Back to School Tutorial Round UP!

I hope you enjoyed this month of tutorials and ideas for getting Back to "cool" this fall season.
Here is an entire list of all the ideas shared. A HUGE thank you to all the bloggers who volunteered their ideas. I will be adding this link to my Free Tutorials and Pattern page too! You can always find it there.

Embellished Backpack - J&M's Eye Candy
Organizing Artwork - Train to Crazy
BackPack Fobs - Sugar Bee Crafts
 Sew back to school outfits - Kissed by a Frog
Lunch Box Notes - Mad in Crafts
Key Pocket - 37 hours per day
Lap Desk - Pleased as Punch
Backpack Organizer - Ginger Snap Crafts
Little School Year Album - Midwest Sewing Girl
Nap Mat Cover - Artful Rising
Pencil Cake Tutorial - Sassy Style Redesign
Teachers Best Friend Binder - Sweet Rose Studio
Refashioned Polo - Mama Says Sew
Go notes Printables - Kiki Creates
Lanyard for the Teacher - Sumos Sweet Stuff
Back to School Headband - Creation Corner
Stenciled Pencil Skirt - Brassy Apple
Fat Quarter Apron - Wani's World
Printable QUOTE from The HELP - Brassy Apple
Design a T-shirt - Micah C Micah Do
Teacher Appreciation Gift - J & M's eye candy

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Teacher Appreciation gift - with guest J&M's Eye Candy

Hello Brassy Apple lovelies! 
It's us again from J&M's Eye Candy Blog  
This time it's me K, aka Kristine :)
My sister in law Britney opened up the fun series here, and now I get to close it out.

Today I wanted to share with you a fun, easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift.
First Gather Your Supplies:
Please note: everything is not shown
Metal Cookie Sheet
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Painters Tape
Two BIG Binder Clips

Patterned Paper/Embellishments
Adhesive (I used glue dots)
Cover Button Kit
Scraps of Fabric
Chalkboard Pen 

Let's get started!!
Tape the sides of your cookie sheet, and apply the chalkboard spray paint as directed. I only did one coat, because I'm a wee bit impatient (wink wink).
While that's drying, make buttons using the kit with the scraps of fabric. Make as directed. This was my first time and it's SO easy!! I see lots of custom buttons in my future! Adhere a magnet to the back, for a fun coordinating magnet.
Adhere coordinating patterned paper and any other embellishments you want to the cookie sheet
Use fun "school theme" quotes
Use the binder clips and ribbon as shown
The finished project!
And just as an extra bonus, because teachers are AWESOME, I'm also gifting a chalkboard pen and some chocolates with this gift idea.
And there you have it! Have fun with it by personalizing it using certain school colors, and/or the school mascot. The possibilities are endless, and that's what makes this project so fun!

For more Back to School ideas, check out our blog. The following are a couple different teacher appreciation gifts I made and shared.
Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils
DIY Crayon Art
Hope you all stop on over to our blog and say hello, and check us out on Facebook for the latest news and updates, including deals to our shoppe! We would love to hear from you and see your creations!
Thanks again Megan for having us!

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Design a t-shirt - with guest Micah C Micah Do

Hello Brassy Apple Readers!

My name is Micah and I share pieces of my life over at Micah C Micah Do.  I initially started the blog to record and share family going ons and the projects I find myself in.  I am the mother of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls), married to my best friend and currently living in Japan.  This last year with the arrival of our second girl and moving to Japan things have been a little slow on the blog, but I am looking forward to fall and getting back into a routine.  I hope you stop by as the year goes on, I have a few projects in the works that I am excited to share.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my latest project here at Brassy Apple.  I love to read and see what Megan is doing, so again... Thank you for having me.

My school aged kiddos are boys and that can sometimes make it a challenge to make them something they will like.  I have had good luck with designing T-shirts in the past and thought I would try a stencil.

My older son is ready to start showing his personality and attitude.  Also, boys love secret messages.  So we came up with a design we could both live with.  I remember those days - when you had a math test you were dreading, too much homework that night, a boring book report to do, sometimes school simply interfered with my social life and school simply stunk.  Since I know deep down he loves it (well parts of it) I thought he would enjoy voicing his opinion.  My younger son is too nervous to show off too much attitude so we decided on a subway art style shirt.

For the School Stinks design I wanted a retro looking logo.  I found some designs I liked and I had my in-house graphic designer awesome brother-in-law help design the final look.  My oldest helped design the rocks for the front.  Both designs are available for you to download.  Enjoy!

You will need:
A T-shirt
Vinyl (or freezer paper)
Clothes Pins
Fabric Paint
Skunk Design

1.  Create your stencil.  I used my Silhouette cutter.  You could also use freezer paper and an exacto knife to create a stencil.

2.  To make transfering my stencil to the T-shirt easier I used the transfer paper (not necessary, just makes keeping your circles centered and all the little parts of the letters in place).

3.  Find the center of your shirt (the center back for the Skunk design and the center front for the subway art).  Mark it with a pin.

4.  Grab one of their store bought T-shirts and measure how far down the image is placed.  You don't want to end up with the image too high or too low.

5.  Use a pin or washable marker to mark the top of the design and the center.

6.  Place your stencil and double check to make sure it is centered.

7.  Applying the vinyl to your T-shirt can be a bit tricky.  The vinyl would rather stick to the transfer paper than to the fabric.  I used the applicator stick to help push the vinyl down onto the fabric as I slowly peeled off the transfer paper.

8.  Then place a piece of paper (clean, free of ink) over your vinyl and on a low to medium setting iron the vinyl down onto the fabric.  This will help make sure all the edges are down tight so less paint will bleed under the stencil.  This also makes it harder to get the vinyl off of the fabric later.  It is easy to melt - so be careful.

9.  Place cardboard inside the T-shirt and pin.  Cereal boxes work great for kids T-shirts.

10.  Start painting.  Be sure to cover completely and to paint from the vinyl to the fabric.  If you paint from the fabric to the vinyl you can force paint under the stencil.  You don't want to really goob the paint on thick or you will have a greater likelihood of the paint bleeding under and that can be hard to smooth and fix.

11.  Carefully remove the vinyl.  Be sure to wait until the paint is completely dry.  Follow the recomendations on the paint you are using.  After the stencil is removed check for any obvious places that the paint bled under the stencil (see mine).  Carefully freehand paint them to smooth them. 

12.  Follow the instrucitons for you paint to set it.  Mine says to iron for 30 seconds on the highest fabric setting.  I use a clean piece of paper again.  I iron it several times to ensure that all of it was ironed long enough.  This step is very important, if done incorrectly or not completely your design will quickly fade in the wash.

13.  For the small front image the directions are the same.  For placement use one of your kiddos old T-shirts.

14.  Put your shirt on your kiddo and they are ready to go.

Download the designs here:

School Stinks

Back to School Subway Art

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Printable Quote from "The Help"

I recently say the movie, "The Help" and just loved it. Laughed, cried, laughed and cried. I had read the book about a year prior to seeing the movie but seeing the a few of the scenes played out on the big screen affected me in a different way than when I had read the book. 

One of my favorite quotes from the movie, I decided to print up and put in my dining/kitchen area. A place where my kids and myself can see it. 

You can download it too if you'd like! There are 4 colorways available:

Oops!!! Seems like I have quoted Miss Aibileen wrong! A reader brought it to my attention. I have created another download that says - You is KIND instead of You is Good. So now you have options I guess! :)


Thanks to Sprik Space for the backgrounds!
I will be linking up here too!

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Dress your School Girl - with Train to Crazy

Andrea from The Train to Crazy is having a Dress your School Girl series this week. Tutorials and ideas to get sewing for back to school and the fall season. 

I am sharing my idea today! Hop over there to check it out!

She also ran a Dress the School BOY week last week! Check out those amazing projects too!

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Fat Quarter Apron - with guest Wani's World

Hello Brassy Apple friends! I'm Wani and I'm so excited that its back to school time again! I love that Brassy Apple is helping us all get back into the school spirit with her Back to 'Cool - DIY Style series. I am happy to be joining in the fun by sharing a tutorial with you all! I hope you like it!
I don't know about you but I really like to wear a pretty apron while I'm cooking or cleaning. It makes me feel fun and flirty instead of gross and dirty - which is more often the case. ;-) So, today I'm going to share with you how to make an apron with just a four fat quarters. Most craft stores sell fat quarters for around $2 each regularly. Or you can get sets of coordinating fat quarters and you can usually find a set for around $5-6 if you catch them on sale or use a coupon. I normally buy my fabric at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby but the fabric I'm using in this project I actually found on clearance at my local Walmart.

So first I chose the two fabrics to be the front and back of my apron and lay them down with right sides together. I used a paper plate as a guide and trimmed the two bottom corners to be rounded. Then I set these pieces aside while I moved on to the ruffle.

I cut four long strips that were 2-3in wide (depending on how fat you want your ruffle). I sewed them together to make one long strip. Then ironed it in half long ways.
I ran a basting or gathering stitch down the whole thing (actually I did break it up into sections to make the gathering easier). Bit by bit I gathered it as evenly as I could, occasionally I would hold it up to the apron body pieces until it was as long as I needed it to reach all around the apron.
I would recommend pinning the ruffle in between the front and back pieces (right sides together still) at this time. I skipped this step because I couldn't find my pins. Argh! But it turned out alright anyway.
Then stitch all the way around with a 1/4 in seam allowance.
Turn apron right side out and press. Then top stitch all the way around. Technically you could skip the top stitch but I think it gives it a more finished look.
We're getting close! Now for the waistband and straps. *Side note: with these measurements you will get small/medium apron strings - I am a large and I can tie it but not in a pretty bow like I usually wear mine.
I cut one strip 8in x 21in for the waistband and two 5in x 21in for the straps. Take the waistband piece and iron it in half longways. Then open it up and fold either side in to meet at the center crease and iron it again. Then fold to center again and press. Set aside.
The strap pieces you should fold over (right sides together) longways and stitch all the way down leaving one end open. You can have a straight end or you could make angled. I angled mine. Then use a pencil or something and turn them right side out. Press and top stitch.
Its finally coming together now! Place the apron body into the fold of the waistband piece and pin together. Place the straps into either side and pin together. Top stitch all around sealing all the open ends.
TaDa!! This is my cute little man modeling the apron for me because I was wearing pj's and not looking so cute. ;-) But this guy is always cute!
And just because I am cool like that... I am going to be giving away this very apron! I mean, who doesn't love a giveaway? So if you would like to enter the giveaway just visit Wani's World, become a follower and then leave a comment on the giveaway post telling me that you are a follower. Bonus entries if you become a follower of Brassy Apple's blog or facebook and comment telling me so. I'll announce a winner September 6th (after I get back from our Labor Day weekend at the lake!).

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Stenciled Pencil Skirt tutorial - with Martha Stewart paints/tools

About a week ago I received a box full of paints and tools from the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint line exclusively by Plaid Crafts. Martha has done it yet again!

These paints are formulated to work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric. And with 160 paint colors in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic), the skies the limit on what you can create!

She's got tools for ALL sorts of projects and the smartest bottles, tips and applicators to make your project a success!  

I bought this skirt for $1.00 two years ago (or more) and have never worn it. I wasn't completely in love with it then but thought I could make it work for a buck. Well - I am glad I hung on to this skirt. It was perfect for this project. I took it from plain to POW!!! At least I think so and I totally love it now!

Straight fitting skirt
Tintable fabric medium (Martha Stewart)
Satin Acrylic Craft paint (color of choice)
Stencil brush set (Martha Stewart)
Cathedral lace stencil set (Martha Stewart)
Cardboard or thick paper 

Step 1. Choose the lace pattern you like best from the stencil set (I chose the large and small lace doily looking stencils).  Put the cardboard or thick paper between the front and back layers of the skirt. This will keep any paint from seeping to the other side.

Step 2. Mix your Satin Acrylic paint with the fabric medium according to the proportions listed on the bottle.

Step 3. Place your stencil onto the skirt and tape into place. I placed mine near the bottom hem and placed it slightly off the edge to make the design tail off the hemline.

Step 4. Dab your stencil brush into your paint mixture and then dab off the extras. If you are unsure of the technique, the Martha Stewart stencils come with instructions for prepping your surface, planning your design, painting the stencil, clean up and additional ideas and techniques.

Step 5. With short, strong up and down motions, fill in your stencil with the paint mixture.

Step 6. Pull up the stencil and move to the next part of your skirt, retape and repeat the process. Add the smaller doily stencil in between the larger ones for a varied design. Extend the design around the sides and on the back of the skirt as well.

Step 7. Let dry for 24 hours and then heat seal as directed on the Fabric Medium bottle.


make a statement coming and going!

These products are exclusively available at Michaels stores in the US and Canada starting the last week of August so run out and snatch some up! If you create a skirt too, I'd love to see it! 

disclosure here.
I'll be linking up my project HERE around the blog land this week!

As seen on CraftGossip.com

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