Thursday, September 15, 2011

GUEST POST: Backpack Fobs by Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts!

Mandy has been busy as a bee at her blog, Sugar Bee Crafts

She offers a myriad of tutorials, non-sewing projects and recipes.

I love this idea of turning a t-shirt into a baby romper:

And who wouldn't want to cook in this apron??

I wish I had seen this faux tie for the boys before our last fancy family event!

This travel pillowcase with a carrying handle is just adorable!! Now I just need to get my kids to participate in sleepovers!

She was brave enough to try mod-podging her shoes....and the results are amazing! 

This is a really cute craft for kids involving Dr. Seuss Blocks. Really nice for a beginning reader:

Today, she's sharing with us a favorite craft of hers, backpack fobs! Enjoy! 

(p.s. Did you sign up for my giveaways yet? The bottle drying rack closes on 9/17 and the 100 free postcards from UPrinting closes on the 9/19. To qualify for either (or both) just leave a comment after each individual giveaway post!)


Hi everyone!!  I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:

Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog.  I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays.  You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):

You can see more projects in my new Tutorials Page, so check that out as well.

Can you believe we're already thinking back-to-school - - crazy!  Today I'm going share my backpack fobs - - 
Here's a quick easy project for backpacks.  My kids know our home phone number, but I got to thinking, what if they need to call me on my cell phone - they don't know that number.  So I thought of this project with the stamped washers.

I wanted their name on the front, to identify their backpack, with the phone number on the back.  But when you stamp into washers, it raises up the other side, so I couldn't just stamp on the back because it would raise through to the front (see what I mean, in the picture below).  I came up with the idea of using 2 washers glued together.  You need a glue that will adhere to metal - I went with Gorilla Glue, but others might work.
With this type of glue, you get the object wet then put on the glue then let it sit 5 minutes - be sure not to put on too much, it'll expand as it dries.
After the 5 minutes, you put the objects together like you want them and clamp it tight.  I left it several hours in the clamp.
That's it - now it's a double-sided washer.  Then I made a quick tube of material, turned it right-side out (using that TOOL I love), and tucked in the raw ends.  I poked it through the washers and sewed it down.  Then made a loop of the other end and sewed it down.  I slid a carabiner or clip into the loop and that was it.  In the picture, boy one is right-side up and girl one is back-side up:
Perfect for backpacks!
Actually, the backpacks have a loop on the inside so if you don't want to clip them on the outside, look for that:

Thanks for having me!!

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