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11  who? why, it's an owl! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fluffysam on: August 10, 2007 04:24:49 PM
After looking all over the internet at everyone's lovely thrifting finds, I decided it was a good time to stop being jealous of everyone else's vintage finds and break out some of my own vintage fabric. I perused through my stash full of fabrics from both of my grandmas, and decided on floral print vintage corduroy.

I'm in the process of making a hoodie, which is coming along very nicely, but I was getting sick of the whole "pattern and directions" thing. I had already edited the pattern like crazy, but that didn't count.. it didn't feel creative enough. I was feeling so creative I was twitching! So with this corduroy fabric, I wanted to make something entirely new and different. I began carefully cutting out pieces, and the fabric chose to become an owl.

I used some scraps of polar fleece to make her face, beak, and individual stripes of ruffly tummy feathers. I stuffed her full of stuffing, plus added some Beanie Baby-type beans so that she can stand up on her own. I think she was the perfect project for this tiny piece of vintage fabric!

I hope you like her! I want to make more.. I just love the feel of vintage corduroy! She took quite a bit of handsewing, though, which I have to be in the mood for.. haha.

Anyway, comments? Suggestions? Critiques? Thanks so much!

<3 Sam

ps.. i've also posted a blog entry about her, if you'd like to see, click the link in my signature!
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12  goomba goomba goomba in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fluffysam on: February 17, 2007 05:46:52 PM
If you aren't familiar with the Goombas, they're the brown mushroom guys that run around aimlessly in Super Mario. I know them best from nintendo 64, but they're everywhere. They're great.

We seem to be one of the few families left with an N64, so this is obviously something to be proud of. To celebrate, I made a stuffed Goomba for my brother for Christmas.

This likeness is made entirely out of fleece with fleece applique for the facial features. I was SO excited with how he came out not to be vain, but his eyebrows are just perfect and I was very proud of my drawing skills. I honestly wondered if it would look anything like a goomba at all.

My brother and dad didnt realize I made him until at least 2 hours after he was opened.. I made some comment like that part was hard to do and they both looked up, appalled, and said YOU MADE THAT??! That was definitely the best part of my Christmas.
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13  Fingerless Gloves for Typing in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fluffysam on: February 04, 2007 07:27:55 PM

In my house, the sewing/computer room is either freezing or very very warm. At the front of the house, the big windows make it a chilly room and the sun does not come in on this side. It becomes very warm when the iron happens to be on. It is very rarely perfect temperature in here.

So on the frigid days, my poor little typing hands would become quite chilly. I tried wearing regular gloves, but then my fingertips were useless. I considered buying fingerless gloves, but being the little seamstress that I am, I figured they wouldn't be hard to make.

And, they weren't.

I traced my hand, added about a centimeter around, and after some fidgeting I had a successful glove. I used the cutest green fleece (with giraffes!), meaning it would be cute, cozy, & warm, plus it wouldn't ravel. I used pinking shears on the bottom edge, and on the knuckle-tips I just left it as is.

So the pattern is available for printing if you'd like to make your own pair; to make sure it comes out the right size, it should be about 10" high. My hands are relatively small, so adjust the pattern as necessary. Simply cut out four pieces of fleece, and stitch together the sides then the edges of the fingers. DO NOT cut a "v" shape between fingers; simply a slit, once the seam allowance is in, is fine for spacing.

Enjoy this quick and cute project! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them!
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14  a whirlwind of purse-y goodness! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fluffysam on: December 27, 2006 01:06:21 PM
It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I might share a few of my latest purses with you. Smiley I'm sorry for my lack of photography skills.. they look much better in person, I promise!

vintage airplane print corduroy with airplane applique and navy cotton lining; navy velcro closure

red print corduroy with apple applique and gold denim lining; gold button closure

vintage black/white flower print heavy cotton with vintage white lace trim and black lining; black velcro closure


navy bowling print flannel - thick flannel, not fuzzy - with light pink vellux heart applique on back and retro print cotton lining; pink "cracked"-looking button closure

royal blue polka dot baby-wale corduroy with pompom trim and light blue baby cord lining; light blue velcro closure

vintage yellow floral print corduroy with pink heart applique and baby pink denim lining & baby pink corduroy pockets

all of them are lined.. one side of the lining has a big pocket with dividers for cell phone, lipgloss, and ipod/something similarly sized, and the other side has a zipper pocket.

which one is your favorite? i'd love some opinions/criticisms/feedback! Smiley
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15  Cinderella Sparkle Homecoming Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fluffysam on: November 25, 2006 04:32:46 PM
So, my homecoming was weeks ago... but it's not too late to post my amazing dress!

I got the most amazing fabric, Cinderella blue satin covered in sparkles. I loved it. The pattern I used was great, it was a Simplicity by Jessica McClintock. It was a halter with the cute wider straps, which were also a lot easier to make than skinny straps. I got lots of compliments.. it was really exciting. I was so proud of it.

(i'm on the left)

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16  squeakity mini mousies :D (lots of pictures!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fluffysam on: July 29, 2006 03:11:57 PM
I shrunk a pattern to create these adorable little guys... let me introduce them to you!

Group photo! (kind of.. the purple family, I suppose!)







these others don't have names yet.. any suggestions? Smiley

I hope you like them, I think they're just so cute! I'm thinking of making an even smaller version.. these are about 5". I want to make some around 3, and see how that goes.. I'm just afraid that the smaller I go, the more handsewing I'll have to do...

The original pattern was a vintage one I found at a used book store.. I edited it quite a bit to make the originals, which are bigger, then I shrunk it and changed it even more for these little guys. I just love how they turned out! Cheesy
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17  Candy Stripe Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fluffysam on: July 10, 2006 07:37:11 PM
Some cute fabric, a simple purse design, and plenty of pockets. Smiley

From the front, then from an angle, then open with the magnetic snap:

Pocket with dividers for cell phone, pen, and chapstick/lip gloss: (and my special labels! yay! Smiley)

Zipper Pocket:

And opened, lined with polyester suiting-like stuff:

I got the striped fabric and the zipper pocket lining fabric at a fabric outlet in California. I live on the east coast, but we went there on vacation, and as we were driving from Disneyland to Magic Mountain, I spotted it.. the next day my mom and I left my brothers and my dad at Six Flags and went. It was great.. amusement park or fabric store?? hmm... (but i did get a day and a half of six flags so i was good)

Anyway, the bag is lined with black cotton. It closes with a magnetic snap.. I love them, so much easier and nicer than velcro! My labels are actually cut from ribbon I had printed from http://www.namemaker.com. I love it.. cheaper than the fancy labels, and just as cute!

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18  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by fluffysam on: April 11, 2006 04:10:15 AM
I claim the pink corduroy with polka dots!

1. Olive-ish? but prettier than olive green cotton with big plaid - 1/2 yard
2. Blue cotton with little snowmen - 1/4 yard
3. Yellow and orange striped cotton with beachy things on it - 1/2 yard
4. Yellow and pink checkered with little bugs - 1/2 yard

the colors in this photo are a bit off..

5. Pink with little kitties.. so cute! - 1/2 yard
6. Purple with cute fruits.. has some glitter too! - 1/2 yard
7. White with rainbow plaid thin woven stuff.. some of the woven strands are metallic - 1/2 yard
8. Yellow-ish and white plaid, woven home dec fabric - 1/4 yard

They are all pre-washed so some have shrunk a tiny bit.. but anyway, this is what I've got!
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19  Mini Whale Plushies! :D in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by fluffysam on: April 07, 2006 02:21:50 PM
Well, it all started with these little guys.. they're pretty small, only about 7" long from nose to tail:

I made up my own pattern.. only three pieces, but rather difficult to get together. But still, I had to make more.

And more..

And now I've made them supersized!

Now I've got a whale army.. my whales and I will take over the world!! Cheesy
Oh, and if you're interested, they are for sale in my shop, Fluffy Stuff!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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20  Starburst Wrapper-ed Ballet Flats! in CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES by fluffysam on: April 05, 2006 02:27:33 PM

I had this idea awhile ago.. it was one of those random things that pops into your head and you think, "oh, that might be cool.." but you aren't planning on doing it anytime soon. BUT then I saw this challenge, and I had to try it! So I went over to Nordstrom Rack and found some metallic-y ballet flats in my size for $11.90.. perfect!
This is what they looked like before:

Then after TONS of starburst wrappers, mod podge, and lots of snipping with tiny scissors, they were magically transformed into these!

I am amazed they came out so well, and they are definitely safe for wearing (yep, the mod podge holds up just fine!) so I'll probably wear them everywhere! Yay!

blog entry: Starburst Wrappers? Ballet Flats? they go together.. how?

Copyright 2006 Samantha Janis.
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