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21  Vintage fabric and a fun folded handle - inspired by Jordy's purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: October 04, 2010 12:10:13 PM
I liked the overall look of each purse, but decided the straps were too wide.  Anxious to fix them, I pinched the middle 6" in half.  Next I stitched close to the edge along the previous topstitching.  It turned out better than expected.  Hope you like them too.

The first two main fabrics are from the 70's.

I added vintage blue striped buttons to the center to give it more personality.

I have been saving the cream floral fabric from my old sofa (purchased in the 90's).  

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22  thousands of new comic books and no where to go! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by in2vintage on: July 30, 2010 06:24:01 AM
I have approx 4000 copies on the same exact issue. The charities pick up what they want for children's hospitals, literacy programs etc.   I have trouble giving away the last 1000 or so.  They are all brand new and shouldn't go in the trash.

I can think of millions of "small" projects, but they wouldn't make a dent in my supply. Maybe decopage an old toy box or an old wood table top. I really don't want a living room wall.

transfer the images to tshirts? I am thinking about a collage on a white tshirt.  

After giving out approx 10,000 comics this year, the charities don't want any right now.

crafting ideas appreciated.

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23  Everyone thought it was a hot air balloon in Completed Projects by in2vintage on: December 25, 2009 12:52:58 PM
No room inside for a leather punching bag, so I made a waterproof cover.

purchased a 5' x 8' tarp for  $5.
lots of leftover velcro.

I cut off the excess tarp to make a 5' x 5' piece of fabric.
At first I added darts to make it more form fitting, but discovered pleats were much easier.

Added "faux bias tape" out of the excess tarp 

Sewed velcro down one side and about half way around. 
I wanted it to overlap, so the water wouldn't leak in.

It was horrible sewing on such bulky fabric, but I am very pleased with the result.

Next project will be a bbq grill cover.  (without pleats)

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24  I'm dog tired in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by in2vintage on: December 25, 2009 12:27:35 PM

Random loves to play outside with his full size tire. He sneaks it in the house and get black marks all over the wall.  I decided to make and indoor tire out of denim. 

I used a dinner plate (plus seam allowance) for the pattern and a salad plate for the rim pattern.  A long rectangle gave it depth, so it would roll.  Random didn't care, but I added zig zag tread for interest.

I overstuffed it and now it rolls down the hallway.
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25  fantasy mushroom garden from polymer clay in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions by in2vintage on: September 22, 2009 07:57:56 PM
anyone ever use polymer clay, or modeling clay in a ceramic mold?  How would you prep the mold?

I was given several ceramic molds for making "mushroom canisters"   I only want to use the "top" to create a variety of mushrooms for my garden.  

the tops range in size from 3" to 11" wide and are about the thickness of a heavy plate. There are six different sizes in all.  The "tiny shroom knob" is a seperate piece, so I would have a very realistic looking mushroom cap.  The stems will be easy enough to create on my own.

Does the clay need to be sealed to stand up to weather changes?

Other suggestion are welcome too.  


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26  Re: reversible grocery bag style purse-with mini tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: June 05, 2009 07:59:20 AM
No pattern, just create as I sew.  It was my first attempt at a purse.

cut two rectangles 18" wide by 18" tall (one of each color)

pinned right sides together and sew one seam.  then it was approx 18" by 36".

pinned right side of 36" sides together and sew.  you now have a long tube.

I stitched the solid green side across the end.  Next I folded the corners to create a mock box look. (see image)

The floral bottom of the bag was hand sewn.  (at that point, it was going to be the inside of my bag)

It basically looked like a tall simple tote.  I decided to add some vintage lace at the top.  

I folded the floral side to the green outside? to add some contrast.

I added black webbing for the straps.  It still needed something so I folded the center 3" in half and stitched along the edges.  

Last I added a simple reversible rectangle using velcro.  
One side is floral and one is green.
approx a 3" square (my camera doesn't like closeups)

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27  Re: Are these flowers on the pants too much? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: April 10, 2009 09:04:52 AM
Great minds think alike!

These are my favorite pair of capri pants.  The flowers are made with organza ribbon and embroidery.  The embroidery doesn't hold up, so I plan to make a pair with a narrow ribbon for the stem.   (I can't take credit for this pair, but I am in the process of making some more).  My flowers are three dimensional too, but not as bulky.  My pants were from last year and are a little worse for wear.

Yours look great, but a softer fabric would make them look amazing. Same color same placement as you have them. Mine are placed above the hem, but then I don't need any extra width in my hips.

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28  large quanity of flag fabric and sequined trims in What the heck can I do with THIS? by in2vintage on: January 04, 2009 05:30:22 PM
I was recently given about 200-300 yards of assorted nylon flag fabric.   Wow. 

This is like hitting the fabric lottery and I can't wait to create lots and lots of things.  
Beyond the obvious yard flags, I really don't know what to do with all this fabric. 

I am overwhelmed at best, but I do plan to keep it all.  

I also received about 200 yards of sequined trim.  Most of it is about 3"-4" wide and very stretchy.  I can't imagine using on anything but costumes, but I hope someone else has some suggestions.

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29  the bass akwards apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by in2vintage on: December 14, 2008 11:55:21 AM
My sis needs a good laugh for xmas, so here it is.  I plan to fill the pockets full of craft and sewing supplies (paint brushes, scissors, scrapbooking stickers, etc).  

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30  Yet another butt apron---the bass akwards apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by in2vintage on: November 23, 2008 03:51:37 PM
I don't know who started the whole butt apron craze, but I am hooked.  Let me know so I can give the appropriate credit.  I found dozens of patterns on the internet with some links back to craftster. (earliest date I found was 2003)

NEEDED: one basic apron in a neutral color (black, khaki or navy)

SUPPLIES: one annoying pair of black pants and leftover grossgrain ribbon

HOW TO:  Cut off pants at crotch length.  Cut straight down front at both sides of zipper.  Hem edges.  Feed ribbon through loops.  Top stitch ribbon through outermost belt loops.

VARIATIONS:  I kept both the front and back pockets on my apron, because I like pockets  First time I wore this, the ribbon acted like a drawstring with the apron bunched up in front.  I solved that problem by top stitching through the two beltloops. 

PLANS:  This version works well for both male or female crafters.  Can easily be worn on the side and still looks normal.  All Straight lines make for easier sewing.   Lots and lots of xmas gifts.  (some with frills, some without)

butt apron front

butt apron side

butt apron back

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