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3751  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (litter of pics + NEW 1) on: August 25, 2009 12:51:46 PM
Obviously she's so much happier AFTER getting her new blanket than BEFORE.

The ManFlesh's sad old sheets and towels weren't quite doing the trick of protecting the backseat of his car from his beloved dog, the lovely Miss Olive (above).  I had this thrift-store bedspread that I'd picked up to make into pet blankets for the Snuggles For Homeless Pets* program and thought it would be the perfect car seat cover.  Of course, I had to customize it.  Roll Eyes


The headrests in the back seat come off, so that made for a great place to attach it AND keep it in place:

I made some slots for the seat belt fasteners which also help keep it in place.  Of course, sitting back there on top of the blanket kind of defeats the purpose as you'll surely be covered in dog hair if you do.   Kiss

A close-up of the bias tape binding of the edge and one of the holes for the headrest posts:

I also made the bias tape from free fabric from my aunt's stash, so the whole project cost < $2 including the thread.

The in-progress shot with my helper.

*The scrap from this and the bunches of other blankets will be made into smaller blankets for this project.  Grin
3752  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 25, 2009 12:12:18 PM
have you ever used those gizmos that make bias tape?  Do they work well, if so?

I only use those gizmos... if I know the gizmo you're talking about.  I have the Clover brand and so far only one size (1") shown on this page: http://www.craftcritique.com/2008/06/bias-tape-maker-by-clover.html . I think it works great, although it took a couple times to feel like I was moving at all quickly. 

OH MY GODS!!!!!!!!!!!  i love to quilt, and *love* to use bias tape *especially* the double fold, but i absoloutely *despise* making the stuff!!!!!   (it's like a little part of my soul goes away when i have to make it... seriously, it's that. bad.)   i'm sure you could find all kinds of people who would love this stuff for gifts (i know i would!!)

I think we're opposite sides of the same coin in that I can't even fathom making a quilt... I think my soul hides when I consider it.   Wink 
3753  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 25, 2009 10:39:48 AM
you rock! i can't tell you how cool i think you are.  i love being able to make my own bias tape to match/coordinate projects just so, but i hate actually doing it.  

Ha!  Thanks!  I actually like making it (not so much the cutting), but am not such a fan of using it... at least not the double fold to bind edges the "proper" way with all that hand sewing.  Of course the finished product is usually so nice it almost seems worth it.

ohhhhhh so *pretty*! I am a fellow addict, but haven't made nearly what you've made. Mine's 90% project-oriented. Now I'm thinking "gee, maybe I *do* need to make some "just in case" I need it."  Cheesy

Hi QuiltersBlock!  If only I knew people who could/would use it I'd give them away for birthdays, etc.

I LOVE making bias tape as well!!  I thought I was a freak of nature, but there are others out there!

It's kind of a Zen thing for me (except the cutting).  I can think about other things, problem solve, plan and such while doing it.  Especially that striped one which was about 9 yards of double-fold all in one strip.

Yeah, I'd say you are completely biased. Cheesy  This is a good thing.  Your work looks great.

Thanks, ma'am!

wow, these are very pretty.  I never liked using bias tape because all the store ones were really plain, but I may have to dive into this and do my own!  I've heard of making your own, but always thought it was kind of time-consuming.  Is it?

One in a while I'll stumble upon a cute vintage bias tape at a yard sale and I have a few from my grandmother's stash, but the store stuff is pretty dull for all by the most utilitarian purposes.  It takes a little practice to get it down, but it's not that time consuming.  I don't have a big cutting surface or long straight edge so I can't really use a rotary cutter to cut the strips quickly, so that's the time consuming part.  The little tool makes the rest of it go pretty fast and if you set up your ironing board in front of the TV or listen to a podcast or something it feels like it goes pretty quickly.  All that said, sometimes it MAKES your project so the time is worth it.
3754  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 24, 2009 07:15:59 PM
Thank you - I can't remember where I got inspired exactly, but it was probably here on craftster.
3755  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I think I'm addicted, but I might be biased... on: August 24, 2009 06:38:00 PM
My name is TheMistressT and I like to make bias tape.  (Hi, TheMistressT!)  The reason this might be more of an obsession than a skill is that I usually make it before I have a project to use it on.   Undecided  I have been pretty successful not buying fabric just for the purpose of making bias tape, though - the only time I've done so was with that tiny turquoise gingham which was on clearance.

Not all of these are cut on the bias, actually.  The gingham, stars and stripes are and the green dots and purple swirls are cut on the grain.  The stars and stripes are double-fold, the rest single fold.  I had to put a closer shot because I love these darn things.

I originally thought to put this in the Sewing In General board, but there's not a "finished project" section that I could see... and these are for sewing, but not sewn.  If this belongs somewhere else, I'll be happy to move it or have it moved.

3756  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Life's too short to worry about offending someone (NSFW)! on: August 22, 2009 02:19:11 PM
Nothing deserves to fuck off more than cancer and I doubt you'll find many people who disagree.  If so, they're perhaps focusing on the wrong priorities.  I made a "fuck cancer" embroidery myself and it's been nothing but well-received so I bet yours will continue to be well-received here and by everyone who sees it in person.

Keep rockin!
3757  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sofa. The final frontier. on: August 21, 2009 02:06:36 PM
Heaps of cushy geeky fun you've made!  I love them!

EDIT: Love you title, too!
3758  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Neti Pot Icon Embroidery on: August 19, 2009 09:09:59 PM
I love pictograms!  They convey so much in so little space and often it's even helpful!  Yours is wonderful!  I've been saving an instruction sheet for another item hoping to embroider it someday and your post may have inspired me over the edge.  I often photograph pictograms when lucky enough to traveling in foreign countries and doing them in embroidery may be an awesome way to commemorate my trips!
3759  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Family Reunion Tablecloth and Custom Box on: August 19, 2009 08:58:35 PM
This is so wonderful!  I teared up reading your post and thinking about all the thought taken to make sure the tablecloth made it to each reunion and someone cared to embroider the names over all the years.  So nice!  Congratulations on adding your stitches and thanks (from a stranger) for helping ensure that the tradition can keep going.  YOU ROCK!
3760  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Altar for my hippie friend! on: August 19, 2009 08:44:42 PM
That's a great transformation!  You'd never suspect it was originally a nautical theme/boat thing!  What an honor that your gift gets to travel with your friend on his sojourn.
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