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21  big birthday badge in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: May 01, 2012 01:04:40 AM
I made this birthday badge for my mum....

It's a big circle of crochet with a frilly edging...the numbers, spots and backing are made from felt and sewn on and it's about as big as the palm of my hand...

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22  Vintage fabric bags... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by secondhandsusie on: March 19, 2012 01:12:41 AM
I've been making lots of these, it's just a basic rectangle pattern with a gusset at the bottom, they're made out of my considerable vintage fabric stash (that I have to work through before I have room for any more!)

They're lined with vintage fabric too (this photo is of one inside out so you can see the lining!)  

I'm having issues with the lining actually, I use the same pattern as the bag to cut it out, then check it against the sewn outer before pinning and sewing it up, and no matter what I do the lining is the wrong size once I've sewn it...which then, as I sew the two together, makes a fold in the outside of the bag or in the lining....does anyone know how to stop this happening?  I can't work it out!
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23  Easter bunny brooches in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: March 16, 2012 03:11:59 PM
I made these bunny brooches for Easter, they're the same basic pattern as some crochet owl's I make, but with long bunny ears instead of pointy owl ears, you basically do a couple of rounds of crochet to make the body, then slip stitch around the edge of your circle for a couple of stitches, then chain 4, do a single crochet into the 2nd ch from the hook, then the next 2 chs, and join back to the body...repeat for the other ear!
(does that make sense, I can never describe crochet properly!)
 I added vintage fabric tummies and hand embroidered faces.

I also made another flock of owls! Twit Twoo!

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24  Granny stripe bags... in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: March 10, 2012 03:17:05 PM
I made these bags from stripey granny square stitch in the round then sewed up the bottom, added a lining and handles...I love the rainbow one, I took it to a craft fair today but it didn't sell, so I think I might keep it for myself!

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25  granny stripe tea light holders... in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: February 21, 2012 01:24:49 PM
I picked up a couple of tiny glasses in the charity shop this morning for 10p each with the idea of crocheting round them...this is what came out!  They're done in the granny stripe stitch (which I first saw on attic 24 and then worked out for myself) in the round using vintage or charity shop yarns and a 3mm crochet hook...I think they're soo pretty!

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26  little owl brooches with vintage fabric tummies... in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 31, 2012 07:36:20 AM
I've just finished making loads of these...

They're just a couple of rounds of crochet with some ears added (I found a pattern online that helped me work out how to do the ears, but I can't find the link now...basically you finish the 2nd round, do a slip stitch, do 1 dc+2chs+1dc into the next st, slp st around 3 or 4 more sts, then repeat the 1dc+2chs+1dc and finish off)

Then I added vintage fabric tummies using bondaweb iron on sticky stuff, and hand sewed eyes and a beak on each.  They're lined with felt on the back too!

Twit twoo!! C&C welcome Smiley x
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27  Re-covered vintage hand mirror.. in Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 29, 2012 02:31:22 PM
 Last night at about 5 past midnight my mind started whirring about this old mirror that's been sitting in my drawer for at least 5 years.  It was my Nan's, and I snaffled it when she died, it was covered with years worth of hairspray, and much as I enjoy the image of her looking at her perm and spraying it solid using the mirror, it wasn't very nice to look at.  I washed it a bit overenthusiastically and water seeped into it, making the fabric go all brown and gross.  Last night I decided I could probably find that mirror, take it apart and recover it.  So I did...

I didn't get a before pic, I ate my coco pops then went straight into dismantling mode, but you can see in this photo the pink fabric that was on it before (top left)  and some cool vintage hovercraft card that was used as padding in the mirror too! 

To dismantle the mirror you need to unscrew the cap off the end  then pull the handle off , then pull the cap at the top of the handle down  then remove the metal frame around the mirror.  Then you need to draw round one of your pieces with the new fabric you want to use...I used this vintage flowery stuff someone gave me...and cut it out.  Next you have to sandwich all the layers back together again...mine went mirror, metal handle thingy, vintage hovercraft cardboard, new fabric, perspex cover and hold on to them really tight while you feed all of it into the metal frame.  This is the trickiest part and took several goes, in the end I had to take out a layer of cardboard (there were 2 originally) but I still only spent about 10 minutes fiddling with it.  Once you have the frame back on you can put the caps and handle back on and tighten it up again
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28  Salt Dough Buttons.. in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 17, 2012 12:39:19 PM
hiya...I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I made buttons out of salt dough...

I added some lemon juice to my salt dough mixture which is supposed to make it harder (seems to have worked, I have thrown several on the floor and work surfaces in my kitchen and they're all still intact!) then baked them, painted and varnished them...they're to add to crochet flower brooches...

This photo is before I baked them, I hand shaped most of them but used a cutter for the stars and for some of the smaller round ones.

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29  More vintage fabric cards... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by secondhandsusie on: January 17, 2012 12:06:39 PM
I've been busy with these again...they're little squares of vintage fabrics double sided sticky tapes into aperture cards!

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30  Crochet flowers and butterflies and handmade buttons! in Crochet: Completed Projects by secondhandsusie on: January 17, 2012 12:02:25 PM
I've been making lots of crochet flowers...I designed the flowers myself and used mostly vintage yarn to make them, I made the buttons from salt dough and painted them too!  I also made some butterflies and added sequins and beads to the wings!

c&c welcome Smiley
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