This was fun to make and pretty easy! You should do it :)
You will need:
- a T-shirt (or whatever!) to stencil onto
- freezer paper
- cutting knife and rubber mat
- fabric paint
- a soft paintbrush and a bit of cardboard that's bigger than the image (not shown - oops!)
- a good stencil to use! I found mine online years ago, a good site to try is spraypaintstencils.com or you can Google around if you want something specific.
♥ Lets go! ♥
Step one: Place a piece of freezer paper over the stencil, waxy side down, papery side up. Carefully trace the image:
Step two: Taking your time, cut out (what would be) the black parts of the image using your cutting knife and mat, remembering to keep any little "floaty bits" that aren't attached:
Step three: Iron the stencil in place until the hotness has melted the waxy bit enough to stick firmly:
Step four: Place your bit of card under the image and get your brush and fabric paint ready:
Step five: Fill in all the gaps with paint. Go carefully!! - it's best to use a very little amount and dab rather than brush so the paint doesn't bleed or pile up. Make sure you get all the edges and tiny holes:
Once you're done, leave it to dry until the next day. Go do something fun:
Step six: The exciting part! Carefully peel off your freezer paper stencil to reveal the image:
Hopefully it will be perfect, unlike mine:
If not, see if you can save it! I decided to cover my fail with hearts:
Step eight: Marvel at your new piece of clothing:
Try it on, wear it out, show it off!
I won't be posting again until January - time to get of the internet and have lots of xmas-y family time Scott and the little ones!
I have billions of plans for my blog and shop and have come up with a schedule to use in 2010 that will let me blog and sew every weekday! And that's without neglecting the rest of my life :) I'm excited.
One of my first posts will be a tutorial for making your own cute knickers!:
Enjoy your holidays!
It's Mother's Day this weekend, here in the UK! So me and my Mum are celebrating by going charity-shop-shopping (a couple of towns away, where there are loads of them!) and having a nice girly lunch together.
This is what I made for her Mothers Day present - a flower fairy shopping bag and a slightly wafty Black Apple doll:
The shopping bag's made from some tab-top curtains my Mum bought in a charity shop a few years ago. She wanted to make something using the fabric but never got time and ended up giving them to me to use (yay!) At least now she'll finally get some joy from her fabric find!
I used an old skirt for the doll's skin - I was happy to finally find a use for it! - and the flowery fabric was once a little girl's top. (The pic shows enough pieces cut for 2 dolls, I'll be using the rest to make one for my little girl at some point).
I found it pretty easy to make, just a bit fiddly at times. Definitely recommended as a do-able handmade gift idea! I kept mine pretty generic but you can add your own little touches, like pig-tails, crazy colours and little accessories. Check out dolls that other people have made on flickr for inspiration. I especially like this one and these ones!
(This is a 3 part series that will be posted over 3 days)
1) Get a sewing machine:
photo by jelene
photo by redcherryhillIf you get through lots of fresh herbs, salads, fruit and vegetables (or if you want to) you can try growing them and save loads of money after you’ve initially bought the seeds. Write down all the produce you want to eat and find out how to grow each one by searching online or getting books from the library. Even if you just choose a couple of easy ones to start you’ll be saving some cash. If you don’t have a garden you can set up mini gardens on or near sunny window sills! Some stuff come be grown in little pots, trays and hanging baskets. You can even grow your own potatoes in a plastic bin.
photo by piermario
Part 2 tomorrow!
Knowing how to hem a skirt is a really useful skint girl skill. If you find a skirt in your size and you love the fabric or the colour but not the length, you can still have it and alter it to make it perfect for you! More choice is always good.
Personally I love short skirts. (But not so short my butt cheeks hang out the back). Worn with leggings, tights or over-the-knee socks and boots in the winter and over tanned legs in the summer. But I've only got about 3! So I'm trying to build up a huge and interesting collection over time.
This one was given to me by Scott's sister to use as fabric for something, ages ago, but I knew straight away it would make a cute little skirt. A couple of weeks ago I finally made the chop during an "I've got fuck all to wear!" moment 5 minutes before my friend was due to pick me up. Obviously I didn't have time to hem it so it frayed all over the place but I loved it!
I've placed the rest of the fabric back on for this picture so you can see the original length. It came down to my calves - I hate that length, it makes me feel like a dinner lady! With busy fabric like that I think less is more anyway.
Here's a close-up:
So this is what it looked like after the chop. Wonky! Never mind.
Today I finally gave it a proper hemming, after doing the same to that denim coloured skirt you could see on the table in my last post.
1) Put the skirt on and cut it about an inch longer than the length you want - or get a friend to do it. Take it off again and lay it flat.
2) Mark the length you actually want it on both side seams. I measured 17 inches. Fold the side areas under to where you've marked it, making it look like a hem. Iron it flat so it creases and use a pin to keep it in place. Now you'll have a pin in each side and the rest will be flapping down still.
3) Mark the length you want at the front centre and back centre in the same way. Stand in front of a mirror with it on to work it out visually. Skirts sit differently on different sized bodies. I seem to need to make the backs slightly longer for it to look right while it's on - I don't know if that's normal(?)
4) So now you'll have 4 pins in your skirt, evenly spaced. Turn the skirt inside out, if you haven't already, and use your iron to smooth the rest of the hemline into place so the bottom of your skirt looks neat and straight.
5) Load up the sewing machine with thread that matches closely to the skirt colour. Undo the pins and unfold the hem (I'm did this so backwards...but it works). Trim the fabric neatly, about 1.5 cm away from the ironed crease. Use a zig-zag stitch all the way round the skirt, right on the edge of the fabric to prevent it from fraying in future.
6) Fold the hem back up again. The crease will still be there so it'll go back into place easily. Sew it down with a straight stitch, using your fingers to keep it folded down. I don't sod about with tacking and pinning the whole thing, it takes too long! Do it as neatly as possible by going slow if you need to. I keep the edge of the fabric running exactly under the edge of the zipper foot to keep it even.
Turn it out the right way, give it a final iron and hey presto!
Lovely new skirts! <3
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