Saturday, December 3, 2011

HELMAR HOLIDAY HOP


It’s that time of year where we all start thinking of the holidays, so what better way to get your Holiday spirit than a great Helmar Holiday Hop? Filled with so much Holiday cheer and some amazing projects featuring all the different Helmar Adhesives.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Helmar Holiday Hop. If you have been following along, you should have hopped here from Carisa’s blog. If not, you just have to stop at the Helmar Blog and start from the beginning. There are goodies along the way and we don’t want you to miss a thing.

I am Using Helmar Fabric Stiffener and Wash and wear fabric Glue in my couple of little projects today.  
These will serve as a gift for my niece for Christmas!!!





Now That the fabric is dry, run it through a die cutting machine and cut out some flower shapes.



I used wash and wear glue to adhere the 'flower' shapes together in the centres.  
Then adhere them to the bracelet with the same glue.


now getting back to all those die cut shapes........
Now I am going to adhere these together to create flowers.



I also added a roughly cut circle of lace to the layers, to bulk them out a little!

I glued the entire thing on the t-shirt with the 'wash and wear' glue, being careful not to put too much on so it didn't seep out the edges.  I slid a craft mat inside the shirt too, so that the glue would not go through to the back either....(which I had no trouble with!!!!)


I was quite happy with the result, for a gift for christmas.  One present down....heaps more to go!!!!!!   LOL

NOW.........
Make sure you leave a comment at every stop because the elves of Helmar will be giving away prizes to some lucky Helmar fans. Now hop on over to Natashas’s blog to see another amazing Helmar Holiday project. The Holiday Hop will be open for comments until 11:59P.S.T December 4th , so take a look and enjoy a little holiday spirit from all of us on the Helmar Team. Thanks again for stopping by today and Happy Holidays.


EDITED TO ADD


Post washing troubleshooting........


Its always fun when you create something and it doesn't quite go the way you planned.......I washed this little shirt, just to see how it would fare......my first tip would be to hand wash any glue appliqued piece you create.  Washing seems to be a little too rough.


In retrospect.....Fabric stiffener is NOT meant to be washed.  It stiffens, then is meant to be left alone to stay stiff!!!!  It did make it fabulous to run through the big shot, and that technique was great and I will do it again!  Relying on it while washing though......not so much!


The Wash and Wear fabric glue......the base flowers stuck well, with just a very thin even layer of the glue.  Where I piled on the glue heavily, when it was wet it became soggy and lifted off.  So thin and evenly coated is the key to this product.


My next tip is nothing to do with product, but fabric cutting and die choice.  I would NOT cut intricate cuts.  where there were thin edges on my project, is where the fabric frayed all the way through in places.  Leaving a bit of a mess.  I would cut wide open shapes.....and next time I will add stitches here and there to hold securely.


I do plan to ressurrect this project, rather than bin it,  as much has stayed in place, and I will add some hand stitching to the areas I noted had frayed.  I will sew the buttons on, and this will hold the flowers together.  On a good note.....washing made the fabric edges fray beautifully!!!! AND the flowers would look fabulous, if I had not used too much glue and had them fall apart.


So hopefully my mistakes and solves will make this project be successful for any one who wants to create something for Christmas.  Like I said, I think it will work fine with the alterations I suggested, and I will continue to work on this project.  I WILL give it to my niece for Christmas.  LOL

58 comments:

  1. What a fun gift idea! I bet your niece will love it! :)

    Hugs,
    True :D

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful little bracelet! I'm sure your niece feels so special with her new braclet and pretty shirt!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  3. awesome idea, thankyou for sharing this

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  4. Super cute shirt, I need to try this idea!

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  5. Such sweet little adornments, love them!!

    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

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  6. OH MY GOSH, this product is EXACTLY what I'm looking for, for today's craft I must make. Wash and wear glue ... fabric ... stiffening ... snowflakes ... granddaughter's birthday t-shirt. OH my, MUST RUN!!! LOVELY!!

    Fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  7. I see one happy little girl in the future! LOL I certainly know some who would love to get this gift! :) shannon_corbin@live.com

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  8. What a cute project. Any little girl would love to receive this.

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  9. What a great idea! Wish I had a little girl so I could do this!!! Very cute!

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  10. That is a cutie modeling!
    Such a fun and creative use of products-how fun to make for gifts.

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  11. oh now this is way cute! I know my little nieces would love it!

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  12. very cute and your "model" is just adorable

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  13. Definitely seeing some of these in my granddaughters' futures!

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  14. This is awesome!! Thanks for the deets! I think you have a wonderful project and the kids are going to be very fashionable when they go back to school!
    TFS!
    ;)

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  15. Awesome idea! Great way to dress up plain t-shirts too. I'm sure my daughter would love this!

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  16. What a great idea! LOVE the bracelet.

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  17. WOW this is totally amazing...and she looks just so adorable :)

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  18. This is so sweet! I might have to make some for nieces!

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  19. I can't take this anymore. The ideas on this hop are OUTTA THIS WORLD!!!! Man I'm the luckiest person around, to be working with so many amazingly talented artists. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you are Lydell.

    Happy Holidays
    Erika

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  20. So pretty Lydell. Love the Girly girl look.
    Debbie

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  21. What a sweet idea for a little girl's gift. And great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    I am now a follower of your blog. So very nice to meet you! Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out! And Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  22. what a cute gift for a little girl~ hmm I have two granddaughters........Beautiful job as always!!!

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  23. Thanks for the inspiration, I have never used this product before.

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  24. Your niece is lucky to have you for an aunt!

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  25. So cute - perfect gift for a girly girl!

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  26. What a fabulous project! Love this....

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  27. SO cute Lydell! Gotta love that stiffener. Wish I had a girl to make one for.... xxx

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  28. Oooooo what creative fun! Looks fabulous on your adorable model!

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  29. great idea very cute kudos :)

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  30. Any little girl would love having these!

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  31. first time I have seen wash n wear glue. Thank you so much for sharing. Great idea for gifs.

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  32. Lovely project Lydell, I know a little fairy who would just love these cute gifts.

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  33. very cute...i have a niece who'd enjoy this....

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  34. Awesome!! Love!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. What a great present. I think this could work for both little and big girls.

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  36. I am amazed with the Helmar Fabric Stiffener and glue. Your project looks wonderful and with these products, so much easier to create! I know your niece will be thrilled with her Christmas gifts!

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  37. So neat! LOVE the shirt and the bracelet is sure to be a hit!

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  38. Fantastic and love the vintage look of the fabric on the shirt along w/the adorable little bracelet!! TFS :)

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  39. How cute it this.. amazing I can't wait to try this technique!! love it!! What a beautiful model you have too!!

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  40. So very cute and your daughter looks so proud to wear your art. Lovely project.

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  41. Looks really cute on your daughter. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. thanks for telling us about your pitfalls as well as your successes. It makes me feel better regarding some of my "not so wonderful" projects. Like the fabric fortune cookies!! I can see where your fixups will end up creating an even better, more special gift. Thanks so much for sharing

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  43. OK, I have to give this a try this week. I love the t-shirt. So many ideas and designs for this!!!

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  44. You know, I really appreciate your honesty and telling what didn't work out. You are rare, an honest person! Your project is very cute so I hope you figure it out!

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  45. Gorgeous - and thanks for the heads up!!

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  46. Thank You for sharing your trouble shooting tips...but sorry your project will require more time to fix. Perhaps flowers on a headband would hold up better and not require washing at all?? I still think the project looked beautiful! Great job in all. Loved the colors too.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  47. How cute - it's nice to get a review after you washed it. I think with the tips you mentioned, this would still be a great way to make some beautiful handmade unique gifts that can be washed and worn! :D

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