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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crocheted cupcake Applique on: April 16, 2010 11:12:38 AM

I found this pattern on Crochet Spot and made a funfetti cupcake with it. I wish it was real so I could eat it Smiley

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Too Small Dress + Skirt I'd never wear = Tribal Blossoms Bag on: April 11, 2010 07:57:40 PM

One of the items I got from the clothing swap was this adorable dress that wouldn't even fit over my head and shoulders. I loved the fabric and used it to make the outer portion of this reversible bag. The inner bag is floral print and used to be a skirt. The straps are toile on one side and brown and gold on the other. It took me all day to make this and I'm so happy with the result.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old sweatshirt + tablecloth = <3 on: April 08, 2010 05:52:09 PM

I went to a clothing swap and got this fantastic sweatshirt from the 80's. I used it to make this cool bag. It is lined with an upcycled tablecloth and has matching straps. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Makeup Brush Apron on: March 30, 2010 08:40:13 PM

I used the leg from Glen's jeans and the leg from Chad's pajama pants and sewed a neck tie on for the trim. My sewing machine crapped out on me as usual so I had to ghetto rig the pockets (the plaid part) with my glue gun.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Frumpy Button up to Sexy Summer top on: March 30, 2010 08:36:42 PM

I've had this shirt in my closet for years. Even thought it never fit me properly I kept it, seeing the potential for its future use...

The cherry print is really cute, but the shapeless shirt didn't fit me right. I forgot to take a photo of the shirt before I chopped it up, but first I removed the sleeves, then I cut off the entire top portion from the chest up. I added a top seam, some darts, and some straps.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt + Dress = Custom upcycled Corset on: March 30, 2010 08:29:36 PM

I tried to use my boyfriend, Chad, as a dress form to make a corset top...it didn't work. So I broke down and measured myself, and made a pattern. It took me a really long time! I chopped up a houndstooth skirt and a tube dress for the outer fabric and the lining, and some threaded some red ribbon in the holes I put in the front and created a corset-style top. I can't wait to get a grommet kit to make the holes look better.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Day of the Dead Market Bag on: March 30, 2010 08:12:53 PM

I made this for a friend a few weeks ago. I basically just looked at a brown paper bag and copied the design as follows:

1)Front and Back--Fold your fabric in half, and cut out a large square (you get two squares of the same size)
Example: Both squares are 16 inches by 16 inches (or whatever size you would like)
2)Sides--fold your fabric in half and cut out a large rectangle (you get two rectangles the same size)
Example: Both rectangles are 12 inches by 16 inches
3)Bottom: cut one more rectangle the length of your square
Example: 16 inches by 8 inches

With right sides facing (the printed side) inward, sew the front and side together. Next sew the Back and side together with right sides facing inward. Now sew the side to the back. You should have a large rectangular shape made of your four pieces. Sew the side to the front, right side facing inward. Sew the bottom piece to the bag, right sides together. Finish your edges by hemming or using quilt binding, add a strap, and you're done!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jareth Necklace on: March 30, 2010 08:08:07 PM
For all of you Labyrinth fans out there, you'll recognize the name right away. This was pretty simple to make.

Items used:

owl charm
two crimp beads
lobster claw clasp
red seed beads
silver bugle beads
bead wire

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lots of Old Pajama Pants = Real Men Do Yoga Mat Caddy on: March 30, 2010 08:01:11 PM

I wanted to make a yoga bag for Chad since the only yoga bags I've seen are the cutesy froufrou bags for women. I designed this one to look like a golf bag. It's made from several pairs of Chad's old pajama pants. I'm a little cross-eyed now from staring at plaid for two hours, but I'm very pleased with the results.

Here's what I did:

To make the bag itself:

1) I cut the pants into large strips
2) I measured 10 inches by 34 inches with a clear ruler and traced the lines directly onto the fabric with sidewalk chalk. This bag is made from 6 panels of fabric with dimensions of 10 inches by 34 inches, allowing for seam allowance. Once sewn, the panels shrink to 6 inches by 30 inches. The finished bag is 12 inches wide by 31 inches long. The strap is 28 inches.
3) Line 5 of the panels up side by side. Sew right sides together.
4) Fold the 6th panel in half and sew the 6th panel to the top of the bag. This is where the drawstring goes. I used a belt from one of my dresses for the drawstring. It is also plaid.
5) You now have one large rectangle. Fold it in half, right sides together and sew the sides and bottom. Turn it inside out.
6) Thread a drawstring through the top of the bag.

To make the strap:

I cut two strips of the same width and length and sewed them right sides together. I turned them inside out and top stitched the crap out of them after pressing them with a hot iron.

Attach the strap:

I placed one end under the drawstring casing and sewed them into place. I placed the other end in the middle of bag, careful not to catch the bottom of the bag in my sewing machine, and sewed it into place using a double stitch for strength.

Finish by cutting off all the lose strings and pressing the bag with an iron.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old T-shirt & Pajama Pants = Market Bag on: March 30, 2010 08:45:30 AM

Today I decided to make a bag for myself using an old shirt for the outer layer and a pair of Chad's old pajama pants for the lining and straps. As usual, I didn't use a pattern.

Here's what I did:

To make the bag:

1)Cut out 2 large squares from each fabric (in this case, 2 from the shirt and 2 from the pants)
2)Sew the 2 burgundy squares right sides together on the sides and bottom. Turn
right side out once sewn.
3)Sew the 2 plaid squares right sides together on the sides and bottom. This is the lining.
4)Leave the lining inside out and put the burgundy outer purse inside. Right sides will be facing each other.
5)Sew around the top, leaving a few inches unsewn to turn inside out.
6)Turn inside out and stuff the lining into the bag. Sew the gap closed.
7)Sew a top seam around the top of the bag to keep the lining in place.

To make the straps:

1)Cut 2 four-inch wide strips of fabric (the length of your choice for bag handles)
2)Take the 1st strap and fold each side in toward the center evenly. Stitch in place.
3)Place quilt binding/bias tape on top of the seam and sew into place.
4)Repeat on the second strap.
5)Box-stitch the straps in place on the inside on the bag.
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