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1  Pimp My Barbie Ride - Oh Yeah! (Warning - pict heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by hobijack on: November 02, 2009 10:33:58 PM
Hi there,

Just wanted to share my latest craft project which was a gift to my younger sis.

You see, we had many Barbies when we were kids and had some good memories. So, as an early b-day gift to my sis who happens to be 30 years old, I decided to gift her with a refurbished Barbie car we had that was in sad, sad shape after so many years in storage.

Original pict of Barbie corvette (missing windowshield):

Barbie car disassembled:

Barbie car discoloration after more than +20 years. You can still see the original pink in some areas where the rest faded into some wierd orange flesh color.

Barbie car parts spraypainted a metallic chrome:

Shot of Barbie car with new spraypainted body along with octopus stencil from Stencilry using a paint marker pen.

Interior shot of Barbie car. Tied black elastic to replace seat belt straps. Also glued piece of Google map where a radio sticker used to be to bring the car up to the 21st century (new GPS system). Also glued an old Barbie plastic radio and 80s cell phone to pass as a satellite phone. Steering wheel was replaced by a model car rim tire bought at a hobby shop.

Stuck on red rhinestone stickers to replace stickers for backlights. I decided to leave the Barbie sticker license plate because, well, it's still a Barbie car, right?

Barbies ready to ride their pimped out car. I put an old plastic hairdryer onto 1 Barbie's hand to make it look as though she's carrying a sidearm like a Mattel version of a Charlie's Angel but my husband told me that it still looks like a hairdryer!

I had a lot of fun doing this project despite the fumes of spraypainting outside. My sis loves it and promptly took it home after I showed it to her.

Please enjoy looking and should you have a project similar to this one, I would love to see it!
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2  'Hit and Miss' quilt for IKEA couch (7 picts) in Quilting: Completed Projects by hobijack on: October 30, 2007 08:16:42 PM
As a rookie to quilting, I decided to take the plunge and use the orange color of my IKEA couch as a source of inspiration.

As the weather is dropping, thought I could use a throw while watching TV. So, decided to finally use 4 cushion covers I bought at a thrift as a backing. Thought the orange ring in the bullseye matched my couch perfectly.

Then, proceeded to rip out all seams of the covers and sew them as panels.

Bought twin-sized batting (although the panels were considerably shorter and thinner than the standard-sized quilt), sewed it to the cushion cover panels, and then bought some fabric for the top.

Then, started to quilt through all layers by following the screen-printed bias pattern on the front fabric. Makes it easy to follow when you're new at this and don't have to worry about being completely off.

After being pleased with the initial results, thought it could use some binding. Didn't like the standard blanket satin binding and did not have the patience to make my own so I bought 6.5 yards of 2" ribbon.

Made the rookie mistake of completely panicking at the end of trying to miter the last corner and ended up cutting the ribbon short right at the corner. Luckily I had just enough to make a patch.

Quilted back:

Quilted front on couch:

Both sides seen together:

Future notes to self:
1. have more patience in learning how to miter corners and sewing on binding for blankets;
2. contrast stitching is not for the faint of heart. (Excuse: I did not want to invest in finding coordinating thread for the blanket binding because I have too much thread already. Similar colored-thread would have been less noticeable when sewing close to edge of ribbon).
3. Learn to live with crafting mistakes.

Despite the trial and error, the project was more or less quick (1 weekend plus an evening) and I'm happy with it despite the binding patch.
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3  Wall organizer from Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by hobijack on: October 25, 2007 10:03:36 AM
My version made from brown canvas. Thought it was too plain once I made it so I bought a couple of stencils and a white paint marker and started placing them randomly.

With some stuff in it.

Close-up of stencilled patterns. Tried to create some visual interest by breaking up the patterns over the pocket areas.

I think I would use these stencils again and if there was a different one available with smaller pinecones, the overall effect would have been different as I don't think the large pinecones nestle quite well.

In any case, I'm pleased with how it came out as I'm not a very good sewer.
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