What I have Been Working on!

The past few days have been very lazy. I have been cleaning the house to prepare for my boyfriends mother to come into town. I did have a haul at Hobby Lobby. Oh god, Hobby Lobby will bring the death to me and my wallet. I got a lot of fun stuff:ImageImage

ImageAnd I am currently working on the doll and another dress for Piper. I did not use a pattern, but I used a 4t shirt from the store, cut it and added the skirt area. Of course, I highly suggest that you use patterns. If you follow a pattern properly you CANT mess up. If you are doing like me, you might mess up. It is almost inevitable. So here is the dress and doll that I am working on:

ImageImageI would love to hear some feedback on this dress. I made little jelly fish tentacles so when she spins around it gives more body. I have not finished the hem yet and I may consider making it a bubble skirt

 

 

A project I am working on…..DIY SHELF!

This shelf is so simple and easy. Grab a nice handful of cinder blocks and 3 or 4 2×4’s, stain the wood and Boom! I am constantly starting new projects. Even if I dont finish one I start on a new one and I go back and fourth, sometimes with 4 projects running. You can see how that can be hard on my wallet. I have had this in mind for a long time, once my pallet furniture comes through this will be the project to come directly after the furniture is done.Image

This picture is not mine. I will post a picture of mine when it is done!

How to Fuse Plastic Bags

I like to use fused plastic, because the material is easily available and versatile. I use in quite a few of my projects.

I made a cardboard tray and lined it by fusing a plastic bag directly on the cardboard. I also made the handles for the tray by fusing plastic around a nylon cord. My junk mail and magazine vases have removable fused plastic linings. This lets me fill them with water for fresh flowers.  I created plastic versions of my origami accessorieswith squares of fused plastic. These are great, because they’re more durable than the paper versions. I even use this technique to wrap gifts.

Fused plastic is waterproof, flexible, easy to work with, and a cinch to make. Let’s get started.

Supplies

  • 1 plastic bag
  • 1 pair scissors
  • wax paper, parchment paper, or copy paper (Forego used copy paper. Ink from the paper may transfer onto your iron or the plastic. Use new copy paper. You can always print on the paper after your done using it to your fuse plastic. I’m going to use wax paper because it’s what I have in my kitchen at the moment.)
  • 1 clothes iron
  • 1 towel, ironing board

How-To

  1. First, cut off the bottom seam of the bag.
  2. Now cut off the handles.
  3. Flatten out the bag.
  4. If you’re using a towel, layout it out on your work surface. I prefer using towels, because I find it easier to fuse sheets of plastic on a larger surface.
  5. If the plastic bag has printed graphics, turn the bag inside out. This prevents the bag’s ink from transferring onto your waxed paper or iron and smudging everywhere.
  6. Lay a protective sheet of wax, parchment, or copy paper underneath the bag.
  7. Place second a sheet on top.
  8. Set the iron on polyester or rayon and turn of the steam.
  9. Iron the plastic bag, running the hot iron from the center outwards. This prevents air from getting trapped in the bag and forming bubbles. If you do find bubbles you can pop them with a pin and iron over them. Keep the iron moving at all times running over the entire surface two to three times. The plastic bag will smoothen and the protective sheet will adhere to the plastic bag. Be careful to run the iron over the protective sheet only and not directly on the plastic bag, otherwise you may melt the bag onto your work surface and your iron.
  10. Turn the plastic bag over while keeping it sandwiched between the protective sheets.
  11. Iron this side of the plastic bag.
  12. Allow the fused plastic to cool.
  13. Once it’s cool to the touch carefully peel off the protective sheets. If the plastic isn’t fused completely sandwich it between protective sheets and iron again.
  14. Now you have a two-ply sheet of fused plastic. You can make it thicker by ironing another plastic bag onto it. Remember to sandwich the plastic between protective paper before ironing!

Useful tips

  1. Keep the scraps from the bottom and handles. You can place them on top and fuse them with the main part of the plastic bag too, so there’s no need to throw anything in the trash.
  2. Ironing your plastic a little longer will cause it to melt and form holes. This can make for an interesting texture, but be careful not to burn it!
  3. You can fuse multiple bags together to make an even thicker and durable plastic sheet. Fuse additional plastic bags by stacking one on top and fusing it completely before stacking on another. If you try ironing together a stack that’s too thick, the iron may not be able to fuse the bags in the center of the stack
  4. Cut out shapes from different colored bags and fuse it on fused plastic sheet for like an appliqué effect.
  5. I made my plastic origami accessories using four-ply fused plastic. You can even go up to six or eight-ply.
  6. There will be minimal fumes, so keep the door to your work room open or crack open a window.
  7. Here’s a tip from talented crafter,  Arely. You can use clear plastic bags to laminate paper. If you use a clear plastic bag, be careful because it tends to melt faster. After fusing, the plastic will still be clear, but it will have a matte finish.
  8. Becky, the plastic crafting maven of Crop Rotation, says sewing plastic is like sewing regular fabric, but can be a little more slippery. Use denim sewing machine needles and general purpose yarn or denim yarn.

This fused plastic was ironed a little longer, giving it an interesting holey texture.

This fused plastic was ironed a little longer, giving it an interesting holey texture.

Fused plastic can be layered quite thick. This piece is about 1/4" thick.

Fused plastic can be layered quite thick. This piece is about 1/4″ thick.

 

Thanks to http://www.relevedesign.com/how-to-fuse-plastic-bags/ for this idea!

Pom Poms!

DIY Pom Poms

Posted by  on August 25th, 2010

If you don’t absolutely love pom poms or haven’t ever considered making them yourself, perhaps we can sway you after this week’s DIY. We adore pom poms and were beyond excited to discover theClover Pom Pom Maker, which allows you to crank out pom poms of all sizes and 10 times faster than the conventional method. You will need a few skeins of yarn, a Clover Pom Pom Maker and a pair of scissors.

The Clover Pom Pom Maker separates the process into two halves; you’ll start the first half of the pom pom by cutting about 7 yards of yarn. A time saving trick is to double it up twice, so you are working with 4 strands at one time. Because time is money, right? Wrap the yarn from one edge of the arch to the other, making sure you have the entire area covered. Close the arch and repeat the same steps on the other side. Once both arches are covered, insert your scissors into the middle ridge and cut along the entire circle. Tie off your pom pom by slipping a piece of yarn along the middle, pull it into a tight knot, open your arch and pull your pom pom maker apart. Trim up your pom pom if necessary but leave the long piece of yarn you used to tie it together, as you’ll need that to attach your pom poms to….well, just about anything. (Click images to enlarge).

We must warn you that this process is quite addicting and you really can’t stop at just one. The possibilities are endless as you can make thisthisthisthisthisthisthis or this. But in the end, Lauren and I chose to make this:

 

original post by: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-pom-poms/

Hey Ladies!

I have been getting into a numerous amount of trouble at home. I have started two projects and have not completed either one. Despite the mess in my living room, I am taking some time to create this blog. It will consist of tutorials, projects, ideas and a whole lot of other fun stuff.

I recently moved to Texas from LA (don’t ask what I am doing in Texas[EVERYONE asks]). I found a job at my local library as an librarian assistant. I work in the young adults section and it is usually pretty empty in there. Seeing how I do not have any patrons to attend to I tend let my mind drift off. I am an avid pinner on Pintrest and Craftgawker, so I am constantly on there as well. I find my ideas from the books at my work and various websites. I am constantly finding new things that I want to create, so to keep it organized I will be posting on here.

If you have any questions or comments please ask!

-Alicia