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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Upholstery samples..What to do with? on: June 23, 2009 09:36:22 AM
Ok, so a couple months ago they had  a boy scout sale and needless to say I knew exactly what I was going for on free day. I was shocked to see that they still had the rack full of upholstery samples nice size ones too of La-z-boy fabrics. I have two plastic tubs full of them and no idea what to do with them. (It was hysterical you should have seen the look on my dad's face when he saw two cardboard boxes overflowing Cheesy)

I am a seamstress so sewing I can do. Anybody have ideas?

This is a small sample of what I have:

22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crocheted item labeling question on: June 15, 2009 12:38:13 PM
Do I need to put a label on a crocheted hat? If so, how should I attach them? Also, if I do need a label do I need a care label attached or can it be on the hang tag?
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I am addicted....3 new hats *Img heavy* with pattern on: May 23, 2009 10:22:47 PM
As summer is starting, I decided to try my hand at crocheting some hats. I finished the first sample the other day but wasn't all to happy with the outcome so I tweaked the pattern a bit and added flowers.

 The pink one is for me and the other two are for friends. It took approx. 4 hours per hat, less than a skein and I finished two just today and added the flower to the blue one. I made up a pattern as I went and is fairly easy. I only used double and single crochet stitches and now I am addicted. I still have tons of yarn left over to make tons more but I think I will take a break for a day or two as my hand is aching. But onto the pics...

What do you think? My friend has yet to see hers as she is on vacation.

Blue cap: Made with a brushed yarn, 100% Acrylic

Orange: Made with another brushed 100% Acrylic yarn

Pink: Pink Acrylic and wool rich: acrylic, wool, polymide blend

If any one would like the pattern, just let me know and I will post it.
Thanx for looking!

Crocheted Hat with Brim
Materials needed:
1 skein of yarn for a hat and one for the rosette *note you may be able to get 2-3 hats depending on size of skein
Crochet hook, I used a K hook with two of the three caps
Tapestry/yarn needle
Approx. takes 4 hours

Ch 5 join to form a ring
Rnd. 1: Ch 3 9dc in ring, join
Rnd 2: Ch 2 dc *2dc in ea dc around, join
Rnd 3: Ch 2 2dc in next st *dc next, 2dc next. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
Rnd 4: Ch 2 dc next st, 2 dc in the next *dc next 2, 2 dc in next.  Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
Rnd 5: Ch 2 dc next 2 st(s), 2 dc next st * dc next 3, 2 dc next st. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
Rnd 6: Ch 2 dc next 3 st(s), 2 dc next st * dc next 4, 2 dc next st. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
Rnd 7: Ch 2 dc next 4, 2 dc next st *dc next 5, 2 dc next st.  Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
Rnd 8: Ch 2 dc next 5, 2 dc next st *dc next 6, 2 dc next st.  Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
**Rnd 8B: Ch 2 dc next 6, 2 dc next st * dc next 7, 2 dc next st. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
**Note: only add this round if you are A) using a small thickness yarn and using a j or smaller hook, B) it is too small.
Rnd 9-11: Ch 1, dc ea st of each round joining when you get to the end of each round
Rnd 12: Ch 3 sk next st, dc the next * ch 1 dc next 6 st(s), skip next one. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
***Rnd 13: Ch 3 sk next st, dc the next * ch 1 dc next 5 st(s), skip next one. Repeat from * until you are back to the beginning, join
***Only use this round if you require it to be smaller, otherwise skip this round and move to Rnd 14.
Rnd 14-15: Ch 1 dc ea st of each round joining when you get to the end of each round. Fasten off.


** I have noticed that my instructions here are a little off in the counting of the stitches, but trust me it does work out.[ Just make sure that you have three stitches at the end of each round, these are for the sc dec next 2 and sc last st(s).]  
Ch 1 dc next 26
Rnd 1: Ch 1 turn. Sc in front loops of the next 25
Rnd 2: Ch 1 turn. Sc dec next 2, sc next 5, 2sc in next, sc next 8, 2 sc in next, sc next 5, sc dec next 2, sc last
Rnd 3: Ch 1 turn. Sc dec next 2, sc next 20, sc dec next 2, sc last
Rnd 4: Ch 1 turn. Sc dec next 2, sc next 4, 2sc next st, sc next 8, 2 sc next, sc next 4, sc dec next 2, sc last
Rnd 5: Ch 1 turn. Sc dec next 2, sc next 16 or 18, sc dec next 2, sc last
Rnd 6: Ch 1 turn. Sc dec next 2, sc next 3, 2sc next, sc next 8, 2 sc next, sc next 1 or 3, sc dec next 2, sc last. Fasten off.
2nd part of brim:
Join yarn in back loop of 1st st of the first part of brim.
Rnd 1: sc back loops of next 25
Rnd 2-6: repeat rnds 2-6 above
Fasten off.
To join the brims together: start at one corner and sc all around both brims at the same time. When you reach the other corner of the brim, fasten off.
Finish off any loose threads.

Rosette: S (M,L)
Ch 17 (35, 53) join to form a ring. Make sure to leave a long enough tail to be threaded through center to close the ring a bit. [ this is done after you are finished with everything]
Rnd 1: Ch 1 34 (70, 106) dc in ring, join in first dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 5 dc in first st * sc next st, 6 dc in next st Repeat from * until you reach the first st. and sc the st. Fasten off.
Now take the tail in the middle and thread through the center(so when you get back to where you started, you can pull the thread and it will bring the ring closer together.) now all that is left to do is attach to where you want it to be on the hat and you are finished.

If you need any visuals I will be posting a photo tutorial as well, but for now here is the written form. Sorry if some of the instructions are a little confusing, this is my first time making up a crochet pattern. I am usually a seamstress, so this was a new learning experience for me.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My new Summer cap...My 1st crocheted wearable!! on: May 22, 2009 07:53:30 AM
So, I mainly post in the sewing forum but I wanted to try my hand at crocheting something wearable. I started out following directions I found online, but was forced to scratch that and make up my own pattern. I think overall I did a good job for my first wearable crocheted item.

The hat is double crocheted and took four hours and less than a skein of yarn.

What do you think?

25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheted Hat with a brim on: May 20, 2009 06:44:55 PM
How do I go about making a hat like this: http://www.theartzoo.com/handmade/clothing/, the fourth picture down. I want to make one for the summer but I have no idea how to go about making one, more specifically the brim.
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pink and Silver Anklet on: May 20, 2009 12:32:55 PM
It has been awhile since I really posted anything, so I finally made something to get me back into the designing process. I am so glad summer vacation is here I have time to create. Perfect for summer, I made an anklet. 
I had fun with my little photoshoot, as I finally made myself a light box and I can't believe I didn't think of one sooner.

27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Ribbon clothing labels on: April 18, 2009 11:03:22 AM
I hope this is the right place to post.

Very simple easy to follow tutorial to make your own labels by printing on the ribbon. Here is the link to the tutorial: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/printing_twill.html

Here is how mine turned out so far:

What do you think?
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Spring Jacket on: March 18, 2009 05:49:23 PM
It has been quite a while since I posted anything I had made. So, I figured I will take advantage of Spring Break and start working on things. This is a jacket I made in one day from a burdastyle pattern. It is made from cotton lycra blend fabric with a blue lining. The buttons are psychedelic prints my aunt picked up for me, I thought they are the perfect finish to the jacket. It is fitted and perfect for spring weather.

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Print Newsboy Cap with tutorial *img. heavy* on: January 17, 2009 07:47:09 PM
Here is the tutorial on cut out and keep:

Ok, so here is the long awaited tutorial. I had plans on making one for myself, so I thought why not make a tutorial as I go. Here is mine, as a retro chick I love cherries:

Newsboy Cap Tutorial

I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with! After making this cap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284276.0  and these two caps https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284859.0, a few requests for a tutorial I put one together.

Supplies: 3 pattern pcs, interfacing, fabric yd for the print and - 1 yd of contrast, and a button with a stem (not flat, but domed)
* any thing else you want to use on hat--I am experimenting with lace, ribbons, ruffles, changing the shape of the brim, etc. Be creative, have fun!!

If you need clearer images, I will try to make them clickable.
1. Cut out all the pieces---- 8 of the cap body pieces (16 total- 8 from the print and 8 from the lining/contrast), Brim cut 2 out of  which ever one you choose and one out of interfacing *depending on weight of interfacing you may need more than one layer, I used an extra two layers of the black fabric for my interfacing*, Band- cut 2 out of contrast

Cap Body
2. Start sewing the Outer cap body pieces together, starting on the longer of the two sides. Sew with right sides together matching the long side to the long side, short side to short side. Sew all pieces together like this.

So, now you will have a complete hat body, repeat for the lining.

3. Now it is time to finish off the top. This is a little hard to explain so I will do my best.. Bring up all the side seams at the top, so it is sort of a line. You will stitch across, catching all of the top seams. See picture below to get an idea. This closes the top.

4. With right sides together. The interfacing will be on the wrong side. Sew the interfacing and brim pieces together. You are sewing around the edge that will be facing out.

5. Turn right sides out and press. (the interfacing is sandwiched between the two) Topstitch as many times as you would like along the outer edge. I did two rows.

6. Sew the bands at C.B. (with right sides facing) to form a complete circle. You will have 2 when you are done.

7. Divide evenly into eight sections and place a pin at each.

Sewing Band and Cap Body
8. Take one of the bands and the outer cap body, and place it right sides together. Match each seam with the pin from step 7. *Ignore the gap at the moment, see next step*

9. Make a tiny pleat in each section, just enough to take in the excess fabric. Pin. *Make sure you have them all facing the same way. Sew all the way around. Repeat for the lining.

10. Topstitch on the right side where the band and cap body meets. Repeat for lining.

Sewing the Brim, Lining and Outer Pieces Together
11. Place the lining inside the outer part with right sides facing. You should see the seams on the outside and inside (kind of looks like an inside out bag) Matching C.B. seams and pin.

12. Now you are going to sandwich the brim in between the two layers.  Match C.F. and pin. Go along each side of the brim pining in between the layers, when you reach the brim ends, you are going to  match the end where you topstitched along the raw edges of the bands.

13. Start sewing 1 from the C.B. seam and sew all the way around to the other side and sew 1 past the brim edge. You should now have a opening approx. 2.

14. Turn inside out through the hole, push the lining to the inside and press along the lower edge. You are going to fold the opening inward and you will edge stitch along the edge.

15. This is completely optional but add the button at the center top, going  through both layers. Try to match the lining as best as you can with the thread.
Also, you can tack down at the back so the hat stays in shape.
16. Now you have yourself a wonderful newsboy cap. Warning: They are addictive!!!

If you have any questions feel free to post here or PM me.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Twilight Rnd. 5 Swap Gallery on: January 16, 2009 06:02:31 PM
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