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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Paisley Sundress on: August 14, 2009 08:20:07 PM
I found this fabric at Joanns on the sale rack and knew I had to make a sundress out of it.  I made it for my vacation to Mexico and finished it the weekend before.  All I had left to do was sew on a hook and eye above the zipper.  I thought, "oh well, I'll do that tomorrow".  Well 'tomorrow' I broke my arm, and needless to say, the hook and eye got left off!

I did use a Simplicity tank top pattern for the bodice.  Then just added a waistband and a gathered rectangle for the skirt.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Decorating around carpet color on: February 21, 2009 02:14:26 PM
My second bedroom/craft room has this bluish/greenish/grey colored carpet.  It's proving very difficult to match to other fabrics.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to decorate the room around this carpet?  I'd love to get new carpet, but it's just not affordable right now.

Sorry, it's a bit messy up there right now!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gym Bag on: December 11, 2008 02:17:38 PM
I needed a bag that was big enough to carry all my clothes and shoes to the gym, so I decided to make one.  I made a messenger style bag so I could wear it while riding my bike if needed.

I found fabric in the home decor section of JoAnn's, because it was a little sturdier than regular quilting type fabric, and fused interfacing to it make it stiffer.  Most of the bag is just one big piece of fabric, folded over.  I sewed some elastic bands into the seams to hold my gym shoes to the outside.

I wanted a separate compartment to hold wet stuff, like my bathing suit.  I made a large pocket out of two sheets of fused plastic bags, with fabric on the outside so it looked nicer, and velcro to hold it closed.

I decided that rather than sewing this pocket into the bag, it'd just stick it in, that way I could take it separately to the shower if I wanted.

What do you think?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Craft room - shelf and sewing table on: December 11, 2008 02:13:50 PM
After buying a sewing machine, I needed somewhere to sew besides the dining room table!  Not really wanting to buy anything, I cleaned off this old workbench that came with our basement:

It was way too tall to sit at, and incredibly rickety.  Also, it was dirty and somewhat rotten.  I cut the legs down to a more suitable height, made it more stable by adding extra support with some scrap lumber from my basement, filled in the most obvious holes with spackle, and painted the legs to make it look a little nicer.  All the materials were already in my basement, so it cost me nothing.

Of course I also needed some storage nearby to hold thread, scissors, pens, ect.  I had an old bookshelf that had outlived it's usefulness and decided to turn it into wall storage.

I removed the peaked top and base, turned it sideways, and stained it.  Then I attached some fabric to the back that matches my carpet. 

My neighbor gave me the stain and wall hanging hooks, so all I had to buy was the fabric.

Here's the final product:

Now I have a place to work and it cost only $3!
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