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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 62 ENTRIES / MARS; it's just not Earth. on: May 08, 2011 08:34:48 PM
I love it when you have a project in mind and you find the perfect fit for it in your overwhelmingly excessive stash. Problably not that surprising since your stash is... overwhelmingly excessive. This tote is made from a recycled sewing attempt, vintage thread, paint and markers and rope that I already owned. Made to carry anything and everything.

I decided to go tongue-in-cheek with this challenge, so there's a little less green and blue than there would and/or should be. I mean it more as a tribute and an eye-opener, but with a subtle message with handwritten lettering and a simple image.

Mars--it's really not that great!

Earth--it really is!!

Thank you for looking Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Twisted reversible crochet cowl on: January 07, 2011 08:01:06 PM
I made this cowl for a final project for one of my classes this last semester, but more importantly I also made it for this challenge!  The planets aligned just right for me to get two birds with one stone. This cowl is done in single crochet with two strands of navy acrylic yarn with two patterns of cabling and is finished with a twist in it. The snowflakes and scalloped edges are crocheted with white cotton thread. I love love love the cables, it's just a series of interlocking loops instead of double crocheting around the posts, I think it looks much more attractive!  Sorry for the crummy pictures, the cowl is still sitting in the classroom to be picked up. Oops!

Its super soft and cuddly Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cute ruched cardigan (super easy to make!) Temporary tute up (pic heavy) on: February 04, 2009 03:36:25 PM
I made this quite a while ago but I think that it is cute and it's so easy to make--I thought maybe it would inspire some crafting. It's based on a cardigan from Anthropologie from a year (a couple years?) back. I remember it being called the Mountain Cardi, or something. But it looked like a simple recon and I didn't really feel like dishing out the dough anthro felt it was due. So here it is!

I think it looks very sweet, and it frames the bust veeerrry nicely, if I do say so myself.

If anyone is interested in how to make it, just let me know! It only takes, like, twenty minutes to make. Awesome!

Okay, so, I got so excited that people wanted to know how to make this (you know how dogs get really excited that new people are here and they kind of pee a little? yeah) I started making the tute right away instead of in the morning. And in doing so, I made a couple of errors. I will attempt to steer you away from the errors I made, and maybe I'll put up a correct tute later on.

Okay, materials needed!

A shirt, scissors, and ribbon (and sewing machine or deft fingers). A thicker sort of ribbon would be best, I think. Now, the shirt. If you have a super baggy shirt, you will need to downsize it a bit. I'll find a tutorial for downsizing shirts and edit this post later. The best sort of shirt to use would be one (longsleeved or short sleeved, your preference) that fits you but is not glued to your waist. A boxy kind of shirt would be perfect. Make sure, also, that the shirt is relatively light-weight. I used very light weight jersey knit. A very thin sweaterknit should work too.

Mistake number two was that I cut the shirt wrong. Here's the original and my goofed up one.


I cut waaay too much out of the second one. The shirt was too small to begin with (that was mistake number one), and this just made things worse. So... don't do that! You should cut your shirt like this:

BUT NOTICE! I used the wrong kind of shirt for the shrug here too (much too tight!), I just used it to show the correct cut. To cut your shirt, start up the middle and gently curving go all the way around the collar. Okay, going back to my original tute photos.

Step two: turn the raw edge under and pin, about 3/4 of an inch in all the way around.

Step 3: sew along the edge of the folded edge, so there's room for the ribbon. I recommend using just a regular machine with a good ole straight stitch. There's really not much need for stretch, as it's just going to get bunched up anyway. If you're going to serge it, then you will stitch where I've got my fingers pinched (by folding it over the other way):

It might not ruffle as nicely if you serge it, but I haven't tried it so I can't be sure. After it's all sewn, you'll have something like this:

Don't get stressed if the knit got a little distorted here and there. No one will be any wiser after it's all bunched up.

Next, bust out the ribbon!

To get it through the shirt, I taped it to a knitting needle and fed it through. That made it pretty easy. But if that won't work for you you can still use a big needle.

Once it's through, cut it off however long you want. If you want the size of the bow I have on my shrug, just cut it off an inch extra on each side. Tie some knots in the ends to keep them from wiggling back in.

After that, put the shirt on and pull it up tight to your desired height. Tada! Ruched shrug! Easy peasy. Except for me, I guess. Here's mine, if you want to see what yours should not look like when you're done


If you're feeling brave (and are a night owl!) feel free to try it now, but I'm pretty sure Ill be attempting this in the morning when I'm fresh as a daisy. I'll take new pics then, too.

Sorry for the pic overload, I tried to size down any ones that weren't vital.

If you do attempt this, I would love love love to see yours! Feel free to post it here. Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / T-shirt for my man (from scratch!) on: February 02, 2009 08:58:17 PM
Oh boy this is my first craftster post. I have been hanging around and mooching ideas for well over three years now. It's time I started giving back!

So I made my boyfriend a tshirt blanket of his beloved shirts that dated back to highschool and beyond for his birthday (and when I say made I mean it's still not completely finished and his birthday was three weeks ago. But we all know how that is, right? ...right?).  These shirts were so old and ragged, they were seriously falling apart. Examples!

He had to wear it for it to get to that point. In public, I'm sure.


Since they were of considerable sentimental value, I made them into something that will last for a good decade or two, but that's for another post. Basically, I used up quite a few of his shirts and his wardrobe needed replenishing. (He only has, like, ten shirts.) So I made him one!

This is it on my dressform. A little big for me! But (almost) perfect for this guy-

(Look at how proud! It makes me so happy!) I say almost because I made the shoulders a bit too long. I went by one of the shirts I cut up and apparently it didn't fit him as well as I thought it had. But I am still very happy with the end result! Here are some details of the hem--I hand stitched it to give it some stretch.

(He is totally flexing)

This is the first shirt I've made completely from scratch and I am pretty happy! You know you did okay when he'll wear it out in public, right? He even wants me to make him another!

He knows just what to say to a lady craftster.

Sorry for all the hot air. I would love to know what all of you think!
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