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31  FISH TO SUSHI PLUSHIE in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by KMOM13 on: February 02, 2009 06:34:20 AM
This project is based on the following tutorial and pattern by Cat Morely at Cut And Keep.


I love the concept and he turned out ok, but I will have to classify this as a practice run as I plan to make one for my co-worker that is a sushi addict and one for my son. The fish took longer to make than I thought it would with all of the hand sewing - about an hour.

This is a good project to use of scraps and project recommended using felt and that might have worked out better as I used scraps from my stash and although the gold colored woven fabric is great for the fish, the fabric frays easily and I would not use it again.

I do think felt is best to use for the bottom and top circle and the fins. I also think I will try to machine sew as much of it as I can instead of hand-sewing the entire thing to save time.

The tutorial recommends gluing on googly eyes but I used regular googly eyes and pricked two holes in the back and then sewed them on with white thread so they will be more durable when transitioning the fish to sushi and back.

I would recommend using some sort of knit for the body as it would make the transition from fish to sushi much easier. I really had to struggle to switch it back and forth and I know my son would never have the patience to flip it back and forth unless it easy.

I will probably also blow up the pattern and make it bigger for the one I make for my son, but for my co-worker the size it is would be perfect for her to sit on top of her computer.
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32  Scotty Dog Plaid Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by KMOM13 on: January 22, 2009 06:24:00 AM
My inspiration was this little stuffed Scotty Dog at "Cut Out And Keep" by Mrs. T.


Instead of making a stuffed Scotty Dog, I cut out the pieces and appliqued him to to a scarf.

To make the scarf, I bought 1/2 yd. of fleece (most instructions only call for 1/4 yd., but this wider scarf you can use to tie around your head in extreme cold and it will keep the back of your neck covered to), cut about 1/4 inch at both ends then cut fringe up to one of the lines on both side of the fabric. (Cost for fabric - just under $2.00)

The Scotty dog himself is made from scraps of fabric from other projects and I cut the coat at the top and had to make some minor adjustments, then I hand stitched him on. Instead of cutting out the fabric bow, I used ribbon I already had and ties it around his neck on each dog.

I bought a pack of 100 different sized googly eyes in a packet for $1 and used the medium size and hand stitched them on also (you just poke 2 holes in the back of the eyes before you sew them on and use white thread.

I bought black fabric paint (.97 cents) and outlined him to cover up the hand stitching and I used coral fabric paint that I already had on hand for his nose.

The total cost was under $4 and I still have 99 googly eyes and the black fabric paint left over for other projects.

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33  How difficult would it be to make this - Beyonces Gloden Globe inspired jewelry in Beads: Discussion and Questions by KMOM13 on: January 14, 2009 07:47:05 AM
There are free instructions posted by Margot Potter, "The Impatient Crafter" at her website below, but I have never worked with beads before and was wondering:

1) How difficult it would be (could a novice do it or is experience needed)? 

2) What is a "bead board"?

3) If anyone could guestimate the price range the project would run


Here is a picture of the set from the above website:

Thanks for looking and for any responses.
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34  Wraps From Scraps - Now with Shrektacular Corseted Reusabale DVD Fabric Wrap in CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES by KMOM13 on: January 05, 2009 06:30:10 AM
This is made out of fabric scraps from my stash and it is easy to make. 

The DVD fits inside like so, then you lace it up, which discourges the recipient from peaking if it is under the tree.   

If you would make one to give someone not at your home, you could have the opening at the top and have it velcro or snap shut.   

I didn't finish the cuts into the fabric on this bag due the Shrek theme, but you could bind them to make them more durable and for a more constructed and elegant look.

Here is a guitar shaped gift bag made from scraps of paper and a page out of a magazine.

Here is a How-To I posted at Cut Out and Keep:

I also sewed a corseted reusable DVD wrap from cloth scraps and will try to post on here if I get a chance to before the deadline tonight as I need to take pictures of it.

I posted some of these previously, but will post them for entry along with additional creations.  They are all from recycled magazine pages, paper, glue stick, and markers and they are simple enough that even grade school children could make.

These are plastic grocery bags tied and decorated:

It was inspired buy this post at Cut and Keep:

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35  Re: Goodbye 2008 - Few 2008 Wire Jewelry Projects in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by KMOM13 on: January 01, 2009 07:53:11 AM
It is hard to tell exactly what it is by the small picture above, so here is is bigger

This sea horse is amazing!
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36  KIDDIE COCKTAIL in Recipes and Cooking Tips by KMOM13 on: December 31, 2008 09:25:42 PM

Here is a quick and easy cocktail to make for kids on special occassions and all you need is a can of grape juice concentrate from a can, ginger ale and ice cubes and blender.

For older kids and to make it look more like a cocktail, you can skewer marichino cherries, pieces of orange, lemon, or line on a toothpick and teeter it on the edge of the glass.

Blend 6 ice cubes, 1 can of the juice concentrate and slowly add the ginger ale and blend.

Once you get to the top you may need to wait 30 seconds or so for the fizz to settle before adding more ginger ale.

Continue to fill the blender until it gets to the top and continue to blend.

Once it is done, pour into decorative cups (we used plastic cups that we got on clearance after Halloween) and serve.

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37  MAP OF THE WORLD QUILTED LAP BLANKET in Quilting: Completed Projects by KMOM13 on: December 26, 2008 08:48:34 AM

This is a lap blanket I made my son for Christmas to keep him warm while watching TV and educational so when a country is mentioned, he can look down on the blanket and see where it is on the map.

It cost under $15 for all materials and took about 6 hrs because of the quilting.

I bought the world map fabric panel at Walmart for under $6 and the fleece at Hancock fabric (1 1/2 yds) at Hancock fabric for $4 a yd. then machine quilted where the latitude and longitude line were on the map.

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38  LEMON LIME KOOL AID PIE in Dessert by KMOM13 on: December 11, 2008 07:38:42 AM

It is a big hit with kids and easy enough for them to mix the ingredients themselves and pour it into the pie shell and presto - they have made a pie!

This is a recipe based on the following at:

I added 2 Tablespoons of milk to my recipe as it makes it more creamy, but if you like it really rich and sugary, you can leave this out.

1 .17 oz package Kool Aid, any flavor
1 8 oz tub whipped topping
1 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. milk (optional)
1 Graham cracker pie crust
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39  USE RECYCLED/UPCYCLED MAGAZINES TO WRAP SMALLER PRESENTS in Winter Holidays by KMOM13 on: December 05, 2008 07:57:55 AM
I was inspired by this post where they printed off fonts then cut them out and used them for lettering on a package:


As something this fancy would have looked awkward under our "Charley Brown" tree, I decided to use an old magazine and make letters from the pages or cut out letters to decorate the presents after I used magazine pages to wrap them.   This works great for VHS, DVDs and video games or smaller.

Here are some samples of the finished product:

The only materials you need are:

-  An old magazine (I used an old "Interview" magazine as the pages are larger and they have more "artsy" images, but any magazine would do)".
-  A glue stick (to glue the letters or images to packaging and to seal the packaging - you could also use tape if you would prefer).
-  Scissors (to cut up words and images from the magazine).

- Wrap the present in one of the pages from the magazine (if too small, glue two or more sheet together at the sides)

Cut out letters from the magazine of the person you are giving the present to or freehand them

Glue the letters to the package and glue any other decorations that you would like and you have a very original, one-of-a-kind package to give.

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40  Shrek Suntop from Dress, T-Shirt, 1yd. of fabric, bottlecap & crotched gromments in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by KMOM13 on: October 16, 2008 12:20:49 AM
This is only the 2nd time I have tried to make something without a pattern and although it turned out ok and is very comfortable, I ended up improvising when things did not work out with my original vision.

Here is the front of the finished top:


To make the top part of the top, I used an existing well fitting top as sort of a template and drew on paper and added 1/2 in. to each side for the seam allowance.  I then cut one of each piece in the Shrek fabric and another set for lining out of an old t-shirt.

It might not show up clearly in the pic, but there is an elasticized inset above the Shrek fabric in the top.  I ended up having to put this in as the top ended up being obscenely low cut with out it.

I also covered a Powerade lid with Shreck fabric and stictched the "S" in the center for the "button" on the front to hide where I messed up stitching the end of fabric.

Back of the top:

The bow in back at the shoulder blades was improvised as the straps kept falling down.

Close up of crocheted "grommets" for corseting:

I originally had planned to put a zipper in the back, but the zipper was too long, so I crochted "grommets" for corseting, sewed it to both sides and laced up with some fish bone neon green ribbon I got at Walmart for a quarter. 

This is the original dress that the top was refashioned from:

I cut of the armholes to use for the top, then cut strips for the band below the bust and the rest was cut in equal portions then sew together and gathered so the top would be very full and floaty. 
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