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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt for a Friend on: August 02, 2010 06:46:59 PM
I made this for a good friend (we've been friends since we were 12 - so that's ummm, 15 years now).  She tried to get pregnant for years then went to a fertility doctor, paying him upfront, only to find out she was already pregnant!  Roll Eyes  I based the quilt off a picture she sent me, and was unusually productive, finishing it well before the November due date!   Cheesy

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I need a new sewing Machine~ on: July 09, 2010 01:43:06 PM
My sewing machine is in it's death throws - hubs says I can get a new one!!   Cheesy Cheesy  I've been looking and there are a ton of choices.  What would you recommend / not recommend?  Huh I think I am leaning towards a Janome or a Brother.  I'd like something at least sturdy/large enough to quilt on and easy to thread (oh god, my current one it's the tension that is going out and it takes FOREVER to thread!!).  Biggest issue is funds - it can't be too expensive-definitely not more than $400. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thumb Guard! (with tute) on: June 09, 2010 01:52:39 PM
My youngest DD is frequently sick thanks to her awful thumb sucking.  Embarrassed We have tried everything the dentist has suggested and even some online tricks but the girl is stubborn (gets it from her dad, I'm sure  Wink )  The dentist suggested a $70 plastic thumb guard thingy and the hamster inside my head came to a screeching halt on his wheel and squeaked, "you could make that and for a heck of a lot less, too!"  So I dug out my scraps and voila! I give you my creation:

Impressive, no?  

Okay, okay, they are super simple to make and I've included a super simple tute with pictures.

Step 1: Find the offending digit:  
Found it!!

Trace around the offending digit and then let the owner of aforementioned digit run off and play/fight with her sister in another room.  Ignore the scuffles from the other room, they are just "playing."  Just eyeball it here and add a 1/4 seam allowance to the thumb tracing.

Now, take your custom shark fin -- I mean -- thumb tracing, and cut out 2 pieces.  I'm lazy.  I cut two pieces of fabric at the same time.  Sometimes more...

Alrighty, my camera was not cooperative so here is the next two steps at once:
With the wrong side up, fold the bottom edge up about a quarter inch and sew it there.  Then cut 2 piece of ribbon to about 9 inches (or call back the owner of the offending digit and wrap the ribbon around her wrist twice loosely, and cut with a little extra so you can tie it later)  Place the ribbon on the center of the bottom part you just sewed and sew it onto the wrong side as well, go over it a couple times so a desperate thumb sucker can't just yank it out later it is sturdy.

Now, put your right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch from the edge.  Be sure to back over your beginning and ending stitches.

I always fit it on the child before I turn it right side out 'cause sometimes my sewing skills are a bit too "creative."

Turn it right side out and viola!

My DD has 9 of these - one to match her shirt no matter what she's wearing and she LOVES to wear them.  Hopefully we'll have this thumb sucking business licked by the end of the summer!

Hopefully this helps a few other desperate mommy's out there!!   Cheesy

Please be sure you tie this loosely around your child's wrist--because remember, if it's too tight it can cut off the blood circulation and your child could loose their hand!  And that would be bad, my friends.  Very bad, indeed.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hexagon-Star Rainbow Quilt on: February 17, 2010 05:05:19 PM
I made this quilt for my brother and his wife.  I didn't bother to start it until 3 days before their baby shower.   Roll Eyes  On the plus side, this meant that there were only 2 nights that I stayed up late working on it.  I got the pattern from The Quilters Cache.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Geode Birthday Card on: September 08, 2009 09:27:02 PM
If I put this in the wrong spot, feel free to move it.  My daughter turned 8 and really wanted to do a rock birthday.  So we made geode cards.  They are super easy, if you'd like instructions or a tute, I could easily provide one.  

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Back Pack with tutorial on page 2 on: August 06, 2009 11:22:17 AM
I made a backpack for my daughter.  She loves music and has been begging for some sort of music-themed bag, when we found this fabric on sale for $2 at Joanne's, I just had to make it for her!  The back of the bag is quilted with the outline of a gigantic note, which I forgot to get pics of.  I took a bunch of pictures so I could make a tute if anyone wants it.  There seems to be a lack of actual back pack tutes on the internet. Tongue  Oh and I used a parka zipper, 'cause we all know that the first thing to go on backpacks are those cheapy zippers!

Okay, this is my first tut so bare/bear with me here.  It's a bit complicated because God forbid I try something easy.  If something isn't clear let me know and I'll help or re-write the instructions as needed.

1.5 yards of patterned fabric
.5 yards of solid duck
28 inch parka double zipper
1 yard stiff fusible interfacing (I used pellon 71, with one side fusible)
.5 yards batting
Matching heavy-duty thread
1 inch of velcro
Nylon strapping cut into 2, 12 inch lengths and 2, 4 inch lengths, lightly burn the edges with matches to prevent fraying.
2 slides (strap adjusters) for the nylon strapping
All seam allowances are a half inch.

Cut out your pieces to the following sizes:
Outside pieces:
front/back piece (music notes): 13x16 (cut 2)
front/back bottom piece (black): 13x3 (cut 2)
Gusset (music): 4 1/4 x 29
Gusset (black): 1 3/4 x 29
Gusset sides (black): 3 x 6 (cut 2)
Gusset sides (music): 4 x 6 (cut 2)
Bottom (black): 13x6
Interfacing: 13x18 (cut 2) and 13x6 (just one)
Batting: 13x18 (cut 2)
Cut 4 pieces of fabric and 2 interfacing 16x4 in a hockey stick shape (for the straps)
Cut 4 pieces of batting 16x4 in the same shape as your hockey sticks
45* angle triangle side thingy: 2 inches tall from peak to bottom and 3.5 inches wide on bottom (cut 2 from fabric and 1 from interfacing)

Black fabric: 7x6 (cut 2)
Interfacing: 7x6
1 inch velcro

Inside pieces:
front/back: 13x18 (cut 2)
Gusset (for zipper area): 29x5
Gusset (for other side of zipper): 29x2
Gusset sides: 13x6 (cut 2)
Bottom: 13x6

Sew together the front outside piece to the front bottom. Then sew together the back outside front to the back bottom.

Press seams down towards bottom of bag.

Topstitch seam (I like 2 rows of top stitching, the first row is a 1/4 inch off the seam and the second row is right on the seam).

Iron on interfacing to the front and back pieces that you just sewed.  Then pin both pieces of batting on the back and baste.  (Okay, I didn't do this to the back piece because I used the backing of an old backpack instead.)  Quilt a pattern onto the back piece -- the lines can be about 2-3 inches apart, if you like.  I quilted a music note.

Pin and sew black long gusset piece to zipper.  Top stitch.  

Pin and sew patterned long gusset piece to other side of zipper.  Top stitch.

Sew together the short gusset black and gusset music.  Press seam towards the black fabric and top stitch.  Sew one of these to either side of the zipper piece.  Press this seam towards the black fabric and top stitch. Hopefully this is what your ends will look like:

Iron pocket interfacing to pocket piece.  With right sides together, sew pocket pieces together, leaving a 3 inch opening, so you can turn it right side out.  Iron thoroughly.  Don't topstitch (yet).  Sew on velcro to the pocket piece.  Align pocket onto bag where you'd like it at and then pin in place the other piece of velcro onto the bag.  Sew.  Pin pocket onto bag and top stitch to secure the pocket to the bag.

Now for the straps. Iron interfacing to the triangles.  I don't have pics of this and I wish I did.  Please look at the pictures and try to make sense of these directions here.  It's a bit complicated and I'm bound to confuse everyone.  Take the longer piece of nylon strapping and put it so that it will be near the peak of the triangle on the slope that faces the bottom of the bag.  (See, I told you I'd confuse you!) With right sides together, sew together the triangles and the nylon, leaving the bottom of the triangle open, it will be sewed up later.  Reinforce this seam several times, as it will bear a lot of weight.  Turn, iron, and top stitch.

Iron interfacing to each of the hockey sticks.  Pin 1 layer of batting to each of the hockey sticks.  With right sides together, sew hockey sticks, leaving the very top 4 inch edge open.  Turn the hockey stick right side out and sew a line right up the center to secure everything in place.  Slip one side of short nylon strapping into slider and sew on, leaving a 2 inch tail.  Sew the tail securely onto one of the hockey sticks you just made. Please be sure to sew these several times so it it very secure.   Find the triangle pieces you just made and loop the nylon edge into the other side of the slider.  Pin the triangle onto the back of your bag, about 2.5 inches from the bottom.  Pin top of hockey sticks to top of bag about 1.5-2 inches apart.  Baste the triangles and the tops of your hockey sticks onto the bag.

With the zipper nearest to the front of the bag, pin the gusset to the bag.  Sew right sides together.  Very slowly top stitch the seam, the curvy parts may require excessive amounts of patience.

With right sides together, pin and sew the back part of your bag onto the gusset.  It's starting to look like a bag now!

Iron on interfacing to bottom piece.  With right sides together, align the edges of the bottom with the edges of the bag.  As you pin, mark a half inch in on each corner.  Sew the bag, but only sew to the half inch mark, once you get to the mark, put your needle down, lift the presser foot and finangle your material to turn into the next side of the piece.  Bad things happen if you just sew off the side, trust me.  

That's it for the outside.  Now for the liner.  Sew it together exactly the same as outside bag, except you don't have to top stitch (yeah!) or put in another zipper.  Once fully sewn together, place it in the bag.  I like to sew the seam of from the bottom of the outside to the seam of the bottom of the liner, just so it stays put.

 If putting in a clip to clip things to, I would also suggest sewing that part of the liner seam to its coordinating spot on the outside seam. Carefully line up your liner gusset with your outside gusset.  Fold over the edge of the liner gusset and whip stitch about a half inch from the zipper teeth.

And that's it!!

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Animal Applique patterns? on: July 04, 2009 10:28:34 PM
My sister is pregnant and I'm making her a baby quilt.  It's going to have large blocks with a mother and baby animal appliqued on each one.  Do you know of any good sites for finding animal applique patterns?  I've drawn stick figures and had my kids say "What's that?" before, so creating them myself isn't really an option. Undecided

Thanks in advance!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Drop waist Twirly Skirts on: June 22, 2009 02:39:19 PM
I made a couple of skirts for my girls today.  I messed up on the first one and forgot to double the waist measurement, so it is no longer a twirly skirt--just don't tell my 7 yo 'cause she loves it.  I used Going Sew Crazy's awesome tute (it doesn't say to double the skirt part, you have to just infer that).

C&C welcome!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Satin and Cotton? on: June 19, 2009 07:05:45 PM
I was supposed to make a navy satin flowergirl dress for a wedding, but didn't buy enough fabric and so I had to buy all new fabric (dye lots suck!).  I was thinking of making some skirts for my daughters, like the ones here on going sew crazy.  Would it be okay to use the navy blue satin for the main part and a simple white cotton edge on the bottom?  Or are the fabric differences too much?   Huh
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Awesome Revamped Altoids Tin on: June 19, 2009 02:47:33 PM
While hunting for a unique and an actual cool father's day craft/gift (no offense to those who enjoy the bird-seed frames, or noodle art), I found this article on Alpha-mom.com.  Once I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to make one.  So off we went to the grocery store (for altoids) and Lowe's and we made it yesterday!  It was a ton of fun to make with the girls.  We made some very small father's day cards and tied them with a ribbon and put them in the top compartment.  The bottom compartment has cleaning wipes for glasses 'cause he's obsessive about having clean lenses!  You can click on the pics if you'd like to see them bigger.


I wasn't able to find the right kind of "metal eye strap" so I went to the plumbing section and got a 3/4 galvanized split ring hanger and just used one half of it.  2-hole pipe straps would have worked (and are cheaper!) but they were out of the small ones.
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