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11  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: February 25, 2008 06:58:49 PM
Well, this is some "hard" crafting as opposed to paint and decopauge , but I lived in rural Idaho and saw some pretty impressive pieces. People would remove the lid  and cut down the side of a tin or steel can, the lids would be used to roof, and the sides cut open and flattened for siding. I've seen old wood sheds and garages covered in this manner.
The point being, cut open the cans and get down to some metal crafting if you're tool inclined. Any domestic uses to this idea people?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool Tank-Top to felted hat on: February 25, 2008 06:10:33 PM
I saw this tank top at the ARC, and I had to get it! I knew I would be fulling it, who wants a warm fuzzy tank top? After sending it through the wash (cut off the tags first! It's way easier) I was inspired by the straps.... hat ties! The nordic/faireisle pattern seemed to lend itself to the aviator hat. Here's the before pic, i actually took it after I started cutting....oops! I was so excited...^.^

I then folded it so that the front straps lined up, and cut out a circle, imagining the finished outline with the ear flaps.

I cut this into the two halves and measured it. I took my head measurements and figured the difference. I then cut a strip from the remaining piece, it was just wide enough for the fit! Here I'm lining it up to see which side lines up best with the pattern.

I sewed it to each side and then sewed the rest down the middle.
Here's the rear with the strip.

And the front.

I liked using the tank for the rolled hem, no work on my part! I then tried it on and did some shaping to my head, no funny bumps!
13  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Ideas for representing hunger stats without killing the environment? on: February 25, 2008 04:37:56 PM
One of my favorite targets for reuse is plastic bags, you could create bows or cut them into a long strip and crochet something small out of them. If your newspapers come in different color bags you could use different colors to show what number of people come from different parts of the world or any other stats you have.
14  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Donating crafts for the welfare of others ---> 2008! Updates on Page 5!! on: February 23, 2008 07:57:06 PM
<--------- Ripping awesome at basic math. I would love to help you out with the financing stuff. Also, I am also an Etsyian and could help you in listing? I'm not sure how as the photos seem to be the biggest time thing (they are for me anyway, I probably spend as much time tweaking and reshooting as I do sewing) If you think of a way that could work I'd love to help.  Also, I would be very happy to send you some things.
15  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: scrapbooking with teenage mothers on: February 23, 2008 07:39:33 PM
I work with the girl scouts and we have a journal filled with fill-in-the-blank questions that a great for starting discussions. It's aimed at slightly younger girls but you may find some uses for it. I could mail you a copy? If you're interested PM me. This sounds like a very worthwhile project for them!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: An ugly pair of pant made from cool fabric makes an awesome skirt!!! on: February 23, 2008 07:25:40 PM
It's Quite easy and fast, the tutorial is intended for experienced reconstruction and a little vague, but once you start chopping and pinning it should all fall together. If you're scared try it on a pair of junk slacks you're not really attached to. Ganbatte!!!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: An ugly pair of pant made from cool fabric makes an awesome skirt!!! on: February 21, 2008 08:13:08 PM
Hmmm, Spring is coming, I'll try to get an action shot. I'm making a matching bag with the last of the scraps so I'll be sure to post that too!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / An ugly pair of pant made from cool fabric makes an awesome skirt!!! on: February 21, 2008 04:57:27 PM
    So my sister is a chronic dumpster diver and a good one at that. From time to time she brings me a Stack of pants to try on before they go to the flea market. In the piles of denim, lo and behold, there was a pair of old lady pants made from sweet leafy print fabric, I didn't send it on, I couldn't bear to see them snatched up for three dollars! After hibernating in my room for a year or so, they called out for reuse.
   I didn't want to do the usual straight leg jean skirt re-fab, the pattern called for something light and girly.  Below, the pics and tutorial for an a-line with ruffles. And yes, they are pics of a hand drawn tutorial, I'm a visual person, not a writer. I get compliments when ever I wear it!

The pocket is totally optional, but I think girls clothes need more pockets!!

I hope you enjoyed this!
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: rabbit + unplugged foot petal cord = bad on: February 21, 2008 04:54:14 PM
I say go for the splice! But remember that if the rabbit did it once, It'll do it again. Consider trading it for a more craft friendly animal, like a turtle J/K

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prom Dress of my Dreams...now how to make it?! on: February 21, 2008 04:51:45 PM
Cool dress, Could I make a suggestion? Choose a different color, The flesh tone is a little much like tacky underwear, plus you'll have a heckuva time finding a corsage to match!
Good luck!

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