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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Chicky and Ball on: Today at 08:23:12 AM
Hi Craftsters,

As part of a basket full of baby gifts I made this Chicky (NOT my own design) and Ball (my own pattern).

If you follow my work, you might have seen Chicky before.
I made her several times over the years.
The very first time was back in 1984, when I was pregnant with my son.
The pattern came from a Dutch magazine.

I also made plenty of these balls over the years.
I used my own pattern for them. It is stuffed ball, with a bell inside.

Here they are one more time together (since I had so much fun with the photo shoot).

I hope you like them.
Kind regards,
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Baby gift basket (I made the lining) on: April 17, 2018 02:56:00 PM
Hi Craftsters,

I made the lining for this store bought picnic basket out of 100% natural Scottish linen.

I then filled it with lots of handmade baby gifts for our neighbors who are in their mid thirties and just had a beautiful little baby girl.
I will post each of the individual projects on their own in the coming weeks.

I had no pattern for the lining and basically just winged it.
I'll try and explain how I did that.

1. I laid a piece of pattern tracing paper on the bottom of the basket and with my hands pushed it into the edges of the bottom part. I then took out the piece of paper, folded it twice and cut the corners. This way all four corners were the same.

2. I used that pattern piece to cut out a piece of foam and two pieces of fabric. I made the fabric pieces about an inch bigger all around. I then sandwiched them, with the foam in the middle en basted along the edge of the foam, pulling it as flat as possible between the layers of fabric, so I could sew closely around the foam.

3. For the sides I measured around the bottom part and around the outer part of the top.
I also measured the height, from the bottom until around the top edge, including extra height to make a tunnel for the cord. I made sure I had a little extra width, because the sides would not be a perfect fit and I needed room for random pleats.

4. I made two halves and sewed them together in the middle, at the side of the basket.
I then sewed the entire lining to the bottom part.

5. I cut out parts for where the fabric needed to go around the handle (on both sides). And I cut a strip of fabric that I used as a bias binding to sturdy those holes.

6. I then made the tunnels for the cord.

7. I made the cord by cutting long 4cm wide strips of fabric, folding the outsides towards the middle (1cm each) and then folding the strip again with the edges on the inside. That way I got a flat cord of 1cm width.
I cut extra cord to attach the lids to the basket (the store bought basket had ugly plastic/metal attachments that I didn't like).

8. I used a safety pin to push the cord (cut in half) through the tunnels, one on each side of the basket, finished the edges with zigzag stitches and tied them into bows.
This way the fabric lining can be removed to be washed.

9. I used the extra cord I made to attach the lids to the basket. That wasn't as easy as it sounds, because there was very little space to push them through. I tied them into knots and secured the knots with a couple of hand stitches.

English isn't my first language, so I hope nothing got lost in translation.
If you still have questions, feel free to ask!

I hope you like my basket with home made lining.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 'Welcome Baby' Cards on: April 06, 2018 02:17:15 PM
More cards...

Basically a simple card design. With real (paper) bunting.
A bit fiddly.
Just stuck the bunting down with those double sided tape squares you use for photo's, but cut them into smaller parts.
Then cut the bunting off at the edges of the card.
Added a little paper glue where needed (bare thread ends, etc.).
The text is store bought letter stickers (old stash, can't find them for sale anymore).

'Welkom' is Dutch for 'welcome'.

I hope you like them!

Feel free to copy the idea.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Airplane Cards on: April 03, 2018 10:23:53 AM
I proudly present my airplane cards:

I was looking for an idea for cards for men/boys and came up with airplanes.
I found some silhouettes online, did some editing, mainly resizing, in Photoshop and printed them. I then traced them on recycled cardboard, cut those out and used them over and over again as a template.
Like I said in a previous post, I don't use fancy machines, just recycled cardboard templates (even for the sun and moon), pencil and scissors. And double sided sticky foam tape for the 3D effect.

You can find a picture of my airplane templates in that previous post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454623.msg5485110#msg5485110

I made the 'moons' out of mother of pearl colored cardstock.

A different shape airplane. I made more of these too, but didn't take any more pictures.

I hope you like them.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Cards (and Heart Cards) on: March 30, 2018 08:49:55 AM
Hi everyone,
I have made dozens of Butterfly Cards in the past few years.
Here are a few examples:

I drew a simple design of a butterfly on recycled cardboard (cereal box), cut it out and used it as a template over and over again.
(To make sure the butterfly was the same on both sides, I drew half of it on a piece of paper that I had folded in half, cut it out, folded it open, and then traced it on the cardboard.)
For each card I traced and cut three of those butterflies out of some fancy kind of paper.
I also decorated the card with some fancy kind of paper.
This is a nice way to use up your paper scraps.
I carefully scored the backside of the butterflies with scissors at the sides of its body, folded the wings forward and only glued the body part of the butterflies to the card, with a simple paper glue.

Feel free to copy this idea!

Edited to add the next day:
A variation, with hearts instead of butterflies.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / my Table Garden on: July 04, 2017 10:54:16 AM
I started this project because I am unable to work in our big normal garden as a result of health issues.
And also to perk up the boring stretch of asphalt between the back of our home and our garden.

I designed the tables and a nice local carpenter made them for me.
They are made from the same wood as the fence behind them. So eventually they will get the same color.

Then I kept buying more and more pots, tools, herbs and flowery plants.
Now I need to grow a green thumb...., LOL.

My Marc uses the herbs for his cooking.
The big window you see is our kitchen/dining room window.
It now has a beautiful view!

More pictures in my online photo album:

I'd love to hear what you think of my table garden.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More bolster pillows (recycled jeans) on: March 25, 2017 12:05:18 PM
After making these previous two: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451111.0 (post contains turorial!), I now finished two more roll pillows, or bolster pillows, using recycled jeans (both 'legs' of one pair of jeans) for the outside covers.

In real life they are a darker, less bright, shade of denim blue.

I use them as a 'table' on my lap for a book, e-reader or puzzle book.
And also as a comfortable arm rest for when I lay/hang on the couch (I have fibro).

Even though I took these pictures in our living room, like with the other ones (because of more daylight) these will be used in my 'little home within our home', where I have a dark brown couch and light blue walls.

I hope you like them.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roll Pillows (with tutorial) on: December 21, 2016 11:16:09 AM
I made these roll pillows (my own design) for our living room.
I used an old bedsheet for the inside pillow, 2cm thick foam for filling, and curtain fabric samples for the outside.

As you can see, the free curtain fabric samples are a perfect color match for our living room. (Only one of the walls is a bright red. The others are taupe.)


Their length is 40 cm and their diameter is 14 cm.
If you want to make your own: the rectangular part should measure 40 x 45 cm.
Close the large part first.
Make sure to leave a large opening so you can get the stuffing in.
In my case the stuffing was a roll of foam (2 cm thick, 40 cm wide, 90 cm long).
I left an opening of 30 cm. So I just sewed 5 cm on each side.
Then sew on the side circles.
For sturdiness I sewed all seams twice.
Then turn the right side out and insert the stuffing.
I closed the opening by hand stitching (invisible stitches for the outside cover).

Tip: make sure you use soft foam. My pillows turned out too hard and I had to cut them back open and fill them with a softer material.

I have two inner pillows left, for another room, that I'll probably cover with recycled jeans.
Edited to add on March 25: here they are: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451948

I hope you like them.

Happy Holidays!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in dark green on: April 21, 2016 02:12:01 AM
Hi Craftsters,

This might get a little boring, but I made a 4th top from the same pattern!
This time in a (bluish) dark green.

The first one was burgundy red:
The second one was turquoise blue:
And the third one was a chocolate brown:

The newest one:

(Yes, my back has an odd shape.)

Sorry, but somehow there is never enough light for taking good quality pictures.

What do you think of this new addition to my wardrobe?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cotton jersey Top (long sleeves) in chocolate brown on: February 29, 2016 02:17:55 AM
Hi Craftsters,

I made a third top from the same pattern!

The first one was burgundy red:
The second one was turquoise blue:

And this third one is chocolate brown:

I again apologize for the horrible poor picture quality (due to bad lighting).

I am a bit surprised at how different the fabrics behave, even though they were sold to me as the same fabrics. The turquoise one is obviously wider than the other two. And this brown one is tighter than the red one.
It's not me, since I used the exact same measurements for all three of them (except for the added length on the blue one). Ah well, I love wearing all three of them!

I would love to know what you think of this chocolate brown one!
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