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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pens & Techniques for Drawing on Fabric? on: January 31, 2012 08:37:40 AM
I've done some painting on canvas bags and hats with acrylic and for one reason or another had to put a few through the wash. The paint softens up and is flexible without looking too washed out. I would try experimenting with your fabric and acrylic paints, see how the paint holds up after washing.

Here is something I've painted on canvas. This one hasn't been washed.

2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: New straps on flip flops on: January 21, 2012 11:25:22 AM
I have really wide feet so I've done this every summer. I buy cheap rubber flip-flops and buttons that are the same size as the round peg things on the bottom. I also make sure that the ribbon I use is wide enough to cover the button and I used a glue, like rubber cement, that wont get hard and crack.

I cut the rubber straps off and removed the round plug things on the bottom. Then I take a good length ribbon and fold it in half and put the fold through the hole that's between your toes on the flip-flop.

On the back side of the flip-flip, slide the button through the loop created by that fold you just pushed through. Pull the ribbon tight from the other side so that the button and ribbon covering slide back into the hole and sit flush with the bottom of the flip-flop.

Now you should have 2 lengths of ribbon coming from the toe hole on top. You can pull these straight up and wrap an inch or so with embroidery thread or something to make the straight toe piece but I just don't have patience so I don't bother with it. Take each side, fold the ends and push them through each hole on either side of the flip-flop. Don't put the buttons in and pull them tight just yet. Make sure you try it on and adjust the ribbons to your foot. Once you know you have it adjusted, you can slide the buttons in and pull them tight. Make sure you stand and walk in them a little so that you know it's a good fit.

After you have the ribbons adjusted comfortably, get your glue. Pull the button covered ribbons out enough to get some glue into the hole behind them, then pull them back tight. Cover them from the outside (sole-side) with a good amount of glue so that once you start wearing them the glue protects the ribbon from being worn through.

You should still have two bits of ribbon left sticking out of the top sides. Just trim them off and you're ready to go.

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