Ever wondered why fabric paint is so much more expensive than regular acrylic craft paint? Unfortunately I can’t tell you the reason why, BUT today I’m going to tell you how to make your own fabric paint and make a custom t-shirt using your new paint.
First, you’ll need to buy something called “fabric medium”. It is sold in the acrylic paint aisle at Michaels and Jo-Ann’s, it comes in a white bottle. (Here in Canada, I paid $1.69 for my bottle, and its about 99 cents in the USA)
Second, you’ll grab a paint tray and pour in some acrylic paint (for my project, I used a combination of yellow and red paint, to get a peachy colour). Then, you need to add some fabric medium to your paint, and stir it together. (the bottle suggests using a 2:1 ratio of acrylic paint to fabric medium) You don’t need to worry about the fabric medium altering the original colour of your paint. I read online that adding the fabric medium, which is a white liquid, to a given colour of paint would lighten the colour of the paint. This is not true. The colour did not change at all – which is just an added incentive to use fabric medium rather than expensive fabric paints.
Next you’ll need to either purchase a plastic template or make one of your own. Since I’m sticking to the theme of upcycling and using whatever I have on hand, I opted to make a template. I traced out the letters I wanted and very carefully cut out the inside of the letters, leaving me with a template.
Lay a t-shirt on the table and put a piece of cardboard inside. This is really important, you don’t want the paint to seep through the material and show on the back of the shirt. Tape your template in place so that it won’t slide around while you’re painting. Using a foam paint brush, go ahead and paint over top of your template. Once the paint is completely dry you can remove the template.
Next you need to lay your t-shirt down on the ironing board, so that the painted design is face down on the pad. (you’ll need to place some newspaper or a scrap piece of material in-between the ironing board cover and the painted design, if you don’t, when you iron over it, the paint will stain your ironing board cover (I know this because that’s exactly what happened to me…OOPS)
Lift up the back of your t-shirt and place your iron down so that it is inside of the t-shirt, and you can iron the underside of where your painted design is. The heat from the iron helps to fuse the paint onto the fabric (like using “heat n bond” products). Iron the area slowly for about 30 seconds. After the paint has “set” to your material/t-shirt it will still feel a bit rough when you touch the design. However, after washing your shirt for the first time the roughness will go away, and the design will be completely smooth – just like a purchased t-shirt. (Keep the shirt inside out when washing)
Now you can enjoy adding designs to all kinds of material items. This is also a great craft for kids to do.
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In my last blog post I talked about making a fabric Valentine’s Day garland.
I recently taught a children’s craft class on it. The kids really enjoyed a quick and easy project
If you’re interested in some other Valentine’s day themed sewing projects, you can check out my latest YouTube video by clicking on the link below.
Today I made some marvelous Valentine’s Day blondies using red & pink smarties. They taste absolutely amazing! You can find the recipe here:
The heart plate that I have the blondies sitting on is actually a fabric plate that I made using ModPodge. You can find my tutorial on how to make it by clicking this link
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
I recently saw this cute fabric garland in a store (the name of the store I won’t mention but I will tell you that it retails for $24.99 for a 5 foot strand) And I thought to myself – I can make that.
I cut a piece of twine that was approximately 5 feet long and tied a slip knot on both of the ends.
Then I cut a whole bunch of fabric pieces that measure 1 3/4 ” by about 6 1/2 ” (I also used the pinking sheer rotary cutter blade, so that the edges of the fabric won’t fray and they have a cute edging) I used various reds, white and pink.
Once I had a small pile of each of the fabrics, I began tying them onto the twine. I used two pieces of the same colour/print before moving onto the next colour/print in my pattern sequence. This just makes it look fuller. (ex. two reds, two pink gingham, two whites…etc)
Once I was finished covering the entire strand, I hung it across some of the fabric shelves in my studio! It looks adorable and was very inexpensive to make (compared to $24.99!) For those of you who know me well, you know I love the “country shabby-chic” look and this garland definitely portrays that style.
I think this could be re-created using green and white fabrics for a fun St. Patrick’s Day garland (you could even wrap the garland around a 18″ grapevine wreath and hang it on your front door!) It would also be really unique to hang in a nursery – pinks and yellow for a girl and blue and white for a boy’s room.
So many possibilities
Today’s tutorial is a Valentine’s Day table runner that I made using the little twister ruler. I know I’m a little late jumping on the bandwagon, but Twister rulers have been pretty popular since their release and I thought it would make a really sweet table runner for Valentine’s Day, using leftover bits of red and pink.
The instructions that come with the rulers are pretty self-explanatory…I first followed the instructions step by step to see what the final size would become. And it’s a good thing I did! (to put it nicely, the instructions were incorrect) It is always a good idea to make a sample piece before using a new technique in order to test the pattern. Doing reviews is something that I love to do, and lucky for you, I also enjoy sharing my thoughts and critiques.
The pattern that comes with the sample for the ruler says to use 4 x 6 squares at 5 inches each. These squares plus a border), once sewn together get cut apart using the ruler. The ruler will yield new squares that allow you to create a mock pin wheel block. Following their directions, it says their sample project will be 19 x 26 completed…and it actually only becomes 15 x 21. (That is a drastic difference and I am actually pretty disappointed that nobody corrected the error on their pattern)
So keep that in mind when altering the pattern to fit your desires.
To make the table runner, you’ll need to lay out 5 inch squares, 4 x 11 blocks. Once all of your blocks are joined together, you can add a 3 inch border all the way around. I used scraps of reds and pinks that I had leftover from various projects. Using the photo below as a guide, you’ll place the cross hairs of the ruler on top of the seams at your border, and working your way from left to right across the first row, you’ll cut out new squares. (See second photo)
It is super important to make sure that once you cut out your “new squares” that you keep them in order! Using the picture below as a guide, you’ll be able to re-join the new squares you are cutting into rows. Instead of having 4 x 11 squares you’ll now have 5 x 12 pinwheel blocks. Notice that the border now becomes a “background” fabric for the outer pinwheels.
Once you are finished joining all of your pinwheels together, you can add a backing and quilt as desired. I used a stippling technique to quilt mine and used a solid pink for the backing.
This would also be a really good technique to use up scraps of Christmas materials. (If it was done in shades of green, this would also look super cute for a St. Patrick’s Day runner)
I’ve decided to try and keep a steady theme this year throughout my tutorials, blog posts and YouTube videos. I want to try and focus on things that can be made using leftovers from other projects, random scraps or general items you may already own. Low-cost DIYs are the best kind of projects because if you’re reading this blog then you definitely have an appreciation and understanding for how CRAZY EXPENSIVE fabric, quilting supplies and general craft supplies are. I have another Valentine’s Day tutorial coming up in a few days and throughout the rest of the year I’ll put my creative mind to work to provide you with some low-cost projects
I previously posted a tutorial on how to make a DIY crayon roll. I have recently adjusted the design to create a case for crochet hooks, scissors, yarn needles, etc.
I have made this particular tutorial in a Youtube video. You can watch the video by clicking on the link below:
In order to enter the giveaway mentioned in the video (a chance to win the kit to make a crochet hook case just like the one I make in the tutorial) please comment on the Youtube video. Winner will be chosen on February 1st 2014.
I’ve recently added a few new videos to my Youtube channel, one of them being a tutorial for a microwave bowl cozy. This is a really handy item to have in your kitchen and makes a great gift! (Nothing like getting on those Christmas gifts a bit early! hehe)
Click the link below to watch the video
If you have any questions about anything in the video, please feel free to send me an E-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder to my students that the first day of classes for our second term is Saturday January 11th 2014 – I’m excited to see what all of my students will accomplish in the next few months.
I hope you’re all working away at some awesome Christmas gifts for your friends and family this year! Last year, I made a video on my YouTube channel called “Quilted Christmas Gift Ideas”, since I got a ton of awesome positive feedback from it, I decided to make another video this year. You can watch the video by following this link :
You’ll be able to get some inspiration and ideas for fast Christmas gifts that you can make using things you probably already have in your sewing stash!
Just to clear up any confusion, these two Christmas themed videos I have on my channel are solely intended to provide some fresh ideas to my viewers, they are not full-length tutorials, but if you had any questions about any of the items that I show, I would love to receive an E-mail from you! email@example.com
In order to get into the Christmas spirit, I hosted pillowcase campaign classes for my adult sewing students this year. Our goal was to make as many pillowcases as possible and donate them to a local retirement center.
The ladies in my classes worked so hard and I really appreciate all of their time and effort! I could not have done this without all of you!
So where did we send all of our pillowcases? I had the pleasure of giving the residents of The Carriage House retirement center (Oshawa Ontario) a small presentation about quilting and what I do!
I was able to personally hand deliver the pillowcases to all of the residents who came to watch my presentation. I cannot even begin to describe what an amazing feeling it was. I even got to meet some more fellow quilters, who happily showed me photos of some of the quilts they made in the past. I’m sure the pillowcases brightened their day and served as a Christmas surprise.
I recently participated in a charity craft show held at the Royal Canadian Legion, here in Oshawa Ontario.
Although sales weren’t exactly stellar, a good time was had by all.
As for me, life has been SUPER BUSY. (Who am I kidding? when has my life ever NOT been busy??)
Midterms are wrapping up (two more to go this week!) and finals are starting soon! That leaves little time for sewing anything for myself.
My sewing classes are going really well and lots of students have been completing projects and achieving goals. Below are some photos of my students’ recent work:
I have been also working on a couple new Christmas gift ideas and will hopefully have a new Youtube tutorial up for you soon!
Cutting: 2 pieces 5×15
1 piece 6×15
1 pieces of 1/2 inch elastic that is 6inches long
iron the 6inch piece in half so that the right side of the material is facing out. Pin it, on top of one of the 5inch pieces and draw lines that are 1 inch apart. I have made 12 slots, so that my crayon roll can hold 12 crayons. Sew on the marked lines, make sure you back stitch!
Grab your elastic and fold it in half. Pin it in the middle of one of the short sides.
Take your second piece of 5 inch fabric, and place it pretty side down on top of the pieces that you already have sewn together. Sew all the way around using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning.
Turn it right side out and hand stitch the opening closed. Top stitch if desired.
This pattern can be adapted to store crochet hooks, skeins of embroidery floss for cross stitching, makeup brushes or even pencil crayons. This is an ideal DIY for the upcoming Christmas season because you can make many of these in a short period of time using various scraps of fabrics.
Today is a sad day. I have decided I need to part with my Kenmore 19010 sewing and embroidery machine. It is in excellent working condition and has a variety of awesome features! Unfortunately I find myself using it less and less frequently, and I would like to sell it to someone who will get lots of use out of it!
It is an embroidery machine that has a colour touch screen and it also has all of the features of a computerized regular sewing machine. It has all of the original parts, accessories, pressure feet, pedal and cover. I also have a few accessories that I purchased separately from the machine, that I am going to include in the selling price. I have the customizer and the cloth-setter, which I spent a few hundred dollars on alone.
I’m selling it for $950 and I hope I can find a nice new home for it.
If you have any further questions or would like to inquire about it, please E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org