Wherever I go, I cannot resist picking discarded bricks out of skips. I always do it very casually, not only to do a mental check that I'm bending my knees and not my back, but also to convince those passersby who watch you out of the corners of their eyes that you are in fact doing the opposite of fly-tipping.
The oldest shaped bricks ever found (on the site of a Neolithic settlement in Turkey) have been dated to 7,500 BC; poor students and other technically advanced peoples have been building brick structures ever since.
I stumbled across the Instructables / Etsy SewUseful contest at the latest possible moment and in a desperate bid to win a much coveted Singer sewing machine I wracked my brains and remembered the catalogue of useful things I've made using bricks - draught excluders, wine racks, desks and book cases, candle holders etc, etc So, I knew at once that I would have to sew a honest, utilitarian brick.
See the Fab-brick listing on Etsy
Step 1: Checklist
Materials for one brick:
1.40mm (or thereabouts) diameter cardboard tube; a double-walled corrugated cardboard box with two side panels measuring at least 42cm x 29.7cm to make a robust, brick-shaped hollow cardboard form
2. wood glue
3. screw cap spout from a fruit juice carton
4. a pack of yellow dusters, or fabric of your choice
5. recycled textile to pad the hard cardboard form
7. heat-fusible hemming web
8. Silver sand and/or sawdust to weight the brick
1. scalpel or utility knife, scissors
2. steel edged ruler
3. circle cutter
5. pencil & disappearing fabric marker
6. various elastic bands to use as you see fit to hold the cardboard panels in position whilst the glue hardens
Step 2: Measure Twice Cut Once
Following the dimensioned drawing cut out the panels for the outer shell; then calculating the thickness / guage of the cardboard you are using, measure and cut the panels of the inner shell.
At all times be mindful of where your scalpel / utility knife blade is in relation to your fingers and thumbs - need it be repeated that scalpels are made for the express purpose of incising flesh with the least possible effort.
Step 3: Assembly of the Cardboard Form: Step 1
Step 4: Assembly of the Cardboard Form: Step2
Step 5: Assembly of the Cardboard Form: Step3
Step 6: Assembly of Cardboard Form: Step4
Step 7: Assembly of the Cardboard Form: Screwcap Inlet / Outlet for Filling the Hollow Fab-brick
Step 8: Assembly of Screwcap Inlet / Outlet: Step1
I threaded the bent ends of the spring through two holes pierced in the cap. I thought that the brick could then be filled with dried pulses or aquarium gravel to weight it, as sand might escape from the holes in the cap. However the thickness of the side panel meant that there would be very little clearance in the cavity between the back of the spout and the cardbord tube wall of the first "hole-
through-the-brick" and that only sand or sawdust would be fine enough to be poured through this gap. I then cut a washer out of a thin sheet of plastic and threaded it onto the bent ends of the peg spring on the inside of the cap - this acts as a barrier to prevent sand from leaking out.
Step 9: Assembly of Screwcap Inlet / Outlet: Step2
Step 10: Assembly of Screwcap Inlet / Outlet: Step3
Step 11: Assembly of the Cardboard Form: Step 4
Step 12: Assembly of the Cardboard Form:final Step
Step 13: Underlay: Step1
Step 14: Underlay: Step2
Step 15: Sewing the Fab-brick Cover: Step1
For the flap to hide the recessed inlet/ outlet I doubled the piece of fabric, hemmed and stiched it's edges and then sewed it into the strip (as per the photo) that will cover the side panels. I turned over and pressed the long edges of the strip.
Step 16: Sewing the Fab-brick Cover Step2
Step 17: Sewing the Fab-brick Cover: Step3
Step 18: Sewing the Fab-brick Cover: Step4
Insert the linings of the holes.
Step 19: Sewing the Fab-brick Cover: Final Step
Once the brick has been filled with sand the flap can be stiched or bonded or glued over permanently to hide the recessed spout.
You need at least three bricks to make a draught excluder, now you see why a Singer QUANTUM(r) 9940 computerized sewing machine would be more than just appreciated!!!!! Hmm now I've got to figure out how to add this to the Etsy group. Tah Rah. Here's that link to my Etsy listing again