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1  DIY Autumn Leaf Bouquets... for $2! in Halloween Decor and Parties by JBear on: September 18, 2012 07:48:21 PM
Yaaaay! Autumn is here! I love fall.  Smiley I made some fall faux maple leaf bouquets to bring the fall feeling indoors!

I made both of these for $2! I bought the faux leaves from Dollar Tree. They come in a bag of 50 and one bag makes 3 stems or 1 bouquet. They're just hot-glued onto straws and/or wooden skewers (which I already had)!

Here's the "formation" to gluing them:

For more in-depth photos, just check out my blog post!
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2  [TUTORIAL] DIY Removable Shoe..... Wings! in Shoes: Completed Projects by JBear on: July 28, 2012 04:26:53 PM
I do hope that this goes here... I didn't really make shoes, per say... I just made a accessory for the shoes? Please let me know if this needs to be moved.

Some of you may know the Greek messenger god, Hermes. He's best known for his winged sandals that allowed him to move quickly and even fly. I am a fan of anything with wings. Birds, angels, bats, you name it. (Well, maybe not bugs.) I've always been fascinated with how birds and bats fly and been trying to draw them for years.

I saw these shoes on eBay last night and I remember pinning The Dainty Squid's removable shoe fringe tutorial and an amazing idea formed in my jumbled mind...


GENIUS! I haven't had an original idea in awhile (crafting wise) so I immediately dropped everything I was doing (aka making more cigarette ankle pants) and dug through my fabric stash for some faux leather and grabbed my black oxford ankle booties from the closet. And thus, these were born:

I love them so much. I might even make bat wing ones for Halloween.

Here's the tutorial (and pattern) for it!

I doodled up some wings on large index cards and outlined them with a Sharpie. If you don't feel like drawing, I made a downloadable printable pattern! Remember to choose "Actual Size" before printing so nothing is cut off. It's best to use cardstock or heavier paper since you'll be using this as your template on your leather/vinyl.

Cut out your wings. I find it easier to use smaller scissors to cut out complicated shapes. It helps cut out all those little details. *NOTE* I did NOT include the lace holes in my pattern. Each shoe's lace holes are spaced differently so you must measure this on your own!

Get a large needle and punch through the holes so that you can trace them.

Grab your leather/vinyl.

Flip your vinyl/leather to the wrong or "rough" side (the side that you don't want showing) and trace with a silver or white dressmaking pencil/color pencil.

Carefully cut out all the wings. This is the most tedious part. I did NOT cut the "slits" in between the feathers. I waited until the wings were assembled.

Grab some Heat N' Bond Ultrahold. This can be found in your local Walmart in the crafts section or any fabric store. They have the purple colored Heat N' Bond which is not the ultrahold. DO NOT get this. It will NOT stick your wings together and cause much pain and misery.

Position your wings on the bumpy side of the Heat N' Bond paper with the ROUGH/WRONG side of the fabric facing the bumpy side.

Turn OFF the steam on your iron and set it on low-ish heat. I set mine on 3.

Grab a scrap piece of cotton fabric and place on TOP of the wings and Heat N' Bond. Be careful not to shift the wings around underneath. Now press down with all your might BUT keep that iron moving! Don't let it sit too long or it'll MELT fake leather/vinyl. I can't really tell you how long to iron since everyone's iron heats differently. I kept mine on about 30 seconds moving around frequently to get everything covered.

Peel the scrap fabric back to see if the Heat N' Bond has stuck to the back side. Don't worry if it comes off in a huge transparent sheet with the wings still stuck. Just carefully pick away at the transparent sticky side BUT make sure it's still stuck to the backside of your wings!

Press the OPPOSITE/FLIPPED wing so that the WRONG sides of the fabric of the wings are touching each other. See what I'm doing? I'm DOUBLE LAYERING the wings together to give it stability and plus, it looks better. Once the two wings are placed together with the Heat N' Bond sandwiched between, place the scrap fabric back on TOP and press firmly (and MOVE) for about 30 seconds or more to melt the Heat N' Bond and stick the 2 wings together.

Should look like this now. You'll have 2 large wings and 2 small wings. Trim any extra Heat N' Bond sticking out or overlaps in the wings.

Looking good! Almost done!

Grab your paper templates and use the holes you punched through earlier to mark the holes.

Grab your large needle and push and form the holes carefully. I suggest using a twisting motion to help force the needle through.

Then, I grabbed my blunt ice pick (or awl) and gently force the holes open so that they're big enough for the shoe laces to go through.

I didn't glue or attach the wings together, I just laced the shoe string through the holes since they hold both layers pretty firmly. And here's how they look!

I chose not to use metal grommets for the holes because it was 8AM, my husband was still asleep, and I'm lazy. The wings are still a little floppy, but I think they look pretty good once they're on your feet. They kinda "flap" so it looks like you're about to take flight! Smiley

These new additions may not help you get anywhere faster, but you'll sure turn heads mighty quick! I can't wait for fall to come so I can sport these around town!

If you use this pattern to make your own, I would love to see it! Different colors would be AWESOME! Just post your link below in the comments!

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

Link to the download is below. If it doesn't work or you would like more detailed photos, please check out my blog post [here]

[Pattern Download]
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3  Not so bad of a "Blooper" in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by JBear on: March 29, 2011 02:47:12 AM
It's Blooper the squid from the Super Mario brothers videogames! He's usually the "bad" guy in Mario, but he's not so bad. Just misunderstood. All he needs is a hug. Smiley

Made of white fleece and felt with black button eyes. Approximately 14 inches tall. Self-drafted pattern. Custom commission.

And here's the pattern pieces I drafted:

Here's a pic of him from the game for comparison. He's a little fatter...

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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4  Found the PERFECT pattern for my wedding dress... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by JBear on: November 16, 2009 06:57:03 PM
... But I seriously doubt that my sewing skills could handle such a task.  Embarrassed

I was engaged this past July 2009 but my fiance and I haven't set a wedding date. We're waiting till we're both completely finished with school which may be 2 years down the road. But, I'll be graduating (hopefully) this May and I'll start working, but I know once I start working, I'll get caught up and not have time to plan.

Anywho, today I went with my friend to a sewing supply store and they had TOOONS of patterns for FREE! The guy just told me to take as many as I could. I didn't want to horde them all so I just took 5.  Undecided Plus, I'm a beginner sewer and I can barely read patterns. I kinda just make up stuff as I go.

This is the pattern I found:

It's discontinued Bellville Sassoon Vogue 1883 and I got the 12-14-16 size. I fell in LOVE with view A and it fit my vision of my wedding dress almost perfectly. Just imagine it in dark ivory/creme with a corset lace-up back and you got it.


I'm a really ghetto sewer. Everything I sew will eventually fall apart. Also, I don't have a dress form (aka too lazy to make my own) and my sewing machine is manic bipolar and likes to EAT fabric at random. I've looked up various seamstresses in my local area (I live in Mississippi) and they are few and far in between. (Also, their unknown skill level is a factor.)


I'm looking for someone who can sew this sucker and do it well. Most likely, I'll be buying the fabric and embellishments and the muslin for the mock-up. I was wondering if you Craftsters out there know anyone on the internets who will take up a task like this.

Oh. Also, here's the video to my engagement: Shiba Inu Proposal It's super awkward and a tad embarrassing.  Embarrassed
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5  A very creepy "Holloween" - Bleach/anime filled [big pics] in Halloween Costumes by JBear on: November 03, 2009 10:31:38 PM

So. I'm an anime nerd, but one of my favorites at the moment is Bleach. At first, I thought about dressing as a character, but all their costumes are so generic, I decided to be an unnamed Hollow/Vizard and make a creepy mask to go along with it. If you have never heard of Bleach, Hollows are equivalent to demons except they wear a creepy mask which varies from Hollow to Hollow. Vizards are people that have Hollow-like powers and wear the Hollow mask when they fightblahblahblabh.

Mask before painting

It's pretty heavy and attached to my face via elastic headbands and sheer awesome

I am aware I vaguely look like Frank from Donnie Darko.....  Tongue

Sorry.... my fiance took the pics and it was night so lighting was bleh.

The base of the mask was a blank full face white one I got at Hobby Lobby and I covered and shaped it with paper clay. The horns (supposed to look like ram's horns) are actually have wire bases wrapped in masking tape and then covered with celluclay. (Yes, I know they look crappy but it was very last minute) I attached them by punching holes in the mask and then thread wire through the holes to hold them down and duct taping it down so the wire didn't poke my eyes out. Theeeen, I spray painted it matte white and trimmed fake fingernails to a point and epoxy glued them as the teeth! Finally, I painted the red accents with acrylic paint.

I also made the kimono top from the Simplicity 2940 pattern. First pattern-made garment! I didn't even follow the directions.... I made it the day of Halloween in 3 hours.  Undecided The hakama pants were bought a loooong time ago for another Bleach costume that never happened.

The katana is real... decided to not bring it out since drunken fools would hurt themselves if they got a hold of it.

P.S. Inspired by this pic from the manga:

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6  Jewelry Galore! [SUPER image obese!] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by JBear on: November 15, 2008 07:54:09 PM
So.... I've only been posting pics of the plushes (and some artwork) I've made. I'm supposed to be studying for a nursing exam on Monday but I'm procrastinating and I thought it would be cool if I posted some of my jewelry I've made the past 2 years.

Anywhos, I've picked the most "unique" or my favorites of the bunch. If you'd like to see some more, just check out my Picasa album: Jewelry Galore

Sorry if there's some polymer clay stuff... I didn't feel like starting a new thread there.  Undecided

-Gold pendant made from a cheapo earring
-Antibiotic pills made of polymer clay
-Rose ring made from a clip-on earring & the ring base and stone I took from a cheap ring
-Pacman earrings  made of polymer clay
-Octopus made of polymer clay & glass bead
-Choker & earrings made of bunches o' buttons
-Wrapped pendant made from my big brother's D-10 dice
-Jewelry set made of seashells and fake pearls
-Ginkgo leaf brooch & earrings made polymer clay & copper
-Paint palette & paint tube earrings made of polymer clay
-Mini T-rex earrings made of polymer clay
-Chocobo (from the Final Fantasy games) in a belly dancer outfit earrings made of polymer clay
-Mickey Mouse pendant made of polymer clay
-Akatsuki cloud pendant (from the anime Naruto) made of shrinky dink
-Nautical star jewelry set made of shrinky dink and spray painted black with fake pearls
-Skeleton key made of polymer clay
-Wine cork necklace inspired by Luna Lovegood's butterbeer cork necklace in the Harry Potter series

Sorry for some bleh photos and the butt ton of pics.  Undecided
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7  Long ago, in a time unknown... I was an artist. [old works] in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by JBear on: October 04, 2008 05:04:47 PM
I was bored and lurking around the boards and decided that I should post up my old artworks. I took up traditional and digital art as a hobby for most of my high school years and once I got to college, I pretty much stopped. Due to nursing school, I haven't drawn a decent piece since January. (And it was just a graphite piece) My main medium is Photoshop (and sometimes Microsoft Paint) and I did use a graphics tablet.

Anywho, here are some of my old works that I still actually enjoy looking at. I really don't like looking at the mistakes (and blandness) of my old pieces now.  Undecided

(2006-07?)This one was done as gift art for a friend on Deviantart. Drawn on Photoshop.

(2006)Another Photoshop gift art for a different friend.

(2006)This one was actually drawn as 4 separate drawings in Paint and then put together. Characters from Bleach the anime.  Cheesy

(2006)This was an entry into the Junior National Duck Stamp competition. I was surprised I got 1st place in my state.  Smiley Done with color pencils.

(2008)This is the last piece of I've drawn (done in January). It's a portrait of my boyfriend done in graphite.   Grin

If anyone would like to look at ALL my artworks from the distant past, here is a link to my Picasa albums: JBear's Picasa Web Albums
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8  My first cake! Mario 1-up Mushroom Cake [Lots of Pics] in Dessert by JBear on: September 21, 2008 04:06:44 PM
It's my first actual cake! I had help from my friend and I tried to surprise my boyfriend for his bday with it.... but he already knew I was coming. Tongue My friend and I tried out riverwatson's marshmellow fondant tutorial to make the fondant. The cake itself is vanilla with vanilla frosting underneath the fondant.


It's pretty thick....

Strange candle placement by bf

Cake on fire....

Looks like it's been shot by a shotgun

Action shot of bf blowing out candles  Cheesy

For his present, I made him a camoflaged manta ray plush. Which can be seen [HERE]
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9  Manni the Awkward Camoflaged Manta Ray (Mucho Images) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by JBear on: September 21, 2008 03:47:39 PM
Hello Craftsters! I haven't posted in forever.  Undecided But here's #4 of the Strange-Sea-Creatures-with-Personality-Disorders series! So, it's my boyfriend's 21st bday and he requested a camouflaged manta ray with red eyes. Soo.... here are the pics:

Manni the Awkward Camoflaged Manta Ray - he's got a perpetual look of unsureness.

Top view


His belly has gills! My machine did a really horrible job at the satin stitching.  Sad

Handpainted safety eyes. I bought clear ones off Etsy and just painted the backs. I'm so proud.  Grin

Surprise! He's got a pink polka dotted tongue! His mouth-pouch can also be used to hide things.  Cheesy

Here's a size reference. My bf is 6'2". Soo.... Manni's about the size of most life sized manta rays... or bigger.

Here are the previous strange sea creatures with their disorders:
Asky the Fuzzy Blue Squidopus (Colossal Squid)
Downy the Orange Downs-Syndrome Sperm Whale
Nessie the Lime Green Loch Ness Monster
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10  Re: The truth about the Loch Ness monster... [IMG plump] in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by JBear on: April 13, 2008 08:35:57 PM
Where did you learn to do plushes like that? All the ones I've seen on Craftster were too cool, so I had to try it. The 2D stuff I found to be really easy - but I'm not familiar enough with sewing to have a good grasp of how you can just think up a complicated 3D shape and then translate it into fabric and stuffing. I'm hoping you have some tips for the rest of us!

Thanks!  Cheesy

Well, it's kinda hard to explain, but I'll try my best. I was influenced by maddiekins' whale tutorial and the way she made a gusset for her plush. I basically use the same method by drawing the profile view of what I want, except I only measure certain parts of the flat image with the yarn. Like so marked in the red:

and then I make a gusset piece with whatever width I want. The fatter I want a plush, the wider, and vice versa. If you don't want the width to stay the same throughout, then you can taper the width off at the ends. A helpful hint when making the pattern piece is to fold the gusset strip in half lengthwise and then fold it in half widthwise and then taper off the width. This ensures uniformity throughout, unless you want one end wider than the other.

There's other methods of more complicated gussets like the ones you see on teddy bear faces.... I have yet to use those. It's all a matter of experimenting and playing around with measurements!  Cheesy If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me! I am by no means experienced at making plushes and there are lots of other tutorials that are more helpful than I!  Smiley
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