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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Covered Shelf (Link to Tutorial Included) on: July 30, 2010 04:14:14 PM
Thanks guys! I love the green and orange together too. It makes me happy.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Covered Shelf (Link to Tutorial Included) on: July 29, 2010 08:09:51 PM
I found a smokin' hot deal at Lowes on some shelves but they were completely the wrong color for my new orange office. So instead of painting, I covered them with some adorable Amy Butler Fabric.  I created a tutorial so you can do it too!

All you need is your shelf, some glue & scissors, and about an hour.

Here's what the finish product looks like:

The rest of the tutorial is here:  http://cantaloupecorner.blogspot.com/2010/07/fabric-covered-shelf-tutorial.html

You can use any type of fabric for this project. It's fun and super easy to do!

Happy Crafting!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flower bud Drum Light Tutorial (PIC HEAVY) on: March 19, 2010 09:02:13 AM
Thanks everyone! I'll see if I can find a tutorial for those flowers. They are really easy.   Wink
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flower bud Drum Light Tutorial (PIC HEAVY) on: March 18, 2010 11:03:33 AM
I needed a new light for my studio and so I decided to make my own. The best part is, I didn't have to buy anything to make this. I already had all the pieces! And except for the light kit and maybe an embroidery hoop, you probably have everything too!


Materials needed:

Wooden Embroidery Hoop (Mine was a 14in oval but you can use any size you want)

Wire Hanger

Light Kit (I got one super cheap at IKEA)

Thin Wire (I repurposed  wires from an old Cell Phone Charger)

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Cute Fabric


Light Bulb


Step 1. Make a ring to fit around your light kit. Snip the top of a wire coat hanger and use your pliers to manipulate the wire into a circle that will fit around the threaded part of the light kit.

Step 2:  Seperate the two peices of the embroidery hoop and remove any screws or extra hardware. If needed, hot glue the hoop together where it splits to open.

Step 3:  Tie the wire circle made in step 1 to the hoop on all 4 sides with the wire.

Step 4: Prepare your fabric. Cut a strip of fabric that is as tall as you want the shade and as long as the circumference of the hoops, plus a couple of extra inches. If you need to, sew two pieces together to get the length you need.

Step 5: Hot glue the edge of the fabric onto the top hoop.

Make sure you start at the back if there are no seams in your fabric, and start on the side if there is a center seam. I forgot to check mine and ended up with a seam in the middle  Sad

If your hoop is like mine, when you get to the backside where the hunk of wood is, snip the top and glue the fabric under the wood.  Make sure you leave a couple of inches of fabric at the end for finishing.

Step 6: Line up the fabric on the second hoop and hot glue the bottom of the fabric around the second hoop.

Step 7: Once you get to the end, using fabric glue or hot glue fold the extra fabric over. . .

. . .then fold it over again (to hide the rough edge) and glue it down.

Step 8: Trim the top and bottom with cute ribbon.

Step 9: Cut two more pieces from the wire hanger that are the same length as the height of your lamp. Hot glue one on each side on the inside of your lamp to reinforce the light and to keep it straight and sturdy

Step 10: Embellish!

I added fabric flowers made from silver satin. ( And they hid the unsightly seam that was on the front. )

Lastly: Attach the light kit to your new creation and hang according to the light kit directions.

Enjoy your one-of-a-kind custom lighting!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Bleach Stencil Shirts. . for ME! on: July 22, 2009 07:01:15 PM
The magic is in the freezer paper. Cut out your stencil and use a cool temp iron to iron it onto the fabric. The freezer paper has plastic on one side and the heat will make it stick! It's the coolest thing ever! Make sure you spray your bleach very lightly to prevent the bleach from bleeding under the stencil. Hope this helps!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Just what I needed. Another craft addiction... on: May 22, 2009 12:14:04 PM
Nice work! It is so cool to see your projects completed! Bleach stencilling is truly addicting. I love it, I love it, I love it!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Brand new, sweet as sugar, little girls shirts on: May 05, 2009 12:04:45 PM
I finally ventures out of the world of little boy clothes and tried a little girl pattern. I must say, this was sooo much fun!!!  This are all done with freezer paper and dye remover. I've been doing bleach stencils for a while and there is always new stuff to learn! I am completely addicted.

A cute dancing Girl Robot,

I might have to make one of these in my size!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencils, w/tutorial on: May 03, 2009 07:22:05 PM
You have no idea how exciting it is to see how well this is working for everyone! I had to kind of make it up as I went. Great job everyone and thanks you sooooo much for posting your pics!!!!!! I can't wait to see more!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencils, w/tutorial on: April 26, 2009 01:14:11 PM
If anyone is having trouble finding freezer paper. . . you can also use plastic transparency type paper or plastic stencil sheets that haven't been cut yet. To make it stick use spray adhesive and follow the directions to make it stick temporarily.The only hold back with this is that it is hard to do any stencils with little pieces. Thanks for all the feedback everyone! This is sooooo much fun. Also, come check out my blog, www.cantaloupecorner.blogspot.com
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Bleach Stencil Shirts. . for ME! on: April 26, 2009 01:06:51 PM
Make sure you have the right kind of fabric. I think bleach only works on natural fabrics. Also, bleach can go bad. If you have had your bleach for longer than a year it probably won't work for this project. To prevent bleeding spray just a little bleach at a time (Which you did, good job). Some colors it will take up to 15 or 20 sprays to get the right color. Hope this helps.
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