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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Picnic Hamper (Pictures Inside!) on: August 08, 2010 02:42:30 PM

I've always wanted my own picnic hamper and this challenge happened to fall over the first time off I've had in ages so I thought I'd make one as it seemed to fit the summer project theme.

There are quite a lot of parts to this tutorial and seeing as I can't post pictures yet (I'm a long time lurker, few time poster), I thought I'd put it into a PDF. Please, please download it if you like the idea and take a proper look- there are so many pictures there was no way anybody would look at it if I linked to every picture and it's quite long (sorry) as there are several sections to its so I thought putting a link to download it would be best.

The tutorial includes: How to attach hinges, straps with buckles and handles, cutlery & crockery pouches, a napkin & cutlery roll and cushion covers that turn into a bag to carry the rug with.

You can download it here : http://www.tvisevil.co.uk/downloads/tutorial.zip

Here are a few more taster pictures:



This is my first attempt at a tutorial* so I missed a couple of photos and had to fill in with computer drawings so hopefully it all makes some vague sense!

* Just noticed some of the steps skip from 5 to 7 etc- oops. I haven't actually missed out any steps, just numbered them wrongly. Just read through in order and it should work.

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2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey on: August 07, 2010 02:49:10 AM
I actually made this last year but I haven't had any time for making things since then so haven't been on here for a while- sometimes looking at other people's wonderful creations is just too depressing when there's no way you can do it yourself!

I made this sock monkey for a friend's 4 year old daughter. All the seams are double stitched and all the clothes come off because I always hated having toys with sewn on clothes! The pictures have the two different outfits I'd intended, although Daisy likes creating her own combinations! None of the clothes are made from patterns (I'm far too impatient) so were a bit trial and error but turned out ok in the end.

The skirt is reversible and has a bit of ribbon with no tutu attached at the back to make room for the tail. Daisy also likes to use it as a cloak! There are sequins sewn to one layer, which you can just about see. The bag here is also reversible to match either outfit, while keeping the spare outfit inside and the orange top is actually long enough to use as a dress as well.

The buttons are just there for decoration and the coat has popper studs to fasten it instead- I never trust the button hole function on my machine!

I found this random 'M' pin in my button box- no idea where it came from. It didn't have a safety catch so I covered the sharp bits with a bit of velvet ribbon at the back.

The dress has a slit up the back for the tail (forgot to take a picture!) and hook and eye catches to fasten it.

I was quite pleased with the big collar but the big hole for the tail was a bit weird so I made the ribbon with the bow on to poke out of the back- it fastens on with a popper stud so the bow stays looking nice.

Thanks for looking!

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Making Stencils on: June 07, 2007 09:21:03 AM
I've been trying to make reusable, relatively hard wearing stencils for a while- I work with mixed materials from leather to fabric etc and and just found sticky back plastic wasn't hardcore enough for intricate stuff (plus I always seem to stick it to itself, like sellotape).

 After hunting around, I found some thicker rolls of sticky back plastic in Homebase or B&Q (I'm from the UK- they're just big DIY type shops, you know the type). It's actually sold as fake glass frosting so it comes in a roll and you're just meant to stick it to shower glass, bathroom windows, whatever. It's thicker than normal plastic but still cheap, easy to cut, see through enough to trace your original drawing through and after you've finished your stencil, you just whack it back on the backing and use it again when you want! I haven't lost the sticky yet, but if it does go, I'm thinking some spray mount will do the trick.

 Sorry if you've heard this before, but I only found it the other day and it's so much better than anything I've found before!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Plane To See" on: June 07, 2007 09:08:39 AM
I made these bags from an old curtain; the best thing about that is there's still over half a curtain left for more!

 The big planes are cut out from fabric scraps and sewn on, the small one is a stencil. I have a bit of a thing about planes at the moment- I think it must be because I haven't been away for so long!

 Any feedback welcome.


5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Aeroplane Washbag Bag on: June 07, 2007 08:59:45 AM
My flatmate travels a lot with work and gives me all his aeroplane washbags to play with- I like working with offcuts, reclaimed or recycled fabrics etc so all my friends keep interesting things for me and these are the first pictures I have of any of my stuff!

The bags were plain brown before- cool tweedy-ish material but boring.

 The one with the strap has a plane stencil in fabric paint that I made using some thick sticky back plastic (actually supposed to be fake glass frosting but works very well and is much cheaper) and the strap itself is a double length of ribbon, sewn on asymmetrically as well as a shorter length of ribbon tied to the zip (I cut the brown ugly ones off.)

 The other has the same plane design but made out of felt and stitched on (this took a while as the bags are lined with waterproof stuff I didn't want to puncture). The zip tag is also felt.


 Sorry about the other things and random numbers- I got the pictures done to send to someone and don't have any individual shots at the moment.

 Any feedback appreciated!!!


 Toy - long time Craftster, first time poster.
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