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1  Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) in The Swap Gallery by Dem on: February 25, 2011 07:48:37 PM
I got my beautiful mug rug from Ex_Gratia today!
And I have already broken it in.



Action shot!:

It is absolutely perfect.
I love the gears and the fan fabric.
It also manages to match my living room color scheme perfectly.

Thanks Ex_Gratia!
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2  Zombie Patrol ~ in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Dem on: April 16, 2010 08:31:37 PM
So, my favorite Tiki Bar ever is Forbidden Island in Alameda.

And last Sunday they had a Zombie night.
It was fantastic.
We drank zombies, we saw zombies, they played zombie movies.

Instead of dressing up as zombies, my friend and I went as Zombie Patrol.
Zombie patrol is something we made up one night a few years back.
It's like zombie hunters, but crazy.

Anyways, a couple weeks before zombie night I saw this striped shirt at Old Navy.
Acid green and gray, what could be better.
Also, it was on serious sale.
But it didn't fit right, so I bought in XX-large and figured I would use the fabric.
I did, to make sleeves for my zombie patrol T-shirt!

The gray shirt is from target, it matched amazingly well considering I did not buy them to go together.

I cut them up and put them together so it looked like I was wearing the striped shirt as a long sleeve undershirt.
Yay surger.

Then I freezer paper stenciled a radioactive symbol on the front.
With acid green paint of course.
Actually it was gecko green...
But anyways, please ignore my special pose.
This was after the drinking.

The back.
I really like the text.

I also made a mask.
It's reversible.
Also with a radioactive symbol.
It was really easy to make too.

The night was really fun.
And I had a lot of fun making the outfit.
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3  Hey there little red! in Halloween Costumes by Dem on: November 02, 2009 09:29:06 PM
So, this year I was little red riding hood for Halloween.
I figured it was one of the classics, and I have never done it before.

The whole shebang.

The cape is made of red cotton, the pattern is See&Sew 4266.
The skirt is black cotton, with a red net petticoat, Simplicity 3847.
And the bloomers are Christmas cotton and were adapted from Butterick 6884.
The tank top I bought at target. I stenciled the "no wolf" design on in acrylic paint.
The fishnets I bought.

More pics:


Happy Red!
I may have had a beverage or two by this point.


Ha... Wha?

I had a great Halloween.
Everybody knew who I was meant to be... Although a couple didn't figure it out until they saw the shirt.

Sorry, I didn't think to take any progress shots.
But here is what's left of the fabric.

I had a lot of extra net...
I might make another skirt.
The one I made sits really high, what with the pattern actually being for a poodle skirt.
I would like another one that sits on the hips, not way up at the natural waist.
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4  Om nom nom! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Dem on: January 03, 2009 06:21:35 PM
So, my best girl loves to Om nom *eating sounds*.
She also likes monsters and sweatshirts.

So I recon'ed this plain black sweatshirt into a head eating monster and gave it to her for christmas.
I made teeth, eyes and ears for the hood and stenciled "OM NOM NOM" onto the front.

Photos are courtesy of PaperDragon, who loved her gifty.



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5  TUTORIAL for zippered wristlet (Halloween fabric fun) Long + Pic heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Dem on: August 18, 2008 04:10:19 PM
Last week I posted a Halloween Fabric wristlet. A few People asked for a tutorial, so here it is.

   2 complimentary fabrics – at least 1/4 yard of each
   1/4 yard of interfacing
   1 zipper (7” works)
   1 button


Seam allowance: .5”

Cut the body piece out of both fabrics (outside fabric is visible when the wristlet is closed, inside fabric is like the lining) and the interfacing.


   (I used templates because I am making alot of these. They are not necessary.)
Cut one 7.5” x 8” rectangle from outside fabric (pocket lining).
Cut one 3” x at least 13 “ strip from inside fabric (wrist strap)
(I cut two 3” x 7.5” strips because I already had the 7.5” measurement from the body piece and this allowed me to lay it all out on 1/4 yard of fabric.
Cut one 1” x 3.5” strip from inside fabric (button loop).

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of outside fabric.
Press strips in half lengthwise, then press edges to center fold, then fold in half along center fold, for both wrist strap and button loop.  (If you are using two 3” x 7.5” strips for the wrist strap first sew the strips together, end to end, then press open seam.)

Sew pressed strips.
For the wrist strap I like to sew along each edge, starting with the open edge.
For the button loop I like to just sew straight down the middle.

But you can secure the straps however you like.

Lay the outside fabric face up on your sewing surface. The lay the zipper face down along the 7.5” straight edge. (I like to put the zipper about 1/8” from the edge of the fabric).

 The place the 7.5” x 8” rectangle wrong side up on top of the zipper and pin all three together.

If you don’t have a zipper foot, like me, just set the needle all the way to the left and sewed with the zipper teeth along the outside edge of the foot. (It helps to leave the zipper open to start, then when you get close to the zipper pull, stop sewing and zip it up before continuing. Sew from the open side to the closed side).
Trim interfacing close to the seam and press away from the zipper.

Lay the inside fabric on your surface right side up. Place the zipper, outside fabric attached, on top with the 7.5” x 8” rectangle up.

Fold 7.5” x 8” rectangle up to the zipper and pin right side down to zipper and inside fabric.

Sew as above.
Press away from zipper.

Stitch button onto outside fabric (and interfacing) centered, 2.5” down from the zipper.

Line up the right sides of the inside and outside pieces of the body pieces and make sure that the pocket lining is folded in half and the zipper edges are lined up.
On one side insert, between the right sides of the body pieces, the wrist strap loop (folded double the strap should be at least 5.5 inches in from the edges of the body pieces).
At the narrow end insert, between the right sides, the looped button loop strap. (Doubled it should be around 2.5” in from the edges of the body pieces).
Pin right sides together.

Sew around the edges leaving an opening (around 2 inches long) in the lining of the zipper pocket. (I like to mark my openings with double pins so I don’t forget about them and sew them shut).
IMPORTANT: make sure the zipper is at least half open, or you will not be able to turn right side out.
Trim interfacing and zipper to seam.
Trim straps to seam allowance.
Trim corners.

Turn right side out through the opening in the pocket lining.
Sew closed the opening in the lining.
Press edges.

Fold up zipper end 4” and finish stitch around the edges creating a second non-zipper pocket beside the zipper pocket.

Congratulations, you’re finished with my convoluted instructions.
If you having any questions please post in the thread or PM me.

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6  Halloween Fabric Fun! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Dem on: August 12, 2008 04:26:28 PM
So I was in Joann's, and I noticed that they have the Halloween fabric in. Now Halloween is my all time favorite holiday, so I had to buy some. But what to do with it? I had been planning on making a wristlet for going out in the evening to bars and such. So I thoughts why not a Halloween wristlet?

I am a very visual thinker, so here is my wristlet plus my plans....

And here is the wristlet:

I used a vintage button, from my collection, as a closure.
Because snaps are hard and I hate velcro.

Open wristlet:

I just love the orange and purple combo.
And the purple isn't Halloween fabric, it's just plane quilters cotton.
So it was cheap. ^^

And here is the inside:

There is a pocket and a zipper pocket.

It successfully holds all evening out essentials: phone, moneys, lip gloss, and cards.
I am in love.
I think I will have to make more of these.
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7  Easy to be green bags. in CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES by Dem on: February 03, 2008 06:55:07 PM
My new years resolution this year is to be more green/sustainable.
So to help me with this resolution I crafted myself some reusable shopping bags.
With these I wont use plastic or paper shopping bags which are bad for the environment.

The graphic was inspired by a product (Red) bag my friend has.
Her's says (red)uce.
I took this a bit further and made myself recycle, reduce, reuse bags.

The fabric is made from rapidly renewable fibers (to keep it green), 70% cotton and 30% linen.
I got it on sale for $5 a yard at Joann's.

The pattern for the bags I just made up, it's a simple box-bottom tote.

The graphics are stenciled on with acrylic paint and fabric medium.
They took forever to cut out with my handy dandy x-acto knife.
The pictures themselves are adapted from photos I had in my library.

All three:

Recycle (sf skyline):

Reduce (forest):

Reuse (skyline + forest)

please excuse the blur...

let me know what you think!
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8  Ice Skate Ornaments - slight tutorial - pic heavy in Winter Holidays by Dem on: December 17, 2007 03:11:30 PM
So here is the thing.
My best friend is enjoying her first Christmas in her own home.
And because she is a poor young woman, her tree is sadly bare.

So i looked through what I had and found these really cute vintage skates that had been my grandmothers and decided that I could duplicate them easily enough and that the product would ship well.

This is what I came up with.

This is the original ornament that I based them on.

The vintage ornament was obviously hand made from scratch. Even the felt was hand made.
I have never felted, so I settled for using some red felt that I had on hand.

Here is how I did it.
I used the original to come up with a pattern of sorts and I found some jumbo paper clips.

The I folded up my felt and stitched up the back of the boot, right sides together, leaving just a little opening at the bottom for the paper clip.

Then I turned it right sides out and threaded the paper clip through to become the blade of the skate. I "stuffed" it with a little triangle of felt, to give it a little more bulk.

Next I used embroidery floss to stitch up the front of the boot like stake laces, making sure to leave extra floss at both sides of the top.

Then I just tied the loose bits together like skate laces.
The finished ornament:

I hope she likes them...
Thanks for looking.
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9  Microwave bean bags! [pic heavy] in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Dem on: December 01, 2007 10:10:10 PM
It gets awfully cold here where I live.
And we have a very poor heating system.
So I made microwavable bean bags for me and my roommates to keep us warm.

 They are really simple to make.
I used muslin to make a little pillow, filled it with rice and then made a removable (and washable) sham for it.

To heat it just takes 2 minutes in the microwave and it stays hot for a long time.

finished bean bag:

Sham detail:

(modeled by my roommate purplepony)

Bean Bag and Sham:

Filler material (rice):

beanbag + Percy my owlet.

Thanks for looking.
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10  Owlets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Dem on: December 01, 2007 09:52:07 PM
Purplepony and I made these darling little owlets for our friend for Christmas.
She is a little owl obsessed.

We made a little nest for them out of trace paper and leaves.
We had nothing to wrap them with, and we are big into presentation.

Zoomed out:

The one with the brown belly says orly?
The one with the purple belly says yarly.
And the one with the pink belly has a !

I made the pink bellied one.
Purplepony made the orly and yarly owls.

Our friend absolutely loved them.

We were inspired by this tutorial:
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