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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Really Special Fabric Shops across Australia? on: February 02, 2008 09:30:29 AM
Hey Australian Crafters!

I'm from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  I'm going to be taking an across-Australia trip very soon, and as I go I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to stop into some extra special fabric /craft shops and pick up a *restrained* amount of goodies to take home (backpack permitting..)

I've got access to run-of-the-mill fabric stores here at home, so what I'm looking for is more like boutiques that carry cute / designer textiles and possibly other goodies?

Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance!

2  CANADA / Quebec / Japanese Fabrics in montreal? on: December 01, 2007 12:49:38 PM
Anyone know if/where you can buy Japanese fabrics in montreal? I'm getting sick of the same old fabrics they always have at fabricville (and it seems St Hubert just has more of the same...)

suggestions, peeps?

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / eco-friendly Decoration ideas! on: November 28, 2007 09:24:57 AM
Hi Crafters!

 I live in a city neighborhood that, ever year, has a decorate-your-building-exterior contest. This year the theme is "A Green Christmas", as in, environmental decoration ideas.  I'm determined to participate!  And I know I can rely on you creative lot to help me come up with fabulous ideas.

Plus, it's just a plain old good idea.

I want to focus on the three R's, of course:  reduce  (don't buy new stuff to make the decorations) Reuse  (reuse what I have, and make things that can be reused in following years, or other applications) and Recycle  (anything to be trashed should be recyclable!)

So far, these are my ideas:

  • Reduce my use of lights, and put a timer on the lights so they only operate about 3 hours a day
  • Use lots and lots of ribbon!  (reusable, and best of all - compact storage!)
  • Use evergreen boughs (can be collected by the City along with trees after christmas,  and made into garden mulch)
  • Punctuated with real Ivy, and cranberries  (would bird eat these?)(compostable!)
  • Craft idea:  A recycled paper wreath - made from color pages of newspaper, or magazine pages, or even last year's torn up wrapping paper,  crumpled up and stuffed in a wire wreath frame
  • Use natural items, like pine cones, hung in bunches with ribbons
  • I was even thinking of making hanging balls of jingle-bells that ring when the wind blows (sounds like Christmas to me!)
  • Popcorn balls is a neat idea INSIDE, but outside would result in a pigeon-feeding-frenzy  Cheesy
  • Some kind of decoration made of empty green wine bottles + red ribbon  (hmmmmm, this needs some though...)

Craft community, I challenge you to suggest lots of ideas, and show Craftster's green side by making this a big topic!

4  CANADA / Quebec / Knitting Lessons? on: April 03, 2007 10:16:47 AM
Does anyone know where I can take fun knitting or crochet lessons in Montreal, Preferably 'downtown' somewhere?  I have basic knowledge...  Something young & urban, true to Craftster, would be perfect...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / midnight monster stuffie on: January 03, 2006 07:33:51 AM
 I remember having all these images in my mind of what monsters looked like when i was little.  Thanks to sesame street, some were cute, but thats to B-horror movies, some were scary....  now they can all be my friends!

Mad props to wawaya (whose stuff is stunningly fabulous) for eye inspiration
Im hooked, making stuffies is so much fun!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / zombie monkeys are taking over the world! on: December 17, 2005 04:00:54 PM
Inspired by spyderbaby's knit zombies,  and funkstart's zombie monkey, and of corse the gazillions of awesome sock monkeys on this site, I created the following for the annual christmas gift exchange at my friend's party.  The point is to bring a weird gift, and wrap it so everyone wants it.   making sock monkeys was way easier than i thought it would be...


and now for the whole story, in images.....   (also inspired by spyderbaby...)

yay zombies!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: My First Ipod Mini Case >> with windows! on: August 10, 2005 09:54:10 PM
Hey everyone
So, the other day I finally got around to making a case for my baby er ipod mini.
(see pic below)  I lined it with felt for some protection, and there is plastic protecting the screen and the wheel.  I found it tricky, actually, cause its so small and theres so much to sew.  Im pleased, the only thing that bugs me is the way the fabric at the top of the screen gets pulled up by the elastic fastener on the back.  Also, i embroidered around the edge afterwards, cause i didnt like the raw edge.  I think my next one will have one of those little attaches-to-the-strap-of-your-purse straps incorporated into it. 

UPDATE:  Im adding the official apple.com measurements for the various ipods, for you crafter gifters.

I tried the below link for a paper template to find screen and hole placement. I tested the ipod mini, it didnt work, but if you are photoshop-able, you can resize it and have an accurate template.


If I have some time, and can figure out how, i'll post templates to-size.

model size in mm size in inches
Shuffle 84 x 25 x 8 3.5 x 1 x 0.3
ipod; old    100 x 61 x 20    4 x 2.4 x 0.8
ipod; new (thinner)      103 x 61 x 12 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.5 
ipod Mini  90 x 50 x 12  3.6 x 2 x 0.5 
Nano 90 x 40 x 7 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27

I just thought id point out that the measurements here dont translate directly to the measurements of this project, since this case doesnt have 'sides' that correspond to the thickness of the ipod;  just one flat front piece whose edges half-wrap around the sides of the ipod...  so you need to add a bit to the front ipod measurements to get the size of the fabric pieces for this project. PLUS you need to adjust for the thickness of the fabric...  I added 1cm to the width measurment on each side of my ipod mini to get the width measurement of my case.




I reccomend reading the whole thing before beginning project.

Difficulty level:  Easy Moderate.
I know the tutorial is long, but the process isnt that long, Im just a *detail oriented* person!
And, when I did this, it only occurred to me to take pics halfway thru, so some pics are missing for early steps ample description will help, hopefully.

-a piece of felt
-a small piece of fabric, 10cm wide x 23cm tall.

(ie:  twice as tall as your ipod, plus extra for the over-the-top-flap, then as wide as your ipod, plus enough extra to make a seam.    >>>> the finished dimensions of my case are 7 cm wide x 10.5 cm tall  IE  if you add 1.5 cm seam allowance (pretty generous) on sides, and 3cm at top for flap, you get 10cm x 23cm.)

- some kind of clear plastic for the plastic window.  (I re-used plastic packaging, but its looking bad already.  I recommend clear vinyl.)
-pretty thread.

STEP ONE make a template
Make a template of your ipod.  I used a piece of clear plastic like acetate. Put it on top of your ipod, and make an approximate trace.    Cut out the window and wheel.

STEP TWO cut your felt
Center your template close to the top of the piece of felt.
(leave AT LEAST 3cm of felt above the temple, or more depending on your own final closure method)
Trace inside the holes to translate the location of the window and wheel to the felt. 
Cut out the window and wheel holes.
Double check over your ipod to make sure the holes are big enough, make any necessary adjustments.  Make sure the hole for the window is a little bigger ( a few millimeters)  than the window itself.

STEP THREE cut your fabric
Line up your fabric and your felt, trace inside the holes to translate the window and wheel holes from the piece of felt to the fabric.
Cut the WHEEL hole,
BUT DONT CUT THE WINDOW OUT; instead, cut triangles so that you can fold over the fabric for the window, and have a pretty seamed edge around the window, rather than a rough cut edge.


Make sure every thing is lining up properly, and that when the triangular fabric window-flaps are folded over the edges of the felt window, that the hole is STILL big enough for the window of your ipod.

Yes, glue. 
Making sure everything is lined up properly, put some SMALL, sparing dabs of white glue of the underside of the fabrics window-flaps.
Fold these flaps under and glue them to the felt.  Glue should dry quickly a few minutes.
See the picture below if this isnt making sense.


STEP FIVE plastic.

Aside:  test your plastic!!!  Do a few seam tests with a  scrap of felt and plastic, so you can see how close together your stiches can be before it starts having a cutting effect on the plastic. (ie 2mm? 2.5mm? 3mm? 4mm?)

Pin your plastic so it spans both windows, on the felt side.
Sew around both holes, (straight stitch) a little over 0.5 cm away from edge.
For the window hole, I first did the seam farthest away from the edge, then after that the second closer to the windows edge.


STEP SIX close it up!

depending on your final closure method (see step eight), this might be a good time to sew the back fastener onto the back of the fabric.  Its a tricky job once the sides are sewed up!!

Fold this whole thing in half (ie folded edge at bottom of ipod.)
Pin the long edges of the fabric layers together. 
Sew straight seam along these edges, leaving a 1.5 cm seam allowance.  (ie 1.5 cm in from edge of FABRIC)
Just to reiterate, the final width of the case from seam to seam should be 7cm (for ipod mini)
(I did my pins lengthwise at this point cause I was fudging it along, and wasnt sure how wide my fabric would need to be to accommodate my ipod.  You can do that too, and check it against your ipod BEFORE you sew, or just *trust* my initial measurements of 7cm + 1.5cm on each side as seam allowance)

STEP SEVEN:  trim.

I trimmed the top opening;  flush with the ipod along the BACK side of the opening, and along the Front it was flush at either edge, then coming up into a off-center flap that would accommodate accessing the lock switch and earplugs while in use.   

Trim the long edges leave them rough, or finish as you like.  I embroidered along after all else was done.

STEP EIGHT:  the back flap.

Make the back flap as you please.  Snap, hook, ribbon, whatev. Mine is an elastic-around-button style.

I sewed the ends of the elastic onto the end of my top flap with my machine, making it nice and secure.  Then I sewed a button onto the back on the case.  I recommend not making a closure that pulls the flap too tightly, this makes the top of the window pull up on the front of your case, which aint all that pretty. 

Badda bing badda boom, ipod mini case.                                 
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / silkscreened lanterns - inspired by logan! on: August 10, 2005 09:00:05 PM
thanks to logan for coming up with this idea.  (see post  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12686.0

I came across that idea while trying to think about what I could to for my friend's engagement party, where they asked me to do the lighting.  Budget was tight, so the less money spent, the better.

I didnt even have a silkscreen to start, really!  I threw one together from a med-sized stretcher (as in for paintings) with the finest voile-y fabric I could find at the fabric store.  I did purchase a small screenprinting squegee for the job, tho.

The jars were all *donated* by people in my neighbourhood.   (as in, i went around on recycling day pulling them out of recycling boxes.  sheesh!  what a job THAT was!  and what looks I got, LOL!) I used all different sizes of jars,  even baby food jars - they were super cute.

the tissue paper was your standard dollar-store variety - white.  I also tried green, i think i likes the way green looks better, tho white gave off FAR more light. 

*crossing fingers, hoping that pics work*
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / homemade scents for homemade soap? on: February 01, 2005 07:33:42 PM
Hey all

im new at this homemade soap thingy, and I want to experiment with lots of different scents (and colors) when making soap, but I dont want to break the bank in doing so! Any suggestions for ways I can scent (and color) my soaps without having to buy expensive, commercially available essential oils?
 Huh   Smiley
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