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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans become cutoff shorts. Cutoff shorts become... skirts! on: July 22, 2010 08:28:50 AM
I am really in love with these skirts.  They are the next evolutionary step when even your cutoffs get holes in them.

They are all made from recycled jeans and either rescued skirts or fabric.

This one even has handles if you are a *real* flamenco dancer!

Thanks for looking!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Fixing toner transfer? on: July 22, 2010 04:23:05 AM
So, I recently learned how to do acetone transfers,  and I made a pretty sweet tshirt.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to make the shirt more washable? I put it in the laundry, and some of the ink washed off... should I heat set it with an iron? Apply a fixative? Wash it on the "delicate" cycle and cross my fingers?

Any help would make you awesome.  Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Green Fleece-y ballet flats -- with TUTORIAL! (SUPER image heavy!) on: January 17, 2010 01:11:49 PM
I've been meaning to make myself a pair of new ballet flats, and I was inspired by papilionette's lovely tutorial (found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=323205.0) to finally get my feet in gear!  

I thought I'd put together a tutorial, so that everybody can have a pair of warm, fleece-y shoes of their very own.  Let me know if you have any questions!  Here they are finished:

To make them, start with a pair of "real" shoes.  I'd recommend the cheap-y ones you can get at Wal-Mart.  You're basically going to use the insoles and rubber sole, so it doesn't matter what the outside looks like.  Just make sure they fit!  Here are the shoes I used, I made them in 2008, they've seen better days.

For this project, I also used 3 sheets of felt, and a quarter yard of fleece.  You can use any sturdy fabric you like, but the fleece/felt combo is soft, warm, and has a little "give" to it.

First, disassemble your shoes.  

Then fold one sheet of your felt length-wise, and trace the sole.  Leave enough for seam allowance!

And then cut them out!

Take your best upper from your pile, and trace it out to the other two sheets of felt.  Again, don't forget seam allowances.

And cut those out, too.

From the U-shaped scrap of felt from the middle, cut out two pieces for the strap.

Using the felt upper you just cut out, cut out two from your fleece.  

Again using the U-shaped middle piece scrap of fleece, cut out two straps.  Make sure to cut the fleece a little bit wider, if you don't want the lining color showing on your straps.

So finally!  Here are all the pieces you should have cut out:

Layer one felt (lining) piece on top of one fleece (outer) piece.  Sew along the INSIDE U-shape.

Make a double seam along the top.  Apparently this should make it stronger, but I've never noticed a difference.  But I do it anyway.

So this is what you should have:

Open it up...

... and line up the heel parts.  Pay attention of where your colors line up, or else it will come out a little crooked.  Sew up this hem.

Take one of the felt sole pieces, and prepare to pin it to the felt upper.  The trick to doing this, is to find the middle of the sole piece by folding it in half, and lining it up with the heel seam you just put in.

Begin pinning from the heel, toward the toe, on both sides:

Your sole and upper may not match up perfectly.  Mine never do.  But don't worry!  Just try to center it...

... and pin it down.  Sew around the edge, and trim to about 1/8" all around.

Repeat with the other shoe.  When you get to the part where you're pinning down your sole, make doubly-triply sure that you have a RIGHT shoe and a LEFT shoe!  

Okay, on to the straps... line up one edge of the fleece and felt pieces, and sew.

Then line up the other edges and sew.  Because the pieces are two different widths, it'll be a little bumpy.


Try on your shoe and pin the strap where you want it to be.

And sew it on!

When you measure where you want your strap to be, make sure the lining and the outer piece are in line:

Repeat with the other side of the strap, and with the other shoe.

Hooray!  Almost done!

Take the insole from your disassembled pair of shoes (remember those?), and glue it to the bottom of the sole.  You could alternatively glue it to inside of the shoe, but I found mine to become sticky when my feet sweat... Sad  And yes, you do need it, because just walking on the rubber sole isn't very comfortable (at least with the shoes I have).  I used good ol' super glue.  Works pretty well.

You might have a little bit of the toe part sticking out.  That's okay, just glue the insole as it lays.

Begin gluing down the outer fleece part.  Start at the heel.

It may be easier to "shape" the toe area if your foot is in the shoe.  Some of the fleece near your toes will have to be folded over... don't worry about this, it (mostly) won't show when you're done.

Then (finally!) take your rubber sole, and glue it on.  Make sure to catch all your fleece under the sole, so everything is neat.

Repeat with the other shoe.

Whew!  And then you are DONE!

Look at that toe cleavage!  Hawt!

You can put a cute little button on your straps, or something, if you want.  The straps can also be fastened with velcro or a snap.  I've found that since the fleece "gives" a little, I didn't end up using the velco/snaps anyway.

Let me know what you think!  If you make some, post them -- I want to see!  Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Oversized men's jacket to cute fitted poncho on: December 05, 2009 02:48:32 PM
So I started with a super-big men's wool jacket (sorry no pictures of it on me... I mean, me *swimming* in it... I started to tear it apart before I was like, oh yeah!  Pictures!) and somebody's grandma's little ditty for bedtime. 

I knew I wanted some sort of dress coat (New Mexico isn't quite the tropical paradise I was led to believe, lol) so I copied the design off of a overshirt that a friend of mine gave to me.

Sorry for the weird face, my boyfriend was trying to make me laugh (and succeeding!), because he says he's tired of me not smiling for any of my pictures!  (He threatened to get one of those squeaky toys photographers use to make babies smile for their pictures... but I digress.)

A better picture of the shape of the jacket:

And the back (you can kinda, sorta see here that I used the nighty for the coat lining):

And I suppose you could also tie it in the front:

Thanks for looking!  Stay warm!

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pink (!) alfredo pasta on: December 03, 2009 06:15:24 PM
So, there I was, minding my own business.  Making bowtie pasta and Alfredo sauce. 

And then... creativity struck.  I thought to myself, "What can I throw in here to make this MORE FUN?"

So I threw in some sliced ham.  Looked pretty good.

And some chopped chard... also looked good. 

Last, I came upon a lonely bag of beets greens.  And no ordinary beet greens they were, but beet greens *specifically* grown for their beautiful, deep red color:

I really should remember the staining power of beets... but alas, it turned my lovely white sauce... pink.

A close-up:

Despite the fact that my dinner looked like a birthday cake explosion, it was pretty tasty!  My boyfriend ate *all* of it!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Striped turtleneck to... awesome hat! on: November 12, 2009 05:51:48 PM
So I've wanted one of these type of hats since, forever.  And when my roommate gave me this striped, sparkly knit turtleneck, I knew it was meant to be. 

And it was super easy to make!  Sorry no before pics, but the shirt looked a lot like this (except blue and black):

Here it is:

It even has cute little (unintentional) ears!

And from the side:

I even drew a nice picture:

Just cut and sew along the red lines!  But make sure you cut through *both* layers of the skirt, so you have two sides of your hat!   Cheesy
I added pompoms by cutting long strips of the remaining fabric and following this nice tutorial:
I also made a band by ripping the ribbing off an old sweatshirt.

What do you think?
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Old West saloon girl! on: November 05, 2009 10:26:47 PM
So this is my first challenge, but not the first Halloween costume I've made!  

The great thing about this costume is that it is made from all recycled materials!  No kidding.  The apron/skirt was made from a rescued 80's prom dress from the thrift store, and the corset/top was made from some vinyl in the bulk fabric bin (also from thrift store).  Gloves were from an old tshirt.

Even the feather came from the peacock that lives in my front yard!

I didn't use any patterns, I just kind made stuff up.

The back of the skirt is the coolest part, this is probably the most awesome skirt I've made in my entire skirt-making career.

Thanks for looking!

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