04 19, 2020

How to make your own face mask

By |2020-04-19T06:00:00-04:00April 19, 2020|

Our Tech Services Manager Pam has been sewing masks for those who need it during the stay-at-home order in Ohio. Here are the steps to make her favorite face mask.

1. Using quilting cotton fabric cut 3 pieces:

  • 11.5 inches by 8 inches (outer piece)
  • 7.5 inches by 8 inches (inner lining piece)
  • 4 inches by 3 inches (nose piece)

Picture12. Right sides facing, (this is the patterned side of your fabric together) center your lining piece face down to the top of your outer piece.

Picture23. Sew a ¼ seam allowance. Stitch the top of the inner lining to the outer piece and then stitch the bottom of the inner lining to the outer piece.

Picture34. Flip mask inside out and give it a good press.

Picture45. Fold the long edges of the nose piece in ½ inch, both sides.

Picture56. Fold the nose piece in half and press.

Picture67. Sew the nose piece in the center of your mask by stitching the long edge top and bottom.

Picture78. Referring to the video, iron in three pleats. Give the pleats a good press. Tack pleats down about 2 inches in on each side with a single line of stitching.

Picture89. Make the channels for ties on the side of your mask. Working on the wrong side, take one side fold in half, then fold again, so the channel meets your mask. Stitch channel down, pull ties through channel. Repeat for the other side.

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12 29, 2019

The Force is definitely with our new Geek Club

By |2019-12-29T06:00:22-05:00December 29, 2019|

You know you want a Baby Yoda keychain. Make one with our new Geek Club on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

You know you want a Baby Yoda keychain. Make one with our new Geek Club on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Teens can make lightsaber necklaces, Baby Yoda keychains, and Star Wars wallets with our new Geek Club at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at our Main Branch.

You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to save you a seat.

All creative types in sixth through 12th grade are welcome to join our new Geek Club – writers, crafters, painters, poets, sketchers, cinematographers, and more! Each month, we’ll tackle a different project. All experience levels welcome.

There will be snacks.

11 13, 2019

Get cooking with scrapbooking

By |2019-11-13T06:00:12-05:00November 13, 2019|

Kids can make a craft cool scrapbook on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School.

Kids can make a craft cool scrapbook on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School.

Kids (ages seven to 12) can craft DIY photo books during a program at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

We’ll provide all the supplies and help kids make unique scrapbooks. The program is free. However, we do require registration. You can sign up online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.

And if you’re feeling crafty, there’s never been a better opportunity to use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace. We’ve expanded The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

08 7, 2019

Make Your Own Galaxy Shoes

By |2019-08-07T06:00:12-04:00August 7, 2019|

Transform shoes with sharpies and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.

Transform shoes with sharpies and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.

Teens transformed plain canvas shoes into intergalactic kicks earlier this summer at our Main Branch.

Now, we’re going to show you how to do it too. All you need is:HB4116

  1. Plain canvas shoes. You can start with any color; but, if you pick white or light tan, your colors will show better.
  2. Permanent markers. Once again, you can pick your palette. Purples, pinks, blues, and turquoises all look great!
  3. Rubbing alcohol and a sprayer.

If there are any parts of the shoe that you don’t want colored, start by taping them off.

Then, go to work with the Sharpies. There’s no such thing as a mistake here. Make sure you switch up your colors a little and leave some space to blend, but anything you make will be eye-catching and unique.

Finally, use a spray bottle to liberally mist your shoes with rubbing alcohol. This will blend your colors.

If you want, you can also use white paint (fabric, acrylic, or even glitter) to add some stars.

When you’re finished, let the shoes dry for at least 24 hours before you wear them.

By the way, craft credit goes to Every Day Best for inspiring us.

 

06 20, 2019

Make an acrylic suncatcher at The HUB

By |2019-06-20T06:00:58-04:00June 20, 2019|

Make an awesome acrylic suncatcher on Wednesday, July 3, at The HUB's makerspace.

Make an awesome acrylic suncatcher on Wednesday, July 3, at The HUB’s makerspace.

Kids aren’t the only ones who get to craft at the library.

Adults can make an awesome acrylic suncatcher at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at our newest branch, The HUB inside Mentor High School.

You’ll use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create acrylic shapes that you can string together. We’ll supply the acrylic, wood, fishing line, and laser engraver.

The program is free to attend and open to all adults. However, due to space limitations, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up by calling The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, if you haven’t checked out The HUB, this summer is the perfect time

There’s never been a better opportunity to use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace. We’ve expanded The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

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