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1  Reconstructed folding laundry hamper to lingerie bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kacarrol on: January 08, 2011 04:31:30 PM
I have a ton of these folding laundry hampers from the various job fairs and vendor shows I've been to:


After a while the bottom rips out and the wires break. So I cut the mesh out of the sides and sewed them back together to make lingerie bags for washing my delicates in.

Here's the after pictures:

And the bag with a wash cloth in it to demonstrate:

For those interested, I used cloths pegs to hold the two layers together while I sewed because I didn't want to take the time to try and pin it (it didn't need to be a beautiful seam anyway!) and a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. To finish it off I added a length of yarn I had laying around as the draw string.

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2  Viking vs Regent opinions and advice in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by kacarrol on: October 17, 2010 02:26:13 PM
Hey Craftster folks,

The problem is I have two sewing machines and have to get rid of one of them. I am very new to the sewing universe and was hoping to get some advice from you as to which one is the best one to keep.

First up on the chopping block we have a Viking, its one of the ones that tucks away into a table and it's operated by using the side of your knee. I think it was built in Canada around the 1970's.

The second machine is a Regent. It's operated by a foot pedal and comes in a case (it's supposed to be portable but weighs more that the table sewing machine). It's belt driven.

*edit to add photos and comments*
I finally have some photos to post on this. I've tried looking for these machines online but have not had much luck.

The viking:

The regent:

Let me know what you think?

Thank you for the comments. I am leaning more towards the Viking, I've become very attached to it but on the other hand I haven't really used the Regent much.
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3  Batman's Poison Ivy Costume in Halloween Costumes by kacarrol on: November 04, 2008 05:59:45 PM
My sister wanted to be something a little sexy for Halloween and settled on Poison Ivy. We were on a bit of a tight budget and really lucked out on this one.

Here is a picture of the finished product:

And now a bit of a description:

Our first stop was at the second hand store, we came away from that place with a pair of white nylons for $0.25

We went to the mall. We were really hoping to find a body suit as that would be the easiest. Our back up plan was to sew a top and a pair of underwear together. I dragged my sister into La Vie En Rose just as we were about to give up on the body suit idea. After asking for them it turns out they had one left in storage in the back, it was only $7! One of the plastic sliders on the strap was broken, so I talked them down another 10%. Originally it was in the range of $30.

Then we tried to find leotards (thick panty hose, a lot like leggings) for the bottom of the costume. Ideally we wanted green ones, no such luck. We ended up buying white ones, $2.00. We found these at Ardenes, which is costume jewelry store. Some clip in red hair caught my eye here. On further investigation it was on sale at 5 packages for $10, so we bought them.

Then over to Michaels. There we got five bunches of leaves, they were on sale 75% off, and cost only $5 per bunch. We also bought some kelly green RIT fabric dye.

We took all of our findings home and brewed a pot of dye on the stove. The two pairs of panty hose went in. The pair of panty hose from the second hand store just would not take the dye, my mom donated a pair and they matched the colour of the leotards almost perfectly.

I feel the need to warn everyone reading this that weird things happen when you have a pot of dye on the stove, some how we ended up dyeing anything that was lying around that was white. It's VERY addictive...lol...here is a pic of some of the stuff drying:

I cut the leaves off of the decorative bunches making sure that the stems were cut off too. At first I tried sewing the leaves onto the body suit, but that took a really long time. I have also discovered that the suit stretches A LOT and not uniformly so the person must be wearing it to ensure proper leaf placement. My mom suggested stapling the leaves, we have a long handled stapler around and ended up using that, this took a good deal of care and you have to be very comfortable with each other for this process! This part took a couple of hours of work, with some breaks thrown in there.

The legs of the nylons were cut off from the tops. I cut small holes in the toe area of the hose to accommodate fingers and the thumbs of each hand. I had my sister put on the gloves and went around each hole with clear nail polish to be sure that the panty hose wouldn't run.

My sister just wore a pair of black knee boots she had. She bought some cheap green eye make up and did here own make up.

Et Voila!

Whew...that was a lot of typing. Happy (post) Hallowe'en!
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4  Where's Wenda? Costume! in Halloween Costumes by kacarrol on: October 28, 2007 03:34:43 PM
Here is my sisters halloween costume this year:

She is Wenda...Waldo's girlfriend!

She got a white toque and sewed a red band on and attached a pom pom. She bought a pair of glasses at the dollar store and popped out the lenses. You can't see it in the photo but she wore a jean skirt with red and white striped knee highs.

Hope you enjoyed!

Now I just have to finish my own costume...


She said that she had bought the shirt, but I'm not too sure where from.
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5  Frosted Lariat *Edited to add links to semi-instructions* in Beads: Completed Projects by kacarrol on: December 11, 2006 07:54:23 PM
I have these blue beads that I just love the colour of. I have tried so many times to make something out of them but end up not liking it enough and taking it appart. Here is my latest attempt, I think I will keep it.

The main part of the necklace is clear seed beads then there is a white fibre optic (cats eye) bead then the frosted bit is made up of white and blue seed beads.

Thanks for looking!

modified to add comments Dec 12/06 1:20pm
I used the "branch" or "coral" beading method on the ends, the middle part of it are just beads on a string.

I think this would look really good if iridescent-clear sequins were used on the ends of it in place of the blue beads, I also think it should be a bit shorter...will have to try and shorten it tonight.

Here are some links to tutorials on "branch" or "coral"  fringe beading:

Branch Fringe

Russian Frost Earrings

I think that a good length for the necklace would be to measure around your neck, double this then add about 8 inches.

Hope that helps!

Thanks for the compliments and feel free to ask anymore questions!
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6  three tree of life pendants in Beads: Completed Projects by kacarrol on: December 01, 2006 07:43:55 AM
First one is a mix of green seed beads and bugles. This is done on a galvanized steel wire hoop (so it is silver coloured not coppery like the picture shows).

The second one is a mixture of coloured beads with a general teal colour theme. The beads are all different shapes. Sorry the image is a little fuzzy, my camera refused to take a clear shot!

And the third one is made with cast metal leaf beads and some pink Czech glass beads that remind me of coral. This is a really heavy pendant, but probably my fave. Although I think of it more as a shrubbery (Nee!).

Thank you for looking!
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7  Amber coloured floating necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kacarrol on: August 18, 2006 03:10:39 PM
Hey all!

I've been working with bead for years but this is my first necklace working with tiger tail and crimps. I used amber coloured cubit zirconia and swarovski crystal. I made matching earrings too.

Here is the necklace and earrings:

and here is an action shot:

Thanks for looking!
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8  Rice paper lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kacarrol on: December 22, 2005 10:48:13 PM
My friend had an iron lamp that had no shades and was missing the cups that hold the tealights, since I'm very low on dinero this year I "borrowed" the lamp frame from her and made rice paper shades to put in it. I know that she loves MC Escher and dragons, so I found this great website that had a pattern of tessellating dragons and drew it on the bottom of the shade, et voila!

I had some photo matting left over from a project last year. So I measured out the size of panels I would need, cut them out of the mattings then measured an offset of 1cm and cut out the middle of the panels. Then I cut pieces of the rice paper about 1cm bigger all around then the panels. I mixed mod podge 50/50 with water and brushed it onto the paper, wrapping the excess paper around the panels, then it was a painstaking process of drying and pressing the panels to keep them flat.

When all of that was done I used a fine paint pen to draw the dragons on the bottom of the panels, then I was afraid of candles lighting the whole thing on fire. So I binded a string of lights together with string and attached it to the inside of the frame. Took it over to my friends house. Think she liked it.

Inside of lamp:

Overall lamp with lights on:

Close up of dragons on the bottom:

I am pretty certain the tessellation design was from here: http://members.cox.net/tessellations/index.html

Either way this guy has some very nice stuff which I will likely purchase next month. :-)

Happy Holidays!
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