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1  Wall-E Art in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: March 24, 2011 10:41:08 AM
I was inspired by user KatyMai on her featured post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343486.0 to create this Wall-E version of her post. Hope you guys like it! I gave it to my boyfriend since he had just moved into a new place and has been keeping an eye out for nice art pieces to hang on his bare walls. Since he was a fan of Wall-E this just seemed appropriate Smiley

The steps I took were pretty simple as outlined in KatyMai's post:

This was the original image I had found online and printed onto cardstock. I then used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the image (this part was the hardest part!)

Then I cut up my Cosmo magazine with an exacto knife and pasted them onto a piece of paper that is the same size as my template above (it would've been so much easier if I had a shredder machine handy!)

I glued the cardstock on top of my magazine strips & cut off the uneven strips on the edges. Then put it into a frame and there you have it! Super simple Smiley

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2  Hope & Faith Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: October 05, 2010 09:53:55 AM

This was my first jewelry project! I got Lynna as my secret santa and her wishlist said she wanted a bracelet. After some fruitless shopping adventures for a bracelet that was suitable, I decided to just make one (I'm really particular about presents--I always feel compelled to get them something perfect thus embarking on super long journeys in search of something significant).

I made some calls and found out she liked vintage themed jewelry so I headed off to Michaels in search of the pieces to make her a bracelet. Boy, was it harder than I thought! It was four hours of dragging my friend around the bead section to help me find the appropriate chains, beads, charms, lobster claps, and wires haha. (Who knew it required so many components??) I went home and tried putting everything together.

I looked at some of my jewelry to figure out how some of the parts were put together so after much finger prying at the wires and stuff, I finally had a piece of work I was proud of! (I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to crafty stuff ahh!) I made some matching earrings too! I didn't have the pre-made earring wires so I just handmade one--sorry if the ends were prickly! I know it doesn't look that complicated but it really is! (at least to a noob like me haha) The theme of the bracelet was "Hope & Faith" (I forgot to take a picture of the earrings boo )
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3  North Pole Zippered Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: October 05, 2010 09:46:09 AM

This is an older project I never got around to posting. I made this in the beginning of this summer. So for my friend's birthday, I decided to break out the dusty sewing machine and start making projects again. I sketched out what I wanted--something polar-bear related haha. It started out with ice, then I added the bear, then suddenly a pond and a fish. The button bird was a last minute thing because I couldn't call it a finished project unless everything looked balanced and right.

I've made a few pouches before but I had to take another peek at the tutorial in order to perfect it. I think I finally officially learned how to make a lined pouch. It turned out pretty cute so I hope my friend likes it! I used some leftover stars/moons fabric as the outside lining. Then I cut out and hand-stitched on felt pictures on top of that. I ironed on interface behind the outside lining to make it sturdier. Then I used some silky baby blue fabric for the inner lining. I machine-sewed them to the navy blue zipper inside out, and when I was done, I pulled it back through and had the finished project!

Check out a vintage wristlet I recently made! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=360970.msg4233521#msg4233521
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4  Vintage Wallet (PIC HEAVY) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: October 01, 2010 12:38:21 PM
So I've been needing a wristlet for a while since I've been juggling my phone, keys, and cameras whenever I go out to social functions. I tend to solve these storage issues by having someone with pockets hold my stuff--which in most cases are males because baggy jeans with big pockets are much more fashionable on men than on women. Sadly, we girls do not have an option for storage on our pretty little dresses and have to bear the inconvenience of having a purse dangling off our shoulders at all times. Thus, the wristlet is a much more discreet and less chunky way of carrying my necessities around.

I haven't been sewing in a while and that is mostly due to the fact that I feel the need to envision the end result before I start; I need to know exactly what I want my product to look like. But I have a hard time planning a sewing project in my head, and I realize that all I need to do is pick out a color scheme and the rest is simply improvisation.

Here's my process!

I first started out by choosing the two fabric themes below. I wanted to go for a vintage look--a new color scheme I've been absolutely in love with lately : pastel blues, greens, teal, salmon pink, vintage patterns, laces, ruffles, etc. I put the fabric over each other until I came up with a placement I was happy with. I'm a very visual creature and as I mentioned before, I can't just think of a design in my head, I must be able see it and adjust it. I ended up deciding on a pleated bottom.

I pinned together the pieces to show how I wanted the front of my wristlet to look. It was too big (better to be bigger and be able to adjust it than to have it be too small!) so I snipped off an inch and half off the bottom.

I cut out the interior lining as well. I originally had intended to have a separator pieces inside the wristlet to separate my phone and camera. But as it progressed, I decided to toss that idea--it was getting too clunky inside.

I added interlace to the back of all the pieces so that it would be stronger material. I mean, it's a wristlet afterall--I need it to be sturdy! Without the interface, it would just be a flimsy baggy.

I also added pockets for the inside of the wrislet. Who doesn't like pockets?! I had a special chapstick compartment made too haha.

I skipped taking pictures during the sewing session because I was doing a lot of trial and error. I made this without a tutorial so I had to seriously sit down and think about how the pieces should go together seamlessly and cleanly. I messed up a few times (edges cooked/zipper uneven, etc) so I had to take it back apart and re-do it. It was frustrating after a while but in the end, the patience paid off because it came out really clean.

A peek into the inside of the wristlet. Yay pockets!

I love the pockets!

Thanks everyone for viewing my post! I'm still a beginner so I'm practicing hard Smiley
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5  Lovebirds Pleated Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: June 07, 2009 01:22:39 AM

(they're the same bag on different backgrounds for emphasis)

This is my first attempt at a non-basic rectangular-tote bag! I originally drew up a different style for this bag but as I was making it, I improvised a bunch of different things--like putting the straps on the outside & adding the lovebirds decal. I really like this bag, even if the stitching is super messy. There's two pockets on the inside. Hopefully next time I'll make it better, alot of it was trial and error because I wasn't sure of the order to put the pieces together in. I must've ripped it apart and put it back together at least 10 times. But the end result was totally worth it Smiley

I've only done a few projects which i blog about on blogspot! http://starshinex3.blogspot.com/ Let me know what you guys think, thanks!!
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6  My first projects! (picture heavy!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lilstar765 on: September 23, 2008 05:05:19 PM
I just got a sewing machine for my birthday this july and I made my first three projects! Take a look, what do you think? I've made some errors and it is pretty messy if you look closely, but i'm really proud of my work! I hope to get better as i practice making more stuff Smiley I'm away at college so these projects took forever to do in between my homework and stuff but thank you crafster folks for your awesome tutorials! I couldn't have done any of this without them Smiley

my very first pouch, done with help by a tutorial on craftster!:

my first tote bag:

my second tote!:

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