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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: nursing/breastfeeding pads. on: July 14, 2007 05:31:31 PM
I'm not understanding the part with the thumbtack in the first paragraph.  do you think you could take a pic or explain in a different way?  This sounds like a great idea (says the pregnant woman!)  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Recon tshirt into toddler dress? on: July 04, 2007 03:02:36 PM
I know I've seen it somewhere around here.  I want to take a tshirt and make it into a dress.  There is something you do to the edges of the knit (shirt) to make it really "curly" looking.  Does anyone know what I'm taking about?  I think there was a general post about it or even a tute at some point.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Woo Hoo! My first shirt for my DD! on: July 02, 2007 06:33:37 PM
I'm not a clothes seamstress, but you guys have inspired me!  Usually I'm over in the Purses forum, but wandered over here one day.  Soooooooo here's my first item for my daughter who is 2.5 yrs old.

I started with a shirt of mine from the Gap that I no longer wanted.  But I really like the fabric and the pintucking, so instead of giving it to the 'ol Goodwill, I added it to my fabric stash.  Then today i realized I have nothing red-white-and-blue for her to wear in two days!  I thought about going to the thrift store and getting a shirt to reconstruct into a dress, but then found this in my stash.


It's a Gap, women's size small, so I knew there was no way to turn it into a dress.  As it was, I had to piece it just to make a shirt!  Here's what I made:


I used the existing pin-tucking from the back of the shirt for the top part of the front.  Then I had to piece it to make it long enough, so i did a french seam and ran some elastic through it for a bit of body.

On the back I did elastic smocking at the top (9 rows), then pieced it again and ran another piece of elastic at the same height as the front piece, only zigzagging this one on instead of running it through casing.  The straps are another strip of the pintucking folded in half.  They could stand to be a bit longer, but it works for now!

Here are a couple of action shots!


Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Working With Vinyl on: June 24, 2007 06:05:16 PM
You can also get a rolling foot (about $5.00) or a walking foot (about $25.00).  This way you can see where you are stitching.  Also, use the longest stitch length, short stitches close together could cause the vinyl to tear.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: how to embroider baby onsies? on: June 09, 2007 08:56:35 AM
I really like the one that I liked to above.  Can you explain to me what the different stitches are?  It says "running stitch" and "split stitch".

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with trying to have a little bit of the outside fabric inside on: May 28, 2007 02:46:27 PM
You could do it one of two ways:

1.  Cut your outside fabric taller than your inside fabric.  After sewing the to seam and turning, when you pushing your lining inside, some of the outside fabric will go with it.  Top stitch when it folds over.  How much taller you cut the outside fabric will affect how much goes inside.

2.  Make your inside piece actually made of the 2 different fabrics.  When cutting, just be sure to include your seam allowance for sewing the two pieces together to make it one.  If your lining (2 pieces sewn together) and outside pieces end up different sizes, trim one or the other to make them the same, then proceed with your bag.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Taking credit cards at just ONE craft fair? on: May 19, 2007 08:23:01 AM
You are right that it is not the virtual terminal.

This has worked out well for me.  I've never had any problems at all.  It's not terribly time consuming, only about 1-2 minutes MAX per transaction, definitely worth it.  At my last show I sold over $500 that I might not have if I didn't take CCs.

It's the only "no-fee" way to do it that I've found.  Everything else is going to charge a set-up fee or monthly fee or cancellation fee.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Taking credit cards at just ONE craft fair? on: May 17, 2007 12:52:25 PM
I have a business Paypal account and can process credit cards through my account.  Having a business Paypal account is free (no monthly / yearly fees), just the regular fees charged for each transaction (3% or whatever it is).

In order to process credit cards, you only need a quick-n-dirty website (one page) that you can use to put an item into an online "shopping cart", this is integrated with Paypal, so when I click "buy now" I am then directed to the Paypal website where I input all the customers information and complete the sale.  There are instructions on the Paypal website about this:


I made a quick paper form that I take with me to fill out while at the craft fair.  Then I input all CC orders when I get home.  If the fair has wireless internet and you have a laptop, you could take your laptop and process them immediately.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square vinyl asian-print toiletry bag on: May 16, 2007 08:12:52 PM
Love it!  That is adorable!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Backpack Fabric? on: May 16, 2007 05:26:31 PM
I would go for a cotton duck or outdoor canvas material.  Most of those are going to be a solid color, so kinda plain, but you can dress it up additional fabric accents wherever you want, in whatever fabric you want.  Smiley
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