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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dolls for Xmas (pic heavy) on: December 20, 2012 05:17:29 PM
Yay for dollies! Well, yay for dollies being finished. For a while there, I didn't think I was going to get them done in time for Christmas, but I finished the last one this afternoon, and they are on their ways to their new happy forever homes!

I want to give mad props to ghilie and her fabulous Cupcake doll pattern. It's a wonderful pattern and very forgiving of mistakes (which I made aplenty, but let's not worry about that. They are ridiculously cute still!)

The first doll has been dubbed "Mara" who is made of baby pink fleece and has a gorgeous multi-toned purplish yarn hairpiece using Crafty.Canadian's tute on using plastic netting to make a wig.
Her dress is just a freehand crocheted piece using the same yarn as Kayla's hair.


I can almost stand up by myself!

I even have a birth certificate! (I made one for each doll, but this is the only picture of one. I had already sealed the box when I remembered to get a picture of the other two... cuz I'm cool like that Cool)

Yes, you aren't seeing things. Her arms are two different types. I was originally going to make both of them with a sewn joint, but I decided to make one a stiff-crooked arm so she could pose. My sweet girl (longtime friend's daughter, not mine) is a fashionable little princess, so I wanted Mara to be able to Vogue.

Then we have Kayla. She features hot pink fleece and a fuchsia fusion yarn for her hair using this tute:

It worked really well, and I'm planning on sticking with this method for the dolls I make for the kids. It's extremely secure, and with both the girls only being 2 years old, it's important it can weather some rough play.
Her dress is a halter-type with neck ties made from a piece of blue flannel.

Seasons Greetings!

Look! I can sit up! This will make it a lot easier to not fall off things like shelves. I'm afraid of heights... I blame Val. She is too.

And lastly, this is Marf (my boys named him. They're geniuses - I think it fits perfectly)
Marf is a glowworm style doll of my own pattern, and created from a green striped baby-knit fabric and a little green camo yarn detailing.
He is meant for a 1 year old, so in order to make sure nothing could be pulled off (or chewed off) easily, he has no hair or accessories except for his chibi eyes and a sewn mouth and "hair" covering the closing stitches.
I tried to pull the eyes off and couldn't, so I think he'll be secure for when he does get teethed on.

Hi. I'm cute.

Detail of the head covering.

I am squooshy and soft!

So there you have it.
Sorry for the overload of pictures, but I'm so proud of them Smiley
I hope they like them. I wrote in the letters that I sent along that I plan on making more clothes for the cupcake dolls later, and that I'll be making sister dolls for the girls. When the boy is older, I'm planning on making him a boy-style cupcake doll to go with his sister's.

Hope you guys like!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bender from Futurama on: December 07, 2009 01:23:44 PM
A couple weeks ago as I was browsing through Craftster, I came upon this awesomely amazing Bender Bending Rodriguez hat by ChrisCrossCrafts: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268256.0.

My husband, who happened to glance over to my screen, squeeed like a schoolgirl and begged me to make one for him, but a full head.

It took some figuring out, but without further ado, I present......


Action shots of our boys rockin' the hat.
My DH is a big guy (6'9") so it was made to accommodate his head...

...which you can see pretty much swallows up their little noggins in one swell foop.

We have since discovered, as he's been wearing it everywhere proudly, that he is constantly wanging "little bender" on everything, so I am thinking about making him another, but more like the one ChrisCrossCrafts made so it doesn't stick up quite so far.

Next up: DH wants a Dr.Horrible and Captain Hammer hat... I'm still not sure how I'm gonna manage the goggles O_O
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Mean Clean Joe Green on: August 05, 2007 10:31:12 PM
Well, maybe not so mean. Not so "Joe" either...

Note: Image heavy and a semi-tut/diary of how I made it.

Ok, so, I thought and thought about what to make for this contest, when, in a flash of perspiration, I had an apostrophe!
The one thing I have the hardest time carrying with cloth bags is cans. Cans, cans, cans... they're really heavy, they tear the bags after a few times, and they never quite stack right.
What to do?

So, I made a pattern by stacking up 24 cans together - 2 deep, 4 wide, and 3 high. That is the most cans I have ever carried at once in one bag (because I am a dork like that, and insist on torturing myself by trying to stuff as much as I can into one place).

This led to this:

What you can't see because of the crappy pic are the bag's dimensions, which ended up being 12" across, 6" deep, and 16" high for the finished product. I incorporated a 1" seam allowance on all pieces.

I had an old pair of my husband's black corduroy dress pants that were impossibly torn and unusable, which I promptly confiscated for material, and used to make this bag.

The pieces cut out:

My 1 year old is such a good helper Cheesy

Now, I needed something to reinforce the bottom of the bag with. What to use? AHA!

Enter the plastic cross-stitch canvas!

Easy to cut to size, flexible, yet sturdy, and, best of all - sewable.

I sized it to the bottom piece, giving a 1 inch allowance all the way around.

Then, I pinned all the side pieces together, and stitched them:

The bottom was sewn on, the seams zigzagged together, and here we have the big boy in his modeling debut showing off the size of the bag:

The handles were made and applied in a modified variation of the ones used in the morsbags tutorial.

The plastic canvas was then sewn by hand into the bottom of the bag using a nice chunky dark green yarn.

The finishing touches were beading on the outside using copper/bronze/patina light and dark green beads, and block print painted lettering and iridescent outlining on both sides.

Showing the capacity for cannage:

Can easily accommodate 2 gallons of milk, or 1 gallon and cans:

And my big boy showing off the new bag:

VOILA'! One recycled black corduroy grocery bag that's super strong, and kinda pretty too.
Keeping it greener, keeping it cleaner.
Yay for recycling and all the cool crafty stuff we get to do because of it =D

Hope you guys like it!
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