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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 91 ENTRIES / Pillowcase -> Portable Sewing Supplies Mat on: October 02, 2013 10:06:10 AM
I've been meaning to craft some sort of portable sewing kit for some time now, as I often find myself transporting tools around to workshops or other crafty events and inevitably wind up losing stuff in my bag, or getting stuck by loose pins!

So for this challenge, I took a pillowcase and created a traveling sewing supplies mat:

It holds a ruler, seam gauge, marking pencil, fabric scissors, and a seam ripper. It has a mini-pincushion, a little pocket for a measuring tape, and a wooden dowel which holds two spools of thread. I also filled in the empty space on the right with a matching zippered pouch for any extra notions I might need. (The design is completely original - didn't even search for inspiration ideas, just knew what I wanted and sketched it out! Smiley)

Here's the case I started with (after I cut it open):

Picked it up at the by-the-pound store, so it was super cheap! I love this color, and especially the detail trim around the edge.

Detail shots:

I really liked that trim that was on the top edge of the pillowcase. Since I only used about half of the main fabric to make the mat, I cut the top edge off of the extra piece and attached it to the right side of the mat to make a nice frame. The empty panels on the end also allow for it to roll up nicely!

The extra fabric was also a thrift store find. I like the contrasting texture and complimentary colors of it.

The measuring tape pocket is sewn pillow-sham style, with two overlapping flaps so the tape stays in place, yet I can pull the end out easily.

The pin cushion is extra poofy, and sort of pulls the material out of place, but I think it will come in handy! In retrospect, I might have attached a piece of cardboard underneath to keep the pins from sticking through.

I wanted to be able to cut off a piece of thread without removing it from its place. I cut a 3/4 in. diameter dowel down to size (6 inches) and it is held on by elastic loops. It's long enough to hold two standard spools.

The pouch is lined with extra pillowcase material.

And it rolls up super nice! I tried to plan it so the larger items (scissors, pin cushion, thread) would all fall into a separate vertical "plane" I guess, so it isn't too bulky or awkward. I also used extra pillowcase thread to make the ties.

Now I can simply gather my tools, roll them up, and throw them into my bag without worrying about anything falling out!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Tutorial -- "Luna" Layered Movable ATC with pull tab -- lots of pics! on: September 18, 2013 08:11:21 AM

I made this card for the August ATC swap deathbeforedishes has a Solar System theme! I wanted to attempt a movable ATC, and I think it came out pretty nice for my first one. Its slightly different from the other movables posted in the Tutorials, so I figured I would also contribute a tutorial.  Smiley

In retrospect, there are a couple of steps I took that turned out to be unnecessary, and a few things I would do differently if I were to make a card like this again but all thats in the notes!

Heres what you need:
Papers, pens, and markers of your choice
ATC Base (I use a cereal box) and extra cardboard
Adhesive (I use an Elmers XTreme glue stick which Ive found to be very effective)
Foam tape or other 3-dimensional adhesive
Scissors/paper cutter/ X-Acto knife
I used Mountains and Clouds Movable ATC Tutorial for reference https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416277.0#axzz2fFqVkmyS, it's awesome!


Step 1: Design your Card

I knew I wanted to have a smiling moon hidden behind two clouds, and it would be revealed by pulling the larger cloud away, as if the cloud was drifting away in the wind.  Smiley

I labeled the layers: #1 is the background/ATC base, #2 is the moon, which sits below #3 the small cloud, which sits beneath #4 the large cloud. The large cloud will be attached to a pull tab so it can be pulled away to reveal the smiling moon!

I also did a couple sketches of the moon face. Deathbeforedishes had requested something "cutesy", so I went with the one on the right.

Step 2: Create your parts

1. The Base/background: Cut your ATC base material (cereal box) to size. YOU DO NOT NEED TO COVER THIS PIECE as it will not show. I wasnt thinking that far ahead and I could have saved some of that awesome star paper (my favorite!). But, if youre so inclined, you can cover it in a plain paper.

2. The upper background piece: Cut your background paper to size (2.5 in x 3.5 in). **In the original tutorial, the movable piece moves within the confines of the card, and so requires a channel in which to move. Since the movable piece for this card moves outside of the borders of the card, this channel is NOT required another unnecessary step!**

3. The clouds: I cut the cloud shapes out of cereal box cardboard, and then traced them onto gray cardstock and cut those out. I added highlights with silver metallic marker. Backing the shapes with cardboard makes them thicker and sturdier.

4. The moon: I did the same for the moon cut the shape out of cardboard; traced onto gray cardstock and cut it out. I drew on the face in pencil first then went over it with a Micron pen and added highlights.

Step 3: Placement

Figure out where you want everything to go. I knew I wanted the moon to be almost completely covered by the clouds when closed, with just a tiny bit peeking out. As you can see, its also a bit hidden on the left side by the smaller cloud.

Step 4: Create the pull tab

Cut a piece of your background paper, about 2 inches wide and about 3 inches long. Fold in half, then unfold and fold both edges in to center crease (approximately-ish!). Glue down the folds. Fold one end over a tiny bit so its easy to grab, and trim any bits that stick out.

Check your placement! Lay the pull tab where you want it to go, and cut out a small notch in both the upper background piece as well as the base. This makes it much easier to grab the tab.

Step 5: 3-D it

Use foam tape, or like me, if you dont have any foam tape, some spare foam picture mounting squares cut into strips. Add a line of foam all around where your pull tab will rest to create a channel, and then add a border around the rest of the card so its of consistent thickness.

Check to make sure the pull tab has enough space to move smoothly in and out.

Step 6: Compile

Once youre satisfied with your placement and the size and shape of your pieces, attach the decorated cloud and moon parts to their cardboard backings.

As you can see, the back of the large cloud will show once its pulled out so make sure you cut a back piece for it as well! (Also cut a paper backing for the base I went with the same gray cardstock I used for the clouds and moon.)

The smaller cloud and the moon dont need paper on the back since theyll be attached. Speaking of which, go ahead and prep them for attaching to the background. For the moon, since I want it to be on the lowest level (as in, I want it to sit below the small cloud), I used glue dots. **Unnecessary step #3: I left the R side of the circle open since it was going to overlap the (unnecessary) tab slot** I used more of the foam mounting square to mount the small cloud, so it sits up a bit higher than the moon.

Attach the pieces to the background, then attach the background to the base!

Since I wanted the large cloud piece to move OFF of the card base itself, I attached it to the tab on the R side of the cut, using the largest piece of foam possible for the most stability.

Make sure it works!

I used an inkpad to accent the edges; if Id had a bit more foresight I would have done this to all of the loose pieces before I attached them. I also would recommend using some sort of tape around the edges of the card to hide the layers if desired. I looked all over for some sort of black washi tape but couldnt find anything before the deadline to send it off, so I didnt do that, but it would cover up the layers if youre not crazy about them.

And done!

The one thing I would like to have added but couldn't figure out how is a "stopper" of some sort. Right now, the tab can be pulled all the way out. Any ideas on how to add something to stop it from doing so, without said stopper showing? Please let me know! Smiley Thanks!
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