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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / little scottie on: November 18, 2008 12:49:55 PM
i saw this little scottie dog pattern on allsorts (http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/)
and HAD to make it for my cousin whose scottie dog passed away about a month ago.
it looks JUST like him! i'm so excited! (i'm glad i had some black fleece in my stash!)

and i had been wanting to make a stuffy! now i see how it works and will probably make an army of them! they're so cute! and EASY!!

and these are tiny!
here he is on a dvd case for scale

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Be Prepared - Girl Scout Bag!!! on: October 02, 2008 12:00:28 PM
I think this may be my favorite thing i have ever made!
I made it from my Girl Scouts uniform
(so this is vintage 1970s material)

the lovely green polyester is the jumper dress
(it already had the pleat -
i just cut straight across under the armpits
and took out the hem- sewed the bottom together straight across
and squared the bottom)

i wanted to use my uniform shirt for the lining, but there just wasn't enough
and i didn't really want the bag to be smaller
so i used the green trefoil shirt as straps
(on the left front handle, you can maybe see the little shirt pocket)
oh yeah - and that is a little thingy with my girl scouts pins on it!!!
i thought it would be lonely without the uniform!!

again - i just cut it straight across the armpits
and cut that in half to make two straps
i put a 1 1/2 inch strip of felt in each
to make the handles a little sturdier
(it was thin cotton material and i think i wore this uniform for over a year)

so then i needed a lining
(ooooh i love this)
so i used this fabric i so love and hadn't decided what to do with
and used a leftover piece of the back of the jumper
to make a pocket

and i thought it was sad to lose the little girl scouts tag
so i sewed it on the pocket!!!

i'm giving it to my cousin
(a belated birthday present)
because we're going to start a daisy troop
including my daughter
and my cousin wasn't a girl scout as a child
so she said she wished she had "more history" with the program
so this can be her history!!!
it's a lot better than sitting in a box in the basement !!!
(i did keep my sash full of badges, though)

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / love love love - loving beatles fabric!!! on: October 02, 2008 11:50:43 AM
Okay. So my family went wild over the other beatles quilt i made (post titled: all you need is love and a beatles quilt - or something like that)
so i made this one for someone else

it's the same group of fabrics
here's a wide view

and this time i just put plain black on the back

but sewed with purple thread in diagonal lines
so i didn't sew through the circles
i did something totally different this time
i sewed the front and back together - leaving about 12 inches open on the bottom hem
for turning
then cut the cotton batting to fit
pinned it to one side (wrong side) of the fabric
then turned the whole thing right sides out
made sure the corners were pushed out
and pinned the whole thing together through all 3 layers
so it wouldn't shift
then went around the edges twice to lock it together
then started quilting the diagonal lines

probably took 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the whole deal
super easy!!!
(but wow - the fabric is marked up $2 more a yard at my Walmart!!)

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / only art because it's decorative on: September 22, 2008 07:57:50 AM
hi. i've never posted in this forum before. and i'm not pretending to be an artist, but i saw this ikea print and i kind of liked it, but kind of didn't. so i changed the idea a little and made this. i just happened to have a stack of small craft canvases (i think two are 4x6 and two are 5x8 - i don't remember)
anyway, i'm still not sure about it. but i like it better than the ikea one.

here is the inspiration
(the deer freaked me out) -- plus is is $80, so it just wasn't going to happen...

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / another black bag on: September 21, 2008 07:48:00 PM
Okay- this one is built a lot like the Amy Butler Sanibel bag - the dimensions are a little different because i just tried to use as much of the black floral fabric as possible. i have one square piece left.

it turned out kind of diaper-baggy, but that works out great for the recipient, who has two small children. AND, as luck would have it, she didn't have a bag for all the kids' stuff (kids always need stuff). So now they've got one.

it's 12 inches tall and about 16 inches wide.

and i used one strip of the floral fabric to top the inside pocket. i think that turned out pretty cool.

i don't remember the name of the stiffener stuff i used. they didn't have any fusible fleece at walmart when i went, and they had this - it's kind of like thick felt, and i bought it because i thought it was fusible, but it was not, and then my sewing machine fought with it a little bit on the corners where there was more than one layer of the inside stuff. i do like how it makes the bag stand, so i will probably use it again, i'll just have to snip the seams or something.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / all you need is love, i mean, a beatles quilt on: August 21, 2008 07:51:09 PM
i was wondering what i would get my cousin for his birthday this weekend
when i saw THIS fabric

(Paul is not intentionally cut out of the photo, i just had to show the awesome back!!)
the top is a panel-type fabric, and a yard and a half has 6 blocks (top and bottom rows are the same) I did not applique or piece this, it's exactly how the fabric is.
isn't it AWESOME?!?!?! I only stitched around each square, then up and down the lines on the side (it says "all you need is love") (awwwww)
and i attached some satin blanket binding (just because i thought the regular cotton bias tape at the store looked a little too narrow) (i don't make the stuff myself)
and fyi - there were 2 other prints at the store
so if your wally world has fabric - go check it out!!!

here is a little bigger photo

and here is the whole deal (well, almost)

and i told a friend about it, and she wants one just like it for her husband's birthday next month!!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / old-fashioned school banner ideas??? on: August 14, 2008 06:22:18 PM
i'm on a school committee and i want to make a banner to display at school events
i was thinking of trying to sew it, but i think the only way i could handle all that applique is if i used felt.
or would it be better to paint on canvas?
it won't be used terribly often (maybe 3 or 4  times a year) and usually only indoors
so it could last a long time, even if it's painted
just wondering if anyone had any other ideas for what i could do... or what would be the best choice...
thanks for your help
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / To post or not to post? that is my question on: June 20, 2008 08:26:35 PM
okay, so i made this cool project from a book.


when i posted my completed project, i listed the name of the book and the author. now someone wants me to post a tute for the project. but should i do that? it just doesn't seem right.

just looking for advice here. please let me know.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / black denim and toile backpack on: June 09, 2008 07:02:44 PM
this used to be a pair of black jeans and a pair of black gingham capris and about two-thirds of a yard of toile

(my cousin requested a toile and black purse, so i made a tote from these same ingredients - these were left over and since i started making these backpacks --
i thought this would be a good way to use them up) ---the project is from the book Sew Many Bags Sew Little Time by Sally Southern

on this one, i made regular straps (not adjustable - that's the next trick i'm going to learn)
--the other denim backpacks had straps made from the jeans waistbands

and here's the toile lining

as it's my 5th one, it went together pretty easily. two hours start to finish - including stringing through the drawstring (i hate that part, but i love the results)
a tad more elegant than the blue ones, but i still like it, and i bet she will too!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / even more denim backpacks!! on: June 08, 2008 06:51:40 PM
i couldn't stop myself from making more of these denim backpacks!!
(from Sew Many Bags Sew Little Time by Sally Southern)

these i made with fabrics i have had for a long time and didn't know what to do with them -- especially the jeans with these really great pockets

here's a closeup of the pocket

one is lined with a velvety poppy fabric (i think this picture looks gross, but i couldn't get a better one)

and this one is lined with a waverly cowboy print

like the other backpacks i did, these use the jeans waistband as the straps

i have no idea what i'm going to do with these
(well, i will have to find a home for the poppy one, but i think i'm keeping the cowboy one for my own self!! can you imagine? getting to keep something i made?!?!?!)

thanks for looking
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