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1  zesty apron.. first successful pattern ever. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mnmcoffee on: April 29, 2010 11:31:17 AM
short (ok, not so short) intro:

I've been wanting to attempt an apron for some time now, and the other day I was wandering around my local JoAnns when i came across this super cute lemon/orange fabric and an apron was the first thing that popped into my head. So I picked it up, and a matching yellow fabric, and went and found a pattern. I chose Simplicity 2626. This was my first clothing-type project from a patten, my other was a hat and was completely unsuccessful. I have to say that it was a fairly simple pattern, and easy to follow for a beginner/novice sewer such as myself...until I got to the end when it was time to figure out the wasteband part of it. I kinda made it up as i went along, but it turned out well. I think it was pretty close to the way it was supposed to be done.  I got a TON of experience with double-fold bias tape in this pattern, and if I may brag, I'm very happy with the way that skill progressed throughout the apron. I am no longer intimidated by bias tape. haha. I am rather proud of the way this turned out. If I were to do it over I would have went with the size small instead of medium, but eh, I'll just have to make another one Smiley
Ok. Now after all that, if you're still here... onto the pictures!

thanks for looking!
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2  Plaid tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mnmcoffee on: March 03, 2010 12:37:37 PM
Ok. So. this is a plaid tote purse i finished up about a week ago. it was my first bag that ive made out of plaid fabric, and that was the main challenge for me for this one. the lining is the same plaid fabric, and essentially this is a reversable purse. i feel like i did fairly well matching up the plaid on the bag itself.. i dont have a picture of that.  the straps weren't as successful as far as the plaid goes, but i think it still looks alright. it was also my first bag with pockets, which, also came out better than expected for me. haha. if it weren't for the plaid, this would have been a really simple project. i'm soo happy with the way it turned out though. i've gotten so many compliments already. in the bottom to help keep its shape is a rectangular piece of plexyglass (sp?) my dad snatched up from the scraps at work. enjoy Smiley

i stuck my checkbook in the pocket so you could see where its at. its kinda lumpy because it has stuff in it. the front pocket also has a little loop in it so i can attach my keys to it and they wont fall out.

a picture of the inside/pocket. its the perfect size for my cell phone. once again, my checkbook for display purposes.
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3  crochet dog sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: March 03, 2010 12:20:47 PM
this was my first attemt at a dog sweater. mostly double crochet, first time switching back and forth between colors as well. it went easier than i thought it would, and i think it came out pretty darn cute Smiley i have since made a purple and teal one for my mom's friends new little puppy, but didn't get a chance to take pictures before i sent it off. (dont mind my tootsies in the first picture!!)

and here it is on bentley. he doesn't seem to mind it much.
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4  my very first quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: March 27, 2009 10:24:48 AM
a friend of mine from work is getting married in may, and i wanted to do something special for her and her soon to be hubby.. so i sat down and thought about making a quilt. i was really intimidated by the entire process.. but after thinking it through and talking to my mom, i decided to go with it. my mom helped me pick out a pattern, some fabric.. and helped me do a lot of the cutting.. which i'm very, very thankful for. i think thats my least favorite part. i wasn't sure how long it would take me, so i chose the 'easy' way out by not doing a real binding, but by putting the layers together, and sewing around the edges, and flipping it so the right sides were out. i think it turned out okay, but if i had to do it again i think i would go for the labor of love of doing the hand binding. also instead of quilting it, and instead of the traditional tieing, i sewed on buttons. lots and lots of buttons. 27 of them. haha. i got so excited that i finally finished it that i gave it to her last night. she loved it! on to the pictures.

her favorite color is teal. i tried to make it not so girly so the hubby can enjoy it too.

here's a closeup of the fabrics-

the pattern is called Fun in the Square from a book called Quilts for Kids to Love by Kathy Wesley. i made it a bit larger than the pattern though because... well, its not for a kid. i just liked the idea of it being a good beginners quilt. it's definitely big enough to cuddle with on the couch, i just forgot to measure the final size. i learned so much from the process, and i'm pretty sure i'll be making another one sometime im the future.
thanks for looking!
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5  hat and scarf to match coat in Crochet: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: March 04, 2009 09:12:50 AM
last weekend i went to this wonderful fabulous amazing yarn boutique in my city. it was my first time there.. and i was seriously like a kid in a candy store. i wanted 3 of everything. after walking around and touching EVERYTHING i decided on 3 skeins of cascade yarns that matched my good winter coat. that same day i whipped up this hat and scarf. i dont know why i'm obsessed with the 3 strand thing. it just goes so quickly. on to the picture!

sooo the picture is kinda crappy.. and you cant really see the scarf.. but here's a closeup of it. its just a simple single crochet.

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6  my first needle roll in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mnmcoffee on: February 26, 2009 11:43:00 AM
alright. so here's a little backround story.
mid-january, my great aunt of 84 passed away. while going through all the treasures and junk in her house, i came across her bag of knitting and crocheting supplies. she had a small collection of knitting needles in a needle roll.. which was falling apart. luckly, i also came across some awesome vintage fabric. what better way to keep her memory with me than to make a new needle roll out of the fabric that i found in her house?
here's the result- my first needle roll.

its kinda hard to see but the inner fabric is light pink with white polka dots.

here it is all rolled up and tied-

and a closeup of the outter fabric- its a navy blue tweed like fabric with multi-color specs. this is also the closeup of my crappy sewing skills. haha.

now all i need to do is switch from crocheting to knitting.  Grin
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7  old pillow + leftover fabric = puppy pillow bed in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: January 10, 2009 11:57:02 PM
i had a pillow that was pretty worn out.. but i just hate throwing things away. i had also made a laptop sleeve for my friend and had... a ton.. of leftover fabric. so whats a girl to do but make a doggie pillow bed for her little scottie friend? i took pictures during the process and then my camera broke, so i had to wait a while before my camera got fixed and the bed got a bit used. so, the picture is post drool, post mud, and post leaves.

sorry no action shots  Sad
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8  3-strand baby blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: January 10, 2009 11:18:43 PM
this is my first finished big-ish crochet project.. other than the typical hats and scarves that i hold so dear, and my first post on this board. now that i know how to resize pictures i'll sure to be posting more. Smiley i made this little blanket for a friend of mine who is due with her second baby in march. i single crocheted 3 strands of vanna's choice baby in 'boy colors' with a pretty big hook... i dont remember what size it is. it turned out soo thick and soft.. it came together very quickly using the 3 strands. i wanted to keep it for myself! i couldn't wait any longer so i gave it to her already. luckly i got a couple pictures before i did though.

here's a crappy kinda full picture..

and here's a close up of the colors i chose

C&C welcome Smiley
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9  very first freezer paper stencil-- tegan & sara tee. in Stenciling: Completed Projects by mnmcoffee on: January 10, 2009 11:00:00 PM
this is my first project post.. so bear with me.  Smiley this was my first attempt at the freezer paper stencil. i have to say that it was very easy.. ive since made a tote for my crochet supplies which also came out pretty good, but ive yet to take pictures of that. on to the t-shirt!

close up

i <3 tegan & sara.
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