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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Retro bag based on Cherry Blossom bag on: September 01, 2005 03:52:48 AM
Hey there,
I whipped up this bag a few days ago. I was so impressed with the cherry blossom bag, but so far, I've been too  intimidated by it to make my own. It wasn't that hard to make after all. Especially w/o the gorgeous embroidery;-)
My friend Saskia whom I gave it to on her birthday yesterday really loved it.
The fabric is from an old tablecloth that I found at an apartment flea market a few months ago.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cuddly Sheep Pillow - now with translated tutorial! on: August 03, 2005 04:22:52 AM
Hey there,

I've finally figured out how to thread the yarn through my mom's sewing machine...
this is the first project I finished.
I found this cute pattern in a German parents' magazine, Eltern. The instructions (in German, of course:-)) can be found here: http://www.eltern.de/familie_erziehung/familienleben/basteln_ostern05.html

And here's my version:

The fabric is printed with tiny multi-color strawberries, the picture doesn't really show.

I'm so proud of this one and even when I finished the whole thing, I couln't believe I made this! *beam with pride*

Okay, I just translated the tutorial, here it is- ask me if anything is unclear!
You'll need:
100 x 160 centimeters of fabric for the pillow case itself
50 x 140 cms of white plush fabric (I needed much less!)
embroidering yarn scraps in pink and light blue for the sheep's eyes, nose and mouth
stuffing for head, legs and tail
a pillow size 80 x 80 cm
a white zipper, 70 cm

from fabric:
1 square measuring 72 x 72 cms
2 rectangles measuring 37 x 72 cms each
2 ear pieces
1 tail piece (with one extra cm for the seams!)

from plush fabric:
4 legs, 20cm long and 25 cm wide
1 tail piece,
2 ear pieces,
2 head pieces
don't forget to include an extra cm for the seams on each piece!

Now sew the edges of the fabric for the pillow case and sew in zipper between the two
long sides of the rectangles so you end up with a piece measuring 72x72 cm with a zipper in the middle.
Then pin the two squares together which will become the sheep's body, right sides facing. Later on, you'll need to insert the limbs and head into the sides according to the picture.

Sew all the legs' sides and soles (plushy sides facing), turn inside out, fill with stuffing and sew the opening with a zigzag stitch.

For the ears, sew together one piece of plush and one piece of fabric each, right sides facing

For the tail, sew together the piece of plush and fabric,

Sew the head pieces right sides facing.

Turn all the sewn pieces inside out, fill them, sew the openings with a zigzag stitch.

Sew the ears onto the head, slightly ruffled if you can (I just sewed them on straight)

Embroider the head with light blue eyes and pink nose and mouth.

Insert the finished pieces into the pillow case according to the picture, so all the limbs and the head are on the inside of the 2 squares of fabric (which are right sides facing).

Pin everything together again and then sew all around.

Open the zipper, turn pillow case inside out and insert pillow.

Of course you can just adapt the sizes to smaller pillows. They actually sell those kinds of sheep pillows in super fancy baby stores here. They sell for about  25 Euros *gasp*!!

Sew long,
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cheap fabric online? on: July 15, 2005 10:41:51 PM
Hello craftsters,

ech, I've been getting very frustrated lately trying to find cool and a little retro fabrics in my home town or at German online stores.
Can anyone recommend any cheap Canadian or US online stores that'll ship to Europe?
I've been seeing so many cool items on craftster that I want to make, but there's just no fabric that really strikes my fancy.
Recycling would be a good idea, but many of the thrift stores here are ridiculously expensive...

Got a hint?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hooded baby poncho on: June 30, 2005 08:04:09 AM
Hey there,

I finished a hooded baby poncho for my 8-month-old girl last night, here's the pix:

It's the Lion Brand 'Knit Baby to Toddler Poncho'-pattern. Very simple and basic.
I'm happy with how it turned out, but when I met my fellow mama friend Chris this morning, she said she really liked Johanna's cords.  Undecided She hates the poncho!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / duracell bunny baby raglan on: June 21, 2005 03:17:31 AM
Hello again,

looking at all the cool projects at craftster encouraged me to quickly finish the sweater I've been knitting for my baby!
She's quite a handful right now, constantly in motion and exploring the apartment- it's so hard to keep up with her!
So I figured I'd embroider her new sweater with a nice logo to match:-)

Here it is:

okay, it's almost done, I still have to weave in some yarn ends  Undecided

Here's a close-up:

and here's the duracell baby bunny;-)

Happy knitting,
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby cardigan and dress on: June 19, 2005 05:49:56 AM
Hey there, I'm new to craftster and it's soo inspiring! Cool stuff...

Just wanted to share two projects I recently finished for my baby girl:

a dress with a flower intarsia

The general pattern is from a Swiss knitting magazine, the intarsia pattern from a fair isle pattern book.

And the second one is a raglan cardigan that I almost unraveled due to boredom. I love jacquard knitting, so I just made up a border for the bottom. The symbols stand for faith, love and hope. Traditional sailors' tattoos:-)

I altered a raglan cardigan pattern I found online, but the collar is a little too wide and there are way too many buttons on this cardigan. With a lively baby like mine, you want 5 buttons max!!

How do you like these?

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