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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you sew bias tape on curves? on: October 29, 2011 08:24:36 PM
OMG I was losing my sanity trying to figure this out!
Thanks so much for the idea of steaming it into the right curve on the ironing board.
I am making a bib with bias tape neck trim/string ties.
But it's a doll sized bib that is going to be part of an 8 inch quilt square for a baby quilt. It's SMALL. The curve is TIGHT (think outline of a soda can).
You crafters are so smart.
thank you thank you thank you
quilt square is still in progress, sanity is intact Smiley
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Re: Tissue box cover on: August 31, 2011 09:44:17 PM
What a beautiful and touching tribute.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Accordian collar shirt-skirt two piece into knee length dress on: August 31, 2011 09:36:11 PM
What an amazing collar. Great find. I can't imagine it with puffed sleeves (yuck) good job!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tutorial: Men's t shirts into cowl neck dress on: August 31, 2011 07:20:24 PM
I just made this with a navy tee and a goldenrod
/navy raglan sleeve tee (as the dress portion).
I LOVE the colour combo but I had to take in the width of the shirt for the cowl top (I used my husband's cast off XL tees) otherwise it drooped too low.
I do have quite a bit of tee shirt under the armpits. It looks a little goofy, I might have to alter it again. I had a hard time getting the elastic a way I liked but I have very little experience sewing with elastic.
This is my FIRST sewing without a pattern project. I can't wait to try again with a lighter weight tee, I think I'll try tie dying them first as well.
Thank you Thank you for the great idea - I am a novice sewer and completed this in less than 2 hours, including making dinner at the same time  Wink

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: button shirt to toddler dress recon *NEW MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL* on: May 02, 2010 01:49:37 PM
I'm so excited to try this!
I am a mom to 11 month old and have been saving daddy's old shirts for something like this. i'm a newbie sewer so I don't feel too bad if I screw up and have to toss it, after all the shirts were going to goodwill anyway before I commandeered them.
Now just to convince her to have longer naps so i can actually attempt this!
Thanks for all the pics - there can never be too many in a tutorial in my opinion!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old Children's Books / Hardcover Books on: May 02, 2010 01:41:17 PM
apply them to round cork pieces as coasters?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: May 02, 2010 01:38:40 PM
Jumbo sized coffee tins - flip over (open end down). Punch a hole on each side high up near the base. Thread rope through hole and tie. Use as Alien shoes (coffee can stilts for kids)

coffee cans - punch designs in them with metal tools or nails. Use as outdoor candle holders (weight bases with sand or rocks). Spray paint them orange for Halloween pumpkin lanterns.

baby food jars - you can make mini snowglobes with water, glitter and trinkets (just hot glue the lids on so kids don't open them), mini terrariums with moss and dried flowers (super cute)
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Jar Lids on: May 02, 2010 01:30:56 PM
If you have little kids (or know kids) or just like goofy games - paint or attach pictures of different fish to them. Use decoupage or glue, whatever. make a fishing pole out of a stick or some doweling, twine and a magnet. decorate a box for a 'pond"or use a kiddie pool. Ta-da you have a home-made fishing game! I've done this before with juice can lids too, kids love it. If you use different colors and species you can assign a prize for whomever catches the green shark, 3 gold fish etc etc. Kids love it, fun for a theme party or Halloween too.
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Dolly Donations for Haiti on: April 28, 2010 09:53:42 PM
These are wonderful. I work at a daycare and would love to try to get the kids to help by choosing and cutting out the fabric. I don't know if I'll be able to complete any by the deadline though. if I do i will be sure to send pictures.
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are needle-felted animals safe for babies? on: April 24, 2010 10:59:52 PM
If you are new to felting (as I am) a great baby project is a ball with a bell inside. You can do custom colors, shapes or monogrammed initials. They turn out really cute and are totally safe if you use a large bell, nothing they could choke on if it ever came apart.

feltpets: I love love love your animals! I have only done a bit of 2D felting but would love try something more scultural. i have amild wool allergy though and wearing gloves seems so awkward with detail work.
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