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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  • 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,

  • 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

  • Wow! A cozie! Very creative!

  • Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oh wow! Fabulous!

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

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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

  • Wow. That’s fabulous and useful too!

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

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

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