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It’s the holiday season!
Time to dust off your favorite pile of holidays fabrics and make something special!
Whether it be for a gift or for your home….Therm O Web adhesives will have your decked out in style!

Designer Tammy Tutterow has the perfect idea not only for a bit of decor but also something to help keep all those treats…organized!

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Combining fabric with great fusible adhesives can make holiday crafting quick and easy.  Add in a time saver like die cutting and you can create a unique project like this hanging pocket banner in no time at all!

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Cut two pieces of fabric for each pocket (Sizzix 657654 Jumbo Banners), cutting the fabric slightly larger than the size of the design on the die.  Cut a piece of Heat ‘n Bond Fusible Craft Interfacing for each piece of fabric.  Use an iron to fuse the interfacing to the back side of each piece of fabric.  Cut pieces of wool felt to fit the size of the desired die designs to be used as embellishments.  Cut pieces of Heat ‘n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-on Adhesive to fit each piece of felt.  Iron the adhesive onto the backside of the felt pieces.

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Die cut the prepared fabric pieces with the desired dies.  If using a thin wafer die like a Sizzix Sizzlit, place the felt piece fabric side down onto the die for the best cut.

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After die cutting, the trim pieces can be peeled off of the backing paper and used like an iron-on embellishment.  The adhesive backing is not tacky so scraps can be saved easily for use on future projects.

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Apply Super Stik Glue Stick to the interfacing backs of each piece of fabric.

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Place the fabric pieces interfacing side down onto cotton batting.

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Sew along the top of each pocket.

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Use pinking sheers to trim around the edges of each pocket piece.

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Pin each matching pocket piece together, batting sides together.

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Sew around the side and bottom edges of each pocket, about 1/4″ from the edge.  Leave the top open.

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Punch a hole in the pocket at the two top corners for placing grommets.  Depending on the size of the grommets, you may need to punch a couple of holes at each corner to create a large enough opening.

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Set a grommet in each hole according to the package instructions.

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Tie each pocket together using ribbon.  Pockets can be embellished as desired with additional die cuts.  On the pockets shown, a fabric label with initials was attached to each pocket to serve as a mini Christmas stocking for members of the family.  (See how I created the labels in this tutorial: Easy Holiday Fabric Tags.)

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Be sure to join us tomorrow for our final holiday idea from Designer Andrea Budjack!

Also don’t forget in all the holiday shopping hustle and bustle…you can shop right from home for all your favorite Therm O Web products! Skip the crowds and we’ll ship it right to you!

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Create Your Own Die Cut Magnetic Felt Leaves from Therm O Web

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I recently purchased a silver votive holder for my dining room table that I really loved.  I wanted to use it as a centerpiece of our upcoming holiday dinners, but because of it’s long boxy shape, it would be difficult to dress up with artificial flowers or greenery.  I decided that a few simple embellishments attached to the sides was the look I wanted.  Because the piece is metal and since I wanted to be able to change out the embellishments for different holidays, I decided that magnetic embellishments would be perfect.  I decided on felt die cut leaves with a bit of machine stitching that would match my decor and style perfectly.

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Begin by die cutting leaves from assorted colors of wool felt.  For each finished leaf you will need two matching die cut leaves.

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Use a SuperStik glue stick to apply glue to one side of a felt leaf die cut.

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Place a small strong magnet in the center of the leaf.  Be sure that there is enough room on each side of the magnet for your sewing machine presser foot to stitch around the magnet.  Be sure to test the magnet with a scrap of felt on a piece of metal before sewing to be sure it is strong enough the hold the finished piece to your desired metal surface.

Place the matching leaf over the one with SuperStik.  Press the top leaf down onto the first, letting the glue seal the edges.

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SuperStik is not only a great paper glue, it is also a fabric glue that is washable.  It is perfect for adhering layers of fabric together for sewing, especially projects like this one that is small and difficult to pin.  It leaves no residue on the sewing machine needle when sewn through.

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Sew around the edges of each leaf.  By sewing two leaves together, the embellishments are double sided and will look great on your project from either side.

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Distress Inks can be applied to the felt leaves to add shading and to color the thread.  Remember if using ink to apply it to both sides.

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Spray inks may also be applied to the felt to add color and can also be combined with the Distress Inks.

I love how these leaves turned out.  After Thanksgiving, I plan to make holly leaves using this same technique to decorate my votive holder.  The magnets would also be cute on small individual votive holders with name cards for place settings or even just to decorate the refrigerator.

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Supplies:

  • Therm O Web: SuperStik Glue Stick
  • fabric: wool felt assorted colors
  • die: Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations- Tattered Leaves
  • ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, Rusty Ink
  • sprays: Dylusions Ink Spray- Pure Sunshine
  • tools: Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Heat It Craft Tool; sewing machine and thread
  • misc: magnets

And don’t forget to enter our Adhesive Giveaway! Simply follow through the Punchtab entry to gain multiple entries into our giveaway. We’ll select one random winner to enjoy this prize! (please note due to mailing restrictions we cannot mail Glitter Dust to any winners outside the US at this time)

Halloween Die Cut Card with iCraft Sheets

Boo to You!

Halloween is just a few days away and that means still time to create some crafty goodness!

Today Designer Tammy Tutterow has a quick and fun card to make in time for Halloween! Our Therm O Web iCraft Adhesive makes creating this card…a treat!

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iCraft adhesive sheets combined with die cutting make creating cards fast and simple!

Applying iCraft Sheets to cardstock before die cutting makes every die cut an easy to use sticker that adheres perfectly to your project surface.

Therm O Web Supplies:

  • Therm O Web: iCraft Adhesive Sheets

Other:

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations: Pumpkin Jack Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations: Mini Silly Jack-o-lantern Set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations: Word Play
  • Sizzix Core’dinations Cut & Emboss Cardstock Stack: Tim Holtz Distress
  • Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces: #12 Black Craft Tag
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Ranger Ink Adirondack Pigment Ink: Snow Cap, Sunshine Yellow
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Sanding Grip
  • Ranger Ink Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool
  • Craft Knife and cutting surface

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By using items like a jumbo tag for a quick card base and pre-cut cardstock stacks for die cutting, this fun Halloween themed card can be made in a matter of minutes!

To begin, remove one of the backing papers from the back of an iCraft Sheet.  Apply the sheet to the back of a piece of cardstock.  Use a craft knife on a cutting surface to trim the excess adhesive sheet away from the edge of the cardstock.  Place the scrap piece of adhesive back on the backing sheet to save for future use.

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Die cut you piece of cardstock as you normally would.  The added thickness from the sheet is minimal and does not affect the die cutting at all.  After die cutting, you have essentially a large ready to use cardstock sticker!

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Fold the extra large tag in half to create a card base.

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If desired, apply ink to the front of the card where the the face of the Jack-o-Lantern will be to add some lightness and interest.  If you are using a dark surface as shown, pigment inks will give you the best result.  In the example above, a layer of white was added first to create  a neutral base with yellow added on top.

To apply the die cut to the card front, simply peel away the remaining backing sheet and place the die cut on the card where desired.  Unlike applying a wet or dry adhesive to the back of a die cut, the iCraft sheet creates full edge to edge adhesive coverage.  There are no loose edges or goops of adhesive seeping out around the edges and no waiting for adhesive to dry.

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Your die cut can be embellished with ink or sanding or with additional die cut elements.  Die cut letters are especially nice when backed with iCraft sheets before die cutting.  As you can see, even with additional treatments like ink and sanding, this card is still quick and easy and takes only a matter of minutes thanks to iCraft Sheets!

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Just a reminder..we’ve extended our Pillowcase Challenge and hope you’ll join in! We hope you’ll  join us in making a pillowcase and in return..we’ll send you something! After receiving your pillowcase, Therm O Web will send you a gift of some of our best adhesives and stabilizers! (one package of StitchnSew Tear-away Stabilizer, HeatnBond UltraHold and HeatnBond Lite) as our thank you to you for joining us!

Here’s the details…use one of the pillowcase patterns found on All People Quilt website to create your pillowcase. Then email us at Contest@thermoweb.com for mailing instructions. Pillowcases need to be received by Friday, November 9th. Once we have received your pillowcase, we will send you a gift for participating.  It’s just that easy and even better…you’ll feel great for doing something for someone else! Pillowcases will be donated to the Dover’s Children’s Home in Dover, New Hampshire.

Therm O Web would like to help YOU make a pillowcase or two! Simply post a comment…let us know…do you have a favorite color for your bedroom? Kind of pillow? Size to sleep on..we’ll take just about any comment you care to share (well most any!!) and we’ll enter you to win this amazing prize pack plus fabrics to help you make a pillowcase or two!

We’ll give you through Sunday, October 28th to post a comment. Then we’ll select one random winner to enjoy this kit!

Remember…Make a pillowcase. Make a difference.

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Easy Stitched Wrinkled Ribbon with SuperTape

Today I wanted to share a quick tip with you for an easy way to add wrinkled and crinkled ribbon to a flat surface.

I wanted to add a strip of dyed crinkled ribbon as an accent to my project.  I wanted to stitch the ribbon to both keep it in place and add a decorative element.  I felt that if I just laid the ribbon in place and sewed it that it would move and flatten out with the presser foot.

The solution I found was to lay a strip of SuperTape where I planned to place the ribbon.  After removing the red tap liner, I laid my ribbon all wrinkled and bunched up on the SuperTape strip.  I pressed the ribbon gently down onto the tape.  I was then able to sew a line over the ribbon while it was held firmly in place just as I wanted it.  The look and dimension of crinkled ribbon was preserved while adding in the extra element of a stitched line.  Although SuperTape is extremely strong, I had not problem with sewing through it or having adhesive residue on my sewing needle.

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supplies: SuperTape

Quilted Die Cut Fabric Embellishments

Today I want to share an easy technique for adding quilted fabric embellishments for your projects.  I cut my shape using a steel rule die, but you could cut your shape free hand or by tracing the shape with a stencil or pattern.

Begin by cutting two pieces of fabric and one piece of thin batting slightly larger than your die shape.  Place the first piece of fabric wrong side up and apply a layer of SuperStik glue stick to the backside of the fabric.

Place the batting onto the first piece of fabric.  Apply SuperStik to the top of the piece of batting.

Place the second piece of fabric on top of the batting.  Burnish over the three assembled layers with a craft scraper or edge of a ruler to help them bond together.

Place the assembled piece on the die and die cut according to your machine or die instructions.

Use an air or water dissolving fabric pen to draw stitching guides on your fabric as desired.  I planned to use my piece on a harlequin embossed tag and wanted to duplicate the harlequin pattern’s lines into my quilting.  To do this, I applied just enough SuperStik to the back of my fabric heart to hold it in place while I used a ruler to draw the pattern’s lines onto my heart.  I used a Distress Ink Marker to draw my lines so that I could add a subtle layer of color under by stitches.

I machine stitched over each marker line.

If you were to use a non-dissolving pen like me, and were to decide that you did not care for the marker lines under the stitching, you can simply flip the piece over and use the reverse side.  This also would be a simple solution for creating sewing lines for anyone not having a dissolving ink pen.

To erase the dissolving marks, mist the heart with water.  I wanted my lines to show, but wanted to soften and blur them, so I misted my fabric with water to activate the Distress Ink Marker, which is water reactive just like the ink in Distress Ink Pads.

After drying the heart, I added extra Distress Ink to the edges of the heart to add a bit of age and shabbiness to it.

I adhered the fabric heart to my tag lining up the stitched lines with the embossed lines.  I finished the tag by adding ribbon and a small text tag.

Supplies:

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Easy Sewn Coin Purse from Tag Die Cut

Back in November I shared how I made fabric tags for my Christmas packages using the Tim Holtz Tag and Book Plates Sizzix die.  I was looking at one of those tags a few days ago and it struck me how if it were folded in (almost) thirds, it was the perfect size and shape for a cute little mini coin purse.

To create the mini coin purse, cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of thin batting slightly larger than the tag shape on the die.  Iron and fuse HeatnBond Craft Fusible Interfacing to the back side of the two pieces of fabric.

Cut the two pieces of fabric (with interfacing fused to the back side) and the one piece of batting using the tag die.

Apply SuperStik Glue stick to interfacing side of the two fabric tags.

Place the batting between the two fabric tags (interfacing facing the batting) using the SuperStik on the fabric tags to hold all three pieces together.  Sew along the outer edges of the tag, about 1/4″ from the edge.

Fold the tag so that the bottom edge is about 1 3/4″ from the top edge of the tag.  Fold the top of the tag down so that it creates a flap.

Place a piece of Velcro fastener on the inside of the flap covering the punched tag hole.  Place the matching velcro piece on the outside of the coin purse so that it matches up with the Velcro on the flap when the flap is closed.

Cut a piece of double fold bias tape over the bottom edge of the tag.  Sew the bias tape in place.  Sew both pieces of Velcro in place as well.

Trim the outer edges with pinking shears making sure to not cut into the line of stitching.

Fold the tag again and sew along the sides to form a pocket.

A fabric label can be added to the outer flap to hide the stitching from the Velcro tab.

This little coin purse is simple and so quick to create from scraps of fabric.  It makes a cute gift that can be easily personalized, all in under an hour.  (To make your own stamped labels, check out the tutorial I shared for the original fabric tags to see how I made some with stamps.)

Supplies:

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Sticky Dots Simple Solution to Intricate Die Cuts

I love using die cut shapes that are detailed and intricate.  Sometimes though, they can be difficult to apply adhesive to without getting adhesive on my base project and myself.  That is why I love Sticky Dots sheets for die cutting!  They make applying adhesive to intricate die cuts simple, easy, and mess free!

Sticky Dots sheets come in two sizes, 8.5″ x 11″ and 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Each sheet is comprised of two parts, a peel away cover sheet and a sheet with dots of adhesive.

For intricate die cutting, I like to apply a piece of Sticky Dots to the back side of my cardstock, cutting both to about the same size as my image I will be cutting.  After I cut the piece to size, peel away the cover paper and place the adhesive sheet adhesive side down on the back side of my paper.

I then die cut my paper as I normally would.  The sheet is thin and does not affect the cut.  After cutting the die cut will be like a sticker with a peel away backing that will expose the adhesive that is now transferred onto the back of your die cut.

I like to add ink to the edges of my die cuts.  Intricate pieces can be difficult to ink because they are so fragile, but because of the extra reinforcement of the backing sheet that is still in place, the piece is now sturdier and easier to ink and distress.

When you are ready to apply your die cut, peel the backing paper away and apply the die cut to your surface as desired.

If you notice any extra adhesive along the edges of the die cut, simply rub them away with an Adhesive Pick Up Square.

I applied my die cut pieces to a blank pre-made greeting card.  I added a quick stamped sentiment and had a completed card in under 15 minutes.  Quick, simple, and no mess.


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Plain to fabulous gift boxes in a snap!

This past week I was honored to be a featured blogger on the Big Picture Classes blog during Gift Wrap Week.  The theme for the week was crafty holiday packaging.  My post was a simple idea for ways to dress up plain white gift boxes with scrap pattern paper and embellishments.  Since we have been offering a lot of holiday ideas here on the Therm O Web blog, I thought it would be fun to share my blog post here as well.
Begin with a simple white gift box.  I often buy these in multi packs in the holiday gift wrapping sections.
Measure the sides of the boxes that you plan to embellish.  On my box, I wanted to embellish the four sides and the lid.  Each were almost 4″ square.
I wanted to leave a small white border on each side, so I cut my paper in 3 1/2″ squares.  For one of my boxes, I cut my five squares of paper from five different pattern paper scraps.  For the other, I used one piece of double sided paper, alternating the patterns.
If you love a vintage or distressed look, brush the edges lightly with the Distress Ink of your choice.  If you love clean and simple, use the squares as is, or perhaps add a simple doodled border with a marker.
Apply adhesive around the outer edges of your squares.  I find that on the slick surfaces of gift boxes, tape adhesives work best.  If you are covering a larger box, for instance a shirt box, you will want to add adhesive through the center of the paper as well to keep it smooth and nicely in place.
Apply each square to the center of each box side.
After applying the paper to the box lid, embellish the lid with ribbon and a gift tag.
On my second box, I added a sticker and strung a gift tag with bakers twine and adhered with adhesive foam squares.
If you would like to take your box a step further, you can add machine stitching to the edges of each square.  To begin, you will need to flatten the box by carefully pulling it apart where it is glued.  On my box, there is only one glued seam.  On a shirt box, you would have four glued areas.
After flattening the box, machine stitch around each paper square.  When you have finished, apply adhesive to the flap where the box was originally glued.
After re-adhering the flap, assemble the box as usual and embellish.
So quick and so easy and yet fun and something unique!
Supplies-
paper, stickers, and tags- BasicGrey Nordic Holiday
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Easy Holiday Fabric Tags

This year for Christmas I thought it would be fun to create personalized handmade tags to add a fun a personal touch to my holiday packages.  Because I would making several tags I wanted to create something that would be quick and easy to create.  Die cutting using a steel rule die on fabric was the answer.

To create the stamped fabric name label, first prepare a piece of solid colored fabric by bonding it with HeatnBond Craft Fusible Interfacing according to the package directions.  Adding the interfacing gives the piece of fabric a nice weight that will help the folds and trimmed edges on the finished tag look really crisp.

Use letter stamps to stamp the desired words on the prepared fabric using an archival or fabric ink.

Cut the word out leaving a 1/2″ margin around each side of the letter.

Create a 1/4″ fold line along the top and bottom edges of the labels.  Press the fold in place.

Use pinking shears or decorative scissors to trim the ends of each label.  If you prefer a vintage look, you can brush the edges of the labels with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.  Set the labels aside.

To create the fabric tag, adhere HeatnBond Fusible Craft Interfacing to the desired pieces of fabric.  Fabric without an interfacing backing can be die cut, but adding it helped create a really nice clean cut (I cut multiple tags at once) and kept my finished tag really crisp looking.  For each tag, I cut two pieces of matching fabric and two pieces of thin cotton batting.  (If you don’t have a tag die, use a shipping tag to trace onto your fabric as a template.)

Use SuperStik Glue Stick to adhere one piece of batting to the back of each fabric tag.

(FYI- SuperStik is not just a great glue stick for paper, it is awesome for fabric projects!  Use it to adhere layers of projects together, saving the need for pinning.  On small craft projects where pinning is difficult, SuperStik is a true life saver!  You can sew through it with no build up or residue on your needle.  For projects that will be laundered, it washes away in the wash!)

Apply SuperStik to the back of the fabric label and place it on the fabric tag where desired.  Sew the label in place.

Adhere the matching plain tag to the back of the tag with the label using SuperStik.

Sew the assembled tag together stitching about 1/4″ from the tag edge.  If desired, add fabric grommets to the tag hole.  To distress, brush the edges with Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

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