Hi, I'm Alison, and I make stuff. I Could Make That is a log of my crafty life. Welcome!

bluishorange:

Kickstarter update! I’m just 10 hours and $705 away from reaching my goal. I think it’s going to happen!

Wanna help? You’ll be supporting my dream to make my living creating handmade, sustainably-produced jewelry! The backer rewards make super holiday gifts, too. Thank you!

Hey, ICMT readers, I’m just $435 away from my goal. Come help me out if you’re feeling it!

Tutorial: 5 Simple Blanket Stitch Variations  |  Coletterie

This graded blanket stitch is so beautiful! And it would take SO LONG TO DO!

(Only one day left to help out with my Kickstarter, if you’re into that sort of thing. Thanks!)

womeninspace:

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is a self proclaimed crafter. A week ago she made a stuffed dinosaur from scraps on the space station. The little T-rex is made form the lining of Russian food containers and the toy is stuffed with scraps from an old T-shirt. While many toys have flown into space, this is the first produced in space.

Photos: Karen Nyberg, via CollectSpace

I love this. 

(via kleptolovestory)

What’s up, lovely people? I’m starting my own line of sustainably produced jewelry, and I need your help! I’m using Kickstarter to expand my business, and it ends in only four days.

A couple things about Alt Jewelry:

  • All the sterling silver I use is recycled.
  • Most of the other components I use are recycled, vintage, or sustainably produced.
  • I am getting as many of my supplies as I can from suppliers in the United States.
  • I am using only recycled paper in my marketing, packaging and shipping materials.
  • I make every piece of jewelry by hand, myself. If I ever need to hire anyone to help me, they’ll be paid a fair, livable wage.

I’m very excited about expanding my business, and I hope you are too! Please consider backing my Kickstarter; I’d really appreciate it. Any amount helps. Thank you!

Photo Magnetism: Super Simple Photo Magnets | Photojojo

Using a glue that dries clear is really important for this project. Liquid Fusion is a good call. Use superglue at your peril! PERIL!!!!

stitchlab:

Although it might sound silly, using the correct type and size bobbin for your machine makes a huge difference in stitch performance and quality. There are many types and sizes out there, but the majority are either plastic or metal, and either a Class 66 or Class 15 sized bobbin. Here’s some info on which machines use which bobbins:

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                                      Class 15 Metal Bobbin

This bobbin is used in front/side loading machines that have a removable metal case. This also happens to be the most common bobbin size and type. Use the link above to see if your make and model uses a Class 15 Metal Bobbin.

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                                     Class 15 Plastic Bobbin

This bobbin is used in drop in/top loading machines that have a plastic, non-removable case. Be sure to only buy quality bobbins that have a nice flat surface (without ridges) on both top and bottom. Use the link above to see if your make and model uses a Class 15 Plastic Bobbin.

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                                      Class 66 Metal Bobbin

This bobbin is used in drop in/top loading vintage and late model Singer sewing machines that have a non-removable metal bobbin case. Use the link above to see if your make and model uses a Class 66 Metal Bobbin. (Modern Singers typically use Class 15 Bobbins)

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                                     Class 66 Plastic Bobbin

This bobbin is used in drop in/top loading vintage and late model Singer sewing machines that have a plastic non-removable plastic case. Use the link above to see if your make and model use a Class 66 Plastic Bobbin. (Modern Singers typically use Class 15 Bobbins)

Hope this info helps make your next bobbin purchase a breeze!!

xo,

Hayley

stitchlab:

Stamping is an easy way to create custom fabric for a sewing project, or perk up a tired garment.  A few simple tips can help:  

1. First, pick the right stamp!  Super-detailed commercial stamps are shallow, and the paint will glob right up, giving you a messy blur instead of a crisp image.

Pick a stamp with some depth, and simple shapes, like the floral on the left below…

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Or, even better, make your own darn stamps!

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2. Now that you’ve got stamps, pick the right paint.  You want something designed for fabric — it will adhere better, and stand up to washing.  Is your fabric a darker color than your paint?  Make sure to get an opaque paint. Read the label!  If it doesn’t say it’s opaque, it’s translucent, and the background color will bleed through.

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Stamps, check.  Paint, check.  Now…

3. Assemble a few tools.  Foam brushes, a plate to use as a palette, and an old sheet.  Fold up the sheet and use it as a slightly padded surface for your fabric — sounds crazy, but it’ll give you a crisper print.

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Spoon out some paint, and you’re ready to…

4. KISS THE STAMP!  With the ink-laden foam brush, that is.  The #1 error that newbie stampers make is overloading their stamp with paint.  Stamping is less crisp and more organic than screenprinting, which is part of its charm.  But you want an image on your shirt, not a blob!

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LESS IS MORE.  Lightly smooch the stamp with your foam brush, then firmly press your inked surface to your fabric.  

5. Mix and match your stamps.  A robot in a flower garden?  Why not! Go crazy, and have fun.

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6. Yay!  Custom print, handmade by you.  The only step left is heat-setting your paint.  If your item will be washed, it’s essential.  Use a press cloth to protect your iron. After your printing is dry (REALLY dry, as in the day after you’ve stamped), iron over your stamped images on the appropriate hot setting for your fabric.  Enjoy!

Want to make some stamps?  Check out our Stamp Carving class, coming in early November.

Thanks. It has pockets!

- every girl ever responding to a compliment on a skirt/dress that has pockets (via misandrwitch)

hah this is true

(via roadjerseys)

Accurate.

(via dontbearuiner)

Am I the only one who feels like weirdly weighed down in the armpits when I actually *use* said pockets for anything heavier than a pack of gum? When I put my keys in my skirt pockets I feel like I’m gonna pants myself…

(via horrorharlot)

(via horrorharlot)

unconsumption:

Our pal Diane (=Craftypod) checks out a brand of glue made from recycled styrofoam:

The founders of Glu6 contacted me about their new glue made from recycled styrofoam, and I was immediately intrigued. They’re sourcing the styro from local businesses in the Bay Area (near San Francisco) – material from packaging, mostly. Styrofoam occupies landfills pretty much forever, so I love the idea of turning it into something useful!

The Glu6 folks were kind enough to send me samples of two formulas with applications for crafters: the Glu6 Craft Paste, and the Glu6 Original liquid glue. I dug around in my stash and came up with a range of materials to test them out. Here are my findings….

There are some caveats, but Diane concludes that “Glu6 Craft Paste is dandy for paper crafts in particular.” Check out her full take here: Review: Glu6, a Glue Made From Recycled Styrofoam « CraftyPod

scissorsandthread:

Family Cross Stitch | Design*Sponge
As you guys know, I’ll always re-blog anything cross stitch related, and this one is super fun too! This large-scale art would look great in a family room or entrance hall to great visitors.

scissorsandthread:

Family Cross Stitch | Design*Sponge

As you guys know, I’ll always re-blog anything cross stitch related, and this one is super fun too! This large-scale art would look great in a family room or entrance hall to great visitors.