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1  Skellington Keycahin in Crochet: Completed Projects by Padester on: September 21, 2017 01:36:42 PM
I was looking on ravelry.com for some easy Halloween-themed ideas, and came across a simple pattern for these cute keychains! Using up some scraps I have of black and white yarn:

Thanks for looking! Grin
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2  Ticker tape doll quilt (bound quilt pic added) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: August 19, 2017 06:51:06 AM
Hi all!

So I've been wanting to try this ticker tape method for a while, since it looks cool and can use up lots of the many, many scraps I have all over the place!

I tried it out on a doll-sized quilt (15x20") first, just to get the hang of it. Here is the top:

Here's the back:

And here's a close-up of some knotted parts that I was hoping someone might have some ideas on how to avoid having happen in the future:

It's not like this all over the back - just in some spots. This is the worst area.

Thanks for looking, and any comments/help is appreciated!  Grin

Edited to add finished quilt:

I didn't leave quite enough room around the edges for the binding. Oops! Lesson learned!
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3  New bathing suits for the girly! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: July 05, 2017 06:49:34 PM
I have discovered that the bathing suits I have made my daughter over the years have lasted WAY longer than the store-bought ones. For instance, a suit I bought her last year (from Target, so not a high-end place) started to sag in the derrier region after only about 4 or 5 wearings. Meanwhile, she still wears a suit I made her 2 summers ago that looks great and has no sag!!

Guess it shows what using good materials will do for you, huh?

So here are two of this year's three suits (haven't snapped a pic of the third - it's a black and white one-piece version of the red and black one below):

Racerback tankini with polka dotted skirt and polka dots aroud the neck line:

This is a new pattern I got from youcanmakethis.com - it is a pattern for a one-piece suit that I turned into a tankini. I added some length to the top, but not as much as it needed. I think it's cute this way, but I was going for full tummy coverage. Oh well!

Pardon the facelessness - while I think my daughter is gorgeous, I feel a little cautious about posting pics of her online in swimsuits . . .

Thanks for looking!
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4  Hufflepuff shirt! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: July 05, 2017 12:37:21 PM
Hello all!

So - I didn't actually sew the shirt, but I made all of the embellishments. If it belongs somewhere else, mods, please feel free to move it!

My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and she has determined that she is a Hufflepuff. I did a search to find a HufflePuff shirt for her, but couldn't find one. At least not one that didn't cost an arm and a leg! SO - I decided to do some work and came up with this:


Apparently, the house mascot is a badger, so I found this online and copied it so I could cut it out of fabric and applique it to the shirt. I let my daughter pick out the font she liked and did Hufflepuff the same way.

Also, apparently she had already dripped something onto the shirt during breakfast. D'oh!  Roll Eyes


Back - the Deathly Hallows!


Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Bow ties are cool . . . . in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: May 09, 2017 06:38:39 PM

and here is a picture of (almost) all the others I have made - one with bicycles on it escaped the picture somehow . . . .

My hubby has claimed the coffee one, but the others will be headed to a local store! I figure if they don't sell, I know lots of guys who might be persuaded to wear a funky bow tie at some point!  Grin
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6  Bow ties are cool . . . . in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: May 08, 2017 08:55:54 AM
So my hubby and I went to a Derby Day party yesterday, and the hubster decided he needed a bow tie. What's a girl to do other than make one (or several)?

Here is the one he wore to the party:

And here is the other one I made, 'cuz if you're cutting fabric anyway, might as well make two, right?

This picture was taken before we figured out how to tighten the knot properly . . .

I then made three more, because they are fun and easy - a Star Wars one, a Batman one and a Dr. Who (of course!). I don't have pics of them now, but they are cool and quirky and really fun to make! I have about 7 others cut out and waiting to be sewn up . . . . I'm on a roll!

here is where I found the pattern:
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7  First amigurumi (not counting baby owls) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Padester on: February 18, 2017 01:27:14 PM
I got the pattern for this cutie pie on Ravelry.com - it's a free download, and is pretty easy to follow!

No flash

With flash:

The one without flash is truer to the actual colors. He was a fun little guy to make, and I have had requests from my daughter and husband(!) for more!

I should say that I'm not counting my baby owls because they are really just spheres that are stitched across the top to create ear-looking points . . . not much involved in them, cute as they are!
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8  Car trash bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 05, 2017 04:20:38 PM
So I have been wanting something more efficient for my car's trash than I had been using.

I wound up just kind of winging it - I made a couple of squares 13"x13" and used some store-bought binding sewn into the seams for the straps. I also used some 1/4" nylon boning to hold the top open. Here it is with a plastic grocery bag liner.

This is what it replaced:

I may try to lengthen the straps so that the bag can sit a little lower in the car, but I am pleased with how it turned out overall! Grin
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9  Re: Pussy Hats for The Women's March on Washington D.C and Elsewhere w/mini TUT in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 16, 2017 02:53:27 PM
These are great! I did similar, but turned up a lot more and only stitched up the side seams to keep the hem in place. Here are my versions!

Plain pink

Tie Dye

And me modeling!

Not going to the march, but I made 23 of these from the fleece I bought and some white felt in my stash. Gave all of them away to people going to the march!
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10  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by Padester on: January 09, 2017 08:58:57 AM
Okay - so I made something for month one!

It is for me, it has white and it is striped - so I actually hit three of the criteria! Yay me! Oh - and totally from stash, so yay again!

Here is my de-stash-along hat! (Altoids tin for scale)
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