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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / iPod cozy toy on: January 10, 2005 08:23:38 PM

I like to think of it as my iPod's cosplay cozy.  The front is stuffed, so it has a plush toy feel to it, and there is a pocket between the plush front and the cozy sleeve so I can tuck the earbuds in there when not in use.  The strap on the back was made with two button-down shirts - I cut off the button-down parts, so the top of the strap has a buttonhole for the earbud cord and a buttonhole to fasten at the bottom, and then used another strip of fabric from the shirt for the carry strap (which I would make longer if I was doing this again).
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / sad bunny + demented kitty on: October 24, 2004 12:18:04 AM
My baby sister watched the Halloween episode of "Crafters Coast to Coast" and before it was over, my fabric stash was out on the dining room table.  She is supposedly helping me make a bunch of these, all different (so she can give some to her friends).  So far, I've made this one all on my own, and we have parts for 4 more that she needs to turn right side out and stuff.  Thank you, Andrew Knipe. 

We used white cotton chenille, old lightweight canvas (which is stained but that works in this case), button thread, buttons from the button box, and unraveled thrift store sweater for stuffing. 

*edited to add*
Now bunny has a kitty for company.  Kitty is kind of demented but harmless and sort of sweet.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Me Mag! on: October 01, 2004 02:02:37 PM
Crochet Me has gone from website to online magazine, and the first issue is up now.  Beppycat has a kitty-eared hat pattern on the cover - isn't it adorable?  And if you liked the "good and evil" iPod cozies I made and posted in the iPod cozy thread, the pattern is in this issue ("good" would be made with Precious Pink 1932).  Other patterns include a hat in tapestry crochet, a bag, and a very modern looking doily.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vogue Knitting Caps and Hats Two Cloche: have you knitted one? on: August 14, 2004 12:37:02 AM
There is a herringbone pattern cloche hat in the Caps & Hats Two Vogue Knitting on the Go book, which I've only flipped through in the bookstore so far.  The hat is knit in separate parts and there's no schematic in the book, so I'm curious about the construction.  It's photographed flat and on a hatstand, so I'm not very clear on how it fits and how low the brim is, etc. 

Has anyone made this?  Any comments, suggestions, etc?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Kitty Pillow on: August 10, 2004 12:59:35 AM

Like the baby bag I made, I wanted a stenciled look without the stenciling (didn't have the space and materials for a stencil, but I had transfer sheets and a printer!).  I ironed the transfer onto a patch that I sewed onto a pillow I made out of scrap corduroy fabric.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Baby Bag (tutorial!) on: August 10, 2004 12:34:20 AM
*explanation of how to alter the photo on page 2 of this thread*

I made a smaller-than-a-diaper-bag (thank you Jordy tutorial!) that my friend can take with her on short trips, like a walk through the park.  I wanted a stenciled look but with the fine lines of the image (a Photoshopped photo of the baby), I thought an iron-on transfer would work better. 
7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Stitching tattoo birds shirt on: July 16, 2004 04:08:54 PM
I used the Sublime Stitching Tattoo Your Towels pattern on a shirt I bought at the thrift store.  I think I should have put the birds lower (under the collarbone), but I was rushing (bad!) and once you iron on the pattern transfer, it's permanent. 
The pinstripes make it a little hard to look at in the photo - but if you get dizzy enough, it looks like the birds are flying!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Sassy Magazine "Making It" on: July 08, 2004 02:43:52 PM
I am cleaning out the piles of crap in my parent's house and found a heap of old Sassy magazines - yay!  So far I've found two issues with the "Making It" feature.  I can't make the images any larger (Photobucket is >250K), so I've typed in the instructions.  I'm thinking about making nice color copies (or even not-as-nice black and white copies).
July 1991
by Andrea and Karen [Andrea Lee Linnett and Karen Catchpole]
"A truly comfortable dress is just one of those things you can't have enough of-sort of like potato chips.  That's why we've decided to show you how to make some for yourself.  

some things to get:
A thick cotton tee or a snug cotton-Lycra shirt (the fabric should be strong enough to support the weight of an attached skirt without stretching down to your knees or thereabouts); a skirt with a gathered waist (we used a velvet one); scissors; straight pins; needle and thread or a sewing machine.

something to sew:
Hack that T-shirt off four inches below your bust.  Turn your skirt inside out and lay it out flat.  Turn your t-shirt upside down and tuck it inside the skirt (the neckline and sleeves go in first), pulling it in until the bottom of the tee and the waistband of the skirt are aligned with the right sides facing each other.  Now pin the two together all the way around half an inch below the skirt's waistband (being sure not to actually pin the waistband closed).  Sew that seam, then carefully cut off the original waistband and turn the whole gig right side out.

some variations:
Use a swingy miniskirt instead of a long skirt and make a baby doll dress.  Or sub a tank top to get an airier sort of effect.  Or use a long chiffon skirt and wear leggings under the thing."

Sept. 91
by Andrea and Karen
One whip-it-up way to turn a plain old skirt into a fringy-hemmed bundle of fashion fun.  P.S. Special thanks to Karl Lagerfeld for having the idea even before us.

One zip-front or zip-side skirt (we used a black denim one); five yards of 2 1/2"-wide grosgrain or satin ribbon (we used black); pencil or chalk; scissors; thread to match the ribbon; sewing machine (with a heavy-duty needle if your skirt is denim).  

Lay your skirt out flat, measure 10" down from the waistband, mark the line all the way around and cut your skirt off, creating an ultra-mini.  Cut your ribbon into 9" lengths and hem one end of each.  Fold the hacked edge of the skirt under and pin the unhemmed edges of the ribbon sections all the way around on the inside of the skirt, overlapping the ribbons a little as you go.  Finally, sew the ribbons into place along the skirt's hemline, then go stand in a breeze.

extra credit:
If you're a little wackier, you can shop for ribbon in a color that contrasts with the skirt, or buy different colors and make a multi-hued little number."
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What is this? Loom? on: June 13, 2004 12:52:05 AM
We have no idea how this got into the house.  Found while cleaning, neatly boxed and a little dusty.  No instruction manual, label, etc.  I'm guessing it's a loop loom?  Looks a teensy bit fancier than a standard potholder loom...
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mock tuna salad? looking for recipe on: May 29, 2004 10:56:02 PM
Ages ago, I used to get mock tuna salad made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas) at a deli.  No longer possible to get it there, and googling a recipe gave me hundreds of recipes that vary pretty widely.  Anyone got a favorite they'd like to share?
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