fur I would like to invite you to take a look at my blog where I have a longer version of this tut with a bunch of information on faux fur, and tips on how to cut it without covering your home and yourself in fuzzy bits.  

We'll only need this one simple piece for our basic fur muff, so now let's start sewing.  
Fold the fur in half, furry side to the inside, and line up the shorter, 16 inch side.  Sew a straight seam along that edge.

Turn it right side out and look at your long fur tube.

Next, we'll start the turn the tube inside out again, but only go half way.  
start turning it like this:

We want a tube folded in half, with the fur sides against each other and the raw edges matched up.  It should look like this from the bottom:


Sew around the top of your tube, where the raw edges are lined up, but leave a generous hole to turn it through.
Turn your muff right side out through the hole you left, stitch up the hole (It doesn't have to be too neat, the fur will hide your stitches, just make sure it's closed securely.)

So that's my quick and easy muff tut.  Go ahead and make your own! It's the muff, we're bringin' it back!


10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Victorian inspired Wool Capelet on: November 08, 2008 12:15:31 AM
I have a love for Victorian fashion, and I think it would be great to bring back a few fashion accessories from the time in a new way.  There were my fleece legwarmer spats last winter, and I've been making a bunch of faux fur muffs lately (I carried one all last winter, and was teased by a few friends of mine, but I just kept telling them, "Yes, it's a muff, I'm bringin' it back, ya know!". It didn't catch on, but I'll try again this year  Cheesy ) Today, though, I'd like to share my little wool capelet I made. 



It has a nice big hood lined in black faux fur, and a big double box pleat in the center back.
I made a simple little muff to go with it, out of the same faux fur from the hood, but neglected to get any good photos of it...


The front has topstitched princess seams and closes with a cute vintage style button.



You can see the  pretty cord braid around the hood that i added for a special little accent in this photo.

One more pic, to show the pleating in the back with the hood up:



So what do you think?  I'm hoping it's a piece that has a Victorian feel, but can fit well into a modern wardrobe (I think it could go well with a lolita outfit or a steampunk getup, too, depending on some additional accents).  I know I like it, and I think I'll go ahead and buy up some of the lovely wool I've been eyeing at the fabric shops this fall to make a few more.
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