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This is a project I picked for a sewing class to master my fear of bias tape. It’s a car organizer that hangs on the head rest of the passenger seat, and can be hung either on the front or the back of the seat.

The bias tape wasn’t so bad when sewn in a straight line, but I still need to work on the curving!

Car Organizer

Car Organizer

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Gryphon book cover

I made this for a friend’s birthday (very very late!). She loves gryphons so I machine free stitched an image I found on the net.

I used a method where you baste the pattern (tissue paper) on the piece and you sew over it: bad idea!! I went over each line a couple of times to give it a certain style. When it came to tearing the tissue paper, it got stuck in the tiny spaces between the lines. I then tried various methods of removing the paper, from trying to scratch it to soaking the piece in water (which only made it worse). Finally, I did it the hard way, I scratched away with a tiny pin to remove the paper. Anyway, not the best idea of the century!

I used different fabrics: green leafy cotton, rust rayon (I think it’s rayon…) and beige tule. The different textures and colours add depth to the object.

For the closure, I didn’t want something bulky or that would hide the design so I chose a light green ribbon from my stash and bought a nice brass coloured button.

gryphon boon cover

Design details

Close-up of the gryphon design

Button closure

Close-up of the button closure

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Another Craftster Swap I took part in last summer was the dog swap. I love dogs (they’re my favourite animals in the whole world!) and I also have a dog, but she doesn’t live with me due to my landlord not wanting any dogs on his property, she lives with my parents.

Blanket

Blanket

Bone stuffie

Bone stuffie

Personalized Dog Collar

Personalized Dog Collar

So I made a fleece blanket for my partner’s dog, a bone stuffie, and a personalized collar (see pattern at: http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/sew_a_cute_dog_collar.php), all in bright blue because, Lykos, the dog, doesn’t see very well. Also, my partner loved Harry Potter, so I made a cute Gryffindor dog scarf (my own pattern) and a poly clay golden snitch charm, for either her or the dog, with real gold incrusted in it!

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Gryffindor Dog Scarf

Golden snitch Charm

Golden snitch Charm

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Last summer, I was part of the wonderful Mythology Swap on Craftster. I had the chance to have the organizer as partner (she later had computer problems and then flaked on me :,( ) who had very similar tastes to mine.  We decided to combine the myth theme with fairy tales and literature also.

I made her a “Snow white, rose red” rose cuff.  I remember from a long time ago that the story of Snow White starts with her mother pricking her finger and the blood falling on the snow next to the window’s black wooden sill. She then said that if she had a girl she would like her to have skin as white as the snow, hair as dark as the ebony wood and lips as red as blood. To combine these elements, I made a cuff with black fabric that I embroidered with a red rose. I made the rose look like a splatter to represent the fallen blood drop. And I added lace for the snow and for added feminity!

Snow White Wrist Cuff

Snow White Wrist Cuff

My favourite item of the package was this Excalibur letter opener. I made the rock out of aluminum paper (around the letter opener, so that it could fit in), covered with polymer clay of different tints of grey. After baking the clay, I painted some vine on it with regular acrylic paint. For the sword, it took several tries to come up with something decent. I bought a regular letter opener and covered the handle with a strip of black leather. I added glass beads glued to sparkly red scrapbooking paper and blue wire for decoration.

Excalibur Letter Opener

Excalibur Letter Opener

Another poly clay project was the Lady of Shalott mirror. We both loved the poem from Lord Tennyson and she loved John William Waterhouse’s “’I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,’” Said the Lady of Shalott” painting). So I tried to illustrate that quote through my craft: I took a simple oval-ish mirror and added poly clay to create a frame and added poly clay roses and vines. After baking (and hoping the mirror wouldn’t melt!!) I wrote in goth-ish script “I’m half-sick of shadows” with craft paint.

Lady of Shallot Mirror

Lady of Shalott Mirror

My partner also liked pirates so I made her a treasure chest. I simply painted a wooden chest that I got at the dollar store with acrylic paint and hot-glued some sea shells on it. To achieve the “old” chest look, I used a make-up sponge with (very!) diluted black paint and “scrubbed” the edges in the direction of the wood grain.

Pirate's Treasure Chest

Pirate's Treasure Chest

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The Mini-me swap was a swap I participated in on Craftster, last summer, that was meant to get to know our partners  a bit more.  We had to make 2 items for our partner that represented ourselves.

My partner needed to organize her knitting supplies, so I made her a needle roll with fabrics that represented me: dogs (I LOOOVE dogs!), roses (Rose is part of my name), and fairy tale (I met my partner in the fairy tale swap on Craftster). The pattern for the needle roll is available at http://www.tostetoes.com/knittingroll.htm.

Knitting needle roll

Knitting needle roll

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

Knitting neddle roll (rolled!)

I also made her a pattern organizer. I took apart a 1-inch binder and covered it with scrapbooking paper and decorated it. I used scraps from my favourite projects (see Rose’s Wrist Warmers) to decorated it. Inside, I made separators for different types of patterns (women’s clothing, children’s clothing, etc.) and added pockets so she could slip her patterns inside (it works for different size patterns).

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer

Pattern organizer (separator)

Pattern organizer (separator)

My partner was also having a baby at the time so I slipped a couple of bibs in her package. I used pink terry cloth for the backside and cats and dogs fabric on the front. The pattern is available here: http://chickpeastudio.typepad.com/chickpea_sewing_studio/2008/01/chickpea-infant.html.

Bibs

Bibs

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Léon le mouton

I made this little sheep for a friend’s birthday. All the supplies come in a kit and you just have to make it.  I bought the kit in a bookstore (I know. What have bookstores become?) but you can also get them online at La Sardine.

Without further ado, Léon le mouton!

Léon le mouton

Léon le mouton

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I made this for the I Love Ewe Round 2 Swap. My partner liked asian stuff and bunnies (among other things!). So I made her a bag out of chinese jacquard. I embroidered the japanese symbol for bunny on it (because I know Japanese and not Chinese!).

 

Asian purse

Asian purse

 

I had a lot of trouble with the fabric because it kept unweaving itself after I cut it. Plus my machine was eating at it! And of course, on the sendout day of the swap, my machine broke! I had to finish it by hand!

I still think it turned out great, though!

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