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21  Meat Richard Cochran (anatomically correct doll) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: September 17, 2010 06:32:04 PM
Well, I participated in a Doll Parts swap and we were to make anatomically correct dolls.

Meet Richard Cochran.

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22  Another Tute (BLEACH OUT) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ayanared on: August 10, 2010 05:22:42 PM

So, I know that every single person on craftster knows how to convert some blue jeans into a blue jean bag by cutting out the crotch and sewing it together.  (Back when I learned out to do it, I was so stoked, I collected all types from friends, family, and goodwill.)

As you can see, it got to be pretty ridiculous.

I also, got super sick of making those bags.  They just all looked kinda dorky to me.  Maybe it is my crafty ADD or maybe it's because I really didn't have a standard when I was collecting jeans.  (b/c I have actually seen some cute ones on here - but I think they started out as cute jeans).  Anyway, I found this new technique to make them look less dorky.

So, since I was going to create a tutorial on bleaching out the denim bag, (I sometimes call it tie-bleaching) I may as well, start from scratch.  (i.e. the jeans). Just in case there is one person out there that doesn't know how to do it, yet.

They started out as this:

Well, actually this:

Because I used the legs to make another bag.  There is a tutorial for that one, too: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356237.0

First, turn the jeans inside out and cut the legs off all the way up to the crotch

Then I cut at the crotch in the front and the back to reduce bulking.  You can go ahead and sew this back down, or wait till the very end like I do.

Sew across the bottom an turn right side out.

Make the straps.  I was pretty low on leg, b/c I used it to make that other bag.  So, I had to scrounge some pieces together to form some type of rectangular shape..  But was happy that I was able to use these scraps.  Waste not, want not!

Fold the sides in.

Then fold together.  And top stitch!

Then, I pinned the straps on positioned the way I wanted.  I did NOT cut them, b/c I was scared I wouldn't have enough. I cut at the very end.

Sew the straps in a rectangular pattern to make sure they are strong.

Then, I finished the bag!  Well the sewing at least.

See?  Dorky.

Now grab a chunk of the bag and put a rubber band around it very tightly.  Do this several times in a random pattern all over your bag.  Well, it doesn't have to be random if you want your pattern to not be.  I love randomness.

Then I prepared to bleach it out.  Do this OUTSIDE.  I did it in the bathroom several times and I think I was poisoned every time.  I couldn't smell anything for 30 minutes.  Even when I turned on the fan.  So, please take my advice and take it outside.  These are your materials.

Bleach, a cup that you will NEVER drink out of, a pitcher of water, and a bucket.

Place your bag (or skirt, or jacket, or jeans) in the bucket.

Make a bleach water mix: 1 part bleach and 4 or 5 parts water. Somtimes I use 1 part bleach and 2 parts water.  This is going to depend on how bleached out you want your bag, how much dye is already in your bag, and how patient you are!  (Which I am not, so I tend to use a lot more bleach than I need)

Do this several times until your bag is mostly wet.  Let let it sit until it bleaches to your satisfaction.  I let it sit for about 30 minutes. (this will also depend on the aforementioned factors, patience being one of them!)

The bottom is going to be more bleached than the top because it has been sitting in your mixture all this time.  But that is okay.  It will contribute to the randomness of the design.

If you want a less randomly bleached bag, you may want to pour the bleach water out before you let your bag sit in it.

Now, very carefully, take your bucket of bleach water and your bag to the washing machine and pour all contents inside.  Put your washer on the rinse cycle.  Once or twice.  Leaving the rubber bands on.  Then take the rubber bands off and wash with detergent.  You will want to get that icky bleach smell out!

Then dry, cut the strings, including the straps that are too long.  And sew up any holes that you see.

And you are DONE!  A lot less, dorky, huh?
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23  PBW Recycling Challenge: Old Baggy Jeans to cute slouch purse PLUS TUTE!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ayanared on: August 10, 2010 07:37:08 AM
So, this transformation was so super simple that I had to make a tutorial.  (and I missed the deadline for the tutorial challenge - and I was wanting to get my tutorial fix!)

So, Here is the final product:

And here is how it started out:

Okay.  So, they were never MY old jeans.  My husband wore them back when he thought it was cool to wear jeans 3 sizes too big.  


I forgot who gave me this dress, but I had so much hope for it.  I love bright colors and I love tie-dye but for whatever reason, this dress looks hideous on me - so hideous that I couldn't bear to put it on - even for this photo. Undecided
And please excuse my son.  It was his bedtime, but he was trying to stay up and help me sew.

I had been meaning to turn it into a skirt that would fit right - but I didn't know what to do with the top part.  (I hated to waste it!).

So, the first thing that I did was cut a section out of each of the legs.  This will serve as the body and the strap of the bag.

Then I cut along a seam in each of the legs.  I chose to leave the seam that was most noticeable because I like that look.  You might want to cut at the other seam if you don't.

Then I put the two pieces right-sides together and cut out enough for a wide strap.

Then I folded over a seam for the top of the bag and pinned it, and sewed it together.

Then I sewed the strap together (right sides together).  I left the ends un-sewed so that I could pull it right side out.

You may want to iron it at this point, so that it would look neater than mine. Roll Eyes

Now, you can start working on the lining.  I used the top from the dress mentioned earlier.  Because I used the top part, I didn't have to sew the sides together.  I just sewed the bottom and the folded top down.

It probably would have been a good idea to use the same colored thread - but I like to cut out as many steps as possible.

Then you just put your lining inside your purse, with the straps where you want them to hang and sew together!  Again, you may want to use a color to match the inside for your bobbin thread and a color to match the outside for you main thread.

And that is the bag!

I added a few crocheted flowers to make the bag look less Halloween-y.  But next time I will consider adding buttons.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I will be happy to answer any!

Oh, and also, you can use the rest of the jeans (the top part) to make the other kind of blue jean bag.  I probably will - then bleach it out.  I hate to waste Wink.

Here is the bleached out bag and ANOTHER tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356286.0
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24  Re: Hippy Swap Round 4 - Gallery of Hippy Happiness! in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: July 29, 2010 03:18:50 PM
Sooooo, I received and let me tell you Abbeeroad is an AMAZING swap partner.  All this stuff is EXACTLY what I love.  Exactly.

So, here is the package before  I went through it:

Do you see that card on top?  It was filled with wonderful things!  She is SUCH a sweet person.

Here is my large.  This lovely skirt made from hand dyed sheets!!!  Can you believe it?  She said: the peace sign is a little imperfect.  WHAT are you kidding me?  It is PERFECT!  It doesn't need to look mass-produced anyway.  Little imperfections are what handmade is all about.  

AND she made a headband to go with the skirt.  I neglected to take a picture of it, but I am running out of time. I need to go tutor in a few minutes.  Hopefully, I can take another picture tomorrow. Wink


And this came straight off of my wists!  I love it so much!  It is so versatile.  I can wear it with jeans or a dress!

And just LOOK at these earrings!

Here is a close up:

I WISH I had her talent!

Here is the necklace and bracelet:

Here is a picture of the bracelet on:

I love it so much.  I am probably going to wear it everyday.   Grin

AND she made me a frame.  This frame shows her amazing talent!:

Just look at all that DETAIL!

ANDDDDD she dyed some tshirts for my husband and son!  I will try to get them to model it later on.  - Sorry, I only took a picture of the big one - but they look exactly the same Smiley.


Thank you THANK you so much Abbeeroad!!!!
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25  Re: another (old fashioned) random gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: June 17, 2010 01:43:08 PM
So, Hika-Chan is NOT a flakster!  She sent me this wonderful package!!!!

Hooks - in the perfect size (for some reason, I seem to always lose these sizes), Yarn - in my absolute favorite color green,  and stitch markers - I currently use safety pins as stitch markers, so now I can look at some eyecandy while I work!

A garden set that included little pots, garden gloves, and a container to hold it all in!

a set of hand carved stamps of Adinkra symbols.  I LOVE these - and she made me SO many!

AND my absolute FAVORITE thing: A picture of me and my husband, E!  She saw the picture on facebook and liked it.  Well I LOVE it.

AND a hand painted GaTech mug (that is where I used to work and E works now and got his undergraduate and graduate degrees).  That's where we met!

And she made some felt cookies and magnetic letters for my son.  But he has since taken them to an undisclosed location...

Thank you so much Hika-Chan!
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26  Day of the Dead Doll in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ayanared on: July 22, 2009 11:35:09 PM
I was in the Make me a doll swap Round 2 (wonderful swap, btw).

My partner wanted a El Da de los Muertos doll that was swapped in Round 1.  

The original was a beautiful rag doll, with embroidered features.

It took me a while to figure out how to make it by crochet.  

Please let me know what you think!

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27  Re: Make Me A Doll Round 2 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: July 14, 2009 06:54:51 PM
OH my gosh!  I totally forgot to mention the eye pillow (for me - a regular pillow for Emmie).  It is scented with lavender!  And I love this fabric that it is made out of.  Did you dye it, yourself?

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28  Re: Make Me A Doll Round 2 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by ayanared on: July 14, 2009 06:36:26 PM
I RECEIVED!!!!  And I love her!

Just look at her, packaged so pretty...

Sheridan is quite the artist - her features were hand drawn:

Her little eyelet bloomers are so adorable:

But my favorite are her little removable ballet slippers!

Thank you so much Sheridan!  I know you spent a lot of time making her.  She is adorable!
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29  Rasta Boy in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: May 19, 2009 05:03:48 PM
So, although I am not Rastafarian (nor do I follow its practices), I have a fixation with their culture.  I love the diet (I wish I could be a Vegan), I love the colors (they are so bright and cheery).  And I think their hair is gorgeous. Here is my tribute to Rastafari: my little Rasta boy.

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30  Puerto Rican doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ayanared on: May 09, 2009 11:29:04 AM
My friend from high school commissioned me to make her mom a Puerto Rican doll for mother's day.
And this is what I came up with.

I know the dress looks eerily like the one in my avatar.  But that is because I lost the plug to my sewing machine and couldn't make her the blue jeans she requested.  Well, I could have hand sewn it - but then I wouldn't have met my deadline.  Besides, I think the dress looks more Puerto Rican than a plain pair of jeans.

She has boobs, of course. Ever since I made boobs on another doll, I think I have become obsessed with them. I wouldn't dream of making another flat chested doll (unless it's a kid or a man doll, ha!). Her accessories include: a flower for her hair - attached with a bobby pin, brass bracelets and brass earrings (that have sterling silver ear wires).  I just got some brass wire from Lowes and molded it into jewelry.

My friend's mother has not received her gift yet, since it is not yet mother's day, so I don't know what her opinion will be.  But I am expecting her to like it!
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