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1  Strawberry Queen apron and teatowel set in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aphie on: July 16, 2009 05:21:06 PM

I made this apron for my friend in two nights. I used an apron of mine to get the basic size and rough shape and improvised like mad. Then I bullied (okay, so I actually said "I think you should decorate the teatowel" and he said "okay") my partner into decorating the teatowel to match - it was his first sewing project (other than hemming a curtain, one time).
I used calico as backing to make the red parts stiffer, and the strawberry applique has stabiliser on the back, and the green bit is hand-embroidered chainstitch.

The main inspiration was the fabulous red colour - nice and cheerful, since it's been a  wet and miserable winter here in Australia, and my poor friend's not been having fun lately - and the awesome strawberry print quilter's cotton. I'm terribly addicted to quilter's cottons, even though I don't quilt.  Roll Eyes The prints are just so awesome (if expensive - except when Spotlight has sales! Grin)
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2  Green and White Froggy Kimono (teeny tiny size!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by aphie on: June 03, 2009 04:23:01 AM
It was my son's birthday on the 16th of last month, and as an early birthday present back in March I made him a little cotton kimono from some gorgeous quilting fabric I found on sale.

It's made using the free Habitual Kimono pattern and is part of my ongoing quest to find/make un-boring male children's clothing.

Some action shots, for your viewing pleasure:

He was having a big ear month. Cheesy

I worked out a lot of the kinks in the froggy one, and then I made a giraffe-print version for my friend in Melbourne's little boy:

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3  Breastfeeding dress from teensy skirt (raunchy sports tanktop flashing pic!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by aphie on: February 08, 2009 05:46:47 PM
A couple of years ago I picked up a size 8 pencil skirt cunningly disguised by an extraneous flap of fabric as a wrap skirt in a thrift shop because I loved the fabric(Let me state for the record I have never in my adult life been anything smaller than a size 10 - and am currently a 14).
I rediscovered this treasure at the bottom of a pile of "to fix" clothes last month, around the time I was thinking that I really needed more breastfeeding-in-public friendly clothes, because whilst it's 100% legal and protected to do so here in Australia, I'm really not a fan of the WIDE OPEN SHIRT FLASH MY BRA/CHEST look when at the Mall.

So I unpicked the skirt and turned it into a flat piece of fabric, then went and found myself a singlet top in an appropriate colour, and made myself this baby:

I basically just sewed the top of the singlet to the skirt, with an extra layer at the front. So in public I can just do this (but with the baby's head in the way):

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4  Recycled material cube for a first Christmas in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by aphie on: December 03, 2008 12:59:39 AM
I made these for the other babies in the parents' group I go to with my 6 month old son. The bubs are all teething and mostly just starting to do the commando crawl/roll/unsteady sitting up thing, so not really big enough for hard or complicated toys.

There are three different kinds of cubes - four are a mixture of superbright colours, two pale pastel "girly" hues, and one is all greens! (It's just the way it turned out)

Each cube has multiple textures and colours - smooth satin, soft velveteen, bumpy towel and scratchy brocade.
Each cube has two ribbon taggies for little fingers to pull and little mouths to suck on.

The BEST thing about all these cubes is that they're made of 99% recycled materials (literally -All apart from the new thread)!
The fabric I used came from my stash - the squares are an old towel, a nightie I had when I was ten, a thrifted dress, one of my partner's old cotton bathrobes and offcuts from other projects by both myself and my grandma. The aquamarine squares are even from plain hemp fabric I dyed myself a while back, for a bellydancing costume.
The cubes are stuffed with even more offcuts (I have a HUGE stash of them, I couldn't bear to throw even the tiniest sliver away, I felt guilty for being wasteful) so they've got a nice weight and are soft and squishy.

Here's the mountain of finished cubes

And here's the help I had with stuffing them (Future crafter in the making Grin)!
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5  First ever finished bag - PINK! with felt flower brooch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aphie on: October 08, 2007 06:22:49 PM
I've been busy with Medieval crafting and sewing lately, getting ready for a couple of big events in the upcoming months (and because I'm sick of looking like the poor country cousin at events).

BUT a month or so ago I finished my first ever "proper" bag (no, seriously) - as in lined and pretty and I'd be happy to give it to somebody else.
It's a little over the size of an A5 notebook, and will comfortably fit said notebook, one of the larger style ladies' purses, a small digital camera, some pens, a ventolin inhaler, lipbalm and some tissues. I know, coz this is what I usually carry round with me, and I tried to fit them all in.
It's lined with vintage floral fabric that I got in a personal swap - which, I realised as I was sewing it, I forgot to put any sort of pockets in! Sad
So it's just one hole for stuff.

I also made a felt flower brooch to go on the outside (because the fabric, whilst very soft brushed cotton, is a bit plain). I got the instructions from a book my friend loaned me. the colours match the lining of the bag. Smiley
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6  Re: Dancer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by aphie on: August 27, 2007 06:20:58 PM
Luckylime, I LOVE ballet kitty! And that tote is fantastic!

The fabric of the skirt is chiffon, lily. I'm really relieved it all worked out, because I've had arguments with that fabric before. Smiley

Here is the fabulous package I got from lilylola:

It even came in a dance shoebox, and was wrapped in the purple and pink on the right (but I was impatient and unwrapped it all before I took photos).

There's a necklace of glass beads on a length of purple leather (which will be perfect for wearing to my medieval dance events, and is my favourite colour, natch!), an AMAZING crocheted hipscarf with silver coin trim (as I can neither crochet nor knit, I am in awe of the items produced by those who can, and I can't imagine the work that went into this, it's fantastic, and I intend to just wear it around, thanks lily) and - my favourite piece! - a black handbag trimmed in the same silver coin, lined with viridian green satin (I love that colour too) with a really cute decoration:

It's a really wonderful package, thankyou lilylola!
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7  A couple of cards (a leetle bit img wide loaded) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by aphie on: July 26, 2007 02:06:28 AM
My friend JAKart introduced me to card-making a few months ago, and I've become a little bit addicted! I love the different textures and colours of paper, matching them all up, punching shapes out, arranging and gluing and sticking.

Here are a few of my creations:

The light in those two is horrible, I'm sorry! I didn't realise until i went to post this.

I really really loved this card when I made it. I am seriously in love with that translucent leaf paper.

This was a failed first attempt that I "fixed" this week - it was awful and flat and ordinary when I first did it, and I smudged the stamp (on the pink card) - so I stuck over it! Hah!

This is probably my favourite from the latest bunch. It's definitely the one I spent the most time on - and I broke the flower holepunch on it! Sad
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8  Eye-searing dress to bright little pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by aphie on: July 18, 2007 06:55:17 PM
My friend loves bright colours, and it was her birthday recently, so I decided I wanted to give her a decorative cushion for her room. As a single mum, her son's room is the usual kid-full, but the rest of her house is quite utilitarian, and I wanted to help her make her special space feel a bit more special.
I decided to make her a bright pink cushion for her bed (amongst other things), but I had the most awful time finding fabric!
Everything was either nasty to touch or the wrong colour. Enter this fabulously gaudy pink dress for $5 at an OpShop.
The fabric is a kind of acrylic suede. LOVELY and soft!
Plus, it had cute little embroidery motifs, that I added to my cushion.

I actually made the insert as well, by pulling apart an old, square cushion, washing and reshaping the innards, and sewing a new cover.
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9  Re: starting on handmade Xmas--but what to make MEN!? in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by aphie on: June 24, 2007 06:06:25 PM
I've had a really fabulous response to my rainbow-striped PJ pants from both women AND men - I had one guy make such a fuss of them this week that I said I'd make him a pair for his birthday.

You could use funky flannel for a winter pair, and cotton for summer. I make mine drawstring-waist, so the hip measurement doesn't have to be accurate, and because they're so wide-legged and baggy, so long as the length is "about right" they're perfectly fine and comfy to wear. Smiley
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10  Re: Fairytale Creature Swap in The Swap Gallery by aphie on: May 23, 2007 12:36:58 AM
I got my package today!

I pulled a slight shifty Wink and put down my boyfriend to receive, instead of me, as a surprise. Only, he's discovered that it's fun to hover around and watch over my shoulder as I open my packages, so when I got the lid open he went "hang on - that note says Matt! You're not Matt!" and grabbed the box, to check that yes, it WAS addressed to me!
It wasn't like I wasn't about to tell him anyway...

Here he is with all his stuff:

I put my poor partner to the test, since his favourite creature is a phoenix.
And I did get something anyway (thankyou littlegreendragonfly!); we got matching scarves with phoenix felt badges, his in browns (his favourites) and mine in pinks and whites. He's also wearing a shirt with another phoenix felt badge (which he promptly put on this morning, wore all day, and christened at lunch with meegoreng noodles).

This is the badge on his scarf:

And this is the felt sculpture of a phoenix dragonfly made him:
(I'm surprised this is only your second, btw - it's really beautiful, you're so clever). You can also see the phoenix marble magnets he got, and the redskins. He also got a lolly pop with a silly pair of lips at the front (he loves silly stuff) and some Shrek stickers.

And here is his BIG, cheesy grin, because he loved the package so much: Grin
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