Hot Glue Gun Stencils

Instead of art journal prompts this week I’m experimenting with some art journaling techniques!

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This hot glue stencil technique is from mixed media artist Traci Bautista…..my art journaling hero. I’m in love with her studio…..click the image below to see more: [Read more...]

DIY Nautical Inspired Altered Tote (A Tutorial)

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I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.

Other materials:
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store

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Project Playroom: The Market Awning

I’ll call this series of posts Project Playroom because it is a work in progress. Lots of little projects leading up to one big reveal. I just have to pace myself and work on things as I feel up to it! We took the old LBB office and cleared it all out into a much bigger office. It was going to be the nursery but those plans are on hold for a bit until I am cancer-free and we figure out how we want to add to our family. So NOW it’s my new “writing room” and Boo’s new playroom….we needed a room JUST for that almost-four-foot-tall Barbie dream house she got for Christmas.

Boo loves her kitchen and she’s always wanted a market/grocery store to go along with it…..so I thought I’d devote one small corner to just that. Mr. LBB found this old awning that someone had tossed out:

 

 

I took off the existing awning to reveal the frame and Mr. LBB got out the power tools to make it a tad smaller. He’s always so great when I ask him to do little projects….you know I love my power tools, but I’m not feeling quite as strong as I used to so I don’t trust myself with the saws right now….I’d like to keep all my fingers and limbs if I can:

 

I used my seam ripper to take apart the existing awning cover. This is the easiest way to make a new pattern! Just take apart something old, trace it onto new fabric, and then put it back together the same way! That’s how even the biggest of companies do it!

 

I  bought some bright yellow canvas, bias tape, and thread at Joann’s. Hey, did you know Joann’s has an app now that you can load your 40% and 50% off coupons right at the register?  LOVE that.

 

 

I traced all my awning pieces onto the new canvas:

 

I sewed the pieces together and tested the fit of the awning on the frame. Looks good!

 

I made a little template so that I could cut the bottom into a scalloped edge:

 

 

I stitched white bias tape all around the raw scalloped edges:

 

The finished edges!

 

 

I used a simple freezer paper stencil to add the word “MARKET” to the front. The letters could be cut out by hand but my Silhouette machine cut them out in under a minute. You can see more about freezer paper stenciling here in my beanbag tutorial.

 

I used a sponge to dab white fabric paint onto my letters:

 

While the letters were still slightly damp, I carefully peeled off my freezer paper stencil and touched up the letters with a small paint brush:

 

Mr. LBB hung the market awning up in the playroom. Now I’ve got to create the actual market and stock it with lots of goodies!

 

I just ordered this antique milk scale off of Ebay the other day to hang in her market!  Isn’t it cool? It will be the perfect addition.

 

 

Click here to check out Project Playroom for all of our related projects!


Monogrammed Canvas Totes (A Tutorial)

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:

 

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I bought the large totes at Marshall’s.  You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers.  I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!

 

The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside.  It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Once the paint has dried thoroughly.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual  screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Place the paper onto the bag:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

A few of the finished bags!  They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:

 

 

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Just beachy :)

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 

Snowglobe Shirt – Tutorial

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When I was little I had such a fascination with snow globes…….I imagined a tiny enclosed living world inside.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
This was my submission for the “snow” theme in the SYTYC contest a few weeks back. I personalized it for a friend’s daughter which I think makes it a special gift idea. I used some remnants of the snow white fabric I had for it but you can use this tutorial to make a shirt in any theme you want.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com
To make something similar you will use the following techniques: freezer paper stenciling, fabric paint, fabric pens, applique and iron on transfers. The key is layering all the different techniques in the same order!

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: I traced a round globe shape…..

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
……and sketched a base.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 1a via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: I sketched out the location of the globe on a t-shirt using a disappearing ink pen.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: For the clouds, I sketched the cloud shape on a small piece of freezer paper and cut them out. (I use a razor blade for this but I recommend using an exacto knife for safety).

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: I placed the cloud stencil on the the globe and ironed to adhere it to the fabric. (Click here for more details on freezer paper stenciling).

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: Paint your clouds using fabric paint (I prefer Jacquard brand, it washes well and is soft) and let dry.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: I took a scrap of themed linen fabric…..

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com
….and applied fusible web to the back of the castle and to part of the linen with no print on it for the snowglobe base.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 6a via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: I cut out the castle and base shapes (with fusible web now on the back) and treat the edges with fray check or thread glue.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: I placed the snow globe base and castle onto the shirt (after peeling off the back paper from the Wonder Under….

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
…..and ironed them on according to instructions.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 8a via lilblueboo.com
Step 9: I used a ready-made ornate iron-on transfer…..

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 9 via lilblueboo.com
… to decorate the base of the snowglobe.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 9a via lilblueboo.com
Step 10: I stitched all the fabric shapes to the shirt to secure them.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 10 via lilblueboo.com
Step 11: I used a black Fabric Mate pen to draw in some snowflake shapes and to add an initial to the flag (also a fabric applique) flying above the castle.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 11 via lilblueboo.com
Step 11: I applied safe rhinestones as the last embellishments.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 11a via lilblueboo.com
Step 12: I cute a “globe” from clear vinyl PVC (you can find this is the table cloth cover section of your fabric store) and stitched it on top of my snowglobe.

Note: Vinyl is VERY hard to sew because it grips the foot and the machine. Try placing a piece of tracing paper in between the machine and the vinyl when sewing. It will rip cleanly off when you are finished and you can see through the tracing paper as well so you can see what you are sewing!

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 12 via lilblueboo.com
Step 13: I printed out the personalized message on iron-on transfer paper. Make sure to print your image in reverse! I always come up with something generic to print on the rest of the paper so I don’t waste any like clothing labels or size labels.

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 13 via lilblueboo.com
Step 14: Cut out your image to transfer and iron onto twill ribbon. Treat the edges of the ribbon with fray check or thread glue. (I also like to print several different sizes just to make sure one of them is the perfect fit!) Stitch your personalized label to the front of the globe base!

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial step 14 via lilblueboo.com
One finished snowglobe! Just make sure to wash on gentle cold and lay flat or hang to dry!

Snowglobe Shirt - Tutorial finished via lilblueboo.com

Please feel free to email me if you have questions!

Saturday LBB Gallery Share

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday morning! We are making biscuits and bacon (and Boo will steal half the bacon before I’m done). Just wanted to share a few creations this morning!
Sofia has done it again. I just love her little matching outfits she makes for her twins. Here she has used the Sienna Dress pattern combined with the Hoodie pattern and the girl/boy robot downloads! I love how artsy her clothes are! The robots were done using reverse freezer paper stenciling.
Mom2Stars made this adorable birthday dress for her daughter using the Halter/Tie-Back Dress pattern. I love the little “3″ she stenciled on the back with the heart on it using a freezer paper stencil. I really want this dress! Boo’s birthday is in February so something like this would be perfect as a layered jumper and then she could wear it well into the summer. (Mom2Stars….send me your blog address when you get a chance! I couldn’t find you!)
Saturday LBB Gallery Share 4 via lilblueboo.comPhoto from LBB Flickr Gallery
Lisa made this little robot shirt using the robot download. Handmade gifts are so great. What little girl wouldn’t want to get this for Christmas!? Lisa, where did you get those cute handmade tags?
Saturday LBB Gallery Share 5 via lilblueboo.com
photo from Ellebows

Snowdrift Dress – Tutorial

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This was runner up for my submission for this coming week’s snow theme over at SYTYC. I made two “crafts” but this was the one that didn’t quite make the Lil Blue Boo cut so here it is! You can use this technique to make any print you like….I just chose snowflakes because of the holiday season! Use it on t-shirts or pants too! A very simple reverse freezer paper stencil technique:

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Solid color fabric (white or another light color works best)
Dyn-A-Flow Silk Paint* (I only needed a 2.25 oz jar)
Spray bottle
Freezer paper
Scrapbook Punch

*Not typically available at your local craft supply store….I got mine from Dharma Trading.

Step 1: Cut out the pieces of your clothing pattern.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Cut your shapes from freezer paper using a scrapbook punch.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Step 3:
Starting at the bottom of your pattern pieces start to iron on each shape (or snowflake in this example). I overlapped the pieces to resemble accumulating snow at the bottom.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Mix your Dyn-A-Flow Silk Paint into a spray bottle: 1 part water to 1 part paint. I did the entire dress with one small jar of paint. This paint is really thin but strong (resembles a dye)….which leaves your fabric really soft unlike other paints.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Lay out your fabric on a protective covering and lightly spray the entire surface. Do not spray too much or the dye will seep under the freezer paper shapes.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 4a via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: As each layer dries, spray another layer……continue until you reach the desired color and coverage.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Press each pattern piece with a hot iron to set the dye. You can wash your pieces before sewing if you prefer.

Snowdrift Dress - Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com

Finished! Boring old white fabric made into a vibrant custom print! Click here to see other projects and tutorials with freezer paper stenciling.

Linen Snow White (Updated)

Do you have a fabric that you leave untouched just because you can’t bear to cut it? That was this Snow White themed linen I bought from Lisa at This and That from Japan (check out her linen themed fabrics….bananas). I love it so much I just wanted to keep it on the shelf to look at….but I made myself cut it last night. I made this cute little Snow White skirt and matching shirt for Sienna.

Linen Snow White (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
I love the magenta and green colors of the Snow White theme on this linen. It might be my favorite fabric ever.

Linen Snow White 2 (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
The skirt has some dainty lace on the underside so it peeks out just enough.

Update: The skirt was made using Jona’s Evelyn Skirt Pattern (which is my favorite skirt pattern ever)…..I just left off the contrasting band because I couldn’t find any other fabric that was nice enough to pair with the linen!

Linen Snow White 3 (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
The shirt was made using a freezer paper stencil and applique using the same techniques I used for the Tinkerbell skirt I made here. The tiny linen leaves and the Snow White are applique and the tree was hand stenciled using these fabric paints.

Linen Snow White 4 (Updated) via lilblueboo.com

Green Robot

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I used my new little robot to make a set of pajamas for my nephew who turns 3 this weekend. The robot is a freezer paper stencil onto a white t-shirt and I made the pajama pants from some green robot print fabric.
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I printed the robot directly onto freezer paper, cut out the image and used fabric paint (Jacquard is of course my favorite) to fill in the image. (Read this tutorial for more info on freezer paper stenciling, and fabric paint.) The greens don’t match exactly….but I didn’t have the right blue paint to mix with the yellow!
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I’m definitely going to use him again soon! Here is my template if you want to make your own. Click to download the PDF:
Robot template and freezer paper stencil tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This robot template is for personal and home use only. Please email me at ashley (at) lilblueboo.com for more information. Thank you for respecting my copyright!
If you are making more than one print try this easy contact paper screen printing tutorial!

 

Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling

I’m finishing up the new fall patterns and my t-shirt and knit fabric stash was running critically low….so I resorted to “reverse” freezer paper stenciling this weekend to spruce up some boring ones.

Step 1: I cut out shapes using my large scrapbook punches.

Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling step 1 via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: I ironed them onto the plain t-shirt.
Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: I mixed about a teaspoon of fabric paint with water into this spray bottle.

Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling step 3 via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: I sprayed the t-shirt until it was covered.

 

Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling step 4 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: I let them dry, peeled off the shapes, and ironed them to set the paint. Voila…..fun prints to work with.

 

 

Reverse Freezer Paper Stenciling step 5 via lilblueboo.com

The one above made some great sleeves for a little dress I was working on:

 

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