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331  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt from own drafted pattern on: August 12, 2008 08:55:49 AM
I don't normally do patterns. (Too impatient to follow the directions and when I do I get a bad fit.)  Most of my clothing has been the slash the fabric, sew some seams and see what happens kind of thing.

I finally read the book "patternless fashions" and took all the measurements I needed. I drafted an aline skirt with a siz zipper and waistband. 

wow, was it easy.  Marked it right on the fabric and whipped it up in less time it normally takes me to cut out the darn pattern pieces.  I used some fabric in my stash that has been around since my honeymoon, 11 years ago.  It's a great tropical print in blues, browns and burgandies. 

332  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse, tote, drawstirng bag set Now with pics on: August 12, 2008 07:42:21 AM
I found this stripey orange fabric remnant and felt the need to pick it up. I almost never do anything with orange.  But was darn near compelled to make a market bag.  So I dug out an orange fat quarter that I never used and made a huge market bag (no lining or anything just a good solid, need-a-bag bag). I used the orange fat quarter to make handles that went all the whay down the sides and strengthened the bottom.  So far it's making a great beach tote.

but I had fabric leftover and a warmed up sewing machine.... Wink

So I dug around my scrap pile and found a zipper and some sean binding the same color as one of the stripes. I made a cute little purse with zipper closer, outer and inner pockets and handles that match the market bag.

But I still had leftover fabric...  Wink

But I was running out of time in the day so I whipped up a little drawstring bag that I haven't decided what it will be used for yet.  (Most likely it'll be for carrying my daughters food to day-care, since I keep having to grab a plactic bag in the morning to throw in the baby food.

So now I have a great little set of matching bags for all sorts of uses. yay! Cheesy

333  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / first Teddy Bear: reconstructed from baby clothes on: August 12, 2008 07:07:21 AM
**edit* couldn't stop and now there's a whole family of them!

I'm so exicted. I'd been planning to make a few teddy bears to give to all the relative for yule gifts from my daughters baby clothes, and I finally did it!  Grin Last night was one of those night where I couldn't sleep anyway so I decided to be constructive and sew up a "project in waiting".

I used two outfits: one of them was a deep pink floral and the other was a lighter pink with pastel cats and the words meow meow all over it.

I used an incredibly simple pattern where the body is all one piece and only the head is shaped.  Sewing the head to the neck got a little wonky,  Angry but it's covered up by a pretty organza ribbon.  Cheesy

The arms ended up kind of stiff and stuck out from the body so I tacked them together at the paws to make him holdng his paws in his lap. (Yes, a him, no idea why I keep thinking of a pink bear as a him.)

I've got another one half done from a red and white shirt that is looking more like a wolverine than a bear. Still need to attach his head.

334  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Baby Quilt from Last Minute Gifts on: August 12, 2008 06:55:39 AM
 Shocked Wow! That quilt is awesome. That baby sure is lucky her mom has a friend like you!
335  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how do you think of yout "thing"? on: February 18, 2005 06:31:23 AM
call me an oddball, but I think a stuffed animal in a unibrow would be cool. Unique enough to remember and if done right still adorable.  The people you would be marketing to here is collectors not kids.  For ages I collected cats.  The unique ones always drew my attention.  Hmmm. kitten with unibrow and a surly attitude?
336  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Checkers and Chess pieces on: January 31, 2005 11:34:07 AM
Glue them on as a handle on top of a box.
337  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: the round ones on: January 31, 2005 11:08:50 AM
1) make a sewing kit or first aid kit from it

2) decorate and make a shrine to your favorite 'fill in the blank here'

3) pill box
4) add a mirror for a compact
5) make lip balm to pour inside
6) Line with felt or velvet to make a travel jewlery case
338  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Millions and Jillions of Dice (es?) on: January 31, 2005 10:20:54 AM
How about using them as draw pulls, or zipper pulls?  Or pretend they are buiding blocks and glue them into weird building shapes?  Since you have a ton of them, maybe you could glue them into box shapes and use them as desk accessories like a pencil holder, paper clip box etc.
339  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old dinnette set. Help! on: January 31, 2005 08:05:54 AM
I once saw a back splash/art piece type thing that had mosaic dish pieces and the really cool part was that the cups were broken in half and glued on so they jutted out from the rest and could be used as plant pots, sponge holders, etc.

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