Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Find Clean Reads at: My Book Cave and Book Series Recaps

I'm always on the hunt for clean reads. And I want to make sure that my tween and teens can find good, clean books to read. The following two web sites are excellent resources for finding books with clean content:

My Book Cave

You can search by rating: All Ages, Mild, Mild+, Moderate, Moderate+, Adult, and Adult+. Click here to learn more about the ratings.

You can search for free and discounted books by retailer.

And you can search for books by genre. 

You can sign up for alerts of free or discounted books as well.

Mild + rating

On MyBookCave.com, Starlight Legend is rated Mild+. You can read more here. You can also follow me or read my profile on MyBookCave.

Book Series Recaps

This web site offers three things: 
  1. Spoiler-free book reviews
  2. Book recaps with spoilers
  3. Discussions about books and theories, and collections of fan art and quotes
But my favorite function on this site is the Clean YA Book List. This list is compiled by Sara and Stacy, the site's admins. They also offer a Reader-Recommended Clean Teen Book List

These two web sites are my favorite places to find new clean reads. Check them out!

Friday, August 14, 2020

How to a Sew 3D Origami Face Mask (Illustrated)

Size

Rectangle Dimensions

Corner Crop

Child S-M (5-10 yrs)

7.5” x 6”

1.75”

Child L-XL (11-12 yrs)

8.5” x 6.5”

1.75”

Teen/Adult XS

9.75” x 7”

2”

Adult S-M

10.25” x 7.25”

2.25”

Adult L-XL

10.5” x 8”

2.25”

This illustrated tutorial will use the Adult S-M size.

Step 1: Place two pieces of pre-cut mask fabric with right sides together. (Click here to see how to create a template to make cutting easier.) Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance along the edges marked in the illustration, leaving the right and left sides open.

Step 2: Notch corners to prepare for turning inside out.

Step 3: Before turning inside out, fold open ends in at 1/4" and iron flat. Repeat on back side. You should have ironed 4 folds. Next, flip inside out and press seams flat.

Step 4: For this step, you can use ribbon (heat treat the ends) or bias tape straps. The straps or tabs will hold the ear ties in place. I cut mine at 2.5" and slide them in 1/4" into the openings. Topstitch around the entire octagon starting on the right side. I use wonder clip to hold my straps in place, but you can also place the straps as you go. Avoid using long stitches for this portion because you want to securely tack the straps into place. 


Step 5: Create a trifold by folding the top and bottom flaps toward the center. You want to make sure the height of the trifold correctly matches the size you are sewing.

Size

TriFold Height

Child S-M (5-10 yrs)

2.5”

Child L-XL (11-12 yrs)

2.5”

Teen/Adult XS

2.75”

Adult S-M

2.75”

Adult L-XL

3.5”

Step 6: Your trifold should resemble the illustration below.

Step 7: You will sew the trifold in place. Use the appropriate spacing from the right and left end depending on the size of the mask you are sewing (see table below). Then use a 1/8" seam on the top and bottom of the rectangle. Remember to backstitch to secure the ends of your broken rectangle.

Size

Trifold Edge Allowance

Child S-M (5-10 yrs)

1”

Child L-XL (11-12 yrs)

1”

Teen/Adult XS

1.25”

Adult S-M

1.25”

Adult L-XL

1.25”

Step 8: Open the flaps outward and fold the ends with straps toward each other. While the mask is folded, pin the flap-folds in place as shown in the illustration. (I prefer to use wonder clips for this step.) You will have four places with pins or clips to hold the folds in place while you sew--this creates the origami design.

Step 9: This part is easiest if you open the mask partially and sew with the interior fabric facing up. The mask will not lay flat at this point because of the origami folds. Tack the origami folds in place as illustrated below.


Step 10: You're almost done! Add ear ties (about 10" for each ear loop if using t-shirt yarn), or create ties that wrap around your head from t-shirt yarn or parachute cord (with a cord lock).

 
 


Sizing Guide

Size

Rectangle Dimensions

Corner Crop

Trifold Height

Trifold Edge Allowance

Child S-M

7.5” x 6”

1.75”

2.5”

1”

Child L-XL

8.5” x 6.5”

1.75”

2.5”

1”

Teen/Adult XS

9.75” x 7”

2”

2.75”

1.25”

Adult S-M

10.25” x 7.25”

2.25”

2.75”

1.25”

Adult L-XL

10.5” x 8”

2.25”

3.5”

1.25”