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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / The Toy Society - softies spreading love around the world 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.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Japanese fabric patchwork/quilted cushion over 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:

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ikea fabric cushion covers 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.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Take one $3 vintage curtain 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:
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yoda says make this you must! 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....

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Baaah - a sleepy sheep felt bookmark 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!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Felt Fairy on a fairy fabric bag on: December 27, 2004 01:57:42 AM
I made this bag for Mr Hanabi's sister who has recently started knitting. I also gave her a felt pouch with a set of handmade knitting needles.

I copied the fairy on the main bag fabric to do the big felt fairy on the patch on the front. The bag itself is a jordy type bag (thanks yet again jordy!).

Close up of the Fairy herself...

And the fairy on the fabric that I copied to make the felt fairy on the front patch...

I just realised I forgot to do her halo in the felt one...oh well too late I gave it to her already!!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Very simple baby gift - easy embroidered singlet, bib and socks on: December 20, 2004 04:08:37 AM
This is one of the simplest baby gifts I have done - I posted it on the unswap thread for the December embroidery project but I thought I'd share it here as a gift idea seeing as it is so easy!

I just bought the supplies in the supermarket...just plain white singlets, itty bitty bibs and plain white socks. The first one I did was on a onsie instead of a singlet (and I used bright green thread).

Close up...

For the bib and the singlet just use a simple running stitch with 6 strands of embroidery cotton around the edges - follow an existing stitch line - I used one yellow stitch to cover two of the existing stitches...so easy and makes for straight lines!

For the lettering on the singlet I used split stitch to embroider the word babe which I drew on first.

For the socks, I just did a running stitch around the top and the bottom of the folded "cuff" so it becomes permanantly folded down.

So far these simple little sets have been received with lots of smiles!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ROAR - my green and white striped dinosaur bag! on: December 19, 2004 05:46:20 AM
This is a bag I made today as a gift to give to a friend tomorrow. She's a Craftster gal so I sure hope she doesn't peek in here between now and dinner time tomorrow! She did ask for a bag with a dinosaur on it though...

It's bright lime green with white (stripes) cotton and the dinosaur is applicayed with bright red acrylic felt - even though it looks pink in the picture (the top picture is more true to it's actual colour). The lining is just a simple tan coloured cotton.

I am a big fan of ribbon to keep the bag together (but that's only because I haven't mastered snaps yet!). I used white with a pony bead tied on the ends.

Hope you like it!

close up of the dinosaur
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My little fits everything in it pouch! on: December 14, 2004 05:06:11 PM
Well it doesn't quite fit everything in it - I mostly use it for carting WIP projects to and from work so I can work on them on the bus and during lunch time. So far it has carted numerous knitting projects (with hand made dowel needles so I don't accidentaly stab people on the bus!), a felt monkey, various embroidery projects and today it is carrying a very similar felt pouch that I am working on for a gift...

(the pen is there so you can see how big it is)

It was so simple to make. I cut out two pieces of fabric and sewed them together (wrong sides together) - doesn't matter that the edges are raw. Folder up 3/4s of the way so it looks like a pouch, pin so it stays in place. Then I used bias binding around the edges. Then I sewed two peices of ribbon on the back roughly half way down the back of the pouch so you can safely tie up all your ingredients in there...you can kinda see in this photo...


(whoops ignore my messy corners!)
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