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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / These Boots Were Made for Standing Upright! (AKA Boot Inserts from Pool Noodles) on: November 28, 2017 09:24:48 AM
I have a pair of boots that I don't wear often, and I hated that they were flopping over in the closet. So, I made myself a pair of boot inserts to keep them upright.

Here's how I made them...


A pool noodle (I bought 2, but I ended up using about 3/4 of one)
Duct tape
Scissors (kitchen scissors worked really well)
Fabric (shoe or boot themed, even!)

Step 1:

Stick the pool noodle into a boot to measure the height that the inserts need to be.

Step 2:

Cut 3 pieces of pool noodle the same length. Then, cut one of the pieces in half lengthwise.

Step 3:

Duct tape one of the half pieces along the length of one of the other cut pieces of pool noodle. Repeat for the other pieces. Check to make sure that they fit into your boots.

Step 4:

Measure the length of the pool noodle from the hole in one end, to the hole on the other end. I included the holes in my measurement to make sure I had a long enough piece, and then I added 1" for seam allowance on each end (I did 1/2" seams).

Measure the circumference of the pool noodle, and add 1" for seam allowance. Note, make sure to measure at the widest part, and check both noodles. I only measure one noodle in a random spot, and one of the inserts was a snug fit. Fortunately, pool noodles are squishy.

Step 5:

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric that fit your dimensions (mine were 10" X 17").

Step 6:

Fold each piece in half the long way, right sides together, and stitch down the long side, and across one short end. Trim the corners and turn right side out.

Step 7:

Slip (or carefully wiggle the fabric over) the noodle into the fabric tube.

Step 8:

Fold the raw edges over and pin to hold in place. I folded mine like I was wrapping a present. Hand stitch the folded ends in place.

Stick them inside your boots and admire how upstanding your boots are!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Science T-Shirts Become Classroom Inspiration Art w/tutorial on: November 28, 2017 08:58:25 AM
This isn't really "art," it's a craft, but I couldn't find a proper category, so I'm putting it here...for now Smiley

Back in September, one of my 6th grade students came into school wearing the shirt on the right in the picture above, and I knew I wanted to make something out of it. When I hunted down the shirt, I found a couple of other ones that I liked, so I decided to turn them into some inspirational art for my science classroom.

Here's what I used:

T-shirts (these are youth shirts, so I bought the largest size available)
Staple Gun
10" X 10" canvases
Scissors (not pictured)

Step 1:

Put the canvas inside of the t-shirt and position the shirt design on the canvas.

Step 2:

Carefully turn the shirt & canvas over, making sure that you don't shift the design. Anchor the shirt in position by stapling it in place (I just did one on each side to hold it in place before the next step).

Step 3:

Trim away the excess t-shirt (save the scraps for another project!), making sure that you leave enough at the corners to staple down.

Step 4:

Staple the corners down, and then staple the rest of the way around to securely anchor the shirt in place (no picture of that bit, but I put about 7 or 8 staples on a side...that shirt is not falling off Smiley ).

Flip it over and admire your new art! Repeat as many times as you'd like to cover your walls with fabulous t-shirt art!

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Comfort Food Mashup- Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie on: October 31, 2017 07:29:14 PM
Growing up, once I hit about age 11, I was in charge of a lot of the cooking at home. One of my favorite meals to make was Shepherd's Pie, and because we lived in an area that had a lot of Portuguese immigrants, Kale Soup soon became another favorite. After my mom gave me some ground linguica, I thought it might be interesting to blend these two recipes together... sort of...

Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie

1 lb. ground linguica
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 potatoes
1 bunch of kale
1 medium onion, diced
Small amount of milk (and butter, if desired) for making mashed potatoes

Peel and cut the potatoes, and put them in a pot of water to boil. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the ground linguica and onions in a skillet until the onions are translucent. Dump the meat/onion mixture into a 13" X  9" baking dish. Rinse and chop the kale and spread it on top of the meat mixture. Layer the kidney beans on top. Drain and mash the potatoes with a bit of milk (and butter), and spread the mashed potatoes on top. Dot with additional butter, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the top of the potatoes are lightly browned and the dish is heated through.

I had a serving tonight for dinner, and it was pretty good! I expect that, after a night in the fridge, it'll taste even better, as Shepherd's Pie and Kale Soup usually do Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Custom Quilted Scissor Cozy (with a tutuorial of many pictures) on: September 30, 2017 06:23:16 PM
In the front seat of my car, I keep a small bucket tote to contain the item I usually just toss on the seat (keys, sunglasses, work ID, gum, CDs, etc.) and I added a pair of scissors after realizing how handy it would be to have scissors in the car (like for when I need to wrap a gift in the car in the parking lot of the surprise party I forgot about until the last minute). I didn't love the idea of just tossing the scissors in there "naked,"(potential projectile of death if I ever get in an accident), so I decided to make them their own scissor cozy. I couldn't find a pattern that was the right size for my scissors, so I just decided to make my own.

Outside Fabric (buy enough to fit the length of your scissors)
Lining fabric
Batting or thick stabilizer
Some sort of closure (button, velcro, snap, etc)
The scissors that the cozy is for

1. First, you need to make a pattern. I drew a triangle around my scissors.

2. Then, realizing that I couldn't draw a nice, even triangle (because I couldn't find a ruler), I folded my triangle in half and  drew a 1/4" seam allowance around the half of the triangle that looked better.

3. Next, I cut the triangle out, and checked to make sure that the scissors would still fit inside the inside triangle.

4. I traced the triangle onto another sheet of paper, and drew on a flap so I could close the cozy. I didn't need to add seam allowance because it was included on the original triangle.

5. Lay your pattern pieces on the fabric and cut the front and back pieces out of your outside fabric and your lining fabric so you have a set of each. Hopefully, you don't realize that your very directional fabric is not quite big enough... Since I had to cut it on an angle, the text fabric, which I had planned to use for the outside, was now going to be the lining Smiley

6. If you're using batting, use the pattern pieces to cut out a front and back piece, adding a little extra all the way around.

7. Lay the outside fabric on top of the batting, and quilt as desired (if desired Smiley ). I cut out a badly drawn bat and used that as a template to quilt my fabric.

My quilted (mutant) bats!

8. For the outer (now quilted) fabric, place the right sides together and stitch the side seams. Repeat for the lining fabric.

9. Trim away the excess batting to reduce the bulk on the seam allowance.

10. Turn the lining right side out (I think I may have trimmed the seam first), and tuck it into the outer piece so that the right sides are together.

11. Stitch around the edges, leaving an opening (mine was about 2 1/2" wide) for turning. Turn everything right side out, and tuck the lining inside the cozy. Topstitch around the edge of the opening and the flap.

12. Put the scissors inside to test the fit, and mark where you want your closure to be. Add your closure and you're finished! ETA: I realized that if you are using a button for a closure, you might want to add a loop of ribbon (or a piece of elastic) in the seam of the flap, or just stitch a buttonhole in the flap. If you're using Velcro, you might need to stitch the piece for the front of the cozy on before you stitch the front and back pieces together.

5  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!

6  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!

7  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...
8  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

Sent To
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
9  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

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

10  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)




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.

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


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

 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?


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


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


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
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