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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sort of Retro Floaty Cami from t's and 1 yd fabric w/Coca Cola "Buttons" on: June 03, 2008 02:33:06 AM
Last month I particpated in the "Light Me Up" challenged and used by son's too small T shirt as part of the project, 

I had the front part of the T shirt left over:

It inspired me to create a top for myself.  I scavenged 2 too-small T's of my son's and 1 yd of fabric that I purchased at Walmart for $2 as it looked like weathered picnic fabric and used Coca Cola bottle caps, made two holes in them and sewed on to come up with the following:



Bow w/actual bottle cap buttons:

42  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / BREAKDANCING GHETTO 70'S JEANS FOR GI JOE on: May 22, 2008 11:02:10 PM
My son wanted me to make some jeans for his GI Joe's so they won't be naked anymore, I tried making a pair using an existing pair of pants for the pattern.

It didn't work out too well as I goofed on the seam allowances and they were way to small, so I cut them apart and tried adding a side panel, but inadvertently added both side panel to the same leg and it would have too much of a hassle and likely ruin the to try to rip the extra panel off, so added two panels to each side and ended up with the following:
My son and his Dad laughed their butts off as son said they look like 80's breakdancing pants or Rapper's pants and his Dad said that he had a pair or bell bottom pants just like them in the 70's.   

My son enjoyed putting the action figure in poses and taking pictures with them on in different poses, so it was not a total bust.

Breakdancing GI Joe

Ghetto GI Joe

70's Bell Bottomed Discoing GI Joe
43  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / COOL COCA COLA LAMP (Image Heavy) on: May 01, 2008 06:23:08 PM
My son collects Coke items and needed a desk lamp, so that is how we came up with the theme for the lamp.  You could use any brand soft drink t-shirt and any clear drinking glass though.

Here is a pics of the finished lamp:

I started by making a trip to the dollar store, Goodwill and Walmart:

-  Ugly Grandma lamp with fake plastic pleated shade - $3
-  Heavy Coca Cola glass ($1)
-  Bag of black stones ($1)
-  Bag of star shaped clear stones ($1)
-  Red acrylic paint ($1)
-  25 ft. replacement cord for the lamp. ($3)
-  Coke T-Shirt (my son's too small t-shirt - free)

First we took the lamp apart:

Then preped the replacement cord.

Next cut the label off of a plastic Coke bottle and glued, then taped it to the white part of the former lamp.

Then pried off the bottom part of the switch housing and removed the old cord and replaced it with the new cord.   If you see the finished project, notice what was missed and had to re-done - forgot to put the straw, the metal tubing that holds the wire, the wooden piece and the plastic piece on before writing it to the lamp.

It had to be taken apart, have all of the above put on first, then re-wired (this is the cord upside down):

Next, the glass was filled with the black stones and hand painted the raised lettering on the Coke glass red so it would stand out more:

Next decided to paint the wooden part red (sorry, no pic), put the cord in the glass:

Next, filled the top of the glass with clear star stones to simulate ice cubes.

I then started to work on making the lampshade.  I first had to get it away from my son as it was using as a goofy hat:

I cut the T-shirst coke insignia (centering the insignia) out so it was wide enough to cover the lampshade at the widest section:

I then turned the bottom edges under 5/8 of an inch, then stitched red plastic cording from my stash to use as a drawstring on the lampshade, then put it on the shade and drew up the strings and ties them in bows at the bottom and top, but tucked in the strings at the bottom.

I then painted the bottom part of the original lamp red, then used glue to glue the glass down.

As the stones are still loose, will probably find some type of glue to secure them, but my son is happy with it and it looks great on his desk.
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recon of too small jeans and a pair of camo pants into a wearable pair of pants on: April 30, 2008 11:09:31 PM
My son has outgrown many of his jeans and pants but they still have lots of life left in them, so I decided to combine a pair of his too small jeans with a pair of camo pants.

Here is a pic of the jeans before cutting them:

I started by cutting the seams on the pair of jeans on both side.

Here is a pic of the camo pants before - yes, that is SpongeBob on them; he was crazy about the charactor at the time but now that he is a teen, he is not all that crazy about SpongeBob anymore.

I then cut the sides out on the camo pants measuring 3 inches from the seam on both sides - my son wouldn't hold still long enough for me to measure him, so I just guessed.  I also cut out one of the pockets off the the camo pants and sewed it on the upper leg of the jeans - I stitched the pocket down on the sides and the bottom, but not the top so there now is an "extra" pocket between the jeans leg material and the camo material of the pocket.

There were holes in the back of the jeans where the pockets were reinforced, so I put a piece of camo fabric behind them and stitched it down, so the camo fabric peeks out.   

I stitched the sides up then got my son to try them on and they were way too big, so I had to take the seam up on both sides of the jeans again 3 inches on each side.

Here is the finished project.   My son doesn't love the result, but said they will be great to wear when he helps his Dad on projects this summer due to the extra pockets and they are loose and comfortable.

45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt reconstructed out of sweat shorts, jeans & a button down shirt on: April 17, 2008 09:36:41 AM
This is the first skirt I have ever made without a pattern and first at attempting to reconstruction one.

The waistband/top of the skirt is made out of this holey pair of sweat shorts:


The 2nd tier is from my son's too small jeans:

The 3rd tier is from my son's too small button down shirt (sorry, don't have before pic).

I wanted to make it a little offbeat so I intentionally did not line up the seams and left the buttons from the shirt on the fabric for an added embellishment.


46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / NECKLACE MADE OUT OF ORANGE JUICE ADS on: April 08, 2008 01:20:51 AM
This necklace was made out of orange juice ads which I cut into strips, used a glue stick on the no-orange juice side and then rolled up tightly into beads, then strung on a leftover piece of orange ribbon.

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