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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: February 21, 2008 04:48:32 PM
I have some advice, I'm not usually a pattern sewer, I like to make it up. BUt I found a pattern at my Mom's house and figured that for a corset a pattern would be best. It was an eight panel pattern and plus size-ish. I cut out on the smallest, the size eight lines and got my sew on! I don't use the seam allowance guide however so when I was done and trying it on it was several inches too big! A little bit off of the seam lines eight times makes a big difference!
   The moral is make sure you know where you will be sewing, a corset that's too big is no good! (I did make it smaller, but between the satin and the piping ripping out was a nightmare)

22  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: IDEA ??......fundraiser for an environmental campaign..... on: February 21, 2008 04:33:58 PM
Reusing materials is eco-friendly and keeps your cost down, I've done some recycled craft fundraisers before and they can be a way to truly practice what you preach. 
    If you guys get newspapers in bags there are a few things you can do with them. 1. Cut them into wide spiral strips (so the whole bag makes one long continuous strip) and twist it around wires to make bangles. Clothes hangers that are bent and rusty work great, or scavenge some wire from a local dump.
   2. Cut the bags cross wise so you get circles of plastic, Braid these together, adding more by looping a new one on the end of an old one. You can wrap these around wire too, or knit and crochet into what ever pleases you.

    Use scavenged junk ( milk cartons make a good base) and paint to make picture frames, attach magnets for fridge or locker use.

     Get some tin snips and make jewelry (or whatever inspires you) out of colorful steel and aluminum cans.

      Dumpster dive some old clothes and take a field trip to the laundrymat. Use these to make clothes, quilts, or bags.

Good luck! and good for you to be doing these things!
23  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: I want to donate crochet scarfs somewhere. or something sewn. i dont know wh on: February 21, 2008 04:17:10 PM
Social service departments usually have programs that donate warm things to the homeless or welfare people. I live in Colorado and I know they have LOTS of demand for it 'cause it's stinking cold! There's also an orginization (I think it's called knitting for peace or something like that) That makes shawls and stuffed animals to send to refugees in the middle east.
24  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Self-Contained Craft Packets--need ideas on: February 21, 2008 04:11:45 PM
I think that is excellent! Getting people to do something productive instead of watching the clock should make it way easier to deal with the hospital time.
    Origami kits with a small instruction page and some paper.
    Bead kits, for stretch bracelets  or those funny little animal shaped keychains.
    Lanyard, hemp, or yarn for those who remember friendship bracelets at Scout camp
    Pen and paper with Instrustions for simple art activities

I hope your projects are well received!  This is such a cool idea.
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