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1  Stylish t-shirt reconstruction: Faux button-up tee in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MsMoneypenny on: August 26, 2011 09:27:16 AM

Necessity is the mother of all inventions!

I've been really low on cash for the last couple of months, and clothes haven't been on my priority list at all. But now, with autumn fast approaching, I've been starting to crave some new garments. So, what to do?

I had this old t-shirt laying around. It was a little bit oversized, and had the chooking-tight neck, but the fabric was a nice quality. The fabric used for the plackets as well as the buttons was things I already had.

There is no actual buttonholes required. The buttons are stitched through both plackets (is that the word? I had to look it up), but it gives an illusion of having a real button-up. I think it came out really nice.

The t-shirt:

For a more detailed instruction:

Thank you for looking!
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2  A very simple way of recycling your old notebooks in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MsMoneypenny on: August 16, 2011 03:57:05 AM

So, I've been going through my old notebooks, cause they were taking up way to much space in my bookshelf. Some notes I wanted to keep, but there was a lot of paper left. Both paper that I've just scribbled on, but also paper that was unused. And since I don't like throwing anything away, I decided to make a new, simple notebook from mostly recycled materials.

I used the back of a notebook to make the cover, and I've arranged the papers into stacks and just sewed them together with a few stitches. To attach the papers inside the cover I used a wood glue. It came out better than I expected: it's totally functional and I'm really happy about the result!

Here it is:

If you would like to see more how-to-pics:
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3  Plain broken stool goes kurbits crazy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MsMoneypenny on: March 08, 2011 02:13:49 AM
My bf found a stool in the trash. It had a broken leg, but we figured it could be easily fixed with some glue. After we've been gluing, sanding and giving it a green ground color, I began working on the decor. I was inspired by an old Swedish painting technique called kurbits as well as Scandinavian folk costumes. If you want to know more about Scandinavian folk costumes I highly recommend the blog http://folklorefashion.durantextiles.com/ - i love it!

Anyway. I drew up a pattern by copying elements from different pictures of kurbits paintings and adding some of my own imagination. Then i transferred it onto freezer paper (?).

After transferring the pattern onto five different stencils and cutting them out, I got some help spraypainting them on. Each color had one stencil. After all the spraypaint was done, i did outlines and details with acrylic hobby paint, on freehand. Finally the stool was given a few coats of varnish.
This is the final result.

Thank you for looking!
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4  My cuddly friend FaceHugger [pic heavy] in Halloween Costumes by MsMoneypenny on: November 04, 2010 12:08:52 PM
I don't usually celebrate Halloween, but this year we were invited to friends of ours Halloween party.
Since there was gonna be horror movies shown during the night, I figured we should go as something a bit scary. So what did I come up with? Well...

... meet my cuddly friend, FaceHugger!

It's made out of super thin jersey colored with tea. The pattern I made up as I went along, and underneath is a rubber band so that she also works as a mask. The stuffing is polyester fill and the legs I had to hand stitch on. Since I didn't want to stuff the legs to hard, she couldn't actually stand up (picture above is with some support). This is a picture of how she looks from above. Also, these pics were taken after a night of partying, explaining the ripped seams.

Since my better (?) part found a super cheap overall I had to make one to. This is how it looked like.

It's made out of Manchester (?) fabric and the pattern was made from laying out my favourite jeans and a loose tshirt onto the fabric. Sleeves was made using an old pattern I made. I also added a few pockets.

I tried making the same badge as Sigourny Weaver had in the movie, but the felt didn't really cooperate, and I ran out of time.

Finally, action shot of me (after having a few drinks...) and FaceHugger cuddling with my space partners face.

Oh, just one more thing! This is what the bathroom at the party looked like. I have never peed so fast...

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5  All you need is love! in Shoes: Completed Projects by MsMoneypenny on: September 07, 2009 01:25:31 PM

I bought a pair of white, simple hi tops, then painted them on free hand with textile painting.
I also changed the laces from white ones to pink. I'm really pleased with the way they came out, and they're my favorites shoes now.

The shoes.
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6  Old chair gets new clothes! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MsMoneypenny on: February 16, 2009 09:49:41 AM

When me and my boyfriend moved in together we decided not to buy any furniture unless it was second hand and cheap. This has really worked out in a pleasent way, and I've found some real treasures in the neighbourhood dumpsters.

Anyway. This old chair I got from my mother in law. It's and old waitingroom chair from her office. Even tough it was in fairly good condition, the fabric on it was bleached from the sun and needed to be fixed.

The fabric I got is IKEAs "Ingrid" - It kind of remind me of Josef Franks patterns and designs. Very nice.

I basically just placed  the old fabric on top of the new, and drew the outlines. Then I sewed it together and fitted it as I got along. Unfortunately the Chair was made of shaped plywood (I don't know to explain it in English) so it was kind of hard to make the fabric fit exactly. But I'm still happy with it.
Here are some photos for you:



Hope you liked it, and thanks for looking!

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7  Stolen leather cushion into my new favourite bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MsMoneypenny on: April 30, 2007 09:27:05 AM
A few days ago I went to throw away my garbage. Here where I live there's a special house where you these things up for recycling (I really tried looking up the word for this, but it didn't exist in english).

Anyway, this day someone had left a broke leather chair standing in there. I figured that if I removed the cushion I would end up with a lot of leather. So, I took of the leather parts, and then I sewed a nice bag for myself.

The bag is ca. 30x38 centimetres, and the rings for the handle is actually for hanging up curtains. The handle is also adjustable.

The bag



Action shot!

Hope you liked it!
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