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11  A Cape! Yay! (Now lined!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: November 07, 2011 11:06:31 AM
Okay, so capes seem to totally be in style this year. And, I really wanted one. So, I looked at every cape pattern I could find and decided I was in love with New Look 6007.

The pattern:

Obviously, I used the one in the big picture.  I decided I didn't want to make the tie belt, so I'm on the hunt for a nice pleather belt to go with the cape. But, this belt is the belt I had laying around haha I'm still planning some minor alterations. Such as figuring out the best way to add pockets and redoing the hem because it's kinda sloppy since I didn't realize at first that it would be so visible.

For more pictures and some more process and pattern comments, check out my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-look-6007-cape.html
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12  The Pug Coat in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by JHall on: November 06, 2011 11:00:18 AM
This is Manolo and he needed a coat for the winter.  He's a little over a year old, so his sweater from last winter definitely doesn't fit him anymore

The outside fabric is this weird pleather looking stuff with a little bit of a stretch to it. The lining fabric is flannel. Both are thrifted free fabrics from craigslist!

For more pictures and process info check out my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/11/pug-coat-with-brief-instructions.html
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13  White, Blue, and Brown Jacket/Bolero in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: November 03, 2011 08:15:32 PM
The walmart closest to my house recently brought back fabric.. and with it? Simplicity's Sew Simple patterns which are only a dollar! I can always use a new light weight jacket or bolero to cover my shoulders, so I picked up Simplicity's Sew Sew Simple 1964 pattern.
The fabric is also from walmart, surprisingly, since it's super cute and walmart fabrics are usually ugly.   All in all, the pattern was in fact really easy to use.. although I did my own thing for a few elements of the jacket, I tend to stop reading directions after the second step.  As I was putting it together I was afraid that my chest was going to turn out to be too big, but it worked out and fits really well. 

More pictures and thoughts on my process and things I changed about the pattern can be found on my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/11/me-and-sewing-patterns.html
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14  Petticoat Tutu with link to tutorial in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by JHall on: October 26, 2011 10:59:09 PM

Petticoat tutu for kids.  I'm actually making two of these. Green and burgundy. Both are made from: tulle, satin, ribbon, and elastic.  The process take a while because there are not a whole lot of shortcuts, but this one came out really cute.

For more pictures and a basic tutorial: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/petticoat-tutu-for-kids-tutorial.html
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15  Zorro Costume for Puppy in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by JHall on: October 26, 2011 02:12:31 PM
Hey! My friend's boston terrier, Louis, needed a costume for his very first halloween! So this is what I made for him:

And here is a picture of him wearing his cape:

I kinda expected him to hate wearing it, but he ran around with it on, no problem! haha Cheesy
For more pictures and some instructions: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/zorro-boston-terrier-puppy.html
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16  Quick Checkbook Cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: October 11, 2011 06:25:34 PM
Quick checkbook cover thing... It literally took about 20 minutes.

My checks don't fit in my wallet, but I like to have them handy sometimes. Of course, they needed a cute cover. Cheesy 
Instructions can be found at my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/quick-checkbook-with-instructions.html
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17  Grey, White, and Yellow Ruffle Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: October 10, 2011 05:02:54 PM

Here is a purse I made.  The fabrics are all thrifted. All the interfacing is left overs from other projects. So, the only new an for this project pieces were the magnetic snap, zipper, and the rings on the straps. The straps are multifunctional.  They can be a shoulder strap or bookbag straps. There is a zipper pocket on the inside.
Thanks for looking!
More pictures and other info can be found on my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/ruffle-bag.html
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18  Braided Jersey Necklace with quick tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: October 02, 2011 06:51:59 PM

So, I braided three strips of jersey. My strips started at about 22"x1"

After the knots, my braid is about 18"

I cut another strip of fabric, about 14-15"x2.5". I wrapped it around the braid, right side against the braid, under the knot. Stitch. Cut off knot.

Repeat on the other side. And I added a bow. You can adjust lengths and everything depending on how you want the necklace to sit.

Yay. Quick and easy.

My blog post on this and other jersey projects: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/working-with-jersey-necklace-tutorial.html
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19  Re: Needle Holder (wallet/envelope/case/etc) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: October 02, 2011 01:26:22 PM
Quick Tutorial!

 Okay, soooo. You're going to start with three pieces: Two piece of fabric and one piece of interfacing (or two, this really depends on your preference).  I had sew-in interfacing laying around, so that's what I used.  I made mine 7x4.5".  I basted the three pieces together, like a sandwich.  The fabric is right sides out with the interfacing in the middle.  I put little black dashes to show you that I sewed them all together Smiley

 Next, bias tape.  I made a lot of these, but for most of them  I used single fold, normal width bias tape.  I pinned the bias tape on, rounding it on the corners.  After it was pinned on, I cut the corner to the curve of the bias tape.  Stitch the bias tape on, unpin, fold it over the end, sew again.


Finishing touches: The felt I sewed in is 3.5x2.25 - I folded the envelope in order to decide where to put it, but it sits about 2.5" from the side.  The "male" snap is about .5" from its edge, the "female" snap is on the opposite side of the envelop, about 1.25" from its edge. I used a singer snap fastener kit, but hand sewing in regular snaps would be just fine!  And we're done! Any questions??

My blog post for the tutorial can be found here: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/needle-envelope-tutorial-d.html
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20  Re: Fabric Flower Hairclips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by JHall on: September 30, 2011 02:44:51 PM

For my flower I'm using this stripped grey and white fabric. It's thrifted, I got it for free. It's cotton. I started by cutting a strip that is 22" x 3" 

I turned down and stitched each end of the fabric

Then I used my gathering foot to gather the fabric.

Fabric measured around 8.5" after gathering

I curled the fabric together until it made three layers.  Then I stitched the layers together (as shown by those cool black lines haha).

I made a fabric button, stitched it in, and blam! Fabric flower with fabric button!

For more pictures, information, etc, and the tutorial for the fabric buttons - check out my blog post on the flower: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabric-flowers-and-fabric-covered.html
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