I Tried it! Reviews! Printed Treasures Iron-On Inkjet Printable Fabric made by Dritz

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Review: Printed Treasures Iron-On Inkjet Printable Fabric made by Dritz

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Overview: Printable Fabric, Package states: Quick & Easy, Superior Washability, Paperlike Quality, 200 thread count pima cotton. Print, Peel and Iron. Ideal for Photo printing.

Three 8.5in x 11 in sheets to a pack

Price ranges anywhere from $8 to $13.

The pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy
  • Good for pillows
  • Big sheet to work work with
  • Easy to sew
  • Not expensive
  • Many of possibilities

Cons:

  • Possible fading over time.
  • The sheet is thin – I would not put light picture on dark background.

Other people’s opinions:

I checked out reviews from Amazon.com and Overstock.com and overall they received really great reviews.

Both site’s reviews gave the product four and a half stars.  Everyone that used it found it really easy to use and thought the pictures came out great.

There were some comments that stated after a few washings the picture fades.

Final opinion:  

I tried the Printed Treasures printable Iron-on fabric on a pillow project.

I created a Memorial Pillow for by friend when her dog went up to the big doggy park in the sky.  I loved that dog!

I printed the picture with no problems, I started with an image that was a bit blurry but it came out just like the picture.

The back was easy to peel off and once you iron it down it’s completely stuck. I didn’t notice any issues with fading but, I gave it away, so I really didn’t get to see how it was washing it.

Tips:

For my project I was going to be putting a light picture on a dark pillow, the fabric was black with red and white writing (love in cursive).  The picture of Jake was really light because he was white.

  1. I ironed the picture onto a white pillow case first.
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Then I took the cutout picture and sewed it to the fabric with the dark background.
  4. This prevented the black fabric pattern to show through the picture. This totally worked! It was an extra step but if you’re using a strong pattern it helps the picture pop.
  5. I also added a little boarder. When your ironing on a thicker piece of fabric the printed picture is not flat it is a bit stiffer and more raised than the fabric your ironing on, so the border gives it better transition.

I really like this product. I would totally use it again for future projects.

the Jake pillow

the Jake pillow

The Jake Pillow for my friend Dianne

The Jake Pillow for my friend Dianne

Comments:

  • This product is great for pillows and quick personalized projects. Would also be great for quilts.
  • Read the directions carefully and follow the directions.
  • If product looks old it probably is, the quality might not be as great. There should be no yellowing or peeling.
  • Make sure you are familiar with how your printer feeds. To insure it picks up the paper correctly.

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Vintage Clothing A Second Chance

Vintage clothing is amazing, and the fact that some of it is still intact still completely amazes me. Sometimes clothing is a little bit too damaged too actually wear, but sometimes you can find pieces that are completely fixable or up-cycle-able.  😀

If you come across a piece of clothing you absolutely love, you can always up-cycle it into something else. Some vintage fabrics are super funky and hard to find. So you will surely have a one of a kind masterpiece.

There is no law that you can’t salvage good parts and make that shirt, tie, skirt or dress into something completely new.

I recently stocked the Sugar Beet Crafts Etsy store with some awesome ties and men’s vintage shirts that would be great as an up-cycle project. I want to keep them all! It prompted me to do some research on projects. There are so many awesome DIY ways to fix up old clothing, especially right now when vintage is super in. So go through Grandma and Grandpa’s closet or hop down to a thrift store and see what treasures you can find!

Here are a few ideas I found online:

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I think these Ideas are awesome! Some people are so creative. I personally want to try all of these projects as soon as I have a sewing machine again. I hope your inspired to get out there and change and rearrange some loved items.

Here is a link to some great DIY up-cycled Clothing Tutorials on Pinterest:                                            http://www.pinterest.com/piecesofthepast/diy-upcycled-clothing/

Follow this link to a Blog with wonderful tutorials and ideas: Moda E Dicas de Costura (you will need to translate the page) http://modaedicasdecostura.blogspot.ca/2014/02/reciclagem-de-camisas-e-t-shirts-2.html

Oh and follow this link to an awesome Tutorial on how to Up-cycle a Men’s Shirt into a summer blouse:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Upcycle-a-Mens-Shirt-into-a-Retro-Summer-Blouse/?lang=de

More Ideas:

  • Throw Pillows
  • Headbands
  • Scarf
  • Tank Top

Lets save some vintage!

Vintage Shirts and Ties are available online @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/SugarBeetCrafts
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2013 and The Tote Bag Challenge

Hello Everyone! I am sorry for the disappearing act again. It was a crazy 2013, it was full of lessons and challenges.

We unfortunately lost two members of my boyfriends family, but were very grateful that both of my boyfriends parents are doing well. The beginning of the year started with my boyfriends father being hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs, and very soon after we found out his mother had liver cancer. We spent most of the year in Oklahoma trying to be whatever help we could be. Thankfully both are doing fantastic, and his mother is cancer free.

I have many plans for Sugar Beet Crafts over the next year. More blog posts, an Etsy account and lots of tutorials and reviews. Thank you for bearing with me during this crazy year. 

I hope this next year is a wonderful change for everyone.

Here is my latest project:

My momma wanted some small pocketed tote bags to fill with goodies to give out to a few friends for Christmas. I am still super new to sewing so these totes took way too long but I was able to finish them up….. then I broke my sewing machine! I did something to it now the timing is off. So hopefully I can get it fixed soon.

Here are some pics my mom and aunt snapped.

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Free Tutorial – 9 Step Iron Skillet Handle Covers

     


Tutorial Title: Iron Skillet Handle Covers

Written By: Brandie @ Sugar Beet Crafts

Tutorial Description:

Cast iron skillet handle covers are a great way to accessorize and keep safe in the kitchen.

Most “coated” cookware can be toxic after time. In an effort to be healthy we decided in our home to use only cast iron skillets. After burning myself a few times the light bulb in my head went off, “I should make some handle covers!” I found the perfect fabric, so lets get sewing!

I used a colored thread so you can see the stitches, but you might want to use a thread color that matches the seam binding. I am still new at sewing (and this is my first attempt at this project) so please excuse the crude stitching.

Materials Needed:

  • (4) pieces of material 3 1/2 x  1 inches (two for inside, two for outside)

  • (4) pieces of batting (like polyfil)

  • seam binding – the size of the binding depends on your actual pan handle. You need enough to go around your handle and two short ones for the opening. Mine was aproxomately 15 inches

Instructions:

Step 1: Gather up all your materials

Gather all your materials

Gather all your materials

Step 2: Make a template for your pan handle cover. I used my biggest pan, this way I can make one size that works with all of your pans.

Measure your handle

Measure your handle

Grab a ruler, a big index card and a sharpie. Trace a square all the way around  your handle. Make it about an inch larger than the handle to allow for seams.

Step 3: My panhandle was 2 1/2 x 5 1/2. Cut out your template.  

Measure and cut out handle templates

Measure and cut out handle templates

Step 4: Cut your material. I made the fabric rectangles bigger than my template so that I can trace the template onto the material and use that as a sew line.

cut out your fabric

cut out your fabric

Step 5: Next place your fabrics together,  I used a dark green for the inside and the mushroom print for the outside.

put your material together

put your material together

Your fabric should be right sides out with the polyfill in the middle (put 2 pieces of polyfill in each side, I tried it with just one and it was not quite enough to protect from the heat). You should wind up with two “material sandwiches”.

Step 6: Sew the top three sides of all the layers together using the lines you traced from the template. Then cut off the excess material.

Sew along the template line then cut off the excess

Sew along the template line then cut off the excess

Step 7: You should have two little “pillow”pieces that look like this.

two pillow pieces

two pillow pieces

Step 8: Grab your seam binding. Measure out two pieces to fit the bottom of each side. Tuck your material into the binding (make sure both side of the little pillow are covered) then pin. Once pinned sew across the bott

Add seam binding to bottom

Add seam binding to bottom

Step 9: Sew some more seam binding around the remaining three sides. Then using a small amount of the seam binding, make a loop. Pin down the loop to the top and sew.  *Make sure you tuck the ends of the seam binding under for a neater look. 

Pan Handle Cover

Pan Handle Cover

Comments:

I am sure there is probably a better way of making these, so if you have any tips or tricks please feel free to comment.

I hope you can use this tutorial in the future. If you do make one, I would love to see them!

September at Sugar Beet Crafts

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September is a fantastic month, and not just because I am finally home from Oklahoma! September is the start of a new season. Kids are back in school and the cool air starts to creep up turning leaves a wonderful blend of fall colors.

It is a month full of cultural diversity, planet awareness, self-improvement and much much more. Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting the many bizarre and unique holidays celebrated in the month of September.

September is:
Classical Music Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Fall Hat Month
International Square Dancing Month
National Blueberry Popsicle Month
National Courtesy Month
National Piano Month
Chicken Month
Baby Safety Month
Little League Month
Honey Month
Self Improvement Month
Better Breakfast Month

Phew! keep an eye out!
The next few weeks should be fun and interesting. You wouldn’t want to miss it! Please follow by blog via email, twitter, Facebook.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

See you soon!

 

The trip to Joann’s

It was supposed to be a simple trip to Joann Crafts. I needed an ink pad…and maybe a new stamp.

But there I was…

Surrounded.

It was me and miles of fabric.The Colors, the Prints, the Patterns. Something came over me, ...ahhh, the possibilities!!! 

I could not control myself. Maybe It was all the home and garden TV I was watching way too much of, or maybe it was the Ugly Betty re-runs. Whatever it was,  I knew that I needed to learn to sew.

So, there was the mission… teach myself to sew.

Equipped with my mom on speed dial, a vintage sewing book and the internet, I was ready to go.

Needless to say I bought way more than a stamp pad.

I needed to start somewhere, so there was no better place to start than with Bags.

Here are a few I made as gifts.

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Now I am completely hooked.

Look Forward to some awesome tutorials!

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