fun Idea! Have an Ugly Sweater Party!

Hi friends! Tis the season for cookie swaps, office parties and gift exchanges! One new tradition is the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party!

It started as a way to poke fun at the gaudy sweaters we get at Christmas and morphed into scrounging thrift stores for them and now you can go to stores and buy some real doozies if you like. On one hand I think this is super fun but the thrifty environmentalist in me cringes a bit of buying something to wear once so I decided I would design something that is fun and that I would wear more than once. Actually my daughter Maizy asked if she could have this so it will get worn a lot. The other bonus to this project is that since you are altering an inexpensive sweatshirt (mine was under $8 at the big box store) it is soft and comfy unlike the scratchy cheap novelty sweaters you would buy. I think having a party to make the sweaters would be really fun too and suitable for all ages! Watch the video for a full tutorial!

This video is sponsored by Conda. They have affordable art supplies for all ages and sell on Amazon.

Supplies (sponsored/affiliate links used)

Tips:

  1. Always sketch out your design on paper and make corrections before starting your fabric project. Any mistakes made with the fabric paint will need to be worked into your design. You will be happy you took the time to practice!
  2. You can sketch your design on your shirt with chalk if you want before painting. The chalk will wash off or can be brushed off when the paint is completely dry.
  3. Light color fabric is better than dark-colored fabric because you will use less paint. If using dark fabric I recommend the metallic paints as they will show up better.
  4. When covering a large area I recommend mixing several shades of paint together so you don’t run out and spreading them out with a paintbrush.
  5. You could also cut a shape out of felt and use fabric glue to apply it if a large solid area is desired.
  6. Wear a smock, apron or old shirt when working with fabric paint. If you accidentally get fabric paint on your good clothes wash them immediately with soap and water.

I also wanted to mention that the dual tip brush 100 count markers are excellent quality and very affordable. If you are looking to replace your warn out dual brush water-based markers or get a gift for a stamper, scrapbooker or papercrafter they are an excellent choice!

I hope you are having a great day at til next time happy crafting!

Painted and Embellished Treasure Bags for Kids!{so fun!}

Hi friends! We are a couple weeks into school vacation, it won’t be long until we start to hear “Mom, I’m bored!” Well, we can fix their wagon with this fun project using affordable supplies from Papermart!

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OK I have to say that my kids do not say “Mom, I’m bored” very often because the things I find for them to do involve cleaning (my Momma didn’t raise no fool!) BUT if I see them milling about aimlessly I might suggest they check out the supplies I left out on my craft table. This project is also great at using up odds and ends from other projects, all you really need are the cloth bags.

Supplies:

  • Canvas bags
  • Fabric paint or acrylic paint
  • Small fabric paint brushes (optional)
  • buttons and ribbon flowers
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cardboard
  • A scrap of fabric for the pocket
  • Glitter
  • And any other embellishment you wish to add, be creative! You can also add gross-grain ribbon to the edge of the pocket or narrower ribbon as flower stems.

Directions:

  1. Place a piece of waxed paper covered cardboard inside the bag before you begin to keep the glue or paint from seeping through.
  2. Cut a rectangle of fabric for the back pocket and press back the edges to keep it from fraying (if desired) and glue to the back of the bag. Let dry.
  3. Use fabric paint to draw stems and flowers on the front of the bag. You can sprinkle glitter on the wet paint for sparkle! Let dry.
  4. Use fabric glue to attach buttons and ribbon flowers to the bag and make sure the glue dries before using.

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I hope you enjoyed this project as much as my daughters and I did. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Super Sporty Socks!

Happy Monday! I just noticed when I went out to walk the dog (in the rain) that I left the socks I spray-died out on the picnic table and hey, great news, the colors did not run! I love a rainy Monday  it’s like some higher power is saying “hey girl, you just ease yourself into the week…go paint something and don’t worry about the sink full of dishes, they will keep.” Of course judging by the state of my house you’d think every day was a rainy Monday LOL! So, this weekend we decided to make some fun socks for my girls to wear for softball.

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Cute huh? These would also be great for soccer, roller skating and hiking because you should always wear tall socks to protect yourself from ticks! They are so easy too, in today’s video I’ll show you how to make the more complicated rainbow design, the one color design is even easier!

And here is a photo tutorial for the one color socks, just remove the elastics (AKA rubber bands) when you are done and let dry.

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If you prefer to use fabric die I recommend purchasing a tie dye kit with squeeze bottles. It should come with soda ash, you soak the fabric (after tying) in the soda ash then squeeze the dye on the wet fabric. The soda ash will help prevent fading. I like the acrylic fabric spray paint because it stays bright and will not run in the wash. I used this kit from Oriental Trading. If you have any questions on this project just leave a comment and I will get right back to you! Happy crafting!

Happy Memorial Day!

Howdy folks! I know it is late, we had a busy day today with all the kids marching (or scooting rather) in the parade. The kids and I made some fancy shirts to wear today, don’t we look stylish…and yes, I am rocking a fanny pack LOL! C’mon, they are so practical, can’t we forsake fashion and bring back the fanny pack?!?

 

Incase you want to make some of these star-spangled shirts I made a video…not one of my best but hey, that can’t all be perfect (heck, who am I kidding, I’ve NEVER shot a perfect video…OK it’s probably par for the corse) so if you have 17 minutes to kill have a look 🙂

 

Basic T-shirt instructions: You will need white t-shirts (you can use ones with stains on them, it is a great way to revamp your wardrobe or get a 3 pack of white tees from a department store, the ones I got for the kids were youth large from Hanes, $5.47 for 3) and spray fabric paint. I used this set from Oriental Trading or just mix acrylic paint with water (the consistency of whole milk) and put it in a dollar store spray bottle and you are good to go. You will need masking tape and contact paper for the stencils.

  1. Place a large piece of cardboard inside your T-shirt to make it flat and to keep paint from leaking through to the back.
  2. Cut stars from contact paper and stick them to your shirt. Stick strips of masking tape where you want stripes.
  3. Spray blue paint or dye on the stars and red dye on the stripes.
  4. Remove the tape and stars and let dry.
  5. Repeat on the back side if you like (we did and it looked great!)
  6. Rinse the nozzles of the spray bottles  in cool water, spritz some clear water through the pump to prevent it from clogging.

Well. that was easy, I guess I did not need to make a video LOL! 😀 Here is a look at the shirts and shoes we made. I found plain white and black canvas shoes at Wal-Mart and they are as fun to paint on as…well, a blank canvas!

 

And I painted my nails for the holiday, how fun! I am so amused by the little things.

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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