DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

DIY Reversed Sequin Corkboard

Recently, my daughter and I took a walk through the Justice Store for girls.  I usually never do that because of the onslaught of all the cuteness, and coolness that makes even me a 40 something woman want to be a tween again. Who can walk out of that store with daughter in tow and not purchase anything? While I did succumb to a reversed ice cream sequin shirt, we also stumbled upon a silver reversed sequin corkboard in the room decor section.  It was around $50 Canadian. I wasn’t prepared to pay that and the crafty soul inside of me thought I bet I could make one myself.  So here is what I did!

I purchased a reversed sequin fabric from Amazon. We decided on the blue and pink one as she loves mermaids right now. I had bought 1 yard for about $28 Canadian. So far still cheaper than Justice. And actually, I still have lots left over to make other things from the 1 yard. Bonus! I did end up purchasing pink glitter ribbon as well but I already had a corkboard at home and I was determined to use it. Originally, I also bought purple paint to paint the frame of the corkboard too, but in the end, I glued the pink glitter ribbon over it.

First, I removed the existing frame from the cork board and my original idea was to paint the frame purple.  When you see the project finished though you will see that we glued pink glitter ribbon to the frame instead.  I will explain at the end why I changed my mind.  We are allowed to do that when in the throes of creative exploration. We realized something doesn’t work so we try something else. My daughter really wanted the pink glitter ribbon added so I just went with it.

DIY reversed sequin corkboard

While my daughter was painting I cut the fabric to fit the corkboard. As I wanted to fit the fabric back into the frame I cut the fabric to .5cm from the edge. I don’t usually work with fabrics so I should have watched this Youtube Video before to see her trick for keeping the mess to a minimum.

*WARNING* CUTTING THIS FABRIC DOES MAKE A HUGE GLITTER SEQUIN MESS.

I did this on my kitchen table and so sweeping it all up was pretty easy although, for days, I was still finding Glitter everywhere! I just used scissors, and for a more precise cut, I used my mini Exacto knife to trim the edges where needed.

Once I had the piece cut to the size I wanted I then used hot glue to adhere the sequin to the corkboard.  I only placed glue on the length and width of the board edges making sure to smooth out from the center to avoid air pockets. Next time I would adhere to the fabric with the glue from the center of the board slowly pushing the air pockets out as I placed the fabric down on the board. *SIDE NOTE* I did try an adhesive spray on the backing of the fabric but that didn’t work at all.

DIY reversed sequin cork boardThen I refitted the cork board back into the purple frame.  In order to do this, I removed any hardware staples from the frame in the 1 corner I had loosened.  And then with a bit of muscle, I was able to refit the cork board with the sequin back into the frame.  This is the tricky part as depending on how tight the fit is sometimes the sequin would pop out but with a bit of dueling, I prevailed and then hot glued the corner of the frame once I was happy.

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

Here is where the pink glitter ribbon comes in. I didn’t really like some of the edges where the sequin didn’t quite tuck properly.  I had some pink glitter ribbon and thought it might be wide enough to hide where the frame meets the board.  This was an old cork board that I was attempting to upcycle and I did not want to go out and buy a whole new one.  So we used the pink glitter ribbon. And it worked perfectly! And my daughter and I liked it better.  The pink glitter ribbon gave it even more of a pop.

Here it is placed on her desk. Now I just have to convince her to use it as the cork board because she is too scared to pin things into it.  She doesn’t want to wreck it she says.

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

It isn’t a perfectly fitted piece but I made it work and most importantly my daughter doesn’t need her mama to be perfect. Process over perfection.  It was less than the $50 one at Justice and multi-colored as well. I do have leftover fabric so I’m thinking of other projects.

Share with me some of your ideas!  Reversed sequin is so much fun!

DIY Reversed Sequin Cork Board

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Dani B.A., B.Ed

Bonnie Dani B.A., B.Ed

Owner and Creator of Adalinc to Life

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She loves sharing her passion for books, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, crafting and gaining confidence in developing our creative souls. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog.

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How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

 

How to Make Workout Wear With Your Silhouette Machine

I love creating unique and personalized items.  This is the freedom of having a silhouette machine gives me.  In previous posts, I have shown how I use my silhouette to make planner stickers, planner folders, and planner desk accessories but I have also made t-shirts and mugs for family members.  I still use the Silhouette Portrait that I got 2 years ago.  It has gone through many blades and I’m on my second cutting mat. I also have a Silhouette Mint and Curio machine and I have been slowly working on projects with those as well.

But today the focus is on how you can make a cool and unique workout wear for yourself or others.  Here is the supply list for this project:

  1. FAVOURITE WORKOUT WEAR – I chose Athletic Works Dri-More 93%Polyester and 7%Spandex.  You could put these designs on a cotton shirt as well but you would have to adjust the temperature setting of your iron or Cricut heat press or any other heat press you use.  Please read the temperature instructions for the heat press you are currently working with for accurate results.
  2. SILHOUETTE/CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE
  3. HEAT TRANSFER VINYL – I used the Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl *I have found this vinyl to adhere the best in any of my projects* I have only ever tried Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl before but I prefer Siser.  The colour I used was Siser Easy Weed Pink Metallic.
  4. WEEDING TOOL 
  5. IRON OR HEAT PRESS – For this project, I used the Cricut Heat Press which has made my life so much easier than using my iron.  With any heat press always follow the instructions for the material you are using.

How to Make Your Own Workout Wear with a Silhouette Machine

  1. Find a design that would like to add to your shirt. Below you can pick up this Silhouette cut file, pdf or SVG file for free.
  2. Open up the design in your Silhouette.  I work with Silhouette so the instructions will reflect that. Once you are happy with the set up don’t forget to mirror any text you want to cut out.  I have forgotten many times.  Then you are ready to send to your cutting machine.  In the next step, I will show you the cut setting I used with my Silhouette portrait but you will know your machine best.  Also depends on how old or sharp your current blade may be.  
  3. SEND PROJECT TO THE CUTTING MACHINE – First, you have to choose what type of heat transfer vinyl you are cutting and then check to see the actual cut settings.  If I have a new blade I pretty much follow what is given but if my blade is older and well used then I usually find I’m adjusting the force. I usually adjust the force by ‘2’ up if needed until I’m happy with the cut. Always test cut your machine. make workout wear with your silhouette machine
  4. WEED YOUR PROJECT 
  5. HEAT PRESS ON TO YOUR SHIRT – Depending on the method you are using check out the settings recommended for your heat press.  I will be using the Cricut Heat Press. Here is the quick reference quick for the Cricut Heat Press – for my project, I’m using Siser Pink Metallic HTV and I’m pressing onto a tank top that is 93% polyester and 7%spandex.  I began with their recommended settings. Also, do not press directly on your table always have a heat resistant mat in place to work upon.  Cricut offers one but I have found a bamboo cutting board that has done the trick for me.  You don’t want to ruin your table.  Another tip if using a wooden cutting board, don’t use your cutting board that you also use in your kitchen. There are smells that have made their way into the board and will transfer to your clothing.  Keep that onion smell in your kitchen.  Use a dedicated board for your craft work. 
  •  According to the Cricut heat press instructions it says to pre-heat your garment for 5-8 seconds before placing your HTV on. Then proceed to place your HTV project onto your garment.  I like to use a piece of parchment paper between the heat press and the shirt. 
  • This is just a regular piece of cooking parchment paper I like to use in between my garment and heat press.
  • Heat press according to directions.  Again, I begin by following the recommendations but I always end up pressing a bit more. I had to push slightly on the heart press and I actually ended pressing twice for 15 seconds before I removed the plastic.  And then after I removed the plastic I heat press (with parchment in between) again twice at the same temperature for 15 seconds each time.  

And then I was done.  The pressing only took 60 seconds in total!  Wow!  Way faster than my home iron.  Loved it!  My own unique workout tank!  

If you would like to create your own workout wear I have the SVG/PDF/Silhouette File available as a free download.  Please share with me on Instagram or Twitter using the #adalincblog or share with me on my Facebook page.

Bonnie Dani

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