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21  Organza and lace mask in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: January 29, 2010 03:13:20 PM
Did you know your machine can make lace masks? I know, it surprises me too sometimes.

It's a large freestanding lace piece with a few organza applique pieces.

Yay Mardi Gras!

Once it's done stitching, I just added a ribbon to tie it on and it was all set!
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22  Upcycled sweater boots (w/mini tutorial!) in Shoes: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: January 08, 2010 11:52:03 AM
What do you get when you mix a cheap pair of flats, an old sweater, and lots of hot glue?

Sweater boots!! Yay!

I started with this:

chopped off the sleeves, turned it inside out, and formed it to my foot.


Hot glued it to a shoe, like so...


flipped it right side out, and cut the bottom off the sweater to make a cuff..


Embroidered it..


Sewed it into a cuff that would flip out over the boot..


And now you have...Sweater boots!!


Of course, they're not really meant for cold weather wear, but they'd be perfect in the fall or tromping around the house Smiley I'm really quite proud of these. Getting them to form properly took a little inventive cussing, but I got it in the end! I hope you like the mini tute.
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23  A little monster loves you... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: January 06, 2010 07:49:40 PM
We're well past Christmas now, and the present has been delivered, so now I can share it!

I didn't have a whole lot of money this year for Christmas, but this Christmas I have a fiance!  Darned if I wasn't going to do something special, so I decided to make something myself, out of something that's just about as cheap as it gets... paper!! I spent my lunchbreak over a week cutting this out by hand, with a fairly crappy xacto knife.

It's a little bit hard to read, but at the top it says "N&J" (Niamh and Jonathan) surrounded by little hearts, and then it says "A little Monster Loves you So". I hung it in a floating glass frame I got for sale at Michaels.

It's a little joke between us that I'm his little monster. It's more endearing than it sounds. This Halloween we dressed up as Sam and Max, two characters from an old school video game, and we got him these awesome bear paw slippers. They are now my favorite slippers in the whole wide world, and I spend a lot of time shuffling around in them. On my feet they're massive, so I call them my monster feet Smiley The little monster in the cut out is wearing the slippers.

Here's a shot of it with fun shadows on his office wall...

Needless to say, he loved it. We had a very happy first Christmas together!

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24  Cozy Winter Wrap in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: January 01, 2010 12:35:02 PM
I dont know what it is about me, but I seem to be totally incapable of retaining body heat during the winter months. It doesnt matter if Im in my nice warm heated house, Im always running around in a blanket. That blanket is starting to get old and frayed and frankly isnt the classiest thing to be running around the house in. The big blanket also gets in the way of doing things and Im far too much off a wuss to take it off to do anything dexterous, lest I let in the cold air. It is how you say, not the most practical or stylish of solutions.

I don't do slankets either. Or snuggies.

What I DID do was stitch myself a new cozy wrap!

The outside is soft knit, the inside is cozy fleece, and I trimmed it with some furry fabric I found at the store.

It's basically a blanket shape with a line cut up the middle, so you can drape it around your neck and it doesn't get in the way. It's perfect for wandering around the house in, and it's much MUCH easier to use my arms. Yay!

*addition* For those of you looking for a pattern, it's so simple you really don't need one. This is what it looks like when it's flat.

It's just a big blanket, with rounded corners and a cut up the middle. You can make it as long or short as you like!
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25  Steampunk Lace Top Hat in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: December 18, 2009 10:33:37 AM
I made my own top hat! It was stitched together from freestanding lace, and then I decorated it.

I added the ribbon, feathers, and found the jem as a pendant. I glued a small hair clip to the bottom, and voila! A tiny awesome top hat.

Instant steampunk awesomeness.
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26  Naughty Black Fur Stocking ;) in Winter Holidays by Urban Threads on: November 27, 2009 10:16:16 AM
Getting on Santa's good list? Way overrated. 'Tis the season for eggnog and cookies and being NAUGHTY!

I have to admit I'm a bit sick of those overly cheerful heirloom santa stockings. Lets have a little FUN this Christmas, where black is the new red, and naughty things are luxurious and plush.  I made my own naughty stocking!

I gave it a pretty red lining to still keep it festive..

And craft bunny was right at home. I have to say, if anything defines "naughty", it's Craft Bunny...

Here's a closeup of the Naughty embroidery..

I used a little trick for embroidering on fur.  First, make sure your fur is only about 1/4" inch high (give it a little trim around the area you're going to embroider if you need to) and then as well as a regular layer of stabilizer underneath, add a layer of water soluble stabilizer on top that will keep the furry edges out of your stitches.  After it's done embroidering, just tear off the top layer! Ta da Smiley
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27  Sexy iphone corset :) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: November 20, 2009 11:02:27 AM
This is another fabulous craft from our talented Karline. She got an iphone a little while back, (I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous...) and made this super cute corset to keep her sexy phone safe.

The whole thing is handmade, with a pretty machine embroidered peacock feather on the front...

and Karline just loves grommets, so she made the back all pretty...

Now I really really want an iphone. I suppose this would work just fine on a regular phone, but I don't think my phone would look nearly as sexy.
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28  Retro Christmas Apron in Winter Holidays by Urban Threads on: November 13, 2009 05:46:27 PM
I'll just start this off by saying I very rarely cook, but that doesn't mean I can't look cute trying.  I made this apron to rock the retro domestic goddess style, and classed it up for Christmas.

I added a cute little pocket, all though I don't know what I'd use it for. I just liked the little birdie I embroidered on it.  I also applique'd a littl retro reindeer on the top, along with some hand made applique holly.

Now I can try making christmas cookies, and at least I'll look cute.
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29  Sam and Max costume + bonus Craft Bunny!! in Halloween Costumes by Urban Threads on: November 05, 2009 07:26:07 AM
Anyone remember Sam and Max? Anyone? Anyone?

It was a Lucas Arts game I played when I was younger back when Lucas Arts didn't just make endless Star Wars games. It was all about a dog detective named Sam and his sociopathic fanged bunny sidekick named Max. Max kinda started an obsession of mine with fanged bunnies.  My fiance played it too, so we both decided this year to go as Sam and Max!

Here's a little shot of Sam and Max for comparison:

My biggest challenge was Max's face. I could either walk around with a large painted paper mache bubble head all night, or do something else. I opted for something else. I bought an over sized furry white shirt, and stitched up a hood out of white fur, then appliqued Max's face onto the hood and sewed it onto the top.  I added a line of the fur to the bottom of the shirt (otherwise it was scandalously short) and made a little furry belt to cinch the costume.  The boots were off Etsy, of course.

His costume was a thrift store suit, with an over sized tie I stitched myself. I bought a white hat for him and dyed it blue, and then stitched up a few doggie ears and hot glued them inside.  His feet were bear feet we found at a costume store, and they're now my new favorite slippers ever. I wear them all over the house.

Also, because any of you that know me know about Craft Bunny, (and for those of you that don't you can meet the little ball of terror here) walking around in a fanged bunny costume was just too good an opportunity. So I hunted down a pair of scissors and...

Ta daa! Craft Bunny!!

Happy Halloween everyone Smiley
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30  Restyled Goddess Shrug in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Urban Threads on: October 30, 2009 11:09:57 AM
Not quite ready to give up your tees? Well here in Minnesota, it can go from toasty to frosty in just a few days, and I needed something to use for those in between days before I was ready to abandon tees all together.  This was originally just a regular long sleeve tee.

I chopped off the bottom and used it to make the hood.

Cutting it up the middle also made it really easy to embroider.

With the triple moon design, I now have a shrug fit for a goddess!

P.S. - For those of you looking for more detail on the embroidery design, here's the original file, stitched on a different fabric. You can see the detail a bit better there. It's machine embroidered. I hope that helps!
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