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11  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Retired computer mice on: October 10, 2013 12:20:30 AM
I have never participated in a challenge (nor a swap) on Craftster.
But I thought this might be a great idea for others: a Retired Computer Mice challenge!
I made some a couple of years ago: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360081.0#axzz2hIgoWlqc
And I think it would be wonderful to see an entire family of retired computer mice on Craftster. Isn't it a fun recycling project?
They don't all have to be as complicated as mine, LOL. And you could use all kinds of techniques.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise Top on: June 30, 2013 04:02:15 AM
I made myself another top out of cotton jersey. I used the same pattern as for the red top, only this time with long sleeves (and a little less cleavage...).

I hope you like it.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Top (and Taupe Top!) on: June 16, 2013 12:43:51 AM
I made myself this bright red top, from a commercial pattern, out of a cotton jersey fabric.

I hope you like it.

PS (many months later...): I suddenly realized I never posted another version of this top that I made in a taupe colour. So, better late than never, here it is:

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Blouse number 2 on: May 25, 2013 02:16:38 AM
I made myself another blouse!
Just like the previous one, this one is made of a 50/50 cotton/linen fabric, only this time in dark brown.
I used a commercial pattern, but made some adjustments.

I hope you like it.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made myself a blouse! on: April 26, 2013 10:46:14 AM
It has been at least 20 years since I had sewn a piece of clothing for myself.
I always create things for other people and I love sewing, so I decided it was finally time for ME.
The blouse is made from a 50/50 cotton/linen fabric in beige/taupe and I used a commercial pattern.

I hope you like it.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Button Wreaths! on: December 23, 2012 03:37:05 AM
I actually made these wreaths back in 2009, but I never posted them on Craftster and I thought you all might like this idea.
They are easy to make. Take a styrofoam wreath, cover it in strips of felt and glue buttons onto it with a hot glue gun. That's all!

Merry Christmas!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Shirt and Tie Cards (+ TUTORIAL) on: July 21, 2012 11:20:23 AM
Cards for men!
Altough this idea is not original, I think it still is a great card design for the men in our lives (and I made my own pattern).

I made reusable cardboard pattern pieces.
(If you cannot read the text, that is because it is in Dutch and in my authentic handwriting...)

You'll need:
- Recycled cardboard (piza box, for instance), to make your pattern pieces. My pattern is not meant to be printed, you will have to draw your own, with the help of my pattern pieces picture.
- Pencil, ruler, scissors, and paper glue.
- A (double) blank cardstock card. I used brown ones.
- Stirdy white crafting paper for the shirt. Or any colour you like.
- A different colour crafting paper (single colour or decorated) for the tie.
- A small button.

1. Cut out the large shirt piece (don't forget to cut out the triangle) and glue it to the card.
Tip: I made the piece a little too big and cut off the access paper after having glued it to the card. This way you get a nice fit.
2. Cut the tie out of a different kind of paper. Then cut out the tie knot again seperately. Glue it onto the tie (so the knot part is now double layered).
Tip: make the tie a little too long too and cut off the access afterwards.
3. Attach the tie to the card, by gluing the top part only! (You want to be able to lift up the tie later on, to attach the pocket.) Make it touch the lowest point of the triangle.
4. Attach the collar parts. Only glue a small line along the neck and shoulder edges! (You want the collar points unattached, for a three dimensional effect.)
5. Cut out the pocket. Then cut out the pocket flap. Glue a small stripe of the pocket flap to the back of the pocket, up to the fold line (I hope you can see the fold line in the picture). Fold the flap.
6. Sew on the button (through both layers, so the pocket stays closed). Glue the pocket onto the shirt.
7. Glue the bottom part of the tie onto the shirt.
Have fun! And please let me know if something is unclear.

PS: 'Proficiat' means 'Congratulations' in Flamish/Dutch.
(I used a commercial sticker.)

PPS: feel free to use the pattern any way you like. Commercial use is fine with me.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bat Necklaces on: November 04, 2011 12:14:13 PM
Marc and I designed these necklaces as a surprise gift for Romy (12) and her friends on her Halloween party. Marc made them! Cool dad, right?

The bats are made of leather, the eyes are red glass beads (sewn on), the necklace and jumprings are silver plated.

I hope you like them!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Felt Flower Keychains - with TUTORIAL on: October 14, 2011 11:32:31 AM
Hi everyone!
I made a bunch of these felt flower keychains, I guess it was about a year ago.
Recently I took some pictures of the ones I still have and I thought it would be a nice idea to share them with you all.

Please feel free to make your own, using these as examples!
They make lovely inexpensive gifts (stocking stuffers, party favours).

You will need: sheets of felt in various colours, embroidery thread, cardboard/greyboard to make templates, molton (or another material to use in between the two layers of felt, to give your felt flowers some volume), various colours of ribbon, small keyrings and a little textile glue.

Here's how I made them:
- I drew templates on greyboard and cut them out: flower + the same flower but a little smaller, little heart, circle (the smallest circles/dots I bought in a large quantity from someone who punched them one at a time..., they became my inspiration for this project). Instead of the felt dot you could use a small button.
- I used the template to draw the shapes on the back of the sheets of felt and cut them out. I tried to make nice colour combinations.
- Each keychain is identical on both sides, so I made two of each flower.
- I used the smaller template to cut flowers out of molton (I had it lying around, but you could use another material to use in between the two layers of felt). One for each keychain.
- I sewed the circles and hearts onto the flower, with embroidery thread. For the ones with the white stripes I also used embroidery thread. I then glued on the felt dots with textile glue.
- I cut short pieces of ribbon (colour matching the flowers). I folded the pieces of ribbon in half, around the keyring.
- I then sewed the two flowers together (using the blanket stitch), with the molton flower in the middle in between the two layers and with the double end of the ribbon in between too. I made the blanket stitch through the two layers of felt only, so without including the molton. I used pins to keep all layers in place while sewing.

I hope everything was clear. If not, feel free to ask for advice!

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / TUTORIAL: Wine Bottle Holder on: September 23, 2011 01:46:17 AM
Hi everyone!
Are you looking for a quick and simple gift idea?
Does the giftee like wine? Do you like to crochet? Then here you go!
Crochet wine bottle holder, with leather and cardboard gift tag:

I happened to have a wool and acrylic mix yarn in variegated green, that reminded me of a wine bottle and inspired me to make these wine bottle holders. But you could use any kind of yarn. The thickness of the yarn doesn't matter much (just not too thin, since you want the holder to be sturdy).

Abbreviations: st = stitch, ch = chain, sc = single crochet (UK: double crochet)
Crochet in spirals (so without closing your rounds).
You could mark the start of each row with a safety pin.

- start: ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook
- first round: sc 2 in every st (= 12)
- weave in tail
- *sc 1 in first st, sc 2 in second st*, repeat * * untill end of row (= 18)
- *sc 1 in first/second st, sc 2 in third st*, repeat * * untill end of row (=24)
- etc. (next row increase by sc 2 in each 4th st, then in each 5th st, etc.)
Stop crocheting in spirals when your circle is almost as wide as the bottom of the wine bottle (it should be a little smaller).
From here on you continue to crochet in spirals, but with the same amount of stitches (so you get the tube).
- sc one round in backloop only (that makes a nice little ridge at the bottom edge)
- sc around and around untill you reach the desired height of your wine bottle holder (try it on the bottle)
- finish, weave in tail

For the gift tag: cut a piece of cardboard and a piece of leather in the same shape (we made it square with rounded corners). Glue them together. You can write your note on the cardboard later on.
Draw a shape (for instance a wine leaf, like we did, or a christmas tree) on the back of a second piece of leather of a different colour. Cut it out. Glue it onto the tag.
Instead of leather you could use felt or craft paper.
Puch a whole in the gift tag and use a piece of leftover yarn to attach it to your bottle holder.

Now all you have to do is pick up a nice bottle of wine, package it in your brand new wine bottle cozy and take it with you to the party!

PS: since English is not my first language, please let me know if anything is unclear.

PPS: I would love to know what you think of it!
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