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1  gypsy skirt to dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mewyam on: August 25, 2009 05:17:01 AM
The plan was to make this:

Out of this:

An hour and a half later, I had this:

Another way to wear it:

I know this is just a simple recon, considering the many amazing things people here make, but I'm really happy with the result.



Photos of the Infinite-ness of the dress. Cheesy


Thanks to the lovely people who gave me the infinity dress idea. Cheesy


Here is a link to the mini-tutorial: http://boredandcrafty.com/index.php/2009/08/26/skirt-to-dress-mini-tutorial/

Thanks again Smiley
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2  trendy charging station in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mewyam on: August 23, 2009 05:17:23 AM
Well, trendy because of the trendy floral fabric I used. Cheesy

I made a charging station because I don't like seeing wires sticking out of sockets.

Initial piece was this:


I padded the bottom with neoprene foam to keep our mobile phones scratch-free.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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3  how to make a piano shoulder bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: August 22, 2009 11:08:52 AM

1. Black fabric (one measuring 12″ x 14″ and another that measures 8″ x 14″ For the sides, two that measures 14″ x 2″ and one measuring 12″ x 2″ for the bottom)

2. For the lining, cut two pieces measuring 12″ x 14″. For the sides, two that measures 14″ x 2″ and one measuring 12″ x 2″ for the bottom.

3. Black webbing for the straps (21″)

4. White fabric (measuring 4″ x 14″) for the white keys.

5. Ten rectangular pieces (.75″ x 2.5″) for the black keys.

6. Magnetic snap set.


1. Sew your white keys using black thread. Trace the white piece with black pen and sew over these markings. Do not worry because the pen marks will no longer be obvious after sewing.

2. Take your black keys and fold three sides. Then place them over the white keys. The narrow folded side should be positioned 2.5″ from one side of the white keys. The order is 2 black keys, one gap, 3 black keys, another gap, 2 black keys, a gap, and the last 3 black keys.

3. Sew the black keys onto the white keys. I find this to be the most tedious part. After this, you will be able to finish the whole bag in about half an hour.

4. Take your black 14″ x 8″ piece and place it on top of the white keys, right sides together. You will join the keys to the rest of the piano bag at this point.

5. Now the front part of the bag will already be complete. Attach the sides and  bottom to this piece to finish the outer part of your bag. Turn it inside out.

6. Take your straps and position them on the top part of the bag.

7. Attach magnetic snaps to your  lining. You may place a pocket as well.

8. Assemble the lining, leaving a gap at the bottom. Insert the outer part and sew together.

9. Pull the outer part through the gap of your lining.

10. Stitch the top part of your bag. Sew the gap of the lining. And youre done!

Congratulations, you just made a piano bag!

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4  reconstructed blouse to vest :D in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mewyam on: July 20, 2009 09:41:02 AM
Have you ever bought something online only to discover that you don't know how to wear the item? Here is a classic example.

While I love the feet-friendly convenience of shopping online, there are still times when I end up with items that I never, for the life of me, know how to wear. One good example was this perfectly tailored rust blouse. It looked good online and it looked wonderful when a friend fit it when it arrived by mail. Unfortunately, I could not shake  the feeling that I looked like a teacher off to give a pop quiz when I wore it.  My nerdy glasses and standard messy bun did not help.

So I made a vest out of the blouse Cheesy



I used part of the sleeves to make the ribbon. I also added buttons for a pop of color.

More photos HERE (http://boredandcrafty.com/index.php/2009/07/19/new-old-vest/#more-1233) for my attempts at styling.

Thanks for looking!
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5  aprons for a coffee shop in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: June 11, 2009 12:15:40 AM
A few months ago, a lovely lady emailed me and asked if I can make aprons for the baristas of her cafe. I said yes because a) I've always wanted to experiment on aprons, b) she was just so sweet and even mentioned that we went to the same university, and c) her cafe is in my province and it tickles me to think that my little part of the country now has a cafe with Wi-Fi.

I am a little bit sad that I will not be able to see them being used. I shipped them just this afternoon and they will arrive at Coffee Hub this Friday. I hope they will serve the cafe well. May they measure their worth by counting the coffee stains they have wiped. May they relish the sound of a coffee grinder in the middle of a quiet summer afternoon. May they be properly addicted to cookie crumbs and leftover cake icings.

Note: My passport was the only thing I could grab to show you how big the pocket is.

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6  kiddie aprons for art class in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mewyam on: June 01, 2009 05:37:30 AM
What are little boys today made of? Surely not snips and snails and puppy dog tails. Perhaps DOTA techniques and classroom brawl tales. Or skateboard adventures and sifting through SPAM mail.

I could continue writing and fill this post with all words that rhyme with tails but we all know that mommies love their little boys no matter what they are made of. Still, its best not to give them a chance to come home with spoiled clothes. So this particular mommy to a little boy I know asked me to make aprons for her sons art class.

[Aprons modeled by Totoro]

These aprons are ready for adventures in mess-making.

[Oh yeah, hop on over to my blog if you want to see how big Totoro is. I have a few photos of/with him on my homepage.]

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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7  purple and dotty and groove-y in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: June 01, 2009 05:31:54 AM
Its fascinating to observe the dynamics between married couples. Take this guy I know. He and his wife go to the office where I used to work. He never takes a bag with him. Most guys would prefer their hands and shoulders to be free wherever they go, I guess. But this guys wallet is long and will never be safely tucked in his back pocket. Its other half beckons pickpockets like a cone of ice cream in a crowded beach. So this guy places his wallet inside his wifes  bag every day when they go to the office.

And to make up for the extra burden that he places on his wife, he asked me to make a bigger bag for her. Sweet.

But being commissioned by a guy about a bag is not an easy feat. Asking him what particular design or print would make the girl happy garnered only one reply: purple.


PS. Groove-y because I used curdoroy fabric. But groovy works, too. Haha.

Thanks for looking!
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8  fairy tiptoes wall clock (yes, wall clock this time. :DD) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: March 16, 2009 12:49:52 AM
Last week, I made this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296467.0

I was not joking when I said that Id make all kinds of stuff using my Fairy Tiptoes fabric. Here we have a wall clock.

Our sewing machine clock gave out a few days ago. I looked around the city for a cute replacement but thankfully, I remembered that I had an old working clock mechanism at home. I got myself  the fabric, an old framed canvas for a small painting (I started painting on it several months ago but I seriously suck), hot glue, some beads, a couple of hooks, and a ribbon and this is the result:



Thanks for looking! Smiley
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9  fairy tiptoes laptop bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: March 12, 2009 01:03:09 AM

I knew I had a reason for buying three meters of the fabric. At the time I bought it, I was unabashedly hoarding. The fabric is just too pretty and it was a sin not to stock up. Armageddon might happen and I need pretty fabrics to get me through it.

It turns out that the fabric is perfect for a little laptop sleeve as well. Ive been wondering what foam to use for a laptop sleeve for so long now. We dont have batting here because people in my country never use quilts. Using quilts in a tropical country is just plain crazy. Thankfully, my laptop came with a free sleeve cover. It was just a black thing in neoprene foam. It was too boring. So I used the foam as batting and made me a fairy tiptoes laptop sleeve.

Thanks for looking!

Fabric is Fairy Tiptoes by Tina Givens. Smiley
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10  a fascinator to complete my halloween getup in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by mewyam on: October 28, 2008 10:08:59 PM
I made this for our office halloween party this friday. It will be paired with a vintage corset, skinny jeans, and cowboy boots. I aim to be a barwench-cowgirl-prude victorian widow.

OR a victorian widow who became a barwench in the West. Whatever works Cheesy

thanks for looking!

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