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Thread: Fabric Flexagon - Really fun little project!

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    Fabric Flexagon - Really fun little project!

    There's a young boy at my church with autism. I've been looking for something fun to make him, as we've become friends with his Dad, and I found this! It's really fun and I'm excited to give it to him on Sunday. Please click on the link below to watch a video of what this 'toy' does. I'd never seen one before but these flexagons are normally made out of paper. This young man (who's page I'm linking) made one out of fabric.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Fabr...agon/?ALLSTEPS

    Here are pictures of mine, rotating through the colors I used.

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    His instructions were a little confusing for me but I was able to figure it out from his pictures (I'm a visual learner). I took pictures of my process and can upload them if anyone is interested in making one. I had so much fun making this (it's a pretty quick project) and fun to play with so I'll definitely be making more!

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    very cool.
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    That is so neat! Thanks for showing it.

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    This is great. Would love to see your pictures of your process. Perhaps you would post them in the tutorial section.

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    Interesting........
    Just passing through!

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    Very cool! I've made lots of different ones out of paper, first time I've seen one out of fabric.
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    would love to see your pix on how you made this---sure looks like the old time paper cootie-catchers!
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    Thanks for sharing, looks like a great little project
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    Thanks for sharing - pretty neat

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    that is way cool

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    This thread wasn't supposed to be in Pictures, sorry everyone. Here are my steps if anyone wants to see what I did.

    I drew an equilateral triangle and used that for my diamond. Sides are 3" PLUS a 1/4" seam allowance added after I drew the diamond. The end pieces of the blue and the green row are the original equilateral triangle, again with the seam allowance added to each side.
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    Sew the diamonds together, you're just piecing diamonds.
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    Back view, I ironed all my seams in the same direction.
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    Then fold the pieced diamonds in half and piece the striped row to the blue row. You now have an inside out tube.
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    You stitch down the middle of every diamond, stuffing between. This part is awkward to sew, my seams weren't very straight. I wanted my sections really stuffed but it makes it hard for the sewing machine. I actually used my zipper foot so I could get as close to the stuffing as possible. If you really want perfect seams, don't stuff the sections too full.
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    When your section's are stuffed and sewn, join the two ends together. I stitched them together by hand (to baste it) and then went over it with my machine.

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    Those would be great to make for fun gifts or craft booth. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very interesting. I might have to make this and play with it myself. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    This is perfect for nursing home residents to who need to keep hands busy. I can see it working keeping someone busy for a long time. Another use, teaching colors.
    THANK YOU for the tutorial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjchad View Post
    This is great. Would love to see your pictures of your process. Perhaps you would post them in the tutorial section.

    Yes, do that....looks like an interesting learning instrument...for want of better wordage......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Yes, do that....looks like an interesting learning instrument...for want of better wordage......
    I don't know if I can post it in the tutorials? It was moved to this section. Sorry I don't know all the rules to this site.

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    I can't wait to try this – thanks for showing us how you did it! And yes, you should be able to post this in tutorials
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    I would love to see your instructions, I'm a visual person as well.
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    wow how neat!!!
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    Sooo neat! Hope you post a tutorial!

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    I am confused as to what this thing is...or is the construction the goal in itself?
    Is it a toy, a pillow, something to sit on?
    Maybe I missed something.

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    Does he have a template of the diamond shapes anywhere? I saw people were asking for it in the comments, but didn't see one posted there anywhere. I'd love to make one for a little boy I know who has deformed hands. His 2nd birthday is coming up, and I think this would be great for him!

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    Thanks - I know someone that would love that!

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    wonderful..If possible can you post your pictures on how to make. You are correct in that the other instructions are confusing.
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