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11  Wrist Cuff Purse (with Tutorial/Pattern - Pics pics and more pics!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by GeekySweetheart on: June 04, 2011 04:50:01 AM
One for the festival goers!

(image credit Azura

I made this for the Metal Swap I  organised recently. It's a a fashion accessory with a secret! A cuff with a secret zip compartment for for keeping your money (for MONEY people!) safe when you're out moshing :-)

Cuff Purse  Tutorial!!  
This pattern was drafted on my own wrist, which is 6 in circumference.
Pattern Pieces:
I haven't figured out the whole PDF thing yet, so I've included a tape measure on each one so you can be sure you've got the sizes right for printing.

Constructing the Cuff I'm using faux leather, don't let PVC put you off... it's not terribly difficult to work with and I'm just using a regular sewing needle.

So first baste together where your zip is going to be placed, you're going to unpick these stitches later so keep your machine on a long stitch length and a looseish tension. (you shouldn't use pins with PVC because it's possible the holes will stay visible, it's not a problem for me here because the surface of the PVC I'm using is textured)

You need to press the seam open on the underside. If you are using PVC you need to keep your iron on a low heat and use a teatowel or pressing cloth between your iron and your work or you will melt that sucker to your iron... bad times...

This is what your zipper foot looks like, use it...

place your zip on the inside of your work like this and stitch it in place.

so it looks like this on the right side.

this is where you need to unpick your stitches, Then you want to unzip your zip (very important!)

ok this is a nice wide piece of elastic, it's going to be the fastening. Since I made this for a swap, I wanted to make it a little adjustable so I put several button holes on this piece of elastic, I marked it out,  

Button holes are nice and simple on my machine, these red stitches are my button hole stitches (read your instruction book for your particular machine)

Sew on some buttons

Then you need to layer everything up for the final  stitches... remember your ZIP should be UNDONE and both sides should have RIGHT SIDES FACING... then go ahead and sew all the pieces together around the outside...

Then trim all the seam allowances away and turn it right side out (through your open zip!).
et voila!

yea, so... You're free to use this pattern/tutorial for non-commercial purposes, just don't sell it or claim it as your own work... kthanx  Smiley
and PLEASE please PLEEEEAASSSEEE let me know if you make one for yourself  Smiley I'd love to see what you did  Cheesy

x GS
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12  Teddy Bear Labcoat (With Tutorial/pattern - ERGO LOTS of PICS!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by GeekySweetheart on: June 02, 2011 12:57:33 PM
Check out this cutey pie!

A few months ago a good friend of mine dropped me a facebook message asking if I'd be able to make a labcoat for his girlfriend's teddy bear as a birthday present. . . I thought, "yea, why not! there must be loads of tutorials on the Internet for stuff like that..." ... well guess what... there isn't  Angry ...

Well there is now!!  Cheesy

Teddy Bear Labcoat Tutorial!!   

This pattern should fit teddys of these proportions.
Some modification might me needed for smaller/larger teddies!
arm circumference 12 cm
neck 26 cm
under arm circumference 28 cm
waist 34 cm
neck to foot 22 cm
neck to top of leg 14 cm
arm length 12.5 cm

Pattern Pieces:

I haven't figured out the whole PDF thing yet, so I've included a tape measure on each one so you can be sure you've got the sizes right for printing.

I forgot to do a pattern piece for the pocket  Sad sorry... you can figure it out! I have faith in you.  Grin

Cut out your pattern pieces, I was throwing caution to the wind and using pink ballpoint pen (I know - risky strategy) but you need something prescise to transfer the markings. I suggest Aqua Trickmarker, I love it, the only reason I'm not using it in this tutorial is because mine ran out :-(

Construct your collar, sew the front collar piece to the back collar piece and press your seams apart. Repeat until you've got all 4 front collar pieces attached to the 2 back collar pieces.

When you've got the collar constructed, you need to put the 2 together, sew the edges right sides facing (I handstitched, but if you feel confident enough to machine stitch that would be better.)

Then turn right side out and press to create your collar.

This picture shows how the body pieces go together, but don't forget to sew your darts first!

You then want to sew your sleeves to the armholes (remember, right sides facing). The 'correct' garment construction is open to debate here, but what I always do is sew the curved part of the sleeve to the armhole first, then sew right from the cuff, past the armpit, town to the bottom hem. You should have no problem doing this with a machine (I did it with a short zigzag stitch to catch any fraying edges.)

hm.. for some reason I stopped taking pictures here (that must mean I was getting really excited!)

Sew the collar to the neckline, I decided to have the seam inside the garment since this is a tricky one (really too small to attach the collar 'properly' but if you want to have a go be my guest. so I had the Right side of the garment facing the underside of the collar.... hope that makes sense.

Finish Cuffs/Hems and fastenings. Probably best if you try your labcoat on your teddy to check. I used little plastic press studs which I handsewed on after I'd hemmed the front of the coat.

Make your Patch Pocket - yeyy photos... I clearly knew this would be really hard to explain.. ok so draw your pocket shape BIGGER than you want your pocket to be on a piece of cardboard.

Look at the image below, the cardboard shape is what I used for my pattern, but the marking in pencil is how big my pocket is going to be.
 (I used the selvedge/edge of the fabric so I didn't have to hem it... depending on what you're using you might have to have a hem allowance... and you know... hem the top)

Ok so then trim the card down to the pencil lines and use it as a guide to press the edges of your pocket inwards... like this...

 Careful though! it's easy to burn your fingers doing this!... but yes... press it and then remove the cardboard... and press it some more...

See? a pocket! .... pin it where you want it and stitch it in place.. again I handstitched...

Then I get a little carried away and drew some markings onto a scrap piece of cardboard to make a ruler...


I use iron on inkjet transfer paper to label things that I've made  Grin

yea, so... You're free to use this pattern/tutorial for non-commercial purposes, just don't sell it or claim it as your own work... kthanx  Smiley

and PLEASE please PLEEEEAASSSEEE let me know if you make one for yourself  Smiley I'd love to see what you did  Cheesy

x GS
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13  Re: Spring is for METAL!!(Metal Swap round 2) Gallery!! (NSFW) in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 27, 2011 01:40:43 PM
wow.. glad that week's over... anyhow here we go... later than advertised... the big box of awesome I got from Azura..

First off it's worth mentioning that everything came beautifully packaged on a big checked shoe box, and every individual item was in resealable plastic bags (I love resealable plastic bags! SO useful!). Each item also had it's own little descriptive card. A great touch! it really made me feel like I was 'discovering' the package piece by piece... fantastic work Azura!!

First off, a lovely les paul keychain! Les Pauls are my favourite guitar shape, and this is going to come in really handy as up til now I've had my keys on a lanyard with my work keys, but since I'm on maternity leave as of ... today ... I'm going to have to seperate my work/home keys - good call!

DIO bag! I'm going to see Dio Disciples on 17th June, so this bag will be GREAT for that! :-) I love the (machine?) embroidery. The sewing machine skills here are impeccable, lovely clean lines and curves, and I LOVE the lining fabic!!

ADORABLE Nathan Explosion heat pack! I've never been one for heat packs, but since I can't take painkillers at the moment, heatpacks and hot water bottles have really come in handy for those pregnancy aches and pains, who knows, I may even use this for my early labour pains :-) I  love the grumpy little guy!!

Thankyou Azura, excellent first time swapper package, really glad you joined the swap!!

x G
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14  Re: Spring is for METAL!!(Metal Swap round 2) Gallery!! (NSFW) in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 25, 2011 02:04:53 PM
haha! I'm SO GLAD you managed to get that cuff buttoned up *phew*

I recieved from Azura this evening as well... I *hope* to get pics up tomorrow but I can't be 100% on that... she's made me some amazing stuff, you guys will love it!!

it is hard to get a pic of that patch, you've got to work with the matt/shine and get the lighting right ... here's what I got of it

x G
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15  Travel Embroidery Case with Link to Tutorial. in Needlework: Completed Projects by GeekySweetheart on: May 20, 2011 01:30:34 PM
This might be a little naughty - it is a completed project, heavily related to needlework, but it's not actual needlework, if you feel it's bending the rules too far kittykill I'm happy to remove/move it.

As part of the Star Wars OTT Swap I recently sent this out:

I liked it so much I made one for myself!!

It is, of course, a circular travel embroidery hoop case, with pocket and built in needlebook for supplies. I've roadtested it and it's really handy for taking to any public place and getting your stitch on, I <3 it!!

I've posted more about it, including a tutorial over at my blog

I thought it was going to be really difficult to make something circular, but it really wasn't that hard  Cheesy Cheesy

anyhow, hope you like it!

x G
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16  Re: one tiny star wars thing swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 17, 2011 02:53:11 AM
haha, whoop pop (#2)!  Grin

I made myself one too:

The 'decal' (motif?) is iron on inkjet transfer paper, thus giving it it's lovely coffee repelling qualities :-) Full credit for the image itself goes to DeviantArt user JasonPal... the speech bubbles are mine hahah  Grin My Husb0t thought it was very funny.

I thought I was going to have all sorts of nightmares sewing the circle... but it really wasn't that difficult...  Grin Grin

I'm so happy you like it, I've wanted something like it for ages myself, so when I saw you did embroidery I thought you would feel the same :-)

x G
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17  Re: I Want to Work for an Evil Corp. Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 15, 2011 10:42:12 AM
Yeyy, I'm glad you linke everything TheFett!
I also recieved (from TheFett) the other day, here's what I got <3:

My Very OWN Umbrella Corp namebadge!

A Blue Sun Space Monkey (with removable helmet) ... how adorable!

but in a fabulously EVIL twist, it's wearing a SHOCK COLLAR! and when you press the button the monkey shrieks and lights up!

But wait! there's more! hahah this is great, my husband loves it! (and he custom builds/paints 3 3/4 inch Star wars figures, so he understands some of the work that want into this...

Yes that is... a cyberdyne/terminator chess board, close ups:

Absolutely brilliant, Husb0t was talking about putting it on display somewhere (did I tell you he likes it?).

Thaks The Fett, awesome swap.

The weeping angels are (as you might be able to tell) a sort of Dr Who/The Simposons hybrid, I got the original images from here I just thought they were nice clear images for embroidery.

x G
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18  Spring is for METAL!!(Metal Swap round 2) Gallery!! (NSFW) in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 11, 2011 01:30:10 PM
Original Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376491.0

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19  Re: one tiny star wars thing swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 08, 2011 05:53:26 AM
Background story - I'm 29 Weeks pregnant :-) Due in July - and the mission is to get as many geeky toys and accessories together as possible for my tummy monster.

I thought this swap would be a great opportunity to get some cute amigurumi dolly sweetness, and SilentBlair completely delivered!

First the card, which my Husb0t loves, there's a lot of rock and roll in our lives

The 'item' came in a beautifully embroidered bag (which y'know, it should be wrapped, but since we had to evacuate the base so quickly she didn't have the time, no hard feelings Blair)

Some very impressive long and shirt stitch on that Tauntaun:

And now ... *drumroll* the main event!

Oh yes, it is!

A close up on that crochet:

This is where my Wampa will wait (along with the baby Yoda hat which was bought for my by a friend). But it will be going in my hospital bag, and I will send pics of baby and Wampa when they are united!  Grin

Thankyou so much SilentBlair, we (me, Husb0t and bump) are really really happy with our Wampa!

x G
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20  Re: Dr. Whoopla & Dishcloth Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by GeekySweetheart on: May 04, 2011 12:16:46 PM
I got the Dalek drawing from an adorable card krazykitty did....here is her post....https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371887.0

HAHA! I also did my own rendition of Crazy Kitty's card in embroidery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=80.0


First off, what's the most geeky packing material you can think of? hahah

Then a beautiful card (and I'm not joking, my living room needs this):

Everything is beautifully wrapped in TARDIS blue and white tissue paper... and ribbons that (a) match my nail varnish(?) and (b) will be recycled in my future projects:

so, without further adieu, here they are!!

beautifully finished on the back (padded too! I might steal that idea....)

and with my other geeky hoops :-)


...  Grin
Naw seriously, I know you said you weren't 100% happy on how the circular one turned out, but I like the simplicity of it, and the lettering is really distinctive and cool (which can be hard to achieve in Xstitch!)


x G
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