Backpack fobs - with guest Sugar Bee Crafts

Hi everyone!! So excited to be here on Brassy Apple!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:

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I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog.  I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays.  You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):

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Can you believe we're already thinking back-to-school - - crazy!  Today I'm going share my backpack fobs - - 
Here's a quick easy project for backpacks.  My kids know our home phone number, but I got to thinking, what if they need to call me on my cell phone - they don't know that number.  So I thought of this project with the stamped washers.

I wanted their name on the front, to identify their backpack, with the phone number on the back.  But when you stamp into washers, it raises up the other side, so I couldn't just stamp on the back because it would raise through to the front (see what I mean, in the picture below).  I came up with the idea of using 2 washers glued together.  You need a glue that will adhere to metal - I went with Gorilla Glue, but others might work.
With this type of glue, you get the object wet then put on the glue then let it sit 5 minutes - be sure not to put on too much, it'll expand as it dries.
After the 5 minutes, you put the objects together like you want them and clamp it tight.  I left it several hours in the clamp.
That's it - now it's a double-sided washer.  Then I made a quick tube of material, turned it right-side out (using that TOOL I love), and tucked in the raw ends.  I poked it through the washers and sewed it down.  Then made a loop of the other end and sewed it down.  I slid a carabiner or clip into the loop and that was it.  In the picture, boy one is right-side up and girl one is back-side up:
Perfect for backpacks!
Actually, the backpacks have a loop on the inside so if you don't want to clip them on the outside, look for that:

Thanks for having me!!

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  1. What a great idea! My daughter starts intermediate school in a couple of weeks and will have TWO locker combos to remember. Too cute! Jenn

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria