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1  Trellis Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dink on: April 06, 2013 07:07:15 AM
My mother-in-law turned 60 this year and as a family we were all too poor to put on a big party or huge present.  Then it occurred to me that I could make her a lap quilt, as she likes to have something over her knees when she's watching TV.  A dig through the stash provided just enough fabrics of the right size to make this:

Finished size is 48 inches square.

The family chipped in with a couple of pounds each for the backing and binding.  Hard to see from my crappy photos, but the binding is a jolly brown-and-cream spotty affair, which complements the lime beautifully.  And I made a pretty label frame thing with more stash fabric.

I already had the batting as well, so the whole thing only cost 20, and she loves it.  Hurray!
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2  Re: five purses! And three more purses on the third page! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dink on: January 30, 2010 10:49:01 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone!

I got into an industrious mood over the last couple of days and made another three purses.   I tweaked the design a little more.

This time the first pocket's front uses the same fabric as the outside of the purse, so that it'd look plain/co-ordinated when closed...

...and colourful and pretty when open!

Not sure if you can tell from the photos, but I also trimmed the corners of the velcro to make little ovals. I think it looks much better like that!

And in making these purses I found another stash of Amy Butler fabric at the bottom of my fabric basket.  I really love her designs:

Thanks again for looking! Smiley
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3  red cat and taggie blanket (many pictures) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dink on: January 30, 2010 10:36:26 AM

My mother-in-law was having a clear-out of old clothes, and let me have a look through all the bin-bags before she took them down to the charity shop.  I found a fairly nasty black-and-silver blouse thing that's going to be a wizard's cape for my godson in the very near future, and a lovely red fleecy jacket.

After a few hours with the sewing machine, I had this:

It's for  my godson's as-yet-unborn sibling (due in March).  Here's the back:

You can just see on the left there the little applique heart tag.  I just thought the back would be a bit boring if it was all just red.

In making this cat/devil thing I discovered that my sewing machine does a reasonable approximation of blanket stitch.  Here's a close-up of the face, so you can see the stitching:

It's such a pretty stitch that I'm thinking of using it without any applique, as an embellishment on future sewing projects.  Here's the back of the little heart tag:


I also used some of the fleece to make a taggie blanket for the baby:

And I used some stash fabric for the other side:

It was a great project for using up some of my massive ribbon collection (a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law and his wife).  Here's one of my favourites:

Thanks for looking!  I hope you liked them. Smiley
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4  various cross-stitch fipperies in Needlework: Completed Projects by dink on: January 17, 2010 08:00:52 AM
I've had a box full of unfinished cross-stitch kits sitting in a cupboard for six or seven years, and a couple of weeks ago I suddenly had the urge to finish them all off.

I'd already done the fun bit -- the cross-stitching -- but I'd never got round to turning them into things.  So behold the many lavender sachets and one pincushion that I now proudly possess:

Thumbnails to click on:

Pincushion!  With pins!

I also found, in the bottom of the box, two little Christmas cross-stitch things that I think were supposed to be used to decorate cards or something.  But I thought they were much too pretty to be given away and probably thrown out with all the other Christmas cards that people get.  So I sewed some silk scraps to the back, attached ribbons and stuffed them, and now I have two new Christmas tree ornaments:

Thanks for looking!
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5  five purses! And three more purses on the third page! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dink on: January 16, 2010 03:52:57 AM

I found this pattern here on Craftster just before Christmas and was inspired to make purses as gifts for my female relatives and friends.

I altered it slightly by using a stiff interfacing so they'd keep their shape even when stuffed with change, cards, etc.  
I also shaped the flaps so that they were curved:

And, since I didn't have any snap buttons in my stash, I used velcro for the fasteners.

I'm pretty pleased with this project.  And it was all from stash so all five purses were essentially free.  Yay for thrifty gifts!
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6  Re: lots and lots of tote/shopping/carrier bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dink on: January 05, 2010 06:41:05 AM
Well, it's been nearly two years since I went on a bag-making spree.  Since then I've brought maybe as many as 12 plastic bags into my house (ie. I've forgotten to take a cloth bag out with me 12 times).

My husband's mum gave me a few old duvet covers in the autumn, hoping I could turn them into something useful.  Of course, I made bags.  Managed to get 12 bags out of them in time for Christmas.  Here's a representative selection:

I've got 4 little bags in the space-invaders fabric all cut out and ready to stitch together, so that'll be 16 bags out of three duvets.  I could've got more, but my husband was in charge of the cutting-out and he decided to be fussy with the aeroplanes. Cheesy

The first batch of bags I made in 2008 were all destined for female friends and relatives.  These ones are for the men.  Equality in all things!

To sum up, I still love cloth bags. Smiley
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7  Christmas star cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by dink on: December 30, 2009 04:03:48 AM
Not sure where to put this, but the biggest component is cardboard so hopefully this is the right place!

I make Christmas cards each year, and like to try to use up scrappy bits of fabric/paper.  This year I also had a huge stash of ribbons (a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law and his wife last year), so I got the sewing  machine out...

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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8  flappy buttony cushions for my godson in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by dink on: November 01, 2009 07:08:57 AM

A year ago I offered to make something for my three-year-old godson for Christmas.  There was a suggestion that he was having problems with buttons, and that the cushions in his bedroom were boring.  So I came up with a design for cushion covers that would incorporate lots of flaps and buttons.

While making the first one, I discovered that I really hate sewing buttons on.  So I completed only one cushion in time for last Christmas:

Each square can be folded over and fastened with a button, to reveal a different fabric:

The other two cushions have been languishing in my to-do box,  not quite sewn together, ever since.  But it was my godson's 4th birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I finally felt guilty enough to get them done.

Action shot:

And the backs (click to embiggen):

If I was doing this project again (which I won't be, because it turned out to be both difficult and time-consuming (either is fine, but not both together!)) I'd be more careful about seam allowances -- behind the scenes some of the seams are less than 1/8th of an inch due to my dodgy cutting/measuring.  I'd also opt for horizontal/vertical flaps instead of diagonal, to keep the corners neat.

Still, they're all done now, and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Thanks for reading!  Comments/criticisms are very welcome. Smiley
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9  Paddington Bear bag and pencil case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dink on: October 27, 2009 06:32:25 AM
It was my big sister's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  What do you give an art teacher?  I just happened to  have one of her childhood pillowcases stashed in a cupboard, so I used the fabric to make a bag and a pencil case.

I used the pattern from morsbag.com (like I did with all the bags I made back in 2008) for the bag.  I've always liked the pretty, visible stitching where the handles attach:

I probably should've ironed the pillowcase before cutting and sewing.  Oh well.  It had to be folded up to go in the post anyway...

And here's a close-up of the fabric to show  Paddington worrying about his weight!  I blame the jam sandwiches. Cheesy  (For those of you unfamiliar with Paddington Bear -- he has a well-documented love of jam sandwiches.)

After making the bag, there wasn't enough material for a second one, so I decided to design a little pencil case instead.

Ideal fabric for a birthday present, I think. Smiley

I did the jordy method to get a nice square-ish bottom to it, and just kind of winged the zip.  Zips are a mystery to me.  They seem to work when I stick them in things, but the whole process is fraught with tension and despair. Cheesy

I lined it with some stylish Amy Butler fabric, to give a slight air of grown-upness to the whole thing.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but in between the lining and the outer fabric there's a layer of thin cotton wadding (of the kind you'd use in quilts) to make it feel smooshy and soft.

Thanks for reading!
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10  Star Wars matryoshka dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dink on: January 05, 2009 03:44:00 AM
My husband keeps telling me he can't paint, despite much evidence to the contrary.  For example:

He bought a set of blank matryoshka dolls on-line, then spent a week painting them.  It got a bit hairy towards the end when he applied the varnish -- the stormtrooper turned pink!  But he managed to sort it all out in the end.

They were a Christmas gift for his youngest brother, who happily seems to love them as much as we do. Smiley

More pictures!

There's more information, and close-up images, on his blog.

Thanks for looking!
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