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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Goat & Dragon on: January 25, 2010 04:17:10 PM
Made from this pattern: http://crochetme.com/media/p/88885.aspx
Except I didn't like the way the limbs came out so I changed mine a little, and added details so that you could identify what they are easier. Smiley

Lunie and Jancir are together in this pic:

Jancir isn't really recognisable as a goat... He's meant to be, see his horns and funny ears? Tongue
Just Jancir:

I made Lunie out of thread so she's much smaller. She has a tonne more detail than Jancir, too. The inside of her wings were done with freeform crochet, they were difficult to get right. Her hair was the most frustrating thing though. Tongue
In the rock garden:

And on my windowsill:

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Long-limbed Sock Monkey on: January 25, 2010 04:07:13 PM
This was my birthday present to my little sister - she likes it very much. Cheesy I had to steal it when she was sleeping so that I could photograph it. Because it was made with almost-knee-high socks, stuffing the longer limbs was a pain. D:
Made from this fantastic tute: http://www.web-goddess.org/writing/tutorial/Image0.html

I added a crocheted vest because I could. Tongue It was trying to be a hoodie but the idea of crocheting two really long sleeves was just too daunting to attempt. I'll try again on a new monkey. Tongue
This makes Sock Monkey Number 3. Smiley

On our picnic table:

Sitting on a plant, for some reason. His arms end just outside of this shot. Cheesy

And a close-up of his little vest:

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Taggy Blankie for a baby on: January 24, 2010 01:38:21 PM
I suppose this is a plaything? Tongue I made this for my baby brother out of some of mum's pretty quilting fabrics - she doesn't sew any more and she picked them out - and a scrap of fleece. Cheesy Ideally I guess the tag-things should have been made from ribbon or something else that's delightful texture-wise, but I made this on a whim and didn't really think about that. XD There is one bit of ribbon, though. Smiley

Mum wanted there to be a colourful fabric and a black and white fabric, half-half, on one side, so I made it that way. Cheesy Because of all the confusing patterns, however, it's easier to concentrate on the tags in the second picture. Tongue

From the front:

And from the back:

Baby brother kind of ignores it, but I really like it. XD C&C very welcome! Cheesy
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger Bag for school + matching P.E. gear bag (photo generous) on: January 24, 2010 01:22:58 PM
I was randomly searching for patterns for making a messenger bag and I fell in love with this one and had to make it. I had to beg the prettier fabric from my sister (strangely I don't own any myself), but it was completely worth it, I'm very happy with it!

I used this tutorial: http://bluebirdbaby.typepad.com/photos/messanger_bag_tutorial/index.html
   I changed a couple of things. I didn't have any fusible fleece, so I decided to 'quilt' the inside of the bag by sewing regular fleece to the lining pieces. I love this method, I've never done this before, anything to do with interfacing or anything like that, it certainly leant a certain heaviness to this bag, which I was quite pleased with. Cheesy
   I also added an extra line or two of stitching to the inside of the bag, so that my books would rest in the bag a bit better. You can kind of see what I did in the picture of the lining and pockets. Cheesy

I found that when you follow the tutorial word-for-word, however, your flap ends up much bigger than it should, both ways. I don't mind it being longer than it really should be, because I don't have any other closing method for this bag, so may as well have some more fabric on there. It being wider than it should have been (even with me doing something funny with one of the side seams and using a HUGE seam allowance for one side) was a bit of a pain when I was sewing the handles on, and it ripples and folds cause it's too big, but I like it anyway. Cheesy

Here's the flap of the bag, with the very plain fabric that I used on the outside, and three tags that were meant to be for holding keys with, but I decided that they just looked cool so added two more in pretty fabrics. Also, the fabric is kind of furry. XD

This is the inside of the flap, you can see what I mean about it being a kind of quilted thing:

The lining and the pockets! The pockets look really wide here, but my hand is just hiding one of the lines of stitching and the other line of stitching on the other side is only just out of shot as well. Cheesy I like these pockets. ^^

And because I was too lazy to go all the way back inside and get my books, here's a picture of the bag holding a very fat cat, Tabbitha. He looks rather serene, no?

What these photos don't show is a close up of a very comfortable strap, which really does look quilted. Cheesy It even got my big brother's seal of approval, which doesn't happen very often! Cheesy

And the P.E. gear bag that I made from this wonderful tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
The stripes match the fabrics I used for the front of the messenger bag. Cheesy

And again with Tabby:

Edited to add a picture of the lining and pocket:

C&C welcome! Cheesy
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