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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ruby Doll on: October 14, 2007 06:23:22 AM
I just finished this Ruby Doll for my soon-to-be born daughter today (free pattern from One Red Robin: http://oneredrobin.com/ruby-doll-patterns-and-instructions/). The doll is mainly machine sewn, with some portions (of the face) handstitched.

I'd been looking around for toy patterns that I could use and finally found this one that I really liked - the size of the finished doll is about 11 inches tall.  I don't have that much imagination so I pretty much copied the colour combination, etc.

Initally was a little worried about getting the face right (this is like my 2nd soft toy) but thankfully the eyes didn't come out lopsided!

This is going to be displayed in the baby nursery Smiley

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red Blue and White Piggy Baby Quilt on: October 08, 2007 03:26:09 AM
As my soon to be born daughter will be born in the year of the Pig (according to the Chinese horoscope), I made her a quilt with little piggies!

Here it is hanging over the crib:

Before I started, I went around searching for ideas and really liked this quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173624.0), so I copied the pattern & colour combination, but enlarged it (my quilt is 33" square).

I had a terrible time with the red binding, because the colour of the fabric ran ALOT (I prewashed it many times) and I ended up handsewing the binding as the fabric layers kept slipping on my machine (I used a regular industrial sewing machine). This is my 2nd attempt with patchwork/quilting.
thank you for all your kind comments, and colour run-prevention tips! and yes, I knew when I started that I didn't want a pastel-ly or pink quilt.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Tote for Friend's Daughter on: August 26, 2007 07:45:00 AM
This is for my friend's daughter's 3rd birthday - I wanted to give her something special, so I thought I'd make her a tote bag. This is really simple and I finished it in about 1.5 - 2 hours. The outside is an IKEA floral dishtowel I bought sometime back, and the inside and straps are cotton gingham.

The little girl's name is danielle, so I included a felt "D" to make it truly hers!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Be-ribboned Booties: One-Skein Wonder on: August 13, 2007 05:51:37 AM
This pair of baby booties is based on the pattern from Judith Durant's book, One-Skein Wonder.

Was really fast and easy to knit up, and I did it while watching TV. (Didn't even take 1 skein!)

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / *Vintage* Fabric Patchwork Baby Blanket on: August 06, 2007 01:00:17 AM
Knowing that I craft, my friend passed me a whole stash of her grandma's vintage fabric scraps. In return, I decided to use the scraps to make her a patchwork blanket. It's for her baby girl, who is due in October. I spent quite a lot of time working out the colour combination and the placement of various pieces.

The blanket has light quilting batting in between, and flannel for the back so that it will be comfortable for the baby. Initially I wanted to attempt to quilt it, but after reading up on quilting, it sounded too daunting plus it called for a "walkiing footer" (?) which I don't have.

To keep the batting in place, I stitched 2 squares, 1 about 1.5" from the edge of the blankie and another right in the centre so it has a slight "quilted" look. This is super easy and doesn't need anything special other than your standard sewing machine.

This was my first time doing patchwork - it went off quite smoothly largely because I did a lot of planning and measurements beforehand. I plotted the pattern based on a 2" by 2" grid and then made the templates for each fabric piece (total 77 pieces).  It took me a total of 2 (long) nights and an afternoon to finish. I was surprised because I expected it to take a lot more time! It's also been a while since I've sewn, so I was a little worried that I might be going in over my head but I had such fun doing it! Now I can't wait to wrap it up and give it away!

I'm going to be making another one soon, because my own baby is coming in November Smiley

On my couch

Orange flannel on the flip side

Closeup of each patchwork square; includes vintage eyelet and calico fabric

One last shot

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dotted Circle Skirt on: September 24, 2006 09:17:36 PM
It's very simple, something that I made some time back. It was easy to draft the pattern and OK to sew. Only difficulty I had at that point was sewing the hem because of the curved edges.

Turned out too small for me though (it has a 24 " waist!) and I never bothered to fix it unfortunately.

But I love the classic black & white polka dots and it's a circular skirt, so it's nice and full and fun to twirl in!

Front View


Side View

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dotty Clutch on: September 24, 2006 09:08:48 PM
I used laurasaurus' design from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24610.msg203359#msg203359, but made my own pattern for the bag. I also sewed it a little differently for the lining and the top bands.  You can see the differences if you compare my pics back to the original post.  

For the band, I first sewed it as a complete circle, then fitted it to the top of main piece, and top stitched around the edge of the band joining the 2 pieces together.  That was the only rather tricky part of the whole sewing process.  Other than that, things were pretty straightforward and went quite smoothly.

There should be a button on the front tab closure, but I haven't put that in. So that's my sewing pin holding it in place right now.



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Fabric Cushion Cover on: July 11, 2006 08:32:26 AM
made this today, very fast and easy - the front is vintage fabric and the back is orange garbedine

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bottlecap pincushions galore on: July 10, 2006 02:37:46 AM
i made these for a bunch of my sewing friends.
they're tiny...the bottoms are all recycled bottlecaps.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A bevy of passport holders on: July 09, 2006 09:41:20 AM
I made these to sell for a craft fair. They are passport holders and all made of cotton fabric, some of which are quilt fabrics.
I sold the one on the far right (cutest poodle print with the word "Lollipop' scattered around) and the 3rd from right (red).

inside of one

Oh and that's a bottlecap pincushion that I made for a friend lurking in the corner Smiley
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