DIY – Cushion Covers



Hi Ya, Here is a reblog from the Farmers Nest. Click the above SOURCE button for her full tutorial. I am so going to find a carzillion jumpers/sweaters and make a carzillion cushions! Don’t ya just love clever people like the Farmers Nest folk!? Enjoy.
~ Sarah xxx



How to make a tank top totes


How clever is this idea? If you click HERE you will go directly to craftynest tutorial. They have all the instructions you will need to complete your project. Enjoy! ~ Sarah xxx

Supplies and toolse:
tank top
straight pins
water-erasable fabric marker
sewing machine and thread
fabric scissors
seam ripper
sewing gauge or ruler


DIY – How to transfer ink onto fabric



Love this reblog from “mademoisellechoas” How clever is she!? Enjoy.
~ Sarah xxx

I can say that this is fairly permanent on fabric, I’ve been mercilessly washing my printed shirt, and though slightly faded, it still is undeniably present. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend it for the use with delicate embroidery, but if you’re going to cover all of it with (dark) thread, it could as well work.

It’s really quite simple, but I have to inform you: we will be dealing with potentially dangerous chemicals, that means: no smoking, no inhaling, eating & drinking of the paint thinner, and no kids left unattended! Really! I don’t want anybody to be harmed in this process, so open your windows for fresh air and pay attention that nothing spills!

What you need:
a computer
a laser printer (more specifically, something printed on a laser printer 😉 copyshop will also work!) EDIT: It recall it working with newspaper/some magazines, too!!
paint thinner
(EDIT: as some people have pointed out, the proper stuff to use would be lacquer thinner — mine contains xylene and benzine, just so you can re-check an see if the problems might have to do with the chemicals you use)
a solid, flat, smooth thingy (letter opener or so…)
a surface to transfer the motif onto (fabric, paper, cardboard, wood, metal,… it works with a lot of stuff)

First, prepare your picture (size, resultion etc is pretty much irrelevant, this technique also transfers fine details!) with a graphics program so it is b/w or grayscale. There have been rumors it works with color, too, as long as it’s laser printed, but I myself only work monochrome. Then — and I can’t stress enough how important this is, even more so with actual lettering in the design — FLIP it horizontally. It should be mirrored, because we will put it on the surface with the printed side down!

Next: print! Check double if it’s really mirrored (stand in front of a mirror and if you can read your text, you’ve done well :D).

Cut out your design with a generous border (for easier orientation etc.) and pin/tape it down (with the printed side DOWN) to the surface if necessary. Be careful not to cover/prick any of the picture area, but only the border. Small pictures also work without fixation, you can just hold it down with your fingers.

Dip your q-tip in paint thinner and rub it on the back of your printout — it will become translucent! Unlike me, you should hold it down while rubbing, but I didn’t have a third hand for handling the cam 😀

Then, take a solid, smooth anything (I used a letter opener made of bone) and carefully but firmly rub all over the picture, so the ink transfers well to the surface. Larger pictures may need step-by-step action, as the thinner quickly evaporates (hence the open windows and no inhaling rule… otherwise you would feel dizzy soon).

Peel away and adore 😀