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2311  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / toilet paper caddy NOW with tutorial (image heavy) on: January 12, 2006 03:09:20 PM
I have a problem with my cats and kid destroying toilet paper when it hangs in the regular spot.  I've been keeping the tp in a drawer in the bathroom bureau but it's awkward to get at, especially for the older folks who come to visit.

So, this is what I made today:

It's pretty plain.  I think I'll make a new one with a liner and in the colours of my bathroom, maybe some decoration on the front (I'm not normally inclined towards sea shells, but maybe for this - does anyone know how to drill holes in shells?)

Anyway, this should save the tp from small animal and toddler destruction.


Fabrics: I 've found that the outside should be a heavier fabric in order to keep the holder's shape as the tp gets pulled in and put back in and a lighter colour for the liner so the tp flakies don't show as bad.  I use a 1/2" seam allowance.  The measurements here should fit a double roll easily.

cut two 16" x 8.5"  and two 7" x 5.5"

Sew the liner and the outside both into basic bag shapes (the larger pieces of fabric)

and sew the corners like you would if you were making a tote

fold over and press top raw edges

Before you go any further, you want to machine baste the liner to the outside

Now, sew the nice sides of the smaller fabrics together along the longer edge.  Turn inside out and press

And put it all together

Here we are, catproof and may even possibly outwit a toddler

Let me know if I can make this tut more clear or if you have difficulties.

2312  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Poly clay mosaic on: January 11, 2006 09:36:14 AM

I just recently started attempting mosaic pieces. Any tips for a beginner?

I'm just beginning too.  All I can say, with the poly clay, is dont mount your mosaic on something that is going to heat at a different rate then the clay in the oven - it'll crack the clay.

The worst part of my project was 'grouting' - if i was to do it again I may explore other materials then p clay
2313  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Poly clay mosaic on: January 10, 2006 10:28:08 PM
For the tiles I rolled out sheets of clay then cut squares.  I layered clay before making the sheets (the pic doesn't show it, but the tiles are actually quite textured looking)  the whole sheet with the cuts were then baked and separated.  each tile is less than a centimeter big. 

Thanks for the comments!
2314  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Poly clay mosaic on: January 10, 2006 01:32:09 PM
This mosaic was a christmas gift to my husband.  It's mounted on a 6' x 6' tile and the pattern was borrowed from a meditation mandala (its the way sound looks or some fool thing).   

I believe this is the first thing I've made without any purpose to it whatsoever, but I rather like it and wanted to share.
2315  CANADA / Alberta / Re: is there anyone from red deer? on: January 10, 2006 12:41:45 PM
I used to work a lot with poly clay and wire but since my daughter showed up i'm not too eager to have a lot of toxic clay and sharp cutters around.  I've dabbled in nearly everything, except scrapbooking - I have a hard time with too much choice when i'm trying to create and there is hoards of scrapbooking materials out there.  I've just borrowed a sewing machine, an activity i've had previous unhappy experiences with (junior high home ec), but i'm enjoying it alot more now, reconing tee shirts and such.  at the the moment i'm just sewing up curtains and having a bit of a bobbin crisis.  i have to get my husband to help me - his grandma taught him how to sew and he's quite good at it. 

I used to sell necklaces at the farmers market, more of a way to get rid of excess and an excuse to spend a whole lot of time and money on making them, but the market is flooded with necklace makers, and, sadly, people still generally want what they can find in the mall.

How about everyone else?
2316  CANADA / Alberta / Re: is there anyone from red deer? on: January 09, 2006 01:34:22 PM
i'm in red deer.  i moved here about 6 years ago to go to rdc and have become planted here.  i agree on the hick part but there are pockets of goodness here.  having a hard time crafting with all the nice weather, though.
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