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1  MOSTLY reconstructed crib bumper in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by taratg on: March 31, 2010 07:13:45 PM
Since 80% of this project was created with re-purposed materials, I figured I could post it here. Anyone who disagrees can meet me in the parking lot after school. Just kidding.
Our crib is a vintage classic. It was my husband's, his mom's and his aunt's crib when all were wee. Given that standard bumper's don't fit since there are no slats on the ends. I had to make my own. I used old towels as the interfacing and stuffing was hand plucked by our dog from various pillows. It was a pain in the $%^# to sew but I am so happy with the finished product.

I would have better pictures but someone was 'helping' me with the camera.

More later... once I clean up all her messes!
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2  Felt Birthday Crown in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by taratg on: March 31, 2010 06:43:55 PM

I made this for my pal's daughter and one for my daughter who just recently turned one! Then I made 2 more for my cousin's son who turned 1 a week before mine littler one and, of course, another for her 3 year old daughter so she would not feel left out.

If, for any reason, you cannot download or print this correctly, you can download the PDF version from my blog post here.

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3  Dragon Tail in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by taratg on: March 31, 2010 06:26:37 PM

I made this tail for a friend's 3 yr old son's birthday. He and his 18 mo old sister loved it. I created a pattern. The finished dimensions are 17 in long by 5 in wide by 5 in high. If you can't print out the pattern pieces on 2 pieces you can download the PDF version which I know will print correctly from my blog post here.
The directions are also included.
This was so much fun to make and I can't wait to make on for my daughter but I will probably go for girly fabrics and maybe lacy or ruffly scales.  

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4  Make your own changing pad... in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by taratg on: February 04, 2009 07:56:49 PM

I decided to use my regular bath mats (without non-slip backing) as the perfect changing pad. Here's how using quilting cotton, some batting and the mat:
I just laid the bath mat on top of the fabric, right sides together and cut the fabric to size. Next I pinned the two pieces together plus some batting. I next sewed down one long side around the short side and back up the other long side. I clipped the corners and turned it right side out. I tucked under the open end and added a long length of ribbon to the center and then top stitched the open end. Done. It is cushy and warm. I use it every day and plan to make the rest of the mat (I have 4 khaki colored and 1 more green) so I always have a clean one and so does Husband.

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5  Recovered Baby Swing in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by taratg on: January 22, 2009 11:38:17 AM

I inherited this baby swing from my sister.

It was in perfect condition but the fabric was blah. It took no time to recover it with this Heather Ross Fabric (West Hill). It is a brushed cotton. So much softer than the crisp green, yellow and red plaid. Plus no more ruffle.

I also redid the mobile that came with. It was plain white and green bears. They were all the same. I whipped up some fish from different scrap fabrics for more stimulation and brighter colors.

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6  Tree mural for nursery in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by taratg on: December 21, 2008 04:47:34 PM

I had originally painted this wall with the same animal silhouettes on the other walls but I really wanted something else. I decided on a wall primed with magnetic primer and then I free-handed a tree.
I have been slowly filling it with fabric magnets (leaves, birds, pears, butterfly) posted here.

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7  Fabric Magnets (Pear, Leaf, Bird & Butterfly...so far) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by taratg on: December 21, 2008 04:37:26 PM

I made these for my nursery. The wall is primed with magnetic paint and then I free handed a tree. The tree needed leaves, fruit and other life in it so I have been slowly crafting its inhabitants and giving it some color.
Basically, I used fabric and fusible heavy interfacing and magnet tape. The shapes were printed from coloring sheets.
If you want the exact directions, I have written about it on my blog but it is pretty easy to figure out.

Posted on my blog here
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8  Baby Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by taratg on: November 19, 2008 06:33:05 PM
I created this pattern when registering for my upcoming Baby at Babies R Us and I could not find any mittens. Since baby is coming late Jan, I figured warm hands might be good to have. I named them Bittens, a combo of baby and mittens.
These were so fun to come up with and even more so to knit because they are so fast. The pattern is available on my blog but I wanted to share the pictures because I am so pleased that they came out exactly as I had pictured them (this is not always the case). I can't wait to show pictures of them in action

** I fixed the link. I was adding "" when I should have just left it alone. Thanks!
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9  Garden Hutch in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by taratg on: May 03, 2008 07:33:12 AM

I had an old, unpainted Pine shelving unit and turned it into an cute garden hutch. All I used was 2 cans of pale yellow spray paint from Walmart ($6 and they have the best paint selection), an oblong vinyl tablecoth to match ($4, it was the only outdoor fabric I could find in an color or pattern that was bright), Adhesive/sew-on velcro and about 3 hours of painting and sewing.
I painted the unit, measured the opening and stitched up a center box pleat flap for the front. I stitched on the velcro to the top and voila! It hides all my ugly, dirty gardening tools that I need in the front of my house and looks cheery. Now, no more letters from the HOA about my empty flower pots and unsightly shelves.

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10  Mickey's Pants Cafe Curtains in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by taratg on: January 30, 2008 01:23:59 PM

Design 1: There's a mouse in my house
One of my neighbors (now a pal) who lives a few blocks down has a 2 year old son. This duo loves Mickey Mouse and wanted to incorporate the mouse into her son's room some how. Since he doesn't take naps in his room, blocking the light from the west facing window wasn't an issue. So it was design all the way.
Idea: Mickey's pants cafe curtains. These red canvas curtains are lined and feature white button felt appliques. I loved the idea of felt buttons because they were a different texture and so a learning aspect.
The trick with the buttons is- since the craft felt was very thin, the bold red (go for the orangey red as opposed to a blue red) showed right through. Solution- line the felt buttons. I used heat n bond to apply the lining to the felt and to apply the lined button to the curtain panel for effort less stitching.
Here is a basic break down of the Mickey's Pants curtain. Cut red panel to size, press side, bottom and top hems. Cut and prepare lined felt buttons and determine placement on red panel. Trace placement with water soluble marker. iron on lined felt buttons (be careful to iron back side of red panel. Do not place hot iron on poly craft felt or you will melt it).  Prepare curtain lining and pin it in place. Stitch side hems and bottom hem. Then stitch top. I made a rod pocket top but you can also go with tab or tie tops. trim threads and admire your cute as a BUTTON Mickey's pants curtains.
I am going to have design ideas as an ongoing feature on my blog, but I will try to update and post on craftster often. Lest I forget, just thought I would mention it if anyone is interested. That way you won't miss anything, and I don't have to feel guilty if I forget once or 12 times Smiley
Edit: Finished product in its new home
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