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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adjustable pants hem??? on: December 19, 2013 10:46:21 AM
Here's a tutorial and free pattern for pj pants with exactly this type of cuff.  Should be adaptable to any kids pants.


They suggest as the kid grows you just snip off the button and then sew it lower but if you (or Mom) don't want to have to resew buttons you could make them with 2 or 3 buttons in a row and just move to the next lower button as needed.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Two questions, what fabric and what's this called? on: December 19, 2013 10:37:29 AM
The hinges are sometimes called squeeze frames or snap frames...look for them from purse making supplies.

As for the fabric.  I've made some treat bags for my dogs out of packcloth and then lined with nylon ripstop with a polyurethane or silicone coating.  The coating makes it waterproof and the nylon is a smooth fine weave that wipes clean easily, which is nice for moist treats like bits of hot dog and cheese.  The packcloth is heavier so makes a nice pouch that holds it shape well and is really durable.  Both can be bought for outdoor fabric stores...I've bought from http://www.seattlefabrics.com/nylons.html#silicone%20ctd%20rs  and http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits/All-Ripstop-Nylon-Fabrics.  I've seen these fabrics at box stores (like Joanns) at times but don't know if most stores keep them in stock.

You could use PUL as it's waterproof but the front side is a cotton knit which is soft and textured...great for soft clothing like baby diapers but it will absorb moisture and smells as well as collect dirt and hair.   Also you still have to line it with something as the polyurethane coating will rub off if left exposed.  It's also a knit so doesn't hold it shape as well.  It's doable but wouldn't be my 1st choice.   
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Easter Coat on: May 01, 2013 07:36:44 PM
Here's a project I finished a few weeks ago.  

A spring jacket I made for my niece.  Embroidered with bunnies and buttons.

The jacket....

Close up of the embroidery...
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Geezer-licious Geezer Swap Round 5 (signups CLOSED/send July 30) on: July 14, 2012 02:26:31 PM
Just stopping in to let everyone know I'm still out here.  I'm in the middle of my move.  Movers picked up all my goods last week now we're on the fun part.  A week long drive across Alaska and then a ferry trip to our new home in Petersburg.  I brought along some handwork to craft on the drive of course!  I'll be back in a week or so.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Geezer-licious Geezer Swap Round 5 (signups CLOSED/send July 30) on: June 21, 2012 10:28:40 PM
Not too much crafting got done on this project this week.  I was busy making things for a baby shower.  But next week my focus will shift back to this.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: June 18, 2012 08:49:59 PM
Smashu ~ more great costumes...I can't imagine silk screening all the lines on those tights.

katara - another cute sock monkey
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: June 17, 2012 04:44:45 PM
ChrisSews-it might be because I'm on my phone but I can't tell what's on the unpatterned side of the banner-messages to the baby? It looks so cool! I also love your other projects. Lots of sewn goodness!

Yes they are messages.  I cut out squares or rectangles from printable, iron-on fabric sheets and have a stack of them and permanent markers at the shower.  All the guests write a message for the mom/baby on the squares.  Then they're ironed on to the banner.  You could iron them on 1st but since I never know exactly how many people are going to be there it's easier to just have the squares loose so it doesn't end up with any blank squares or if there are a lot of people the squares can be cut in half and then doubled up when ironed on the banner.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! on: June 17, 2012 12:10:31 AM
I've been busy making these banner for all the baby showers I've had lately.

I've given away two in the last month and am working on a third.  They're always a big hit.

Then there's the Mini Art Quilt I did for the MAQ swap.  It's a baking/cupcake themed wall hanging.

I've been making lots of things for my sister and the baby she's expecting next month.  She asked to me make a seat the fits a baby swing she picked up used.  And a cover for her bobby-type pillow.  I have several more baby projects in the works so hopefully will have more projects to add soon

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Over 30 Geezer-licious Geezer Swap Round 5 (signups CLOSED/send July 30) on: June 08, 2012 05:29:50 PM
I've been looking for just the right supplies for an item I want to make.  Went to several fabric stores and just wasn't happy with anything I could find.  Then I stopped in the thrift shop and right there in the craft section was a whole bolt of exactly what I wanted for less than a yard of the stuff at the fabric store.  Score!  And there was a bunch of fabric cuts.  Another that I can use for this project and one that's perfect for a baby project I'm making for my sister.  Then in the linens section that was a like new tablecloth that is the perfect material for another project.  So it was a good day!  Now I have plenty of supplies to keep me crafting all weekend.

Maybe I should give up shopping at Joann's and spend more time in the thrift stores. 
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt 5 Gallery on: June 08, 2012 05:18:40 PM
That flower/sprouts quilt is really cute.  It's fun that it could be either.

Isn't it fun to try new things and have another skill set up your sleeve.  I've tried so many things I never would have otherwise because it was something a swap partner liked/wanted.  Or I was inspired by something someone else made and thought...'I have to try that!'. 
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