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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fathers Day gift bag from upcycled shirt on: June 20, 2010 05:35:03 PM
All dads need a tie for Father's day right? Here's a gift bag I made out of a sleeve from his old ripped button-up shirt. (they make great wine bags too!) I closed the top with a scrap of fabric tied like a tie. The heart-shaped "tie tack" is a paperclip!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reusable bag from upcycled dog food bag & mens shirt (img heavy) on: February 01, 2010 08:19:14 AM
This looked better in my head, but here goes. I noticed dog food bags look like the material they use for reusable bags you buy from Target or whatever. I used a men's dress shirt from goodwill for the interior, and I had PERFECT fold over elastic with dog paws on it to bind the ugly serged edges. I may add handles later, but it's useable, so I'm considering it done! The only bad thing is even though I thought I washed it really well, it still has a bit of a stink. I will only use it for Petco trips I guess Smiley My dogs won't mind one bit.



Inside (note the front pocket on the side!):


Close up of the FOE:

ETA: This type of plastic does NOT melt together when ironed! DO NOT ATTEMPT! lol. I ended up hot gluing the "applique."
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / ADHD: Rarely productive, but usually fun. (Please help with laundry room!) on: February 01, 2010 08:05:02 AM
Ok, so my husband got relo'd and now I'm stuck trying to get our house up to snuff to be sold. Lots in this price range. 5 years ago, someone redid the ENTIRE house. We've barely done anything. The realtors act all snobby about that, and even though I'm not in a declining market, they think I need to price the house at 20k less than I bought it for 2 years ago.

Anyway. (ADD is right in the subject line! Fair warning!) I took one little comment that the laundry room could be repainted, as "You should totally make a rockin' laundry room."

I have this great light blue/brown gift wrap, and thought I'd decoupage the rectangle on the front of the cabinets, spray paint the tarnished brass cabinet pulls gold, decoupage the light switch things, stencil some words around the top of the walls in dark brown, and make a foam board cornice decoupaged with matching fabric, or the giftwrap.

Biggest problem: I don't think the decoupage matches the white cabinets. Wondering if it's fine, or if I should paint the rest of the doors light blue or dark brown. I do NOT want to paint the entire cabinets - too much work, plus the ones on the bottom are all white laminate, and I'm not touching those.

2nd biggest problem: I thought it would be easy to just xacto knife around the edges of the rectangle after the paper dried, but it looks like crap. I'm thinking about getting some thin moulding and painting it with the gold paint and gluing it around the decoupage.

Not a huge problem, but annoying: The gold paint doesn't match the old brass hardware, so now I also have to paint the hinges.

Good things: The newly painted handles match the gift wrap really well! The decoupaged switch plates look cool Smiley

Also wondering: Should I ditch the cornice idea and/or stencilled word idea? I was going to say - "The laundry room - loads of fun" or "Air your dirty laundry here!" or "Clean clothes is like a breath of fresh air" or something else laundryroomy.

Help! And thank you!!

Decoupaged cabinet:

before (click to see bigger):

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Did I just cover up fake decoupaged plants with real decoupaged plants? on: December 03, 2009 01:43:25 PM
Ok this is my first decoupage project! I have been obsessing over wanting to decoupage thrifted furniture lately. I've been hyperfocused on everything online I could find! I wanted to run out this weekend and buy some furniture and do my first project - but someone smartly advised that it's a good idea to do a practice project first! Haha, practice? That's just silly. Ok, then I decided it's a good idea.

So, I decided to decoupage our coasters. My son helpfully colored on all four of them with permanent marker. I grabbed the first thing in my magazine stack (I've been saving them ever since the catalog contest challenge several months ago!) which happened to be an herb catalog. (Sure hope dh didn't want that for something!)

I'm glad I did this - it was helpful to realize I need a good plain background first, helped me deal with some bubblage on a small scale, etc. As I was taking the before pics, I realized the existing pictures on the coasters was an image of decoupaged plants! How funny is that??

Anyway - here are before, during and after pics. Wish me luck this weekend! And thanks for all the inspiration I've found on this board Smiley

5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Awesome vintage hardcover biographies on: December 02, 2009 05:34:43 PM
I scored books like this at our GW the other day for 50 cents each. I didn't get all of them, but I'm thinking about going back to get the rest! I picked up Goya, Da Vinci, St. Francis, and Dante. They're so beautiful!

I saw the hardcover book thread, so I have a few ideas. Just wondering if this subject gives anyone a new idea for me. In addition to handbags, I'm thinking about sketchbooks (books, covered in art, to draw art in! <awesome!>). Also thinking about an art-y theme in my study - maybe decoupaging my beat up desk with the pages, and making stand up organizers out of the covers or something.

They're so gorgeous, I might leave them as ::gasp:: books to just look at.  Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How to cover a vinyl wallet?? on: December 01, 2009 09:12:45 AM
So I got this awesomely ugly gold vinyl wallet, and I want to cover it with fabric for the ugly to awesome contest.

What's the best way to cover it? Hot glue the fabric to it, or iron it on with heat & bond? Or something else?? I don't want to disassemble it like the tut I found on here. I'm being lazy  Roll Eyes

(Ok, I realize it's not as hideous as an orange plaster of paris owl statue, and just covering it with fabric doesn't sound all that awesome, but I have a great idea, so work with me here! hehe.)

ETA: I am going to use bias binding around the edges, so I cant just have a slip cover over this. It really needs to be attached. And my sewing machine can't power through all those layers to sew around the edges.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / sesame street WIP - Elmo, Ernie and Rosita on: June 18, 2009 07:19:00 AM
I've been working on a dress, so I haven't done much with this in the last couple weeks. Hoping that posting some pics will get me motivated to finish the dress so I can back to the muppets!

Here are the final Elmo, Ernie and Rosita squares... (aren't they less scary when they have eyeballs?)

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help me decide the last Sesame Street character! on: June 05, 2009 02:05:11 PM
Here's the quilt I'm working on: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=294877.0

I currently have: Bert, Ernie, Oscar, Big Bird, the count, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Zoe and Elmo.

I need one more. I want a more obscure character... here are my ideas:

The Honkers (http://www.sesamestreet.org/onair/characters/honkers for a pic or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89sFEuEuTYM to see the Honkers perform with Yo Yo Ma!)

The Twiddlebugs (http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Twiddlebugs for a pic or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2wme1Uhyhg&feature=fvw for a video)

Guy Smiley - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Guy_Smiley

Snuffy - http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Snuffleupagus

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Sesame Street Quilt - work in progress - Pic intense! on: March 02, 2009 10:40:33 AM
My mom had the Quilting with the Muppets book for several years, and never got around to making anything, so she finally gave it to me. I've been drooling over it for a few years, and have been picking up fun fabrics for a while, but I just got serious about actually making something a few weeks ago. My mom was coming for a visit, and I wanted us to get all the character blocks done. We didn't get that far, but we did make a nice dent, AND, I had my mom here to show me things like steam n seam (OMG, love this stuff!) and show me what tension you want the machine on, and the best thread to buy for applique, etc.

I've never made a quilt, and I have done next to no applique! But, here goes. This is for my 2 year old, who LOVES Sesame Street. I loved it and the Muppet Show as a kid, so this is a great subject for both of us.

I'm very obsessive about starting projects... here is my mock up. Plan is to fit ds's twin bed, and hang down pretty far so it's easy to make up in the morning. I figured the blocks would be pretty labor intensive, so I put in a bunch of filler blocks of numbers and traditional quilt squares. One of the quilts in the book uses triangles for the border and I love that, so that's the inspiration of my borders. This mock up was just done in powerpoint, but I have EQ6 on order so I can figure out how to cut stuff for the blocks! I grabbed pics of characters off the internet for the purposes of this mockup, but used the supplied book pattern for several. I am making my own patterns for some though.

So far, I have big bird *almost* all done (just need to hand embroider his eyelids), and the Count, Cookie monster, and Zoe ready to sew... And, the numbers are all complete.

Big Bird progress.... he was a nightmare! My machine just kept puking thread. It was a combo of thick fabric, tension issues, pressure foot adjustment issues, and needle issues. I ended up with a leather needle, and stitching SUPER slowly. He took allll day yesterday. I <3 him though! I used several decorative stitches... feather stitch, scallop, blanket, cross stitch, leaves, hearts, waves, and possibly others. I need to hand embroider pink and aqua on his eyelids yet.

Design under a clear teflon sheet. I stuck the steam & seamed pieces to the teflon, and ironed it there, then carefully peeled it off and put it on the block, and ironed it there. The teflon sheet is awesome! (thanks mom!)

Cookie Monster Block - I can't believe I lucked out and found the perfect cookie fabric! It was mom's idea to have him chucking in multiple cookies - lol. I'm also going to have some falling down on the black sashing under his block. Sticking the fur on the block was a PITA! But, he is soooo cute! He's holding a glass of milk with a stripey straw on the left.

The Count is my favorite! He has purple cotton velveteen skin and jacket, and a green satin cape, black fur goatee, and an old hoop earring for a monacle. Oh! And numbers in his background.

Zoe. She's a little blah, wish I found some fake fur for her pigtails. Maybe she'll look better once she's on her block, and has stitching, instead of just my marker.

The numbers aren't that exciting, so here are thumbnails to my photo account... All are cotton and cotton. Stitches vary; satin, blanket, feather, cross stitch. Tried to find fabrics that were bright, and either had numbers/letters, or were graphic (stripes, dots, other shapes).

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Everyone needs a 3 way! on: December 30, 2008 03:30:03 PM
3 way apron that is!

The apron is totally reversible, and you can wear it 3 ways. It's for my friend Pam, who is a huge Alabama fan. I wanted both sides to look totally different even though the trim around the edges is the same b/w houndstooth. (she loves polkadots, so I got that forthe trim. But then she was telling me that houndstooth is the unofficial pattern for Alabama b/c some coach always wore that pattern. So, then I had to go find some b/w houndstooth as a trim. That's when I decided to make it reversible, with the dots on one side and Bama on the other). (I haven't posted much, so there are links instead of pics.)

Option 1 - Full Apron with Alabama fabric:

Option 2 - half apron with Alabama fabric:

Option 3 - B/W polka dots

Details -

Pocket on bama side

pleated trim and topstitching on bama side

pocket, "Alapama" applique, and fancy stitching on dots side

"ALAPAMA" Close up  - my favorite part of the whole thing!

Pleated trim and ricrac (to hide the serged seam of the trim)

Gosh. Pics don't do it justice. It's the coolest thing I've ever made!
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