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11  Funky Crochet Headphone Covers in Crochet: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: August 09, 2008 09:31:33 AM
When we were on vacation, one of the foamy covers from my daughter's headphones ripped.  We were on a road trip, and I had traveled pretty light, bringing only a bag of DMC floss for making friendship bracelets while we were in the car.  I was able to borrow a crochet hook (it was HOT and I'd left my crochet at home!) and whipped up these cute covers for her.  The only request she had was "not all one color."

Crochet Headphone Covers

Size 00 Crochet Hook
DMC Floss (all one color, or pick up different colors as you go)

Chain 2
Round 1:  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in first sc.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 3: ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 4: ch 1, sc in each sc around.  Sl st in first sc.
Round 5: ch 1, (sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 6: ch 1, sc in each sc around.  Sl st in first sc.
Round 7: ch 1, (sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around.  Sl st in first sc.
Round 8: ch 1, sc in each sc around.  Sl st in first sc.
Round 9: ch 1, sc next 2 sts tog around. Sl st in first sc.
Round 10: ch 1, sc around.  Sl st in the first sc.
Round 11: ch 1, sc next 2 sts tog around. Sl st in first sc.
Finish off.

The size of the initial circle and of the amount of decrease will vary based on the headphones.  Compare with the headphone as you go.  They should have a really snug fit to keep them from coming off.
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12  road trip! mini messenger bag of doom in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ofenjen on: July 09, 2008 08:57:35 AM
I've made loads of messenger bags, but this one just nearly did me in.  It was one of those projects, you know where everything goes wrong?  It took twice as long as it should have, but we now have a bag for our portable DVD player and some videos to take on our family vacation.

This is a modified version of my full-sized messenger bag pattern (free pattern here).  It's made out of denim scraps from another project, leftover felt and quilting fabric also from other projects.  The strap was a random bag strap I picked up at a thrift store for 50 cents.  It's fully quilted and lined.  The batting was also a remnant from another project.

Finished size is 6 1/2" x 9" with a 3" gusset.

 Roll Eyes glad that's over!

Front view.  Stencil by my 10 year old son.  We stencil a lot of t-shirts and he just decided we could not leave the front of the bag blank!   The stencil is crossed swords over a DVD.  Maybe that will keep the contents safe!

Front zipper pouch for accessories.  Oooo, electronicy goodness!

Open - pockets for dvds so we can squeeze a few more movies in!

It's in the bag - It all fits!  Mini dvd player with some movies.

Nice bum - the bottom of the bag.

From the back - you can see the quilting.  It's sort of a wonky diagonal.  I find diagonal quilting really adds to the strength of a bag.

Hope you like it.  It goes on vacation with us on Friday so we'll put it to the test!
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13  how to paper piece a multiple-pieced pattern (image heavy!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 24, 2008 11:16:36 AM
Originally posted here, but I usually get asked about paper piecing whenever I post a new project here, so I thought I'd share my preferred method.  Smiley

I design all my own patterns.

To give you an idea as to how you can use paper pieced blocks, here are some projects I've posted on Craftster:

How To Paper Piece A Multiple Pieced Pattern

sample blocks


  • pattern (Jar v.3 used in tutorial)
  • quilting fabric
  • neutral thread
  • paper scissors
  • fabric scissors
  • post card or thin straight edge
  • flat head pins
  • rotary cutter
  • rotary ruler
  • wall paper seam roller (available at home improvement stores - optional)

Not shown above:
  • cutting mat
  • dry iron
  • sewing machine
  • open toe foot
  • light source

Start by making a copy of the pattern you want to make. Use lightweight paper for your patterns, as it tears off easier. Recycled printer paper works well, as does tracing paper and some drawing papers. There are also a number of commercially available products just for paper piecing.

Choose fabrics you think will compliment the pattern. Always use good quality 100% cotton quilting fabric.

Starting with pattern piece "A," use the post card as a straight edge, fold the pattern piece on the line between 1 and 2. This is your stitching line.

Repeat for the line between 1 and 3.

Place fabric 1 right side up on back of the paper opposite piece 1 (use a light source behind the pattern if you need it to make sure the fabric is big enough). Make sure you have a generous seam allowance (approximately 1/2") all around.

Flip the pattern over

Place fabric 2 wrong side up on fabric 1. Make sure to slide both pieces of fabric 1/4 past the stitching line.

Using a small stitch (10-12 stitches per inch), start two stitches before the stitching line, stitch along the line and take two stitches after the end. By stitching slightly pass the line, it is less likely that the ends the stitches will pull out when the paper is removed.

Trim thread to paper.

Fold fabric two out. Gently dry press with an iron OR use the wall paper seam roller (shown) to press out the seam. Be careful not to pull or tug on the fabric.

Fold on the 1 > 3 line. Keep the paper folded then flip the pattern over. Trim a generous 1/4" from piece 1.

Unfold the paper. Place fabric 3 wrong side up on fabric 1. Make sure to slide both pieces of fabric 1/4 past the stitching line.

Repeat stitching as for line 1 > 2.

Press as before.

Trim fabric around pattern piece, leaving a generous amount for squaring up later.

Press pattern piece "A" with a gentle up and down motion usiing a dry iron. Do not pull or tug the fabric.

Now for pattern piece "B."

Using the postcard or straight edge, fold down the lines between section 1 > 2 and 1 > 3.

Trim a generous 1/4" seam allowance for piece 1 >2. Repeat for 1 > 3.

Just as for pattern piece "A," place fabric 1 right side up on back of the paper opposite piece 1. Make sure you have a generous seam allowance (approximately 1/2") all around.

Stitch on the line between piece 1 > 2 as in previous steps. Repeat for pieces 1 > 3.

Press out seams as before.

Trim fabric, leaving a generous seam allowance for squaring up later.

Press as before.

This is what you should have so far.

On your cutting mat and with your ruler, find the blue line on piece "B."  (note - blue lines are specific to my patterns and indicated inside seams.)

Cut 1/4" from blue line.  (note:   Not all paper pieced patterns include seam allowance.  All of my patterns do, but if you're ever working on a pattern without seam allowance, it's important to not forget that and accidentally trim off too much!)

Find the blue line on piece "A" and repeat the process.

Now the "A" pattern piece is ready to join to the "B" pattern piece.

Use a pin to find the outside corner at the end of a blue line. Push the pin through this point.

Find the corresponding point on the other pattern piece. Push the pin through.

Push the pin all the way through to line up the pattern pieces.

Using the pin keep the pattern aligned, stitch along the blue line.

This is what you have now.

Remove the paper seam allowance that was just stitched on the "A" piece.

Repeat for the "B" piece.

Open the block and press as before.

Now you have this from the front.

And you have this from the back.

Time to square up the block! Find the blue line on one side (for more complicated patterns, find the straightest line).

Cut 1/4" from the blue line.

Using the first cut, square up the block to 5 1/2". If the pattern is a little off, go with the ruler's measurement and not the seam allowance on the pattern.

Now you have this...all squared up! Leave the paper attached until the block is in it's final location. That will keep the bias seams from stretching.

From the front.

Finished block, 5" (shown without seam allowance). Use this block for quilts, pillows, bags, pot holders, wall hangings or anywhere else you'd use a square of fabric or a quilt block!
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14  Re: Lots 'o Harry Potter & fantasy wall hangings - Snape, Trevor and more in Quilting: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 23, 2008 01:54:33 PM
Wonderful!! These are great!!

P.S.  I hope your kitty's surgery went ok!


My kitty, Merlin, swallowed an acorn that proceeded to stop all his bodily functions.  Surgery saved him and left me with a monster vet bill.  It was totally worth it, but still, *ouch*.  I made and sold quite a few things, as well as clearing out a bunch of crafty magazines and books to help pay for everything.

This is Merlin

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15  Lots 'o Harry Potter & fantasy wall hangings - Snape, Trevor and more in Quilting: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 22, 2008 03:22:10 PM
I've made a number of Harry Potter themed quilted wall hangings recently and thought it would be fun to share!

All designs are my own.  The feature blocks are paper pieced. 

Did I mention that I <3 HP?  Grin

Snape & Lily - entitled "Always"
art entry for Snapefest 2008

"Hogwarts House Unity Banner"
Made as a gift for J.K. Rowling (and she received it, too!)

Flying Ford Anglia - entitled "We're Only Twelve Years Old"
(made as a gift for a friend)

Trevor the Toad  - entitled "Trust Trevor"
(made as a gift for a friend)

"Twin Souls"
(made as an anniversary gift for friends)

Fantasy Themed
left=was sold to help pay for my kitty's surgery, right=made for a JDRF fundraiser auction

I hope you like them!
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16  Cullen Crest (Twilight) Stenciled Tee in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 21, 2008 02:12:03 PM
So, I saw the Cullen crest in this article about the Twilight movie and my first thought was that it would make a fantastic stencil.

And so it did!

I used red Lumiere paint on a white baby doll t-shirt.  I think it would look amazing on a red t-shirt with black paint, but as I didn't have a red shirt, and was in the stenciling mood, I used what I had.

The paint is still a bit wet in the photo, which you can see from the few little splotches.  I used freezer paper for my stencil, which is my favorite method.  It worked beautifully, but some of the pieces were so fine that it was trashed after I peeled it off.

The stencil is here for anyone that might like it.  I had to take some artistic license with it, but I'm still really happy with the way it turned out.  I hope you like it!

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17  Re: Miles "Tails" Prower Pixel Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 11, 2008 10:03:04 AM
so awesome! one of my favorite video games from back in the day too!
Thanks!  It's my son's favorite "old school" game.  Smiley

What an awesome idea! I'll have to remember that concept for my gamer family. Smiley *this rocks!*
Definitely!  Once you get the chart made, it's really pretty easy.  All those squares do take a while, but the piecing itself is pretty simple.

This is totally amazing, and I think will bring a whole new fresh group of people to fandom quilting. You are such a crafts enabler!! Grin
"crafts enabler" is my m.o.!  Smiley

Thats so awesome, and how special that your son drafted the pattern!
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Thanks!  It was an awesome project to do with him.

Here's a photo of him with the quilt.  He grinned all day after I finished it!

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18  Miles "Tails" Prower Pixel Quilt (Sonic The Hedgehog) in Quilting: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 09, 2008 10:08:25 AM
My son designed his "dream quilt" for me back in March.  It was a pixelated version of his favorite video game character, "Tails" from the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

I pieced the entire top (all 1000+ 2 1/2" squares!) at a quilt retreat.  It's sat all sad an unfinished in my sewing room for the last two months.  He and I finally picked out fabric yesterday morning and I quilted all day yesterday.  This morning, I finished up and added the binding.

And now...


I took this one outside hanging on our trampoline.  I like the way the sunlight shows off the quilting.  Cheesy

The blue background color was grid quilted

The rest was quilted around the shapes to emphasize them when washed

This is the original grid that I worked from. I cut out all the blocks and worked one line at a time (I should post a picture of the grid...it's totally trashed!).  The big chunks of background, I cut 2 1/2" strips instead of squares and then grid quilted to give the illusion that it was all squares.

I'm really pleased with the finished product.  I hope you like it!
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19  Eddie Izzard + Darth Vader = Death Star Canteen (stencil!) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ofenjen on: June 08, 2008 05:00:34 PM
I got to see the incredibly amazing Eddie Izzard live on on Friday night.  In honor of the occasion, I created t-shirts with one of my favorite bits on it.  We got a lot of smiles for the shirts!

I found the Death Star stencil on this free stencil site (I tweaked the image a bit so it's a little less fiddly) and I found the Star Wars font at dafont.
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20  Re: Twilight Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ofenjen on: June 02, 2008 08:02:33 PM
I have received from silverfisch, and WOW did she outdo herself!  I am absolutely thrilled and love every single thing!

Oooo, the box!

Everything is wrapped so colorful and pretty!

The goods!
Lion Pot holder (found while silverfisch was on holiday), Edward & Bella (doing their best impersonation of pre-temptation Adam &
 Eve...don't worry, I'll make them some clothes!), Forks "grass", howling Jacob with trousers tied to his leg, a lovely crochet box, a
Jacob pendant from Moon Raven Design, an apply bookmark for my Twilight reading
needs AND a Team Switzlerland towel.  Am I a lucky girl, or what?!

Bella, Edward & forks grass, up close

Jacob pendant (which I have on right now!)

Sweet crochet apple box

Team Switzerland towel!

Me, wearing my pendant and trying to take a photo of myself without looking too terribly silly!

Thank you, silverfisch!  I love everything and you totally made my day.  Cheesy
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