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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / good craft projects for children of low-income families? on: June 23, 2007 01:00:25 PM
This summer, I'm volunteering to work at a community center's free summer program for children of low-income families.  There are about 20 children from ages 5-12 that will be attending, and part of my responsibility is to come up with projects for them to do in arts and crafts.  Many of the children are likely to be violent, depressed, etc, so one of the ideas I had was to have them make some kind of pillow on which they could draw things that make them angry or sad.  That way, when they're upset, they can beat up the pillow as much as they want rather than take out their anger on other kids.

I'm not sure if a pillow would be the ideal item, though--maybe something more "weird" shaped or humanlike.  I'm also working on a budget of around $200 for 5 weeks (art is 3 times per week) so I'm not sure what kind of materials would be ideal for the project that aren't too expensive.  I'd love to hear your ideas!!

Also, if you have any craft ideas that are cheap and would be fun for these kids to do, let me know!  Especially if you can work anti-violence themes into the project.  Thanks so much!!!  Grin
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / i need a hat for my stuffed octopus =( on: January 02, 2006 09:55:44 PM
I'm making a stuffed octopus as a gift for my friend.  I'm not exactly a master crafter though, and this is the first non-clothing project I've attempted.  It's going pretty well and I'm almost done, but the problem is the opening at the top that I left so I could stuff it.  I'm done with the stuffing and I need to close it up...

I can manage to hand-sew it but it won't be that pretty, so my idea was to make a hat to cover the ugliness.  But I'm not really sure how to go about that...I was thinking a simple bowl shaped hat and a spinny thing on top (cuteish).  But I don't know how I would make that, especially the spinny thing.  Another problem is that the opening is about 7 inches long, so the hat would have to be oval if I wanted it to look right, and I don't know how to sew it up right and attach it without making it look weird.  Here's some pictures of it so far:

So my question is: can anyone help me figure out how to make a hat, or any other ideas for covering up the seam?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / If plaid was popular in the 50s... on: July 05, 2004 03:58:15 PM
...then the poodle skirts would have looked something like this:

Isn't it CUTE?! hehe.  It was just a too-long and unflattering plaid skirt that I hemmed, added lace, and ironed a poodle onto.  And now I loooove it. 

(actually the poodle was origionally supposed to go on a pink skirt I had to cover up a hole but er, I burned it with the iron.  Yeah...)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Toy story bedsheet skirt! on: July 05, 2004 03:54:01 PM
This was my very first skirt I made (other than just shortening and ironing stuff on) so I'm super proud of it.  It's my favorite thing I've made ever...I only just learned to sew a couple weeks ago anyway.  I used a toy story bedhseet from salvation army, and an old tank top as the waistband.  The black on the bottom is seam-binding lace from the 70s or something that was sitting around in my dad's sewing kit.  He helped me with that because the hem of my skirt was curved, but otherwise every single thing was done by myself Smiley

I'm sooo proud! Yey...so do you guys like it? Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crap necklines to pritty necklines yey on: July 05, 2004 03:50:08 PM
OK, these are two shirts that had the basic T-shirt neckline...so BORING!  The burgundy one was just lying around, and I never wore it, but now its pretty so I guess I'll probably wear it now...the white one I got at forever21.  I LOVE LOVE LOVED the graphic on it and bought it even though the neckline was crap.  So, they both got adjusted and here's what they look like now:

Yeah, not the most interesting project, but still post-worthy Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My very second recon...mickey mouse halter! on: July 05, 2004 03:47:41 PM
This was a $2 or $3 XXL mixkey mouse shirt from salvation army.  I resized it using a current halter I had as a pattern...The 50's style thing wasn't origionally in the plan, but the armpits were all floopy...then I remembered the tutorial from ohmystars.net and so I copied that neck and ta da!  This was my second recon that I did myself Smiley

So what do yous all think?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Monkey tee shirt recon yey on: July 05, 2004 03:44:55 PM
OK, this shirt was a size M mens, so it wasn't a HUGE XXL tshirt, but it was still big.  Anyway, this was mostly done by my friend, although all the ideas for the structure were mine.  She was teaching me how to do tshirt recons Smiley  So anyway, here it is:  (oh by the way, if you can't tell, the shirt says "I like monkeys. except for that one.")

What do you think Smiley  I did do SOME of the work heh.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my FIRST tshirt recon all by myself :) yey on: June 29, 2004 05:12:05 PM
My first tshirt recon!  I am so proud, heheh  Cheesy  I don't have before pics, but this was basically your everyday XXL band tee shirt.  And uh, sorry about having too many pics...I'm a camwhore hehe

 I made it off the shoulder and added a waistband with ribbon and a pretty bow
Also, an unexpected adjustment had to be made since the shirt wouldn't go over my boobies http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v257/green_day_d0rk/green_day_shirt_side.jpg
There was origionally another tie about 1 cm above the ribbon waistband but it fell off...I have to re-sew it back on (I used that no-stitch stuff the first time)
aaaand here is the back Smiley

So what do yous all think?  This is the first one I did by myself, but I did one with a monkey on it with my friend the day before so she could teach me ^_^  I'll post that as soon as I get a chance to go back to my dad's house and get it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with all my spiffy bedding? on: June 29, 2004 03:18:59 PM
I have some bedding with spiffy patterns on it yey (pics below) but I don't know what exactly to do with it.  I know I want to make a skirt out of each, but then I have plenty of excess fabric left for the two bedsheets (I guess if anyone else wants it after I make skirts I can sell it to you on ebay  Cheesy)  Also, I'm not sure what styles of skirts to make.  I don't really look good in skirts that are too close to my knee because they make my legs look short, but my new school's dress code states they have to be three inches above the knee.  Should I make some that can be worn in school or only after school? (it's a boarding school so we have dorms to hang out in where everyone will still see my spooper SKIRTS  Smiley)
N what styles of skirts should I make?

Thank you, spiffy people!

<<removed link to broken image>>    think it's a twin or double size bed sheet, fitted
<<removed link to broken image>>   fitted twin bedsheet
<<removed link to broken image>>   standard pillowcase
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pillowcase Skirt on: June 28, 2004 12:49:48 PM
I'm gonna make a pillowcase skirt out of a pretty blue striped pillowcase (yay) but I don't want to make a straight skirt and I'm too much of a beginner sewer to make a pleated one (crapness Cry).  Not to mention, I also have no clue how to go about making a skirt so erm...if anyone could help that would be spooper Smiley  I was thinking sort of a flared skirt or something.  It's gonna be pretty short.
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