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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My sturdy work bag on: January 13, 2008 12:19:29 PM
This bag took me one evening to complete.  There are a few errors which I'm going to hide with embroidery once I have some time.  The base and straps are blue/grey wool, the body is a vintage floral print, and the inside fabric is a blue/grey and blue stripe.  It is really sturdy--holds my heavy laptop, plus all my work stuff.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / hard-back book covers on: January 09, 2006 01:07:12 PM
I found a bunch of old Readers' Digest condensed book collections at a thrift store for FREE.  They have these beautiful, ornately patterned covers.  I cut the covers off of the books with an exacto knife, and now I'd like to use the covers to make journals.  However, I can't find anything that would puncture the hard cardboard without making it look messy.  Does anyone have any advice?  I would post a pic, but I don't have my camera with me.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hats from sweaters! (now with tutorial!) on: January 08, 2006 07:56:51 AM
I made these in about twenty minutes (each), and I hand-sewed them.  I got the idea from the book Super Crafty, which is a wonderful book!  I had several old sweaters that I loved but that were either too small or pilling in certain areas...so now I get to wear them as hats!  The little appliques are so fun to make, too.  It's a great project to do in front of the TV Smiley

Here's a written and hopefully understandable tutorial (I don't have pictures of me making the hats!):

1.  Lay the sweater on a flat surface, smoothed out

2.  At the bottom of the sweater (the nice, hemmed part), measure a half-circle that's 11 inches long and 7 inches high.

3.  After you mark the measurements, it helps to draw the semi-circle with tailor's chalk or something before you cut it out.

4.  You can either cut through both layers of the sweater, or just cut through one layer, turn the sweater over, and remeasure and cut.

5.  Put both pieces right-sides-together, and sew.  I hand-sewed using a blanket stitch, but if you plan to throw it in the wash, you should probably machine-sew it.  And because you're using the bottom of the sweater, you don't have to hem the bottom of your hat!

6.  You can decorate by adding bias tape (like I did on the zebra hat), felt appliques, buttons, ribbon, rick-rack...anything you want!

I hope that's clear.  Let me know if you have questions.
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