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Friday, 14 November 2014

A Vintage Journey - All Sewn Up

It is time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our host this time is the wonderful Brenda who has chosen 'All Sewn Up' as our challenge.

As always, our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts is offering a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line store, for one lucky winner chosen by the Creative Guides.

I decided to take the challenge literally and I have actually sewn something up!  I used one of my favourite dies, the Tim Holtz Dress form die and created a pincushion.
I cut the dress form 3 times from fairly thick chipboard - these steel rule dies cut through thick chipboard like butter...
After gluing the dress forms together I painted the areas that would be exposed, with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.   To make a pattern for the pincushion topper I just laid the die cut on top of the fabric and cut around in a dress form shape.  The fabric is from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements range of fabrics.
Once stitched up, I turned the cover right side out, put the dress form inside and then stuffed some toy stuffing into both sides to give it a body shape.  The top and bottom gaps were stitched closed.

I took some of Tim's linen ribbon and made a 'belt' for the waist line because I wanted to attach some embroidery scissors to the back of the dress form.

I attached the dress form to a base that I cut from the Sized Circles Bigz die set.  Because the dress form is cut from 3 layers of thick chipboard, it stands up quite well.
To finish off I stamped some of the sewing elements from Tim's Attic Treasures stamp set and added these to the bottom along with the the thread spool die cut, which I covered with Tim's Linen ribbon.

So (sew) why not join us for this wonderful challenge at A Vintage Journey and let us see your 'All Sewn Up' makes.  Please remember we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge and we need to see evidence of this in your creation.

I don't get the chance to enter many challenges these days so I am pleased to enter this into Hels Sheridan's Sewing & Stitching challenge.  Hels, there is stamping, on the bits around the bottom!

Thanks for looking, see you again soon I hope!  Hugs, Anne xx

50 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, great project, love the finished effect. This is a great fun piece. Better get finished soon!, you know what I mean. Looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this one. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  2. Wow Anne! you are really getting creative with the pin cushions lately (!) LOVE this dress form one - so very clever to build it around Tim's die - with the perfect tape measure fabric - and the belt tied round the waist to hold the scissors - I need a new pin cushion in my craft room (for unclogging those pesky glue and glaze bottles!) and this may be just the thing! (as soon as I get a minute!!)

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  3. This is totally adorable Anne. I loved the front view and enjoyed the details of how you made it but then came the surprise in the back. This is so clever. As always, wonderful!!!

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  4. Wonderful Anne. Your creations are always so beautiful. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Omg Anne, this is fab!! I love how you've made this a pincushion, I need one ASAP!! Haha!

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  6. This is wonderful Anne, such a great design. I love the fabric you have used and fabulous detailing.
    hugs Sue xx

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  7. Love this Anne and how you have added the scissors to the back. The fabric is gorgeous , really like how you have padded it all out. X

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  8. another fabulous creation and I love how the scissors tucks into the back...genius...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  9. This is such a clever idea Anne, and I love the way you have incorporated the scissor storage into the back of this adorable pincushion. Mo x

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  10. Boah, Anne...
    was für eine knifflige feine Arbeit.
    Das sieht so hinreissend aus, so präzise gestaltet.
    Ein richtiges kleines Kunstwerk.

    Sophie xx

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  11. WOW! I love this Anne ..... such a clever idea, and so useful too. I'm always amazed at your attention to detail ....... the space for the scissors is genius! Have a lovely weekend xx

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  12. This is 'sew' good Anne. Love your ideas and your attention to detail with the belt and pieces roud the base which really finsh it off nicely. Elaine xx

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  13. I seriously love how your imagination works Anne! This is a brilliant design and how incredibly useful/practical to boot. Jenny x

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  14. What a gorgeous pin cushion Anne, a real pleasure to look at and also very practical. Love your storage for your scissors at the back, and the sewing items around the base finish it off perfectly.
    Julie x

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  15. OMG, this is awesome! I love how you've taken this die and made it 3D. I love all the elements you've added. I do not sew even though I have a sewing machine. I see that sewing is becoming very popular with paper crafting. I should get sewing ;)

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  16. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, it looks like a miniature dress form, oh my I looooove it, it's the PERFECT pincushion, love all the goodies you added to it, you blow me away every time I visit, your creativity is endless.. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( HUGE HUGS )))

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  17. I just love this clever little pin cushion Anne and your wonderfully creative mind. How clever to make a standing dress form from the die and it is beautifully 'dressed' and so practical. Brilliant.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  18. I just love this Anne! what a wonderfully clever idea to make the die 3D with the dress. I love all the embellishments too. A great piece xxx

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  19. What a great idea Anne, love how you created this dress form pincushion. It's such a pretty piece to look at and so useful too. Another brilliant idea of yours which will see similar dress form pincushions popping up on desks far and wide, I am sure.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  20. What a fantastic idea! Wish I'd thought of it!

    Lucy x

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  21. I love your makes Anne they are always solo fabulous and always practical!! It's quite refreshing to see someone work in 3D too.
    Gee xx

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  22. Neat idea Anne, no matter if you sew or not, this handy pin cushion can stand is so many places serving it's owner well.
    You run circles around me kid!!
    Sandy xx

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  23. This is SEW FABULOUS! I flipping LOVE this! WOW! This is something I would have in my crafty room for sure. I love dress forms! This is a need to do for sure! You did a amazing job on this!
    Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  24. Oh, my goodness, and what great sewing you did, Annie! Your pincushion lady is so fun and impeccably executed!! It's got everything a sewer would need right at her fingertips!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  25. Gorgeous little pincushion Anne, practical as well as pretty! Another fab creation. Ruth x

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  26. Brilliant, what a fantastic idea, to go from "dress form" to Pin Cushion is amazing.
    Love everything you have done.
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia x

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  27. Absolutely enchanting, Anne - I love the well-rounded curves of your dress form, and what could be better than Tim's fabric to cover her! Gorgeous!
    Alison xx

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  28. So creative Anne - I just love it! Anything with fabric catches my eye and the fact that you can use this is perfect.
    Julia xx

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  29. This is so fun, I have never thought of using this die for a fabric dress form! You are amazing, so creative and I love how it turned out. Love your dress form.
    Hugs Kelly

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  30. What a super idea Anne and useful as well as beautiful.
    Toni xx

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  31. Swooooon...it's stunning Anne in every way...thank you for showing how to :-) xxxx

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  32. Wow, how clever is this?!!!! Absolutely brilliant use of the dress form die, what a great idea for a pin cushion! I also absolutely love how you embellished it, with the sewing themed bits around the base. The "belt" to hold the scissors is brilliant! Anyone doing embroidery would find it so useful too and I just love projects that are useful!

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  33. I love this creation, Anne: when a useful pin cushion meets creativity and magic!

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  34. Holy cow Anne, this is brilliant! I might have to borrow this idea, because my pins are always laying all over the place! Great use of Tim's die! hugs :)

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  35. Hi Anne, wow! What a brilliant idea! Might have to pinch it & make some of these as Christmas gifts as I have this die & have to confess I haven't actually used it :-(
    You've really inspired me :-)
    Amy x

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  36. this is such a clever idea Anne - I love it to pieces - you really are such a clever lady .... can you remind me where you get your hardboard from? I think I need some now I have my ATB die! Hugs rachel xx

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  37. I'll echo the clever idea. Only you could think out of the box in this way, and once again - you've created something useful as well as beautiful. What a super way to store the scissors & pins & still play with the TH supplies. It's just fabulous - as always. TFS & Happy wkend.

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  38. This is a beauty Anne - totally brilliant idea for a pin cushion and your design and crafting are superb as always. Nicola x

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  39. HI Anne, I'm working backwards with my catch up and as I said on the other post, your pin cushions are stunning, don't know which I like best, hugs Carole Z X

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  40. WOW!!! LOVE how you've sewn a bodice to this dressform...just fabulous designing! The whole make is sensational Anne!

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  41. For sure this is the coolest pin cushion I have seen! I so love what you have done with this dress form. Anne, you are just so clever. Hugs.

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  42. Such a gorgeous pin cushion! I love the dress form design - this will be the envy of all crafters visiting your blog! :)
    Rebecca.
    x

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  43. Brilliant idea, love how you have done this so useful too!

    Jools x

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  44. Fantastic idea Anne, this would make such fabulous presents, must try it I think! X

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  45. Oh, Anne, this is seriously cool! What a fabulous way to use that fabric. I happen to have an Altered Dress Forms board on Pinterest - and there this shall go! xx

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  46. Super cute and creative Anne! Love how you dressed up your dress form! So unique and creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. Stunning and what a genius idea Anne... sorry I am late visiting! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  48. Now this is a project I really must have a try at - and I have the things to do it with which makes a change for me. Love it and what a super present it makes for someone. Maybe I should make a few for another year?
    Hugs and Thanks
    Neet xx

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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