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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Passport Cover with cupcake and dragon. on: February 07, 2009 10:30:12 PM
Hi all!

I wanted a cover for my passport to make my passport not look so much like a passport! It comes with a plastic cover, but it is printed with the coat of arms, so it still looks like a passport. I didn't want anything too bulky, since I will have to carry it on me when I go travelling in a fortnight. The fabric is a nice tough burgundy stuff and the patch features designs modified from something a friend emailed to me, but I can't find the designs on the net! Sorry to anyone who I'm not acknowledging for their designs!
It's closed with velcro and is nice and sturdy.

The cupcake is saying 'Bite me' and the dinosaur is saying 'Rar'.

32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 'Lukewarm Sentiments' Valentine's Card on: February 03, 2009 01:17:21 AM
This is my Valentine's card tihs year for my BF.

I really do love him dearly, but I HATE sickly sweet cards. I'm also not big on buying things when I can make them, so here is the card.

The letters are cut out of the local paper, and I left glue marks on the front to make it look a but 'rougher'.

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ridge Forrester Quote-O-Matic Pouch on: December 07, 2008 04:23:29 PM
My friend is a Bold & The Beautiful fan, and her favourite character is Ridge. Her birthday is next week, so I decided to make her a Ridge-themed craft.

The result... The Ridge Forrester Quote-O-Matic Pouch.

The image is transferred using t-shirt transfer paper on 100% cotton. It is filled with Ridge quotes gleaned off the internet (I have never seen an episode myself).

Please excuse the dodgy pics. The image is actually nice and flat and the stripes in the background are blinds not low ink!

34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Colourful bags (with a few tips for making them) on: December 03, 2008 02:53:04 AM
I got a huge load of this colourful fabric for $2 so I thought it would make fun projects. I dont like the pink but I can handle it with the green. For myself I think I will make one without any pink in it.

I didnt use stiffener, but I will get some for more bags. I will probably use them for food shopping.

For anyone new to making bags, here are a few things I find helpful.
Key holders are very useful. Sew some ribbon on the end of your bag or make some out of the fabric you are using for the bag.

When choosing your dimensions take into account what you will be carrying. Think milk cartons, books, cereal boxes
I make the end and the bottom panels the same size. In that case cut 6 of the end/base and 4 of the side panels. Half of each should be made of lining fabric and half of outside fabric.

When turning corners, leave a little gap at the end of your seam.

This will allow you to make a nice corner.

I recommend sewing on some pen holders and the zip pockets from this tutorial:
(these pics are from another one I'm making as a gift)

35  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Yellow stripe background on: November 07, 2008 04:03:59 AM
When Craftster loads I see just the two-tone yellow striped background. The background looks a bit trippy and I have to look away.

Not sure if this is just me, so I thought I would post it.

I love the background but if the stripes could be just a bit thicker it would help people with astigmatism who have trouble with parallel lines.

36  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...
37  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!
38  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!!!!).
39  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.
40  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.
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