Dog Breading Last Minute Dog Costume

Made this the night before halloween. hehe.

The best thing since...

Hope you had a Happy Halloween


Knitted Beanie

It's that time of the year!  Knitting season!  Well kinda, its currently 62 degrees and sunny while I'm typing this up.  But when I knitted up this beanie last weekend, it was super rainy and perfect weather for knitting (and Netflix!).  This was a quick knit, thanks to the extra chunky weight of this yarn.  I'm actually really proud of this one because I didn't use any specific pattern and kind of made it up as I went along.  It's the first time I've ever did that, and I didn't have to unravel and redo anything, which is what I was bracing myself for.  I tried my best to jot down what I did, so that I can make it again in different colors.  Writing up patterns is a project in itself.  I have a better appreciation for people who do that.  It's basically another language, no?  Some people complain about having to pay for patterns rather than getting them for free online.  But a lot of work goes into pattern-making, yo.  Respect the creator.  Anyways, I'm probably going to keep making these since they're super easy and quick to knit.  I love chunky yarn!

Are dpns too old school?  I didn't want to buy circular needles in the size I needed.

Used the knit 2 together on the decrease rows, which will show a visible slant to the right on the decrease stitches.

Upcoming projects in mind inspired by this project: DIY stitch markers, creating my own patterns for knitted/crocheted projects.


Iron-on Transfer Experiment (Part 2)

Okay, so I finally used those iron-on transfers I made of my dog.  I had some leftover canvas fabric lying around and I wanted to make a pouch that was larger than the ones I usually make.  Kind of like a big clutch, to place in my tote bag to keep smaller stuff together, and take out if I didn't want to carry the huge tote.  Also, I decided to sew in some nylon lining to give it some weight and make it more sturdy.  The most frustrating part of this project was ironing on the Mochis.  They didn't iron on as nicely as I wanted them to. The transfer paper was from like, 10 years old, so I will blame the quality of these transfers on that.  Regardless, I still liked the outcome even tho it is not perfect because: 1. It has that worn-in look that complements the canvas material and 2. I like anything with my dog on it.


Floral Fabric-Covered Box

Continuing my goal of using up my fabric stash, I covered a sturdy cardboard box with some fabric scraps that were oddly shaped, yet too big for me to consider throwing away (waste not, want not). This was the same fabric used for my eyeglass pouch, my sewing machine cover, and I also made a skirt with it (it has pockets!).  Now I have a small box that matches my sewing machine that can be used to store all my sewing notions.  And I can wear my skirt when I'm sewing and then take out my glasses to see better and OH MAN SO MATCHY!

The Before:

The After:

A very simple project (yay for glue guns), but it makes things look a little more special.


Iron-on Transfer Experiment (Part 1)

I had this iron-on transfer paper lying around from an old t-shirt project (my college intramural volleyball team if u really want to know) and I wanted to play around with it.  I thought it would be funny if it involved my dog's pretty face.  I mean, obviously! The guy is good-looking!  This pic was taken after he had his annual vaccinations done.  You'd think he'd be sad that he was poked with needles, but he's just happy we left the place.

I used Photoshop to trim out his face, and smooth the edges.  His left eye had an annoying piece of hair covering it, so I fixed that too (clone stamp tool), just to make  his eyes clear and round.

Since my printer only has black ink, I had to make the photo greyscale, and adjust it to a shade dark enough that it can show up on fabric. Make sure to print out the mirror image, otherwise when you iron it on it will show up backwards.

I printed out two sheets (for now).  Hancock Fabrics is out of business, and I hate that there aren't any fabric stores nearby. :-(  Once I get some suitable fabric, I'll be able to use these puppies. ;-)



Rolled Hem

To continue with trying to use up my fabric stash, I had this awesome polka dot bit of fabric I wanted to make a neck scarf with.  All I needed to do was finish the edges, so today I learned how to do a rolled hem by hand, since it is a more delicate fabric. My eyes hurt. Next time I'm going to buy the sewing foot made specifically for rolled hems and just use the machine.  Nonetheless its a great skill to have when finishing a project.


Sewing Machine Cover

One of my goals for this month, craft-wise, is to use up more of my fabric stash.  Making a dust cover for my sewing machine was on my list of stuff to make, so I figured I'd bust one out this week.  It's a simple project, but a cover for your machine is necessary because dust really settles into your machine, man.  It's a serious problem (not really). Dust combined with the sewing machine oil gets all gunky. Having a dust cover keeps it pretty.

Anyways,  I decided to use two types of fabric (contrast!), because I wanted to match my chair cover for matchy matchy crafty room kitschiness.  It's kinda tacky, but I feel like the craft room/station is the only place you can decorate all crazy and get away with it.  I was about to add hot pink rickrack trim but I totally forgot about it and already sewn the side panels. 

Dimensions for the finished project were 7x15x14.  I cut out 2 panels for the sides (8x15), 2 panels for the front and back (16x15), and one for the top (16x8), 1 inch added for seam allowance. Easy peasy!

Matchy match, with leftover polka dot fabric to spare.  What else can I make to get rid of this fabric?!