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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / String Bag Makeover with Quilted Panel on: August 27, 2017 12:35:34 PM

So, it seems that I am now of the age where the AARP is trying to recruit me as a member   Grin This summer, I went to a free AARP-sponsored shredding event, and they gave me a coffee thermos and a string bag. I gave the thermos to my stepdad, but kept the string bag. Since I don't often like to wear things or carry things with a logo, I wanted to cover the logo up.

First, I measured the area that I wanted to cover up, then I cut a piece of fabric, some batting, and a piece of backing fabric.



Next, I did some FMQ practice to quilt the panel (I definitely need more practice!), and cut some strips to make binding. I stitched the binding on (I just folded it over and machine stitched it) to make the completed panel.


Then, I pinned it to the bag, and stitched right around the edge to finish it off! Since everything was from my stash (I even pieced together 2 scraps of batting to make the piece I needed), this was a totally free project, and I really like how it looks Smiley Win-win!


2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From the Junk Mail Pile to the Wastebasket=Biodegradable Wastebasket Liners! on: August 27, 2017 10:09:51 AM
This summer, I took part in Plastic Free July (http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/), and while I was able to reduce some of my plastic usage, an area that I totally failed at was in reducing my plastic bag "habit." While I have a whole bunch of reusable shopping bags, I almost never use them for shopping. Besides forgetting to put them in the car (and remembering to bring them into the store), I often fill them with other things in the house (craft projects, for example). But, one of my main reasons for collecting plastic bags is to use them as wastebasket liners throughout the house (bedrooms, laundry room, bathroom).

One of the hints that the Plastic Free July site suggested was to line the bin with newspaper. But, I know that when I go to take the newspaper bundle out, I'll dump half of the stuff on the floor. I know that I could just skip the bag altogether but I don't want to do that because we have to put our city trash on the street in special bags, not trash bins, and sometimes the bags rip, and trash spills...using a second bag makes some of the trash a bit less likely to fly into the neighbor's yard.

So...I have a solution that works for me Smiley And, it's free, to boot!

Every week in the mail, we get a bundle of sales flyers. I almost never look at them, and usually just add them to the recycling. But now, they're my new wastebasket liners!



Here's how I made them:

First, measure the distance around the wastebasket.



Next, measure the height of the wastebasket. I didn't add any extra for the width of the wastebasket bottom, but you could always add a few inches if you wanted.



Now, if the flyers are long enough, you can cut a piece that is same dimension as the distance around the wastebasket. Mine were note quite long enough, so I cut two pieces that were half the distance. Trim the pieces to the correct height.



Pair up two pieces for each liner.



Then stitch the sides and bottom together, leaving an opening at the top. I used a large stitch length because I didn't want to have the seams rip. Also, I didn't use cotton thread for these because I didn't have any (so not 100% biodegradable, right now). But, if they work out fine, I'll pick up a spool of cotton thread for the future!



Stuff one into the wastebasket, and you're good to go!

I think they'll hold up pretty well. I don't usually put a lot of heavy, wet items in these wastebaskets, so I'm not worried about them tearing from that.

Now, I just need to remember to start using my reusable bags when I do the shopping!


3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Endless Cone of Yarn Dish Towel on: July 27, 2017 04:24:37 PM


I've had this cone of peach-colored cotton yarn for a long time. I think it was on clearance and I bought it to use as an inexpensive alternative to string in my classroom. At some point, I took it home (I think I started a random crochet project during an after school program and took the project home to finish...I have a dishcloth in this yarn, so I'm guessing that was it...).

I recently took a trip to Canada, and since my friend was doing all of the driving, I needed something to keep myself from going stir-crazy in the car. Enter the cone of yarn. Since it isn't my favorite color, I wanted to use it up, so I figured that a dish towel would do the trick. I used the linen stitch (also called the moss stitch, I think: single crochet one, chain one for a row, then in the next row, put a single crochet in every chain space, and a chain between each single crochet). Then, when I thought it was big enough, I chained a loop, and then crocheted a bunch of single crochets into the loop.

It took longer than expected but, sadly, it didn't make much of a dent in the cone of yarn. Since I gifted this one to my friend, I'll have to make another for myself... maybe even two...
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! on: July 13, 2017 09:49:29 AM

Swap Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452485.0


Status:
Sent To
Received
Received & Posted Pics
All Partners Have Received
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

alwaysinmyroom: Amazon_warrior, aspenwall, Averia, craftADDchick, Eamea, Immaculata, quaggy

Amazon_warrior: alwaysinmyroom, Averia, craftADDchick, Eamea, Immaculata, quaggy

aspenwall: alwaysinmyroom, Averia, craftADDchick, Eamea, quaggy

Averia: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, aspenwall, craftADDchick, Eamea, Immaculata, quaggy

craftADDchick: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, aspenwall, Averia, Eamea, Immaculata, quaggy

Eamea: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, aspenwall, Averia, craftADDchick, Immaculata, quaggy

Immaculata: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, Averia, craftADDchick, Eamea, quaggy

quaggy: alwaysinmyroom, Amazon_warrior, aspenwall, Averia, craftADDchick, Eamea, Immaculata
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9 Gallery on: June 28, 2017 12:10:40 PM


Patch made by craftADDchick


Swap Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452486.0



Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
All Partners Received
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer


audio: Inselaeffchen, JoyfulClover
craftADDchick: craftylittlemonkey, JoyfulClover
crafty-becky: quaggy
craftylittlemonkey: craftADDchick, Inselaeffchen
curiousfae: gala_apples, Wulf
fatewineroses: gala_apples, SuzyScissor
gala_apples: curiousfae, fatewineroses
Inselaeffchen: audio, craftylittlemonkey
JoyfulClover: audio, craftADDchick, quaggy
quaggy: crafty-becky, JoyfulClover
Sharalee: SuzyScissor, Wulf
SuzyScissor: fatewineroses (JoyfulClover is the Swap Angel), Sharalee (Inselaeffchen is the Swap Angel)
Wulf: curiousfae, Sharalee

6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9: SU- CLOSED; SO- Aug 7, 2017 (updated date) on: May 30, 2017 04:19:04 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452654.0



Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: May 30, 2017- June 18, 2017
Date to send item by: Monday, August 7, 2017 (new date!)

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 
 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451858.0 (Round 8 )

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448165.0 (Round 7)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0 (Round 6)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0 (Round 2)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.0 (Round 1)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ

And, here's a thread right here on Craftster that has some additional tips by your fellow Craftsters!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451936.0


 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R9!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List preferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or another site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies that could be a problem?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. audio
3. Sharalee
4. Inselaeffchen
5. SuzyScissor
6. fatewineroses
7. Wulf
8. JoyfulClover
9. craftylittlemonkey
10. crafty-becky
11. gala_apples
12. quaggy
13. curiousfae


PARTNERS:

audio: Inselaeffchen, JoyfulClover
craftADDchick: craftylittlemonkey, JoyfulClover
crafty-becky: quaggy
craftylittlemonkey: craftADDchick, Inselaeffchen
curiousfae: gala_apples, Wulf
fatewineroses: gala_apples, SuzyScissor
gala_apples: curiousfae, fatewineroses
Inselaeffchen: audio, craftylittlemonkey
JoyfulClover:audio, craftADDchick, quaggy
quaggy: crafty-becky, JoyfulClover
Sharalee: SuzyScissor, Wulf
SuzyScissor: fatewineroses, Sharalee
Wulf: curiousfae, Sharalee
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2-SU: CLOSED; SO- July 31, 2017 on: May 30, 2017 04:01:09 PM

Photo by sloth003


Click HERE for the Gallery!


Swap name: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap
 R2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick

Sign-up date range: May 30- June 18, 2017
Date to send item by: July 31, 2017


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Not at this time
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

    If so, which country?


Additional Age requirement? NO



Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES



Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO

- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO



Details of swap:

Are you an EPP junkie? Does the sight of neat little stacks of stitched up hexagons make you smile with delight? Do you have dreams of making a quilt with hundreds of hexies? Could you use a bit more variety in your hexie stash? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the swap for you!

In this swap, you will be exchanging 24 squares of quality, 100% quilting cotton with up to each member of the swap. This may mean that you will have to send out of your country, but fabric squares are small and light, so postage should be lower. You may also have the option to swap finished hexies and/or a small item made with hexies (such as a pincushion, mug rug, etc.).

What size squares do you need?

The size of the hexagon is determined by the length of one side. So, a 1" hexie has sides that measure 1" each. To determine the size of the square you need, refer to the information below.

1/4" hexie = 1" square
1/2" hexie = 1 1/2" square
3/4" hexie = 2" square
1" hexie = 2 1/2" square
1 1/4" hexie = 3" square
1 1/2" hexie = 3 1/2" square
2" hexie = 4 1/2" square
3" hexie = 6 1/2" square

So, it seems like the formula for the size of the square is: 2X the side length  plus a 1/2".

So, a 2 1/2" hexie would need a 5 1/2" square (2 1/2" X 2= 5", plus 1/2"= 5 1/2")


Note: If you need larger squares, but are partnered with someone who needs much smaller squares, you may want to consider sending your partner a few extra squares Smiley

What do I need to know about sending finished hexies?

A finished hexie is one that has already been stitched into the hexagon shape. When sending finished hexies, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Please use card stock (or index cards) to make your templates so your partner can reuse them.
2. Please punch a hole in the center of the template to make them easier to remove.
3. Please be sure that your template is the correct size for your partner. Remember that a hexie's size is determined by the length of one side.
4. Please leave the template in the hexies when you mail them.
5. Please check with your partner to see if they would like you to stitch through the template to the front along the sides of the hexagon. (While this can hold the template in place, especially for larger hexies, some people don't remove the basting from the hexies. It can also reduce the number of times the template can be reused.)
6. If you plan to use glue to help to hold the template in place, please check with your partner first. Also, please make sure to use a glue stick that is specifically for use with fabric.


What can I make with my hexies?

Well, if you don't want to make a quilt, I've started a board on Pinterest with some ideas for smaller projects. Check it out here: http://pin.it/pB0s5aT



If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:



QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country (Please write it in the proper format for shipping to your country):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (swappers with more than one partner may need to ship out of the country for at least one partner)? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you understand that you will need to get a tracking number if shipping within the US, or keep a copy of your receipt if shipping outside the US? (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like (1, 2, or 3)? First time swappers will be limited to one partner.
In the last round, there were 8 swappers, and participants swapped with everyone. If a similar number of swappers happens in this round, would you be willing to swap with everyone?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Organizer will do her best to match partners based on this information:
   What size fabric squares (see information above) do you need?
   Do you want any fussy cut pieces? (YES/NO)
   Do you want multiples of fabric pieces (i.e. If you plan on making hexie flowers, you'll need 6 of each fabric)? (YES/NO)
        How many squares of each fabric do you need?
   Do you want to receive hexies that are already stitched (see note above about how to send pre-stitched hexies)? (YES/NO)
   Would you like to also swap a small finished object made with hexies? (YES/NO)
   Is there anything else you would like your partner(s) to know?




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.




Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.



PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. aspenwall
3. Immaculata
4. quaggy
5. Amazon_warrior
6. Averia
7. Eamea
8. alwaysinmyroom

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Celebrating Girl Power! Bookmarks on: May 30, 2017 07:26:23 AM
I teach 6th grade science, and middle school tends to be the time where girls lose interest in science careers. So, to help promote the amazing power of females, I created some Girl Power! bookmarks, highlighting some famous female scientists/engineers.

I found some coloring book images online and resized them to fit onto a bookmark. For those that were missing any biographical information, I added a little blurb. Then, I added the Girl Power! message, printed them onto cardstock and cut them apart!






I think that, next year, I'll also post some full size copies of the images on the bulletin board during Women's History Month. I might even color them in first Smiley

I can't upload the file here because the images are not my own, but I'd be willing to share the PDF (for personal use), if anyone is interested. Just send me a PM.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery on: March 15, 2017 06:28:26 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Swap Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451632.0

Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer


Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee, also sent an Angel Package!
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen


10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine's Day Dance Discount Decorations on: February 23, 2017 03:57:35 PM
I help to run our student council at my school, and every year, we try to add to our stockpile of decorations. This year, our dance was held 2 days after Valentine's Day, and I forgot to get prizes for the dance-off and the limbo contest, so I headed to Target in the hope that I would find some stuff on clearance. Not only did I get enough prizes, I also bought a bunch of themed items to turn into some decorations-50% off!

A variety of felt hearts, plus some chipboard X's and O's (I had the yarn in my classroom already).




I grabbed a glue gun from the cabinet and borrowed some glue sticks, and got to work...

I stretched out a piece of yarn, applied a line of glue to the back of each item, and stretched the yarn out in the glue.




We used them to decorate the columns in the cafeteria. They look a little plain because we didn't have enough crepe paper streamers to wrap around the poles (next year!).




Then, one of my student council kids popped in to see if I needed help with anything, so I had her help me out with the heart garland. She set up the hearts the way she liked, and I glued them to the yarn. Some of them are double layered hearts, which I also glued together.



The kids strung the garland up along the stacked up cafeteria tables. Next year, I think we'll add some twinkle lights to brighten it up a little!



I got all of the decorations for under $5, and we used every piece we had! We've got them all saved for next year Smiley
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