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Monday, December 24, 2007

Earrings v1.0 [Image Obese]

Wells, I've been lazy and haven't posted anything I've crafted in awhile. Since it's nearly Christmas now, I've been busy making Christmas presents for most of my friends. I've been in Texas visiting my sister-in-law, brother, and six month old niece and shopping like a madwoman. Since my hometown is small and crappy, I don't have any awesome craft stores like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's. Soo..... when I was in Texas, I went crazy and bought a butt-ton of craft supplies including earring findings and decided to make earrings for my cousin.

Which leads to me taking pics of (almost) every earring I've ever made since this summer.

Gift made for my cousin from Swarvoski crystals & earrings findings from JoAnn's.

And here are the earrings I've made this past summer till now:

Mario mushroom earrings made from Sculpey clay and hand painted with acrylic paint.

Breakfast jewelry set: Bacon, waffle, & sunny-side up egg! Made from Sculpey clay and hand painted with acrylic paint.

101 Dalmation earrings made from old charms I found in my stash of crap.

Radish earrings based off of Luna Lovegood's radish earrings from Harry Potter V. Made from pearlesque seed beads. Tutorial can be found here.

Pacman earrings made from Sculpey clay and handpainted with acrylic paint. I made them to match my Pacman skirt.

Harry Potter potion earrings made from bottle beads from Hobby Lobby (they were a bitch to find!) and food coloring. Inspired by this Craftster post.

Shuriken earrings made from craft foam and beer can metal. Note to self: Superglueing fingers together is not smart.

Mario skull raft earrings based off the above picture. No, they are not Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. I've never watched that movie and no, I'm not emo. Made from Sculpey clay. The skull design is drawn with fabric marker and is on front and back of the earring.

Well, that's it for now! Sorry for the crap load of pics. I didn't bring home my original giant Sculpey radish earrings. I made the beaded ones after the Sculpey ones because they weigh a ton and every time I wore them it was like gauging my ears. :S I plan on making fortune cookie, cheese wedges, and button earrings next!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Asky the Blue Fuzzy Squidopus [with link to pattern]

Meet Asky, the blue fuzzy squidopus from the Trans-Atlantic Rift.

He was born from a simple request from my boyfriend who asked me to make him a blue fuzzy squid for his birthday. So... I went about searching for patterns and found a pattern for a cephalopod on The most awesome thing about him is that the blue fur was from an ugly vest I found on eBay. I searched everywhere for cheap fake fur, but they were at least $16 a yard. So.... after searching through ebay, I found a blue fuzzy, hooded vest and fought another person to buy it. The long tentacles and the bottom side of Asky are made of light blue stretchy terry cloth taken from an old shirt I had. I tried to embroider light green eyes on him... but it's hard to embroider on fur. So I found 2 blue buttons in my button stash and used them. :)

So yeah... he doesn't really look like a squid except that he has the 2 extra long tentacles that squids tend to have... so he's a squidopus! :D

He is entirely handsewn. Ow.

The pattern can be found here: [link]


<-- He's coming to get you...

<-- Top view

<-- He likes braaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssssssssssssssss!

Stuffed creations! [With link to pattern]

So... one of my good friends has a story where she killed a rabbit when she was 4 with a PVC pipe. She also likes the Akatsuki from the anime, Naruto.... so I decided to mix the two themes together.... and here is the result.

A stuffed black rabbit with interchangeable eyeballs and a removable, hand-knitted scarf.

-- Dead bunny  -- Dizzy/Confused Bunny  -- Derp Bunny -- Naruto Akatsuki Bunny w/ scarf

The fabric itself is from an old black velvet skirt I found in my old clothes. There are wire pipecleaners in the ears so they can bend and stay bent. The eyes are buttons with snap fasteners sewn onto them. Each of them were handpainted and sealed so the paint wouldn't chip off. Since my sister took all the knitting needles, I used some old pointy chopsticks to knit the scarf from red acrylic yarn I got from Wal-Mart. It's the first thing I've ever knitted and actually finished! Yay! :D Also, the nose is embroidered... it was my first time. Kinda crappy, I know. Also, I made a "good" bunny for my neice.

This one was made from a towel I found lying around. I had no idea that terry cloth was so hard to sew with! Clearly, I'll never use this fabric again. Also, my second round on embroidery... I think this attempt turned out a little better. I'm so proud of the bows! :D

My sister's cat ate some of the interchangeable eyeballs on the black rabbit before I could mail it to my friend..... but I made a different set! BEHOLD! DISAPPOINTED BUNNY!

I got the pattern for it from here: Wee Wonderfuls

Monday, July 9, 2007

Cat hat of DOOM! [with link to tutorial]

Well... after attempting to sew with slippery velvet to make a plush rabbit.... I gave up and tried my hand at making a cat hat from a tutorial I saw on Craftster. I thought it would only take me like an hour, but it took me like 2 1/2 instead. I got the fabric from a light blue college hoodie my friend threw out since she got ink and highlighter stains on the sleeves. I just cut the fabric off the back and made it into my very own cat hat that I've been wanting for the past 3 years!!!

Here's the [link] to the tutorial and here are my PICTURES:

<-- Front view of cat hat <-- another view of the hat - The pink line was where I marked to sew the ears down. ^^;
<-- close up of the flower pin
<-- close up of the bow

The flower is actually an old pin I bought from Gap and the bow and trim are really old bias/trim tape I found in my mom's craft stash. I'm so proud of the bow! It actually looks professional looking! I stabbed myself 5 times making the damn thing! >_< Blargh... I cannot sew straight with my sewing machine.... all my hems are crooked and my dad's making fun of me.

Damn him and his being a tailor back in the day. :P

Sunday, May 13, 2007

More creations!

Well, this is my last post for a month. I won't be sewing or crafting anything while in London. (Or at least I hope not...) Anywho, while taking a break from packing, I finished the U-shaped butt pillow and my sock armwarmers.


Right arm-->
Left arm-->

Well, luckily my camera didn't pick up on the crappy seam around the thumb part. I was supposed to use a modified mattress stitch to attach the thumb part to the main armwarmer... but I have no idea how to do that. <_<; I just did a regular mattress stitch and it ended up looking crappy. :P Here's pics of the butt pillow:


I found some random flannel fabric with bunnies on it and decided to make a butt pillow from it. The bottom is made of an old turquoise sweater I found in my sister's closet. :3

Well, that's all for now. I wasn't able to start the Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf... but that means I'll have another project to do after I get back. So, off I go to another country for the first time! See you guys in a month!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Clothing Recons

More crafts ahoy! This time I went through my older sister's closet for old t-shirts she doesn't wear anymore. I found 2 cute shirts and decided to make one into a halter and the other into a cute ruched-side tank. Many of these designs were inspired by Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt.

Here's pics of the white ruched tank:

Side view of ruched side-->

Here's pics of the yellow halter:


The white tie is made from a strip of another white t-shirt I re-coned. Hrrmm... that reminds me... I have to get pics of those too. :P

And finally, here's the last recon item of the day! A Pacman skirt made from 5 different t-shirts. It should have only been made from 3 t-shirts, but I was having trouble finding 2 exact sized black tees and plain red tees. I found the black Pacman tee at a Goodwill store, one panel was made from a black tee my friend gave me, and the 4th panel was cut out from a black tobacco promotional shirt my dad had. (He never wore it anyway.) The red band was made from 2 separate red tees. If I had a better pic, you can see that they are 2 different color reds. One tee was from my college tee and the other from an old high school Homecoming tee.


Close-up on Pacman ghosts-->

Well, that's all the sewing I've done for now. I'm currently working on sock arm warmers and I have to finish my U-shaped butt pillow. I'm hoping I can make a faux Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf tonight, but time is slim and I must pack for my month long trip tonight. ^^;

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Hello! It's the Bitchin Stitcher!

Ahoy! And welcome to my craft blog "Stitchin n' Bitchin." I'll be posting up completed or work-in-progresses of my current projects.

But anywho, I have my first project finished. My roommate wanted a plush of a kodama from the anime movie "Princess Mononoke." I've never made a plush before, so what the hell? I might as well try once.

Being a college student low on cash, I was too cheap to buy good plush fabric to make it so I went to the local thrift store and bought an XL white t-shirt and used the fabric from it. I've noticed that store-made plushes are not really "huggable" since the fabric is either unpleasant to the touch or just plain stiff. So using cotton jersey (the stuff your t-shirts are made of) I made a plush that's cute and huggable! :D

Here are the pictures:

Here's the pic of the one I based it off of:

And here's the plush itself:

My roommate didn't want the generic alien-looking kodama. Instead, she wanted me to make her the one that looks like a surprised Pillsbury dough boy. The scarf in not part of the original design, but I put it there because the neck seam looked very rough and I needed something to cover it up. The scarf is just made from the hem of a t-shirt sleeve and sewn in place. Hrrm... I need to practice sewing seams on plushes... it's harder than it looks.

That's all I have for now! I'm currently working on a t-shirt skirt, halter, tank, and a funky U-shaped neck pillow. I'll be posting those when I finish.