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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Coraline Owl Purse on: June 02, 2010 02:47:25 PM
A friend sent me a link to http://diybaglover.blogspot.com/ which is an awesome collection of various bag tutorials. I really want to do them all but started with the owl purse. This is my first bag so I am pretty impressed with how well it came out.

Oh! I call it my Coraline owl purse because of the buttons I used for the eyes. It just reminds me of the very strange movie Coraline!

The tutorial called for ribbon to run up the handle... but I was out!! Ribbon and I don't always see eye to eye either...especially when I am trying to sew it in a straight line. so found some cute buttons and accented the strap where it attaches to the backside of the purse.

the original tutorial also didn't have pockets inside...not a  huge deal but I can never find my phone if its just running around loose. So I added two pockets to the inside where the gusset was sewn in, would have added another on the lining but because I just used muslin I wasn't sure that it could stand up to a pocket there.

The tutorial was nice and easy to follow even though I did end up doing things my own way the bag still came out pretty close to her original.
sorry for the photos my phone is my only camera for now...until I can talk the husband into a real camera...

C & C welcome and Thanks for looking!
42  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hoodie recon for my favoritist nephew on: May 28, 2010 09:11:19 PM
So I wanted to learn how to make a hoodie for my self but really didn't want to waste my nice second hand fabric I scored at Goodwill. So I got the idea to make a little one for my 2yr old nephew. I had recently traced one of his shirts...for who knows what...so I had his size. Then I saw some leftover piratey thermal fabric and went Eureka! Every kid needs a pirate hoodie! Unfortunately when I cut it out and started putting it together it was a little overwhelming, so i found an old zip-up hoodie of my own which had magically shrunk on like the 500th washing. I pulled the zipper off (saved for my own hoodie) cut it up and Voila! A piratey hoodie for the little monster!

and this is how it started its life...

The hood is not quite as nicely done as I would like, I used the original and cut off the first inch or so, its kinda funky and has no drawstring but the monster doesn't like hoods anyways. His mom likes it (which means I see it alot) which makes me happy Grin

thanks for looking! C & C always welcome
43  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cougar baby quilt *Updated with baby pics* on: May 21, 2010 04:31:04 PM
My younger sister commisioned this quilt for a friend of hers who went to school at Washington State University (mascot is the cougar) and is very pregnant.

My sister designed the basic idea then we spent hours matching pinks....ugh! This may be the pinkest thing so far to ever come out of my craft room!
But it definetly turned out very cute...and my sister did a nice job on the blanket stiching around the applique.

I absolutely LOVE the fabric on the back...which also helped to counteract the pinkness. She even got enough to do a quilt for another friend, or I should say have me do another quilt for her friend.

This was my first time attempting to freehand quilt on my machine. I did everything wrong (feed-dogs up, no walking foot, moved crookedly, attempted to sew over my finger because I didn't have a presser foot on my machine thereby making it more crooked) but I still love it!

My sister was happy with it and hopefully her friend loved it

*update 7-26-10*
She liked it! She liked it!
Just got forwarded some of the little one's first proffesional photos and the blanket made an appearance! Yay!

and another one of little miss adorable!
44  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mechanic Coveralls for my 2yr old nephew on: May 16, 2010 09:23:12 PM
My little nephew LOVES to play in the garage with daddy! But garage = dirty little wrench monkey and with him potty training pants are at a premium. So I took an old work shirt and made him some mechanic style coveralls. Mommy was thrilled!

I took the pockets off the front of the original shirt and added them to the side of the legs so he has lots of storage for tools and other finds.
There is also an elastic strip in the back so that they don't look so ginormous and shapeless on the little guy. The collar is originally from the shirt so it is a bit big but its kinda cute that way!

The original shirt

Thinking about making some more for other litte guys...there's so much cute stuff out there for girls, boys just seem to get a bit neglected for clothes.

Thanks for looking comments and question are welcome!
45  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Bailey's Pirate Princess Birthday Present on: May 16, 2010 04:22:56 PM
It seems like every little girl I know is princess obsessed, and getting invited to those birthday parties scares me a bit because of the incredibly pink aisles of the toystores I usually have to brave. But when little Bailey's (she's 3) Mom mentioned she also had a thing for pirates I was hooked! I had seen mcbeth's Pirate Book Box https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344899.msg4012747#msg4012747 and was inspired!

This is the completed present right before we left the house (I finished the box 5 minutes earlier)

Its a double layered circle skirt (reversible), a white peasant style blouse (which I have to remake as it is too short and her little belly would hang out, which is kind of cute in a distinctly non-princessy way, and a velvet overdress.

The velvet is lined with a reclaimed pink cottony fabric which I actually picked up from Goodwill. Amazingly enough I didn't buy anything for the outfit except bias tape and the two frog closures!

And this is the treasure chest everything came in (which her daddy threatened to steal) It went through several incarnations and eventually ended up maroon the night before. By the way the "hammered" texture spray paint SUCKED on wood, I've never used in on anything else and do NOT plan to use it ever again!

The little princess liked it alot and did her 2nd costume change into it after presents were opened. Hopefully I can steal a pic from her mom or grandma Grin

Thanks for looking!
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Modified waist cincher on: April 02, 2010 06:04:09 PM
I made one of these previously to try out the pattern (McCalls 4861) and my friend and then roommate confiscated it to her costume collection...and then I missed it. So I made another. Improved. Better. So here it is for your viewing pleasure:

the front - I left off the lacing in the front and traded it for D rings and large snaps, which is WAY easier to get in and out of though I should have left more of a tail to pull on to release the snaps
the back

Sorry about the quality of the pictures, they were taken with my phone as I generally have to borrow the camera from work if I want one

Interior - somehow the "ditches" did not match up on both sides of the corset so please excuse the slightly off seams
closeup of the front which should have come out straighter for all the measuring I did

I wanted to go for the bondage strap look, and maybe add D rings and straps from the bottom but...I'm not so sure.
47  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Grey's Octopus quilt on: March 27, 2010 11:51:44 AM
My mom started making quilts for her coworkers who were having babies several years ago. She never made a "classic" quilt as far as I can tell, she almost always used appliques some of which were based from a paper piecing book she got for scrapbooking. So I never learned "classic" quilting but really like the creativity that her quilts had. I have made several quilts on my own but this is one that I am the proudest of, oh and the first that I got to use a rotary cutter with!
So here is Grey's quilt

The bottom pulls funny because I decided that I didn't want to bind it but instead made the edges wrap around so the white is on both sides. Probably won't do that again as getting the batting in was a major pain!

A closeup of the applique

drawn by hand then photocopied really big and traced on the fabric before cutting it out.

The back is pretty plain, I also learned about trying to put stretchy fabrics into a non-stretchy medium (so this is the 2nd back this quilt had)
All the designs were stiched by had using a blanket stich through all the layers, and the edges were stiched on the machine (mostly to keep it laying flat)
48  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / One more way to use my bow & arrows! on: March 26, 2010 02:00:34 PM
So for a couple of years we have been going to the ren & fantasy faire (except for the 2008 faire because it got cancelled) and I was always wicked impressed with some of the costumes I saw and REALLY wanted to make some. So I made some costumes for some friends which really turned out very nice, but I was just going to modify a current costume I had (basically make a new skirt). It got down to the wire and I had my mom come out to help me finish the last of the hemming on the other costumes while I put the skirt together on mine. Well turned out that the top I was going to use didn't fit... um AT ALL! So I had some very well turned out friends but no costume for myself, I vowed that I would have an awesome costume next year!
Well I planned and planned ... and next years faire got cancelled! Good thing my costume wasn't done yet! I did manage to have it ready for this last year's faire (and my well costumed friends DIDN'T EVEN WEAR THEIRS!!)
So here is proof!

unfinished skirt planning

And the final product complete with acessories

I will be adding a couple more items like bracers to match the top but overall I am pretty happy with it.
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