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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Monkey shirt - reverse applique on: February 02, 2009 12:24:12 PM
I found this plain blue shirt I had and decided it needed something more. I had this cute flannel monkey fabric I got on sale at Joann's and made myself a monkey shirt using reverse applique, which is so easy!  I love how you can cut tshirt fabric and it doesn't fray!  I originally started with just the middle monkey, but I thought he needed some friends.  I like that as I wear it, the upside down monkeys are right side up!

Thanks for looking!
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cute Ladybug Afghan (for my dog?) on: January 25, 2009 06:47:35 PM
I'm so happy I finally finished this afghan.  It's a pattern from Herrschners Juvenile Afghans 2008 contest winners.  It took me less than a month, but I swear it took me longer to sew on the eyes, legs and spots!  During the sewing process, my dog decided that it was his blanket and proceeded to lay on it and roll around on it!

43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shopping bags for mother-in-law/stash buster! on: January 17, 2009 11:38:54 AM
I made these bags for my mother-in-law's birthday.  They are reversible, but the lining inside is just a bland neutral color - I prefer the bright outsides!  I hope she uses them and remembers to bring them into the store (unlike me, who forgets them in the car everytime!).  All of the fabrics are from my stash, except the hippos - it's from Ikea and I had to have it!

44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Their very own Bobo! on: December 16, 2008 09:38:32 AM
My niece and nephew live 3000 miles away, and haven't seen my dog in 2 years. They always love to play "Bobo" (that's my dog).  My sister doesn't want to get a dog, so I thought for Christmas I would make them their very own Bobo!  I got the idea from Motherfungus's post here on Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277726.0
After taking lots of photos of my dog to get a front and back that matched shape (approximately), I printed the images on iron-on transfer paper, ironed them onto an old tshirt, cut it out and sewed it together. I also had an old collar and leash from my dog, and got a cheap tag made at Petco.  I also included a bowl, toy and some poop and pee I made out of sculpey clay. I put it all in a bag with instructions as to how to care for their "Bobo".  I also wanted to teach them how to care and be responsible for a dog.  I won't know how they like it until Christmas, but I had fun making it! My dog kept sniffing it, wondering what it was!

45  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Jaunty hat snowman! on: December 16, 2008 09:27:59 AM
I also did this shirt using freezer paper, but just so I could trace around the stencil with fabric marker.  I added some sparkly fabric paint.  I wore it out Friday and got a few comments.


Close up:

Thanks for looking!
46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Merry little elves! on: December 16, 2008 09:25:06 AM
I made this shirt using freezer paper.  I had to do it in several sessions to get all the colors on, and some of the red bled over, but overall I think it came out really cute! I'm wearing it to work today.  I got the image from Jenny at All Sorts, who offered it for free on the Craftzine blog.

Here's my shirt!
47  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Legoman outfit! on: December 05, 2008 10:57:40 AM
My 4 year old nephew is really into legos and their minifigs, so I made him an outfit for Christmas.  Let me rephrase that - I decorated an outfit - I bought the shirt and pants at Target, then freezer stenciled the legoman and lego on the shirt. To get the images of the minifig and the lego, I took photos of them, then enlarged until it was the right size, then did the stenciling.  On the pants, I used the same template I did for the lego on the shirt pocket, and cut the legos out of felt. I drew on the "studs" with fabric paint, then fabric glued them to the pants.  I think it came out really cute. I did a legoman shirt for me too!

Legoman shirt

Lego pants

I do this kind of stuff for my niece and nephew for every gift event and they really love it! They love that no one else has these clothes and that their auntie made it for them!  That's why I love doing this for them!
48  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Itty Bitty Piglet on: October 29, 2008 09:16:52 AM
I made this version of Piglet using the Iddy Bitty Odditites tutorial

It's a slightly different version of Piglet (from Winnie the Pooh) but it's loosely based on a stuffed Piglet I saw in Disney World. I wanted to make one for my husband.  He's very squishy (Piglet - not my husband!).

49  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Camouflage Cupcake on: October 29, 2008 09:12:46 AM
I made cupcake about a month ago out of Bernat camouflage yarn. I was excited as it was the first thing I crocheted that I could wear (I actually wore it to a wedding).  I probably won't wear it again and may frog it as the tightness at the waist (from the original chain stitching) makes it very hard to get on and off.  I will have to try to fix that in the next sweater I make.

50  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cute bunny! on: October 22, 2008 11:52:37 AM
I was a tester for SeeMellySew for her Bella Bunny pattern. She came out so cute!  The pattern by SeeMellySew was very easy to follow!

This is my first time starting a new topic on Craftster, so if I did something wrong with the photo link, please let me know.

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