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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Netbook Sleeve With Applique Owl, Stars, and Moon on: August 03, 2010 10:38:47 AM
I made this netbook sleeve for my awesome partner in the Newbie Swap Round 13. I used the tutorial from this laptop sleeve, though the flap is smaller because it was for a netbook. I also sewed the lining corners in so it wouldn't pull out.
It was my first attempt at applique, and some of the owl skewed as I was sewing, but I am happy with how it turned out. I used a thickish navy lycra for the outer fabric, so it had a slight sheen and a nice texture. It is kind of hard to tell in the pictures, but the owl and the lining were both made from a shiny lime green velvety fabric. Here are some pics of the front, back, and the inside lining.

Let me know what you think!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Summery Pirate Maiden-Inspired Outfit on: July 03, 2010 06:06:34 PM
I saw the challenge at the end of June and wanted to try it. I started this last week and figured I could whip something out. We didn't have any old sheets that I could use, so I decided to go out and buy some. The first sheet was a soft brown one that came in a twin set. I decided to use the fitted bottom sheet so I could keep the top one for myself. The second sheet I used was from a thrift store. It is a white sheet with orange and brown butterflies and ferns.
I decided to make a 3-piece outfit (plus a headband), inspired by pirate maidens. First, here are some pictures of the whole outfit on (minus the headband):

Back view:

Without the corset (I had to throw on my pirate medallion):

Note in the next one that I had to pin the shirt to the front of the dress form because it wouldn't fit over the bust. I popped stitches when I tried to put the skirt on the form from below. I learned from my mistake. Smiley

For the top I used a front and back panel out of the butterfly sheet, and two side panels out of the brown. I had meant for the brown sheet to stretch horizontally and didn't realize it only stretched vertically until too late, but it fit pretty well. The brown band along the top is the elastic band from the brown fitted sheet. I gathered the material around the front when I sewed the elastic, and did the same thing with the sleeves, but as separate pieces.

I also made a soft corset-like piece to go over the shirt. Here are the panels cut out:

The corset has elastic from the brown sheet as the straps that tie into a halter and each fabric panel is double layered. It has a zipper in the back and a heart button on the front.

The skirt I made is reversible! I was really excited when I was planning this, and I think that was my motivation for making the whole outfit. Anyway, the skirt just flips inside out, so that the brown or print side shows, with a little from the other color. The waistband is made from the brown sheet, and I made a fabric belt that stays inside the waistband from the butterfly sheet. It is usable on both sides of the skirt. The belt literally took me an half an hour to pull right side out after sewing, but it was worth it.
Here are both views of the skirt:

And finally, I made a headband from the elastic of the fitted sheet, but forget to wear it for the outfit pictures.

I have to thank WhatTheCraft.com for various skirt tutorials and ruffle techniques, they were clear and very helpful! After lots of measuring, hemming, and thinking daggers at my uncooperative sewing machine, I was finally able to put the whole thing together. Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Camouflage Dog Collar and Head Lamp Cover on: June 22, 2010 12:31:33 PM
My Jack Russell's collar was getting ratty and threads were coming loose so I decided to sew him a new one. I partially used a tutorial off of Cut Out + Keep :http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/dog_collar_2
I took the plastic buckle, D-ring, and metal adjuster off his old collar and followed its design. The adjuster helped tremendously because I was a little off in guesstimating the right size.
Here is a picture. Sorry for the blurryness.

And an action shot! (Kind of)

I was asked to make two covers for ATV head lamps. Both have elastic rings to help keep them on the lamps. The outside was made of a camo canvas, the middle layer is foam, and the inside is a soft camo fleece to protect the lamps. Here are pictures:
On the lamp


The inside (you can see the fleece)

My sewing machine was a pain for both of these. On the dog collar, there are 4 different color threads because the bobbins ran out, got stuck, etc. But they are done now, and I am happy with them.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Alice In Wonderland Themed Stitch Markers on: June 21, 2010 03:42:23 PM
I made these as a present for my friend who loves to knit. Her name is Alice and the new Alice in Wonderland movie was about to be in theaters so I decided to make them Alice in Wonderland themed. I used polymer clay for all of them except the blue heart row marker. I used canes for the club, spade, and diamond markers, and put a blue ribbon on the black heart. I got most of my inspiration from the AIW cartoon. Along with the four card suits and the row marker, I made a cup and saucer marker, a rose, a pocketwatch, and the Mad Hatter's Hat. ( I painted 10/6 on the hat because I thought that was the number, but in the new movie I think they had 70/6?). Anyway, here is a picture of all of them, and then each separate one:

Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Camouflage Duct Tape Cowboy Hat on: June 15, 2010 05:11:32 PM
I started making this hat a year or two ago when I was bored, I then forgot about it and rediscovered it before last Christmas. I decided to finish it and gave it to my dad as a present. It has been a little while since I made it, but I will try to post what I remember.
The first part of the process doesn't have any pictures unfortunately.
To start, I used a cowboy hat as a form and laid strips of gray duct tape sticky side up on it until everything was covered. If you are going to make this, it is important that you try to curve the pieces to the form as much as you patience will allow or the end product won't have the dips like normal cowboy hats do. This part took a long time, but doesn't have to be neat because more tape will be covering it up.
After every part of the hat was covered out to the rim, I put camouflage duct tape on the top. Here are some pictures of this part (They were from my phone, so sorry if they are a little blurry):

After the top was covered, I flipped the hat over and used Guerrilla Tape to cover the bottom. It is thicker than regular duct tape so it gave the hat some more support. I didn't put any in the very top part of the inside because I was afraid it would lose any shape that it had. The Guerrilla tape isn't as easy to form as duct tape.

After that was done, I used a piece of brown, rubber-coated wire along the outside of the rim to keep it from flopping down. It would have been nice to have had standard wire because the rubber kept it from being able to bend. I then used little strips of camo tape that I cut and wrapped from the bottom over the wire to the top. Here is a picture of this part. On the left half of the picture the tape is wrapped around the rim. On the right side you can see the wire that still needed to be taped down:

Everything was done after that. Here are some pics of the finished project:

In the pictures you can see the rim of the hat that I used for the form. I also made a neat little adjustable hat band from Guerrilla and camo tape, which helped tremendously with keeping the shape of the hat. Overall it was a little flimsy, but regular wire would have help with that. The hat of course is separate from the one I used as the form. Right now the tape that I wrapped around the wire was cut a little short and has started to peel up. I will probably go back and use superglue to fix it. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pics! I would love to see any other versions!
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