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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hedgie Pot Holders! on: May 13, 2012 01:25:47 PM
Wow, such even little diamond quilting! Cute!

Yeah - not bad for eyeballing it. LOL. I love to make things that look professionally done, for some reason. And I love how these turned out.  I also made matching oven mitts, and have just enough to make a half-apron - as soon as I quit having back spasms. LOL.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hedgie Pot Holders! on: May 06, 2012 12:26:38 PM
So...  I love hedgehogs. And I love to quilt...  And I love to cook...  For my birthday this year, a friend got me some hedgehog print fabric (SQUEEEEE!), and I've been holding off doing anything with it until I was honestly ready.

This morning, I took one look at my old, ratty pot holders, and decided I needed to make some just for me...  These are double-batted with 100% cotton, and one layer of Insul-brite to help beat the heat...

Behold! The 8" squared wonder that is Hedgie Pot Holders!!!

Thank you for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Batman curtains to Retro Dress! on: April 24, 2012 04:56:07 PM
This looks darling and you are darling in it!  What pattern did you use?

I was curious, too, so I looked it up (bless you, google! And you too, Ebay!) and found it!



There's the linky goodness for it...  There are a couple of them listed on Ebay. :-)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Highwaters turned high-stylin'! - Upcycled tute! on: April 18, 2012 06:55:16 PM
As with most of our kiddos, watching them grow is both joyous and painful...  Joyous to us, and painful to our wallets when we have to buy new clothes. *chuckle*

My kiddo has recently been growing by leaps and bounds and, while she still fit into her cargo jeans, they didn't fit lengthwise on her very well at all...  HOWEVER - I decided, since I had a bunch of trim available, and about 20 minutes, she could have the most original pair of cargo shorts around!

And here's how to do it for your little one...

First of all, you need to decide how short you want to cut them. Since these were well into highwaters, but I didn't want my DD to be wearing hot pants, either, I kept them fairly long...  As you can see, they hit just at the knee, making them wearable throughout the summer.

Once you decide where to cut them, it's time to turn the seams. After trimming the edges of many other projects, I've learned that if you can hide a seam with trim, do it. It cuts down on the amount of fabric you have to repeatedly sew over, and takes an extra step out of the sewing.  So, turn the seam right side out, with enough turn over to make sure that it won't fray, and make sure that your trim is going to be wide enough to cover it.

After you're done with the initial hem, it should look pretty much like this (BTW, you can use this on shirt sleeves, too - wonderful tip!!).

Next you'll want to sew down the trim onto the hem. I decided on a two-step process, because I wanted some beaded fringe trim on here...  If you want to just do a single trim, then skip this part.

If you decide on the beaded fringe, you'll see on this pic that the hem is still showing - that's ok...  Because the trim I picked for it is 2" wide and will cover the hem completely.

Now, sew your trim onto the hem, at each edge...

Once it's done, these pants have been given another summer season's worth of use! Whooty whoot!

Here's a close-up of the trim I used for DD's "new" shorts.

I hope you enjoyed the tute! Have a great summer!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oven Mitt Help? on: April 11, 2012 08:38:20 PM
Thank you so much - I can't believe I was such a dunderhead to not remember to do that...  chuckle. I'm going to blame it on brain fog!

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Help? :) on: April 11, 2012 08:37:28 PM
You'd want to follow a pieced pattern, similar to that of cutting an orange into segments...  In this case, I'd go with the following website, which will give you a printable pattern to use...


If you cut the pattern in half, short-side to short-side, you'll get what looks like a domed triangle - and that's what you'll want to use for your half sphere.

Good luck, and definitely post piccies once you're done!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Oven Mitt Help? on: April 10, 2012 08:23:33 PM
This may already have been covered elsewhere, and if so, I do apologize...  But I'm in need of some SERIOUS help here...

So...  I have this oven mitt pattern, which is great. Simple, easy, right?  Errrmmm...  sort of?

I'm running into a few problems...  I think I know most of the issues, but I'd love some advice on how to handle them...

Before I get to the issue, here's what I'm using:

-100% cotton fabric for both the outside and inside of the mitt
-Insul-Bright batting
-Warm tater batting

How I have layered them:
-cotton inside of mitt
-layer of insul-bright
-layer of warm tater
-cotton outside of mitt

Now to the issues I'm having...

1. I used quilting stay spray to stick the layers together...  I *think* this is part of where this issue is stemming from. My sewing machine is not picking up the bobbin thread constantly down below. If I sew the same layers together and DON'T use the spray, I don't have the issue...  So, I will be trying with just a BUNCH of pins and crossed toes.

2. When I turn the mitt right side out, since it has 8 layers, the inset where the thumb webbing would be does not want to turn...  And the thumb itself doesn't want to pop out...

I've honestly never done anything like this before. I quilt, and I sew clothing, but this is an entirely new animal that I have yet to truly fathom. So, any help would be greatly appreciated!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Sewing Machine Needle Case on: April 05, 2012 08:20:13 PM

Is there any chance you can give us a tute for this project?

I totally second this request!!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Sewing Machine Needle Case on: April 02, 2012 11:21:21 AM
I seriously need to make one of these for myself...  *chuckle* This is totally rockin'.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sewing Kit from a Clue-Print... on: April 01, 2012 07:23:07 PM
I had no idea what I was doing when I made this, but thankfully ended up doing 3 of them, so I now know what to fix the next time around.

The back-story...

I was attempting to match things together and ziplock like (or somewhat like) items together in an attempt to stop the crap-o-lanch from falling atop my laz-y-boy recliner. While sorting everything out, I kept coming across random small bits of fabric too small for me to DO much with, but too big for me (in my poor, befuddled, packrat-like mind) to simply throw away.  I couldn't justify making a scrap quilt, because I'd tried that before, and failed spectacularly.

And then...  In the midst of all of this sorting and swearing, cursing and stuffing everything back into the corner where it was supposed to stay, it hit me...  Many of my friends are members of the SCA...  And many of them have lovely clothing...  And most of them don't, for one reason or another, have a good sewing kit that they can take out of their encampment...

Like a blaze of lightening, I had a clue-print suddenly hit my fore-brain and, before I could duck out of the way, it imbedded itself into my neurons and forced me to create...

A sewing kit.

As you can see, the kit is small, lightweight, and very simple to conceal...

Inside, however, lurks...

A myriad of items bend on mending most items - or, at least, patch it until a sewing machine can be reached.

I chose to hand-sew in the strip where the pins sit, in a random whip stitch, to add to visual interest.

And here you can see the strap that hooks into the scissor loop. The orange loop is actually hand-tied lace-work.

I have made 3 of them so far...  I'm thinking that a lot of people are going to be very happy come Christmas and Yule this year.

So, what think you of my Clue Print?
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