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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / hand sewn journal: stripes and tulips. on: September 13, 2009 01:23:32 PM
last year, i had a class (pre press for graphic designers) where the teacher taught professional book binding at the end of every lesson, and i immediately got obsessed. i made this a while ago and thought i would share it:

the block has 80 or so pages i think, it is made of thick yellowish natural paper and the book end paper is red, the same paper as the tulips.
it's a hardback covered in fabric.
the size of the closed book is about 22cm x 23cm

thank you for looking
i'd love to hear your comments!
22  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / mythical slippers ---pattern added--- on: September 13, 2009 01:11:56 PM

i dont't exactly know why, but to me they look like something mythical creatures could wear. or maybe jesters on some medieval market  Tongue

they are made of fleece and re-purposed leather for the soles. they are completely handsewn, i made my own pattern for them.

the leather is REALLY thick, it was a pain to sew. i sweared like a trooper when it took hours of struggling with needle and pliers to get the soles sewn on. i used crocheting thread to sew everything, that didn't make things easier.)
enough blabla, on to the pictures:

on me:
one can wear them in 2 different ways: high like boots or folded down

soles: (the colours look way better in real life. the leather is not that orange)


they are super warm and comfy, i made them about one year ago and i wore them all winter long

thanks for looking, I would love to hear what you think about them.

------------- pattern added! ---------------------

i've never made a pattern/how to/tutorial before and usually i write in german, so please don't be too cruel ;-)

----- text from first page ------

The pattern is a european size 39
US. women size 7 | UK size 6

It is the right size if the square is 10cm.

I am sure it is easy to make It smaller or bigger by printing the pattern larger. I added my  foots outline (the yellow dashed line inside the sole piece) to make that easier.
The slippers will be somewhat wide at your ankle, maybe it is neccessary to make the leg narrower if you print the pattern bigger than my size.
If you plan to make smaller shoes, make sure that the leg will be wide enough to slip in at the end.
There slippers and as the material is stretchy, you dont have to be that precise. In this case, too big is always better than too small.

If you want to make this slippers for children or if you want to be really active while wearing them, make sure they arent too wide at the ankle or put in any kind of closure.
A strip sewn down somewhere in ankle-hight with button closure would work.

how to:
The red lines mark the point where the three pieces should meet. Start there to pin the pieces together. Sew.
Dont sew along the dashed lines!
Sew one shoe out of the lining material, and one shoe out of the pieces you cut of the sole-material and the main fabric.
Sew the nice shoe to the lining-shoe that all seams are hidden between the layers.
if you want, add topstitching.

For the main Fabric, I would recommend fleece (cozy and thick enough).The sole should be sturdy and warm. I used leather  but I think jeans fabric would work great too. If you wish, you could add an extra layer of fleece to your sole-material for extra cozy slippers.
For the lining I think old t-shirts are great (I chose cotton knits because synthetics and sweaty feet dont go together.)
Everything except the sole should be slightly stretchy.

pieces to cut:
The pattern is for the left shoe.  For the right one, just flip the pattern pieces.
Cut both side pieces two times: one of the lining and one of the outer material. You will need two sole-pieces too: one made of lining fabric and one made of your chosen sole-material.

side length of the dashed yellow squares should be 10 cm to get the original size

The pattern has no seam allowances! Dont forget to add them.

i would love to see your slippers :-)
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / spoon pendants: everyone is made of one complete spoon no more spoon-cutting! on: July 13, 2009 09:15:06 AM
i saw all these spoon pendants around and then my grandmother who collects souvenir spoons gave me a few bent or otherwise deformed ones
i made every pendant out of one complete spoon.

"artsy shot"


on me, for size reference

close up: this one is kind of plain, but i really like the reflections on the metal.
little story: the motive is part of a sanitaria here in austria and says "Bad Hall", which is the name of this village. my grandfather stayed there quite a few times because he has about every disease one can imagine.

this one lost its resin souvenir picture thingy. i made the orange plate out of fimo and stamped a chicken on that. the flowers and leafes are parts of old (and broken) earrings which must have looked like bouquets of flowers about 20 years ago.

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / huuuuge turtle beanbag chair and matching turtle pillow on: July 12, 2009 11:56:44 PM
this is my first post in the "home sweet home" section of craftster, so i hope this is the right place for this project.

i made this beanbag a while ago as a gift for a friend who moved in his first own apartment.
he loves turtles, he even has two pet turtles

the beanbag is really huge: the fabric pieces for the shell are about 1,5 metres long (5 ft), the whole shell part laid out flat and unstuffed is about 1,8m long/tall (that's about 6 ft). is a beanbag tall or long? i have no idea.
the beanbag-pillow's shell is 45cm (about 1,5 ft) in diameter.

the beanbag is somewhat drop-shaped while the pillow is flat like regular round pillows.

the shells are made of fleece and all handsewn with chrochet thread to make them sturdy.
i made two shells for each turtle, one of fleece and one of old sheets. the one made of sheets is filled with the styrofoam balls and then closed, just like a pillow. the fleece shell would be the pillow case then i guess.

it was a lot of fun to get the styrofoam inside the pillows, as it was a huge amount of tiny balls. we used the vacuum cleaner it is a very old model with a strange reverse-mode. the whole place was full of styrofoam  Grin  i'll post pics of that later if i can find them.

that was enough blabla, on to the pictures:

mama turtle and baby turtle together:

close up of mama turtle:

close up of baby turtle:

that's what the bottoms look like:

together again:

that's it, i would love to hear what you think of them.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / white+yellow+crazy pattern=first pants made by me on: May 15, 2009 03:17:21 AM
So, I finally made pants. myself. yeah.

I didn't use any pattern, just looked at a pair of pants to see how they work.
I wanted comfy, fun pants to hang around (I hate stretchy pants or stuff like track pants, but i love pockets) so I made myself a pair.
They are fully lined (horrible to do) because the fabrik is really thin AND white.
The fabric was some Ikea bedclothes in its earlier life, I did some crazy stitching at the pockets and used black thread to match the black circles and dots.

excuse the bad pics, but everyone was watching TV when I wanted some pictures and everything's better than the camera's timer function.



and when the ribbon was added: (it works like a belt, without being bulky like a belt. perfect for hanging around)

and me in my boyfriend's shoes, being silly.

It has 4 Pockets, 2 in the front, one in the back (I got tired of making pockets, so I skipped pocket #5) and a buttoned one on the side.
That's a little hard to see, so there are a few in-progress shots to show them:

the pocket's only pinned down here, and there's still no waistband:

I'd love to hear what you think!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / the "i love sewing" brooch on: May 15, 2009 02:47:07 AM
A few days before I made it, I visited my favourite gothic shop (I don't know why I love it so much, as I am far away from being punk or gothic. But that they are the biggest importer for corsets here in vienna might have something to do with that.)
I'll give you the interesting part of my visit there and the conversation I had with the guy who sews the shop's handmade corsets (he has his sewing corner inside the shop, next to the cash desk, I love that) and is the salesman at the same time.

He flounced out of the changing room when I entered, and told me that he made a great corset and that I had to try it on. He is tall, wears elegant black clothes and a lot of makeup (and killer heels most of the time) He had a measuring tape around his neck, it was white and looked great on him, it really complemented this feminine, elegant, absolutely overdressed man.

"Do you know, that there's a tape measure around your neck?"
he: "Of course, I'm working"
"You should wear it all the time, it looks great on you" and then it hit me. I love to sew, I sew a lot, i need a way to wear a measuring tape. My i love sewing brooch was born.

Its made of blue measuring tape, 8-9 cm wide and all sewn together (hehe). It was a qick and easy project, I love it and I wear it frequently. Every time I wear it, people talk to me, asking if I sewing was one of my hobbies



as charm on a necklace. That's one very classy way to wear it (I know, I should make an action-shot)

me wearing it

I'd love to hear what you think about it.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hard-drive-eating monster or: two protecting bags on: October 10, 2008 08:13:51 AM
i got a new external hard drive and needed somethin to protect it (i carry it around very often, because i need it for school, work )
the external hard drive itself measures 9x14 cm

i made the purple bag first,
the bag fits the hard drive itself and the connecting cable (shown in the last picture)
and it was super easy to make so i made another one: the monster for my bf who got the same hard drive.

he is hungry.

yumm. food.

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / stuffed supergingerbread on: October 10, 2008 07:53:37 AM
Me and my boyfriend have that insider-thing with supergingerbreadman.
last month he moved to another city about 500 kilometres from where i live, so he wanted something to hug if i'm not around.
thats why made him supergingerbread. it is a pillow in fact, because he needed one for his new apartment (*grml*)

full view, with my arm as a size reference

the pocket works, its big enough to put a mobile phone and a mp3 player in it.


thank you for looking, comments are welcome
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / i love my new calender. oh, there are 2 of them! on: October 10, 2008 07:32:10 AM

i'm on craftster for ohm long. but this is my first time posting something i made.
let's go:

This summer i decided that i want to make my own calendar. I printed the layout on regular white printer paper, wrote the month/date by hand and then sewed and cut the block. then i made the book cover out of cardboard and fabric (i painted stripes and dots on it, because the plaid was too boring for me)
size when closed: 10x17 cm

the month before the calendar "officially" starts: one double page per week, and space for notes

regular double-side, the right one has the hours printed on every side


the last few pages are for notes. (no photo)

thank you for looking, and have a nice day
(and excuse if i make mistakes, but im not that good in english)
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