Saturday, February 19, 2011

Teaser tutorials!

I missed Valentines Day. Fail. Something is against me! I have run into problem after problem trying to get these tutorials up!

So, heres a little teaser while I work on these!
1. Tshirt yarn. Not a new tutorial, however mine includes some additional ways to get the absolute MOST from your t-shirt!

2. The absolute most BASIC weave loom.
3. Etching ideas, including some free downloads to print out and etch yourself!

I also have some new projects coming up, someone remind me to take pictures and make tutorials for those! And some new products which will be placed on my BRAND NEW WEBSITE, that I am in the midst of finishing right now!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Busy Busy Bee

I know what you guys are thinking. She's gone. Tried to make a comeback, but was too far gone.
I promise. =) I have THREE tutorials on the way, a TON of new products AND a new website in the works. I have been a busy busy bee. 
I took a break at the end of 2010 so I could attempt to have everything ready by January 1st. FAIL.
I have been super busy over at Silver Daisies Photography and Graphics. Not that you can tell by my blog. See its not just you I have been neglecting!
I need to upload a thousand pictures and I will have some tutorials up. Jewelry, home pieces and Valentines Day gifts! For obvious reasons the latter will come first. 
I'm so excited about this website! It's the third website I have ever built! Speaking of which, while I am still new at HTML, I have an offer to build websites at just $30 a page, or 5 pages plus a logo for only $200! Email me to get more details!
Off to upload pictures, see you back here soon!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fused Plastic Gift Bag Tutorial

Trying to get a head start on Holidays? How about Handmade-REUSABLE-DESTASHED gift bags =)

This is my first tutorial EVER so please bare with me. Questions, comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Here are my Christmas ones. These are itty bitty, just big enough for jewelry boxes (which is what they were intended for).


Step 1: Gather all your materials. As I've shown here you need plastic bags (6 layers to make a strong layer) plus any colors/shapes you want to apply. For these I just used the target holiday bags. You also need scissors, hot iron, hot glue, ribbon/buttons/hemp etc for embellishments, two pieces of paper or parchment, pencil and paper to create a template, and a highlighter.
Step 2: Create your fused fabric. There are a ton of tutorials on that so I wont go into it, but a few tips: (depends entirely on the thickness of your bags, ink and your iron) mine ONLY works on the highest heat level, and I find it quicker to fuse 3 bags and continue adding them. I also placed my designs on the fabric and covered that with clear plastic bag so they stick better with no chance of peeling off in the distant future.
Step 3: create your template on a piece of paper. You can find these anywhere on the internet. To be honest I just winged it and it happen to work each time. I just found this site that has over 50 templates: use that if your not feeling creative =P Next copy your template onto the plastic using a highlighter. I use a highlighter because it wipes off when your done. (See 3a and 3b)

Step 4: After you bend your creases where the highlighter marks were, you need to cut. The measurements for this bag folded are: 4"x4.5"x1.5"x1.5" which makes the template 12"x6" As you can see in the picture the bottom corner piece is cut off entirely.
Step 5: the one inch strip is glued to the interior of 1.5" strip when folded together. (This photo step didn't come out sorry!) but once glued it should look like the picture.

Step 6: This is the bottom of the bag. Glue the two small edges onto ONE of the large edges. Then glue the OTHER large edge on top of those. This seals the bag and hides all the edges! It should look like 6b when your done. (Mine appears to be doing the wave in this picture..)
Step 7: Your done with the basic bag! Now to embellish how you see fit! I wrapped the top in ribbon as it hides any unevenness in the bag consistency and goes with it! Just apply hot glue and wrap.

Step 8: Optional of course. I decided to make a layered button closure. So I cut a small piece of ribbon to fit the back of the button, glued and layered the buttons so it fits the rest of the ribbon. Then glued it to the outside of the bag as pictured.
Step 9: To finish my bag I dabbed a piece of hot glue on the interior opposite of the buttons and place a piece of hemp cord that would attach to the buttons. Then hot glued OVER it to finish with ribbon and give it a clean look.

BE CREATIVE and enjoy! I made everything entirely from stash and was eco friendly. Cuter than store bought and MUCH cheaper, plus reusable!

Total cost (for me) $0 [had everything on hand!]
Have a question? Let me know! I'd be happy to answer it!

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