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The Fabric Maverick says: Create your own Summer Day Camp!

June 25, 2009

Remember when you were a kid, you went to Bible School or a brownie summer day camp. You made macaroni necklaces, newspaper woven mats to sit on and other crafty stuff! Lunch was usually a hot dog or bologna sandwich with chips and Kool-Aid! This was followed by summer games. At the end of the day, you went home hot and sweaty with Kool-Aid lips. It was a great time to be a kid!

Well, at Fabric.com we decided to recreate that feeling for a brief period during our lunch hour. Some of us wanted to create Fourth of July T-shirts, beaded flip-flops, and other quick projects. The goal was to complete the project in under an hour. This was also a great time to test out the Clover Mini Iron Adapter and The Professional Touch Rhinestone Applicator.

Here are some of our results:

One of our IT people created these cutting-edge designed flip-flops:


We learned this tip- the applicator tool is too hot to use on the flip flops. It was much better to apply the beads with Fabri-Tac glue.

Kristl created an abstract Flag for the Fourth of July on her T-shirt. DSCN8073.JPG

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Victoria "decoupaged" a small galvanized bucket with fabric from the  "Zippity Doo Dah" collection. You can get these buckets or paint cans from Lowes and Home Depot for a very reasonable price. You can use the containers to hold candles, silverware, cool drinks,or cool your dips and salads depending on the size of the container. DSCN8079.JPG

This is a very easy project:


1 container

Mod Podge

Small foam brush


Measure the height of your container. Measure the circumference at the top and bottom if they are different sizes. Create a paper pattern. I drew mine out on the dull side of freezer paper.  I drew 2 lines the circumference of the bucket 5 1/2'' apart (this was the height of the bucket plus a 1/2''.) I used a ruler to join the lines on the end. I ironed the paper to the fabric and cut it out. With the small foam brush, I applied the Mod Podge to the bucket in small sections and began to apply the fabric. Let the completed bucket dry orver night and trim any excess fabric. This is also a great project for kids to help with.

Tips for rhinestone/crystal/bead projects:

  Using tweezers is very helpful to place your crystals.

Position all your crystals in the design you want and preview it before applying heat. Crystals will not come off once they have been heat set.

Be careful with the mini iron and applicator- these are very hot! Do not use around children.

Here are some great results from some great people!

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Take an afternoon and create your own summer fun!

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