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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Lined" notebook cover (no extra fabric) on: October 24, 2015 09:07:33 AM

A while ago I figured out how to make a lined composition book cover. Yes! But then I joined a swap here where you can only use 2 fat quarters of fabric. It didn't count interfacing as fabric.

So, not wanting to waste part of my allotment of fat quarters on lining, I decided to line it with interfacing.

No stitching on the outside necessary!

First, you'll need to get the fabric part of your cover. If you're using 1 whole piece, just grab it (cut to the right size.) If you're piecing different fabrics together like I did, get all that done first. I used this tutorial for the general measurements for an A5 notebook cover. I sketched the rectangle then drew in the features I wanted: a spine and pockets. Then I used that to make the different pattern pieces.

Anyway, once you've got the fabric ready, cut a piece of fusible interfacing to the same size MINUS the side seam allowances. If you allowed for 1/2 seam allowances all the way around, cut 1 inch off 1 of the short sides of your interfacing. You won't be turning the interfacing under like you will the fabric.

This next part always gets me confused, but here goes:

Fold the flap allowances so the right sides of the fabric are together. This is the opposite of how you'll want it to look when finished. Iron the seam allowances on the flaps so that the wrong sides are together.

Finger press the flaps into the interfacing so that the non-glued sides touch. Don't iron! Position the edges of the flaps so that the cut edges touch the seam allowance folds of the fabric. The interfacing fold and the fabric fold of the flaps should match. The top and bottom edges should match. Pin.

Sew the top. Sew the bottom. Leave the flap sides alone for now Smiley

Reach in through one side and pull the other through. Turn the flaps the right way. The glue side of the interfacing should be touching the wrong side of the fabric and the seam allowances of the flap for a "hem". No glue should be where the notebook will go.

Finger press everything to where it should be (a few pins may be needed as well) then iron away, sealing the glue to the inside of your cover.

If this will be washed in the future, you may want to topstitch the interfacing to the flap, but it's your call!

This tutorial has some more in progress shots.

Add some beads if you want, slip a notebook in, and away you go! Yay!

22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 3 Gallery on: October 24, 2015 08:12:27 AM
Yay, arrivals!

anna.wahnsinn, I'm so glad your things finally made it to you!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: October 18, 2015 04:46:56 PM
Calabaza - Awesome huge pancakes!  So it's the milk that helps them not rip?  I'll keep that in mind!  I usually make much smaller ones because I'm timid about the flipping, but they're so much more impressive when they cover the plate like that! XD

It makes the batter thinner, which makes them more flexible.

Oh, I love that, rbr!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: October 17, 2015 09:38:06 AM
Pretty hat!

Fantastic cookies! Where did you find the cookie cutter? Lovely memo board!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: October 17, 2015 09:35:06 AM
Anyone want to do a Nerd Games winter holiday swap?  We could do Secret Santa style or any other variety of swap.  Ideas, suggestions?  If there is interest I'll work on getting it set up soon.  If no interest, we'll wait and do a round in January.  (Just as a side note, this and all future Nerd Games swaps will be limited to Nerd Games participants only.)

I'd be interested in another one item swap! OTT, Secret Santa or normal. January would be slightly better for me.
I like it being just us gamers.
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The name is Agent, Agent Carter on: October 16, 2015 08:49:46 PM
Thank you kindly!

Oh, gosh, honestly I just googled built-in gussets and clicked on bunches of sites. Frankly I didn't understand half of them, but I finally wrapped my head around enough to make it work. Basically you take the measurement a real underarm gusset would be (apparently about 6 inches) and add that to the sleeve and underarm part of the bodice. Ish.

You want the armhole to fit as close as possible to you without folding.

Once that's good, add 3-4 inches (or more) to the underarm of your sleeve pattern. I marked up 3 inches from the front side and drew a new a line from that mark to the notch. Then I measured 3 inches from the back side and drew to the back notch. The new lines are the cut edge of the pattern in the photo. You can kind of see the original pattern markings on it too. My dress raises only about 1-2 inches when I put both hands straight up. I think 4 inches would have been perfect.

I guess dance costumes and such have even more added to the sleeve for a built-in gusset for a complete range of motion.

I didn't feel any of the extra material when walking around, but when I took it off the underarm was wrinkled.

Hope that helps!
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 3 Gallery on: October 16, 2015 08:14:24 PM
Gorgeous package, Averia! Excellent idea, interfacing it first!

EdelC, the bunting mug rug is lovely!

28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY on: October 16, 2015 08:08:59 PM
Thank you!

Teag, I love the painting on him!

What a fun towel, spookygrrrly!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: October 16, 2015 07:40:11 PM
Wow, that must have been a ton of work, puzzled-penguin. It turned out great!

MoriarT, your stitching is gorgeous, as always!

DearBluebird, beautiful ATCs.

I've been curious about mug cakes. Thanks for the link, Quantumphysica!

Prompt: October battle: Yeti
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: giant pancakes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Yeti lives up in the cold, cold mountains. Pancakes are great on a cold day! I made a whole batch of plate-sized (or near about) ones. I added a little extra milk to the batter to make them less prone to breaking when flipping.
Project Picture:

30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY on: October 09, 2015 01:40:42 PM
How could I have not checked the gallery before now?!?! Wow! So many great items!

I received my own excellent item from artsycandice, who is an amazing artist:

Check this out! A clay jack-o'-lantern! He's adorable! She said she took clay and formed it around a paper mache ball to get the shape. It's astounding. But that's not all...

He lights up! Yup, she made it so he has a little candle in his base AND I can change the battery if he runs low. Talk about whoa.

Thank you, thank you, artsycandice! You are awesome. Thank you!
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