no sew project

How to make arm wraps without actually using arm wraps!

So recently as some of you may know I had to figure out how to make these green arm wraps in the picture below

I wanted them to be one piece so that they wouldn’t have to be adjusted throughout the day if parts decided to slip, especially since the original plan was to tuck the shirt into them, *edit: l guess it should be added that we wanted something that not only wouldn’t have to be adjusted but something that wouldn’t have to be wrapped and was made of a more durable cloth like material.* I searched the internet for a while but couldn’t find anything too helpful so I decided to make it up as I went along and took pictures so I could share in the event it worked. (It did)
This process should work for just about any wrap you want to create for instance things like this as well…

There isn’t much to it but I took a lot of pictures, so here we go.
First things first, you’ll want to wrap what ever part of your body you are making the wrap for in plastic wrap (we use this method frequently). Mine was just the forearm so it looked like this

Then wrap it again in tape, masking tape works nicely.

After that you want to draw where the seam is going to be and cut along it like so

Once you have the piece disconnected from your body you want to flatten it, I placed my piece under a pile of binders for about a day

While you are waiting you can get started on the strips of fabric you’ll be using later. Figure out how thick you want the bands to look and measure them out of the fabric you are using

Don"t forget to add a seam allowance, like I did. The length of the strips doesn’t really matter right now, as long as it’s long enough to wrap around your arm once you should be fine. I cut out 12 to be on the safe side. You should have something like this.

Once I had the strips cut out I folded the seam allowance over on all of them, this made it easier later when I attached them to the main piece.

You can then put the strips to the side and go back to the main pattern piece. For the forearm it should look something like this once flattened

You’ll want to clean up the edges with the plastic hanging off and then transfer the pattern piece onto a piece of paper, again making sure to add seam allowance around the edges.

Once you’ve traced around the whole thing you can cut it out and that will be the pattern for the main piece of your arm wrap. Use the pattern to cut out a piece in the fabric you are using and together with your straps your pieces should look like this.

You want to sew on the strips one at a time, starting from one end then making your way to the other. I started from the bottom. Pin the strip onto the main piece along the hem you already created like this

You then want to sew the strip down along the top and bottom edge. There will be fabric hanging off from the strip, you want your seam to stay in between the edges of the main piece. After that is sewn on cut off any extra material from the strip.

It should look something like this

Continue with the other strips. I attached mine diagonally for the most part. When I was done attaching my strips (I only used 6) this is what I had.

Sew your side seams together.

And then hem the top and bottom.

Viola! You should have an arm (body) wrap that you won’t have to wrap!

(I didn’t hem the top because I attached it directly to the shirt)
Also it should be noted stretch material should probably be used. 
Hope it helps someone! :)

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Finally took pictures! This is my completed “Wheel of Sacrifice” skirt from the Suffering Game arc of The Adventure Zone! 

It was my first time making a skirt, a waistband, a sash, and inserting a zipper- this whole skirt was full of firsts!
It was a lot of fun, though painting on the symbols by hand did get a little tiring at times. 

What’s more, you might recognize some of the symbols as being from the TAZ Animated Opening - the Cat Skull, Clock/Hourglass, and Eye with Knife symbols all belong to @teamrtist and @skinnymister who kindly allowed me to use them on my skirt.

I’ll make a close-up post of all the symbols in a moment, so look out for that!
You can find them HERE!

The Signs as Fairies
  • Aries: a little trickster who likes to mess with humans by moving objects like their keys, sometimes they even mess with other fae, they'll take things sometimes but always leave gifts like stones and flowers in return, they glow like embers
  • Taurus: relishes in beauty, collecting gems and shiny things, surrounding themselves with flowers, lives in solitude and is scared of nothing, often revealing themselves to humans, they shine like gold and have wings like corn-silk
  • Gemini: likes to tease humans and other fae alike, they are social and live in the trees, they especially enjoy technology and may mess with phones or anything particularly shiny, they decorate themselves with feathers and flit about so fast they're hard to see
  • Cancer: quiet, shy and gentle, Cancer fairies take care of animals and do helpful little things for any near humans, they live in small groups near water and you might spot them dancing across rain puddles, their eyes are like opals and their skin glows with the light of the moon
  • Leo: these pretty fairies collect shiny bits and pieces and like to hoard away pretty gems and maybe your jewelry, they are highly social and can't stand to be alone, they are very protective of their loved ones and home, they often reveal themselves to human children, they are like small stars and dance with fireflies
  • Virgo: these fairies will often help humans by cleaning their homes or finishing small projects like sewing, they are healers and take care of the animals of the forest, they make their homes in the trees and take refuge with the birds, they blend into the forest, decorating their skin with the earth and leaves
  • Libra: harmony is important to Libran fae, they live in small groups and build their own societies, they keep the forests and gardens they live in safe and healthy, they often twitter in human's ears, they glimmer like Venus in the night sky, skin like clouds and smiles like the horizon
  • Scorpio: these fairies live alone and are usually found near water, they are very hard to find and will cast spells on humans who dare to come near, they sometimes seek out humans but are very very shy, they have dark eyes that hold all of the world's secrets and their skin is painted in intricate patterns
  • Sagittarius: these little fairies are bold and brave, they often don't live together only because they are so busy exploring and collecting trinkets, Sagittarian fairies are very social and often play with human children, their whole being shines and flickers like a flame
  • Capricorn: Capricorn fae are quiet and reserved, they live in gardens or forests and take care of the plants there, they live in the earth and gather crystals, they also help humans out around the house by cleaning and sneak ingredients into your food to make it better, their skin is constantly stained with earth yet it still glimmers like mica
  • Aquarius: they live to serve other fae, humans, and animals, they live in groups of fairies and like to play games and tease humans but also do little things to assist them, they play with birds and butterflies and decorate themselves with flowers, their skin is marked like a blue jay's wings and they shine like the moon through a layer of clouds
  • Pisces: little Pisces fae are always kind to all beings, they live in or near water, they play with animals of all kinds and help them, they often grant humans bits of preternatural knowledge, their skin is pearlescent and their eyes shine like light on water and their wings are like the night sky
The Making of the Shoebox House, Part 2

For the further decorations, I started by sewing two pillows. I used liquid glue on the edges again to keep the fabric from fraying after I cut it.


I sewed them together with a blanket stitch and filled them with cotton stuffing.


I tried one with the stitch on the outside and one on the inside. I’m not sure which I like better.


For September’s shelves, I folded printed paper into an origami pattern…


…to get these little cubes.


For Saturday’s shelves and the kitchen shelves, I used white cardboard from a cereal box. I glued the shelves onto the walls by tilting the box to help them stay in place easier. At this point, I also glued the beach print to the inside of the lid.


Next, I printed out several book covers at a small size.


I cut out long strips of paper measured to fit inside with my cutter and glued one stripe to the inside of each book’s front cover.


I folded the paper strip in a zig zag pattern and then added glue to the back to create the pages of the book.


With that done, I added the pillows to the beds and placed them back in the room.


Then I added the decorations, adding the side table with the pin and clock again, adding books to the shelves and putting the shell and white pawn on top.

On Saturday’s side I added the magazines, flowerpot and black pawn. With these details, I felt happy about the bedroom. That only left the lower room.

To be continued.

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New item: Mini Pillows are now live in the shop! You can get either a Project Box - fabric, interfacing, stuffing and instructions included (great for an intro into sewing!) - or as stand alone prints for your own creative project ideas. I can’t wait to make a pouch with one and pair it with the matching bones or witch print. Each are hand screen printed with water-based inks on 100% cotton.

Purr Purr Purr

Blame that trailer.


“Did you hear that?” Sabine glanced at her husband with a frown.

They were just about to head off to bed, when they heard the odd noises from Marinette’s room.

“Maybe she is working on a sewing project again?” Tom suggested while glancing at the roof of the kitchen. She didn’t have school tomorrow, so it wasn’t really a problem if she wanted to stay late.

“No, listen carefully.” Sabine motioned for him to be silent.

The noises from the streets weren’t that audible, but the odd sounds coming from Marinette’s room were. It sounded familiar but still weird.

“Maybe we should check on her.” he suggested and Sabine nodded.

They went up the stairs, trying to not to make too much noise. Once they reached the trap door, the sounds were very clear. Purring. Tom and Sabine exchanged a glance. Marinette wasn’t allowed with pets in the bakery. Did she just find an injured stray and took it in? Knowing Marinette, it was possible. But she should have told them about it. They exchanged a look and Sabine gestured for Tom to open the trapdoor.

They certainly didn’t expect to find their daughter cuddling with Chat Noir.

“Marinette?”


Marinette giggled against Chat’s lips as she stroked one of his ears. “I still can’t believe you purr.”

Chat, seemed pretty much gone, his face was red and he had an open-mouthed smile. If she had to take a wild guess, she would say he was close to drooling.

“Oh, minou, minou.” she cooed while petting him. “Who is the most adorable kitty ever?”

Chat’s purrs got even louder as he answered. “Meeeee.”

She stopped abruptly, making Chat whine. Then, she laid back on the chaise, opening her arms wide. “Here, Chaton.”

He lunged into her arms and rested his head against her chest purring loudly while Marinette cuddled him. She really loved his cat tendencies. It was way too adorable. Maybe they could even go to sleep now. Hm…

“Marinette?”

She almost jumped out of her skin and screamed when she noticed her parents looking at her. Even Chat stopped purring and looked up in alarm.

“Maman, papa, I can explain.”

Well, no, she couldn’t really. How do you explain to your parents that you are cuddling with a superhero because his cat tendencies made him adorable beyond possibility and you couldn’t resist?

“Don’t worry honey.” her father said, taking his phone out and snapping a picture. “Chat Noir, you should come to dinner sometimes.”

Sabine nodded along. “Yes, yes. We will leave you two now.” she took Tom’s arm and guided him back down the stairs and followed. Before she closed the trapdoor she smiled at Marinette.

“Don’t forget you have condoms in your nightstand, dear.”

“MAMAN!”

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When you precariously balance your mannequin on top of a box on top of a coffee table so you can trim the hem…

What the heck is Bias Tape and how do I make it?!?

Great question! I had this exact question (without the great phrasing) when I asked my grandma, “how do I make the trim thing around the apron?!” To which her response was, “you make bias tape!!”

Now, this led into an entire other conversation about bias tape, what it is and what it’s used for. To avoid using my own poorly worded version, here is the definition from Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing:

“Bias tapes are fabric strips of varying widths, with prefolded edges. Suitable for curved hems, or as casing. Double-fold type is folded in half (off center) for quick use as binding.“

Well that’s great and all, but we need to dig a bit deeper to get the true meaning of the bias. What we really want is info about bias strips.

“Bias strips are bands of fabric cut on the true bias (that is, any diagonal at a 45-degree angle to the lengthwise or crosswise grain).“

That’s the definition we really want and with that we can proceed with learning on how to make bias strips and bias tape!!

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Well I’ve had fun the past two days sewing!

One of the very first fiber accessories I bought for myself was a hook case. It looked like someone had taken my grandmothers couch and tore it apart to make it. I thought I’d just replace it someday, but I’ve never seen anything as functional as it.

I’ve been desiring to quilt lately but don’t have the money to do so. Instead, with what I had I made these!

I took my old case and patterned it out. The only hard part about this was the binding. I can never get it even 😓

The stripe one was my prototype and the yellow one I refined. These were a lot of fun to make! Maybe I’ll sell them someday