Archive for June, 2013

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Recycled Clothing Tag Project – blue and fawn weave

woven tag blue fawn opener Recycled Clothing Tag Project   blue and fawn weave

Mini weaving loom on a recycled clothing tag

Today’s clothing price tag project is a mini weaving project – this time a single sided project using two color threads.

Start by punching some holes on opposite sides of a tag – you will need a stiff tag as this is a one sided project. Next string the tag by passing threads through the holes to make a line of threads – you don’t need these to wrap around the back side of the tag.

woven tag blue fawn backside Recycled Clothing Tag Project   blue and fawn weave

When you are done, start weaving under one thread and over the next. You can do this for one or two rows taking care that you don’t pull in the edge thread when you turn at the end of a row. Cut off the excess fiber before changing colors and leave about a half inch of fiber.

Alternate colors and leave about a half inch length of fiber at the beginning and end of each color. Push the threads up towards the top of the weaving each time you work a row to make it firm so there are not big gaps in the weave.

woven tag blue fawn 1 Recycled Clothing Tag Project   blue and fawn weave

When you are done, add a thread through the hole in the tag and you’re done.

woven tag blue fawn alternate opener Recycled Clothing Tag Project   blue and fawn weave

links to this post

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Draw a cupcake in 6 easy steps

how to draw a cupcake in 6 steps Draw a cupcake in 6 easy steps

Step by step – how to draw a cupcake

Totally calorie free this cupcake design is easy to learn. It works every time (something I demand of my drawings) and requires no erasing so you can, if you want, draw it in ink from scratch.

Once it is inked (if you use permanent markers) you can paint with water colors or Tombow markers – use the markers direct on the paper or on a waterproof palette and mix with a little water for a watercolor effect.

links to this post

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

How to clean ink from a stencil

how to clean permanent ink off transparent stencils How to clean ink from a stencil

I just bought this wonderful stencil and the first time that I used the stencil I used a permanent black maker on it. The result was that the stencil was covered around the openings with permanent black marker – yep! It was permanent. Baby wipes – my go to for cleanup – wouldn’t touch the ink – not unsurprisingly.

I tried some regular stamp cleaner but that didn’t work – the solution was stamp cleaner designed for Stayzon Ink – Stayzon is a very permanent ink and it appears that solvents that you use to clean it off stamps also works for permanent marker on stencils.

So, there you have it, a simple way to clean up your precious stencils.

Enjoy!

links to this post

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Recycled clothing price tag project – woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 9 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Create these fun woven earrings using recycled clothing price tags and some cotton fiber

I’m rolling along with my recycled clothing tag project with a new project for today – making woven earrings. You will need some cotton thread – I have some left over from a crochet project that is nice and colorful and I had plenty to use. You will also need a pair of matching clothing tags, a hole punch, some earring findings, a large eye needle – not very sharp and scissors.

Start with the tags and punch the holes – I did a grid of 4 x 6 holes on each tag. You will want holes all around and large enough to take multiple threads. If the tags have tear off pieces, leave these on the outside in case they come off. I kept mine in place till the very end but then they came off!

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 1 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

This is what the front of the tags look like and here is the back. You can see I didn’t do anything to the tags to hide the details on them – and that was my plan all along but you could do something different if you wish.

Once I had the holes, I started weaving. I started with medium pink cotton and wove a set of lines across the tags, both the back and the front are done so they look the same. Always start on the reverse side so the long tails of thread are on the reverse and ignore them.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 2 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 2 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Having done that – still using the same color I went back in the reverse direction to make a square grid – again both sides of each tag look basically the same.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 3 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 3 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Now I changed color for the first time. And this time, I chose a very light pink and wove it diagonally in one direction making sure that the pattern stayed correct on both sides of the tags – you may need to check carefully that the lines are all parallel and that it looks right. Don’t bother doing anything about the loose ends – just leave them hanging off the piece.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 4 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 4 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

After going in a diagonal direction in one color I changed colors to a dark pink and went in the opposite diagonal direction. Again, keep an eye out on the weave to make sure it is correct.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 5 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 5 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Now the fun stuff starts. I changed to the lime green and started doing the cross weave.

Again you will be going in and out through the holes following the diagonals and making sure to do the same on the back as on the front. The difference is that here you will be doing a little cross stitch over and around the woven threads that are all piled up at this point to hold them together.

You will see that there is a simple pattern to doing this which makes it all repeatable, just take it slowly and make sure it all looks even and neat.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 6 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 6 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Now, still working in green I went in and out around the very edge of the pieces – it is so weird but it all worked perfectly so there wasn’t even any doubling up of thread. You should still be ignoring the problem of the loose ends!

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 7 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 7 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Now it is time to deal with the problem ends. Since you always started on the reverse side your tails should all be on the back so make sure they are or thread them so they are.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 8 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 8 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Now, working in green, I worked a set of blanket stitches over the green thread around the edge. You will fit 4-6 blanket stitches on each thread – just do however many you need on each piece they don’t have to all be the same. Work the back and the front.

When you are working around the edges on the back – hold the loose threads alongside the green edge threads as you work so you catch all the threads up in the blanket stitch to hide them.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 8a Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Once this is done you can assemble your findings. If you’re not confident setting eyelets then test this out on a scrap piece of paper first – I promise you that this is vital. You might notice that the eyelets set out here are a different size to the final image? Yep! I made a mess of my first eyelets and had to pull them out and start over. If I’d practiced first I would have realized that my tools wouldn’t work properly and I needed to overcome some technical issues first.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 8b Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Punch a hole and affix the eyelets and then add a jump ring and an earring wire to each earring.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 9 Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

Then you are done and ready to wear your new woven clothing price tag earrings.

recycled clothing tags woven sewn earrings 9 back Recycled clothing price tag project   woven earrings

links to this post

Monday, June 10th, 2013

DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 7 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Learn how to recycle price tags into earrings

This installment of the recycled clothing price tag project covers making earrings from the tags. I’ve used some acetate images here – they are images that I drew of caravans. I drew them in pencil then inked them. Once scanned and cleaned up they were printed on overhead transparency paper – this is transparent acetate and it is available for inkjet and laser printers alike. I sized the images and printed them the size that was needed to fit over the tags.

The paint goes on the back of the acetate. I used enamel paint which sticks really well but you can use practically any paint as long as it adheres to the acetate.

.recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 2 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

You don’t need to paint too carefully because the lines on the image are under the paint and they give you a bit of flexibility.

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 3 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Once you are done painting and the paint is dry, you’re ready to assemble.

Start by covering the tags – I used plain blue washi tape as it covers well and it is a simple solution. Cover the tags and trim the edges. Make the hole in the tags again with a hole punch.

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 1 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Then place the acetate images over the tags to decide on the placement. The paint side goes close to the tag so the paint is protected from being scratched.

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 4 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Make a matching hole in the acetate too.

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 5 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Dig a couple of eyelets out of your eyelet collection and place one in each hole – you will use the eyelet to hold the acetate to the tag firmly. It can probably move a bit if you really tug on it but it should stay firmly in place.

recycled clothing tags earrings with acetate blue 6 DIY Earrings from Recycled Price Tags

Trim the image to the size of the tag so it matches exactly.

Now add a jump ring and an earring wire to each earring so you can wear them.

links to this post

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I Heart Washi tape – decorate recycled price tags with mixed florals

recycled clothing tags floral washi tape and pen 4 I Heart Washi tape   decorate recycled price tags with mixed florals

Combine your favorite Washi tapes with recycled clothing price tags

This next installment in the recycled clothing tag project is a long thin tag that would do great duty as a bookmark or make a few of them and use them to decorate a gift.

The project is simple. Just wrap a recycled clothing tag with washi tape. I used a bunch of floral tapes that I had because, one floral just isn’t enough – particularly if you can have lots of them instead.

recycled clothing tags floral washi tape and pen 1 I Heart Washi tape   decorate recycled price tags with mixed florals

I used multiple florals on the front and a single one on the back.

recycled clothing tags floral washi tape and pen 3 I Heart Washi tape   decorate recycled price tags with mixed florals

Once I’d added the floral tape to the tag I realised that there is such a thing as too many florals – they all just melded together into a big ‘floral’ thing. Something was called for and in this case it was something black and lacy.

Now I could have adhered some fine black lace but instead I used a black permanent marker. I drew something resembling lace on the front where some of the florals sat side by side and the result was great. Once it was done I punched the hole again and threaded it with a loop of ribbon.

The result is practical, fun and imminently practical.

recycled clothing tags floral washi tape and pen 2 I Heart Washi tape   decorate recycled price tags with mixed florals

links to this post