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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needle Books on: March 10, 2008 05:45:20 PM
I had a hard time deciding where to post these.  I needed some new needle books, with my renewed interest in stitching, so I sat down and made a few.  Some will be gifts for christmas (in gift sets to friends).  Once I started I couldn't stop.

I attached the flowers with french knots and it's bound with a blanket stitch.

And a few shots of the tiny ones. Purse size maybe???

Let me know what you think! 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Super Swallows on: March 10, 2008 05:37:18 PM
Just wanted to post this up real quick before I forgot. The first one I stitched on my left side didn't transfer so well (I'm trying to figure out the right temps with my iron) and the second on the right went a ton better. 

I'm in love with this cardigan again.
Let me know what you think!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Blue Birds of Happiness on: March 08, 2008 09:51:54 AM
I can't wait for spring!  In desperation for a little spring and color...I decided to take up embroidery again.  I made these over the last couple weeks.  You embroider the design on muslin and then place a small square of homespun batting on the back.  I folded over the edges and ironed them (to make it easier to sew). I sewed around the edges twice, once in white and the other in color.  Embellish as desired and hang to enjoy!
Sorry for the blurry pics, it's time for a new camera.

So..I decided to send these to my sister and thought I would show off my crazy cute packaging.  My BF is a graphic artist so he created a label for me.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Owls Everywhere! Cute new flour sack towels on: February 23, 2008 07:00:52 PM
I bought these great flour sack towels at Hip & Humble (super wonderful shop!), but they were huge and kind of boring.  I cut each of them in half and hemmed them....still kinda boring.  I wanted some instant gratification today. 
I have a ton of scrap fabric and heat 'n' bond, so I went to town.
and a close up of my favorite..
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic bags turned paper bag (img tubby) on: February 12, 2008 03:06:37 PM
I have seen tons of bags made of plastic and I thought I would give it a go.  I was inspired by this post:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222676.0

I sort of keep a photo log of the steps but missed a few due to some experimentation.

I started by flattening my bags and stacking them on my cutting mat.
I then cut off the top (with the handles) and the bottoms.

This is where I lost track with the pictures.

I've read several posts on how to fuse the plastic and tried a couple methods.  Two sheets of posterboard will give the smoothest fabric (had to use the highest setting on my iron) or parchment paper (on the rayon setting).  I layered 6-8 sheets of the plastic for each panel of the plastic fabric.

I used a pattern for the quilt bags my mother and I make (need to post them eventually), but it turned out like a paper bag.

Comments and critiques are always welcome!  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old cardigan + t shirt = much love on: February 09, 2008 06:14:01 PM
So my BF was working all day so I decided to make a new/old shirt to wear out tonight.  I had on old tee I couldn't part with and a cardigan that was too tight.  I started by cutting off the sleeves and neckline.  I then started to dissect the cardigan and came up with this!

My Lulu couldn't resist getting in the shot. 

crappy shots of the button details...

hope you all like it...it's not perfect and needs work but I'm totally in love with it!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Recon for my puppy's bed on: January 17, 2008 07:48:22 PM
So I was debating buying my pug yet another poorly made, store bought bed, and I figured I could make it myself.  (I guess it's not really recon, but pretty close as most of the materials were saved from the trash.)

I happen to have a closet full of old pillows.  So I dug out two old feather pillows and wrapped them in leftover homespun batting from a quilt, and made a giant slip cover.  Since it was for the dog I just ran a straight stitch to close it up.  

The fabric was something I had picked up on the $1 table at Walmart years ago.  I was in love with it and have been slowly whittling away at the 10 yards I bought.  

Lulu loves it and will try to pull it all over the house!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first brave attempt at Stuffed Owls* on: January 17, 2008 07:33:20 PM
*to appease my sister I have changed the title so not to offend by using the term plushies

I thought I would give it a go and try my first plushies.  Smiley  They were made free-hand with no patterns and I had to re-teach myself a few basic stitches.  The majority of the body is machine sewn but the bottoms were closed with a whip stitch. The blue one has a lavender sachet in the bottom instead of beans.  It is going to be a birthday gift for a stressed friend.  Hope you like them!  Any comments or critiques are welcome and appreciated!

**Sorry about the craptastic photos**
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