Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fabric Transfer

Have you ever wanted to do a fabric transfer? Today I finally managed to use my transfer paper that I bought a few weeks back to do fabric transfer. I found a fantastic graphic and tutorial at The Graphics Fairy (great site!) and thanks also to Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage who did the tutorial on how to do a fabric transfer. I purchased some Mason jars just a few days ago and they arrived in record time. I will show you the finished fabric transfer post soon. A Mason jar is used for preserves and works well for this as it has a two-part lid (with a hole in it and a separate flat piece that is used inside the lid).  Here is the finished fabric transfer and the instructions are below.

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Once you find an image you want to use for your fabric transfer you may need to reverse the image.  I used Microsoft Word to do this. Paste the image into MS Word document, right click on the image and select Properties then Size. Resize the image as needed.  I resized mine to 2 inches x 2 inches.

I have never used transfer paper before. I bought mine at Officeworks, they cost around $25 for 12 sheets so I think they are quite expensive, however, I wanted them so I paid the money. In the future I will try to do a fabric transfer with something other than the transfer paper.  The first step (read the instructions in the pack!)  is to print out a test print on plain paper. My first one I actually spent a long time working out the size of fabric (4 inches x 4 inches) I would need for my project and then to line up the images on the paper, as per the image below.

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Then it occurred to me (doh!) that I didn’t actually need to print them like that on the paper as I would be cutting them out individually before ironing them on the fabric. I created a table in Word with 2 columns and then pasted the image in each column several times to fill the page.  The image below shows one of the columns. I was able to print 12 images on the one piece of paper. I could probably have done 3 columns and 18 images.

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Once cut out then iron as per the instructions on to the fabric. I used cotton duck fabric.  It does leave the glue shape around the image. That may come off when I wash it but not sure. My project is on a small scale so that may not matter.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did have one that didn’t work. I must have peeled it off too soon or maybe I did not ironed it for long enough. Once peeled off you should not have any image left on the paper. You can also see on the fabric that the left hand side of the image has not transferred correctly.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my fabric transfer. I enjoyed doing the process, except for the ironing bit which is a little repetitious and boring.  Come back and see my completed project soon.

Debra
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boot buttons

 

These gorgeous little boot buttons came off vintage boots and gloves. I sourced them from the UK and USA.  I used them to make this great bracelet. It is a one of a kind. You can buy this and similar ones from my market stall or my Etsy shop. I sell at Creative Markets in Springwood, Handmade Redcliffe in Margate and Rockabuy Boutique Markets in Enoggera. Full details of upcoming events are on this page.

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Debra

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Christmas Table

We had our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve this year. Here is the table setting, photo is a bit wonky. I have a Christmas dinner set but it is only for 8 people and this year I had 12, so I interspersed it with the green, yellow and orange crockery from my every day dinner set. The fabric is a long piece with Xmas cupcakes on it purchased from Spotlight and acts as a great table cloth covering both my 8-seater and 6-seater tables end to end so everyone was catered for.

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Today we are having a quiet day alone. Bliss!

Debra
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crazy faces

These quirky looking things are made from plaster and were in my scrapbooking stash. I had quite a few of them so I decided, since they were solid, that I could make some jewellery from them. I made a ring from one and a pendant from the other. I think they are pretty cool.faceitems

 

til next time,

debra
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Letterpress drawers

Found this great set of letterpress drawers in Germany and wished I could bring it all home. I do have a few of these drawers, but they are just so nice!! They are useful for all sorts of things. I shall share what I did with mine (once I use them…lol). Yes, another project in my “to do” list.   germany letterpress

another pin cushion

Here is another great teacup pin cushion I made. This one is a bit more modern looking. The teacup is quite big so plenty of surface to put your pins. I sell a variety of styles and sizes in these teacup pin cushions.

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Debra
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photo board

While I was over in France earlier this year I sent a postcard back to a friend.   Her daughter loved it so much that she asked me to make something for her to display it and wanted to continue the French theme. Although I had never made a pin board before I figured it couldn’t be too hard. I took an MDF photo frame I had that was quite solid with only a small hole in the centre and found some linen fabric from my stash that was covered in French writing and images in gold and black.  Then I put ribbon criss-crossed on it. and staple the lot on the reverse side. I finished it off with some vintage buttons that I had in my stash. I took this rather dodgy photo in my garage in the fading evening light. The other photo shows the postcard displayed on it but she can also use it for photographs or other memorabilia.  My friend loved it, so job done!

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debra
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i love watches!

There is just something so lovely about certain objects, and for me watches are one of those things that I love.

Today I want to share with you this fantastic lot of watches I got at a local flea market. It was a very hot day with temperatures hitting the high 30’s and the market only had an hour to go when I arrived. Many of the marketeers were packing up early. I found this great lot of old watches with a $10 price tag on them. I had a quick look at them and didn’t even have to ask, the seller immediately told me I could have them for $5 for the box. Pretty good bargain!

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You can do lots with old watch parts, as you will see if you keep reading this blog. Remember to wear protective eyewear when taking apart old watches.  I made this ring from a watch movement.

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I sell lots of great items made from genuine watch parts at my market stall. See the dates/locations on this page.