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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitschy apron for my Rockin' Grandma on: November 02, 2008 02:11:36 AM
I was given these two huge cushion covers in a very lovely, high thread count cotton. They are pink and I DON'T do pink, so they just went in the stash.

My grandma loves aprons and I like to make her silly or generally OTT aprons and I had an urge to sew one today. I was part way through when I remebers I also had this bead trim stuff (also pink  Shocked) so I just had to use it.

I just did the little design with my sewing machine. I love to embroider by hand but I simply didn't have the energy today and wanted to finish the apron without waiting to finish the top bit. Without any further ado, the fabulously hideous apron.

It's for Christmas but I want to give it to her now. I probably won't make it to Christmas.   That's so not what I meant to say!  I wanted to say that I find it hard to not give people their presents before Christmas, NOT that I'm terminally ill...
32  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mario mushroom quilt top on: September 30, 2008 10:15:15 PM
This is my first quilting attempt bigger than a cushion.

I am pretty happy. It's not perfect, but its good enough for me. I love Mario and I can't wait to snuggle up with this one.

The top is 1.6m square but I think I might make it longer so it's oblong.

Comments/suggestions welcome!
33  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How do I iron the hoop mark out? on: September 20, 2008 10:59:44 PM
I have completed the embriodery I am using for a little pouch but I'm having trouble getting the hoop mark out. You may be able to tell I'm fairly new to using a hoop...

I have wet and ironed it but it doesn't seem to want to budge.
Do I just repeat this process? I really don't want to use any chemicals if I can help it because I'm pretty sensitive.

Thanks in advance for help!

BTW pattern credit to this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266186.0 (which I shamelessly stole the little birdy idea from... thanks!!!!).
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Introducing Paisley the pup and Glockenspiel the bat on: September 12, 2008 04:20:16 PM

I made these two little critters for the stuffie swap. My partner has received so I figured I would post them. I have borrowed my partners pics so I hope she doesn't mind!!

Paisley is made from a modified pattern I found somewhere. I will dig it up so i can give credit where due. He used to be a rather ugly cushion cover I had to buy and make into a dog.

Here is Glockenspiel to bat. Her body is made of fleece and her wings from a satiny/silkish material that used to be a scarf. I made two wing pieces, sewed them together and turned them out, put a piece of coathanger wire along the top and sewed the wire in place. When I sewed the body I left two holes where the wings would go in and hand stitched them in later.

This pic is them together with Bumps the elephant. He is an original pattern I adapted ffrom the dog. He is just made of felt.

Comments and advice always appreciated.
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rabbit and tea bag from Therese Laskey's 'Softies' book on: September 09, 2008 01:45:04 AM

This book is great. I have made the cake pincushion and these cuties.

Here is a bunny I adapted. I have made another one handstitched with embriodered all over with leaves. I don't have any pics of that one though. Random machine stitches all over this bunny make the surface look nice. It currently lives on my Nan's mantlepiece.

This is the teabag with a magnet sewn into the body and glued to the tag. A few little beads make the string (a few strands of embriodery thread) hang nicely. Sorry about the awful pic. I took it against the fridage at night. It lives on my other Nan's fridge.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jacket to purse on: September 09, 2008 01:40:06 AM

This jacket was a nice wool and belonged to my Mum. The nice lining made the purse stiff enough to hold up to a bit of a beating. The decoration is just felt and a nice wooden button.

Anyway here are the piccies
Here is the purse

And here is the jacket
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic lined camera case (with tute) on: September 06, 2008 07:53:52 PM

Making this case was fun because it worked better than I thought it would! That's always a great feeling. So, without further ado, here we go. Idea for decorations nicked from this case http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260052.0

I made the lining for the case from plastic packaging. It's the stuff you get singlets, underwear and shirts in.

Here is the plastic bag cut up a bit. The blue line is the shape of my camera. Because I wanted the press stud included in the case I cut it so they bits would meet on the final case. The three bits either side are the sides and bottom of the case lining. Note that the middle bit has double layers (each of the bits with the press stud on them). I sewed it up to be smaller than this because as you can see there is far too much space around the actual camera's size line.

Here is the lining sewn up. The pastic worked really well in my machine and didn't actually need any tissue paper to stitch properly.

Here are the bits for the plastic case's lining. This is recycled fleece and flannelette from bits I had lying about. I cut once piece of flannelette and one bit of fleece for each side so it woukd be nice and soft for the camera. Please note I cut one too many pieces for the bottom (only needed one of each, not two).

Here it is stitched together and put inside the plastic. If you use the camera inside the fabric to stuff it into the plastic ti goes in easier.

Next I made an outside case for the whole lot ot make it pretty. Decorate (or not) to taste.

Next I made a flap to go over the plastic envelope bit and sewed it on to one side of the outside case. Put the whole lot together and fold over the outside layer to cover the lining. Fleece that doesn't fray is great for this bit. I hand stitched all the way around because I had better control and couldn't get it into the machine.

Finished case with plastic lining! Please excuse the blurry photo.

Hope that was clear!

38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I have Wizard of Oz fabric... but no idea what to make! on: June 23, 2008 01:52:13 AM
I have this great fabric but zero ideas.
It is approx 30cm x 1.2m

I don't want to quilt because I'm about to start a huge quilting project. I can only think cushion covers...

39  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Mario quilting or embroidery chart on: June 17, 2008 11:54:05 PM

Here is my design for a Mario Quilt. I have taken the pics from screenshots and from a buddy of mines pillow design.

If anyone wants the Microsoft Excel version with colour square totals and individual charts it is available from here:

If it doesn't work the link has been inactive for too long! Sorry!
40  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Custom fabric cutting on: June 16, 2008 06:46:14 PM

I ahve a very poor eye for cutting straight lines and don't really want to buy a rotary cutter.

Does anyone know of a place I can buy fabric and have it cut into either 1.5in squares or strips of the same length. I want to make a quilt from some designs I made but I really really really know I will stuff up the cutting.

Any ideas??
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