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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tribal Stripe Painted Canvas Shoes on: September 24, 2011 01:15:17 PM
I like my shoes to have a little pop to them. I came into a pair of plain grey canvas shoes so I jazzed them up a little by adding some stripes with geometric tribal inspired patterns in them.

To make them I used fabric paint and masked out the areas I wanted to leave grey with full sheet labels.  I cut out the shapes that I wanted and stuck them to the shoes.  You could also use masking tape.  I would suggest putting a strip of masking tape along the sole of the shoe to prevent the paint from getting on it. I'll certainly be doing that next time.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Heroic Nature Embroidery on: September 10, 2011 02:38:34 PM
I just started embroidering this summer.  This is my first major project that I have completed.  I am super happy with how it came out but any tips or tricks would be appreciated!

This is a quote from George Carlin about how heroic nature is.
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3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover! on: September 06, 2011 02:03:49 PM
I made a sewing machine cover so that my sewing machine would stay a little more clean and less dusty.  To make my cover I used the tutorial over at Strawberry Patches.

Tutorial: http://patches.typepad.com/notes_from_the_patch/2010/11/tutorial-tuesday-32-sewing-machine-cozy.html

I like how it came out but if I were to make another one I would use a more sturdy lining so that it holds it's shape better.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillow Covers made with my Custom Designed Fabric on: September 06, 2011 01:55:38 PM
I've been designing fabric over at Spoonflower for about a year now and these are a few of the pillow covers I have made with the fabric.  They are all 16 x 16 inches.  They are an envelope style pillow cover.

Free Spirit

Wildness is a Necessity

Garden Path

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bendy Octopus on: September 11, 2010 07:19:35 AM
This was a swap item that I am particularly proud of.

He was made for craftylittlemonkey in the One Tiny Sea Creature Swap
(Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=search2;topic=349703.0;search=img;show_complete=true;sort=ID_MSG|desc lots of great swaps!)

The swap ended awhile ago but this has been the first chance i've had to make a post!

He is made with felt and wire is used in the tentacles that allow him to be posable.  There is also a ribbon attached so that he can be used as a ornament or window friend.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Brighten Up My Desk Bunting on: March 06, 2010 11:25:39 AM
I whipped up this easy flag bunting to brighten up my desk at my office.  It was pretty simple to make.  I cut out out triangles of fabric and sewed them right sides together and the turned them out to that the fabric is bright on both sides.  Then I just sewed them into a length of double fold bias tape.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Belt Bag for the Freedom of All Hands **Now with Tutorial on: February 04, 2010 09:13:22 AM
Belt Bags have been a staple in the freedom of hands for generations!  I am keeping the tradition alive.

Actually they are just super convenient!  Soon, I will be taking a little trip down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and I wanted something to carry my essentials that I wouldn't have to bother with.

There are straps on the back that a belt slides through.  I used colorful everglades cotton fabric of for the outside with button closures.  (it was also my first time sewing buttonholes and it was pretty darn exciting!)  And green bottomwieght fabric for the inside

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Make Your Own!

Step 1: Pick out your fabric, closures, and straps
You can use pretty much any kind of fabric you like for this project.  It works best if at least one of the fabrics is a heavier, more sturdy fabric, like bottomwieght or light canvas.  For this tutorial I used a cotton solid for the lining and some heavy flannel for the outside.  I used a vinyl type material for my straps but you can use anything that is strong and will provide a good hold.

Step 2: Cut your fabric
Your lining and outside fabric pieces will be the same size.  The chart below gives the approximate dimensions that I used for my bag.   Adjust the measurements to scale if you want your bag to be bigger or smaller.  For the straps on the back you will need 5 inches for each strap.  

Step 3:  Sew up both pieces of fabric into it's own little bag
You will want to sew both the lining and outside fabric into their own separate bags.   In the image below fold your fabric, with the correct sides together,  to match circle A to circle A  so that your fabric is flush at the seam.   Sew along that side.  Fold fabric to match circle B to circle B so that the fabric is flush at the seam and sew.

Do the same on the other side.    For the outside fabric sew all four sides together with no gaps (except for the top of course!).  When sewing the lining, leave one circle A section open.  This will be used later on for turning your bag right side out.

Step 4: Sew your pieces together
Place your two bags together will the right sides facing each other.  Sew along all of the outside edges.

Step 5: Turn your bag right side out
Now you can pull the bag right side out through the opening you left in your lining.

Step 6: Sew up your opening
Neatly fold over the open section of your lining and sew it up.  It's hardly noticeable if you use a matching thread.

Step 7: Sew on the straps
Fold the edges of the straps over to hide the cut end and pin onto the back of your bag  to find your placement.  Make sure you leave enough space for your belt to easily slide through.  Sew the straps on each side reinforcing it by sewing back over your stitches a few times.  I make a box around going back a forth about three times or two separate lines.

Step 8 (Optional): Put on your closures
I used buttons and sewed buttons holes, but you can also use snaps or ties or whatever you like.

Step 9: Try on your bag and run around with your hands in the air!
Well, what are you still doing here?

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Funny/Cute AD&D Creature shirt on: January 03, 2010 01:50:24 PM
My boyfriend loves the creativity and imagination of AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons).  

He found an old AD&D field guide with a bunch of funny creatures.
I stenciled a cute one on a shirt for him.

I used freezer paper for the image of the Rubberado and the name.  And I painted over vinyl sticky letters for the special abilities.

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My [great grandmother's] Story -- A Handbound Memoir on: January 03, 2010 01:32:40 PM
Before my great grandma died she wrote a memoir and gathered tons of newspaper clippings and photos, both old and new.  She typed it all out on an old manual ribbon typewriter, which I now own.  My grandmother keeps the large three ring binder safe at her home but it is hard to share because it is rather fragile.  Some of the photos are over 100 years old!

For the past 6 months I have been working on this project.  I wanted to make my great grandma's story more accessible so I transcribed all of the written words into a digital format and laid out the book with the best of the photos and clippings.  I made two copies.  One for each of my great grandma's children.  

The cover is printed on cardstock and I lined the inside with purple felt.  They are bound with the coptic stitch (mostly).  I wanted to finish them for Christmas and I was having trouble figuring out the first and last stitches so I just kind of did my own thing on those.  This was my first try with the coptic stitch so I was pretty satisfied with how they turned out.

My grandma and her brother were very happy to receive them.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Necronomicon: Pocket Edition on: December 05, 2009 08:33:24 AM
The Necronomicon now comes to you in a convenient pocket edition.  Never be without your background of evil.

I made this little book for my friend for Christmas.  He loves H.P. Lovecraft.

The cover is faux leather that I scavenged from an old purse.  The brown label sewn on the front is card stock.  I bound it with a long stitch with black thread.

I aged the pages inside with coffee.  It was nice to not have to worry about them getting ripped or wrinkled because it just added to the effect. 
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