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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / School Spirit Earrings! on: January 28, 2006 10:53:20 AM
My school's colors are orange and blue, and our spirit week just ended, so I'm chock full of school spirit.

These are really easy to make.  I just took an index card, colored the front orange and the back blue, and cut boxes out.  Then I covered both sides on clear contact paper and poked holes in them with a paper clip / needlenose pliers (not the most time-efficient task).  Then jump rings and earring parts.  Pretty self-explanatory Smiley

In action:

The back (but it could also be the front if I twisted the earring hook more):

My kind of lame attempt to show the double-sided coloring:

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plant Cell Necklace on: December 26, 2005 08:59:35 PM
I was looking through these boards to think of a good gift for some friends, and stumbled across the cell pillow.  I thought it was a GREAT idea, but, dude, I can't crochet.  So instead, I put the pliers to the metal and made this.

The image was drawn on index card with a couple layers of white label stuck on top of it to cover the lines and add sturdiness, so it has a little heft to it.  After I colored it in, I covered it with contact paper, put a hole in it, put a jump ring in, and it was done.  My "prototype" had wire surrounding the edge for the cell wall, but I decided to leave it off, although now I think I might add it again, if I can.  Anyway, it is pretty simple.

It's a Christmas present for my mom (we have 2 Christmases at my house--one with my extended family on Xmas Day, and one with just our nuclear family a few days later--so I am not late!).  My mom is a plant biologist, so I think she can connect with it on a cellular level... pun intended!  Anyway, I am not sure if she will ever wear it, but I think it is cute, even though the nucleus and the ER remind me of a baby shrimp or something.  I was going to bead the chain into intron/exon patterns, but was too lazy!  So, ta-da.

The best part was that it cost me exactly $0 to make this, because I had all the stuff lying around!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Beehive Camera Bag Makes Its Move (picture-intense) on: June 15, 2005 07:17:51 PM
I was inspired by all the hip hip bags (Smiley) and was going to make this bag to house my delicious new camera that is rather bulky yet has no bag of its own: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31379.0;topicseen.  However, being silly, I looked at the picture and then at my fabric, and not at all the steps in between, and I wound up with this.  I like it a lot--it is still a little bulky and rather dorky, but it gets the job done and is very cushy and nice.

The black stuff is prequilted and from scraps from my brother's Halloween ninja costume from a year or two ago  Grin  The lining is yellow broadcloth from Wal-Mart  Shocked  from scraps from a shirt I made for art class not long ago.  The lining is actually a layer of quilted + a layer of yellow, and so the superthickness of the hem of the final product (essentially 4 layers of quilted and 2 layers of broadcloth, since I had to fold the hem over, and there's another layer of quilted in back for the flap) explains why the topstitching is so awful.  Also, I am lazy. Tongue

Essentially the entire thing only cost $0.15 to make, because it was all from scraps except the yellow slide holder thing.

Also!  It can be worn on the hip or on the shoulder, which is nice Smiley  And the fastening is velcro.

Without further ado!:

The camera bag is back in action and attracting more bees than ever.

The camera bag grew nauseated after being swung on the photographer's shoulder for too long, despite appearing equally cool in this position.

The camera bag beckons seductively for the photographer to approach.

The photographer falls prey to the camera bag's Jedi powers and approaches.

Posing sedately for its closeup, the camera bag winks slowly at the photographer.

Having misjudged the nature of the photographer's true feelings, the camera bag dies of heartbreak.  It is disembowled and subsequently dissected for study by aspiring medical students.

I hope you guys like it.  If it is absolutely too dorky for me to go out in public wearing it, let me know, but I am proud of it Grin  Obviously, my camera wasn't in it when I took the pictures, so it bulges out a little more than it appears to, but not grossly so.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Zipper Oops on: June 08, 2005 10:42:28 AM
I am trying to reconstruct a pair of old shorts and I cut off the waistband.  When I tried them on, I was dumb and pulled the zipper-bobble-thing off because there was nothing to stop it anymore.  The zipper got unzipped, though,  so now I have two halves of an unzipped zipper and a loose zipper-bobble-thing.   Roll Eyes  How do I get the bobble-thing back on?  Is it possible?  If not, does anyone have any ideas as to how I could fix the fly to make it useable?  I could always put in buttons, but the way the shorts are now I don't think that would look very good, so if anyone else has any ideas, I would appreciate them Smiley

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: The Thinnest Little Wallet in the World on: June 07, 2005 08:29:26 PM
Once upon a time, there was a girl named wispily.  She was tired of lugging around her thick and heavy red leather wallet.  One day in the youth of summer, during an excursion to Wal-Mart, she looked longingly at the cheap, thin wallets before realizing, a la Homer Simpson, "D'oh!  I can make that myself!"

So, from thinwalletlust and leftover pink broadcloth, the thin pink wallet was born.

The wallet was very thin--so thin some people thought it might be anorexic.

But that was deceptive.  It was really very full of useless cards and not-so-useless cash.

(And heartily so.)

Hardeehar yukyukyuk.
 Smiley Smiley Smiley

I can post a tutorial if anyone is interested, but the only really complicated part is making sure you do steps in the correct order.  Also, I need to go around and stitch the seams again because a few of them are coming apart already, but I think some no-fray solution and a second time around with the ol' Pfaff will fix that.  It is not the best wallet, but it is super-duper comfortable to carry and quick to make.


Tutorial!  w00t!  I hope this makes sense.  I apologize for the mathematical nature of it Tongue

1)  Hem long side of piece 1.  Set it aside.
2)  Hem both L + K sides of piece 3.
3)  Hem the L + K side of piece 4.
4)  Set up pieces 3 and 4 on top of piece 2 a la figure two.  The hemmed side should be along the dotted line.  This will look like the wallet when it is opened, only without everything sewn down, of course Smiley
5)  Stitch down the unhemmed side with a zigzag stitch first, and then a straight stitch.
6)  If you want to stitch something on the front, stitch it onto piece 1.
7)  Sew Velcro onto pieces 1 and 2.  To figure out where you will just have to fold your wallet a lot.  Take into account the size of your cards when you do this.  You can also use snaps or whatever.
Cool  Place piece 1 and piece 2 (which has pieces 3 and 4 on it) together, wrong sides in.  To make the wallet smaller, cut it lengthwise so that L + K becomes only a little bigger than L (big enough to put the cards in and accomodate seam, but not so big that everything falls out.
9)  Sew the three unhemmed edges together--so, both of the short sides and the unhemmed long side.  Make sure you go over all of the pockets while you are doing this.
10) Repeat step 9.
11) Hurray!  Time to wow people with the rawness of your wallet Smiley

I hope these make sense--I made a scrap wallet and then improvised the real one, so... yeah.  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Scarf-mania!: Gifts for the Poor & Procrastinating Bunch on: December 19, 2004 08:33:46 PM
Wracked by papers and exams as well as the desire to give wonderful crafty gifts, I made these scarves.  They're made from fleece with felt detailing, & are super-quick to make if you are graceful and good at cutting stuff.  Which I am not.  Despite all this, these did not take me very long at all and are great if you are in a bind and don't know what to give (AKA me all the time!  Yay!).  I am planning on making more of these for my plethora of relatives.

For my English teacher:

He really likes the book.

For my Spanish teacher:

(Feliz means happy in Spanoosh.)
The lighting on this one is a little off, but I liked taking the picture on the chandelier so much that I used it anyway.  In reality, the lettering is bright blue and the scarf itself is a dark pink, fuschia-y color.
Also, my mom noted how pun-tastic this is--having a "feliz" scarf made out of fleece--but however nice it would be if I could say I planned that, I did not.

And for the librarian who is going away Sad :

The scarf is black and the star is white with red stitching.

Each of these scarves are 1/4 of a yard wide--& you use the "width" of the fabric (i.e. 45" or 60" or whatever) as the length.  Does that make sense?  Make sure you only buy a 1/4 of a yard, not 2 yards! So these are 58" long, which if you hang it around your neck comes to your very upper thigh.  I sewed the felt on with my sewing machine, straight stitch, no special setting--except that you will want to increase your stitch length a little bit, because the fabric does not move at the same speed going through the machine, and also it is difficult to take your stitches out if they are too small, because the fleece stretches so.

Also they are really really nice and soft.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Tulle? on: May 30, 2004 09:36:02 PM
(Hi, I'm new here.)

I am trying to sew a purse with a white fabric "base" and tulle on the outside, but I am having trouble because the straight stich on my sewing machine just comes undone. 

What I've done so far is sew the white base for the purse (it's just two pieces sewn together, not anything Jordy-like or too complicated--I'm impatient) and turned it inside out.  I've tried sewing tulle to tulle as well as tulle to the white cotton.  Do I have to whipstitch it by hand (would that even work?) or is there another way?  My sewing machine has several different kinds of stitches--side to side, etc.

If anyone has sewn tulle before on a sewing machine--do you know what I can do?

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