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1  Re: Super Simple Apron Swap Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by laurasaurus on: September 14, 2010 08:30:57 PM
I received from ShannonMB! She made me the most fantastic, detailed, versatile apron imaginable. First of all, it's reversible, which we both made for each other by coincidence. Second of all, it's reversible times 1000, and the top bib is removable and reversible, so that you can make a half apron, or a half apron with a mini apron. You can also have the top bib and the bottom skirt be the same fabric, or reverse one piece and have half of each fabric. You also have the option of the front bib being in front of or behind the skirt waistband. The back straps criss-cross, and there are heart-shaped buttons and rickrack on the pockets. I looooove rickrack, and buttons, and pockets. The removable top bib is attached with yet more buttons. Not to mention all the ruffled red trim.

There's so much to see that I have to post seven pictures (sorry for the overload), and that doesn't even cover all the possible combinations you can make. On top of all this, she sent me a bunch of extras...potholders, a double-sided spatula (and I had just broken my spatula last week!), an ice cream scoop, cookie dough bits, oil diffuser (yum), and two cookie cutters.

Thank you so so much ShannonMB, I love everything.

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2  3 full aprons with pockets (pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by laurasaurus on: August 10, 2010 08:01:36 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't posted anything (except for some swaps in the last few months) that I've made in quite a while. I think since 2005 or 2006. Needless to say, I've made a few things since then, so here are three aprons I made a while ago but never posted.

The first was made for my cousin as a present. It's got princess seaming on the top. My favorite part is the pleating on the red waistband. Let me tell you, pleating took hours...and hours. I'm sure there was an easier way to do it, but I pinned, ironed, and sewed for quite a while. The neck strap has different buttonholes so you can adjust the fit with the giant shiny black button. The black skirt part has two pleats and there are two pockets. I was rushed to take pictures before she left, so the details are hard to see (sorry!).

The second has one giant pocket at the bottom, along with a sweet potato stain from Thanksgiving. This one ties at the neck. I had fun deciding which way to lay the stripes.

The last is my favorite, but again the photos don't show much detail (sorry). The bust is gathered for a better fit. There's tiny red polka dot ruffles along the waist and where the neck strap attaches, and an even tinier orange print fabric I made into piping. The pockets have flaps (same polka dot fabric) that are closed with pretty pins instead of buttons (this was made in my days where I still feared button holes Tongue )

C & C welcome as always! Thanks for looking.
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3  Re: Potholder Swap Gallery ~ Sendouts 6/30 in The Swap Gallery by laurasaurus on: July 09, 2010 01:38:53 PM
I received a fabulous package from ilovemybrachiosaurus last week, and I've been a terrible partner because I'm just now posting pics.

She sent me three potholders and a matching towel- somehow she managed to make the towel match all three different potholders! I also like how all three have matching green binding, so they all coordinate.

First, all three potholders together. I think the black and white one is my favorite- she stitched the outline of one of the flowers in green thread. AND I totally have that fabric, only mine has turquoise flowers on it! That's either a happy coincidence or she's a great stalker Smiley The dinosaur one is so cute too, and I don't know if you can see it, but she quilted a dinosaur outline and a sun/cloud outline with green thread. The purple one is quite cheery, which makes me happy.

A close up of the lovely stiching.

And the matching towel! It's got fabric from all three potholders on it.

Thanks ilovemybrachiosaurus, I loved everything and I'm sorry for sending late and posting pics late!
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4  Re: Cupcake Swap Round 2 *ding ding* in The Swap Gallery by laurasaurus on: June 23, 2010 10:55:57 PM
I received my package yesterday, and I couldn't be more excited! Froggmamma did a great job figuring me out, and I love everything.

First the cupcake making kit: cake mix, really cool frosting tips (along with frosting bags) which I've actually been wanting to get for a while now (how did she know?!), and the most adorable critter baking cups with feet on them (can't wait to use these).

Next is a really neat chapstick cozy with a sparkly cupcake button closure. This is great because I carry chapstick with me everywhere, and I love the colors she used. I also enjoy this because I can't do any needle crafts, so it's fun to get something like that.

Next are four embroidered napkins with sweet treat themes (ETA- and by napkins I meant tea towels  Tongue ...wait, maybe they are napkins. I think they can be used as either, but they're so pretty so I think I'll use them as towels so they can be on display more often.). They are almost too cute to use! I just might have to put a sign next to them saying not to touch Grin

Ice cream cone (my favorite) and cake:

"You're sweet" and cupcake:

A cupcake mug with sprinkles- sooo cute.

Last but not least: three ATCs, which are really nicely made, and very much my colors. Nice mix of patterns, too. The "Keep calm" one is hilarious.

Thank you, Froggmamma, so much. I loved swapping with you and this package made my day.
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5  Re: A Week of Baby Onesies Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by laurasaurus on: May 11, 2010 01:36:49 PM
Here are the wonderful onesies made by Barbolot for a family friend! They are amazing and so well-crafted; I wish I had better photos of them because these just don't do them justice. I wish I had action shots, too. Thank you so much Barbolot! You're amazing. Even how she packaged it was lovely- she wrapped everything in pink tissue paper and silver ribbon, with a card and a bonus magnet similar to the mixed print flowers.

I can't decide which is my favorite.

Reverse applique birdy. So cute.

Cupcake with bead sprinkles!

Beautiful flower with beads in the center, and hand-embroidered (I think) stem.

I love this banana.

I love the mixed prints in this flower, and its dimension.

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6  Re: classy pleated iridescent clutch TUTORIAL ADDED!!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by laurasaurus on: June 07, 2005 11:48:57 AM
Thank you so much! Wow, your seam is really invisible...I kept staring hard at the inside of your bag and couldn't see anything! Thank you for the great tutorial!  Cheesy

Haha, I think it must have been the flash that minimized the seam visibility because when I look at my bag I can see it a lot more.  I've drawn some lines on the pic to show you where they are (I think there are three seams because I sewed the lining folded over before I sewed it to the bag...or something!).  And you're most welcome  Smiley

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7  tweed ballet flats using iheartohmy's tute! in Shoes: Completed Projects by laurasaurus on: June 06, 2005 11:17:03 PM
First of all, thank you so much to iheartohmy for posting the wonderful tutorial for these ballet shoes seen here...https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35344.0

I was so excited that I had to make myself a pair, and I think they'll be the perfect comfortable pair to wear on my flight this weekend.  They were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be.  I used pleather for the sole and it turned out just fine, I also lined both the sole and the tweed-like part.  I used bias tape to finish the edges, and bows and buttons for some pizazz.  Hurrah!




on my feet

off my feet
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8  50's half-aprons with tie-pocket PATTERN/ TUTORIAL! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by laurasaurus on: June 04, 2005 04:59:08 PM
Oh I wish I could cook!   Wink  I made these aprons a while ago just for fun (or maybe because I'm obsessed with aprons).  The lemonade one I kept, and I gave the other one to my friend for her belated birthday present.  I just freehanded both aprons, they're super simple to make.  

But if anyone wants the pattern for the adorable little tie-pockets I made, just ask and I'll post it.
Edit:  Ok guys, here is the pattern and a few instructions for the pockets.  Just make sure and print it the actual size, because I know my printer sometimes likes to sneakily resize things.  I would try making one with scrap fabric before you actually do it  Smiley

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9  I'm a milkmaid? Summer time dress. TUTORIAL ADDED!! Warning- Very PIC HEAVY! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by laurasaurus on: April 13, 2005 05:03:44 PM
I'll start by saying that summer is officiallly here in Arizona and it was hottt today.  I thought I should have a breezy lightweight dress to match the weather, and be able to get some use out of it before I move to Oregon in May.  I love how it turned out!  The yellow is a sort of mustard-y rich yellow cotton with white flower/wheat things, and the brown is a more heavyweight fabric.  Those round things on the straps are buttons in case you can't tell Smiley  My favorite part is the bows on the pockets.

I wore it to school today and I got some compliments, and one of them was that I look like a milkmaid, or a 50's housewife.  I'll take either Grin

I didn't use a pattern; I made it all up based on a sketch I did in Photoshop late one sleepless night.  The skirt of the dress is not as full as a circle skirt, but almost.  It twirls nicely. It closes in the back with a zipper and a bow.

Links to photos underneath in case they are too small for you







Top close up






::TUTORIAL:: (finally Wink )
Hey guys thanks for being so patient.  Here it is at long last!  See page 12 for my reply as to why it took so long if you wondered.

Cut your pieces out according to the pictures.  Here is what you need:
1 skirt piece
1 bottom trim piece
1 waistband piece
4 shoulder strap pieces
4 underarm trim pieces
4 neckline trim pieces (I forgot to type x4 on the picture)
1 waist front piece (under bust piece)
1 waist back piece
2 bust pieces
2 pocket bows
4 pocket pieces
some piping (1 packet)
some elastic
two buttons
22 zipper

The skirt should be a half circle with the top curve being about 2-3 times longer than you waist measurement so that it turns out ruffled like mine.  The bottom contrasting trim should be the same length as the bottom curve of the half circle.  Measure all other pieces to your body.

Hem the bottom trim and attach to the skirt with right sides together.

Cut elastic the same length as your waist.  Sew elastic to the top curve of the skirt while stretching it (this will ruffle the skirt since your skirt pieces waist is longer than the elastic).

Attach waistband piece to top of skirt by sewing right sides together through elastic and fabric.

This is how it should look so far when you turn it right side out.  Excuse the kitten.

Put two darts on both the waist front and waist back pieces, as shown.

This is how they will look with darts.
  Pin and pleat both bust pieces along the bottom and sides to create a bigger cup (see next photo for placement of pleating).

Attach the two bust pieces by sewing right sides together in the middle.  Here it is with me holding it up so you can see how it should be.

Pin and sew piping to the top of the waist front piece as shown.

Attach waist front piece (along with the piping you just attached) and pin and sew it to the bottom of the two bust pieces.

This is how it should look right side out now.

Now lets go back to the skirt and waistband.  Close the skirt by putting right sides together and sewing a line down.  (This seam will go in the back and be used for the zipper later.)

Attach skirt/waistband to the top of the dress (including waist front, waist back, and busts).  To do this, pin right sides of your contrasting waistband to the waist front and waist back.  Sew.

Now attach your zipper in the back of your dress (sorry no pics of this part).  You will obviously line up you zipper with your skirt seam in the back and it will go through the middle of the waist back piece.

Now that your zipper is in place, Hem the top of your waist back piece (you will notice it is unfinished) and attach piping.  Then, sew down the ends of the bust pieces that are just flapping around to the waist back (this will make sense when you look at your own dress youre makingits hard to explain!).

Now for the straps and underarm trim and neckline trim.  You have already cut four of each shape, so take two of each and sew right sides together, leaving a small opening to flip right sides out.  Finish the opening you left after youve flipped right side out.  This picture is just an example of the shoulder strap before its flipped right side out.

Take an underarm trim piece and pin right side together to the bust and waist back pieces.  Repeat with other underam trim piece.

Take your two completed neckline trim pieces and sew a diagonal line (as shown) with right sides together.

Pin and sew neckline trim pieces to the neckline part of the bust with right sides together.  This can be a little tricky so make sure you check that its correctly placed before you sew it down.  Also sew together the neckline trim and underarm trim where they meet.

Pin completed straps to the front of your dress as shown and sew in place.

Pin and sew the back of the straps to the back of the dress where the underarm trim stops (as shown).

Sew on you buttons by hand (they dont really serve a purpose other than decorationthey dont really button anything).

Now moving on to pockets.  Take two pocket pieces and sandwich the piping in between them with right sides together.  Pin and sew in place, leaving a gap where you can flip it right side out.  After flipping the pocket, finish the gap you left.

I forgot to take pics of this part so I drew a picture  Undecided Take One pocket bow and fold in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Sew together, leaving a gap for flipping right side out.  Finish the gap you left after flipping right side out, and tie a loose knot in the middle of your strip.  Make sure this matches the width of your pocket now.  Sew to pocket.  

Repeat with second pocket.  Then just pin your pockets to the front of your dress and sew in place around the bottom!  Youre done!

Finished dress front!

Finished dress back!

If anyone needs clarification on any step or photo, just let me know and Ill try to get back to you as soon as possible!  Hope this isnt too confusing.  Good luck everyone and be sure to share what you create with all of us Smiley
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10  Tutorial: Lovely leafy spring bag [Text Only] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by laurasaurus on: April 05, 2005 02:22:57 PM
Boy this came out bigger than I meant it to!  I kinda like it, though.  I started this bag months ago and just got around to picking out the fabric for the bottom section, and finally finished it last night.  

I lined it very quickly so the inside isn't that pretty, but it doesn't really bother me.  It's got a pocket inside for my pens and stuff.  It's got a lot of interfacing in the handles and in the body of the bag, so it's very stiff.  I wish I had a warehouse full of nothing but interfacing, I love it so much Smiley  That weird looking thing on the right side near the handles is just a brooch pinned on.

Finally the tutorial!  If this seems sort of familiar, it's because it is.  I used my same tutorial for my pleated clutch purse, but modified it a bit to fit this bag.  Good luck, all!

there are links below pics incase they are pixilated or squished

1.  Cut one rectangle of your fabric and one of your lining (set aside the lining fabric for later).  The measurements for my bag are about 21 at its widest point and about 9 tall for the main body.  The seam allowances are sort of included, I don't really remember...it will work out I promise Wink

2.  To start, do the pleating.  To do this, sew a channel with a ribbon inside on both 21" sides.  To rouche/pleat, scrunch the fabric on the ribbons.  Sew flat along top to secure pleats, and pull out your ribbon.  This will seem to make your fabric rectangle get all wonky and miss-shaped in the middle area between the two 21 sides, but it will work out.  Iron flat

3.  With right sides together, fold your rectangle in half lengthwise

4.  With right sides still together, sew the two side seams and along the bottom, rounding the corners.  Make them at a slight angle as shown.  Turn right side out.

5.  Set that section of your bag aside, and start working on the lining.  (Now is the time to attach interfacing if you want your bag to be stifferif you do want to, just attach it to the wrong side of your lining.)  Now, with right sides together, fold your lining rectangle in half lengthwise as shown, and sew a curved line to match the bottom seam you just made on the bag.  This is so that when your lining goes in your bag, it will fit snugly into the curve of the bottom.  Cut off the excess fabric in the seam allowances.

6.  To make the side seams of the lining, place your lining pouch over the fabric pouch, and match up where you should sew so that your lining fits snugly into your bag.  Sew them at the same angle as the side seams of the outer fabric.  Trim extra seam allowances.  Leave your lining with right sides together, but turn the outer fabric right side out.

7.  Put the lining inside the outer fabric.  Your lining will probably end up being taller than the bag fabric, which is good.  Fold the lining down as shown, making the fold slightly above the top of the outer fabric edges (this will make sense later).  Sew the lining and the outer fabric together at the top.

8.  Set the whole thing aside and begin working on the handles across the top.  To do this, cut out four equal rectangles out of your handle fabric in the size shown (I would remeasure the top of you bag to make sure your handles will be the same length, just incase).

9.  If you want to use interfacing to make a nice, stiff handle, attach the interfacing to the wrong side of these rectangles now.  Cut out four handle shapes rectangles.  (I will put up a link to a life-size handle pattern for you to trace.)

10.  With right sides together, sew a seam following the bottom curve closely.  Also sew the two short sides.  Turn right side out.

11.  Now very carefully fold in the top part of the handles and sew in place (this can be tricky, you might want to clip you curves to make it easier).  Do the same to the round hole in the middle.  Now this handle is complete.  

12.  Repeat with your other two rectangles for the second handle.

13.  Now its time to attach the handles to the bag/lining.  Pin one handle to the bag and make sure its exactly where you want it.  Also make sure that the handle lines up with the top of the lining.  Sew the handle and lining together neatly.  

14.  Repeat with other handle.

15.  Done!

Here is an example of the bag from another user - jungrrl

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