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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tent and Fly Material on: October 03, 2011 08:35:39 PM
I got given a 6 person dome tent which had no poles and tears in the tent/fly, so it was beyond salvageable as a tent.

I've cut all the material up from the fly, and have two colours, dark blue and a light beige. Pieces range from approx 2m square to small narrow strips of about 20cm wide. From the tent I have lots of black flyscreen and a bit of dark blue.

I'm using some of the flyscreen to make a flyscreen door for our bedroom door to keep the flies out but other than that I am stumped. I don't really want to chuck it out because it's in really good nick.

Any ideas would be great!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What do i do wit these on: August 29, 2011 10:20:24 PM
money tins, pencil holders, kitchen utensil holders, storage containers for dried beans, rice, flour, sugar, door stops [fill with something like sand]...
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: SNORLAX BEAN BAG CHAIR on: August 29, 2011 10:14:12 PM
Never made bean bags before, but I would go the foam beans for the insides, it will give a nicer look overall and wont be lumpy [which can happen with stuffing]. You should be able to buy bags of the beans rather cheaply.

To go about making up the actual cover, I would design it out first-so you know what bits you need to cut and sew out. Then make up a mini version just to make sure it turns out the way it's supposed to, you don't want to waste metres of fabric making a full size version that doesn't work out!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: creating the bottom on: August 26, 2011 03:27:41 AM
sorry to hijack the thread, I'm having similar issues but with stuffed elephants. Can't get the underneath piece working how I want it.

gotgrey, in your photo-let me get this right, you stuff the animal before sewing up the two underside pieces? Might be where I am going wrong, as my underneath piece is one piece not two.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to find Magnets for craft project on: August 25, 2011 07:11:39 PM
Maybe try a hard ware store or even a stationary shop. They might have them, or else might be able to give you an idea of where to look.

Other option would be to buy them online.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Sewing machine broken, need a Serger/Overlocker only pattern on: August 25, 2011 07:09:47 PM
Argh it sucks when machines die on you.  Undecided

Personally I would think most simple patterns could be modified to use an overlocker only. You'd just have to be extra careful on smaller/fiddlier seams.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: stuffed sea turtle on: August 25, 2011 07:05:49 PM
Oh wow!

That is gorgeous!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: interfacing/interlining question. on: August 25, 2011 08:23:26 AM
How much of the pattern actually needs interfacing? I tend to find with most patterns you only need the interfacing for stiff areas [collars, cuffs, button hole/button spots]. Never really heard of a whole garment using interfacing throughout it.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rotary cutter not cutting. Is it me or did I just get a bad one? on: August 25, 2011 08:11:31 AM
Does it cut other materials?

I'd take it back and get a refund.  Undecided

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: bulky seams.... on: August 21, 2011 01:29:20 AM
I tend to trim the seams, depending on the fabric [experiment with a scrap of the material to see how close you can trim without ruining the integrity of the seam]. Corners I trim on the angle so they turn out nicely. And on curves I clip triangles out to help reduce bulkiness/form a smooth curved seam.

I'm often lazy and don't press, mainly because I have no ironing board!
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