One Format to Rule Them All




Introduction: One Format to Rule Them All

About: We're born, we make, and we die. So start making!

Disclaimer: You may not get the same results, but you will most likely have fun making it.

*Always have the disclaimer on the top of the first page, so people see it.

I am a maker. I make many things with many different techniques. This is the root of my biggest problem for the "Beyond the Comfort Zone" Instructable contest. My problem is that I already know how to use MOST tools. The tools that I don't know how to use are massive machinery that I couldn't get my hands on even if I tried. So what is this whole Instructables about? It's about my weakness...writing. For me, writing is boring. I don't feel like I am conveying what I am really trying to.

This goal of this Instructable is to create a form for all other Instructables. This will make it so that all Intsructables will focus on the idea, and how the project is made. Instead of looking through the entire thing just to find the parts list. To make it easier to follow, I am going to make the rest of this Instructable about an actual project. The project it will be following is one of my weakest making skills...sewing. I have never been great at sewing, the one time I tried sewing, it ended up crooked and the seams started to fall apart. As my sewing project guide. I am going to be sewing a bracelet that has a six inch rule on it, and magnets in it to hold parts.

*Whatever is after an asterix and is bold is referring to how it is supposed to be formatted

*The "Intro" section, this section, is the place where you explain what you are going to do, why you are going to do it, and any other miscellaneous things.


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Step 1: Materials and Tools


  1. canvas/fabric$7.78
  2. magnets$4.49
  3. thread$4.90
  4. double-sided tape$4.87

*The Materials are numbered so that you can use the numbers to refer to the material later. This is especially helpful with many materials that are similar, such as different size screws.

*All the links in the Instructable should open link in new tab.


Total Cost:$22.04

*The "/" means "or"

*If possible, include a link to all tools and materials.

*The total cost does not include the tool costs, although it is still necessary to include the cost of the tool next to it,

*Just a general rule, materials are things that use use, and you have less of at the end, like hot glue sticks. Tools are things that you have the exact same thing at the end, like a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Cut

I started thinking that I could engrave/burn onto the fabric. But as I messed with the settings, I found that I could only cut or not cut. That forced me to change my plans. I then decided to cut a paper template that I could use to mark the magnet placements, and paint the ruler marks. I cut the template, and used it to mark the magnet placements. When I used it to paint, it didn't work that well. So I cut the ruler marks into a piece of tape, and then used the tape as a stencil to paint the lines. This worked great.

*If what you did is something different that what you recommend the audience does, describe what you did and why you did it in top part of that step. This helps teach others, and ensures they will not do what you did.

The way I recommend completing the cutting portion of this project is as follows. Cut out the lines into tape (the file has numbers next to the lines, but I did not decide to use them. It would just make it a more complicated stencil). Cut two pieces of fabric with no holes. Cut out one piece of fabric with holes.

Step 3: Assemble

I used the paper I cut to mark the locations for the magnets. I then super glued the magnets onto the marks. Then I put the fabric with holes over the magnets, so the top of the fabric was flush with the top of the magnets. Then I put more super glue onto the magnets, and put the last blank fabric strip onto the magnets and glue.

I would recommend that you apply double sided tape to one of the blank fabric strips, and then put the fabric with holes onto it. Push the magnets through the holes onto the tape. Look at the picture to see the magnet orientation. Then put more double sided tape onto the magnets and the fabric with the holes in it. Finally, put on the last piece of fabric. The reason for using tape instead of glue is that the glue turned the fabric white, which looks ugly and makes the fabric much more rigid.

Step 4: Sewing

I actually did this step correctly. Sew a border about 1/8 from the edge. If you want the magnets to be more secure, you could sew in between them.

*Short instructions are OK, it feels weird to me, but as long as the reader can understand them it does not really matter how long the instructions are.

Step 5: Paint

I also got this step perfect the first time. I simply placed the stencil on the fabric, and painted two coats. I let it dry for 20 minutes and when I pulled it off it looked great!

Step 6: Specs

Width: 2 inches

Weight: 21 grams

Length: 7.5 inches

Holds 12 screws

Has a 6 inch ruler with increments of 1/8 inch

*The specs page describes the physical attributes and what the project does.

Step 7: Conclusion

*The conclusion is always the last thing. It is the place for anything that did not fit anywhere else (miscellaneous). It is also the place to conclude how the project went. Maybe you wanted to update the Instructable? This is where you would do it. The date of the update should be included with the update.

I learned a lot during this Instructable. I massively improved my sewing skills, I also made a form that will help me make more, and higher quality Instructables. Hopefully, it will help others as well. One massive thing that I learned was that it is super easy to laser cut fabrics, but nearly impossible to burn/engrave it.

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Thanks for reading/learning

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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thanks dianad 1, I believe asteride is supposed to be asterix


    3 years ago

    This is a great idea! The point of this instructable is to make a guide for other people on how to make Instructables. Consistent formatting in writing helps readers take in information faster and with less confusion. This instructable is analogous to writing guides for magazine articles.

    Using a sample project helps to explain the concepts, since writing about writing can be confusing. There are some grammar and word usage issues that made this a little confusing (for instance, what is an "astride"?), but the concept is solid!

    I might add one step: consider having someone who is good with grammar edit your Instructable before posting it to make sure that grammar gaffs don't sidetrack your readers.

    Congrats on branching out to an area with which you are less familiar.


    3 years ago

    Just curious: why do you explain how to make an Instructable WITHIN your Instructable? The title is "One Format to Rule Them All". Is that for the item you are making or directions on how to make an Instructable? I agree with your info. I'm just not sure what your focus is. Thank you!


    Reply 3 years ago

    The title was a bit confusing at first but once i realized what Zposner was trying to do it all clicked. Here is a guide to a proper way to format an instructable so it is easy to understand and gets the information across to the readers as well as some handy dos and don'ts of IBLE writing.

    Well done Zposner.


    3 years ago

    Gotcha! Well written instructables are always appreciated!


    3 years ago

    The title is for the parts that explain how to make an Instructable


    3 years ago

    The idea was that the Instructables is a 2-in-1, it explains how to make a good Instructables, but because it would be boring by its' self, it uses a making project to explain it. I don't know if it really has a focus, it sort of switches back and forth. Although the common thread throughout is a project that is improving my skills. And my two weakest skills are writing and sewing. Thank you for your input! I am glad you liked it.