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11  Re: Crafty Detective Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by indywriter on: May 21, 2008 09:29:23 AM
My stalker was....


And she crafted some fabulous swappage!

Here's a group shot (please excuse the boring office backdrop):

If you aren't jealous yet, you will be!

Here's the breakdown:

A Stitch 'N Bitch book, cause I said I wanted to learn to actually knit a pattern.

A roll-up case for my knitting needles (with lovely layered pockets for different length needles).  I especially love the floral-toile fabric at the top.

PLUS she tucked in some goodies (each of which scares the begeezus out of me right now, but they will be a big help).  Circular knitting needles, cable stitch holders, and a shiny blue stitch holder.

She also made some lovely headbands for my girls.  I love the fabrics.  It's nice to have hair stuff that isn't dripping pink beads and glitter.

And my favorite thing of all...

An awesome bag from my wist,  I love big bold patterns and hoped to get a bag I can fit notebooks in for work.

And the inside is cool too.  The green lining feels like moleskin (soft and yummy) and there's a pocket made from the bold, outside fabric (which is something I mentioned loving in another thread...  it actually makes me happy to look in a dark interior of a bag and see that little pop of color).

cnds1992, everything was beautiful!  I love it all and everyone at work is super-jealous of my great haul.  They especially love the bag!  And my friend who crochets has been studying the knitting roll.  I'm gonna have to keep an eye on them and my stuff (SO IT ALL STAYS MINE!).

Thanks so much for all the hard work you put in!  As far as I'm concerned, it was time well spent!

I'm off to read my new book (so thanks for saving me from a boring lunch hour too).  You're the best!

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12  A Gryffindor hoodie from Harry Potter - my best work yet! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by indywriter on: March 10, 2008 12:58:11 PM
I have made a handful of stencils before this project, but I am in love with this hoodie.  I made it as a swap angel, and I've never read or seen any of the Harry Potter books/movies; but I love it.  I think I really did some good work on this.

I crafted a freezer paper stencil based on the British version of the Gryffindor crest.  This was a lot of work, especially since I had to keep all the cut out pieces to cover over painted areas when I applied another color.  I spent hours cutting and a couple hours painting (and drying), but I was very pleased with the detail.  I did hand paint a few bits, but most was stenciled.

My husband has admired some of the things I've made before and asked me to "make one" for someone in his family.  But this was the first time he said (in a pouty voice), "When are you gonna make something like that for me?"  That was the cherry on top of it all.

My recipient has received but hasn't posted, so I don't have any action shots.  But this is a large stencil on the center back of a charcoal hoodie.

What do you think?
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13  Women's skirt to twirly dress -- easiest recon ever! (image heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: March 10, 2008 11:29:06 AM
So I saw this skirt at Goodwill and thought my eldest would love the pattern and the smattering of sequins.  I thought to cut it up at first.

But then I thought it could make a cute dress.  So I added elastic to the waistband and a wide ribbon to tie at the neck.  It's a very full, flowy sort of dress... great for summer.

And here you can kinda see the buttons I added for decoration (I've been holding on to them forever.  I love them and want to put them on everything, but then again I don't want to not have them to use anymore.  It's a sickness really). Pay no attention to the evil eye necklace and powdered sugar donut mouth crud.  Smiley

This picture is just to show the fullness of the skirt:

And of course the twirly action shot:

Thanks for looking!
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14  Flannel pants with unicorns in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: March 09, 2008 09:09:10 PM
This is not a great picture for you to see the overall structure, but it is just your run of the mill jammy pants.

Obviously, they are pretty comfortable.  Grin

I whipped these up cause my oldest was sick this weekend (and I was toddler-free). 

I'm glad she's still at an age where she feels special when Mom makes her something.  And she wants to join mini 4-H so she can sew like Mom does.  I'm a lucky woman!
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15  Snowy, toddler-free weekend = summer dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: March 09, 2008 09:02:38 PM
This is meant to be a dress for this summer and perhaps next year, so it is a bit big yet.  But it actually only comes to her mid-calf (not floor length like my wonderful picture seems to suggest).

She didn't want to take it off, so I only have an action shot.  The pattern is  McCalls 4814, with a little lace added to the top.

You can't see from the pictures but my girl has big blue eyes, so she totally rocks this color.

Thanks for looking!
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16  Toddler bib/smock with tutorial in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by indywriter on: February 02, 2008 12:42:24 PM
My oldest daughter had a Winnie the Pooh smock-style bib when she was little.  It died, as plastic bibs are wont to do.  And when my little one started feeding herself more, I looked in vain for a similar model.  I finally found one but it was very pink and covered with Disney Princesses, and while the little one loves princesses, this was a bit overpowering.  So I decided to use it for a pattern to make my own bib.

To make this bib you will want a piece of fabric about 22" by 17" and a package of double fold bias tape.  To protect from stains I would suggest laminated cotton or Therm-o-Web Iron-On Vinyl.  Since Joann's and Hobby Lobby are my only local resources, I will be using the iron-on vinyl in this tutorial.

I prefer to start with heavy weight fabric with a cool pattern.  Here is the pattern you need to cut out (with measurements):

After you cut out your bib, you should decide if you want to add a pocket to the bottom of the front.  You could make this out of clear vinyl if you have it or another piece of your fabric.  You just need to decide how deep a pocket you want.

If you don't have laminated cotton, you will now need to iron on your vinyl (sorry about the different color fabric, I have two bibs in progress).

Now you can start sewing the bias tape on.  You will want to start by sewing it on the edges of the arms (and top of the pocket if you decided to add one):

Then you will start sewing bias tape on at the corner of the neck, and then down the arm.  You will want to bring the two corners of the arm edge together in order to create your sleeve:

Continue on around the edge (attaching your pocket if you choose to add one), and finish your other sleeve, too:

Then you will want to leave some bias tape for a tie (being sure to sew it up first), then sew some on around the edge of the neck.  You will obviously want to leave a tail on the other end too:

Due to the limited width of iron-on-vinyl, you cannot really make this pattern any wider than it is in the arms.  If you have laminated cotton, you can make your sleeves any length you want.

Also, you might see that I used narrow bias tape.  This was a mistake, as far as I'm concerned.  It will work fine, but wider bias tape will go on easier and faster.  And who doesn't love easier and faster?

Before you go off to create your own bib/smock, you should see it action of course:

Please let me know if I can clarify anything!
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17  Re: dress idea for winter father/daughter dance? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by indywriter on: January 31, 2008 07:41:27 PM
I made this pattern (Simplicity 4647) for my 7 yr old and my 2.5 yr old for my brother's November wedding.

(I made the pink version, only in ivory satin)

Littlest Miss had a "fur" capelet (meant for a bigger child, so it was more of a cape).

But for Little Miss I used a very simple pattern (included with another dress, which I cannot find right now) to whip her up a bolero jacket (I even used warm & natural batting inside to make it a bit warmer).

This dress pattern was pretty easy and I bought way more material than I needed (I bought it thinking about what it would take for 45" fabric, but bought 60") and it all cost about $30 (and that was for both dresses).

Whatever you choose, you could always dress it up with a nice warm cape.  And I saw several patterns that had what I call armwarmers Smiley (basically elbow length gloves without the glove part).

Also, you can look at Goodwill or thrift stores for old prom or bridesmaid dresses that you can recon. 

And if you would rather buy, you can get some great deals on brand new dresses on ebay.
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18  My very first purse! Cathartic crafting... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by indywriter on: January 11, 2008 10:25:05 PM
So I was looking for something to do last night to keep me awake and mentally occupied (my grandmother passed away last night and I wanted to avoid deep thoughts).  And I thought of this tutorial I saw the other day: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html.

I have some fabric that I adore and this seemed like a pretty easy beginner project.

What do you think?

Here's a close up of the body of the bag:

And here's the inside.  Something about the aqua pockets on the brown lining makes me giddy inside:

If you want an easy project, this one is great.  Be aware though that the tutorial  pattern will look more like my bag and less like the one in her pictures.  Her's has been made deeper than her measurements say.  So I am a bit disappointed with the lack of depth in my bag, but I will fix that with the next bag.

I appreciate any comments/crits you have.

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19  A little bit scrapbook, a little bit collage in memory of my grandmother in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by indywriter on: January 11, 2008 10:03:06 PM
This is my first post round these parts.  I tend to do more sewing than scrapping these days (I have a little one with grabby hands, and those hands love scrapbook stuff).

My grandmother had been quite ill for a bit less than a month.  I was told last Sunday that one of my aunts thought I would be well-suited for a particular task.  She wanted me to make a memorial board to display at my grandmother's funeral.  Something with pictures that reflect a long life, well lived (which is not always the vibe given off by an open casket service).  I firmly believed that Grandma would outlive us all (since the doctors gave her a few months to live about ten years back).  Sadly, this great lady passed away last night making my project a top priority (and frankly, it is good to have something else to concentrate on right now). 

And so I give you a scrappy collage in memory of Alma Johnson.

This segment is devoted to her as a sister and individual

This area is focused on her life as a mother

This area is devoted to her life with her second husband (who died before I was born):

And this final area is about her life as a grandmother (that's me and my brother on Grandma's lap in the upper right corner):

I like the use of photo boards at funerals.  They give you a different look at the deceased and a better memory than seeing a body.  This project was very cathartic.  Thanks for looking at my project and checking out my grandma's life.
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20  So I tried my first solo quilt... in Quilting: Completed Projects by indywriter on: January 02, 2008 09:35:19 PM
I usually only sew clothes or stuff for my girls, but I wanted to make my folks something special for Christmas.  I once tried to make a quilt with my Grandma, but I wussed out early on.

And I should point out that my grandma is an awesome quilter.  You'd think that more of her ability would have come to me (but since she is blessedly still alive, I'll just happily assume that she is still using all her abilities).  So it is a bit intimidating to take it up in any format.

But as I said, I wanted to make something different and special for my folks.  So I came up with a family tree applique quilt.  I'm not entirely thrilled with the quilting, but I am very pleased with the applique.

Here is the long view:

The roots are my grandparents names:

The heart "carved" in the middle are my parents (it really is heart shaped):

And my brother and I and our families are the apples on the tree (the fruit if you will):

I'll just show you my brother's side up close so you can get the idea... Smiley

The quilting is on the loose side, but this project just kept growing.  It started out as a wall hanging, but ended up more like a throw.  It was fun to challenge myself (especially since I started it less than a week before Christmas), but I want to really learn how to machine quilt.   It was a lot trickier than I anticipated.

What do you think?
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