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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Soft Jingle Blocks on: November 02, 2008 01:16:43 PM
These blocks are great for babies and also for using up interesting remnants of fabric and ribbon!

You need 6 squares of fabric, 12cm x 12cm (about 4 1/2 inches)
Try to use different textures and colours to make it interesting for baby, but fabric that complements each other.
Scraps of ribbon, for 'tags'
3 jingley bells (or you could make shaker ones instead)
toy stuffing or similar.

Sew up the cube inside out, leaving one side unsewn - don't forget to sew in ribbon randomly on edges.

Turn cube ride side out, hiding seams inside. Stuff with wadding/stuffing and hide three bells or the shaker in the middle.

On the last edge, fold fabric in on itself and hand sew with clear cotton to hide the stitches etc.


~ bami
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Keroppi Frog - soft toy on: March 31, 2007 01:09:19 AM
April is a crazy month for birthdays here, my husbands, his dad, sister and niece all were born in April. I had bought everyone's gift except my sister-in-laws and was pretty much broke with no idea what to get her anyway. She loves frogs, so I made her this!

It's all hand sewn, a bit wonky/scrappy in places but I hope she likes it for the time it took me!

All I did was find a picture of Keroppi on Google, blew it up to A4 size, and used it as a pattern! It's stuffed with wadding. I'm happy with how it turned out. It's the first time I've attempted anything like it.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mens Shirt -> Womens Shirt, my first one! (Lots of photos!) on: March 31, 2007 01:02:27 AM
After marveling at the mens shirts -> womens long shirt reconstructions, I finally attempted one myself. Inspired by the recent mechanic dress reconstruction (see https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=158076.msg1583128#msg1583128), and thanks to Big W having an clearance sale = $3 shirts, I got to work!


(sorry about the blurry photos, my camera battery was just about dead!)

Close up of the patches on the front:

and the funky back:


I am really happy with the result, it took less than half an hour - I was amazed! And it fits perfectly - hooray!!!


4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 4yr olds toy reconstruction on: March 27, 2007 11:07:37 PM
My 4yr old son made this lighthouse today, using an old bowl, an empty roll from clingwrap, and a torch. Hahaha. Oh well, pretty good for a 4 year old I reckon..

Here he is saying "Beeeyoody Mate!"

Had to share my clever little craftsters work! He came up with the idea himself, he just came to me asking for help to sticky tape it together hehehe.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pattern Help for new pattern user on: March 24, 2007 01:13:19 PM
Sorry if I've put this in the wrong spot!

I'm having my first go at using an actual pattern and am using Simplicity 4020. Thankfully I used up leftover material for my trial run instead of the expensive gorgeous store bought material. I've done a few small mistakes so far, and some dumb mistakes too!! I don't get long to work on it, as I only get an hour or half in the afternoon to actually work on it.

So, I have a dumb question - the little triangles randomly along the pattern lines - what are they for? Are you meant to cut them out!? I think not, because I ended up with two diamond holes in the back piece along the center fold.

Any pattern using tips, advice or explanations would be GREATLY appreciated because I really want to become good at following patterns - eventually!!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making Eyelets on: March 16, 2007 11:51:14 PM
Can anyone recommend an eyelet setter for fabrics?


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old 70s curtains = funky new pants on: May 09, 2005 05:47:38 AM
Saw these curtains at the op shop:

and turned them into:

Excuse my pregnant belly!

Used a pair of pants I already own to draw a pattern for them. I am happy they turned out!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Baby Bib becomes Bag on: May 09, 2005 01:27:02 AM
Hi there, I'm new so be nice!  Cheesy

I found this Oscar the Grouch bib at the local op shop but didn't want to use it as a bib. My 2yr old son is into putting everything in bags lately so I thought I'd make it into a bag. I chopped off the top and hemmed it, then sewed it to some funky blue fluffy material that was left over from a fun pair of pants I'd made him a few months ago. (The fluffy material was also found at the op shop). I know the strap could have been better but that's all I had at the time, and it's easy to tie up to the right length for him and let out for me. Maybe I will make a fluffy one to match better. I put velcro inside to fasten. Let me know what you think.




I'm so glad I found this forum, there are so many cool ideas out there!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maternity Jeans - thankyou AnnaReilly!! on: May 09, 2005 01:16:35 AM
Thanks Anna for your excellent instructions on how you made your maternity jeans. I only came across this forum over the weekend and since I am 32weeks pregnant and clothing is becoming scarce I thought I'd try it out. For anyone interested, instructions are at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28377.0

I got a pair of jeans from the op shop 'free' basket (can you believe! nothing wrong with them) and made the band from a black womens t-shirt that was among a bag of clothes a friend gave me for my 2 year old son.

So, these maternity jeans were free! I know they are nothing special to look at but they are practical!


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