I had a little bit of fun this week and made some fabric lacing cards for the kids. That’s right, fabric lacing cards! Don’t you just love the pretty vintage fabrics?! I dug into the stash that I got from my grandma. I love how they turned out! AND make sure you keep reading because I’ve got another awesome GIVEAWAY today that will help you make some of your own!
I can’t take complete credit for the idea. My friend Savanna and I brainstormed on how they could be made. She’s always got the best ideas!
To make your own fabric lacing cards you will need:
– free patterns here
– fabric scraps
– pellon peltex 72F Double-Sided Fusible Stabilizer
– Crop-A-Dile (I got mine for free from We R Memory Keepers. As always all opinions are my own.)
– lacing string (I’m not sure where to buy it, so I stole this from another lacing card set that we have laying around. I saw other bloggers mention that they found some at Michaels.)
Just for a reference, here is the pellon stabilizer that I used. It’s nice and thick and has a double-sided iron-on adhesive.
Cut out your patterns (download them all here). Cut two pieces of fabric, and one piece of stabilizer slightly larger than the pattern.
Sandwich the stabilizer in the middle of the two pieces of fabric, and follow the stabilizer instructions to iron it together. (Note: The instructions say to cut out your shapes first. You can do it that way too.)
Tape your pattern to the top of the fabric since it’s too thick for pins. This is actually how I cut felt a lot of the time too.
Cut out your shape, cutting through the tape as you go.
Get out your Crop-A-Dile . If you’ve ever tried to set eyelets before, you know how much of a pain it can be. The first time I used this, I was seriously AMAZED at how easy it was! There are two sizes of hole punches and an eyelet/snap setter. The little cubes on the top rotate so you can set different things. So cool! The video here helped me learn how to use it.
Punch holes through the shape. Make sure you don’t get too close to the edge so you eyelets aren’t hanging off. Practice on some scraps first.
I didn’t feel like measuring anything, so I just started with all of the corners and places that I knew should have a hole. Then I just evenly spaced them from there. Try to end up with an even number if you can.
Place an eyelet in each hole and use the eyelet setting part of the Crop-A-Dile to set all of them. We R Memory Keepers also sells lots of pretty eyelets. I actually kind of wish that I would have gotten eyelets with washers so that I would have had a smooth back, but these still worked.
Recognize this guy? He’s modified from my ornament back in December. Such a cute little foxy!
Here’s the whole set. The green thing is supposed to be an oak leaf. My husband didn’t see my vision of it, so I thought I better tell you in case you are wondering too.
And I’m so excited because I get to give one of you a Crop-A-Dile of your own!
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