Remember that “Certs” commercial?

“You get two…two…TWO mints in one!”

Perhaps I’m showing my age.

In any event, I joined two challenges recently; one is from a fairly new art challenge blog, the Awfully Big Art Adventure, which, though I just found it a few days ago, is already a favorite. This week the challenge is to make something using a tin can. I personally don’t like anything that comes from a can (the only exception is corn, and even that’s pushing it); fortunately my husband enjoys canned soup, so we happened to have an empty one available.

The other challenge is called “Spare a Square,” in which we sent the host a 12″ square of fabric a couple weeks ago. She cut each square into ten pieces and we got ten different scraps back. The challenge is to use all ten fabrics in a project.  My set of scraps really is a challenge; the colors and designs are about as disparate as you can get!  It will be interesting to see what the others in my group come up with.

(Have I mentioned I’m not a seamstress?  Not even close.  But I do have a sewing machine and I do like things that have a “primitive” or “shabby chic” look.  Meaning I can be terribly unskilled at “real” sewing and still making something cute, so long as we pretend that I meant it to look that way.)

So I thought it would be fun to combine the challenges (two…two…TWO challenges in one!) and decorate the tin can with the fabric scraps. I sewed two pieces of each of the ten fabrics onto a rectangle of felt, leaving the edges raw for that “scrappy” look, then glued it around the can.  I won’t tell you what my husband calls this pom-pom trim (::giggle::), but I think it’s cute and it hides the top edge, which is a bit uneven. The clear gems are there because I can’t resist adding “bling” to just about every project I make.

scrappy tin can

No flowers this time, amazingly (though it wasn’t for lack of trying them to see how they’d look).

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14 Responses to “Remember that “Certs” commercial?”

  1. Rosie Says:

    A fabric can – that’s just GREAT! And I like the “rustic” look too! The pom pom edge made me smile so much!! Thank you for joining in with our challenge.
    Love
    Rosie

  2. Wanda Says:

    Hey, that looks great! When I was reading about it, before scrolling down to see the picture, I was imagining all these different sizes of odd shapes that you would have to use. LOL! I was happily (for you) surprised to see that they were all similar sized rectangles – I think. I love the ball fringe, too! The pencil holder turned out to be very stylish.

  3. sherry Says:

    You are so clever!!! And this is a brilliant idea — which also looks great!!! I remember that commercial and the two certs rolls being “banged” together so they clicked!!

  4. Sandy Says:

    Wow this is really unique.
    Stunning Tin. Brilliant.

  5. Linda Says:

    I love it!! (Especially the pompoms!!!)
    Thank you so much for taking part.
    Love Linda

  6. morthanenough Says:

    Very nice. A great idea for tin can altering and it turned out so gorgeous.
    Nancy

  7. Jaqi Wright Says:

    thats a good idea, to use material. Also to do two challenges in one go….thats saved you some time. Its lovely well done, I love the way everyones is so different, thanks for sharing, Jaqi

  8. Lisa Says:

    Yes, I remember the commercial–I’ll give away my age, too! Great idea for the fabrics. That sounds like a great challenge–so unique. I am with you on the bling–love the sparkle and shine!!

  9. Kimmie Says:

    Oh this turned out really cool! It’s like you made clothes for your can …. I love it!!

  10. Carol Says:

    Brilliant idea to use fabrics !!
    Very classy
    TFS

  11. Viola Says:

    Looks so great!!

  12. Sue Says:

    Hi Lisa – what a great tin – love the fabric – something I wouldn’t have thought of in a million – lol. Your blog is very interesting to – I love the way you write – had a few chuckles and smiles while having a look through. Will visit again ….

  13. Susan M. Hickam Says:

    Love your pretty fabric tin- who can resist ball fringe?-not me! I ended up doing a Dryad.

  14. ~*~Patty Says:

    Your fabric covered tin is very original, WOW, great idea and look!!!

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