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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What would you do to prettify a camouflage jacket? plus a homemade patch idea! on: September 19, 2006 08:32:24 PM
Hi Craftsters!!  I really need your help!  My daughter (11) has been wanting a camouflage jacket ever since I found one for her brother  and put some homemade Star Wars patches on.  I'm so happy to say that I finally found one for her at Savers!!  Yahooo ... happy dance!!

The one I found must have been meant for a female because it has a simple contraption (lack of a better word) to emphasize a waist.  When I compared this to some other jackets, it didn't have it in the back.  So now I am doublely happy because it looks more feminine.

So now, I want to do something more to it to kind of make it prettier.  I've looked all over craftster, did web searches galore and even look at some store sites (hot topic, Macy's, etc.).  But no luck.

If I can't come up with any ideas, I am just going to make some patches (Naruto insignia) for her to put on her sleeves.  Speaking of which ...

I just thought I would share with you how to make some easy homemade patches.  First, you go to Walmart and in the sewing section, they have these rounded off rectangle patches with the iron-on backing meant probably for patching up knee areas in pants and stuff.  Well, grab that, it cost just a buck.  Follow a tutorial for stencils and freezer paper.  Iron your freezer paper stencil on patch, paint, cut out patch and iron on to jacket.

I was able to save $20 by making my own patches for my sons jacket.  We found two cool Star Wars patches on the website but it cost way too much money.  So I right clicked the image, save it and printed it on the freezer paper and made our own.

If I  knew how, I would post a picture of his patches.

Anyways, thanks for reading and I hope you have an idea to share!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Faux screen-printing and washable Elmers glue on: July 18, 2006 09:35:42 AM
I've been wanting to try screen-printing for a while and until I save enough money for a Speedball kit, I tried the ever so popular faux screen-print using the embroidery hoop and sheer curtain.  I had done a picture that my daughter drew but putting on the Modge Podge was a tedious job.  It came out okay for my first try (there were some holes that I missed).

What I've experiemented with is putting the washable Elmers glue on top of the lines that I want the paint to go through; waiting for it to dry; then I pulled off the top part of the spatula and used it to smear a thin coat of Modge Podge all over the screen; wait for that to dry; then I take the screen off of the embroidery hoop and run it under warm water to take off the washable Elmers Glue.  What's left is my design!

I was worried that when I peeled the Elmers glue off, some of the Modge Podge would also peel off but that didn't happen.  I've only tried this once so I can't say that this is a fool proof method but it was definately easier than using  a toothpick to spread the Modge Podge in all the difficult areas.

Has anyone else tried this method?  I'm curious to know how it has worked for others.

Screen printing is soo much fun!!
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Apron top pattern or tent dress pattern? on: January 13, 2006 09:31:20 AM
Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for an apron top pattern and/or a tent dress pattern?  I've done a search on craftster and found some lovely finished projects and some finished projects with no pictures (expired I think) but no one mentioned a pattern.  I've tried the hippiesew yahoo group which does have a set of written instructions but I'm afraid I need pictures/pattern Sad

My daughter would like me to sew Burda's pattern 9694 (http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=11432)
but has unfortunately outgrown the kids sizes.  It reminds me of an apron top style but longer and looks like an a-line shape, kinda of like "to long to be a shirt but too short to be a dress" length.  She would wear leggings/jeans with it.

If anyone could help me ... I would really appreciate it!!!

Thank you,
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