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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pizza Delivery Bag on: December 28, 2013 06:23:39 PM
When he went out to get the pizza, my step-dad used to wrap his coat around it to keep it warm (meaning he was cold!) and so I made him an insulated bag like the delivery guys (and then his neighbor liked it so much I had to make another one). Fast forward several years and the original bag had suffered a bit of damage (it sort of melted against a hot pipe). So, I made another one for him! I couldn't remember how I made the first one (and they don't live nearby), so I winged it, and messed it up. So, I started again (carefully unstitching the first one) and was a bit more successful.

While I didn't take any progress pictures, here's a basic outline of how I made it.

1. Buy a pizza or two so you have boxes to measure (my bag is made for two Rustic Pizzas from Papa Gino's).

2. You need the following measurements:
-The width of the box
-The length of the box
-The height/depth of the box (times 2 if you plan to carry 2 pizzas)

3. You need to following materials:
-Outer fabric (I used nylon flag fabric)
-Cotton batting (or foam padding) for the insulation
-Heat-proof fabric (I used the silver stuff usually used for potholders and ironing board covers)
(Optional: Instead of the separate batting and heat-proof fabric, you might be able to find something for making insulated shades that has the pieces already stitched together... but it's usually more expensive... but it would save you a lot of time)
Double-fold bias binding
Sew-on hook & loop fastener

4. From each material, you need to cut the following pieces:
Side pieces: Add an inch to the height/depth measurement for seam allowances (and if you want, add another inch for wiggle room), and a half an inch to the length measurement (and, if you want, add another inch for wiggle room). Cut two rectangles (from each fabric) that fit these measurements. If desired, secure the batting to the heat-proof fabric with some rows of "quilting." Or, just use a lot of pins...

Main body of bag: Add an inch to the width measurement for seam allowances (and if you want, add another inch for wiggle room). That's the easy part. For the length of the body of the bag add:
The length of the box X 2 (and if you want, two inches for wiggle room)
The depth of the box X 2 (and if you want,  one inch for wiggle room)
4-6 inches for the last part of the flap (part of the flap is the taken care of with the second depth measurement... this measurement takes care of the part that overlaps the bag to keep it closed)
Cut 1 rectangle (from each fabric) that fit these measurements. If desired, secure the batting to the heat-proof fabric with some rows of "quilting."

5. For each section (the main body and the two side pieces), pin all three layers together to make a sandwich (outside fabric, batting, heat-proof fabric), and baste (or zig-zag) together about 1/4" from the edge.

6. Now you will attach the side pieces to the main body of the bag. Putting the outside fabrics facing together, line up one long edge of one side piece with the edge of the long side of the main body part, wrap it around the short end of the side piece, and back up the other side of the side piece. You should have material left over, which will form the entire flap. Stitch through all layers (the raw edge of the seam should end up on the inside of the bag).

7. Repeat step 6 for the other side piece.

8. You're almost finished! Now, attach the bias binding to the raw edge along the top of the bag and around the flap (you can zig-zag the raw seams if you want, but I never did). You're on your own with the best method for attaching the bias binding because, as you can see in the photo, I am not very good at it Smiley

9. Finally, decide where to put the hook & loop fastener for the bag closure (refer to photo), making sure that you allow for the depth of the bag when full of pizza.

10. Enjoy pizza that is almost as hot as it was when it came out of the oven!

42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lady Macbeth Can't Do Laundry Either on: September 30, 2013 03:41:57 PM
 Laundry. No matter how many different chemical treatments I try, I simply cannot get stubborn stains out of my laundry. From organic, protein-based stains to stains from synthetic materials, I am completely lacking in stain-removing skills. No matter how much I scrub, stains stay. I completely sympathize with Lady Macbeth...

This paper cut was cut using my Silhouette Cameo,and it was originally supposed to be blood red, but the blade didn't cut cleanly (my replacement blade is buried somewhere), so I chose a green paper to represent grass stains. The green will look better in my laundry room anyway (for now).

43  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Jules Verne Quote- Adventures in Paper Cutting on: August 11, 2013 10:03:07 AM
Craftster has always been a source of inspiration and it has challenged me to not only get better at the crafts I typically do, but to continue to experiment with new ones, too. So, instead of posting a craft over in my comfort zone board of crochet, I decided to post an entry to the 10th Anniversary Challenge here, instead!

This is a quote by Jules Verne that I thought might be appropriate to hang in my science classroom, if I can find the right frame (I bought a "float frame", but I'm not sure if it'll work the way I want it to). I designed it using the Silhouette Studio software and it took a few hours to get it to set up so that it was all connected. I did have to go in and do some cuts by hand (I guess I need a new blade), but the majority of it was cut with the Silhouette (so it's not as impressive as if I had cut the whole thing by hand). Nevertheless, I still love it! It's hard to tell in the photo, but the cardstock is a shimmery, coppery, bronzey, brownish color.

44  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Explore the World Shadow Boxes on: August 02, 2013 09:23:13 AM
This was made for my partner in the IYP23 Swap. She loves maps, so I designed the shadowbox using maps for the text, and cut everything out using my Silhouette. But, when I did the initial layout, the amount of map text was just too much. So, I decided to split the text and make a second one for myself!

The letters in "EXPLORE" are each cut from a different country on the map and the word "World" is cut from a swathe across Europe, and then I glued them onto a layer of the letters/word cut from card stock. The shadow boxes are 6" X 6" and each piece (except for the word "the") is raised up from the background. It was a challenge to cut very tiny pieces of double-sided foam tape to put on the back of the compass rose, especially since it was the one with the most layers of tape and I didn't have very wide sections of the card stock to work with. But, the compass rose casts a lovely shadow on the background, so it was worth it Smiley

I tried to find a little 3D globe to put in the bottom left corner of each box, but couldn't find what I wanted in time. I think I've now located what I want (little globe pencil sharpeners) but I need to order a few other things to make it worth the cost of the shipping Smiley Then, I'll send one along to my partner for her to use if she wants. I sent her the box on the right, and kept the one on the left.

45  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilled Symbol Blankets for Math, Science & Engineering Careers on: July 29, 2013 02:42:04 PM
I'm putting these here and not in quilting, because they're really not proper quilts and it's really all about the images Smiley But, if it needs moving, let me know!

Once upon a time, at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I had a new class dropped in my class- Tech Ed. We were given no lessons & no supplies, just a list of standards we needed to teach. I'd have 4 groups, one per term. One of the standards is using symbols to communicate an idea. 

Each student chose a Science, Math or Engineering career and had to design a symbol to represent it. Then, they cut out a stencil (made with Contact paper) and stuck it to a square of fabric. They then sponged fabric paint onto the fabric, peeled away the stencil and had a white image with a colored background.

My goal was to stitch the squares from each group into a blanket, and then "raffle" it off to a student from each group. At the end of the year, I had all of the squares trimmed to size (even though they should have, they didn't all come out the same size when the kids made them) and had two of the groups' squares pieced together. I had intended to finish them over the summer, but a a heavy load of summer classes made that impossible. Over Columbus Day weekend, I finally finished them (I pieced them together and then stitched a piece of a fleece blanket to the back) and was all set to give them to the kids after the weekend, until my friends (who make proper quilts) said, "You have to put a label on it!" Fast forward to June... Despite buying the fabric and the embroidery floss and having plenty of snow days and vacation time, I kept putting it off until the night before the last day of school when I hastily wrote out some labels, used the magic of Wonder Under and ironed them on. And the kids were happy. And the project was finally out of my living room. The end.

Here they are!

46  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Emulsion-Free Screen Printing (Yudu hack) - mini tutorial on: May 12, 2013 09:49:40 AM
I've had a Yudu for a few years now, and while I love how it made me less afraid of screen printing, I hate working with the emulsion sheets. I know there are other emulsion options, but the drying time between each step was my least favorite part (confession: because I usually wait until right before the deadline before I do things).

But then, I came across a blog post somewhere that said you could use vinyl on a screen. I knew I could use cut black vinyl as a mask to burn the image in the emulsion, but that's all. The post wasn't 100% clear on where the vinyl went on the screen, but after I let my brain chew on it for a bit, it spit out the answer: on the underside.

I was just in the Sea Creature Swap, and my partner loves sharks, and listed the hammerhead as a possible theme in her questionnaire. I found an image of a tattoo design, but when I imported it into my vinyl cutting software, it needed a lot of cleaning up, so I spent a couple of hours working on that. Because of how I did the settings on the vinyl cutter (a Silhouette), it came out a little bit differently than the original tattoo design.

I used Contact Paper as the vinyl and cut it out. I then transferred the cut design (after weeding out all of the non-essential bits) to the back of the screen. Then, on both sides I went over it with the edge of a credit card to make sure it was stuck on there as well as it could be.

Back/Underside of the screen:

Front/Top of the screen:

I covered up any exposed areas around the edges with clear packing tape.

Then, I did a test print on a piece of muslin (shown here stitched up as a drawstring bag for the swap):

It came out pretty well, so I did another test print on a t-shirt (for me to keep), and it also came out well. There are a couple of spots where it bled a smidgen under the edges, but because of the design, it's not that noticeable:

Finally, I printed on 2 microfiber pillowcases. Right after I printed the second one, I turned to look at the first one and noticed that the ink had bled around the image, giving it a grey outline. Since it didn't happen at all on the muslin or t-shirt, I'm attributing it to the fabric. But, it ended up looking kind of cool, so I sent them along as an "extra" in the swap (and came up with a replacement item for the "official" item Smiley ).

When I was done, I peeled off the vinyl (and packing tape), washed off the screen with tap water, and I was done. No emulsion to fuss with, no expensive emulsion remover to buy!

I'm definitely going to use this method again! I did have a bit of trouble transferring the vinyl onto the screen because I didn't have enough transfer tape, so I had to peel of the backing of the vinyl and press it onto the screen as I went. I had a little stretching of the vinyl (it didn't help that I didn't have a lot of time to fuss with it), but it wasn't a problem in the end. But, if I do a more detailed design in the future, I need to use a different method to transfer it. I read somewhere that I might be able to use clear Contact Paper as the transfer tape (less expensive than buying transfer tape at the craft store), so I'll have to try that for the next time.
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with a layout... Stat! :) on: April 15, 2013 10:07:22 AM
I am in need of opinions. I have this stack of 12" squares that have been languishing in a project bag for a couple of years. I made them to assemble into an afghan for a particular friend, who I will be visiting on Wednesday.

I have 2 possible layouts, and I can't decide between them, so I'd love a little bit of feedback. I don't want to switch around any of the blocks (that would only add to my confusion), I just need input on which layout looks the best.

Just imagine them all neatly laid out (I'll be joining them with black). And, thanks for your help!

Layout #1:

Layout #2:

48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chunky Moebius Cowl (from a PlanetJune pattern) on: January 01, 2013 05:07:06 PM
I made this as a Christmas gift for a friend, and it whipped up fairly quickly. The hardest part is making the foundation row, which doesn't start with a chain, but makes the chain and first row at the same time. Once I got the hang of it (and kept track of my stitches), it was a very easy pattern. I like it so much, that I'm making another one for myself (I need something that doesn't tickle my neck while I'm shoveling). It fits nicely when it's wrapped twice- snug enough to be warm, but not so snug that it's choking me Smiley

This one is made with Charisma yarn in the Toadstool colorway.

49  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Granny's Daughters Swap R10 (crochet)- FOUND! on: October 08, 2012 10:03:02 AM
Swap Name: Granny's Daughters Swap Round 10
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412454.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=413522.0
# of Flakers: All set! Thanks Fontiua and moxiepurple!
Mini Details of Swap:
A Granny's Daughter is the first round of a granny square.
-You need to make 40
-They must be between 1.5 and 1.75 inches across
-The starting tail  must be woven in
-The ending tail must be at least 6" long (and NOT woven in)
- Use only acrylic, worsted weight yarn

Angels needed for:
Frogprincess (swap angel- Fontiua)
AmyLynn98- Any colors of Granny's Daughters are fine. She's allergic to smoke.

Thanks a bunch!
50  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stationery & Note Card Swap Round 2? on: August 31, 2012 05:53:45 PM

We've just finished up Round 1 of the Stationery & Note Card Swap, and hopefully, a new one will be starting in a few weeks.

Here's the original discussion thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407464.0

Here's the swap post thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410473.0

Here's the gallery thread for Round 1: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411564.0

Here's a bit of feedback from the first swap:


Next time we should figure out if there is a better way to create samples. I printed up sample Stationary and no one wanted it so I don't know what to do with my samples. I also had 2 cards printed from my samples that no one wanted, but I found uses for them.

Would it be easier if everyone posted a list of themes you'd like to make (for example, I might post "Trees, Flowers, Insects, Retro Patterns, Books")? Then, people could claim you for one of your themes and whether they wanted stationery or note cards. As a receiver, it would be more of a surprise to see what someone would make using the specific theme.

Or, maybe as part of the questionnaire, you could list themes you'd like to receive, and then your partners could make sets based on your themes?

What does everyone think?
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