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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pencil holder made of pencils (pencils meaning writing utensils) on: August 10, 2008 09:22:15 AM
As a crafter I find it so difficult to throw things away that could be used in a project later on.

My bedroom is full of junk that most other people would toss in the garbage in a second. I'm sure you guys can relate.

Here is what I did with a bunch of otherwise useless writing utensils:

I went crazy with a hot glue gun and glued all of them together.

The bottom is made of empty lead refill containers.

Here is one of the sides:

And here it is all filled up:

It's super simple and easy, but also super useful and got rid of my stash.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Strawberry clock on: August 10, 2008 09:01:37 AM
I've been dying to do something with the clock in my bedroom for such a long time.
Here is what I did:

It's a strawberry clock. I cut and painted posterboard paper.

I guess I should put some seeds on it so it doesn't look so much like a skinny tomato, huh?

Here is what it was before:

I don't like blue so much, so I'm really happy that I changed it at all.
And I don't know if you can tell in the first picture but I took it apart and painted the hands and the walls of the clock too.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red and white bow purse on: August 09, 2008 08:51:19 AM
I know it's not Easter colors, but I made this purse to match a skirt I made for an Easter event.

While the skirt's okay, but really nothing to talk about, I'm happy with the purse. The bow's weird because I tied it like shoelace instead of a bow. I know it's horrible, but I can always replace it.

Here's the inside. I lined it with a shiny red fabric.

And here's the whole outfit.

I don't have a picture of me wearing it, sorry.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Putting my school uniform to good use [Edit: simple tutorial] on: August 06, 2008 06:50:42 AM
Sometime last school year I made this pencil case out of one of my uniform shirts that I never wore.

The buttons are straighter than they look in the picture.

I don't have a picture of the shirt before I started cutting it, sorry.

This pencil case definitely puts it to better use.

Here's the inside. I put a divider.

In the back, I sewed a couple of pockets for senior pictures (one for cap and gown pictures and one for casual pictures).

It's flimsy on its own, but it holds its shape when you actually put your writing utensils and pictures and stuff in it.

My friends were asking me to make them one (though I never did because they never actually gave me one of their shirts) and my teachers loved it too! Smiley


I guess this tutorial was written assuming you already kind of had an idea of how to make it, but just needed a little assistance.

1.Cut this shape out. (measurements are up to you)

Sew red lines together, then green lines.

Picture Pockets: Cut your material to the size of the pink square. Sew along the blue lines.

2.I cut and sewed the top flap separately because it was the part with the crest.

It's this rectangle (same size of the large rectangle in the previous picture) with the sides and top sort of 'hemmed' in.

Sew the bottom blue line to the blue line the the first picture.

Divider: Make a rectangle that is the same size as the one from step 2. Hem the top. Sew bottom and sides along the orange lines.

3.Then I hand-sewed the buttons on, and a little piece of ribbon to create a sort of rouleau loop.
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