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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Super Quick Antennae For Your Pet's Halloween Costume on: October 15, 2009 04:14:09 AM

I recently constructed Halloween Ladybug costume for a little Yorkie in Utah by making just a few changes to my Ultimate Vest/Tutu tutorial. I thought I'd share this quick, easy way to construct a set of antennae (yes, I double checked and that is the plural of antenna).
1.   Felt scrap
2.   Chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
3.   2 poms
4.   oval pattern
5.   ribbon or elastic
6.   scissors
7.   glue gun (my looks so yucky that I wouldn’t add it to the picture)

Step 1:
Cut an oval from a piece of paper, a suitable width for your pet.  I made mine 4” X 2.5”.  Using the pattern, trace the oval on the scrap of felt.  Cut 2 of the ovals.



Step 2:
Cut a 6” (or longer) length of the chenille stem and bend into a square “U” shape.

Step 3:
On the underside of one oval mark the two points where the chenille “posts” will be positioned.  Cut small slits at these points. Run a small bead of glue along the line between the posts on the underside and pull the chenille posts through to the other side securing in place with the line of glue.


Step 4:
Using small beads of glue, position the ribbon as pictured.

Step 5:
Run a thin bead of glue along the edge of the underside of the oval and attach the remaining piece of felt, covering the bottom of the chenille stem and ends of the ribbon.

Step 6:
Add a tiny bead of glue and position a pom on the end of one “post”, pressing firmly until the glue sets. Repeat for other “post”.

Tah-Dah~~quick, easy antennae for your pet to wear this Halloween!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Happy Halloween Dog Collars on: August 15, 2009 01:18:54 PM
I finished these yesterday and wanted to share.  I only had just a bit of that ribbon left and need to see if I can locate more.  I absolutely love it.  The last picture is of a "new concept" for me:  the Raggie Bow for dogs! Please tell me what you think.

Thanks for looking!
Suzanne in TX
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / VERY VINTAGE EARRINGS REPURPOSED THE MODERN DAY WOMAN on: June 30, 2009 08:29:49 AM
I bought several earrings at an estate sale recently.  Unfortunately, the lady did not have pierced ears.  Some of the earrings have been made into magnets, but I wanted to repurpose these "dangly" ones into something my daughter and I could wear.  Here's a pic of the before:

Notice the ones on the earring stand--I love these!  I pulled off the clip on the back and just glued on a small post using E6000!

And the rest just got ear wires added:

This last pair was constructed by combining the "green balls" of two of the pairs in the "before picture":

So, if you liked these--keep an eye out for vintage earrings at the next estate sale you attend!  I know I will!
Enjoy your day!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Covered Button Magnets Tutorial "how to", Super Easy! ***PICTURE HEAVY*** on: June 28, 2009 01:10:03 PM

So I absolutely love making these “covered button magnets”.  They are quick to make, super easy, and not too expensive!

Supplies needed:

Button to cover kit—available in most fabric stores or online
  I like using size 45 (1 1/8” diameter) and size 60 (1.5” in diameter)
  I’m using size 60 in this demonstration.
Small magnets—available in most craft stores or online
Strong glue—I use E6000
Needle nosed pliers
Fabric scraps
Various trims/ribbons
Dryer sheets

Step 1:

Using the pliers, remove the shank from the back of the button.

Step 2:
Place the trims across the mold and position the fabric over the trim so that your design is centered over the mold.
Optional:  add a layer of dryer sheet on top of the fabric.  This helps to reduce the likelihood of the button “showing through” the fabric.

Step 3:
Center the button “top” on the mold, over the layers of trim and fabric/dryer sheet, and push it down into the mold using your fingers.

Step 4:
Trim away the excess fabric/trim and tuck the ends down into the button top.

Step 5:
Place the button “back” over the tucked in fabric and push down using your fingers, pliers, or the plunger provided with your button kit—you should hear it click in place.  Pop out your button and you are nearly finished!

Step 6:
Add a small drop of glue to the center of the back of the button and top with a small strong magnet.  Allow to dry overnight.  Now find the perfect place for your new magnet!

HINT:  I tend to make several of these at a time.  It is BEST to arrange them so that there is ample room between each while they are drying.  If you are using super strong magnets and arrange them too close, you may experience what happened to me.  I accidentally shoved one a bit and the next thing I knew I had a bunch of magnets with wet glue all stuck together. It was a huge mess and it wasn’t easy getting them apart, plus glue was EVERYWHERE!  So please learn from my mistake.
Have fun with these!  I do…
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ONE OLD PAIR OF MOMMY JEANS-TO-4 NEW APRONS PART 2 on: April 20, 2009 01:47:22 PM

PART 2: The Waist/Half Apron
Supplies needed:
One pair of high waisted jeans—the larger the size, the larger the aprons
Double Fold Extra Wide Bias Tape—2‐3 packages or make your own
Any extra trims, buttons, fabric or tulle that you desire to use for embellishments

Step 1:
Cut the jeans into 4 sections: Front, Back, and 2 Legs
Save the leg portions for PART 1 and the back for Apron #2

Step 2:
In this example, I am using the front portion of the jeans. If you notice, the front
seam does not lie flat near the crotch area. In order to alleviate this issue, open the
front seam 1.5”‐2”, so that you can “flap” one side over the other, making the front
flat. Sew the “flap” in place and trim off the excess denim underneath.

Step 3:
If the bottom of the front is uneven, using care, cut across the front making it as
straight as possible. I went ahead and curved both lower corners, my personal
preference for this project.

Step 4:
Cover the raw edges with the bias tape. I actually made my own in Part 1 and had
enough left over to use for this apron. Optional: detach the lower part of the side
belt loops, attach the bias tape, and reattach the belt loops. This allows for a more
finished appearance.

Step 5:
Decide what you would like to use for the tie/waistband and how long you need it to
be. I used the same fabric as the bias tape, cutting a piece 9” X 72”. With right sides
together fold it in half and sew across one end and along the length of the piece.
Turn the “tube” inside out and stitch the open end closed. Press and insert it
through the belt loops. You just made the tie/waistband!

I felt like my new apron needed a “little more” so I cut out a floral shape from a scrap of denim and my
printed fabric , attaching them to the apron with a fancy zigzag stitch.

My apron is complete—what do you think?

Here’s the apron I fashioned from the back portion of the jeans:

To summarize:
Take ONE pair of “old jeans” and make FOUR “new aprons”:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ONE OLD PAIR OF MOMMY JEANS-TO-4 NEW APRONS PART 1 on: April 20, 2009 12:43:15 PM

PART 1: The Bib Apron

Supplies needed:
One pair of high waisted jeans—the larger the size, the larger the aprons
Double Fold Extra Wide Bias Tape—2‐3 packages or make your own
Any extra trims, buttons, or tulle that you desire to use for embellishments

Step 1:
Cut the jeans into 4 sections: Front, Back, and 2 Legs
Save the front and back for PART 2 and the other leg for Apron #2

Step 2:
Using one leg portion, open one of the seams the full length of the leg. I usually
leave the topstitched seam intact and open the other seam. I use a seam ripper
and/or small scissors.

Step 3:
The hemmed edge will become the bib/top portion of the apron. Cut off the hem
and fold in half with the intact seam as the center of the fold. Cut out the curve
portion for the “arm” area. Shorten the leg to the length you desire and cut the
bottom of the apron to your desired shape. In my example, I made this apron 24” in
length and “curved” the hem.

Step 4:
Apply bias tape to the top and around the bottom portion of the apron. I decided to
make my own bias tape using instructions I found on the web.

Step 5:
Cut 2 pieces of bias tape to serve as the ties for the apron. The length is based on
your own preference of whether you want the ties long enough for making bows. I
like long ties at both the neck and the waist. My bias tape strips are each 60” long. I
measured the “arm” curve (10”) and added 20” for the neck section of the tie and
added 30” for the waist section, hence 10” + 20” + 30” = 60”.
Pin the strips in place, and attach by sewing. I just turn the ends inward and stitch
them down to finish.

Step 6:
Now you are ready to add embellishments. I fashioned a pocket from the portion of
the leg that I cut off in Step 3. I added bias tape around its perimeter, and then
attached it to the apron. Note: I try to allow a little “hand room” when attaching.
I then covered some buttons and added to the top!

Here’s the finished apron and a look at what I made from the other leg part of the jeans! Now go search for those
old jeans and make some aprons!

Part 2: half/waist aprons coming soon!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Just another PinCushion from a jar--With super easy tutorial! on: March 22, 2009 05:27:16 PM
Hello and Happy Spring everyone!
I just finished this pincushion from a jar!

Here's the tutorial:

Have you seen these new Ball® Wide Mouth Contemporary Styled Glass Preserving Jars?

I love this little Half Pint size, especially if you turn it into a pincushion. I realize this is not a new idea and there are lots of instructions available for converting a jar lid into a pincushion, but I think maybe I should give you my version!

Supplies Needed:

Fabric Scrap of your choice
Jar with lid and band
Cotton balls or fiberfill
Card Stock
Glue gun, not pictured

Step 1: Using the lid of the jar, cut out a circle of the same size from the card stock

Step 2: Using the lid of the jar, trace around it on the wrong side of your fabric. Increase that circle’s radius about 1” and cut out the larger circle.

Step 3: Layer the fabric, cotton balls, and lid then place the “sandwich” inside the band.

Step 4: Press the lid down so that the cotton balls and fabric form the pincushion on the opposite side of the band. Check to see if you need to move the fabric to avoid creases. Make any necessary adjustments and then fold in the fabric and hot glue it to the underside of the lid.

Step 5: Trim away any excess fabric and hot glue the cardstock over the fabric edges.

Step 6: Line the band with a small bead of glue and insert the pincushion into it, pressing firmly. Add the lid to the jar and YOU HAVE A NEW PINCUSHION!

Other ideas (please add yours in the comments): Monogram the top and use it as a “treasure jar”. Add ribbon, paint, and other embellishments to the band to give it even more personality.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / EASY Colorful Covered Button Choker + Tutorial Link on: March 11, 2009 04:44:42 PM
Last week I was inspired by something, probably on the Internet, to make more
covered buttons.
I have saved almost every nice scrap of fabric that I have left while making my dog
collars. I also have an abundance of ribbon, so why not combine the two and make
something wearable‐‐by people or pets! Imagine the possibilities: choker, necklace,
bracelet, headband, pet collar, etc!

To read the full tutorial, go over to my blog:

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / My Latest Acquisition: Vintage star bow maker on: March 03, 2009 01:47:03 PM
Look at this beauty that I picked up at an estate sale recently.  What am I going to do with all these bows???

Suzanne in TX
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Anyone Using a Light Box for their Photos? on: February 07, 2009 05:49:25 PM
I just started using this light box that I bought on Amazon.com.  I added freezer paper to make a totally white background.  I also added a desk lamp aimed down from above the "target" to add even more light.  I'm still practicing, but I can really tell a difference--especially when taking photos of the glass tile pendants.  If anyone has any tips, please share.
Thanks for looking!

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