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31  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re-con - Tired Tanktop to Wired Baby Dress on: September 08, 2008 08:46:00 PM
This one is exactly like the one I posted yesterday, but in orange.  Horray for the clearance rack!

The engineer girl in me sees that one side of the top part is longer than the other, but I still think its cute.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Astronaut Halloween Costume on: September 08, 2008 06:43:08 PM
This is an astronaut costume I made a couple years ago.  The helmet was borrowed, but the rest was constructed from a trip to Walmart and a trip to Lowe's...

At Walmart, I got girl's all white sweats - buy a few sizes larger
Skinny silver ribbon
Flag patches
Star patches
Hot glue
white velcro
cheap white knit gloves

At Lowe's (Hardware store)
pieces of big tubing
Plumbing escusions (spelling?? - they are thingies that go around the pipes that come out of the wall in the bathroom)

And I took a styrafoam cooler lid from the lake house.

Here's what I came up with:

The NASA logo was painted on with acrylic since that is all I had at the time, so its not washable.  I suppose you could use fabric paint to remedy that.  The metal escushions are hot glued on, patches are iron-on, and there is silver trim accents (ribbon) around the arms and legs.

I used the styrofoam cooler lid to make the jet pack on the back.. covered it in fabric and attached with velcro so that it could be removed while he was at school.  I was going to put more tubes on that connected the front from back, but had problems.  To get the tubing to stay on the jet pack,  I had to run a string through the tubing, thru the styrofoam and tied. Hope that makes sense.

The white astronaut boots are actually snow boots that I bought at a sporting goods store. 

I hope you like it!
33  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Prince Aladdin costume for Prince/Princess Party on: September 08, 2008 06:30:02 PM
So I made this a few years ago for my son. He went to a Prince/Princess party and the boys were supposed to dress up as a Prince/Knight, etc..  So he picked Aladdin.  Where in the heck was I supposed to get an Aladdin costume in February?  I picked out a picture in a coloring book, went to Wal-Mart and came up with this...

Girl's white sweat shirt - a few sizes too big
White polyesther fabric
Small remnant of yellow fabric
Gold ribbon left over clearance from Christmas
a rag rug
Kids jewel ring (already had)

Its hard to photograph an active 4 yr old...

So easy to make one yourself if you feel so inclined...
Measure around waist, ankles, writsts and head... Cut out the yellow fabric to go under the ribbon, leaving enough room for velcro closure..  Stitch it down, add velcro - make sure they fasten around..
Make the suspender looking strappy things.. stitch those down to the sweatshirt.
I made the pants, wanting them baggy around the ankles, I used my own yoga pants with flare legs as a pattern and it worked great. Just folded them in half, cut out the pieces and stitched them up, add elastic waist.  To assemble, you just put on the pants and top, strap the velcro thingies down.  To make the turban, just took a long left over remnant of white poly finished off those ribbon straps with a feather and broke the ring off the jeweled ring.  Viola! Prince Aladdin.  We did add a little monkey - Abu. So cute.  Too bad I didn't tie the turban on correctly for the photo.

I love making costumes.. hope you like it
34  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My 1st re-con - Ladies Tank top to baby dress on: September 07, 2008 05:12:14 PM
Its been awhile since I've posted anything, but today I felt like I needed some crafting therapy.

Feeling inspired today by this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.0

I have created a baby dress from an adult size large tank top.  There was a small hole in it under the bust and I just didn't really like it on me.  It was on the clearance rack at Kohl's for $3 about 2 years ago...

The back is stretchy elastic which makes it easy to get on/off, and the straps are adjustable, criss cross in the back.  I had enough left over to make flutter sleeves but the strappy look is adjustable so she can wear it longer.

And the lovely model who can't quite stand up yet... (She is almost 6 months old)

I used the existing hem, but accidentally sewed the wrong side up on the front.  Oh well, its not noticable.

Thanks for looking.
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage fun in Baby Surfer Girl nursery on: August 31, 2008 07:10:04 PM
I had lots of fun making some decoupage things for my daughter's nursery. Its done in a surfer girl theme, mostly pink.

So far, I've done a diaper pail, wipes box and lamp shade

I have also made some wall art out of scrapbook paper and stickers.  I'll post it later (she's asleep now).  I'm debating on decoupaging the mini-fridge.  I'm thinking about moving it to the game room, which is the only thing holding me back.

Anyhow, just wanted to share.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Photo Jewelry making on: August 27, 2008 11:13:26 AM
Has anyone done this? I found the thread on the glass picture marble bracelet and was **Inspired**, so while looking for supplies I ran across this site:

Anyhow, I was wondering what kind of adhesives you use for these?

37  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Have you used Krylon Fusion paints to paint on plastic? on: January 16, 2008 08:15:55 PM
I'm wanting to spray paint some plastic and decoupage over the top.  Does anyone have experience with these paints? Any pointers?
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Decoupage on plastic? on: January 15, 2008 09:41:12 AM
I am decorating my daughter's nursery.  I'd like to decopauge the diaper pail, (and maybe a few other plastic accessories - like the wipes box, light switch plate cover) which are plastic.  Any tips?  Should I use fabric, or paper?  I've never decoupaged before but it looks pretty easy.

Thanks so much in advance!   Smiley
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse made from placemat on: November 25, 2007 04:49:14 PM
I am new to craftster!  I made this placemat purse last night.  It was so easy.
I bought the placemat at Target.  
Turned it right-sides together and stitched up the sides.  
Attached handles to the outside of bag with grossgrain ribbon.  
Sewed big snap to inside of bag for closure. Stitched sequin stuff around top to cover up where handles are attached.  
Made ribbon bow using 1/2 yard of two types of ribbon and sewed a pearlized button of the same hue in the middle.  Project cost total: $8.00
Questions, comments and criticisms appreciated! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  Cheesy
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