30 July 2005

in the bag

i finally finished SSMDG:VGM (Super Secret Mother's Day Gift: Version Grandmother). yep, it's july, so i'm a little late. the Stepmother version was delivered on-time, but VGM suffered through an extensive debugging process, because a) I sewed the outside bottom on perpendicular to the way I was actually supposed to sew it; and b) i forgot about it for a while, as it was under some other stuff. heh.

anyway. pertinent details: some McCall's pattern for fat quarters. the inside is solids in shades of yellow. as you can see, the front has three pockets, perfect for wooden spoons! or whatever she wants to put in it. my gram recently started going to a fitness class for seniors, so i thought she could use this for her gym stuff. (as an aside, the class is called "Silver Sneakers," which is so adorable it makes my blood sugar rise. gram, who is 85, is the oldest one in the class, and although she thinks the instructor goes too fast, she really likes it, and it's made a big difference, so, three cheers for my gram. when i'm 85 i wanna be just like her.) the green thing tucked into the rightside pocket is a little lanyard for keys, because there's nothing more annoying than having to shuffle through everything just to find your keys.


when i was making this, i was listening to the Dirtbombs, and let me just say, if my sewing machine had a tachometer, it would've redlined.

09 July 2005

i'm not dead yet!

(this update is brought to you by a Dysfunktional Knitter
no, not dead, just been very very busy with non-crafty stuff. but since this is a crafty blog, on with the craft!

firstly, here is my very chic windowsill modeling the first five inches of the Chic Cardigan from Hip Knits.
yarn is Patons Divine in Soft Earth. yep, it's soft! needles are 9s and 10s.

a friend just moved into an apartment where she has her own patio, so she's thinking of starting a garden. i wanted to make her a little housewarming gift, and looking around at all my supplies i got an idea: seed-packet books. i think they turned out pretty cool, so here's my attempt at a Craftster-style tutorial.

ETA: i made the pictures smaller because they were screwing up the sidebar. if anyone wants so see them bigger just let me know.

Seed-Packet Blank Book Tutorial

get together your materials:
-for the double sided paper i used scrapbooking paper. i have a love-hate relationship with scrapbooking, but i do love the papers.
-the card stock in this photo is a little thick, i think. it's the stuff that comes folded up with fat quarters of fabric, almost shoebox thickness. for the second book (morning glory) i used a cut up greeting card, and that worked better.
-the seed packets are martha stewart. the photography and design are lovely, much nicer than on the walmart brand packets! also, the martha stewart stuff grew better. hmm...

1) cut the seed packet on three sides, leaving it glued shut on the left side, which will become the spine of your book
2) cut two pieces of cardboard, each a little bigger than one half of the packet
3) glue the cardboard to the packet like this:
(this was the calendula book. the spine is more narrow than i meant it to be, so the book ended up only having 30 pages)

4) set the cover somewhere to dry...put a weight on it to help it keep its shape
5) now you are going to make a signature...the pages of the book. first, make a template for your pages by tracing around the cover, then using the template to cut your white paper (i used regular office paper). then i cut one piece of the double-sided paper to the template size and put it on the bottom of the stack of pages. (the bottom of this sheet of paper will disappear eventually, so decide which side of the paper you want visible before beginning to sew.) i followed the instructions for signature-making found here.

now you are...

another view...

you want to put glue in the spine and all over the cover, especially on the edges. then match up the spine on the signature to the spine on the cover, and press the endpapers (the bottom pages on the sig) onto the cover.

i used a combination of the paper trimmer and scissors to trim the edges. i haven't quite got the hang of this yet.

now you can put some weights on the book to help it stay shut:

and that's it! i think that...