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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Ornaments on: November 18, 2011 01:29:47 PM
I discovered  the fun of working with felt last year and made these ornaments. I didn't get to finish or use them then because of a family tragedy but I brought them back out this year and I am going to make more.

Several of these were inspired by things on Craftster and around the net so any similarities was probably intentional but I don't know where I got all the ideas from anymore.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stockings galore! on: November 18, 2011 10:12:56 AM
I have been making Christmas stockings  Smiley

Motorcycle Boot Stocking

Elf Stockings

Jack Skellington and Pink Skulls

Jack stocking was shamelessly ripped off inspired by it's awesomeness from this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288914.0 by the talented smashu

Sorry for the less than great pics...I really suck at the camera work.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / AB - Blossom Bag - Stabilizer and Interfacing Help on: December 20, 2010 08:26:38 AM
I recently fell in love with the Amy Butler Blossom Bag and decided I wanted to make it but I am confused on some of the materials I need.

Link for free pattern is here: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=11705

It lists these two materials needed:
1. 3 yd (2.74 m) of 20" (50.8 cm) wide fusible woven
interfacing (I use Shape Flex SF-101 by Pellon)

2. 2 1/8 yd (1.94 m) of 20" (50.8 cm) wide Peltex #70 by
Pellon or a similar extra-heavy stabilizer

My only source for fabrics and crafting material is Wal-mart and of course they did not have these exact things. I am a beginner to intermediate sewer and I know this bag is a bit ambitious for me but I learn through trial and error mostly so I am comfortable just going for it and seeing what happens. The problem is that I don't know enough about interfacing/stabilizer to pick suitable substitutes. I did purchase some extra-firm stabilizer that I hoped would work for the Peltex she listed...it is fusible and I'm not sure if the one she listed was fusible or sew-in though.

I don't know what to get for the woven interfacing. Is this a more light weight interfacing or one of those really firm ones?

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated...or if anyone knows of a good site that helps explain the mystery of stabilizers or interfacings that I could learn from.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered Pouch and Wristlet on: January 16, 2010 05:44:26 PM
Made these for some friends for Christmas. I used this video tutorial located here:

The top one is a suede like material...so it feels so soft! The bottom one is Thomas Kinkade fabric....I used a different cottage for each side.

Other side of the cottage pouch. This one was suppose to be a wristlet but the strap and I had a difference of opinion and well....the scissors where laying right there...so I used them Wink

Close up of birdy applique.

The linings.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Coca-Cola Apron on: January 16, 2010 05:24:34 PM
My mom has been wanting a new apron for a while. She has trouble finding them because she likes the full apron but she is short (about 5' even) so most of the full ones are really long on her.

I decided to make her a new one for Christmas making a template out of her old one, which was originally made by my oder brother when he was in shop class in high school. I think it was suppose to be a shop apron but mom has been using it a long time (considering me and my brother have been out of school for 20 years). Anyways...that apron now has a huge hole in it so she definitely needed a new one.

I wanted to find some cute Coca-Cola fabric as she collects Coke items and wants to decorate her kitchen with a Coca-Cola theme. Sadly I couldn't find any and I waited to late to order anything.

In the end I copied the coke logo from the net...tracing it from my monitor (my printer is out of ink) onto freezer paper and using fabric paint.

I am really pleased with how this came out considering it is my first project that wasn't like a throw pillow or a zippered pouch. I didn't follow a specific pattern but I did look at a lot of them to get a general idea of how to construct it.

Sorry for the wrinkled appearance. I didn't get around to taking pictures until after she had been using it....she was getting ready to wash it when I snagged it.

Close up of the pocket. This was my first time doing a stencil and using fabric paint so it's a little wonky.

It's lined with red with white polka dot fabric but the picture doesn't really show the dots well.

Action shot! Mom made me blank her face out because she hates how she looks in photos...lol

I think she was really pleased with it and it turned out pretty well. Next time I will make the top a bit narrower and maybe adhere interfacing to the neck strap for extra support.

Thanks for looking Smiley
C & C always welcome!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stop!!! It's Goomba time!! on: January 16, 2010 04:52:07 PM
Made this for my best friends son for Christmas. He collects Mario plushies so I made him a few of the extra things that they didn't have at the store.

I totally winged this Goomba. I had no idea what I was doing as I am very new to sewing but in the end it didn't turn out to bad at all. Well...the front looks good....I forgot to take a pic of the back to show you the dreadful sewing I did on the openings...haha!

He is made out of felt and a little stuffing. I used a combo of machine and hand sewing so I got some good practice in.

These where the closest colors I had to match him...I think it worked ok.

Group shot with the other things I made. I posted about them here:

Thanks for looking Smiley
C & C always appreciated!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mario Star and Mushroom on: January 16, 2010 04:37:33 PM
My best friends son is mad for all things Super Mario related. His mom and dad have bought him a lot of the Mario plushies...he has Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa and more. So I thought for Christmas I would make him some of the things he didn't have.

I modified this pattern a bit for the invincibility star:

I used Wolfdreamer's pattern for the Mushroom:

I blurred the background in Photoshop for aesthetic reasons (ok ok...mainly because there was a dirty old box in background  Embarrassed ) but decided it was to much trouble so I just did it on this pic...lol

Here is a group pic with the sewn felt Goomba I made too. I'll post that in another thread. (The star doesn't have arms...I used a little Spongebob doll I made to prop it up with Wink )

Thanks for looking  Grin
C & C always welcome!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Leprechaun Debauchery on: March 17, 2009 03:59:33 PM

Meet Shady O'Grady. He is a wee Leprechaun from the Emerald Isle. He came to stay with me here in Kentucky for a while. He didn't say but I get the impression he might be avoiding some trouble he landed himself in at home  Huh

Shady loves counting his gold and drinking his poteen, which is highly alcoholic!

Woah! Easy there Shady!

You can usually tell that Shady has had a bit to much to drink when he starts stripping out of his duds!

It might be best if you do have a bit of a lie down Shady!

Shady Shady Shady! You just never know when to quit do ya Sad

This was my little St. Patrick's Day gift to myself.  I've been working on him off and on for a few weeks. He turned out a bit more portly than I had intended but I just love how roly poly he is now...lol.  Cheesy

I attempted to use Owly's awesome hair tutorial for his hair...but I think I need a lot more practice with that...lol  Shocked

Tutorial here - http://owly.wordpress.com/2007/08/27/amigurumi-hair-tutorial/

Sorry about the photos...I had a nice sunny day out and thought I would get better than my usual ones...but I think I got a bit to much sun in some of them.

 Smiley Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!! Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Look it's SPONGEBOB...or at the least a very distant relative ;) on: December 26, 2008 02:15:13 AM
I made this purse for my almost 3 year old niece. She just adores Spongebob and loves to put things into bags, boxes, strollers and carts and haul them around the house...so I figured a purse was the way to go...lol

My stitching of the mouth leaves a lot to be desired but after several attempts I just went with it as I had a huge list of things to finish before Christmas.

This is one of those pieces where you know if you could just do it again...you would be able to do it so much better...but my niece loved it...so that what counts right?
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cute Purse with Skull Applique on: December 26, 2008 02:08:10 AM
I dubbed this purse "The Marla Bag" since it was made for my cousin Marlana for Christmas.

Nothing too complicated with it..just basic half double crochet throughout. I made the applique with felt and embroidery floss and just stitched it on. I had wanted to try and line it with this satiny fabric I have but time constraints just wouldn't let me. I guess I'll have to learn that technique another time...for now I'll just add that on to my never ending to-do list, lol

Sorry I don't have a better picture...I don't have a digital camera and I had to borrow one for this so I didn't have time to get it just right.

The colors are a bit off in the photo but I used Red Heart in Black, Shocking Pink, Spring Green, Turqua and some dark purple I don't have a label for anymore.

Thanks for looking!

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