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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: Today at 12:12:32 PM
Challenge: Quidditch #4. Wigtown Wanderers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Star Trek Sandwich Wraps

Brief Description: I created these sandwich wraps for my husband, to go with his new (to him) Star Trek TNG lunchbox.  Because I'm a totally awesome wife.  Also, I created a tutorial for anyone who wants to make their own, visible through the link above.
Project Picture:  This one shows the wrap being used as a placemat.


And here's one of the sandwich all wrapped up.



Challenge: Quidditch #10. Falmouth Falcons
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: SMASH the Patriarchy Tote 2.0

Brief Description: After making my SMASH the Patriarchy tote for kittykill, a friend who saw it on Instagram asked if I could make another one, for one of his students who is about to graduate.  I was confident that I could remake the project without any problems, and I did. 
Project Picture:

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sandwich Wrap Tutorial with Fusible Vinyl on: Today at 11:57:20 AM
While watching Star Trek TNG on Netflix the other night, my husband sighed and said, "I kinda want a Star Trek lunch box to take to work.  I would be all about that."  Since he's a software developer, working at a somewhat eccentric software company, this would fit right in.  So, being an awesome wife, I pulled up eBay, and flipped around until I found a brand new, never-been-used Star Trek TNG lunch box from 1988.  Sold!  Best part, since it's brand new, the thermos doesn't even smell like old milk.   Wink  

All this got me thinking.  I already pack him a healthy lunch every day, consisting of a sandwich, cup of fruit, and bell pepper strips.  I put it in a reusable snap top plastic box rather than paper bags, and put the fruit in a silicone muffin cup which can be run through the dishwasher.  In the last few years I've been getting away from products that are bought simply to be thrown away, such as paper napkins, but I've still been wrapping his sandwiches in plastic wrap to keep them dry.  When I saw fabric sandwich wraps popping up all over Pinterest a few years ago, I thought I should make some for Jim, but never got around to it.  Ordering the lunch box was the push I needed to finally make some.  The fun part about this project is that the wraps can be made with any printed cotton fabric you like, so you can make them tailored to each family members interest.  They wipe clean, can be thrown in the washing machine, will last for ages, will keep plastic wrap out of landfills, and will save you money since you won't be buying a product that you're just going to throw out!  



Materials:
Printed cotton fabric
Fusible Vinyl (I used Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl also works)
Velcro
1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape in a coordinating color
Polyester Thread
Ruler
Rotary Cutter or Scissors & Pencil



1. Start by cutting a 12" (30 cm) square of your fabric, and a 12" (30 cm) square of the Fusible Vinyl.  This is easy with a rotary cutter & mat, but easily can be done with a ruler, pencil & scissors if that's what you have on hand.  I didn't take a picture of this step, because if you have not learned to use a ruler to draw a square, then you aren't old enough to use a hot iron. Wink

Note: I'm going to give directions using Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but be sure to check the directions that come with whatever brand fusible vinyl that you've purchased.  Pellon also has a great video on their site showing how to use the product.  You can see it HERE.

2. Set your iron to a medium heat/wool setting.  Lay your fabric square with the printed side DOWN on your ironing board.  Remove the backing paper from your square of vinyl.  (Hang onto that paper!)  Lay the vinyl down onto the WRONG SIDE of your printed cotton, with the shiny side of the vinyl UP, and the sticky side DOWN.  

3. Place the paper on top of the vinyl, with the shiny/waxy side down against the vinyl.  Gently run your iron over the whole space quickly, to get the vinyl partially stuck, then starting at one side, place your iron down and leave it in place for 8 seconds.  Then pick up the iron and move it over to fuse the next segment, slightly overlapping your areas.  Leave for another 8 seconds, and repeat, until you've fused the whole area.  You will need to move your backing paper, in order to get every bit.  




4. Now flip the bonded fabric & vinyl over, and replace the backing paper.  Iron again from this side, holding the iron in place for 4 seconds, before moving on to the next area.  Voila!  You've successfully bonded your fabric and vinyl.  

5. Starting partway down one side, slide your bias tape over the raw edge of the cloth.  Instead of pinning through the vinyl, use quilting clips, hair clips or paper clips to hold the bias tape in place.  (Using pretty rainbow paper clips isn't necessary, but highly recommended.  Because, well... rainbows!)  If you're using scraps of bias tape, you may need to seem them together.  For tips on that check this tutorial.


6. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest possible setting.  On most machines this is a 3.5 or 4.  On my Viking that's a 6.  Stitch along the first side, stopping when you get to the end.  


7. Remove the piece from your machine, and fold the bias tape along the next side, mitering your corners as you go.  I was not able to use the paper clips to hold my corners in place, so I used a quilt pin for that area.  Start stitching again, and repeat around the remaining 3 sides.


8. When you get back to the beginning, cut your bias tape about 1" (2.5 cm) longer than where it would meet, the fold under the raw edge about 1/4" (5 mm), and sew it closed.  

9. Now it's time for velcro.  Cut a 2" piece, and separate the male and female sides.  (With velcro the 'male' half is the harsher, plastic side and the 'female' half is the softer, fuzzier side.  No, I didn't decide that.  It's a holdover from using snaps in sewing, where there is also a designated male and female side.)  Take the female side and lay it perpendicular to the corner, about 3/4"-1" (2-2.5 cm) down from the point on the RIGHT SIDE of your fabric.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.


10.  Take the male half and lay it diagonally across the corner, on the opposite corner from your female velcro, on the WRONG SIDE of your sandwich wrap.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.


11.  Make a delicious sandwich, and wrap it up in your awesome new reusable wrap.  Be the envy of all your friends when you go into work with a kick-ass Star Trek lunch box and matching wrap.  Accept compliments graciously.  Wink


Bonus: You can use your wrap like a placemat to enjoy your lunch on. 



A special thanks to FiberAlchemist for her help & advice on this project!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: Today at 07:36:24 AM
Welcome back from your crafting funk Magpirate! 
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: Today at 07:33:24 AM
What a beautifully crafted package of goodies for your new home!  Well done FiberAlchemist.  Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old-timey Typewriter Key Inspired Handbag - The Letter T on: Today at 07:31:29 AM
I love when a project comes together from stash.  It's very cute, and I can't wait to see the dress it goes with!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A Snowball's Chance.... on: July 24, 2017 10:50:30 AM
Very sweet.  Cheesy
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Topsy Turvy Doll - Supergirl & Wonder Woman on: July 24, 2017 10:49:02 AM
This is FANTASTIC!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Newspaper Purse on: July 24, 2017 10:48:10 AM
Well done!  And I love the fabric you used for it too.  Smiley
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2017 on: July 24, 2017 10:41:18 AM
Tempting....  Very tempting....
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round SO - 6/10 on: July 24, 2017 10:38:37 AM
I just wanted to say that i've loved seeing all the beautiful flags created for this swap.  Each time I come to Craftster and see another one, it brightens my day and gladdens my heart.
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