DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags | a Free Printable

Make your own Halloween Treat bags with this free printable download by artist Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Planning for Halloween at the last minute? These Halloween Trick or Treat graphics are great for trick or treat totes, favor bags and even t-shirts.  The free printable is available for download at the end of the post! So many ways to use them: CONTINUE READING

Industrial Fabric Rotary Cutters

The 411 on Industrial Fabric Cutters via lilblueboo.com

I got a ton of questions about the electronic fabric cutter featured in the Evolution of a Dress video yesterday….I figured it would be easier just to write a post about it! So here’s the 411….

I love the small rotary industrial cutters. They are easy to use and pretty darn quiet.  They can cut through about an inch of stacked fabric. You can purchase the smaller industrial cutter that I have for under $100 here. I own several different brands including the Yamata.

The 411 on Industrial Fabric Cutters 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

I love that it is self sharpening….just push the button and the little grinder sharpens your blade. Just be careful of the sparks around fabric!

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Bias Tape (A Tutorial and Project Roundup)

Bias Tape Tutorial and Crafts via lilblueboo.com

I love bias tape….but I seriously dread making it. My bias tape machine makes it a little more fun…..and Boo LOVES watching it work (I do too).

 

Bias Tape Tutorial and Crafts via lilblueboo.com

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Fabric Covered Buttons (A Tutorial)

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love fabric covered buttons. There are so many unique uses for them as you’ll see in our project roundup at the bottom of this tutorial.

To make the buttons you’ll need a metal button kit which comes in many sizes and can be found in most sewing stores:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Optional Step: Personally, I like to paint my buttons with an acid free primer first so that the metal doesn’t reflect light from under the fabric once they are made:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 1: Cut a fabric circle slightly bigger than the button you are making:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Carefully push the fabric around the edges of the button and under the metal prongs that will keep the fabric in place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use a point from a seam ripper to carefully grab stubborn, small areas and force them under the prongs:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Continue until all the fabric has been pushed under the prongs.

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the metal backing onto the back of the button……

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a spool of thread to push it down into place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished button!  I love using novelty fabric such as the folk art print below:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just a few button crafts we found around the web!

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com1. Button Hair Clips from Better Homes & Garden

2. Button Wreath from CountryHome

3. Fabric Button Earrings from Sada Lewis

4. Fabric Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

5. Fabric Button Brooches from Sania Pell

6. Button Necklace from FiskarsCrafts

7. Pointed Flower Tutorial from Creation Corner

8. Covered Button Ties from Martha Stewart

9. Covered Button Blossoms from Martha Stewart

10. Covered Button Bookmarks from My Three Sons

 

 

 

 

This post is part of a new ongoing series:

Sewing Basics with lilblueboo.com

 

 

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