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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sock Puddies on: July 11, 2010 04:13:45 AM
thanks everyone  Cheesy I have a bunch of new pink spotty/stripey/hearts little girls socks to do next - I'm thinking a litter of kittens for the 'mummy sock' - some ladies grey socks with multi coloured pastel hearts on  Cheesy

and yes I prefer that second sock puddie I posted above - he's just so much fatter and cuddlier looking, and his face is cuter - he was my firstborn though, so maybe that's it!  Cheesy
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Puddies on: July 09, 2010 09:29:16 AM

Have probably been done before, but I just love making them - I'm addicted!  Cheesy Idea is from this fab book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stray-Sock-Sewing-One-Kind/dp/0715330160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278692345&sr=8-1 stray sock sewing, by Dan Ta - only I like to give my sock puddies a tail to swish, and I love the variety of expressions that appear with each one - totally unpredictable personalities, just like real kitties!  Cheesy

So simple to make - I use stuffing from a new pillow instead of toy stuffing - much cheaper! You need a pair of trainer socks or trainer liners as they may be called - the type of sock that stops below the ankle. One sock makes the puddy - stuff it to shape, use the heel of the sock for the cat's face, and sew the ankle of the sock in a slight curve, to form the ear shapes. The other sock makes the arms - cut off the toe, then cut in half and you have 2 arms....and the tail - use the curve in the heel for the kink in the tail - sew with right sides together, turn and stuff and sew on very firmly.  Then have fun embroidering a face on!  Cheesy I used a hair elastic for the collar on the first one, but ribbon is cute too!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: snowdrop platter on: June 26, 2010 09:31:13 AM
that is so beautiful! You're so clever!  Shocked I prefer monochrome too - you made a good choice  Cheesy yep it's elve *waves*  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Beach Towels to Bath Robe on: June 26, 2010 01:25:17 AM
thanks for your comments everyone  Cheesy
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Frozen Bbbbrrrrraaaaaaaaaiiiiinnnns!!!! Zombies Yeti Hybrid on: June 25, 2010 04:37:20 AM
adorable!!!!  Cheesy
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Frog Princess Singlet on: June 25, 2010 04:36:24 AM
oh that is lovely - and so much neater than my sewing ever is  Cheesy Frogs are my fav, and pink - so a frog/fairy/princess in pink is just perfect  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: New Bellydance outfit on: June 25, 2010 04:33:10 AM
wow I love that bra! It is sooooo clever how you fastened it too with the D-rings  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beach Towels to Bath Robe on: June 25, 2010 04:28:14 AM

The bathrobe was made from 2 beach towels on special offer! :p Have been wanting new bathrobes for ages, but too expensive for me.  Got these towels instead for 8 for 2!  Cheesy

First wash and dry the towels! Then cut off the top 18" from both towels.


Cut the binding off one of the 18" offcuts and cut in half (the other one makes a good hand towel)


Then cut the other towel in half lengthways, swap the sides over so the bound edge of the towel is in the centre, for the front opening of the bathrobe.


neaten all the raw edges from cutting, using a deep zigzag stitch on the machine. I set mine to 4 zigzag and 2 on normal stitch.


sew the back to the 2 front pieces at the shoulder seams, right sides facing each other - sew about 10" along from the shoulder edge (if it's too big on the neck you can easily sew a bit further by hand like I did, after trying it on)


With son's robe, I then sewed up the side seams, sewed the sleeves into tubes, and set the sleeves into the gaps I'd left in the side seams. With mine I opened up the shoulder seam flat


opened the whole thing up flat, right side up


found the centre of the sleeve piece by folding in half (use the bound edge for the cuff)


matched this to the shoulder seam and pinned


opened out the sleeve piece flat and pinned to the body of the robe, right sides facing each other


sewed both sleeves on - this is what it looks like opened up after sewing


folded the robe in half again, right sides inside


inserted a ribbon loop for the belt carrier - loop to the INSIDE of the robe, roughly at a square angle from the sleeve cuff


pinned and sewed each side from the cuff down to the hem in one go. When you do the underarm there is 6 layers of towelling! So to get the machine to sew through this thickness, lift up the presser foot while you go round that bit. To turn corners leave the needle down in the fabric and pivot the garment. And you're done! Of course if I had a car and money I'd have gone shopping for some MATCHING ribbon and a cord for a belt, but I'm a make-do-and-mender  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Handstitched Coasters on: June 25, 2010 04:21:27 AM

these little coasters make such a difference, and protect your furniture at the same time. Easy and fun to sew by hand, they are a good sewing project to take out and about with you, or to whip up when time is short  Smiley

5" (13cm) square of patterned fabric - same of cotton towelling (or use 3 layers of cotton teeshirting) - plus about 7" (18cm) backing fabric

fold the sides over once

then again, and pin

pin opposite sides then tack with large stitches, unless you're an experienced sewist

pin the other 2 sides

use 3 strands of embroidery floss, or 2 of normal thread, and stitch big running stitches all round the border

then quilt it with running stitch to hold the layers together

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Show me your Christmas tree! on: December 21, 2009 03:52:00 AM
My little homespun tree  Cheesy I made all the decorations apart from (of course!) the lights, and the pine cones

Not content with that, I made this one, approx 3' tall, from gift wrap and tinsel stuck to the wall with blu tack (sticky tack) - I think it would be a great project for kids at Christmas - they could make paper bauble shapes, colour them in, stick glitter on them etc. and cover their own little paper tree with decorations  Cheesy

I'm sure a more sophisticated version could be made from co-ordinated gift wraps, but I guess sophistication eludes me!  Grin
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