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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / E-reader pouch! on: February 29, 2012 10:08:26 AM
I finished this pouch for my NOOK last night. I had some issues with the front panel and the back panel shifting or something while i was sewing so you can see some of the lining fabric in a few places. If any more experienced seamstresses have tips on how to avoid this I would appreciate it! I did pin the back and front together, but by the time i got to the pin, the fabric would be a little bunched. I also had an issue with putting the strap in upside-down and having to rip apart and re-sew a panel, but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out anyway!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Thow Pillow Sham on: February 28, 2012 08:56:30 PM
I have recently been learning to sew, and I wanted to try quilting, so I made this pillow sham. I used the tutorial from the Craftster Sewing for Beginners article a few weeks back, I just used a small quilted piece as the font. It went very smoothly until I was at the point to join the two halves of the quilted bit together. One half was a whole inch longer than the other, even though they have the same number of sections and SHOULD be the same length. I left enough extra room for myself that it wasn't really a problem, just the two halves don't line up the way I wanted to. I ended up quilting each half separately and had a ton of thread ends to hide. Unfortunately, the backing on the quilted bit was poorly cut (measure twice!) and maybe rotated a bit when I first started quilting so that reduced the size of the quilted piece even further. I was concerned that the sham would not be big enough to fit my pillow in after all this inadvertent size reduction, so when i sewed the front and back together I stitched as close to the edge of the material as possible, and it actually ended up slightly too big! Ah well, I still think it turned out pretty wel, and I learned a lot.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My third sewing project on: February 15, 2012 10:50:36 AM
The recent craftster blog post with beginner sewing projects inspired me to finally give it a try. I made some wallets and sunglasses holders and then decided to try a fabric basket, inspired by Sinjah's post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403060.0). I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out, despite my wonky last-minute interfacing difficulties (I decided it needed interfacing when it was almost completely sewn together) and I plan on making more. For anyone who has made baskets like these, what kind of fabric do you use?

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Recreate this crocheted vest? on: May 05, 2011 02:29:33 PM
I found this cute crocheted vest for sale at Nordstrom but they don't have it in my size! I think I could crochet it, but I have never crocheted a garment before so I don't think I can just make it up as I go. I've looked on ravelry but not had any of luck yet, does anyone know of a similar pattern?

You can find some pictures of the back here: http://cgi.ebay.com/New-128-FREE-PEOPLE-Crochet-Fringe-Long-Vest-S-/160582514816?pt=US_CSA_WC_Shirts_Tops&hash=item256376b880 but I don't want that color.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / New Panda Ami on: April 27, 2011 03:15:37 PM
I made this panda for a friend's (belated) birthday. It's the first ami i've made without a pattern for awhile and I think it is my best so far.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Appropriate yarns for baby blanket? on: April 20, 2010 04:48:33 PM
I want to make a baby blanket for a friend who s pregnant with her first child (it's a girl!) but i am having trouble deciding on a yarn to use. I know there are lots of Baby Yarns available but I don't really like to work with synthetic yarns and washable wool is waaay too much money for me. More importantly, though, I want to do a pink/brown/cream color theme and all of the baby yarns I have seen are in wimpy pastel colors.

My question is this: Is there a reason to use a baby yarn over any other soft, washable yarn? I was thinking of using a nice bamboo worsted weight.

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Cupcake and Sushi on: February 15, 2010 06:27:13 PM
I havn't posted in awhile but I have been hooking as much as always. I started making a ton of cupcakes. I gave most of them away as gifts so this is the only one left except for the first one I made which is a pin cushion. The pattern is based off of the cupcake in amigurumi world.

Then after seeing Wayuki's Post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336198.0 I was inspired to make sushi. I started with her pattern for Tamago (egg omelet) and made her Maki and Maguro (tuna) sashimi as well but I was using a heavier yarn and wasn't pleased with the results so I got some crochet thread and went crazy!

Below you can see Tamago (omelet), Ikura (salmon roe), Uni (sea urchin), Salmon, Tako (octopus) Ebi (cooked shrimp) and 2 Kappa Maki (cucumber). I used orange beads for the Ikura and was pleased with the results.

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chowder! My next original! Also, a pig and a duckling. on: May 05, 2009 10:17:51 PM
I had so much fun making Flapjack and was so encouraged by all the responses I decided to tackle another cartoon character I like, Chowder! I think he turned out pretty well, but I had some difficulties with the color changes. I want to make K'nuckles eventually but I don't think I am ready for that yet. Also, I have some ducklings and a pig from Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Amigurumi. I didn't like the bill on the duck from the book so I made up my own for the second one. The flower on the pig is from 100 flowers to  knit and crochet and was made with embroidery floss. The rest of the amis were made with Lion brand Vanna's Choice. (sorry for the photo quality, I am having lighting issues.)

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first original - Flapjack! on: April 27, 2009 11:48:51 PM
My boyfriend and I love the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. For his birthday I decided to try to make him a flapjack doll. This is my first original crochet piece and I think it turned out pretty well Smiley I am particularly fond of the hair (took me several tries to get right) and the hands.

If you aren't familiar with the show it is a cartoon on Cartoon Network about a hapless young adventurer, his adoptive whale mother/dwelling and his mentor, Captain K'nuckles. I think it is hilarious, you can find it on demand if you have comcast or at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/flapjack/index.html

I would love any suggestions or criticism!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help crocheting hands! on: April 20, 2009 08:23:00 PM
I am making a Flapjack doll for my beau's birthday and I am having trouble with the arms. I want him to have little fingers but I can't figure out a good way to make them, can anyone help me? Thanks!
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