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1  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by reuse on: August 14, 2012 08:18:31 AM
Finally my pictures!

I had my sister take them for me because I haven't been home yet to see my package in person yet, but MAN it is awesome!! (I'm so sorry for the low quality pics, I don't think my sister understood I was sharing them)

I looooove everything I got!

A birdy card!

swap3 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

This amazing mask!? How did she know I have an Owl costume with no mask?!? (for real)

swap1 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

This awesome bag!

swap6 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

swap7 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

swap8 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

And this awesome magnet!

swap5 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

swap4 by CarlyFriesen, on Flickr

I love it all, THANK YOU!!! so much!
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2  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by reuse on: February 11, 2011 02:49:49 PM
I received from vallyncia today and everything was amazing!  Cheesy Cheesy

First I got this beautiful apron! You can't really see, but there is a heart sewn on to the front!

Then, I got a cuteee little bag with candy hearts in it!! so awesome, I love candy hearts! AND homemade chocolate!  its sooo good, my roommates also loved it

and here is a shot of the candy/tin closed and my lovely valentine, with a beautiful poem in it! THANK YOU!

last, here is a shot of a funny candy heart:  fax me hahha

Thanks soooo much Vallyncia! I loved it all, and your sewing skills are great!  Kiss

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3  Zippered Clutch Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by reuse on: January 09, 2011 12:30:37 PM
Over this winter break I decided I wanted to try writing a tutorial. This tutorial has definitely been done before, but I hope my version will help make this project seem easier to someone! This is the first tutorial I have written so please let me know if there is anything that is unclear and I will try my best to help clarify!

Here is what you will end up with:

First what you need:

    * 4 pieces of fabric 5'' X 6.25''(12.5cm X 16cm) - 2 of the outside fabric, and 2 of the lining fabric
    * 1 piece of fabric (for the strap) 13'' X 2.5'' (35cm X 6cm)
    * 1 Zipper (the one shown is a 7inch zipper, but I cut 1.5'' off the end, don't worry, ill show you below!)
    * Thread (this will show on the outside of the clutch, so pick a colour you like)

Because I had a zipper that was too long, I had to shorten it a bit. To do this start by sewing over the zipper about half a centimeter in from where you will be cutting it. The simply cut off the end you don;t need, in this case about 1.5 inches (or 3.5 cm).  Hopefully you can see this in the second picture below.

Once your zipper is the right size, you will want to sew a little piece of fabric on to each end of the zipper. This will help to make the edges of the zipper look nice and clean once it is all sewed together.

Now that you have a good looking zipper, you want to start sewing the sides of the clutch onto the zipper. First place the liner fabric (right side UP), then place the zipper on top of the liner fabric with the top zipper edge aligned with the top of the liner fabric. Finally place the outer fabric on top of the zipper (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, and aligning the top edges together. Now just pin along the top edge and sew the three layers together. (Remember to use your zipper foot!)

Now flip the pieces of fabric you sewed down to the other side of the zipper, so you can see the bare side of the zipper. Again place the liner under the zipper (right side UP) with the top edge of the zipper aligning with the top edge of the liner fabric. Place the outside fabric (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, the same way you did with the previous side. Now pin the three layers together and sew along the top edge.

Look at how great it is so far! ....Now, flip the fabric you just sewed so the right side is out and the zipper can be seen on the top and the bottom. Once you have done this, pin down the fabric around the zipper, you will be pinning through the outer fabric, the zipper and the lining fabric.

Sew around the edge of the zipper. Make sure you use a colour of thread you like, because this will show (also keep using that zipper foot!).

 Now the clutch is almost ready, but we have to make the strap first. This part is nice and easy. Take your long piece of fabric and fold it in half (right sides TOGETHER) and sew along the edge, creating a tube. Now, turn that tube inside out and iron flat with the seam in the middle.

For this next part make sure you leave the zipper OPEN!!

Pin the pieces of fabric so that the outside fabrics are touching (right sides together), and the lining pieces of fabric are together. Fold the strap in half (with the seam inside the fold) and then slide the strap into the side of the outside fabric section. (the next picutre shows this in more detail). Once it is all pinned together sew around the rectangle you have created, BUT make sure you leave an area open in the lining. The area I left open is marked with the two tall pins. It is also important to make sure you sew over the strap a few times so that it is nice and secure.

This is just a more detailed picture showing how to slide the strap into the outer fabric section.

We are almost done! Now that you have this rectangle all sewed, trim the edges, cut your threads, and flip it inside out through the hole you left in the bottom. You will see you almost have a clutch, but there is still that hole in the bottom.

Pin the whole in the bottom closed so no raw edges show, and then sew it closed! (again, this stitching will show, so pick a colour of thread you like).

Push the lining into the clutch, push out the corners, and sit back and admire your lovely clutch!!

And add a label if you wish Smiley

I hope that this is helpful! Please comment and let me know if anything is unclear. Good luck sewing Smiley

Also, a few more details can be found on my blog: http://asewciallife.blogspot.com/2011/01/zippered-clutch-tutorial.html

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4  box spring into new pot rack! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by reuse on: June 11, 2010 09:21:43 AM
So my roommate had an old box spring where the fabric had molded, and thus couldn't be used.. BUT we realized the wooden base/metal stuff in side was still good. So we kept it in the back yard for a while trying to figure out what we could do with it!

Finally my roommates came up with this beautiful idea of making it into a pot rack! We cut the frame in half (because the whole thing was much to big.. it was a queen!) and then we attached a bunch of hooks to it, and drilled it into the wall... check it out:

in the kitchen:

thanks for looking!
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5  GAGA BRA!! :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by reuse on: February 17, 2010 08:44:10 PM

Ive become a little inspired by lady gaga, and all of her AMAZING clothes just make me want to create!

This is a bra I saw in her Just Dance video, and I fell in love with it!

so here is its, the GAGA BRA! or as my friends have named it: disco boobs!

Just to answer a few questions, here are some details on how it was made/material costs
- I got the bra on sale for $10
- I bought 2 disco balls from the dollar store for $2 (but only used one.. im a 36 C, so anyone bigger then that would need more because i used the wholeeee thing.)
- I used super glue to attach them to the bra, and I used 4 tubes, for $4

The total cost was $16 dollars!  and the super glue works really great! I didn't put any squares under the side arms because i had a feeling that would really start to hurt. Its actually pretty comfortable the way it is, but the bra did become a lot heavier so straps, or a very well fitting strapless bra is key!

some in the making shots

with a shirt

Im going to get a better shirt to wear with it, and I will post the action shots then, I just got so excited to share this!  Hope you enjoy it too Smiley

EDIT, here it is in action:


ps here is the original gaga version:

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6  blue snuggle sized quilt! (aka lap quilt) in Quilting: Completed Projects by reuse on: October 23, 2009 12:44:58 PM

So I have seen tons of the coin quilts online and they looked too cute not to make!  I loved using the charm packs for the rectangles, because its so easy to just cut them in half and sew!

It is a great couch sized quilt, and adds a nice homie touch to my very student home! haha

anyways, here it is:

the whole thing, being held by my nice friend Smiley

and some outside shots

thanks for looking!! Cheesy

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7  Re: PINK, Shiny, Girly Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by reuse on: September 28, 2009 03:17:47 PM
okay, so I actually cant stop smiling!! I just got my package and it is AMAZING!!!!!! Cheesy

thank you SO SO SOOOOOO much KCmonkey!  I felt like it was christmas morning, everything is perfect, and so pink and awesome!

Now to show you what im talking about:

AMAZING pillow, with a note book, necklace kit, breast cancer awareness tag that I put on my key chain, cupcake pincushion (LOVEEEE), and the best hot pad ever (says "Carly's Cooking Up Trouble")!

I was so excited that I did what i do on Christmas and I tried to wear all my new things at once! Thats right, I got 2 t-shirts and 2 wrist warmer sets! (im wearing both the wrist warmers haha ps yes I am 20!!)

Warmers up close

Pillow up close, soooo amazing!

and my (Pi)nk shit!! (im a nerd who loves pink, so this was my favorite item for sure!! And it fits perfect!

THANKS so much, as you can see i love everything! you were such a fun partner!

hope you all enjoyed looking at the stuff I got Smiley
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8  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, Third Quarter 2009 in The Swap Gallery by reuse on: September 10, 2009 09:03:36 PM
the lovely theballandskein made me this awesome hook roll, i have wanted one forever, and was glad to finally get one!


and open:

thanks so much! its awesome!! Cheesy
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9  my first (VERY pink) quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by reuse on: September 08, 2009 10:51:03 AM
So, this is my first quilt and im so excited about how it turned out! I really like it and its so warm and cozy!

I got the idea from this very awesome tutorial: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-ragged-squares-quilt.html  THANKS crazymomquilts! Smiley

I picked out all the fabric and it took forever to cut into all the squares, but now its finally done and I have a new bed!

check it out:
before i moved, in my old house

it is new matching room!

the back


Here are two more, they are outdoor pics so the colour is more accurate in these!

thanks for looking! Cheesy
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10  Re: Share My Best Medium with 3 People Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by reuse on: July 23, 2009 09:17:01 PM

I received from crafty.Canadian a few days ago and here is her lovely creation!

hanging out on the wall

and up close (SO impressive)

thanks so much! she is a cutie! Cheesy
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