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Plus Logo Hoodie a Tutorial

This project was intended to be a Christmas present for my fiance. I never finished it, until now! I’ve had the supplies, just not the time to complete it. The plain black hoodie hung around for six months, he even wore it a few times before I was able to make it cool.

To complete this project yourself (though I recommend using a logo or picture of something you like), you will need:

  • zip-front hoodie
  • contact paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • cardboard

Let me explain the acrylic paint. I know there is fabric paint available, you may even prefer to use it. I, however, don’t like to spend $4.00 for a small bottle of paint. I have found that acrylic paint holds up quite well on t-shirts, even after many washings. The Binary Love T-shirt is a great example. The paint does fade just a little after the first washing, but after that I haven’t noticed any problems. My fiance wears this shirt on a weekly basis.

If you haven’t already, wash your hoodie. This will make sure there isn’t any dirt or other things that may keep the paint from sticking properly. It will also take care of any shrinking that may happen.

While you are waiting, open up your Silhouette software and create a file of the design you are painting on the hoodie. You will not need to mirror the design since we will be using the contact paper as a stencil.

Once your design is complete, take your contact paper or transfer paper and affix it to your cutting mat with the paper side down. You will be cutting the sticky part. Send the design to the machine to cut your design. I use the speed setting 3 (Anything faster seems to create problems) and a cutting depth of 2 or 3.

Once the hoodie is washed and dried and you have your design cut, it’s time for the fun part. Slide the cardboard between the layers of the hoodie just in case the paint bleeds through. Now carefully pull the outline of the design off the paper. You should be left holding the sticky part of the contact paper. This is your stencil.

Position the stencil on the hoodie where you want to paint it. Press it down really well around the edges to keep the paint from seeping under the contact paper. Make certain you have it positioned exactly how you want it before you start painting.

Using the foam brush, apply paint to the hoodie inside your stencil. I usually do a thin first coat. Then apply thicker second and third coats. Let the paint dry before removing the stencil.

When the paint is completely dry, I recommend washing the hoodie before wearing.

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Antique Camera Throw Pillows

I really like pillows! Maybe a bit too much. I would willingly trade in my mattress for a mountain of pillows. I sometimes do when my fiance is out-of-town. I’ll pile the pillows all around and curl up with the duvet.

I also like making pillows. It’s amazing we don’t have pillows knee-deep in our house! Admittedly, the amount of pillows in our house has multiplied exponentially since I moved in. And now we have three more pillows in our living room. They are technically decor for our new house (when we finally buy one!), but I found this fabric and didn’t want to wait to use it.

I knew these couldn’t be your basic square pillows with no extra details. I could have made 3 or four 16 inch pillows in no time flat. Probably 20 minutes. But noooooo! I had to add my own twist. To the project, I added black and oatmeal duck cloth (a canvas), home decor twisted cording, and  a package of bias tape piping. And a tracing of a Twin Lens Reflex Camera.

The first pillow was the most basic. I started with a 12 inch square of the camera fabric. I then added a two-inch border of the black canvas. Followed by a second border of the oatmeal canvas. I could have saved myself some time by not making mitered corners, but that’s how the pillow looked in my mind. I highly recommend doing a Google search rather than making it up as you go as I did. Your corners may turn out a bit better than mine did!

It’s a toss-up between the next two pillows over which is my favourite. It may just have to remain a tie. To start the second pillow, I cut out squares containing images of each of the cameras on the fabric.

To make certain I had enough coverage, I laid the squares out on my cutting mat. I kept cutting squares until I had a 16×16 square. I did end up having to cut a few long strips with no pictures to help fill space created by odd-shaped pieces. As I sewed each camera square together, I included a piece of black piping to add separation between each piece. To complete the front, I added a 2 inch black border before backing the pillow in black.

I think I am most proud of the final pillow. This one took a few hours of internet searching to find the right twin-lens reflex camera to create an applique from. (I may have to create a pattern to make available.) I wish I had documented this process a little better with photos. I began by cutting out and tracing my pattern onto the back of the camera fabric. I did this because I couldn’t find a good way to transfer the pattern to the front of the black fabric.

Once the tracing was complete, I put the black fabric wrong side to the right side of the camera fabric and began to stitch along the traced lines. I really should practice using my free motion foot more often. To complete this pillow, I used the twisted cording to edge the pillow. I highly recommend pinning and basting this down before sewing all layers together. This pillow is backed with the camera fabric.

Now that these are finished, I think I need to update the older pillows in the house. This time I’ll remember to take step-by-step photos to make tutorials.

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Sunday Sneak Peek

I’m excited about this week. I have some really cool projects to share with you. To start and end the week, I’ll be showing off some awesome antique camera fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. When we have a house (hopefully soon!), this fabric will be the inspiration for the decor in one of the rooms. I got a jump-start on making the pillows.

With the remaining bits, I made new pyjamas for myself. I may have to buy more fabric and make a pair for my fiance!

To round things up, I have an amazing muffin recipe to share. I had no idea blueberries and zucchini would taste so wonderfully together!

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Framed Washi Tape

Washi Tape Storage

Way back in March, just before the end-of-the-school year craziness began, I participated in a crafty package pal swap. It is a yearly event hosted by Stars & Sunshine and a few other blogging ladies. The premise is simple, you sign up, they pair you with another crafter, then the rest is up to you. You should spend some time getting to know your pal by emailing, checking out their blog, etc. Then at the end of the month, you send them a package with a surprise you think they will enjoy.

This is a great activity, but I wasn’t a very good pal this round. I didn’t contact my pal until she emailed me and even then it took a few days. With a few emails and a little blog stalking, I discovered her love for Washi Tape (really, who doesn’t love Washi?).

My bolt of inspiration came when I stumbled across a marvelous tutorial on how to organise baker’s twine by Damask Love. I thought, with a few adjustments, it would also be a good way to store Washi Tape.








After making my shopping list, I grabbed my backpack and hopped on my motorcycle to Michael’s craft store for supplies. I was delighted to discover that they had a smaller frame available  for two reasons. First, the smaller frame would be suitable for the Washi tape. Second, the larger frame wouldn’t fit in my backpack! I made a second stop at Lowe’s for dowel rods and cup hooks.

My final supply list included:

  • 4 Laser cut frames from Michael’s
  • 3/4″ brass plated cup hooks (4 packages)
  • Square Dowels
  • 1/2″ circular dowels
  • small nails
  • pink spray paint and sealer

To begin, I sanded the edges of the frames just a bit. Then I attached the square dowels to the back of the frame. I was a little confused about this part, but then realised it is to keep the frame away from the wall to make space for the rolls of tape.

I first spray painted a white base coat on the frames. This is the color I left my package pal’s frames so she could paint them a different color later. Then I painted my frames bright pink! This took a few coats to get the color just right. Finally, I sprayed a clear coat sealer.

To attach the cup hooks, I first measured where to put the hooks. Then I drilled starter holes with our tiny hand powered drill. I’m a bit scared to use the electric drill and I didn’t want to mess up the frames. By hand, I screwed in the cup hooks and made sure they were all facing the same way.

Finally, I had my boyfriend cut the dowel rods into 6 inch long pieces. I slid them through the cup hooks. I then hung them in my crafting room with thumbtacks and ribbon.

Now that I have my Washi tape on display, that means I’ll remember to use it! As an aside, all of my Washi tape has come from Pick Your Plum. If you don’t already know about this site, you should check it out!


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Handmade Hair Ties

That title is really more impressive than the actual accomplishment. You see, to make hair ties, you just tie the ends of elastic together. Really, it’s that simple. Mostly. There is the matter of finding the proper elastic. And maybe making sure the ends aren’t going to fray. But for the most part, if you are in a pinch, grab some elastic, tie it in a loop, and wrap it around your hair.

I have really thick, heavy hair. At least people tell me it’s heavy. I’ve been carrying it around for so long I don’t notice that it is heavy. I’m just going to assume that means I also have really strong neck muscles! (Go me!) It also used to be really long  (until I chopped it all off, see here). This means that when I look for hair ties, they have to be super strong and durable. Oh, and cheap!

When I started seeing these handmade hair ties around the crafty world, I was skeptical. There was no way they would work on my hair. It’s waaaayyy tooooo heavy! (This might still be true, but it will take a couple more years before I can test that.) And there is nothing more I can’t stand than when my ponytail is sliding down loose. It’s got to be securely tied in place! For the majority of my life, that meant buying the thickest, strongest-looking hair ties I could find. They weren’t the shiny pink and pretty ones. Nope, I was relegated to using the black, brown, and navy versions.

Then this summer, my friend, Kristen, over at Splendid Play, insisted that I try out these new hair ties she was making for the shop. At this point, my hair was super short, so I thought, of course they will work. And work well they did! For six long months. Almost every day. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hair tie last six months. Ever!

Of course, after six months, it has worn out. Because I’m a crafter, I have fold over elastic (FOE) stashed in my craft room from a Pick Your Plum purchase ages ago. I grabbed the elastic, scissors, a ruler, and a lighter, settled myself on the sofa, started an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and got to work. (Don’t blink now, or you’ll miss the mini tutorial!) First, cut the elastic to about 9 inches. Second, seal the ends with the lighter. Third, tie a knot at the end.

I finished an entire pile in less than one episode. In fact, I made way too many. I will have a listing in my Etsy shop for the five extra sets I made. Or, if you don’t like the colours I have, check Splendid Play, she has like 42 different colours available. Yes, really, 42!

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