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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Really Cute Baby Outfit on: September 13, 2008 07:07:55 PM
Hi,  I made this outfit from some corduroy jeans my 20 year old daughter outgrew and an old flannel shirt I outgrew. 

It doesn't look like corduroy, but the fabric is black so it's hard to tell.

I found this baby shoe pattern and instructions on some blog.  They were so incredibly easy to make.  I think I found some pictures here on craftster and followed the trail to the blog that had the pattern and instructions.  Unfortunately, I can't remember where the blog is now.  They came out so cute.  Just thought I'd show them.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Newborn Eco-Friendly Diaper Tutorial (IMG HEAVY!) 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.)
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Environmentally friendly diaper - newborn 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.

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My First Dotee Doll 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.

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Decorations 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:

16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Hair Combs for the Bridesmaid 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.

17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Invitations for My Son's Wedding 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.
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftopedia Support / How do you delete photos from craftepedia on: May 18, 2007 10:36:59 AM
I did my first tute for craftpedia and I uploaded pics that were way toooooo large, so I went back and uploaded smaller ones, but now I can't delete the large ones.  Can you tell me how to do this, it seems a waste of space to have them on there.

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Necklace Chatelaine 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:

20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / My First 8" X 8" Scrapbook "First Year of Marriage" on: July 18, 2006 09:35:18 PM
I was inspired to make this for my Nephew and his new wife by ntesprite17.  She makes some really cool scrapbooks, I think she uses paper bags, though.  I found this scrapbook at the dollar store for, guess, a dollar.  It had 20 pages in it.  I only used a few, because some of the pages were from brown postal wrapping paper. 

Cover:  The  light green part was plain and I used a technique for printing your own rub-ons.

The rest are the inside pages:

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it.  I sure appreciate nitesprite17's inspiration.

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