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21  Re: cut slashed rib effect shirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: October 02, 2008 10:56:10 PM
Here you go....something like this?

Obviously you need a tighter fitting t shirt but the process is the same.  I'll try to explain, but if you need to I can do a quick tut.

Cut 1/2 inch wide strips down the shirt.  If you wanted it the same as in the picture, you would start with the back neckline.  I used a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and mat to make measuring and cutting easier.  Use an even number of strips.

Here's the weaving bit.  I will number the strips to hopefully make it easier:

Take strip 2 and take it under then over strip 1.  Use your fingers to move the 'vertical strip' that will form to where you want it.

Then take strip 3 and take it under then over strip 2.  Again, use your fingers to move the 'vertical strip'.

Repeat until all strips are used.

Repeat this process again from the top to give you the second vertical 'strip'.  Then you need to secure the final strip to the base of the shirt.  You can see where this is in the second picture where I have simply pinned it.

If this is as clear as mud, I'll try and do a quick tut so you can see the process.  Wink
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22  Re: Toddler panties YCMT pattern review in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: September 27, 2008 10:03:58 PM
OK.  So here's my stab at them.  I couldn't silk screen the WWE on the original pair I made 'cause he's wearing them (a little hard)!!  So, I made the next pair - an Autobot.  You can see what I mean about the bunching.  That's because I stretched the pants (and not just the bands) when I was making them.  Perhaps with the next one, I'll try zig zag as top stitching, not just straight stitching so that I can achieve the stretchability without the bunching.  Ultimately, the look doesn't matter as the undies don't bunch when they're on .....

The verdict?  My 6yo's eyes lit up and thinks they're 'cool'.  He also says that it feels like he's not wearing any undies!!  Mission....achieved.  I look forward to recycling old t-shirts for this project.
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23  Apples for the Teacher in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: September 18, 2008 11:35:38 PM
The Year 3 teachers at my boys' school (one of them being my eldest son's teacher) are really pleased with themselves as their kids achieved at or above national average level for an Australia wide school test.  As a thank you for all their hard work they put into those kids, I made them each one of these bags (3 in total) and filled it with some goodies to pamper them in the upcoming school holidays.  The bottom fabric is denim and the top fabric (and lining) is an apple print.  I interfaced the top section to make it similar in weight to the denim.  The little embellishment at the top of the bag is ric rac braid.  The handles are the denim fabric.  It's about 8 x 10 inches.  My younger son liked it so much, he wanted me to make one for his teacher.  So, in total, I made 4 of these suckers.  Enough chit chat, onto the picture:

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24  Re: French Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: September 15, 2008 01:24:21 PM
Your bag is beautiful!  You always do such lovely work, queenofdiy!!  I like the little jewelry thingy on the ribbon...what is it, exactly?

Hi Runnermom *waves*.  It seems like forever since I've been on Craftster.  Life seems to get so busy!!

Anyway, thanks for the nice comment  Smiley  The jewellry thing on the ribbon is the same as this one pictured below.  It is exactly the same size and design.  I would guess it's a little over 1/4 inch (width of ribbon).  I sewed it on using the holes you see on the side view:

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25  French Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: September 13, 2008 10:54:54 PM
This is a bag I made for one of my son's teachers.  I really had trouble deciding on a fabric because all I knew about her is that she wears 'autumn' colours and she speaks French.  I decided to go with the french theme when I saw this fabric.  It screams French to me - especially the colours.  Even if she didn't wear these sort of colours, I thought it might be a fun bag to take on a picnic/outing.  Anyway, she was thrilled with the bag, so that's what matters.  The little grey looking thing on the ribbon that divides the fabrics is a little metal spacer bead used for jewellry.  It was the exact width of the ribbon.  Obviously, I didn't take care when taking the photo as it looks a little wonky on the bottom right corner, but trust me, it's not.  Anyway, here it is:

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26  Anyone going to the Stitches and Craft Show in Sydney??? in AUSTRALIA by queenofdiy on: August 16, 2008 02:08:06 PM
The Stitches and Craft Show is on again at Rosehill.....anyone else going?? 

I'm going on Thursday.  Be sure to say 'hi' if you see me.  I'll be the one carrying this:

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27  Re: Zit zapping Recipe?? in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: August 10, 2008 02:11:23 PM
Sounds like the essential oils may be doing the trick.  Tea tree is another great one!!!  I used tea tree (as well as an immune booster) to get rid of molluscum (which doctors say you can't and it simply needs to run its course!).  I used it straight on the skin.  Some recommend that you don't but if you only put it on the actual pimple and not on the skin around it I found it was great for the drying effect.  I used a Q tip to apply.  I suspect the peroxide is also used for a drying effect too.

You say you make your kids soap?  Is it cold process?  There's a great recipe for a salt bar which is said to be good for acne prone skin and is suitable to use on the face.  Some use sea salt but I used ordinary table salt.  Also some find that sea salt is a bit harsh and more of an exfoliator.  Here it is:

100% coconut oil, superfatted at 20%.  Run the numbers through a lye calculator.  Make CP soap as usual and, at trace, add salt at 100% of the weight of the coconut oil.  Place in a mould and place in a heated oven (then turn off immediately) to force gel stage.  Cut immediately after taking out the oven (for a 500g batch, 1/2 hour should do) or else it will be extremely difficult to cut.

My actual recipe is (for a 500g batch):

500g coconut oil
73g lye
148g water
500g salt

Always run numbers through a lye calculator.

Here's a picture of one of several batches I've made:

Good luck!!  I hope you make something for him that suits him.  Wink
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28  "I Run with Scissors" bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: May 30, 2008 01:05:24 AM
This is a bag which I have had stuck in my head for what seemed like an eternity.  I have had the fabric for ages but was finally able to get around to it....

This bag is a messenger style bag with a feature pocket on the front.  I silk screened the two images on the front (the large and small skulls) using my trusty Gocco.  It's a really nice size and I can wear it on one shoulder or across the body.   The bag is about 9" square.  On to the pictures....


Side View:

Inside.  The front pocket is actually one pocket, not two as it appears on the outside:
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29  Camo pants - no pattern in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: May 27, 2008 02:04:43 PM
I whipped these up yesterday at the request of my 6yo boy - he was even specific that he wanted the "grey" camo and not the green - sheesh - fussy kid.  I didn't use a pattern - I just used his pyjamas as a guide for cutting.  They have an elasticised waist and cutaway pockets.  Super simple....

If anyone would like a tute on the pockets/waistband, let me know.  I don't usually surf this topic so I'm not sure if it's already been done.  Tongue
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30  TUTORIAL: Side pockets on Kategirl's style messenger bag/Jordy bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: August 20, 2007 05:35:50 PM
After making this messenger bag (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187051.0) using Kategirl's fabulous tutorial (found here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0) there were requests for how I made the side pockets.  I am currently making a messenger bag for my son's teacher for her laptop.  Here is a tutorial on the side pockets:

Cut the pockets to the size you want.  I made mine 7.5" square.  I calculated this measurement by adding the width of the bottom of the bag (ie. 3") plus 1" each for the folded box pleats (ie. there will be 2 pleats each of 2 folds totalling 4 folds x 1" = 4") plus 1/4" seam allowance either side totalling 1/2".  Therefore 3" + 4" + 1/2" = 7.5".  I was happy with the height of 7" (plus 1/4" seam allowance each for top and bottom totalling 1/2").  Cut two pieces - one of lining and one of outer fabrics.

Place these right sides together and sew across the top:

Open out and press the seam:

Place the pieces back together (right sides together) and sew down one side, catching elastic in the seam at the top of the side.  Pull elastic taught then repeat for the other side:

Turn this piece right side out and press side seams.  Pull the elastic taught and sew across the top (about 1/2" from the top) creating a channel for the elastic.

Now with the bottom of the pocket, make two even pleats either end and press

With the outer front section of your bag, using chalk or a washable marker, draw a line from the bottom up parallel with the side seam (as shown in the picture).  Repeat for the other side and also repeat on the outer back section of your bag too:

Sew the side seams of your bag together:

Sew the pockets to the bag up the edge of the pockets with the line marked on your bag:

This is what you should have now:

Sew the bottom section of your bag (if you have one).  If you are using Kategirl's tutorial, you won't have this bottom seam.

Remember the pleats you pressed earlier?  Now is the time to reposition those and pin.  Turn the bag right sides together and sew across the bottom corner (NOT with pins in of course):

This is your completed side pocket.  I know that the elastic looks really bulky at the top of the pocket but that is due to the fabric being heavy denim.  If you have cotton, your elasticised pocket won't look as bulky.

I will post a picture of the completed bag - I really like how this one is coming together.  Wink
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