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1  Re: Old Jeans to new giftable apron! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frugal2 on: May 20, 2010 03:19:53 PM
Here's attempt #2.  I used misses's jeans, so it's a lot cuter, i think.  Plus, this is a photo after the washing so you can see that the fraying around the edges really makes it way cooler!   i think next time, i might make it wrap around a bit more by cutting at least 1" into the backside of the jeans rather than just cutting around the side-edge of the jeans.  Although, it's probably cuter this way.  What do you think?
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2  Old Jeans to new giftable apron! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by frugal2 on: May 19, 2010 10:34:49 AM
I used Simplicity 2682 to make it.  I really like it.  I think it would look even better had i used women's jeans instead of old baggy mens jeans but that's all i had at the time.  Still I think it's cute and i can't wait to make more.  I love that it has pockets everywhere.  I even left a belt loop at the top in case it can come in handy for something.  Also, you can make it interesting by giving it a different colored sash.  I made this one out of old scraps of fabric. The apron still needs to be washed so that the edges are frayed.  that will be a nice finishing touch.  I'm gifting this one to a friend as a house warming gift.
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3  Freezer Paper faces on T-shirt in CHALLENGE 40 ENTRIES by frugal2 on: July 01, 2009 11:50:53 PM
I made this T-shirt 3 weeks ago as a gift for a friend.  I had photos of each of his kids.  I wanted the image to look like the children were in the same photo so I manipulated them using Adobe Photoshop by  (1) resizing the photos so that the faces are the right proportions to each other, (2) turning them into grayscale:

(3) Then I increased the contrast until it was almost completely black or white with no gray, and reduced the brightness so that I would have enough detail (in black) to cut out on the stencil. I also flipped the little boy's photo because I wanted them to be facing each other! The next 2 photos are "dramatizations".  I did not intend to enter this contest so I didn't take photos of the process.  (4) I printed each image then traced each face on the freezer paper strategically placing the faces close together as if they were in one original photo.  You can see that I took some liberties in the tracing.  For example, you can see that in the final image the outline of the hair is difficult to make out, so I drew it in free hand looking at the original photo. (5) Iron on shirt, then paint with fabric paints. Wait about 4 hours and remove stencil.

Final product!

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4  Finished simplicty 3503 dress!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by frugal2 on: June 25, 2009 12:23:41 AM
Finally finished this last night. I love it even with the minor flaws I made. The loud print makes it hard to see (for example) that the gathering under the boobs are not quite symmetrical between the left & right sides! Oh, well. I like it so much that I can't wait to make the other variations of this pattern.
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5  String lampshades - 1st post, pics! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by frugal2 on: June 08, 2009 10:42:35 PM
I made a lampshade to replace one that was missing from my pendant lights by following the instructions in "Readymade" mag issue 38, dec08/jan09.  All it took was crochet thread, fabric stiffener, a glass form to use as a mold, and plastic wrap (to protect the glass form).  You could also use a balloon and a hanging lampcord with socket to make your own pendant lamp (those are the orig. instructions in the mag, but I wanted the shape to match the 2 existing lampshades.  

After wrapping with string, painting on the fabric stiffener, and allowing to dry (at least 5 hours),

Had to cut the bottom out to remove from glass mold (original lampshade).  But if you used a balloon, then you could just pop it.

What do you think? (sorry, first time posting, so i can only include links to my photos.)
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