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281  "DoggieBag" in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: April 09, 2008 01:31:23 AM
My friend Katie has a very nervous dog who doesn't like pavements, people, cars or general noise.  he gets very scared when they're out and about and Katie invariably ends up carrying him.
Katie has cerebral palsy and as a result she can't walk too well and her right hand side doesn't work too well. Alfie has become a heavy dog now he's fully grown. don't ask me what breed he is, I've no idea. I'm fairly sure he's a "heinz" (57 varieties).
So, knowing my willingness to experiment, Katie asked if I'd help out a bit.
1 teatowel, 1 scarf and some nice blue bottom weight fabric later, she's got herself a talking point.
it has 1 strap fr her waist as extra security, one for her shoulder and is made with a left handed person in mind.

Alfie loves it.

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282  unlikely heirloom, Santa jumper (sweater) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: April 07, 2008 04:20:05 AM
appologies for being about 4 months late for xmas... well, a bit more than that really!
my gran back in the '80s was the first and only person on our street to have a knitting machine. I remember the sound of that infernal thing keeping me awake at night "rrrrrrrip whiiiiir rrrrrip whiiiiiiiiiir"... anyway, she was never too good at following patterns, and could never get tension right but this sweater has lasted 22 years now. It was made for me when I was 3, and as I was so small I wore it every xmas for about 7 years, believe me by the time I outgrew it I was glad to see the back of it!!!
I was about a head smaller in height at age 3 than my daughter is now at age 2. Due to my gran's problem with following instructions, she made the hat for an 8 year old, the scarf for a 2 year old and the jumper for supposedly a 5 year old for me to "grow into it"...
it's been through 5 children already, (me, my two brothers, my cousin Miles, my sister) and my daughter is the 6th to inherit it. when she's outgrown it it will be passed along to my next cousin who is due to be born in september this year.
it has a hat and scarf too but I think my mum's got that!!!

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283  introducing "The Urchin" in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: April 06, 2008 11:47:00 AM
I had a goth/hippy skirt which never suited me.
I kept it though 'cos I kept thinking "that's cool. it must be useful".....
Soph has yet another dress, this one makes her look like an extra from les miserables. I'm not too sure about it, but she loves it. I am thinking of adding triangles in the gaps so it's not got a jagged edge, think it'd work to look less urchin-ey?!

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284  Fancy pants summer outfit for a toddler in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by mrsflibble on: April 02, 2008 04:04:28 AM
my pound shop (I'm in the uk) sells loads of crafty stuff for card making, but I saw it and thought to myself 'that's too easy', and wandered off down the household aisle.
I found and purchased cotton tea towels (2 packs of 3 each containing one plain pink waffle pattern, one check waffle pattern, one plain weave check), a polycotton blend scarf with ribbed ends ("designer style" aparently), 2 cotton oxford pillowcases in a pack and finally a big-ass pack of elastic. elastic is always useful.

that's my fiver used up....
Soph has a new outfit for summer.

I did have to use a zippper from my zipper stash though, I hope that's ok. if it helps, it came off another hoodie which was given to me in a bag of girlie stuff so it's not cost anything on top  Grin
I never buy zippers unless I'm doing a really fancy project. I just take them off stuff she's outgrown.

So, out of the fiver's worth of stuff I got:
pink and green check lined hoodie,
some 3/4 length capri pants to match the hoodie,
and a shirred white top. I have enough fabric left out of the pillow cases to make another 3 shirred tops, or 1 top and a dress. I thought one was enough to show on here though, I'm going for quality not quantity.

she has worn all at least twice now and they wash realy well too, so I've got massive value for money.

Soph wearing the hoodie and trousers before I'd lined the hoodie properly

finished hoodie, lined with the scarf so that during an english summer she wont freeze lol!

big smile

and the back

lined hood

lined body; I ran out of scarf material so I lined the bit to keep her most warm, then just did over the seams of the rest- those towels sure did fray! I also had to make some bias strips for where the sleeve joins the body as it really was fraying badly.

I used the ribbing fro the ends of the scarf to make the cuffs of the hoodie.

now the shirred top, this wasn't easy. I stripped the casing off the medium weight elastic and just used the inner rubber bit. I don't know how long it'll last like this, but it's an experiment on my part. I'd never done shirring before this.
she also refused to wear anything else so I had to be creative in my picture taking lol!

my machine doesn't have many embroidery or fancy stitches, but what it does have goes really well with this top I think.

and here's my shirring

I have my fingers crossed!!!

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285  Cheytown bandwagon now with action shots in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: March 31, 2008 10:49:22 AM
I made one! took me ages to find a shirt that I liked the pattern on in a charity shop (James claimed he had none he wished to get rid of) then when I came home with it James had cleaned out his closet so I've got another 2 to do now lol!

my first cheytown dress. and if you're reading cheytown, thanks for the fabbo tute!!!



no action shot yet, she's at Granny's house. I'm so going to be unpicking another shirt tonight lol! I want to try one with cross over button straps lol!

taken this morning

pocket detail


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286  Raincoat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: March 28, 2008 03:13:14 PM
I found a shower curtain in a charity shop last week. it was sooo pink and soooo frilly that I knew I HAD to have it. Thanks to ryanmoore's showercurtain hoodie I was inspired...
This is the biggest sewing project I have ever done and I am so proud of it. Soph keeps putting it on and shouting "pink coat! heart! button! rainrain!" so I guess she likes it.
for the hood trim I used a piece of her old raincoat (age 12-18mths with sleeves way too short for her) and the heart on the front was purely to try and wear down my button stash a little lol!
the lining is made out of fleece scarves bought 3 for 5 at a local cheap shop and pre-washed to make sure they don't run or shrink- they were incredibly cheap. And I could only get 2 red ones, so the other one was yellow but you can't really tell when the coat's on that the inside of the sleeves are a different colour to the rest of the lining lol!
it's warm 'cos of the scarves and waterproof 'cos of the shower curtaineyness. Both highly needed for a British summer.

front shot:

button heart

Action shots (get ready to "aaaaah"):

and we're done lol!

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287  My loves; my dream. in Needlework: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: March 28, 2008 11:05:02 AM

depicts me, my hubby, our daughter, acres of meadow I one day hope to own and a dog.

we don't have the meadow or the dog yet but believe me I'm working on it!!!

clouds are french knots, sky and grass are made up of tiny stitches, my dress and DD's shirt are scraps of cloth... I don't know the names of most of the stitches I use 'cos I do most things freehand.
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288  Altoid clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mrsflibble on: March 28, 2008 11:00:51 AM
taken from something i saw elsewhere on t'internet is a tin from my favorite altoid flavour and a clock mechanism.

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289  ride on pig now with action shot in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: March 26, 2008 07:52:03 AM
I promised myself I wouldn't get the sewing machine out today; and I stayed true to my word. I did it by hand. yes I am fully aware I'm basically lying to myself but I don't care lol!!!

I am so sick of my daughter running off with my kitchen sweeping brush that I made her this:

a slightly desturbing pig's head on a pole. it started life as a horse but I made the ears too small; and anyway, who ever heard of a pink horse?! plus the fact my daughter doesn't like horses...
she likes pigs.
and elephants.

the pole is just the right size for her to ride and I will update with action shots later; minime is doing her sleeping beauty impression right now.

telling me "mr maker" is using scissors and he's naughty 'cos they're sharp ("mummy! maker! parch! ow, hurts parch! sizzies mummy! bad maker!!")

teaching her elephant how to ride on the pig

shot of the slight alteration; the elsatic bridle is great but the reins part was too stretchy so I cut it off and used ribbon instead. I also added some nice shiny brads which minime's very keen on. might add some butterflies and flowers while she's asleep tonight.

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290  New improved able to find anything craft area in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mrsflibble on: March 26, 2008 07:49:08 AM
I'm a messy person. I admit it. I also get incredibly annoyed with myself for being a messy person. For 3 years now my craft stuff has been in various boxesand scattered all about the place. not any more!!!
I tidied. I dug out any craft boxes I could find and decanted whilst imultaneously clearing out and throwing stuff away.
Very cathartic.

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