Welcome to the That's Scrap-Fabric Blade Blog Hop! If you have hopped here from Penny's Blog, then you are on the right path. From here, you will hop over to Lisa's Blog, The hop starts today September 1st and ends on September 15th, with a winner being announced on the 16th.
There is a great prize from Sherri of That's Scrap, Inc. for one lucky participant. You will need to post at least one challenge project on the Silver Bullet Facebook Photo Album page here: FaceBook Album and leave a comment on each participating blog for a chance to win. When you post your challenge project, please make sure to say which blog was the inspiration. I can assure you it will be totally worth the effort! There is a complete list of Hop Along blogs at the bottom of this post.
Because it is back-to-school season in my neighborhood, I decided on an altered composition book for my project. I used a specialty fabric blade from Sherri. You can find it here: 30 Degree Fabric Blade This blade is essential for cutting fabric, and works in any Roland type blade holder, so you can use it with a wide variety of cutters. While you are on Sherri's site, check out the incredible new cutter, The Silver Bullet Pro. It has terrific features, and best of all, it comes with Sherri's unbeatable customer service. I don't have one yet, but it is at the very top of my wish list!
|You will need these items to complete the project:|
1. A composition book.
2. Scraps of fabric in 2 or 3 co-ordinating colors, plus green. I used 100% cotton quilting fabrics.
3. Spray starch. (In the laundry section)
4. SVG Files for Flower, Leaf and Comp Book Cover
5. A really sticky mat. (I used a Cricut mat, which is much too sticky for paper, but worked really well for this project.)
6. Tacky Glue, or a hot glue gun plus heavy duty double sided tape or an adhesive sheet.
7. Buttons to co-ordinate with your fabrics.
Step one: Starch your fabric! I sprayed on a heavy layer of starch and ironed with a hot iron until dry, and repeated at least 2 more times. You want your fabric to be really stiff. I recommend using fabrics that are really tightly woven, and have a heavy "hand" for this project. Thinner, lighter weight fabrics are harder to cut with this method.
Step two: Adhere your fabric to your mat. I found that pressing with my fingers worked better than a brayer for this step. I put a lot of pressure on all areas of the fabric to make sure it was securely adhered everywhere, and not just on the edges. If your fabric lifts from the mat even a tiny bit, it won't cut well.
Step four: Cut your cover. Mine is sized at 6.875 by 9.75 inches.
Step five: Cut your shapes. Each flower requires 3 petal shapes and one base circle. I sized my petal shapes at 3"; 2.25"; and 1.5 inches. My base circles were cut at 3.25; 2.5; and 1.75 inches. Try to get some contrast between your bases and petals, especially if the petals are the same color as your cover, like mine. Cut the leaves in sizes that look good to you.
|Fold flower shape in half and glue|
|Fold in thirds and glue, using pencil to help glue smaller petals without crushing|
|Glue leaves to base|
|Glue a button to the center of the flower|
Step nine. Adhere your fabric cover to the composition book. I used a double sided adhesive sheet from All That Jazz Supplies. You could also use extra strength double sided tape, or maybe a glue stick for this step. You want the cover to be stuck to the book really well.
Step ten: Adhere your flowers to the fabric cover with Tacky Glue or a glue gun.
Enjoy your tricked out composition book. Write some poetry, or a note to a cute guy!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I had a ton of fun creating this project. Don't forget to check out all of the other stops on the That's Scrap Fabric Blade Blog Hop. I can guarantee that you will see some fabulous projects from some incredibly talented crafters.
Penny Duncan Creations - http://pennyduncancreations.blogspot.com
You are here - http://shrinkingmimsy.blogspot.com/
Lisa Howell - http://mindovermattercreations.blogspot.com
Rachellann - http://www.rachellsmanycrafts.blogspot.com/
Rhonda - http://all-that-is-scrap.blogspot.com/
Mary Kobe - http://myspecialhideout.blogspot.com/
Have a terrific weekend!
Don't forget in order to be eligible for the Blog Hop prize, a gift card to http://thatsscrapinc.com/:
1) You must leave a comment on each blog
2) You must complete a project from at least of the blogs in the hop (your interpretation)
3) You must post a photo of your completed project(s) in the Silver Bullet Facebook Photo Album.