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1  Strange looking seam ripper. What do you think it is? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: November 27, 2016 05:19:39 PM
 obviously one end is a seam ripper, but the other end baffles me. It looks like a tiny comb, but for what? probably vintage no brand name listed only the number 3 and it's red plastic. Would love to hear your insights.
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2  How would you cover a triangular shaped window? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: July 26, 2016 06:41:50 AM
In my living room I have two odd shaped windows.  I have a triangle approx. 2ft tall by 5ft wide and the other one is the mirror image of it. I want to get rid of the dated vertical blinds, but not sure what to replace them with.  The blinds are currently pulled off to one side.  I enjoy the window in the winter, since it adds extra light to the living room.  During the summer is gets very bright and heats up the living room. It's a pain to dust it every week and usually messes up the blinds.

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3  looking for vintage style leisure bra pattern in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: January 17, 2016 07:02:00 AM
Looking for a leisure/lounge/sleep bra with a front closure.  Not exactly what I want, but it's close. I thought they were longline bras.  Maybe it had a side closure. 

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4  Re: How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by in2vintage on: October 04, 2015 06:45:45 PM
The strips were approx. 1.5" wide by 40" long.
Each strip wrapped around the head about 3 times.

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5  How to make a mummy's head with mini tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by in2vintage on: September 20, 2015 01:51:36 PM

I had a glass head I wanted to update.
Next I tea dyed muslin fabric. (I had tea and muslin in the house).
Tore the muslin into strips approx 1.5 inches wide and the length of the fabric.
I also had matte finish mod podge (it's non toxic) in my stash.
I applied mod podge to the glass and started wrapping my mummy.
The glue takes a long time to dry.
After each half was dry, I flipped in over to do the other half.
Pictured is layer three and I have at least one more layer to add on to the top of head, neck and across the nose.
The more layers I add, the better it looks.
Once done, I will seal the whole thing with mod podge.
It will be the centerpiece on my table with snacks around it.
After Halloween it will be a vintage hat display.
I am very happy with aged look of the fabric.

*mod podge is very sticky and must be cleaned up while wet.  
*I have already used 1 yard of fabric to wrap it, so make sure you have lots of gauze on hand.

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6  Mystery item - how would you use it? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: July 17, 2015 07:06:29 AM
This was found in a box of polymer clay supplies, but I'm not sure what it is. 
There's nothing written on it and it might not be a craft item at all.
I've enhanced the color to make it more visible in the photo.
It's white plastic with four different shapes, one on each side (square, circle, oval and triangle).
Each design is about 1.25" across.
They are too large to make clay buttons, but that's the only idea I have.

If this item was in your craft stash, how would you use it?

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7  Waves of Fun - my new summer purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: July 10, 2015 11:12:57 AM
I saw a Michael Kors purse I wanted and JoAnns carried a similar fabric.
Somewhere in the process,  I decided their purse was too formal for me.  

The blue cord was a leftover drawstring than I randomly sewed to the fabric.

The blue lining  used to be a nurse's smock.
I carefully lined in up, so the smock pockets worked with my purse.

I had planned to make straight sides, but it didn't suit the fabric.
The outside of the purse was sewn like a bubble skirt, gathered at the top and bottom.
The lining was sewn with straight edges.
Lining up the top gathers with the straight edge was very tricky.
I can't remember when I used so many straight pins.

The straps and oval base are black denim that I had leftover.

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8  Krazy Kooling Ties - great scrap busting project in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: July 08, 2015 09:49:14 AM
They use less than 1/4 yard of fabric.  
I've made 20 so far, and still digging through my leftover fabric.  
Everyone was chosen to fit the personality of the wearer.  

I did not use any pattern, but you don't need one.  
Basically it's a 4" x 42" rectangle of cotton/cotton blend fabric.
1 tsp of Miracle Gro Water Absorbing Crystals in each tie.
I only used my sewing machine and each took about 30 minutes to make.

My favorite is the purple batik.
left to right: Marvel comics, Dr. Who, marbled black and gold, patriotic flags, galaxy fabric, and turquoise print.  
I made others, but neglected to take photos.  

I carried the finished ties in my purse in a ziploc bag.  
When people asked where to purchase one, I gave them one for free.  

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9  MiracleGro versus Ashland Water Gems: water absorbing crystals. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: June 21, 2015 05:39:13 AM
I was asked to find some cooling ties formy co-workers, but couldn't find a local source.
I only had a few days, so I opted to make some.

I purchased Ashland Water Gems from Michaels.  
They started out the size of microbeads.
After absorbing the water, it looks like I put peas inside of the cooling ties.
I used less than 1 tsp per tie.
I know it looks like I overfilled it, but it's an illusion from the round crystals.
On the plus side, they work really well.

I've read online about re-purposing disposable diapers for their water absorbing properties.
It's also sounds very messy to me.

I was finally able to get MiracleGro Water Storing Crystals.
They are exactly the same size as the Ashland Water Gems.
The main difference between the two is the shape.
MiracleGro Crystals have jagged edges giving a more natural appearance.
Ashland Water Gems are round.

I couldn't get the Miracle crystals in time, but the cooling ties work great anyway.

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10  what type of loom is this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: May 15, 2015 03:42:25 PM
I came across this gadget mixed in a bag of dolls. Loom is a pale lavender plastic with retractable pins. About 3" square. I am guessing it's similar to spool knitting, but square.

Would love to know the correct name and see if there are any patterns online.  I can't even locate a finished project for inspiration.

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