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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crochet superhero cape for dress up? how to? on: July 24, 2008 05:49:25 AM
Hey everyone!

Hope it's okay to ask a question. I'm trying to figure out how to make a very basic kid's cape for dress up. Something very simple, and preferably unisex. I tried winging it and increasing every other row but I ended up with a very feminine cape/bedjacket shape. I googled for some patterns, but I found a lot of feminine capes as well.

Any ideas? I'm thinking something like superman/batman with WW yarn. 
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Can you recycle safety doll eyes? on: July 11, 2008 07:33:40 AM
Hi yall,

My kids have a lot of old stuffed animals they'd no longer like and are too well love for charity or the thrift store. I make amigurumi/crochet dolls and I'm wondering if it's possible for me to reuse the safety eyes. I've tried this and the white plastic "washer" on the inside is VERY difficult to get off without damaging.

Does anyone know how to get the "washer" off without damaging it or using something else in place of it (something I won't have to buy)? My amigurumi/dolls I make aren't for children, for display only, so safety isn't an issue, my only requirement is that the eyes stay put inside the new doll.

Thanks in advance.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / recycle stuffed animal eyes? amigurumi on: July 10, 2008 06:27:29 AM
Hey yall Smiley

I was wondering if anyone knows if its' possible to recycle eyes from old stuffed animals. I tried, but the safety eyes are REALLY stuck on there by the lock "washer" (the plastic backing to the eye). Anyone know of an easy way to get the "washer" off?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Punk, unique item patterns? on: August 25, 2005 05:15:44 AM
Looking for patterns for punk kind of things or of the wall things. Have a sister in law who's totally punk that I need to make a xmas item for. She's peirced, tattooed, and has her very own fashion sense that is very cool. I wish I was so brave...

Know of any cool patterns that won't make her laugh at me?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for small beginners project that isn't a swatch? on: August 23, 2005 06:18:53 AM
I'm going to be teaching some beginners knitting classes in my home and need a project idea that can be completed in 2-1 hour lessons. I'm thinking maybe a small clutch? Any other ideas?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / fabric cutting help w/ rotary cutter on: August 22, 2005 10:12:56 AM
Hi everyone, new to the forum and sewing. Happy to meet all of you.

I'm having a major problem with cutting fabric. I've read some books and articles online about cutting fabric and tried most of the ideas I've come across.

I'm using a quilters ruler (the big plastic one with all of the lines, black one oen side and yellow on the other) and a rotary cutter. When I start to cut the fabric, the plastic ruler slides and the cutter goes with it, giving me a crooked edge on the cut fabric. I don't have the cutting mat to go with it, but I'm not sure if it will help keep the ruler on top of the fabric without sliding. I'm really having a hard time with this, and getting VERY frustrated!

I tried scissors but the edges were much more crooked.

Any ideas? Do I really need the cutting mat?


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