Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs New Release: Acorns

Welcome to the Lil' Inker Designs New Release Blog Hop!  Today is the last day of the hop and you should have come here from the talented Teresa's blog if you are following the hop!

Have you been enjoying the Lil' Inker Designs new release products!!?  Well, wait until you see today's new release!  I love it!!

Introducing Acorns!


You know that wonderful dotted line around the cloud dies that we have all come to love? It's back!! This time it appears on the acorn outline and on the tiny leaf die cut too!! Simply fabulous!! 

AND...one of the GREAT things about this acorn die that sets it apart from other acorn dies, is that the top & bottom of the acorn are separate dies so it is SUPER, SUPER easy to mix & match patterns and colors!! I LOVE this feature so much!!

And this release also includes a super fun and adorable stamp set!! Fun fonts, fun sayings and really FUN faces for the acorns!

I am really excited to share my project with you today!!


I made a baby gift set using the acorns cut out of fabric.  It looks so adorable and was fairly easy to do!

Let's start with the card.


I cut two acorns out of fabric with my die cut machine.  In order to make the fabric stiff enough to die cut, I used Pellon Craft Fuse Iron-On Backing which adds stability and strength (I got that right off the package, lol!!) to your fabric. It was simple, simple to do. I picked up a 1/4 of a yard in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby. Then, I cut a small square of fabric and backing. Then, you just iron them together. That's it! Very simple! It makes the fabric stiff enough to die cut (although I went over the die in my machine 3 times to make sure it cut through all of the material).


I die cut a front and a back of the acorn.  If you sew two acorns together so that the fabric shows on the back and front of the acorn, you will have to die cut the front of the material for one acorn and then turn the fabric over so that the back side is facing up in your machine and cut the 2nd acorn so that when you put both pieces together they line up.  

After I had the pieces cut, I sewed them about 3/4 of the way together, left the needle in the fabric (but released the foot so I had some give) and took some quilt batting and carefully poked it into the acorns. Once it was completely in and "puffed" up, I continued to sew the acorns closed. (Please ignore the fuzzy edge on my card...not sure how I missed that!!)




For the bag I wanted to create a simple design but yet still allow the acorns to be the star of the show. 


I created these much the same way that I created the acorns on the card, except I didn't "puff" them up with the quilt batting.  I strung them around the handle with The Twinery's twine and before I sewed them together, I taped the twine on with scor-tape and then sewed so that the twine was inside the layers of acorns.


Here is what the acorns look like flipped over.  The nice thing about this is that these can be reused as a decoration or placed on another package!


I adore this onesie!  I wanted these acorns to stay in place while I was sewing them on the onesie, so I die cut some Pellon Wonder-Under which is a transfer web material (it is an adhesive that bonds the fabric diecut to the onesie).  It almost feels like tissue paper and can be purchased in packages or by the yard at stores that sell fabric.  After I die cut this thin paper out, I ironed it onto the back of the acorns, then peeled the paper off the back of the wonder-under and ironed it directly on to the onesie.  This kept the diecuts exactly where I wanted them while I sewed them onto the onesie. 


Here's a closeup.  I'm not a real great sewer, but practice makes perfect right, LOL!!


Here's one more look at the gift set.

There are lots of fabulous projects for you to see on this amazing blog hop!!  Your next stop is to Amy's blog who I am sure has something fabulous up her sleeve!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog and on the other designer's blogs along the way for your chance to win one of three $10 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Designs store!!  I'd LOVE to know if you have ordered or are going to order from Lil' Inker Designs this week!!
Here is the complete blog list order for your hopping pleasure!! 

Jen  ~ You are Here!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies
Lil' Inker Supplies:  Acorn Die, Pinwheel Stamp Set
Other:  Twinery Twine, Fabric from Hobby Lobby, Sweet Blush Cardstock PTI, True Black Ink PTI

45 comments:

Emily Leiphart said...

What a stunning baby gift, Jen! I LOVE your fabric acorns on the gift bag, card and onesie!

Chunyuan said...

this is AMAZING. Wonderful creation. Love the onsie most.

kasia c. said...

OMG!!!
I love absolutely everything you did with those dies! The onsie is just adorable, the fabrics you chose are prefect.

Lydia said...

wow - such great ideas . love the fabric you have used it has given it a totally different look xx

Maureen Merritt said...

Absolutely amazing! I love what you've done here!!!

Renee said...

Super cute projects!!
Love the little onesie!
And the die is to die for...
pun intended :)
Love those lines...
and the little leaf! :)

Lindsay said...

Oh my goodness Jen, your projects are A-dorable! CA-UTE cute cute!

Cassie said...

How fabulous! What a fantastic idea :D

Rockwell Designs said...

Really clever CAS projects! Love them all!

Vanessa Middleton said...

Awww, Jen!!! I love the little gift set you made. ADORABLE! And I love, <3, LOVE the acorn in fabric and stuffed. I really need to learn how to sew. Man!

Emily Keaton said...

Totally cute! I love that great gift set you made. :)

Gretchen said...

very very cute set! Love the fabric :)!

*Alison* said...

oh my heavens.. I LOVE this.. I love that you used fabric.. I totally want that onesie.. Off to the next one on the hop.. :) hugs

Tara Sumner said...

I'd love to win!
misssumner@gmail.com

reeree62 said...

Oh, MY!! Just when I think I've seen it all...
AWESOME!

Karen B. said...

This is just the most adorable thing I've seen in a long time, what a great way to showcase the acorns!

Flo said...

Cute set to give for a new baby. Love the acorn onesie.

Anonymous said...

This is so cute. Love the 3D acorn.

Basiljen said...

In a word, adorable!

Lizscraps said...

my first thought was 70's Max FActor Type Acorns how cool is that, then I saw they were fabric and pillowy and I said GROOVY!!! you went out of the box here and it is simply perfect. Great job.

shescrafty said...

So sweet! The onesie is adorable - almost makes me want to have another baby to make one for!

Nancy L. said...

awww, i love it when you don't have to use the traditional fall colors for those cute little acorns!

Crafty Math Chick said...

OMG! What an awesome onesie! I LOVE that! And the little dangling acorns as an accent to the gift bag? ADORABLE! Oh I want this set so much!

Joyce said...

Incredible project.

Lisa Petrella said...

FANTABULOUS!!!! Jen, this is an AWESOME baby gift set!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that onesie and the coordinating card and gift bag!

mustangkayla said...

Wow...did you ever out-do yourself on this one! The set/gift is absolutely ADORABLE!

Unknown said...

this is fabulous!!

Super Jen said...

The fabric is inspired.

Regina said...

Wonderful idea. The onesie is adorable. I bet it would adorable on a cloth diaper used as a burp cloth!

Angie said...

The whole set is just too cute. Great fabric choice for the onesie. That is one lucky kid.

Sue D said...

How clever for a baby gift!

Cathy Weber said...

This is quite a project Jen, I love all the details you gave about how to cut and sew those cute little acorns. I have been dying to try cutting fabric and now I know exactly how to go about it. Very sweet gift today.

Tenny Kusuma said...

OOHH WOW. Love all your projects. They're really adorable. TFS. Tenny.

Jen Adcock said...

Good Golly, these sure are adorable acorns. I just love how you've used them in all the projects. Clever you. So inspiring!

Kara said...

so incredibly adorable!!

Laura Pryor said...

Seriously, this gift set has SUCH wow factor! We just cleaned the basement and was seconds from throwing away perfectly good white onesies. Now I'm SO glad I kept them! I envision a CASE project in my near future!!! Absuloutely fabulous work!

Carolyn said...

I love that you used fabric, it looks wonderful.

Carolyn

Diane Jaquay said...

wow Jen, you are on a ROLL!! I just looked at your last 3 blog posts and I love them ALL, the acorns are adorable, and so are the pinwheels! And I love what you did with the twine! Can I borrow some of that creativity lol?!!!

Dana said...

Wow!!! Wonderful baby set!!!

Chan said...

This is SUCH a sweet gift set, Jen!! FABulous work!

Laurie said...

What a fun gift! I love the tags on the bag! SO cute!

Amy Kolling said...

Jen, this is one AMAZING project! I love every little detail you put into this. That onesie is just to die for and I totally would have loved to have Payton wear it when she was little! Did you try to sell it last weekend? Now, for your bag accent. FUN......Neat-o idea! Love the hanging acorns! Just an over the top EXCELLENT project!!

Steph Zerbe said...

Now that is the coolest onesie ever! These acorns are so cool in fabric!! Great idea girl!

Stacy said...

OMG those acorn creations are just too cute. LOVE the onesie :)

Risa said...

This is the CUTEST thing EVER! I love acorns and I don't even know why. So awesome Jen.

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