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21  Canvas and Blue Floral Print Purse Set in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by toque on: May 08, 2007 12:26:21 PM
I needed a new "spring/summer" purse and I had some not-too-dark canvas that seemed sturdy enough yet not too rigid.  Plus I scored some great remnant pieces at the thrift store a week or two ago that I've been dying to use.

I decided to make an entire set of matching stuff for my new purse. 

It's got a pocket for my cell phone and a couple pens - the two things that tend to get lost in the sea of what is the bottom of my purses.

Now for the little accessories.  I call this the "Canmore" (all my purses are named after cities in Alberta, Canada)

And for my glasses, which I desperately need to take with me more often.  Hopefully now that they're in something more stylish, it won't be so hard to do Wink

Thanks to runnermom for the hobo tutorial, and sewnikki for the glasses case tutorial Smiley
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22  Plush Scrabble Board Pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by toque on: May 06, 2007 08:46:41 PM
A gift for the MIL for Mother's Day - she loves Scrabble.  A month or two ago I started thinking about what I was going to make her, and I started making a mental list of the things she likes.  One thing lead to another in my head, and the idea morphed into a plush Scrabble board and then finally the plush board idea became the front of a pillow.

(I noticed that the forum squishes the pics down a bit, making the letters look kinda bad, so HERE is the direct link to the photo below in case you want to see it full-sized.)

Full sized version HERE.

And the best part... the soft fuzzy "monster fur" backside of the pillow to make it extra snuggly Smiley

We designed the pattern and all the details ourselves with inspiration from the real Scrabble board.  The front is all done in felt and embroidery floss with the monster fur on the back.  It's so soft and huggable!  Thanks for looking!

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23  Plush Scrabble Board Turned Pillow - Happy Mother's Day! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 06, 2007 07:13:20 PM
So this weekend we've been working on Mother's Day gifts.  My MIL loves the board game, Scrabble.  I had this "crazy" idea a month or so ago to make a plush Scrabble board for her when I was trying to think of things she enjoyed to figure out what to make for Mother's Day.  The plush Scrabble board then turned into the "front" of a pillow.  And voila!

I noticed the forum kinda shrinks the image a bit, making it not as clear... click HERE to see the full-sized pic!

And my other favorite part - the soft and fluffy "monster fur" backside to make it extra snuggly.

We designed the pattern to imitate the design of a real Scrabble board ourselves and the front is made from felt and embroidery floss.  I hope she likes it! Smiley Thanks for looking.

Happy Mother's Day!
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24  Sushi Roll and Fortune Cookies! :D in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 03, 2007 04:22:17 PM
My latest yummy creations ... **

Plush sushi and fortune cookies!  The fortune cookie in this one is my first prototype - it's about 3 inches across.  The sushi roll is also my first prototype, and it stands 2 and a quarter inches tall and is approximately 1.5 inches wide.  I think next time I'll make the sushi roll a bit shorter and more "squat", but I love how they turned out!

I fell in love with the cookies and tried making them out of some plush felt I had, too.

The large one is 5 inches wide and the smaller ones are 3 inches wide.  They each sport their own unique fortune message!

** The creator is not held responsible or liable for any hunger pangs, cravings and/or drool damage to your keyboard that you may experience after viewing these plush creations.  Please view responsibly.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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25  Re: Bernard Moo in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 01, 2007 08:52:21 PM
Thanks everyone!

I purposefully left off nostrils... I'm kinda weird about "noses" on my plushies.  It actually dates back to drawing smiley faces in school.  For whatever reason, I never give my stuff noses.  *shrug*  Even when using emoticons! Haha I never put various chars in place of a nose on emoticons, either.  Here's an example of my latest moose plushie:

No nose!

Hehehehe I dunno what my issue is with noses.  I'm not against giving it a try on the next cow, but for whatever reason, I just don't naturally add them.  Guess it's a quirk of "my style" lol Smiley
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26  Bernard Moo in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: May 01, 2007 09:12:18 AM
This is my latest plushie design, Bernard Moo!  There will soon be a little different Betsy Moo, but for now, heeeeeeeeeeere's Bernard!

He's made from soft fleece and is very huggable Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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27  Menagerie of Moose...s (pic heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by toque on: April 30, 2007 08:13:38 AM
I have a major "thing" for moose.  I find them incredibly cute.  Perhaps that has to do with the fact that I moved to Canada nearly a year ago, but anyway... they're my obsession.  And since most don't think they are as cute as I do, I've set out to squash the misconception by making my moose as cute as possible.

In the past I've made a couple moose things.

Montgomery Moose, the one that started it all back in October... based on a character I drew nearly 10 years ago.  Which turned into the "Christmoose Herd"

Maple the Miniature Moose

A moose purse and matching "footprint" pouch

Now fast forward to the present... I've made three new moose recently!

Painted moose plushie

2D moose plush doll, Matilda Moose

This was the first "Matilda Moose" - I didn't like how her antlers turned out so I made a new one and tackled the antlers differently to come up with the final version.

Final version of Matilda Moose

(and side by side, the two versions, for comparison)

Matilda was kind enough to stop playing on the drums to help me out with laundry this morning.  What a sweet moose.

Yay for moose! Smiley

Thanks for looking, and if you have any thoughts on Matilda Moose 1 vs. 2 the way the antlers are done, lemme know.  I think the 2nd one with the antlers more out of the sides and the combs facing up instead of being right on top of her head looks best... but I appreciate all feedback Smiley

Have a great day!

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28  Re: Cute cupcake petal purse/tote and baby bird petal purse/tote. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by toque on: April 29, 2007 08:30:06 AM
Here's what I meant by the "star" or joining at the bottom:

If I ever get around to making a pattern for this one, I'm gonna call it the Penticton! hehehehehe.  I think your totes look much better and have a better shape than this, though.

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29  2 More: Like 2 Peas in a Pod (Literally!) :D in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by toque on: April 05, 2007 09:50:24 AM

Haha so I saw these fat quarters and just HAD to get them - I adore the pea pod fabric.  I don't know if I'd carry it all the time myself, but it's so funky I'd definitely use it sometimes, and... well... I couldn't resist the urge to make something out of it.

This is my first time using snaps.  Fabricland had a 30 year birthday sale over the weekend and I won a $30 gift certificate as a door prize (yay!) ... so I used it to finally buy a fancy schmancy snap inserter tool and some snaps.  I think they turned out pretty well in these two - I love the look of them snapped closed.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy  (p.s. I actually LOVE peas - they're my favorite!)
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30  Re: Glass Valentine's Pendants in Valentine's Day by toque on: April 05, 2007 07:09:45 AM
Ok I gotta ask.  It looks like the flat backed pieces of glass you're all using (like dopey_44's, for example) are much bigger than the ones I found at Michael's.  Where are you finding the larger flat backed ones?  There's tons more flat space and room on these larger ones than the ones I have, but I don't see any larger ones at Michael's.  Where are you guys finding/purchasing the larger ones that you're using?

Here's an example of how mine look.  You can see that they're much smaller than what I've seen others use in this thread, but I just don't know where else to look!

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