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1  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Toy on: August 09, 2010 07:45:26 AM

I've posted a thumbnail here as there's a sticker with a rude word on the top of my machine and I didn't want to offend anybody. Please don't click on the thumbnail if you'd be upset by this!

I got this for my 21st- it's an Elna 2007- and although I'm intensely jealous of all the cool looking vintage machines in this thread, I love my machine to bits and wouldn't swap it for the world, although I wouldn't say no if a nice vintage machine happened to wander in my direction.

It does enough cool stitches that I have a few options if I need them, but not so many that I get overwhelmed. It's easy to use, has never broken, rarely goes wrong and is amazing. I can't wait until I get my own house (soon!) and finally have a proper sewing room to put it in, preferably with a decent sized desk instead of the stupid yellow shelf I have at the moment!

The shoe, head, heart and skull n' crossbone stickers are handmade, the rest (including the rude one on top which apparently describes my ethos perfectly) were given to me by various people. I especially like the anarchy symbol on the front- it always makes me smile.
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2  Picnic Hamper (Pictures Inside!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Toy on: August 08, 2010 02:42:30 PM

I've always wanted my own picnic hamper and this challenge happened to fall over the first time off I've had in ages so I thought I'd make one as it seemed to fit the summer project theme.

There are quite a lot of parts to this tutorial and seeing as I can't post pictures yet (I'm a long time lurker, few time poster), I thought I'd put it into a PDF. Please, please download it if you like the idea and take a proper look- there are so many pictures there was no way anybody would look at it if I linked to every picture and it's quite long (sorry) as there are several sections to its so I thought putting a link to download it would be best.

The tutorial includes: How to attach hinges, straps with buckles and handles, cutlery & crockery pouches, a napkin & cutlery roll and cushion covers that turn into a bag to carry the rug with.

You can download it here : http://www.tvisevil.co.uk/downloads/tutorial.zip

Here are a few more taster pictures:



This is my first attempt at a tutorial* so I missed a couple of photos and had to fill in with computer drawings so hopefully it all makes some vague sense!

* Just noticed some of the steps skip from 5 to 7 etc- oops. I haven't actually missed out any steps, just numbered them wrongly. Just read through in order and it should work.

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3  Sock Monkey in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Toy on: August 07, 2010 02:49:10 AM
I actually made this last year but I haven't had any time for making things since then so haven't been on here for a while- sometimes looking at other people's wonderful creations is just too depressing when there's no way you can do it yourself!

I made this sock monkey for a friend's 4 year old daughter. All the seams are double stitched and all the clothes come off because I always hated having toys with sewn on clothes! The pictures have the two different outfits I'd intended, although Daisy likes creating her own combinations! None of the clothes are made from patterns (I'm far too impatient) so were a bit trial and error but turned out ok in the end.

The skirt is reversible and has a bit of ribbon with no tutu attached at the back to make room for the tail. Daisy also likes to use it as a cloak! There are sequins sewn to one layer, which you can just about see. The bag here is also reversible to match either outfit, while keeping the spare outfit inside and the orange top is actually long enough to use as a dress as well.

The buttons are just there for decoration and the coat has popper studs to fasten it instead- I never trust the button hole function on my machine!

I found this random 'M' pin in my button box- no idea where it came from. It didn't have a safety catch so I covered the sharp bits with a bit of velvet ribbon at the back.

The dress has a slit up the back for the tail (forgot to take a picture!) and hook and eye catches to fasten it.

I was quite pleased with the big collar but the big hole for the tail was a bit weird so I made the ribbon with the bow on to poke out of the back- it fastens on with a popper stud so the bow stays looking nice.

Thanks for looking!

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4  "Plane To See" in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Toy on: June 07, 2007 09:08:39 AM
I made these bags from an old curtain; the best thing about that is there's still over half a curtain left for more!

 The big planes are cut out from fabric scraps and sewn on, the small one is a stencil. I have a bit of a thing about planes at the moment- I think it must be because I haven't been away for so long!

 Any feedback welcome.


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5  Aeroplane Washbag Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Toy on: June 07, 2007 08:59:45 AM
My flatmate travels a lot with work and gives me all his aeroplane washbags to play with- I like working with offcuts, reclaimed or recycled fabrics etc so all my friends keep interesting things for me and these are the first pictures I have of any of my stuff!

The bags were plain brown before- cool tweedy-ish material but boring.

 The one with the strap has a plane stencil in fabric paint that I made using some thick sticky back plastic (actually supposed to be fake glass frosting but works very well and is much cheaper) and the strap itself is a double length of ribbon, sewn on asymmetrically as well as a shorter length of ribbon tied to the zip (I cut the brown ugly ones off.)

 The other has the same plane design but made out of felt and stitched on (this took a while as the bags are lined with waterproof stuff I didn't want to puncture). The zip tag is also felt.


 Sorry about the other things and random numbers- I got the pictures done to send to someone and don't have any individual shots at the moment.

 Any feedback appreciated!!!


 Toy - long time Craftster, first time poster.
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