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41  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / A Freudian slip on a shirt? on: January 05, 2009 04:21:12 AM
My boyfriend saw a shirt like this and wanted me to make one for his stepbrother.  He somehow talked me into it.  I made a poor man's silk screen (old curtain sheer in an embroidary hoop).  I hand filled the screen, which took FOREVER!  Then I screened a shirt.  It came out well, so I made one for my bro-in-law.  Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy.  I wish I would have zoomed in on the print...

42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pencil roll on: January 05, 2009 04:05:20 AM
I made this for my boyfriend's 11 year old sister.  She has told me on several occasions that she wants to be an architect/interior designer when she grows up  Smiley

The ties are sewn on opposite sides, instead of on one side, so she can tie it around her waist while she's drawing at an easel.

43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / clutch recycled out of an old jacket on: January 05, 2009 04:02:20 AM
I made this for my boyfriend's stepsister for Christmas.  The outside is an old "boyfriend" jacket that I regrettably wore with billowy baby doll dresses in the early nineties.  It needed a new life, so I made this clutch.  The inside is scrap fabric I stole from my mother.  The whole thing cost about $0.66 (for the magnetic snap closure).

44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / yoga bag using Amy Butler pattern on: January 05, 2009 03:58:59 AM
I made a yoga mat bag for my boyfriend's stepmom.  I used the free Amy Butler pattern:  http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/NigellaYogaBag.pdf

With the interfacing, the bottom seam was tough to sew.  The fabrics were so stiff!  So the circle is a bit wonky.   

Ignore the chair in the background--I'm not done reupholstering it!

45  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Several homemade Christmas gifts - pic heavy on: December 19, 2008 02:57:03 AM
I've done a lot of work, and have several partly finished gifts.  If I'm going to make all that's on my list (see https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213996.msg3189089#msg3189089), then I still have a lot of work to do! 

Here are some of the things I've completed:

For my boyfriend's step sis--a clutch made out of an old jacket I wore in the early 90s and the lining is leftover purple satin fabric from my mom's fabric chest.  Total cost=$0.66 for the snap closure: 

For my boyfriend's mother, a new gardening apron out of an old valence.  Total cost=$0.00:

and grocery bags out of old fabric.  Total cost = $0.00 (I got the idea from trickygirlb https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282037.0):

For my boyfriend's 11 yr old sis, who wants to be an interior designer/architect when she grows up, a pencil roll with some art pencils.  The pencils were on sale on black Friday for $2.00.  I actually bought fabric, instead of using scraps.  So, with the pencils, the total cost for this was: $2.67:

For my boyfriend's stepfather, who likes to work outside a lot, a cooling neck tie like the ones mentioned somewhere in this forum (sorry--I forget where I saw the suggestion) and described at http://www.pioneerthinking.com/bf_coolingtie.html.  I used scrap fabric, but had to buy the water wise beads.  They were $3.99 at the nursery.  But there's enough there to make at least 8 neckties.  I made one for my dad and am making one for my boyfriend's dad as well.  I used scrap fabric, so they'll cost about $0.50 each.  That's way cheaper than the $10.00 one I bought at REI.  In this photo is my REI one (on top), one that I made but didn't soak (middle), one that I made and tested by soaking (bottom).  It worked really well!

Thanks for looking and for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.  I got a lot of inspiration from this board.
46  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mario and Princess Peach costumes - pic heavy on: December 11, 2008 04:49:38 AM
So, I'm a little late at posting these, but here are photos of our Mario and Princess Peach costumes.  I made all of my costume (Peach) except the gloves and the wig.  The dress was made out of basic broadcloth.  The jewelry was made out of Femo clay.  I made Mario's mushroom and hat out of polar fleece (the hat is lined with satin).  Mario's shirt and overalls were thrift store finds.  The overalls weren't the right color, so we had to dye them darker.  The yellow buttons (1/2 off at JoAnn's) were tied on with matching ribbon.  I wanted to make a bunch of 1UP mushrooms, but didn't have the time or energy to sew them.  So I made 1UP cupcakes.  They're a little sloppy, but they were yummy!

47  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Dior Eclipse Swing Coat on: November 25, 2008 09:47:15 PM
I love the Dior Eclipse Swing Coat, but could never afford it.  Any suggestions on how to make it myself?  Any pattern ideas?


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