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7281  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square-bottomed canvas bucket :: Now with TUTORIAL:: on: November 04, 2007 05:22:08 PM
I am apparently a putz.  A complete dolt.  I can't seem to get mine to be square - I have tried twice now - starting with 18x9 pieces and I can't seem to make my inner square cut outs to be the right size to make it all square and I am really upset with myself - can it possibly be that big of a challenge for me?  Obviously so...

Anyone out here can help the math challenged?

My first one I did - started with 18x9 piece - folded so that it was a 9x9 square.  I cut out 3x3 squares - and made my "I" shape.. nope.. made a tall skinny rectangle... not a cool square..

So my second one I thought I would try it a bit different - I cut out 1 1/2"x1 1/2" squares to make my "I" shape - yup. Another rectangle shaped bottom.

What on earth am I doing wrong???



This would be easier if I could draw it out, but I'll do my best to explain...

You need to envision it in three dimensions to get it to be a square. Let's say you want a 9" square:

The width of the fabric would need to be 19 inches wide. This would give you 9 inches across the front of the, plus 4.5 inches on each side for half of the side depth, plus 0.5 inch seam allowance on each side.

The length of the fabric would need to be 29 inches long. This would give you 9 inches down each side (18 inches total), plus 9 inches for the bottom width, plus a 0.5 inch seam allowance at each end, and at the corners.

The trickiest part is figuring out how big to cut the squares. I think that if you cut 5.5 inch squares (which would allow for 0.5 inch seam allowances), you might be all set.

If I had the time, I'd try one out to see if my math was any good. But, I don't have time to play with it tonight. The only place I'm worried about it not being 100% correct is in the corners...with my seam allowances...

Note: If you don't have a length of fabric that is 29" long for the length, you can cut it in half (14.5 inches) but you'd need to add another 0.5 inches for when you have to seam it together, so 15" altogether.

7282  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea box on: November 04, 2007 05:09:55 PM
I'll look for all the dimensions en put it here. The outer parts dimensions are 30,5cm x 36cm x 8,5cm.

Thanks!
7283  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tea box on: November 04, 2007 11:57:09 AM
I love how organized everything is on the inside. But, I have to say, my favorite part is that the box lid converts into the serving tary. Ingenious!!

Is there any chance that you could share the dimensions of the outer parts of the box?
7284  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: BUY NOTHING SWAP (signups 10/23-10/30 by NOON; mail by 11/14) on: November 04, 2007 10:06:10 AM
I'm trying to stick to the 2 medium items, so I can actually get my package sent out on time Wink

But, of course, as much as I try...I just whipped up a small item to tuck in.

I'm procrastinating in a big way on my other medium item...and I don't know why...
7285  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square-bottomed canvas bucket :: Now with TUTORIAL:: on: November 04, 2007 10:03:32 AM
I have a set of storage cubes, and I hate the way all of the stuff looks when it's stuffed into them. I was going to make a set of curtains to cover it, but I like this idea so much better! I can make bins/baskets in super cool fabrics, fill them with the stuff, and then slide them into the cubes. It'll look way better than the boring fabric ones you can buy at the store. Thank you so much for sharing this idea, and for showing us how you made them!
7286  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 50+ Wash Cloths-along on: November 03, 2007 10:19:23 PM

craftADDchick, that looks SOO nice I live that yarn, but its speeendy.  How in the world does it work as a washcloth? It doesn't seem like it would work well, but correct me if I'm wrong Smiley


I bought the yarn with a 40% off coupon, so it wasn't too bad (I have some other Lion Brand chenille yarn that I bought at a discount store- not sure if it's Thick & Quick, though). I gave it away in a swap, so I didn't get to try it out. But, I've seen chenille washcloths in "Spa Kits" so I figured I'd give it a try. When I make one for myself, I'll give you an update Wink
7287  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Fat Bottom Bag CAL... anyone? on: November 03, 2007 01:07:51 PM
rhinestic- I love it! What yarn are you using- it's absoultely gorgeous!
7288  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: BUY NOTHING SWAP (signups 10/23-10/30 by NOON; mail by 11/14) on: November 03, 2007 10:04:28 AM
I finished my first item! I can't believe I finished an item so early. I'm usually a down-to-the-wire crafter Wink

I'm going to dig out what I need to start my next item and work on it for a bit today, I hope. I should be able to get the main part of it finished this weekend...if I don't dilly-dally...
Wink
7289  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: BUY NOTHING SWAP (signups 10/23-10/30 by NOON; mail by 11/14) on: November 03, 2007 08:20:19 AM
I just about finished one item last night- I just need to decide on how to finish it off. I don't want to screw it up...

I have the plans for the other one all set to go, I just need to gather up the supplies. It's something that I've never done before, so it should be fun!
7290  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill a Coffee Cup or Mug Swap! on: November 03, 2007 07:50:32 AM
I grew up drinking coffee milk (you could buy the syrup in gallon jugs all over the place around here- I live in MA and it was made in RI). We could even regularly get coffee shakes at McDonalds's!

I haven't seen the coffee syrup lately, though, so thanks for sharing the recipe. Might have to go and make some of that this weekend! And, the added bonus is that I can make it in decaf...since I'm not supposed to have caffeine. So double thanks! Wink
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