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11  Cheap, Quick & Cute fabric covered coffee tin Jack-O-Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by nasty_wench on: October 28, 2007 06:39:20 PM
Yes, another boredome craft!

Made on a graveyard shift at work. I had very few supplies at hand. A few old coffee tins and a bit of scrap fabric, bias binding, fabric marker, double-sided adhesive and some glue (OK, so maybe I had a few more supplies with me then most chicas carry).

I was going to use them as indoor planters but didn't get around to the greenery this week. So, I guess I'll use them as my candy dishes on October 31st.

The idea just hit me to make some Christmas gift containers in the same way. Well, without the faces. Heh heh. I mean like cool flour sack fabrics and ribbon or something. You know, reusable gift containers.
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12  Re: Fill a Coffee Cup or Mug Swap! in The Swap Gallery by nasty_wench on: October 22, 2007 05:19:45 PM
YAY! I got my package today from T-Dub.

Here's a group photo of all of the goodies:

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13  Re: Fill a Coffee Cup or Mug Swap! in The Swap Gallery by nasty_wench on: October 18, 2007 04:41:59 AM
I haven't heard from my partner since the 10th.  Cry

I see from the tracking number that the package was delivered to my Swap Partner in Washington State so I guess it's okay if I post pix of what I sent her.

My partner T-Dub and I made some special arrangements. She requested a tea cup and saucer instead of a coffee mug. Her favourite colours are neutrals and she and I both thought about making a craft kit to send would be a swell idea.

I started out by purchasing an adorable shabby chic style tea cup and saucer from a second hand store. I couldn't find anything in neutrals, so I went for a more British/ traditional cup set.

I made two craft kits for T-Dub: make your own ribbon necklaces kit (enough supplies to make two necklaces) and a make your own fabric covered button pony tail holder kit (enough to make two polka dotted holders).

Using the pattern for the No Cash Wallet from bend-the-rules SEWING, I made my Swap Partner a wallet in neutral tones: brown and yellow sunflowers on the outside, and dark brown on the inside).

Although not in her chosen colour scheme, I added a fabric embellished clothespin (to hold note together) and a clothespin doll.

I stuffed in various fruit-flavoured teas made by Celestial Seasonings (she had said she liked the taste of fruity teas). And I packaged it up in a small, multi-striped box.

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14  Re: Swatch portraits = lovely, cheap art idea. in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by nasty_wench on: October 08, 2007 12:25:10 PM
virginiawoolf I LOVE your fabric choices. Very happy.

LauPre, I know you commented on this a while back so you may not be interested in it now. However I made mine today and just cut the fabric really close to the frame. In the odd place, I tacked the fabric down with an incy-weency strip of ye olde duct tape.

Must say, I'm addicted! I needed a splash of colour on this wall so I made two today and will make a few other smaller ones this week.
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15  Boredom Crafts *w/photo* in Completed Projects by nasty_wench on: October 08, 2007 12:12:59 PM
OK, every one knows what I mean. You're bored, there's some plain object sitting in front of you. You decide to add paint, paper or glitter to the item.

It's a boredom craft.

Everyone's made one.

It's never super great. But it helps to pass the time.

Ladies and Gentleman, in the spirit of the Boredom Craft, may I present to you, my souped-up clothespin!

Yup, sure was a long day. Grin

I'd love to see other Boredom Crafts. Post 'em here Chicas and Chicos!
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16  Re: Fill a "Coffee" Cup/Mug Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED ; MAIL BY 10/10/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by nasty_wench on: October 08, 2007 09:37:24 AM

T-Dub's package is done!!!

I'll be mailing tomorrow Chickadee!
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17  Re: Fabric Covered Buttons TUTORIAL (NO KITS)!!! in Completed Projects by nasty_wench on: September 28, 2007 10:17:21 PM
I just used the tutorial to make a fabric covered pony tail holder!

But instead of a button, I used a penny and a layer of felt!

There are so many projects that can be enhanced with your method.

Love it!
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18  Re: Sew What! Skirts: 15 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by nasty_wench on: September 20, 2007 10:27:54 PM
I know this is an older post, but I think it's time to re-energize it!

sew what! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics is so great. I got it from Amazon about a week or so ago. I was intimidated to make anything from it as the book instructs the reader on methods of drafting a pattern based on one's own measurements. A daunting task, I figured.

So, after I got over some PMS, I sat down and actually read then re-read the directions on how to take my proper measurements, the how to draft my pattern.

I made a decision to try one of the fast-to-put together skirts: the Breezy Beach Wrap.

Remembering a good tip from (I think the SEW U book) I drew a quick idea of what I expected my project to look like. I glue in a fabric swatch and snip of the aqua bias binding I was to use. I also glued in a photo of the finished version.
better photo here at the sew along

I just purchased a bunch of vintage sheets and thought I'd use a piece of one of them for my skirt: if it worked out I'd have a pretty funky looking mini and if it didn't, I wouldn't be grouchy about wasting expensive fabric.

Well, it was simple to draft the pattern. And I must say THIS SKIRT FITS LIKE A DREAM! It's completely tailor-made and it looks that way on me (which is not an easy task for my body shape.)

The fabric, I think is reminiscent of Lilly Pulitzer. Yeh!

Of course I have plans to make a million more. And I'll probably make slightly modified ones as gifts for some friends too.

This book is awesome! Don't shy away from it.

I do think a bit of sewing experience would help with some of the terminology, but you could easily source any questions you had online.
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19  Re: Sew Along: "Sew What! Skirts" in Clothing Sewalongs by nasty_wench on: September 15, 2007 04:48:10 PM
Yeh, this book has moved into my top 3 fav crafting/ sewing books of all time.

May I present to you, the best fitting skirt I have ever owned? Made from the directions in sew what! SKIRTS.

It fits to a T, and was made from a thrifted sheet.

It cost me about 50 cents to make it (I used a pack of thrift bias binding on it too).
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20  I love freezer paper stencils! Now with WORKING *w/photos* in Stenciling: Completed Projects by nasty_wench on: August 31, 2007 10:49:50 AM
Nothing too intersting here with these designs. They are very basic, but they were a lot of fun to make.

I made my first freezer paper stencils this week.

The first was a test. I used to have a T shirt with "Babie" on it in "Barbie" font. I don't have a clue what happened to it, but I have missed it.

So once I found out about freezer paper stencils, I made a test try on some unbleached cotton. I love how it turned out. Of course, you can see the snag on the letter e as I tore the paper off before it was 100% dry (beginner's patience's).

And this is the first T stencil I made. It was for my student at work. He chose the idea, not me. Wink

But I do like it, except you can see the paint brush strokes in it. Next time I'll know to do two lighter coats instead on one thick coat.
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