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1  The Toy Society - softies spreading love around the world in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Hanabi on: October 22, 2008 05:41:43 AM
A little while ago I started a street art project called The Toy Society and I thought you might be interested in getting involved.

The Toy Society spreads love by leaving ('dropping') handmade soft toys about the place. The project started in Melbourne, Australia and with the help of Whip Up (www.whipup.org) and craft zine (www.craftzine.com) it's slowly spreading around the world - The Netherlands, France, Canada, USA with more in the works.

People who come across the toys are invited to take them home and make them theirs. Simple as that, something for nothing. The project is documented at the blog (www.thetoysociety.blogspot.com) and finders are encouraged to send in the story of how they found their toy.

Everyone is invited to join in and be part of The Toy Society, no matter how experienced you are at making toys. You can make a toy and send it in to be dropped or you can make your own toy and drop it and be featured on the blog. If you'd like to be part of The Toy Society, drop by the blog (www.thetoysociety.blogspot.com) and leave a comment or email thetoysociety@gmail.com.

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2  Japanese fabric patchwork/quilted cushion over in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hanabi on: January 20, 2007 10:06:48 PM
This is my first proper go at patchwork/quilting and I'm pretty impressed with myself! It's squaralicious!

I started with the most beautiful Japanese fabrics

Despite my usual antics I even managed to sit myself down and cut the squares properly using all the proper tools. (I'm usually way too impatient for such crazy things like following the rules).

Somehow though, despite many minutes of concentration on laying the squares out to ensure no two adjoining squares were the same fabric I still managed to get 2 cases of repeat fabrics next to each other, but oh well.

Blogged about here:

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3  Ikea fabric cushion covers in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Hanabi on: January 18, 2007 03:58:36 AM
Here's a couple of simple cushion covers I whipped up using some Ikea fabrics. The fabric is great to work with. I just used a simple envelope style, no pattern just cut and sewed.

And this is some of the other Ikea fabric I picked up

The black and white fabric is in line for a A-line new skirt.

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4  Take one $3 vintage curtain in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Hanabi on: August 20, 2006 04:49:03 AM

Wash, dry, iron and voila....

A skirt:

A bag:

A pouch:

I thrifted the curtains years ago for only AUS$3 and actually used them as curtains in a few share houses. I couldn't part with them when I decided they were no longer for my windows. So I kept them and kept them and kept them...till one day recently I decided they should have a new life.

I hand enbroidered on the bag and skirt:
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5  Yoda says make this you must! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Hanabi on: August 19, 2006 03:39:50 AM
I did a quick search for Yoda just now and nothing came up other than knitted and crocheted Yodas...so I thought some of the felt lovers/toy sewers might like to give this a crack:

It's actually a kids pattern but it is fun, quick and very easy....

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6  Re: Baaah - a sleepy sheep felt bookmark MORE pics added... in Completed Projects by Hanabi on: June 29, 2005 08:47:22 PM
Hee thanks Joey yeah it's quite soft and puffy - perfect for cheek smooshing Cheesy I love the felt stuff you do too Joey...and your daughter! Wink

I have been working with felt for a while - these are some felt needle cases a couple of them not quite finished on the edges and without pages but you get the drift)...

Cherries - and hand stitched 'rockin' the stitch' (it's the purple blur not quite readable!)

A tulip garden..when finished it will of course be without those ratty edges!

And a flower...am doing one of these for my Mum at the moment on red with burnt orange, beige and deep yellow...

You can also see on the right side of the box a finished case with a pink dress with a daisy on the front. It was for the Let Me Make Your Carft swap II...

Have done heaps of others but have no pictures of those and they are all in their new homes now.

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7  Baaah - a sleepy sheep felt bookmark in Completed Projects by Hanabi on: June 14, 2005 04:29:12 PM
I have been working with felt alot lately (including a felt counting book for my nephew) and I made this bookmark for KnitKitty as a special private swap piece - hope she likes it!

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8  Re: Let Me Make Your Craft II Pictures in The Swap Gallery by Hanabi on: June 07, 2005 12:28:17 AM
OK I know this swap has well and truly wrapped up now (Thanks wonderful swap goddess XMelinda) but here's what I sent to Kayceeann -

A bag made from her souvenier scottish tea towel and ribbon, a covered box filled with marble magnets and a sewing needle case/kit, Pin Up Girl postcards hand embellished with embroidery, a pouch I made out of some interfaced fabric she included and some hair bands - which I chucked in out of my hairband phase stash!

The package

Close up of the marble magnets and needle case in their box

The Pin Up Girl Postcards

The Mod girl pouch

The Hairband fillers

Hope she liked it...
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9  Re: Let Me Make Your Craft II Pictures in The Swap Gallery by Hanabi on: May 02, 2005 01:54:59 AM
Here are the awesome things I got from lilMissdogooder ages ago. Sorry I didn't post earlier but I am mid interstate move and have only just managed to download the photos even though I took them ages ago!

This is the awesome postcard up close - my fav! (her eyelashes are the feathers wool I sent)

Thanks again LilMiss!
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10  Re: Let Me Make Your Craft II Pictures in The Swap Gallery by Hanabi on: January 26, 2005 06:41:35 PM
Wow IQ/Melinda your package puts mine to shame...

but here it is anyway!

Sent to Lilmissdogooder...with crafty love...well all but the ball of wool that I had left on the desk at home.
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