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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Stab-bound Photo Album Tutorial on: June 06, 2004 08:01:45 PM
I finally got around to making an album of our wedding photos for my mom:




It contains 10 sheets: a title page, eight photo pages, and a blank page at the end (we eloped and took most of the pictures ourselves, so we didn't have a lot). Finished size is 11 1/8" wide by 8 1/2" high.

Instructions are here.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / custom shower curtain on: April 02, 2004 10:11:20 AM
Dismayed by the cost of the shower curtains that I liked in stores ($60CDN!!!), I decided to make my own:



About 2-1/3 yards/2m each of at least two fabrics,  45"/115cm wide
1 package of 12 grommets
1 vinyl shower curtain liner

To determine how much fabric you need, buy the vinyl liner first. The average size seems to be about 70" long by 72" wide; you will want enough fabric that you can piece together a sheet 11" longer and 5" wider than your liner so that you have enough for hemming. Also, a note about grommets: make sure that you buy grommets with holes that are larger than your shower curtain hooks!

Wash and dry the fabric. The curtain is likely going to get wet from time to time, and at least it will be exposed to high humidity while in use, so it should be a fairly resilient fabric - poly/cotton blends work well as they usually don't require much ironing (unless you're the type of person who likes ironing things like shower curtains and sheets, in which case, knock yourself out with 100% cotton!).

Rip the fabric longwise into strips of random width. Since you'll be sewing with a 1/2" seam allowance, the narrowest strip should be at least 3"; my widest was about 14". The nice thing about ripping is that they should all be straight, which makes the next step easier: sew the strips together on the long edges, mixing up the colours and widths however you please, until you have a piece 11" longer than your liner. Cut the width to 5" wider than your liner. Press all the seams toward the bottom of your shower curtain.

For the top hem, fold the top 3" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then fold 3" down again, over the first fold - this will give you three layers of fabric, and no raw edges at the top or bottom. Sew this down about 3/8" from the top of the curtain and again about 3/8" from the bottom of the folded edge. For the bottom hem, fold 2" toward the wrong side of the fabric and then over again, and sew down the same way. For the side hems, fold 1" toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then over again. Your hemmed curtain will be about an inch longer and wider than the liner.

Lay the curtain right-side down on the floor, and place the vinyl liner on top of it so that the top edges are flush and the liner is centered width-wise. Make a mark through each of the holes in the liner, onto the curtain fabric. Follow the instructions on your grommet kit to put the grommets in (they usually come with a little tool and you have to hammer them).

That's about it. The total cost of my curtain, including the vinyl liner, was $22CDN, thanks in part to a great deal on the fabric ($2.42/metre!). It took about 2 hours to complete.

3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Helping children in need in Massachussetts on: March 04, 2004 12:49:54 PM
"Afghan Erin" Rosen-Watson started collecting afghans for children in foster care in Massachussets as a 4H project when she was 13 years old. That was in 2000, and since then she has expanded to helping children in critical care and shelters. She's looking for volunteers to knit/crochet squares or whole afghans, or to help assemble squares into afghans. She also accepts donations of yarn, old knitting/crochet needles, etc.

After discovering that many children enter foster care with few belongings, often carried in garbage bags, she began her "Essential Care Packet Project," in which she assembles basic necessities in a tote or duffle bag. For this project, she's looking for people to sew bags as well as donations of items to fill them. (She even gives the pattern for a tote bag.)

Really rather impressive for a sixteen-year-old.

I bet there are shelters and organizations in other cities that could use similar items, too.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Accordian photo album on: January 21, 2004 08:23:55 AM

I made this book for my husband for Christmas, and filled it with small black-and-white photos from our first year together.

The cover is bookboard covered with wrapping paper, and the pages are 120lb drawing paper with a bit of a stipple to it - I bought 19x25 sheets of it at Michael's and glued it together to make the long strip. Mostly I followed the instructions I wrote out
here, except I added an extra 1/2" fold in each of the valleys to keep the book from swelling when the photos are added.  The ribbon is glued into a shallow channel between the back board and the last sheet of the book.

Finished size is about 5" square and 1" thick, with 12 pages.
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