Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have made about 70 masks for friends and family. Some of the early ones were a bit privative due to a lack of supplies. I had PLENTY of fabric but notions were makeshift. There are tons of YouTube videos on making masks (including mine) if you are interested. But, I have switched up my sewing to making covers for shopping cart handles since our stores have stopped sanitizing them between customers (things are pretty much back to normal around here except for social distancing and masks).
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I'm developing this pattern as I go and this is my first prototype. I decided to let my supplies and tools determine the measurements so it's easy - the fusible fleece is 20" wide and my ruler is 6" wide so 20" X 6" it was! But you could make longer, shorter, wider, or thinner, depending on the shopping cart in your favorite stores. Here's what I did on first attempt.
Velcro product. This 3/4" was wide enough to be sturdy but I am thinking a 1/2" would work well too.
Instead of traditional interfacing/web, I found a fusible fleece which just sounded more sturdy and would create a thicker layer.
Next I cut a strip of the hook/eye velcro type material to about 18". This was the hardest decision in the entire process. You could probably do it with less but I thought this length might prevent the corners from flipping up. Time will tell.
Next I cut two pieces of fabric the same 20" X 6". You could do both pieces in the same fabric but then it won't be reversible. I choose a summer and a fall fabric because I am way to seasonal.
The cut pieces. I did end up skimming off a tiny bit off the sides of the fusible fleece thinking it would reduce bulk in the seams and/or turning process but I don't think it made a difference. I would probably have to go for it and take a good 1/2" on the length and width to clear the seam allowance. Maybe next time I will cut the fleece smaller than the fabrics for ease in turning and flattening seams.
The package calls for a pressing cloth but I just used the other fabric and laid it on top of the fabric + fleece pieces. It worked fine.
I pressed according to the instructions. It ended up with some wrinkles that I had to work out. A couple teeny ones were left but covered up with seams and/or the velcro later. Next time I think I will start in the middle and work outward instead of at an end.
Next I trimmed corners to aid with turning them out and I attempted to trim a little more of the fleece off. However, it wasn't easy or very productive having been ironed on.
I used a tool to push out the corners and also to push out the seams. It wasn't perfect but they are for shopping cart handles. Plus, I am not selling them.
I ironed it as flat as possible - did it a couple times. Next I folded in the seam allowance of the area left open for turning and pressed.
Next I did the same to the fabric B side with the other side of the hook & loop material. But, before I sewed, I made double, triple sure that when folded over the two parts of the velcro would overlap to catch. I didn't worry if they were both perfectly centered - just that I didn't have them on the wrong side of the project.
This is how it should look when rolled (or folded) the two pieces of velcro match up and close the tube.
Monday, January 20, 2020
This was our first time on Norwegian since our very first cruise in 1993 so really it was like a new cruise line for us. The industry has changed so much between 1993 and 2019! I'll add a couple stills and then link my YouTube video below:
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Yup, I usually make my own costumes but this I bought all of it. In fact, I bought three dress, accessories, wigs, and shoes. Gotta love Amazon because I was able to try on at home and send back what I didn't want. All I added from my own closet was the black shoes (not period correct but nondescript enough to pass) and the shorter string of faux pearls. The headdress, long pearls, cigarette holder, pearl bracelet, gloves, feather boa, fishnet stockings, art deco earrings, and fringed dress - all from Amazon.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019
The bromeliad border just finished blooming. I added coleus for color.