Instead of art journal prompts this week I’m experimenting with some art journaling techniques!
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.
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store
I’ll call this series of posts Project Playroom because it is a work in progress, the making of a DIY Play Market staring with the awning. 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. Brett found this old awning that someone had tossed out:
I took off the existing awning to reveal the frame and Brett 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:
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:
Brett 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.
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.
They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.
It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:
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.
You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.
First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:
After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.
Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.
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:
Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..
…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.
I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:
Once the paint has dried thoroughly.
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.”
I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.
I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:
Place the paper onto the bag:
Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:
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.
Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:
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!
I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:
When I was little I had such a fascination with snow globes…….I imagined a tiny enclosed living world inside.
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.
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!
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).
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).
Step 5: Paint your clouds using fabric paint (I prefer Jacquard brand, it washes well and is soft) and let dry.
….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.
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.
Step 11: I applied safe rhinestones as the last embellishments.
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!
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.
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!
Please feel free to email me if you have questions!
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:
Solid color fabric (white or another light color works best)
Dyn-A-Flow Silk Paint* (I only needed a 2.25 oz jar)
*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.
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.
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.
Step 5: As each layer dries, spray another layer……continue until you reach the desired color and coverage.
Step 6: Press each pattern piece with a hot iron to set the dye. You can wash your pieces before sewing if you prefer.
Finished! Boring old white fabric made into a vibrant custom print! Click here to see other projects and tutorials with freezer paper stenciling.
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.
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!
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.
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.