DIY Fabric Tags / Labels for Your Sewing Projects | TUTORIAL

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I thought I would share how I make my fabric tags for my purses. The way I used to make them involved using iron-on transfer paper and ribbon. If you own one of my older bags, you'll know what I'm talking about.



They were kind of cute because the way I sewed the ribbon back sometimes made it look like a little scroll banner and not to mention I always have ribbon of some sort on hand but I always hated how you could see the white of the negative space around the logo and words.

Also iron-on transfer paper isn't very permanent, it's good for a while but it wrinkles and fades away eventually. So I looked for an improved way to do this and came across this ingenious idea. I looked to different tutorials and now this is basically what I do:
  1. You will need freezer paper, a piece of fabric (thin fabric is best, like a lightweight cotton), a piece of regular paper that fits through your printer well (for me it's an 8.5" x 11"), scissors (or rotary cutter and board, if you have that and want to be more precise), iron, computer and printer.

  2. Take your fabric and iron it out if it's not already pressed.

  3. Take your sheet of paper and use it as a stencil to cut out your fabric into that shape/size. This is when you could just use the measurements of the paper and use your rotary cutter with board or like quilter's cutting tools for precision.

  4. Place your fabric under the freezer paper, with the shiny side touching the wrong side of the fabric. Iron on a low-medium setting. Don't make it too hot or you'll cause too many wrinkles and/or bubbles. You want to keep the sheets as flat as possible but you also want the freezer paper to stick to the fabric.

  5. I use Adobe Illustrator for this but use whatever program you like. I open my tag design (in CMYK color mode) onto an art board of the same size as the fabric/freezer paper sheet. I space out copies of the design giving them some room around each other for when I go to sew them, the seams won't interfere with anything. As you can see I encircled the design with a gray border to give a better visual of space needed. I later delete it so it won't print. You could leave it though so you know exactly where to cut if you're cutting them out individually.

  6. Fill your page with as many tags as possible. I use Ctrl+Shift+M, that gives you a Copy button that you'll want to click, third from top. Use it once. Then Ctrl+D will repeat the last transform. Now you're ready to print. In your printer settings just let it know your using some other specialty paper.

  7. Your page should print nicely. If some tags have ink smears, it was likely because the sheets weren't flat enough for the printer but that's okay you can discard those pieces.


  8. Cut out your tags before peeling away the freezer paper. I think it's easier that way but it's up to you. That's it, now you have tags/labels you can use for all your sewing projects. You can pretty much use this process for any design you'd like printed onto a piece of fabric. I seriously think this process beats iron-on transfer paper, it just looks that much better and professional. If you want to save your time and ink though you could just have a custom fabric made with your tag design repeated on it. Check out sites like Spoonflower and Modern Yardage print your custom designs onto fabrics of your choice. Now that would definitely look professional.

DIY EASY UPCYCLING | Tinted Glass Jars & Bottles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I've basically been hoarding all glass containers like juice bottles and jam/sauce jars lately. Refusing to recycle them because they're so good to keep. Store other foods, store other stuffs. Why get rid of these? Upcycle, c'mon now, let's do that instead!

Here I tried to tint some of my glass jars...


I did something wrong though so there's no finished product picture because they did not turn out how I hoped and I gave up. I didn't really follow anyone's directions or instructions, (thought it was self explanatory, modge podge, food color, stain then oven or maybe it was overconfidence I had seen it on Pinterest a million times) of course now I wish I had done it right. Like this:

Color Tinted Glass Jars, a tutorial by Fancy That Design House

The transformation is awesome. Look at that glass. So vintage, super cool!

So maybe I'll try again. I mean doesn't this just inspire you?

Subtle beauty!

P.S. Here's a really good tutorial for getting sticker/glue residue off glass:

The No Sweat, Chemical-Free way to Remove Labels and Glue Residue from Your Jars by The Creek Line House

15 Ways to Upcycle Milk Crates

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Milk crates are all the rage right now!

Okay I don't know if that's totally true but since they are so mass-produced, they are readily available. If you want your own, it should be no problem finding some.

Just take a peek behind the milk aisle at the grocery store and you'll see them back there all stacked up, doing their work.

Of course the logical thing to do with them would be to just use them to hold things but you can get more creative than that...

1. Milk Crate Cabinets


2. Milk Crate Couch

3. Milk Crate Container Garden

4. Milk Crate Swing for the little kiddos

5. Milk Crate Fabric Cover - a detailed Tutorial by Sew Many Ways

6. Crates Lighting Fixture

7. DIY Milk Crate Bed Frame

8. Milk Crates Staircase

9. Milk Crate Footstools with Wheels

10. Milk Crate Bookshelf

11. Milk Crates as Drawers in a Dresser

12. Milk Crates into a Sofa Chair

13. Milk Crate Pet Bed

14. Milk Crate Desk Support

If you still don't know what to with milk crates take this for inspiration:

15. 700 Milk Crates piled high by Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau

Furniture Makeover | Upcycled Vintage Sewing Table

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My mom bought this sewing table at a yard sale many years ago. She tried to re-finish the wood and added a dark cherry varnish but it was not done right. She gave the table to me in dire need of a makeover.

So I sanded it, which took forever. The coat of varnish was not an even coat and underneath that was the original finish that had to go as well. I painted the table with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Satin Ivory Silk and the drawer handles with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Gloss Black.

Originally I wanted to go bold and paint it all red but I changed my mind because I thought pairing the cream and black would look more classic.

This sewing table isn't really used like it should be because I also put my laptop on it and my sewing machine isn't the right kind to be placed inside the designated compartment. It's a really good table regardless and I intend to use it however I can.