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1  Baby sock monkey costume, made of socks! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jay3fer on: March 12, 2008 10:01:41 PM
SO proud of myself!!!

We have a dress-up holiday next week (we're Jewish, it's called Purim :-))).

Anyway, I have been making & obsessing over sock monkeys & decided that ds2, 6 months, should dress up as one... and of course, the best way to look like a sock monkey is to be made of socks.

So here's the result, created from 9 dollar-store socks.  No hat yet; I'm actually leaning towards a hood.  Thanks to Big Purple Bunny for modelling!  ;-)

It actually looks great in the pictures... in real life, it's a bit, um, rectangular, but thankfully, I have a serger, so the seams aren't going to be popping or anything drastic!  :-)))

Here's a "before" picture first - socks cut up and laid face-down on the table.

I serged across the heel so there wouldn't be visible white lumps all over the costume.  Instead, there is a seam on each half of each side of the body.  I think it's actually pretty discreet.

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2  PICS FIXED Silver trap duct tape messenger, ETA wallet! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jay3fer on: February 26, 2008 12:57:39 PM
Now there's a wallet!  Basic billfold wallet based on instructable here with clear-panel ID holder and fold-out photos (of me & my family!) added.  I also added a wallet-holding pocket just inside the purse.  FINALLY, I stuck a velcro dot on the closure of the wallet and the purse itself:
(still having problems getting Google to provide a permanent URL for pics!  For full album, click here)

Birthday prezzie for my sister... hopefully, I'll get either a regular wallet or a magic wallet done in the next day or two to add in with it DONE!!!  Seeing other people's snazzy projects, I'm kind of questioning my decision to do it in basic silver, but I still like the look... :-)))

The purse is divided inside and has a slide-in 100% duct tape closure.  Thinking of adding a velcro dot at the end just for reinforcement...

NOTE:  I completed this during a single kids' naptime... so if it looks kind of crappo, be aware that I am home with a baby & a toddler and often two big kids also!

PLEASE lmk if you can't see the pictures as Google is being flaky!


All pics here!

ETA:  Just realized I did it completely upside-down from this one, which was my inspiration...
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3  TWO birthday sock projects... elephant and Baby Beluga (whale) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Jay3fer on: February 16, 2008 10:17:31 PM
(pictures are acting flaky; PLEASE lmk if they don't come out...)

The elephant is for my sister, who's just turned 30.  The whale (a baby beluga, because we are all loving the Raffi song around here right now) is for my daughter, who'll be 3 on Monday. 

All socks are from the dollar store, bringing the total cost of both projects to about $5... maybe a bit more including stuffing.  :-)))

The elephant (full album here) was SOoooo hard.  Lessons learned:  legs should be shorter than for a monkey; trunk must descend more "downward" from the face, not stick out forwards.  Still, from some angles, I'm pretty pleased with her... (my sister's name is Sara - that's what the S on her cape stands for).

And then, to make up for the difficulty of elephant, the whale was super-easy.  I mean, it's a short white sock from the dollar store... it looks like a baby beluga anyway.  Full album of pics here, but here are 2 angles:

I'm pretty new to stuffed critters, so again, thrilled that I could undertake not one but TWO projects successfully!!!  :-)))
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4  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jay3fer on: February 05, 2008 10:19:48 PM
Two more!  ETA:  Both made from pillowcases, btw...

These ones fit into their pouches, at least - hooray!
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5  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jay3fer on: February 05, 2008 01:00:25 PM
Well, it's nowhere near as good as the others I've seen on this thread... BUT, here's my attempt!

More pics here.  Thanks for looking!!!
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6  Re: Trying to make a flat-bottomed octopus... help! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Jay3fer on: January 23, 2008 08:46:41 PM
That sounds promising... I guess I was being lazy and trying to machine-stitch the legs on before turning and closing the 'puss... guess I'll have to hand-stitch them, but it will be easier when everything is flat.  I'll keep y'all posted!

Here are the two socktopi I did last night, 1 with fat legs, one skinny:

Neither one thrills me, but I do love the green stripes... makes him look SOooo serious!  I used the top ribbing of one of the socks as a turtleneck, which I do like very much.  :-)
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7  Easy Sweatshirt - Dress Makeover in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jay3fer on: January 20, 2008 09:35:29 PM
This is a $1.99 Value Village sweatshirt and a $1.99 piece of fabric (yeah, everything I buy at VV is $1.99!).  There was enough fabric to serge a skirt onto the sweatshirt PLUS make a pair of bloomers and a really yucky-looking hat!  LOL

I realized too late that there was a facing needed for the brim, and the only "fabric" I had here late at night was an old, dingy-white pillowcase.  Bad choice of facing... ugh.

Here she is bravely wearing the combo, and even showing off the "fancy pants"!
(they looked humungous before I put in the elastic...)

Still the world's worst seamstress, but sometimes I feel like I'm getting into a groove with this stuff.  It's HARD, though.  Does not come naturally at all.
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8  First dress - vintage floral pillowcase - action shots in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Jay3fer on: January 20, 2008 09:31:05 PM
This was a $1.99 Value Village pillowcase... now it's an actual DRESS!
I used a pattern and even then it didn't work out well around the shoulder straps... it's Size 3, she wears Size 3, but they still barely meet at her shoulder, so the snaps look a bit precarious, teetering on the tips of the straps.

Still, this print - what an awesome avocado shade of green! - is so eye-grabbing, I doubt anyone will notice.
There's a dessert-plate-size circle pocket on the front using a bit more of the lace pillowcase edge detail.  There wasn't enough lace to go all the way around the dress, so I just hemmed the back.

VERY proud!!!

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9  First purse! Small but spacious boxy Velcro messenger! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jay3fer on: January 20, 2008 09:24:56 PM
I mean my first purse EVER... I have always carried a knapsack, never owned a purse.  And now I have one, inspired by Kategirl's zippered-divider messenger bag (ok, too chicken to try the zipper just yet) and Nefertari's boxy purse.

Anyway, the outer is a $1.50 WalMart remnant that I was dubious about, but the 3-d purse shape really seems to bring out its earthtones...  Cheesy; both were very flimsy but behaved wonderfully when interfaced.  VERY simple Velcro closure - looks a little obvious with the grey zigzagging... if I get very into purse-making, I'll get some magnet snaps.

What an easy first bag project... thanks, ladies, for the inspiration!

I think I can even post pics now!


Stuffed (borrowed dh's Crocodile Hunter bio, plus a mama-made cloth diaper, wetbag, Nalgene... what a perfect size this bag is!):

Meeee!  (pretend it's artistic effect and not just a lousy photographer!)

So, so proud of myself... even if it's lousy compared to some others' first attempts!  This is ME, the world's worst sewer!
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10  Grandma & Grampa Monkey! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Jay3fer on: January 08, 2008 11:06:56 PM
First post here, and novice crafter, but I'm kinda proud of these two... they were an Xmas present for my kids' Grandma and her husband, Mikey... who the kids often call "Grampa Monkey."


ETA:  oops, as a newbie, I can't post pics... please click here!  Believe me, they're cute!

I just realized today that these were two different sizes of sock... I think the size difference worked out well, though!  :-)
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