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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop pajamas! PLUS TUTE. (REALLY image heavy. no really) on: August 14, 2008 06:48:46 PM
So I got a new laptop for my first year at university (yay!) and since I'm going to be carrying it around with me I decided it needed some sort of protection. But laptop cases can be pricey, so I made my own! I wanted it to look kind of like an envelope, and I think it worked out that way:

if you want to make your own laptop pjs, this a heavily documented version of how to do it:

STEP 1: choose your fabrics! You need three kinds: a soft lining, a sturdy outside (upholstery fabrics work great) and foamy stuff (could be quilted, too. as long as it's puffy). These are the ones I chose.

STEP 2: Measure your computer. This means wrapping the measuring tape all around on one side, then the other. I got 19 1/2 inches by 27 1/4. add AT LEAST FOUR INCHES to those measures (my finals were 31 1/4 and 23 1/2), or the pajamas will be too small.*

*believe me, I know. My first attempt had cooler fabric but is much too small. I think I will donate it to my sisters cats as an impromtu cat bed. Sad

STEP 3: Cut out your fabric in a diamond type shape. You want to measure it so the length from opposite corners are the measures of your 'puter (in other words, don't have to measure the sides of the shape at all). It should look a little like this:

STEP 4: Make sure it fits nice and loose around your computer.

STEP 5: Cut out the rest of your fabric the same way.

STEP 6: Put your liner and your outside fabric right sides together, then stick your in-between fabric on top. Pin them together, then sew around the perimeter. Be sure to leave a gap! That way you can turn it right side out again.

STEP 7: Trim the edges (especially in the corners) and turn it right side out!

STEP 8: Make sure it fits again.

STEP 9: Fold the edges from your gap inside, then pin it shut.

STEP 10: Sew another seam around the perimeter, this time on the outside.

STEP 11: To create the quilted effect, make a couple straight, evenly spaced lines in your fabric with pins.

STEP 12: Sew along your pin lines!

STEP 13: Make more evenly spaced lines perpendicular to the ones you just sewed, again with pins.

STEP 14: Sew!

STEP 15: Fold one of the sides against itself so as to bring two corners into the center.

STEP 16: Hand-stitch along that line. Twice, if you're paranoid like me.

STEP 17: Do the same for the other side! AND YOU'RE DONE!

... So those are my envelope-style laptop pjs. Sorry for the length.

Leave comments! Criticism! Love! Anything!

2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / noah's shoes! [img heavy!] on: January 16, 2007 12:58:26 PM
hi friends!

So, last year I was involved in community theatre and had to by these really boring white canvas shoes for my costume. Naturally, as soon as I didn't need them anymore, I painted them! Inspired by the cute unicorns that drawn by this artist, I drew my own unicorn, and ended up with a "noah's ark" theme. So, yeah! this is what I ended up with:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my super cool, cheap PROM DRESS!! on: June 29, 2006 05:37:07 PM
Hi everyone!

So, I found a picture of a prom dress I really liked in a magazine, so I made a pattern based on that picture and a couple days later... Here it is!

It's made of organza that's blue in one angle and red in the other. It also has icy blue vines embroidered on it. The bottom layer is some strange stretchy fabric that I found for cheap. I also braided long, thin strips of the stretchy fabric to create the straps.

So this is me and my date...

And this is the back.

The best part? The entire outfit cost me 44 dollars. I already had the shoes, my necklace had belonged to my grandma, my other jewelry were from various birthdays, Christmases and graduations. And I even made my own hair and makeup, so needless to say my wallet was laughing all the way to the bank.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bags- the ultimate in cool wedding gifts *img heavy* on: August 14, 2005 12:41:27 PM
Hey all! My sisters wedding is in a week, so I thought I would make her and her new husband something cool. They're both university students and don't have a car, so I thought it would be a good idea to give them cool, matching messenger bags. So I did! On top of all that, I got bored one day and decided I would teach myself some embroidery, so I embroidered both of them with some rockin' guitars to make them even better. Wink

Here they are:

This is the one I'm giving to my sister:

And this is a closeup of the embroidery on the front:

This is the lining:

This is the one I'm giving to her will-be husband:

And this is a closeup of the embroidered guitar:

This is the lining:

Now, I decided to make them personalized. She always calls him "boy" for no reason, so recently he's started calling her "girl" (They're so cute...). So I decided to embroder their nicknames on their strap.

I'm really happy with them, I'm rather proud of myself. Actually, this is my first post here, probably because it's my first project I find cool enough to be worthy of all you. Wink
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