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Super Punch: Make a sweater snake

Seams Good

Seams Good
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
Okay this might not bug the heck out of you, but I don't like that the knit is wavy where I seamed the two piece together. I noticed on J's hoodie scarf yesterday. So I made a call to my bff and she suggest stabilizer. I had some water soluble stabilizer from some other wild sewing adventure and it worked great. There is still a bit of a pull at the start and stop, probably because I back stitch. I washed the scarf I made yesterday and the seams look great.

Atlanta Thrift Store - Google Map

I am working on creating a map of thrifty for the casual thrifter. On the ones I have personally visited I added comments and reviewed the store. If you would like to add your fav I think you can.

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Wool Hoodie

Wool Hoodie
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
Notice the details, I used my felted Embellish Knit rope for the ties on little bits. I do love the hoodie/ scarf combo on JW.

Wool Hoodie

Wool Hoodie
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
Today's effort with the wool sweaters. I kinda like them but I may need to line them if I expect the girls to wear them. and Really.... wool. There is a reason I can find so much of it in the thrift stores. It is so rarely cold enough for real winter gear here.

Scrap Box Give Away

Today I cleaned up the cutting table and I have an 8.5 pound box (that is approx 15 yards of fabric) of great fabric scraps I would like to give away. The scraps in the box range from 4 - 16 inches x WOF and would be perfect for all scrappy projects. This box could be yours!

Here is how to make it sew:

Put you name and how you hope to use up all this great fabric in the comment area (this will get you one entry).


Create a link to our shop on your blog or website (this will get you 5 entries), then post a link in the comments, so I can check out your site.

I will use the random number generator to pick a winner on New Years Day.

Edit for international shoppers - I would love for you to enter. If you are the winner you will receive a smaller flat rate envelope full of super scraps ( approx 6-7 yards).

Copy and paste the html below to create a quick link to our site. Remember to post the location of your link in the comments so I can visit your site and you will be entered 5 times to win the big box o' scraps.

Blow Out Sale

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
The best holiday gift by far. My seven year old created this box from various cereal boxes in our recycle bin.

Mitten Man

Mitten Man
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
I think he looks like a HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPLE. I made this during a family craft day. Mittens and Glove. I decimated the Target supply.

Little Green Glove Man

An alien or maybe a Dr Seuss Character, made from gloves.

Turtle Love

My nephew love turtles, in this family having a fav anything is license for the most bizarre gifts. This year I made him a plushie.

From Some Art Talk

Julia wrote him a letter earlier this year asking him when he would be visiting, she cut the paper out in the shape of a turtle. I copied her shape to use as my pattern. I used scraps from my recycled clothing box, jeans and a great shirt of hubby's.

Snakey Love

This gift idea came from Dot at Dabbled. I could not use her tutorial because I had already cut all of my sleeves open but what a great gift for a boy.

From Some Art Talk

Here are the girls modeling Super Snake. The gift is intended for their cousin, who we will see on Christmas day. This was a bit of a pain to turn and stuff, but my girls love it so much I needed to get it wrapped before thy pulled Snakey apart.

From Some Art Talk
How cool is this. I feel a new obsession coming on. It is just like the embellish knit but with a purpose. I will buy an antique knitting machine. I will not buy an antique knitting machine. Maybe someone will just get me a kids knitting nancy to hold me over.

Antique Sock Knitting Machines - CRAFT Video Podcast from make magazine on Vimeo.

Fabric Ball

We have a new baby in the family and I wanted a handmade gift that was not a blankie. I found a few tutorials online but if you really want to get a handle on making balls Jinny Beyer's book Patchwork Balls is the place to go.

From Some Art Talk

I like the tutorial at Burda but I don't really like English paper piecing, it took way too long to make this ball.

This tutorial makes a ball using wedges.

String Doll

J made these at Girl Scouts last week and then she went a bit crazy, we have string dolls all over the house. Little Bit made the star at pre school.

From Some Art Talk

Here are some tutorial on making yarn dolls.

Wiki How


PBS Kids

My high school student thought they looked like Voo Doo Dolls, but they made them anyway.

Handmade Holiday Ornament

I started working on a design for this holiday ornament after I saw an older version of it in a picture from my childhood. I made a few by hand but eventually found someone to create a die cut for my Accu Cut so I could cut them out in bulk. The girls and I made some holiday paper during Thanksgiving Break and I am just finishing up the ornaments. I will do a tutorial if there is interest.

From Colleen

Here is a better look at the ornament:
From Some Art Talk

Here is the bmp I used to make the ornament:

Work Space

Work Space
Originally uploaded by SomeArtFabric
We must be close to the end my crafty table is all covered up.

Star of Wonder Recycled

This is a great activity for a rainy day. Better for older children than younger. I made one of white paper straight from the pdf print. Then I made a template to use on the magazines. The instruction are for fabric but there are paper instruction in the most recent Craft magazine

From Some Art Talk

McCall Quilting had a pattern for a fabric version.

Circle Template This template makes it easy, you can print it on the back of fancy paper or use it to make a template.

Embellish Knit - Review

From Some Art Talk

I have a new toy and it is kinda fun but I don't really know what I am going to do with it. I purchased it this past weekend because I saw Betz White using it on Martha Stewart (see my post on felting). Martha made it look so easy and it was. The instructions are simple to follow and included some knots and flowers you can make with the cord once you make a length of it.

From Some Art Talk

I started with Wool Ease from Lyons cause I originally wanted to add the cord to the hats and make dangly things. It was really easy, so easy that both my 5 & 7 year old could do it.

THEN I tried cotton yarn YIKES!! It did not work at all. If I had started with cotton I would be returning the Embellish Knit, I could not get it to work at all. NADA.

I took it to our neighborhood sing along on Saturday and I had a flock of adorable 5-6 year olds all wanting to make a length. We ended up making necklaces and bracelet a la friendship style and adding some wood beads my daughter had in her pocket (she a bit crafty, ya think).

Free Pattern Downloads

This month we took a break from Selvages to send out different free patterns. We only printed 15 - 20 copies of most of these patterns and we only sent out one per order. I don't want anyone to miss all the fun patterns I found. If you have never checked out the "freebie" area of your favorite manufacturer there are hundreds of other patterns available to you.

From Marcus Brothers : Strip it fabric and a Travel Wallet

From Checkers : Winey Coasters and Yo Yo Pattern and Patchwork Bag

From Kaufman : Owl Pillows and Messenger Bag

From Moda : Nest Quilt and Isn't Christmas Jolly Quilt

Thanks for your support and have a Happy Handmade Holiday.

Thoughtful Friday

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.
Thomas Merton

Free Vintage Patterns

Here are some Freebies from Pattern Bee

Getting Ready

Well the damage to our wallet is fairly substantial and to add to it hubby wants to replace our "vintage" toilets with super doo per fancy new ones. They have the name eco in the title so I am sure they will be great. ;-)

I am not hanging in my studio right now, there is an issue of smell. The Super Sundial guy was here today and they are starting tomorrow am. Ya Team. He did not ask me to move anything although I probably should. Yuck. I am exhausted just thinking about it.

We just cleaned the play room/tv room to prepare for the TREE! A is beside herself with excitement, even though she just decorated her Oma's tree.

Ya !! Daddy & Sister are home we can get started!

Monster Pics

Here are pics of the girls making their holiday gifts.

Sewage - Really

Yikes and Yuck! We knew there was a problem, we even got an estimate but we were hoping to put it off until after the holidays. NOPE!

I got home from a visit to my mom's and the Sugerloaf Craft fair only to discover that the sewage pipe above my husband's den was dripping on my grandmother's sofa. Drip Drip Drip... of the stinkiest red water, it looks like cool aid and smells like vomit. The only light in this tunnel is that there are no bathrooms on that sewage line, only the kitchen.

Hopefully our wonderful plumbers will be in today to repair and replace the cast iron in the basement. Happy Holidays to us.

On a crafty note, this weekend at my mom's I cut out 30 of those Singlit Shopping Bags I posted the link to earlier last week. Hopefully I will be able to get to my sewing room since the pipe of imminent repair runs through it.

Lot o' Monster Backpack Clips

Lot o' Monster Backpack Clips

Hi I posted this as a craftster Holiday Challenge.
Voting starts soon so please vote us in! The girls would love the prizes.

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Thoughtful Friday

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. -- Thomas Merton

Timothy O'Sullivan
A Harvest of Death,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
July, 1863

Little Boxes for our times...

My hubby found this and I thought I would share. Raise a toast to the handmade holiday!!

Arm Warmers


What is a mom to do when her daughter tells her she has no clean long sleeve shirt moments before am departure??? Well not laundry thats fur shur!

How about some arm warmers. These are not perfect, but I measured her upper arm and her wrist and the length of the sleeve I thought I needed and made a trapezoid ish pattern. I did not take into account that she would be wearing a cap sleeve (urg) shirt from our summer screen printing extravaganza. When do children learn to dress themselves properly and do their own laundry?

Super Cute Elf Hat

Found this easy tutorial at LucyKate Craft

Sugerloaf Craft Festival

This looks like a bunch of fun and it is right around the corner from me. We are going to swing by Sunday afternoon.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will feature eclectic music and family entertainment. The Festival experience will be enhanced by music native to Bolivia’s Andes Mountains, and performances using traditional aboriginal instruments. Master craftspeople will provide entertaining daily demonstrations in metal and pottery and the children’s area will feature the enchanting puppet shows of Middle Earth Studios.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Cobb Galleria Centre is located at 2 Galleria Parkway in Atlanta, GA. Adult admission to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is $7 when purchased online, $8 for adults at the door, free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days, and free parking is available.

Hint Hint -- If you visit their website you can get a coupon for a discount ticket.

Re Working Kids Tee Shirt

This is a fun tutorial all about making your kids happy. Betz White refashioned her little man's fav shirt.

Cool Yo Yo Hand Bag

This is a great tutorial from Craft Stylish, especially if you have picked up a couple of those cool Clover Yo Yo Makers and are wondering what to with them.

In hard times, people get crafty.

Interesting article from a crafter in one of my Yahoo Groups.

Singlet Grocery Bag

Singlet Grocery Bag
Originally uploaded by renaanne
A friend of mine found this great tutorial and I made one up today. I messed up the front pocket cause I can't measure but it is a nice sturdy shopping bag. I think I will make them for some of my extended family.

This will be a great stash buster, depending on the bag you use as your pattern it uses about 2/3 yards of fabric for the exterior and 2/3 for the lining.


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