Brace yourself folks because here is an idea that I didn’t get from someone else. That’s right. It’s all my own and I haven’t seen these anywhere else.
That doesn’t mean that credit isn’t due to anyone. SOMEWHERE, someone mentioned shrinky dinks in his or her (more likely her) blog. As in, that you can get blank shrinky dink paper!!!*
My original plan was to make photo pendants with it, but ended up not doing that for a variety of reasons, and in the meantime decided on this other project.
Here’s what you need: all you need is ink jet shrinky dink paper and an oven. (And scissors. But if you’re reading this blog, I assume you have scissors. Or a craft knife, but if you use a craft knife you need to be better with it than I am with mine. Plus, mine wasn’t so happy with the shrinky dink paper.)
First you need to make an image on your computer. I worked with a circle with a four inch diameter so that it was big enough to manipulate. I’m not at all a graphic designer so I can’t recommend an “ideal” or “correct” way to go about this.
Next, you are going to want to open a word processing program so that you can print a bunch of your image on a single piece of paper. This shrinky dink stuff is expensive. (Relatively speaking, of course.)
I used this opportunity to test out a variety of sizes of circles. A circle with an inner diameter of just over one inch will shrink to a size that will work on up to a size 15 needle. A circle with an inner diameter of just over three quarters of an inch will shrink to work with up to a size 10 1/2 needle. And a circle with an inner diameter of just a smidge over a half inch will shrink to work with up to a size 7 needle.
Carefully cut out all of your circles, outside and inside. Your cutting hand will get a bit of a work out.
Preheat your oven to 300F. Lay your circles on a cookie sheet sandwiched by two layers of parchment paper. When the oven is at 300, stick in your cookie sheet and heat for just about 2 minutes.
Et voila, stitch markers.
*Yep, wrote this one before the failed key chain post.