Tag Archives: Fabric

Tie Dye Book Covers with Aunt Peaches

Our friends at I Love to Create teamed up with Aunt Peaches to bring you this awesome Tie Dye book cover project – just in time for back to school. Check it out!

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Textbooks are expensive. Many teachers advise their students to cover their books to minimize damage. Also, book covers just look cool! Traditional paper textbooks covers are great, but not nearly as durable as fabric. These no-sew tie dye book covers offer an endless variety of colors and patterns, and what an awesome way to keep your books in great shape all year long. Let’s get started!

2-tie-dye-fabric-book-coversChoose a different color for each book, or perhaps a designated color scheme for every person in the family. The possibilities are endless.

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Materials:

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When you open your Tulip One Step dye kit you will find several plastic squeeze bottles, each filled with a small amount of pigment powder – simply add water and shake. Your dye is ready to go! You will also find four pairs of gloves and some extra durable rubber bands. No need for mess or extra materials.

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Inside your kit, you will also find an instruction booklet on how to achieve a variety of tie dye patterns. Beginners may want to start out free-form, then move up with each new project. Warning: it’s a little addictive.

6-pinch-twirling-fabricTo achieve a random sort of spinning pattern, pinch the fabric in the middle then swirl until the entire garment is enveloped. Use the provided rubber bands to secure in place.

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Use your Tulip One Step squirt bottles to soak different areas of your fabric with dye. Segmenting each color will create stronger patterns, but layering dyes of similar values (like blue and purple) will create additional variations in colors. Set inside a plastic bag and let it set overnight.

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After removing rubber bands and rinsing with water, throw your newly dyed fabric into a washing machine on the hottest setting with a teaspoon of detergent. Dry as usual. Now stand back and admire your work!

9-size-of-fabric-on-bookTo cut your fabric to size, cut a rectangle that is wide as your book plus 10”, and twice as tall as your book plus 1”.

 

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Fold the fabric into one long tube that is just barely as tall as your book. There should be a 1” overlap seam running down the middle.

 

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Use your Fabric Fusion glue to draw a thin line down the middle. Press to secure and allow to dry for at least one hour.

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After the glue has dried, slip the fabric tube over the front and back cover of the book. To achieve a smooth finish, you may find it easier to pull back the covers from the spine (sort of like the wings of a bird) then slip the cover on all the way, then close the book as usual.

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And there you go! Leave as is or use fabric paint and markers to make a design on the front and spine.

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Guy DIY: Freezer Paper Stencil Tee

When I think of Michaels, I think of things like scrapbooking and jewelry making. Sure, Michaels has tons of inspiring products and project ideas, but not a lot of them are geared toward men. Guy DIY was developed specifically with guys in mind. Each month, we’ll offer up new “guy-inspired” DIY ideas that you can take and make your own. We’ll also offer step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process … and we promise to choose projects that aren’t too “girly” or terribly difficult to create.

For my first official Guy DIY project I decided to do a Freezer Paper Stencil Tee. Mostly because it’s really easy, and you can stencil just about any image you like. I chose to stencil a jackalope because I think they’re pretty awesome. You can stencil dinosaurs, zombies, your favorite super hero, a killer logo for your fantasy football team … anything you want!

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

Freezer Paper Stencil Tee

Step 1: Choose a T-shirt.

You can use a recycled T-shirt or find a new one in the Apparel Crafting Section at Michaels.

Step 2: Print and cut out your image.

Place the image under freezer paper and cut it out with an X-ACTO® knife. Use the image printout as your guide. You may want to tape down the sides so your stencil doesn’t slip.

Jackalope Cut Out Your Stencil

Tip: Freezer paper can be found in any supermarket next to the aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Make sure you get freezer paper. Wax paper will not work for this project.

Step 3: Lay your T-shirt on the ironing board and iron on your stencil.

Jackalope T-Shirt Iron On

Lightly iron your freezer paper stencil onto to the T-shirt with a hot, dry iron. Make sure the shiny side is down to ensure that the stencil sticks to the fabric.

Step 4: Spray on your fabric paint.

Try and spray on paint evenly to ensure consistent coverage. We used Tulip® Fabric Spray Paint™, but any fabric paint will do.

Fabric Spray Stencil

Step 5: Let the paint dry, then peel off the stencil.

Note: Your stencil Tee will take on more of a distressed look as you wash it.

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Enjoy!

Meet Handmade Charlotte

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As a family of die-hard crafters, the folks over at Handmade Charlotte have spent quite a bit of time at Michaels. Whether picking up a quick refill of a favorite paint color or browsing the aisles for inspiration, HC considers us their one-stop shop for all things craft. They told me that they literally haven’t stopped smiling since they found out that their new line of stencils were going to be carried at Michaels stores. To be honest, we could say the same ourselves!

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Handmade Charlotte Stencils

Once you enter the world of Handmade Charlotte you’ll never be the same. Handmade Charlotte is a daily dose of DIY craft projects, recipes, and design inspiration to help families live each day to the fullest. But what really makes them special is the collaboration between HC, their readers, and the projects themselves. You’re the key ingredient in bringing the projects to life!

That spirit of collaboration is what inspired Handmade Charlotte to create these new FolkArt® Handmade Charlotte stencil sets. With the help of our friends at Plaid Enterprises, they created over 800 designs to kick start your imagination. The crafting possibilities are practically endless!

Here’s a quick preview of some of the fun projects that have been created using the stencils…

 Stenciled Canister Set

Handmade Charlotte Stenciled Canister Set

With a little paint and some stencils, you can quickly customize glass canisters with whatever words you like. Choose colors to match or complement your decor. Use glass containers to hold snacks, pasta, dog treats, cotton puffs, crafting supplies, sewing notions and so much more.

DIY Chalkboard Cloud Mobile

Handmade Charlotte Chalkboard Cloud Mobile

Write a new message for baby each day with this sweet handmade mobile. One of our favorite uses for FolkArt® Chalkboard Paint — apply on fabric!

DIY Merrymaker Stencil Dress

 Handmade Charlotte Merrymaker Stencil Dress

Stencils add just the right touch of handmade to this vintage-inspired dress. Your favorite little girl will be twirling her heart out all season long!

DIY Party Hat AlternativeHandmade Charlotte Party Hat

Here’s a lovely party hat alternative for your little party girl. It’s a snap to make and can be customized to fit your child’s personality. Let’s party!

 DIY Stencil Floor Pillows

Handmade Charlotte Stencil PillowsHere’s a perfect project for all those who love entertaining outdoors. Super plushy and super comfy!

Rachel Faucett, blogger, maker, Handmade CharlotteAbout The Creator

Rachel Faucett is the “Chief Maker” behind the super famous blog Handmade Charlotte. After opening their virtual doors in 2009 the site has earned worldwide attention. Handmade Charlotte is a thoughtful mix of great design and hands on experiences. The HC studio is located on a farm in Georgia where Rachel lives with her husband Jonathan, their five ridiculously cute children, and an ever-changing menagerie of animals. We are thrilled to support her line of Folk Art stencils! What would you make with these fun stencils?