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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dalek Mini Skirt on: September 09, 2015 02:59:20 PM
made this for my partner's daughter in the Doctor Who Season 9 Swap!
i drafted my own pattern from her waist & hip measurements, and pegged the bottom a little.

but first i had to decide how to break up the busyness of the fabric... so i whipped these up in Illustrator and then sent a poll around for opinions  Cheesy

here's the inside for good measure. it is nice having a serger. you can sort of see the back darts and invisible zipper in this picture.
i doubled up the inset strips for opacity.

12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mary Poppins Sock Monkey on: July 24, 2015 07:02:36 PM
this is Monkey Poppins, who was made for the Sock Monkey Swap Rd 9

sans coat, with bowtie and "buttons" from the scrapbooking section
props to my mom for the blush suggestion!

all the accessories: carpet bag, daisy hat, parrot-head umbrella & hand-knotted scarf (that's not a typo)

i had grand plans of making a working umbrella but ran out of time/gumption  Smiley
the base is a hat pin, with polymer-clay parrot head, painted with acrylics.

boot closeup:

her little bun:

coat exterior & lining:

i also included this picture in the package, as my swap partner is a Doctor Who fan as well.

13  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Grand Rapids Sock Monkey Classes in May on: April 27, 2013 04:56:59 PM

Hi there! I'm teaching a few sock monkey classes in May if anyone is interested.

Time: 6-8 pm
Date: Wed, May 8th or Thu, May 23rd
Cost: $27
Details: Ages 10 and up. All the materials and tools will be provided, although you may bring your own socks if you prefer.

sign up at http://www.inspirationsofartstudio.com/classes

There may be a follow-up class on making sock monkey clothing, too.

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Circus Ringmaster Sock Elephant on: March 05, 2013 11:05:38 AM
this was made for the Sock Monkey Swap R6.
my partner requested an elephant (i've done monkeys before, but this was a nice challenge)  Smiley

his cut-away jacket is made from scrap taffeta and velveteen, with a satin lining:

cummerbund close-up:

the top hat was made with stiffened felt:

here he is taming a lion. i used a bracelet for the hoop.

back view:

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Detroit Tigers Sock Monkey on: November 11, 2012 08:56:32 AM
my aunt recently gave me an unexpected gift, and as she's a huge baseball fan i decided to make this sock monkey for her.
meet Monkey (Miguel) Cabrera:

i decided to just do his most visible tattoo

batting gloves poking out of his back pocket

he's a little overstuffed, like the real thing  Wink

a close-up of his eyes, which are a little hidden by his visor
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / closures for doll clothes? on: December 17, 2011 01:56:24 PM
i am making some overalls for a 12" doll like this by request.

the recipient is under 3 years old, though, so i'm wondering how best to make them.. velcro would be easiest for the kid, but would it hold overalls together?

that would be velcro at both sides and at the top straps (basically where the snaps are in this picture).

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jasmine Sock Monkey on: October 26, 2011 07:51:38 PM
my first ever sock monkey! made this for the Sock Monkey/Critter swap. my original partner had a "Disney Princess" theme on her list, so i decided to go with Jasmine. (unfortunately my first partner flaked, but mini_mum was gracious enough to be my replacement partner and give this monkey a loving home. thanks!)

everything is fabric except for the button eyes. facial features and belly button were drawn in micron pen

lounging with her magic carpet

watchin' some tv in my studio apartment.. can i just say? the shoes took me like 3 drafts to get right. phew!

i used a second pair of socks to make her hair. they had some woven stripes and diamonds that made me think of braiding.

there was a lot of experimentation involved in this project, but i'm pleased with how it finally turned out.  Smiley
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / anti-flaking measures on: October 09, 2011 05:08:29 PM
has anyone ever considered putting a photo-escrow system in place to limit flaking?

if swap participants were required to send photos of their crafts to the organizers (and have their partners do the same) before sending, there would be a lot less potential for sending out items without receiving anything in return.

just a thought.

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / need supply advice on: October 08, 2011 04:54:49 PM
i'm looking for something fairly specific.. a cylindrical object 2.5-3" long, diameter about 1/8th of an inch, and preferably hollow (though that part's not essential). it needs to be sturdier than paper or cardstock, and either colored silver or paintable. (it's swap-related, so i can't say what i'm doing with it)

if only they made bugle beads that long, they would be perfect.  Undecided
i'm also rubbish at polymer clay, so that's a no-go.

any ideas on what i could use?
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / stuffed sea turtle *Tutorial Added* on: August 22, 2011 01:18:25 AM
made this a couple years ago for a swap, but somehow forgot to post it.
he's almost life-sized.

turtle 'tocks

all the brown spots on top were fussy-cut and then fused into place.


Print the pattern out at whatever size you want. Add seam allowance. (Im doing a smaller version so I added )

Make sure to mark your darts and notches (black lines), and copy the quilting pattern onto the muslin shell piece. I like transfer paper for this, but you can also use pins or a lightbox.

Cut out your pieces.

Stitch your darts. On the head pieces, make sure to stitch around the corner to the notch, as shown. Clip diagonally to the notch.

Now sandwich some batting between the outer shell fabric and the muslin layer. A big rectangle will do. Safety pin together, matching centers and edges as best as you can (this is a little tricky since the pieces are curved).

Quilt on the machine, following the markings and unpinning as needed. Its best to start from the center and work your way out, so things dont bunch up and get wonky. I used a zigzag with the stitch length at around .5

Trim the batting, and attach the head to the shell along the top edge. Add eyes if you want (on the big version I used animal noses with glued-on fabric eyelids. French knots are probably fine for a small version like this). Set aside.

Attach legs to neck, side gussets and tail as shown (the leg notches go on the outside, away from the belly).

You should end up with this:

Sandwich together and stitch JUST THE LEGS. Turn the legs right-side out.

Pin the belly, matching notches to seams and stitch, leaving some space open near the neck for turning.

Now pin together the shell and underside, making sure the legs are inside and out of the way. Stitch.

Turn through the neck opening.

Stuff and stitch the neck closed by hand. (I seem to be out of stuffing, but you get the idea)

Voila! Tiny turtle-kins.
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