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Graduation open houses are happening
everywhere. I was trying to think of a handmade gift to give to kids that
will be shipping out for college in the fall. I love these blank laundry
bags by Simplicity. They are blank canvases begging to be adorned with
Plaid's iron-ons and fabric paints.
The laundry bags come in several
colors. To embellish it, I'm using Plaid's color changing iron-ons.
They come in a few different designs like the one above or the Eiffel
tower below. When you expose them to the sun, the white turns to bright
You'll also need some Folk Art fabric
paint in whatever colors you like--metallic or matte. Paintbrushes in
all sizes come in handy too.
Use a 1" brush to swipe paint
around the border of the bag. This gives a neat distressed look.
Use a hair dryer to speed paint drying process in between layers.
Then splatter paint it with a third
color. I mixed paint with Plaid Folk Art fabric extender to make it EXTRA
runny and awesome for flinging. I did this step outdoors, far far away
from the house.
Center the iron-on at the bottom
half of the bag. I love this dreamy Eiffel tower pattern (if you have to
do laundry, you can at least think about beautiful Paris while sorting).
Follow the instructions with the iron-on to adhere to the bag.
Remember to let the plastic piece cool
completely before peeling the backing away. Touch up spots that aren't
peeling away with the iron, let it cool, then try peeling again.
Optionally, you can tie a couple
ribbons around the end to jazz it up a bit.
Expose it to sun, and the white part
turns into a colorful rainbow. Fun, huh?