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1  Re: cutting a knit -- help! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by jennybean on: December 14, 2007 01:57:57 PM
Thanks Miss Violaceous!

Here's a shot of the whole stocking (with old stocking, a.k.a. an orphaned sock my mom knit, in the background).

It's not so distorted yet ... it's once I fold the edge down and tuck in the excess couple of inches to finish the raw edge that it looks bad. But I'm encouraged by your ideas, so I'll look up steeking and hand-felting!

Maybe you're right though about being nitpicky. I know he won't care, but I don't want to look at this thing every year as is! I guess if the steeking is time consuming I could just do it after giving the original gift.
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2  cutting a knit -- help! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by jennybean on: December 14, 2007 12:53:20 PM
I'm making this stocking for my boyfriend for Christmas. This is the first year I think my handmade gift might actually utterly fail and I'll have to give it to him late (we're celebrating tomorrow).  Cry  Please Help!   Cry

Here's how the top looks now. The cuff is a couple of inches too wide, and since the yarn is bulky, folding it under distorts the whole shape of the stocking.

The cuff is already sewn on because I didn't really plan (I know, I know, but I am usually pretty good at improvising). It'll be hard to remove, and I have a ton of other stuff to do, so not much time.

What would happen if I cut the knit piece perpendicular to the rows of knit (so up and downwards in this photo)? Would the entire thing unravel, or would I have a little fringe? I could deal with sewing that under ... that's my hope.

I'm also thinking of throwing the whole thing in the wash and felting it. But that might come out really distorted!

I could give him this gift a little late ... But, does anyone have suggestions for rescuing this almost-finished thing? I feel like craftster advice could produce a better-than-planned item!
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3  Re: Gift wrapping ideas? in Winter Holidays by jennybean on: December 12, 2007 06:48:16 PM
i love these ideas! anyone have pictures?
i put my mom's document duvets in a duvet-shaped envelope made from a holiday-themed grocery bag. i covered the name of the store using a scrap of red fabric and then glittered it to cover up the raw edges. then i glittered her name too, because, well, is there such a thing as too much glitter?

yeah, and some sequins and sparkly trim (reusable!) on there, too! i can't get enough sparkly!
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4  little gal's apron and chef hat in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jennybean on: December 09, 2007 02:31:01 PM
I made these for my niece for Chanukah. She loves playing in the kitchen and dressing up.

No close-ups, because I was messy with the stitching, truth be told! (I don't think she'll mind!) But the outline of the top is piped, and the middle sash is made of extra-wide bias tape with interfacing on the back to stiffen it up, and that's piped as well. The neck is adjustable. Quite by accident, the body is too ... the measurements I was given produced an absurdly long apron, so I picked up the bottom and basted it in place. So if the kid is really that tall, I can let it down. Or when she's older if she's not sick of cooking. Wink

Close-up of the hat:

Yep, her name's Leah! The hat was made using these instructions, which were surprisingly good! I made the circle a little smaller since she's little. It's adjustable with velcro in the back.

Fun! I'm excited, because we were having a tough time finding her a good gift until her mom suggested this, and it came out well! Plus, I've been waiting to put this fabric to good use, because I think it's super cute.
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5  Document Duvet from Amy Butler's "In Stitches" in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jennybean on: December 09, 2007 02:11:56 PM
I love how these came out ... They were easy and quick, especially the second one! They're the first thing I made from the book.
They're for my Mom for Christmas, because she always seems to be working, and it makes her grumpy.  Tongue
I still need to add ribbon, but besides that, everything else was from my stash. Nice!

They're matching:

The whole things:
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6  Show off your gift wrapping! in Winter Holidays by jennybean on: December 02, 2007 09:28:15 AM
Wrapping gifts might be my favorite part of the Holidays.
Here's my first two gifts this year:

I used a bag from a news shop in DC, and added some letters spelling Merry Christmas on the bottom where the guy's newspapers are. And of course some sequins for sparkle. The gift is books, so I like the newstand theme. I might add some glitter to the dude's cigar, just for the heck of it.

I made a gift bag out of another paper bag from a shop, using grommets and some hem tape for the handle. I added the recipient's initials on mirrored discs in the corner.

I think the bag still needs a little something. I might add a hangtag from the handle with a snowflake or something ... We'll see!

(edited to make sense in this thread)
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7  messenger bag w. adjustable strap tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jennybean on: July 28, 2007 02:57:01 PM
hey all,

my boyfriend not-so-recently lost his man-purse, and i've been planning a replacement for a while. i recently found some ultra-cheap landscape fabric (my new love ... yum!) and it motivated me to get moving.

here's the finished bag, with landscape lining:

it's about the size of a folded newspaper, with an outside pocket for pens and inside pockets for stuff. (i'm thinking of adding an elastic strap for almost-empty coffee sippy mugs, because they always seem to leak everywhere when they run loose.) there are two buttons so it can be closed empty or full.

i looked on craftster for a while for info on how to make adjustable straps, and didn't find much, so i'm attempting a photo-less tutorial here. this is not going to be a fantastic how-to, but you might pull it off! my advice ... use a bra strap as a model. it seems mysterious, but becomes immediately apparent once you see it.

you need a D-ring (or plain old circular jumpring) and a square ring with a middle bar (like a buckle). the size of the square ring depends on the size of the strap. you need two widths of strap to fit through the square snugly, yet allow some movement.

one end of the strap should be fixed to the bag. (i prefer this end in the front.) attach the D-ring on the other side. grab the loose end of the strap and thread the square ring onto the strap, with the strap going over the middle bar. next, thread the strap over and through the D-ring. (in other words, past the body of the bag and back through toward the inside of the bag). pull the strap up toward the D-ring. fold the loose end of strap over the middle bar, and pin in place. now's a great time to play with the strap length. decide on the maximum/minimum distance you want the bag to hang, and pull through the correct amount of loose strap before trimming and sewing.

adjustable strap detail (front):

adjustable strap detail (back):
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8  food lover's restaurant journal (vegetarians be warned!) in Needlework: Completed Projects by jennybean on: July 28, 2007 02:19:15 PM
Hey all!

My boyfriend likes food, and we live in a city of a million restaurants, so he uses a notebook to store reviews and addresses and stuff. Whenever we go out and about, he brings it and we find great places to eat. Fun! He lost his old book a while back, and he seems at a loss to start anything new, so I made him a journal! We love to joke about how he loves pork, so it's pork-themed.

I started with a plain, white book that I rescued from the trash at my office.

I found this picture of pork cuts, printed it, and used a pin to poke guide dots through it onto the book cover. Then I drilled holes with the smallest bit I could find (1/16"). Then I embroidered (like a lace-up board!) and wrote P*I*G in iron-on letters. (gah! I never get iron-on letters straight!!!!)

I trimmed an old manila envelope as a folder to cover up the back of the stitching, sewed the cut side of it in red thread, and double-side-taped it to the back side of the front cover. (I put a thin layer of glue over it to prevent tearing and it's still wet; that's why it looks discolored in the photo.)

In the pictures the front looks a little sad and lonely, so I'm tempted to embellish it. In real life it's not so bad, but I still might. Maybe rick-rack or something picnic-y? Any ideas?

*edit* PS: I forgot its tail! How sad! I had forgotten to drill the holes because the clip art's tail was too complicated, and now I'm so bummed! I might tear off the folder and add in the tail, because I was actually pretty excited about it!
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9  Re: robots in spring! in The Swap Gallery by jennybean on: April 13, 2005 08:53:44 PM
here's what i got from paradisecrane today ... thanks again to her!

chimes that make neat sounds. there are washers and shells on it. who would've guessed? (i used the same ribbon in a different color on one of her cards, ha!) sorry for the craptastic photo of that one. and garden stuff for growing mint, with seeds, a pot and a marker stick with mr. robot on them. yay! double yay! everyone's stuff is so cool!
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10  Re: What would you make with these fabrics? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by jennybean on: March 31, 2005 07:04:39 AM
for the red one, i think some type of shirt, maybe a halter top, would be cool. or a belt, though the print seems a little big for it. maybe a wide belt? the tree one strikes me as a great lining for bags.

i have all kinds of fabrics that i buy and don't know what to do with. usually i leave them sitting in my stash, forget about them, and rediscover the perfect one when i'm digging for a project!

but here's one i would like some suggestions for:

it's a scrap. there is one continuous pillowcase-sized part and then some long strips that are about 8" wide. so i have to make some smallish things! any ideas?

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