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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Smocking Questions on: September 29, 2014 12:05:22 PM
I've searched for a good tutorial or thread on Craftster and the rest of the internet, but I just can't seem to find a good site on smocking (particularly arrow smocking.)

Can any of my fellow craftsters help me?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to affix little plastic spiders to the ceiling on: July 10, 2014 11:45:45 AM
Hey all,

My kitchen is a spider web theme, and I thought it would be cute to put small glow in the dark spiders on the ceiling. The ceiling is textured, and even though the spiders are hollow and extremely light, they won't stick! The only thing I've tried is bluestick (?) or that poster putty stuff. I want to avoid using tape since it would cheapen the look.

Any help is appreciated!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Any Craftsters have a clue on how to do a mirrored countertop? on: January 22, 2014 01:09:04 PM
Hey guys,

I want to turn my drab countertops into something glamorous! So I'm thinking painting them high gloss black and then affixing A TON of those little craft mirrors on top. But then I'm stuck, how do I protect those little guys? Do you think an acrylic clear coat would do it? Or something else? Help me!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help in reconstructing this purse - the "hard/padded front" ? on: December 29, 2013 08:17:07 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

I love everyone's skill in reconstructing and recreating, so I would like to seek your advice. I've been trying for years to find this purse http://img.hottopic.com/is/image/HotTopic/249074_hi?wid=700&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95,0&op_sharpen=1&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.0,0.0,0,0&iccEmbed=0
But have been unsuccessful. So I decided to just recreate it!
I've good as far as pattern drafting and actual sewing, but this purse, as I remember it, had a hard material behind that front fabric. It's almost like a cardboard (but much sturdier) interior, maybe with light batting on it.
Any tips on how to recreate that part?

Much Appreciated,

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hoodie made from shirt :) on: February 11, 2008 04:21:00 PM
This is the first hoodie I made out of a shirt allllll the way in winter break in 2007!
I made two more that turned out better, and I will post pics later Smiley

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making hoodie sleeves...sewing them on. :-\ on: January 04, 2008 06:07:06 PM
Ok, so I'm about to sew my sleeves onto my hoodie...the question is...how?
Tutorials I've seen don't quite explain so clearly...
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / A wallet from...an old 80's cassette tape??!? Well, almost. I need assistance. on: August 17, 2007 05:42:14 PM
Ok, so today I was at a garage sale and there was a box of old cassete tapes. I've always wanted to make something out of the things and today after I bought the box I was sitting in my room figuring what else I could do. Then it hit me.


Now, the thing is, I've disassembled the tape (RIP Paula Abdul's "Spellbound") but now I can't decide how I want it to open and close.

I've come up with a few solutions :

1. A 15 inch zipper to go around the parameter
2. A button/snap of some sort
3. A rubber band.

Any ideas on how I could do #1, or other ideas in genera?

Please and thank you!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Lining inside a stuffed animal's pocket...how to? on: August 16, 2007 08:46:55 AM
So, I am looking to make a stuffed animal of some sort....but I also want it to be something of a purse.
How do I go about doing that? Do I make it first, stuff it, then gut it and insert the lining and the zipper?
Thanks for the help.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owls, Karate, and DDR, oh my! on: August 15, 2007 09:55:46 PM
So...I hate carrying purses.... Angry
BUT I have  so much stuff in my pocket nowadays that I have been forced to resort to carrying one.
So I decided that I'd just make a cute enough purse (or 4) to satisfy me. I used my own patterns for all of them, especially the owl purses.

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Sooooo....the first one I wanted to be small, and reflect my interests, hence the "fight like a girl" theme....I was going to use turpentine to get the pattern on, but that didn't work so I had to use a sharpie and felt....*sigh*  I wanted to show some kung fu chicks with the saying "I Fight Like a Girl" on the front Grin I thought it was really cool since I do karate and kobudo! I used a rodeo fabric with muslin lining, zipper in back.

These next two are little owls I call "Bubblegum Owlet" and "Blueberry Owlet." The have a little zipper under the head, which is just a flap. They are made out of this simple gray quilting  fabric, and the accents are felt. The string is just yarn I braided together '^^

And the last one is just because I like to play DDR Grin
Quilting fabric, felt, drawstring cord, and zipper in back. For the white arrows, I just sewed them in.

I made my own patterns and I can give a tutorial if you want.
So what do you all think? Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Jack Skellington's Ba-Bow Tie and a Bustier/Corset on: April 14, 2007 06:53:02 PM
Hello all, this is my first topic here and I'm just wondering if anyone had any tips for me.

I'm planning on making two things - Jack Skellington's Bow Tie and a Duct-Tape Corset.

I'm planning on (for the bow) making a single piece for the bat wings, turning it inside out and sticking wires in them and then gluing a clay bat head to the front...but does playdoh bake? And for how long?

For the corset, I wanna make it lace up the back and have some sort of pattern up front. Any tips on how to actually make this? As in, measurments and actual construction?

Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks
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