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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Wars Sheet Tote on: August 07, 2009 09:15:29 PM

For the Star Wars Swap 3, I was WISHING for a Star Wars sheet (in fact, I asked if they had any in stock at my favorite craft thrift store yes, there is such a thing! If youre ever in Portland, OR, you MUST visit Knittn Kitten), but I know that you never find something like that at thrift stores when you really NEED it. And then I was rummaging around in my garage and FOUND ONE!! I had one in my stash of scrap fabric dedicated to making Morsbags (reusable grocery bags). I had no idea it was in there, but I was so excited when it surfaced!

Because the sheet was well-worn, I made it fully lined/reversible to reinforce it. The tote reverses to plain blue (the blue of the straps), but whod want to use that side, seriously?
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Grocery Tote Yoda Style! on: August 07, 2009 09:12:49 PM

I made a reusable grocery tote in the style of a Morsbag, with a little Jedi twist. I used Jedi robe colors to make the bag, and added a Yoda head applique cut from a scrap of a fleece dollar store blanket. [click here for Morsbag pattern and instructions as well as to learn MORE about this awesome reusable grocery bagging movement: did you know over ONE MILLION plastic bags are consumed per minute globally?]

This is a very simple sewing project that makes a sturdy bag suitable for carrying groceries, books, crafting supplies, or any odds and ends you desire! Adding the applique is a simple matter of cutting a piece out of felt, pinning it to a piece of fabric, and sewing around the edges. Since the applique is fleece, no finishing of the edges is required.

Project Estimate:

    * Scrap from a fleece blanket, on hand or $1
    * Scrap fabric, about half a yard, on hand
    * Buttons, on hand

Total: FREE and up

This is probably my favorite of all the Star Wars crafts I made. I just love the whole effect of the bag. Its totally simple, but it just works for me.

I blogged about this at Dollar Store Crafts
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little House on the Prairie/Pioneer Swap Gallery on: May 24, 2009 08:10:33 PM
We have a sender for the Little House on the Prairie/Pioneer Swap, so here's the gallery!
14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Little House on the Prairie/Pioneer Swap (MAIL by June 15) on: April 29, 2009 08:51:12 PM
Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306374.0


yardenxanthe - superhooker
Scotskipper402 - Mamaphunk
Camelama - ohsweetie
SevsOnlyGirl - Pinokeeo
Ysmeine - jloveg
Thenutmeg2000 - beccas_song
Frosty772 - Likeiceiscold

Sent & Received
feedback given

I'm obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books, and pioneer-ish stuff. Are you too?

Details of swap:

Swap includes themes:

Little House on the Prairie - LHOTP Crafts
Holly Hobbie
Oregon Trail
Other Pioneer-ish related literature, tv, etc. Just let me know what it is!

This is a very open swap as far as the topic goes! You can craft pioneer-era crafts, crafts that are just themed to go with your partner's interests (yes, you can iron-on Melissa Gilbert's face to a t-shirt), or whatever you think of, inspired by the theme and your partner's questionnaire. Please send something of the quality you would like to receive.

Materials: Because Pioneers had to be resourceful, please do not spend more than $10 on new supplies for this swap, instead, drawing on your stash to make things if possible.

This is a point-based swap. Please send your partner 5 points worth of items.

Small Item = 1 point
Med Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points

For new swappers there might be a bit of a confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item, so here's a handy guide:

= By time, 2 or less hours of crafting. By $$$, Retail value of $10 or less. By size, Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

Medium = By time, 2 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, Retail value of  $10-$30. By size, one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf

= By time, 3 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, Retail value of  $30 or more. By size, A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse

This is not totally set in stone, but is a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost.

The Rules

*Please post at least once a week in the thread so everyone knows that we are all still working steadily towards completion of our projects. I will be keeping track on my spreadsheets - simply post a note in the thread to let us know you are still working and progressing towards completion of your items!

*If your partner is within the US, you MUST get a DC and pm it to the organizer and your partner.

*The budget for this swap is $10 or less spent on NEW supplies. You can use as much of your stash up as you want to craft your items.

*Please photograph (or scan) your sent items, or arrange with your partner if you are unable to do so. Providing photos is a very important part of the swapping process! A gallery will be opened when the first swap package is sent.

*Extras: are fine, just check with your partner.

*OPTIONAL: change your avatar to reflect the theme of this swap, just for fun.


Be aware of the comments section on wists (if you check them), someone might add something and you go to make it, but didnt notice in their comments that they would only want that item in a different color.

Swap name: Little House on the Prairie/Pioneer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: yardenxanthe
Sign-up date range: April 29-May 7, 2009
Date to send item by: June 15, 2009

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24 unless I get a co-organizer volunteer

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Age requirement? 13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- 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 one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: YES
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

If you want to participate, information to send to yardenxanthe:

Name of swap: Little House/Pioneer
Craftster username:
Link to your craftster user profile:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no):
Please feel free to add as much info as you can to help your partner out! Please spend a little time filling this out, and don't just be in a rush to send it off.
Are you a fan of the Little House Books?
A fan of the Little House Show?
Like Pioneers in general? If so, what are you most interested in/intrigued by?
A fan of the Oregon Trail computer game?
A fan of Holly Hobbie?
A fan of any other related material you are into that you'd like to share about here?
What are a few of your favorite things about that era?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
Are there any colors/patterns you dislike?
Is there anything specific you'd love to receive? (clothes, house wares, jewelry, etc):
What kind of crafts can you do?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Are there any materials or crafts that you do NOT want to receive?
As a partner, are you a frequent communicator (daily or many times a week) or strong & silent type (a few times during the duration of the swap)?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens at your home (smoking, pets, etc)?
Are you cool with your partner buying materials at the thrift store or reusing/upcycling items s/he already has?
Anything else you want your swap partner to know? (sizes, aversions, etc):
List your wists (if you have) here as well as any other stalkable places youd like your partner to know about here (blogs, social networking such as twitter, facebook, etc):


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

1. yardenxanthe
2. ScotSkipper402
3. camelama
4. ohsosweetie
5. SevsOnlyGirl
6. ysmeine
7. pinokeeo
8. Thenutmeg2000
9. Frosty772
10. Likeiceiscold
11. Superhooker
12. beccas_song
13. jloveg
14. Mamaphunk
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jemaine Clement Sock Monkey! on: March 23, 2009 04:47:35 PM

I made my first sock monkey a couple weeks ago, and modeled him after Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords. The red heel sock monkey making instructions were hilariously 70s (instructions like cut ear shapes for ears), but I managed to make one that looks basically like a sock monkey! I definitely love that he looks like Jemaine.

His body is a little wonky, but I love his face and hair. The hair took about three hours! I sent this guy to his new home in the UK for the FOTC swap.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rag Rug Handbag w/Tutorial on: March 16, 2009 01:59:33 PM

This is a quick and simple sewing project using a rag rug to make a cute handbag. It will take you less than an hour (probably much less, like 15 minutes) to make. This is a VERY SIMPLE sewing project: if you are afraid of sewing, this is a pretty good place to begin.

I was inspired by the Placemat Clutch project by Spool to make a bag out of a rag rug, using a similar technique. Because the rag rug is woven, though, the handles needed to be reinforced.

You can find small woven rag rugs at your local dollar store for $1, or at Ikea for around $2, or anywhere else for less than $5. I found a great selection of colors and styles at my local dollar store, so I picked up a pretty purple rug to make into a roomy handbag. I would use this bag for a yarn/knitting bag, but it would also be great for a beach bag.

Project Materials:

    * Rag rug, $1
    * Square of felt, 4 for $1 or on hand
    * Sewing machine & thread, on hand

Total cost: $1.00 and up

Step 1: Sew handles and reinforcement

You will sew handles on both ends of the rug, about an inch below the seam. Use a zigzag stitch and make a rectangle about 3 inches long and 1 inch tall. Place half of the felt square underneath the area where you sewed the rectangle. Sew around the rectangle again to reinforce the handle area. Then sew a bigger rectangle around the first one.

This will reinforce the places where you cut away you will be compromising the integrity of the weaving, so youll need to compensate for it by sewing these reinforcing stitches. You cant sew too much reinforcement in this step!

After you are happy with the amount of reinforcement, you will trim out the inside of the center rectangle on both the rug and the felt, making a hole that will become the handle. Trim away any excess felt around the reinforced area.

Heres a photo of the felt after its been reinforced and trimmed. The felt will go on the inside of the handbag.

If you want to do any other embellishment of the bag, do it now before you sew up the sides. You might want to sew a strip of ribbon, ric rac, or lace, or add an applique.

Step 2: Sew up sides of bag

Fold the bag in half, with felt reinforcement side showing on the outside. Sew up each side.

Step 3: Sew gussets

Open bag and fold so sewn seam is flat down the center of the bag (as shown). Kinda like sewing origami! You will sew across this triangle about one inch from the corner of the bag. (Youll sew where the scissors in the photo are laying across the corner). This will create a gusset that will give the bag a bit of width. If you need more info on sewing a gusset, check the Spool tutorial.

Don't trim the corners because you want to maintain the integrity of the woven fabric. Just leave them there (or tack them to the side of the bag if your sewing machine will allow you to! Mine wouldn't!)

Turn the bag inside out, and youre done!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Make a Lamp swap? on: February 16, 2009 03:01:25 PM
I think it would be super cool to have a "make a lamp" swap... I've never made one before but I know you can get those lamp kits at the hardware store for pretty cheap. I think it would be a cool swap!

18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Monochromatic Swap on: February 05, 2009 01:22:59 PM
Okay, I had an idea for another swap: a monochromatic swap. You would pick your color, and your partner would craft everything for you using only that color (or as close to it as possible).
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Little House on the Prairie/Pioneer Swap? on: February 04, 2009 02:10:12 PM
Is anyone else as obsessed with Little House on the Prairie and pioneers in general as I am?

I imagine a point-based swap themed on pioneers, with specific love for Little House (books and show is fine, although I would personally be going more by the book).
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / $5 No-Sew Dollar Store Candy Costume on: November 01, 2008 01:55:53 PM

Total cost for costume: $5

Time needed: 30 minutes

To buy at the dollar store:

    * 2 round placemats
    * package of iridescent tissue paper
    * stocking cap
    * spool of wide ribbon

Supplies on hand:

    * scissors
    * sturdy tape (I used clear packing tape)
    * stapler & staples
    * twist ties, rubber bands, or string
    * a piece of scrap paper and cardboard (I used the tag from the hat for the cardboard)
    * Optional: needle & thread

Close up of the stapled-on straps

To make:

   1. Wrap placemats carefully with iridescent tissue paper. Because there were only three sheets of tissue in the package, I clipped off the excess at the end of the rectangular piece of tissue before I wrapped the placemat because I wanted to conserve the tissue in case I needed extra for something.
   2. Cut one sheet of tissue in half and gather each half up for candys side-wrappers. I used a twist tie to gather them, but you could use a rubber band, thread or string. Use whatevers on hand! Set aside.
   3. Measure and cut six 12″ lengths of the wide ribbon for straps. Staple two of them securely to the placemats for shoulder straps.

      Try the costume on your child at this point and make sure it fits. Mark the insides of the placemats for placement of side ties.
   4. Staple the front side ties on in the spot you marked, sandwiching the candys side wrappers between the ribbon and the placemat. Staple securely.
   5. Staple the back side ties on.

For the hat:

   1. Cut a circular piece of cardboard (I used the tag from the hat) and if necessary, a piece of white scrap paper to cover the printing on the cardboard. Wrap disc as a piece of candy, securing sides with thread or wire (I used a piece of wire that came out of the wire-edged ribbon.

   2. Attach candy to hat by stapling or sewing.

Dress child in neutral under-clothing (we used black because I thought the candy would pop against the dark color) and youre done!

More photos at my blog: Dollar Store Crafts
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