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31  "Lined" notebook cover (no extra fabric) in Completed Projects by Calabaza 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!

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32  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza 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:

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33  Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza 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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34  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 09, 2015 01:31:30 PM
Oh, lovely strawberry themed package! The prairie points (?) on that zipper clutch are a neat touch. What a fun little quilt hanging!

I received some wonderful items of my own from anna.wahnsinn:

Slippers! I've been on the lookout for a nice, thin pair of slippers for over a year. I love the fabric, especially the orange! The off-white print goes along great.

So many things! I have no idea how you got all this out of 2 fat quarters. I'm so sorry for the package I sent. You made so many fabulous items! Pictured here are 2 chapstick cozies (which may also come in handy for holding lost and found items the kidlets at work are always turning in), 3 off-white hair flowers, 2 orange hair flowers (ooo, costume ideas!), 4 orange covered button hair ties - 2 with beading! I LOVE beading! I will be wearing my hair back more -a bright little drawstring pouch, 2 pendants and a necklace chain, and a tiny envelope. What could be inside it?

Needles! It's a little needle case! This is going right into my purse along with a couple of choice lengths of thread. There's a beautiful warp bracelet or choker with some cute charms too. I was never a big fan of fabric jewelry but anna.wahnsinn has changed my mind. It's just my style! I will be wearing this this weekend! There are 2 adorable flag paperclips (now I can find where I'm at in my sketchbook) and a first aid zipper pouch. I needed this so much! I'm digging for bandaids for paper cuts and skinned knees all the time at work. This will make everything so much easier. And to top it all off, there are 2 lovely fat quarters!

Thank you so much! You are an amazing swapper, anna.wahnsinn.
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35  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 07, 2015 08:49:14 AM
~Pinteresting Note~

I kinda went on autopilot and pinned a bunch of stuff posted within the past, um, 7 days to the Summer Games board instead of the one for Fall. I think I've got it all fixed now. Take a gander and PM me, Calabaza, if anything is misplaced.


Have a project you have to submit to meet a point deadline, know you'll forget if you don't post it now or you have a free minute and who knows when one will come around again BUT it's for a swap/other recipient who might see the picture?

Post your craftiness with a link to the photo like this:


Then, when the recipient has received your craftiness, edit the post (going to your profile and clicking "My images" is a good way to find it) to add [ img ] before and [ /img ] without the spaces after the link so the picture shows up:

[ img ]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_30Aug15_IMG_2351.jpg[ /img ] - spaces =

Finally, PM me with at least the name of the project and what page of the craftalong I can find it so I can pin your craftiness. This gives me even more of an excuse to be on pinterest!

Thank you!
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36  Re: DO NOT POST: Setting up Fall Nerd Battles 2015 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 31, 2015 06:42:48 PM

Calabaza, edelC, moriarT, MountainsandClouds, LovelyMiss
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37  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 31, 2015 10:56:56 AM
Roler, you are on a roll!

Love the rope, scarf colors, coin purse and, of course, tshirt, LM.

Excellent eyeball pouch, gozer!

Okay, this should do it for me:
Prompt:  free range
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: coloring
Project Link:
Brief Description: For new cake walk spaces for my auntie's annual Halloween party. I finally got my pages colored.
Project Picture:
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38  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 30, 2015 01:14:11 PM
Nice, Ludi! It looks so bright and clean and fresh. Kudos!

Thank you, greybird. What pretty notecards!

Huh, that is interesting, Smeddley. I would have never thought that! Hmmm...

Prompt: August battle: Rainbow (lemon yellow)
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology (I am so sick of photographing food.)
Bonus Points:
Project Name: lemon chicken tenders
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Made for my family. I guess I'm pretty friendly with them, so I'M FRIENDLY. Chicken just doesn't look good cold, does it?
Project Picture:

Prompt:  June tightrope
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: 9 chair pockets
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The fabric is blue. The sky is blue.
Project Picture:

Prompt: July nebula
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points:  UFO
Project Name: pajama sorts
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I've been meaning to make these forever. They're quite comfy. Just came out of the wash so just took a pic. The orange background has a cloudy movement to it if that makes any sense.
Project Picture:

Prompt: zap
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: pan-sized pancake
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made some normal-for-home sized pancakes, then a great, big, restaurant-sized one! It broke when I flipped it, but it was still big and tasty!
Project Picture:

And I think that'll do it for me this round! I got done all the prompts I wanted to plus some. Thanks for an excellent, encouraging time!
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39  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 28, 2015 04:20:40 PM
Your enchiladas and corn looks delish to me, LM!

Ooo, Jeeves and Wooster! Love! Oh, and I have a multimedia project for you, roler.

Research Project Name: article of clothing
Team: randomizer
Event: fabricology
Bonus Points:
Project Link: not this round
Brief Description: I made an article of clothing! This teal dress. It doubled as part of a costume the other day. Eventually I'd like to make a tutorial on the dress, but that day is not this day Smiley
Project Picture:

Prompt: team spirit fandom
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: painted shoes
Project Link:
Brief Description: I needed yellow shoes to complete my Perry the Platypus outfit, but couldn't find a pair. Thus, paint.
Project Picture: See above.

Prompt:  moon day
Team: randomizer
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: circuit board cross stitch
Project Link:
Brief Description: Embroidery floss is like little yarn. Computers have circuit boards. Computers play a big role in space programs.
Project Picture:

Prompt: team spirit multimedia
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology (does including the plastic stick count?)
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: creamsicicle-y pops take 1
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Roler gave me this idea when I made my orange syrup. This trial of creamsicicle-y pops tasted good, but wasn't very creamsicicle-y. Here's what I tried:
Chilled reusable (reusable=green!), plastic popsicle forms then brushed them with orange syrup. Put back in freezer for hours. Repeated because most of the syrup didn't stick to the sides at all and there was a little pool at the bottom. I didn't even know that much had gone off the brush!
Softened vanilla ice cream in the fridge for 30 minutes. Packed into the popsicle forms. Stuffed popsicle stick in. Froze overnight.
Ran form under hot water briefly (just the plastic part) and slowly, carefully slipped out the pop. Bit into it. Appreciated the orange icy-ness on the outside (and top) but was not reminded of a creamsicicle's texture.

Project Picture:

Prompt: August yellow
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology (does including the plastic stick count?)
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: creamsicicle-y pops take 2
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Round 2 wasn't really any more creamsicicle-y, but I haven't had a chocolate-dipped anything in forever (thanks a bunch, migraines) so it made me very, very happy!
Vanilla ice cream
1/4 + orange syrup
1/4 cup white chocolate chips (tollhouse's don't have cocoa in them)
1/4 cup coconut oil

Soften ice cream as in 1st recipe.
Mix ice cream with a drizzling of syrup.
Fill paper cups with syruped ice cream. Popsicle stick them. Freeze overnight.
Mix 1/4 cup syrup, chocolate chips and coconut oil by zapping them in a microwave together for 15 seconds at at time, stirring in between zaps. Let cool.
One at a time cut and peel paper cups off of the pops like in this tutorial. Dip in the orange/white chocolate syrup. Let the coating harden then either dip once or twice more or rewrap in the peeled paper right away and replace in the freezer until you're ready to eat. Repeat with the others.
Take a bite. Yeah, not that creamsicicle-y texture, but still good! I really want to try this with other syrup flavors. I'm thinking lemon, lime, strawberry, raspberry...
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40  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 23, 2015 11:06:24 AM
Research Project Name: Agent Carter costume
Team: randomizer
Event: fabricology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440450.0
Brief Description: I wanted to make a costume and I did Smiley Inspired by this navy dress from the TV show Agent Carter, I started with my moulage and sloper, did some adjustments (it was off again already!) and, after doing research, made a pattern and then the dress and belt so they would fit and look all right on me.
I also learned 1940s makeup techniques (I found some makeup I'm not allergic too!) found the shoes at a thrift store, experimented with different widths and such of pin curls and made my own safe-for-me hairspray. Here's the recipe:
2 oz. water
12 pinches of sugar
Let the sugar dissolve and shake to mix. Spray away!

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