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1  Fabric Covered Shelf (Link to Tutorial Included) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jenihall 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!
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2  Flower bud Drum Light Tutorial (PIC HEAVY) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jenihall 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!
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3  Brand new, sweet as sugar, little girls shirts in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall 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!
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4  Stencils. . .Yee Haw! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: April 20, 2009 05:32:30 PM
For each of my shirts I use freezer paper and either bleach or this new stuff I discovered called discharge paste. Each stencil is hand cut using just my simple craft knife.
This is a new version of one I did for Halloween. I love that it is pirate-ee without being too harsh for a 2 year old to wear.

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5  Bleach Stencil Shirts. . for ME! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: March 20, 2009 10:14:19 PM
I've done like 20 bleach stencil shirts and none of them have been for me. I've made lots for my boys and my nephews, but finally I get to wear my own art proudly! woo hoo!

This is my fave! This is the last one I made and the first one I want to post. I love it . . . maybe because it is red, and swirly. . .

Next, the Chandelier Shirt. I love this one because it looks so much more intricate than it really is. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy to cut out but I didn't have to do a lot of cutting and pasting. You can't see it very well in the pic but the chandelier wraps around the side.

And last, but not least, a damask print.

These are so fun, and totally addicting!

Let me know what you think. I always appreciate comments.

Happy crafting!
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6  Re: Spring Stenciling Challenge (UPDATED Challenge runs through May 25th) in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by jenihall on: March 20, 2009 09:40:55 PM

My new fave "nature inspired" leaf and swirls bleach stencilled red shirt.
This was a freezer paper stencil I used twice. Once on the side and once on the shoulder. I LOVE how this one turned out!
So. . . Vote for me!
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7  Re: Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencils, w/tutorial in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: November 14, 2008 01:23:54 PM
Thanks everyone. I could never find any how-to's or tutorials for bleach stencilling so I put all the tid bits of info that I have learned together. It has taken me a year to get it right! Now I can whip one of these babies out in no time. Here is one I did for Halloween

It is so fun and addicting!

Oh, and for Patpourri, I found the owl on a google image search. It's amazing what you can find out there!
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8  Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: November 13, 2008 12:47:38 PM

The author of this project has decided to remove the tutorial for her own business reasons. But we thank her for having shared her amazing technique and we know you innovative Craftsters will have fun coming up with your own bleach stencil techniques. Smiley -- Leah
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9  Argyle Skulls and Simon Says in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: October 15, 2008 02:26:19 PM
So, I have this mini obsession with bleach stencilling. Every time I see a blank shirt in my son's closet I have to put something on it. These are my most recent creations. The first is a Halloween shirt for my 2 year old. I loved the argyle skull look! The best part is that the bleach turned the black shirt a really cool light orange. My son's name is Simon, so I made him a shirt with the "Simon" game. He loves this one the best! I have some more ideas in the works. I'll post them once they are completed.

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10  I wish I had a shirt like that! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jenihall on: August 16, 2008 08:32:32 PM
OK, so I'm a little jealous of my son. I made these 2 shirts for him this week and I am wishing they were in my size! He really, really loves his Robot shirt. He didn't want to wait for it to dry before he put it on. The guitar shirt was inspired by our new love for Guitar Hero! OK, we aren't that nerdy. I actually play the guitar.  I can't wait to come up with some new ideas for him. I'm going to have to go back to Wal-mart and buy out all of their plain shirts so that I can make all I want.
These shirts were my first attempt at bleach stencilling with freezer paper. I was amazed at how crisp the lines stayed. I usually use thin plastic sheets (like the ones used for overhead projectors.) This was a million times easier to cut out. I just wish the freezer paper stencils would last forever.

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