This is a step by step tutorial on how you can make a simple bag for your cosplay.
This tutorial fits all kinds of fabrics and for this bag I used white faux leather. When working with faux leather remember that it melts under high temperatures, if you plan on ironing it use low temperature and a towel in between the iron and fabric. Also remember that when you sew in the fabric the needle marks will be visible even if you take the thread away so make sure not to sew wrongly.
1. Decide the measurements you want on the bag (this one is 10x14x2.5 cm). Remember to make the back piece longer than the front piece so it kan be used as a lid. To do this add the length of the height of the bag together with the side and the leght you want the lid to be. Cut out the parts in a fabric with at least 0.5 cm seam allowance. The fabric I used was a white faux leather.
2. Place the right sides of the front and side pieces together and sew along the marked line. (A good idea is to sew all the way over the seam allowance at the top but to not sew over the seam allowance at the bottom. This will make it easier to later fix the upper edge and to sew in the bottom piece.)
3. Sew together the back piece with the sides. (Do not sew all the way over the seam allowance this time since you want to be able to fold the seam allowance down later.)
4. I like to sew the bottom piece of bags on by hand. This gives you more control and the risk that the sides twists because the corners got sewed on a bit off lessens.
5. Cut out a new piece that will be the inside of your lid. Make it a bit longer than the lid actually is.
6. Put together the right sides of the lid pieces and sew like the green line shows, not all the way down the sides of the lid.
7. Turn the lid part inside out and sew on the velcro or snap fastener so you can close the lid later. (If you want you can sew the velcro on after step 5, but I like to do it here since I feel it gives me a bit more control where to place it.)
8. Flip the lid inside out again and sew the sides of the lid together.
9. Cut the seam allowance’s corners of the lid, making sure not to cut of the thread, and flip the lid inside out. Take a pointy object like a chopstick or a pen and point the corners of the lid out so the get a nice edge.
10. Sew along the edge of the lid to make it lay flat and give it a bit of detail.
11. Flip the rest of the bag inside out and sew on the other part of the velcro or snap fastener on the front of the bag.
12. If you like to be able to have the bag on a belt like this one or hang it over your shoulder in a strap this is the step to add a piece of fabric on the back to pass the belt through or add the strap at the sides of the bag.
If you want a more soft look on the bag you can skip step 13 and 14 and jump directly to step 15.
13. To get a more square looking bag measure the inside of your bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I like to use cereal boxes for this part). Make sure to measure all the way up on the seam allowance since you want to be able to fold a bit of the fabric down over the fabric.
14. Glue the cardboard to the inside of the bag.
15. Glue and fold down the edge of the upper part of the bag. A good way to keep the edge in place while it dry is to use clothespins, just make sure you don’t get glue on them.
16. Glue the leftover of the inner lid piece to the bag so it stays in place.
@vraik tagged me in a fic-self-promotion meme, so here we are. I figured I’d dig down and go a bit outside the Morose Vampire Stuff I am probably known for at present. So.
15 Minutes Above the Fold My first actual big fic/art project, a super niche Back To The Future AU told through the front page of the Hill Valley Telegraph. I’m honestly quite proud of this despite it boiling down basically to a structure determined by the idea for a final gag. Image-heavy, not transcribed into a format friendly to visually impaired readers (sorry).
When We Had Gone Astray The Christmas Fic. Heartwarming. Original Lovecraft-flavored Herbert West: Reanimator fic, from the perspective of the Narrator during WWII. I had such fun researching era-appropriate slang and vulgarity for this one, and honestly. Major Sir Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee is such a fun target. Gay sex, violence, and obsession, as though that’s any surprise where the Prettiest Blond Scientist is concerned.
I Might as Well Be Loving Air This story proceeds from the very simple question of what might have happened to Dan Cain if Re-Animator had, in fact, ended in Herbert’s actual death. Answer: Crawford Tillenghast gets a lovely boyfriend with some… unnerving habits. It’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine. Arkham’s an odd town.
indifference is the least we have to dread from man or beast Beyond Beyond Re-Animator, in which Herb goes from the prison to the home of one Daniel Cain for a visit, and Dan has to look back and reassess his relationship with the monster he sent to prison so many years ago. Part of a longer series, but can be read alone. Contains cats.
Cost of Living This is 230k of a stupid crossover idea handled dead (ha ha) seriously. In 1986, Lestat acquires a scientist. Herbert West acquires a test subject. Everyone gets on like a house on fire, and their subsequent interactions at the Night Island vampire colony and beyond affect the lives and unlives of many over the next ten years.
I’ll tag… @monstersinthecosmos and any other mutuals who write fic (in my sleepiness I’m having trouble naming names!)
Brace yourselves. This is the story of how I made a slow descent into madness.
I met the Maline* family the third day I arrived in France. I had already skyped the mother twice the week prior and had fallen in love with her vivacious spirit. Marie*, we will call her. She was warm and sunny. She had long auburn curls and an infectious smile. I could just tell she was the most popular mom in the neighborhood. She already had two babysitters, but she was looking for a live-in english tutor. She assured me that my *sole* responsibility was to help them with their english homework and babysit them every now again. Weekends were completely mine and I received weekly pay on top of free housing, a phone, and money for transportation. Who would turn down a deal like that?
The Warm Welcome
Three months ago, Marie picked up my mother and me from our hotel promptly at noon. Her energy was through the roof. She was excited to meet us and my energy quickly matched hers. Their home was something of Martha Stewart perfection. Every room was immaculate, carefully constructed to allude the perfect balance between elegance and modesty.
Hugging the entire back of the house were 5 shuttered French doors, which on this first visit were completely open to allow in the sun’s natural light. In the backyard were two little boys, ages 6 and 9, bonding over soccer with their father. In the living room was the eldest daughter, age 12, intensely focused, practicing the drums for an upcoming recital.
What I loved most about my surroundings were the decorative artifacts in every corner of the house. Congolese masks in the office, Russian dolls in the den, Japanese art above the oven. They were trying to make a statement, for sure. “Not only are we well traveled, but we fully embrace other cultures within our home!” Honestly I dug it. It was a nice touch to an otherwise vanilla home.
After having a 5 course meal complete with red wine AND Champagne, Marie asked me when I was planning to move home. HOME. Whether this was a result of broken english or not, I took this as a sign that she already saw me as one of the family. I looked over to my mother & had an Orphan Annie moment.
I moved in a couple days later, believing fully that this was the best gift I could have received in my move.
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Old vaccines have been reformulated with higher costs. New ones have entered the market at once-unthinkable prices. Together, since 1986, they have pushed up the average cost to fully vaccinate a child with private insurance to the age of 18 to $2,192 from $100, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with deep discounts, the costs for the federal government, which buys half of all vaccines for the nation’s children, have increased 15-fold during that period. The most expensive shot for young children in Dr. Irvin’s refrigerator is Prevnar 13, which prevents diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria, from ear infections to pneumonia.
Like many vaccines, Prevnar requires multiple jabs. Each shot is priced at $136, and every child in the United States is required to get four doses before entering school. Pfizer, the sole manufacturer, had revenues of nearly $4 billion from its Prevnar vaccine line last year, about double what it made from high-profile drugs like Lipitor and Viagra, which now face generic competitors.
you can make a fucking heavenly bed out of $50 or less if you find better deals than i did.
here’s a picture of the bed i made out of two goodwill comforters ($15 & $16) folded on themselves three times, two foams from walmart ($7 each) (+a mattress foam i already had), a mattress cover from goodwill ($10) wrapping it all together, and a fitted sheet from walmart on top ($10 for a fitted sheet, a sheet and two pillow covers). all in all it was a $55 deal, which is still pretty pricey but let me tell you this feels like sleeping on a CLOUD if you know how to fold them (tip: make it REALLY NARROW, so its way THICKER).
the only drawback is that i had to go to a laundromat to wash my goodwill comforters, and it was fucking $20 to use two washers and two driers (i broke down & cried a little.) but hopefully wherever you live you either have your own washer or laundromats ARENT FUCKING $20.
also this is a good opportunity to mention if u wanna help me cover my moving costs u can donate to my paypal email@example.com
I WILL KEEP THE BAD THINGS FROM YOU; for your cute indie lover [listen] or, there’s no place else i could be but here in your arms
maybe - emma bunton | i will follow you into the dark - death cab for cutie | here (in your arms) - hellogoodbye | chasing cars - snow patrol | baby i’m yours - arctic monkeys | kiss me - sixpence none the richer | such great heights - the postal service | rock scissors paper - jaymay | i always knew - the vaccines | i just do - dear and the headlights | the luckiest - ben folds