Monogrammed Canvas Totes (A Tutorial)

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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:

 

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Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..

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…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.

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I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:

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Once the paint has dried thoroughly.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Step 1: I traced a round globe shape…..

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……and sketched a base.

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Step 2: I sketched out the location of the globe on a t-shirt using a disappearing ink pen.

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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).

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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).

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

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Step 6: I took a scrap of themed linen fabric…..

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….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.

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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.

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Step 8: I placed the snow globe base and castle onto the shirt (after peeling off the back paper from the Wonder Under….

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…..and ironed them on according to instructions.

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Step 9: I used a ready-made ornate iron-on transfer…..

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… to decorate the base of the snowglobe.

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Step 10: I stitched all the fabric shapes to the shirt to secure them.

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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.

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Step 11: I applied safe rhinestones as the last embellishments.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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One finished snowglobe! Just make sure to wash on gentle cold and lay flat or hang to dry!

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Please feel free to email me if you have questions!

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:

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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.

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Step 2: Cut your shapes from freezer paper using a scrapbook punch.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Step 6: Press each pattern piece with a hot iron to set the dye. You can wash your pieces before sewing if you prefer.

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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.

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I love the magenta and green colors of the Snow White theme on this linen. It might be my favorite fabric ever.

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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!

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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.

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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:
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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.
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Step 3: I mixed about a teaspoon of fabric paint with water into this spray bottle.

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

 

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Step 6: I let them dry, peeled off the shapes, and ironed them to set the paint. Voila…..fun prints to work with.

 

 

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

 

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Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil

I don’t do a lot of scrapbooking (I am YEARS behind unfortunately…it is on my “list” to catch up)…..but I do LOVE those little paper punches. I use them to make freezer paper fabric stencils…my simple, inexpensive way to “screen-print” at home.
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I punch out the shapes into a strip of freezer paper….
Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil 2 via lilblueboo.com
….and sometimes use both the shape and the “negative” image left behind.
Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil 3 via lilblueboo.com
I used blue watered-down paint to make the red fabric look more purple and used the freezer paper punches to leave a random design behind…..
Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil 4 via lilblueboo.com
…….and the result was perfect for the “ruffle” I was about to sew.
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A star punch…..
Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil 6 via lilblueboo.com
….used to make a cluster of “floating” stars on a dress…..
Scrapbook Punch to Fabric Stencil 7 via lilblueboo.com
……an easy spruce up to a dull grey t-shirt!
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Just remember:
:: Put a layer of freezer paper in between your fabric layers so that paint doesn’t bleed through to the other side.
:: Iron your dry paint layers to heat “set” them so they don’t wash out!
Click here to see other freezer paper stenciling projects that I’ve done.

Beanbag Tutorial – Learning to Spell

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These beanbags were Sienna’s and my project yesterday afternoon. Who doesn’t love beanbags? We made one for each letter of her name.

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Sienna doesn’t know how to spell yet but she loves counting them and we also play “bean bag horseshoes” with them….trying to toss them as close as we can to a target.

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First, I made a square template 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ and used it to cut 2 squares from each piece of scrap fabric I had.

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I cut 8.5″ x 11″ pieces of freezer paper to run through my printer (there is a file at the bottom of this post with the full alphabet that you can print). I printed out S-I-E-N-N-A in both capital letters and lowercase letters. Then I cut out around the letters and also cut pieces of blank freezer paper to place behind the fabric. I used a razor blade to cut out the letters to make a stencil.

Note: Freezer paper has a waxy side that adheres to the fabric when you iron it on. The non-waxy paper side should be on the side you are going to iron. Make sure to adhere all the edges and your paint won’t go on any area that you’ve ironed the paper onto! Just be careful not to use too much paint on each layer….or the freezer paper will start to unstick if it gets too wet. Do 2-3 light coats of fabric paint!

I ironed each freezer paper stencil onto the front of a piece of fabric (and ironed a blank piece to each back to keep paint from bleeding through).

Then I used Jacquard Fabric Paint to fill in each stencil.

Note: Be careful not to use too much paint on each layer….or the freezer paper will start to unstick if it gets too wet. Do 2-3 light coats of fabric paint!

How to make personalized beanbags paint via liblueboo.com

Once dry, I peeled off the freezer paper stencil and voila!

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I placed each piece of fabric right sides together and pinned.

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Then I started in the middle of one side of a square (do not start on a corner) and I sewed all the way around with a 1/2″ inseam. I stopped 1″ from where I started sewing to leave an opening.

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I turned the square right side out and ironed flat (this also heat sets your paint).

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Next I top-stitched around the edges of my square making sure to leave an opening where the previous one was (so that there is hole to put the beans through).

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I had a great assistant helping to fill the beanbag with dried pinto beans…..

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…..until she got a little out of hand and started “bathing” in them.

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I filled the beanbag 3/4″ full and then sewed the opening shut!

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One cute little beanbag finished!


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We plan to do the entire alphabet, but 7 beanbags was all we had time for today!

 

 

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