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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The 28 hour Scrappy Quit Top on: September 14, 2008 06:07:17 PM
Hi! This is my completed quilt top (I can't afford the backing fabric just yet, so I hope you don't mind me sharing this now).  I started it on a random whim yesterday afternoon while cleaning out my fabric room.  This is my first quilts to use smaller pieces (I've made a couple of quilts that used really big blocks before, though).  I put it together totally randomly, pulling the squares without looking.  I did toss some back in if I pulled out two that were the same, though.  I could really use your opinions, though.  do you think it looks too busy with all the randomness of the prints?  It's got everything from batiks to cutesy novelty prints to modern, repro, and actual vintage prints, florals, asian inspired, polkadots, and everything in between.  I really like it since it includes so many sentimental fabrics (I know you know what I mean about those fabrics!  we all have them, right?) but I'm not sure if it's too busy and should therefore just become a lower layer for warmth and for my personal enjoyment or if I should display it as my top level blanket proudly. 

(there are some more photos on my blog that show it closer up if that helps http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=127)

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zipped Pencil case for your 3 ring binder TUTORIAL on: September 13, 2008 10:39:15 AM
Time for a back-to-school tutorial!
This will show you how to make a zippered pencil pouch that fits into your three ring binder.

(Note: this is a condensed version of the tutorial. For more photos and info you can view the full tutorial on my blog http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=121)
Step 1
Gather your supplies!

To make this pencil pouch youll need:

-Fabric for the body of the pouch.
Youll need two pieces of fabric.  I suggest a sturdy material like canvas or cotton duck.  Use a regular piece of paper as a pattern or measure the rectangles to about 8.5″ x 11″.

The zipper should be around 11″ long.  If youre using a pre-cut length be sure to get one just a little bit longer than that and cut in down after its sewn in place.

- 3 Grommets and the tool to set them.
The grommets will have to be large enough so that the clasps on your binder will fit through them.  youll want the two part grommets and not small eyelets.

-Bias tape
store bought or make your own

- Decoration for the pouch.
For this tutorial Ive used a length of ribbon and some pieces of cotton fabric to applique my design.  You can use whatever youd like to get the look for you The possibilities are endless.

Step 2
Decorate the rectangles to suit your taste

Step 3
Add the zipper.

Take one of the rectangles of fabric and cut a straight line for your zipper along the long edge, about 2″ from the edge.

With a hot iron or by finger pressing, press the edges of your new cut to the underside of the fabric.

Stitch the zipper in place.

Step 4
Fit your bias tape around the edges and stitch that in place.

***  To keep it neat and without bumps or wrinkles around the curved corners you should iron the bias tape while shaping it around the curve.  Tape cut on the bias will stretch and take the shape easily with a little coaxing, and taking a few moments to do this will make a huge difference in the quality and look***

Step 5
Place your grommets in place to fit your binder.  You can use the binder itself to get the holes in the right places, or measure and place the grommets 4.5" apart (for US standard paper size).

And that's it!
Snap it in, Fill it up, and enjoy!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cropped Corduroy Hoodie, My first time draping! on: September 09, 2008 11:13:25 AM
I decided this summer that i wanted to learn how to drape properly on a dressform.  I borrowed a fantastic textbook from the library (The art of fashion draping by Connie Amaden-Crawford, if you're interested.  It's laid out really well, has great illustrations and step-by-step "lessons" you can follow.  I recommend it.)
After working my way through all the basic procedures I decided to try my hand at creating my own garment!  I'm really happy with how it came out.  I used muslin first to drape and create my blocks.  I decided to make a cropped hoodie with wide sleeves.  In the front I added some bias-cut insets, in the back I used princess seams and added box pleats to the center.  I added ties from the sides so that I can cinch the waistband in just under the bust if I want for a close fit.

(/\This photo's a little off.  I didn't use the best light, so we'll just call it "artsy")
The zipper in front actually continues all the way to the top of the hoodie.  It's perfect for zipping at your neck, chin, or even nose if it gets chilly.  And, if the sudden need to hide should arise you can just zip it up all the way.  Instant disguise! Wink

/\This photo shows off the detail on the front, and the color pretty well.  The fabric is this super amazingly soft corduroy.  I am all about corduroy for this fall!

/\And the back.  I just love to have plenty of detail on the back, and I think the long ties are really cute...

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easy Breezy Wrap Pants Tutorial on: June 29, 2008 01:51:11 PM
I want to share a tutorial I made for you to make your own easy, breezy wrap pants, perfect for summer!

(This is a quick version of this tutorial.  For detailed instructions and more pictures, go to http://laupre.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/easy-breezy-wrap-pants-tutorial/.  There's a lot, so I didn't want to clog up Craftster! haha!)

These pants are so wonderful, and sooo easy to make.  All you'll need are your basic sewing supplies (machine or needle, thread, scissors, and iron), fabric, and four ties.  For the fabric I start with 2 yards or so.  You'll need two rectangles that will wrap all the way around your waist and then overlap at least 12 inches and are about as long as you want the final pants to be plus allowance for hems at the top and bottom.

Put your two rectangles with right sides together and fold both layers together in half.  You'll want it so that the edges that will be the sides of the pants are all together and the top of the pants and bottom of the pants are at separate ends.

The center fold is where you will cut out your crotch piece.  It should be a half U shape.  the height of the U will decide how high waisted the pants are, the width should be about 4 inches or so from the center fold (If this area doesn't fit right when you're finished you can always cut it larger later).

(tip: you can use the pieces cut for the crotch as cute patch pockets on your pants, no waste!)
Now sew your only curved seam along this U.  Make sure it's a nice a strong seam!
Giant Pants!

Next you'll hem all of the rough edges.  Do the sides and the bottoms and then when you get to the waistband (the two lengths that have the seams in them) you'll want to attach your straps to each end.

Now just wrap and wear!

I decided to share this tutorial despite the fact that I'm currently making these to sell, so please use this tutorial for your own personal purposes.
Love you Craftsters, Thanks!

Edit:  It seems that there are some who are misunderstanding my last comment here ^ so to clarify my statement I'd like to add a brief explanation and hope that we won't need any more negativity here regarding it (feel free to PM me privately if you feel otherwise).  I don't claim to have invented the design, it's so simple and primitive I'm sure it came long before the lifetime of anyone who can read this today.  I can tell you, though, that I worked out the technique for myself out of desperation on a hot afternoon.  I also spent most of a day working on a detailed, easy to follow tutorial on just how I did it, and those words and photos are mine.  I don't think it's unreasonable to ask that if someone wants to make these to sell that they either work it out on their own or use someone else's tutorial to do it. cheers, LP
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Breezy Wrap Pants with Camera Stencil on: June 27, 2008 06:06:13 PM
I love these pants!
I made these pants to wear now that the weather has finally decided to feel like summer.  They were perfect for running around all day taking photos, so I tried out the freezer paper stencil technique I learned here on craftster to add a simple camera stencil to the leg.  You can tie them two different ways, either with the back side on top or the front side on top, so versatile!

A friend of mine liked them so much he requested a pair made for him.  I might be able to get him to pose for a few pictures of his, but for now, here are mine:

Here's the stencil of the camera.  I really liked the freezer paper stencil technique, it was really easy!

You can take a look at my blog if you'd like to see more photos and details about these pants.
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mini project: Pretty tags for craft fairs on: April 29, 2008 09:47:55 AM
I'm gearing up for craft show season, so I whipped up some pretty tags for attaching to my items:

Super simple project.  I just used rubber cement to attach 1" squares of pretty paper to some cheap purchased tags.   I think they're really cute, though!

Blogged with more photos
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / A Beary Warm Hoodie on: April 05, 2008 10:58:23 PM
I just love these monthly challenges!  I can't resist them. 

I went to the Dollar Tree with no idea as to what I was going to make, but I figured I'd probably be sewing.  i decided that i wasn't just going to blow $10 on crap that I wouldn't use after the challenge, though, so it made it a little more difficult.  There is quite a variety of materials you can choose from there, but when it comes to fabric items, they're all pretty sad quality.  I lucked out when I found some decent quality fleece scarves, though.  They were nice and big, and not the same thin stuff they use for the other scarves and for their baby blankets.  They only came in white, though.  I grabbed a couple of them and wandered around looking for something to accent them with.  It was when I came across the Cuddly Cousins that I knew I had found my muse.

I'm a big fan of using faux fur over the real thing!
I purchased 7 bears and 3 fleece scarves.  I got quite a few interesting looks riding home on the bus with a big pile of teddys all around me.

Warm and soft I knew they would be perfect for lining the hood and adding a little flair, but first I had to get the fur to a point where I could use it.  (Sensitive viewers beware, the next few images contain graphic teddy images )
Don't worry, I was very gentle.  I used my scalpel (Xacto) to carefully remove the stitches down the back of the bear, removed his fluff (all saved to be used for other projects), and disassembled the pieces of his body.  Finally, I sewed the odd pieces of fur into straight strips to make a solid fabric I could cut my pieces from. 

Stitching up the fleece body of the coat wasn't too difficult, it was just a basic bodice with some darts in the back.  I had a little trouble getting the sleeves right.  I wanted to get both sleeves from one scarf and because of that I had to make up some funky gussets for the underarms.  I probably should have used a pattern for them, since I'm just terrible at sleeves, but they turned out alright I think.  I fur lined the hood, added ties at the top of the front with cute little fur balls at the ends, lined the cuffs, and made two pockets for the front (they're fur on the outside and lined inside with fleece scraps) and bear ears on the hood (I only pinned these on, so I can take them off if I want).  Finally I added the only material that didn't come from the dollar store, an old zipper I had on hand.

If I were to do things differently, I would have used four scarves and six bears instead, I had one bear left over at the end.

/\ Super cozy hood fully lined with fur

/\ The ties at the front in a cute bow

/\ Front, hood up
/\Back, hood up

It's nice and warm.  These photos were taken on a pretty chilly morning, and I was quite comfortable!

Thanks for looking!
I left a few photos out of this post, but if you wand to see the others, feel free to stop by my blog post:
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A few more Button-Up Legwarmer Spats on: March 18, 2008 10:05:53 AM
I've just been crazy about these legwarmer spats, so I've been making a bunch and I want to share!
First up are my Green Apple ones.  They're so bright they really cheer me up!

Next, some pretty black ones.  The texture on this fleece is just amazing, but it doesn't stretch as well as the other fleeces, so they have to be a little baggy.

This is a pair I made for another person, so sorry, no action pics.  They're really cool, though.  She wanted them in over-the-knee length!  Each one has a row of ten buttons down the sides.  How cool is that?  I tapered them to make them fit nice and snug from top to bottom.

And finally, these are one of my favorites.  They're a nice, short 6-button high pair in dark grey.  The buttons for these are just the BEST, though.  There are two sizes of solid metal buttons alternating small and large down the sides.They're  really shiny, and kinda heavy.

If you missed my tutorial on how to make these legwarmers that are kind of like spats, you can see it here on craftster : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=230540.0
Or a more detailed tutorial on my blog:

Thanks for looking!

Edit:  The images posted here are for viewing here.  Please don't copy them for use anywhere else on the web or for commercial purposes.  Thank you.
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Biking in PDX Guitar Case (probably too many pictures) on: March 05, 2008 11:19:12 PM

One of my favorite things about Portland, Oregon is how bike friendly it is.  Bicycle Magazine calls it the no. 1 cycling city in America.  It's not just a way to get around here, but also a fantastic system of routes and paths, a community, and a culture.  In our house, we choose not to have a car and use bicycles as our main mode of transportation, and it's just great. 

A good friend of mine is also a big gear-head.  He collects old bikes and chops them up into new bikes, and is my go to guy for any major repairs or upgrades to our current bikes.  He recently bought a used guitar that came with a pretty nasty case.  It was old, worn, and icky, so he asked me if I could clean it up, maybe add some style to it, fix up the worn spot inside, and replace the straps so that he could wear it while biking. 

Once I got a good look at it, though, I realized that it just needed to be replaced. This ended up being a massive project, requiring hours and hours of work and I probably never would have finished it if I hadn't seen this challenge.  I thought my idea was fitting, so I pushed myself to meet the deadline.  First, I carefully dissected the nasty thing (I quickly discovered that the previous owner had cats who liked to "mark") and made up some pattern pieces and got to work.

The original bag:

I thought the new bag should have a strong bike theme, so I collected a bunch of used bike parts.  I had a chain, a tire, a couple of tubes, some reflectors, cogs, and an entire wheel to work with. (Recycling and re-purposing is another strong theme here) Since everything was used it was filthy and everything had to be cleaned.

/\ The tire on the front is made from spokes I took from the tire I had.  The tire is an innertube that I sewed down to the pocket.

/\ The key on the ring is from an old bike lock I lost last summer.  I drilled holes in the four corners of each reflector and hand sewed them on.  The handles are more tube that has been sewn.  I was really happy with how well the tube worked as a material, and I know I'm going to using them again.  (just have to wait for someone to get a flat Wink )  Where the green carabiner is is also a little flap for attaching a clip on bike light.

The chain bit here took forever to do!  It almost made me crazy.  I hand stitched down all those chain links so that you wouldn't be able to see the stitches on the outside.

The bottom is a piece of tire.  It was probably was the hardest part to sew, but the thick rubber does a great job of protecting the guitar when you set it down.

The inside is a pretty blue.  see how the colors of the bag match the colors of the scenery?  neato

I free motion quilted two layers of thick batting for the lining.  I made bikes and the word "bike" all over.  For the head of the bag, where it had gotten worn on the old one, I used a layer of vinyl to protect it.

The back:

Inside the front pocket, there are smaller pockets to hold his tuning fork and guitar picks.  I added in a little vinyl pouch to hold his picks, too.

That's some tiny applique!

 I spent so much time and effort on this thing it feels really great to share it!  I gave the bag to him last night and he loved it!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Buttoned-Up Legwarmers (almost spats) with basic tutorial on: February 28, 2008 09:54:08 AM
The weather is starting to get nice already (I saw new buds on the trees when I was out biking this morning!) but it's still a little chilly.  I've been neglecting my poor skirts and dresses all winter and I'm ready to start wearing them again.  Unfortunately, I'm the type who is always cold, so what's a girl to do?  Whip up some cute legwarmers to keep my ankles toasty! 
Cute, right?  They're also really easy to make!  If you want to make your own, measure around your calf at about the height you want the legwarmer to come up to.  Cut two pieces of stretchy fleece as wide as your measurement and as tall as you want.  I went with 10inches tall.  Then cut out 4 pieces of a non stretchy lining fabric (I used cotton quilting fabric)  each one 3 inches wide and as tall as your fleece to support your buttons and button holes.


Next, sew the lining pieces to the fleece at each side where the buttons and buttonholes will go.  Then all you have to do is add the buttons and buttonholes and you're done!
I didn't want to bog down Craftster with a ton of big images, so if you want to see a more detailed version of this tutorial you can see them on my blog http://laupre.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/tutorial-easy-buttoned-legwarmers
Thanks for looking!

Edit:  This tutorial and the accompanying photographs are for personal use only, and not for commercial purposes.
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