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171  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Most amazing Harold and the Purple Crayon Jacket! on: March 04, 2011 05:48:40 AM
Really, check this incredible craft out!

http://thedillspiel.blogspot.com/2011/03/harold-and-purple-crayon-inside-story.html

172  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / EWOK NAPSACK!!!! on: February 23, 2011 09:54:27 AM


http://i.imgur.com/TuaPd.jpg

How cool is that?
173  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Anybody spin nettle fiber? It's better than cotton! on: February 19, 2011 04:30:11 PM
Check out this video, I am so impressed with this fella!
http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/304924/second_skin_why_wearing_nettles_is_the_next_big_thing.html
174  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sense and Sensibility style bonnet... on: February 10, 2011 07:45:40 AM
Anybody know how to make one of these beautiful bonnets or where to get one?

175  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Doesn't anyone make candles anymore? on: January 19, 2011 09:21:58 AM
I'm searching the threads but... Help?
176  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Is this video a waste of my time and money? on: January 19, 2011 09:16:33 AM
He pretty much says it all, I'm completely afraid of messing it up with trial and error. I am a visual learner, I need hands on practice too. This "seems" pretty great but... I Know Nothing about making soap!

http://www.soapmakingfun.com/cold-process-soap-guide2.shtml
177  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Tooth Soap? on: January 18, 2011 05:32:11 PM
http://toothsoap.com/shop-tooth-soap-plain-jane
This is apparently the best thing to brush your teeth with but it's really expensive. Seems like it's just a liquid soap, not very complicated. Certainly not $24 a bottle complicated! The trick to it working is that it can't have glycerin in it, that coats the teeth and that's not a good thing.

Anyhoo, any ideas on how to make it myself? Thanks for any tips!
178  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teesha Moore style bag, extremely simplified version. A Super Scrap Buster! on: August 08, 2010 07:54:48 PM
Do you love her awesome journal covers and bags and such?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0&feature=related
Oh man, I sure do! I joined the craft along on here and have been loving it! But after 15 hours of hand stitching for one small bag I just thought "there has to be an easier way!" And since I am the queen of cutting corners and never doing anything the way I'm 'supposed' to (heh) I came up with something that takes a fraction of the time and looks just as interesting. I think so anyhow, you be the judge...

Ooh, COLOUR!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4872201456/in/set-72157624552941199/


Start with two pieces of contrasting fabric, a front or outside for the bag and a back or inside piece. Mine were 19X7 but you can make this any size you like. I tapered one end to a point for the front flap.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870062851/in/set-72157624552941199/


Now grab some of your scraps and cut out a few squares and rectangles of interesting fabric. Stick them in place with a regular old glue stick in the corners, it works great to hold those little squares in place, who knew Cheesy?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870720812/in/set-72157624552941199/


Sew around the squares with either a zigzag stitch on your machine or by hand, you don't have to be neat and tidy at all.
I used a varigated thread so it changed colour as I sewed. Your base fabric may change shape and get moved around a bunch, that's totally OK.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870765070/in/set-72157624552941199/


Cut out a piece of fleece that is about 3/4" smaller all the way around than your front piece. The fleece won't show so it doesn't matter what colour or pattern it is.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870183881/in/set-72157624552941199/


Sandwich the fleece between the front and back pieces, sew around using a 3/4" seam allowance. The back piece may be a big larger than the front at this point, just trim it up to match. Now you can start embellishing with some colourful embroidery/quilting (by hand and/or machine), sew on some buttons, beads, charms, bits of ribbon, whatever you like but avoid the edges because you'll need to sew there still. You can add things to the edges later on.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870836888/in/set-72157624552941199/

(btw the sewing took me only 1 hour in total, the embellishment between 3-4 but you can spend as little or as much time on that as you want and you can always add to it later.)

Here's a pic of some embellishment
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870435979/in/set-72157624552941199/


The quilting/embroidery that you're doing will change the shape and dimensions of the bag so you may want to take a look and see where it's wonky so you can add some more stitches to even it out a bit. Again, don't worry about being neat, have a messy good time!

Fold the edges over about 3/4" and pin in place, stitch with a machine zigzag or by hand.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4870519663/in/set-72157624552941199/


Fold up the bottom of the piece to shape the bag. Using embroidery floss whip stitch around all the outside edges of the bag.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4871411065/in/set-72157624552941199/


Add a button to close (or velcro, a snap, whatever you feel like) and you're done!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4871485589/in/set-72157624552941199/



*Extra bonus!* If you want to hide your knots and thread ends here's a picture and some instructions on how to do that.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/4871093548/in/set-72157624552941199/


There is a more detailed version of the tute with extra pics up in flickr if you want to check it out. http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/sets/72157624552941199/

And thank you SO MUCH to the lovely mod that made my pics viewable! You're a doll Wink.
179  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage style clothes pin holder. on: August 01, 2010 02:39:47 PM
Did your gran have one of these? Mine did and I remember loving it so much.
We have a backyard here with a laundry line and after bending down a thousand times to reach the pins out of a ziplock bag in the bottom of the basket (ow Cry) or having my daughter "help" by handing them to me (aka lose them in the grass Roll Eyes) I remembered this handy little thing and thought I should make one for myself.



There are some patterns online but I didn't love any of them so I just figured it out for myself. The apron is a pocket.
180  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two Dogs and a Lion on: July 28, 2010 10:25:53 AM




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