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201  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / While digging around in my basement... on: September 07, 2010 05:28:54 PM
I found her! I forgot all about making this...must be around 4-5 years ago. I guess I was feeling lighthearted at the time Smiley I think I might hang her somewhere...

202  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / hospital gown for my niece in ICU on: August 26, 2010 11:40:50 AM
My niece got in a tragic car accident last week. We were inches away from losing her. She'll be in the hospital for months for rehabilitation and what not. I made her this hospital gown because she would hate to be seen in those hospital-issued ones. I couldn't find any patterns online that I liked, so I reconstructed this from an old men's dress shirt. I cut the sleeves to a desired length, cut off the button hole and button band, and used the back for the front by cutting a V for the v neck. I made some bias tape and concealed the sleeve and collar edges. I lengthened it by cutting straight across the bottom and adding panels of cool fabric, and made some lam bias tape for the bottom. I widened it by added panels to the back and adding ribbon for tying, and also, between the two panels are 6 velcro tabs to keep her little behind well-hidden Smiley

I really like how it turned out. I'm flying back to see her tomorrow and will be giving it to her then. Hopefully when she wakes up, it will make her smile...

203  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crayon roll for party favours! **tutorial link found!** on: August 11, 2010 03:33:57 PM
I made 13 of these as party favours (instead of dollar store toy-filled loot bags that break the next day) for the children who came to my daughter's 3rd birthday party. The kids (and the parents!) loved them Smiley http://nested.typepad.com/blog/2007/07/materials-you-w.html

All rolled up in the bowl Smiley
204  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Car seat organizer! on: August 09, 2010 12:53:50 PM
Our family is taking a loooooooooooooooooong road trip home to Toronto this week and wanted to make some car organizer for the kids. Two of the kids are going to have to fight over one, but there isn't a third seat in the front, so it will have to do! lol Anyhow, I found the pattern here: http://www.themayfly.com/weblog/2007/10/the_car_organizer_howto.html . I believe someone else here has posted theirs from this pattern, too, but here's mine! Mind my dirty car. Having three kids is not conducive to cleanliness! lol

205  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My little apron! on: August 09, 2010 12:45:18 PM
I made this for my little lady the other day. She seems to like it Smiley. I didn't follow a pattern, but you can probably just figure out how to do it by looking at it...very simple!
206  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wedding cake toppers for a fellow craftster member :) Pic heavy!!!! on: July 30, 2010 09:28:57 AM
After some guidance as to what she was looking for, this is what I came up with! I hope she likes it. It sure was fun to do. I am totally honoured to have a piece of my work at her most spectacularly cool wedding!

207  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / An itty bitty teeny tiny masterpiece ;) on: July 28, 2010 01:14:56 PM
I had a tiny little 2.5x2.5 inch stretched canvas and thought I should finally do something with it. After making some homemade paper clay and creating a face with little gem stone eyes from vintage jewelry, this is what I cam up with. She reminds me of a Goddess of sorts.

208  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Molly Monkey! on: July 09, 2010 04:02:18 PM
I made this little monkey for my friend's little girl for her third birthday.

Here's the *FREE* pattern that I followed.
 It's so wonderfully cute. I have another little monkey on the go for my niece for Christmas! Anyway, hope you like it!
209  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More of my little 8-track art on: July 02, 2010 11:45:49 AM
I bought a whole bunch of 8-tracks (I believe that's what they're called, anyway) at Goodwill a while ago for the purpose of little canvases. This is the second one I've done. They're really great because they stand really nicely on shelves and they even have two little holes in the back for hanging...oh - and they are super eco-friendly!

They're made up of my usual mixed media goodness!

210  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / trash bag for my SUV :) With removable clear plastic bag ***TUTE*** on: June 30, 2010 01:24:32 PM
I made this today with scraps of fabric, bias tape, clear plastic, and wire! I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I also made one for my hubby's truck with some cool skull fabric Smiley

I made a fitted plastic bag that is removable so that you could put in apples, banana peels, etc, and take it out and wipe it clean.
If you all want a tutorial let me know Smiley I'll be happy to share my pattern!

The long-awaited tute!!

Ok, so I'm going to do my best to describe how I did it...let me know if you have any questions.

First off, for this one, I made the bias tape and sewed it on to an approx. 18 x 12 in clear plastic (vinyl maybe??). I sewed it onto the length allowing at least 1/2 inch to case the wire.

I then used wire cutters to cut and curl the ends of the wire. The wire is slightly longer than the plastic so that there's enough to curl the ends so as to not cut through the plastic or fabric.

Feed the wire through the bias tape casing.

I then double folded the ends so that no liquids would leak through, making sure all raw edges are concealed. (just in case there was a little bit of drink left over in a bottle or something).

I then folded the bag so that the seam is in the back and sewed more bias tape (double folding edges once again) to the bottom.

I then started on the fabric outer of the bag. I used french seams to make it all clean and pretty (if you don't know what french seams are, there are tons of tutorials online). The fabric bag dimensions are slightly bigger than the plastic (around an inch longer and wider, but you can sort of measure as you go. There are no steadfast rules for me. I'm not very good at rules lol)

Now to add the strap, just measure the back of your seat to see how long you need the strap to be. I made mine slightly adjustable because this one was a gift for someone. I made it pretty long and sewed one side of the strap about an inch or two from the back seam. On the other side of the seam, I sewed the soft side of the velcro. Around 6 inches. The hard side of the velcro is sewn to the strap.

Et voila. There's my cryptic tute for you. Hope it wasn't too convoluted. Again...feel free to ask questions. I'm sure there will be some! lol
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