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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tonks Patronus Messenger Bag on: July 13, 2011 11:22:22 AM
Soooooo I just was in the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part 2 swap and had so much fun! My partner put in her questionairre that she really wanted a bag or purse of some sort and that her favorite character was Tonks.

I embroidered Tonks's patronus (a werewolf) onto the cover of a messenger bag that I sewed up after embroidering. I got the pattern from a book called One Yard Wonders and I love it! I also embroidered a ton of the spells from the books and movie around the outside of her patronus and along the shoulder strap. There is one part on there that is NOT a spell, but a "line" from the books: friends friends friends. It is what Luna has painted around the top of her room, encircling a painting of her friends. I plugged that in since Luna is my favorite character and I wanted to place her there somehow. Smiley

All of the lettering is done in silver and various colors while the patronus is done in glow in the dark thread.
The bottom around the button says "I open at the close".

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

EDIT: here's a link to where I posted everything I sent her. There's lots more goodies! http://mywyldchild.blogspot.com/2011/07/deathly-hallows-part-2.html
32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Part of your world.... I mean apron. on: July 06, 2011 09:36:49 PM
So, my niece's birthday is this weekend and I thought it would be pretty awesome if she had a cute little apron. So I found some sheets that my sister and I grew up with that are the Little Mermaid and I transformed them into this sweet little number from Simplicity 3949. Tell me what you think!

Hop on over here if you want to see some awesome super-heroness from my little goober! Smiley
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Whimsical Note Catcher! on: July 04, 2011 03:39:17 PM
Hey there everyone! Ok so it's my mom's birthday tomorrow and I wanted to make her something special for her birthday. She lives in another state and both my sister and I (and our children) are always sending her pictures and notes and such and I don't know that she has a place to put them other than the fridge. Well, why use the fridge when you can have this totally cute note catcher that you can stick where anyone can see it?

I'm gonna post a mini tute on my blog http://mywyldchild.blogspot.com/2011/07/whimsical-note-catcher.html if you're interrested in making one yourself. Smiley Have a happy fourth of July everyone!
34  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy courier cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:43:57 AM
I made a sew on bustle for my partner in the Small Steampunk Swap about two weeks ago. I didn't just want to send one thing, so I made her some matching cuffs to go with her costume. I love these cuffs! I'm making more in different fabrics to sell in a few craft fairs next month. Smiley

so fun! What do you guys think?
35  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steamy cuffs on: May 30, 2011 09:38:18 AM
I was just recently in the Small Steampunk swap, which was anything but small! Everyone went overboard it seems. Smiley Anyway, my partner wanted things of a courier costume she was in the process of acquiring and so I purchased a pattern from the wist she had and sewed up a tie on bustle for her.

I've never sewn cording into anything before, but it was actually pretty easy. Smiley I had a lot of fun and will probably make myself one. Wink
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Qu-arky memory boards! on: May 03, 2011 12:26:00 PM
Hey all! This is the fun little project I completed for my sister's birthday present last week. I got the idea from the One-Yard-Wonders book by Yaker and Hoskins.

Here they are!!

If you want a quick tutorial on how to do it, or just to see how I modified it, you can go to my blog:

Thanks for looking!
37  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade!! on: April 12, 2011 10:20:31 PM
Hey there! Here is what i got to wear last weekend! My husband's college was hosting a Masquerade Ball and it was just too much fun! We were each charged with bringing/making our own masks and I did my own. (I did not, however, do my husband's fox mask. That came from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in N. California.)

I partly followed this tutorial: 

When I could no longer follow the tutorial, i deviated to my brain.  Wink Here's a link to my blog where I get to the rest: http://www.mywyldchild.blogspot.com/

here it is close up:

C/C? Smiley Thanks for taking a look!
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Quilted Circles Purse on: April 03, 2011 10:42:23 AM
I've been working on this purse for a while. Mostly, I followed the Quilted Circles pattern from the book One Yard Wonders, but I did change a few things. I made the circles bigger, used a loop and button instead of a magnetic closure, and attached the strap differently. The fabric was just too thick for my sewing machine to handle they way the instructions said it needed to be done, so I said, "Hey! I don't want to break my machine!" and changed it. Smiley

I hope you guys like it - there's a bit of an interresting story to go along with it, too. You can read it on my blog if you like. Wink
39  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / apply a fabric to the back of my hoop for my hoopla? on: March 24, 2011 09:56:47 PM
Hey there! This may seem a silly question, but how do I apply fabric to cover the ugly on the back? Is there a special way to do it? I've seen so many pictures and things covering the back of everyone's hoops and I kinda want to do it to mine. Do I just use my sewing machine and do it halfway through the grip of the hoop? Any advice would be awesome!!!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet, sweet summer... dress - a tutorial! Ridiculously picture obese! on: March 21, 2011 10:16:31 PM
Sweet, Sweet Summer. Dress.

This dress fits a 4 to 6 year old. I chose this awesome seventies patchwork looking fabric. It is a stretchy knit one that is slightly see-through, which is why I did a liner for it. You could do this pattern with a non see-through fabric and omit the lining, if you prefer. Half the work that way! Also, I will be posting in large pictures and thumbnails so I don't clog up your computer. The larger ones I post b/c I feel that my explaination might not be enough, so you can see it better.

Needs: 1 yard of top fabric, liner, and lace. You will also need matching thread. I got mine to match the lighter fabric, but thats just me.
First things first, You need to draw your pieces on the paper and cut them out. Then, pin to your fabric and cut in this fashion: In the top fabric, cut 1 skirt, two straps, two bust pieces, one center bust strip. In the liner fabric, cut one skirt and two bust pieces. Cut lace to 35.
There is already a seam allowance, unless otherwise noted. Finish seams and trim threads as you go.

First, Sew bust pieces together:
1)   With wrong sides facing down and liner on bottom, sew liner to top fabric along top of bust piece.

2)   Flip over so top fabric (patterned fabric) is on top with right side up.
3)   Tug liner fabric down until of it peeks out from under top fabric. Press.
4)   Top stitch over seam abut to 1/8.
5)   Stay stitch under arm edge at about .
6)   Repeat with other half of bust pieces.
7)   Place two bust pieces together, right sides facing, and baste stitch down center line at leaving ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
Cool   Tug ends to cinch center bust until top of fabric is 2.
9)   Stitch seam at . *Note* my center bust line got pushed back out. Oh, well. I will adjust for this when I add the center bust strip/loop.

10)   Hem skirt liner lengthwise at . Pin hem on liner up another (or to your preference) and attach lace. Sew together.
11)   Hem top skirt by .
12)   With both right sides facing up, pin then baste stitch together at waistline from edge. Leave ends long. DO NOT BACK STITCH!
13)   Pull threads to cinch until waist/under bust is 1 longer than that of your childs. My daughters under bust is 20 so I made mine 21 . (You want to save that room for the seam allowance.) Then, seam stitch at the line.
Bust and skirt:
14)         Take neck strap, fold in half and sew at seam allowance at top and side with right sides facing. Repeat for second strap.
15)   Trim excess fabric and corners. Turn right side out and stitch end closed. Repeat for second strap.
16)   Attach neck strap to far sides of bust (under arm area) with 1/8 lower than bust. Do a box stitch on strap to ensure it stays well in place.

17)   Take center bust strip and fold in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch using a 1/8 seam allowance. Press seam out.
18)   Trim and clip edges, flip right side out. You should have a piece 4 tall and 1 wide.
19)   Place over top side of center bust, over cinched middle, and looping over and behind. Front should show only 2 of loop. Stitch across the top part of loop at line and at the bottom up top fabric.
20)   With right sides facing, center bust to skirt and pin and stitch together up  on bust, so when seam is pressed out, all under lining and of loop is not seen.
21)   Press top of skirt down, stitch in place.
22)   Attach zipper to back of skirt (both top and lining fabric).
23)   Finish sewing liner skirt edge to liner skirt edge and top skirt edge to top skirt edge. This will ensure the two skirts are separate so when they twirl, you can see both skirts.

24)   *Note* After I tried the dress on my daughter, I noticed the bust part scooped forward heavily in the front. Since I dont want her to be flashing everyone, I adjusted it so that there looks to be a mini bow up front. All I did was pin the offending sections back on themselves and topstitched over it.

Voile! You now have your kid a super cute, super summer, sweetie dress! Comments and criticism are welcome.  Enjoy!
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