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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Stroller Canopy Cover (with mini-tute) on: March 11, 2012 04:56:44 PM
I didn't want to spend big bucks on a stroller for my little guy, but I wanted something cute. Mom-in-law gave us this great lightweight stroller than can do a bit of off-roading, but it only came in black or red. Here's the solution I came up with!

Finished stroller:


How I made it

The only materials needed were fabric (I used less than a yard and a half total), some scraps to make bias tape with, a needle and thread.. First thing I did was measure each of the 3 panels from side to side as well as the width of the widest part between the stitching over the top. I then cut out 3 rectangles that were large enough to cover the area I'd measured.

Starting with the back panel, I draped the rectangle over the area and pinned it in place. I then cut around the shape of the panel, leaving at least 1 inch on all sides. I repeated this process for the middle and front panels.

Next, I stitched the back and middle panels right sides together (over the top long seam) and ironed flat open. I laid them over the canopy before pinning the front panel the middle panel, then I stitched those together, sewed, and ironed open.

Next thing I had to do was make the cut-out for the screen opening. This is the only part that I feel came out a bit wonky. I cut open the area, then used bias tape to cover the raw edges. The stitching here was a bit wobbly, but I'm ok with it.

Once the 3 panels were sewn together, I pinned them in place over the existing seam lines. I stitched-in-the-ditch (by hand) on the 2 seam lines, attaching the cover to the canopy. Pulling the cover taut as I went, I then folded and pinned the raw edges under the canopy and stitched by hand all the way around, attaching the canopy completely to the stroller. (I did have thoughts of attaching the cover with velcro or magnets so that I could remove and wash it, but I felt that it really needed to be sewn all the way around the front to have the best results).

Thanks for looking!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Shoes on: February 07, 2012 02:39:06 PM
Four women in my life (including myself!) are expecting our first babies in the next few months. As you can imagine, the sewing has been nonstop, and my favorite things to make have become these awesome little baby shoes from ithinksew (pattern: http://ithinksew.com/ProductDetails.aspx?pgProductID_int=51).

First pair in owl print with velcro closures:

Resin snap pliers arrived in the mail just in time. I think they add an extra level of cuteness to the booties. These blue ones are for my little guy:

Mushrooms & hedgehogs & turtles, oh my!

Thanks for lookin'!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted linen Zakka style laptop cozy on: November 13, 2011 03:24:18 PM
My most recent Macbook cozy. quilted with 2 layers of batting on each side and a padded flap. Velcro closure and fabric covered decorative button. Thanks for looking!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Origami Bags in Joel Dewberry on: September 05, 2011 03:19:45 PM
These are Amy B's Origami Bags from the book Style Stitches. They're quite addicting to make! They are the x-small, small, and medium sized bags.

The fabric is Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 (except for the polka dots, which was some extra linen I had lying around).

Thanks for lookin'!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Embroidery hoops over the bed (lots of pics!!) on: August 09, 2011 11:00:21 PM

I can't remember where I first saw this idea but I knew it was going to be perfect for my new master bedroom. I gave the whole room (as well as a few other rooms!) a makeover this summer. When we moved in it was a hideous baby blue and now it's a nice calming grey. Living in earthquake country I didn't want to hang up anything with glass over our bed, so I went with the hoops.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to lay them out so I traced my hoops and cut out paper circles then used painters tape to move them around the wall.

Materials: a bunch of hoops in different sizes, fat quarters or scraps, glue gun.

The fabric is Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Liars, liars, pants en fuego on: July 24, 2011 11:12:24 AM

I have done quite a bit of silk-screening using the paint-on and screen filler method. I've been wanting to do photo emulsion for some time but haven't gotten around to building a light box - then I found the Yudu on sale at Michael's for around 65% off and couldn't resist!

The first project with the yudu was softball tee's. I did some research and discovered that people were having a difficult time with the emulsion sheets that came with the machine so I opted to use Speedball liquid emulsion instead. The screen burned like a charm! Can't wait to use this thing some more very soon. Thanks for lookin'!

Hubby holding the Yudu screen:

Black with white ink:

For the numbers I used the freezer paper method rather than buying iron-ons.

This was the only [slight] reject. I noticed that the thin lines came out very faint on the first print so I tried lowering the screen and printing a second pass. The image became quite blurry as I wasn't able to line up the screen properly so I had to use a small paint brush to fill in the lines and make it solid.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Stomper the elephant on: July 05, 2011 08:53:14 PM
This was my 2nd attempt at needlepoint - and I was obviously inspired by the amazing works of LimeRiot (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382551.0). I am instantly hooked on felt needlepoint and I'm sure there will be many more. This one's for my sister-in-law, a huge Oakland A's fan.

The only thing I'd have done differently is positioned the stamp letters better - they almost ran right into Stomper's belly.  Undecided

Thanks for lookin'!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My dream room! (lots o' pics) on: May 08, 2011 10:04:24 PM
Hubby and I closed escrow on our first home 3 weeks ago. We're working on populating the new home with little ones, but in the mean time I'm lucky enough to have an extra bedroom to make into my own lovely crafting space. I spent this weekend decorating, organizing, and I even had some time to sew.

As of now the walls are cream, but I plan on painting perhaps as soon as this summer. The decor and furnishings are a hodgepodge of color and I'm not too keen on keeping with the red theme. I might paint the ikea table legs, get different chair tops, and perhaps even repaint my dad's old toolbox. (Advice with that would be awesome if anyone's done that before!). Suggestions for wall color(s) is appreciated!

Fat quarter basket

Fabric storage



Consuelo the elephant and Melvin, wedding bouquet & table #s, fabric scraps box

Craft books, silk screen supplies, zippers, cardmaking stuff

My buddies

A few of my silkscreens


Dad's old toolbox

Thanks for looking!  Grin

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Netbook purse on: January 25, 2011 11:01:48 AM
I made this bag for my mom for Christmas. I drafted the pattern myself, gleaning some inspiration from the Amy B. Sanibel Bag. Enjoy!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bella's Mittens on: January 18, 2011 12:35:53 PM
Over x-mas break i finished my first pair of Bella's mittens. I absolutely love this pattern, and look forward to making more pairs! If you haven't seen her pattern, check out Subliminal Rabbit's website: http://subliminalrabbit.blogspot.com/2008/12/bellas-mittens-updated-pattern.html

Keeping me warm during playground duty:

I used Wool-Ease, couldn't find Cascade 109. It fit the pattern perfectly.
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