Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sewing Projects in Progress 3

I am continuing to work my way through my stash of fabric scraps. I've made a variety of pillow covers, tissue holders, and bags.

And I've matched up most of my assorted zippers with fabrics to make more zipper bags.

The good news: I have used up about two thirds of my cotton fabric scraps.

The bad news: I don't know what I am going to do with all these things.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sewing Tutorial for Pocket Pack Tissue Holder

Pocket pack tissue holders are my current favorite sewing project. They are a great way to use fabric scraps, and they're a nice handmade gift or stocking stuffer that is truly useful. They're also super easy to make and therefore an ideal project for the beginner sewist (or the pro who wants a break from complicated projects).

The ones I make hold a pack of tissues and have a pocket to hold a small bottle of hand sanitizer (or lip balm or sunscreen or any other little necessity). At the opening for the tissues, there is a slight overlap, which keeps the holder from gaping open. Here is the tutorial.

To begin, select your fabrics. Quilting cottons, broadcloth, or similar fabrics work best. You can use one, two or three coordinating solids or prints.

Next, cut your fabrics. I use graph paper to make a pattern; you can use a ruler or other method if you prefer. You will need three pieces of fabric (measurements are in inches):
  • 8.5 wide by 6 high for the inside; this will also show as the trim around the opening
  • 7 wide by 6 high for the outside
  • 7 wide by 7.5 high for the pocket

In this example, I used solid black for the inside/trim, orange bat print for the outside, and white bat print for the pocket.

Fold the pocket fabric in half horizontally and press.

Place the pocket fabric face up on top of the outside fabric face up, matching the raw edges at the sides and bottom.

On top of this, place the inside/trim fabric face down, matching the edges at the left side, top, and bottom of the fabric stack. Stitch along the left side (about a .25 inch seam).

Slide the inside/trim fabric to the left, and match up the edges at the right side, top and bottom of the fabric stack.

Stitch along the right side. (Not shown, optional: Finish the raw edges with a serger.) You now have a loop of fabric.

Turn the loop outside out. One side will show the inside/trim fabric.

The flip side will show the outside and pocket fabrics with a bit of the inside/trim fabric.

Flatten the loop so there is an equal amount (about .5 inch) of inside/trim fabric to the left and right of the outside and pocket fabrics. Press.

With the outside and pocket fabrics facing up, fold one edge of the flattened loop toward the center 2 inches.

Fold the other edge toward the center 1.75 inches.

Stitch along the top and bottom.

If desired, finish the raw edges with a serger.

Turn outside out. Push out the corners to shape. (If you serged the seams, the corners will be more rounded than pointy.) Done!

Make another two or three... or twenty. ;)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sewing Projects in Progress 2

As mentioned in my last post, I have been working on some sewing projects using fabric scraps. Small zipper bags are a good way to use scraps, but I'd never made any because, for some reason*, I thought they would be difficult.

*Probably because I looked at the directions on a commercial pattern. They make the process much more complicated than it needs to be.

But thanks to online tutorials, I discovered that making little zipper bags is actually quite easy.

The real hurdle in making zipper bags for fun is the expense of the zippers. In retail stores, they are about $2 or $3 each. I turned to Amazon and ordered an assortment of 25 zippers for $10.

I got a variety of very nice colors... and two freebies. :D Now I can have fun matching up fabrics with zippers and making lots of little bags!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sewing Projects in Progress

With my cabinet project and flooring installation both on hold until I can address the subflooring problem, I opted to spend my weekend sewing. I wanted to use some of my fabric scraps, and found some ideas on Pinterest.

One was a holder for a pocket pack or travel pack of tissues. I tried a few tutorials, and ultimately cobbled together a design which combined three of them. It has a pocket to hold a small bottle of hand sanitizer.

Once the design and measurements were settled, I made a holder. It was sort of fun, so I made another. And another. And another. And another...

I finished nine and have another nine about 75% done.

If anyone is interested, I'll do a tutorial. The holders are super easy to make. Though I'd feel like an enabler because making these little things is rather addictive! :)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: September 2017

It's September 1 and time for a new craft-along. :)

During September, I will work on a craft project for the monthly theme. Around September 28, I will post my completed project. You can share a link to your project on that post or at any time during the month on this post. On September 30, I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

To participate:
1.  If you're a blogger, add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your post. Link the icon to this page:

2.  On either this theme announcement post or my completed project post, leave a comment with a link to your project. You can link to your blog, webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it.

Your project can be big or small. It can be in any style, goth or otherwise. The fun is in the crafting! :)

The theme for September is Things with Wings. As always, you can interpret this broadly. Just combine your craft of choice: 
  • painting
  • woodworking
  • jewelry making
  • sewing
  • knitting
  • sculpting
  • or any other type of crafting
and a thing with wings:
  • dragon
  • owl
  • butterfly
  • bat
  • raven
  • fairy
  • beetle
  • or any other winged thing

Creativity is encouraged!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Food and Beverage

The theme for the August Craft Along with GIY is Food and Beverage. For my project, I made a skirt with Michael Miller Goth Cupcakes fabric.

I used my go-to skirt pattern Simplicity 2449. I made the skirt out of black broadcloth and added a border of the cupcakes fabric. To finish, I stitched purple grosgrain ribbon along the top and bottom of the border.

Bad photo because (1) I had a 12-hour workday and I'm feeling wilted and (2) there's no good place to take pictures among the in disarray caused by the flooring issues. But I wanted to post on time. I'll get a better photo later.

To share your Craft Along with GIY project:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your blog post. Link the icon to this page:
2.  Leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Darkling Tag

Thanks to Gothy Two Shoes and Giggles in the Darkness for tagging me. This was fun! :D

What is your favorite candle scent?
Vanilla or cinnamon. I usually buy vanilla because cinnamon/apple cinnamon candles are almost always red, and red clashes with my decor.

Do you have a favorite book?
Encyclopedia. I have always loved to read about all sorts of topics. Pre-internet, the encyclopedia was THE source for information. In my youth, I read more than one set almost in their entirety (skipping the occasional uninteresting topic).
33 volumes!? Yes, please.
Are you a tea or coffee person?
Neither. I almost never drink hot beverages. I do love sweet iced tea... syrupy sweet like the manners of a Southern belle. ;)

What is your favorite brand and color of lipstick?
Eons ago, it was Urban Decay's "Plague" because it perfectly matched my purple hair. These days, I don't often wear lipstick.

What is your favorite perfume/cologne?
I don't use it. I am extremely sensitive to perfumes.

Do you have a celebrity crush?

If you had to give up the color black, what color would you choose instead?
Gray. I love purple, but if I replaced everything black with purple, my wardrobe and house would be an unsettling riot of color.

If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be?
My name, Bane, is already a bit stereotypical. But how about Lady Obsidian Nightwing, dark mistress of the Castle of Echoing Sorrows. ;)

What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad? 
(1) Stay out of the sun. Clothing color doesn't really matter if you're not in the sun. (2) Wear loose clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen. (3) Carry a frozen bottle of water. Cold on your palms or wrists will cool you, and as the ice melts, you’ll have cold water to drink.

What song will always make you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band)?
No one specific song comes to mind. Many songs can cheer me up and make me want to dance. (Now, if you ask what music always makes me sad, I would immediately have an answer: almost any song by Tapping the Vein. Their songs are so personally meaningful to me, it's almost painful.)

Are you active in the arts (ex. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)?
No. I have zero artistic talent. The teacher of my first and only drawing class told me, "It's like you have a learning disability for drawing." XD

If you had a teacup or mug made inscribed just for you, what would you have it say?
I wouldn't have any use for a teacup or mug. I need a black t-shirt that says "Do not place in direct sunlight."

What is your number one non-gothy hobby?
What is a gothy hobby? Building coffins? Collecting Bauhaus memorabilia? ;) My hobbies - sewing, crafting, DIY - aren't intrinsically gothy, but they usually end up with gothy elements.

Thought Provokers:
If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why?
A shapeshifter because of the new experiences I could have, such as flying as a bat and breathing underwater as a dolphin.

What horror monster-based super power would you have?

Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not?
I don't feel confident interacting with people, gothy or not. I'm extremely introverted, and social skills do not come naturally to me.

Which is more important for a look: Great hair or great makeup?
I think either one can make or break a look, depending on the circumstances. For myself, I focus on hair because while I can often achieve good hair, no amount of makeup can make me like my face.

Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture?
Daytime social events with a specific activity, such as crafting or playing cards/games. As an introvert, I am stressed out and miserable at parties where people show up to simply talk to each other.

Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkliness“? 
I don’t recall any embarrassment specifically related to my dark tendencies. I have unintentionally caused other people to embarrass themselves. (1) During the brief time I had bright red hair, a nice older lady complimented me on my Raggedy Ann costume. She was mortified when I politely told her it wasn’t a costume. (I decided red hair might not be the best idea if I was going to continue wearing striped tights almost daily.) ;) (2) At a mall food court, a boy was staring at me so intently that he bumped into a trash can and his whole tray of newly purchased food dropped right in.

How are you at DIY?
My first instinct is to say, "Not bad" because I never think I'm great at anything. But if I evaluate myself more objectively... I have rocked some fairly complicated DIY projects.

Confessional (aka True or False):
I love watching cheesy romance films.
False. My heart has been burned into a lump of charcoal, and romance is too great a suspension of disbelief.

I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night.

I sleep with plushies.
False. My entire plushies collection consists of two bats and one dragon, all gifts from coworkers, which I keep in my cubicle at work.

I wear non-black pajamas most nights.
False. My sleepwear is usually a black cotton knit t-shirt-style dress.

I don’t like vampires.

I don’t like clubs.
False, if referring to a goth club.

I don’t enjoy graveyards.
True and false. The statuary and history can be interesting, but the concept of burial makes me uncomfortable.

Blood makes me queasy.

I’d sooner faint than pet a spider.
False. I don’t mind spiders. The silk annoys me more than the spiders. I swear if there is a strand of spider silk within 10 miles, I will walk into it.

I don’t like haunted houses.
True, if referring to the "entertaining" type set up around Halloween. I do not enjoy blood and gore, and I absolutely HATE being startled.

I’ve never read Dracula.