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Topic: Gifts for 19 y.o. brother (complete w/ photos) *update with new items*  (Read 2029 times)
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« on: November 29, 2007 05:26:52 PM »

Ok, I don't know about the rest of you but I find it very difficult to craft for my brother. I refuse to make useless stuff or dust collectors and the mere fact that he's 19 just adds to the difficulty.

So after an unhealthy dose of brain storming I came up with these ideas:
sheet set ( he has a king size bed and no linen so he and his poor girlfriend sleep on the bare mattress - eeeewwww) - I found a brand new set still in packaging in the local op shop for $22, woot!
bedspread/blanket - so not going to pay $100+ for store-bought
photo frames - once again, I'm not paying $20 + each for those funky leather covered ones I had my eye on
pinata - what guy doesn't like brutally beating a paper mache idol on Christmas?

So here is the bedspread (my bed is modelling and is only a queen) it should throw nicely over the bed



black cotton, grey textured knit and backed with gunmetal grey polar fleece. Black satin ribbon detail at the top and bottom. Fleece and cotton $15, webbing $4.50, all other materials on hand.

Bottom and back detail

The frames before - random plain wood from the op shop


After


Tack detail


Back


I'm really pleased with the outcomes, they are what I envisioned even if I had trouble getting them that way!

The frames have fake leather glued on then stapled to the back and inside frame perimeter. The leather was then coloured with black acrylic paint, tacks added for detail and ribbon glued to the inside frame perimeter to cover the staples. Backs painted with a few coats of black acrylic and the front given a final buff with beeswax furniture polish. Frames $4 total, all other materials on hand.

I will update when the pinata is finished. And I'm thinking of whippinf up some matching pillow cases too.

Things I learnt: Attaching stretchy polar fleece to cotton is difficult at the best of time but on this scale, it totally sucks! I ironed on webbing to the back of the fleece and still had a little trouble attaching. When colouring leather with paint don't use paper towel as it leaves fluffy bits behind. When hammering tacks into wood, don't do it on the dining table cause you leave indents in the wood  Embarrassed

Ok, so I figured I should make some new pillow cases to go with the bedspread so the whole lot matches.
Front

Back

Detail

Tie used to keep the case closed cause I hate it when my pillows escape and I didn't have enough fabric to make super deep folds  Sad


All remnants of the same fabrics, I didn't have enought black so I had to add grey to the front but I rather like it that way.


Comments welcome, I hope this inspires other crafters with difficult brothers Cheesy.

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007 05:38:20 PM »

You may very well be the coolest sister ever.  This set rocks - it's wonderfully coordinated, masculine and crafty.  Can't wait to see the pinata Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 05:40:18 PM »

YOU are one heckuva sister.  I sure hope your 19 year-old brother and his girlfriend appreciates all this work.  I'm so impressed with all your efforts and with such a nice result for so little cash.  You might consider adding a link and comment about this awesome project on the Crafting For Men thread as I'm sure some of those following that could use your project as inspiration!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=204973.msg2262476#msg2262476
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007 05:49:05 PM »

Thank you all! And thanks Mistress I keep an eye on that thread but did't think to add a link  Undecided.

I purposely went for the masculine look - didn't want a flowery girly quilt look, lol - and I know he likes black. Also his gf just made a lovely wall hanging in black and white for their anniversary so it should all work nicely.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 05:51:55 PM »

wow, yeah, nice job!
I could never make anything for my brother, all he ever wants is gifts cards, lame!
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007 06:15:32 PM »

Wow, that's awesome! 

Such a great idea...I almost wish I had a good reason to make a bedspread for my best friend. heh. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 08:36:25 PM »

JEEZ you should be my sister =]
cause you are AMAZING!
i loveee everything.
and those picture frames are supr snazzy. i want some =]
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2007 09:19:33 PM »

Great gifts!
I am sure he will love them because they are so appropriate.
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