Thursday, July 01, 2010

Plastic fantastic..

My dinky little local store actually got in a bunch of really nice feeling laminates..I *had* to try them. Combine that with dd's b-day, and her previously documented love of all things Japanese, and I had a project. And then a friend of hers had a b-day, too, so I doubled it. :p

I used this tutorial on Crafster, by QueenofDiy, who also has a blog here. I used some of it, and then when I got tired of walking back and forth to the computer from the sewing machine, I made the rest up. :p 

So, tip...if you are going to work with laminate, invest in a walking foot. Absolutely. One hundred percent. I have heard a teflon foot also works well, but I have only used the walking foot, and I don't think I will every use anything else. If you are DESPERATE, and I have been before, you can do laminate/vinyl sandwiched between tissue paper, and then just tear it away when done. But honestly, just buy the walking foot. You will NEVER regret it. :D 

Between the walking foot, and the simple instructions on the tut, this worked up VERY fast the second time around. The first time, I was still working out kinks, figuring things out, and also filling in gaps in information on the tutorial. (If anyone ever uses one of mine, and notices gaps that I don't cover, TELL me so I can rectify it!) The second time, I did it in like half or less of the time. :p

This is a blurry, very average picture of the lining. The polka dots are super cute. The looseness is totally not. I have to work out how to not have these loose linings all the time. I haven't seen it addressed in various tuts, etc, I have seen, but the info must be out there. Anyone know a place I should look? Please tell!

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Polly said...

Those are so cute! I wish my local store sold laminates, I've been searching for ages and so far have only found them online.

Mary-Laure said...

Adorable! I didn't know you were so crafty.


I'm thinking the only way to get rid of the loseness would be to sew the ling and outaide together, but then you'd have a seam inside.

CurlyPops said...

Oooh I missed this the other day. They are supercute!
The only tip that I have is to make your seam allowance just slightly larger on your inner, so that it is actually just slightly smaller than the outer. Does that make any sense at all?

Sally said...

... I've got no idea about the lining though.

Holly said...

LOVE the laminates - great print. I think your project is super cute. I used to be a fashion designer...maybe I can think of why the lining is loose. I think it looks great! Thanks for linking up.

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