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11  Slush Monkey! in Halloween Costumes by atmomma on: November 02, 2010 06:18:16 AM
For Halloween I wanted to be the mascot for our store- a monkey. We have Monkey Loco candy, Monkey Juice, and Slush Monkeys (slushies). I chose the Slush Monkey. I had no idea where to even begin for the head pieceand there are NO tutorials, patterns or how tos for a monkey costume. I posted a question on the Halloween board and thanks to the great responders I got it all figured out. Everything but the tshirt, tights and hat was made by me.

For the straw I painted a rectangle of fabric with red and white diagonal strips. Then I glued the fabric to a paper towel tube, tucking in the extra in the top and bottom of the tube. After stuffing the bottom with a few cotton balls I sewed it to a white hat. I would have hot glued it but I wanted to reuse the hat.

Next up were the ears. I just cut out the ear shape on 4 layers of fabric. The hard part was gathering them so that they looked like monkey ears and not mouse ears.
For the tutu I bought 4 yards of light blue tulle and cut it in half widthwise and then cut those two pieces in half- giving me 4 4yard strips of tulle. I sewed each strip into a circle and then used blue ribbon to create a binding along the bottom. After I finished sewing the ribbon  to each layer I stacked the layers and gathered them into a blue satin waistband. I was hoping for more of a petticoat effect but this worked out OK. I decided that I needed to break up the blue a little bit so I made another tutu out of white tulle and red ribbon to wear under the blue.
I used the Collette bloomer pattern that has been popping up around here lately to make a pair of white bloomers for under the tutu. For the tights I had planned on candy-cane striping them just like my straw but we just couldn't make it work. Instead my mom and I put rubber bands around them as it we were going to tie-dye them but used red spray paint instead. They came out perfectly!
For the shirt I used printable iron on transfer sheets and printed up the Slush Monkey logo. Super easy and cheap.
My tail looks a little funny in the picture but it did turn out kinda cute. I actually almost forgot to make one. The shoes were also very simple- although very uncomfortable. I found plain flats at a resale shop, painted them navy blue with acrylic paint, and then used red glitter glue on the toes. They didn't last long and go figure I didn't think to take any pictures before I wore them. Duh.
Well, I know it was simple but I hope you liked my costume!
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12  Help! I need to make a monkey costume**COSTUME PIC** in Halloween Costumes by atmomma on: September 23, 2010 05:40:54 AM
I work at a convenience store in Texas called Stripes and our 'mascot' is a monkey. Our slushies are Slush Monkeys, we have Monkey Loco candy and we sell Monkey Juice (used to be bug juice). They have a Halloween costume contest between the stores and someone travels from store to store taking pictures of the costumes and then they judge on it. This year I want to be a Slush Monkey.

I just think it would be really cute. I found a pattern for a full monkey suit but this is Texas and Halloween is usually still pretty warm so I dont want to go that route. I'm going to go with a costume kind of like what I did last year. No final pictures unfortunantly but this is what my costume looked like (I was a ballerina).

I'm thinking red and white striped tights, blue and white tutu, and a white top. What I need help with is the head. Do I go all out and make a paper mache head piece to cover my entire head, or do I make a simple headband with ears and a straw? I'm desperate for thoughts and suggestions and would really appreciate any help.
Thanks for any help you can give!!!!
You can find my contest entry here. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363641.0

This was my final costume! Yay for being done!! Thanks again for all the help!

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13  Re-covered Flat Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by atmomma on: September 11, 2010 01:53:19 PM
I found an old flat wallet in my closet the other day that I haven't used in several months. It had a few holes starting at the corners and was a pink faux leather that just really isn't me anymore. I've wanted to try to recover it or make a new one for awhile now and figured there is no time better than now, right? It was really a lot easier than I thought it would be. To look at a flat wallet you might think there is some complicated process to it all but really it is just material folded around and into the frame and some piping wedged into the space left between the fabric and the frame. I used the leg of a pair of jeans that got cut up some time ago and some scrap fabric and cord for the piping. It took me about an hour and a half to cut it and glue it all and I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!
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14  A birthday dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by atmomma on: August 24, 2010 12:55:55 PM
For Amelia's 7th birthday in May she wanted a new dress. I had an old strappy tank top that she never wore and some really cute pink skull fabric. I knew I wanted to use it for her but wasnt sure how til then. I simply made two tiers to add on to the bottom of her tank top and added black lace to the hem of each tier. She informed be that because it was her 7th birthday she needed to have a 7 on it too. So, I broke out the wonder-under, copied a big 7, and added the black lace around it to make it pop. I wasnt 100 percent happy with the way it turned out but she loved it and thats all that really matters, right? On th the pictures.

Just a last minute bow I made and glued to a headband.
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15  Denim & Lace and John Deere Pleated Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by atmomma on: August 21, 2010 08:46:49 AM
After seeing a post for a pleated clutch I just had to follow the link and use the tutorial. http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html
This is such an easy tutorial to follow that I've made several. Go figure I only took pictures of two. Some day I'll learn.
First was for my youngest SIL. She graduated in May and since I didn't have much money for a gift I made this one. She has always been a John Deere fan and I've been sitting on this fabric for awhile waiting for inspiration to strike.

In June, my next oldest SIL had her 20th birthday and I was already on a roll with the clutches so I made one for her too. She has always struck me as a "denim and lace" kind of girl. Not really sure why. I did this on a little differently. Instead of just gathering a single line down the middle and then pressing to pleat it, I gathered each long edge and fit it to the denim base. When it came time to sew the band on the middle of the purse I just sewed it, letting the lace fabric bunch and crease wherever it wanted to. I made a few card pockets in this one, with the middle pocket being big enough for a phone or camera. I used a thin black cherry blossom material for the lining and used lace to create a binding for the pockets. She really liked it.

Tell me what you think!
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16  Mei tai and a fabric high chair in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by atmomma on: May 06, 2010 06:32:56 AM
I found several tutorials online for makeing mei tais and since my sister and BIL cannot put my nephew down I decided to make one. I used this tutorial http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/asian.html and was able to whip one up pretty easily. Now I just need to make another one for my husband's cousin, who is expecting a baby boy in Septemeber. Yay! I just love babies! On to the pictures!

This is just to show the ultra-reinforced stitching I did for the straps. I stitched around the edges of the strap (inside the carrier) and then did diagonal lines about 3/8 inch apart.
My sister with Q. I think the carrier came out a little big. I simply follwed the given measurements from the tute. I think I'll be changing a few things next time.

The man it was really made for. He really can't put him down. Not that Q wants to be held all the time but Daddy just can't get enough. He is such a good guy!

The only bad thing is that they cannot turn Q around in this. He likes to see the world but the carrier is so wide that his little legs just wont allow for it. On a positive note I was able to fit my 4 year old nephew and my almost 5 year old in it on my back. Thomas is about 45 lbs and as tall as a 6 year old to give you an idea of how versatile it is.

One more thing I have made is a portable high chair using this tutorial- http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html. It was great. Super easy to do but just enough work to it for me not to get bored.

Well, that was it for now. Please, tell me what you think. Thanks!!
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17  A few new tops for me- lotsa pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by atmomma on: August 25, 2009 02:57:05 PM
It feels like a million years since my last post but I have finally found my sewing umph again. I have never really been able to sew clothes for me that weren't for Halloween so I wanted to give it a try. I had a ton of jersey material and thought what better time than now to try sewing with it, right? After a few days of start/stop sewing I came up with these and I have to say I am quite proud.
This was the first and I actually wear it all the time because it is so comfortable. It is a grey/blue jersey material and I used lace for the straps.

You cant see it but there is a band along to bottom of the shirt to give it that slouchy/bubble look.
I made this one for my sister and followed the same process only with purple jersey and ribbon straps.

This one shows the band a little better.

I made this tube top with just a tube of fabric and elastic hems at the top and bottom. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Last but not least is this one. I love this material. It is a really thin jersey with little stars all over it. I kind of messed up the top when I made it and the boobs are too small and the sides too wide so it still needs some adjusting. I braided matching ribbons to make the straps.

All of the tanks have a built-in bra and were made by just laying my favorie strappy tank on top of the fabric and tracing around it with a 1/2 inch or so seam allowance. Then I added a few inches to the bottom and flared it out at the bottom cause I'm kind of a big girl and I dont much like tight clothes.
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18  Spiderman! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by atmomma on: July 13, 2008 09:31:50 PM
Thomas is a huge Spiderman fan so when I found this material at the resale shop I had to grab it. He specifically told me he wanted Jamma shorts so that is what he got, lol.

OK, this isn't exactly Spiderman, but reather than make a new post for just one picture I'll put it in here too. I made this dress for Amelia to wear to my SIL's graduation. Just a summer dress.

Thanks for lookin!
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19  I'm starting school clothes! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by atmomma on: July 13, 2008 09:27:41 PM
It's been awhile since I posted but I haven't stopped sewing! Amelia starts school this year and is in desperate need of some school appropriate clothes. These are a few of the things I've made.
A peasant-y dress. Can you tell she does not want to take a picture? It is really wide so it twirls nicely.

My first knit project. The ONLY stitch I could use was my machine's elastic stitch so there is this huge zig-zag stitch all along the hems but it fits her.

Her flower outfit.

This was only my second attempt at tucks (at the neck) and it was way easier than I thought it would be.

The back of the top.

Comments/criticism welcome.
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20  Re: 50 projects in a year craftalong. Anyone interested? in Craftalongs by atmomma on: July 12, 2008 08:29:59 PM
Oh wow. It has been a loong time since I last posted. There are so many great creations on here! Well, to pick up where I left off:
21. Pillows I made for dd and my nieces. Three in all but all the same so I'll count as one.

22. Pleatness purse made for my SIL.

23. Outfit I made for DD that is now pajamas instead.

24. New cushion for my Grandma-in-law's swing.

25. Transformers shirt I made for my nephew's 6th birthday.

26. Crayon rolls made also for nephew's b-day. I alos made some for his brother and sister.

27. Coloring book bags for same b-day. I used the Morsbags shopping bag pattern for these.

28. Crayons! I used a tute from here.

29. Outfit made for dd. I reconned the skirt from a pair of pants that were way too short for her but still fit her waist.

30. A "nursing" bag for my SIL. She needed something for her pumping supplies while at work.

31. Hooter hider modeled by my rear-view mirror. I got the tute from here!

I've got more but I figure I'll let you guys rest for now, LOL!
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