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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / First Wall Hanging! on: January 11, 2009 12:11:55 PM
I made this for a friend for Xmas, she's moving into her first apartment this month and I wanted to give her something to put on her walls. It's just made with some fabric scraps I had lying around, 2 fabric yoyos, some embroidery for the stems, and my favourite part, the mushrooms and the owl are buttons I found in a huge stash I got at a flea market. They were all white, so I got out my huge set of Sharpies and colored the mushroom caps. She really liked it and I had fun making it, it was my first real attempt at patchwork. I just used a scrap of polyester batting on the inside and it's only quilted via the embroidery and sewing on the buttons and yoyos.

I didn't include a way for her to hang it, I wasn't sure what the best way was -- any suggestions?

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Mini Dress on: May 06, 2008 06:05:51 PM
This is my first post in the clothing section, and my first ever completed wearable item, so pleeeease be kind! Haha. I loved the dress in this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178828.0 by shleybee and I just had to make it. I bought some purple jersey fabric on sale and figured I might as well give my first article of clothing a try on something cheap and in about an hour before going out for my last class bash, came up with this dress... I just got around to taking pictures last night and learned about the horrible trials of taking pictures of yourself.. it's terribly hard! So forgive the awful photography and my terribly messy room (I just moved back from university and haven't even started to unpack). I proudly present: my first dress!!

And, because I feel way more comfortable in it this way, some pictures with tights (I swear this dress is really versatile, it's great!)

I'd love to hear what you all think!!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt help? on: April 17, 2008 06:28:58 AM
I'm definitely a beginner at making clothes, I've only made one (very very simple/easy) dress so far. But I want to keep learning, and the next project I've wanted to make for MONTHS now is a little patchwork skirt. I'd like it to be a mini, though not short short short and I have all the fat quarters picked out and ready for cutting, I've just not been able to find a good tutorial. I've looked on craftster, googled it, etc, and all that ever comes up are the twirly skirts, which are beautiful, but definitely too much time considering it's not even really what I've had in my mind all along. I just basically want a nice little mini, probably with a band of jersey for the waist, and then a mini that flares out slightly or something, but not a huge skirt or a twirly skirt. Haha, I hope that makes sense. Should I just sew squares together to make a big piece of fabric and go from there? I'm really just not sure how to go about making it. Any suggestions/links to past projects would be sooo appreciated. Thanks!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Appropriate Disney Bag? on: April 15, 2008 07:50:31 AM

I have never made a bag before (beyond pouches, drawstring pouches, etc) but I am going to Disney World at the end of April and am trying to figure out what kind of bag, if any, I need to make or take away with me!

When we're in the parks (I've been before, but as a child, and my mother handled the bag thing then) we won't have very much with us, we are two 21 year olds, so I'll have my (very thin) digital camera, some cash, a credit card, our IDs and our park passes. Maybe a mini bottle of sunscreen or some lip balm. I really hate the burden of carrying a bag if it's not necessary, and I don't want to be hampered on any of the rides (I am a thrill ride fiend! And I love Disney rides) by a big bag that I have to store somewhere or that might risk having stuff fall out of it. I can't for the life of me remember what their policy on bags on rides is, and am still trying to figure out the best way to carry our stuff.

I have a feeling between our pockets I could probably just fit everything in there. Is this a good idea or should I look to something a little more secure (ie: with a zipper)? I was thinking maybe a mini zipper pouch just big enough for those things with a hook to clip it to a belt loop.. maybe it could go in a pocket or on my wrist the rest of the time and clip on my belt for the rides?

I'm really just not sure and I know you guys are sooo ingenious with your ideas And probably know a bit more about the rules at WDW than I do! So any help would be muchly appreciated Smiley
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / A few different Valentines for the different lovely people in my life :) on: March 03, 2008 09:54:59 AM
Here are some of the Valentines I made this year!

First, the one for my boyfriend. I got the pattern from http://www.spritestitch.com/ and made a card to frame it. It's kind of messy because I did it on the bus.

Next, for my roomies (the girls) I made some felt roses and taped them to their doors while they slept.

And for my lone male roomie, I tried to think of the manliest non-romantic Valentine I could think of... so this is what he got:

My artistic abilities are seriously lacking, but I was still pretty happy with them all. They had the intended effects on each of the recipients anyways, and that's all that matters!

Thanks for looking!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spiderman Rag Quilt on: March 03, 2008 09:43:09 AM
This is my first time posting in the quilting section, yay! I've been waiting for this day Smiley

I made this rag quilt for my boyfriend for Valentines Day. We live in Canada and he doesn't like to turn his heat on in his apartment in the winter (crazy, I know) so I decided he needed something to keep him warm. I love the look of rag quilts, and I've been collecting different Spiderman fabrics for a few months wanting to make something for the bf (who is crazy about Spiderman) but not quite sure what. I decided to make a rag quilt and while shopping online for some discount plain flannel for the back of the quilt, I stumbled across Spiderman printed flannel for $1.15 CDN a yard!! Because it was so cheap I got 12 yards and doubled it up to make the quilt extra warm. It's four layers, one of cotton, one of batting and two of the flannel. I'm not sure of the size, I just made it as big as I could with the fabric that I had. The present was a hit and it's SO warm it's unbelievable! Onto pictures...


Here it is post-ragging -- it didn't get ruined, yay! It's on a queen bed, for size reference.

A close up of the fabrics I used..

The flannel! I tried to line the squares up in the back so that it would look alright. It's not great, but you get the idea. Also, I didn't realize until after that just the method I was using to cut it and then double it up made it so I only had squares with Spiderman on it... the fabric also features his hand slinging web. I did get one square of that flannel in, but that's it.

One more for good measure!

Thanks for looking! As always, advice/tips/comments/criticisms are appreciated!

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A few questions re: rag quilting on: February 04, 2008 09:43:18 AM
Hello all! I'm attempting my first quilting project, a rag quilt for my bf for Valumtimes Day. He is obsessed with Spiderman and a little while ago my local WM had some spiderman cotton on sale and I picked up 1 yard of each of these prints:

I didn't know what I was going to do with them, which is why I only got 1 yard of each. One day while cruising online for some plain flannel to maybe back a ragquilt, I stumbled across this:
Which is spiderman flannel that I ended up getting for 1.15 a yard. I ordered 12 yards off the website, haha, thinking I would use the leftovers for pajama pants or whatever, and since I was paying shipping, might as well right?

Anyways, I really want to make a rag quilt, but I think some of the patterns might not look as nice in smaller squares. I do like this tutorial: http://www.primmartcommunity.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82708 but it calls for 1 and 3/4 yards of one of the fabrics, which I don't have. I checked my local WM yesterday (literally the only place that sells fabric in this town.. ugh) and they are all out of all the fabrics I had, the closest thing they have is the third pattern in a flannel, so I just didn't buy any.

My stash isn't huge and I don't have any red or blue fabric that right off the top of my head could compensate for the extra 3/4 of a yard that the tut above calls for. Also, it needs it to be 63 inches long, so I guess I would need to sew two pieces together or something to even make it, which kind of ruins the look of the quilt.

So what I'm looking for is:
1) A good rag quilt design/pattern. I was hoping to find a spider-esque one, ie: a spiderweb, but haven't been able to find anything that would be simple and still show off the patterns of the fabric. Should I just stick to squares/strips, make my own design, or something else?
2) What should I use for batting? I read the other topic on this and people had different things to say. I do have a bag of twin size batting... Mountain Mist 100% polyester? I also have enough flannel to use that as batting as well as the backing fabric. I would like the quilt to be fairly warm, as the bf tries to save money by not turning his heat on at all (and hasn't yet this winter despite record freezing temps.. and we live in Canada) but not too bulky to work with (should I mention I just have a very basic sewing machine.. ie: no walking foot etc?). I don't want to buy anything else, so those are really my two options.
3) I'd like to get as big of a quilt as possible out of my fabric as well, and I have some black broadcloth which is the only thing in my stash that would really "go" with the rest of the fabrics. I'm willing to use the flannel on the front but I don't want it to take over the whole quilt, since the whole back will be that. Any other tips or ideas?
4) And finally, I read the thread on pre-washing and again, there were mixed responses. Keeping in mind I want to rag this quilt and am using flannel and all that (flannel ordered offline, cottons from WM) should I wash anything first? Also keeping in mind I'm a university student and I pay $1.00 per wash and $0.75 per dry Wink should I keep the fabrics separate when washing/drying them?

Basically I'm a newbie and could use all the help/advice you have to give Smiley Thanks!

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tri-Force Tree Topper: A journey into Christmas nerddom on: January 08, 2008 02:10:22 PM
So as mentioned in my post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218942.msg2356557#msg2356557 my boyfriend asked me to craft his entire Xmas tree (minus the tree) this year. I had a lot of ideas from ornaments, both in my head and from awesome fellow craftsters, but I was stuck on what to make for the tree-topper. He wanted a star but I wasn't sure how to make one that would be really special and nice looking, but still light up. Anyways, long story short, he's extremely into video games, especially old school nintendo, and so I came up with, and made this:

It's the tri-force from the Zelda games. I don't know much about those games to be honest, so I just went off what people told me. It lights up with colored lights behind the gold, but he didn't have an extension cord for the pictures, so you'll have to just imagine it all colorful and lit up Smiley.

19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My First foray into Ornaments.. pic heavy! on: January 08, 2008 01:59:34 PM
Well I just started crafting more "hardcore" this year, which has spawned many requests from friends and acquaintances for their very own handmade goodies. One request I couldn't resist was when my boyfriend asked me to decorate his tree, his very first on his own. Here are some of the ornaments I made:

The first was made from perler beads, my own design, inspired by Mario in his froggie/sock thing, adjusted to look more like a stocking. I think this was the bf's favourite. I just used clear beads at the top to make a loop-ish thing.

Snowflake, made from Perler beads, flower wire, and hot glue.

A couple of the vintagey quilted looking ornaments, thanks to the tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206148.0

My first ever embroidery attempt, made from sparkly felt and stuffed with scraps left over from the other ornaments:

And an icicle, made from Perler beads, hot glue, and flower wire.

I know they're not amazing, but I was pretty proud of them nonetheless Smiley Comments/criticisms and suggestions for next year HUGELY welcomed.
And just for fun, here's the whole tree:

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Chanel-inspired pouch on: December 04, 2007 04:22:24 PM
Well my roommates and I did a secret santa again this year, and I drew the name of the friend I wanted, because I already had this idea in mind for her. She loves designer labels, and since we're in university, can certainly not afford them. She has a particular affinity for Chanel, and I knew she loved this purse: http://i3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/297/785/06/o_CC_Pink_1.JPG. She also has a certain prized possession that she loves, and recently lost the pouch that she had for it. So I came up with and sewed this: It's my first bag, my first drawstring, my first time quilting anything, and my first knockoff Wink. Onto pictures!

Comments/criticisms considerably appreciated.
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