I have been a bad blogger! I've had some annoying health issues resurface lately, so I've been really lazy. As if to prove my point, the pictures in this post are indefensibly horrible. I hope you can look past the awful lighting and out of focusness (there has to be a better phrase/word for that) to get the gist of my projects.
Despite the name, Wonder Under is not manufactured by KY (sorry, I couldn't help myself) but by Pellon. It is the most common name brand fusible webbing that binds two fabrics together with heat. I use it in my purses and always have tons of it around. One day, I decided to play with some cardigans I have. I have 3 nearly identical cardigans, each in a different color. I rarely wear them because they are kind of plain. I prefer bright colors and patterns, so I thought I'd jazz them up.
The first cardi is a mint green. I cut a large square out of some leftover fabric and cut a square of Wonder Under the same size. I fused the webbing to the back of the fabric using an iron with NO steam (that's a must). Using some clipart I found online, I cut a rabbit shape out of the fused fabric. Then, I ironed the rabbit to the cardigan. I was nervous since the fabric was cotton and the cardigan was stretchy. It actually was super easy! The rabbit fused to the sweater and I did a zigzag stitch around the shape. Here are the results:
I have a pink and a blue cardigan to play with and I can't wait to see how those turn out. The whole project literally took under an hour to make. It was so easy that I decided to so something similar for my brother for his birthday. My brother loves the movie "The Big Lebowski." Going off of an idea my friend Lindsey had (read: "plagarized"), I made him a robe with the word, "abide" on the back. I bought a chambray robe off of Amazon. I wrote the word in a font I liked and followed the same process I did for my sweater. I was a little nervous about what sort of fabric to use for "The Big Lebowski." I reached in my scraps and the first one I pulled out was perfect: Alexander Henry's Las Senioritas fabric. It features Mexican pinups and had the pulpy feel I was looking for. I love it when things work out randomly! Since the letters were not big, only parts of the fabric show, like a pair of lips or eyes . . . which I love!
|Alexander Henry's Las Senioritas|
Since much of the movie has to do with bowling, I had to make the "i" in "abide" a bowling pin. Here's the finished product: