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1  jumbo diaper bag / tote in damask and assorted large scraps in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gonecraftin on: June 30, 2011 05:27:33 PM
To get the dimensions for this huge bag, I used a "It's So Easy It's Simplicity" pattern for the front/back and sides/bottom. I used a 5" wide strap template of my own (fold over 3 times, center and then the sides to center so it's 4 layers thick). All the pockets I made in random heights according to the fabric I had. There are 5 outside pockets and 8 inside pockets.

I used a large wooden button I bought 30 or so from an eBay shop in China. The entire exterior is interfaced to give this gigantor more stability and a quality hand made feel. The straps are interfaced with fusible light-weight.



"striped" pockets (ran out of mauve cotton sheeting for lining) Smiley

layered pockets

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2  Re: Reusable Lunch Sets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by gonecraftin on: August 03, 2010 11:17:36 AM
This reminded me that I wanted to make these. On my first try, I used 9.5"x13" panels, which I found to be a bit small. So on the next try, I used 12x15" panels and liked the size on it, gives you lots of options and bag scrunching space.

I lined mine with cotton and used a thicker, ribbed cotton fabric on the exterior. To close, I used velcro so the bag can roll shut like a paper bag. But with velcro.

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3  T-Shirt Surgery - Ideas in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gonecraftin on: July 25, 2010 08:12:39 AM
This is my second posting for t-shirt surgery, so if you're looking for ideas, check out my first post.

Burning Moon band baby doll shirt, weave on back, slashes over back shoulders, ties on sleeves, slashes on front and tied to sides of chest (women's small) This was one of the good cotton shirts, like a regular men's tee.

Halter beach cover-up, sewn at neck and back to make ruffles (previously men's humongous)

Halter top, large ties in back, thin straps sewn to sides as neck straps (prev men's large)

I cut this dress in half to make a apron, cut the bottom hem on a slant and added a ruffled black skirt made from a t-shirt I had kickin around.

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4  choppin down Oversized tees (gallery, not tutorial) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gonecraftin on: November 02, 2009 07:03:03 AM
I've been going through a shirt chopping phase. I've watched a number of the tutorials on youtube, checking out pics of Adam Saaks' work and here are some of my finished products. I may be doing a more tutorial-style later on, but for now, finished products.

Misfits men's large t-shirt into a women's small loose fitting tank top. I originally made a tank top pattern from a top I purchased, then later tried some of the cutting techniques on it.
Front (skeleton/ribs - strips are cut, threaded through a hole and stitched back on)

Back  (macrame & ties)

Kids large dolphin shirt I bought on a trip. I didn't know about t-shirt cutting at the time or I would have just bought a larger men's shirt that had something cooler than little blue dolphins on it. Oh well, better rock it up.
Front (lots of misc. venting and tying on this)

Back (major macrame style on the back. it draws the upper rim down pretty far)

Burning Moon (band) men's long shirt.
Front (cut the width of the sleeves and sides and laced them up, added lots of vents and 'macrame')

Back (same as front)

Flogging Molly men's medium (chosen because the logo was large, but didn't extend around my sides)
Front (cut off sleeves and collar, cut off sides and made MANY ties. fitted exactly to me)

Back (same)
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5  Duct Tape & T-Shirt Dress Form / Sewing Dummy / Headless Torso in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gonecraftin on: November 02, 2009 06:39:13 AM
I've seen a few tutorials for this particular idea and it seemed like such a promising idea, it didn't take me too long to get to it. All you need are a jumbo roll of duct tape (maybe two) and an overlarge t-shirt you can live without. And a friend. You can't do without these three things.

First, put on the t-shirt over a bra, because that's the way you wear clothes (assuming). Have your friend run the duct tape all over your body, and be sure to make a "cross your heart" between your boobs to make sure it shows that you have two, not one. They should be distinctive, ideally. The duct tape layer should be fairly thick and overlapping for stability. I used 90% of a very large roll of duct tape. I did find making the armpits close to the body difficult because of the extra shirt fabric. Adjust how the shirt hangs as you see fit. For example, lift it upwards if you'd like to get closer in that area, otherwise the underarm sleeve length will be pulled up when your partner tapes the excess sleeve fabric.

When finished, have your partner carefully cut up the back of the form and then help pry you out of it. I could only take shallow breaths in mine, so I was ready to get out of it. Once pried out, tape the form closed again, then close the arms and bottom. You'll probably want to stuff it so it's not so squishable, but it's your decision. I haven't decided what to stuff mine with yet, because I'd like it to be a bit heavy. Maybe hamster woodchips or something. Ideally, I'd like to make a stand too, but I haven't gotten there yet.

I dressed up the dummy two days ago for halloween and it made a great looking headless torso.

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6  Pants to Mini Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gonecraftin on: November 02, 2009 06:12:20 AM
My mother's gifting has been the bane of my existence since I was able to distinguish between cool and gonna-get-made-fun-of styles. She gets a thrill of bargain shopping, which is fine, if the things she bought were picked out with specific people (and their actual likes) in mind.

I've had sewing machines for years, but couldn't get much use out of them until the spring of 2009. Finally, I have learned to sew. And now all that horrific clothes my mother buys me aren't going straight to the clothing bins in the back of the grocery store parking lots. Here is the first item I made from something she gave me that I was prepared to toss out.

I started with a pair of girls (sz 14) pants that, like all girls pants, had a high rise. I like a good 6-6.5" rise myself. I think you're getting that I'm on the..uh.. petite side. These particular pants were new, likely from the Zellers clearance rack.

I only used the legs for this project, and I used some $1.97/yard Walmart fabric for the liner. The button came from a mom-gifted vest that I took apart for fabric. The furry-like liner looked good for a viking costume. But that's another day.

I don't have many during photos for this project. Part of it actually came together because I made a mistake with the flap. I didn't sew it inside out, I sewed it as it should look (as they say, brain fart), so I added the bias tape around all the edges and I like it a lot better.

I had to sew two lengths for the straps and then sew them together so it was long enough to go over the shoulder. I used the iron-on interfacing with the liner, which made it easier to manage and I think stiffened it all up. I made the "envelope" portion with the outside fabric first, then the liner and fitted the liner inside. I intended to fold the hem inside and stuff the flap portion inside that on the back half, but like I said, my brain said no no.

I did have to pick up bias tape later and sew it around the flap. At which point it was way too wide to stuff in any hem. So I decided to sew it on the back, same with the ends of the straps, on which I also used the bias tape on the ends. You can see from the inside picture that I used 3 horizontal stitches on each strap. This was because it was way too awkward to make box shapes (the purse portion was finished), and in the end, I liked this better too.

Lastly, I sewed on the button hole. I only started making button holes last week, but I think I'm competent now. I still look over the original manual when I do them, and I know now to make them longer than the button.

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