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41  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric roses - some country stylin' for Mum on: March 23, 2010 04:04:10 PM
Have any of you looked through 'Sew Pretty Homestyle'?  It was in the local library and Mum asked if I'd make her a few things from the book.  These fabric roses were very simple to sew and fun to put together.  I used a machine but these would be easy to do by hand.  Mine are made from homespun and a few pieces of vintage cotton - homespun held the best shape.   

How they were made...

1. Take a rectangle of fabric (about 20 - 25cm wide / 35 - 40cm long.)  Fold it in half lengthways, right sides together.  Stitch the wavy pattern, leaving an opening to turn out.  Trim, turn out, stitch the opening closed.

2. Starting at the smaller end, gather and roll the straight edge of the rectangle.

3. Pretty soon you will have a nice flower looking shape.  Stitch through the base once or twice to secure.

4. Fold down some of the petal edges to open the rose.  All finished Smiley

42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flower headband on: March 23, 2010 06:24:51 AM
I should probably be smacked upside the head for the amount of sappy girliness I am inflicting on the world... but anyway.

Started with a fairly plain flower; took it apart and doused it with glitter paint.  Because glitter goes with everything.  When dry, I reassembled the flower and beaded the centre.

Next, prettied up a plastic headband by winding around some satin ribbon, securing with hot glue. 

Finally I glued the flower to the headband and tada!  Teamed it up with a bargain find sequin scarf, and there's a little birthday girl in for some fun...

43  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone recognise this fabric? on: March 22, 2010 12:32:13 AM
Hello!  I am trying to find a supply of this fabric, if it's at all possible.  Probably not knowing my luck but can't hurt to try.

It's a very light cotton, pale pink, with tiny pink flowers that have green stems and leaves.  On the pic you can see what the body of the print is made up of.  On the right is the border edge - there are tiny flowers and hearts between white scallops (which you probably can't see) then another edge of tiny pink dots.

I know that the fabric also came in yellow, as a relative made me a baby dress out of it way back in the early 80's.

There's only a tiny bit of the pink left in my stash.  It was a vintage piece that came out of a garage sale about 6 years ago.  I would love to get my hands on some more if it, and I don't care if it has the border or not.  Neither do I care if it's vintage or a recent reprint or whatever. 

If any of you know where it might be found, or have any other clues, please let me know!  Thanks Smiley
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pom Pom Hairpins on: March 02, 2010 05:56:28 PM
Nothing groundbreaking, but a fun, simple and super quick craft for kids.

I bought a "pom pom magic" thing that looks like a Y, but it has two double-forked ends, one larger than the other. It was about $2 at BigW and make the whole thing a lot easier for my little girl to manage.  When tying up the pom poms we left the strings long, then knotted the finished pom pom to a bobby pin.  In the photo you'll see there is one small and one slightly larger.

45  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Sugar Rush Gingerbread Cottage on: January 04, 2010 07:46:29 AM

This was SO much fun to make!  The house is all crisp gingerbread and the sculpted base is a softer, more cake-like gingerbread.  There's buttercream, royal icing, fondant and chocolate all over the place, prettied up with sugar flowers, fudge rocks and a teenty m&m doorknob.  Even the grass is sugar!  Ground gingernut cookies, walnuts and cocoa made the crumbly dirt and corinthian chocolate sticks made the support columns.  The 'retaining walls' are dressed with chocolate bark.

Some in progress shots...crumb coating, adding fondant, putting the house together etc

46  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A place to dream of fairytales on: December 25, 2009 06:10:12 PM

The requirements of this project:

No painting walls (yellow), changing floor coverings (brown!), adding picture hooks or whatnot.  It's a rental. 
The room is for a six year old girl who has a spectacular imagination.  Fluffery is a must.  She likes pink and purple.
More storage space!
All things should be handmade, thrifted or recycled.  Satisfies my creative yearnings and a modest budget.
The whole thing must be a surprise!

So here's what we end up with:

*2 sheer, white and purple butterfly curtains with corded hem
*3 purple swags and 2 matching tails
*3 purple banner/pennants to hang behind bed
*Mozzie net (thrifted!) to hang over bed, which is threaded onto an embroidery hoop, then tied to the curtain rod behind.
*4 flower garlands (purchased) hanging with the net
*Purple velvet and white satin throw blanket, complete with tassels
*Harlequin pattern blanket made of hundreds of pink and purple cotton diamonds (to all the lovely quilters out there - you people are mad.  Lovely and talented, but mad.)
*New pink cotton sheets (purchased)
*Revamped pink bed valance - added extra polka dot ruffle.   
*New cushions, made from bits and pieces of fabric and embellishments
*Slipcase for long body pillow made from about a million ruffled fabric scraps
*Painted existing table and chairs
*Glittery tulips in an upstyled, thrifted ugly!vase
*Writing feathers - prettied up feathers hot glued to a gel pen
*'crystal' vase to hold the feathers - upstyled glass cup with beaded trim glued on
*Thrifted bookcase with pretty fabric glued to the back panel
*Bookends to keep things in order, decorated with bejewelled slipcovers
*Two lamp tables, ugly cheap things painted white
*Thrifted lamp with new shade and beaded trim
*Bright turquoise mat (purchased)
*Revamped frame with her name, decorated with scrapbook paper, jewels and stick-on mirrors (still on their plastic backing so the frame can be remade as she gets older)
*Thrifted teapot, teacups and saucers
I think that's about it.  All the work was done while miss was at school or out of the house.  On Christmas Eve, she camped in her baby sister's room so they could wait for Santa together.  When she FINALLY went to sleep, hubby and I set up all the pretties which had been hiding in our bedroom for a month or so.  Her gift under the Christmas tree was a treasure map that led her to the room.

47  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Spring time Halloween..? on: October 06, 2009 09:54:18 PM
Unfortunately for those of us in the southern hemisphere, Halloween occurs right in the middle of spring.  Our pumpkin vines and corn fields are long done for the year and it's getting kind of hot too.  Do you clever, creative people have any ideas for celebrating (and in particular, decorating) a spring-time Halloween? 

48  COOKING / Dessert / 6th Birthday Cake on: October 06, 2009 08:46:32 PM
A visual attack of hyperactivity for my big girl's 6th birthday.  I have been wanting to try this kind of tilted layer cake for a while and was pleased with how easy it is! 

The cakes are vanilla-chocolate swirl, made from two packet mixes.  I baked a 10cm round cake for the middle and cut the other layers from a 22cm.  They all had to be cut, crumb coated and smothered in buttercream before being assembled.  The top layers sit on a circle of cardboard and there are a couple of supporting dowels in the bottom layer to make sure the whole thing doesn't topple over. 

Once it's all stacked up the fun part begins!  Miss birthday girl helped with frosting, piping, placing cachous and painting with inca gold dusting powder.

The inspiration for the cake comes from a picture on our kitchen wall, something we made with scrap paper... when asked what kind of cake she wanted for her big day, miss pointed to this and replied very seriously, 'That one!'.  We did the best we could Smiley

I found this tutorial very helpful:
49  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Girl Dalek, WoW & Gamer 'onesies' on: March 28, 2009 11:51:37 PM
Iron-on transfer paper exists because I *heart* Daleks.  And so should my baby, darn it.  Though if it turns out to be a boy that bow could get awkward.

And for the World of Warcraft nutter in the family (aka the Husband):

Though it's a stretch fabric, which comes with eventual cracking/peeling/fading issues for iron-on transfers, I'm not too fussed as these are all sized for a newborn... baby won't be wearing them for long.  Hubby came up with the ideas for the WoW/gamer images; he just told me what to print so credit goes to him Smiley
50  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tulle Pettiskirt - now with tutorial on: March 28, 2009 12:12:55 AM

I love pettiskirts.  I don't love the boutique price tag.  I also really love the soft, floaty chiffon but when your little princess would rather be out slaying the dragon herself than waiting around for some prince on a horse, you need something a little hardier.  More stain resistant.  With an el-cheapo price tag.  Yeay tulle!

I only made this skirt one layer.  Extra fancy pettiskirts have two, but I'm ridiculously pregnant (i.e. impatient) and one day sitting at a sewing machine is quite enough for this mama.  As you can see, it didn't diminish the explosion of fluff.


The girl-monster herself...

(I really hope this makes sense...)

*It's not hard, just time consuming.  Though if you're like me, math = ouchies.
*Read through the entire tutorial first!
*Theres a shopping list at the end.  Fill it out as you do your calculations.
*Finish your seams as you go especially if youre using chiffon.  Its not written in the tutorial, but you know how it goes.  Use a serger / overlocker / sewing machine with an overedge or zigzag stitch so the whole thing is neat and fray-proof.
*When selecting chiffon, buy nylon.  If using tulle, pick the softer stuff.
*If you use satin for the yoke, you may wish to iron down strips of fusible interfacing to the inside edges to prevent fraying.
*I didnt add extra seam allowances to the yoke or tiers; if you wish, add an extra few cms [an inch].  Its not necessary on the hem ruffle.
1. Measure

Waist: ___________________
Length of desired skirt: ________________
All the bounce makes the finished skirt appear shorter; consider adding extra length.

2. Work out how much fabric youll need.

Divide length by three_________________ = (a)
This is the width of the yoke and tiers.  Are you adding extra seam allowance?  Add it now.

2 rectangles of satin, (a) wide and (waist + 4 inches) long.__________________

1st Tier
Strip of chiffon/tulle, (a) wide and (waist x 6) long._____________________

2nd Tier
Strip of chiffon/tulle, (a) wide and (waist x 18) long._____________________

Hem Ruffle
Strip of chiffon/tulle, 5 cms/2 inches wide and (waist x 36) long.  _____________________

Total amount of chiffon/tulle to buy

Answer: A LOT.

Chiffon or tulle will come in widths of anywhere from 91.5cm [36 inches] to 162cm [70 inches].  How much you need will depend on that width.

E.g.    I am making a SINGLE layer, little girls tulle pettiskirt for a 51cm [20inch] waist. 

Adding up the length of the tiers, I need a strip of tulle 12.5cm [5 inches] wide and 1219.2cm, or 12.20 metres [480 inches] long!  The ruffle is going to be 5cm [2 inches] wide and 1828.8cm or, 18.29 metres [720 inches] long.  Thats INSANE!

The store has 132cm [52inch] wide tulle.  How much do I need to purchase?

132cm [52 inches] divided by the largest width I need 12.5cm [5inches]

= 10.56 (or 10.4 if youre using inches)

That means Ill get 10 and a bit strips out of any length of that tulle.

Take the total length of tulle needed the tiers and the ruffle.  For me, thats 3048cm [1200 inches].  Divide that by the number of strips Ill get out of the fabric - 10.56.  Answer?  288.63. Round it up.

I need to purchase 289cm [2.89m, 113 inches] of 132cm [52inch] wide tulle!

If I were making a DOUBLE layer pettiskirt Id obviously double that.
Got all that?  Go you!
Now have a little lie down.  Treat yourself to a hot chocolate and a Tim Tam or six.

3. Cut out strips and yoke.

What to have handy:
Pieces of cardboard, an old box will do
scissors or rotary cutter
nice big pins
ruler or tape measure, chalk

The fabric youre using is nice and thin so you can cut several layers at once.  Fold your fabric over itself a few times.  Pin at the edges so it wont move while you cut.   Measure out your strip widths according to your earlier calculations.  Mark a cutting line with chalk.  Pin occasionally to prevent movement.

Take pieces of that cardboard box and wind your strips around to prevent twisting/tangling.  Use one piece of cardboard for each section i.e. 1st tier, 2nd tier, hem ruffle. 

Sew as you go joining strips together to make up your total length.  Make sure your seams all face the same way!

Cut out your yoke pieces as calculated earlier.

4. Get the yoke ready.

Put your two rectangles wrong sides together and sew the long, top edge.
Make a casing for your elastic: press down the top edge about 1cm [1/2 inch], then another 5cm [2 inches].  Stitch that down.  Give it a press.  Youll have a tube casing with two layers of extra fabric on the bottom.  Set aside.

Constructing the skirt working from the bottom up

5. The Hem Ruffle

Ruffle the entire strip of your hem ruffle, right up the middle.  It needs to end up about half the size it is now. 

You can do this several ways:
*By hand with a needle and thread.  (Good luck, ye brave and faithful)
*By machine, with hand wound elastic thread in the bobbin or a gathering foot.
*With a ruffler tool.
*By machine, just scrunching up the strip as it goes under the presser foot (worked fine for me!  SEE PICS.)

Attach the hem ruffle to the bottom edge of your 2nd tier.  Lay the ruffle on the 2nd tier strip and sew right over the top of your gathering stitch.

6.  The 2nd Tier

Your 2nd tier strip will now have a ruffle attached to one end.  Yeay you! 

Gather the top edge of the strip.  Use whatever technique you used before.

Lay the 1st tier over the 2nd, right sides together, matching edges.  Sew.  Lay out, right sides up.

7. The 1st Tier & Yoke

The bottom of your 1st tier strip now has a very fluffy and ruffled attachment.  Hurrah!

Gather the top edge of your 1st tier strip.  This will attach to the yoke, so be precise.  You may need to switch from machine gathering to hand work. 

Work in sections to ensure accuracy
Mark out the halfway points on the yoke and the strip so you have a guide to match up to. 

Sew the top edge of the gathered tier to the bottom edge of the yoke

If you want a SINGLE layer skirt, you can sew both layers of the yoke, then move on to the next step.

If you want a DOUBLE layer skirt, sew only to one yoke layer.  Then, repeat steps 6-8 with your second lot of strips and sew that to the second yoke layer.  Make sure your seams are all facing the same way!

Simply lay the yoke over the rest of the skirt, right sides together, and sew the appropriate edge.

8. Finishing the Skirt

Turn your whole pettiskirt right sides in.  Join up the back seam and sew, leaving the elastic casing open.

Cut your elastic to fit, thread through the casing.  Stitch the elastic together securely.  Neatly hand stitch the opening.

Cut the satin ribbon (twice the waist length works if youre not sure).  Heat seal the edges (melt with a candle flame, lighter etc) to prevent fraying.  Make a big pretty bow, sew to the centre front of the skirt.

Congratulations, you bundle of gorgeous twirliness!
Youve made yourself a pettiskirt!

Shopping List:

Satin for yoke.............................................
Pettiskirt fabric (tulle or nylon chiffon).............
Fusible interfacing (optional)..........................
Satin preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'ribbon................................................')
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'Elastic.......................................................')
preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'Thread......................................................')

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