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51  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Petite Blythe Dress TUTORIAL (or small doll dress) on: September 07, 2007 06:11:35 PM
I made a simple dress for my petite blythe doll, and thought i'd have a go at making a tutorial....this technique is very basic and could be used to make any doll dress...just change measurements

step 1. grab fabric scraps (i like to use two contrasting but complimentary colors/prints)....your bits will be much bigger than you actually need (it's easier to work with bigger bits and trim down after stitching

step 2.
gather the skirt part of the dress (i gathered by sewing a straight line while my upper thread tension was lowered to 2...but use whatever method you like)

step 3.
pin top and bottom together (right sides together)

step 4.
sew top to bottom then press seam

step 5.
hem top of dress (**note hemming top and bottom of dress could also be done before sewing top and bottom together....do what's easiest for you)

step 6.
hold your dress up to your doll to see where you want the bottom hem to fall

step 7.
sew the bottom hem

step 8.
fold your dress in half and sew up the back (i folded in half, measured about an inch and then sewed it up)

step 9.
trim excess from seam (*note...i later went back and took the point off the bottom of the seam cuz it layed funny)

step 10.
turn dress inside out and hand sew a length of ribbon to the front (this will be the straps of her dress)

step 11.
further embelish your dress as desired (i added a circle of felt to the ribbon) and then get your doll to model her new duds

hope you guys like this tutorial Smiley
52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / disco ball from a cd on: September 04, 2007 04:57:09 AM
i made this disco ball from a cd i recieved in the mail (junk mail)
53  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / dollhouse (with pics!) on: September 04, 2007 04:53:00 AM
my dollhouse is just a cheapie one from michaels (like $20) but i am having soooo much fun doing it up!
here are some pics:
this is the outside...i wanted a covering so that i could keep it from gettin dusty , or if i just wanted a nice neat look

the "curtains" can be tied back so that i can look at my lovely dollhouse

living room...i made the couch, coffee table, rug, pillows

bedroom (bought the bed and vanity)...made the comforter, pillows, and printed the posters off the net

doll outfit i made:

....i still have 2 rooms to decorate/furnish....i will add a kitchen/dining room and a craft room Smiley
54  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / tiny pink poodle (with link to pattern) on: September 04, 2007 02:44:15 AM
i made this little stuffed toy poodle from this pattern:
...for my dollhouse, it's pretty cute i think

55  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wierd-O-Rama doll of my husband (now with PICS!!) on: August 30, 2007 12:42:08 PM
i made this doll of my hubby today....it's a prototype so i plan to make some changes....(if it were a girl doll i'd like the long neck, but on a boy doll-not so much.....and the legs are too short as i didn't feel like looking for longer paper to make the leg pattern...yeah, totally lazy i know!)

i'll try and add pics to the post later...but right now the photobucket thing is all wacked out!


well...i got the pics up, but they're all sideways! crikey!
56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Finding A Pattern on: August 25, 2007 03:59:38 PM
i need help finding a pattern for an apron that ties at the sides...
i need it in PLUS sizes tho Smiley
i found this one by simplicity
(#5525 at the bottom)

but it's not for chubby girls

any suggestions?
thanks! Smiley
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Literature Classroom Decor on: August 17, 2007 02:25:53 PM
I decided to help my hubby decorate his 12th grade british lit classroom....only I decided at the very last minute, and had only one day to make some decorations...

here's some of the things I came up with:
Jane Austen wall hanging

various authors banner/bunting thingie (it's over 9 ft long!)

shakespeare wall hanging:

Robert Browning

canterbury tales hanging

I plan to make more, but I think this is a good start Smiley
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oregon Ducks Tee turned Purse on: July 15, 2007 01:27:07 PM
my hubby gave me this tee cuz it didn't fit...i didn't like the way it fit me either....so i made it into a groovy purse! Smiley

(i forgot to take a before pic....but it was just a basic tee)

also...you can't tell from the pics but the bag is a dark green color
59  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycle/Make Your Own Paper (with Tutorial and Insane Amount of Pics) on: July 09, 2007 10:52:29 AM

This is my first tutorial, so please don't be too harsh in your replies! Smiley
I like trying new crafts, but am not always able to invest in all the supplies....so this is a groovy way to make paper with stuff you probably have on hand (or can acquire for next to nothing)

1. gather supplies:
blender, paper (i use junk mail, old grocery lists, etc), embroidery hoop, bit of lace (or cheesecloth, etc), old towels (for blotting) and a dish to put your paper pulp into
2. soak torn up bits of paper in water overnight (you can add food coloring to water if you want)
3. after soaking blend up your paper and water (use approximately 2/3 water and 1/3 paper....or maybe 3/4 water 1/4 paper....you really want it pretty watery)
4. pour this pulpy mess into a dish large enough to dip your embroidery hoop into
5. put the lace into your embroidery hoop and dip it into the pulpy water (dip it in like you're panning for gold)
6. lift it out (lift it straight up) and put your hoop on your towel
7. gently remove the hoop (your paper should be facing up)
8. blot your paper with another towel (get as much water out as possible but be gentle)
9. pick up your lace and put it (with paper face down) onto whatever surface you want your paper to dry on (i put it onto a paper towel
10. let dry....or to speed up drying: put between a couple paper towels and dry iron it

*it's fun to add bits of thread and flowers and seeds, etc
*while your paper is drying you could lay it over an overturned bowl and it will dry into a bowl shape

***if you have any questions i'll be happy to answer them!!
60  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Beads Hanging Mobile Thingie on: July 02, 2007 05:24:27 PM
i made a bunch of paper beads  out of an old handwritten afghan pattern...i lightly painted them pink and added glitter and modge podge....theni strung 'em all together...added sequins and "pearls" and made a hanging mobile thingie for my sewing room...

hope you like! Wink

sorry about the sideways pics...i'm still learning my new camera Smiley
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