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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / hooded towel (as a baby gift, not for a dog as shown) on: April 14, 2010 07:58:25 PM

So I didn't use a pattern or anything for this, because after looking at some of the others on here I was too daunted to try any of the patterns...  So I whipped it up from a hand towel and a regular towel.  It's probably too big for a baby, but I thought it would be good for a toddler.  (Though modeled by my dog, it is not actually for him.)

Towels shed A LOT.  So there are a lot of rolled seams on this bad boy.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.  
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag from Circle Skirt (Mother's Day Gift) on: April 13, 2010 09:39:59 PM

Not having a job or money at the moment, I needed to make something for my mother for mother's day from things I already had.  I have had this skirt for six years and I only wore it once! But I loved the fabric, which was why I couldn't get rid of it.

It was heavily pleated so I cut off the top band to make a long rectangle of fabric and used some old curtain fabric that a friend had given me as a lining- a lime green canvas-like material.  This gave the bag a great structure.  I took apart the top band to get rid of the bottom part of the skirt and hand-sewed it back together to make the "latch" and the strap.

The bag is 13" tall, 12" wide and 3" deep.  Great size for magazines, which my mom loves!

(this pic is a little weird because I had already cut off the top band before taking the picture, but you get the idea)
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / what to do with square glass perfume bottles? on: July 21, 2005 10:11:34 PM
i have 2 right now, but will have several more soon, as i finish off some other perfume.

they have a screw off atomizer top- and they are glass and square-ish.  they are plain. 

i dont really want to fill them with colored water and display them, because i already have too many bottles of perfume "on display" - is there anything else i could do with them?  they seem too nice to throw out...
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / LUCHA LIBRE! shirt for my guy's bday on: July 16, 2005 02:21:42 PM
so this is a gift for my guy's bday...

the "arena!" is on the front and the other set is on the back.  the shirt was hell to work with because it was a very light fabric- but with a little ironing, and a body behind it, i think it will be good. this was my first time working with the sublime iron-on's.  i had only done freeform before this. 
it still need some serious ironing, but i couldnt wait!   
sorry the middle pic is a little blurry, it looks sharper in real life.  and those hinky stitches were just some folds in the fabric- not actual hinkiness. Wink

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / draft beer, not kids shirt on: July 12, 2005 11:29:10 PM
newest shirt for me- its looking a little chalky and dingy in the pic, but thats the flash- its not that bad in reality.

i wouldve liked my letters to be a little sharper, but alas, a dull exacto knife leads to dull words.

front of the shirt:

back of the shirt:

just a little punny joke to make me smile in these moments of unrest...

hope you like!!!  love you guys for your inspiration!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / biohazard stencil shirt for guy on: July 12, 2005 11:15:38 AM
I bought this black button-down for $9.90 at h&m for my honey's bday, and I made these stencils for it. 

It looks stark white, but thats just the flash- its actually more of a grey.  I used white acrylic with a little black fabric paint to make it grey (thats all i had), and then ironed it.
The front is plain, just the sleeve biohazard and the gas mask on the back.  I really like how it came out! 

Most of my crafty gifts for him have been pretty cheesy, but I think he is really going to like this one- it reminds me of something from urban outfitters.  I got both stencils from freewebs.com/stencilry.  This is only my second stencil project so it was a little hinky - doing the reverse with the white on black, and the biohazard came out a little fuzzy, but Im happy with it.

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / david bowie stencil bag (first stencil ever!!!) on: July 06, 2005 07:43:07 PM
so this is my first stencil EVER!  i used spray mount to hold the stencil down because of the details around the eyes. just acrylic paint on an old tote bag.

its david bowie (i did the eyes differently because he has the one blue and the one brown).  can you tell its him?  if you saw it on the street, would you recognize him? 

thanks for all your inspiration here- you gave me the confidence to try this new art! 

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super Mario Plushie Mobile (6 sprites!) img heavy on: July 03, 2005 12:41:09 PM
here is my little shine sprite (from nintendo's super mario sunshine). it looks much cuter (and more vibrant and alive) in person, but hopefully you get the idea.

i used yellow felt, and varigated embroidery thread.  i glued on the eyes, which gives them a little sheen, which is okay.

in the picture it looks a little flat, but it is in fact stuffed. its only about 5 inches across.  im not totally sure what to do with it because it is so small!  hope you like it!



okay, so after all of this, i made a wall hanging out of it, and made some friends...

here it is-


thanks for all your comments! 
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / a special glam mirror (super easy!!) on: July 02, 2005 10:18:48 AM
So I got a bunch of these mirrors from Ikea, and Im pretty sure they were just a few dollars each.  Ive painted some, but this one is definitely my favorite- i made it last night and it took me about an hour. The wood was unfinished, so it was very receptive to decoration. 

you will need:
strung sequins (this mirror took 3 yards total)
hot glue & gun

just go around in a circle until you reach the corners, and then add them in smaller pieces.  super easy, and would be a flashy gift. 

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Multi-Zipper Peekaboo lined wristlet clutch (tutorial) on: July 02, 2005 10:10:47 AM
So this whole project was inspired by the
"peekabo zipper pillow" here on crafster.  But with some changes, i made it into a lined purse.



Using one piece of fabric (for strength) that you want to have peaking through the zippers, sew on all the zippers side by side with a zigzag stitch.  Use as many zippers as it takes to make a the size purse you want, once the fabric is folded in half.  You can use a contrast thread if you like.  If you want to have all kinds of fabric, follow the pillow tutorial, but I found that using one piece of fabric made it strong enough to hold stuff.  Be sure to save one zipper to actually close the pouch, and one to be the strap of the wristlet.


Trim the fabric close to the zippers, but leave about a half inch on the ends where you will put the entrance zipper.

Cut your interior fabric to match the size of your zipper fabric.  I used the same fabric as the peekthru fabric.  Sandwich your entrance zipper between the zipper fabric and the interior fabric and sew it down so that you wont have any raw edges.  Do this on both sides of the entrance zipper and flip it inside out.  you will now have the lined pouch with two raw sides, and a clean entrance zipper.

Unzip the pouch. Working on the inside of the pouch, sew up the two sides with a strong zigzag. And if you like sew a ribbon folded over ontop of the raw edge to make it nice.  This pic is of one side covered with a ribbon, and the other side undone.


Once the two sides are sewn up, flip the purse inside out, and the body is done.  With your last zipper, sew it onto the body of the purse to make a strap.  Unzip it for your loop! Make sure you open all of the zippers to reveal the peekthru fabric.  Enjoy!

Im sure there are more efficient ways to make the purse (considering all of the lined purse tutorials here) but this is just a different way.  Any questions? let me know!
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