Day #172

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I finished my bag, yay!
It has the black and white all on the inside, and has poppers/snaps for closing with the buttons just for decoration and hide the stitching on the poppers. I showed my partner, and he wants me to design a bag for him. I might use that denim that I bought.
It doesn’t have any pockets, because it’s my first bag, I wanted it to be simple with a high success rate, and ease myself into pockets and other things later. It wouldn’t be too hard, as you could sew the pockets to the lining before it gets sewn together and the stitching will be hidden.
I’m quite pleased with it, and may actually wear it in public. :)

Day #171

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Today was an interesting day with crafts. Such as colouring in a money box car with red marker and paint over it with red glitter, only to have the marker ink reactivate and make an exact blood red. Then I tried to glue rhinestones to a bear money box, only to have them slide down the face slowly because the glue somehow got watery with the heat. Next was making roses with dictionary paper from a book I got at the thrift store the other day, and the pages were so thin that I had to paint glue over them, just so I could bend the petals properly. So they don’t look nearly as good as I’d hoped. Finally, I was bored and decided to play around with felt. Basically, I flicked through my craft folder of pictures on my computer, and made things inspired by the pictures. The sheep was a finger puppet, the circles were flower shapes, the cat was a keyring, and the underwear… was on a bear. A little clay one. None of the colours are the same, apart from the sheeps coat.
In other news, I found my iron, so if I don’t melt, I might get some sewing done. Mind you, everything is a mess, I’ve been crafting in three separate rooms to save cleaning up. I really should get on that.

Tip #8

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So many people are crazy about shimmer these days. It seems all the trend with their wink odefinately and their pearl pigments. Not once have I heard them mention iridescent medium by Reeves. I found this in the art section of my craft store, and it’s intension is to mix with any acrylic paint to make it shimmery. The medium part in the name means it has the same basic structure of acrylic paint, and will mix well with it. There are so many mediums you can get, some to build texture, or some slow drying to make them more oil paints, but less toxic.
Back to iridescent medium. This acts similarly to acrylic in the way that you can dilute it slightly with water, and paint it on surfaces. This is semi transparent, so it will show the colour of paint or paper from beneath, but it will be slightly more pale and shimmery. I’ve made my own shimmer paper this way, as well as using watercolours with it. Mixing the medium with acrylic directly will give you an opaque shimmery look with just one coat of colour. You get quite a bit to use in one tube, as a little goes a long way.
This purchase was definitely worth it in my case, and it wasn’t too expensive.

Day #170

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Went to the op shop today. Actually a couple, but didn’t spent too long looking. I got a few items for me to wear and a few to cut up, like this suede skirt. I picked it up for the fabric which would make lovely miniature bears, and I’d get a lot of them out of this. I have to wash all the pieces and try them on before I know if I need to modify any.

Day #169

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I abandoned the search for the iron for today, and whipped up a couple of small projects to practice with. I made a  tiny quilted piece with a ribbon border. It would be a pot holder, but it’s far too thin, so its just decorative.
Then I decided to make a thread bin to keep on my table while I’m sewing. Its a very basic bag, with plastic tubing in the top so it stays open. I added a loop so I can slide it onto the bar under my table top.
I’m hoping to get to the thrift store soon, so I’ll have plenty to do. Maybe too much…

Day #168

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Busy sewing day, today. I almost finished a belt, did a fair bit of a bag, half made a pincushion and half heartedly made a cat ball.
The reason I couldn’t finish the belt was that I started using the eyelets that I had gotten the other day with my eyelet setter, but they didn’t come with washers, they were gold instead of silver to match the buckle, and they were too small for the buckle to fit into. So that project has to wait to be finished.
Next, I began making my bag. I’m using instructions for a bag, but created my own pattern from the pictures, as I wanted mine bigger, and couldn’t print out the pattern. Essentially it was a square with rounded corners, so easy to reproduce in the size I wanted. I can’t find my iron from when we moved, but i have to find it to flatten the strap.
As for the pincushion, the glue is currently drying, and is functional for the moment, just needs some decorating with some paint and ribbon. It’s actually a box, so I might clean up the inside edges, and I can keep a miniature sewing kit with small scissors and thread in it.
As for the cat toy, I felt like making something, and couldn’t think of anything else. It was quick and cats don’t care if they can see the stitching.

Day #167

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Felt flowers and a ribbon bow. I used my new marking pen on the felt. It worked nicely, but now I have to wait and see how it disappears. I couldn’t use it on the purple because it was the same colour, so I pinned one of the other flowers to it and cut it out.
The reason I got to making these is I saw some headbands in a shop which were just felt flowers stuck to a headband base with a jewel in the middle. Like most things, I said to myself, and my friend, ‘I can do that.’ So I did. They are different and I didn’t take a photo for reference, they are inspired by. The ones in the shop were all one colour. I tried to give them some dimension by putting a stitch in the middle of the bottom layer. I was originally going to put them all on one headband, but they turned out bigger than I thought, so I’ll either only put one, or one large and make two smaller ones to put either side. I could make three headbands. I’m not good with choices, and I make my best art and craft when my head switches to autopilot and things fall into place.

Day #166

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Mini shopping spree. Took more time travelling than shopping, but I wanted sushi from a particular place.
So I got another sticker alphabet. These seem to have formed a collection in my stash, because I never had the right one for the job, and they are so useful. This one is very small, and is nice and bold. The good thing is the smaller the letters, the more you get on a sheet for the same price :P.
I originally set out to buy a cleaning brush for my new sewing machine, because it didn’t come with one. I couldn’t find any, but I bought a box to put all my needles, bobbins and anything that goes with the machine.
In the remnants bin, I found a metre of denim that would be great for bags or cat toys. It was only on the way home that I remembered that I’d need a different needle in my machine to use it. By the time I get to washing the fabric, I’ll probably have bought some.
While thinking up designs for a bag, a couple have drawstrings, so when I saw the eyelet setter, I thought I might as well try it out. No harm of having it on hand, as it’s a useful tool.
I got a small leaf punch, which is the perfect size and shape to pair with the paper roses that I make sometimes.
Lastly, I got a vanishing fabric marker. While I was watching YouTube videos about sewing, I was shocked that they were using pen on the light coloured fabrics. It wasn’t until today, in the shop, that I read the pen disappears after 48 hours or so. I wonder if the ink ever disappears while in the pen. Maybe that’s why it says to keep out of the heat.
I’ve been watching videos about thrift store fashion transformations. One girl in particular, Coolirpa, is very talented. The only problem is that all the videos seem to show how to make clothes smaller to get them to fit. I need one that enlarges them. There’d be a huge audience for that (pun kind of intended.)

Day #165

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Welp. My machine needed a dust cover…
I finally dug my way to the fabric box, which was under everything because I couldn’t do much without a sewing machine, but I’ve been collecting remnants as I see them and fat quarters, so I had plenty of colours to get at least two 4 by 4 inch squares each with a load to spare. I’m not usually one to make big things, so all my scraps have to be tiny before I throw them. I wanted to try sewing elastic on, so I put it around the bottom of the cover, which will help protect it. It isn’t lined, but it’ll do its job. It will be a good project to redo in the future, when I get better at sewing, to see my progress.
Next project is a handbag, I think. I can never find exactly what I want, and they break too easily. I have some lovely gothic tartan fabric that I’ve been saving to make something awesome out of.