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1  Hipster PDA in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: December 04, 2005 05:25:02 AM

Hi all

I love the idea of a "hipster PDA" (if you don't know what that is, check out 43folders.com). So I made one for my sister. She can add and remove pages at will and it is covered with beautiful handmade silk paper.

Here is the cover and a couple of pages. If you want to see more, go to http://photobucket.com/albums/d90/clairekelly1977/hipster%20pda/



Thanks for looking!

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2  Magnetic sleep shrines in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: December 04, 2005 05:06:04 AM

I am a lifelong insomniac. I made these cute magnets as a tribute to the gods of sleep.

they contain a small amount of an awesome looseleaf chamomile tea that i rely on, a tiny tag, and a sleeping face. the stars are glued onto the outside.

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3  7Gypsies nude bracelet kit, completed and so cute in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: December 04, 2005 05:02:29 AM

Okay so I am a 7G addict, okay?
You can buy this bracelet blank and put whatever you want on it. I used the background from a spread in a magazine.

Love it!

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4  Amy Butler's ultimate crafts tote - picture heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: December 04, 2005 04:57:19 AM
Hey all!!

I LOVE this pattern. I have made three of these bags now. The first one I made for myself, and here it is:



With the tool holder opened up:

Sooo.... the first time it took about 16 hours. Yes, don't laugh. I think the reason is that Amy is really good at aiming her instructions at newbie sewers, and writes a LOT of detail. Good for newbies definitely but I kept finding myself overthinking things.

So, number 2, made for Bells (she's on craftster too):

Front: (you can see the pin cushion which tucks nicely inside the pocket)


with the tool holder open:

Important note at this point: the instructions say you should use grosgrain ribbon for the tool holder strips, so that's what I used the first time. However, that is dumb. it doesn't hold anything. So for this one and the next one I used elastic which is DEFINITELY the way to go.

For Bells I also made a knitting needle roll and a notions purse.

So here is number 3, for mum for christmas:



Amy says you can use either fusible interfacing or cotton batting for reinforcement, but for each of these I hve used the fusible interfacing and a heavyweight (home decorating) cotton.

Anyhoo, I love Amy Butler's patterns. I have quite a lot of them. Tall Poppy Crafts sells some of them in Australia, otherwise check out www.amybutlerdesigns.com and see where you can get them. The bag has EVERYTHING you could want in a craft tote, whatever your medium.

Thanks for checking this out!


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5  My first quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:43:22 PM
Okay so It isn't quite finished... But i have to return the camera....

It's for friend's baby due this week!!!

GB xx
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6  ...and the award for cutest trousers goes to... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:37:12 PM
I made these from a pattern I cut from my favourite pants, combined with a clever trick tfor hipsters - cut the low in the front and higher in the back, you can avoid builder's crack no metter how low you have to bend over.....

The fabric is a lightweight stretch corduroy. It's a combination of total finishing and partial finishing so that there is a kind of old look to them...




I am just about living in them now!! They are that dorky length where they finish at the ankle. Oh, geekdom.

GB xx

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7  My two favourite new tops... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:33:56 PM
Hi all

Finally managed to borrow a camera so I'm on a posting frnezy today!!

Here are my two fave new homemade tops from bargain broderie anglaise:

Cut the pattern for the pink one of  a fvourite peasant top which is falling apart....

That is a freehanded pattern and no I didn't do the patchwork, I bought it like that....

I love them!!!!

GB xx

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8  Pretty framed stuff in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:31:12 PM
Here are a couple of things I have on my wall. The first one was the solution to "what to do with a few basically related yet completely dissimilar items":

Everything on there realted to my boyfriend's sister.

This is a drawing I did years ago. It looks nice against the dark background.

Doesn't take much to pretty up an ugly wall!

GB xx
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9  Lithographs on leather in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:28:18 PM
A while back someone esked what to do with leather and I mentioned some lithographs a friend made me. Here they are!


Sorry, no tute. I am simply not this clever or artistic.

GB xx
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10  Floor cushions in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by glitterbug on: March 23, 2004 03:09:10 PM
Here is a tute for floor cushions:

You just need rectangles of fabric.
I have a source of fabric which is remanants of couch fabric, upholstery, offcuts from curtains, etc. These fabrics work really well because they are TUFF and my covers cost about $4 Australian each to make.
My rectangles were 25" x 55".

First you need to hem the short ends. Double them over or they will fray in the washing machine and floor pillow covers REALLY need to be washed from time to time cause they get really dirty!!!

You fold them wrong side out so you have a 5" overlap in the centre of the back.

Then just sew up the open edges, leaving the overlap as a flap. Turn it right side out and voila.

Obviously the pillow is not 60 inches square - it is 60cm square which is about 24". Sorry.

Fastenings are optional. I haven't used any. But you can use ginormous cute buttons - just remember to do the buttonholes on the top side of the flap before you stitch up the sides or it will be hard. Or you can use velcro, or big snaps or whatever else you have lying around. I once made a big football shaped one for a friend's son and used eyelets and a big long shoelace to tie it up!!! Very rad indeed.



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