31 August 2011

No Sewing On This One :D

This post is brought you to you buy G-d's gift to crafters. ALEENE'S ORIGINAL TACKY GLUE! You can basically pick this stuff up anywhere. And it's amazing. And the entire featured project here.. is basically constructed using tacky glue...

So. I have this box. It did not come with a lid... I got it for free on craigslist.  It's a not a shitty box, though. It's like.. real wood - not particle board or pressed wood. It's heavy. It's a nice box. So, I really really wanted to make a lid for it. The major problem as you might be able to see is that the box has a... I would describe it as a lip. Idk what it's called. but the lid of the box has to work around it
 So I bought some cheap wood from Joann to build a lid because I had this vision of a pin cushion topped lid for the box (because obviously it's going to be a sewing box!!)
I cut two pieces of the thin board for the lid.. and glued it together and covered both sides with fabric to help hold them together.

These are the two fabrics I picked for the pieces. I wasn't going to be able to stain the wood the correct color so I figured I would just roll the side pieces in fabric instead. As you can see I considered painting them with nail polish and that was bust hahaha
 I guess I don't have a picture of it specifically happening, but the thing boards kinda buckled because of the glue.. NICE. So I ended up cutting up the box from a little sewing caddy (also free haha) which I'm actually using for hair stuff. Anywho. I cut two pieces of cardboard and glued them on each side of the thing boards.  I binder clipped them together for a while to dry.  It seems to have made a huge difference. The lid was immediate sturdier and flatter lol yayy
 I added some fabric over the back... a little attention to detail thing to make it look a lot better.  I laid out the side pieces and put a thick layer of glue over them then carefully set the lid onto them.. It seems to have worked lol

 I'm really excited to say that it looks REALLY good. I'm so happy.  I think I'm going to fill the inside of the box with buttons (my buttons are all in two jars) and use the top for a pin cushion.  I think I'm gonna layer some more glue all over the thing. I really wish I had a staple gun but I don't. wwaaaahhhhh. Hopefully it will all hold together. I love it. :D Ssoo happy it turned out nice

24 August 2011

Thirfting and other things

I actually have a huge post I'm working on... but that's gonna have to wait until a certain package shows up at a certain place :D
Here are a few things.

I also made some bonnets. I'm going to put them on ebay and see if I have any luck. They're cute.

 I made this notebook cover for my friend's sister because her dog chewed the corners of the notebook. She was pretty excited about it.

This is a gift I got from a friend who recently got back from Bulgaria.  Our other two friends got bracelets, but she didn't think I would wear one and this made her think of me. It's basically the most adorable gift ever. I love it.

 I bought this cheap fabric from walmart. I asked for 2.5 yards, but lady only cut me 1.5 which I did not realize until it was cut, so I didn't bother to hassle her about it.  So instead of getting one long piece with some extra, I was able to cut the pieces. Except, it's cheap fabric. Ugghh so she actually shorted me about five inches somehow which means my plan to cut and stitch didn't work out. I was really annoyed. So, to make up for it, the ends of the scarf (oh, did I mention I made it into a scarf?) have a lace trim. It's actually really cute.. and it's light weight. I'm rather pleased :D
This is the seven dollars in trim that I bought from goodwill today. Quite a few of them are still packaged and everything. I always buy this stuff when I find it because I rarely use trim for big things (so I don't HAVE to have a lot of it) and it's really expensive if I'm only going to be using some of it. Again, I'm very pleased.

One of my absolute favorite things about thrifting trims has to be seeing what matches and wondering what it was purchased for. For example, no one just buys three packs of purple bias tape just to have it around! So I like wondering oohhh what was this for? Today's purchase also contains a lot of reds.
Here is a picture of all of my trims. You might remember half of these from this post. I only purchased about five of all of these brand new.  I mean, pretty decent! I like having all the odds and ends around because I do a lot of spur of the moment little projects.

Sooner or later I will definitely actually post things I made to wear. We'll see. Other than that, I actually just did some work sewing.  I reinforced some bookbags that had not been planned very well by the chinese manufacturer. I'm also giving sewing lessons. busy busy