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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pirate Hat -- Easy, Felt, fits most heads on: October 24, 2007 10:54:09 PM
With this easy hat and some tatty clothes (all mine are pretty close already, just from being a mom!), you can get your timbers shivered pronto, or?

It's a little big on our 1 YO model but fits the rest of the family just fine!

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Calendar, (photos) Wool/Rayon Felt, Hanging Pockets on: October 24, 2007 07:53:24 PM
I am happy with the way this turned out -- unfortunately for me I made it for a craft fair at my kid's school and so it is already sold. So I will have to make another for us and one for my ma!

It is easy to make -- the hard part (for me) was coming up with illustrations and colors that all worked together. Lots of daydreaming!

I do hope the photos are clear -- I wasn't quite sure how best to shoot it (but my DH took a pic of each pocket separately too -- say if you want to see more)

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What to use as a lining for a reusable fabric sandwich wrap? on: July 23, 2007 10:17:59 PM

I want to make some reusable sandwich wraps out of some upholstery fabric scraps I  have but I just cannot figure out what to use as a lining. The idea is to avoid using plastic wrap or plastic bags and rinse the thing when I get home. So what would keep my sandwich fresh, be washable and safe for putting my sandwich in? Any ideas?

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Power Wristbands -- quick n easy! on: July 18, 2007 01:12:23 AM
At my daughter's school we are knee deep in crafting for our Fall fundraiser -- I grew weary of the big - takes many days -- takes many people projects and needed a boost of POWER so I whipped up these wristbands -- it is just felt and glue, hoody do! Tomorrow I will take them to school and while the others are making complicated things I am going to hum and cut and make power wristbands with whomever will join me! Hope you like them! This is my first post in playthings and I just started posting here, but I do have some a bunch of toys I made that I would love to share!

There's a bearish skull and crossbones (thank you to Kids Craft Weekly for inspiration); batman; spidey, moon and stars (some kind of glare obscures the star -- just like in real life!), flower power, jewelry and even a quidditch ball with a bolt of lightening!

These are fun! I am sloppy with the glue and cutting them free hand -- wondering too which glue is best for gluing felt that kids will play with (but not being glued by kids!)

Tips? Wristband ideas? I think I will wear a FLOWER POWER one all day tomorrow. Looking forward to posting more with you! Such great things I see.

25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Let them eat cake! The Marie Antoinette the Peasant Dress on: July 17, 2007 05:27:42 PM
I am making a dozen or more of these this summer for my daughter's preschool  -- we craft all summer to fill up a "store" during a one day carnival at the school . It is all sewn as a group. We always sell out of our "princess dresses" -- I wasn't involved with princess dresses last year since I didn't sew last year.

I decided to design my own dress and wanted it to be different. When I was at Versailles way back I recalled being enchanted in that lovely teenage ironic way with Marie Antoinette peasant village. Anyhow, I thought of it again when I designed this dress.

Whatcha think? The dress looks pretty plain hanging on a hanger but when a little girl puts it on, seems to come alive!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Running the numbers (skirts) -- Twin Twirls for Best Friends! IMAGE HEAVY on: July 15, 2007 11:52:37 PM
My daughter asked me to copy one of her favorite skirts for her best buddy. I think they liked the result. Skirt thing is a three tiered twirly with elastic waistband based on a design by Belle Marie Boutique -- I bought a tute at youcanmakethis.com and then, ya know, had my way with it ... i cannot leave things alone.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / And then there were two! 2 Pillowcase dresses NOW WITH ACTION SHOTS on: July 15, 2007 11:08:54 PM
I did it! I plunged in and made the granddaddy of recons ... (0r is that the grandbaby of recons?) a pillow case dress! And I made such a hash of the homemade bias tape that I had to make a second one. No action shots yet as these are for my 1YO niece and my DH will not allow me to put them on my 1YO son (he would look awful cute ...)

Here they are!

And now ... action shots

28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sushi Twirly Skirt Dress, with pics and action shot on: July 13, 2007 11:47:03 PM

This is a refinement of the skirt dress I posted the other day -- I added a ruffle on the bottom (and sewed it a bit better ... learning learning learning!)

My dear girl chose the sushi fabric and I cannot decide if I was super clever or just plain wacked with the colors I chose from my stash to go with it. I thought pulling out the orange/red would make the dress too tuna fleshy or something ... Not sure if you can see it but the sushi print has tiny blue dots and some yellow fish scattered among the orange and red -- so I tried those colors. Hmmmm. I wonder.

Still, that is what makes it fun ... playing with the fabric, mixing things around. Who knew I could love this so much? Who even imagined I could learn to sew at all!

In case you are curious about the how:
The dress/skirt is three panels and some elasticized straps (for easy off and on). The top panel has 7 rows of shirring. Each panel is larger than the one above to make it twirly. If you tuck in the straps you can wear it as a longish skirt too, though bunny don't do it, at least not yet. I gathered with zig zag over perle cotton and the shirring was done with elastic thread in the bobbin (and I used adding machine tape as a stabilizer).
29  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Camera Icon shows in my new posts, instead of pictures but pictures are there -- on: July 09, 2007 11:54:33 PM
How can I get pictures to show -- the camera icon shows in my new post, instead of pictures but pictures are there on my server -- the links work fine but  just the camera icon shows in the post. I posted the link in between the IMG tags, as instructed but now am lost!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Richard of York Skirt!!! Vertical Strip Rainbow Twirl Skirt (4 pictures- 3 acti) on: July 09, 2007 11:41:37 PM
The Skirt

The Story
When I started sewing I was amazed to discover that most of sewing is not sewing but preparing (ironing, cutting, ironing, pinning, etc.) or just plain fussing. And who knew that I could amass a great big stash of fabric in only 6 months ...

... so one day when my wee gal and I had a moment away from the baby we decided to make a rainbow from fabric in our stash. She'd been drawing rainbows, and ever the DIY ma, I was teaching her R.O.Y.G.B.I.V -- Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain -- we even have a song about it ... I used the vertical strip twirl skirt pattern from www.youcanmakethis.com, though I used fewer panels so I could keep to the ROYGBIV theme. We had to pop over to Joanne's for the "vain" portion. She now violet "vain" ... orange "of," etc.

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