Monday, February 17, 2014

handmade valentines recap

every special occasion or holiday I always have great plans to do something handmade for people…but it doesn't always work out…or I don't get as much done as I'd hoped…or even get started in the first place :P

this year I only got two projects completed…

the pillow diy is from martha stewart via pinterest

and the t-shirt was my first attempt at freezer paper stenciling

…I must be one of the last people around who hasn't tried it yet!

I was surprised how well the stencil stuck to the fabric & how easily it came off…I'm definitely going to be doing it more often :)

…and next year I swear, more handmade valentine's day gifts!


MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

I love your projects! And I'm surprised I hadn't seen the Martha Stewart tutorial before. I'm inspired to try both now. (What ink/paint did you use for your tee and were you pleased with it? Have you washed it?)

Sarah said...

Those lips look crazy hard to do!

gina said...

thank you so much for leaving a comment Kristin…I should have mentioned what I used for the t-shirt, slipped my mind, thanks for reminding me! I used Tulip fabric Spray Paint - I liked it because I actually wanted a spattered effect but if that's not something you want you might not want to use it since I found it was difficult to use it without getting that result. it washed pretty well I think - I haven't done much painting on fabric so I'm not familiar with the results of lots of different paints - I would have liked if it was a little less stiff but I suppose unless you use dye it's hard not to get some stiffness since you are adding a layer of something onto the fabric rather than something that soaks into it.

sarah - they actually weren't that bad…I haven't used my sewing machine in years (seriously) and that part went just fine! the vinyl is actually not bad to use…I was a little nervous about that in terms of using it with the sewing machine. the problem for me was the finishing - I'm not good at doing that hand sewing shut of the opening when you stuff something - I think it's just lack of experience & maybe I would get better with practice but as it was it was kind of sloppy which bothers me & there the vinyl was a little less forgiving since it can get rough looking when it's been poked at too much.

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