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11  Newborn Eco-Friendly Diaper Tutorial (IMG HEAVY!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by agrafikartist on: September 13, 2008 02:22:42 PM
Okie Dokie, well here goes.  I put up a post and have received the most responses of any post I've done so far.  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the great compliments, advice, and suggestions.  I received a package from happyfrog with some material called PUL, which stands for Poly-Urethane Laminated.  Well, at first I thought yucky because it sounded like some old drapes my mother-in-law once gave me that were backed with urethane.  Come to find out I was so totally wrong.  It was suggested that I visit a site called www.wazoodle.com

Newborn to 10 lbs
Eco-Friendly Diaper

I took a disposable diaper apart and made a pattern from it.  After making the first
one I posted my pictures on Craftster.org. 

  ~  1 or 2 mil PUL (Poly-Urethane Lined) Fabric
  ~  Soft (Flannel, old receiving blanket, hemp, brushed cotton, etc.) Fabric for inner lining
  ~  Absorbent material (Hemp, Bamboo, Terry Towel, etc.)
 ~  1/4" Elastic (get the soft kind)
  ~  1 1/2" Skirt Elastic
  ~  1 1/2" Velcro
NOTE:  The PUL is pretty cool stuff, some here say you will need to have either a ball-point needle, and/or a teflon sewing machine foot.  I was sent a piece to try out and because (I think) I didn't have to sew on the wrong side of the fabric I didn't need these things.  The absorbent material I used was a terry-cloth towel, I used 3 layers.  I have read in some places to use up to six layers, but my machine had trouble with that so I used 3.  So, what I am saying is that this is your choice.   They have this fabric and much more for you to choose from.  I have the pattern in a .pdf that you can download.  Now I couldn't get the pattern to cut in half on my graphics program (even though it says you can) so I had to put it on and 8 1/2"X14" paper layout.  So when you go to print it out you'll have to have 8 1/2" X 14" paper.

Here's the link to the pdf file for the pattern: http://www.mediafire.com/?ltnmgz0ytny

Cut 1 of diaper pattern from the PUL fabric
and cut 1 for the inner lining.

Cut 3 (or 6) absorbent pads

Cut 2 leg gussets from PUL Fabric

Transfer all markings on pattern to Inner Lining and Gussets.
Note: you don't need to put any markings on the PUL outer
diaper fabric, just the inner lining.

Serge (or zig-zag) the absorbent pieces together.

Lay the absorbent material on the wrong side of Inner Lining, but pin from the right side.

Sew, using a zig-zag stitch, on the right side of  Inner Lining around the edge
of absorbent pad.  Note: I mark the rectangle where it's going to be so I can use that as guide.

Serge  (or zig-zag, I do both) the sides and front seam only, leave back seam open.  By front/back I mean the ends of the diaper that are the front and back, this is on the pattern, so mark a "B" on each the PUL outer piece and the Inner Lining.

Cut 2 pieces of 1/4" elastic 5" long.  On top of the Inner Lining sew with a short
zig-zag stitch each end of the elastic on the marks shown on the pattern.

Stretch the  elastic taut and zig-zag down.  Try to keep it as straight as possible. 

Do this also for the other leg.

On the wrong side of the Inner Lining zig-zag each end to the marks shown on pattern, just like on the legs.

Serge the "back" seam closed.  Just wait I'll get to sewing the elastic down.

Now, from the Inner Lining side zig-zag the elastic down, as shown. You might be thinking that is difficult to do when you can't see the elastic, but if you start at the end and use your sense of touch it isn't as hard as it may seem.  I had at first just put the elastic on top, but someone pointed out that that may irritate the baby so I came up with this method.  This way it is sandwiched in between the 2 layers.

Here is what it looks like from the outside.  (I know my serger needed adjusting)

Serge the edges of long Gussets.

Cut 2 pieces of  1/4" elastic 4 1/4" long.  Attach a safety pin to one end and insert into one end of the Gusset.

Push the elastic until just the end of it is at mark.  Now you have to do this by feel.
Pin and sew down to secure it.  You also want to keep the elastic about 1/4" from the folded edge, too.

Pull the elastic thru and undo the safety pin while holding the elastic.  Carefully adjust this end of the elastic back to the other mark and pin.  Sew down just like the other end.

Now zig-zag the elastic thru all the layers.  This keeps the elastic between the layers and won't cause irritation.  It's a little tricky to do this, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easier to do.

Serge the both ends closed.

Each Gusset has a "back" end and a "front" end.  Take the "back" end and lay it so that the serged long edge is in line with the leg elastic and pin down.

Do the same thing with the other end.  Don't pin along the leg elastic.

Start at the bottom (serged long edge) of the Gusset (where the curved mark is) where it is marked and sew with a straight stitch up to the edge. 

Then zig-zag the top (serged) edge and down the long (serged) edge.  Stretch the 2 pieces as you sew over the elastic on the legs.   Do the same for the other leg.

These Gussets are what I call "pooper stoppers"  LOL I thought they were quite clever.  I can't take credit for the design, though.

Cut 2 pieces of 1 1/2" elastic 2 1/2" long; and 2 pieces (each side)of 1 1/2" Velcro 1" wide each.

Sew the rough side of the Velcro to each end of the elastic.

Attach the Pull Tab to where the marks are on the pattern.  Attach the fuzzy side of the Velcro to the other end of the elastic, as shown.

What this is for is so you can close it when you wash it.  It keeps the rough side from getting fuzz in it from the dryer

Cut 1 piece of the 1 1/2" soft side of  Velcro 5" long.

On the right side of the diaper on the "front" end, center the elastic and then have it about 1/2" from the edge. sew thru all layers.  I use a zig-zag stitch for more strength.

Here is the finished product with the tabs closed.

So, here it is finished and on my model.  I hope you can understand this tutorial.  If anyone has any questions or suggestions please just let me know.  (Don't mind my messy sewing room.)
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12  Re: Necklace Chatelaine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by agrafikartist on: August 23, 2008 01:03:53 PM
Hey everyone,

I am posting a tutorial for this.  So here goes:

Necklace Chatelaine

Materials needed:  
  Plastic-Coated twisted steel core wire (I use fishing lure
          line, it's cheaper than the same stuff in the jewelry section)
  Crimp beads
  Pliers to smoosh the crimp beads
  Assorted beads of your choosing
  6-8 sets of Bar and Circle necklace closures (there are alot of decorative
           ones, so it's up to you)
  Assorted jewelry charms (your choice)
  Fishing Line Leader Closure
  Small clear plastic bottle (I used an empty bottle that Xacto blades came in)
  Soda Bottle Cap
  Small piece of fabric (I used velvet)
  Small amount of polyester stuffing
  Small amount of lace and gold edging
  Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  Metal spring clip, medium size

Begin by cutting a piece of the plastic-coated wire
about 41-45" long.  You are going to only make this
chatelaine 36" long, but you'll need the extra length
for doing the beading and to wrap around for the
crimping.  Start by putting on a crimp bead then loop
thru the metal spring clip, back thru the crimp bead,
pull up and smoosh it together real hard with the pliers.

Start adding beads for about  6", then add the Circle part
(of the Bar & Circle), bead for another 2", then add another
Circle, bead for another 2" and add another Circle.  This makes
for a total of 3 Circle parts.  Add charms wherever you want
along the way.  Bead until you measure 18", this
will be the center point, now start beading the other half
(18") exactly like you did the first half, but just in the
opposite direction, use the other side as a guide.  You will have a
total of 6 Circle parts to hang your stuff from.  Finish by
using a crimp bead the same way you did the first one.

Needle Holder:

Start by cutting a piece of  plastic-coated wire about
9" long and crimp to a Circle part of a closure,
bead for about 1".

Take the clear plastic bottle and using an old needle
or pin, heat the needle with a candle, poke a hole thru
the center of the bottom and the lid.  Make sure
you put a larger bead, then a flat bead next to
the bottom of the bottle.

Thread wire thru hole in bottom of bottle, add another
small flat bead first then bead til you reach the top of
the bottle (use relatively small beads for the inside of the bottle).
Thread wire thru lid top and  close the lid on the bottle,
add more beads for 1 1/2", now measure 1 1/4" of free wire.  

Add a fishing leader closure, and close off with
crimp bead.  The extra free wire is so that
you can open the bottle and put or get the needles
in/out of it.

Thread Spool Holder:

Cut a piece of plastic-coated wire about 6-8".  Thread
thru a Bar part (and if you want add a spring-type jump
ring & charm), use a crimp bead to close.  
Use small beads, drop them thru the hole of whatever
thread spool you intend to use.  I did this with both a
regular spool of thread and the quilting thread I tend
to keep on it.

Bead for about 4". add the fishing leader closure with a
crimp bead

Pin Cushion:

Cut a piece of plastic-coated wire 8-9" long and add some
charms (this is optional), close with a crimp bead.

To make the pin cushion, poke a hole in the bottom of a
soda cap with a heated old needle.  I glued a piece of velvet
to the bottom first, though.  I just thought it'd look better.  
Add beads for about 1 1/2", then put on a flat bead.  Thread
the wire thru the hole in the cap.  Now take a cup and draw
a circle on your piece of fabric and cut it out, do a running
stitch around the edge, draw it up so you have 2 strings,
stuff with polyester stuffing and pull strings closed and tie
with a double knot, I added a little glue on the knot, but
that is also optional.  Thread the wire thru the cushion from
the bottom.  Now put some glue on the sides of the cap and
push the cusion down into the cap and pulling the wire up tight.  Finish
the pin cushion by gluing lace around the edge and then add
the gold edging.  Use your imagination to make whatever
decorations you want, though.

Finish by adding beads for another 1 1/2".  Add a fishing leader
closure, and close with a crimp bead.  Below, you can see that I
found 2 kinds of closure that can be used.  I used the fishing leader
closure because I had them on hand when I made this.  On the other
ones I used the clip you see of the left.

You can also made these into a belt that fits thru the loops of jeans, I
made one for each my niece's and made beaded pieces to hang their
cell-phone, a coin purse, a pocket watch, etc.  I have this also as a .pdf so if
anyone wants a copy just send me your email and I'll send it to you.  I hope ya'll can follow this.  And thanks for all the complements.
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13  Environmentally friendly diaper - newborn in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by agrafikartist on: August 10, 2008 04:24:45 PM
Hey to all,

My son and his lovely wife are having a baby in Oct ('08) and they wanted to use cloth diapers.  They are trying to be more environmentally conscious.  So, I got a disposable diaper and took it apart and made a pattern.  I then had to figure out how to put it together, but by the 5th diaper I pretty much had it down pat.  I did download a pattern but it didn't come out as well as I liked, that's why I made my own.  I am quite pleased with how this one turned out, I even made them waterproof by using a cheap shower curtain for the inner layer.  I've made 5 so far, and I understand it's recommended to have between 16-20 diapers, so I need to get busy.  I serged the edges, but felt it needed more than that because of all the washings it will endure, so I also zig-zagged the edges.  I poured water into it and let it sit for awhile to see how waterproofed it was and it did well, I then washed and dried and again it held up well.  I am wondering if I should take one and throw it in the wash every time I wash some clothes to see just how long it will last before it starts falling apart.  I also used 3 layers of terry cloth material (actually an old towel) for the absorbent material that's in the middle section.

Here it is all folded up

Here it is laid out.  I used 1 1/2" elastic for the closures, and put a stiff piece of the velcro on end of the elastic.  That way you can put the pieces together when you want to wash and dry it, it keeps the rough side from collecting fuzz from other things.  I saw that on some pattern and thought that was pretty clever, plus it was like that on the disposable one too.

Here is the sides of the diaper, I even put a piece of of the waterproofing in between the folded piece, added the elastic (also in between), this is supposed to help with keeping contents from leaking out.

Here it is on a Teddy that I am going to give to the baby, it's a boy, by the way.  Well, that's it.  I am in the process of writing the instructions for a tutorial, since it will have a pattern as well, I might have to have that in a PDF file.  I am working on the tute for this, so check back and I should have it up soon.

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14  My First Dotee Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by agrafikartist on: March 02, 2008 04:22:45 PM
I found the cutest art doll on flickr.com, it's called a Dotee Doll.  So I went to the ladies blogsite who is from Australia, her name is Dot and her blog is called http://dotslifeandart.blogspot.com/"My Life, my values, my art".  Not all her dolls are as cute as these type of Dotee Dolls.  She gives you a pattern and instructions for them somewhere on the site.  I did print it out in a .pdf format, so if you can't find it I will send you a copy of mine.

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15  Re: Wedding Decorations in Weddings and Bridal Showers by agrafikartist on: March 02, 2008 04:07:35 PM
Well, I don't know what I am doing wrong but the last post wouldn't let me click back inside the box.  So, I'll try again.

Here is a picture of the Guest Book:

This is the Groom's Goblet:

This is the card basket:

This is a close up of the handle:

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16  Wedding Decorations in Weddings and Bridal Showers by agrafikartist on: March 02, 2008 04:00:05 PM
I realized I probably should just put all these on one post instead of separate ones.  Saves space.  Here goes:

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17  Hair Combs for the Bridesmaid in Weddings and Bridal Showers by agrafikartist on: March 02, 2008 03:54:47 PM
I made this for my Son's wedding.  There is one bridesmaid and she's going to being wearing this.  It came out so pretty.  I hand dyed the white flower with artist pastels.

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18  Wedding Invitations for My Son's Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by agrafikartist on: March 02, 2008 03:50:56 PM
Here are the invitations I handmade for my son's wedding.  The first one is for the mother's, grandmother's, maid of honor, and bridesmaid. 

I made the flower arrangement to be used as a pin for the wedding and other places too.  It came out real pretty.  The background has a piece of handmade paper I made from recycled netflix wrappers

This is the one that was sent to everyone else.  Thank the Lord they are having a small intimate wedding.
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19  Re: Zodiac Swap Summer 2006 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by agrafikartist on: September 12, 2006 08:31:34 AM
Well, I'm not sure whether I am supposed to post the pictures of the items I sent to Evil_Abbe or not, but I figured since I took the pictures, why not.

Here is the Large Item:

This is the top of the little wood chest,

This is the front,

This is one of the sides.  I added some little cards in the box that had to do with the sign of Cancer.  I streaked real 24K gold all over the box in a kind of marble-ie look.  My son is a scenic artist and he brought me home a little bit and I just had to use it on something and it looked so cool on the box.  You probably can't see it too well in these pictures though.

This is the Medium item:  It's a decorated journal based on the Celtic theme for my partner's birth month.

This is one of 10 inside pages with the story of the Oak as it pertains to my partners birthday.

Small item 1:  I saw these socks and went, "Aaahhh, perfect!"  I added the sparkles, though.

Small Item 2:  This is the front of the decorated key fob,

Small item 2:  This is the back.  The pearls are to signify that pearls are Cancers gemstone.

Dear Evil_Abbe just loved them and I am so grateful.  Since this was my first swap I was really nervous.  Thanks for letting me be a part of this.
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20  Necklace Chatelaine in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by agrafikartist on: July 18, 2006 10:05:31 PM
I made this one day for my sewing and crafting needs.  It is based on the chatelaines the Victorian ladies used back at the turn of the 20th century.  

This is the whole thing, I even have a neat pocket watch attached:

Spool of Thread Holder:

The Needle Holder:

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