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1  Fishy Crane Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: July 19, 2009 02:43:59 PM
Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since February! (I guess pregnancy has affected me more than I thought.) I started this dress around then and finally got around to finishing it today. I had to tweek my original design as halter tops are not allowed at preschool and straps have to be at least 2 inches wide. This started as a handmade mens shirt from our local goodwill. I saw the fabric and had to have it. As you can see Anabel likes it alot and wants to wear it to school tomorrow.

Front Detail:

Back Detail:

Side Detail:

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2  Preschool Valentines in Valentine's Day by BadVal on: February 11, 2009 10:58:51 AM
This is my daughter's first year in preschool and she is very excited about Valentine's Day. She wanted to make special Valentines for everyone in her class so we got out the Shrinky-Dinks. I traced a medium sized heart shaped cookie cutter on to the plastic she colored them in with Prisma pencils. We sealed them with some Krylon spray and glued the pinbacks on with E6000. It was pretty easy and took about an hour, luckily there are only 23 kids in her class.

She's super excited to bring them to school and pass them out.

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3  I know, I know more resin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BadVal on: December 13, 2008 09:03:22 AM
So I made some more resin and finally am getting around to posting. The bales are attached with E6000 and I used plastic tubing instead of leather to string them. (Love our furry friends!)

These are the extra bulbs from my Christmas lights

And these are just some scrap paper I had in the stash

and this one is some confetti Chey Elizabeth sent me

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4  stone butterfly in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BadVal on: December 13, 2008 08:47:34 AM
I picked up a windchime from an estate sale two years ago. It had a bunch of stone butterflies and made a kinda clunky sound. I'm not really into windchimes but I liked the look of the butterflies, so I got it (for 50 cents) and tossed it in my stash. Well I finally got around to using it. I just cut the butterflies off and strung one on some plastic tubing I had left over.

I like it. I think I may make some more, I have 12 more butterflies to use.

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5  matchy-matchy in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: July 26, 2008 09:42:48 PM
I saw the skirt kot posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257925.0 and had to try it. When it was finished of course Anabel wanted to wear it right away. The only problem, she didn't have any shirts to go with it. I used one of her tank tops as a pattern and made one from the same material as the skirt. The shirt seemed like it needed something so I went through my stash of patches and found this cute little kitten. I usually don't like matchy-matchy outfits, but I really like this one and so does Bel.

Here's a close up of the kitty patch, I think it's from "Dritz".

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6  patchwork scrap shirt *with tutorial* in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: July 16, 2008 02:04:16 PM
I posted this shirt ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257364.0 )
I just finished and was asked to make a tut, so here it goes. This is my first sewing tut so if you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll try to answer. Also, please note that all measurements are approximate as I can not find a tape measure to save my life. (My daughter LOVES to "measure" everything and it's hard to find my tape measures after she gets a hold of them)

-First you need to decide how long you want your shirt to be, then add 2 1/2 inches. This will be your length, mine was 15 inches

-Then measure your chest and add 9 inches to allow the shirt to overlap in the back. Divide this measurement into the number of strips you would like to use. I used eleven 3 inch strips. I recommend an odd number of strips cause it gives you a center strip in the front.

-Sew your strips together vertically, you should get something like this:
(I made mine from 3x5 inch patches sewn together to get 3x15 inch strips.)

-Cut a piece of material the same size as the front of you shirt. This will be your lining. Sew the front to the lining (right sides together) on three sides leaving the top open. It should look like this:

-Turn your shirt right side out, fold top over 1 inch and press, like this:

-Fold top over again and attach straps where you would like them to be. I used rick-rack on this one, last time I used quilt basting. Be sure the strap is all the way under you fold for extra strength, like so:

-Sew two seams one along the top and another across the bottom of the fold over like this:

-Next you need to make four button holes. You want one at either corner and two more at the points where they overlap.(If this doesn't make sense, I'm sorry!keep reading to the end it may make more sense when you see how it fastens)

-Now all that's left to do is sew the buttons onto your straps. I like to leave the straps a little long so I can adjust the buttons as she grows. Your left with a rectangle with two straps and four button holes like this:

-To fasten this shirt you put the buttons through the holes on one side, like this:
(I like to have the straps cross in the back)

-Then fold the second half over and button again like this:

That's it you're all done. Hopefully you end up with something like this:

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7  scrap stash shirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: July 15, 2008 10:59:32 AM
My mom has been hoarding several boxes of scraps for over thirty years. She always said she was going to make a quilt with them but that never seemed to happen. Well last year my parents moved into a smaller house and mom finally gave up the scrap stash. Now I have an awesome stash of vintage scraps and I finally got around to using some.
This shirt started out to be a cocktail apron. I sewed the strips together six months ago. Then we moved and it was lost in my craft stash. I found it again last week and decided to make a shirt for Anabel. I used some dollar fabric from Wal-Mart to line it, left over quilt binding for the straps and some funky green buttons from my stash.

I can't wait to show my mom!
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8  Trippy pink dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: June 19, 2008 11:25:44 AM
I went into my closet a few days ago looking for a skirt to wear. (Summer is in full effect here and I can't bring myself to wear shorts.) I came across this AWESOME pink skirt I used to wear all the time. Of course I immediately put it on and broke the zipper. What can I say I've gained a few extra pounds Tongue

I just couldn't part with it so I did what any craftster would do. I got out my seam ripper, accidentally stabbed myself in the hand and made the skirt into a dress for Anabel. It's a combination of New Look 6501 and New Look 6688. I used 6501 for the top and 6688 for the skirt. I had to tweak the pattern alittle so It would fit the amount of fabric I had. I made the skirt a little smaller and the ties at the waist in the back shorter. All in all I think it turned out pretty good.

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9  Last Summer Favorite Resurected in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by BadVal on: April 16, 2008 11:28:30 AM
I reconed a dress that was last years favorite but due to the lack of zipper/buttons no longer fit my daughter in the torso. I sliced it down the back and used the original ties to construct loops the thread ribbon through corset style. It took about twenty minutes and Bellee was so excited she hardly stopped jumping on the couch for me to take pictures.  Cheesy  I'm hoping it maybe a top when it does eventually get too short.

Sorry for the bad pictures but she is pretty bouncy right now. I'll have to try again later, and here a picture of the original state of the dress.

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10  Cha-Cha Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BadVal on: April 14, 2008 12:54:30 PM
I decided to take a break from my new resin obsession and revisit my bead stash.
I made what my sister calls "Cha-Cha Bracelets" and a few new earrings.
Check it out

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