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April 12, 2012

Design Team: Debi Tullier Week 1 Term 3

Easter Blooming Recycled Project

Debi Tullier aka, our Fabric Queen is BACK! and she has an amzing, project that is not just easy on the eyes, it's eco too!

Here is her tutorial:

Recycling Fun and Spring Flowers!

I love Spring, but I have not known its merits long.  I had  lived all of my life with virtually no season changes. We laughed and said that we only had two seasons hot and hotter. But  I recently have had the pleasure of seeing the seasons change first hand and I love it. I love seeing the green appear from the brown remains of winter.Seasons do reflect life’s journey in such a way that I have now realized so much.  I love seeing the daffodils rise up and show their beautiful faces. The Iris, azalea, dogwood, and numerous blooms how breathtaking they are. So to give back to Mom Nature and to keep several plastic bottles out of the landfill I designed this project. I will show you how I made them into Easter or Spring gifts that I hope will bring smiles.

We all know the unloved plastic soda bottle. Well I used my craft knife and cut the bottom off about five inches from the bottom. By the way I use the top for my gardening funnel. You can use this to make bands for any plant pot, container, or even a glass. It is easy and doesn’t require a lot of work , yet the outcome is very pretty.
Now we are ready to get started.

Supplies and Settings
one 2 liter soda bottle cut in   half

craft knife

quilting weight cotton fabric from   JoAnn's   Fabrics

Beautiful Fabric from a mystery   giver used for eggs..

stitch witchery or straight stitch   sewing machine

Bias tape of your choice any fabric   store or you can make your own

Heat ‘n Bond from   JoAnn's   Fabrics

eCraftshop Pro Software for   manipulating images

eCraft Die Cutting   Machine

veggie chopping mat from DollarTree

606 Spray and Fix Fusible Adhesive from   Walmart

Svg File of   Chocolate bunny from Oh My   Crafts..

Svg of Egg   made from shape file in eCraft Pro Software

Ranger   Stickles from Oh   My Crafts..

Iron on   Crystals and application tool from Kandi Kane

Hook and   Loop tape for closure from Walmart

After cutting my bottle, I next brought my image svg into my eCraftshop Pro software. It is so easy to use to make multiple images. I sent these on to my machine and the cut out was very nice.

Settings for eCraft machine pressure is only 4.5 and no tabs. I used the veggie mat sprayed till it was very sticky and used a brayer to make sure the material was well stuck. I can cut plain fabric (cotton quilting weight) using this method.

It cuts so very cleanly. I actually used my leftover and made more. you can see the clean cut in front of the cutter’s trolley. Love this.

Check out all of my Chocolate Bunnies…non caloric. but they are soooo SWEET!!!

Next I cut a rectangle of pink fabric two inches longer than the circumference of my bottle. I cut it four inches wide. I pressed under a quarter inch on both edges. Next I used a contrasting bias tape to put on the edge of my pot band. I made mine but you can buy it at any fabric store. You can use stitch witchery to attach it to the band. I used my sewing machine but either way works fine.

I received this beautiful fabric strip from a mystery person. I love it and used it to make some sweet Easter eggs for my bands. I have plenty left for more projects.

Next I used my Heat n Bond to attach my bunnies and eggs to my bands. I also used hook and loop tape on the ends to fasten the band around the “pot” or vase. I used my Ranger Stickles and iron on crystals to embellish my Easter egg and rabbits.

One last note, I purchased the water crystals at the DollarTree store. You will see a bounty of blooms from my yard. I am blessed with so many beautiful flowers. I love the Wisteria, and Bridal Wreath, I love the exotic pink honeysuckle. So much to be thankful for. I love the rebirth that Spring gives us. Life is such a wonderful gift!

One big purple bearded Iris and some beautiful foliage finish out my Spring Chocolate Bunny Band flower container. I am making several for friends so they too can enjoy and be “green” too!

I hope you enjoy my flowers!

Next week I will share another recycling project. This is so important to me, I pride myself on my saving and using stuff over and over again in new ways.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all!

Thank you Debi! Don't you just love what Debi can do with the eCraft? If you like Debi's project, leave her a comment!

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  1. I love this! I love seeing the eCraft cut fabric. That machine can do anything! Great project.

  2. Fabulous idea! I might have to try this! I have not cut any fabric yet with my ecraft, but will soon! TFS


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