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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted wire watch strap on: July 16, 2008 09:56:31 PM
A while ago I've never even heard of crocheting with beads (until I came across crafty_dame's necklaces), let alone crocheting wire with beads. Lips sealed But when I had to make a new watch strap, I decided to try this technique and I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Smiley (I don't make/wear jewelry, but I make/wear watch straps. Haha.)

A lot of it was trial and error, eg. the length, amount/density of beads, what kinda stitches/how to crochet, fastener, uh ... everything, basically. Grin The strap isn't too rough on the skin, although it feels a little wire-y still. Tongue But I like how it looks and am glad I actually have a wearable watch now. Cheesy (Lost one watch, and the other's strap was falling apart...)
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rainbowy Zipper Pencil Case on: March 09, 2008 09:49:48 PM
So this isn't the most original idea ever, making a case out of just zippers, but I happen to have an obsession with colourful rainbowy things, and I needed a new pencil case, so here:

I sewed on white cotton tape in between each zipper before sewing them together, 'cause I think borders look nice. Smiley A couple of things I would change if I did this again would be:

  • Use an even number of zippers. Because I alternated the zipper directions, but forgot that if there was an odd number of it, there'll be two zippers in the same direction next to each other. Undecided (Red and blue in this case. [pun not intended])
  • Sew the end seams a little more neatly.  Lips sealed (I broke a couple of needles 'cause they hit the zipper ends.  Tongue Should've bought slightly longer zippers so I could sew through the part before the metal zipper end, and have the case still fit my pens.)
  • Add a hanging loop/strap at one end so I can hold on to the case without grabbing it in the middle. No big deal though, I could add a keychain or something on any one of the seven zippers Cheesy

Total cost for the whole case: RM1.60, which is about US$0.50. Grin (Zippers were RM0.20 each, and the white tape came in an RM1 roll, and I only used a little bit of it.)
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Colourful felt wallet on: December 18, 2007 02:38:03 AM

My hand-stitching is ter-ri-ble, and the fact that I didn't have any green/blue/orange thread kinda added to that messy look. Embarrassed I like the kiddie designs and the functionality of the wallet, though. Smiley

The wallet closes with two buttons and elastic nylon thread. (The thread is secured to the "cloud" button. Cheesy )
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jacket from pants (Inspired by Miss American Pie's) on: August 23, 2007 07:21:16 AM
Here's the original thread with the totally cute jacket-from-skirt made by Miss American Pie. I made mine from an old pair of pants (sorry no before picture  Undecided ), lots of seam ripping involved, and I removed the belt loops too 'cause I didn't like 'em, (and the waistband doesn't go around the back of the jacket anyway), and because of the back pocket disaster (look below), I didn't want to use the back of the pants for the back of the jacket.

But ... there wasn't enough fabric from the pants' legs, so ... I had to use the butt of the pants anyway, so I sewed it on again after patiently picking it off. Embarrassed

Sorry for this not being a proper completed project.  Undecided I really need opinions on the back pocket. I wanna remove the other pocket as well, but the obvious pocket silhouette... Angry Can I like, bleach it or something, or hide it...? Sad The armpit needs hemming too, I'll figure it out when I get more thread. (Don't you hate running out of thread? Roll Eyes )


Thanks for the replies! I sewed the pocket back on, finished the armpit hems and also fringed the bottom edge. (Though I'll probably make the back edge more even and fringe some more.)

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded watch strap on: May 02, 2007 02:46:19 AM
I've done a couple of watch straps before, but this one's different 'cause I didn't use a loom for the weaving, nor is this a safety pin strap. Smiley

The "netting stitch" I learned from this tutorial: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/17577358/ and the elastic I got from unraveling a bracelet I never wore ('cause I couldn't find elastic thread that's thin enough to use with a needle Undecided ) and the beads were cheap craft store ones. (I think they're local, the other Japanese seed beads were about 4 times the price of these.)

I like the finished strap a lot, only I wish I didn't have to wrap/tie the strap like that, with the messy threads and all. Lips sealed I've seen, online, a little metal piece with holes that you can attach to the pins and then attach the thread neatly to, but yeah, too much hassle for me to buy stuff. Sad
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Red T-shirt + White T-shirt + Black T-shirt = RWB T-shirt! on: December 29, 2006 10:21:40 AM
Just a "cut up old/unwanted t-shirts and merge them into one nice t-shirt" project. All the ... uh, design elements on this were unplanned, I had to do them to solve some problems. Tongue I'm so the trial-and-error, forget planning-and-pattern-drafting type. Roll Eyes



I've had the red short-sleeved Korea t-shirt (actually there are two, the uncut one in the picture is the bigger one, which I didn't use) for a while, and initially just wanted to make it more fitted, mainly pull the sleeves down so it doesn't fan up so much and look like a boy's t-shirt (which it - sort of - is). But then I thought, the design is pretty darn scary and I wouldn't want to wear this outside the house, so I cut the design out. And then I remembered a wrap-top tutorial at ohmystars.net (and at craftster too, thanks ohmystars!) and decided to do something like that, with pieces from the white shirt for the bias binding.

But it became too small and too tight, I had to wear the (then vest-like top, with short sleeves) by stepping my feet in and pulling it up my shoulders. Cheesy So that's where the rectangular white stripes from the armpit along the sides came in. But then, the sleeves flared up too much and started to look space-suit-y, so I sewed in a little bit and got the stripes to be tapered and pointy. I think that part looks like a football jersey a bit. ^^;

All this while, I planned to wear it over a black long-sleeved shirt but the sleeve area was still especially tight and had creases when my arms were pointing straight down, so I thought; let's just make it a "fake" layered t-shirt so I won't have to wear another shirt underneath it. Ah. Cool So this is where an old long-sleeved black t-shirt came in; cut off the sleeves and a triangle for the front, sewed them on. And finally, the black band at the bottom ('cause I don't usually like horizontal stripes at the waist Undecided ) exists because the hem of the white stripes ended unevenly with the red hem, so I just sewed on a band and tucked the unevenness inside.

I'm still not sure I'd want to wear this in public; the stitching's pretty messy and the inside raw edges are totally ... raw, still. Embarrassed 'Cause I don't have a serger and zigzags don't go along very well with thin knit material. And, well, maybe it looks too funky or handmade? ^^;

Extra pic to show the left area and (accidental) wide neck:
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pink Woven Beaded Watch Strap on: December 17, 2006 09:43:48 AM
Haha, I'm not sure the title is structurally correct. Cheesy

I'm pretty proud of this, it's only my fourth looming project ever, and my loom is a shoebox, and I don't have a beading needle so I had to weave in the ends into the teeny holes BY HAND, and I made up the pattern as I went along (and I love the pattern! Cool ), and the result came out half-decent! Grin It's only slightly loose on my wrist and the pieces lie almost perfectly flat and of course it matches the watchface very nicely. Previously I've only done safety pin straps, so I was thrilled when I discovered looming 'cause it makes the strap stiff and strong enough. (I tried doing peyote and stuff, but either the beads are too small or my lack of needle is a big problem.  Lips sealed )
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Kitten Kase for my phone/PDA on: November 20, 2006 07:51:55 AM
I just got a new HP iPAQ about a week ago and yet its case had already started getting worn out  Undecided , so... I made a new one!

The kitty idea wasn't mine, I saw a picture of a knitted iPod case and wanted one too. Wink

The picture links to its Flickr page with more info.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Corduroy wallet & new tie-dye wallet on: April 11, 2006 01:45:52 AM
Just wanted to add another wallet I made yesterday; it's slightly bigger than the corduroy wallet 'cause it has bias binding, but I still like it. Very sturdy 'cause I used Wonder-Under and fused the tie-dyed pieces to just white pieces. (Would've used regular interfacing but I don't have any.  Undecided )

I started with a pair of white pants and fabric dyes and ended up with a terribly stained carpet, a really messy bedroom floor and regret that I didn't dye some more fabric yellow for the binding. Sad (There weren't enough for one outer edge.) Oh, and the wallet. Tongue The tie-dyeing didn't come out so bright and colourful but I'm okay with that. Ignore the sloppy stitching, please! Grin


I originally just posted my pictures in the A Bag a Month Craftalong thread, but fort_loop asked for a tutorial, so here it is.

My wallet is on the messy side and I'm sure there are better ways to sew on the pieces, so forgive me for any mistakes and such in the tut. Smiley

I'm aware that Craftster resizes big images, so to read the text properly, just click here to open the image in a new window.

Let me know if you have any questions!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Safety Pin Watch Strap on: March 04, 2006 08:27:56 PM
The idea was from this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47970.0 and I just had to make it. I've seen safety pin bracelet projects before, but as I don't like wearing jewelery that much, I never tried it out.

But I did have some ugly free watches that could use some funky straps, so I went out and bought safety pins, painted a bit of elastic so it's not stark white, and started beading. I really like the results, though the elastic could be a tad wider, or the pins be a tad smaller. (I already had some even smaller pins, but there wasn't enough to cover my wrist -- my size took like 48 pins -- and I couldn't find anymore of the same size at the store.)

Clicky for bigger size! Smiley
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