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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby sock monkey costume, made of socks! 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.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / PICS FIXED Silver trap duct tape messenger, ETA wallet! 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...
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / TWO birthday sock projects... elephant and Baby Beluga (whale) 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!!!  :-)))
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Trying to make a flat-bottomed octopus... help! on: January 22, 2008 07:21:01 PM
I have tried before and met with disappointment before and now. 

I don't want a 2-d octopus.
I want a 3-d octopus that sits on a flat base, like the Discovery Toys one someone gave us for dd2.  (ok, that one has a mirror base, and I don't want to try anything quite so fancy...)

The problem is that the legs don't fit inside the head so I can't figure out how to stitch all the legs in place while the critter is inside-out!  Does that make any sense?

So far, my steps are: 
1.  make & stuff the legs
2.  preparing the head (ie sew on ears if using)
3.  try with great difficulty to neatly sew legs to body
4.  try - but impossible - to sew "base" to legs/body in a base-legs-body sandwich where base and body are right sides together... but I cannot imagine a universe where this is possible - eek!

This tutorial is a little close... but I really want swingy, independent legs so it'll be totally fun to play with.

So I'll just sit here and embroider the face on "Yuckky" my current octopus-attempt (successor to "Lumpy" my previous octopus-attempt) until someone cleverer comes along to rescue me...  Cry

Will post pics later.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy Sweatshirt - Dress Makeover 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.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First dress - vintage floral pillowcase - action shots 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!!!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First purse! Small but spacious boxy Velcro messenger! 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!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Grandma & Grampa Monkey! 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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