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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ReMake Crayons on: January 10, 2009 06:56:29 PM
I just created my first instructable on how to melt down old crayons to make a great gift for any child. I have done this in the past to make large texture rubbing crayons. These are a bit smaller and shaped like stars and hearts, just in time for valentines day.

You can get the instructions at

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Re: Lot o' Monster Backpack Clips on: December 07, 2008 06:20:34 AM
Making an album is a great idea. The monsters are not going in until the 19th, we still need to finish about 10 of them, plenty of time to make a cool photo collage poster thingy. Smiley I might make it with flickr or my blog has a cool collage program.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Lot o' Monster Backpack Clips on: December 05, 2008 03:08:03 AM

When I saw this challenge I thought "perfect place for my daughters holiday project" and they could even win a cool stuff.

Heres how it all went down-- Both of my girls wanted to make something for their best buddies at school. The school has a strict one for all policy about gifting and parties. We did some brain storming and my second grader decided she wanted to make backpack clips for all of her friends, my little one was kinda on board but "we don't carry backpacks."

So project 40 backpack clips got started.

With my handy dandy die cutter I cut out 80 5 inch eggs for the bodies from fleece, then I cut out circles and ovals and triangles from felt.

The girls put the bodies out all over the kitchen table and start to potato head them.

Once they liked what they had the added a bit of school glue to keep the felt pieces on the fleece and I went around and added child safe animal eyes. Then the stitching started.

The girls have finished 1 to my 6 but I have a bit more sewing experience. We used 8 pearl cotton to sew down the felt and then to attach the front to the back.

Originally I had some lobster clips attached to the split ring sewn into the top but when I went to get more I realized they were 75 cents each so I picked a less expensive clip. This also works for zipper pulls, a bit big.

A grand time was had by all.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thomas Merton Pillow Case on: August 04, 2008 09:08:29 AM

When I saw this challenge I immediately wanted to create a pillowcase. This is one of my favorite thoughts from one of my favorite philosopher, Thomas Merton.

Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time.

To create the cuff I printed the quote out and traced it onto Kona Cotton.

Here are the instructions for making the pillow case.

Super Simple Pillow Cases

Fabric Standard --King
Main 1 yard (non directional) --1 1/8
Border piece 1/3 --1/3
Accent piece 1/8 --1/8
Cut three pieces of fabric: main, border and accent.
Fabric Standard King
Main 27 x 41 --37 x 41
Border piece 12 x 41 --12 x 41
Accent piece 3 x 41 --3 x 41
Cutting Instructions:
If your main fabric is directional you will need to use 1 1/8 yards of fabric (41 inches). The
design should read correctly on the 27 inch side.
Sewing Instructions:
1. Lay your border fabric (12 x 41) face up on your worktable. Make sure you have a long
enough table to lay the piece out completely.
2. Lay your main fabric (27 x 41) face up on top or your border fabric. Match the raw edges
on the long side. Pin together in a few places.
3. Press your accent (3 x 41) in half lengthwise, with the right side faces out. Lay the folded
accent piece on top of your stack (main, border) and match up the raw edges. When you
flip you fabric at a corner you should see the right sides of all of your fabrics. Pin together
all of the raw edges.
4. Carefully take the stack to your sewing machine and baste together the raw edges using
a very scant _ inch seam.
5. Check and make sure you caught all of your raw edges.
Okay stick with me cause we are in the home stretch.
6. Carefully roll up the main fabric. Pin the roll to keep it out of your way.
7. Bring the bottom edge of the border piece (12 x 41) up to the basted raw edge. Over the
roll of main fabric. You are now looking at the wrong side of the fabric.
8. Take a minute to pin the edge and then baste all of the raw edges together. Check and
make sure you did not catch the main fabric in the seam. Using a serger, serge down the
raw edge again, finishing the edge. Using a serger reduces the bulk but if you dont have
one just return to a normal stitch length and sew about a _ inch seam.
9. Carefully, cause there are pins in the main fabric, turn your tube from wrong side to right
side. You are almost done.
10. Finger press the pillowcase edge. Optional-For a crisp look press the seam between the
main fabric and the border fabric and sew a thin top stitch on the accent edging.
11. Placing right sides together, match up the top and the seam and sew the sides and
bottom of the pillowcase. I used a serger but my mom like to make a French seam.

My blog has a pdf for printing ease.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First Fused Plastic Project & a Tee Shirt Grocery Bag on: July 26, 2008 07:47:13 AM
Do you have any pictures of how you folded the shoulders into thirds?
Just added another shot of the handle at the bottom of the first post. Thanks
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 6/18/08 - Creativity 350 Campaign Launched! on: July 25, 2008 06:50:28 PM
The family and I are cutting out 350 bugs for the opening day events are my daughter's school. The kids are going to sign and color a bug green to show their support of the school new Go Green Initiative.


Then we will hang the bugs up temporarily on a back drop stand I am bringing and then hopefully in the school lobby to remind them of their promise to RRRR

This is a link to the original bug shade that inspired my husband to volunteer my skills.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Fused Plastic Project & a Tee Shirt Grocery Bag on: July 25, 2008 06:14:22 PM
I thought I would pop these two in together cause they are both recycled projects and they are kinda rough around the edged.

Fused Plastic Bag

So many of my friends are giving this a go and since I had the super cool dry mount press (used in tee shirt shops - very big iron!)

You put 4-6 layers of thin plastic bags together between parchment paper and press until they fuse. Make sure there is a fan or ventilation, melting plastic always makes fumes.

So I made the sheets and then I surged together these two bags. They are good for catch alls, change mail etc.

Tee Shirt Shopping Bag
Well one of the many craft lists I am on sent a link to Martha Stewart ( ha ha) making this recycled tee shirt shopping bag. The video was fun to watch. Basically you cut a larger neck hole and remove the sleeves and sew together the bottom.


I snagged on of hubby's newish tee shirts to make mine.

I made a few modification that I think makes it a sturdier shopping bag.

- I did a French seam in the bottom (sewed it once WST the flipped it RST and sewed again).
- I boxed the bottom.
- I folded the shoulders into thirds and sewed them down.
- I zig zagged all of the raw edges at the top.

I would use newish tee shirts if you really want to be able to carry groceries in them. Also my hubby Extra Large was a bit big, a medium would probably be perfect.

Another shot of the handle was requested.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy Disappearing Nine Patch on: July 25, 2008 05:49:49 PM

Well I found this great tutorial a couple of weeks ago and I have lots of charm packs.

I pulled together about 6 of charm packs and separated them into lights and darks, removed the heavily blue fabric. I wanted to make a red, green and yellow quilt in honor of all the cool appliqu I saw at Moda University last week.

I picked 2 focus fabrics which I used in the center block of all 20 block (10 of each green). I love scrappy but I like to draw the eye with something that is consistent. When I put the blocks together I did a pattern (D= Dark, L= Light, F = Focus)


Then I sewed together super simple 9 patches

After you sew them up you cut them apart (my picture of this did not come out) and then you switch them around.

I trimmed the new blocks down to 6.5 x 6.5. Then I sewed it all together again. This is the tutorial I used.


This was a great quick quilt and I love to trim stuff down cause my blocks are rarely the same size.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interesting sewing technique... on: July 13, 2008 03:46:57 AM
I went to the artist's web site, you could just barely read it on the picture  at flickr and she has a a number of cool tutorials, including a link to you tube video of someone sewing a sample. I don't speak portuguese but I her tutorial use the word passo-a-passo and this is a link to her tutorial


This is extra cool for me since about half of my students are from Brazil and she has 2 other great tutorial at her site that will make wonderful projects at school. I think they will love that they can read the instructions and "help" me.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Family Affair -- Let's all sew on: July 12, 2008 04:48:37 PM
The pirate was done my DH, he did a satin stitch with a variegated floss.
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