v and co tutorials Long Overdue Fusing Plastic Bag Tutorial I realized this afternoon that I basically explain this technique to an Etsy Labs visitor at least once a day, but had never put the instructions online. So, here it is. Fusing! Plastic! What you'll needPlastic bags (thin, flimsy ones work best)Parchment paper, freezer paper or plain old copier paperIron (and your favorite ironing surface) Making it Flatten out the bag and trim the bottom seam and handles off. Turn the bag inside-out if it has printing on it. Next, run a hot iron (we set ours to "Rayon", but you will need to experiment a little to see what works for you) and keep the iron moving constantly. Peel a corner of the paper back to see if the plastic is fused together. Peel the parchment paper away from the finished plastic sheet. Here are a few more rad examples of what you can do with this stuff, courtesy of Etsy seller Eclipse Alright, y'all.
T-Shirt Bracelets | Family Chic SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011 | Comments: 45 Brightly colored t-shirts that are too small for my daughters now, have found new life as bracelets. For this project you will need some old t-shirts and a bunch of bangle bracelets. Try using old bangles that you already own, check thrift stores or pick up some up for a few dollars at Target, Walmart – or even the sale bins at Old Navy. Cut t-shirt in 1/2" to 1" wide strips. Loosely tie one end of the t-shirt strip to the bangle and start wrapping fabric around bracelet – the tighter the better. Wrap fabric all the way around until you meet the first knot – untie the knot and tie both ends together to close. I found this technique worked well for us – but you could also use a glue gun to secure ends. We made a ton of these bracelets this morning – my daughters really enjoyed it.
Tee-soi Itse Valas You can find the tutorial in English here. ETA in February 2012: Hi! Nice of you to stop by! There will eventually be an English translation of this tutorial, so please have some patience:) In the meanwhile, I'm sorry to put up this disclaimer: It's OK to link back to this post, but it is not OK to copy all the photos and the tutorial, or translate it to another another language. Ja mainittakoon sama myös suomeksi: valaitten ompelu omaan käyttöön tai lahjaksi on OK, mutta kaupallinen käyttö ja kopiointi on kielletty. Denimvalaan ohjeesta tuli useampikin kysely, mikä ilahdutti kovin ja kauhistutti vielä enemmän – en nimittäin tule kovin hyvin juttuun ohjeitten kanssa. Valaaseen tarvitaan laje vanhoista farkuista, pikkutiplu sinistä puuvillaa silmiä varten, täytevanua, ompelukone, lankaa ja hiukan kärsivällisyyttä. Aloitetaan leikkaamalla farkunlahkeista valaan selkäpalat (2 kpl), vatsapuoli (2 kpl), pyrstö (2 kpl) ja evät (4 kpl). Vatsapuolen muodon voi kopioida selkäpalasta. Tadaa!
Tutoriel ~ ~ chemise à volants I have been a big fan of Down East Basics and Shade for a few years now. I wear Wonder tees from Down East all the time. They are comfortable, modest (hide everything I need to hide and when I bend over it doesn't flash people) and since it is not baggy, I wear it under a cardigan all the time. There is only thing I was hoping for... Then, one day I was at a Down East store, and going through their sales rack and found this... I couldn't believe my eyes, yes, I know, it was a $1!!! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. You can stop here. 7. 8. 9. 10. That is what I did today. Except, Rachel kept telling people, "There is an American flag hiding!"
Tutorial: Patchwork Wristlet Thank you to many of you who requesteda tutorial on this pouch. This wristlet,measuring approximately 6 3/4" x 5",has some fun features including three insidepockets for cards and a chap stick and a littleloop outside the pouch that holds a key chain.I have been making tons of these pouches justbecause this project is simple, easy, quick, fun,and quite addictive, so I hope you enjoy this tutorial. We start off with twenty four 2 1/4" squares.(Once again, seam allowance of 1/4" isincluded unless otherwise noted.)Twelve of them will be one side, andthe other twelve go to the back side. We now take the twelve squares that come toone side of the pouch. Then we'll makepatchwork strips of columns. Fun ;) After you have four strips, it's time to press. Pressing seam allowances like this will makeyour finished patchwork piece less bulky andit helps to ensure that each corner of a squarepiece matches with corners of other squares around it. We'll sew them together. Then press seams open! like that.
DIY - Soda Can Purse - The Go Green Blog I love this purse made from recycled soda cans. It is so cute and of course eco-friendly. Supplies Needed: Soda CansStapler & StaplesPurse TemplateKnife & ScissorsRulerCopierNaugahyde or Similar FabricGlueWireNail or Hole Punch Step 1 - Trace out a purse shape (including the handles) onto paper, you just need the two large sides. Step 2 - Next, number each square & rectangle shape and make a copy of the paper. Step 3 -Then, take a bunch of soda cans, clean them and cut the tops & bottoms out of them with a knife and then regular scissors. Step 4 -Trace the cut out shapes onto the cans. Step 5 - Next, arrange the shapes back into the purse template and use a stapler with regular staples to join the can pieces. Step 6 -For the bottom and sides of the purse, created one long strip of soda can pieces. Step 7 -After you have all three pieces of your purse, trace out the purse shapes onto naugahyde, or some sort of vinyl or pleather would probably work fine, just as long as its durable.
Creative Kismet & Blog Archive & little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! by sophie b. l'éco-design à la française Avec une chemise de l’Homme « ★ By Xilaa ★ Pour inaugurer ce nouvel espace, je profite de l’occasion pour vous présenter ma dernière pêche dans l’armoire de Monsieur … J’avais déjà lorgné sur cette chemise depuis quelques temps, mais il semblait trop l’apprécier pour la subtiliser ;-) Voilà qui est fait … j’avoue que j’en ai même profité pour choisir mon prochain ouvrage … mais là … silence … je patiente un peu ! Sait-on jamais ! Une encolure froncée, des ourlets roulottés et je me suis régalée en ajoutant mes petits boutons mignons en forme de coeur ! Je regrette juste de ne pas en avoir eu assez pour les placer sur les manches … il va falloir que j’y retourne ! J’en profite pour vous souhaitez la bienvenue dans ce nouvel espace ! Like this: J'aime chargement… Tagué: Couture, reconstructing clothes
gathered clutch tutorial A huge thanks to Dana and Disney for doing such a great job of rounding up all sorts of wonderful mother's day projects! Materials needed: 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you'll definitely have scraps leftover)8" zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the packagescraps of medium weight fusible interfacingCutting the pieces: For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5" tall by 9" wide, and one 5.5" tall by 13" wide (this will be the gathered front) Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5" tall by 9" wide For the front band, cut one piece 4" tall by 9" wide. Seriously, the most time consuming part for me is always picking out my fabrics and cutting them, the rest goes together pretty easy, so let's go! Take the front band piece and fold it in half the long way (right sides together) and sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Grab the 13" wide main exterior piece.
Video Podcast: How to Make a Handbag out of a Recycled Book » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: handbag, purse, bag, book I have a penchant for purchasing stuff that’s cool, but for which I don’t have specific plans or use. Case in point: I have piles of pulp and sci-fi novels from the 40s-60s. The art and colors are amazing, and the language provides for ridiculous quotes for ages. Thus, enter this project: an adorable handbag featuring the incredible art of ‘literature’. Click play, or go here to watch the video. Materials:• A hardbound book with an appealing cover• Fabric (1/2 yard or so)• Sewing machine or needle and thread• Scissors• Utility knife• Craft glue• Store-bought [or handmade] purse handle• Colored markers• Polyurethane finish, Mod Podge, or watered-down white glue 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Don't forget to subscribe to the new Curbly YouTube channel. Like repurposing old stuff? Tagged : handbag, purse, bag, book, style, recycle, alternative_uses, literature, fashion, video, the-fix-its, CurblyVideo
Koala Bear Amigurumi | Free Pattern &Tutorial at CraftPassion.com I found a Koala Amigurumi Pattern in the Woman’s Day website and I have some off-white and gray organic cotton yarns on hand, so I made a pair of these small little stuffed koalas for my kids in reverse color. Some ideas to make it differently: 1. This adorable little koala is about 3-5″ tall only (depend on your yarn and the matching hook size), install a key ring on it’s head and turn it into a key chain, hang it to the bag’s zipper. 2. If we sew the limbs closer to the center of the body and insert 4 small strong magnets to the tip of each limb, you can make it “huggy” and hug on a tree branch or at the edge of your curtain or your pencil, ruler etc… 3. 4. Follow the crochet pattern at the above pattern link to crochet all the parts of the koala, which consist of: 1 head (stuff firmly and complete) 1 body 1 nose 2 ears 4 limbs Remember to leave a long yarn end (about 6-8″) for every part so that you will have enough yarn to sew. Lastly, stuff and sew the limbs to the body.