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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Upcycled human hi-vis vest, to doggy hi-vis vest **PICS** on: April 09, 2012 02:17:22 AM
Our pup has a very dark coloured coat, so I worry that walking in the dark (as it is now coming into winter here in New Zealand), he may not be seen if for some reason he were to accidentally get off his leash.  So, I upcycled my hubby's old work hi-vis vest, to two vests for the dogs.

This one is the puppy's one, it has a big hem with another reflective stripe, so it can be let out as he grows:

Here they are modelling them:

and the backs:

Not sure how to stop them slipping around and flapping up at the back tho.  I initially had the smaller one (Snoopy's) with the belly strap further forward, but moved it back to stop this.  Rocky's one can't be moved back, coz he'd piddle on it!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First Upholstery Attempt on: February 27, 2012 01:53:32 PM
Our house has a bay window seat, it had a gross cushion on it that I've just left, as hunting for the perfect fabric takes time!
Last week I finally managed to find that perfect fabric! yay!
We've recently redecorated the main parts of our home, including the lounge - where said window seat is, so it was looking rather sad compared to the rest of the redecorated lounge.
SO, on Saturday afternoon I took the old cover off the cushion, (and I then realised how dirty, faded and perished it was!), I unpicked the 3.3m long zip off it, to save some money I thought I'd re-use it.  I then cut up the old cushion cover to make a pattern for the new one.
I managed to get the whole thing completed on Saturday afternoon, and worked out that I sewed 31 metres!
I'm really stoked with how it turned out.
Here's the finished project:

excuse the horrid old lounge suite also in the pic... but hey, it does the job!

a close up showing the fleck in the fabric and the fleck in the curtains

And I even had enough fabric left to reupholster our old foot stool, which took all of about 10 minutes:

next project... re-upholstering our dining chairs!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Awesomely bright baby's play mat.. PIC HEAVY on: November 08, 2011 02:39:17 PM
A very close friend of mine is expecting her first baby, I wanted to make her something amazing, but not a standard cot quilt.
So I googled, and found this http://www.pluckymomo.com/2011/06/tutorial-picnic-play-mat.html totally amazing, right?

And I thought I might be clever enough to make one along those lines.  She doesn't know if she is having a boy or a girl, so I've made it as gender-neutral as possible!
It was my first ever attempt at applique, and I was lucky enough to have some great tips from my mother in law
Here's the finished project:

folded up into it's travel size:

and a close up of each segment:
The caterpillar, I just used standard quilting fabrics for him

The butterfly, it's wings are velvet and have plastic inside so are crinkly, the centre is fluffy, and the white cloud is puffy (filled with fat quilt batting)

The ants are made of sparkly black velvet.  I wasn't sure about them, but couldn't think of anything better!

The dragonfly also has a fluffy centre, his wings are satin ribbon and only sewn down the middle, so are 'flappy' for the child to play with.  And again, a puffy cloud.

The flowers are all different textures, with loose taggy 'leaves' off the stems

The ladybug is just made from standard quilting fabric

The sun has flappy 'rays', and the centre is a sequinned type gold fabric - I checked (pulled and scratched at it) to make sure it was child safe!

And the watermelon, the red is nylon, so makes a scratchy sound if you touch it, and the 'rind' is gathered satin ribbon.

It was a lot of fun to make!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Four little hats on: September 17, 2011 01:23:58 AM
I went to a 'Crafternoon Tea' today, and came home inspired to sew some wee baby hats!  I had some scraps of fabric left from old tops that don't fit me anymore, and some merino that I'd bought

The two blue ones are a soft synthetic fabric, that I cut out of a top that didn't fit me anymore, same with the brown one, the lace is from the bottom edge of the top.  The charcoal grey one is merino, so altho it looks tiny, it is very stretchy.  I will have to make some more merino wool ones with the knots - coz the knotted ones are so cute!

Very easy, each hat took 10min, including cutting out the fabric!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / rolled hem plate for Bernette 134D on: February 16, 2011 02:21:17 PM
I have a Bernette 134D overlocker/serger and am struggling to find a rolled hem plate for it Sad  HELP!!  Can anyone suggest where I might find one to purchase???
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Second Quilt on: January 04, 2011 01:02:36 AM
I made my first quilt at the beginning of 2010 for a friend's baby shower present.  Then I found out that my sister in law was having a little girl, my first neice... so, I decided to make a quilt for her baby shower present!  My sister in law isn't a pink girly girl, so decided to use purples and greens.
Unfortunately the colours in the pictures aren't perfect, I've tried to touch them up with Photoshop.  Anyway, you get the general idea.


Front with corner folded over:


Please excuse my wonky lines that you can see on the back, I was so focussed on getting the lines straight on the front I couldn't be bothered trying to fix up the back!

This was my first try using my walking foot, it took a fair bit of fiddling, pinning, unpinning, re-pinning etc!

That said, my SIL loved it Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cute wee martingale collar for my dog on: October 06, 2010 12:31:59 PM
I have been making martingale collars for big dogs, and thought it was time I made a smaller one for MY dog.  She is a fox terrier x english pointer.

Here is her collar

And here is Snoopy modelling her collar

(the ugly green tag is our local council registration tag)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Wide Martingale Collars on: September 08, 2010 02:16:46 PM
I have started making martingale collars as when we got our greyhound, we realised that there was nowhere here in NZ to get them from!  I am LOVING making them, so much fun!!

This was the first one, I made two of them for someone I know who also has greyhounds

Two more that I have made:

This one was a heck of a mission to make as the denim was SO thick, my machine really didn't like it!

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing webbing question on: August 17, 2010 07:22:50 PM
I need some advice about sewing webbing.  I am going to be making some dog collars for friends' dogs, and I'm not sure if I should use a different type of needle and/or thread on my machine?
Also, if so, what type of needle and thread should I be using?

Thanks Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making dog collars - questions on: August 16, 2010 09:59:55 PM
I am looking at making a few collars for my friends' dogs, particularly martingale collars for greyhounds, and have a couple of questions:
1- What type of thread is best to use for sewing them, just normal poly-cotton type thread, or something stronger?
2- Where is the best place to source metal hardware from?  I am in New Zealand and can't find ANY anywhere, so have found some on Ebay and asked if it will work to ship to me here!

Thank you Cheesy
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