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71  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Headband Swap signups CLOSED sendout 8/30 on: July 27, 2006 02:45:56 PM
Welcome to the Headband swap! This is for all the headband lovers out there. You will be paired up with one person and it will be up to you and your partner to decide how many headbands you want to swap, the minimum will be one, this should be a fun and easy swap. You can sew, knit, crochet, embellish, anything you can think of to make a headband!

I am going to set the limit at 20 people including myself, so i will send out partners on 8/10 or when we have 20 people, whichever happens first.

Since headbands are so lightweight i would like everyone to be able to ship internationally!

Delivery Confirmation numbers will be required unless you are shipping internationally, if you are shipping internationally please pm me with the customs number on your receipt.

Swap name: the headband swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: superstitch
Sign-up date range: 7/27 - 8/10 (or 20 people)
Date to send item by:  8/30

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  all ages

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:  Superstitch

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
favorite colors
favorite symbols (hearts, stars, skulls...)
what kind of headbands can you make (sewn, crochet, knit, embellished...)
what kind of headband would you like to receive (sewn, crochet, knit, embellished...)
how many headbands would you like to swap for
list any style preferences or other things you would like your partner to know


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


sent received both

*superstitch ----- *jmi
*sarafina65 ----- *cheapthrills
*roxybadoxy ----- *pollen
casslyra ----- Tom Acina
*catsprefermarlie ----- *PAKnitchick
*koi ----- miss_vicki
*skitterflex ----- *shelichan
*emt95348 ----- *Phizzychick
craftygem ----- weedflower
rockiegirl ----- buckynbaby

Please pm me when you have sent and received so i can keep everyone updated and give out feedback as soon as possible. Thanks to the early senders!
72  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / help with packaging on: July 20, 2006 05:15:20 PM
I'm planning on sending 25 of my scarf headbands to the sampler to try and drum up some more business for my etsy store. One of the things on the sampler says that packaging is key and that it gets a product noticed, so this is what i came up with, its a cellophane bag with a sticker of my logo on the front, and a sticker with product details on the back holding the bag closed, on the inside is a headband and a business card. Sorry the pictures are poor but i had to take them without flash because of the glare off the plastic. Please tell me what you think, professional? cute? nice? awful? what can i do to make them better!

73  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / crafty beach bag! on: July 12, 2006 12:01:16 AM
I'm heading out to the beach in a few days and i wanted to make a bag to take  my crochet with me, i cant travel without crochet! I wanted the bag to look like a beach bag, very summery, so here's what i came up with...

as you can see it has a large pocket across the front for trashy beach reading, the newspaper is just holding the spot  Wink There are two skinny pockets on either side of the bag for pens and extra crochet hooks, and there is a slash pocket on the inside for holding scissors.

there are more pictures up on my blog, www.superstitchious.blogspot.com i entered it in the whiplash competition this month!
74  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / the prettiest quilt i've made! on: July 05, 2006 07:03:09 PM
this is the first quilt that i have made for me! I'm all about girly things so i'm in love with my quilt. I used two sample packs of 5 inch squares by moda and added sashings and borders. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, although of course there are a couple things i want to change. Using sample packs is probably the easiest way to put a quilt together!

here it is laying on my king size bed, the quilt is 68inch by 68 inch square

a close up of the fabric and my quilting stitches

and here is the back and the binding, the backing is the only fabric that is not part of the moda line of fabrics i used, but i think it matches pretty well and it was alot cheaper  Smiley

75  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / anybody with knowledge of oscommerce? on: June 21, 2006 09:39:40 PM
I use oscommerce to run my website and i need help. It might be kind of a long shot but i was wondering if anyone uses this for their site. I'm really having trouble with layout and i'm feeling limited by the templates.
76  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / fabric + paper = cool new journal!! on: June 21, 2006 08:10:58 PM
This is my first journal!! I found a good coptic stitch tutorial today and tried it out. Once i had all of my paper sewn together i didn't know what to do with it, i dont have any cardboard or thick posterboard to make a cover out of. So i used the tutorial i wrote yesterday for making a checkbook cover and modified it to make a journal cover. I really like how it came out, and i think i may make a hundred more of these before i get sick of them. Its also kind of cool because once i use up all the paper i can slip it out of the cover and replace it with new paper. Anyways tell me what you think!

here is the inside pocket that holds the journal in place, basically i made a book cover!

and i just made another one because i cant stop!!
77  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: checkbook wallet (insane amount of pictures) on: June 20, 2006 11:23:31 PM
so i made a checkbook wallet for nutella for the pink swap and i had a request for a tutorial so here goes. I do believe that there is a similar tutorial somewhere on craftster, but i cant find it now. All of the measurements for this checkbook wallet are based off of a standard american checkbook, 6 inches wide by 3 inches tall, and a quarter of an inch deep.

The original wallet:

Ok so first you start by picking your fabrics, i like to use one fabric for the outside and inside panel, and a contrasting fabric for the two pockets.

Then you cut from the main inside/outside fabric 2 pieces that are 7.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall. From the contrast or pocket fabric cut two pieces that are 7.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches tall. Cut 1 piece of medium weight fusible interfacing 6.5 inches by 7 inches

Take one of your pieces of inside/outside fabric and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold the two pocket pieces in half so that they measure 3.25 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide, iron the fold.

Now lay the interfaced rectangle face up, remember that its 7.5 inches wide by 8 inches tall. Lay the pocket on top of the rectangle matching the raw edge, folded edges towards the middle.

Now place the non interfaced piece right side down on top of the pockets, and pin in place.

Pick which edge you want to be the bottom and dont sew that edge. Sew along the other three sides using a half inch seam allowance and turn right side out.

Now its time to make the closure flap. Cut two small pieces of fabric 2 inches by 3 inches. Place the rectangles right sides together and sew along the two long sides and across the top, leaving the bottom open to turn the flap inside out. Attach your closure, i used a metal snap, you could use velcro, or a button or even one of the magnetic snaps. (Next to the flap is my snap attacher) Now attach the other end of the closure to the back of the wallet. I think there is a better picture of this later.

Now fold over the raw edge of the top of the wallet and press. Center the closing tab in between the front and back of the bottom making sure to lengthen or shorten it to close properly. Pin everything in place

Now its time to sew the raw edge shut, start at one end and work your way to the end of the raw edge, when you get to the corner keep your needle in the down position, lift your presser foot, and turn the wallet, now you will be sewing decorative top stitching around the outside of the wallet, so that it matches your raw edge seam. Use a 1/8th of an inch seam allowance for the decorative stitching. When you are finished stitching the outside of the wallet should look like this:

heres the inside:

and finito!

i hope somebody finds this useful!
78  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fabric woven into a purse! on: June 09, 2006 09:48:32 PM
This is probably my favorite purse i have ever made, and i make a lot of purses! It was completely inspired by the sha sha ribbon dream purse. I dont have a lot of ribbon laying around but i have tons of fabric. I cut 20 2 inch strips of fabric, ironed the edges in, and wove them together to create this....

here it is on my arm

The purse is about 11 inches wide, 7 inches tall and the strap is about 16 inches long.

Ok just wanted to share my new favorite purse.
79  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the itty bitty wallet on: June 07, 2006 12:23:11 AM
I've been pretty obsessed with making wallets lately, big giant carry alls, checkbook covers, and now a super tiny pocket wallet. It has two pockets, one is clear for ids or credit cards, the other is fabric for cash, coin, or credit cards. I'm wondering if anyone thinks this is practical or if anyone would use one of these. I myself am a fan of the jumbo carryalls so i need to know if anyone likes carrying something this small.

Here is the itty bitty wallet, closed.

Here it is open, my borders card substituting for an id card. Its laying on my olfa mat, so you can see how tiny it is.
80  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / simple felt id holder !Tutorial added! on: May 28, 2006 10:26:02 PM
this is probaby the easiest little thing i've ever made, all of my purses and wallets are always overly ambitious and complicated. But this thing is so simple, so easy, and very cute. all you need are 2 pieces of felt, 1 piece of clear vinyl and embroidery floss.

and here is how much stuff you can shove in this little thing, might be the perfect thing for your back pocket when you dont want to have to carry a purse

Ok so i dont know if there is any interest for this tutorial but i mostly wrote it so that i could get practice writing a tutorial, i want to make a few more of bags that i make. So here it goes, any feedback would be great, let me know if its clear/confusing whatever.

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