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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First clothing item made for myself! A skirt! and a tutu! on: June 19, 2009 09:21:23 AM
I followed this wonderful tute: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/06/20-minute-simple-skirt-tutorial-and.html

However, I am not as good with my sewing machine yet nor measuring apparently so it took me much longer than 20 min. By no means the tutorials fault whatsoever...just my own competence levels Smiley I used about 3/4 yr of fabric plus the ruffle from a curtain I got at the thrift store. It has an elastic waist because zippers still terrify me. Sorry for the crappy mirror shots in some of these, I am the only one home right now.

with a belt:

And close up of the fabric

And then a tutu I made for my little sister who is 2...yes it does need to be resized, again I am not really good at that part yet Smiley I modeled it since I do not have a little one and my boxer looked at me coming towards her with it and ran. I used 4 yrds of fabric...every last inch of it plus some ribbons.

The tutu itself

The front

And a sort of back shot that is more of a side shot and yes I do have a camera for a face.

Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome!

52  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first pillow...and its a skull on: June 12, 2009 11:47:46 AM
So upon asking my little rock and roll loving 6 yr old brother what he would like for xmas, he relied "Lots of skull and skateboarding stuff" as well as a copy of older Bon Jovi. Such an old soul in such a cute little boy Smiley So this is the start of his xmas gifts. I just used plain yellow fabric and the back in white fleece and it is lined with just a plain white cotton sheet I cut up.

The most tedious part was cutting out individual flames from flame fabric and hand sewing them on the back and over the eye. Let me know what you think!

Here is the skull pillow so you can gauge the size compared to the chair

Details on the face...the teeth are an old cut up tshirt and the white mouth and eyes is just felt.

And the back
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Clutch purse on: June 12, 2009 11:40:36 AM
I had this remnant of fabric that I absolutely loved but had no idea what to do with sitting in my fabric supply for the last 3 years. So I made a clutch bag with it finally. I am still going to add a wristlet to it which I just decided upon uploading the pictures. C&C always welcome.

Clutch bag:

Pleating detail...now that I taught myself how to pleat I want to add them to everything!

And the inside of the bag with the cute little pockets.
54  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Watermelon Apron on: June 12, 2009 11:35:32 AM
So let me start by saying that having an indecisive sister is not so fun. My older sister decided that she wanted an apron for xmas this year and she wanted only a half apron so I bought 1 yrd of fabric. I finished making the half apron as you will see in the pic below and she calls me and says that she thinks she would rather have a full one.

Of course I do not have a Joann's in town and had purchased the fabric used when I was out of state so after much searching for additional fabric I ended up being able to squeeze every last cenimeter out of the yrd I had originally bought. And she doent even cook but it turned out cute nontheless.

Here is the orginal half apron

And the full apron

And the pleating detail
55  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tie Dye wonderfulness for my 2 yr old sister on: June 12, 2009 11:28:37 AM
Firstly I will apolgize that I do not have a little model as I do not have children and my family lives in a different state. But hopefully you will get the idea from the pics of the cute tie dye skirt.

This started as a little dress for my 1 yr old sister however I am notorious for not measuring and just sewing away and I ended up making the arm holes way to tight. So I cut it up and it is now a skirt for my 2 yr old sister instead. C&C always welcome!

Here is the front...that is not a random seam down the front, it just needs to be ironed.

Detail of the elastic wiast...which I used because those little ones grow so fast.

And the back...
56  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slouch purse for my hippie mom on: June 08, 2009 09:17:23 AM
Why yes I have already started on Christmas gifts Smiley This bag is for my mom. It ended up much larger than expected but I suppose that is what I get for just winging it. I really wish I had good habits with writing down patterns as I go but I did not for this one.

That is the bag just laying flat.

I lined the pocket with a satin fabric and the top of the pocket is lined with brown lace.

The inside of the purse is just plain beige cotton and I used bias tape around the top edge in teal. The strap is a braid of the tan and outer fabric.

And just to get a feel for how large the bag is. She lives in San Diego so I suppose if it is too large as a purse then you can never have enough beach bags Smiley

Let me know what you think! Thanks!
57  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bridal Magazine turned tote bag with rhinestones on: May 27, 2009 07:29:24 AM
I had a bridal magazine that was sent as a sort of sample by the publisher. This bag was made by just tearing pages out and folding them a few times until I got the image I wanted to face the front. I then just used a lot of packaging tape and modge podge for the ring cutouts on the front. I sewed some fabric inside for the lining and put some rhinestones on the top. It is actually pretty sturdy. Now...since I am not engaged nor married haha I just need to figure out who to send it to! C&C welcome as always!

58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My very first clutch purse on: May 27, 2009 07:15:18 AM
I think it turned out pretty well for a first time. Definitely learned what to do better next time. I didnt use a pattern, just went off of a clutch I already owned for good sizing. The material came from two tee shirts that my boyfriend wanted to convert to rags but I saw more potential. Let me know what you think and what would be better for next time Smiley Thanks everyone!

59  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Three frames 1st post yay! on: May 18, 2009 01:53:20 PM
Here are 3 frames I made using the $1 wood frames from Michaels, some scrapbook paper and paint with a dash of modge podge. Enjoy and thanks for any comments shared Smiley

This one keeps showing up upside down even though it is normal on my screen...weird.

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