The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop

Dec 13, 2011

YAY it’s time for a Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop. I was thrilled when Julie asked if I would be inter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing. I could not type YES back fast enough. While at CHA this past sum­mer, Julie drug me to the dark side with her messy art. I must say get­ting messy with her sten­cils is fun.

Today’s blog hop fea­tures the Cir­cle In Square sten­cil. I decided to cre­ate a cup insu­la­tor with this sten­cil design and it was so fun! I used Maya Mist in Green Apple and Espresso to spray over the sten­cil that I placed on top of muslin. I dried the mist with a heat gun then went over the muslin with a hot iron to heat set the Mists.

Using a cup insu­la­tor from Star­bucks as a tem­plate I traced all around the card­board tem­plate using a pen­cil. Using straight pins I pinned cream felt to the back of the muslin and cut out the traced areas using Pink­ing Shears.

Next, using a sewing machine with bright hot pink thread I machine stitched along all the straight lines of the sten­cils design. I then took brightly col­ored embroi­dery floss in Yel­low, Orange, Green, Pink, Pur­ple and Blue and hand­stitched a back stitch around each circle.

Using Fabri Tac I attached Maya Road Cro­chet Trim to the back of the top and bot­tom edges of the sewn piece. Mak­ing sure to have just the scal­loped edge stick­ing up above the pinked edge. Using cream embroi­dery floss I attached vin­tage shell and glass but­tons where the lines would cross on the Cir­cle In Square pat­tern as well as on each end of the circles.

I then cut and attached a piece of cream felt with Fabri Tac  to the under­side to cover all the stitch­ing and make the back­side prettier.

Cup Insu­la­tor Back View 

Once the Fabri Tac was dry on the back­side I placed some on the under­side right end of the insu­la­tor and attached it to the top of the left end form­ing the cup insulator.

Cup Insu­la­tor Front View

Once the Fabri Tac was dry I accented the sten­cil design using Dia­mond Stick­les and let dry.

And there you have it… a cup insu­la­tor to keep handy in your purse, car, office or home. Now hop on over and check out what these tal­ented ladies below have cre­ated using the very same sten­cil. I know it’s all gonna be awesome!

Leslie Ashe
Emily Pitts
Lisa Pace (You are here!)
Tammy Tut­terow
Nathalie Kalbach
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Sten­cil Hugs!

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  • Paula McLane Jennings

    Beau­ti­ful cup insu­la­tor. I’ve only used my sten­cils on paper but some­day maybe I will brave fab­rics! Great job!

  • Johanne L.

    Very orig­i­nal idea. Love the final look. Think I’ll do one for myself and drink my cof­fee with style. Thanks for sharing,

  • tina

    Wow! I don’t own this par­tic­u­lar sten­cil yet, but I love what you’ve done with it! REALLY CUTE!! TFS!.. Have a great day, and hope you’re enjoy­ing the hol­i­day sea­son! ~tina

  • barb mc

    Wow! A cozie! Very creative!

  • Wanda H

    Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jackie

    Oh wow! Fabulous!

  • Julie

    So super cute! I love it and I want one! Thanks for play­ing along!

  • Lisa

    Dar­ling and fes­tive! Great tip on heat set­ting the mist, too! Thank you!

  • Bun­nyf­reak

    Stun­ning. Love all the lit­tle details.

  • Theresa Merkling

    Darn it Lisa, 3rd stop on the blog hop and you’ve got me con­vinced that I can­not live with­out this sten­cil! I am so amazed at how each project starts with the same inspi­ra­tion point, yet they are all so dif­fer­ent and fab­u­lously done!

  • Ki Kruk

    What a com­pletely fab­u­lous idea! Your atten­tion to detail is magnificent!

  • Tammy Tut­terow

    I love this Lisa! It is so inven­tive and creative!

  • Yuzz Yusof

    awe­some Lisa, what a great great idea…you think out­side the box!!!

  • Katje

    Who knew that a cof­fee cup holder could become an artis­tic state­ment? I love what you did and all the beau­ti­ful details!

  • San­dra ltb

    how fun is that?
    San­dra ltb

  • KathiR

    Wow. That’s fab­u­lous and use­ful too!

  • Sophie

    Wow so much details!! It’s beautiful!!

  • lacyquil­ter

    Beau­ti­ful cup holder. Using sten­cils on fab­ric is on my to do list.

  • Bar­bara Staradumsky

    oh girl! You have me on this one! I have to..have to do this! Thank you for the inspiration!!!