Monday, June 10, 2013

And then there were three

Well, I've made 4 actually - but Robot Child #1 took the first one I made. :)
Laminated Crayon Wallets

Elephants on Parade

Fish School

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

I figured out doing these in assembly line fashion, works best.  Laminating fabric is really not that hard...shocking I know.  Once I figured out how to do it,  I was surprised at how easy it is.  It's just time consuming is all.  So, I cut out all my pieces for the wallets I am going to make, then cut out my iron on vinyl.  For all the inner pieces, I start the laminating process for each one.  Then I set them aside until all the pieces are laminated.  Then I resume putting them together.  For me, this works and I get less frustrated by how long it is taking! 

You can find iron-on vinyl by Heat Bond at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.  JoAnn's says they have it online, but when I went to my local store, they didn't know what I was talking about, and didn't have any.  Must be an online thing only - or my JoAnn's is just lame. ;)  The Internet also says you can buy it in a package, wrapped up for 2 yards.  I haven't been able to find that either - just by the bolt.   I eventually got tired of searching for it, so I just bought the rest of the bolt my Walmart had and called it a day.  Hopefully they order more - cuz I'm sure I will need some more in the future. ;)

These are fun to make and I am loving all the cute fabric combinations I've been finding.  I bought another armful of fat quarters at my local quilt shop.  They need some shopping carts or baskets, cuz really, it's hard carrying around a ton of fabric.  Maybe I just need to enlist a strong man I know to carry all my fabric for me.  Yah-that will never happen. ;)

Edited to add:  I'll be doing a tutorial on how to make laminated fabric coming up shortly.  Stay tuned!!

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  1. Those are just adorable!
    Laminating fabric (ish).
    I will have to try it, but if Joann's doesn't carry the iron-on lamination, it'll have to wait for the week of the fourth of July, when I go to my Dad's cabin...there's a Walmart there with fabric.

  2. I love the elephants on parade. Super cute!

  3. So, forgive the obvious questions, do you just iron it on? Why doesn't it melt? Does it make the fabric really stiff and ow was it to sew? Thank you!

  4. I recently saw this tutorial somewhere, but without the laminate. I haven't made one yet. Looking forward to your tutorial / tips on using the laminate.

  5. I've never heard of this laminate but it sounds a very clever idea. Your crayon cases look great :)

  6. I tried a different pattern of crayon book and lets just say my finishing skills leave something to be desired. Yours look great!

  7. Those are the cutest crayon cases! The fabrics are perfect. I really enjoyed your personality as it came through in your post! You don't sound like a robot to me! Lol!

  8. So glad you're doing a tutorial on the laminated fabric! I've been really curious after seeing you do this. I LOVE your cases, especially the elephant one!!

  9. Good to know that laminated fabric is not tricky to work with. I like your kitty one...soft kitty, warm kitty lol

  10. Oh these are adorable. Would love to know how you do it.

    Came via Sew Cute Tuesday and Better off Thread

  11. These are so fun, the elephant one is my favorite! I didn't realize you could laminate your own fabric (the thought never occurred to me) but it's such a great idea and you make it look so easy!


  12. And then there were two...your Robo Reader may need to steal/borrow/kidnap the grey polka with elephants as it is too cute AND totally useful. Love it so much xx.

  13. These are so cute and that kitty fabric is adorable! I have been meaning to make on of these for the kids and I'll be looking forward to your tutorial on laminating fabric. I'm featuring this on Sew Cute Tuesday this week:)


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