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« on: March 12, 2009 09:38:04 AM »

So my coworker just had a kid and is on maternal leave for about a year, and while I don't like kids, I rather like my coworker, so I made her a toy! (Which my other coworkers covet like possessed)
It's a folding cube thingy, that you can just keep on folding and folding and folding and it's very addictive...

Different co-worker demoing the use of said cube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zcbrGopPDU

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We work at a poker company, so I used poker related fabric for the "green" side. The background of it IS green, I promise Cheesy It's got basically every color of the rainbow, though I replaced orange with the multicolored red-blue-yellow thing Wink But it's got Red-Yellow-Green-Blue-Violet (I skipped indigo too, I confess)

She hasn't gotten it yet, but I hope she'll enjoy it Wink Everyone else at the office does Roll Eyes

Oh, and I used way too stiff interfacing, so it's not a complete success... it works fine to play with, but it doesn't sit very prettily, as it keeps wanting to fold out  Embarrassed

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leighi123 was kind enough to make a tute for this, which can be found at
http://rootsandwingscraftsandthings.blogspot.com/2009/03/magic-cube-tutorial.html
Thank you leighi123 Smiley
Her tutorial uses several fabrics, while mine only uses 6, giving a slightly different color effect but as far as I could tell it moves just as nicely Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009 09:50:36 AM »

Wow....how the heck did you make this?! lol (I'm sure you'll get a lot of that)
You did a fantastic job! Kudos to you for having the patience to make something so mind-boggling Grin

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009 10:10:48 AM »

I would love to make something like this!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2009 10:39:37 AM »

That is AWESOME! If you ever develop a pattern for public consumption, please post about it!
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009 10:41:10 AM »

i have to say that i thought this was pretty neat before watching the video.

after seeing that - it totally rocks!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009 10:53:07 AM »

I rarely hit the 'this rocks' button - but I just have!!!!

This is awesome, and I want one!



PLEASE post a tute!
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009 11:04:16 AM »

That's wonderful. It must have been fiddly to make though.

My cousins had a much-less-cool paper covered thing like that when I was little, but I think it only had two proper sides with pictures on. Yours is much better!
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009 11:12:29 AM »

OMGosh--- I've been trying to figure out how to make one of these with dice.  I've been taping them together in all different configurations and I can't get it right!!

I'd love it if you would post tips on where the cubes are attached to each other. 

Until then, I'm going to watch the video a million times to see if I can work it out.

Awesome jOb!!  I think this could be a toy that will get a lot of use.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009 12:05:04 PM »

Thank you all Cheesy I can't post a tute unfortunately, because this is from a purchased pattern. You just put all the pieces on the foam cubes with needles and then sow them together where the edges meet.
But from watching the video I'm sure you could figure it out Wink Some pieces are square, some pieces are rectangular (i.e. two squares next to eachothers, without a seam in the middle) Just think about where it would need to have a double instead of a single, to be able to fold that way and still stick together! (and remember, doubles always go "together" like >< imagine one cube standing on edge on top, and one on the bottom)
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009 12:30:03 PM »

I wonder if it's possible to purchase the pattern in the sates? It's a really neat idea almost like a rubix cube but more kids friendly! My little sister would love something like this if it had bears or penguins on it. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009 01:02:37 PM »

that is so neat, and looks so complicated all at the same time
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2009 01:58:20 PM »

Wow, that's great. I love your colors! And now I keep thinking about how this thing can be made...
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009 02:40:53 PM »

It's called a 'Yoshimoto Cube' or a 'magic cube'.  You can usually find them in plastic with coloured sides, or wood with pictures.  This is the first one I've ever seen in fabric, I love it!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2009 03:21:37 PM »

It's called a 'Yoshimoto Cube' or a 'magic cube'.  You can usually find them in plastic with coloured sides, or wood with pictures.  This is the first one I've ever seen in fabric, I love it!  Smiley

Cool to know Smiley Though what I've just googled about yoshimoto cubes, they're more advanced, and amazing Shocked
http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp/~a-nishi/y_cube/z_y_cube.html
(btw, that link also contains a drawing of where the cubes are attached to eachothers!)
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2009 03:34:43 PM »

wow this is awesome! I want to make one now!

To try and find the pattern, i googled "folding cube fabric pattern" ...I didn't really find it but the first link is this: http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/chingwa-golgol/article?mid=91

Its not fabric but it tells you how to construct it out of paper. Maybe it will help!
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2009 04:38:22 PM »

Hi,  Thanks for this link.  Just had a quick look, and shouldn't be too difficult to transfer to a fabric version (famous last words LOL) providing I can get some sponge cubes to go in it.

Have a few things on the go at the moment, but this is one I am definitely, definitely going to have to attempt.

Amazing Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2009 04:45:03 PM »

OH NO -the vid is no longer availale Sad Sad  I know YouTube have just pulled a load of videos due to disagreements about artists fees, but should this be one of them?  or did you remove it yourself?  Would really like to see it - just to see it in action so to speak.
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2009 05:46:17 PM »

I figured it out (I think)

Can I post a tutorial, sense I figured it out without a pattern or is that not ok? 
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2009 05:50:17 PM »

What pattern did you buy? I want to make one!
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2009 06:07:02 PM »

I have one of these from the science museum! It has pics of dinos and stuff on it, and I bought it so I could try to make one. I never thought to make one out of fabric, so I'm totally thinking in a new direction now!

Thanks for posting your project, cause I'm totally stealing your idea Wink
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« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2009 08:41:30 PM »

Mine is almost done - its taking forever to sew all the sides up
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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2009 12:47:08 AM »

OH NO -the vid is no longer availale Sad Sad  I know YouTube have just pulled a load of videos due to disagreements about artists fees, but should this be one of them?  or did you remove it yourself?  Would really like to see it - just to see it in action so to speak.

I didn't remove it, and to me it's still there Huh


I figured it out (I think)

Can I post a tutorial, sense I figured it out without a pattern or is that not ok? 

Since it's such a common concept, and I'm sure those I got the pattern from didn't make it themselves (it was more a free pattern that came along with a set of cubes) I'm sure it's fine if you post it Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2009 01:26:20 AM »

this is totally awesome! i share your take as not being a kid lover, so i'm pretty much known around the office as the girls who will knit you a baby sweater but will not come to the baby shower. i love it!
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2009 01:37:34 AM »

OK,  thanks - I'' try again Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2009 04:10:31 AM »

I found this site

http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/gwhang/index6.html

where you can find a template for a paper folding cube. I guess it'll work for a fabric one, too.

Btw your folding cube is great!
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« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2009 05:33:23 AM »

Thank you Smiley And that was a really cool site! Lots of fun things to distract me from working Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2009 06:53:22 AM »

Fantastic!!!  I can see this keeping a little one busy for quite a while (a mommy's dream some days).  Great gift!
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« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2009 02:37:16 PM »

I figured it out (I think)

Can I post a tutorial, sense I figured it out without a pattern or is that not ok? 

Please post a link if you do make a tut, I'd really like to make one. Thanks
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« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2009 02:59:24 PM »

I figured it out (I think)

Can I post a tutorial, sense I figured it out without a pattern or is that not ok? 

Please post a link if you do make a tut, I'd really like to make one. Thanks
Agreed! I think my sis would love something like this!
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« Reply #29 on: March 13, 2009 03:02:27 PM »

Those are so much fun. I have made several for pregnant friends and for a daycare I used to work at, and one extra large for myself, 40x40 cm when folden in a big cube, I love it  Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2009 03:24:25 PM »

I figured it out (I think)

Can I post a tutorial, sense I figured it out without a pattern or is that not ok? 

Please post a link if you do make a tut, I'd really like to make one. Thanks

Im typing it up now - I'll put the link up when Im done!
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« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2009 04:30:19 PM »

wow.....how cool.....love it....and yeah, I would have to play with it forever
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« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2009 05:26:43 PM »

thats so cool i really love those they are really fun
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« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2009 07:54:48 PM »

Ta Da! 

Heres the tute
http://rootsandwingscraftsandthings.blogspot.com/

If anything is confusing please let me know so I can edit to clarify.  I dnno why the pics are so huge, hope it works.
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« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2009 09:19:40 PM »

thats awesome. ive alway wanted one - but a material one is even better!!
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« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2009 11:12:28 PM »

Great, I'll post the link on the main post too Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2009 11:32:17 PM »

Grr I hate it when craftster goes down Sad
The tutorial is really nice Cheesy I myself only used six fabrics, so that any side showing (even when folded out) will only present a single color. That DOES mean that there will only ever be three colors showing when it's folded into a cube though.
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« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2009 09:04:40 AM »

That thing is crazy awesome!
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« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2009 07:31:18 PM »

Woo hoo! This is both neat-o and swell!
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« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2009 08:47:46 AM »

This is so great! I used to have one with Christmas scenes, cardboard and paper I think, but my then-2-year-old ripped it! A fabric version for babies/toddlers would be amazing!
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« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2009 11:39:43 AM »

This would be brilliant in giant size for a fun pillow!! It probably is giant size and I'm just too sleepy to realize it.  I love the colors.  Nice work!
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« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2009 12:40:39 PM »

Thanks all Cheesy I'm making another one soon, probably more customized and hopefully with less resistance when you're folding it Roll Eyes I'll post more pics once it's done in a few weeks Wink
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« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2009 11:23:26 AM »

This is so lovely (and addictive)! I think I have to make one too. Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2009 04:08:04 PM »

This is so lovely (and addictive)! I think I have to make one too. Smiley

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