Monday, December 20, 2010

Necklace with plastic parachute men

Yes, smarty pants. I just posted about psidmadethis. But you know when you find a website that has so much eye candy and great ideas that you can't stop yourself from looking at the whole *&%@ thing? So far this project is my favorite. I could make it, would totally wear it and can think of at least 3 friends who would want one. Maybe that's my new project criteria. Pantone declared TURQUOISE as the color of 2010.  I must admit I’ve always declared my devotion to this rock solid hue!  Turquoise, the blue-ish green-ish mineral gets tumbled into stones, polished into perfect accessories, and painted all over town.  This happy hue of a rock, makes any outfit pop and standout.  My fashion friends, TORY, RALPH, & OSCAR often drip and drape collections always making it work in turq!
To make your version of the turquoise-inspired statement necklace, hit up local toy stores, 5 and Dimes, or AMAZON for Parachute Men toy soldiers. Purchase a few packs and pick out all the blue ones.  Another option is to spray paint them with a coat of turq paint, if you cant find the hue you want. Find your center point of the necklace, knot on the middle man, and continue to space equal distance on both sides, securing with knots as you go.  Double knot a turquoise ribbon on either end, and snip excess.  P.S.- Look fab, look poised… look chic in your faux turquoise!

Making Jackpot!!!!

Fashion, art, and creativity make the world go ‘round.  When all are combined, endless and innovative magic happens.  The never-ending cycle of a circle is something that is sought after.  This season, set your sights not only on infinite possibilities, but also scarves!  The circle scarf has become a staple in everyones’ wardrobe.  Infuse the essential chunky knit to stay cozy and au currant.  Continuous knit circle scarves can be worn long and loose or wrapped up right.  Either way you style it,  circle gets the square!
To create your own DIY circle scarf, simply cut off the bottom half of your sweater, hem the raw edge with Gorilla Tape by sticking halfway down, and folding over to seal.  After completely “hemmed”, roll underneath several times to hide the tape and create a soft edge.Have you seen Go! Right now!!! If you aren't inspired by this website, well. You can finish that sentence for yourself. And Gorilla Tape?? Who knew? Wait until you see the blogger's "craft closet."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

More fun with fleece... longggg mittens......

The best part about this tutorial might be the super cute picture of the baby getting his/her hand measured. And its a good chance to practice sewing with elastic.... and once you get the hang of it you could make A LOT. Update! Made three pairs this morning - great instructions. Might try it next with two layers of fleece for the older kids.long mittens

Thinking about making this in a knit fabric..... someday.....
Check out this blog for an amazing cape, scarf, jacket, thing.... I'm not convinced that it would look great on everyone but I am convinced that I need to check out the other projects on this site! 405 followers can't be wrong...

Friday, December 10, 2010

oh boy! got an old fleece blanket?

...then you can make SOCKS for everyone in your NEIGHBORHOOD! Well. At least 20 of them? Check out this post from (again) Instructables. The finished produce is a little rough, but the whole process of how to make the pattern and sew it together is super clear. I'm pretty sure this is a job for Serger Girl! The author also writes the "Heirloom Technology" column for Instructables. I think its his foot in the picture. Update: if you try this remember to run the stretchy part of the fleece width-wise - in this picture the stripes run across the stretch direction. you want the finished socks to stretch width-wise... especially if you made them a little tight to begin with. Like someone I know. I'm also considering getting a pattern so I can make these for people whose actual foot and calf might not be present. Cause who doesn't need more fleece socks! Make Paper Patterns

Pajama pants!!!

Lounge!I have to hand it to the youngsters who wear flannel pajama pants out and about. That would be my choice 27/7. Of course, if they keep doing it into adulthood, it might negatively impact their employment opportunities. But hey, with this easy tutorial they can at least keep themselves clothed! No pattern required. Thanks Instructables! Update: made a pair for a present and got some fleece to make a pair for meeeeee! Very easy. I'm liking the tutorials for minimal pattern projects.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Embellished tees for boyz and girlz (and me!)

OK. This great t-shirt project is supposed to be for kids. But I really want to do this argyle. I love that they just use a simple stitch and pieces of cut up other shirts or jersey. Thanks!