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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Coasters on: September 01, 2004 10:41:28 PM
Title: Coasters for Kiki (my sister)

Inspiration: http://www.upliftingarts.com/create/coasters.htm

Reason: Kiki's birthday (8/30) - with new furniture in a new house she needed some coasters!

Comments: I had some left over blues (her favorite color) from some quilting projects so I was excited to finally have a use for them. I was debating on whether or not to "quilt" them with a stitched design on top of the color blocking. I tried it out and I didn't like it at all - it competed with the color blocking too much. So the down side is this: if/when she washes them, they will most likely get a little distorted, but they should flatten out pretty quick with a full beverage. This project was fast and easy...hopefully she'll approve of them.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floppy Hat on: August 06, 2004 11:05:03 AM
Here are the basics to make the hat (I'm leaving soon so I must get back to packing!)  I used 1/2 yard of twill fabric (bottom weight denim-like), 1/2 yard of lining fabric, and a 1/2 yard of stiff interfacing.

1. Figure out how big you want your hat - measure around the crown of your head and add a little for ease if desired.
2. Take 1/2 that measurement and trace a half moon shape on a piece of paper using a compass (or a string tied to a pencil).  Add in seam allowance below half moon shape (I used 1/4").
3. Measure out the width of your brim and include seam allowance - I did 3 1/4" (includes 1/4" seam allowance). Make a larger half moon shape that is 3 1/4" away from the original half moon.
4. To make the crown part (I am not sure it that is the correct terminology...but it'll have to do) take you original crown measurement and divide it into 4.  Add 1/2" (for 1/4" seam allowance) and draw that as a striaght line - then bump the center of the line up 1/4" and round out to the edges (to make a slightly curved line).  Then, depending on how high you want your hat (I did 3 1/2" inches - which includes 1/4" seam allowance) - draw your lines based on this amount.  Measure along the inside of your half moon and use this measurement to figure out the top of the crown part (allow for seam allowance).  Do the same thing where you bump up the center 1/4" to round out the line.
5. Cutt out your pattern pieces (there should be 2) and lay them on the fabric.  Place the half moon on the fold and cut 1 (the inner circle of the moon is the top of the hat), place the crown part on the fabric and cut 4 total.  Cut one of the brim on the fold of the interfacing. You will need to repeat all of the cutting on your lining fabric. I suggest cutting 2 of the brim in your heavier fabric and using a lighter-weight fabric for the lining of the crown and top.
6. Are you still with me? Sew the 4 pieces of the crow part together - both the outer and lining fabrics.  Leave one of the lining seams partially open for turning.
7. Attach the crown parts to the top parts.
8. Attach the crown/top parts to the brim - attach the interfacing to one of the brims.
9. Clip all curves.
9. Sew the two brims together and turn right side out.
10. Sew a spiral pattern around the brim to make it more sturdy.

I apologize for the lack of pictures - I will try to add them later when I get back from vacation.  I would also like to apologize in advance for any errors/confusing parts in the directions.

Good luck!

P.S. I would also recommend making your first one out of muslin to figure out the fit. 
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Suit jacket Bag with tie strap, including tutorial! on: August 04, 2004 03:24:55 PM
Wow! That's really cool - thanks!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: prom dress on: August 04, 2004 11:20:02 AM
You look like a movie star! Fabulous!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: LOTS of Vintage A-Line Skirts w/ Sparrow and Ribbion on: August 03, 2004 10:44:57 PM
Cute!! I need to get at my pile of "skirt fabrics"!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floppy Hat - Tutorial on: August 03, 2004 10:42:56 PM
I finished my first hat today! It's nice and big for my huge head (a large head with big hair makes hat-buying headache inducing! Also, we're leaving for a road trip soon and it would be nice to have something to shield my eyes from the blinding sun!) I tried to make a pattern off of a travel hat, but that proved too difficult for me.  So I made a pattern up myself and after 2 prototypes and 2 trips to the fabric store I was satisfied. (Did you know canvas doesn't wash well? I know that NOW.)

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funky felt placemats on: June 25, 2004 05:41:56 PM
Great idea! I love the stitching design.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed felt monsters - Now with tutorial and pictures on: June 25, 2004 05:19:34 PM
I really like your monster - so cute! Thanks for the tutorial too....I'm inspired!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: She's cozy crazy! on: June 25, 2004 05:06:31 PM
Ooh! I am so excited to make this - to think I have been using cloth napkins!  Thank  you for sharing!
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