Monday, June 23, 2014
Heat n Bond, I Love You!!
About a month ago, I decided that my front stoop looked a little pitiful. I gave it a good scrubbing with OxiClean and put some nice plants on the cart and cleaned off the mailbox, light, and little face and put down a nice new welcome mat.
But I needed something to tie on the railing, because we’re waiting to do something in front of it until next year. (I’m thinking it will involve either a fence or a large planting of some sort. I am waiting on DL. So it may get done sometime in 2019.)
Pennants are easy and no-sew, so that was the ticket.
First, I made a template out of cardboard and a real felt pennant. (I have a collection of these, so I just grabbed one off the wall. When I grabbed it, the pin flew out. I couldn’t find it, so I guess that means my bare foot will find it, and I will find my way to the doctor’s office for a tetanus shot.)
I traced it on the paper side, using a ruler, then cut it out.
The next step was to trace the template onto the paper side of Heat n Bond. If you have not yet met Heat And Bond, you should. It’s too much fun.
I cut out the diamond shape, and then placed it (sticky side down) on the backside of the fabric. I ironed it on (according to directions—if you’re like me, and think you can do it without reading the directions, please make sure you are ironing on the PAPER side. If you iron on the adhesive side, you will goom up your iron and then you will not be happy) and then I cut the fabric. The fabric is indoor/outdoor, because I knew these would be exposed to the elements. If you want to use these indoors, you won’t have to worry about what type of fabric you’re using.)
(This is the pennant diamond, sticky side down and paper side up, placed on the back side of the striped fabric, before I ironed it.)
This is after I’ve ironed the Heat n Bond on and cut around the shape. (If you look closely, you can see the stripes under the white.)
Then, slowly and carefully peel back the Heat n Bond. You can peel it back quickly, but sometimes it tears and then you have to pick at it, which is a hassle. It’s better to just take your time.
After I finished all of them, it was time to put the sucker together.
I will be honest and tell you that I did not use the right kind of material to tie this pennant. That’s because my craft room(?) is under construction and I can’t find anything. So I grabbed what I COULD find, which was cording to make trim for pillows. I do not recommend this.
Anyway, I put the cording in the center of the diamond, so that when I folded it over, it would be in the crease. then I flipped it over so that the tips met, and ironed it again.
You can see where it didn’t quite match up on the striped one, but it’s still pretty close.
Anyway, it was pretty quick and easy and I like the touch of fun it brings to the front stoop!