Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #21 Round Up

We asked the Iron Crafters to create something creepy, spooky or scary for this challenge. The projects may have been a little more spookdorable than scary, but they were still great.

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Iron Craft #21 - Creepy, Spooky and Scary
Kathee
There are loops so they can be put on a tree.
Just Crafty Enough – Kat
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Dr. Russ
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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge 21 – Spooky Papercut Candle Covers

With Halloween next week, the current Iron Craft challenge was to make something creepy, spooky, or scary. I channeled iron crafter Dr. Russ and made papercut haunted village and graveyard candle covers.
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I love doing things like this for different holidays because it isn’t permanent, so I can cover the glass candle holders with something else for the next holiday. Also once you own the candle holders all you need to buy is a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock which costs about $1, most of the other supplies will probably already be in your craft room. I chose to use cardstock because it is stiff enough to stand up straight.
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It also isn’t very hard to do, especially since haunted villages and creepy graveyards don’t require straight lines. Actually, crooked lines look best.

Spooky Papercut Candle Covers

Supplies:

  • glass candle holders with straight sides, flared sides will be much harder to fit a design around. My holders were 11″ around by 7″ and 4″ tall.(I found all different sizes of these at the dollar store.)
  • black cardstock (I used one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock from the scrapbooking section and used it to cover both candles. The amount you need to depend on the size candle holders you use.)
  • measuring tape (optional)
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • exacto knife
  • cutting mat
  • paper scissors
  • glue
  • glue stick (optional)

1. Measure around your candle. You can do this with a measuring tape or just wrap the paper around and mark it.
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Draw a line making the width, so you know how long your image can be.

2. On the back of the cardstock draw out your image with the pencil.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 21  - Spooky Papercut Candle Covers
I looked at images online to give me some ideas and then just went ahead and freehanded it. When you are doing the design remember that it need to overlap at the ends about 1/4″ at least at the bottom so you can make a circle to go around the candle. (If you are covering a candle that is bigger around, you may need to piece a couple papercuts together.)

3. Using the exacto knife and scissors cut out the image. On the haunted village, I used the knife to do the windows and scissors for the outside.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 21  - Spooky Papercut Candle Covers
You can see the tab I left at the bottom to glue it together. There is no windows on the opposite side at that point so the tab will be hidden inside.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 21  - Spooky Papercut Candle Covers
The village was really simple to do, while the graveyard took a little more concentration to make sure I was cutting out the correct pieces, especially with the fence. I used the exacto knife for this whole piece.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 21  - Spooky Papercut Candle Covers
On this one, the bottom of the tree overlaps right up to the edge of the opening of the fence on the other side.

4. Glue into a ring that fits around your candle holder and slip on.
Iron Craft '16 Challenge 21  - Spooky Papercut Candle Covers
The papercut will not cling around the edge of the glass especially at the roof eaves and the tree branches. You can leave this like it is or you can tack the parts the stick out down. I tried a couple different things and the one that held things down best was glue stick. If you smear some glue on your candle and wipes off easily with a damp paper towel.

5. Put a candle inside. With the village candle I found it looked best with a shorter candle than I would normally put in the holder. This lit up a lot more of the windows.

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13 Halloween Costume Tutorials and Ideas

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Kristoff
Frozen Princess Dress
Bacon and Eggs
Evil Queen in three parts, dress, cape, headpiece and crown
Princess Towel Dress II
DJ Lance Hat
Little Bird
Dorothy
Word Girl
Godzilla
Mini Top Hat
Princess Towel Dress I
Rosie the Riveter

Oh make that 14! Don’t forget this years Zarina the Fairy costume.
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Stitch Lab Updates: Candy Corn Sachet

Here is a quick little project that one of the student’s in the Stitch Lab created. Its a Candy Corn Sachet. Voila!

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The inspiration and the basis for the pattern are found on Chico and Jo right here. Here is how their’s looks:
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And here is ours:
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We crafted ours following the directions for the pattern as shown. But we made it out of fleece instead of felt. So our seam allowances are different, and the seams are different. So our finished sachet is smaller than the one on the web.
This was a great project for a beginner sewer. Fun, easy, and satisfying results.
Happy stitching!

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #21 – Creepy, Spooky and Scary

It’s everywhere, Halloween is coming! So, let’s get into the spirit and create creepy, spooky or scary projects! Personally, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to craft for! Here are 19 projects from our archives.
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Row 1: Creepy House Luminaries
Row 2: Mad Scientist Body Part Jars, Zombie Siamese Twin Dolls, Doll Faced Candles and Other Creepy Glassware
Row 3: Snake Candleholders, Tomato Cage Ghosts, Paper Strip Pumpkins
Row 4: Cheesy Pumpkin Guts, Knit Black Owl, Graveyard Terrarium
Row 5: Harvest Campfire Cocktail, Spider Lampshade, Zombie Baby Head
Row 6: Spider Wreath, Bead Spiders, Spider Napkin Rings
Row 7: Reversible Trick or Treat Bag, Spider Garland, Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Skulls

Reveal day is Tuesday, October 25th. Please only post in progress pictures before that date. Tag photos with IC1621 and Iron Craft.

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Project: Zarina The Fairy

In the movie “The Pirate Fairy,” Zarina, the main character, begins as an ordinary fairy in the Pixie Hollow community. My daughter asked me for a costume and she was very specific about how she wanted it to look, “I want to be Zarina, but not the Pirate, just the regular fairy girl.” With that request, I set off.

"THE PIRATE FAIRY" (Pictured) ZARINA. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“THE PIRATE FAIRY” (Pictured) ZARINA. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

There are not many pictures to go by! So here is my inspiration. You too can create this costume for your unconventional fairy!

Zarina (before she was a pirate) Costume

If you are sewing from patterns I have not seen any “working in Pixie Hollow” type of patterns. There are scads of princess/flying fairy dresses, but not the kind of “villagers” that we were after.  If you are not comfortable making your own patterns, I did find this McCalls pattern that would take you 9/10 of the way there. You could modify the hem line of the tunic top and you would be pretty close.

Supplies:

  • Brown stretch knit cotton (for pants)
  • Brown “ultra suede” (for the vest)
  • Golden stretch knit (for the tunic)
  • Green “ultra suede” (for the belt and the boots)

Let me show you what I made, and what I used as patterns.
For the tunic I used a tank top that fits perfectly. I cut it longer than the tank top (but this one is really long to begin with) and I flared it at the bottom. I also gave the bottom a scoop shape.
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For this piece I did a simple (single turn down) hem at the arms, the neck, and the bottom. I got a little bit fancy at the neck line and did a little “cut” straight down. The way I attempted this was to make three sides of a button hole and then just cut down into it. The knit fabric tricked me a little bit, but hey, for this little costume, it is okay if the finishing was a little “rough”, because her actual tunic is a little rough in the movie.
I patterned the vest after a white denim vest that we have already.
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For this piece I used the brown “ultra suede. Here is the truth: you cut this out and sew the shoulders and the side seams and you are done. The “ultra suede” is so easy that it does not need to be hemmed. !! Just trim and go!
For the pants I used a little pair of shorts that we have as the pattern.
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These are not leggings or tights, so the results are the perfect pair of woodland pixie crop pants. These are “advanced beginner” in difficulty.
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I put the piece I want to copy onto craft paper and trace out a pattern. I cut the craft paper out, and usually I add a seam allowance while I am cutting. Here you can see that I have added the seam allowance as I cut (the blue line is my trace, and the fabric is cut about 5/8 inch away from that. ) Sew the leg seams, attach the legs together at the crotch. Then turn down a single fold at the waist, and insert elastic. For the bottom hem I made a funny cut. The hemline turns up and has a rounded slit on the outside edge of the leg. These are made of the knit fabric, so the good news is they stretch. The bad news is that they will look better hemmed.

And here I offer the finished look at a fitting (this is without the wings. We’ll get into that later. Let’s just say for now – go buy the wings.)
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I am happy with my little “not a Pirate” Fairy.

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Cosplay Costume: Hetalia Chibitalia

I am offering a Cosplay/Costume sewing class at the middle school. When I started talking about it, I realized that I did not know ANY of the characters that the girls wanted to make. One girl said she wanted to make the dress for Hetalia Chibitalia. Can I show you? Here is what she wanted.
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Here is what she created.
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Really, her joy in this dress just radiates off the page. I had a parental-pride moment here and this is not even my daughter. WOW was this a success!!!! This Stitch Lab girl is eleven. Can you even stand it? Eleven and she produced this gem!!!
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When she first told me who she wanted to be and showed me the picture I thought we could make a great dress like that. It’s super conservative all things considered. So, I started asking questions to make sure we were going to get what this anime fan had envisioned. I said something about “her hat/kerchief” and she got very quiet. She said, “Miss Susi, that’s a boy.”
“Oh.”

That was still a really sweet little dress, but clearly, I was going to need more information. What is the symbolism behind this character?  I figured out that I should really get parental approval for ALL the costumes. So I made up a form. Students were required to fill in the name of the character, what the character represents in the story, and what pattern we are going to use. They needed my approval for the pattern (to make sure their sewing skills met what the pattern called for) and they needed parental approval on the whole thing. I wanted to be sure that no one was asking to make “The Empress of the Dark Nights of the Abyss in the Forest”. The costume also had to have a certain “taste level” (as our beloved Nina Garcia (Project Runway Judge) would so aptly remind us.)
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We found this pattern for Alice in Wonderland and thought we had a great match. We modified the blue dress to suit our character.

  • First we made a lining for the top and tried that on. We modified the fit of the outside layer baised on that initial fitting.
  • We added long sleeves to the bottom of the puff. That pattern piece was already there for the witch costume, so that was an easy piece to add.
  • We sewed the eyelet trim on the bottom of the skirt.
  • We used a very wide gross grain ribbon for the bow in the back and 2″ ribbon for the straps.
  • We added a Pellon foam product to the sleeve caps to make them stand up a little bit more.

My little friend was on a tight deadline to finish this in time to wear to San Jose’s first ever Comic Con. I had the occasion to be downtown for something unrelated and I can tell you the city was in grid lock. The traffic and the crowds were AMAZING.
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Here she is with her wig on at Comic Con. She almost looks like an Anime character there! I have to believe that it was a wild flaming success. From the perspective of my lovely Hetalia, it was tons of fun!!!

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What’s New in Costumes

On my last trip to JoAnns, one of the ladies was shelving new fabrics. This is always exciting to see, but this day was particularly exciting to me because the new fabrics were for a line of “cosplay” costumes!!!! They are directly addressing the Anime and Comicon craze. I guess that some of these patterns and some of these fabrics were made available for the Halloween season last year. But I never saw them. This year they are expanding the line, and hitting the Comicon and convention circut dates too, not just Halloween.  Let’s back up for a second. I teach 10-13 year olds that have exposed me to a whole new vocabulary. So if you do not have a pack of 11 year olds in your life, and you have not heard of these things let me just offer some background.

Anime:an·i·me
ˈanəˌmā/
noun
a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Cosplay: cos·play
ˈkäzˌplā,ˈkäsˌplā/
noun
noun: cosplay
1.
the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.
verb
verb: cosplay; 3rd person present: cosplays; gerund or present participle: cosplaying; past tense: cosplayed; past participle: cosplayed
1.
engage in cosplay.

Kat and I joke sometimes about the different lines of fabric on the shelves at JoAnn’s. “what on EARTH would you make with “that” ?” (We live far apart, so these funny conversations are texts with pictures. We “virtual shop” together.) There are rows and rows of velvet burn-out and sheers, and sheers with petals or flowers attached… There is a line that would suit the whole “Frozen” empire. There are fabrics really only appropriate for bright bridesmaid dresses. And then there is the “performance” fabric. This is all the very glittery sparkly super-stretch in every direction. I really would only use this stuff in a costume. But recently my daughter has become much more serious about ice skating so I have looked at these fabrics in a much more focused light.
The new line of Cosplay fabrics is WAY beyond any of that. There is a line of sparkling fabric in a whole rainbow of colors that has the strength and texture of neoprene, but none of the volume, and it breathes. !!!! There are several selections that look like armor!!! With rivets!!!! You actually have to go touch this stuff to feel that it is not metal.

Here is a link to the company that is producing the fabric.
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Here is a link to the line on JoAnn’s site
Fabrics at JoAnns.
And to boot, there is a line of patterns that have come out that incorporate these new fabrics.
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A Dr. Who dress!!!

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And this pattern, where the one dress is renaissance, but on the right, done in an emerald metallic animal skin-print. It is some sort of fantastical rendition of the dress. Wowsa.
And of course there are some selections that speak directly to the Anime heros
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This one is popular with my girls. “Sailor Moon”! (Oh that made me chuckle. I know I am showing my age here. The girls swooned when they saw this pattern. They all said “Sailor Moon!” in a dreamy whisper. I looked at the picture again. And I thought to myself “moon” I see, there on the stick, but “sailor” Uhm, that is a sincere stretch find the nautical reference. But okay. Thank you for teaching me her name.)
As a teacher I want to set them up to do projects that are past the scope of what they could do at home. As a Mom I want to send home things that parents can appreciate. And, as a Mom I am trying to find things that will not make the “growing-up-fast” train go any faster. I am going to use all my power to hold them at 11 and not jump to 19. There is such a rich sweetness at 11 and 12. Can we all just grab onto that when we see it?
This fabric and pattern line inspired me to offer a new class: Costume Making. We will see how many of my darling Stitch Lab veterans want to sign up. I’ll keep you posted.

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13 Halloween Costume Tutorials and Ideas

costumes2015

Kristoff
Frozen Princess Dress
Bacon and Eggs
Evil Queen in three parts, dress, cape, headpiece and crown
Princess Towel Dress II
DJ Lance Hat
Little Bird
Dorothy
Word Girl
Godzilla
Mini Top Hat
Princess Towel Dress I
Rosie the Riveter

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Project: Halloween Bunting

I am ready for some Halloween Crafting.
I found this GREAT Halloween fabric to use over the summer and I was bound and determined not to just let this transition from “inspiration” to “stash”. I am going to break this down into a VERY detailed step-by- step tutorial so that you can have the same glorious success if you choose to embark on this project.
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Halloween Bunting

Supplies:

  • one panel of the Sew Scary Halloween triangles
  • rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat are all helpful
  • 1 yd of backing fabric (optional, but doubles the size of your bunting)
  • rick-rack trim or ribbon to hang bunting

The pre-printed panel here has 18 triangles. They figure some will be “features” and some will be backing, but I like them all and I wanted a longer strip than just nine. So, I added backing fabric. I found a news print with a cream background to match the panel and I felt like that was perfect. It’s not “blank” but it doesn’t compete with the front either.

Instructions:

  • Iron the fabric
  • Cut the fabric print out (take care to cut carefully in between because there is not a huge seam allowance in between the triangles)

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  • Take one of the triangles that you have made and make a template. That will help you draw and cut your matching triangles.
  • Use the template you made to help you cut triangles for the backing.

 

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Now with two stacks of triangles, 18 front sides from the printed fabric and 18 back sides from your additional fabric, you will form the hanging pendants.
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Pin right sides together. Sew carefully down the two long sides of the triangle leaving the top open. Sew with the top “feature” side up towards the needle so that you can see exactly where the seam allowance is.
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Be sure to sew all the way off the edge so that you have a sharp point.
Carefully clip the tip of each triangle.
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Clip the tops close to the corners.
Heat up your iron, turn the triangles inside out and press the triangles flat. On the top side you will want to fold the raw edges in and press.
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Take your ribbon or trim and sew the triangles to the ribbon. Be careful to space them out evenly and leave enough on each side to tie or fix the bunting on the ends.
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