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61  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mario and a Luma! on: October 30, 2010 08:52:56 AM
So my kids are totally into Mario (and other Wii games), so we have Mario and a Luma for this year's costumes:

Mario:


I made the hat, and made the bib part of the "overalls" - it tucks into his jeans in the front, and I safety-pinned the straps to the back of his jeans - makes for easy-off for bathroom breaks!  Bought the shirt and gloves.

Luma:


This one I made from looking at images online - here's a good source if you don't know what a luma is:
http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&biw=1237&bih=794&q=mario+luma&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Thanks for looking!   Smiley
62  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Luma costume (from Super Mario Galaxy) for my daughter! on: October 20, 2010 07:08:05 AM
Here she is:



And here it is with no one in it:



I just looked at images online (http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&q=Luma+mario&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g3&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=) and went to work!  Turned out pretty well, I think!

Thanks for looking!   Grin
63  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Starry Twirl dress and matching AG dress on: August 06, 2010 04:18:49 PM
So today is my dd's 5th b-day, and she had an "outer space" themed pool party.  (Don't ask.  She's 5.)  Well, there are apparently NO easy-to-find outer-space party supplies, so I decided to get some space-y fabric to use for tablecloths, and afterwards, made my dd a dress out of some of it.



And the twirl factor (sorry for the bad pic):


I also decided to make a dress for the American Girl doll that my MIL sent for her:



and the twins together in their finery:


And then, Just 'cuz it's cool, here are some pics of clothes my mom made for the doll:


My mom had made my dd a similar dress out of this fabric.

And then what dd has dubbed Felicity's "back to school" outfit:


I know a lot of this is not kid clothing, but it IS for my kid . . . sort of!  Hope you enjoy!

C&C welcome! Grin
64  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sports bra/ bra top tutorial or pattern? on: July 09, 2010 02:17:44 PM
Hi!  I've done a bit of a search, but can't find much in the way of patterns or tutes for a bra top or just a sports bra.  I have some really cool fabric to make a bra top out of for yoga (so it doesn't need to be super-supportive, but somewhat, seeing as how I'm a 36DD), but I really don't know where to start.  Any thoughts?

Thanks!! Grin
65  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jelly Roll Quilt (lots of pics!) on: July 07, 2010 05:42:42 PM
Okay - so this quilt has a lot of firsts for me:
- first time using a jelly roll
- first time with a pieced binding
- first time making my own binding
- first time using a pieced back

I am quite happy with how it came out!

The top:


Close ups of the fabrics and binding:




The back:

I didn't have enough of the polka-dot fabric, and had a bunch of the quilt blocks left over as well as several strips of jelly roll, so this is what happened!

Here is a closer pic of the piecing on the back:


Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome! Grin

66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new cell phone key ring! on: June 15, 2010 06:07:21 PM
Okay - my old one was okay, but not terrific.  So what does a crafty person do?? Makes a different one, of course!

Front


Back


Inside the snap pocket:


Inside the main pocket:


Inside the zip pocket:


I am happy with it overall - love the outside zip pocket, and having the main pocket open horizontally rather than vertically (as with my other one) is a definite improvement. 

Things I would change - 1) I would use the black zipper on the front pocket and the slate blue one on top - I think it's a little distracting this way.  2) I would put the loop for the key ring on the side where the snap pocket opens - just in case I forget to snap it, I don't want stuff falling out!

Otherwise, I really like it!!   Grin

C&C welcome!
67  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Beach Bag for SIL on: May 30, 2010 08:23:18 AM
So - here is my newest creation.  I have been making a lot of bags for one SIL, but not the other, as I have not been sure of her taste in bags, etc.  So I finally got out of my brother that she might like a beach tote rather than a purse.  She likes greens and blues, so I found these coordinating fabrics and made her a reversible beach bag!!  There are pockets on the front and back of both the inside and the outside, as well as an insulated water-bottle pocket on one end of the bag.  Onto the pics:

One side:


Inside with a Thomas the Tank Engine towel that we are also giving her, as her kids are into Thomas and mine are not:


And the other side out:


I think I may still put some velcro on the outside pockets - they aren't really big enough to keep things in securely . . .

Thanks for looking!!
68  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher gifts 2010 - drawstring backpacks! on: May 22, 2010 08:00:30 AM
Okay - so here are my efforts at teacher gifts for the end of this year:

Drawstring Backpacks!!


Orange:


Blue:


Black:


And here's a pic of the way I did the grommets:


I adapted this tutorial:
http://happythings.typepad.com/happythings/2006/04/the_mama_backpa.html

I decided that instead of making a separate piece for the bottom, I'd just square out the corners ala Jordy style, and leave it at that.  I also didn't feel like investing in a $22 grommet press, so I bought the 1/4" eyelets and used 2 on each side instead (see above).  That way, I could just use my trusty hammer to set the eyelets in (they come with a little eyelet tool that you bash with a hammer).

Fabric is from IKEA (so is the lining, but I forgot to take pics of the lining).  I figured out that all told, each bag cost a bit under $8, so not too shabby, eh?

Comments and criticisms welcome!! Grin
69  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Question about backing fabric on: May 07, 2010 05:30:24 PM
Hi all!  Okay.  So, I've (almost) finished my quilt top using my jelly roll, and I really like how it's coming out!!  Now, the top is made from entirely unwashed fabrics, having come in a jelly roll, and the batting will also be unwashed.  I have several different fabrics I could possibly use to back it, but . . . they are all pre-washed.  What do people think about having a quilt made with unwashed fabric on top and prewashed on the backing??  I am worried about the different rates of shrinkage potentially ruining my nice, pretty quilt! Cry

Any help would be appreciated!! 

Thanks! Grin
70  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finally finished my Queen-sized pinwheel quilt!! (pic heavy) on: March 21, 2010 10:04:09 AM
Hi!  So I'm not even sure when I started this, but it has been several months.  Probably not a full year . . . At any rate, here it is!!

Hanging from the back deck:


It's a little windy today, so it wouldn't quite lay flat, but you can see most of it!

Close up of part of it:


Close up to show the quilting:

The quilting is far from perfect, but I'm generally happy with it!  I quilted the whole thing by hand - not out of some sense that the traditional way is the way to go, but rather because my machine is not big enough to shove that much material through!

More of the quilting:


On the bed:


And another:

The left side, with the flames and skulls, is my dh's side.  Mine is the other  side with the prettier fabrics!   Wink

I am soooooo happy to be done with it!  (Now on to the next, right?! Cheesy)

Thanks for looking!
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