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How to Add Pockets to Any Skirt! Tutorial and Free Pattern

 

Adding Pockets to ANY Skirt! Tutorial + Free Pattern

Welcome to Craft Buds any new readers following along with the Skirting the Issue! If you haven’t heard, it’s a month long event over at Simple Simon & Co. and we’re happy to be a part of it!

Today we’ll show you how to add pockets to an existing pencil, slim, or A-line skirt pattern with a free pocket pattern. In my example below, I’m using Simplicity 9825 for the skirt (it’s now out of print, but still sometimes available on Ebay or Etsy). Once you’ve cut out all of your skirt pieces following your pattern directions, add the pockets to the front piece of the skirt, then finish the skirt using the directions that came with your pattern.

To make the pocket, first print out my pattern here. I’ve included 4 pocket sizes in the pattern. In this example I used the second largest size that is a solid black line. Then follow the instructions below (click on the image to see it larger).

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1. Cut out 2 mirror image sets of the pocket, 1 from the outer fabric and 1 from a lining fabric.

2. Line up the pieces with right sides facing out and apply bias tape to the inner and outer curves to enclose the raw edges. Sew along the open edge of the bias tape. Optionally, also sew along the outer edge of the top curve so you’ll have 2 lines of stitching that will match the bottom curve after step 3.

3. Place the pocket pieces on the front piece of the skirt, lining the pocket up with the top and side edges before you assemble the skirt. Sew them down along the outside of the outer curve. Depending on the angle of your skirt, you may have to trim off a bit of pocket top or side edge. The side and top of the pocket will later be encased in the waistband and side of the skirt as you can see in the photo below.

Adding Pockets to ANY Skirt! Tutorial + Free Pattern

 

Additional Information:

Fabrics were purchased from Fabric.com including Kaufman 21 wale corduroy in citrus and Anna Maria Horner LouLouThi Summer Totem Tart in quilting cotton. The bias tape (ordered from Amazon.com) is Wrights extra wide double fold bias tape in Mediterranean Blue. The shirt is a modified Sewaholic Renfrew and I’m mostly sure that the shirt fabric is JoAnn Fabrics interlock knit in royal. Original inspiration for the skirt came from Sloppop.nl. It looks like the skirt is no longer on that site, but you can still see a pin of it here. Thanks to my friend and fabulous photographer Jayne (check her out if you’re in the Indianapolis area) for letting me take photos of her modeling the outfit!

 

Adding Pockets to ANY Skirt! Tutorial + Free Pattern

 

Make a Skirt for Charity, Win a Prize!

This post is part of the Skirting the Issue blog hop, hosted by Simple Simon and Co. We are so thrilled to be a part of this annual event, which encourages readers to sew and donate simple skirts to girls in foster care, to help them feel beautiful. Oh yeah, there are prizes, too!

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Summer Baby Sewing: 3 Piece Outfit

Summer Baby Sewing: Peekaboo Bonnet, Applique Onesie, City Gym Shorts

A couple years ago I bought a fat quarter of this great pink floral border print fabric (now hard to find, Erin McMorris’ Urban Garden line for Free Spirit) and have been keeping it for a special project ever since! With some careful cutting, I had just enough fabric for a coordinated 3 piece baby outfit. I love how it turned out, and how the border print keeps everything coordinated but it all looks a little different too!

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First I made the Made by Rae reversible peekaboo bonnet. It’s a lovely pattern that comes together quickly, has no raw fabric edges and includes some really cute piping details. Above you can see both sides of the bonnet along with a tiny pair of Kid’s City Gym Shorts (it’s a great free pattern from The Purl Bee available here).

The shorts pattern starts at size 2 so I redrafted the pattern for 9-12 month size. I used the 2T inseam length (to make sure they covered a diaper) and took off some width and height from the top and sides. They were small enough that I just unfolded the extra wide bias tape from the legs of the shorts and used it to create the casing for the waistband.

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To finish off the outfit I made a little heart applique (tutorial here). After ironing the heart onto the onesie I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine around the edges.

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And I know you want to see the whole outfit together on an adorable baby with some fabulous baby legs, so here it is!

City Gym Baby Shorts with Baby

 

 

 

Dining Room Chair Covers: Sew or Staple

 

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Recently my husband I bought a set of Ikea Borge chairs for our dining room. The chairs looked great but I knew the white canvas seats the come with wouldn’t last long in a house with two little boys and frequent dinner guests! I did some searching online and came to the Harts Fabric website. After looking at their amazing selection of fabrics and laminated cottons, I contacted Harts to see if they’d be interested in partnering with me for this post. Luckily they were and I chose this great Riley Blake BPA Free Aqua Hexies. That fabric is now out of stock but they still have the yellow in stock along with a huge selection of other laminated cottons! Here’s an image of just a small selection of the ones they have.

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I tried covering the chairs two ways so I’ll lead you through the process for either stapling the fabric directly to the chair seat, or sewing a slipcover with elastic. These instructions include measurements specifically for the Ikea Borge chairs, but they could be modified for whatever chair you have.

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Let’s begin with the easy one, stapling! I used a staple gun with 1/4″ staples. For each seat, cut a rectangle 22″ wide (the fabric total width is 44″ so you can get 2 widthwise) by 20.5″ long (this measurement is along the selvage edge). These measurements give you 2″ to wrap around the back of the chair and 2 1/2″ for the other 3 sides.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

To begin, lay the top of the seat against the wrong side of the fabric. Position the 22″ side of the fabric just beyond the screw holes at the back of the seat and place one staple in the center. Then put 2 more staples to either side of the center one for a total of 5 staples about 1 1/2″ apart. Hammer down any staples that are sticking up at all. Any of the photos in this post can be clicked on for a larger view.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Stretch the fabric to remove any wrinkles and staple it to the front of the chair with 5 staples starting in the center and moving out to the sides 2″ apart. Then stretch the sides and do a row of staples on each side, starting in the center and moving out to the sides for a total of 5 staples 1 1/2″ apart.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Next staple down the front corners. On the back of the chair, first fold one piece of fabric tight toward the corner and staple down. Fold the other flap toward the corner and staple down. Next take the triangular flap you’ve just created and pull it tightly toward the middle of the chair and staple it down. From the top it will look slightly rounded and have 1 small fold on each side of the corner.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Last, staple down the back corners. This is a little tricky as there is a notch cut out for the back of the chair. From the back of the chair, fold the fabric from the back edge of the seat toward the middle of the seat and staple in place. Then fold the fabric from the side of the seat toward the middle until it’s nice and tight. Staple into place. Then take the triangular flap you’ve just created, pull it tight and move any wrinkles into the center of the notch in the seat. Staple into place. When finished your fabric will look nice and smooth with no wrinkles! If you’d like, trim off any excess fabric corners that are sticking out.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

 

 

Sewn Slipcover Seat Cover

This method took a bit more work. If you are using non-laminated fabric it’s nice that it can be removed to wash, but for these particular chairs you would have to remove the 4 screws holding the seat down before you could remove it. To use this method, first print out my free pattern (this link will open a pdf in a new window you can save or print). Pattern was designed using Ikea Borge chairs purchased May 2015, just in case they change the style in the future! Match up the stars in the pattern and tape the five pattern pages together. To use this pattern your fabric will need a small amount of give so you can stretch it tightly over the corners of the chair. It’s a little tighter than the slipcover that comes with the chair so you’ll have a nice smooth top with the laminated cotton. If you use the pattern, try making just one cover first to make sure it’ll work with your fabric!

To stabilize the fabric, either use a serger along all the edges or a sewing machine to do a zigzag stitch close to the edge. Then fold the fabric on each side (but not the corners) under by 5/8″ and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. This will form the casing for elastic. In the photo below you can see I used a roller foot to help the laminated cotton glide more smoothly through my sewing machine. If you don’t have one, you can try putting matte finish Scotch tape on the bottom of a regular sewing foot to keep it from sticking to the fabric.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

On the wider side of the fabric (the front of the seat), bring right sides of the corners together and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance from the fold to just before the casing and backstitch to secure.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

On the two remaining corners (the back corners), bring the notched out section of the corner right sides together and sew from 1/2″ away from the edge on the fold, down to the edge of the fabric.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Thread 3/8″ elastic through the casing on all 4 sides. Use a nice firm elastic with  around 50% stretch (a 4″ piece will stretch to 6″ before it starts to resist). Start in the back corner and leave at least 5″ sticking out at both the start and finish. Fit the cover around your seat and pull it snug in all directions. Smooth out any wrinkles, pull the elastic tight and then tie it in a knot. If you don’t have firm elastic, string will also work if you tie it in a tight bow so you can un-string it later to get the cover off.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

 

Comparing Both Methods

Both methods worked well and the final seats look nearly identical. Personally, I preferred the staple method as it was faster, easier to get a nice smooth seat with no wrinkles, and uses less fabric. And, with the laminated cotton I’ll never have to take it off to wash, just wipe clean, so laundering isn’t an issue! I also think the stapled seats may also be a bit more stable as I’m a little concerned that all of the thread holes in the sewn version may make it more prone to rip with heavy usage. But, again, these differences are minor enough that in the final chair no one can see a difference! So far we’ve used both versions for the last week with a birthday party and house guests and they look great! The fabric hasn’t stretched to show any wrinkles and the tops all look nice and shiny.

IKEA Chairs with Laminated Cotton Covers: Sew or Staple? | Craft Buds

Thanks again to Harts Fabric for supplying the laminated cotton for this project! Make sure to check out their selection of not only laminated cotton, but also quilting cottons, apparel fabrics, patterns and more. If you’re in the Santa Cruz, CA area you can go check out their store in person!

 

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Teacher Appreciation Pencil Pouches

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Pencil Pouches | Craft Buds #teacherappreciation

At the end of each school year I like to give my son’s preschool teachers a small gift. I’ve given them each a tote bag, special scissors, and this year I did pencil pouches with notepads and pens. For the pattern I used Lindsay’s quilted boxy pouch pattern (free with a free account on Craftsy). As written, the pattern makes a large boxy pouch. To make the smaller, flat pencil pouch I made a few changes and used a 9″ zipper, and cut the fabrics to 9″ x 9.5″ (the zipper side). Then I followed the instructions as written and stopped at step 7, which is right before you make the boxy corners. That method worked great and the final pouches are 4 1/4″ x 8 3/4″, the perfect size for pencils and pens!

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Pencil Pouches | Craft Buds #teacherappreciation

 

I like to include a “Handmade by…” tag on my items so the recipient of the gift knows that it’s a handmade item! I made the tags using a stamp from Expressionery and the customized notepads (name blurred for privacy) are also from there. The aqua flower fabric is Amy Butler Daisy Chain (now out of print), the pink dots fabric is Marble Delight Pink by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics (Natural Wonder collection) and the lining is Painted Woodgrain Grey by the same designer, also for Blend Fabrics (Riding Hood collection).

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Fabric Tissue Box Cover

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box | Craft Buds

Here’s a great project for that special fabric you’ve been hoarding so you can see it every day! You won’t need much fabric and you can even use a fat quarter. In all you’ll need:

  • Exterior fabric, quilt batting or fusible fleece, and interior fabric, approx. 13″ x 17″ each depending on the size of your tissue box
  • 1/2″ double fold bias tape (approx. 40″ inches)

To start, get an empty box of your preferred tissue type.Carefully poke a hole in the bottom with your scissors and cut out the bottom. Then cut each of the 4 corners so it lays flat. Remove plastic from the top where the tissues come out. Now you’ve got your tissue box template!

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Place the cardboard template on top of your exterior fabric, and fabric for the interior (I used white muslin, this fabric won’t show). You’ll want to cut the 2 fabrics flush with the outer edges of the tissue box (the part that will form the bottom), and leave a 1/4″ seam allowance at each of the 4 corners. For the inside rectangle where the tissues come out, don’t worry about rounded edges and cut a rectangle leaving 1/4″ distance from the edges of the tissue box.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Cut a layer of batting the same way you cut the fabric, except at the 4 corners you’ll want to cut 1/4″ inside the template to reduce bulk in the corner seams. Now you can either cut across the corners of just the batting layer to create 5 separate pieces and allow for sharper corners, or you can leave it together and sew along the fold through all the layers.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Next, you have two options with your quilt batting or fusible fleece. Option 1: Sandwich the batting between the 2 layers of fabric and sew along the dotted line in the diagram below so the final box cover has nice crisp corners. Option 2: Cut along the white line in the diagram below only on the quilt batting or fleece layer so you have 5 separate pieces. If using fusible fleece, fuse the pieces between your 2 layers of fabric. Cutting these lines will help the fabric fold better.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Snip the 4 corners of the tissue box opening 1/4″ at a 45 degree angle. Fold the edges toward the backing and stitch down or use a glue stick or fusible web to hold it in place.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Fold 1/2″ bias tape in a rectangle around the opening with the 2 raw edges ending at a corner, or use 4 separate pieces of bias tape with 1 on each side of the rectangle (what I did below). With either method, place 1/4″ of the biast tape under the tissue box opening and leave 1/4″ sticking out from the top. Sew around the top opening 1/8″ away from the edge of your main box piece, the navy herringbone in my example (click any of the photos for a larger view).

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Bring the corners right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Finger press the seams open.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Sew bias tape around the bottom. Make sure the corners stay open as you sew the bias tape around.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Finished! Now that you’ve got the hang of it, you can make one for every tissue box!

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

 

If you’d like the printable version of this tutorial, it can be downloaded for free from Craftsy with a free Craftsy account here (affiliate link).

 

 

DIY Bath Bombs with Handmade Beauty Box

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Hello readers! Today we take a break from sewing and crafting to share a little project to pamper yourself or someone special with a recipe (see end of post) for fizzy bath bombs. But first, let me introduce Handmade Beauty Box. They recently contacted us to see if we’d be interested in trying out one of their DIY beauty projects. I’d never heard of them before but after finding out the concept I thought our readers may be interested in knowing more about them. The way it works is that for $29.99 a month (shipping included) they’ll send you a box full of ingredients for a different theme. The price may feel a little high but I appreciate that they do all the work for you. I’ve always wanted to try making my own beauty products but have never done the research in finding recipes and ingredients. You can find out more at their site here. I chose to try the lavender and herb bath bombs since it looked like a project I’d have fun doing with my 5 year old. You can see some of the past boxes here with things like lipstick and loofah soaps. This month’s nail polish box looks like a lot of fun! You can also purchase the boxes separately.

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The box that arrives in the mail looks pretty even from the outside!

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We opened up the box to find all the ingredients neatly packaged and labeled. Everything was nice and secure in the box so no spilled or broken ingredients. The box had instructions and everything I needed to make 5 bath bombs including all of the ingredients and reusable molds and metal spray bottle for the witch hazel. I do wish that it also came with a printed recipe in with the box, but it’s available on the Beauty Box website so I can make more bath bombs with my own ingredients in the future.

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We got started right away and mixed up the ingredients. My son had a lot of fun helping me with this project and we both enjoyed seeing how they were made.

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They came together pretty quickly and we had fun making them. We started out with two bowls, one each of blue and white so we could make the striped bath bomb version shown above. But, my son wanted to mix it all together so ours are mostly light blue. Other than that, we followed all the instructions and they came out great!

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 Recipe

Want to make your own? Here’s the list of ingredients from Handmade Beauty Box:

  • 1 lb Baking Soda
  • 1/2 lb Citric Acid (It can usually be found in grocery stores in the canning section, or it’s available in larger amounts on amazon.com.)
  • 1 gram blue mica (This is used to provide the blue color and is lip/body safe. It can be found on amazon.com or other online stores and there are other colors of mica available.)
  • Witch Hazel in spray bottle (The amount you’ll need varies, but you’ll probably need just a few sprays.)
  • Fragrance or essential oil (You’ll probably need just a few drops, depending on how strong you want the fragrance)

You can find the full step by step instructions and photos at Handmade Beauty Box here. You’ll also need something to mold the bath bombs into. If you don’t have an official bath bomb mold, you could also use a silicone ice cube tray.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. The photo above and the first photo were provided by Handmade Beauty Box.

Custom Stamps and Stationery with Expressionery

Occasionally Lindsay and I are asked if we’d like to receive products from a company, and we’re usually pretty picky about choosing things that we think our audience would like that we’d buy ourselves. When Expressionery contacted us with an offer to send some of their products I looked at their website for about 3 seconds before saying YES! We received a package containing their handmade stamps, notepads, and thank you cards.

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Expressionery has a great assortment of stamps, labels, cards and more that can be customized and personalized with a names, photos, and/or addresses. The designs are all fresh and modern and the website is clear and easy to use.

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Everything we received was nicely packaged and great quality. They would make perfect gifts for you or for someone you love! The stamps have a see through base so you can line it up perfectly. They’re also self inking so you can stamp away!

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We used our stamps to make gift labels, great to include with your handmade items this Christmas. I also really like their custom address stamps, and that you can preview your stamp before you order it.

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Through Dec. 18 you can use the code use the code SNOWBERRY30 to receive 30% off your order, and get free shipping on orders over $50!

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We recieved these products for free at no obligation. This post was not required by Expressionery and all opinions are our own.

 

Free! Cadet Cap Pattern

I’m guest posting over at the Britex Fabric blog with a pattern and instructions for a child’s cadet style cap! Use this link to head over and check it out. While you’re there, check out the amazing fabrics they carry. The hat below is made from a beautiful herringbone olive and espresso wool from Britex. They’ll be having a 30% off sale in-store for Black Friday and 30% off online for Cyber Monday.

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The instructions are at the Britex blog and you can download the free cadet cap pattern here from Craftsy. You’ll have to create a free Craftsy account to access the pattern. The free version comes in child size 5 only, but I plan on releasing a paid version with multiple sizes and printable instruction sheets soon. The finished base of the free hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

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Broken Herringbone Quilt

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My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby next month and it’s a girl! For their baby shower, I made them a quilt with matching pillow and blankie. I have two boys so it was fun to think about some girly fabric choices for awhile. My inspiration for the quilt was the Bella bedding set my sister chose from Carousel Baby:

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Image courtesy of Carousel Baby.

I was able to figure out that the fabrics came from designer Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics, and the line is called Bella. Quilt Fabric Closeouts happened to have nearly all the colors I wanted in stock for around half off! I chose to use the Broken Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft with a few small modifications. I like that this pattern really shows off all the different fabrics.The only changes were to make the wide stripes 5″ wide rather than 6″ wide, and I added an additional 4 rows (for a total of 20 5″ strips rather than 16 6″ strips in the instructions), and I added the double border around the outer edges. Final size is 54″ wide by 62″ tall (larger than a baby blanket, big enough to cover a lap during those middle of the night baby feedings, or for a toddler bed).

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A nice bonus is that the pattern leaves you with leftover sections to piece into the back of the quilt, or as I did, make them into a small snugly blankie and matching pillow. The pillow is 13″ x 19″ and the blankie is 16″ x 16″.

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The back of the quilt has two vertical white lines that match up with the lines on the front.

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Inside the patterned fabric pieces, you can see the straight line quilting and the herringbone pattern.

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The edges are bound with Scrollwork in hot pink from the same Amanda Murphy Belle line as the rest of the patterned fabrics.

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Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.

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Guest Post: Stenciled Jack O’ Lantern Drinking Glasses

Today we’ve teamed up with with Angela from blue i style. Welcome to any new visitors hopping over from her site! Using our jack o’ lantern shirt stencils from a few years ago (see original post here), Angela came up with a great idea to use the stencils on drinking glasses. You can downloaded the stencils here at Craft Buds. Then head over to blue i style for the full drinking glasses tutorial, along with links to many more Halloween themed projects! Here’s a sneak peak!

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Pumpkin Face Stencils Download
(The above link will take you to a single page pdf file that will look like the image below. You can choose to print or download it from there.)

2014 Pumpkin Face Stencils

Note: These stencils have been resized from the 2011 original post to fit drinking glasses, so make sure to use the download link here and not on the old post!

 

 

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