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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cloth Diaper Swap? on: May 27, 2013 06:20:39 AM
I've been loving sewing my own diapers lately, and was wondering if there would be any interested in a swap?
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fun fur animal hat with ears (with tutorial) on: August 03, 2011 11:56:48 AM

Furry Animal Hood!

I wanted to make a furry hood with animal ears to wear at Burning Man. I found lots of pictures for inspiration, but no patterns or tutorials for what I wanted. There were lots of hat patterns, but they are all made up of 4 or 5 pieces to sew together, and I think fur looks much better if there are fewer seams. Or they are intended for polar fleece, which has stretch and fur doesnt! So I decided to make my own pattern, where there is only one seam along the fur, and it doesnt even go all the way down! And in the Burning Man spirit of gifting, I figured I'd share my pattern and the instructions, and post a little tute. Please let me know if anything is confusing.

Credit where credit is due - I was inspired by this instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sew-a-Where-the-Wild-Things-Are-hat-pattern/ and this etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeastWares?section_id=8167601 and the video for the ears later on...

1/2 yard lining fabric - cotton, fleece, etc
1/2 yard fun fur in main colour
scraps of contrasting fun fur for the ears & pompoms
3/4 yard cord or ribbon
1 sheet sticky back felt or thick felt and some glue
sewing machine, thread, needle for hand sewing, utility knife or razor, scissors, tapestry needle
Pattern files: TOP  BOTTOM

1. Print out pattern files, There is a top and a bottom, you have to print each separately, then tape them together, aligning the thick line. You need to have your printer set to print landscape, and make sure it prints the original size - no auto-rotate and centre or anything. There are 5cm lines on the pattern you can measure to make sure it came out right (dont use the faded 2 one, its a little bit too short)

2. Cut out hood pattern on fold of cotton fabric, sew top seam with seam, leaving a gap for turning it right side out later.


3. Fold fur in half, fur side together, with the grain of the fur pointing down. Align hood pattern onto fold on wrong side of fur, trace it. Unfold fur, flip the pattern along fold line, trace other side of hood pattern. Cut out with utility knife. Don't use scissors on fur or its really messy! Sew top seam, tucking fur to inside.

4. Pin fur to lining, right side together. Start by matching up the centre front and centre back, then pin the flap part next, then the straight parts. Tuck the fur to the inside. I know no one likes pinning, but please dont skip this step!

5. Cut cord in half, tie a knot in one end of each piece. Tuck each piece into the inside of the pinned together hat, at the bottom of each flap. Leave the knotted end outside, pin it along the seam.

6. Starting at the back, sew the lining to the fur. Carefully sew over each knot of cord as you reach it.

7. Using the gap in the seam on the centre inside, turn the hat right side out. Poke out the earflaps. Sew the inside seam.

8. Draft and sew ears using this video tutorial:
(sticky back felt works faster than gluing on plain felt)
I hope that video works for everyone as well as it worked for me! It will make fox ears, If you want cat ears just make them smaller, if you want bear ears, make them round on top. Im not sure if the video mentions it, but the grain of the fur should be going up toward the top.

9. Choose one or two accent colours of contrasting fur to  stick in the ears, and cut them into small squares (about 2" square). Sew them into a little tube, flip it right side out, and stick in between where you fold the edge of the ear over, raw edges all along the bottom. Baste the bottom of each ear together by hand.

10. Try on the hat, figure out the best placement for the ears. Pin one down (safety pins seemed to work best for me), then sew it on. Sew the second one on symmetrically. (You can also stick the hat on a foam head and pin the ears directly to the foam.)

11. For the poms poms - cut two 3" squares out of the man fur. Cut two rectangles that are slightly narrower but longer then the square out of one contrasting fur. Cut two more rectangles out  of the other contrasting fur that are a little narrower and longer than the last ones. Sew each rectangle into a little tube, long sides together, with one open and one closed end. You should have six little tubes. Flip them fur side out.

12. Stick the narrowest tube on the end of a pencil. Stick the middle sized one over top, and the biggest over top of that. So now the smaller tubes are all jammed inside the bigger one, and you have a nice furry pom pom that you don;t have to stuff, with your accent colours just barely sticking out the bottom. Thread the end of the hat cord onto a tapestry needle, and stick it through the tubes, from the outside of the closed end, to the inside of the stacked tubes. It might be easier to kind of separate them to get the needle through, and then jam them back together. Tie a big knot on the end, and pull the fur pom pom down to the end.

Done! Wear your hat with pride! Hope to see you on the playa!

Thanks for looking!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Indie Rock Animals on: November 06, 2010 08:09:34 AM
Have you ever noticed that lots and lots of indie rock bands these days are named after animals? Different websites and blogs have written about this hilarious phenomenon as well.

For example, here: http://beatcrave.com/2009-02-05/indie-rocks-5-most-overused-animal-names/
and here: http://www.coloursandlight.com/2010/07/bearhawk/

So I decided that it would be fun to dress up as indie band animals for Halloween. I wanted to pick animals that wouldn't be too difficult to dress up as, but also bands that I actually enjoy. So, I would be Frightened Rabbit, and my partner would be The Mountain Goats. At the very least, at least we'll be recognizable animals, and for those cool enough to recognize the bands, it would be a pretty funny joke. (Too bad no one at the party we went to had actually heard of the bands we chose. I guess thats my fault for going to a party full of jamband fans.)

Another factor in choosing the costumes was comfort - I hate having to fiddle with a costume all night or have it fall apart or be uncomfortable at all. So i went with the comfiest choice possible - hoodie costumes! But i made them entirely from scratch.

Started with a trip to the fabric store, where I found some velour in the perfect colours - beigey/off-white for the mountain goat, and dark choclate brown for the frightened rabbit.

I made quick simple sweatpants for each of the costumes. I added a bunch of pockets, because who doesn't love pockets? And I made a little tail for the goat pants.

I used a Burda pattern for the hoodies, but I can't find it right now so I'm not sure what number it was... I appliqued hooves onto the cuffs of the goat hoodie, and paw pads onto the cuffs of the rabbit hoodie. I added horns and ears to the goat hood, and after several tries, finally got some ears onto the rabbit hood that looked alright. The tail for the rabbit was on the back of the hoodie.

The key to the costumes were the t-shirts we wore under the hoodies. I used freezer paper stencils to make t-shirts with each band name on it. I even added the little Frightened Rabbits double-crossed logo. I also used two different shades of brown for the stencil, so that "The" and the "s" from The Mountain Goats were a lighter colour, so it also kind of just said 'mountain goat.'

And then we added a little black facepaint to our noses, ands that was it!

The Mountain Goats:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

Frightened Rabbit:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks! Socks! Socks! on: June 26, 2008 09:51:26 AM
Ever since joining Ravelry almost a year ago, I don't think I've posted a single knitted FO here on Craftster. I'm sorry Craftster! So please accept my apologies, with some SOCKS! (My newest knitting addiction)

The first pair I ever made, using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe, and Mountain Colours Bearfoot in Lupine:

The next pair, made for my BF, using Austermann Step yarn and pattern:

And the most recent pair, Ampersands, made with Socks that Rock in Pixie Park:

Sorry there's only one foot in the last picture, I swear I did make a pair! Oh, and every single pair was made using the magic loop method. I am sooooo not a fan of dpns (had to finish the toe of the first pair on dpns after I broke a needle).

Sometime during the making of these socks I've accumulated a HUGE stash of sock yarn, and joined a sock club, so it's only getting bigger.... so expect more socks soon! Smiley

Thanks for looking! I'd be happy to answer any questions, and there's possibly more details on my ravelry project page for anyone who's a member there too.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume: Mister Would You Please Help My (Little) Pony? on: October 31, 2007 09:19:02 PM
Inspired by the piles of fake pink hair I had lying around, I decided to be a pony for Halloween. And I went to see Ween, who have a song "Mr. would you please help my pony" so it was perfect. They even played my song!

I made everything myself from scratch. I used a pattern for the top, but modified it. The best part about it is that it's a corset with boning, but the boning is completely invisible from the outside, the pockets are only sewn through the lining. It worked so well, the top totally stayed in place with no bunching or anything. Everything else is straight out of my brain! It's mostly pink fun fur, with some sparkly blue cotton. The sparkles are metallic and look cool Smiley . The headpiece has wire and floral foam in the ears, then covered with fabric, and the hair on it attached to a ponytail. The tail is hair on a belt of its own, which has a battery pack pocket sewn in, since the tail lights up. The hands and feet have hooves made of fun fur and foam visors. There's also a little pouch with a horseshoe on it in matching  fabric, that I used as a mini purse to hold money and ID. The horseshoe idea was suggested by another craftster, so thanks! I like it because I think it looks just like the symbol a My Little Pony would have on their bum.

Here is my flickr album for the making of this costume, too many pictures to post here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairysari/sets/72157601964199800/

I also participated in the costume sewalong and posted a thread here.

Onto the pictures!

I should also mention that the tail lights up with a string of miniature battery operated lights woven into the hair. Pictures of this part did not turn out well! The batteries are burnt out now, so if I get some C batteries soon I add more pics!

Sorry I don't have pictures of actually being out wearing the costume in public. I forgot my camera, and no one else's pictures have surfaced yet. If they do, I will add them for sure.

Thanks for looking!!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ~*~PINK PONY~*~ costume!~~ now with action shots pg 2 on: October 22, 2007 07:58:43 AM
I was posting in the costume sew-along on the clothing board, but its gotten so long I can hardly find what I've posted or not. So here's *my very own thread* Wink for my Halloween costume this year.

I am going to see WEEN the weekend of Halloween, Dmitri from Paris on the 31st, and possibly a Halloween camping night at a Ghost Town the weekend after (Yes I live in Canada and am going camping in November. I'm crazy. Good thing the costume is furry).

So... prior to Burning Man, I bought a bunch of cheap hair in many different colours, with the idea of making dread falls. Well I don't have a proper steamer and my kettle didn't seem to want to steam enough, so after all my patience was gone I gave up. And still had all the hair.

Decided the hair had to be used! And all I could think of was that it looked like, well, a ponytail. (I know, pretty obvious!) So that's what I decided to make. The tail was the first part I made, and since it turned out OK, I decided to go with the pony idea.

So It's not 100% finished yet, but here are the pictures so far:
(There are more in my flickr, I have a whole set for this costume: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairysari/sets/72157601964199800/)

Here's one of the "hooves" for my hands:

(The blue part is actually really sparkly, though I realise its hard to see).

Since taking the pictures, I've made some more progress and hopfully will post those soon. I made the ears and headband (still have to attach some hair), finished the tail (it has LIGHTS!!!, I'm excited to post actions shots!), and made shoe covers the go under the legwarmers. They're like the hand hooves but bigger. My BF also decide to dress up asa cowboy, so that's pretty exciting.

Thanks for looking, I appreciate any comments or suggestions!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring Shirt into Skully Western/Cowboy Shirt!! :) **NOW with ACTION shots** on: October 21, 2007 11:23:52 AM

I am really pleased with how this turned out! My boyfriend let me use a boring plaid shirt he never wears:

So I took some skully fabric from my stash and added western details. They're all applique'd onto the shirt. I'm hoping he'll wear it for Halloween. Here's some more  detail shots, the cuff:

This part is my favourite. Too bad the picture is blurry:

And the back:

Thnaks for looking! Hopefully I'll be able to post  some action shots when the BF gets home and tries it on!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Tinkerbell Blankies for my Hairless Guinea Pigs on: October 18, 2007 11:40:40 AM
Two of my guinea pigs are hairless, and with the weather getting colder,i thought they might like to have a blankie. My cage has a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell theme, and I had these Tinkerbell fat quarters lying around for a while - finally found something to do with them. Each blankie is made out of one fat quarter, and a square of fleece that's a little smaller.

Here they are lying on my messy floor:

Hanging in the cages:

Costanza thinking about maybe hiding behind one:

They are quilted in a big X across the whole thing, and have ties on the corners to  hang in the cage. So far they have only been using them a little, but they do stay much cleaner than their beds.

They were super easy to make, and I am really happy with how they turned out!

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cropped Carie Cardi (and matching hat) on: October 13, 2007 06:28:34 AM
Hi everyone! Smiley

This is the Carie Cropped Cardi from Fitted Knits. I couldn't find the recommended yarn (Cascade Magnum) So I used Brown Sheep Burly Spun. It is an xmas gift for an 11 year old, and I think she'll like the colour a lot. I'm attempting an entirely handmade holiday,so she'll be getting this set, and a Harry Potter scarf.

I expected it to take a while, but I think I knit both the cardigan and the hat in one weekend.  Super fast knit. The hat is a modified cabled helmet from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Chunky Hats and Scarves. I went down from a 10mm to a 5mm, and added a pattern repeat. And didn't do the earflaps for it.

Thanks for looking!

Edit to add: I thought I should add the links to these on ravelry. Lots of craftster are already on there, and it'll be open to the public soon enough.

The sweater: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fairysari/carie-cropped-flare-sleeve-cardigan-spencer-jacket

The hat:
10  COOKING / Dessert / *Yes ANOTHER!* Rainbow Cheesecake! Success! (6 pics) on: October 05, 2007 10:27:12 AM
Yep, I *also* made a rainbow cheesecake. And it turned out really well... I know other people have had some issues with it, but it worked great for me! I used wilton food dye, and brownie mix I got for 73 cents Smiley

The finished product:

And some in progress shots:

I think I will definitely make this again, but I will probably use just two or three colours to suit the occasion (like orange and black for halloween, red and green for xmas, etc..)

I was also thinking if I bring it to a potluck again, I would make it in something square and cut it into bars.
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