Fabric Ideas

Shaving Cream and Fabric-Dish Towel and Coasters

 The swap theme for our March Stamp Club is anything but a card.  I always look forward to this theme as I know the Stamp Club members will come up with some really great ideas.

Since I've been on a Shaving Cream Technique kick the last couple of weeks as I prepped for an upcoming class for the Ladies of Wetmore, I thought I'd try something slightly different by doing the technique on fabric using fabric paints.  My original idea was to give shaving cream dyed dish towels as my contribution to the swap.  I purchased some flour sack dish towels at my local ***mart and gave the technique a try. 

Shaving cream technique 059 Although it worked, and my first try came out great (see photo), I decided it was a little too cumbersome to do simply because of the size of the towels. 

So, I decided to go with Plan B and scale the project down somewhat by making shaving cream fabric coasters!

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They were simple to do although it did require a little bit of sewing to put them together.  Honestly, getting out my sewing machine and making sure I had enough thread in the bobbin was the most difficult part of the whole project!

I started by cutting pairs of squares of white muslin fabric.  I made my mix by swirling yellow, purple, blue and green fabric paints into the shaving cream.  I set the squares into the mix one at a time, letting them set for a few seconds.  Once the square were removed, I scraped off the shaving cream which left pretty swirls of color. 

Once the fabric was dry, I sandwiched a piece of natural cotton batting between two squares and cut them out using my Big Shot and Bigz Scallop Square die.  Then, I simply stitched them together.  I then cut out butterflies from scrap pieces of fabric again using my Big Shot and Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die and attached them to the front of the coaster using "Tacky Glue".  I had the butterfly buttons in my crafting stash, and I simply glued them to the fabric butterfly using "Tacky Glue." 

The buttons do create a little bump in the coaster.  As long as a glass with an indented bottom is placed on it, there isn't a problem.  My husband did point out that his beer pint glasses aren't indented so these coasters will not work for them.  I told him that I didn't think any of the ladies would be using them for their beer glasses.  And if they did, I'd give them a heads up!

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For the tea towel, I followed the directions on the bottles of fabric paint for drying, setting and washing: let dry for 72 hours before washing.  It washed and dried fine without any of the paint washing out.

Fun, fun!

Supplies Used:

shaving cream, fabric paints, white muslin fabric, natural cotton batting, Big Shot, Bigz Scallop Squares (retired) and Bigz Beautiful Butterflies dies (retired), butterfly button, "Tacky Glue"

Happy Stampin'!

No Sew Fabric Scissor Holders

I made several of these fun no sew fabric scissor holders to give as gifts for guests at a recent Stampin' Up! workshop.  These are so quick and easy to make, and there is absolutely no sewing involved. 

Be sure to check HERE for instructions.

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Supplies Used:

Various fabric, fabric adhesive, Big Shot, Petal Cone and Fun Flowers dies, felt, buttons, Baker's Twine


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Fabric Strip Flower-Seize the Birthday Challenge #1

Have you checked out Seize the Birthday, a new challenge site dedicated to birthday cards?  This site will help to inspire you to make birthday cards all year long with fabulous feminine and masculine themes. February is a busy birthday month for me, so I will definitely soak up the inspiration!

This is my contribution to this week's sketch:

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I saw the idea for this fabric strip flower over at Becky's Inking Idaho blog site, and immediately knew I needed to make one (or several!)

This flower is so simple to make.  Here's how:

Start with a strip of fabric about 8" long and 1 1/2" to 3" wide, depending on how big you want your flower to be.  For the flower on the card, I started with an 8"x3" piece of fabric.  For this mini tutorial, my fabric measured 8"x 1 1/2".

Apply a strip of Sticky Strip along one of the long edges on the back side of the fabric.

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Remove the red backing on the Sticky Strip and and fold the fabric in half.

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Apply another strip of Sticky Strip along the upper raw edge of the strip.  Then, cut from the folded edge up to the Sticky Strip, about every 1/4".

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Remove the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll the strip along the Sticky Strip side.

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When done, fluff the flower.  You can trim off the strings or pull to ravel them for a more shabby chic look.

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Here's the original sketch:

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Real Red Print Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Candy Cane Christmas fabric, Sticky Strip, scissors, Real Red button, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dot


Happy Stampin'!