beltmaking 101 Finally–the long-awaited beltmaking tutorial! way I make my fabric-covered belts has been learned from a mix of trial-and-error and vintage manuals. The supplies are simple, and making a simple pass-through belt is quite easy. I have, however, included instructions for how to add a pronged buckle to a belt and add eyelets. I hope you enjoy, and as usual feel free to ask any questions in the comments! Supplies: 1″ wide stiff belting (available at JoAnns), 1/4 yard fabric at least 45″ wide, buckle for 1″ belt (see sources at the end), pattern paper, thread, scissors, ruler, pins. Begin by measuring your waist and adding 6″ to 8″ inches to the length (I tend to err on the side of more, especially for a belt using a pronged buckle). Cut the belting the length of your waist plus the extra. Using the paper pattern, cut one layer of your fabric. Fold the fabric around the belting, wrong sides out. Gently work the seam to the center of the belting width, and press seam open.
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rostitchery: convertible/infinity dress (this post was originally published on 29 june, 2006, with the title "one seam convertible dress".) have a question? please visit the convertible dress FAQ's. have you made a convertible dress? do you want to see other convertible dresses, share ideas on how to make them, and find ways to make your convertible dress even better? then hop over to flikr and join the convertible dress group! PLEASE NOTE: the instructions for making this dress are available for free but are not to be used for commercial purposes. please do not sell dresses made using these instructions, and do not make copies of the instructions without asking my permission first. thank you! but the version i liked best was the one by monif c., a plus-size designer who makes AMAZING clothes that non-plus size girls can envy. and here, without further ado, is how to make this variation, using ONE SEAM: this is the one and only seam. when the dress is done, it will look like this (that's a 60" measuring tape on the strap):
Making a kilt [From Bobbie Suttie, images copyright Jan Bruyndonckx and used with permission] A Kilt is basically a pleated, wrapped skirt. The back half of the kilt is pleated, the front half (apron) is the made of two overlapping panels. A true kilt is completely handmade. There are some small variations in my version, which I have added for ease of wear, such as adding Velcro across the front of the apron. The expression “The Whole Nine Yards” comes from the fact that a large man’s kilt is made of a nine-yard long piece of tartan material (Editor's note - this is one theory... see references below). Think of a deck of cards, which have been fanned out.
Tatted Mask My tatted mask is made with cotton thread, swarovski crystals and a few small pieces of wire. You will need an intermediate to advanced knowledge of needle or shuttle tatting to complete this project including split rings, josephine knots and adding beads to tatting. This project uses size 10 crochet cotton thread, size 5 tatting needle(or shuttle), 45 3mm/4mm swarovski crystals, 1 piece of wire at 6.5cm and 2 pieces at 17.5cm, jewelry pliers, scissors, steel crochet hook (optional for joins) If you need help learning tatting check out Bella Online or join the tatting group Intatters. This mask as well as many of my other tatted creations can be found in my Etsy store. Happy tatting! The Racer Back One Piece « Pattern School I have to admit to not liking this design very much. While it may be popular and stable, aesthetically it simply doesn’t work. Furthermore, puting them on and taking them off can be quite a stretch. They are comfortable however. The racer back tank suit does help teach a very important lesson. The sketch above represents the pattern we’re about to make. Step One Place the front panel from the tanksuit pattern (without seam allowance) against the back block by lining up the bust line. Step Two Draft in a new armhole curve all the way from the front panel, through to a point on the strap guide 2cm short of the end (as we did for the tanksuit). Step Three Retrace the panels. Step Four For the sake of completeness, I’ve added ths supplementary step to show how to add a hole at the center back.
Indie Arts and Craft ideas: How to make a hooded scarf by Jo Anne Yada Mookychick shows you how to customise an old sweatshirt to make a scarf with a hood attached. It's handy when you don't have a hood on your jacket, and it adds interest to a normal scarf when the hood is down. Start with a long-sleeved sweater. Fleece, knits, anything warm will work. Size L or XL is also best. Cut across the chest, under the sleeves. I used a pattern that I used for my Circus Punks T-shirt re-do and cut out the shape from the body of the sweater. The pattern calls for two pieces to be cut out, which were already there - the front and back. Next, cut the rest of your sweater in a straight line, from sleeve end to sleeve end. Find a piece of scrap that has a seam - probably from the side - and cut it as shown above. Now pin your hood to the scarf, matching the slightly curvy end of the hood to the curve where the neck was. Sew the two together. Now pin the entire length of the scarf and sew all the way from sleeve end to sleeve end.
Sew Your own Clothes, how to sew clothes, how to make your own clothing, crafts of chadds ford, love to sew A Message for the Beginner Seamstress and Fashion Designer Sewing your own clothes can be anything from pajamas to your own winter coat. If you are just starting out, I would suggest that you start with a simple pair of shorts or pants that have an elastic waistband. As you begin to sew more clothes and you become more experienced, than you can go onto more difficult projects. The basic rule for buying patterns for beginner sewers is; buy ones that have elastic for the waist band or just pull over tops and pjs .
Making a Crochet Hook Case: A Tutorial I made myself a crochet hook case last month, and my daughter Autumn has become obsessed with it. Finally I asked her, "Would you like for me to make you a case of your own?" Without blinking she nearly shouted, "Yes!" I asked her what she wanted it to look like, and she said, "I want it to be groovy." Okey, dokey then! Off I went to the fabric store, and brought home some groovy fabric. And so, to make your very own crochet hook case that will be coveted by people everywhere,you will need: ♥ Two fabrics: one main fabric, and a complimentary fabric for the pockets♥ quilt batting or fusible fleece♥ complimentary ribbon♥ two buttons Let's get started! Cut a rectangle from your main fabric 20 x 34 inches. Cut a rectangle from your quilt batting or fusible fleece 20 x 32 inches. If you are using fusible fleece, fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the main fabric according to the manufacturer's directions. If you are using batting, baste it to the sides of the main fabric. Press. Pin and stitch.
Easy Origami Envelope | If you’d like to make these cute little “Flap Lock” Origami Envelopes–all you’ll need is a piece of square paper…any size. I used Christmas scrapbook paper. 1. Fold the paper in half to form a triangle. Make sure your edges are even. 2. 3. fold the right corner about 1/3 of the way to the left. 4. 5. 6. 6. 7. 8. 9. And there you have it! Now scurry off and make a million of these–or at least 24 if you’re using them for the Family Advent Countdown Calendar. Not in the mood to fold your own?