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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pulp bookcover AOL tin on: December 13, 2003 02:13:17 PM
Usint the Retro Monster Framed Mirror (https://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=42;action=display;threadid=873) as a starting point, I covered an AOL cd tin in pulp fiction book covers.

First I saved a bunch of images of the book covers from online, then I printed them out in b/w in a grid.

I cut the two pages out to cover the top and bottom of the tin

Then I glued the paper onto the tin, and mixed a bit of red acrylic paint in with Mod Podge.

I Mod Podged the whole thing in two coats.  As a bit of warning, the paint seemed flakey in the Mod Podge, but as soon as I wash brushing it on, it smoothed out.  Please pardon my poor podging job.
Thanks to katiesays17!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Family Handyman on: December 11, 2003 01:27:03 PM

I love this mag.  It's all about step-by-step photos, with clear explanations written over them to point out specific things.  And they've got great projects, big and small, mostly for around the home.

I found it while tooling around my wondrous local library, of course, and bought a subscription for my bro-in-law.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / skirt from huge pants on: December 10, 2003 10:56:07 PM
I had a great old huge pair of corduroy pants, which I made into a skirt that fits.  You could use any pants for this project-- including pants that already fit you, or that are too small.  See http://megan.scatterbrain.org/notmartha/tomake/jeanskirt.html for another great how-to guide.

1.  open inseam of pants all the way around and up center back seam

2.  fold over front crotch and sew down out of the way. should make straight vertical seam from front;
mark new center back seam lines. I took mine in by about 2 1/2" each side. lines should be straight, bypassing back crotch piece which will stick out as extra

3.  pin straight vertical center back seam. pants legs should be laid out as they fall naturally, in an A line.  If you want a straighter skirt silhoutte, gently move the pants legs inwards.  For more flare, move them more outwards.

4.  straight center back seam, past old back crotch area. Pin straight down until fabric doesn't come together anymore

5.  cut off legs at desired length. I premeasured this.  Here you can also see the front & back center seams pinned

6.  pin extra leg fabric into triangular gaps left by center crotch seams. If using nap fabric. make sure it lines up nicely! I made the corduroy wales vertical in the inset, although they were following the A line of the skirt on the rest of the fabric.  It might be cool to use a totally different fabric here

7.  take the whole thing to your machine and sew front and back vertical center seams

8.  front: sew in inset.

9.  back, as above. Note that back inset is smaller than front. I just laid the fabric as the pants fell, but you could move it around to make the insets the same size

10.  I staystitched bottom of skirt all the way around in two parallel lines so that it would fray up to the stitches. I didn't stitch the insets because they were made using the pants cuffs. contrast thread color looks rad here.  You can also do a regular hem for a cleaner look.

11.  worn, front
12.  worn, back

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Argyle Sock Scarf on: December 09, 2003 05:07:01 PM
Well, I made this a while ago, but Heather Joy just gave me good prompting to put this up.  

I had a huge argyle sock collection from years of thrifting.  I couldn't bear to throw away the holey ones, but they became bad enough that I couldn't wear them with shoes anymore.

1.  So I cut the foot part off, or as far up as I needed to, to get rid of the holey area.  I also cut the tubes open to make rectangles.

2.  I laid the sock rectangles out in a configuration I liked, then sewed them together, end to end, to make a long strip.

3.  I laid this almost-scarf onto a piece of polarfleece, which I then cut out.  I actually needed two pieces of polarfleece sewn together in the middle, cos the thing is soooo long.

4.  I sewed 3 sides of the long rectangles together, right sides together.  Then flipped it right-side-out, folded the last (short) unsewn side in, and sewed all the way around the whole thing, making a tiny gutter.  This helped the thing stay flat.

5.  Finally, I used red acrylic yarn and a big metal yarn needle to make little ties, keeping the two rectangles together.  Decorative & functional!

The finished product is very thick, wide around the neck, and loooong (as you want it).  Here are some images.  Feel free to ask me any questions about contruction!


5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / making vegan lotion on: December 02, 2003 03:00:22 PM
I found this site with cool recipes, but it seems a bit complicated:

Does anyone have any easy recipes or recipes with easier-to-find/cheaper ingredients?

6  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Portland: dumpstering on: December 02, 2003 12:49:47 PM
I know this might be a touchy subject, since if you have a good thing you don't want it to get all crowded, but can anyone suggest some good dumpstering areas for me to try?  

I got lucky once with one outside a futon shop-- lots of good wood scraps.  I am interested in building supplies, wood, windows... of course fabric, plastic doohickeys and other craft supplies.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / vegan felt alternative on: December 01, 2003 05:00:11 PM
Does anyone know of a non-wool felt alternative?  Felt is so easy to work with and cheap, but I'm feeling left out as I don't use wool.  

Perhaps polarfleece, as it also doesn't ravel?  Problem is, it doesn't come in squares, and tends to curl at the ends.  Ideas appreciated!
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