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111  Re: Grad Student Supprt Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rangerbeth on: November 07, 2008 04:29:28 PM
I received! I am jumping with joy. Ruinate is a fabulous stalker and made me the document cozies I've wisted! AND she made them out of awesome fabric, when I opened the package my husband even said "thats some good lookin fabric" (nerd). The ribbon is also really cool, its double sided, which I've never seen before.
Big cozy

Big and little cozy

I also got a rockin lunch bag that I used today! Its so much roomier than my other one so it fit my soup can, a bowl, crackers, a snack AND a soda (yea I like to eat).

She also found my weak spot which is cookies. I made my husband stay out of them long enough to take a picture. But I kid you not, 30 sec later they were eaten.

I am super pleased and can't wait for a round 2! (maybe after exams though pleez).
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112  Re: Grad Student Supprt Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rangerbeth on: November 06, 2008 01:18:50 PM
I spoke with Ruinate and she has received. But poor thing has been incredibly busy. I finally remembered to photo the items before sending, so she said it was cool to just go ahead and post them.

My "medium" item was a tote to carry journal articles to and fro. Its pretty simple, it only has pockets for pencils and highlighters on the side. It was my first time using piping so I was pretty excited.

I've also seen a lot of cool notebook covers around and thought they were lovely. I made the pattern up for this one and quilted it so I suppose it could even double as a pillow hah.

Reversible coffee/tea mug covers. I also found these work well on beer.

I'm glad you liked it Ruinate. This was a fun swap, and definitely brought down my stress level.
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113  Calamity Jane Western Purse- recycled from ugly leather skirts in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rangerbeth on: November 03, 2008 07:22:37 AM
Again with my western kick, I've gone into cowgirl handbags now. I made this pattern up as I went, so there are some .... irregularities. But for the most part it turned out like I envisioned. I wish it was a little stiffer, but my poor machine was having a hard enough time with the leather, a layer of interfacing would have killed it I believe.

The main panel of the bag is a chocolaty brown sueded leather. Two little inverse appliqued stars are on the front in a vintage looking yellow and white floral. The closure is made from a contrasting camel leather in the shape of a large arrow (kinda hard to turn this). It is clasped to the body with a metal magnetic clasp.
The inside is lined in a sweet red apple fabric. I sort of want a dress made of this.  The front side has a full pocket with three compartments, large enough to hold change, an ipod, or a cell phone. The pocket is a contrasting green and yellow sunflower with red bias finish. The bias was found in a goodwill bag and is TINY. I really like the wide bias tape better.
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114  Thrifted button up shirt + pillowcase = Ms. Sassypants western shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rangerbeth on: October 10, 2008 04:08:34 PM
I don't know why I've been so obsessed with western shirts here lately. I think its because of my recent move to the Michigan from Mississippi, I have to embrace my roots right? I found a lovely button up from my local thrift store and thought it would be a really nice base for a woman's western shirt. The material for the yoke was from a pillowcase that we no longer use (or did we ever use it?). To make the pattern for the yoke I just laid the shirt flat and made a paper pattern where I wanted the yoke on the front. Only one side was made because it would obviously be flipped to make the other side. The same was done for the back piece, only I cut that one on the fold since I wanted it to extend over the whole back. The fronts and the back were all stitched together, then surrounded by some homemade piping. Which I ran out of 9/10 of the way through. Its SUCH a pain to join pieces of piping when you already have your project started. The front is a little... asymmetrical lets say. But I think it just gives it that "bless her heart she tried" charm.
Front of shirt:


Stitching detail:

Paper patterns:

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115  Re: Look out! It's BUNZILLA! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by rangerbeth on: October 10, 2008 03:02:32 PM
Freakin cute! Reminds me of this book I read as a kid:
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116  Cowgirl shirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rangerbeth on: September 16, 2008 08:01:02 PM
My husband has a huge pile of clothes that don't fit anymore or wouldn't fit in his closet (the boy's got a lot of clothes). I get to use all of these goodies to chop and "weld". I really love all of his western shirts, but they aren't really made for curvy gals.  I found this awesome shirt that took parts of a rockin western shirt and stuck it on a comfy tee. I used this as inspiration to combine some of his leftovers http://www.venuszine.com/articles/diy/3689/Urban_cowgirl_Turn__a_boring_button_down_into_country_chic. I sort of wanted a larger yoke than I allowed myself but my scissors got out of control and I had to trim some disaster spots. I adore the lace going around the yoke but I should have used some that was just a tad larger. Maybe next time huh! I also put cute little cuffs on the bottom instead of the lame tight bands on the tee.

I'm so huge into these right now, I'm gonna make a bajillion more.
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117  Re: Go Green and Recycle Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rangerbeth on: September 04, 2008 07:09:37 PM
Ok so I finally have all the photos taken and uploaded. What a busy week! Here is the AWESOME AND AMAZING loot I got from m888888

Some zines Morgan graciously passed on to me (10 to be exact)

Four lovely placemats made from yard sale fabric and quilted

A really helpful book she passed on from a previous swap (way to pay it forward)

Some hand lino'd pages from a book that was falling apart

Some magnets made from old coins and stamps

AN AWESOME QUILT made from jeans!

with a cool quote on the back ("Make do, do without, use it up, wear it out") By the way, i believe my camera had a goop on it, the quilt isn't stained.
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118  Yoga pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rangerbeth on: August 29, 2008 07:13:58 PM
I just finished with my first pair of pants! I needed some looser workout pants because the ones I use now make me feel a little trashy. I wanted something that looked a little yoga-ish even though I don't really take yoga. They turned out just a weeee bit wide legged for my taste. I'm really trying to be much less of a sloppy seamstress and I spend more time per project nowadays. I have such a short attention span that this has been really hard for me. They are made from burnt orange knit jersey and have a twill drawstring with elastic in the back. The little green pocket was more of a last minute thing. I just felt they needed a little extra color. Let me know what you guys think. I really appreciate stories and opinions on cleaner sewing techniques. Thanks.

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119  Re-Upholstered office chairs now "Fantastic Kitchen Chairs" in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rangerbeth on: August 08, 2008 05:43:15 PM
Ok, we (my Husmand and I) would first like to state that we like to save things from certain death.  This being said, we were in need of kitchen chairs that would compliment our existing 50's era dining table.  Our search led us to our local GoodWill where we found a stack of sturdy/shiney/rusty office chairs that had long since been forgotten.  6 dollars later we had 2 of them and were on our way to the fabric store.  They had a great selection of Amy Butler Fabrics.  This red and white design matched our faded red table perfectly.

Here are some photos of the process and the final product.

Plain ole' chair

Pre-stapling of seat cushion (removed from chair!)

Bare ghost chair frame (freshly sanded with steel wool!)

Me and my swatch watch sewing the back seat cushion pocket.

Assembling back seat cushion after we wrestled cover back on (pre stapling)

Dos Chair-os completed and placed at dining table ready to be sniffed.

Detail of back of chair.
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120  Trashy leopard corset belt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rangerbeth on: June 17, 2008 08:30:58 AM
It has been a LONG time since I've posted anything on here. I've become more of a lurker. I saw the BEAUTIFUL recycled necktie belt not too long ago and decided I HAD TO HAVE IT. However, as some of you can relate, my fabric stash is overflowing and my space wont allow me to buy any new materials. I had some trashy leopard print faux fur left over from some softies I made for a gallery last year and thought "hey why not, who cares if I look like Peg Bundy". Basically this is just a rectangle cut to go around my waist minus about an inch. Since I went around the edges in bias tape, it is reversible. The other side is some equally trashy red satin (which by the way is an ASS when trying to insert grommets). I feel like the red side is a little too pirate-ish. Could I get away with it and not look like a beer wench?

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