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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 91 ENTRIES / Vest from a Pillowcase on: October 08, 2013 09:01:23 PM
(Sorry in advance for the terrible pictures, my camera seems to be on the fritz at the moment  Undecided)
Anyways, onto the project!

I am currently working on a steampunk costume for Halloween/Conventions (look for a post on my full costume on the Clothing board soon Cheesy) , and I decided that all good steampunk people need a either a vest or a coat. Well, since I think a coat is beyond my sewing abilities, I decided to go for the vest.

I started out with a fairly large decorative bed pillow case that I got from the thrift store. One side is a stretchy velour type fabric and the other is a satin type fabric that raveled like crazy. Since I don't have my sewing machine at school with me, I tried to keep as many seams in the pilllowcase as possible to make less sewing for myself XD.
In the end the only seams I was really able to keep were the two that formed the part under the arms.
I winged most of the pattern after looking over a few tutorials.  The buttons are cheap plastic ones from Walmart that I painted gold XD
(Also as a side note, the fabric on both sides are different shades of deep burgundy, but that color obviously didn't show up in the pics Sad)

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / String Doll Makeover on: March 26, 2013 11:58:19 PM
Over this past weekend I got a little string doll out of one of those 50 cent vending machines. The set that he is a part of is supposed to be a "Career Series" where each doll "Has a unique element that symbolizes their career like DJ headphones, police hat, ballerina skirt and more!" Well, imagine my surprise when the one I get appears to be a balding, shirtless gentleman (See picture below, I forgot to take a before picture so I found a picture of the set on a sales website (that's where I got the series description as well) and I circled the one I got from the series in purple). I have no clue what career he is supposed to be (if anyone has an idea, let me know XD) and my roommate dubbed him "The Loser". I decided this was no way for the poor little guy to go through life so I got out my crafting stash and went to work. 

A little felt, ribbon, paint, and some other odds and ends later... Viola! A Steampunk-y Victorian Gentleman.

His coat and tophat are made of felt, with fabric paint buttons. I tied a piece of ribbon around his neck for the ascot and the "pocket watch" is made of some bits that I dug out of my bead stash. The goggles were cobbled together with superglue out of some bead bits, paint and ribbon. I'm super happy with how he turned out and he looks much happier than his former shirtless self Smiley

Set of all the string dolls, the one I modified is circled.

EDIT: A friend did some Google-ing about my little guy and it turns out that each one has a name (each name is a pun relating to strings/knots) and this guy's name was Knot So Funny Phil, so she has decided that he must be string doll version on Dr. Phil since it does kinda look like him XP
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Aikido Monster Plushie (lots of pictures!) on: December 08, 2012 07:29:16 PM

This little plushie was inspired by my friend who practices Aikido. Aikido, for those who don't know, is a type of Japanese martial art. What really inspired me to make this plushie was the outfit that is commonly worn by aikidoka (people who practice aikido) which is a white top, uwagi, and a pair of loose dark blue or black pants called hakama. I love the way that hakama look when someone gets flipped or thrown and the pants fan out and show the motion of the person (see picture below XD)

Anyways, on to the plushie!

He is just a bit shy of being two inches tall and is made of felt with cotton clothes. I looked at some instructions for the hakama but pretty much freehanded the entire outfit. The hakama were probably the most complicated thing I have ever sewn in my life (and it didn't help that they are only about an inch tall) but I wanted them to be as accurate as possible. They have the proper number of pleats, 7, and are worn in the proper style. He is holding a staff type weapon called a jo that is made from a craft dowel that I cut to length and painted.

Detail of the hakama

Back view

Scale reference photo (sorry it's a bit fuzzy, camera couldn't decide what to focus on  Tongue)

An unintended, but very awesome, result of the way the pants fit the little guy is that he can actually stand on his own!

Design sketch

I started work on him having absolutely now clue how he would turn out but I'm super happy with the way he turned out and he is now standing guard over my desk Cheesy
Hope everyone enjoys Smiley
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 79 ENTRIES / Sad T-shirt to Cute Tote Bag (Pic Heavy) on: October 08, 2012 10:37:33 PM

When I saw this challenge I knew that I simply had to give it a try. I went off to the local thrift store without really any idea for what I was going to make so me and my friend spent the good part of an afternoon searching for "the" item (and needless to say laughing hysterically at some of the outlandish things we found Cheesy) and I found this very sad looking t-shirt. I instantly loved it and decided that this was what I must get to use in my project.

(Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I think that background carpet confused the camera a bit XD)

(Detail pictures of the design)

As I carried it around the store I came up with the idea to turn it to a bag. After a trip to Walmart for some additional supplies, I got to work on my bag.
My first goal was to restore the design as much as possible. I used white acrylic paint to go over the design and fill in any missing areas of paint. I definitely underestimated how long it would take to do this part XD

Now, being pretty much a sewing novice I did some serious internet searching for tutorials and instructions on bag making (If you've made a bag tutorial I probably looked at it XD) I originally wanted to make a messenger bag but I honestly didn't have enough fabric for that and also making one seems REALLY complicated. So I decided to go for the simple approach and make a tote bag. My friend's grandmother was kind enough to invite me over and allow me to use her sewing machine for this project.
To construct the actual bag I simply followed multiple tutorials to make the handles and the main part of the bag. I really can't explain my process to well because I didn't really know what I was doing half the time, so I'm just going to put up some pictures of the bag in progress and hope people can understand what I was doing. (If anyone has any questions though, feel free to ask me and I will try to answer them as best as I can).

The front and back panels of the bag. I tried to show how I attached the t-shirt fabric to the cotton duck I was using for the rest of the bag.

The bag all sewn together before it was turned right side out


All packed up and ready to go out.

In case anyone is curious, the characters above the penguin (from left to right) say Love, Joy/Happiness, and Dream
Thanks for looking at my project and I hope you like it (I certainly enjoyed making it Smiley)
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Leaf Monster Plushie on: September 07, 2011 06:36:30 PM
Here is my project!

I came up with the idea this summer at an environmental festival. They had this huge canvas that they wanted all the people who attended to add something to, so I drew him.
I took a picture of my drawing so I could make him later, but I wasn't motivated until I saw this challenge.
Here is the drawing on the canvas:

And here is my sketch for the pattern:

He is made out of felt and is about two inches tall.
This is the first of my monsters that I have ever posted anywhere, so I hope you like him.
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