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How to sew scrunchies

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews Scrunchies are always the best go-to way to put up your hair. They are timeless and always stylish. Taking a little amount of time and supplies they are an awesome sewing project too. What you’ll need: Cotton fabric 1/4” elastics Sewing machine and supplies The steps to take: 1. Start out by cutting your fabric to 20” x 4” and a piece of elastic to anywhere between 7" to 8 1/2”. I prefer to cut my piece of elastic to 7 1/2" and when sewing together I fold it over about 1/2". 2. Iron the long edges over about 1/4” 3. Fold the fabric in half hot dog style, long sides matching up, wrong sides together and iron. Open the fold back up. 4. Fold the fabric in half hamburger style, right sides together, matching up the short ends and sew . When you sew here make sure that you undo the 1/4" folds that you have ironed! You should now have a loop. 5. Sew the elastic together to create a loop. You can

Why is my 3D printer extruding instead of printing

Before I could actually 3D print my file in how I made article 10 , I had some printing troubles.  I would click to start the print, and rather than moving, heating up or anything, it would extrude! I had also just swapped from using PLA filament to TPU filament. I preheated my machine manually and the filament was slowly just coming out of the nozzle for no reason.  I re-sliced the print file 3 times and retried, each time was the same results.    I shut off the printer, reset the software and searched for a new file. I sliced the new file, turned my printer back on and preheated it manually. I started the print, and it didn’t start by extruding! The print ended up great and there were no more signs of troubles along the way.  The issue possibilities:    - gcode file was corrupt     - software needed to be rebooted    - printer needed to be rebooted    - original design file downloaded was faulty The final solution:    - restarted software    - restarted printer     - used a new d

What is tear away stabilizer

  This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews Stabilizers are important in machine embroidery, they prevent puckering and support the fabric. But it is also important to know which type of stabilizer to use. This is the back side of a design using tear away stabilizer, design can be found in Lizzsews Etsy shop The stabilizer goes underneath the fabric you are embroidering. Although there are some stabilizers that will go on top of certain types of fabric, these types of stabilizers are called toppers.  Recommended read: Guide To The Three Main Machine Embroidery Stabilizers A tear-away stabilizer is just what it sounds like. After embroidering, you can simply just tear it away! It's a lightweight stabilizer and is kind of like paper. Tear-away is mainly used on woven fabrics.  Although it is usually a lightweight stabilizer- its medium weight is like a lightweight, it does come in different weights. Denser (higher stitch count) designs and thicker fabrics should be matched with a h

Blog Thief

This article is brought to you by Lizzsews Hey fellow crafters! Today I'm taking a small break from crafting articles to talk about a blog thief. I write my articles to share my expertise, my tips and tricks, project ideas based on what I'm creating, like my how I made article series and what I have learned from trial and error.  I work hard to provide helpful and interesting content for all of you. I don't write this blog to 'get quick money', I make maybe 20 cents a day from google ads lol.  So, when I suddenly find my article online, copied word for word, with my photos, it broke my heart a little. But then once I looked further into it and found that not just one of my articles had been taken, but all of my articles since NOVEMBER 2020 had been stolen and copied word for word and all of my images, with no attribution, my heart was crushed. This blog thief has no contact information, meaning that I cannot send a cease and desist. I emailed the host of their b

Christmas Deer Ceramic Coaster: How I made article 17

  Today's how I made is another infusible ink project. I used a ceramic coaster as my blank for this project. Follow along with this project and share your result in the Lizzsews Facebook group . What I used: Ceramic coaster Infusible ink purple transfer sheets Parchment paper Cricut   Standard grip mat EasyPress 2 + mat Cardstock The steps I took: I started out by looking for the design that I wanted, I was looking for a Christmas design that would fit nicely on the coaster. I ended up choosing the Christmas ornate deer design from the hungry JPEG . I downloaded the SVG and uploaded it into design space. I mirrored the design , sized it and placed the infusible ink onto my mat, inked side up. Once I cut out the design, I bent the transfer sheet to remove excess material.  Infusible ink feels like cardstock, a thick paper. To remove the excess material and weed the design, you bend/roll the transfer sheet until the material cracks away. I placed the weeded design, liner side

Ski Hoodie: How I made article 16

  Today's make is a Cricut project, with a cozy wintery vibe to it! This project is beginner-friendly, but a great project for all Cricut crafters. Recommended read: How I made article series      What I used: Cricut everyday iron-on Cotton-poly blend hoodie Cricut and supplies (weeding tool, standard grip mat, Easypress 2 + mat, and parchment paper) The steps I took: I started this hoodie off by looking for a design. I was interested in a skiing design for this hoodie and ended up choosing ski goggles, Image ID: #M21B5B140 (In this photo: Skiing silhouette: #M21B5B20B /  Snow skis: #M127DC707) I kept the size of the design as the preset (I might have sized it up from 2.24" height to 2.35" height but I don't remember lol) Before putting the design on the hoodie , I washed it as normal so that in the future it won't shrink with the design on. I cut it out on my Cricut and used the standard grip mat . I placed the iron-on vinyl shiny side down and turned the mir

Snow Tri-Tray: How I made article 15

  Today's how I made is the most similar to the first make in this series. I wanted to create something but wasn't quite too sure about the dimensions and had to make changes along the way! I wanted to sew a fabric tray , which I have shared how-to articles for them in the past, but this time I wanted it to have three corners rather than four. I wanted to have a base for my seat to stay on top of the snow rather than sink into the snow. I figured a tray would be perfect as it has built-in spots for the feet of the chair to go in. What I used: Cotton fabric Fleece (in replacement of batting) Something to mark the fabric with Parchment paper and pen Iron Sewing machine and supplies The steps I took: I started out by drafting my pattern, I drew it out on some parchment paper close to the exact finished size that I wanted and rounded the corners around each leg. Next, I took another piece of parchment paper and placed the other piece on top. I used a ruler to draw a straight line

What is FSL (Freestanding Lace)

  FSL -> Free standing lace. A design that is stitched completely on your embroidery machine and made entirely of thread. It's called freestanding lace as the finished look has the appearance of lace. The design has no need for fabric, as it is 'freestanding'. To stitch it out, the wash-away stabilizer is hooped as the base. That way when the design is complete, the wash-away stabilizer can be washed away! Freestanding lace designs have many uses, They can be own their own, for example, bookmarks , earrings , Christmas ornaments , banners and more. Or they can be used to accessorize existing projects, for example, clothing decorations and gift tags.