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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / JUICY tote bag (lots of pics!) on: October 04, 2008 04:51:30 PM
This was my first Challenge entry, and my goodness was it ever a challenge! I knew I wanted to make a lunch tote to bring to work (but also one that wasn't obviously a lunch bag). After deliberating a little I decided to use Capri Sun pouches. I know, I know, bags made of juice boxes or capri sun pouches have been popping up all over the place. But I put a little twist on mine that I hope you agree makes it unique.  Cheesy

An over-exposed pic of the completed bag. The reflective plastic made it hard to photograph, but as a lunch tote it will make cleaning up spills really easy Smiley

From the supermarket:
2 - 10pk Capri Sun Roarin' Waters (one side has a design, and one side is clear) - $2.69 each
1 package of Post-its - $2.79
1 candy necklace (my food item) - $0.99

Total: $9.67

My supplies:
Invisible thread
Reversible zipper (from a project I haven't worked on in a really long time...)
4 D-rings (also from a project I haven't worked on in a long time...)
Goo-gone (for the stickyness left behind by the straws)
Nail polish remover (for the expiration date printed on the clear side)
LOTS of tape (in place of pins)

First I cut the bottoms of all the pouches and emptied them into a pitcher. (Yes, the juice is clear...kinda weird to see clear and taste grape). Then I rinsed them out and cut the bottoms off. After they dried I put a purple post-it inside each pouch.

Then I sewed them together to form each side, the bottom, and part of the side.

I took the bottoms that I had cut off before and sewed them together and then sewed them to each side of the zipper.

Then sewed the zipper to the bottom and sides and finally to the front and back

Inside the completed bag. I had originally intended for the bag to be reversible, and for all intents and purposes it could be, but the "fabric" of the bag is just too stiff and it won't cooperate enough to turn inside out Sad

I made a zipper charm out of the candy necklace string and a few candy beads

I sewed handles for the bag out of some leftover pouches. After all was said and done there were only a few scraps leftover from the 20 pouches I started with - not too bad I'd say Smiley. The finished bag is a little taller than a regular drinking glass, about 8 in. tall, 11.5 in. wide and 3 in. deep.

Closeup of the side

I used this website as a starting point for my project. I'm really happy with how it came out and strangely enough, after it was done I got a purple water bottle as a gift that matches Smiley
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / "WIP" Maternity T-shirt and Onesies with birds on: August 27, 2008 05:13:50 PM
My good friend and crafting buddy is having a baby in January and her birthday was a few days ago. I'd seen other people make freezer paper stencils and I really wanted to give it a try.  She's really into knitting (actually, she's crazy about knitting. she can crank out a sweater in two weeks!), so I thought I would stencil a shirt for her. Inspiration struck and this is what came of it...

You can see the stencil I used and the edge of the birds stencil I used on the onesies

"W.I.P" stands for "Work in progress" and in my experience is a common abbreviation in knitting. I almost made a onesie that had "W.I.P" crossed out and "F.O." underneath. "F.O." stands for "Finished object"  Smiley 

I made the entire stencil myself in Photoshop and I am sooo impressed with how it turned out. My boyfriend thought I should put the stencil on the belly area, but I figured the last thing a pregnant girl wants to do is call more attention to her belly! When he told her his idea, she was really confused. Apparently it hadn't even crossed her mind that this was something handmade. What a compliment!

I really like watching instructional youtube videos, it really helps me to see someone actually do what I am about to do. These youtube videos really helped me in the stencil-making and stenciling process:

How to turn a picture into a stencil with Photoshop:

Stenciling with freezer paper:

Since the shirt came out so well I decided I'd stencil some onesies too


This was a two-part stencil (which I downloaded from this site), which I thought would be easy but ended up being a little tricky. I did the dark blue first, then after it dried a little I ironed the second stencil on top. Some dark blue paint ended up getting on my iron and then on the collar of one of the onesies (I got most of it out...). When I peeled the second stencil off I saw that some of the light blue had bled under the stencil. I went around the edges with a toothpick dipped in dark blue paint and I think I was able to clean it up well enough. Overall I'm really happy with how they came out and my friends and I have been thinking about what to stencil next.....  Grin

If anyone has any advice about how to do two-part stencils I'd really like to know!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Snorlax doll :) on: June 26, 2008 04:58:41 PM
So my boyfriend's birthday is next Thursday and about a month or so ago I decided I would make him a Snorlax doll (Snorlax is a pokemon for those of you saying "huh?" right now). After some careful planning and some help from my fellow crafties, I'm done!

For my first plushie I think he came out pretty good! His feet and his head are a little crooked and I wish his arms would stay down better but at least he looks like a Snorlax Grin He's made out of felt that I handsewed together and he's about 6" tall. I used some stuffing out of an old carnival stuffed animal and added a pouch of rice to his bottom so he'd sit up.

This is the picture I used for reference:
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help making Snorlax doll on: May 16, 2008 07:36:03 PM
So my boyfriend's birthday is in July, and even though he said he didn't want anything, I'm going to try to make him a Snorlax doll. Even though he's going to be 27 he's really into video games and Snorlax is his all-time favorite pokemon.

I bought some felt today (the 8x11 single sheets), but I'm having a hard time thinking of how I'm going to get him to be the right shape and proportion. I've searched teddy bear patterns but nothing looks quite right. This is what I'm trying to base the design off of:

So I guess i'm thinking almost a rounded square for a body, and a round head and round feet. For the face and belly I'll just applique a different color on top, and the nails I'll cut triangles. I'm mostly worried about the body and arms  Undecided

Suggestions anyone? I've never made any sort of doll before...
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Refinished formica vanity - Eek! to Chic on: October 14, 2007 10:47:10 AM
I've been a long-time lurker and decided to finally add something of my own... A few weeks ago a family friend gave me a vanity that she was getting rid of. I've always wanted one, so of course I jumped at the chance. The only problem was that the drawer fronts were a not-too-appealing faux wood formica, and the drawer handles are not really my style either. So, a trip to Home Depot and a few hours later:



I had a hard time finding out the best way to paint the formica, but thanks to 5year and this post from Ayn for advice, I sanded first with 120 grit sand paper, used 2 coats of kilz primer, and a light blue latex paint which has held up pretty well so far. *crosses fingers*

I also got new drawer pulls (I couldn't find any handles with the same screw hole distance, so I ended up with two knobs. It kind of reminds me of a pea coat). If anyone wants the old drawer pulls, please let me know and I will send them to you for free! I have no interest in them, and I'm not sure if I can give them to Good Will but I definitely don't want to throw them away. (edit: Sold! Er, Given Away! Thanks!)

I'm really happy with the final result, this is my first time painting furniture and I think it went pretty well.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How do you paint formica? on: September 24, 2007 08:34:59 AM
So I got this great vanity from a family friend, but the drawer fronts are faux wood formica (I think). The rest of the vanity is white, so I was thinking if I painted the drawer fronts and got some new hardware (the drawer pulls are hideous) I could have a pretty nice looking piece of furniture. My boy says that if I sand it, it should help the paint adhere better.

Does anyone have experience with painting formica? Any advice would be really appreciated! I'll post pics later.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / help with waste canvas/fabric on: September 06, 2006 10:17:36 AM
So I bought some waste fabric last night and brought it home, completely expecting the typical even-grid cross stitch canvas I've used before. I don't know if I got the wrong kind or if this is just what it looks like, but the rows are different widths....I drew a picture to show what I mean:

So my question is....where do I put my needle to make my stitches? Am I just going to have really big X's?
I guessed and started making my X using the large squares, but it makes a really obvious "X" instead of the neat little box I'm used to. (By the way, I am using this to cross stitch on fleece)

Any help would be really really appreciated!
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