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1  Perler Bead Rainbow Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by meleriffic on: April 01, 2018 04:06:24 AM


I was just playing around with perler beads and made a rainbow. I then decided to turn it into a necklace instead of having it just sit around collecting dust. My 5 year old saw it, and immediately claimed it as her own.
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2  Old Man's Western Shirt to Baby's Western Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: February 28, 2018 05:21:02 PM
My sister had a shirt that used to be my grandpa's that she got as something to remember him by after he died. She decided it wasn't really all that useful just hanging in a closet and asked me to make it into a dress for her 3 month old.



The shirt (I forgot to take a picture oops) was very see through so I pulled some fabric from my stash to use as lining. And for a long time, that is as far as I got. I kept putting off making the dress because I was having a hard time figuring out how to make it. I didn't want to make a peasant dress style and I wanted to incorporate the snaps. Also, I was more than a little intimidated to cut into this shirt because there was no replacing it if I messed up. And wouldn't you know it, I cut out the bodice pieces wrong.

I had found and bought a pattern for a baby dress with buttons all down the back. However, it made a separate button placket for the entire dress. I didn't want to do this because I was planning on using the snaps already on the shirt and just wanted to cut out bodice pieces and skirt pieces. In hind sight, I could have just used any baby dress pattern and it would have worked. (Oh well. Live and learn.)  Since I had paid for the pattern I wanted to use the bodice pieces (to justify my having purchased it in the first place). But when I cut the pieces out, I had forgotten about the separate button placket. Which meant that my pieces were to short to overlap and button up. Gah!

Luckily, it turned out to be a fortunate thing. Because of this the front bodice piece is the blue fabric without being covered by the white, and I think it turned out really cute. To fix my mistake I just sandwiched the snap plackets that I cut off from the too small bodice pieces in between the new blue outer bodice piece and the lining.  This meant that the top of the snap placket was raw, while the rest of the neckline wasn't. So to fix this, I added bias tape around the entire neckline.

To show the pictures of the dress to my sister (who lives in another state) and to kind of check fit, I used my 6 month old as a model. It was a little tight on her, but luckily fits my niece perfectly and matches her cowgirl boots.



And here's a closer look at the sleeves, which is my favorite part of the dress.  I made them using the cuffs from the shirt.

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3  Navy Silk Scarf in Weaving: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: January 13, 2018 08:29:35 AM
I wove this silk scarf for husbands sister for Christmas.  It was my first time weaving silk and I loved it.



Close up:
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4  Trio of Baby Blankets in Weaving: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: January 12, 2018 08:46:46 AM
My Sister, my Sister-in-Law, and I all had baby girls this past year (mine in August, both of theirs in November), so I decided to make us all almost matching blankets. All three were woven on the same warp, but each one used a different color of weft.







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5  Yarn Dump in Spinning: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: January 12, 2018 08:34:57 AM
I realized I haven't been very good at posting my handspun yarn. So here are several that I have spun.



















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6  Table Runner in Weaving: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: July 06, 2017 08:11:41 PM
My husband let me purchase a used floor loom as a Mother's Day present. The first project I chose to make was a table runner that I will be giving my mother for Christmas.

Finished right side:


Showing the backside:


Close up of pattern:


On the loom:
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7  Little Elephant Girl named Gem in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by meleriffic on: July 06, 2017 08:06:36 PM
So I started this elephant back in April 2016 and had everything finished but hand sewing the ears on. But for some reason I really did not want to do it, so there she sat for over a year just waiting for ears. My daughter (who long ago claimed the elephant) finally brought her to me and asked me to finish her. So I finally just did it. It was a lot less complicated than I feared (go figure).  She is made from a Dolls and Daydreams Pattern.

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8  Car Seat Canopy in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by meleriffic on: July 06, 2017 08:01:06 PM
I made this car seat canopy for my little girl who will be born in September. I decided to be a little more fancy and add some embellishments.  So I found a tutorial on you tube on making bows and set to hand sewing them. Not my most favorite thing to do, but I love how they turned out.





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9  Reversible Car Seat Canopy in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by meleriffic on: May 12, 2017 11:43:18 AM
I made this car seat canopy for my friend who is having a little boy at the end of the month. I wasn't sure which fabric she would like the best, so I made it reversible.



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10  Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by meleriffic on: May 12, 2017 11:38:20 AM
It seems that there are lots of babies being born this year, and while sometime a lightweight burp cloth is all you need, other times it just doesn't cut it. So I made these using Gerber Prefold cloth diapers. The three in the first 2 pictures I gave to my friend who is having a little boy any day now.  I'm keeping the bottom 7 for myself.







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