Now Touring: StencilGirl/C&T Kraftex
teri • February 16, 2017 • 57 Comments

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had these fun, seemingly disparate items and had the opportunity to make whatever you wanted with it? Let’s say we start with stencils from StencilGirl.

Kunst Masken 1

 

Loose Woman 2

Thenadd black, white, and natural Kraftex by C&T Publishing and make some magic happen. Kraftex is a craft fabric paper that is sturdy, can be stitched, washed, drawn on, painted on, oh! the possibilities are endless.

Now, what to do? Thinking! Thinking! Imagine smoke billowing from each ear as the ideas run into the burning flame of creativity. Each one good: a quilt, a stitch book, a tote bag, a purse, a zipper bag for carrying pencils. See what we mean here Q-bies, endless possibilities. Oh how to decide.

So the quilter wants to make a stitchy design book because why not? So I pick a size that seems oddly familiar 7” x 9” the size of Generation Q Magazine. Using the rotary cutter and a 6” x 24” ruler the pages are cut and set aside until they’re needed. One sheet is cut at 7” x 18” (width of Kraftex). Using the Pounce marking powder and the top stencil I mark the 7” x 18” sheet, add a layer of batting, and start stitching. I opt not to use a backing as I have plans to stitch a plain piece of Kraftex later.

Yanno how life sometimes gets in the way? It didn’t take long to abandon that stitching, it’ll be used for another project, some day, maybe. Oh heck, it’s going to sit in that “someday” pile of stuff and never get used. But please, let’s keep that between us. mmmmkay

So with plan one fully abandoned what to do what to do? Oh I’ll make a sketch book, because, yeah, that’s easy. But first let me make a zippered pouch to carry color pencils or pens for drawing, change, metrocard, or some other kind fun stuff.

A quilter’s gotta dance in the rain so a little tracing with a sharpie made quick work of the cover. For the sky and quote color pencils worked just dandy.

Arranging the pages took a little bit of thought only to figure out exactly where to stitch in the zipper pouch. Decision made it would go between the last two pages. Next decision, how to hold the pages together while I stitched them together. Wonder Clips to the rescue!

Oh but wait! There’s some faux suede over there, why yes that’ll do the trick and make a great binding for the sketchbook. A quick work of stay stitching will assure the suede won’t fray and give a wee bit of a decorative look.

Breathe deeply and start stitching.

Stitch. Stitch. Stitch. Gotta admit that the level of fear was a wee bit high as I started stitching through all of the Kraftex. A top stitch needle, a longer stitch length, and 40 weight polyester thread et voila! It’s all good. Note, a stitch length that is too short will perforate the paper.

Well several lines of stitching to make sure the book is secure. Oh and one more thing. The back cover had to be awesome, the Travel Notes Stencil and a color pencil at our service, thank you very much. It took a little bit of time but the end result is so fun.

 

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AND a $25 Gift Certificate for C&T Publishing!!

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57 Comments

  • marycnasser • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #1

    What a delightful sketchbook! Love everything about it…especially the zippered pouch attached! So creative and inspiring!

  • Allison in Alabama • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #2

    Oh my gosh – that Loose Woman stencil is me!!!! Made my day!!! Boy do I need that one!!! Thanks for sharing it!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  • carolynmcginnis • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #3

    Love what you did.

  • quiltzyx • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #4

    That looks like so much fun!!?

  • kathysmixedupart • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #5

    Cute project!!!

  • Marilyn Hughes • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #6

    This is so humorous! Love it.

  • mjmarmo • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #7

    Such fun projects!

  • Carol • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #8

    OK, I was really struck by the first project you abandoned, but the second was great too!!

  • Candy B. • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #9

    Thanks for all those tips! and I love the stencil of this woman you used.

  • Janis in ID • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #10

    Such a fun and free project!! LOVE it!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  • Gwen L. • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #11

    What a fabulous sketchbook! I love that you included a pencil pouch – that’s so handy!

  • Michele • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #12

    This is awesome!!! I’d love to make something like this for my daughter as a gift!!!

  • karen • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #13

    Thanks for the tip about stitch length. I’ve seen Kraftex before and I never thought to make a book with it.

  • Cindy Langston • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #14

    Very creative!

  • Dotti • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #15

    Very clever use of this material….love how you showed that…oops….with short stitching. We will all keep that in mind when working on our own KraftTex projects.

  • soappen • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #16

    Another great project! Love this material.

  • Lisa Marie • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #17

    Very cool! Thanks for the great ideas and tips.

  • Debbie Hallamek • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #18

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Angela Short • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #19

    I love the new paper product. It seems to work so great on everyone’s projects. Good luck everyone! angielovesgary2@ gmaildotcom

  • Janie M • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #20

    Looks like fun. I do like how strong it appears to be. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Catherine Lenoci • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #21

    I like the zippered pouch you included!

  • sunmoongal • 4 days ago
    COMMENT #22

    Very cool. Thos wonder clips seem great for holding book pages. Hmmm, must investigate. I love that you have your pencil pouch right there too.

  • Lori • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #23

    Thank you. I need to check that paper out. Amazing.

  • Jill McDowell • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #24

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Pam S • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #25

    I love the green scallops. What a perfect finishing touch!

  • Chris • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #26

    I love stencils so this would be great.

  • Annie • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #27

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • MelodyJ • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #28

    This is a very nice project.

  • Susan Skipper • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #29

    Cannot believe I am first comment again! Thanks for sharing – I am always in awe of any sewing project.

  • TheresaMP • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #30

    great experimenting. thanks so much for sharing.

  • Jinx Engstrom • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #31

    Stitching the bag into the journal is such a great idea!

  • wen • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #32

    Great ideas – thanks for sharing!

  • Beth Figiel • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #33

    Thank you for sharing the needle size & stitch length… might make a travel keep sake notebook for our first ever out of the country trip. Thanks!!!

  • Beth in IL • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #34

    What a great idea!

  • Janis in ID • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #35

    Still not sure if my two previous attempts at commenting worked, so I will try one last time….

    LOVE this free and fabulous project. Just makes me feel like running around in the spring weather!! lol…
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  • Mary Holshouser • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #36

    the paper sounds amazing. Can’t wait to get
    to try it. Using it for several different types of
    medium is fantastic. Love your pouch.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Jan Krassner • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #37

    Looking forward to trying Kraftex.

  • Janis Graham • 3 days ago
    COMMENT #38

    Love the humor and the utility of this project! (That saying has always seemed to serious to me.)

  • Rose Santuci-Sofranko • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #39

    I’m confused as to where I find “both teams” and where to comment? I’d love to win this. Help? Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

  • Eva • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #40

    Stretching yourself and trying new things – and getting an awesome end product. Well done you!

  • Sandy • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #41

    Adding the pencil case is a great idea

  • Amy Hodgson-Smith • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #42

    Fun project! Thanks for the stitching tips!

  • Linda McLaughlin • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #43

    Great idea for a travel sketchbook, I’ll be needing one soon.

  • Corie • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #44

    What a great idea to include the zipper pouch!!!

  • textilerecycler • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #45

    As one quilter to another… way cool!

  • Mary L Hockett Thoma • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #46

    Wonderful work here, I am so enamored with the Kraft-Tex.

  • Anna Friesen • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #47

    Would love to see the cover! Your stitched scallop is adorable!

  • Brenda Beene Shackleford • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #48

    Thanks for all the technical sewing information…I have been wanting to stitch my paper works but haven’t used a sewing machine in over 20 years!!! Maybe this is the inspiration I needed. Thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie Cooper • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #49

    This was interesting. Thank you for sharing!

  • Anne Lou (Nan) Robkin • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #50

    Interesting way to keep the writing sticks with you. Neat project! Loved the quilted set-aside, too!

    alhrobkin (at) aol (dot com)

  • Gina S. • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #51

    Love these stencils!

  • Claire K • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #52

    What a fabulous project!

  • Denise Bryant • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #53

    This is awesome! Love the Loose Woman stencil!

  • Jenny • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #54

    So cool!!

  • Anne Squire • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #55

    Great ideas here, thank you

  • Kath H (kbo) • 2 days ago
    COMMENT #56

    Like the idea of adding a pouch to the book, a few more photos please!

  • Cathy Costelle • 1 day ago
    COMMENT #57

    Interesting idea.

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