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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap and Easy Image Transfer Technique : a tutorial on: November 19, 2008 09:04:08 AM
Thank you for sharing this! 
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crayon/Colored Pencil Roll Tutorial on: October 17, 2008 10:43:58 PM

After spending a fair amount of time searching for a tutorial for this project I eventually realized I was out of luck.  Using photos of various crayon roll designs (primarily found on Etsy) I worked up a pattern for this one and thought I'd share.  It is large enough for the top to fold down over your standard sized crayons and yet left flat it is big enough for use with shorter sized colored pencils.  With 16 slots theres plenty of room for variety but its also very flexible in that if you want to expand for more you simply have to add on one inch for each slot to the width.   Hopefully those of you out there interested in making one of these for that special little someone will find this tutorial helpful!   

You will need

*Fabric:  I personally suggest using a 100% cotton novelty print for the outside and a coordinating flannel solid for the inside.  Have around yard of each.
*Ribbon:  For my particular piece I went with what I had on hand grosgrain.  Obviously whatever floats your boat is fine.
*Stitch Witchery or No Sew Hem Tape: size, completely for convenience!
*Basic Sewing Supplies: sewing machine, clear ruler, washable marking pen, scissors, etc.

What to do
1.   CUT:
a.   (2) 6.5 x 16.5 pieces; (1) from your print, (1) from your solid <back pieces>
b.   (2) 3 x 16.5 pieces; (1) from your print, (1) from your solid <pocket pieces>
c.   (2) 13 ribbons <ties>
**Use seam allowances throughout.**

2.   SEW:
a.   Place your two pocket pieces right sides together.  Sew a straight seam along the top joining the two pieces together.  Press seam and turn.
Place the pocket piece before you with the print fabric on top.  Measure from each side just as a reminder.  From that measurement mark measure equal increments of 1 (you should end with 16 total spaces). 
b.   Take the inside back piece (ie: your solid piece measuring 6.5 x 16.5) and lay it right side up in front of you.  Place your pocket piece with the slot marks even across the bottom of the inside back piece.  Secure (I chose to run a quick straight stitch up each side however pinning would work as well.  Once secure begin sewing slots (the most tedious part!) starting from the top of the pocket and sewing toward the bottom.  Remember to backstitch your seams, especially at the top!  Trim, trim, trim all the loose strings once youre done.
c.   Lay the ribbon pieces evenly together running along the top of the pocket, aligned at the right side.  Pin in place.  Take the outer back fabric (ie: your print measuring 6.5 x 16.5) and lay it right side down (take care to make sure your print will be going the right direction when turned right side out).  Sew the two sides and bottom, leaving the top open (like a pillowcase).  Clip corners, press seams, fold out, press some more. 
d.   Taking a strip of no sew hem tape run it along the inside top edge of the piece.  Use according to directionsin most cases youll run your iron over the tape, remove the paper strip, fold over, press and your done.  Do this to both sides not worrying about putting it on the corner seams (just make sure those are very well pressed once youre done putting down the tape).  With the tape secure run a straight stitch about 1/8 from the top edge to finish.
e.   Looking at the ends of the ribbons apply the no sew hem tape to each end, press and repeat in order to secure and avoid fraying.  You can then run a few stitches (by hand or machine) over your folds to further secure if you like. 

So there it is...if you like it please use it and if you use it please share  Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting fabric - which color do you think looks better? on: October 17, 2008 08:54:46 PM
I think the black would look great, especially if your wanting it to pop.  Those outfits look like they're going to be amazing...I hope you'll share some photos when they're all done!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resined Postal Stamp Table on: October 16, 2008 04:41:43 PM
I think this is fantastic!  The postage stamps make me think of travel and far away places...hopefully your sister will love it.  Like another poster suggested a few coats of mod podge over the stamps before pouring the resin would have created a seal and saved them from bleeding.  No worries though, at this point the  bleeding is just a part of what gives this piece so much character.  Good work! 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: COW CHAIR! supereasy 10 min re-upholstery with tutorial and pics on: October 08, 2008 09:18:35 PM
Oh I love this!  Now if only I had a chair to work with...
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: another shirt -> dress recon on: October 08, 2008 08:59:44 PM
I think you did a fabulous job with this!  My accessory suggestion would be a pair of sexy high heels, a girl can NEVER go wrong with high heels. 
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 3-23-08 & Tuts!! on: October 08, 2008 03:21:48 PM
Thank you SO much for sharing these!  I have wanted to make a set of felt food for my son for Christmas and this is just exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing.  Everything just looks so beautiful, good work!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Last Night's Goodies! on: April 01, 2008 01:58:33 PM
I love the top one in the first photograph...it reminds me of these great earrings my mom had when I was a little girl.  Great work!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felt Circles Picture - Imageheavy on: March 31, 2008 07:19:51 PM
This is gorgeous and like others have mentioned it's great to see how you've taken the original concept and made it all your own.  Your creation inspires me to make something of my own...maybe for my living room wall...I need a little color in here!  Thanks for sharing!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: vase of daffodils on: March 31, 2008 07:15:05 PM
Daffodils are my absolute most favorite flower and I just LOVE these!!  I can't believe how talented you are...having never really tried crochet before this certainly makes me want to give it a shot!  Thanks for sharing the pattern.
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