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71  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: November 22, 2016 06:12:16 PM
So I've decided I like c2c crochet and am going to use it for the red/black mana blanket my fiance requested last year.
Here's what I have so far:

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72  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: October 04, 2016 11:44:10 PM
I don't have much crafting time these days so what little I can get between now and December 17th will be used to craft things for my wedding.
The first thing on my list is my bouquet, which I'll be doing as a research project.

Research Project Name: Magic-al Bouquet
Team: Fandom
Brief Description: As I said, my fiance and I are getting married December 17th and 99% of our decorations will be DIY, made by myself, my mom, my aunt, and a couple of cousins. The first thing on my list of things to do is my bouquet.
Since my fiance and I are getting married at our local card/comic shop (owner is a friend and offered up his backroom FREE!), we decided to go with Magic: The Gathering as our theme instead of the previous theme of The Nightmare Before Christmas (thank goodness I'm a procrastinator and don't already have decorations made in that theme!) Since we have loads of spare mana cards, I decided that I would some of them to make my bouquet.
I made a couple of flowers, to test my ability to make them, and it took me about an hour each to make those two flowers, which included time spent cutting the petals, arranging them, and attaching them to buttons that had floral wire looped through them. The one with the Swamp (skull) in the center had the skull replaced with a different image.
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73  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 31, 2016 01:59:26 PM
Hello all!
I've been busy with my little froggy lately and haven't done much crafting. He likes to try to chew my yarn so I can't crochet as I hold him. He chews ALL THE THINGS these days though Roll Eyes

But I have managed to make a wallet for myself in Slytherin's colors:


And a Luigi hat for my cousin's son, the same one who got the Mario hat (it will be put up for Christmas):
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74  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: July 11, 2016 07:08:19 PM
Prompt: Free Range Crafting
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
Project Name: Star Wars crib sheet
As a nerdy mama, I wanted nerdy things for my baby's room. I actually wanted his nursery's theme to be sci-fi/space but had no luck finding any such baby stuff in stores, be it clothing or bedding.
And what I found online was super pricey.
So of course that means I just have to do it myself, right?
I searched Pinterest and found this tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat blog and sewed up a sheet.
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75  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: July 11, 2016 06:59:34 PM
I sewed a fitted sheet for my little froggy's crib:

I got the fabric from Hancock Fabrics; the tutorial for the sheet can be found here, on The Ribbon Retreat blog.
I'm going to be making a second one, this time with Doctor Who fabric  Grin
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76  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: April 29, 2016 11:33:41 PM
Oh hey! I'm actually posting something Shocked
Prompt: April - Don Quixote
Team: Fandom
Project Name: LSU blanket
My fiance's friend Blake is his best friend and no one is more loyal to you than your best friend Smiley His favorite college football team is LSU and I found some LSU fleece on sale at Hancock Fabrics so I bought some along with some blanket binding and made him a blanket Cheesy
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77  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: April 29, 2016 11:03:17 PM
Didn't work on curtains today (I slept a LOT) but I did get this done up for my fiance's best friend:

It's about 1 1/2 yards fabric with satin blanket binding sewn on (a whole one and less than half of another) to give it a finished look. Super simple and relatively cheap because I bought it all on sale at Hancock Fabrics.
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78  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: March 31, 2016 01:42:37 PM
Y'all have seen the hat but this cutie was a nine months in the making project and I'm very proud of him:


His name is Lucius and he's a very lively baby who loves looking around.
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79  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: March 25, 2016 01:50:35 AM
I'm actually posting something instead of lurking! Shocked

Prompt: March - Daylight Savings
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Burp cloths
Project Link:Here

I made these burp cloths for my baby using dimple dot minky and Spider-Man fabric. These took less time than I thought they would, even though they did take a few hours of trial and error. Y'see, I thought I would NEVER finish them, just rage quit and throw the fabric in my scrap pile because minky is a pain to work with if you don't know what you're doing (I didn't). But I did learn some useful things which might help others so if you're going to be working with minky for the first time anytime soon, go to the post for some tips.
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80  Burp cloths + tips for sewing minky in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by RedheadWithThread on: March 25, 2016 01:32:43 AM
My son is due March 30th and since we only received six burp cloths at my baby shower, I decided I needed to make a few extras because they're so useful.
The ones my aunt made for me were a patchwork mixture of minky and soft flannel on one side with cotton on the other side. I really loved the feel of the minky and my fiance decided that's what I needed when I picked up a remnant of it at Hobby Lobby (I actually picked it up, petted it, then put it back but he decided that I *needed* it).

I made a pattern based on one I'd seen on Pinterest (no printer to print the one I found). The backing fabric is some Spider-Man flannel I'd had in my stash. They're 11" x 16".
These burp cloths were my first time working with minky and let me tell you, it is NOT fun to work with if you don't know what you're doing, like I didn't when I started. It slips and slides as you pin it and tries to slide around while you're sewing it, too.
To save yourself a headache, do what I did (I learned these through trial and error):
Have a lint roller handy because minky sheds like crazy when you cut it (and only when you cut it).
Use alligator clips (or those little nickel hair clips like you can find at Hobby Lobby) with your pins (clip it THEN add pins) to hold together the minky and whatever other fabric you're sewing with it (this works with minky on minky, too: I tried it with some scraps).
Place your clips about every two to three inches around the edges then put a pin or two between the clips about an inch apart. This helps prevent slippage better than the clips alone.
Make sure the minky is on the BOTTOM when you're putting the fabrics together and when you sew it on your machine.
After you've finished sewing with the minky, clean out your machine because you're probably going to have little bits of minky fluff all up inside it.
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