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261  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / fabric sugestions... on: August 23, 2006 01:00:03 PM
I'm planning on making various stuffies for christmas for freinds and family.
My plan is to make the critters reflect the person's personal pet, or favortie animal.
I'm sort of stuck on one thing though. My sister in law has a dog with poodle type fur. (he's huge though and not a poodle) It's blonde and curly and they typically sheer him with "boots" on his feet. I'm planning on using fleece for the main part of the stuffie. What could I use for the longer Furry boots?
I've been looking at a mohair type fur but it's really too stiff I think for this. Any suggestions? Oh preferably something not too expensive. Also feel free to suggest websites that sell fabric for me to check out.
262  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / recon gone wrong on: August 19, 2006 09:08:27 PM
Okies I decided to re-con a t-shirt for "beach day" at church. We're decorating it in beach stuff and suppsoed to wear beach clothes. it's going to be fun.
however I have no beach clothes. I haven't been to the beach since I was little. So I have no idea what this means. And that means asking hubby over and over again to go through my wardrobe and help me out.
(poor guy)
So I decided to re-con a t-shirt into a halter top. Seemed easy enough. I picked out a tee that as to tight in the sleeves and figured it would be easy to tranform from tube top to halter top. At walmart otday buying ribbon for the halter tie I saw this cute yellow cotton that matcehd the yellow in the butterfly on the front of the tee so I bought it. I got home started cutting yeah tube top! It fits and I actually cut my shirt straight! Score 1! hjubby measured my hips and my boobs so I could edge the shirt with yellow fabric. I cut my fabric and proceded to spend three hours sewing. Upon finishing I attempt to try on finished shirt. Unfortunetly this is here I realize that I bought a non strechy knit cotton it's stiff and doesnt strech and my hips are more narrow than noy boobs so I can't get the thing over my boobs to try it on. Sad Yeah I should know about mixing fabrics by now. I'm not a big time newbie. My mom has lectured me on this ovcer and over. But I didn't read the decription of the fabric and here I am. With one totally cute shirt that I cannot wear. I can probably salvage the shirt with a zipper or something but it's jsut frustrating becasue now it's midnight and all I have to wear tommarrow is a pair of cut off jeans. GRRRRR.
I will save the shirt buy a zipper at some point and try  to fix it. But still .GRRRRR>
263  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angel Rat Plushie (image Heavy)<with tut on page 2> on: August 19, 2006 05:41:06 PM
I made this for Devaint Art's GReat plushie Contest. I didn't place but there were so many really impressive entrys that it didn't surprise me. However I am very pleased becasue It had been awhile since I'd made a plushie and I hand sewed the whole thing. I used a bunch of scrap Faux fur for most of it. And some brown curdoroy that matched for anything non fur. I also used white cotton for the wings and purple felt for the paws. The tail was purple knit that I cut into strips and braided when the original felt tail was not big enough.
Side veiw:

Front veiw:



ears and eyes


Please ignore my microwave. The kitchen is the best lit room in the house. So I took the pictures in there.
The pattern was completely made by me. Which ment I miss made several peices and had to re-do them as I went. The head was origianlly too small so it got re-made, the tail was to wierd so I remade it with the version you see here. And I should have weighed his feet and legs down with rice or beans and didn't so he doesn't always stand up properly.
I will probably be remaking it at some point becasue it came out nothing like I had wanted. Smiley

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264  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cargo Pants Purse (image Heavey) on: August 09, 2006 12:55:09 PM
This all started with a trip to the thrift store.(doesn't it always?) My mom bought this pair of camo cargo shorts and was going to give them to my younger brother. My brother doesn't wear shorts so I got the pants. Which didn't fit me either, much to my dismay. But I was determined to use the shorts somehow.
So I mde a purse out of them:
This is the front: (one of my nosey ferrets got in the picture.)
this is the back:
Closeup of lining:

That's right I even lined it!!! The strap is made out of a ribbon belt I never wore. The whole project cost me nothing becasue I didn't buy the pants, the belt was given to me and the clasp (a frog closure) was a part of a costume for my brother.

The purse is made out of the cargo pockets and butt pockets. And a bit of extra from the bottom of the legs was used for the sides, bottom, and top. It's really sturdy. The lining is cotton from the remnants bin but I didn't even pay for that my grandma gave it to me. lol.

I'm very pleased with my work. 90% sewing machine 10% hand sewn.
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