Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recycled Cans "Round 1" .

From long time ago I want to do a recycling project for the blog, lately I
started to collect some cans. I chose those cans we buy in grocery stores and
usually bring inside, tomatoes, soup, a bit of everything, you know which are
the cans I'm talking about.
My idea was to get several cans of different sizes but I started with what I had on hand.
I call this tutorial "Round 1", because I think I'm going to recycle more cans
in the future and would be interesting to do a round two and then a three, it
would be interesting to see all that I can create, back to putting feet on land...
 I begin by round 1.

Desde hace tiempo que yo quiero  hacer un proyecto de reciclaje para el blog,
últimamente empezé a juntar algunas latas.  elegí  esas latas   que compramos en los supermercados  y que normalmente traen en su interior , tomates, sopas, un poco de todo,  ya saben cuales son las latas de las que  estoy hablando.

 Mi idea era conseguir varias latas, de diferentes tamaños , pero bueno empezé con las que tenia a  mano .  Decidí dar el nombre de "Round 1" a  este tutorial  , pues pienso que voy a reciclar mas latas en el futuro y seria interesante hacer un round dos y luego un tres, seria interesante ver todo lo que puedo crear, pero volviendo a poner los pies sobre la tierra, empiezo por el round 1!

Doing this project I discovered that there are two types of can opener, the
first group that cut the can, horizontally, and leaves a sharp edge. The other
opener that cut vertically, leaving a perfect edge for our projects.

Do you see the  green tape that you see over the edge? I put it to protect me from the sharp edge, when I started this project the only can opener I had was the one who cuts horizontally.
That's the green tape for painters, is usually used to protect
areas that do not want to paint, and I thought to use it as it has an adhesive

Descubrí haciendo este proyecto que hay dos tipos de abre latas , el primer
grupo que corta la lata, de manera horizontal, y que deja un borde filoso y bien peligroso.

Los otros abrelatas que cortan en forma vertical, dejan un borde perfecto para
nuestros proyectos.

La cinta verde que ustedes  ven sobre el borde, la puse para protegerme de el
borde filoso, cuando comenzé este proyecto el único abrelatas que tenia era el
que corta horizontal. Esa es  la cinta verde que usan los pintores , es la  que
generalmente usamos para proteger las zonas que no queremos pintar, y se me
ocurrió usarla pues tiene un lado adhesivo.

The cans must be well washed, dried and sanded to create a rough surface where the paint can adhere.
After sanding, I decided to use a sealant, I used a
product called "Liquitex medium" is a material that is used to prepare surfaces
in my case gave me the grip I wanted. I was afraid that after the paint was dry,
becomes detached from the can. I got the "Liquitex" at a store called
"Michaels", it exists in several places but can be found in any store that sells
materials to make crafts.

When the sealant is dry, paint with white acrylic paint. After the paint is dry,
we can start decorating.

Las latas tienen que estar bien lavadas, secas y lijadas, para crear una
superficie rugosa donde la pintura se pueda adherir. luego de el lijado,
decidí usar un sellante, usé un producto que se llama "Liquitex medium". Este  es un material que se usa para preparar las superficies, en mi caso me dio la
adherencia que yo buscaba.

Yo tenia miedo que luego que la pintura estuviera
seca , se despegara de la lata. Yo conseguí el "Liquitex" en una tienda
llamada " Michaels ", se que existe en varios lugares sino la pueden encontrar
en cualquier tienda donde vendan materiales para hacer artesanía.

Cuando el sellante esta seco, pinte con pintura acrílica blanca, luego que la
pintura está seca, podemos comenzar a decorar

I made several cans, I'll show you pictures of them. Then I will show pictures
of the steps I did to make one, let's start with the photos of the finished cans .

Hice varias latas y les voy a mostrar algunas fotos que tomé de ellas, mas
adelante les voy a mostrar fotos de los pasos que hice para decorar una de ellas.

Here I'll  show you the steps that I did  to make the decoration of this tin.

Aqui les muestro las etapas que hice para decorar esta lata

After the white paint was dry, I added a light blue color paint.

Luego que la pintura blanca estaba seca , agregué una  pintura color celeste .

I have put on the table, all the objects that I liked and that I could use to decorate.

Pusé sobre la mesa,  todos los objetos que me gustaban y que podria usar  para
decorar .

First item, jute and hot glue gun.

Primer elemento, jute y pistola de cola caliente

I love this butterfly!

Me encanta esta mariposa.

I would like to add a detail on the edge of the can.

Me gustaria agregarle un detalle en el borde de la lata.

...the final touch was the blue button.

El toque final fue el boton azul.

To decorate the other cans  I   used jute, burlap, glued paper, fabric, ribbons
I also used a wooden heart, fabric flowers ... everything is in the imagination,
and do not forget to save the next cans and recycle them .... because it's

Las otras latas yo las decore usando jute, burlap, pegué papel, tela , también
use Cintas de tela, un corazón en madera, flores en tela...todo esta en la imaginación,
y no se olviden de guardar las próximas latas y reciclar, pues es hermoso!

I'll have to create a new page with the name CRAFTS, where to put these
creations that are not in fabric, nor in wool but from a varied origin
Hopefully you enjoyed this post, by my side I enjoyed this creation and was a

nice experience to write this tutorial for you.

Voy a tener que crear una nueva pagina con el nombre CRAFTS , donde poner estas creaciones que no son ni en tela, ni en lana, sino de  origen variado.
Ojala hayan disfrutado de este post , yo por mi lado disfruté de esta creación y
fué una linda experiencia la de escribir este tutorial para

This was my first post in English and Spanish, I hope you liked it. I'm looking forward to reading your comments, see you soon.

Este fué mi primer post en inglés y español, ojala les haya gustado. Estoy deseando leer vuestros comentarios, nos vemos pronto.

Marisa :)

The links you see above are there because I'm participating in  the  DIY Tuesday  form Adriana's blog, "is a blog carnival
started by Adriana Home-Woman and to participate you only have to link each
Tuesday a " DIY  project "(which means you should do it yourself) then just add
the linky below and let a comment on each blog participant. to know how it

Friday, June 7, 2013

Let's do a Ruffle Tote .

After a week, it is only today that I have been able to raise this second part of the tutorial.
Prepare the post it takes time, especially when it's a tutorial.
Maybe you're not going to believe me, but every time I write a post, the first thing I'll do is write all my text in Spanish and then, translate it into English.
In my previous post that you'll find it here, we finished the exterior of the tote and the handles. Also in another previous post, I showed how I made the fabric flowers, the link is here. Today we will continue with the rest, that is, make the lining and see how we do to attach the lining and the handles to the outer fabric of the tote.

Create a label
Before we start I want to tell you something, one of the things that I was trying to do last week was, make labels to add to my projects, I made many tests, I took several photos and I have the intention to prepare a tutorial to show you how to do custom labels.
Today I'll show you what I decided to do, although I created several varieties of labels, after several attempts, trying to make labels for this tote, I decided to do a transfer of my label directly to the fabric, instead of making the transfer to a ribbon and then have to sew it into the tote.
Look how it turned out.

Prepare the lining

The liner measures the same as the outside, for my tote I used  the following

I cut

 1 (14 x 36" ) exterior fabric, so...
 1 (14x 36")   for the lining.

The lining can be made ​​simple without pockets.
For my tote I decided to add two
types of pockets, on one side, I added a pocket  with a metal closure.

On the other side I did something simple like this.

Pin lining right sides together, aligning row edges  and sew together, leaving
7" of one side open
Don't sew the upper side


Attach the handles to the exterior fabric

In my previous post we saw how to do the handles, I finally cut them and the
final measure is 27 "long,

At this time, I'll put the two handles on the right side of the tote.

Usually, at this moment, I'll  sew by hand the handles , I use basting stitches, just to be sure that they will not move on the next steps.

With right sides together place the exterior fabric, inside the lining.

Aligning the row edges, pin,  and sew together
sew along the top edge of the tote, I did several rounds with the sewing
machine, a first seam 1/2 "from the edge, other seam closer and another 3/4"
from the edge. This part is where you have the handles and it must be really

Turn right side out by pulling the exterior fabric through the opening

We have to sew the opening by hand or with the sewing machine.


Place the lining inside the tote, and topstitch through all layers! 


Add the fabric flowers

At the end I added the flowers fabrics, I could not decide which one.

I finally decided to add the two, the back side of these flowers have a brooch,
so that we can put one or the other, according to the mood of the day.

We did it!

I want to tell you something, I have wanted to open an Etsy shop for a while, I
said to myself that if I could create 10 items I will do it, ok this is just the first.

 This ruffle tote is my first item for my future Etsy shop, yes!!! 

I just hope that my dream comes true this year!

I would like to do, necklaces, bracelets and wool accessories such as hats and
scarves. I have a goal, I have ideas , but what I'm missing is always time!!!

 But there is always a beginning and for me to have finished this ruffle tote is the beginning, I have other projects already begun, apart from a number of ideas that I'll share with  you all ,
 in the next posts.

For today, I just wish that you have enjoyed my explanations, I tried to do the best that I can.

 I will be waiting anxiously for your comments, it is a pleasure for me to read every one of your comments! Thanks for your visit, I hope you come back soon!
 Greetings to you all.


I'm linking this project to  Mod Vingtage Life, Creating My Way to Success,  Threading My WaySew Many Ways,  Dolly's designs ( The Creative Blog Hop), The Chicken Chick, One Artsy Mama( Shine on Friday) , Sew Chatty ( Made With Love), Pieced Pastimes, All  Things Pretty , Petals to Picots, Dear Creatives, Happy Hour Friday, Crafts a la mode, Inspiring Creative Moments  and Sew Crafty Angel .
I'm linking also to Plucky's Blog Hop , Night Owl Venting ( Blog Hop) , My Turn ( for us) , Fun Friday Blog Hop, The Pin junkie and Let's get Social Sunday.


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