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1  skirt recon - tween size skirt from adult size skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by spapeggyandmeatballs on: March 18, 2008 08:16:52 PM
Barely counts as a recon because its so simple, but I have turned several plus-sized women's skirts into cute skirts for my tween daughter. Explaination, then recon details follow....

Our family has a knee-length-or-lower-policy on shorts, skirts, & dresses. Some of you may be able to relate to the shopping-related problems that this can cause, if you also have similar clothing guidelines because of culture or religion. My child is 8 years old, and I when I shop for her I always see a lot of short-shorts, mini-skirts, etc., but luckily longer shorts are also popular right now, and I can easily make any jeans/pants into shorts or capri pants, so finding shorts isn't too bad...

Its more difficult to find longer skirts and dresses. Usually I buy these one or two sizes larger so that the length is good, and alter them a little bit if needed so that they fit better. I shop thrift stores a lot, so I don't mind the trouble of having to do some alterations so much, because I've saved money overall.

I recently saw some really cute skirts in the women's section of a thrift store and because I'm kind of short and stocky I don't really look good in knee-length skirts, so I was thinking to myself that it was too bad that they weren't my daughter's size because the prints were really cute. Then it occurred to me that I could probably alter even plus-size women's skirts to fit a young girl - and the price was right...$3 or $4 each!

Basically, I had her put the skirts on and marked how far in I'd have to make the new "waist". Each of these skirts had a side-zipper, so I kept that side of the skirt intact, and only "took in" the other side. I turned the skirts inside out (see 2nd photo), pinned up the sides, and marked where I would sew a straight line from top to bottom (or vice versa), making sure that the angle matched the other side (a-line or straight, or whatever). In the second photo, the right side of the photo is the side that I re-sewed, then cut off the excess fabric. I don't have a serger, so I just did a double-line of stitching. It was super-easy and now she's got 3 new skirts! 

You could do this with any size skirt that is too big in the waist (doesn't have to be plus-size) as long as it is the length you want (you could always hem the length if it is too long).

First two photos show my latest creation, so you can sort of see how I did-it. That extra piece of fabric in the first photo is the part I cut off. 3rd photo is an action-shot with one of the other skirts- she doesn't have a big tummy, she just thinks its cool to stand slouchy for some reason!!!

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2  FABULOUS rhinestone sticker - What gift can I make with this? in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 22, 2007 05:04:20 PM
OK - I have this "Me and My Big Ideas" sticker that spells "Fabulous" in rhinestones. I bought this sticker because I knew my 8 year old daughter would love it (especially in reference to the song "Fabulous" in the movie High School musical 2), but I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. I want to make this into a gift, but the only thing I can think of is to make an altered wooden cigar-box-type purse and put the sticker on it-- I made one of those for her last year, so want to do something different. I'm drawing a blank.

The letters are about an inch tall and the word is about 4 1/2 inches wide.

I am very good at painting, decoupage, and any paper craft, so anything like that would be easy for me to do. Also, I'm pretty sure that this isn't washable because its a sticker, so accessorizing clothes, etc is out.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!!
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3  Re: Sparkle Motion Donnie Darko shirt (1st stencil) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by spapeggyandmeatballs on: November 09, 2006 08:46:12 PM
Thanks so much for your comments everyone. I also just did an "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" shirt for my brother. Here it is...

(I'm stuck in a gray-shirt/black-paint mode right now, but hopefully I will break out of it soon!)


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4  Re: Mega quantity lip-balm wrapping brain freeze in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 30, 2006 06:29:05 PM
Thanks for all of the ideas! My daughter was bored tonight and begging to do a craft project, so we worked on this (using one of the ideas that was posted) tonight and got it finished. We wrapped 12 lip balms (each one with a month on it) in individual packets and will package them together as a "lip balm of the month" club. My daughter "helped" so it didn't turn out as neatly as I would have liked, but its okay!

Thanks for the suggestions!

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5  Punk Rock Dorothy in Halloween Costumes by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 30, 2006 04:52:08 PM
This is my daughter in her reconstructed Dorothy costume (the checkered part of the dress was given to us, but I had to alter it a lot to make it fit and then make bloomers because it was way too short). I then did a converse makeover for her "ruby slippers" because I didn't want to fork out the money for those slippery glitter shoes that they sell at stores.

(The idea for the shoes was inspired by a magazine article that I saw a few years ago that showed a "modern" version of a Dorothy costume, but their version was rain boots with glitter on them)

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6  Shrinky-dink extravaganza (3 large photos) in Completed Projects by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 24, 2006 05:19:55 PM
I bought some shrinky-dink paper to make one project, but I really tried to get my money's worth from the scraps.

I made a keychain (photo 1) which is a joke from "Arrested Development"), 3 dog buttons that look like our dog (photo 1), 3 tiny flower push-pins for a bulletin board gift I'm making (photo 2), and several dozen Family Guy/Futurama magnets (only some of them are shown, photo 3, sorry its so blurry!)

This was my first time using shrinky dinks (since 3rd grade). It was really fun! I hand-drew everything except the magnets in the 3rd photo (I printed out those pictures).


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7  Punk rock Dorothy RUBY SLIPPERS (2 photos) in Halloween Costumes by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 24, 2006 12:23:33 PM
My 7 year old daughter will be Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) this year, but I didn't want to waste money buying those red glitter dress shoes (that they sell year-round at Target) because they would never go with any regular clothes. Plus, she has 4 halloween parties and trick or treating to wear her costume to, so I wanted something more practical and less slippery (we're in Oregon- it will probably rain!).

So, she has these High-top Converse knock-offs that I bought for a dollar and I had some scraps of red glitter/confetti fabric and some red trim that I got at a garage sale, so I made her some Dorothy-ish shoes. Basically, I just cut the fabric to fit over the canvas parts of the shoes (including the tongues), glued it on, then sewed some small piece of elastic across the front where the laces would be (so they would stay on without real laces). Next, I sewed some ribbon-trim stuff on (mostly to cover the elastic).


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8  Wicked the Musical CIGAR PURSE & MINI (with 3 photos) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 03, 2006 10:54:27 PM
This is a project that has been in the works (with some help from other crafters in the Misc Gift Ideas Brain Blockage board) for a while and I've finally finished.

This is a cigar-style wooden purse. I have removed the wooden handle and made a handle from gold wire and black/green beads. I painted the whole thing to look like the poster for the musical "Wicked" and added gold accents. Its going to be a gift for my SIL (who hopefully isn't on this site!), who really likes the musical (and just saw it!)

The quotes I finally settled on were:

Elphaba's side: "Everyone deserves a chance to fly"

Galinda's side: "You'll be popular, just not quite as popular as me!"

Outside edges: "I do believe I have been changed for the better...Because I knew you...I have been changed for good"

Thanks for everyone who helped!
I'm really happy with how it turned out and I think she will like it!

PS- I also made a smaller version of this for my daughter (who was so jealous of the other one I made!) that I will give her for Christmas. This one only took one evening to finish! Much simpler, but I think she'll be happy! See 3rd photo for the picture of this one! The varnish is still wet, so there are white streaks, but you get the idea!


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9  Re: WICKED (the musical) purse HELP! (now w/ photo) in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by spapeggyandmeatballs on: October 02, 2006 09:43:23 PM

So, I'm almost done with the purse... I finally got the painting done and the beaded handle finished (see photos). I still need to add the phrases and then I will cover the painted wood with a clear varnish.

I will post again with the finished project in the completed projects board within the next few ways (hopefully).

Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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10  DOOR ISSUES Crafty help needed (just one big photo) in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by spapeggyandmeatballs on: September 24, 2006 06:58:15 PM
Hi, we're housesitting a really nice house, but the front door is a problem. There is a full-length window in the door, and there is also another long window next to it. Anyone in the neighborhood (or driving/walking by) can see us all in the front room, or up the stairs to the bedrooms, OR if they are on the porch they can even see into the bathroom!

SEE PHOTO, below

I've had glass doors before in another house and I've made curtains, but I can't put holes in the door here. Its wood, so magnets won't work, either. In the past I've also used textured clear shelving-liner on small windows before, but this window is too big. I am OUT of IDEAS!!!!

ALSO, one last thing, this is a super fancy neighborhood, so whatever I do has to also look classy...

Any ideas? I hate feeling like everyone is watching me and I can't watch scary movies because these windows give me the creeps at night!


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