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1  Re: Hanging corset tidy bag thingy - the tut in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftdabbler UK on: March 27, 2013 04:46:48 PM
Here goes with the tutorial...
Draw around the hanger you want to use, remembering to leave a seam allowance. You are only going to make half a corset shape.

Then use your judgement to draw a corset shape. A tiny waist is less useful for storage, but it's your call.

Something to draw round helps to make a good shape for the top.

Level it out at the side like this.

Cut out (on the fold, obviously) 1 front and 1 back in outer fabric and lining. This is the best time to embellish the front. Have fun with this!

Now add the frill to the bottom curve as shown. I sew it on so there are no pins to deal with at the next stage. This is a bit of net curtain - but lace, net or voile all work really well and cost a lot less than lace edging. Sorry the picture is upside down!

Now you can sew the front and back together, making sure you do not catch the edging into the side seams. When you turn it out you will have this.

Sew the lining together, but leave a gap of about 4 inches open at the side. You will need to be able to get your hanger through this gap later so be generous with it.
Now add trimming to the top outer front just as you did with the bottom. Easy so far, right?
Here's the bit I forgot to photograph. Guess I was just so excited at being nearly finished.
You now put the lining bag and outer bag one inside the other with right sides together. Start at the top - leave a little gap for the hanger hook - and sew down the first shoulder, across the front, and up the second shoulder. Just like the bottom, be careful not to catch the trimming into the side seams. It is easy to turn it the right side out now because you left a big gap in the lining. You did, didn't you?
All you have to do now is put your hanger through the gap in the lining - work it up to the top so you can prod the hook through the hole you left at the top -and hand stitch it closed.
Add a bow or two - and you're finished.
These make super gifts, and also look great if you can get hold of children's hangers.
By the way, if you want to use it for something heavyish (I keep my hairdryer in one) you may find you need to stitch the front and back together at the centre to make it into two sturdy pockets.
If you have any questions please ask.
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2  Hanging corset tidy bag thingy now with added tutorial. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftdabbler UK on: March 22, 2013 12:26:51 PM
Not sure if this belongs here...
It is for storing odds and ends in a pretty way. I have one for my hairdryer and one for tights and socks.
I took photos while making, so could do a tutorial if anyone is interested.  Shocked
The fabric is an old chair cover and leftover coat lining, with odds and ends of lace and ribbon.
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3  Lacy baby blanket - pics! in Knitting: Completed Projects by craftdabbler UK on: May 01, 2009 07:51:39 AM
I have just finished this baby blanket. It was done in 3ply (fine worsted) and is based on a traditional Shetland lace pattern.

Here is a close up of the corner and the lace edging and border.

Not great photos, I know!

The middle garter stitch square was knitted flat and then I picked up all round and knit on the lace edging with mitred corners.  The final border was knitted on sideways - it took 10 rows of border pattern to use up 5 stitches from the lace edge.

I'm pleased with it but I can see ways in which it can still be improved so I am now working on another one.  You'll see it here soon!

I just want to say that if you want to try somethiong like this it is well worth the effort as although it is a little slow going, it is not difficult at all!
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4  Wedding cake tiara in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by craftdabbler UK on: July 13, 2007 08:53:19 AM
I made these two weddding cake tiaras from wire and crystal beads for my son's wedding that took place on 07.07.07. (lucky date!)
It looked good as it was very sparkly under the lights.
Anyway, my DIL was delighted with it, and that's the main thing.  Cheesy

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5  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by craftdabbler UK on: December 07, 2006 03:36:34 PM
I finally got it finished and then I had a lot of trouble trying to post the picture!
Eventually, I managed to post this tiny little image, but you get the idea!

OK, maybe it's not that little.  Probably I just don't know what I'm doing.  
Still, I'm really pleased with the blanket.  Cheesy
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6  Re: 12" Crochet Square of the Month Craftalong - DECEMBER in Crochetalongs by craftdabbler UK on: December 07, 2006 03:32:02 PM
Here are my December squares.  Sadly, once again my photography does not do them justice!

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7  froufrou, fat bottom, seija, finally posted. in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by craftdabbler UK on: November 19, 2006 01:09:36 PM
Yes, I finished these over the last couple of weeks but have only just got round to posting.
The froufrou was most difficult, as the instructions had some errors in but turned out nice.  It looks good on and gets many compliments.  I made the largest size and it took about a month with an hour or so most evenings.
The others were all done in one or two evenings.  I did the garden scarf, too, but the photo did not come out at all.  I made it in all different colours and it looks great.  The seija set is for my grand-daugher, my DIL chose the colours and they look good together.  They are not quite as bright as in the picture.
The fat bottom bag is mine, all mine!  You may recognise the flower from the spring in winter set, I just love it.

My next happy hooker project?  Short and sweet - after I finish the star blanket crochetalong!
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8  baby jacket and hat (my own design) in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftdabbler UK on: November 19, 2006 01:01:26 PM
I saw something similar in a baby boutique at 25.  Shocked
The yarn cost me less than 2.50.   Cheesy

It's just a straightforward plain jacket and hat with little flowers sewn on after.  The flower patterns were on the internet - there are loads of free flowers to choose from!

It is actually nicer in real life - I'm just rubbish at photos.  Also, I haven't blocked it or put on buttons, so that explains the rather droopy appearance a bit!   Wink
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9  Re: Halloween Swap Gallery --- 2006 in The Swap Gallery by craftdabbler UK on: October 29, 2006 12:32:34 PM
Sorry for the delay...but still in time for Halloween!

The fantastic swap package I received from Maehem (thank you again!)

The group shot - minus the sweets which were delicious!

A great little tote.  You can just see in the photo that the bat is all sparkly.

The zipper pouch with dancing skeletons - now my crochet hook holder!

A blurry picture of the cute earrings and matching necklaces.  One set has crystals and a bat, the other set has pumpkin orange beads.

As you see from the first pic, there was loads of stickers and spooky cards and clips and just loads, really!

I love it all!
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