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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