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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easy Bandana Halter-One Size Fits Many on: June 04, 2010 04:53:09 AM
I made this from two cotton bandanas (total cost $2). All you'll need is some bias tape for a casing, or make your own casing; and some elastic and your sewing machine and iron, some straight pins. I used white thread.

First all, wash the bandanas, they're going to shrink a little and you want to remove the sizing. And then iron them smooth.

take one of the bandanas, and cut a section off of one-this will be the back-I cut off a little less than a third of the bandana off. Put aside the smaller part you cut off, this will be your string straps. Fold over and make a narrow casing.

Fold the second bandana in half, and use a straight edge(or eyeball it) to cut off the top corners at a slight angle. This will be the part that goes under your arms. Check the photo out to see how I did it.


 Fold over the raw edges and make a narrow casing.

Put the front and back together and mark where the back casing and front meet. Fold the front piece down where the mark is and iron it. This will be where your casing goes. Cut a small square of leftover bandana from the triangle corner pieces you cut off the front bandana. Pin it to the center of the line you just ironed, and make 2 buttonholes about 1/2" apart. Your string ties will come out here. Cut a length of bias tape a little longer than the front banadana.Turn under the edges and sew it, and then iron it smooth again. Now pin it to the front on the wrong side and sew it down. It should meet up at the bottom of the casing on your front piece.

 Measure across your back and cut out a piece of elastic about 2" smaller, and insert the elastic in the back casing. I like to use a safety pin, but a bobby pin will do if you don't have anything else. Thread it through and sew down the end on one side, then continue threading it through til you come out the other side, and sew that end down, too. You're finished with the back piece.

Take the smaller piece you cut off the back bandana, and cut it into 4 strips. These will be your string ties. Fold the edges over and iron, then fold in half and iron. Now you have 4 string ties. Cut 4 pieces of elastic each about 4" long and sew a piece of elastic to each string tie. Tie a knot on the loose end of each string tie. Thread one string through each side of the front sides, sew the elastic end down. Now pin the front to the back, right sides together, and pin the sides together. Leave about 3"-4" free on each side at the bottom. This leaves more room and just looks cute. Iron the side seams smooth. The secret to a more finished look is ironing!)

Tie the two front strings together and you're done! All this elastic makes it adjustable to many different sizes. It will fit pre-teen to adult depending on how tight you tie it Smiley It's meant to be very loose and comfortable for a very hot humid climate like where I live (tropical beaches of the Mississippi Gulf)

I hope I didn't confuse with the directions! It's a lot harder to TELL how to do something than it is to SHOW how; so I hope the photos helped. Just let me know if you decide to make one and need a question answered Smiley This is great for a beginner to tackle, and just in time for vacation!
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Lace Up Flip Flops on: June 03, 2010 05:37:00 PM
These cost $2 to make because I already had a hole punch. I found shoe laces at Dollar Tree by the hair accessories. The laces are 40" long, perfect for tying around the ankle of a small woman or young girl, just buy longer ones to lace up higher. I intended to use foam fun flowers at the toe and thread the shoelace through it to hold it down, but I seem to have misplaced the enormous bag of fun foam I already have. So I wound up using a few pony beads on each one instead.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans Necktie Skirt on: June 01, 2010 05:32:51 PM
I made this for my granddaughter out of cut off jeans and old neckties. It's nice and swirly! I only used the wider end of the ties and saved the other end for other projects. I made some rose brooches out of them, and daisy type brooches using just the tips with a covered button center.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A True Boyfriend Skirt-Make It From His Clothes Tutorial on: May 20, 2010 05:24:38 AM
It's been a long time since I posted here, but I wanted to share this reconstruction with ya'll. It's very easy, and takes minimal sewing skills, and you can make it and wear it in an afternoon.

You need a pair of jeans that fits your hips; a woven men's button up shirt that fits your hips; a t-shirt you can cut up for the petticoat/skirt front-check the backs of stained t-shirts, you can usually find there's no stains on the back; a necktie to use as a belt. You'll also need to find a vintage brooch or something like it to use as your "belt buckle".

Cut the jeans legs off across the lower hips, use pinking shears if possible to get a nice frayed and worn look. Cut the yoke and sleeves off of the button down shirt. Button it up and turn it inside out, lay it flat and smooth out any wrinkles. Mark a nice straight edge at each side seam from shoulder to hem. Cut on that line and leave it there while you cut the white t-shirt.

Fold your t-shirt in half, with the side seams together. Mark a trapezoid shape roughly the same size as the new front of your button down, and cut it out

 Lay it right side down on the button down shirt, matching the top front edge, and pin the sides together. Also pin just the front top edges together. Sew the sides, and then zig-zag stitch over the raw edges (to keep it from unraveling in the wash) Now do the same with the top front edge. Use lots of pins to keep the t-shirt material from stretching too much.

Make a baste stitch along the top edge of the shirt/skirt and pull the thread to gather. Match up side seams and front and back, and pin. Use a lot of pins to help you out. If you decide to use a pair of your own jeans, and they're stretchy, then stretch the denim as you sew. Use thread to match the color of the jeans. Go over your stitches again for added strength. Throw it in the dryer to fray your denim edges.

Want a belt like this one? That's where the necktie comes in. Slip the necktie in the belt loops leaving the wider tip of the tie as your "buckle" end. Now mark where you need to cut it, and fold the raw edges in and hem under. Use an old brooch and pin together. Cute! Save the cut off end of the necktie and make a headband out of it.

Here's my young niece modeling it for me.

Go make one!
Cherry Forever

also known as KudzuKween!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / One more thing...Bath Bombs on: June 24, 2006 08:34:31 AM
OK,the first batch didn't come out right.I think I messed up when I added the liquid dye last,even though the first batch dried,smells great,and is useable(they fizz great).So I tried again,added the dye first,then my scent and apricot kernel oil,then a few drops of water at a time. I used a plastic dollar store tablespoon measure for these.This was very easy to make,and I'm going to make a lot more. I had a hard time finding citric acid,there wasn't any in the grocery sections of Wal-Mart or Winn Dixie,and Michaels was either out,or don't carry it.I finally found it at Hobby Lobby(the last tub of it..24 oz for 9.99)
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Loofah Soaps on: June 24, 2006 08:28:29 AM
I was busy last night,made lots of stuff....I made these cucumber/melon scented loofah soaps in a Pringles can.I didn't make many for the first batch,was just testing.It worked good,and came out of the Pringles can pretty easy(yeah,I tore it off),and I could slice it easily,too.

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Busy Girl...Rose Petal Soaps on: June 24, 2006 08:24:48 AM
I made these last night,they came out nice,and work really good,too. Those are what's left of the silk roses I used to make them.I think it would make a nice gift for someone.

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Bath Bombs...does this look right??? on: June 22, 2006 07:23:48 PM
I made my first bath bombs this evening.Everything looked right,nice and crumbly,I used a plastic tablespoon to mold them in,and they looked great. But then about a half an hour later,they started swelling up,even though they were getting hard. They're pretty hard now.So I want to know,is it supposed to swell up? I used the Fizzing bath bombs recipe,with baking soda,citric acid,and apricot kernel oil,and a cucumber melon fragrance oil,and 2 drops of liquid green dye.I live off the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi,so it's VERY humid,and I turned my a/c down to 70 just to make bath bombs!
Any suggestions appreciated before I make another batch

this is right after I made them

this is half an hour later!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Grandmothers Fan Quilt on: June 20, 2006 07:08:44 PM
I made a Grandmothers Fan scrap quilt.It's queen sized.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Glass Birdbath on: June 16, 2006 02:24:59 PM
I saw these made on another site,and I had to copy it. I just got it finished.It's made out of old vases and saucers,and a punch bowl all bought at yard sales.I added a couple fairies,there was a chip on the edge of the bowl,so one went there,and the little saucer needed a fairie after that.It's glued together with clear http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b213/KudzuKween/Garden%20Junk%20and%20Goodies/DSC03066.jpg
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