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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Phone Sleeve - quick TUTORIAL on: February 12, 2012 01:11:36 PM
It's a phone sleeping bag with a button and elastic loop fastening!

1. Fetch some wadding and two contrasting fabrics, enough to wrap around your phone once - there will only be one seam down the back. Essentially you will be constructing a quilted tube.

2. Cut the fabrics to size (centre a motif on the outside fabric if you like) and make a wadding sandwich. I free embroidered the cactus motif - this will become the front of the case.

3. Trim the outside fabric and wadding from the top edge of the quilted oblong sandwich leaving the backing fabric longer. This is then turned over and used to seal the top edge of the case. Hand stitch in place.

4. Fold the oblong in half right sides together - you're about to sew the back seam. But first grab a length of elastic (about 12cm) and stitch the loop firmly in place to the right of your intended seam line.

5. Fold the the oblong in half again and sew this back seam, making sure it's a snug fit for your phone.

6. Now you have a tube with the elastic loop in place, trim away the excess seam fabric on the loop side. Trim the other side of the seam enough to fold under and cover the loop. This will lie flat like a french seam inside the phone cover and look very neat. Hand sew this neatened seam in place.

7. The last thing to do still with right sides together, is sew the bottom seam making sure the quilted motif and loop are centred.

8. Now turn the case right side out. Voila!

9. Finally dig about in your button stash for a suitable button. I chose an 'almost sombrero' early plastic hat. Sew the button into place.

You're Done!

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Applique Tiki Table Runner on: November 10, 2011 10:25:20 AM
craftylittlemonkey, Hannawyn - thank you! It was worth the perseverance and was an incredibly relaxing project to do.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Applique Tiki Table Runner on: November 10, 2011 07:26:04 AM

Wow this took a loooong time to complete! I started it two years ago - don't get me wrong, I haven't been sewing the damn thing for two years, it's been folded away in my 'to do' box for ever.
I'm easily distracted by new projects you see and finishing something off can seem dull by comparison.

I was inspired by the Mexican Oilcloth that we have over our dining table - I loved the hibiscus and the rich colours. I'd also just been given the Cath Kidston book 'Make' which has a lot of applique tutorials.

I traced the design from the oil cloth and transfered it to iron on adhesive paper which I then ironed onto my chosen fabric pieces.

Putting the design together on the linen was like doing a jigsaw puzzle, with my original design for refernce.
The iron on fabric pieces were then edged in tiny stitches, to keep the design in place essentially but contrasting coloured thread adds to the design.

I added a few beads to accentuate the flowers, and a length of pom pom fringing either end, backing the whole piece in dark green cotton.

It was intended as a centrepiece for the dinning table but quite honestly you cant find our dinning table under the mountain of stuff that gets dumped on it. So the (rather large) footstool now a chic coverlet. We dont use it as footstool it is simply another depository for dumped stuff.

But maybe now the family will think twice before piling things on top of the applique!
Thanks for reading...

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bakelite and Vintage Plastic Brooches on: November 01, 2011 09:01:03 AM
I've just posted these two brooches on my blog - a real fun make, harking back to the articulated plastic brooches of the 40's and 50's.

Louis and Ella, are the first in my Jazz series of recycled pendants and brooches.
Both are constructed from painted wooden beads, vintage buttons, Bakelite beads and cabochons, and each hold a vintage sterling silver charm.

Check out the blogpost :-)


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50's Blouse from Vintage Simplicity Pattern on: May 11, 2011 11:56:07 AM

I've had this vintage pattern for so long, I thought I'd better make it up!

The biggest problem was getting the stripes lined up, otherwise it was quite an easy make.

Just right for the sunny days we seem to be having in the UK at the moment  Cool

There's more info and piccies on my blog:

Do drop by  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Movie Poster Handkerchief Box - Upcycled Calendar Pages - lots of photos on: April 14, 2011 03:24:54 AM
There is a Flickr group with some nice photos here http://www.flickr.com/groups/1452976@N23/

Thanks for the additional info - punched pockets makes perfect sense, I guess keeping everything inline whilst you punch the holes becomes a little trickier the more layers you have!

I'd love to see your Gene Kelly box when it's done! I'm going to try one of the vase designs next.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Movie Poster Handkerchief Box - Upcycled Calendar Pages - lots of photos on: April 13, 2011 12:49:31 AM
Wow! This is a brilliant example! I posted one I made a few months ago on Crafter, again after finding the Bobby La tutorial. I have been saving calendar pics too! What size is yours?

I'm interested in the 'laminating' theory - did you use plastic on both sides or the outside only? Also, I'm not sure what heavy duty sheet protectors are or how they'd translate into the stock I find ay my (UK) stationers?  Undecided
I'd love to make a whole bunch of these boxes for different people - thanks for sharing!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Greetings Card Trinket Box! on: January 12, 2011 03:51:24 AM

I've seen various incarnations of this old crafty idea on the web - I thought I'd have a go.

More details here http://jeanieb-makeitup.blogspot.com/
Thanks for looking  Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Art Deco Re-vamp on: January 07, 2011 05:49:00 AM
Hi  - the lamp is vintage yes, probably 50's. There are no distinguishing makers marks on it and although her face is rather lovely,  the painting of the rest of the lamp is a little *basic*.
Glad you like it!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Art Deco Re-vamp on: January 06, 2011 06:11:53 AM
Here's a revamp of the alcove in my bedroom to best show off my Art Deco dressing table ...

... I created a sumptuous deep red boudoir corner in a simple plain room.

Do swing by my blog to see more details and the customised dressing table top with vintage collage!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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