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3671  COOKING / Dessert / Re: *Roar* on: August 26, 2009 08:49:08 PM
That's looks great!  You did a great job of making a theme cake with class.
3672  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 26, 2009 07:49:40 PM
OH! these are so pretty!

I actually really hated patterns that would tell you to make your own bias binding until recently. I did an independent study, and my professor showed me these nifty little bias tape rollers that almost does it for you. I just had to iron!

I haven't bought any for myself yet, but I certainly plan to. I have dreams of projects with pretty trims Smiley
Thanks!  Sounds like you used something like what I did.  I wouldn't even consider making bias tape without the tool!
3673  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 26, 2009 01:37:47 PM
Nice! I definitely think of making bias tape as kind of a chore, so it's good that someone out there doesn't mind it.

Thanks!  Yeah, that's what they make chocolate AND vanilla, right?


I bought one of these gadgets at Joann's recently, thinking I could use it to make the binding for my mom's birthday quilt. Her quilt is the largest I've ever made and I was looking for a faster way to bind. But I have never used it or double-fold bias tape for a quilt binding before. I always just cut 2 1/2" strips, sewed them end to end, folded in half, stitched to the front edge with a 1/2" seam allowance and then folded over to the back and hand stiched it.

For those of you that have used double-fold bias for quilt binding, how have you attached it? Is it easier than the process I currently use?

I haven't done a quilt, but with every thing I've used the double-fold for that isn't just utilitarian, I've used pretty much the method you describe.  LOTS of hand-stitching, but boy does it look nice.  The first video link in the thread shows a 2-step, all-machine method that might work for quilts.
3674  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (a litter of pics) on: August 26, 2009 12:18:56 PM
You made it for your animal baby. I can see another application. Making it for the children in our lives! I have leather seats that wipe clean, but I would have loved to have used this in DH's car. I'll have to remember this for when we buy him a new one.
Ice cream is really hard to get out of upholstered seats. Great idea.

Thanks, craftewoman! I didn't even think about the over the car seat age crowd... except for me.  I could use one... I'm a bit messy.
3675  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 26, 2009 10:39:34 AM
This is GENIUS!  The possibilities are endless!  you're my new hero!!!
A hero genius, eh?  Thanks!  Also, perhaps your standards are a bit low.  Wink
3676  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (a litter of pics) on: August 26, 2009 10:06:09 AM
That's perfect! I've been wanting/needing to do something like this for my doggies, but haven't found the perfect fabric remnant yet (ie: slobber-resistant). I love the bias edging and the thriftiness!

Luckily Olive isn't a big slobberer, but even if she was it's machine washer and dryer safe.  Thank you - it's hard to get too excited about spending lots of money on something designed to get ruined, you know?

speaking of kitties, my moonunit MUST sit on top of my machine while it's running and wave her tale in my face. one of these days someone is going to end up with a sweater with a cat sleeve.
i do love the project though. someday i will have a dog and will have to make one of these, good idea!

Maybe I should make something like this for my furniture instead of just throwing the sheets on there to protect from cat hair and claws... (yeah, right!).

yeah you would have to remove the car seats to clean the cover, but we change the car seats around so often that for us it'd be easy.  And eventually the car seat fabric needs to be cleaned to, so it could be one of those things that you do once a month or two Smiley

Ahhh.  Seems like my friends NEVER move their car seats, but I actually have no idea how often they do.
3677  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 26, 2009 09:59:07 AM
I made pillowcase dresses for five little girls, and the armholes and ties, and some trim, were all bias tape.

Oh my!  Those are SO adorable!

those dresses are so sweet!!  I found an old quilting magazine of mine and in it was a little wall hanger quilt that had appliqued tulips in the center.  Surrounding them was a celtic-like design, made from bias tape, within a wide border.  I wish my scanner worked, I'd show you it, but then again, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post scanned things from magazines on here.  Those dresses are totally cute, though.  I wish I had a little girl, they get so many more cute things than boys do:(

I am fascinated by the applique work with the super narrow bias tape.

I wish that you could teach me.  I have tried so many times to make my own.  I have difficulty remembering the process of being able to cut the fabric.


Well, I've yet to try one of the fancy ways of cutting the fabric and have just cut strips and sewn them together. 
3678  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 25, 2009 07:22:01 PM
I love this tape, so what do you all use it for??

Why, thanks! I used the green dots on dish towels and the purple to trim out the inside hem of my dyed-purple work pants that I cuff (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248069.msg2749394#msg2749394). I've used the b/w stars on a couple different pot holders (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245836.msg2719524#msg2719524) and the stripes on a seat cover/dog blanket (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318664.msg3671007#msg3671007). And then there were these dish towels with bias tapes I didn't show (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249563.msg2770304#msg2770304).
3679  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (a litter of pics) on: August 25, 2009 06:36:25 PM
Impeccable as usual. Don't hate me cuz I love the ticking the best  Kiss

Thanks, MrsB!  Well, this thing definitely has a front side, because the back is completely peccable.  Ahem.  I love how the bias take turned out, too.  Tee hee.

Wow.  I wish I had one of those for my two shed-meisters.  Too bad I can't sew!  Nice job.

Thank you!

Awesome job! I love it!

Why thanks!  Still needs to go for a test drive, hopefully it works!
3680  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (a litter of pics) on: August 25, 2009 05:50:58 PM
yes! for kids to!  I need one.....  I think it would work just fine with car seats as there are openings where the buckles are, and the latch system on most cars are right beside the buckles.  yup... come fit my car and his truck!

Ha!  I kind of need one for me.  Ahem.

Wouldn't you have to remove the whole car seat to clean the cover?  Or is that not such a big deal?
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