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Thread: What's the Most Unusual Item You've Ever Made?

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    DIL is an anestesiologist and asked me to make her some scrub hats to wear in surgery. Took one she had bought over the internet for $25.00 - only has 3 piece pattern. Takes all of about 2 hours to make. And now she has custom scrub hats for all seasons and holidays!

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    Don't they need to be sterile?

    I once made a small bag for my bow rosin. That must be the most unusual item I ever made. I selected brownish musical themed fabric and made minute log cabin blocks.

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    No the clothes don't have to be sterile. Just drapes and hands and instruments! And part needing surg of course!!

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    Interesting question. I've only just started out so nothing to strange but would like to hear other people's responses.

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    A "hooter" hider.........nursing mom cover up for a co-worker.

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    eye patches for my granddaughter's 'lazy eye' problem.

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    "In season" panties for a small female dog. They had to be washable, hold a pad, absorbant and easily removable for the owner and not the dog!

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    An over the shoulder dog carrier for a very small dog. Had a removable (acrylic padded board) bottom and a peek-a-boo flap on the side.

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    My machinist husband and I take turns making things for each other. I made him a mask to wear to keep the bottom half of his face warm while riding his Harley and he modifys stuff for me and my sewing room. It is amazing what you can do with a hack saw and or a drill. I have made him stuff for his guns, tools and even lawn equipment. Between us we are pretty inventive.

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    I made a fabric heart valentine and a 2" envelope to put it in for my husband. It had a top flap with a crocheted loop and button closure.

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    Hands - my daughter saw these hands on the internet that were used on infants in hospitals in nicu and older children too. They are stretchy and filled with tiny plastic beads so they can be shaped. When you rub a childs back until they fall asleep but take your hand away and they wake up, you are supposed to be able to used these hands. I traced my husbands XX-large hands, used swimsuit fabric and tiny plastic beads for stuffing. You can help the baby stay on his side while sleeping when he is little too. forget what they are called but I don't think she every used them after all the fuss that she had to have them.

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    A pirate costume for my goddaughter.

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    I once made a Halloween costume for my son. He was an alien sticking out of his spaceship. The spaceship even had blinking lights.

    I made my daughter a hula girl costume to ride in a bike parade and attached a giant palm tree to the back of her bike.

    Costumes are such fun!

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    i made a baby holder for the swings at my condo as they were not baby swings.

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    I made a table protector with pockets for remotes on one side and magazines on the other for hubby's new extra large end table. He loves it & shows it off to anyone that visits.

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    I probably better not post the exact details, but I've made a few adult-themed gag gifts in the past! :shock: :oops: :lol:

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    costume for lion in wizard of oz play---the tail was a bugger- making it behave as requested. :)

    160 little fabric bowls for the pillow mints on the tables at my daughter's wedding reception -- must have been a hit- because daughter did not even get one-after the fact--they were all gone...

    since been crafting/sewing for 45+ years- i've made lots of unusually things...:)

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    Years ago I made 13 porcupine costumes for a school play. I also had to design the costume. Thanks to my daughter, "my mom sews and she will do it".
    Sue

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    I made a bag set for a friend who had breast cancer going through chemo. The main bag contained a little blanket, space for everything else. The one part she really appreciated was a little "sick" bag I made. It was a very pretty all-weather upholstery fabric. I used the idea from a airplane airsickness bag. About that size, just a little deeper.

    I found some small white bags at a local grocery store that they put frozen stuff in-like the half gallon icecream during checkout. I talked with the store manager and asked him if I could buy a roll of the freezer bags from him, after I explained what it was for, he just gave it to me. 1 roll had about 50 bags I think. That was the liner.

    So my friend didn't need to worry about finding a bathroom to upchuck in, she was always prepared. I included a travel thing of wet wipes and mouth wash in the main bag.

    At first she wasn't sure what to think about it. But she kept it handy just in case, and she still thanks me for it.

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    My daughter works in hospital also. Some of the scrubs tech were wearing some and because they not sterile they told the workers not to wear them anymore.

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    DH requested a leather gear shift boot cover. First time I sewed leather. DH was impressed, still looks good on his car ;)

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    a Pineapple Block

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    A gun case for my DSs deer hunting gun. Made it from a leg from some blue jeans!

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    Perhaps the question is not what I made but what I turned down.
    Some years ago while working as a dental assistant in Milwaukee WI I walked in the op and heard the Doctor tell the patient I had a sewing business so to ask if I'd do the work she was looking for. He had no idea what she was looking for just needed a seamstress.
    As the dctor was out of the room she explained she needed an alteration o a swim suit. (she was a big gal) I kept trying to figure out what she meant by it being too big and why not just buy a new one. Finally I understood. It was the begining of that aweful craze for thong swim suits and she was wanting me to turn her swim suit into one. I pulled out a length of dental floss and gave it to her and told her that was as far as I was willing to go. The doctor about dropped his teeth when he realized what she was wanting. I had several calls of desperate Mom's late Thursday wanting a custome wedding gown for Saturday. They'd flip out sure it was very unprofessional and how could I call my sell one if I couldn't make a gown in a day.
    Those types of things are when I realized I really didn't want to sew on demand like that.

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    For me, it was the lion, elephant, parrot, and cow costumes I made for my teacher daughter's school production.

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