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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / What time is it? Adventure Time! on: August 14, 2011 10:12:29 PM

My boyfriend's favorite Adventure time character is Jake.

For our anniversary, I wanted to give him something that would celebrate his favorite Jake moment: when Jake's got a cold and asks Finn to "blankey" him.

Jake's a pretty basic shape so there's not much to him.

His arms are flat with two snaps at the end (the blanket has corresponding snaps), and he has pipe cleaners in his legs so he's somewhat posable. Everything in the project is felt except for the lighter green on the blanket; I used fleece there just because I had a scrap to get rid of!

I didn't take a picture of it, but I also created a big white pillow to go inside his bed. The drawer bed was actually the most problematic.

I wanted to hand-sew everything, which is fine, but I also wanted it to be somewhat floppy so I just used double layers of felt. The end product looks better than it does in the pictures.

So here he is in his bed!

And here he is out of bed!

You can see a bit more of the drawer wonkiness in that shot, but either way- my boyfriend loved it and has given him a spot of honor in the living room. I was going to make a mini Finn doll but was tired of handsewing after this!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fishy Purses on: October 14, 2007 07:37:03 PM
I bought some cutesy fish fabric a couple of weeks ago thinking I'd quilt with it but changed my mind; I was going to make the Amy Butler Weekender bag my next project but it's still too daunting for me and for my poor abused fingers. I'm too accident-prone to handle multiple layers and zillions of pins!

So... I made two slouchy little bags. One for my sister, one for me.

This is hers:

The picture's not really representative of the final product, I should have modeled it or something. It's very very slouchy, which is what she likes.

I'm grouchy about the little bag that goes with it; I thought I'd make a pencil bag since she doesn't really need pockets in a bag and doesn't carry cosmetics but DOES carry a ton of pens. All went well until the zipper buckled on me for reasons unknown so the bag looks goofy.

Here's a closer look at the fabric:

This is mine:

(Sorry, I filled it back up immediately before I thought to take a picture)

Unlike my dear darling sister I carry around half my life in a handbag so it has to be gigantic. It has to fit all that stuff and at least one or two paperbacks!

I'd give you a tute but you ladies/gents are savvy; both are incredibly simple bags so it's probably nothing you haven't seen before. I'll try to tackle the Weekender bag once I con my boyfriend into driving me out to the fabric store for the fabric stabilizer.

Which brings to mind a question that someone might answer: I typically like really slouchy bags so I never, ever bother with stabilizer (and it shows!). I have a ton of quilt batting sitting around and have a couple quilted bag patterns but am curious: if you use batting, does it give your bag a degree of stiffness similar to what stabilizer might provide or does it really just make the whole thing puffy? Having never worked with the stuff I have no sense of what the stabilizer even looks like.

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