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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Man's Sweater Re-con, first attempt on: February 20, 2010 08:53:33 PM
Hi all!

This is my first attempt at a recon of a man's sweater, formerly my boyfriend's (It was buried in the closet so it's fair game!  Tongue )

I was inspired by MrsBowles' recon here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224654.0


Ugly, Boxy...

...basically like wearing a sack


Fitted and Cute!

(Don't ask about my face in either of the pictures lol Lips sealed )

I kept most of the design the same, but changed the neckline and made shorter sleeves...I always push up my sleeves anyway so I decided to save myself some trouble.

Comments appreciated!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Simple, Free, and Very Effective! on: February 05, 2010 08:30:43 PM
This idea isn't nearly as creative as some of the others on this board already, but sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best  Wink !

I present to you, the T-shirt Shopping bag:


You can make this 100% out of materials ANYBODY has, and with a sewing machine you can make one in about five minutes. Basically, use the bottom hem of the T-shirt as the top edge of the bag, and then cut horizontally across the shirt as deep as you'd like. Use the excess fabric from the sleeves and shoulders as a strap, and the collar is cut to form the ties. I boxed the bottom, but it isn't really necessary.

(Moderately full of random things from my apartment  Tongue)

T-shirt fabric is generally super stretchy, but it retains its shape when not fully stretched. Thus, it is the perfect grocery bag, because you can carry a little or a lot with one amazing bag! As an added bonus, you won't need to take a million bags if you make one or two of these. I live alone so I fit 95% of my purchases in this one bag.

If you were wondering, I HATE carrying things around in my hands if not necessary (this is what bags are for!) which is why I made a shoulder strap. I think it would be just as easy to make handles if that is what you prefer. To solve the problem of the strap stretching along with the rest of the bag, I simply lined it with a non-stretchy fabric I had around.

With a bag this easy, there's no excuse not to be GREEN!

(If anyone else has thought of this before, great minds think alike <3 - I didn't see anything similar when I searched, so I just had to share!)
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Material for Pendants on: September 19, 2009 08:09:12 PM
I have a specific type of pendant in mind, and it seems like the best way to make it would be through sculpting/carving. I've done a few practice ones with sculpey, and they look great, but I wonder about how strong they would be if someone were to actually wear them. Is there a stronger material that is similarly easy to work with, and also fairly inexpensive? Or should I just try somehow to make a mold of the design and use resin or something similar? I don't think I have the money or commitment to work with metal, so I'd really appreciate some advice!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas on reconstructing a too-small t-shirt on: July 19, 2009 10:11:34 PM
I've seen many posts on reconstructing a t-shirt that's way too big, but I'm not sure what to do about this one I have that's too small. It's a Blink-182 tee that I've had since...middle school probably. I am going to their concert in August, and I would like to wear it, but as you can imagine, I am no longer middle-school sized. I'm looking for inspiration because I am wayyy to nervous to start cutting on my own! Please help!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidered eyes/facial features on stuffed animals on: July 15, 2009 08:17:39 PM
Help! I'm working on a small dog currently, but I don't really like button or plastic eyes. I was wondering if there are any patterns out there for embroidered eyes, or tips on making them look more realistic. I've searched google, but nothing seems too promising... Sad
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