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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Sugar Cookie baking kit for OWS swap :) on: July 03, 2008 08:53:58 PM
I claimed a girlosun_9 for the OWS 35, and on her wists she had one of these from etsy. The oven mitt is super adorable (lined with fleece instead of batting because I didn't have any), and the apron I made with ribbon ties in the back because I wasn't sure how old her daughter was, and didn't want to give away what I was making. She can cut them to size and heat-seal them Smiley

The felt food is handsewn, and I stuffed the cookies with polyfil sprayed with vanilla-icing body spray, so everything smells edible Smiley The box is decoupaged (its a photo box) with scrapbook paper I cut out with an exacto. I LOVE the way everything turned out!

As always, comments are appreciated!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first "real" crochet project... scalloped edge hat on: July 03, 2008 10:05:26 AM
My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was really little, and I hadn't done it since then. Just recently my mom was talking about having me finish a throw she was working on when she passed away, and I decided I needed to get back in the hang of things.  So I made this. I didn't use a pattern... I just saw a hat like this and winged it. After a lot of undoing and redoing, its finished. I LOVE it, especially since I just hacked all my hair off Smiley Plus, it looks tie-dyed!

Thanks! Comments appreciated always Cheesy
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Rocky Horror Picture Show "Eddie" costume recon on: April 20, 2008 09:10:16 PM
Okay, let me begin by saying... if you haven't seen rocky horror in the theatre, GO! I'd never been, although the movie is a favorite of mine, until Saturday.

We decided to go Saturday morning, so this was thrown together QUICKLY. The vest was $2.99, the shirt $1, and the wig $9, plus the leopard fabric at $.50 (the vest and top were locally found at a thrift store), plus the jewelry chain. Eddie (meatloaf) is my favorite character, so here's the costume. I LOVE it, and threw it together in less than an hour. I lined the vest with leopard print, then sewed it open in the front so it would show. The back is panted, with chain sewn on. The tshirt has "Eddie" on the front in glitter. Cheesy

I realize I totally look like a man here, but I had to Cheesy

Sweet jacket.

Comments welcome... and PLEASE go to the nearest midnight showing!!!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The easiest drawstring bag ever, with tute. on: March 20, 2008 01:30:47 PM
Okay, first of all I am WAY new to sewing (I bought my first sewing machine 3 months ago)... and I have trouble following the insane patterns. My answer to this was to just come up with my own and experiment. So, here's my drawstring bag. I sort of sketched it out, and played with it, and it worked. Very easy, I didn't measure or anything... I just evened my sides up by folding (I know, I know, bad). They turned out way cute. I'll add some other pics after I locate my missing camera.

Here's a pic of the two bags I added as a bonus to the goodies for my felt food swap.

Here are pics of a tute (my first by the way, so be gentle please, Smiley

Step one:

Cut out a square or rectangle piece of fabric. Folded in half (minus a bit on the sides and top for seam allowance and fold) will be the approx size. I made this small cause they were for kiddos. I used the equivalent to less than a fat quarter, but these were just fabric scraps really.

Step two:

Fold the fabric in half, and iron/starch. I found by starching it made things MUCH easier for me.

Step Three:

Fold the corners down to right angles, making sure all the corners match up (folding in half again to check is easy here if you starched the center fold). Pin the fold, starch and iron them down. About an inch from the folds, sew across.

Step Four:

Fold down the top and bottom so the edge is even with the bottom of your triangle (the fold should be in the middle like the dark dotted line). Starch and iron.

Step five:

Cut ribbon (or whatever you want your drawstring to be made of, I found ribbon to be easiest) in two pieces that are three or four inches longer than the width of the bag (from triangle to triangle). Center them on each end, and sew in the center right below your ironed fold.

Step six:

Fold top and bottom as seen in pic.

Step Seven:

Pin the drawstring over to meet in the middle-top (we dont want to sew it, plus it will be easier to do the next couple of steps).
Once pinned, sew across the bottom, from side to side.
Step Eight:

Fold in the middle, right sides together, and pin the sides. Sew the sides, remove the pins, and trim the seam allowances.

Handles could be added to the sides here if one wanted a purse.

Step Nine:

Flip to the right sides, unpin your ribbon and Voila! Drawstring bag.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first doll--- Mermaid :) on: February 28, 2008 07:23:33 AM
I'm making everything for the girl's easter baskets this year. My oldest is getting a bunny (which is in progress) but my youngest is super obsessed with mermaids, so I made this last night. Its mostly handsewn, and I had a TIME with it. Flipping the tail back right-side was a nightmare,  plus I've never sewn on hair before. I made her sleepy because I don't have any paint for her face right now. I love the way she turned out.

Everything is felt but her tail, which is green upholstery fabric I found at big lots, lol. (Her hair I found at a thrift store for .10, and I still have tons!) She totally rocks because realistically, she cost about around 50 cents (and almost 3 hours) to make. Cheesy

Thanks for looking (and any comments or criticisms!)

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My button necklace on: February 22, 2008 09:42:30 PM
I made this for a swap, and she has received so I can post now. A character in the show Dead Like Me wore a button necklace in an episode, so this was my tribute. My partners favorite colors were orange, green, earthy tones, so I sifted through buttons of all sizes/shapes to get those colors, and sewed them to wire with clear nylon thread. I loved the final look!

Some of the buttons look more peachy, but the color is more rusty orange.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dead Like Me Grocery Tote on: February 22, 2008 09:28:52 PM
I made this for the DLM swap, but now she's received, I'll post here.

This is the first project I've done with the sewing machine, and I really didn't have a pattern. I looked at a small tote bag my daughter has, and sort of winged it from there. It turned out great (and you can see how big it is hanging off my kitchen chair) :)I hand-painted the design. The fabric is a canvas-weight fabric that was on clearance. Thanks for checking it out!

On a side note: The main character in DLM is killed by a toilet seat falling from the sky, and in homage, her sister steals toilet seats and hangs them on a tree nearby. Hence the cleaver "groceries and toilet trees" along with the toilet tree Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What craftster has turned me into... and my awesome finds this week! on: December 22, 2007 07:51:20 PM
okay, a few weeks ago, I started making felt playfood for my kids. This evolved into me finding this site, and becoming a craft addict! I've started several projects and am taking turned working on them all... but, I *really* wanted to get a sewing machine and work on doing on sewing some larger projects (sewing by hand is SO time consuming)... but I purchased one yesterday. I've made up my mind that next christmas,everyone is getting handmade gifts from me, and i've already started on a few. 

Anyway, a little background... I'm 28, with two little girls, and am definately into finding patterns for toys/barbie clothes and clothing for them, and plus size patterns for me... so I bid (and won) this awesome lot on ebay today!


Can you say perfect for me?? Plus, I made a stop at a thrift store an hour away and they had tons of great vintage patterns for .25 each, plus the most beautiful mohair yarn (super vintage, the tag must be from the 50's) for $.80! They had tons, so I bought a few to make my mom a mohair scarf as a birthday gift. I've also lucked into some great remnants for cheap that were mislabeled, and now I'm ready to start sewing! I can only hope I can do have of the stuff on here that has inspired me.. all you guys are amazingly talented!!

I'm so excited to be a part of this site Smiley
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help! I can't find a felt doll pattern I saw here! on: December 12, 2007 07:30:58 PM
I was just looking on here a couple of days ago, and swore I'd bookmarked this. Someone had a pattern/tute for a felt doll (simple, no face... had black felt for scalp/feet)... I can't find it anywhere, and I so wanted to make one for the girls before christmas. I've searched so much my enter button is wearing thin. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, please let me know! Thanks in advance!
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