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101  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from TMNT t-shirt to drawstring backpack! **now with tut!!!** on: August 08, 2009 07:57:26 PM
now that my partner has received, I can share this awesome bag I made for our swap.

it was originally an XL t-shirt (so that I had plenty of material to work with, and since I can't cut straight lines to save my life, I needed it).  it's made of 3 layers of material mainly because the t-shirt fabric is that amazingly annoying new material that is so light and stretchy that it would never even hold a soft cover book.  I've got a layer from the t-shirt, interfacing that's supposed to be iron-on but doesn't cling to anything, and purple cotton for the inside color (her favorite turtle is Donatello, so I had to use purple since that's the color of his mask).  I even used purple thread.  Cheesy

I want to post a tut for this since I don't see one on here, but I don't have one ready yet.  as soon as I do, I will be sure to add it!

it is now 3:25 am as I start to type this.  I stayed up when I should have gone to bed and made a rough tutorial.

materials that I used:
1 t-shirt
1 yard of heavy purple cotton for the "lining" (had some left over)
1 yard of medium weight interfacing (had some left over)
21/2 yards thick cording
9 inches of bright green nylon webbing (this is the item whose name escapes me in the tut)
purple thread

bear with me, this is my first tutorial.

also, when I added the loop, I did like you see on school backpacks and stitched a square, then an X in the middle.  for durability I guess.

one last step...after putting stuff in it and closing it...ENJOY IT!  show it off to your friends.  be the envy of everyone you see.  Wink

I hope that's clear enough.  if not, MESSAGE ME!  I'd be happy to try and help you figure out what you may be stuck on.  and remember, you can play around with the tut as needed.  like, if you have a shirt like the one I used in the tut where the picture would be totally lost in the final scrunching, you can add fabric to the top to make it longer.  or you can make the whole thing shorter and have a square pack.  or add to the side and have a wider one.  do what you need to do to make it work for you.  and remember...HAVE FUN!

and don't forget, if anyone makes one of their own, link it here so we can all see the awesomeness of what you created.

and it is now 3:46 am as I hit post.  I'm going to bed now.
102  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / another loading issue on: August 03, 2009 02:05:17 PM
upon looking at this thread, I had this loading issue:

like the picture's titled..."huh?"
103  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / my version of the mason jar pincushion on: July 14, 2009 02:30:08 PM
I got this idea from SuzNTX.  I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.  here's my version:

the blue kind of reminds me of blue, blue waters somewhere that isn't here (we have muddy waters, sometimes green waters).  my partner LOVES the video game/manga Kingdom Hearts, so I had to incorporate that into a sewing accessory.  the blue could be like the beautiful waters of the characters' island home.  the paopu fruit (think of it as the baby strawberry on traditional pincushions.  yup, there's a little emery pouch in there) is an item found in the world of KH.  now she can have Kingdom Hearts at her fingertips while sewing.  Grin
104  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / themed bottle cap pin cushions I made for some swaps on: June 18, 2009 10:03:15 AM
I'm really behind in posting these.  but here they are now.  Cheesy  I'm always making more, so I'll have to add them when I get them done.

first we have my Dark Crystal themed pincushion.  my partner loves Kira, and I imagined that if she were a seamstress, she might use a pincushion something like this.  I found a picture of either Kira or Jen sitting on the ground surrounded by little purple flowers.

the second and third were for a Twilight swap.  one is a sparkly red apple, the second is based on Isle Esme.  beautiful blue waters surround a kidney bean-shaped island.  a little feather made of polymer clay sits on the island while a coffee bean like boat sits on the shore.  yeah, my polyclay work is kind of lacking when it comes to tiny items.

I'll have more to post as I send my swaps.  if I get a person who sews a lot for a partner, they're getting a pincushion.  I've got some together now for current swaps, but I'm not showing them off until my partners receive.  Grin
105  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / lucky maneki neko x-stitch bookmark on: June 10, 2009 07:39:51 AM
so I just got back into cross stitch a few weeks ago and I've been making all kinds of stuff.  I'm still working on a potholder for myself, but it's not finished yet.  it will be posted as soon as I'm done with it, of course.  but for now, I give you this:

I found the Maneki Neko sprite on some website (stupid me, I didn't save it) found it, used this website to make her name pattern (I found it using Wikipedia.  can you believe it??), then used my Japanese/English dictionary to make the "un" pattern.  that's Japanese for "luck" (that is what my dictionary states and it is a reputable one.  the website I checked it against says otherwise.  it's wrong, I'm right).  he's one stitch longer than the sprite that I used, but you'd never know it unless you studied both pictures.  I wasn't paying attention to where I put a stitch until I was on the opposite side of the pattern.  so I just went with it.  but like I said, you'd never know it.  I'm just anal like that.  Tongue

what do you think?
106  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / DMC Light Effects threads: Jewel Effects and the like on: June 08, 2009 12:49:27 PM
has anyone ever used them?  I am specifically talking about the Jewel Effects, Antiques and Precious Metals.  I picked up some the other day when I was at Jo-Ann's thinking they would be so pretty in some of my projects, but they are doing nothing but p!$$!ng me off!!!  it knots up so easily, gets stuck in the fabric and the metallic part gets stripped off.  if you've used it, do you have any tips on how to make it easier to work with?  I'm about ready to return what I haven't opened.
107  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / scrap fairy doll on: May 08, 2009 01:04:58 PM
I made this forever ago.  I used pieces of scrap fabric I had laying around.  her body is made from a pinkish shirt that no longer fit me, the wings are made from some Barbie clothing I still had for some reason, and her panties and long vest are made from this beautiful Victorian-looking blouse I ruined.  I miss that top.  anyways, her hair is just pieces of blue yarn pulled apart to give a crimped look that I love.  I even made her a little black necklace.  and yes, her non-existent bellybotton is pierced.

108  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / etched Mother's Day vase! on: May 07, 2009 07:15:09 AM
inspired by Onyxnox's etched unicorn canisters, I decided I wanted to try glass etching.  I have TONS upon TONS of glass vases, candle holders, etc., but I was kinda nervous about doing the etching.  I finally went out and bought the cream and puffy paint (just like Onyx used) and let it sit.  with Mother's Day coming up, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do.  at first, I thought about doing more jewelry for her.  so, I set out to Wal-Mart to see if I could pick up something a little different to use with what I already had.  I always love going to the aisle where they have vases and the fake flowers to see what glassware they have.  and there it was; a thin purple vase.  she LOVES purple.  I decided this is what I was doing for her.  I decided on the font I wanted and taped the printout to the inside of the vase and traced it with the puffy paint.  I let it dry all night and finished it today.

we'll do this backwards so the correct picture shows first.  Wink  please ignore the date.
the finished product

the etching cream in place

the puffy paint and painter's tape covering the vase

what do you think?
109  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Zipper chokers on: April 27, 2009 10:51:37 AM
I was inspired by diy-me-amy's zipper choker.  I had purchased these 2 zippers wanting to put them in some cute bag or something, but when it turned out that the zipper foot that supposedly fits my sewing machine would have been lying ON TOP of the zipper rather than run along side it, I returned the foot, but kept the zippers.  not knowing what to do with them, they just sat on a shelf.  then I found amy's idea.

the first one is supposed to have a key hanging from it, but it turned to the side.  Tongue  I decided I wanted to make zipper pulls for them to give them a little sparkle.  she used one long zipper for her choker, but mine were shorter so I needed to come up with a way to make them longer.  ribbon ends rule!

so there they are.   Grin
110  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / cherry blossom jewelry on: April 23, 2009 03:54:26 PM
I guess jewelry with cherry blossoms will have to do until my tree blooms.

just a simple pendant on black cord.

I made 2 pairs of earrings thinking that one matched each necklace, then I realized they both matched this one.  oh well.  as soon as I saw the shell with cherry blossoms on it, the pink flower, and the tiny pink drop flowers, this necklace came to mind.  I love it.   Grin

what do you think?
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