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Home Made Stamped Ribbon

I got this canvas material on sale.  I think that it resembles burlap.  It is almost a cross between the burlap look and the muslin look.  So I made some large script stamps to stamp it with!  I cut it into strips with rotary cutters and frayed the edges.  After I stamped using a fabric stamp pad, I spritzed it with glimmer spray.  Hello $22 a roll ribbon for under a dollar!home made ribbon home made ribbon

Home made fabric paint

I finally got to try this textile media which is supposed to turn your acrylic craft paint into fabric paint.  Hallelujah!  Fabric paint is REdiculous.  And zero color selection!  This stuff works like a charm.  You mix one part media with two parts paint.  It is very runny and thins down your paint a lot.  This is exactly what I wanted because I am making fabric paint stamp pads.

just three quarter sized dabs made enough for a stamp pad.  I just put a square of felt into an old lid and squished some of the mixture into the felt.  It’s awesome!  The perfect consistency for stamping IN ANY COLOR.  The medium is 5.99 at Hobby Lobby.  Don’t bother asking them where it is, they have never heard of it.  Just look for an aisle with lots of bottles!  But they DO have it.  Well worth the price since fabric paint runs around $6-$7 and a little goes a long way.  This is just a quick test, but stay tuned for lots of fun fabric printing projects!

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Draw String Backpack

Here is another great use for scraps.  A draw string back pack requires very little fabric and is quick and easy to make.  Two rectangles, Two “belt loop” pieces, and some para cord is all you need.  There are two separate pieces of para cord.  Each side loops around the top.  It is rather hard to describe without pictures which I didn’t get, but my 14 year old made this himself and has never before touched a sewing machine, so I am sure you will do fine!  My boys just love these silly things.  They fight over them and insist it’s the only way to carry things.  I am glad to find a craft that they can use, now where is the boy friendly fabric?  Who has camo fabric laying around, right?  Does that mean I’m a redneck?

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Fabric Antique Rose Tutorial

With my newly dyed material that is such a lovely antique pink, I couldn’t help but make some lovely roses.  These are incredibly easy!

Select synthetic material.  The material should melt, not burn

Select synthetic material. The material should melt, not burn

Cut relatively congruent circles. Precision is not necessary.

Cut relatively congruent circles. Precision is not necessary.

Evenly melt all the edges.  Try to keep it relatively roundish. Be smart.  Use tweezers.

Evenly melt all the edges. Try to keep it relatively roundish. Be smart. Use tweezers.

Tie them all together smallest on top, largest on bottom, curls going up.

Tie them all together smallest on top, largest on bottom, curls going up.

Pull them all together snuggly so that they nest.

Pull them all together snuggly so that they nest.

You can make several passes.  I am lazy, I just knotted it.

Secure with a knot.  You can make several passes. I am lazy, I just knotted it.

It's not something you want to do when you need them.  It's like yo yos.

Make a bunch! It’s not something you want to do when you need them. It’s like yo yos.

They are washable, and therefore wearable as long as you sew them on!  Put them on cards, scarfs, pillows, shirts, headbands, anything!

Embellish! They are washable, and therefore wearable as long as you sew them on! Put them on cards, scarfs, pillows, shirts, headbands, anything!

 

Darn this yellow light!  They really are quite pink! I probably have my house painted all sorts of crazy colors accounting for my ugly light bulbs!  And please forgive my brown fingers, as I had my hand in a pot of brown dye all day doing this!  So worth it!

Hand made flowers!  Awesome use of fabric scraps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyeing Fabric

I tie dyed when I was a teenager, but I had an adult help me and all I really remember was tying rubber bands.  But I am not so much into tie dying, for me that ship has sailed, I don’t care to ever see it again.  I really bought this Rit dye to try some home made spray ink for stamping.  (And because it was on sale). But before I got my spray bottles all filled up, it struck me to try a little dying.  I have several (I can’t say how many because husbandly ears are listening) pillow cases that are all white.  I am hoping to stamp them up, but really, I have so many that some other colors would be fabulous.

Before I read directions or formulated a plan I had a pot of water boiling on the stove.  Ah, good, the directions said to do that!  I got a little ahead of myself. I barely got the first case in before I was ready to try ombre! I didn’t measure the amount of water, it was just all crazy.  My first attempt was purple because I horded some of the powder.  After a few of those I threw caution to the wind and dumped the rest in the pot.  How about that!  It is brown after all.  Imagine if I followed directions!  It said to keep it simmering for 30 minutes.  I never made it that far.  I did manage to walk away for 5 minutes, but only because I was raiding closets looking for more material to experiment with!  It was crazy fun!

Here is what I ended up with.

Sepia!Now it is a goofy phone camera, so it is hard to tell, but basically everything is sepia!  I really didn’t want it dark dark brown like the box said it would be, so that is why I rescued it so quickly (that and I couldn’t stand the wait)  The dress was a soft pink with cream lace overlay.  Very cute, but after the sepia effect….GORgeous!  This picture shows better lighting, even still, it is a bit darker that this.  Check out the tulle underneath the skirt!  This is the material I am going to make another jean skirt out of!  I can’t wait!

20130828_172554So, I was bemoaning the fact that I had NO fall colors in my remnant basket! Not anymore!  I am off to buy some orange and red next!  After all, if you have been hanging on to fabric for 15 years, perhaps it is time to admit you really don’t like it!  I did get some really nice dark browns out of it too, but you will have to wait to see that.  They are still in the dryer!

Next I would like to try to bleach some designs.  I saw a blog where someone had a fabric dying party.  They had several bins of different colors.  Everyone brought a pack of dye and a bucket.  (Angels singing, clouds parting)  Fabric dying is definetly a fun toy!  I must do more!  And don’t forget to make some ink sprays with the extra!

ScrHappy Skirt

My youngest boy is about the same size as my girl.  He is growing out of some jeans, but they fit her just fine because she is a string bean.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought I’d have a go.

ScrHappy SkirtI didn’t quite get the ratio right on the ruffles, but she still loved it.  It is pretty much a no-brainer.  Cut off the jeans just above the crotch.  Try to make the cut as straight as possible.  Each ruffle should just about double in circumference. I ironed the seam of the jeans up so that it would hang a little straighter and stitched it down.

I am going to try this idea again with a dress I pulled out of her closet that was getting too small for her.  It is pretty great raiding closets and coming out with “brand new” clothes.  I think this scrapping thing might come in pretty handy!

Fabric Transfer with Citrasolve

After several hours of experiments and trips to several stores, and about 20 transfers to 5 types of materials, several washes and a bleaching session, I am ready to start working on a class for fabric transferring with Citrasolve.  Let me tell you, this is one craft that definitely deserves a class.  It ended up being very easy, but there are a few tricks that make it so. I did try acetone without success. It simply dries too fast. I was never able to find the elusive concentrated Citrasolve, but the regular strength seemed to work just fine.  Plus it comes in a spray bottle which is helpful.

I found that I could only get a good transfer when I let the solvent soak in for a few minutes, and kept it constantly wet until it showed signs of setting. You have to press firmly and should expect almost all the ink to transfer to the fabric leaving the paper blank.

Some fabrics are easier than others.  The thicker the fabric the harder you must press and the more solvent you must supply.  Sheer scarf material is the easiest.  Canvas turned out surprisingly nice too.

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Heat setting is necessary. I did a wash test and the heat set transfer held up better.  Bleach did not affect the transfer. The iron should not be dragged across the image and you must use the dryer to heat set fabric that melts with an iron! See aren’t you happy I experimented for you!

I am very happy with the results.  This will definitely be a fun class! I see napkins and aprons and tea towels! I may make my self some french script sheers.