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1  A yoga mat bag for my sister in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: May 19, 2009 06:55:56 PM
I've decided to make a bag for my sister's yoga bag. Here's my first attempt. It's a good thing it was too tight (well it wasn't, it's just didn't have enough wiggle room so the rubber kept gripping the sides) so I made the second version, all with fabrics from my stash. I had fun making it becaust it was a complex project that required all of my tailoring skills but I love the results and I'm pretty sure sister will like it too.

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2  Flock of Triangles: My first quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: April 05, 2009 02:49:28 PM
OK technically it's not my first quilt, I've a couple of practice ones before making this lap quilt but anyhoo. I loved making it. The instructions called for making it by hand but there was no way I was going to do that, I made it entirely with my sewing machine, even the binding. Anyway, cutting all those triangles was tedious, as was making the different rows but in the end, I love the result. I have more details on my process here, just scroll past the part in French.  I slowly building a stash of FQs and fabrics by the half meter yard or full meter, for future quilts, I already have plans for quilt for my niece, after I've done a couple of other projects. Thanks for looking.

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3  Aran cell phone cozy (with a couple tutes) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: November 03, 2008 05:34:08 PM
Got a not so new cell phone and after looking for online tutes I decided to make an Aran pattern from the bottom up. It was a quick project to make, the yarn I used is wool/acrylic mix that has a nice, soft feel. I also decided to make it from the bottom up, much easier to me then playing around with the kitchener stitch had I don it from the top down. So here's my tute for my Chocolat cozy.

I also made a YouTube tute on the Eastern Cast on method. Mostly because I wanted to make one in French and it was just a question of translating the slides.

Hope you like it.

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4  Wall mounted cloth dryer link to tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: October 15, 2008 02:54:42 PM
I know, I haven't been on here in a millennium but really I had slowed down my crafting for the last while and now I've started again.

So, I saw this cloth dryer a long time ago in one a Martha Stewart Living and never forgot about it until last week I decided to finally do it. Unfortunately I couldn't find the instructions for it in the magazine and I couldn't find the mag I'd seen it in so I figured out how to make it. Thank God I have a well equipped in tools so all I needed was the lumber and hardware. It turned out great in spite of a few mishaps. I also wrote the instructions as I went along along with some final thoughts on the topic. Hope you like it.

The links for the tute. My blog is both in French and English so if you get to a page and it starts in French, just scroll down:

Materials and tools
Making the outer frame
Making the inner frame
Hardware and installations
Final thoughts

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5  Toilet pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: March 30, 2008 11:49:52 AM
I've been on a makeup binge recently and so I need a pouch to store all that stuff. I used this tutorial that was posted on Craftster a while back and I first made the floppy version on top. Having decided that I wanted one that had more body so I remade it using a heavyweight interfacing this time. I have to say I like both versions, the one on top will be a travel pouch since I'll be able to stuff in a travel bag easily.

For the outer fabric I used a grey flannel I fished out of my fabric store's remnant bin and for the inside a cotton twill from Ikea.

Hope you like it.

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6  Yet another sea urchin II (with tute, it's a different version) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: February 02, 2008 04:13:11 PM
OK, I really need to find a new hat pattern to  do Grin I lost my SUII so I made another one, this time using Lamb's Pride Bulky. Basically I used the instructions for my Sea Urchin II to which I made a few modifications, for one thing I use a single yarn at a time instead of two. If you like this latest version, I have posted the modifications that I made, you'll have to combine the pattern and the modifications.

It was a quick project, just a couple of evenings. I don't know why purple doesn't seem to photograph well, it looks more magenta in the pictures. It is smaller then the last SUII because I use less stitches plus since I use a smaller needle for the opening it's less likely to blow over in the wind. I hope you like it!

More pics

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7  Red Sophia carry-all (by Amy Butler) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: January 16, 2008 04:53:57 PM
Well I haven't done a bag in a long time but when I saw this one I fell in love. I used fabrics that i had in my stash, a wool blend for the outside and a fun cotton print for the lining. I also used the cotton fabric to make the piping cord, I think it makes the bag a little less serious. It wasn't that hard to do even though a bit of cursing was necessary while I was putting the outer bag together. Personally I like it even though I wished that the straps were longer. For a almost daily storyline on the making of this bag, you can check out my blog. I hope you like it.

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8  Jane neck warmer (with tute) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: December 30, 2007 04:38:06 PM
A few days ago I came across a crochet neck warmer that was posted here on Crafster and I loved it so much that I decided to make a knitted version. After swatching several version I chose a seeded rib stitch, I liked the texture it gave this superbulky yarn. I used burly spun my Brown Sheep company, I have to say I love this yarn, it is sooo soft. I didn't have too much trouble using a US 15 needle, for a second there I was afraid I'd have to use a US 19. I decided to forgo the buttonhole because I wanted the freedom of putting it together anyway I wanted.

Anyway, there are several ways or wearing it. I've actually tried it last night (hence the bleary eyes) it was pretty effective at keeping my ears warm.

So I'm sharing the pattern, you can go to my blog here. Hope you like it.
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9  Re: Afro sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: October 04, 2007 11:31:16 PM
Seriously, you are making me blusgh with all that praise
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10  Re: Afro sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: October 02, 2007 04:49:38 PM

There you go!
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