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31  bathroom shelves- half done project- need help (4 pics included) in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by yonorris14 on: June 15, 2006 06:30:20 AM
This shelf has been in my mother's house since i was in junior high.  It has been in every room of the house and never really been liked.  My mom was finally going to trash it when I decided I'd try to give it life.

This is what it started out as:

It's pretty beat up and that black stripe was my attempt to paint it.

I built some wooden boxes to slide in as drawers sort of and I painted them from inspiration by my favorite director Tim Burton.

I'm not real happy with it though.  It needs something and I'm thinking with all the black and white in my bathroom, I need color.  I found this can at Goodwill and I absolutely love it.  I would love to incorporate this inspiration into the shelf somehow but I'm stumped.

I live in an apartment that was built in 1943 and I love the vintage feel.  This may help in deciding what to do here.  I'm open to suggestions and I don't care what happens to the shelf.  I wouldn't even mind repainting the boxes.  Please help me, I need some ideas!!!
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32  tee into mess of a dress, started with potential but.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yonorris14 on: June 15, 2006 05:58:10 AM
Okay, I need complete HONESTY here.  I had this great idea for a dress because I hate to wear dresses on a casual day but its been so hot!  So I tried to make one out of two t-shirts and I wanted hoodie type pockets and tank straps.  But when I tried the final product on, it looked more like pajamas and made my bum look flat.  I ended up giving it to my pregnant friend because it looked so much better on her.

I know the pics are bad but if anyone could please give me some input on how to make this cuter, please by all means.  BE HONEST! 

yeah, i know, never mind my sewing room mess!

I'll try to get better pictures later.  I made this last night and using a flash in the mirror wouldn't have helped.
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33  Re: My very own sushi skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by yonorris14 on: June 15, 2006 05:30:09 AM
Oh my gosh!  When I saw this I had to go run to my daughter's closet and take a picture of a dress that I made her a while back. 

(Excuse the wrinkles) Don't you just love the fabric?  You did a good job on the skirt by the way!
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34  Felt Patches in Completed Projects by yonorris14 on: June 14, 2006 06:59:42 AM
I had some scrap felt peices and was feeling a bit crafty.  (Not unusual)  So I began making felt patches.  I went a little crazy and made tons!  These are just a few. 

But there is so much you can do with these.  I put some on some plain onesies for cute baby clothes, I used some to spice up wallets I made, you can glue a pin on the back and attach them to anything, you can sew them on card stock and make cute greeting cards, and I also use them on pockets of bags I make.  The possibilities are endless!  I would love to see some other ideas anyone may have with making felt patches.  I have so many I made.  Post some pictures if you made any!  Would love to see!
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35  credit card wallet with tutorial (and lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yonorris14 on: June 14, 2006 06:50:35 AM
I had a lot of scrap fabric that I wanted to get rid of so I made a few wallets.

They were super easy and very functional.

Okay, so I made a tutorial for all who were interested.  This is for the green and yellow one.  Pressing is key in this project.  So make friends with your iron!

Cut out 8" x 5" piece out of outer fabric and one of lining.  Interface the outer fabric.  (I use fusable)  Cut 2 pieces 5" x 3.5" of the lining.

Press the bottom of both pockets one fold.  (about 1/2")  Hem top edge of both pockets

Sew pockets onto lining right sides together where you have the crease from pressing.  Fold back up again.  Allow room for seam allowance at the bottom (i used 3/8") and room above the bottom pocket for credit cards (about 3/4")  This is what it should look like when you are done.

Sew together the lining and the outer part with right sides together and leave a gap at the top to turn inside out.  This will leave room for you to work in a button or snap.  Fold up the bottom of wallet right underneath the top pocket, press, then fold down the top of wallet over bottom fold and press.  This is what it should now look like.

Now it's time to put on your snap then button.  I use the snaps that are no-sew first and then I hand sew the button on.

Then you can attach the other side of the snap by putting the back part (the part with the prongs) inside the bottom pocket so that the prongs come through to the outer part.  After that you can topstitch as desired to close that top opening or you can just hand sew the gap shut.  This is where you can make it your own.  Also, if you would rather put velcro instead of snaps, you would attach those pieces before you sew the lining to the outer part.

Congrats!  Gotcha a new wallet!  Now you gotta make em for your friends because they'll all want one too!
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36  Feminine tank in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yonorris14 on: June 14, 2006 06:46:33 AM
I've been addicted to turning tee's into tanks since it's been so hot outside.  This one used to be just a regular tee.  It was a little short for my taste so reconstructing helped it become a little longer without having to add fabric.

I used the original neck line (sans the binding) for the top curve.  Now its sits right above my breast area so the shirt is a bit longer now.  For the straps, I used a white crotchet ribbon I purchased from Walmart.  Now the shirt is a bit more feminine and a lot cooler for the summer.

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37  Tank top out of my husband's shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by yonorris14 on: June 14, 2006 06:40:56 AM
My husband never wears this shirt so I put it to good use. 

I cut the shape of the tank and cut a bit off the bottom.  What was left over I used to make the straps and binding.  Turned out great and fits like a glove.  So I made more... lots more.  I made him go through his shirt drawer!

Here's a close up of the straps.

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38  Spring bag even though its summer in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yonorris14 on: June 14, 2006 06:37:07 AM
Here's a new variation to the cargo bag I've been making.  This one is a little less involved and a lot quicker to make but just as cute I think.  The fabric is the kind that you either hate it or you love it.  I made a wallet to match but I'll have to post a picture of it later.

It is reversible.  The inside is solid yellow and has the same pockets as the outside.  There is one big pocket on the front lined with the opposite fabric and two side pockets lines as well.  Hopefully I can post better pictures later.
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39  Cargo Bag...lots of pockets! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by yonorris14 on: June 01, 2006 08:45:57 AM
It has taken me a year or two to come up with the perfect bag.  For awhile I have been making totes and spicing them up in different ways but I have finally come up with a pattern that I absolutely love.

The last photo is of one of my first bags of this style.  I started out making flat patch pockets with flaps and then I figured out how to make a cargo pocket.  I think this is what is so time consuming about the bag.

I use either canvas or strong upholstery fabric to construct the outside, handles and bias tape and whatever is around that matches for the lining.  There is one large compartment in the middle and two smaller compartments either side (where the straps are).  Then I have 4 cargo pockets (2 on the front and 2 on the sides).  I usually use magnetic snaps for the middle closure, regular snaps on the side compartments and velcro for the flap pockets.  The bag measures 11" H x 10" W x 4" D.

I'm on myspace and I wrote a blog to show my friends the picks and all of a sudden I was selling them like crazy and getting requests to make more.

This is my passion, I would love to know what everyone thinks!

*To answer some questions...

The cargo pockets were a pain in the you know what.... so I don't know how I can begin to describe how to make them.  I can tell you that I lined them first and then attached all the pieces together.

I will take some pictures of the inside soon and post them for those who are curious.

Thank you everyone who commented.  It's nice to be appreciated.  Especially when my whole heart goes into making them.  It truly is my passion and I now know what it means when they say, "There is love in every stitch"

The top of the bag is binded using the same fabric the bag was made out of.  I made the binding myself using only an iron to fold it.  I still consider myself an ameture, so I don't use any special tools.  But if anyone has any suggestions that could cut down production time, that would be great!

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