I hope you enjoyed seeing a couple ideas for converting digital products into fabrics in Fabric Fun – Part 1. I have a pretty simple and quick home dec idea for you t
oday. This is a project that can certainly be made using patterned paper and will look just great. However, fabric gives it just a little more texture and richness. It will also last much longer and will fade more slowly than paper.
- PhotoFabric 100% Cotton
- INK JET PRINTER/INK
- DIGITAL PAPER – Girlfriends by Nicole & Mari
- 4 – 4X4 STRETCHED CANVAS ARTIST BLOCKS
- FABRIC GLUE,LACE, MARTHA STEWART BUTTERFLIES
Before you begin make sure that your hands are clean during this process and that you maybe wash them in between steps. You will be working the fabric around the blocks and even though your hands may look clean the natural oils from your skin can transfer smudges onto the fabric that are difficult to remove.
One of the things I like best about digi kits is that I have a group of coordinated papers and elements all together. Since I really stink at putting colors together this helps me tremendously. I chose four coordinating papers from the gorgeous choices in the GIRLFRIENDS digi kit.
I sized them down from 12X12 to 7X7 inches in Photoshop and printed them on to my fabric sheets. I first pressed the sheets flat by gently going over them with my iron. This helped them go through my printer a bit more easily.
The unprinted edges of the fabric sheet were trimmed off and were then ready to be attached to the canvas squares.
The fabric was flipped over.
And the block was centered on the wrong side. The edges were then attached to the block with fabric glue. I prefer this brand because, as it states on the front, it is fast grab and quick dry. It really does what it says which makes this easy to complete quickly.
The edges were folded pretty much like you would do when wrapping a present. It helps to apply the glue directly to the fabric instead of the block. This helps the glue attach the fabric but not spread all over the place particularly all over your hands. Also, if you run the glue along the folded edges, it helps to make a nice flat attachment. Meaning it helps eliminated bumpy stuff.
And fold again.
There is a bit of a bumpiness to the two sides but I will be adding some lace so it’s all good.
The lace was attached with a thin line of glue all around the edges.
Complete the remaining squares as above. I used four but you can make as many as you like to create a much larger focal point. I think they look pretty cool “as is” but I wanted to dress them up just a bit.
So, I added some glittery, 3D, Martha Stewart butterflies to liven things up a little.
I kept my design pretty simple but just imagine the endless possibilities in decorating the blocks. Not only do you get custom colors and prints to go with your decor (after all there are so many incredible digital choices at THE DIGI CHICK) but you can decorate exactly as you choose. Sea shells or fishies for a bathroom, cars and fire engines for a little boys room……see what I mean, simply endless!
Have a super day!
Other Articles by jknath:
- Birdhouse Gift Box and Card - May 5th, 2013
- Vintage Pin - April 5th, 2013
- Bunny Purse - March 8th, 2013
- Rocket Valentine - February 4th, 2013
- Moose Treat Container - January 14th, 2013