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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: where can I find those little music makers for the insides of stuffed animals? on: May 29, 2012 07:21:28 AM
Thanks. Its a direction to go in which is more than I had. Thx.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / where can I find those little music makers for the insides of stuffed animals? on: May 28, 2012 10:30:20 PM
Not sure where else to post this...

My friend's guide dog was just put down and she's asked hired me to make her two amigurumi dogs (yellow labs). That's not going to be any trouble, but she asked if I could maybe find those little music makers to put inside the stuffed dogs, the kind that turn on by pressing them. She's wanting them to play 'its a small world after all'. I'm sure such a thing exists but I don't have a single clue where to go looking for them or what to call them in a search engine.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Diapers! on: March 29, 2011 09:09:48 AM
Ya, if you think about it... it makes perfect sense. Diaper flannel here is at least $3 a meter and its such a narrow piece of fabric. But you can buy a second-hand flannel sheet from the thrift store or value village for $5-8 and its HUGE and makes a zillion diapers. Once they're sewn I wash them in vinegar just because you never know what the last person who owned the sheet washed them in...

Thanks guys!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Diapers! on: March 28, 2011 03:12:42 PM
Yep, they're made from old flannel sheets. (Except for the two white ones, that was left over flannel from a rag quilt)...
For the removable insert is made of four or five layers of flannel, turned and top stitched. I've used terry cloth in the past but we both find that the layers of flannel work better.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: uber-apron on: March 28, 2011 03:08:45 PM
Smallhold - yep, I used a pattern. It was for a woman's pinafore from the 50's. I made a few changes and its too bad I never took a back-view pic because the apron goes right around almost to where it ties at my back.
Will have a look at your victorian sleeves! What a great idea!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Diapers! on: March 28, 2011 12:32:37 AM
My friend Kristy was looking for a way to save some money this past fall... and if there's anything I love sewing its diapers! I used the Rita Rump Pocket pattern: http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/classic-rrp-ritas-rump-pocket-pattern.html They turned out lovely. I used mostly reclaimed fabrics... old bedsheets actually. Kristy was in love with them and asked if I would show her how to sew them so I did just that and she made another two dozen. We're both slightly addicted!

Thanks for looking,
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / maternity top on: March 28, 2011 12:23:34 AM
Hey there.

It seems like I have a revolving door of pregnant friends these days. Comes with my age I guess (27)...

My bff Jenny is preggers, as is my cousin-in-law Jennie. (I know too many Jen's!). At any rate, Jennie asked me if I could make her some tops. I don't have a good picture of the one I did for her but I used the same Burda pattern for Jenny's. They're both made of light cotton.

I don't have the pattern number... but I know that its Burda and its this season.

I know it looks rather Mennonite but once its on a pregnant lady, its pretty darn cute.

Thanks for looking.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / uber-apron on: March 28, 2011 12:12:13 AM

I'm in love with cooking and baking and am forever getting covered in what I'm working with...
I found a crazy-old pattern in my aunt's things and altered it a bit to make a pinafore-style apron for myself. Turned out fine. I used old quilt scraps that my aunt gave me - I went through the box and used up all the pansy patterned ones... its a real mishmash of colours but I like it and it does its job. I'd like to make a nice one now that I've figured out how to make the pattern work for my size (28). I enjoy working in the kitchen all the more because I know that my clothes aren't going to be a disaster when I'm done!!

Thanks for looking.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Buttercup bag on: March 28, 2011 12:06:26 AM

I was roaming the internet today feeling inspired to spend my Sunday sewing a handbag... I googled "free handbag pattern" and was *overwhelmed* with options and finally settled on the Buttercup bag. (http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html) I read a post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298323.0 that gave instructions on how to put a zipper in it so... I gave it a whirl. Turned out pretty good... I also added a series of pockets on the insides for my do-dads and whatchamacallits. Very handy.

Two things I'd do different - I'd sew the strap to the lining so that I didn't have a line of stitching visible on the outside of the bag (I tried to hide it in the top stitching but wasn't entirely successful... and I'd also make it out of something heavier. I used plain old cotton that I had left over from another project. I love the colours but I think it would be better out of something upholstery-eque.

Oh, and I'd also make it slightly larger. Its a tight fit for my wallet and sunglasses case.

Thanks for looking,
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Christmas Baubles on: March 27, 2011 11:59:11 PM
This is less exciting then some of my projects I made this winter but... a friend asked me if I could show her how to make these Christmas tree baubles. She forwarded me this pattern: http://6ichthusfish.typepad.com/6ichthusfish/2009/11/free-crochet-pattern-for-christmas-tree-baubles.html

I whipped up a few and found that I loooooved making them. So cute! I made about 2 dozen out of left over red, green and white yarn. I should have taken a pic of them all but they're now stored away til next year. I also made about a dozen others to give as small gifts. Worked out great.

I still haven't showed that friend how to make them - The Christmas season was nuts (again) and we never were able to find a time that worked for both of us. I plan to get together with her now that things have settled down.

Thanks for looking,
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