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March Craft Class – Accessories! March 9, 2014

Tired of the cold temperatures, piercing wind and the yucky ‘white stuff’? We are too, so come craft with us. This class is all about accessories. Crafters will make a recycled bubble necklace, found object ring and 2 repurposed scarf designs. Funny story about the scarves – there’s a photo of only one design because I couldn’t find the other scarf. I looked and looked all day long for the thing, then at night I realized . . . I was wearing it! I was too tired to snap a shot of it, but trust us it’s super cute.

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Craft class is Sunday, March 23rd
1:00pm – 4:00pm (*NOTE time difference. We needed a little more time with this craft.)
Class will be held at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Register by Thursday, March 20th.

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 1:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 1:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what YOU do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Baby Shower Gift – Baby Body Suit July 8, 2013

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I had an upcoming baby showing for my niece and her husband. I wanted to create a personal, hand-crafted gift, so I started researching Pinterest. I came across a post for a baby body suit idea, the post also included a recycled packaging idea (which Katie and I are all about): http://keephomesimple.blogspot.de/2010/07/precious-onsies.html

The post gave me inspiration to try the iron-on adhesive. It’s an amazing product and I wanted to share it with you.

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You will need:

  • White, cotton baby body suits
  • Heat n Bond® (There’s Heat n Bond Lite (purple package) & Heat n Bond Ultra Hold (red package). I purchased the Lite (purple). The associate at the store told me the Ultra will eventually come off and it’s best NOT to sew with the Ultra (it will ‘gum’ up your needle). I wanted to stitch around my images so I purchased the Lite.)
  • Fabric scraps (I went with flannel. I wanted the edges to fray when the item was washed and I felt flannel would be my best bet.)
  • Scissors
  • Print out of a silhouette (Here’s a site to check out for referencing silhouettes: http://www.fun-with-pictures.com/printable-silhouettes.html)
  • Iron and ironing board (ironing surface)
  • Pen or pencil (something to use for tracing around silhouette)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Needle

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Directions for baby body suit:

  1. Pre-wash (without fabric softener) and fully dry, baby body suits and fabric scraps.
  2. Iron Heat n Bond onto the back of fabric scraps, follow directions on back of Heat n Bond package.
  3. Trace silhouette onto fabric scrap. I flipped my image over and traced directly onto the Heat n Bond.
  4. Cut out image.
  5. Peel off paper liner from Heat n Bond, place fabric silhouette onto front of baby body suit (adhesive side down), iron on silhouette.
  6. Allow to cool. With needle and thread – stitch around outside edges, leaving an area about 1/8″-1/4″ to allow for fraying (optional).

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Supplies & Directions for Packaging

You will need:

  • Jar with lid (anything will do – pickle, spaghetti, etc). Make sure mouth of jar is big enough to fit the body suits into.
  • Spray paint (and primer is a good idea)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Drawer knob
  • Jute string, ribbon (embellishments)

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Directions:

  1. I recommend painting jar lid with a primer first. Allow to fully dry, apply spray paint (2-3 coats of spray paint).
  2. When lid is fully dried, attach drawer knob onto jar lid with E-6000 (follow manufacturer’s directions on back of E-6000 package).
  3. Roll up body suits, place into jar.
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The nursery is yellow so I rolled up yellow-themed wash clothes and placed them into another jar.

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Reverse Dye T’s February 25, 2012

The boys and I found this really cool ‘reverse stencil’ T-shirt technique in the June/July 2011 issue of Family Fun magazine. (I love, love, love Family Fun – here’s a link to their site: familyfun.go.com). We had a few problems, though – we didn’t have any fabric paint on hand and I didn’t see the need to purchase new white T-shirts when I could barely close the boy’s dressers all the way (due to the fact, that they each had an enormous T-shirt collection).

I am constantly stressing to the boys to use the resources they have on hand. We don’t always have to run out and ‘buy’ what we need – sit down and think how you can make it work, utilize what you have. Here’s what we came up with:

You will need:

  • T-shirt (darker colors worked best. If T-shirt is new, prewash.)
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Con-Tact paper
  • Pen, marker
  • Cutting utensils (scissors, X-Acto knife)
  • Newspapers/cardboard/plastic bags (something from your recycling bin to use inside the shirt as a barrier, so the bleach mixture won’t soak through to the other side of the T-shirt)

Directions:

  1. You or your child draw the T-shirt design onto the Con-Tact paper or borrow our free templates: skull guitar, shark.
  2. Cut out the design and adhere it to the shirt, rub over the Con-Tact paper to make sure it is attached well (especially the edges).
  3. Slip a piece of cardboard/newspaper/plastic bags inside the shirt (this will act as the barrier). Lay shirt face up on the grass, driveway, sidewalk, picnic table (wherever you want your work surface to be – you may want to lay down newspaper to protect your work surface).
  4. In a spray bottle, I mixed about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water. You’ll have to experiment to see what consistency you’re looking for.
  5. Spray the bleach mixture onto the fabric all around the cutout template. A light spray is less likely to seep under the template.
  6. You should start to see the reaction to the dye in the shirt, it should be fading. If the reaction is too harsh or too slight, adjust your bleach to water mixture. Our reaction was quick, within less than 30 sec-1 minute we could see the dye bleaching out. At this point, quickly remove all of the Con-Tact paper template and launder the shirt in the washing machine to stop the reaction.

Tip: When we were working on the guitar design – after we had the skull cut out from the front of the guitar template, my oldest placed the cut-out (which I was going to toss out) onto the sleeve. It worked great!

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