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1  Starwars Diaper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Hellga on: January 14, 2013 10:32:18 PM
Okay, so I'm due in May with my first, a girl. I realize how important it is that she grow up knowing about all of the nerdy things I love, so I've started the preparation for the indoctrination process with this.

The outside, all folded up and ready to go on baby. Note how it looks like a standard fitted diaper?


Wings unsnapped, to show the snaps across the front and the beautiful contrast between the outer flannel and inner terry:


Laid a bit flatter on the table. What is this? The inside looks strange!


Oh my! It unfolds totally flat, so the whole thing is only two layers thick when you wash/dry it!


I used the Quick Snap Flap Wrap pattern, in NB size, with added leg elastic Cheesy It's so neat! I love how many straight lines there are, it's so easy to not screw it up. Plus, using only woven fabrics made it a cinch! I definitely recommend this pattern.
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2  Help me pair these fabrics? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Hellga on: July 08, 2012 10:47:40 AM

The colors are truer in that one, aside from the orange that looks yellow. IRL it's just a basic orange.


The colors of the purple and gray are perfect there, but the rest look weirdly pink.

So, anyway, I'm making dice bags. I bought these fabrics yesterday at Joann (all this fabric plus five spools of thread for under $10!) and I want to make a few more bags from them. There is enough of each fabric to make two, except the blue swirl sky one that is only enough for one, and the orange which is enough for like...I don't know...12? A ton. It was a remnant lol. I also have solid black although I'm not excited about using it cause my cat laid on it and now it's all fuzzy, and my lint roller is mysteriously missing Sad

Help me pair them! What do you think would look best? For reference, this is what the bags look like note how it's reversible from one fabric to the other.
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3  Dice bag tester in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Hellga on: July 08, 2012 09:41:48 AM
First test of a dice bag pattern I am working on Cheesy If I can work out the little kinks here and there, and get over my hatred of pinning/sewing curves, I will hopefully be selling these at some local conventions and gaming stores! Two stores have already expressed interest! The bag stands on its own, whether empty or full (these pics all show it empty), is fully reversible, and has the drawstring come out of the top edge instead of the side. The bottom is round so no corners for small dice to get lost in! What do you think?









Does anyone know how to make curves work out well without having to do this?
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4  What the heck are these attachment thingies? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Hellga on: August 01, 2011 07:00:10 PM
So, I got a sewing machine with all kinds of neat attachments (including a seriously complicated pintuck foot that I can't wait to figure out) and in the box of attachments were these three...things...? They are thin metal, with a scroll at one end that somewhat resembles the scroll part on a rolled hem foot...anyone know what they might be?

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5  Re: Decorate My Themed Room Swap (Sign ups 06/08/09 to 06/23/09. Send by 08/03/09.) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Hellga on: June 13, 2009 10:21:24 PM
Okay, here's the bathroom:

Shot of the whole thing:


Left side:


Magical "I'm floating in the air" pic:


More images in my flickr set.
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6  Don't know if this counts for this category, but... in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Hellga on: February 01, 2009 09:31:44 PM
I'm making beaded bracelets to sell for Cystic Fibrosis. My brother had it, and passed away in 2003, so my family and I are very dedicated to finding a cure.

My favorite:



The other three (two are nearly identical, so I set one on the other)



Now for my questions.

1:  If you were going to buy bracelets to support a cause that a large percentage of the general public is not even aware of, would you want it to actually say CF or whatever? The ones I've made so far do say CF or Cystic Fibrosis (obviously), but it's so hard to justify buying a whole big box of alpha beads for the two sets of Cs and Fs I'll get out of each box. I am looking into buying individual letters online, but haven't managed to get it actually done yet. I, of course, complicate things by wanting only silver or very high-quality colored beads, not white or bright cheap looking ones.

2:  If you buy a stretchy bracelet, do you want it to be snug (i.e. having to stretch just a bit to fit on your wrist) or a bit loose (i.e. stretchy so that it fits over your hand, but able to roll around on its own once it's in place)? I've been making them loose and got a negative comment about this...but I personally can't stand when they are even the slightest bit tight on my wrist!

3:  How picky are you about the materials in something like this? I am using a mix of plastic and glass beads, because using all glass would make them cost way more, and would make them not nearly as profitable for fundraising. I'm asking $5 each, and using about $1.50 in materials in each, I think.
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7  Two cross-stitch projects...Mario and modified subversive towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by Hellga on: February 01, 2009 09:22:44 PM
Having not cross-stitched in 15 years, I decided recently to dedicate myself again to finishing SOMETHING on aida cloth. My first inspiration was that wonderful mario 3 map someone recently completed, so I started with this little guy:



I'll probably add something else later...I have all the green colors needed to make a pipe with bubbles coming out, and then I can add water and sparkles...just not looking forward to the whole cross-stitching-40-rows-of-blue thing.

Second project:

A bit of backstory first. I finally settled on colors for my kitchen (after 5 years of living without parents and 2 years of marriage) and they are Red and Aqua. My mother in law, from whom we rent, HATES these colors together. So, I found the perfect pattern, and told her what I think of her opinion:



Unfortunately there is literally nowhere in my kitchen to hang it. The oven door handle is a flat shelf coming out from the door, the fridge door handle is oddly-shaped so that everything slides off...I'm considering installing one of those hand-towel rings (like for a bathroom) just for this thing.  Cheesy
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8  Re: 2009 12" Squares- January in Crochetalongs by Hellga on: January 20, 2009 08:02:19 PM


Finished my first one! Yay!

Is it okay to modify the pattern slightly? I added an extra set of two rounds (one ch6 round and one ch1 round), to get it up to 12".

The purple yarn is I Love This Yarn! in Periwinkle, and the green is Simply Soft Brites in Limewire.
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9  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Hellga on: January 10, 2009 02:14:07 PM


Bought this at the thrift store today for $30. Looks to have been serviced recently; inside is free of lint and dust, and has a nice coat of oil on all the moving parts. Checked all the innards with a magnet and they're all metal (hooray!).



The only problem so far is that the little rubber tire on the bobbin winder doesn't seem to want to turn with the big hand wheel. It just squeaks... I'll try replacing it, I suppose.
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10  Looking for info: Brother Galaxie 171? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Hellga on: January 09, 2009 08:52:35 PM
There is a sewing machine at the thrift store nearby that is gorgeous (to me) but I can't seem to find hardly anything about it online. It says "Brother Galaxie 171" on it.

Cell Phone Pic:



Does anyone know anything at all about this machine? It seems to work okay...The handwheel turns without sticking or jamming, the needle moves smoothly, etc. but I don't really know any other ways to test a machine that I can't plug in and really can't easily thread in-store to try sewing with it. The one problem I can find is that I can't make it turn the bobbin winder part. I tried moving it around and obviously had put the wheel in neutral but it just wasn't quite making a connection between the outer wheel and the rubber bobbin wheel.
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