Giving

When ever I can I like to give back. In the small town that I grew up in they have a group at the middle school called the Wise Guys. They are all middle school boys whose sole purpose is to do good, be kind. I first found out about them 2 years ago when a young father in the community passed away during surgery. He left behind 3 young boys and his wife was expecting their first daughter. The Wise Guys decided to plan a special day for the 3 boys. They planned a day of  sledding and then out to eat. Each of the 3 boys was able to bring a friend along. I was so touched by this that I told their advisor that I would help in a fund raiser. They developed an order form and sold personalized monogramed 12×12 tiles and the proceeds went for the trip. They sold 61. This year, the community lost a young boy. He was with his dad in a milk truck. For those of you not familiar it is a bulk tank truck that goes from one farm to the next to pick up the milk. It was a winter day and there was an accident and the young boy was killed, the father critically injured. The little boy had a sister in the 6th grade so once again the Wise Guys decided to give her a special day. They contacted me to see if I would be willing to do another fund raiser. This time I gave them several choices to pick form. They sold 140…needless to say, I have been busy.

Materials

12×12 floor tile from Home Depot

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

speed 400

force 30

Although it was a lot of work it was very rewarding. And they are finally done and delivered!

Ninth Row

For the third year, the shop where I work is participating in the Row by Row Experience. Each of the participating shops creates an original pattern that is 9 1/2 inches by 36 1/2 inches and offers patterns and kits to create the row.  This year the organizers have created an additional design which shops can purchase and make and sell kits for.  The ninth row design includes a cute little car. We have decided to prepare a limited number of kits for this design in which we will provide the car that has been cut from fabric using the Zing Air.

This is what our version of the Ninth Row will look like:

Materials Used:

Batik Fabric

Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite

Settings:

Machine used :  Zing Air, Blade: Fabric, Force: 80, Speed: 15, Passes: 2, Blade Height: 25 PIN

Instructions/Comments:

The car was designed and cut using Make the Cut software.

Since we wanted to add a little ‘zip’ to our version of the Ninth Row, we picked a bright, multi-colored Batik print for the car fabric.  This also makes each car just a little bit different.

Because the car is being included in a kit with fabric for the purchaser to applique onto the background, it was necessary to leave the protective paper liner on the Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite and to cut through the paper as well as the fabric.  This required a bit longer blade and a little more force than cutting the fabric with the fused Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite.

If you look at the first picture in this post you will see that when you look in the windows of the car, you can see part of a picture of “the” castle rock – the namesake of the town where the shop is located.  This was just a bit of whimsy in creating the sample row.  The kits will not contain this extra added feature.

 

Fabric Tissue Box Cover – No Sew!

I received an email recently for a Cartonnage class – I hadn’t a clue what that meant so I googled it. During my perusal of the Google results, I saw these cute tissue box covers made from paper and decided to adapt them for a project that hadn’t been getting any steam. It was perfect timing! I wanted to make my daughter something both useful and nice with some fat quarters of fabric she picked out. This was just the inspiration I needed!

First, I created my design file in MTC. I made it for paper (hence the fold lines), but cut it from fabric.

I want the fabric to hold its shape, so I ironed a heavyweight fusible Pellon stabilizer to the back before cutting. Cutting was so easy! I ran three test cuts to make sure it was going all the way through the fabric and the stabilizer and then I was cutting away!

I learned to put the fabric side down on my sticky mat when the stabilizer left a lot of fuzz and thin layers of the material during the first go-round.

I put Aleene’s STOP Fraying around the tissue opening and let it dry. I covered the tissue box first. I wasn’t worried about the fabric not fitting tightly because the next layer would hide it.

For the ‘bottom’ piece, I ironed the ‘side’ flaps over and glued them with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. Then I put a ribbon around the shape and folded the outer flaps down over the ribbon and glued them down.

I pulled the ribbon tight and placed the tissue box inside it. By laying the box on its side I was able to pull the ribbon and fasten it in place without fighting over the longer side panels.

I placed another ribbon around the outside and tied the bow. Then, using steam from my iron I shaped the side panels so they’d puff out.

And voila!

Materials:

  • box of tissues
  • 18″ x 24″ fabric (two matching patterns)
  • matching ribbon
  • Pellon heavyweight fusible stabilizer
  • Aleene’s STOP Fraying
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Fabric Blade (yellow cap)

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 74
  • v = 200
  • p = 2

Steps:

  1. Iron the stabilizer to the fabric.
  2. Create or open the cut file.
  3. Using a sticky mat, brayer the fabric down so it is completely stuck to the mat.
  4. Cut the shapes from the stabilizer/fabric.
  5. Apply STOP Fraying to the tissue opening.
  6. Press flaps and folds with an iron.
  7. Cover the tissue box with the first layer and glue pieces together at the flaps.
  8. On the outer fabric cut, glue down the side flaps first.
  9. Insert a ribbon in the outer folds, and glue them down as well.
  10. Fold up the tissue box cover and pull the ribbon.
  11. Insert the tissue box, pull the ribbon tight and tie it.
  12. Tie another ribbon around the top rim of the tissue box.
  13. Use steam from the iron to shape the sides. Apply steam to each side, then set it upright to cool.

I wish I had some springtime fabric to cover all of our tissue boxes!

Mother’s Day is almost here

Years ago I made a plaque that  said  “To the world you may be just someone, but to someone, you may just be the world.” It is one of my favorite sayings. So when I saw on Pintrest where someone used this saying but substituted Mother for someone I knew I had to make another plaque. This could also be used for a Mother’s Day card.

Materials

blank wood plaque form Michael’s

paint

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 30

I used 3 fonts for this plaque, Euphemia, arrow crafter and V Carmb. It was a simple as typing the words, selecting the words and breaking path, rearranging and resizing the words until I was happy with the design, and then determining how I was going to use the design. I had this plaque that I purchased at Michaels and it seemed like the perfect fit. I painted the plaque and let it dry. I then cut the vinyl and used clear transfer tape to transfer it to the painted plaque. I am not having any luck uploading the file to this page but will keep trying. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. I am Blessed to still have my mom!

Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu

Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu

In today’s day and age, it is very popular to take monthly pictures in order to record the most important moments in a babies life. However, for my Goddaughter’s baby, I made a Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu. With the same ribbon I used to make the Tutu, I also made a bow to put on her head. Basically, Instead of pictures, I have clothes… Who am I kidding I also have pictures, lots and lots of pictures, LOL!

With the KNK cutters, we can make fabulous projects which help us remember the moments which seem to pass by in an instant. For example, the first few months of a babies life. These onesies that I made for my Goddaughter’s baby girl is just one example of what you can do with the KNK machines.

Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu Baby Monthly Onesie Complemented With a Tutu Instructions:

Materials:

Settings:

  • F =   10
  • V = 250

Instructions:

  1. First, I designed what I wanted to put on the onesie using the gallery of MTC. You can draw your own design and then trace it in SCAL or MTC to make your project more personalized.
  2. Then, once I was happy with the design,  I proceeded to cut it out of a heat transfer vinyl with my KNK Groove-e. Remember that you have to cut this material in mirror image. The heat transfer vinyl is a really good material to work with.
  3. Next, using my heat press machine I transferred the image onto the onesie.
  4. Lastly, to make the Tutu, I just followed a youtube tutorial. To be honest with you, I do not know how to sew. But thanks to youtube, the Tutu was actually really easy to make.