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41  Re: Felted Mittens from Recyled Sweater - Ridiculously easy!!! TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gwensmom on: November 01, 2005 07:37:47 PM
I love seeing y'all's projects!

Just make sure you have a good lint trap/filter on your washing machine, or you will have a drain clogged with felted wool! 

You can prevent this mess and potential damage to your machine by putting the sweaters in zipped up pillowcases.  Add some old towels or jeans to increase agitation. 

This is a kitty I made from a felted sweater.  It has catnip inside and was a gift for a real kitty who was undergoing chemotherapy. The recipient's owner told me it was a hit.

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42  a purse from old pants in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gwensmom on: October 15, 2005 08:50:33 PM
I made this purse with two pairs of old jeans, one pair of my cousin's old plaid pants from the 80's, and McCalls pattern 4533.  I kind of messed up the handles and made them too thick at the ends.  But this was my first time to do a gusset and it came out well.  This pattern probably wasn't intended for fabrics as heavy as denim. 

For the interior pocket, I just cut the pocket out of the back of the pants and sewed it to the  lining.  This was a gift for one of my daughter's babysitters.

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43  Valentine sock monkey and friend in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by gwensmom on: February 13, 2005 03:44:25 PM
I made these two sock monkeys for practice.  Now that I have some experience under my belt I will make one out of Rockford red heel socks for my sister's birthday. 

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44  Re: tie purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gwensmom on: December 10, 2004 01:54:07 PM
I finally made one of these small purses for a holiday gift exchange at my office Christmas party.  We were required to get our gift from the thrift shop at the social agency where I work.  I didn't make a flap because I ran out of red ties.
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45  Christmas stocking from neckties in Winter Holidays by gwensmom on: November 07, 2004 12:17:34 PM
Inspired by smurfette, rickrackruby and all the others who make things out of ties, I gave it a shot.  This is Christmas stocking I made for a stocking swap on Nervousness.org. (The ties are red, but they look hot pink on my monitor.)


If I were doing it again I would not have made the back out of ties, but used some other material.  Fabric made out of ties is thick and hard to sew.  If i'd had a zipper foot I would have put piping around the edges. 
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46  Felted kitty toys in Knitting: Completed Projects by gwensmom on: June 01, 2004 05:04:57 PM
these came out great. I had to learn FOUR new techniques to make them.  Pattern is at http://www.knitting.about.com/library/nmouse.htm.  For the whiskers, I stiffened embroidery floss with liquid starch.

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