Hi, I'm Alison, and I make stuff. I Could Make That is a log of my crafty life. Welcome!

stitchlab:

Stamping is an easy way to create custom fabric for a sewing project, or perk up a tired garment.  A few simple tips can help:  

1. First, pick the right stamp!  Super-detailed commercial stamps are shallow, and the paint will glob right up, giving you a messy blur instead of a crisp image.

Pick a stamp with some depth, and simple shapes, like the floral on the left below…

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Or, even better, make your own darn stamps!

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2. Now that you’ve got stamps, pick the right paint.  You want something designed for fabric — it will adhere better, and stand up to washing.  Is your fabric a darker color than your paint?  Make sure to get an opaque paint. Read the label!  If it doesn’t say it’s opaque, it’s translucent, and the background color will bleed through.

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Stamps, check.  Paint, check.  Now…

3. Assemble a few tools.  Foam brushes, a plate to use as a palette, and an old sheet.  Fold up the sheet and use it as a slightly padded surface for your fabric — sounds crazy, but it’ll give you a crisper print.

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Spoon out some paint, and you’re ready to…

4. KISS THE STAMP!  With the ink-laden foam brush, that is.  The #1 error that newbie stampers make is overloading their stamp with paint.  Stamping is less crisp and more organic than screenprinting, which is part of its charm.  But you want an image on your shirt, not a blob!

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LESS IS MORE.  Lightly smooch the stamp with your foam brush, then firmly press your inked surface to your fabric.  

5. Mix and match your stamps.  A robot in a flower garden?  Why not! Go crazy, and have fun.

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6. Yay!  Custom print, handmade by you.  The only step left is heat-setting your paint.  If your item will be washed, it’s essential.  Use a press cloth to protect your iron. After your printing is dry (REALLY dry, as in the day after you’ve stamped), iron over your stamped images on the appropriate hot setting for your fabric.  Enjoy!

Want to make some stamps?  Check out our Stamp Carving class, coming in early November.

Thanks. It has pockets!

- every girl ever responding to a compliment on a skirt/dress that has pockets (via misandrwitch)

hah this is true

(via roadjerseys)

Accurate.

(via dontbearuiner)

Am I the only one who feels like weirdly weighed down in the armpits when I actually *use* said pockets for anything heavier than a pack of gum? When I put my keys in my skirt pockets I feel like I’m gonna pants myself…

(via horrorharlot)

(via horrorharlot)

unconsumption:

Our pal Diane (=Craftypod) checks out a brand of glue made from recycled styrofoam:

The founders of Glu6 contacted me about their new glue made from recycled styrofoam, and I was immediately intrigued. They’re sourcing the styro from local businesses in the Bay Area (near San Francisco) – material from packaging, mostly. Styrofoam occupies landfills pretty much forever, so I love the idea of turning it into something useful!

The Glu6 folks were kind enough to send me samples of two formulas with applications for crafters: the Glu6 Craft Paste, and the Glu6 Original liquid glue. I dug around in my stash and came up with a range of materials to test them out. Here are my findings….

There are some caveats, but Diane concludes that “Glu6 Craft Paste is dandy for paper crafts in particular.” Check out her full take here: Review: Glu6, a Glue Made From Recycled Styrofoam « CraftyPod

scissorsandthread:

Family Cross Stitch | Design*Sponge
As you guys know, I’ll always re-blog anything cross stitch related, and this one is super fun too! This large-scale art would look great in a family room or entrance hall to great visitors.

scissorsandthread:

Family Cross Stitch | Design*Sponge

As you guys know, I’ll always re-blog anything cross stitch related, and this one is super fun too! This large-scale art would look great in a family room or entrance hall to great visitors.

storagegeek:

DIY : Simple Clothing Rack : Simplified Building

This super simple clothing rack is also super affordable. We’ve been talking about something similar to this for an entry way storage option. I like how the hangers would hang parallel to the wall. Yup.

letsbuildahome-fr:

Drive It Like You Stole It by HaHaBird

You could totally make this, but I’m not sure why you would.

(via lazymercenary)

pinterestyouaredrunk:

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Why; what’s wrong with sewing your own underwear? I made a pattern out of a favorite pair of mine, and now I have undies that fit me perfectly. 

I made it for my boyfriend’s nephew Henry, who is pictured above investigating his new present. I got the idea from this kitchen I saw on Young House Love

To make it, I bought an old cabinet at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and framed it out underneath so it’d be a bit taller. The top is an old door from a different cabinet, with a piece of trim nailed to it for the backsplash. 

The oven door was the hardest part. I had to jigsaw a big rectangle out of the cabinet door, frame it with mitered trim pieces, and glue a piece of plexiglass to it. I told Henry’s parents not to bring a level anywhere near the play kitchen or it’d probably explode.

Like the kitchen on YHL, this one has a metal bowl for a sink, with a real faucet and a hot-water handle that moves. Apparently Henry’s favorite thing is to give his toys a bath in the sink.

Henry’s other favorite thing is magnets, so I painted the other cabinet door with like 50 coats of magnetic primer. Boy, that stuff is temperamental. I had to stir it constantly, and there was still a huge chunk of metal shavings in the middle of the can that wouldn’t break up. You can see in the photo above that Henry already put some of his magnets on it.

I think he likes it!

styro:

Allen & I made these 4 birdhouses in about an hour tonight!  We used this site as a basic model, but you gotta make the floor 5.5”, they are crazy with that 4” nonsense!  TOO SMALL!   Anyway, I use one rough-hewn cedar fence plank with no knots, about $3 at Home Depot, for each bird house.  If you make 4 at once, there’s enough scrap to make a small chickadee house when you’re done!  :)   (This is the second set of these we’ve made, I made a bunch last year, and the birds LOVED THEM!!!)

bluishorange:

I love this so much.

Sewing pattern ladies love to party!

bluishorange:

I love this so much.

Sewing pattern ladies love to party!