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How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects | Pin of the Week

How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric LettersAre you obsessed with your Cricut Machine as much as I am? I didn’t even know all the amazing things I could do with it…. I cut paper for a multitude of amazing reasons in my Etsy Shop, The Vintage Event. But I really started having fun when I realized I could cut fabric too. To do this, you must first turn it into Fabric Paper, which is actually very easy!

What is Fabric Paper?

Fabric, as we all know, is soft and can bunch up easily. If it doesn’t have a strong backing or is pulled taught all the way around it can easily bunch up, snag or even fray when running a blade across it. Fabric Paper solves that problem. It also eliminates the need to sew as it give the fabric an iron-on back side. More on that later.This technique is also how you would run fabric through your printer. All you really need to do

Why make Fabric Paper?

This technique is also how you would run fabric through your printer. But I most use it to cut out letters and then iron them onto another piece of fabric. Your crafting really takes on a new dimension when you can affix letters to surfaces without sewing!

How to Make Fabric Paper

The main ingredient is Heat Bond by the yard. This product is a roll of paper with double sided, heat activated adhesive.

How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric Letters

 

I use Fabric Quarters which I first iron out and then lay on top on the Heat Bond.
How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric Letters

Wrong side of Fabric to Sticky side of Heat Bond

Iron your whole piece of fabric on to the Heat Bond so that it is smooth with no wrinkles or bubbles.

How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric Letters

Then cut off your remaining Heat Bond and you have a large sheet of Fabric Paper!

How to Make Fabric Paper for Iron-On Projects. Fabric Letters. How to Cut out Fabric Letters

 

You can now cut your Fabric Paper into smaller sizes so that it fits through your printer or onto your Cricut Cutting Mat. I most often cut the Fabric Paper into letters and make my projects including this Fabric Letter Banner in my Etsy Shop.


*This post is not Sponsored by Cricut or Heat Bond, but it does contain my Affiliate Links


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4 Ways I can Cheat Exercise at Home

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom in the world who is not looking forward to bikini season. In fact, I already know a few {but I won’t tell} who are dreading it just as much as me. It’s definitely not because of the warm weather or poolside lounging… no no, I definitely plan to embrace that. It’s more due to the few extra cookies I ate this winter, which happened to drag on forever. {insert Sandlot voice} Darn you Recipe Vault! And as much as I would like to hit the gym or take a run {that’s a lie} I just don’t have the time {that’s the truth} to leave the house. So, I stay in the house and cheat exercise on a daily basis. Let me show you the way…


4 Ways I Cheat Exercise at Home

Let it be known that I am most definitely not a personal trainer or fitness enthusiast. I am not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I am a former college athlete and award-winning volleyball coach who has spent 12 years talking about the importance of fitness with young women. I was put through grueling fitness regimes, tore muscles and won lifting records. So I get it. {read the bio} This post is meant to be a little funny, but true! I am now a mom who has been able to successfully fight off my muffin top by initiating a few fitness hacks into my daily lifestyle.

I’m sure that this post will make a few Fitness Instructors’ eyes twitch but hey, I’m just a mom now, trying to feel good about my post baby body 😉

For actual fitness advice please consult your nutritionists and doctors. But if you want a few tricks up your sleeve from a fellow muffin mom I’m here to offer some #momwinning.

*These methods are not scientifically proven to cheat exercise. Just ask my husband. You should still try to sleep exercise whenever you have a spare second.

Bedside Workouts

Literally, I have to walk over {trip over} the stuff I lift up in the morning. I place these awesome, garage sale dumbells at my feet, right on top of my slippers so that I have to pick them to put the slippers on. Once they’re in m y hand I can muster a few reps. The cheat here is the motivation. Regular, fit people would go get their lift on all by themselves because they’re motivated. I am not. I must make lifting an obstruction that I have to deal with to touch it.

Inconvenient Snack Placement

I’m well-educated in the actual math it takes to lose weight, gain weight and sustain weight, yaddah, yaddah. I have enough college athletics and coaching experience to have taught me all that. Which is probably why I can stack the odds against my own math. I know you already know this, but you’re the one who controls what you put in your shopping cart. You’re the one who can control what comes home and makes it into your body. We as moms all know that. But we also really want some darn chocolate sometimes, and I’m not going to just stop buying it. What if I really need it after a toddler tantrum? It needs to exist in the house, but here is the cheat:

The cheat is to organize it into your cupboard by height priority. Crap on the top, good stuff in the middle and the best choices on the bottom, easiest to reach when you’re running to binge. Now, I’m short, so the stuff on the top is going to take me a lot more effort to reach {I actually can’t reach it} if I want to put it in my body. Often days, since I know myself, I don’t even try. Therefore I’m not stuffing myself with crackers all day long. For a quick run down on that math situation: If you put more calories in than you burn, you gain weight. If you burn more calories than you put in, you lose weight, and if you can magically balance the two, well then, you’re probably not needing this post. I cheat exercise by avoiding higher calorie, less beneficial snacks by making them simply inconvenient to get to. which helps me balance my math.

PSA- That Pop Tart bin has been empty for 4 years after I read THIS ARTICLE and since I can’t reach it, I haven’t changed it yet.

Water Flush

This is actually my hardest cheat of the day, which is why I bring my husband into the game. In the morning, or perhaps even before bed, he refills all of these water bottles for me. It is then my challenge to drink them all before he gets home. I fail at this one a lot, but hey, such is life. Back up to that math thing, water is a great way to find balance and eliminate extra calories hiding in your drinks {Pepsi addict here} so I substitute all this water to keep me off the soda-sauce. Remember that this is a cheat post, not a healthy living, best practices post. I don’t have time for that or I’d have no problem with a bikini! I should also note that I write the date I got these bottle on them with a Sharpie and never reuse them more than one month. The internet tells me not to reuse plastic bottle very long!

Weighted Ankles

I actually like this one. It makes me remember my coaching days when I would wear these around the gym. Under my yoga pants {#momuniform} I attach one pound ankle weights. By lunch time I don’t even notice they’re there anymore. Plus, I think I sound a bit more intimidating to the boys when I come stomping into their room to break up a fight.

And there you have it! That’s how I’m slimming down after the winter. I’m really doing nothing more than modifying my everyday lifestyle. The best fitness option is obviously to eat well and take care of your body. However, if you lack the motivation and time these are my strategies for a little cheat 😉

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5 Things I’m Making Time for this Spring | JORD Watch Giveaway

5 Things I'm Making Time for This Spring. Motherhood Mother's Day Jord Watches GiveawayI think we all know that Motherhood can take its toll on all of us. About this time of year is when I realize I really need a break. It’s officially time to take some much needed “me-time” and pay attention to the small things and the big picture. What better way to remember the important details than looking at a gorgeous wrist watch?

Right when I needed a Spring pick-me-up, JORD Watches sent me a collaboration opportunity. Thank you so much JORD for your impeccable timing 😉 I’ve been inspired to reflect {into that beautiful timepiece face} and review some Spring priorities.

5 Things I’m Making Time for this Spring

Christmas is packed away and the taxes are done… I can’t really remember anything that happened between those two things, can you? It is such a blur and it is such an overwhelming world we live in daily. I find it a constant struggle to keep a focus on the little, but important stuff. So now that I have some time {suspended gracefully on my wrist} and the weather is changing, I’m making more time for a few things I’ve been neglecting.

Holding Hands– I have two precious little baby Hooligans whose hands are getting bigger every day. I nearly forgot how it felt to just hold one for a walk. Today, Wyatt saw me put on my new watch and said, “You look pretty Mommy!” which of course melted my heart. {Thanks, JORD for making me pretty}

Storytime- I confess, the winter was a hugely successful time for my Etsy Shop. Every single time I sat down I had my yarn in hand, too occupied with multitasking to turn storybook pages. Now that the weather is warmer, there will be fewer hats to make. Perhaps I’ll get a massage too…

Coffee Breaks- If you’re following me on Instagram you might have caught my epic battle with the sewing machine… It was that moment I realized I needed to initiate more coffee breaks in my life. Time to just stare out the window and breathe. {Or stare into this pristine watch face which sparkles}

Showers- Winter is over {fingers crossed} and I no longer need to avoid that dreaded, “step out into the cold bathroom” end to a warm shower. I can finally enjoy one, a longer one even, and not have to immediately jump straight back into my huge sweatpants and sweaters. I packed up all my sweaters just the other day and am now rocking all my Spring t-shirts. The best part… fully exposed wrists to show off my new arm-candy.

Family- Speaking of arm-candy, I’m pretty sure there is a third guy who lives in this house somewhere. He’s that same guy I toss the two little boys at when he comes home from work so that I can finally start work. I should probably take some time to reflect on him a little too 😉 Come to think of it, I bet he’d love a matching Wooden Wrist Watch so that we could be twins… he does always threaten those matching jumpsuits for when we get older… a nice new JORD Men’s Watch would be a good start.


Wooden Wrist Watch


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