Thursday, March 24, 2011

Unexpected Springtime Vintage Cupcake

!!WARNING!!  You may learn something new to try with your Stampin’ UP! stamps.  There is some stamping involved in this project!

Cupcake Hand Towel Folded View So, you visit to get stamping inspiration and you see a sewing project!  I know for some of you it may have stopped you in your tracks.  Who knows, you may have turned away without even giving this project a second look.  For those of you that stuck with me…I actually did STAMP!  In fact, I stamped three times with the Simple Birthday Thanks (111546) on fabric…on the wrong side even! (Okay, you may see that I stamped more than 3 times on my sample.  Just overlook that.*smile*)

Cupcake Hand Towel and Super Secret Recipe This cute hand towel is the perfect gift to give to your favorite family member or friend for her birthday, mother’s day, or other special day along with the ingredients to make some of these luscious treats.  Or give it to yourself and use my super secret recipe *smile* to create super easy cupcakes for yourself while you adore your handmade hand towel! *wink* Isn’t that ruffle just to die for?  Too cute! 

How did I do that?  I stamped with Black Stazon on the Cupcake Pieces reverse side of the Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric. (I would suggest using one of the dye-based inks so that the images wash out. The black stazon will show through on light(muslin) colored fabrics.) I stamped the cherry on one of the large roses, the cupcake top on the floral print and the bottom image on a self-pleated piece of muslin. I adhered Transfer Web and cut out each of the pieces.

I took one of my current hand towels and used it as a guide to create the size of my towel.  I used muslin fabric for the towel. All the hems were pressed at 1/2” and pressed Cupcake Hand Towel Full Viewagain at 1/2” so as to keep the frayed edges inside the hem.  I used a large zigzag stitch for all seams.  I also created a little “hook” for the top of the towel as a decorator accent.  I don’t have a hook to hang my towel on, but if you do, don’t forget to create this little add on and stitch into the top seam.  The ruffle was created using a strip of the floral and sewn to the bottom.

I adhered the cupcake and to the desired location with an iron.  Then, I pinned some stabilizer to the back before satin stitching by machine around the image in varying thread colors.  The cherry stem was done freehand with the machine.

If you are making multiples make sure you stamp several at the same time.  This will save you on time! 

Stamps:   Simple Birthday Thanks
Papers:   None
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon
Accessories:  Springtime Vintage Designer Series Fabric
Tools: Craft and Paper Scissors, Sewing Machine, Transfer Web, Stabilizer, Iron 
Techniques Used: Stamping/Sewing

I hope some light bulbs went off and you can see that your Stampin’ UP! stamps offer you more than cards and scrapbook pages! Take a step out onto your creative ledge and try something unexpected with your stamps!





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  1. That is a very pretty towel, love the cupcake, thanks for sharing:)

  2. Oh, what a fab idea!!! I say that's a real contender to win this month's challenge!

    Thanks for sharing! :D