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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tote bag from "Mama's Pocket" with LOADS of pictures on: June 03, 2009 01:58:49 PM
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern from Mama's pocketbook.  I printed the pattern out a few days ago and studied it intensely so that I would be able to understand what I was doing.  (I'm still a newbie)

I think mine turned out pretty great.  I use it to carry my little guy's nappies/diapers and wipes as well.  It's a LITTLE too small for his stuff too, but when he is potty trained, it will be all mine!!!!

The outer is made from heavy corduroy type material and the inner from a heavy weight curtain fabric.  I didn't use that stuff that makes it stiff (what's it called?) because quite frankly I didn't have the know-how.  It only cost me NZ$5 to make since I got the fabric on sale. 

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Trousers for boys!!!!!! (pic heavy) on: May 29, 2009 05:21:40 AM
The sewing bug still has not left me.  I haven't had much time, but over the course of a few days I made these little trousers.  I wish I had taken a picture of the shirt and pants they were made from.  They are made from a shirt that was passed along to my husband but is too big.  I found that the length wasn't enough, so had to kind of add a little bit extra in the bottom.  Instead of trying to make it look like it was all the same material I decided to go in the opposite direction and use up the last bits of material from the last pair I made.  I'm not sure if they look a bit girlish?  Also, do the pants need more?  It feel as though something is missing, although I also don't want to overdo it.

Comments and criticism welcome.  (PS:  He has thermal leggings on underneath, so ignore any white bits that stick out under the trousers!)

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / thank you Tiny Happy! on: May 19, 2009 02:34:08 AM
I love this tute:  http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html

I have only recently gotten a sewing machine but it has been working over over over time!!

Here's my bag (material I picked up on an outreach to Mocambique, lining from an ol pair of pants my mother in law sent me that I didn't like):

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / from youth size to toddler size t-shirt on: May 19, 2009 02:25:15 AM
We live at a camp site, so as a result, my little one gets loads of free (and cute) t's.  Problem is they're all too big.  So I had to figure out how to adapt them.  I am a complete newbie to the world of sewing, so forgive me if you can see the mistakes!

Too big...

Snip and stitch...

The product...

Too big...

Snip and stitch...

Final product again...

Feedback or tips on how to resize the other one hanging in his closet?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boys new linen trousers from Mommy's old linen capri's on: May 19, 2009 02:16:18 AM
I have absolutely no idea where I got MY idea.  It was a tutorial on making boys' pants from old t-shirts.  I dreamt of loose linen pants for my 2yr old.  So, I took a pair of white linen pants that are too big for me (yay weight loss!) and made him a pair by cheating using the ready sewn seams of the pants legs and just tweaking them a little.  Instead of putting elastic in (I didn't have any), I tried using the button hole function and threaded the already made ties through it. 

I only recently got my sewing machine, this is only the third thing I have ever made.  I wish I knew how to read patterns.....  So excuse the newbie-ness and hopefully you don't see the mistakes!

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi!!!!! (bunny) on: February 24, 2009 03:44:07 PM
Based on this pattern

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ski hat & beret on: February 24, 2009 03:39:46 PM
Made this ski hat for a friend - didn't use a pattern - surprised myself BIG time...

The colours look wrong in that picture - this is how they really look

Then recently made this beret type thingie.....

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wristwarmers for the family on: February 24, 2009 03:27:57 PM
I crocheted wristwarmers for myself, loosely based on this pattern.

And then hubby decided he wanted some, but as plain as possible, so I made him some (just crocheted a rectangle with some stretch) and then decided to make matching ones for my 2 year old! 

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / ski hat on: December 29, 2008 01:56:07 PM
I wanted to share this.  It is the first time I have ever completed something without a pattern.  It's a ski hat.  I used 2 skeins of wool.  It turned out pretty well.  I gave it to a friend as a gift.

This is the wool that I used:

This is a close up of the stitches:

And the final product:

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / aprons made by hubby and i on: April 16, 2007 04:32:07 AM
i needed an apron, so was inspired by the dungaree look and made this:

i'm really proud of it as its the first thing i've ever actually sewn by myself without help!  its not perfect, but its mine!

this is detail of my initial:

and this is detail of the dungaree thingymabobby

then hubby was inspired and made this (there's even space for the serving spoon):

what do you think?
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