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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / lining a crocheted hat? on: December 19, 2007 11:09:28 AM
I agreed to make one of my guy friends a hat for Christmas/his birthday, and I was totally cool with the idea because crocheted hats are easy cheesy. Then he says he wants it to be lined in fleece! ACK!

How would I go about making a lining for a hat? I don't really understand how I would know how much fabric to cut and what to sew together, though I think I can figure out how to tack it to the hat.

Thanks in advance!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Felt Coasters on: November 28, 2007 02:49:58 PM
The other day I was totally stumped as to what to get (make) one of my friends for Christmas. I was the in the thrift store when it dawned on me...felt coasters for her new apartment!  I read a thread about making them a long while back, but couldn't find it, so I just improvised!

I cut five inch squares of felt and matched them together with a different color. I used pinking sheers, but you could use straight scissors if you'd like. Then I stitched in a square around the edges, and make a kind of loopy, zig-zag pattern in the middle of each of them. Kind of had to trim the edges at the end, but easy cheesy because felt doesn't unravel.

Squares to become coasters...


Coaster in action...

Thanks for looking!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tropical placemat tote on: December 07, 2006 07:59:48 PM
While wandering through the dollar store today to buy Hannukah decorations with a friend, I spotted these cute tropical-themed placemats just begging to be made into something. About two hours (though I was distracted by Harry Potter on tv) later and I had a tote!

^My new tote bag in action. That's a full sized calendar standing up in there. As my half finished mittens were a prop, I think my new bag ought to hold my crocheting for the time being. Of course, when it's not reminding me of warmer weather!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Following a trend, but...a Monster Pillow! on: November 29, 2006 05:32:28 PM
I couldn't think of what to make my quirky/odd/bizarre friend for Christmas, and then I stumbled across other people making these. Sooooo, I jumped on the bandwagon, and made Dannie a monster! He has back flap so you can pull the pillow out if you so desire...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Purdy Curtains! on: September 22, 2006 09:03:40 PM
Last month my roommate and I crafted curtains for what would soon bw our drab dorm room. I waited to take a picture until they hung in all their glory. We're pretty proud of them. What do you think?

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / six month anniversary present for a boy on: January 29, 2006 06:15:30 PM
One of my friends has her six month anniversary coming up with her boyfriend and she's been trying to think of a good crafty idea, but without luck.

I thought I would ask you all for advice on what she should make. Any ideas?  She wants to make something "romantic but not cheesy."  Thanks in advance for any help!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / loft bed ladder ideas on: January 27, 2006 12:33:18 PM
I live in a college dorm, and as of yet my room seems pretty bland (besides posters and photos and the like). The one thing I'd love to change would be my ladder to my loft bed.  The beds were built by the University, so the ladder isn't "mine" except that I get to climb up it for seven months.  This also means that I can't do anything permanent to it.  Here's a picture of my ladder, as well as my roommate.

I was tossing around ideas involving decoupage or fabric coverings, but I couldn't think of how to a) attach it so it wouldn't be slip-sliding around (my ladder is already difficult to climb down), and b) would be easy to remove in May.

Does anyone have any good ideas of something they've done, or something you just think would be cool?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / duct tape purse! on: January 25, 2006 09:40:01 AM
I've never made anything with duct tape before, but yesterday I suddenly had the urge to instead of studying.  I just kind of made it up while I was going along, and this is what came out! I'm pretty proud of it, though it's not as impressive as some other duct tape things on here.  I hope to add some sort of picture on it though, maybe a flower or something...

purse modeled by my friend Dannie...

the inside...

thanks for looking!
9  Illinois / Illinois: Central / Peoria? on: January 23, 2006 06:36:44 PM
Is anyone here from P-town?  I'm a new college student, and am looking to find new thrifting/crafting haunts. 

Things I'd (and others I'm sure) be interested in knowing about:
  • good thrift stores
  • any area group or church rummage sales (esp. ones with bag sales!)
  • craft stores, like JoAnn's
  • yarn stores

Any information would be cool. Plus, it'd just be nice to know there's some craftiness going rampant here in Peoria!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / quilted tote bag! on: January 12, 2006 06:07:06 PM
I was inspired to make a new tote bag purse when I went to Wal-Mart and saw this fabric on the clearance table.  So became my quilted tote bag! Here it is...


I'm definitely not the sewing sort, so this is a major accomplishment for me!
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