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									MEMBUAT KARYA SENI DARI
BARANG BEKAS
Summary
Barang bekas adalah sampah, biasanya benda tersebut langsung dibuang. Plastik bekas,
kaleng bekas, kain perca banyak kita jumpai dimana-mana. Benda-benda
tersebut dapat kita manfaatkan menjadi sebuah karya yang mempunyai nilai artistik dan
secara ekonomi dapat meningkatkan nilai jual yang tinggi.

Tujuan dari proyek ini adalah:
1. Mengenalkan barang bekas (organik dan anorganik)
2. Pemanfaatan barang bekas menjadi sebuah karya seni
3. Memberikan nilai tambah terhadap barang bekas menjadi barang yang punyai nilai
estetika seni.

Project Stages
PENGENALAN SAMPAH ORGANIK DAN ANORGANIK




Gelas plastik seperti pada contoh banyak kita jumpai. Selanjutnya bagaimana
memanfaatkan dan mengkreasikan gelas tersebut menjadi sebuah karya seseuai dengan
konsep dasar yang akan kita buat




contoh bungkus permen yang juga dapat manfaatkan sebagai hiasan rumbai
PEMANFAATAN BARANG BEKAS
1. Datang dan carilah home industri yang mengolah barang bekas menjadi karya seni
2. Tampilkan dengan video dan gambar




Contoh kreasi cinderamata sederhana dari plastik bekas




Contoh hiasan untuk kegiatan acara tujuh belasan

NILAI TAMBAH BARANG BEKAS MENJADI BARANG YANG BERNILAI
ESTETIKA
1. berkunjung dan mewawancarai wirausahawan yang mengolah barang bekas menjadi
barang seni
2. Tuliskan langkah-langkah dalam membuat barang bekas menjadi barang seni
3. Upload ke webpage saya

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how to recycle used paper (homemade
letter paper)


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introhow to recycle used paper (homemade letter
paper)
Easy recycled paper. It's just a little diy project for your kids/students.
You can add food colors or small flowers in order to make original paper for love letters,
greetings, etc. (you can also store the remaining mixture for future paper-making).

Watch the video or follow that Instructable




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step 1You'll need...
- mortar+pestle - water - a frame - tacks - sieve (with holes of about 0.04") - plastic sheets
(cutted to the right side of the inner frame) - a container (large enou…




step 2prepare the celulose fiber suspension
with the mortar & pestle, crush a little bit of paper at a time (adding water), until you get
an homogeneous paste. THEN put that mixture into the container (with more
wate…




step 3prepare the special frame
Cut the sieve of the same size of the frame, then fix it using the tacks. The "special
frame" is ready :)




step 4cellulose fibers suspension into new paper
- Dip the frame in the watery suspension (the sieve should be facing down) - Slowly
remove the frame from the suspension keeping it steadily horizontal - Apply the pl…




step 5let the sheet(s) of paper dry
let the sheet(s) of paper dry. (You can speed up the process using an hairdryer)




step 6here's the result: ..recycled paper!
You can add food colors or small flowers in order to make original paper for love letters,
greetings, etc. (you can also store the remaining mixture for future paper-making…
How to Make a Baby Romper from a T
Shirt

If you're tired of the ho-hum pastels and puppies for your baby's clothes, you can easily
make your own rockin' duds for your little stud from vintage tees or band shirts. Here are
instructions on how to make a romper (also known as a onesie.)

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[edit] Steps




    1.



         T-shirt and romper.

         Get a youth-sized t-shirt and a pre-made romper (aka a "onesie").




    2.
     Trace the romper onto the t-shirt; click to enlarge image.

     Turn your t-shirt inside out. Fold both the t-shirt and the romper in half and lay
     the romper on top of the shirt, lining them up at the fold. Trace.

     See how the crotch on the romper puffs up because it's in a shorts shape? Ignore
     that. You'll have to fudge a bit for the bottom part. Use the image as a guide.

     You should narrow the sleeves (or take them off altogether, up to you). So
     basically you're cutting a chunk out of the armpit and then letting it widen for the
     legs.




3.



     Sew where the orange line is; click to enlarge image.

     Sew on the armpit line only. Don't close the leg area.




4.



     cut on the outside of the line you just sewed.

     Unfold and cut just outside of the line you just sewed. Go ahead and cut your
     bottom line too, just make sure you leave enough to hem or you'll get an
     underwear shape.
5.



     Trace onto the other side.

     Fold it over and trace what you've just cut onto the other side. Don't let your
     cat help, he doesn't have thumbs.




6.



     It's starting to look rompery, isn't it?

     Sew the armpit line on that side and cut.




7.



     Both parts facing up for proper closure.

     Attach your closure. If you use snaps, reinforce your fabric with something that
     doesn't stretch so they hold up better. Make sure your closures are so that the flaps
     point toward each other when you go to close it. So both sides should be facing up
     when laid flat.
8.



      Cut a diagonal slit, fold the edges to the inside and sew.

      Stop here if you don't mind a homemade appearance. Otherwise, you'll want
      to hem. Cut that little diagonal slit between the crotch flap and the rest of the leg
      so your corners don't bunch.




9.



      Way to go!

      Turn the finished romper right side out .




10.
      The end.

      Dress your child.




[edit] Tips
     Using a youth t-shirt will minimize bulk in the shoulder area. If you want to use a
      larger shirt, you will need to make the neck smaller. A seam in the back will do
      this for you.
     For a larger shirt, it's better to avoid using sleeves unless you're willing to do a
      major overhaul.
     If you don't use sleeves, you can hem the armholes for a more finished look.




[edit] Things You'll Need
     Youth t-shirt
     Sewing machine or needle and thread
     Pen
     Scissors
     Closure (snaps, snap tape, hook&loop tape)
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                                     Jul 23, '07 2:28
   memanfaatkan barang bekas untuk
                                     AM
   keperluan sehari-hari
                                     for everyone

bumi kita sudah penuh dengan berbagai tumpukan
barang. pernahkah kita membayangkan betapa
banyaknya barang yang dilansir di pasaran,
sementara kebutuhan kita sendiri sudah terpenuhi?

semakin berat beban bumi ini untuk memenuhi
keinginan manusia yang terus bertambah, tiada
henti. belum lagi banyak efek dari benda-benda
yang diciptakan itu bisa merusak atmosfer bumi.
contoh paling gampang adalah plastik. betapa
plastik yang tidak bisa diurai lagi sudah membuat
atmosfer bumi tercemari. ah..kalau mau dipilah
satu-satu banyak deh.

mungkin yang lebih baik adalah memanfaatkan
benda-benda yang sudah ada di sekitar kita dan tak
terpakai lagi. untuk mengembangakan lagi potensi
barang itu dan menempati fungsi yang berbeda.
sehingga, selain menghemat pembelian barang,
kita juga ikut menyelamatkan bumi dari tumpukan
benda-benda yang menambah beban.

saya baru saja membaca sebuah buku kecil yang
bermanfaat sehubungan topik di atas. di sini saya
sarikan, semoga bisa memberi guna...

1. ALKOHOL
Fungsi utama alkohol adalah untuk mensterilkan. selain,
sebagai pembersih luka, alkohol juga bisa dimanfaatkan untuk
pembersih krom, kristal dan porselen.

2. ALUMINIUM FOIL
Fungsinya sebagai reflektor panas bisa digunakan juga sebagai
pelapis tembok yang di depannya ada radiator, sehingga
mampu "menangkap" panas yang keluar. selain itu aluminium
foil bisa juga dimanfaatkan sebagai umpan pancing.

3. BANTAL DAN SARUNG
Dua benda ini bisa jadi teman mencuci yang baik. jika anda
punya pakaian yang mudah rusak dan ingin tetap
menggunakan mesin cuci, masukkan pakaian tersebut ke
dalam sarung bantal, lalu ikat dengan benang agar tidak
keluar. dengan begitu, pakaian tidak akan bercampur dengan
yang lain dan tidak mudah rusak.

4.BENANG
seutas benang bisa dimanfaatkan untuk kran yang bocor.
terutama untuk meredam bunyi tetesan airnya. ikatkan
seutas benang pada mulut kran, lalu biarkan ujung satunya
menjulur ke baskom. tetesan air akan merambat melalui
benang dan anda bisa tidur nyaman tanpa terganggu bunyi
tetesan air.

5. BONEKA
 boneka yang tidak terpakai bisa dimanfaatkan sebagai
tempat menyimpan barang berharga. keluarkan isi boneka,
dan simpanlah benda berharga di dalamnya. selain itu boneka
bisa dijadikan sandaran buku. untuk ini, anda butuh pemberat
pada boneka itu agar tidak bergeser, atau mengelem bagian
bawah boneka agar tidak bergeser.

6. CELENGAN
celengan bisa digunakan pula sebagai pemberat kertas agar
tidak terbang kemana-mana. atau bisa dijadikan pula sebagai
tempat benang. tempatkan gulungan benang di dalam
celengan, lalu julurkan ujungnya di celah tempat uang biasa
dimasukkan.

7. GELAS
gelas yang retak jangan buru-buru dibuang. masih bisa
dimanfaatkan untuk wadah alat tulis atau alat-alat lainnya.
sikat gigi adalah salah satu contohnya.

8. CELANA JEANS
mungkin banyak yang punya celana jeans sudah tidak muat
lagi, ketimbang jadi onggokan di lemari, bisa diubah
bentuknya menjadi tas.

9. KALENDER BEKAS
bisa dimanfaatkan sebagai alas laci meja. bisa juga
ditempelkan di papan lalu dipotong-potong menjadi puzzle.
gambar favorit di kalender bekas juga bisa dimanfaatkan
sebagai kolase atau ilustrasi kartu ucapan ulang tahun
sahabat.

10. KALENG BEKAS
bisa dijadikan lampion. caranya, buang label kaleng, lalu
lubangi sesuai pola yang diinginkan. setelah itu tempatkan
lilin di tengah kaleng. nah, bisa dimanfaatkan untuk acara-
acara di luar ruangan, misalnya pesta kebun.

11. KAPAS
bisa digunakan untuk pengharum ruangan. oleskan wewangian
favorit pada sekepal kapas, masukkan ke dalam plastik yang
tertutup rapat dan simpan di tempat yang dingin (kulkas).
anda bisa menggunakan sesuai waktu yang anda inginkan.

12. KOPI
bisa juga digunakan sebagai campuran pupuk kebun. selain itu
kopi juga bisa mengecat pakaian. caranya, rendamlah pakaian
yang ingin terlihat gelap dengan larutan bubuk kopi. tapi kopi
yang dimaksud di sini adalah kopi murni bukan kopi three in
one (instant).

13. LILIN
mengapa tidak kembali ke jaman abad pertengahan? gunakan
lelehan lilin (lilin berwarna) untuk menyegel surat. ini akan
menimbulkan kesan antik.

14. PAKU
sebatang paku bisa bermanfaat untuk pemanggang kentang.
tusukkan paku yang cukup besar ke tengah-tengah kentang
yang akan dipanggang. panas dari pangganan akan lebih cepat
mencapai pusat kentang dengan adanya paku itu. eits..jangan
lupa mencabut pakunya dulu sebelum dihidangkan.

15. SABUK KULIT
ternyata bukan hanya monopoli pinggang. bisa juga digunakan
sebagai pengikat koper jika terlalu penuh atau membawa
setumpukan buku-buku jika merasa bosan menggunakan tas.

sumber: The House Book, Hemat dan Murah
Membuat Puppet dari barang bekas

Banyak sekali barang-barang bekas yang kita buang ketempat sampah, padahal sebagian
masih dapat kita manfaatkan. Bisa berhemat sekaligus turut menjaga lingkungan. Mari
kita sedikit berkreasi dengan memanfaatkan barang bekas.

Mainan bisa dibuat dengan benda benda bekas seperti kardus, kaleng, koran, dan plastik.
Ada banyak juga mainan yang bisa dibuat dengan barang bekas. Beberapa contohnya
adalah telpon telponan dari kaleng, kapal kapalan dari botol aqua bekas, dan puppet dari
kaus kaki bekas. Sekarang aku akan mengajarkan cara untuk membuat puppet dari kaus
kaki bekas. Kamu bisa membentuknya menjadi bermacam macam model seperti
pingguin, zebra, dan singa

Bahan bahan yang diperlukan adalah :
- kaus kaki bekas
- Lem UHU, dll ( harus bisa mengelem kain )
- Karton

Caranya adalah ….
1. Gunting karton membentuk mulut puppet. Buatlah dua kerangka mulut puppet.
2. Lem karton yang membentuk kerangka mulut ( ada 2 bagian ) dengan lem.
3. Buatlah mata dengan manik manik berbentuk mata atau membuatnya dengan kreasimu
sendiri.
4. Hiaslah puppet yang kau buat menjadi beberapa model dan bentuk

Ini adalah sebuah contoh puppet yang sudah jadi :
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How to Make a Corduroy Pants Purse




Have you got a comfy pair of corduroy pants that are in awesome shape but you just
never wear them? Instead of leaving them languishing in the bottom of a closet, try
turning them into a useful and funky purse. If you're feeling inclined to make your own,
here we go!




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[edit] Steps
1.



     Assemble the Things You'll Need. See below.




2.



     Decide how big you want the purse to be. Perhaps a bag big enough to toss in
     your usual purse items, wallet, phone, Gerber multi-tool as well as things for
     work, like your lunch, occasional Glad containers of coffee, etc. For this pattern, a
     10" x 10" (25 x 25 cm) square has been chosen.




3.



     Double it. Once you've decided how big a purse you want, double that size and
     add two inches (5 cm). So, the 10 inches (25 cm) becomes 22 inches (55 cm). The
     way the purse is put together, there will be 3 pieces sewn together, not including
     the strap. The front, bottom, and back will be one U-shaped piece, hence the
     doubling of the size and adding an inch to allow for the bottom of the bag and an
     inch for hemming.
4.



     Mark where you'll cut. Start below the seam that connects the leg of the pants to
     the waistband and go down 22 inches (55 cm). The goal is to have the back
     pocket in the center of the purse front. This turns out to be awesome for days that
     you wear pants without pockets! For the width of the purse, take the 10 inches (25
     cm) and add an extra inch (2.5 cm) for hemming.




5.



     Cut the fabric. This illustration shows the cut piece, with the back of the purse
     facing up. Put a book inside to make the shape a little more apparent. At this
     point, flip about a half of an inch over on the top of the front and back and pin
     those in place. You'll want to sew in a hem around the top, as most fabrics will
     start shredding like crazy otherwise. You can sew it by hand, but it's easier to run
     it through the sewing machine.




6.
      Cut the sides of the purse. Each side is a 10.5 inch (26.5 cm) tall, 3 inch (7.5
      cm) wide strip of corduroy. Cut so that the lines run parallel to the rest of those on
      the purse. 3 inches may sound small, but it's not a deep purse, because of its fairly
      saggy nature. You can adapt it to whatever you put in it.

7. Hem the top of each side piece by folding about 1/4 inch (6 mm) of the good
   side over and sewing it up. That way, the fabric won't decide to unravel on you.




8.



      Pin the sides into place. Typically, you'll sew an item inside out, so that knots
      and seams are hidden inside of the finished project. Line up one side piece with
      the front (or back) of the main piece such that the long sides are next to each
      other. Make sure that the tops of the side and the main piece are lined up and pin
      them in place. Work your way around the side piece, so that the front, bottom, and
      back of the bag are pinned to the side. Then do the same on the other side. Check
      the picture for more direction.

9. Stitch up. After all the pinning is done, run this through the sewing machine, one
   side at a time. It's not a bad idea to run it back through on a back stitch setting, to
   reinforce the stitches.




10.



      Turn your creation inside out, and voilà, you have a nearly complete purse!
      Next, add the zipper.
  11. Use a 7 inch (17.5 cm) long zipper that is typically used for pants or skirts.
      Before you buy one, check the zipper that is already on the pants to see if it'll be
      long enough to allow you reasonable access into your bag. If so, use a seam ripper
      to carefully remove the zipper and its permanent backing from the pants.
  12. Pin the zipper into place, leaving it zipped shut, with one side attached to the
      front and one side attached to the back of the purse. There should be about an inch
      gap on each end between the zipper and the side of the purse. This will enable the
      purse to have holes small enough to drop a pen or keys into the purse without
      having to unzip the whole thing.




  13.



        Run each side of the zipper through the sewing machine, or sew up each edge by
        hand, being sure to reinforce with a back-stitch.

  14. Add the strap. Decide how long a strap you want to have on your purse by
      judging with your measuring tape. For this pattern, there is a 48 inch (1.25 m)
      strap so that the purse can hang right about hip level. Use the front of the pant leg
      to cut two segments for this piece that you have sewn together. Go with a 3 inch
      (7.5 cm) width on the piece, so that you have a nice, thick strap.
  15. Hem the two long edges by folding over 1/4 inch (6 mm) and sewing up each
      one. Then sew the two hems together for strength and a nice squishy shred
      resistant strap.




  16.



        Sew the strap to the inside of the sides of the purse.




[edit] Tips
     Make sure to double-stitch the seams and the spots where the strap attaches for
      reinforcement.




[edit] Things You'll Need
     Sharp scissors
     Needle and thread
     7" (17.5 cm) zipper. You may be able to reuse the one from the pants, but if it's
      like most girl pants, that zipper will be too short.
     A pair of pants. Corduroy is great for beginners to work with, because it makes
      lining up the pieces simple and hides any unevenness in the seams really well!
     Measuring tape
     A sewing machine is incredibly helpful as well. Stitching by hand is more effort,
      unless it's for embroidery or cross-stitch.
How to Make a Tote Bag




Do you need a tote bag, or know someone who'd love it as a gift? Are you bored with the
selections in the stores? Or perhaps just too frugal to pay twenty bucks for something you
could make yourself? Find some fabric for sale (or any abandoned fabric in your closet
will work, too!) and put that sewing machine to work!

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[edit] Steps
1.



     Old jean legs cut in rectangles - You can use just about ANY medium to heavy
     weight cloth.

     Cut two rectangles of heavy fabric the size you want your tote bag to be.

     • 12 x 14 inches for a very small tote

     • 14 x 16 inches for a medium tote

     • Any larger size you choose (beach totes are often 24 inches by 20 inches)

2. Fold your rectangles in thirds lengthwise and mark the two creases in the INSIDE
   or "wrong" side of the material.




3.



     Sew the sides and bottom. With the jean legs, you can use the ankle hems for the
     "top" hem of the tote.

     Unfold and sew the two rectangles together on the two long sides and across one
     short haai danny(sides and bottom of tote)
4.



     Miter and sew the corners perpendicular to the bottom seam.




     Sewing the Miter

     Miter the corners to the inside to make them sit flat on a surface. Take care to
     make your miters even and perpendicular to the side and bottom seams.




        o




            Line up the seams for a perfect corner miter.
              Note: Line up the bottom and side seams at the corner to get a perfect
              corner for your miter.

  5. Hem the top edge.
  6. Cut two 2 inch wide strips of fabric the length you want your handles to be.

          o   Sew the long edges of your handle strip together.
          o   Turn it right side out and press smooth with an iron.
          o   Top stitch the handles to keep them flat during use. In the example, the
              raw edges were folded to the middle and zig-zag stitched in place to avoid
              the hassle of turning and top stitching. Use whichever method you like
              best.




  7.



       Pin and sew the handles.

       Fold the ends of your handles under and place the ends of your handles over the
       1/3rd marks made in the previous step. Place the ends approximately 1.5 inches
       below the edge of your bag opening, and pin or baste in place.




  8.



       Top Stitch the handles in place.

       Top stitch the handles to the bag along their edges.




[edit] Tips
     You can make a tote out of any material you like, but heavier materials work best.
     Using denim or similar very heavy fabrics will require a larger, thicker needle on
      your sewing machine. Work slowly, don't press the pedal all the way down, and
      be careful.
     You can recycle old jeans for use as a tote by first cutting off a the jean legs and
      opening the "inner" seam so that the denim lies flat along the outer seam. Cut
      your rectangles and proceed as with any other fabric. See How to Make a Denim
      Purse.
     To line your tote, simply make another rectangle 1/2 inch smaller in both
      dimensions, sew it as above, and place it inside your tote with seams facing the
      seams of your tote before you sew the top opening hem. Place your two top hems
      even with each other and roll them together to cover raw edges before sewing.




[edit] Warnings
     Needles and scissors are sharp; be careful when handling these things.
How to Make a Sock Doll




You'll never know what happened to that missing sock, but now you know what to do
with its other half. A few "orphan" socks from your laundry room can be made into a
soft, huggable new doll.

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[edit] Steps
  1. Stuff an ankle sock and stitch up the hem. You could also use a regular sock and
     just cut off the top. The toe becomes the head, the heel the rear end.




     Stuffing the Sock




     Sew the opening closed.

  2. Cut off the toe of the second sock and turn inside out.
   Inside out foot and toe section which will become the legs.

3. Mark the vertical center line to designate legs (with slightly rounded "toes" as
   shown).




   Drawing the legs.

4. Sew approximately a quarter inch from the center line on each side. Go up one
   side and down the other, rounding the toes. Leave about 1 inch (2.5 cm) towards
   the top.




   Sewing around the vertical line. Take care NOT to go ALL the way up to the
   opening with your stitching.

5. Turn this right side out, stuff and stitch the top closed. These are your doll's legs.
   Legs before stuffing.

6. Sew together the hems (closed openings) of the two socks. As you sew, make sure
   that the legs and the rear end are at natural angles.




   Sewing legs to body




   Legs and body from the front after sewing.

7. Make the arms from the remaining sock.
o




    Cutting the sock to get the arm pieces.

    Cut off the heel and toe.




o




    Turn, draw a center line and round the "ends" of the arms.

    Turn inside out, draw the center line.




o




    Sew a quarter inch from the center line.
           Sew a quarter inch from the center line.




       o




           Cut the two arms apart.

           Cut apart as shown.

8. Turn the arms right side out, and then stuff and stitch them to the body.




   Stuff the arms and sew them to the body on either side.

9. With a sturdy thread, sew 1/4 inch stitches around the neck and cinch them
    slightly to form the head.
        o You can also tie a ribbon (the doll's scarf) around to make the neck and
            give the doll a unique style.
10. Use buttons, beads, googly eyes, yarn and markers to make the doll's face.
   A sample face.

11. Add yarn hair.

       o   Wrap 30 or so strands of yarn around something sturdy that is
           approximately a foot wide.




           Wrapping yarn around a sturdy object.

       o   Place a strip of felt under the yarn, perpendicular to the wrap direction.




           Place strip of felt under yarn.

       o   Hand baste the yarn strands to the felt strip.
    Baste the yarn to the felt.

o   Turn the object over and cut the yarn in the center of the side opposite the
    basted felt strip.




    Cut opposite the felt.

o   Machine sew the yarn strands to the felt strip.
    Machine sew the yarn strands to the felt strip.

o   Trim the felt strip ends.
o   Center the felt strip on the doll's head and sew it on.




    Centering the hair on the head.




    Sewing the hair to the head along the line of felt.

o   You may leave the hair smooth or braid it, as you prefer.
             Smooth/straight hair.

  12. Cut scraps of cloth to make clothes. Sew these on to the doll. Or, you could make
      the clothes so that they can be taken on and off easily.
  13. Add whatever extra twists you like and your doll is done!




[edit] Tips
     If you use other (colored) socks to make the dolls' wardrobe, keep in mind that the
      hems at the sock openings make great hems for sleeves, skirts, pants, etc. You
      don't have to turn them under to stitch them or bind them. Doing this saves a LOT
      of work.
     Felt makes a good doll clothing material because it does not require hemming.
     Make a family of dolls of different sizes or start a collection. This can encourage
      imagination to create 'housing' and writing to write about their 'lives'.




[edit] Warnings
     If you plan to give your doll to a small child, consider using only embroidered
      facial features, as glued on or sewn on buttons can come loose and become a
      choking hazard.
     Be careful using needles and scissors.
     Supervise children under the age of 4 while they play with the doll to minimize
      the risk of choking.
     Have adult supervision while sewing.




[edit] Things You'll Need
     Three ankle socks, preferably of one color
     Scraps of cloth
     Cotton for stuffing
     Sewing equipment- needles, thread, scissors.
     Beads, buttons, markers, googly eyes,and/or yarn




      Everything you'll need to assemble your sock doll
How to Make a Sock Sack




This is a great project for colorful, lonely socks - ones where the partner got lost or got a
hole in it, and it's particularly good for giving old baby socks a new life. You can also do
this project with gloves or mittens. It's a unique way to store your money, make-up, or
mobile phone.

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[edit] Steps
1.

     Cut two notches in the top hem of the sock. Make sure the notches are directly
     across from each other. Don't cut further than the hem. On most socks, the hem is
     about a half inch (1.25 cm) tall.

2. Cut the shoelace or ribbon to about a foot (30.5 cm) long. Cut the straw to 2" (5
   cm) long.




3.

     Slip one piece of the shoelace or ribbon through the straw. Pull it back down
     against the outside of the straw.




4.

     Slide the straw and the shoelace through one of the notched openings in the sock.
     Continue to thread the shoelace through the opening on the other side of the sock.
     Remove the straw from the shoelace. Your shoelace should create a loop around
     the inside of the hem of your sock.
  5.

       Tie the ends of the shoelace in a double knot.




  6.

       Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the second piece of your shoelace, but start on the
       opposite side of the hem.




  7.

       Pull the knotted piece of shoelace on opposite sides of the sock and the top of the
       sock will close.




[edit] Tips
      If your sock's hem does not have double layers, you can fold and sew the hem to
       create a tunnel for the shoelace.
      You can use a sock sack as a gift bag, too. Just choose a design or color suited to
       the occasion or to your recipient.
[edit] Warnings
     Be careful with sharp scissors.




[edit] Things You'll Need
     A sock
     Scissors
     Ribbon or shoelace
     One straw
     Sewing needle (optional)
How to Save a Tight Sweater (Jumper)




                         Here's to hoping it hasn't shrunk this much!



One of the most disappointing feelings in the world is taking a beloved sweater out of the
washing machine (ruing the decision to put it in there) and finding that it has shrunk.
When your favourite sweater is now a sweater that would fit someone a size smaller than
you, there is one fix that can rescue it for you if you're handy with a needle - turn it into a
cardigan.

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[edit] Steps
1.

     Try it on. This will help to give you a feel for how small the sweater has become
     and whether transforming it into a cardigan is a viable option. If it's too small to
     fit even as a cardigan, you may want to consider donating or trading it instead.




2.

     Lay the sweater out flat. Smooth it out as much as you can.

3. Measure for stitching. Use a tape measure to find the exact centre-line down the
   front of the sweater.
4. Stitch down each side of the centre. Once you have marked the centre, stitch
   down each side of the centre join using an appropriate stitch. Choose a strong
   stitch, such as zigzag or serging stitch. Leave a very small gap between each line
   of stitching, to enable you to cut the cardigan opening.
5. Cut the middle join. Using sharp sewing scissors suitable for fabric, cut the
   sweater in the tiny gap between the two lines of stitching, straight up (or down)
   the centre. The stitching from the last step will prevent any unravelling of the
   sweater.
6. Decorate. Cover over the stitching with ribbon that matches or complements the
   colour of the cardigan. Stitch with small, invisible stitches to attach the ribbon. If
   preferred, simply finish off with good, invisible stitching rather than adding
   ribbon. It depends on your skill and the final look that you are seeking for the
   cardigan.
7. Add a closing mechanism. The closing mechanism depends on how much
   smaller your sweater has become. Even a brooch will suffice but here is a list of
   other possibilities:




       o

           In many cases, it might be best to just leave this as an "open" cardigan, to
           display pretty blouses or clean shirts underneath.




       o

           An eye and hook or a button at the top of the cardigan can be useful for
           keeping it together in one place. Alternatively, leave some ribbon at the
           top from the ribbon edging, enough to tie in a bow.




       o

           Consider inserting a ribbon or leather cord through the middle of the
           cardigan as a belt or sash.
o

    Cardigan pins are fashionable also. These consist of little wooden pins
    (wren pins) that slide through the fabric. This might work for your new
    cardigan.




o

    If there is a little give and the cardigan isn't at risk of puckering or
    stretching too much (not flattering to the chest area), you might like to
    consider buttons and buttonholes.

o   If there is plenty of give still, inserting a zip might be possible also. You
    will need to use your own judgment on this option as to what will serve
    your particular situation best.
  8.

       Resort to another use for your old sweater. If you can't make a cardigan out of
       it, you might be interested in making your sweater into a purse, or a cat bed.




[edit] Tips
      Read the label next time; many sweaters are best handwashed and laid flat to dry.
       If in doubt, get professional advice.
      Before cutting your sweater, try this: Soak in water with shampoo with
       conditioner, or just conditioner & water. Let drain. Gently pull it to size & let dry
       on a flat surface.




[edit] Warnings
      Don't force a tight sweater to fit you and don't force the cardigan version to fit
       either - this simply creates a very unflattering look and does your figure great
       disservice. If the sweater is so badly shrunken that it looks best for a child, give it
       to a child or a local charity clothing service. Sometimes we just have to move on.




[edit] Things You'll Need
      Shrunken sweater
   Tape measure
   Needle
   Thread to match the sweater
   Sewing scissors
   Ribbon that matches the cardigan; velvet, grosgrain, satin etc. - anything strong
    enough to withstand wear and tear
   Closing elements: e.g., buttons, zip, hook and eye, cord etc.
   Decorative elements as desired

								
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