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Today is the last day for the March Meet the Maker Instagram challenge. It's the first one I've ever participated in, and I was so excited to see all the BTS action from other creatives around the world. All so very inspirational! I thought I'd post some of the pictures from the challenge here, I got a few of the days mixed up and I missed the first few and some between, but I had so much fun figuring out the different challenges...
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My husband and a friend were playing the Arkham Horror LCG a few weeks ago and to my surprise it didn't come with a bag for the Chaos Tokens, so I ventured forth on making one.
I thought it would be fun to make this my first tutorial. It's fairly simple, good for any beginner/intermediate sewer.
Outer Shell - 1/2 yard cotton print fabric
Inner Lining - 1/2 yard solid cotton broadcloth fabric (or you can self-line the bag with the same material you use for the outer shell)
Satin Ribbon - 48" (Cut in 2 pieces 24" long)
There will be some excess of materials.
1. Cut fabric 9" wide by 10" long (2 pieces of your outer shell and 2 pieces of your lining).
2. Measure 1.75" from the top and 0.5" from the side, cut notch on both sides. Measure from the bottom and from the side 1.5" and cut out bottom corners. Repeat for lining.
Notes for sewing: I'm using a 1/2" seam allowance for everything, unless noted otherwise. Back stitch on dot marks.
3. With the right sides facing each other, sew sides and bottom of outer shell fabric.
4. Sew sides and bottom of lining fabric. Leave about 3" gap in the bottom seam of the lining.
5. Fold corners together to create a boxed bottom.
6. Sew along open edges on both sides, repeat for lining.
7. Turn the lining fabric inside out.
8. Insert lining into the outer shell so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.
9. Sew along top edge.
10. Look at it.
11. Flip so the lining side is out.
12. Pull outer shell from the small gap you left in the bottom of the lining. Not pictured: top stitch or blind stitch the opening in the lining once everything it pulled through.
13. Press the top edge.
14. Fold top edge about 0.5" towards the inside and sew.
15. With the 2 pieces of ribbon you cut earlier, use a safety pin to fish one piece through the pocket.
16. The ribbon will come out the same side. Repeat for the opposite side.
17. Both pieces of ribbon fished through either side. Give it a tug to make sure it pulls correctly before you knot the ends.
18. Knot each side and trim excess ribbon at an angle.
19. OMG you're almost done! PULL!
20. And now you have a proper bag to reveal your fate!
Feel free to comment with questions if any of the instructions aren't clear, happy sewing!!
My ASUS laptop has done well keeping up with me the last five years, but I've been in desperate need of a new computer, so I decided to bite the bullet and go all in for a custom build. I had a very good friend help me pick the parts and put it together, here are the main specs:
I've been researching software to replace Photoshop and Illustrator because Adobe's new subscription based model is absolute garbage and not worth the monthly payment for only using the program once or twice a week at the most. I am admittedly a novice at graphic art and design, but I think I've figured out a pretty basic setup...
KRITA - I was honestly mostly attracted to the UI for this, it's so reminiscent of Photoshop to me. The program itself is great, and considering it's free, the functionality is phenomenal. There are tons of brushes and almost all the same tools as PS and Illustrator, and I've found so many users that have created awesome brush sets as well. Compared to PS, I think the magic wand tool works a bit better. I found there is a paid version, but I've read reviews about the free one being superior. Switching from brush to eraser is probably the most annoying thing so far, it uses the same brush size for both, so when you adjust your size for eraser and go back to your brush, it doesn't revert back to your previous brush size. Here is a demo from their site...
Wacom Tablet - This wasn't much of a necessity, but I've wanted a drawing tablet for years now. I read a ton of reviews saying this was a great beginner's tablet, and they were right. It takes a bit to get used to the sensitivity of the pen and how hovering above the pad works to move the cursor but it's all easily adjustable. I would like more shortcut buttons, my desk is pretty small so I have to put my keyboard aside in order to fit the tablet on my desk comfortably. I have some freelance product development projects coming up I'll need to do some sketches for, looking forward to arranging digital presentations for my clients.
SKETCHUP - I had a few friends recommend this as a good free CAD program. I am very excited to start drafting sewing patterns in CAD because it's much more space efficient than keeping paper patterns stored for ages, I currently have 3 storage boxes filled with them. And I would be able to start providing printable PDF sewing patterns for tutorials on here. Being able to measure edges and points is essential for drafting patterns, since each piece needs to align with the next. There are an abundant amount of tutorials for this and helpful guides in the program to help identify the tools and shortcuts. I started with a basic 2D draft of a pattern I use for my dice bags, its given me a good base for learning the program. And it's incredibly easy to scale the design up and down for marking seam allowances and adjusting for different sizes.
There are a lot more tutorials on drafting patterns in Illustrator, though I've found CAD to be a bit more intuitive with the available tools and ease of use, otherwise I would use Krita. The only issue I've had is the ability to draw curves, there is a separate extension for bezier curves that you'll need to download if you're used to drawing in Illustrator. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of people that use CAD for pattern drafting so it's hard to find information on the specific use, but all my questions are promptly answered through their site or users. It's definitely been a great introduction, can't wait to venture into 3D drafting, I'm already daydreaming about 3D printing tiny things...
Other than exploring these programs, I've been trying to find a good game to dive into, I'm very upset that Horizon Zero Dawn isn't on PC, it seems like something I would really enjoy. So far I've become completely obsessed with Stardew Valley ><
I have decided to publish this site after a draft of it has stagnated in my editor for almost 3 years. The things I make are an extension of myself, my interests and passions, and I'm hoping this will serve as a bit of insight into the things that inspire me and how they develop. Also expect random tutorials, costume studies, DIY, and overall sewing tips that may help fellow internet nomads... oh, and glorious pictures like this...
Thanks for joining me!
cindy guillermo heselton