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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / dvd kid table on: July 20, 2011 12:15:52 PM

My dvd collection is stored in cd sleeve books so I had a large number of dvd boxes hanging around staring at me...so I made them into this table. Kid loves it, so do I!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland Mushroom chair on: July 20, 2011 12:13:40 PM

I wanted to post this in the recycle section but couldn't find the right place, but since I made it for my son I put it here... I used reminants from a thrift store and plastic bags I've been hoarding and voila. Super comfy.

ok so a lil something about how I made it now that I have a moment to do so. I got three pieces of fabric from a thrift store, one with polka dots for the top and one with stripes for the underside and a vinyl gator skin looking tan piece for the base. When I bought them they were in a bag so I got lucky they worked together.

 The base piece was 55" long (it's about 14-16" high) so I just folded it right sides together and sewed along the edge to make it a circle shape. (If you haven't noticed yet, you'll notice soon, I did this gangsta instead of by the book). I took a big bag full of my smaller plastic bags and placed it inside the circle/base to give it shape and see how big it would be. Looked like this from the top.

 I then took the top piece (blue with white polka dots) and layed it on the floor wrong side up. I placed the base on it to see how it measured up (it fit with plenty of room, which is what you want since the mushroom head needs to be bigger than the base...naturally) then removed it. The top piece was, let me think... 40" square and I took a pencil (cuz it was there) and drew lines(on the wrong side) to find my center at the 20" marks and in doing so there was a big penciled cross and the middle intersect is the center point, this is not usually necessary but you'll see why I did it in a sec.

I tied one end of a piece of embroidery thread to a thumb tack and tied the other end to my pencil making sure the distance between the 2 was 20". I then took the thumb tack and pushed it into the center mark and made a circle by pulling my pencil all the way around. I then cut the circle.

Here's the real gangsta part. I had my top piece still on the floor but flipped it right side up then I took my middle piece which I really don't know the size of, it had to be at least 50" square, but it didn't matter. I couldn't just make a circle and cut out the piece like a doughnut since the stripes HAVE to all come from the center. So I placed the base back on to see how much I needed to cover and then cut strips aprox. 12" x 4" (right side down)and placed them along the edge ..oo I think I have pic of this too... there was definite overlapping in the center. I do..here it is.

I pinned the pieces at the edges, how do I explain this, I wanted it to be like one big piece so I folded the edges in and pinned at the base so I could cut off the excess once I sewed it. Hope you get it. so I pinned them all together and sewed the "doughnut". Then I placed it right side down again and put the base on top and centered it and took the mighty pencil again and traced around the base. Took the base off again and trimmed the middle cirlce leaving about a half inch so I could attach it to the base.

Crap I forgot this part was tricky too. Once you wrap your mind around it, it makes sense but if you're like me..well, I sat on the floor looking like Pooh pondering for a good 20 min. before I went ahead with the next step. I'd rather take time to do it right than take extra time to do it over (which still happens anyways on occasion).

So I now pin the top to the middle along the outter edge (right sides together) and sew.

I then took the base, removed the bags, flipped it inside out..wait crap I have to pull a Pooh again...think..think..think... ok here's my process.. if you take the base inside out and pin the base of the base(as you look at it NOW not how it will look later) to the center, it would be a big pain in the booty to sew. So instead:

you take the base (at this point I flipped it back to right side out)place it inside the circle opening of the middle piece, pull up the middle and pin the center of the middle along the TOP edge of the base and sew them together.

THEN you flip the whole thing right side out and stuff it. BAM! ...whew, that took almost as long to explain as it did to make. Hope it helps. -Sally
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: All Things Owl! on: April 18, 2011 06:16:24 PM
I have no knowledge of swaps but I do know... that image screams.."I should be a purse!". That is all.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: what can you make with 5 bucks? THIS!!! on: April 17, 2011 01:07:48 PM
Thanks Kathi! I wouldn't have known yet if you hadn't said that. Yay!! ((does a jig then composes herself))

Thanks to all who voted and for all the awesome comments!! Smiley I'm happy to report it's still in one piece and I've only had to make minor repairs (he is a toddler after all, you should have seen what he did to the cardboard kid sized train I made him last year ... sob). I hope you all have/had a great weekend I know I did!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: So very many magnets. on: April 16, 2011 11:13:01 AM
VERY cool!!! definitely an inspiration to put on my crafts to do list.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: My Perfect Spring Day on: April 15, 2011 06:41:17 PM
very cute, I'm glad it makes you happy!! That's what crafting is all about, creating smiles... that and having some mindless yet productive "me" time. Wink
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted zipper bracelet on: April 11, 2011 02:46:13 PM
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: what can you make with 5 bucks? THIS!!! on: April 07, 2011 05:51:51 PM
Thanks for all your comments!! It did take alot of time and patience but not the way I would have liked it, I made the initial walls and doors at work during my lunch break and then 3 nights of a minimum of 5 hours each night! Never again! (this project of course, no brainer there will be countless other craft induced sleepless nights). Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / what can you make with 5 bucks? THIS!!! on: April 07, 2011 08:15:41 AM

Popsicle sticks = $3 glue = $1 and I just used scrap fabric so.. wait..only $4!!! I've gone a bit Thomas the Tank Engine crazy lately and since starting this, stopped and made the Thomas Bean Bag toss (posted elsewhere on craftster). I was thinking about what to make for the contest and already had a bag of popsicle sticks in the kitchen drawer(went and bought more AT THE DOLLAR STORE after starting the project for 3 bucks) and this just popped in my head between thinking of making funky jewlery or odd headgear. I opted for the kill two birds with one stone and made Tidmouth Sheds so my son has somewhere to house all of his trains. Here's my process: Oh and yes, I'm MESSY when I create!!

This is the beginning, I made all the doors and the 2 main walls (you can see one of the walls and more doors behind what's standing)
I made frames for the doors and attached them together with fabric so the doors can swing open and shut

addendum: here's a better view of how I got the doors to stay up

Doors are done!


I had to lift the whole thing up so the kid's train tracks could fit under the doors so I made what you see here (between the sets of doors)

The braces you see here were my first attempt to prepare to put on a roof..I'm no architect so it didn't work as well as I wanted, but it looked cool!

So I ended up keeping it simple and easily attached the first level of the roof, well.... after painstakingly making a big long beam that spanned the whole thing side to side to attach the top part of said roof to

this is the view from the front, I added sticks that extended to help support the second part of the roof

2nd (top) tier of the roof, I added sticks standing up along the entirety of it for windows!

These are the beams I created to rest the top tier on

I had to cut down the sticks so the windows looked nice.. I did all of my cuts with this awesome wire cutter!!

Here's a side view after I attached the whole roof ( I only made "half" of the whole buiding so my son can have easier access to the inside

my initial attempt at making the top part of the side wall..scrapped it

made this one and liked it much better, but not the placement

in case it survives and I want to completely enclose the building I made it more acurate

here's the finished product from the front

and from behind

as you may notice I also added some windows and other stuff at the top and I used toothpicks for the windows

I was thinking of painting it but I like the way the natural wood looks and I'm worried I'd ruin it. My kid played with it during every stage, making it harder to finish, but now he's happy as can be that it's all his, it's almost as big as he is..friggin huge. I like it, hope you do too!

Here it is in action!!! ..doing nothing in a corner... wait...sittin' there lookin pretty!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: pom pom & pipe cleaner party dress on: April 05, 2011 03:12:29 PM
Very cool and a definite conversation starter! She should be thanking you for this not "agreeing" to wear it! She'll be the life of the party!
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