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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first baby quilt on: January 27, 2011 05:21:34 AM
This is only my second attempt at making a quilt, the first was a wall hanging for my mum.

My friends were having a baby and I decided a week before she was due that I wanted to make her a personalised quilt.

Very scary for me as I've never given anything I've sewed as a gift before (mum doesn't count, she has to love it Tongue) and because I had given myself such a tight time frame, I was pretty worried about how it would turn out.

All in all, I'm happy with how it looked! My friends loved it which is the main thing, and while there were a few errors here and there, I think they just added to the whole uniqueness of it!

Next time I make one of these, I'm giving myself more than a week!

Thanks for looking Smiley Any comments / critique welcomed!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first attempt at anything bigger than placemat size! on: February 04, 2010 11:50:06 PM
It was my mums birthday back in January and I wanted to make her something special. She collects all things roosters and I had this rooster fabric for months and months with the idea to make her a quilt out of it.

I ended up having 4 days to get this finished due to other things going on and slackness on my behalf. It changed from a quilt to a 1 metre x 1 metre throw rug, and aside from the few places I made mistakes in, I'm very happy with how it turned out considering I completely winged it, and was half convinced it would look like Crayola threw up on it!

The best part of course is that she loved it too Smiley

I just stitched in the ditch for the quilting part, using a half cm batting inside. I attempted to hand stitch the binding down and was successful for the first half, then it got to 3am the morning I was going to see her, so I gave up and machine stitched the rest, luckily you can't really tell!

The initials you can see are for each member of our family.



3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My attempt at the Anda dress on: October 10, 2009 03:11:09 AM
The burda pattern Anda, pretty easy pattern, especially since I'm a beginner! Pretty happy how it turned out Smiley

Sorry for bad photos!

I loved the fabric when I saw it too, and thought it would be perfect for a dress so here is my attempt!

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My take on the Cheshire Cat on: October 10, 2009 02:55:20 AM
My sister in law had an Alice in Wonderland themed 21st party, and I didn't want to pay $$$ to hire a costume so I decided to make one, pretty daunting since I hadn't made a dress before!

Turned out pretty well, the stripes took me the longest to sew together! I sewed the Tulle onto the lining pretty dodgy but it worked in the end!

Cute Cheshire cat button I found

Action shot, in the middle of a messy night!

You can see the tulle better here

It was definately a good learning experience!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first foray into quilting on: July 12, 2009 06:57:56 AM
I've wanted to make a quilt for so long now, but it has seemed so daunting so I thought I would start with something small to practice on, and go from there.

I decided to make a mat for underneath my sewing machine because everytime I move it, it leaves marks on my desk.

With some help from this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305294.0 I came up with something I'm happy with for a first try! I just kind of threw fabric together too so I'm not sure how great it all goes together!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My second try at a purse! on: July 08, 2009 07:45:22 AM
While I liked my first try, I had cards falling out all over the place, so it was back to the drawing board for me!

I wanted a tri fold purse, and I also wanted to avoid having to turn it inside out, so I did the two panels separately then sewed them together at the end. It turned out a bit more wonky than I would like, but I think it gives it character Tongue

I also inserted cardboard in all the pockets to make them more sturdy, which has worked well.

The grey material is actually from a pair of pants that my dad wore in the 70's, so that was a bit of a giggle cutting those up!

Any comments / suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated! I know the stitching is a bit rough, and the two panels don't line up exactly but I will get there!


Inside flap:

Inside empty:

Filled up, with no cards falling out in sight!

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake memo board for the Kitchen on: June 27, 2009 11:19:44 PM
Hi all

I was inspired by this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309330.0 and decided to make my own for my kitchen.

I had cupcake fabric sitting around and I didn't know what to do with it so I thought this would be perfect!

First shot: Ready to be filled up

Second shot: close up of the glittery fabric

Third shot: Action photo

Sorry for the bad quality photo's, my camera hates me Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at a purse on: April 16, 2009 07:27:37 AM
I found this Robert Kaufman fabric on ebay and I knew I had to make a purse out of it. I used this wonderful tute : http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1652 to get me started, then I chopped and changed a bit to get what I wanted.

I'm happy with how it turned out, theres a few bits that arent finished as nicely as I would have hoped, but its not bad for a first attempt!

Sorry for the bad picture quality!


Back with coin pocket

The inside - it has 9 card slots, two pockets behind the card slots, a picture frame bit and a "secret" pocket behind the picture frame.

The inside all filled up Smiley

It was definately good practice because now I am already thinking of ways to improve the next one I make!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Red phone box coin purse on: March 27, 2009 07:20:16 AM
I had a red phone box fat quarter that I loved but had no idea what to do with, then I decided I needed a coin purse, and walah we have a telephone box coin purse.

It's a bit rough and not straight in a few places but it will do its job and I think it's cute, and I especially love the fact you can see the front of the phone and the back of the phone on either side Smiley Excuse the bad photo's.



Really bad shot of lining

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My attempt at a travel wallet on: March 22, 2009 03:37:19 AM
Thanks to this tutorial - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273186.0 by stitch 81, I was game enough to try to make a travel wallet.

Most of the pockets are crooked, and theres a bit at the top where the stitching has come undone, and I stiched too far over the top of the ticket pocket, but other than that I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

I also broke my first needle, which took longer than I thought it would so progress!

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