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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / for the love of two fabrics on: August 27, 2010 11:32:02 AM
Kwik sew 3684 - easy pattern but made a few alterations naturally

I got these two Japanese linens at a small fabric store near me - they have great products - Franklin Mill Store.

I wanted pockets inside and some sort of closure which I added with a magnetic snap. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the zip pocket so instead of cutting two of the lining material I made one side of the lining in two pieces like the exterior figuring that I would install the zipper in the seam (or something!) but that was unnecessary.

I would make this again in home dec weight so it's less floppy. My error with the 'car' fabric - I'm still learning about matching patterns. I thought I had spaced it right so that the car is more centered in the top band. Instead, I added the ribbon trim after to cover up the top of the next row of cars. Not 100% happy but I didn't have enough of the car fabric left to do the top panel over entirely.  This was a stash buster project - meaning that I have enough crap beautiful fabric and sewing supplies to make 100 projects - I should be able to make one with the stuff I have on hand.

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Smart Card Wallet - adapted from Amy Butler pattern on: April 15, 2009 10:29:07 AM
Hi all - I'm so in awe of all of your gorgeous bags and wallets but never get around for making anything for myself!  This is no exception.  Cheesy  My husband was in need of a wallet to carry all of the Smart Cards for his cameras.  The little plastic cases that the cards arrive in are varied in size and shape so he asked me to put something together. 

After much racking of the brain, I found a free Amy Butler pattern for a business card holder (link below) since the dimensions were about right and I liked the idea of a rigid panel to give the wallet some substance.   You crafters are all about making a pattern your own so I thought I'd share.  Fine detailed sewing is not my forte, but I think this will work.

Bright color so it is not lost in the dark camera bag:

Larger strips of Velcro to accommodate extra bulk:

I added a third panel and made a long 3/4" (finished width) tube and sewed it horizontally instead of using the card keeper directions. :

Even overengineered with extra interfacing, the keeper flap and extra panel, it's not that bulky:

Here's the pattern - PDF file ttp://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/Business_Card_Keeper.pdf  Despite the intricate directions, this was easy to follow.  I would definitely use this to make a "business card keeper." 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Apron Mania! on: September 12, 2008 07:20:49 AM
This could go under crafting for good also since these aprons are part of a fundraising effort.  I made seven!

I used the pattern found here (scroll down):


I'm part of a tour of 9 kitchens, the one I'm at has a mexican theme...  we thought we would jazz it up with these fun aprons.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Luscious Fruit on: April 19, 2008 05:57:11 AM

I began this project August 2, 2007 and finished it a few days ago.  It was part of the big project stitchalong.  It's 15 x 15 inches and as you can see fairly covered with stitches.  It was a DMC kit plucked from a clearance bin but it idled in my basket for a long time since I thought it would take forever.  I stopped and started this several times doing many sewing projects in between - though it actually moved along pretty quickly since there were not that many colors.

It's supposed to be a pillow top, but wouldn't go with my furniture at all, I think I will frame it and hang it in the kitchen.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / grocery cart cover on: January 29, 2008 11:25:38 AM
I made this for a friend's shower.  The pattern was one that I purchased on-line and was mailed to me, but I've made a few changes to it.  Mainly adding a lot more padding and doing self-bias tape.

here it is propped over a upside down footstool - the closest approximation to a grocery cart that I had in the house Smiley

close up of the fabrics:

it has a couple of tabs for those plastic toy links, a velcro closing cup holder and a velcro pocket for a toy or snack

the inside before the elastic is strung through the casing - you can sort of see the giant buttonholes for the cart strap to go in:

I would recommend this as a project - it's a little more complicated than some, but the new moms seem to love these.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitch Lavender on: July 28, 2007 03:51:13 AM
A counted cross stitch kit from DMC that I found visiting my sister in Australia.  They sell very very few DMC kits in the US, it's too bad since they are quite nice.

I was racing to finish this so that I could start on the plastic canvas DS lite case that has been posted here a few times  Grin  Always the lure of a new project!

I have no plans for this canvas (besides pressing and trimming the back threads) - I might make a pillow, but it will likely be gifted since I have no purple decor.  Undecided
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Headless Andy on: November 01, 2006 03:26:04 PM
ooh I didn't know that there was an official contest!

here's my thread in the Halloween forum with directions


edit to add Andy is 10 and decided on the costume idea - we brainstormed together and tried out a few ideas

every year I make the costumes for both sons - Andy just wants to be more scary every year
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Headless Andy (image heavy) on: October 31, 2006 05:31:15 PM

started with an idea to be a headless guy ...

we needed a neck (rolled soft sheet foam + tape + flesh colored paint)

make some blood: elmer's glue + craft paint, some had "texture" (sawdust, cornmeal)

add to neck + chicken bone that was boiled then bleached

how to have a bloody neck?  tape some bits together!

I made arms with stuffed panty hose legs, the back was held up by a fairly stiff rectangular piece of foam that was belted under andy's arms, the jacket just rested on it and the buttons were buttoned under his neck

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First Stencil project = successful Halloween costume on: October 31, 2006 04:39:19 PM
Thanks to you guys!  The kids and I got very excited reading the various tutorials and thought it would be a craft that we could all get into!

The halloween costume for "accident victim" was definitely enhanced by the tread stencil.  It was perfect for a first project since it didn't need to be perfect - any smudging or imperfection would be barely noticeable

so I cut it out of acetate first since I had a roll of it, but the little tabs broke off after one print, so I redid it on cardstock and contact paper -that worked great.

Spray adhesive, stencil brush, regular craft paint.

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