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Re: Stitching / Sewing Cradle



I learned to make a simple cradle very similar to the one you mention from
Shereen LaPlantz's book.  It works very well.

Bertha Rogers
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From:                   Patricia Grass <PAGrass@AOL.COM>
Subject:                Re: Stitching / Sewing Cradle
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> I teach my students to make a very simple cradle. You need binders board or
> even mat board will work for a cradle that doesn't get much use. The board
> should be 12 in. x 12 in. Cut a score down the middle of the square with a
> knife--go about half way through the thickness of the board. Fold the board
> square on the score to form a V shape. Cut two more pieces of board 8 in. x 8
> in.  Glue these 8 in. square to the ends of the V shaped board, one 8 in.
> board at each end of the V. One point of the V touches one corner of the 8
> in. square at the top and the other point of the V toucher the other corner
> at the top of the 8 in. square. This holds the V shape permanently and lets
> the cradle stand on the table. You can reinforce the joint of 8 in. board and
> V shaped board by cutting two more squares of board 4 in. x 4 in. Then cut
> these squares in half to form triangles. Glue the triangle to the 8 in.
> squares under the sides of the V, The hypotenuse of the triangle supports the
> side of the V.  In my classroom after about one semester of use the two sides
> of the V split at the fold--because of all the holes. The cradle is easily
> repaired by gluing a piece of light weight tag board over the fold of the V
> on the OUTSIDE of the V. We've used these cradles in the classroom for five
> years. I sell a kit through my business but tell everyone you don't need the
> kit--its very easy to make.
>
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