Uses for Stampin’ Up!’s Fabric
I just love the new fabric that Stampin’ Up! has introduced in the 2011 – 2-12 Idea Book and Catalogue. I’ve tried a couple of things I will share with you this week and I’ll have some more fabric shares for you next week, so don’t forget to pop back next Tuesday and see what I have for you.
Uniquely designed 100% cotton fabric assortments—fun for a variety of projects and occasions. Each includes three coordinated designs in an extra-wide fat quarter size — each piece approx. 68.6 x 45.7 cm. Use with Big Shot and select dies (see p. 158–161 for more information on the dies you can use to cut fabric).
I have used 122335 Flirtatious A$19.95 which coordinates with Flirtatious suite (p. 90) Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Now the step by step instructions. For these 2 projects you will need the following:
- Stampin’ Up! Designer Fabric of choice
- Hot glue or craft glue
- Needle & thread
- Bangle blank
- Self Covering button packs
- Thread spool
We’ll start with the bangle. (You can pick up these timber bangle blanks in most good craft stores. Dust off the iron and put it on to heat up.
Cut a strip of fabric about 10cm wide (I ripped mine – too lazy to cut it).
Iron the fabric in half with wrong sides together
Now open the fabric up again and iron under about 1/4 of the distance between the centre and the raw edge as shown.
Trim the raw ends at each end and adhere with some hot glue or craft glue – hint get more hot glue sticks ready in case you need them (I’ve actually misplaced mine :))
Turn the raw edges of each end under – iron or finger press
Place a bit of glue along one half side of the end and adhere to the other half making it look like it’s closed together. It gives you a nice neat end on both ends of the fabric and stops it from fraying due to wear.
Place a small dab of glue on one end and adhere on an angle to the inside of the bangle.
Wait for the glue to dry thoroughly – if you’re using craft gle it will take a while to dry, so please be patient.
Now ensure you pull the fabric tight as you wind it around the bangle. Make sure you do it on an angle and each round should slightly overlap the last round.
Keep winding until you get back to where you started. Make sure your fabric on the outside of the bangle isn’t lumpy or have extra gathers in it and keep the edges together as you go. I actually ended up turing my fabric over so that as I wound around the bangle I was covering the edges and not the crease down the centre. I just thought it looked neater.
Now, when you get to the end adhere the end of the fabric to the inside of the bangle being careful not to leave any timber exposed and no raw edges either. Just glue it down thoroughly.
Here is the finished bangle.
Now for the buttons – these were very quick and easy.
This is a sample of what they look like when you first purchase them. These are actually bigger than the ones I’m sharing with you.
The buttons would look lovely on a white shirt especially if you wore it to do a demonstration or a workshop.
Firstly, you need to assemble your equipment and for this you can use scraps of fabric – make sure you keep the scraps for projects such as this.
Now a little tip about threading a needle – cut on a 45degree angle and leave it dry to thread through the needle and thread with the previously cut end, not the end you just cut from the spool.
Cut small circles of fabric – the packet gave me a guide as to the size I needed.
For this project I needed 3 circles of fabric which I cut from scraps after cutting the fabric with my Big Shot for another project.
With your needle threaded and a sturdy knot on the other end, do a small running stitch about 3mm from the raw edge of the fabric as you can see. Do this around the entire circle until you return to the start.
Place the button blank in the centre of the circle and pull up the thread around the blank, until it is tight
Make sure the button blank is centred and trim off any threads that may be seen once the back goes on the button. You should be able to see the shank of the button, easily.
Place the little plastic disk over the shank of the button. When you buy the buttons this disk is actually up the other way, so don’t get confused about which way up this bit needs to go.
Here’s where your cotton spool comes in handy. Place the centre hole of the cotton spool over the shank of the button and press down firmly.
You will hear a little click and this indicated the back is securely on the back of the button.
Your button is now finished and ready for you to sew onto a garment or use as an embellishment for another project.
One more look at this week’s projects
I hope you enjoyed these 2 little projects this week. Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget if you would like to purchase the fabric or other Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me.
Pop back again next Tuesday and see how I use this wonderful fabric in a different way.
Remember, your creativeness is only limited by your imagination. Keep smiling and until next we share …