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Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
For a stencil, I used chipboard letters (for scrapbooking).
Trace your letter with a dark pen or thin marker (so you can see it).
Next, get your utility knife. I would recommend using a small one like I have shown, it makes it easier to cut the little spaces. Also, be sure you are VERY careful with this step. Don't be overzealous or you might seriously hurt yourself. The cork can be a little tough and difficult to cut through, but take your time and BE CAREFUL!
Once you've cut out your shape, take an exacto knife or a toothpick and poke out where your want your key ring to go. Don't make the hole too close to the edge or your it may split your cork.
Then, get your mod podge and apply a thick layer over your letter.
To save time, I applied the mod podge to both sides, then stuck the toothpick in halfway and propped it up to dry.
Once dry, add another heavy coat to both sides. (You could do 3 or 4 coats if you aren't planning on applying a clear coat).
I then sprayed both sides with a polyurethane spray paint to give it extra durability.
Once it's dry, you can place it on your key ring and you can gift away!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Lay one fabric piece, right side up and arrange your ribbon pieces around the fabric however you like.
Having your ribbon facing in, fold each ribbon piece and pin to the edges of the fabric.
Lay your other fabric piece on top, right side facing in.
Pin together and sew around the edges using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 4-5 inch gap on one side for flipping right side out.
Next, trim your ribbon pieces (not too much, only if they are over 1/2 inch long).
And clip your corners.
Flip the blanket right side out, poking out your corners.
Whoops! This is why I am still a beginner.. Ha! Luckily, babies don't care about crooked ribbon tags.
Press the edges with an iron (if you used minky like I did, try a lower setting).
Be sure to press the open side under and flat as well. Then pin the opening shut.
Sew a top stitch all around the perimeter of the blanket so everything lays flat.
That's all there is to it.
A bright and cheery new toy!