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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reupholstered Rocking Horse Toy Thing on: May 04, 2008 05:50:58 PM
I don't know if you've ever had a moment like this, but I looked around our apartment about a week ago and suddenly hated everything. Just wanted to throw everything out and start all over... which of course will never happen for various economic and ecological reasons. But at least some changes were in order. So... I found a bunch of cool fabric in the IKEA As-Is department, and decided to try to reupholster my daughter's outgrown ride-on toy. It was one of those faux-velvet plush snail ones (see picture inset), and when I cut off the fabric, I discovered that it had pretty cool-looking guts:

From that, I made this:

Looks pretty cool if I do say so myself. This was a pretty finicky project, I have to admit - because of the way that the seat and rocking bottom are attached, I basically had to hand-sew the fabric directly onto the thing.

More redoings coming up!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Inspired by Annam42, my first attempt at a reconstructed top. on: April 04, 2008 05:36:00 PM
awesome! so happy to have provided inspiration. yours looks supercute, and i love what you did with the rest of the shirt too! nicely done.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Squares (my first quilt) on: April 04, 2008 05:33:51 PM
It's really pretty.  I could use it in my bedroom. 

Can I ask what kind of batting you used?  I'm just starting out with machine quilting and have a quilt top about that size.  After working on a crib size, I'm wondering how I'll ever machine quilt something so big.


I used the organic cotton batting that Joann's sells. It's much flatter than the polyester kind, which I think helps with the quilting - plus the no chemicals appealed to me. They have it in all different sizes (though not I think crib size - you'd probably just have to cut another one down to size).
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Swingy, loose, and flowy on: March 24, 2008 06:44:00 PM
these are truly lovely, any hints on how you did the second one would be wildly appreciated,
ps it doesnt look home-made from here.

Thanks! For the second one, I basically cut the button plaquet off of a men's button down, and then cut rectangles to be the straps and the pieces going across the back and chest area. Then I cut large rectangles from white tshirts. Two of these I gathered one one end and sewed to the pieces going across the front. One I gathered and sewed to the piece going across the back. Then I measured some more, and attached two rectangles (well, more like trapezoids) to the sides to make the shirt close around me. When done, it can be taken off using the buttons on the front.

Hope that makes sense!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Squares (my first quilt) on: March 24, 2008 12:47:15 PM
I am in awe of this.  I would really like to attempt to make one myself but I am at a total loss on how.  Any chance of a tutorial or some instructions?   Grin

Not sure how to do a tutorial for something as involved as a quilt! I did page through a few books at the bookstore to get a sense of how to attach the top to the back and to do the machine quilting. For figuring out the top, nothing beats some graph paper. Just figure out some kind of scale (for me, it was every square = 3") and draw out what you'd like to make. It's basically a pixelated pattern!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two gifts for two friends on: March 23, 2008 04:27:11 AM

Earrings made out of pieces of lace, curved metal, and coral beads for a very close, very lovely friend's birthday. These were much more finicky to make than it would seem, mostly because the lace was hard to manipulate.

A necklacemade of found objects and some coral and pearl beads. It's got a nice swing when worn and the two circles hit against each other softly.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Organizing craft supplies - the recycled way on: March 23, 2008 04:22:16 AM
I finally got to deal with the growing insanity of art supplies on my toddler's little table. I would love to attach some kind of huge paper roll that she can just keep pulling new paper out, but this is one of the little plastic IKEA tables, so no can do. But still:

Recycled cardboard from a box and a mailing tube, covered in fabric from the stash (I just used Gem-Tac to glue the fabric down. I love that stuff.), and then hot-glued it all together to form one art-supply-organizing unit. This way, you can just lift the whole thing up and bring it from room to room, depending on where the art is happening. I'm anticipating adding more mailing tube thingies as these run out of space, or as Lara acquires new media - I'm guessing eventually the middle paper box will be entirely surrounded.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Squares (my first quilt) on: March 23, 2008 04:19:42 AM
Inspired by this post, I made my first quilt - which we are now sleeping under.  Feels like a whole new bed!

I machine quilted, and then hand-sewed the binding (actually it's just fabric from the back folded over. The finished thing is about 84" x 96", big enough to cover our queen-size bed. I still would like to wash it so that it can get that lovely wrinkly quilty look.  Here is a shot of what the back looks like. I'm thinking sometimes we'll just flip it over since this batik is so pretty.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Swingy, loose, and flowy on: March 23, 2008 04:14:47 AM
I am inordinately and unreasonably obsessed with this Japanese website. Scroll down the "Pickups" - there are many pages of them. The aesthetic of loose, piled on layers really appeals to me, even though it really seems as though the weather would be have to be set on 70 permanently for this style. In any case, I think these clothes are permeating my mind because I have just reconned these:

This used to be a pretty boobtastic belly shirt, shirred under the bust, and way too revealing. But the material is the softest jersey of this lovely lavender color, so I couldn't let it go. Instead, I used the drawstring casing that used to be the shirring to add length to the straps. I put the serged inside on the outside on purpose, to add some detail.

This is made from a men's button-down shirt and two men's tees. I totally love it, even though it shows multiple signs of being handmade. Can't wait for it to warm up a little bit around here.

This is made from a men's button-down shirt in response to my deep unnatural jealousy of all thing smocky. I can't decide - with the pocket or without?

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirt and bustle-ish thing on: March 05, 2008 05:10:39 PM
amazing, flawlessly executed, and so very flattering. hitting "this rocks" cause if this doesn't rock i don't know what does.
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