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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / color it pretty ... over and over again. on: March 16, 2008 12:40:40 PM
I was given this really large, really ugly sewing table awhile ago. I wasn't sure what to do with it. I already had a desk and didn't have room for more. I loved the idea of having a sewing table, but it was just too big. I don't have any before pics, but take my word for it, it was ugly. I got out the chalkboard paint and went crazy.

I can store all my wires under one side* and still use the other side for my sewing machine. I figured I can jot down measurements or notes while I'm working. I'm excited and can't wait to get to work.

My daughter and her friend demonstrated all over my desk for me. Not exactly what I had in mind, but they approve and thought my desk was cool. Making something a teenager thinks is cool is really hard to do, so I'm happy.

* for some reason, I can't upload any more photos. I have some of the cord storage. Oh well. I'll try later.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / two purses from pants on: February 24, 2006 03:56:12 PM
I made the first purse from a pair of cords a friend gave me.

I used another pair of pants for the liner ( see the pocket inside? ).

The back of the purse has a hidden pocket that was the side pocket on the cords.

This next one was for a friend of mine's birthday present. He wanted me to make him a messenger bag so I did. It is from old pants too and I used interfacing so it would keep shape and to make it more masculine.

The liner is material that his girlfriend thought he would like (he did).

thanks for looking.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pants to Yoga Bag (image heavy - with tutorial) on: January 17, 2006 01:54:59 PM
I was in a store checking out the yoga bags and they really looked like a pant leg to me so that got me thinking. I've made a ton of these. Everytime I'm at the thrift store I pick up drawstring pants. Here's the directions --- super easy.
Here's the finished product:

Here's how to do it. Find a pair of drawstring pants:

Cut them in half:

figure out how much of the pant leg you need and cut the top of the pant leg off. The leg will not be rectangular so cut it so it is:

Next figure out what is going to be your strap. Sometimes the pants come with really cool belts, but if not you can make one out of the waist or use a belt or get creative. In this case I used the waist of the pants.
Now cut a hole a couple inches from the bottom (the drawstring side) to insert the strap:

Do the same with the top half (you don't need to cut it because there is a hole from the trimming). Turn it inside out and sew it:

Now find some fabric from the top part that was cut off to make the base. I like to use the pockets just because. Cut that piece in a circle estimating the bottom and sew it. I use a pretty heavy stitch to make sure it will hold.

All done!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Jewel Case Wall with Tutorial on: July 27, 2005 12:21:06 PM
I recently went through my CD collection and put all of the CDs into books. I had all these leftover jewel cases and no idea what to do with them. I also have this area of a room as my office and I desperately needed privacy. I decided to make a wall and it turned out way better than I had expected (not to toot my own horn). I didn't discover this site (thank you razberryjam) until I had already started attaching the cases, so I only have pictures part way through, but you should be able to figure it out if you want to attempt this.

Step 1
*optional* Empty the middle part of the jewel case (the piece that holds the CD in) and clean the outside. I managed to break quiet a few in the process so be careful.

Step 2
Gluing the cases into tiled sections. This is the pain in the butt part. The cases do not always want to stay glued. I used hot glue and put 9 cases together. I had to take the pieces together first, then add a glue bead on both sides of the attached cases. *this is where I started taking pictures*

Step 3
Laying the tiles out and painting the design. I used enamel paint because ... well no reason I just wanted to. I know there is spray paint you can buy that will easily stick to plastic, but I didn't want to spray paint. If you want to use another type of paint you will have to prime and I didn't want to do that either.

Step 4
Now here is the really fun part -- the wiring. I used copper wire because I think it is perdy, but you can use anything you want. It just so happens that Jewel cases have these rectangular little slits in them that are perfect for wiring. I inserted the wire through the holes and attached the two tiles. Here are some pictures, but it's kind of a trial and error sort of thing. I just did my best. *started taking too many pictures about this point*





Step 5
Now hang it. I used the same technique for hanging with the wires as I did for attaching the tiles together. Here is a before and after of my office space.




Oh! And the backside is not painted so I can slip little notes, photos, or flowers into them. I might one day paint it too. We'll see.

I'll be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. Thanks
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