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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swimsuit lining on: February 06, 2012 10:28:44 AM
What kind of material do I need to use to line a swimsuit?  An most importantly, where can I find it?  I thought I was looking for something called "tricot" but I can't seem to find that on the denverfabrics.com website I'm ordering the outer fabric from.  Is it called something else or do I need to order from another retailer?  Thank you!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / black patchwork skirt on: January 06, 2012 10:46:20 AM
I've been working on this for several weeks, and it's finally done!  I had a lot of black scraps left over from other projects and decided to put them to good use.  It's a tiered skirt with every other row of squares gathered to the one above.  I used bigger pieces than I have on previous patchwotrk skirts, so this one is only 84 pieces.

Hope you like it!

23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Resuable gift wrap! on: December 01, 2011 11:07:25 AM
I've been experimenting with various ways to do this, and I discovered that the best way is also the easiest!  It's just a rectangle of fabric hemmed all around with ribbon ties on two sides.  My husband and I primarily give each other books and DVDs, so that's the size I made, but they can be any size you want.

Here's how I wrap a movie with it:
Center the box with the long sides pointing to the sides with the ribbon.

Fold up sides.

Fold corners to points.

Cross the ribbons.

Flip over and tie on the top, and you're done!

These are some other ones I've done so far:


(I apologize if this has been posted before.  I seem to recall seeing a similar project to this on craftster maybe last year or so, but a quick search didn't find it.  If this was your original idea, please let me know so I can credit you!)
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Luggage tags (Now with action shot) on: November 10, 2011 10:37:26 AM
I made these for my husband's family members who travel a lot.  They are loosely based on the tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199853.0;, except mine are vinyl all around and have elastic straps.

Action shot!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking up a wool coat on: November 05, 2011 05:28:54 AM
I bought a lined wool coat at a thrift store and it's a little too long in the sleeves.  Is this something I can alter myself without ruining the coat, or am I better off waiting until I can get it altered professionally?  I consider my sewing skill to be intermediate.  Thank you!  Smiley
26  Illinois / Illinois: North / Looking for a place that does ceramic firing on: August 06, 2011 08:34:49 AM
I'm trying to find a place in the Chicago area that will do firing, since my landlord would frown on my using a kiln in my living room.  I've been to Great Lakes Clay before they moved, but Elgin is a little far for me to go, since I'd have to drop things off and pick them up again in a few days.  Does anyone know of a place anywhere near the La Grange/Westchester/North Riverside area that rents kiln space?  Thank you!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Help me not freeze! on: November 03, 2010 02:49:52 PM
I have a huge window in my shower, and in the winter it is freezing.  It's made worse because I'm in a basement level apartment, so the snow piles up against the window.  I want to put something on the window to insulate it a little, but I'm not sure what.  I'd thought about putting a towel on a tension rod, but I'm worried that will mildew.  I'd thought about that stick on plastic stuff, but I need to be able to open it to let moisture out because we don't have a fan.  I'd be satisfied with just covering the lower part.  Will contact paper do anything?  I need something water resistant, and non permanent.  Any thoughts?  Thank you!

Here's a picture:

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Drowning in brocade- What to do with it all? on: June 22, 2010 09:46:28 AM
Long ago in a galaxy far away, when my husband was away with the military, and I acutally had money and not a lot to do, I entertained myself by fabric shopping.  This was when Joanns first started carrying polyester brocade, and I bought several yards of several different designs.  Now I have all this material and I'm not sure what to do with it.  I've used a little to make a vest, but that's it so far.  I don't wear straight skirts and it's too heavy for a flared skirt.  Pants I'm afraid would get ruined.  I'm not sure what else to do.  I'm planning on making a couple more vests, but that won't use up anywhere near all of it.  Ideas?
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How do I make presents when I'm broke and apathetic? on: October 08, 2009 05:36:57 AM
I have no idea what I'm doing for Christmas presents this year.  Usually I make everything for the extended family, but I'm not really feeling doing that this year.  They're nice enough when I give them homemade gifts, but I know they never use them.  My hours have been drastically cut back at work, and even though they'll start to go back up in December (I work retail), I think they're just going to go up to normal, instead of crazy holiday hours.  In addition to that, my in-laws won't be able to visit this year because my MIL can't get the time off work.  I'm not sure what my husband wants to do for them. 

So, what can I do here?  I'm getting down to the wire, and I'm still hoping I'm wrong and my hours will get crazy again, which will leave me minimal crafting time.  Do I throw in the towel and give everyone $5 Starbucks cards?  Cheesy
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Anime Pillows! on: August 31, 2009 03:46:59 PM
The anime club I'm in got together about a week ago, and we made some character pillows.  Mine are from Hetalia Axis Powers.  Thanks to my friend Jen for letting me use her camera, since mine stinks.

Side one- Germany and Italy & Germany

other side: Germany and the Allies
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