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11  Re: Sea Life Swap Round 2 SLS R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by veri on: June 17, 2010 10:24:31 AM
And after much technical difficulties I manage to get the pics of A PART of what was supposed to reach Brooklyn mermaid but got lost (with the exception of the whale):
group shot:

The earrings and some bookmarks are missing here because I made those last night.

The dolphin necklace:

A bookmark:

backside of bookmark:

And some additional shots of the whale:

his face:

the whale's backside:

The package - undamaged Wink:

And closeup of the packaging done with the roller stamp:

How do you like it? Specially BM, I'd like to know your opinion since it was made for you... I'm still sad that it hasn't made it to you.
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12  Re: Sea Life Swap Round 2 SLS R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by veri on: June 17, 2010 10:05:19 AM
My package from suzuka finally made it here! And this was in it:

(please ignore the busy background - I was in a hurry to cath the light and our small balcony is stacked!)

A bag from fabric printed with shells and sand, a dolphin from fleece, stickers and 2 ribbons. The bag and the dolphin were both HANDSTICHED! I bow your patience, suzuka Smiley. Here are some closeups:
- the dolphin:

the bag:

Thank you, suzuka, as I said in the PM.
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13  pouch sling tutorial in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by veri on: May 05, 2010 04:40:12 AM
Here is the long-promised tut for this kind of sling:

from this thread:

- 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of sturdy cotton canvas or denim
- 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of soft natural fiber fabric (make sure it's natural fiber, no synthetics if you make it for a baby) - brushed flannel works very well, but other cotton or natural fibers would work as well
- matching or contrasting thread
- sewing machine
- paper template
- pins, needles for machine, tape measure, fabric scissors,...

First make a paper template for the pattern that looks something like this:

Consider your height and overall size (taller and curvaceous people need longer length and bigger babies might be more comfortable in a bit wider sling). It can also be helpful to measure yourself: you take a string and put it like it was sling - across one shoulder and all the way around the back and front to form a closed loop - than you measure it.
I made my sling (seen in the upper photos) a medium length -  185 cm/73 in - but bare in mind that you only need half for the pattern as you'll put the fabric on fold to make it symmetrical. I am 168 cm tall (66 in) and more on the skinny side - normal weight (54 kg/119 pounds) so you get the picture. For my "Male" I made the pattern 2 in longer (he is 185 cm and 80 kg) and for my friend I made a  pattern 1 in shorter (that makes the sling 2 in shorter as you put the pattern on fold).
Here are the measurements that I have - I photoed the fabric because you can see it better as it's darker than the paper template - but they are both the same:
length - this one is for a friend who is shorter (less than 165 cm/65 in tall) so the pattern is 71-71 in long:

width - mine is 21,5 in and it fits newborn up to 1 year an more (I still can carry my 15 month old dd in it - but she's skinny - weights only 9 kg (20 pounds):

Notice that the upper part (where the fold is) isn't as wide as the bottom part. I'll check at home how wide I make it.

Once you decide on the length and the bottom width, make a gentile curve on the wide side - mine is 5,5 in deep:

Next you will need about 1,8-2 meters (70-78 in) of 2 different kinds of fabrics. If you're making a sling for a baby, specially if you're making it for a newborn I'd suggest you take brushed 100% cotton flannel for the inside - it's very cosy, doesn't irritate skin is soft and babies like it.

For the outside you'll need a REALLY STURDY fabric - I used tightly woven cotton canvas for the one on the upper pics and jeans (non stretch!) for the winter sling I posted in a different thread.

Note: for baby I use the heavy weight fabric on the outside and the soft light weight fabric on the inside but for the tut I was making a sling for a dog so I used the canvas on the inside so his claws wouldn't tear the sling apart and than I put a pretty lightweight fabric on the outside so the sling wouldn't be too heavy. Normally I'd turn I'd do vice versa.

Fold the fabric and put the pattern on with its straight edge on fold. Now draw around it with chalk if using dark fabric or simply with pencil if you're using light colored fabric. If your fabric slips and your pattern tends to move around you can weight it to the position using different heavy object (like tape stand;)

Cut it out:

This is what you'll get:

Repeat for the other fabric:

So now you have cut the outside and the inside fabric so you have two identical pieces twice as big as the pattern.

Good. Let's sew them together, won't we?

Just put the rights sides together (facing one another) and sew all around your sling with a straight stitch. Here you can see it pined, prepared to be stitched together:

Leave an opening large enough so you can turn the sling right side out - about 7 in should do. Leave a gap at the center (yes, it's better to be in the center - safer and nicer as it will get covered)

You get this (it's still wrong side out):

Next you secure your seam with a wide zig-zag:

Turn right side out:

and iron it (don't skip the ironing it will make next 2 steps much easier!) - you get something like that:

Now fold the sling  in half crosswise with its outside together (inwards) so that you match the two curved ends and pin them together:

Here I'm just showing you the end of the curve with the outside fabric on the inside:

Now pick the triple secure stitch and make sure you use a very strong thread (polyester is the best) as this seam will hold the baby so you really don't want it to be weak. Here is the stitch I use - it sews 3 times (forward, backward and another forward) for each stitch.

Make sure you use a wide seam allowance here - at least 1/2 in  - but that's minimum and suitable for people with good sewing skills. If you are newbie in sewing you take 3/4 minimum but 1 in would be better;)

Now stitch another regular straight stitch next to it (about 1/8 in apart) for security.

Open the seam and iron it again - this is done the easiest by using one of those ironing pillows (mine is homemade, instructions on burda site):

Now that you have the open seam - pin both sides of seam allowances like this:

Stitch both seam allowances down so the seam lies as flat as possible. This can be a bit fiddly and that's why I suggested you take big enough seam allowance in the previous step - it's much easier with big s.all.

When you reach the end you just follow the edge and stitch it down as you go:

Basically your sling would be useful now but it still needs a bit work to make it really great to wear:

Ok, now topstitch both edges of the sling using normal straight stitch, starting and stopping at the top where the fold was. I use the width of my foot for the seam allowance guide:

When you reach the cross seam at the bottom go back and forth for reinforcement:

Now it's just one final step: take your sling ant lay it flat on a hard surface so you can mark your middle - I do that by running my fingernail across the fold.

Now open the sling and fold the top part so that you can mark that fold as well.

This is how your marks will look on the underside - just a cross of pleats:

Now just fold the two sides to the middle so they touch eachother and aline the midlle parts of left and right side.

Pin the sides together so that the edges touch:

Sew with a wide shord zig-zag stitch a seam about 7 in long. It can be longer or shorter depending on your liking. If you make it longer the sling will be a bit more closed and if you make it shorter the pleats will be looser so it would be easier for you to put the baby in and out but it will be a bit less closed - I prefer it more closed because I have more secure feeling that she can't fall anywhere;) I guess it's just feeling but make it so you'll be comfortable.

This keeps the upper part padded and narower and makes a pouch more closed so the baby doesn't fall out.

Voila, you're done! Here is the sling hanging on the hanger in a crowded wardrobe of ours Grin:

I'll put more pics for the last part as soon as I can get my pics uploaded (I have some problems with that and we're trying to figure it out so please bare with me). I still wanted to at least write it because this might take a while and I promised this tute and I like to keep my promises;)

Now I just have to find the pics of the final reslut in action;)

If any of you make it, please let me know, I'd love to see the results!
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14  sleepyhad in a flowerpot in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by veri on: April 08, 2010 03:52:13 AM
I made this gift for my nethew's 1. bd this autmn. It's made from a painted flowerpot, a wooden rod and a wooden ball and some felt. When you pul the rod down, the head hides into the pot and the sleepyhad goes to bed.

I'd love to hear what you think!
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15  leather bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by veri on: April 08, 2010 03:47:31 AM
I made this bag from real leather that my dad gave me a while ago when he needed a piece for his projects and than had left a big roll of leftover because you can't buy smaller quantities here. Well, fine by me Wink.
So I made this bag for his girlfriend's bd (though they just broke up but still, she has bd, right? Smiley):

And here my little "big" one is modeling with it:

Enjoy, tomorrow is Friday Grin!
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16  linen pea pod purse my friend's diploma in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by veri on: April 08, 2010 03:44:04 AM
I made this bag for my friend when she had her diploma presentation (the exam still waits for her). I wanted to make her a purse big enough for traveling around because they were just moving to another country.
I was in such a rush that I didn't have the time to take the picture when I made it so this pics was taken after a few months when she was visiting us and she had it with her. it holds up pretty well, I guess Smiley.

It's made from soft lilac linen with cotton on the inside. I used this pattern:

Any CC always wellcome!
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17  cat backpack for my dd in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by veri on: April 08, 2010 03:38:23 AM
I made this backpack for my olderone to take her stuff to the sea side when we went on holidays and now she uses it to bring her snack from kindergarten (she insits on carrying it herself and I always come to get her before they have their afternoon snack so she always gets it to take home).
The bag:

The inside:

It is made of cotton for the inside, faux fur for the outside, jersey for the tail and plush for the head and feet. The face is machine embroidered and the eyes are from a scrap of yellow fabric (it doesn't show the right color on the pics - it's more yellow in real life). It closes with some rope made from cotton fabric and with a magnetic snap. You can find the pattern here:
Yes, you can tell, I love ottobre Grin.

And in action:

She really likes it - I hope you do, too. Tell me what you think, please!
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18  Re: craftalong to, post a project on every completed projects board in craftster in Craftalongs by veri on: April 08, 2010 02:29:15 AM
Hehe, I hear you! Sometimes the creative process is great but sometimes there are fases that just seem to last forever and are quite boring Tongue. I wish you finish it early Smiley.

So you won't think I haven't been crafting this past few days - here is our this year's easter decoration:

(we went to see Picasso in gallery and it really influenced with all the red - one wall there was red) Grin.

Another project that doesn't cound because occasions and hollidays don't have completed board... But anyway here you have a lot's of red Grin - teaser photo:
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19  easter decoration in Easter by veri on: April 08, 2010 01:59:07 AM
We decided that we'll take more time for just us 4 and go do stuff more this year and we stick to the plan. So we went to see Picasso exhibition on Sunday and I guess it left an impression because when we came home I asked my older dd (she's 2,5 years old) what color of decoration would she choose for the Easter and she chose deep red. (one of the wall was painted red and the pics of bullfights were put on it - it was the best part of exhibition so I guess it got stuck in us). So I collected all the stuff to match the color scheme (red-white and dark brown/black) and arranged it like that:

table setting for the breakfast:

eggs shouldn't miss though we didn't color them (kids got sick in the afternoon Sad) so I just put them in glasses with some raffia and feathers:

I made a bunny and eggs out of marzipan:

I put coconut rope between the elements to combine them and to make it more interesting:

Placemat setting:

A closeup of the ladybug detail:

Here the Easter bunny hides the presents in baskets so kids have to find them in the morning. I made the presents match the table decoration (this one was for dad - he got shaker for pancakes Grin):

Younger dd (1year old) found her present:

In the morning the pots were full of spreads (radish, creamcheese with herbs, egg spread with mayonnaise) for freshly baked bread (sorry no pic) and winter tea (with spices, lemons and oranges) in a teapot.

How do you like it?
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20  gift for the newborn in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by veri on: April 08, 2010 01:43:07 AM
I made my friend a gift for the arrival of the new member:

You can see the packaging and more about it here:
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