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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / katamari damacy girl on: July 03, 2005 09:16:03 PM
made an iron-on of the girl in the cut screen from katamari damacy.  if you have not seen this game it is the best ever.

it seems to be stuck on a lot better than i expected it to!  i'll never take it off.  <3
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 3 earrings on: May 30, 2005 05:44:18 PM
I don't make jewelry really so i don't know what I'm doing but i made some earrings today.

these made from stars ala this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=313.0


bobbins  that don't fit my machine:
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Starboy on: April 08, 2005 12:27:34 PM
here is my first silkscreen.  i used the craftgrrl method.  i used pantyhose but the stretchiness is kind of a problem.  i would use some kind of sheer curtainy material.  basically now though i feel that i am ready to move on to using an actual silk screen.  I wanted to try this out in a super cheap way before buying something i maybe wouldn't use.

(click on the image to see it bigger)

oh also i used high viscosity acrylic paint as was suggested by someone here which worked well for printing the image.  I needed to water it down to paint the stripes, though, as it was pretty thick.

it's a little crooked and the painted background looks kind of third-grade-y, but i am proud!

maybe next time i would print the image first and then paint around it to make it pop a little more and look less ghosty?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / cat in scarf on: March 29, 2005 08:25:29 PM
well it isn't as elaborate as all your amazing outfits but i did crochet this scrap scarf for a stuffed animal i made and since my cat was sitting right there i had to put it on him and take his picture.  he has been getting better about wearing things.


his name is patito.  i think it makes him look very intellectual.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cuff watch for boys - made from tie on: March 20, 2005 04:02:56 PM
I made this watch for the hubs b/c he wanted one of those cuff watches but he is vegan and we couldn't find one not made of leather.  there is no way i can post a tutorial but here are some tips and explanations.


this was really hard.  the hardest thing about it was that i used an actual tie which we got at a thrift store and turned out to be pretty worn around the edges.  so if you were going to make this i would recommend using plain old fabric that looks kind of like a tie.  although i do like the look of the inner bit being inside out and therefore black on silver while the main part of the cuff is silver on black (I don't think this shows up too well in the pictures...)

the watch attaches via a suspender clip.  the part on top has snaps.  um what else there is electrical tape on the ends of the top part which turned out to look kind of junky i think but especially in these pictures because of the light.  i used the electrical tape because it was my second time with the sewing machine and and edges of that piece looked pretty ratty.  i don't recommend sewing through electrical tape though it is really sticky and gums up the needle.

we tried to get a used watch face but the thrift stores didn't have any and the antique stores were selling them for like $40 and up.  we got this face at a funky gift store.  it is one of those ones that you buy mix-and-match bands for.  i think we paid around $12 for it.

i have a feeling this won't last him very long but maybe it will give somebody some ideas!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / (now with tutorial) robot bug ipod cozy - sewn - with windows on: March 19, 2005 05:02:18 PM
not only my first craftster post but also i'm pretty sure the first project i've completed since discovering craftster; it is so easy to just sit and look at everyone else's stuff...


me: "robots and bugs!  what could be better!?"
the hubs: "um.  robot bugs?"
he must be right.  i have named it the robot bug ipod cozy.

i just flip it around when not in use to protect the window from scratches.

the two pieces of fabric are quilted with a layer of felt in between.  i guess if i knew more about quilting i would have used the stuff you're supposed to use, but the felt seems to work pretty well.

this was my first time using my sewing machine and i have to say it was really hard.  it took me forever.

if you are going to make one like this, definitely use thicker blanket-trimmy stuff (don't know proper word).  the layers are pretty thick.  do a zigzag stitch on all exposed areas before adding the trimmy stuff.  i didn't do this, but i think it would have been easier if i had.  also, be sure to make a little pattern out of paper so you know how big to cut your stuff.  this may seem obvious but i was pretty psyched when i thought of it.

i was going to add little straps to the top and bottom that would snap to hold the thing in but still allow the headphones or charger to plug in and leave access to hold switch.  but it is really snug and also so small that i didn't want to busy it up.  yes?

---Added 3.20.05---

Here is the little pattern i made/used.  It should be 5 and 7/8 inches wide and 4 and 1/8 inches tall. The rectangular window is 2/8 inch down from the top and 6/8 inch from the side..  it is 1 and 5/8 inches wide and 1 and 3/8 inches high.  the circle is 4/8 inch above the bottom and 6/8 inch from the side.  it is 1 and 5/8 inches in diameter.  hope that helps, LorieElizie!  **please note this is the exact size of the ipod all the way around so leave a little bit extra on the sides to sew the cozy together!!!  This is for a regular, newer (skinnier) style ipod, not an ipod mini.

not sure this counts as a tute because I didn't really do anything tricky.  I'm sure if I were better at this stuff I could give you better tips.  here is what i did:

1.  cut out rectangles (bigger than the pattern) in your two fabrics and your felt (or batting, whatever you use inside).

2.  put them all together and quilt them by sewing in squares or diamonds or hearts or however you want.

3.  cut the rectangle down to size according to the little pattern, !!!making sure to leave and extra 2/8th inch or so on each side so you can sew it together at the end!

4.  zigzag stitch around the whole thing to prevent fraying and make everything generally easier.

5.  cut out the window and scroll dial parts of the pattern, maintaining general shape of pattern (or print it out twice), and attach them where they go on your fabric (you can cut them out, then lay the whole rectangle back on your fabric and put the two pieces in the holes - does this make sense?)  I used double sided tape to attach them.  this works, just make sure to get the tape all over the back because when you cut the holes out you will probably have to do it in pieces.

6.  folding your piece to get the hole started (you know how to do this), cut out the viewing area and the scroll dial area.  don't cut through the strips of fabric that now form the top and bottom of the front piece!

7.  zigzag stitch around your new holes.

8.  now all you have to do is add the blanket trim (or whatever it's called)!  i recommend hand-sewing it first rather than pinning it.  I wish I had done this.  i had trouble with the pins b/c the space is so small and also i had some places where i sewed the thing but it didn't actually get attached to the fabric.  so take your time with this step.

9.  inside-out, zigzag stitch up the side.  i did this twice and i also did a straight stitch a couple of times right along the seam.  since the cozy is tight this seam will get some stress so don't be stingy!
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10. turn it right-side in and behold the glory of your creation!

if anyone has better ideas for making a less-ugly, less-exposed seam in the end, please let me know!

this went on forever.  good luck, craftygirl!  please post if you manage to make one.
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