Posts Tagged ‘Sewing’

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Floppy Flo has got a new pair of shoes… well stripper boots…

April 9, 2013

Today we are going to give Floppy Flo some shoes, well thigh high boots.  The process really is rather easy.  The heel is already built into the doll fflowfeet1oot as part of the pattern.  I have folded chenille sticks in the heel for strength.  I then used my permanent, waterproof marker and colored in the foot and just above the ankle.  I didn’t do the whole leg as I was going to glue felt over most of the leg,  I then took my fabric glue, which I prefer Beacon’s 3 in 1 that you can get at any good hobby store.  It goes on thick and dries fast.  It also doesn’t expand or cause issues with the fabric.  I then wrapped the felt around the leg and cut the excess at the ankle so I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric to deal with.  Normally if you don’t like to glue then cut you can take the leg pattern of your doll and floboots1use that as a template for your boot top making sure you leave some allowance for the seam lines.  You can use whatever type of material you want for the boots. I have used leather, fake leather, suede, fabric, vinyl, felt, whatever matched the outfit.  Just so it can be glued and then thin enough to stitch through, as you are going to sew the laces down the front of the boot to give it more character.

For the laces you can use a matching thread, thin or thick thread, or a contrasting thread, it is up to you and the look you are wanting to get.  I like using a contrast color that matches the rest of the costume so I can use it as an accent, but that is my thing.  When you make your own doll you can make the boots any color you like, out of any fabric you want, and use any thread type you think will work.  I haven’t tried a metallic thread, as I find they stretch too much for me, but they would make a cofloboots2ol accent on your boots.  You can also just make ankle high shoes.  Instead of gluing anything to the leg just take your pen or paint and color the show up to where you want it to stop.  You could paint a set of pumps, baby dolls, sew toes on the foot aflobootsbacknd make a heeled sandal, it is completely up to you.  If you use a doll pattern that does not have the heel built-in then you could make flats, flat boots, sandals of any type, or make a pair of stripper heels as tall as you would like bflobootfronty using Fimo or some other type of clay and then attaching fabric to the clay heel, but that is for another post or book, as there are so many options I do not have room to even explain them all here.

Next I am either going to do Floppy Flo’s face or hair, not sure which, but I normally paint the face before the hair, as that keeps me from having to worry about getting paint on the hair, plus it gives me a bigger palate to work from, as I normally like to sew the hair down around the face so you don’t have those big blank areas on the head where hair should be, but has moved over and now looks funny.  Hope you are enjoying our journey with Flo and till next time…

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Happy, happy hippos and I’m back…

December 29, 2010

I have been on a bit of a hiatus from being creative, but I am back now.  Here is pics of the hippos I made my daughter and granddaughter for Christmas.  My daughter, who is 30, said on Facebook all she wanted for Christmas was a hippo, so she got one.  LOL.  My granddaughter is 2-1/2, so thought she would like one to play with.  I am also working on several dolls and some purses, so once I have them farther in production will post them.  Sorry for the long time between posts, but one of my resolutions in 2011 is to post more regularly so be sure to look out for new posts and new projects I am working on.  I hope everyone has a creative, prosperous and blessed 2011.  Till next time…

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Not a commercial machine…but will work…

September 6, 2010

I have started making purses and I am into sewing several layers of fabric and thinking any machine should just chug along and make it work.  Well, when my nice computerized machine started flashing red lights and making a horrible  beeping sound I realized that I was asking too much of it.  I mean if I can fit it under the presser foot it should sew it, but I guess it had a different idea.  I am the same way though with vacuum cleaners.  I think they should pick up anything that is on the floor, whether it is dirt, little puppies, pennies, whatever, but after blowing up several vacuums I figured out that didn’t work either.  So, I was in need of a machine that could do layers of fabric, leather, whatever and could not afford a true commercial machine.  So, I sold one of my extra sewing machines I wasn’t using and bought this Singer for under $200.  I must say so far it is doing exactly what I am needing.  Of course I will never be able to do the extremely heavy sewing until I move into a true commercial machine, but once I am selling enough product to justify it this machine works just fine.  Now, I guess it is time to get my butt in gear and get some product finished since I have a machine now that can handle it.  Till next time…