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1  Re: An Xmas Ornament in a Week Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Estrata on: December 10, 2007 04:40:59 PM
Finally got my package from the apartment office! Cute little felt ornaments, plus a postcard of Australia to make me jealous. Wink

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2  Re: My First Reupholster in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Estrata on: December 09, 2007 10:07:51 AM
Yup, the seat is solid... I thought too many stripes might give me a headache. Grin

I only had to sew the arm pieces to the main part of the chair. Once I had removed the front and back pieces, all I did was cut down the seams (the red lines on the photo below) and used the pieces as a template - plus I added a seam allowance where the seams had been.

And thats the only place I had to sew, though if you add welting you may have to sew that on (again, whatever they did on the original upholstery job; youll see when you take apart the chair). My machine did go through the fabric just fine, using a regular needle (its my grandmas old sewing machine, so I use whatever she has in there).

All told, from taking the first tack out of the original chair to the finished piece, I would say it took me about 6 hours. But Im not even remotely careful or technical I didnt even pin the template pieces down to the fabric. So if youre more exact then me, it might be a weekend project (of course, it will probably turn out better, too! Grin)
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3  Re: Summer Twinkletrotters the Hippy Piglet Poppet (img heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Estrata on: November 29, 2007 09:19:09 PM
Would you mind doing a tute on the boots please?

Okay, but theyre embarrassingly simple... Wink

Cut out a pattern sort of like this (use thick stretchy fabric, I used fleece):

Sew around two of them, right sides together, and turn inside out. You can fold them down at the top, and if you want them to look nicer you could maybe add a felt "sole" to the bottom?
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4  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by Estrata on: November 29, 2007 09:11:40 PM
There are no rodents in your list!

A mouse, a rat how about a squirrel? It would be fun to make the tail.

Also a cow!

Also, I finished Summers clothes:

Plus she has a little photo um, diary?... in the toys section.

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5  Summer Twinkletrotters the Hippy Piglet Poppet (img heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Estrata on: November 29, 2007 07:47:18 PM
Hi! I would all like you to meet my new poppet! She's a piglet poppet with a love of nature... but why dont I let her introduce herself?

Note: Summer survived her ordeal with nature, though were still waiting for her boot to show up in the litter tray. Grin
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6  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by Estrata on: November 28, 2007 08:56:14 PM
I would like you all to meet Summer Twinkletrotters! Grin

Like most new poppets, she currently has no clothes. But as a hippy/nature chica, shes groovy with that whole back to nature/nudity thing. Yet being the uptight suburban girl I am, I at least made her cover her shame with a nearby leaf.

Summer also has a curly pig tail, but I refuse to show her bum before its got something to cover it up! Tongue

I was surprised at how easy it was to joint a doll this was a great learning experience. Thank you so much, ghilie, for such a beginner-friendly tutorial!!! Cheesy
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7  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 28 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Estrata on: November 27, 2007 03:08:32 PM
I got my package from Fashionable today! A kitty recipe box, and inside were kitty magents, kitty stickers, kitty stationary, and recipes for kitty treats (as well as some kitty-themed human treats)!

Yay, so much wonderful kitty stuff!!!
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8  Re: Pudgy Unicorns - UPDATED! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Estrata on: November 27, 2007 08:17:05 AM
what a good idea for xmas!! they are so cute! how did you attatch the antlers?

Thank you. Grin I just sewed them into the seam like you would arms, tails, etc facing into the body when its inside out, then when you turn it right-side out they are attached (I was sort of confused by the hole slit-in-the-head, so I did that instead ^_^). You just have to make sure the wire sticks out of the bottom of the horn and goes through the seam, or else they end up all limp and sad! Grin

Here, I made a little picture. Be sure to use fleece or felt for the horns, as you won't be turning them inside-out. Also, you can use a blanket stitch around them (it would probably be prettier, I'm just lazy). And I shaped the wire like that to keep it from going back out the seam... I used really thin jewlery wire.

Just sew the horns into each side of the head, and that's it. It's really very easy. Then just turn it all right-side out and pose them at a jaunty angle. Smiley
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9  Pudgie Reindeer (based off the Pudgie Unicorn) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Estrata on: November 26, 2007 08:47:37 PM
I used MinaBeana's tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206077) to make some Pudgie Reindeer ornaments.

They are a bit front-heavy, though, so when they hang they look like theyre grazing. ^_^
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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 28 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Estrata on: November 22, 2007 04:58:25 PM
I got my craft supplies box from fadeawaydream yesterday!

There is so much stuff here - I think a few things may not be pictured cuz I already started using it!! Yarn, buttons, zippers, watercolors, little flowers for papermaking, loads of fabric, and a bunch of little bags of things like buttons, safety pins, jewlery eyelet pins... I'm buried in wonderful craft supplies! I'm so happy, I'm finally starting my "craft stash!!"

Thank you sooo much, fadeawaydream!
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