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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / protecting a leather punching bag from the elements? on: November 29, 2009 05:48:26 AM
No room inside the house for his quality leather punching bag.  It's hanging from a tree and the infrequent rain will ruin it. 

My plan is to sew a waterproof cover. It hangs from a heavy chain, so the top will need a flap or ? I don't think a drawstring will work.  It's not feasible to take down a 100lb bag every few weeks.  I am not sure how to cover the top, so no rain leaks in.

pattern ideas and fabric suggestions appreciated.
32  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / fantasy mushroom garden from polymer clay 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.  


33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / reversible grocery bag style purse-with mini tute on: June 02, 2009 06:10:33 PM
I couldn't decided on the final color, so I made it reversible.  I even made the velcro closure on the handle reversible.


approx 8" x 8".  perfect for carrying, sunglasses, wallet, keys, and a few other summer essentials.


34  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / large quanity of flag fabric and sequined trims 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.

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Yet another butt apron---the bass akwards apron 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

36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Quick and easy pants pattern is a blank canvas. bias cut yoke variations on: August 17, 2008 08:06:26 AM

I don't usually sew pants, because they need too many adjustments.
Simplicity 7229--one hour pattern
bias cut yoke with drawstring waist.  has skirt, pants, shorts and capri versions.

It was easy to adjust the inseam at the top of the pattern (not the yoke pieces).  The pants have wider legs that just skim the hips.  Very slimming. 

light brown pair has the basic bias cut yoke. I used a long brown and green shoelace for the drawstring.  pants length.

the dark brown pants have horizontal stitching on the yoke.  That took forever.  capri length, pictured in bottom photo too!.

light khaki pants have diagonal stitching on the yoke, spaced about 3" apart. capri length.   

off white pants.  I was tired making of buttonholes for the drawstring, so I created some extra wide elastic.  capri length, because it's still really hot.

The next pair will have embroidery on the yoke and then one with with a contrasting yoke. Last will be one with some type of one way pattern. 

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / zebra print wrap shorts-just 1 yard of fabric on: August 17, 2008 06:32:37 AM
I used LauPre's tutorial "again" and made some short, shorts.   


I like how all the different stripes blend together.  I only had one yard of fabric and it was just enough to make these.  The side seam is 15" long and the inseam just under 4".

38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vintage Vogue top on: July 27, 2008 04:29:59 PM
I found an uncut Vogue pattern at a yardsale for a dime.  Original cost $3.00

Vogue 9760  -one size - fits most 1 5/8 yds of fabric.

shirt has an oval neckline, above-elbow length capelet sleeves with button and loop closing at shoulders, and shaped hemline. 

Simple enough you don't need a pattern. 

Sew front and back side seams together.

Face front neckline, then back neckline

hem all unfinished edges. 

add  "TINY" loops to front shoulder edges.

Sew buttons on back shoulder edges.

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Please don't make me hem them! on: July 09, 2008 06:45:44 PM
I'm very impatient, so here's my version of the "easy breezy wrap pants" by LauPre.

I cut out my two main pieces from this terrific tutorial:
by LauPre

and my simple changes to save time:

Cut two rectangles, 10" wide by 2 yards long.   Fold in half and iron.  Serge each piece to bottom of pant legs.  Now you only have four sides to hem.  You should have a 4.5" border on the bottom of each leg. 

Still not fast enough:  cut four rectangles 5" wide by 1 yard long. Fold in half and iron.  Serge each piece to edge of sides.  Now you only have to hem the bottom two edges.  You should have a 2" border on each of the four sides.

Use both techniques and double your speed.  Now that's speed sewing.

40  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What's in a name? thick, flexible, tape measure thing-a-mag-jig: answer found on: July 05, 2008 08:39:53 AM
Someone mentioned a tape measure that is thick enough to stand on it's edge. Perfect for cutting curved lines to an exact length.  I tried using the string method, but it's hard to draw around it.  Anyone know what it's called or where to find one. My local fabric store didn't have any suggestions.  I couldn't find it on the net, without the correct name.

I found it located in the quilting department at Joann's Fabrics. I have already used it once this morning to draw an inseam (I didn't have a pattern).  Thanks, you knew exactly what I needed.
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