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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "City Backpack" from Heart of Mary's tutorial on: July 15, 2010 07:20:49 AM
I'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to HeartofMary for a great tutorial!  I love this: http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.com/2008/07/tutorial-city-backpack.html
It wasn't actually very hard.  It took longer to cut everything out and get it all interfaced than it did to put it together.  It's a great small backpack for kiddos or quick trips.  This one is made from medium-weight denim, cotton, and "craft fuse" interfacing on both layers.  

Back and straps. I had to use d-rings instead of real slide thingies for the straps because that's all I had at the time.  

Under the flap:  

Backpack shown on a 4-year old for a size reference.  

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Stuff for the new nephew- taggie ball, wall letters, burp cloths, on: July 14, 2010 06:22:43 PM
Well, my nephew was born one month ago, and I finally got the package for him mailed today.   Tongue  In my defense, he was born 3 weeks early, but I suppose that still puts me behind.  Oops!   Smiley  Anyway, I thought he probably needed some hand-crafted goodies from his good ole' Auntie, so here goes.  
A taggie football from this tutorial: http://www.graceviolet.com/2009/01/how-to-make-taggie-football.html

Wall letters for the little man-- just simple wood letters from Hobby Lobby decoupaged with cute papers:  

Simple double-layer flannel burp cloths and a diaper clutch:  

Simple Summertime blanket-- 2 layers of cotton, no batting:  
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Lots o' lightbulb and spoon ornaments-- pic heavy! on: November 30, 2009 06:47:45 AM
I've never posted over here before, so, "Howdy!"  Here are a bunch of lightbulb ornaments I painted for the year.  I hate that these types of bulb won't be sold after 2012.  Maybe there will be a "black market" for illegal lightbulbs.   Cheesy
Here they are: 

Grinch and Cindy Lou Who:

Cat in the Hat



Santa/Mrs. :

Penguins and another version of Santa and snowman:

Here are a few spoons I painted: 

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 50's dress for a niece, Vikingmom style on: July 31, 2009 05:39:16 AM
I'm so thrilled with this!  I was totally inspired by Vikingmom's post which I just bumped (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312186.0).  I made this for my niece whose mom is really into 50's/rockabilly stuff.  I just hope it fits!  This was made in a size 3 (I hope), but it is shown on my size 5 kiddo-- that's why it's a little short and tight.

I don't know how to shirr, so I used elastic in the back and super long ties. (Maybe too long?? Huh)

I also added a little netting to an underskirt to help give it a little flair.  I will probably make it longer next time...  

The dots are from Wal-Mart and I had to make the bias tape because I'm cheap.  Next time I'll save myself a couple of hours.   Roll Eyes
Do you think she'll like it?   Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little one's car playmat roll thingy on: January 17, 2009 04:35:01 PM
I just made this for a nephew's birthday.  Isn't this the greatest fabric?  It's Michael Miller's "Merryville."  Anyway, after months of searching for the perfect playmat, I saw this blog a couple of weeks ago(http://jcaroline.typepad.com/jcaroline/2008/07/merryville-play.html).  I hurried to  order the fabric on Ebay and made this.  It's just backed with denim and there's a little topstitching to keep things in place if it's washed.   I only used a fat quarter-sized piece of the fabric, so I still have 3 more panels left out of the yard I bought.  The mat ended up roughly 17X21". 

I added an attached zippered pouch for the cars:

Here it is all rolled up:

My son thought this was for him, so he's been asking where it is all day.  I guess I'd better go get started on his.   Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Towel wraps for the nieces on: December 17, 2008 08:17:32 AM
Here are a couple of towel/head wrap sets I made for 2 of my nieces.  These are for 7 year olds, so they required cutting some towels down to size.  My house is full of towel fuzzies, but I think the results were worth it.   Smiley  Let's hope they like them:

Here's the head wrap in action:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Towel wraps for the nieces on: December 17, 2008 08:11:58 AM
wrong board-- Sorry! 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Another nod to Vegbee's Fair Weather Coat pattern **WITH BUTTONS--FINALLY!!** on: September 20, 2008 01:41:33 PM
Here's my daughter's coat from Vegbee's new pattern.  I'm so excited!  I received my pattern on Thursday afternoon and made this on Friday.  I couldn't wait!!  As you can see, I haven't added the buttons yet.  I haven't decided whether I want to do covered buttons or what color to go with if I don't.  Any suggestions?  I made this out of twill for the shell and quilting cotton from Hancock's for the lining.  I'm not sure if the color is very true to life, but it's a dark plum color with a colorful candy "filling".   Wink I'm not sure the colors really go together, but oh well...  it's done and she's thrilled!  There have been so many cute kid coats on here lately, and I couldn't wait to jump on the bandwagon.  I have two older daughters who want coats too now.  I think I might try to increase the pattern size since it only fits up to a size 4.  I don't know whether I'm actually capable of such a thing, but I might have to try...  Does anyone have any tips on that?? 

Here's a poor shot of the covered buttons I FINALLY finished.  My camera is having a hard time getting a shot of the fabric on the buttons, but it's individual "candies" from the lining.  I'll try to get a better picture in the sunlight tomorrow. 

Well, I tried last night and again this morning and I just can't get a good shot of the buttons up close.  Poo!!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Reconned adult skirt to kid skirt on: August 21, 2008 12:24:20 PM
Earlier in the year, someone on here posted the idea of taking an adult skirt, sewing down the sides, cutting it off, and making it into a kid's skirt.  I can't find the post now, but thanks to the originator of this idea!  I found this women's a-line skirt at the thrift store for a buck or so and decided it would be great for daughter #2:

It had a zipper down one side, so I wanted to keep that.  I also wanted to salvage the waistband if possible.  I ended up cutting the yoke of the  new skirt out of the top middle of the large skirt.  I cut the ruffle of the new skirt from the bottom of the old skirt.  That helped me skip the hemming part, since it was already done.  (I hate hemming.  Smiley)  Here are the leftovers if you're not too confused yet: 
I sewed the sides of the yoke together and gathered the large strip of fabric from the bottom of the original skirt to become the ruffle of the new skirt.  Here it is: 

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Froggy twirl skirt and appliqued top for a niece on: August 21, 2008 12:11:03 PM
Well, I'm on an applique kick lately thanks to a lot of you Craftsters!  I decided to use applique to make a special birthday outfit for one of my nieces who is turning 2.  I used the Grand Revival tutorial for the skirt (http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/photos/ruffled_skirts_tutorial/index.html) and directions from Jayneysews for the applique process (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=226296.0).  The froggy fabric is from Hancock's and the dots from Wal-Mart.  What do you think?   Smiley

Everyone cross your fingers that it fits!   Wink 
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