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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ski-goggle sleep mask that really works on: December 07, 2007 06:40:58 AM
Logical progression:
It's time to come up with gifts.
My niece-in-law is all grown up but still loves Tigger.
And she loves to take naps any time she can, day or night.
And I like to sew.

And so you get this...

The yellow edge you see is just Wright's mini piping.

The velour-lined inside with freehand (freeneedle?) butterfly:

I personally have never liked sleep masks because a) they let light sneak up along the sides of the nose and so are pretty pointless and b)if I tighten them up so no light leaks in, I feel like I can't breathe.

So this one is cut up over the nose, and it works!  (Not my idea, by the way, I saw it
but can't spend $32 on one part of one person's gift this year. Or anyother year, for that matter.)
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / wearable sleeping bag on: December 07, 2007 06:27:53 AM
I saw these things in a magazine but they were about $50. And I can sew. And my niece-in-law is always cold. So...

It's fleece, with sleeves, ribbed cuffs for feet, and a big ol' zipper. And man, is it warm! When she sits down, she's going to be able to pull her feet up into it, but when she needs to stand up to chase her toddler, she can, without leaving all the toasty warmth behind.

I have fleece for my DD, mom, and me. Yippee!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / pin-tuck pillow and tissue-box cozy NOW WITH TUTORIAL on: December 07, 2007 06:15:01 AM
My parents designed and built a new house this year. Mom has a new room in it she's dubbed her "sitting room," just off their bedroom, with its own fireplace and lots of sunshine. She hasn't had time yet to make it all comfy, so I wanted part of her Christmas present to help her get cozy in her new room. It's painted what Benjamin Moore calls "Nutmeg" and "barely mauve," and anything I made also needed to be tied into the birds-egg blue of her bedroom. I thought, yeah, right, and prepared to buy or make something for it in a neutral.

Then I saw this fabric at Hancock's. There were the colors she chose plus a lovely milk chocolate brown! It was waaaaay more silky than I enjoy sewing with, but anything for mom, right?

Using the placemat tutorial in October's Sew Simple magazine, I made this squishy soft pillow that she can use to prop up her bad ankle or roll for her neck:

And then one day at Curves, where I exercise most days, I saw a strange little tissue-box cozy that looked like it would be nice in a sitting room. I promptly gave it a thorough look-see, drew it out, and this was born:

(I know, ICK, a cozy, but it kind of fits the theme, don't you think?)

Two presents down, a gazillion to go!

(That's my son's science fair experiment separating hydrogen and oxygen from water in the background...oops. We don't eat batteries!)

Thanks to those who asked for one...a tutorial.

This is my first tutorial, so help me wherever you see holes or know better ways to do something!

I would love to see your tissue cozies! Post 'em, please!

First, for those who just need the dimensions:

--16"w x 18"l piece of fabric (16" around the box, 18" for the bottom, box, channel, and ruffle)
--The tie needs to be about 28" long (3" wide/sewn in half for self-tie).
--I allowed 1/4" seam allowance.
--Have fun! Please share your results! Roll Eyes

Next, the schematic:

Finallythe color-coded directions, beginning with a 16" wide and 18" tall piece of fabric...

1. Find the center by folding fabric in half long way. You now have an 8 x 18" rectangle.  Mark the center by fingerpressing.

2. From the top edge of your long, skinny rectangle, measure 4 1/4 inches down along the fingerpressed line and mark with chalk. This will be the TOP of your 1" button hole. [/color]

3.  Make a 1" button hole.

4.  Fold down 1/4 inch from top edge of fabric and press to finish edge.

5. Fold again, 2 3/4 inches from top. Press, but unfold it again. (You're just marking the fold for later but do it now because it will be easier than doing it once you have a tube.)

6. Fold back to that 8" x now-almost-18" rectangle with right sides together, and sew along the raw edge with 1/4" seam allowance. You now have a tube. Yay for you! Nearly done.

7. Fold your tube so that the seam you just made is in the CENTER. Sew the bottom closed. Your two seams now look like an T, like this:

8. Box the corners in 2". If you need help doing this, look here. I trimmed and finished the edges on mine, but you could just tack the points together in the middle if your fabric is thin enough.

9. Back to finish up the top. Now that you have your buttonhole, you're ready to make the channel and ruffle. Straighten up the 3" fold you made in step 2 and tuck under the 1/4 inch you pressed under. Sew the finished edge down. You now have a big channel with your button hole near the bottom.

10. Stitch again, 1" above the line of stitching you just made. (Try to miss the buttonhole, but if you catch a bit of it, don't sweat it. Once it's all ruffled, no one will know!). You now have a channel for your tie/ribbon and a nifty-snifty ruffle above it.

11. Make/cut your tie. If you're making your tie and not using a ribbon, fold the tie in half and sew along long edge. Turn the tube and press so that the seam is in the middle. Fold under a bit of each end and press. Top stitch the entire tie.  

Use a safety pin to thread the tie though the buttonhole and channel. Put in your tissues, tighten, and tie. You're done!

(p.s. Geaux Tigers!  Grin)
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hobo-style lunch bag on: October 05, 2007 12:41:34 PM
Q: What if you're an 8th grade girl who's not too cool to want lunch, hates "kiddie" lunchboxes,  but can't stand what the cafeteria dredges up?

A: You design this (without knowing that it is a hobo bag) and ask your mom to make it for you!

The outside of the bag,  in a fabric I would not have guessed in a million years she would choose (from a decorator fabric place):

The many repeated coats of Scotch Guard might help it stay clean, but I kind of doubt it. She's at the in-between age, half kid and half young lady. I made it in about 2 hours, with about $10 worth of materials, knowing it has an inevitably short half-life! The pattern (McCall's 5486) was $.99 on sale at Hancocks Fabrics. Yay!

Inside, lining of pink fuzzy-backed vinyl and extra layers of batting for insulation. Drink holder, zip money pocket, extra pocket to keep her napkin dry (her idea):

It looks huge, but this morning when we had it all packed with a thermos full of penne pasta, frozen lemonade, and the other goodies, there wasn't much room left over. Maybe if she only took sandwiches she could do with a smaller version, but that thermos...!

I'm sure there's a better solution for insulation but I couldn't find it at any of our stores. Anybody know of a source? She already wants one for a friend's Christmas present.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first messenger bag in size extra wide: IMAGE HEAVY on: October 05, 2007 12:09:45 PM
I found some funky, sturdy, and CHEAP fabric on the clearance table (about $2 per yard) and bought it on a whim to make a tote bag for a very boring purpose. Then my dear daughter--an 8th grader suddenly terribly concerned with style--spied it and spent the next day in school designing a messenger bag for herself using the fabric in question. Here's her design:

And here's what I came up with. She took it to school exactly one week after she drew it...and she's not a patient client at all! (Notice the "for three day weekend" imperative on the drawing!)
The front view, with her "signature" hand-embroidered on the front. The pink stripe was her late design change or I think I might have centered the monogram differently.

An iron-on applique on the flap, some under-flap pockets for calculator, etc.

Inside zipper pocket and key ring hook:

Inside zip pocket for personal items one wouldn't want falling out in class...

The velcro pocket for her gym clothes:

Here it is, stuffed...

Is there another name for this kind of really deep messenger bag?

She must have liked it, because she promptly drew another plan, this one for a purse-like lunch box! (Posted soon.)

Link to my flikr page in case I'm muffed the photo post: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/

ETA: picture of her lunchbox https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200242.msg2128116#msg2128116
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / red and black polka-dot key-let? Wall-ey? (wallet with keyring) on: September 28, 2006 07:06:22 PM
What ARE these things called?!!  Roll Eyes

First the story: A friend and I spent one very long, hysterical and slap-happy day trying desperately to sew/rip/sew just TWO mini wallets with vinyl windows and a place for a key ring! We made the first ones from a pattern I'd made up and used exactly one time this past weekend. Pictures of that Lilac-and-lace key-let here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehumofdelicious/sets/72157594303896847/

Admitting defeat, we refined the idea to something like this polka-dotty key-let.  I have been folding 11 x 14 paper origami-style for the last two days to come up with this. My friend hasn't seen the revised wall-ey yet, so I hope it's what she had in mind!

It's an original pattern, and muuuucchh easier than what we were trying to do before. It's my third wallet, ever.

Hmmm. I'd like to say the top stitching is straighter than it appears. Sigh. It's sooo thick, with "medium" weight (1/8" thick?!) interfacing in it. It was really hard to sew through. Suggestions?!)

There's good news...No vinyl! (I hate things I only get one chance to sew. It ALWAYS takes me twice!)

Notice the difference between the sew-in velcro (on the change purse, nice and straight) and the iron-in velcro (on the key-let flap, edges curved like the directions said to). Ick. I won't be doing THAT again. Will it really "lift" if I don't curve the edges?!

There are three card pockets, two "cash" pockets, and a hook-and-loop sealed change pocket. It took about an hour and a half, from cutting out to finished, but that's with me having to figure out which order to sew the change purse flap in (nope, not THEN...! Rip, rip, rip.) and to NOT use that iron-on vinyl to make the outside dirt resistant. (It wrinkled so much as I turned the tube that I had to use my little scimitar seam blade to cut it off and then cut out a new one.... Rip, rip, rip. Argh.)

The next one(s) should be easier, quicker. Tomorrow, not today.

This one is the prototype. If we can get it down to where it is quicker, we'll make a whole bunch for Christmas!


27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first post--really simple drawstring packs on: July 25, 2006 04:54:01 PM
I've been lurking for a few days, being wowed at all the talent in the world! Here are some of my recent projects, which are no where near the skill or creativity I've seen so far. I'm interested in learning, so I'm open to any input!

kids' backpacks by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

inside of ballerina backpack by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

loomed CD player bags by thehumofdelicious, on Flickr

These are backpacks modeled after the nylon kind that kids are carrying around this summer. I happen to hate nylon, and I have bunches of coordinating fabric pieces. (I'm a packrat!) Each backpack takes one-half yard of two different fabrics, including the straps. The dimensions are approximately 15" x 18". They're lined with the coordinating fabric and have a "hidden" (in-seam) pocket so that the kid's money or ID won't fly out when they pull out their other stuff. Does anyone have any ideas for improvements before I start some more?

28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Early start on halloween! on: July 25, 2006 02:58:45 PM
Got a chance to get a jump start on Halloween this year.

Here's my son's Einstein costume, a three-piece suit out of $1/yd "value" fabric, and complete with polyfill-hot-glued-to-paper-cap wig. They had this "come as your hero" day for the boy's book club at his school, so this was his choice of hero. Obviously, the other kids chose military types!

I thought for days on how I could do the wig because it was too late to order a nicer-looking one on the internet! Embarrassed

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