Upcycled sundress for my adorable niece and iron on tag tutorialMarch 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Posted in crafts | 3 Comments
Tags: DIY, free pattern, handmade tags, iron on tags, step by step photos, sundress, tutorial, upcraft, upcycle
My mother in law gave me the bedspread that she had as a young girl (with permission to chop it up for crafty cuteness.) It was adorable! And it had the cutest little ruffled bottom. I don’t have any little girls but I am seeing my niece in a few weeks so I decided to make her a sundress with the ruffles at the bottom. I used the pattern at SnazzleCraft (it required a bit of playing with to get it to print right.) As I don’t have a little girl (and my favorite color is blue,) I don’t have any pink ribbon or thread, but the green matched all of the flower stems so it worked out. I used snaps instead of buttons, and placed them in the back, so that my niece won’t be able to undress herself.
I love making cute things, and I like to put tags in them. Why? I don’t know. But I do. :0) So here’s how I did it, just in case you want to make some too.
You will need the following supplies:
- small amount of screen printing ink/paint or soft fabric paint (not the tulip puffy kind)
- alphabet stamps (I got these out of the dollar bin at Michael’s last year) or custom stamp
- freezer paper
- scrap of paper to use as spread
- ribbon or fabric scraps
- iron and cloth
- heat n bond scraps
- Squirt a small amount of ink onto your freezer paper.
- Spread the ink out into a thin layer using your scrap paper (I doubled my scrap for a sturdier spreader.)
- Use the ink like an ink pad, working quickly since the screen printing ink dries quickly. Respread the ink as needed.
- Let the ink dry and set as per package directions. I let it dry overnight and ironed the next morning to set the ink.
- Cut a small strip of heat n bond and iron onto the back of your ribbon. I like to trim the stragglers off after applying the heat and bond, so that it seals the ends.
- Peel off the paper backing and iron onto your items.
You could also sew the tags in, or have them stick out the sides like a flag. You can use acrylic paint to make tags that won’t be laundered often, I prefer to use a fabric paint myself. This is a good use for scraps of ribbon, and small bits of heat and bond. (It is also why I never throw anything away and have piles of junk filling up my bedroom…maybe you shouldn’t save those little scraps after all.)
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