Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

Dec. 2010 8

Ruffle Suspenders

OK, Let me start off  by apologizing for the pictures of myself. I took these last Wednesday right when I got home from work. Yes, this is exactly what I wore to work that day. I was a little tired, little frazzled, but at least the clothes were cute :)

Anyways, on with the tutorial!

What you’ll need:

-Ribbon

-3/4″ or 1″ wide elastic

-3 suspender clips

-Fake leather or other sturdy fabric

1. Measure from your waist band (of the pants you’ll wear these with) over your back and down to about where your bra clasp is. If you don’t have a body double, have a friend help. You don’t want to be bending and such when taking the measurements.

Add 2″ to that measurement. That’s your shoulder strap length.

2. Measure from where your bra clasp is to your waist band in the back.

Add 1″. That’s your back strap measurement

3. Cut 2 pieces of elastic shoulder strap length and 1 piece back strap length.

4. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon twice the length of your shoulder strap measurement.  Use a match to lightly melt the ends so the ribbon won’t fray

5. To sew the ribbon to the shoulder strap elastic, first match up one end of the ribbon with the end of the elastic, stitch in place

-As you sew down the length of the elastic you are going to want to stretch it. Use two hands for this; one before the needle and one after. This way you can control the speed and you won’t put extra tension on the needle

6. At one end of each of the shoulder straps, secure the suspender clip as shown:

7. Cut 2 pieces of fake leather. Make the bottom wide enough for one width of elastic and the top wide enough for at least 2.

8. Sew leather together one 3 sides, sewing in the back strap on the bottom edge.

9. Turn right-side out

10. Fold in top edge, tuck in both shoulder strap pieces, sew across top edge to secure.

11. Measure one last time (just to be sure) before you secure your last suspender clip on your back strap

All done!

So fancy and sassy!

Sep. 2010 15

How to sew a cone

It’s no secret that I’m an engineer. I’m probably more proud than I should be about my totally geeky profession, but it works for me. There are some pitfalls when it comes to the mind set of an engineer.When it comes to geometry and math, it must be done right. Don’t get me wrong, I drape, cut to fit, estimate and “make it work” like the best of them but somethings just need to be done right.  If you think math and geometry has no place in crafts, then you have never quilted.

Let me explain the frustration. Recently my eldest sister decided to make a reading tent for her daughters. You’ve seen them before. They kind of look like castles and you hang them from the ceiling. Well, when Kellie realized that having 3 kids under the age of 2 didn’t leave her much time to do sewing projects, I offered to finish it for her (pictures to come later). I looked online at various blogs who had tutorials and I was blow away by the lack of accuracy in making the upper cone portion. I can’t tell you how many just said “cut a circle and adjust to fit.” That’s a giant waste of fabric! So here it is, the right way to make a cone!

A couple variables first

H: The total height of your cone

S:  The length of the sloped side. If this were a triangle instead of the cone, this would be the length of one of the sides.

D: The diameter of the base (circle). If this were a triangle instead of a cone, this would be the length along the bottom of the triangle.

Ok, so now you need to figure out what kind of cone you are going to make. Is it going to be short and fat or tall and skinny? The easy way to figure this out is to compare the diameter of the base to the height of the cone.

For each option, you’ll need to calculate S. Don’t roll your eyes at me. I have a way to cheat. Use this site. For side A type in your value for H. For side B type in your value for 1/2D. Press calculate and side C is your value for S. Moving on…

Here’s option 1. This is a short, fat cone. Your cut out should look something like this. It should be more than a half circle, but less than a whole circle. (If you don’t have Pi on your calculator, use 3.14)

Here’s option 2. If H is equal to D, your cut out will be exactly a semi circle (well, plus seam allowance if you are sewing). Bonus on this on, you don’t even need to calculate Pi * D.

And here’s option 3. This will be a tall, skinny cone. It should be less than a half circle.

Ok, no go forth an make cones correct, the first time, with out guessing….

-Very respectfully,

A very geeky crafter (Jenny)

May. 2010 19

Paper Bows

Never buy bows again!

Ok, maybe not never. But here’s a good option for making bows to match your wrapping paper or just for fun. There are a couple different ways you can go about this. This tutorial will be for making what I call a “mega bow.” It’s almost 8 inches in diameter. I’ll be using large pieces,  in 3 layers, with an 8-point configuration. But this can be done with less layers, smaller pieces and more or less points.

All you need is paper, scissors and tape. (The blue picture to the left is made out of, what else, Post-It notes)

1. Cut 10 pieces 1 in x 4 in

2. Cut 8 pieces 1.5 in x 6 in

3. Cut 8 pieces 2 in x 7 in

4. Fold 8 of the 1 in pieces and all of the 1.5 in and 2 in pieces into cones. Tape in place

5. Tape together 4 of your largest cones.

6. Tape together the last 4 largest cones

7. Continue this for the next two layers

8. Tape 1 on the remaining 1 in pieces into a loop. Tape down to the middle of the bow.

9. Tape the last 1 in pieces into a loop around the loop you made in step 8. Tape this loop down to the bow.

And you’re done!!

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May. 2010 12

Paper Petal Flowers

Another week, another paper craft! This week I’m making another flower. I originally made this using just plain computer paper, but then I remade it using Post-it notes (of course). It’s true, I heart Post-it notes. I’m not going to lie. I use a ton of them at work, and now in crafts as well. I figure they are readily available, they come in amazing colors, and they are the same color on both sides. Awesome. So, you can use whatever paper you’d like, but you know what I  recommend….

What you’ll need:

  • Post-it notes (or other paper)
  • Tape
  • Scissors

1. Trace the inner circle (about 1″ in diameter) of your roll of tape to create 14 petals.

2. At the bottom of each circle, draw a straight line roughly 1/3″ long.

3. Draw a straight line connecting the bottom straight line to each side

4. Cut out each petal

***Bonus step: if you want, use fancy scissors to cut a wavy pattern around the top edge of your petal***

***Or, use a highlighter to trace the top edge of the petal***

5. Fold the bottom edge of the petal using a “Z” fold

6. Draw out the base of your flower using the inner circle of the roll of tape. You want 6 petals. Cut this out

6. Tape a ring of petals down. You want top edge of the petal to be in between the petals on the base.


7. Tape a second ring of petals down inside the first. The round edge of these petals will line up with the round edge of the base petals.

8. Tape down the last two petals.

9. Fluff the petals and your done!

Here are some of mine: