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1  Dining room chairs for my first apartment in CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES by The_Futile on: December 04, 2009 05:00:13 PM
I am so excited to post this, it is my first challenge! (Lets hope the images come out right...)

I found four of these awful chairs at the local Goodwill for $4.49 each. The were not the prettiest chairs I had ever seen but I could tell they had potential. They had dried out cracking orange vinyl on the seats from the 70's and the varnish was chipped off of the wood. They were also missing screws all over the place and were covered with ancient gum on the bottom of the seats! These pictures do not do the "before" chairs justice!

This challenge was great because I just got my first apartment and badly needed a dining room set. I had picked up a table for a steal, but didn't have any chairs to go with it! I know several of the other entries are chairs as well, but this was a personal challenge to make something pretty on a tiny budget for my apartment as well. I manage to make these chairs for about $19.03!

Here is an opening shot for the thumbnail...

Here are the chairs before I ripped the orange vinyl off or sanded them down. Those steps took the longest, I wish I would have thought to take pics of those steps as well...

After I had them sanded, screws tightened, wood glued and removed the seats I primed them with the only stuff I had around which was this bright white KILZ

Finally, I ripped off the vinyl and replaced it with some awesome fabric from my stash and painted the frame with a couple coats of paint. I actually got the black paint for free a while ago with a promotion for a free pint of paint from Glidden (I sound like a commercial!). Here are the finished chairs in my first apartment! I painted them to match this craigslist table I found.
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2  Re: The Banner / Logo critique thread! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by The_Futile on: July 18, 2007 10:15:49 PM
I just started messing around with a banner idea for my soon to be (maybe?) etsy shop. I'm not positive I'll ever get it up and running, but I've fiddled some for the past twenty minutes nonetheless. Can you give me any comments/criticism on it? I'd really appreciate it. I will be selling items that range from quilts, resin crafts and jewelry, bags, clothes, accessories etc. I wish i could pinpoint my style for you, but I have no idea. I know it should reflect my merchandise, but I'd appreciate any advice on the basic design at the moment. Thanks.
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3  Duck Hunt Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by The_Futile on: August 25, 2006 10:31:19 AM
I decided to make this quilt as a gift about eight days before the recipiants birthday. It is the dog that laughs at you when you miss the ducks in the much celebrated game Duck Hunt. This was my first quilt and it was a bit of a pain considering the time limit and lack of experiance. It was done in 1.5" squares and is about the size of a twin bed comforter. I used the link another poster had up for a website that had video game characters drawn out on grid paper. It came together fast and i think it turned out pretty well. Classic nintendo pixels are perfect for quilts. Right now I just have the top done, but i was really excited to post it. Hopefully i can get more pictures up when i have a finished product. It is going to be backed and binded in solid black and i am going to stitch in the ditch for my quilting. I couldn't get any really good angles so excuse the edge of the coffee table and the wrinkles in the quilt. The flash made some of the fabric seem inconsistant colors but i think its just how the light hit it.

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4  Re: Easy Band T Makeover in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by The_Futile on: August 11, 2005 07:44:54 PM
Ok, ready for awesome Paint skills? I really made this shirt up as i went along but this is how it should be done to minimize mistakes i suppose.

Step 1. Cut off the neckline and sleeves (Be sure to save them!)

Step 2. Sew up the sides to make a simple tube top.

Step 3. Cut a long strip of other fabric, i used the camo. Make it wide enough to fold over and make a tube out of it. Make sure its long enough to fit around the top of your chest.  Make two other tubes of equal width for straps.

Step 4 & 5. Cut the bottom of the shirt off and reattach it to the top. Leave the cut end on top since you will finish it off with the contrast fabric (like my camo)

Step 6. Attach the contrast fabric. sew in the straps.

Step 7. Most sleeves have a hem on the bottom from the cuff to the armpit. Go ahead and cut that out. If yours doesn't just cut a straight line where it would be. You should have a big misshapen rectangle, one end much wider than the other. the wide end, which used to be the shoulder should now be at the bottom. Sew the original cuff to the straps only. because the top is narrower than the bottom it will flutter.

Hopefully that is comprehensible. Post if you have any more questions. I was in a rush when i drew this out.
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5  Re: I don't know what it's called, BUT I MADE IT ! (+2 & tutorial, pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by The_Futile on: August 08, 2005 06:38:39 PM
I made one too! I got a big mens shirt from VoA for $1! Yay! I made many many mistakes but the photo hides the flaws well. (ps: I also made the skirt) I really like it but its too short cuz i accidentally cut through the back while doing the front. My boobs are barely covered on the bottom of it! (Shhh, thats why i added the lace.It kinda makes me look like the lumberjack someone mentioned cuz im a little curvy but whateva i like it. )
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