Guess what? Math IS awesome. Have I lost my mind, you ask? No. I think math is awesome because I don’t have to do any! I happen to spend my real life working everyday in AutoCAD. Aside from drawing construction details, it’s also a fantastic program for planning out sewing projects.
Once I have my little sketch
I just re-draw that image in AutoCAD. This sounds complicated but for something like this robot it took all of about 6 minutes until I had this simple drawing.
The best part is the handy little dimension tool that figures out exactly how big everything is. I can measure down the 32nd if I wanted to (but I don’t).
This is also great for figuring out complicated quilt blocks or exactly how much fabric I’ll need for a project.
If I’m working on something really complicated or with a limited amount of material (like one square of bamboo felt) I’ll make a cutting template. I measure the size of my material, in this case 20” x 22” and then lay out the size of each piece already dimensioned with my dimension tool. And another awesome feature that makes AutoCAD ideal for sewing projects? It’s the offset tool. I can decide my seam allowance, here it’s ¼” and offset all my pieces to include the finished cutting size. I’ll end up with something like this.
If I’m feeling especially fancy (always) or I just want to get a better idea of how something will turn out I’ll make a PDF of the line drawing for a little Photoshop magic. For example, this is how I plan my ScottBot to turn out.
We’ll see what happens.