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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The bags won't stop on: April 27, 2006 04:36:15 PM
My mother gave me her fabric and button stash.  This stuff demands to made into bags.  This fabric had to become an 8"x10"x3" bag - there was enough to have the same "framed" design on both sides and enough left over to make a matching makeup bag.

With this one, it was the button that cried out.  I made my first bound buttonhole in years just to show off that button.

They just keep coming.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fendi, Fendi, Fendi on: April 27, 2006 04:29:15 PM
BunnyBoo really started something - working up that copy of the Fendi bag.  Here are three of my takes on it.  I keep playing with the dimensions and the yarn, using BunnyBoo's concepts.

First, blue, with no handle:    This one is 7"x13"

Next, (I may have posted this one long ago), red.  The ruffle has a bit of sparkle but I can't seem to catch that in the photo.  It has a vintage button and a fairly long strap.

The one that makes me laugh is made from thin crochet cotton.  It's only 6"x3.5" 

This is a great pattern.  You can do anything with it.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / My mother's craft books on: April 14, 2006 05:15:15 AM
Mom is clearing out her craft supplies.  She's got 20 or 30 books on eBay, from the 40s through the 80s.  They include sewing, crochet, knitting, and miscellanous crafts.  You can search for the seller named 02494L.

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Recycled moderator? on: November 22, 2005 03:55:48 AM
Well, I'm not exactly recycled.  But I am the new moderator of the section on "Re-Using, Re-Cycling, Re-Vamping." 

I hope to see more traffic here because I'm a believer in imaginative re-use and I've found some of the best ideas here on Craftster. 

So, c'mon.  You know you have goodies stashed away - you're not sure what to do with them, but you know they're good for something.  Ane you've got a project in mind if you could only find a free source of the materials you need.

Let's hear it.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another Fendi-ish bag on: October 23, 2005 08:49:41 AM
Thank you Bunnyboo.  This pattern is fun, flexible, and easy.  

   I changed the pattern a little -
   made it 7"wide and 8" high.
   the body is made with Lion Brand chenille, the ruffle with their glitter yarn
   I added a button and a buttonhole

I'll be making more in different sizes and yarns.  I think I'll skip the ribbon next time.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flower Girl dress on: September 26, 2005 12:46:10 PM
My son was married last week and I got to make a flower girl dress for my 3 year old niece. I had such a good time doing this that now I want to make all her clothes.

  She loved her dress and my new DIL was delighted.  The color was chosen to match the bridesmaids. 

I made it from Simplicity 4647.  But I took some of the fullness out of the skirt because I thought it was just overwhelming for a little girl.  It has the little flounce sleeve shown in view A. 

This was a nice pattern because the fit isn't really critical.  The waist is meant to be high and it's an easy fit.  So I just made it from measurements and only tried it on once, before hemming it. 

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / very useful gardening basket on: August 22, 2005 08:35:25 AM
I needed a basket to use outside when I'm harvesting vegetables, cutting flowers, or even pulling weeds.  And I thought of the big box of pantyhose in the back of the closet.  I don't know why I saved them - I just couldn't throw them out.  

So I crocheted a washable, durable, flexible gardening basket.  


First I cut the legs off the pantyhose.  Then I cut them lengthwise to make thinner strips.  Some of the very heavy ones were cut in 3 or 4 strips.  I just knotted them together and crocheted with a big hook.


I like the organic shape, and the color variation.  But I did use a smaller crochet hook to pull the knots to the inside.  I can wash this with the garden hose or throw it in the washing machine.  

It worked up very nicely, as you can see in the close up.


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I love fabric bowls too on: July 19, 2005 02:37:22 PM
It's addictive.  I've made at least 20 fabric bowls.  Linda Johannson's book tells you how to do it "Fun, Fast & Easy Fabric Bowls."  Here are a few recent bowls.



9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Burda World of Fashion, April 2005 on: June 15, 2005 01:00:11 PM
I HAVE to make the twist top that was featured in this magazine.  But I can't get hold of the April 2005 issue anywhere.  (FYI, Burda World of Fashion is a monthly magazine that includes a number of patterns folded right in.) 

Do you have it?  Would you sell it to me?  Would you loan it to me so I can trace or copy the pattern?  Do you know a library in New England that subscribes?  I've tried eBay and a lot of googling. 


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