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Farmhouse Style Sign with Kraft-Tex

I needed something to spark some inspiration in my quilting room.  I love farmhouse style signs.  I would cover the house in them if Paul didn't object to them.  As I was looking at farmhouse style signs one common theme was the background color was an off-white, cream color.  Well, guess what this month's kraft-tex color is? Linen which just happens to be an off-white, cream color!  It was such a lightbulb moment for me, I could use kraft-tex in a new way for me and give myself a new farmhouse style sign for my quilting room.

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This sign is very easy to make.  45 minutes is all you need to make your own farmhouse style sign.  I made one at Christmas time for a gift exchange.  I almost came home with it because I wanted it that much.  Then I thought it would look tacky to take my own gift.

What You Need To Make A Farmhouse Style Sign

Craft Hoop - I used an oval 12x20 hoop for this project but I've used circle ones too
Cricut we are only cutting vinyl so you don't need a Maker for this project. 
Iron-On Vinyl - I used Easy Weed Electric Red 
Exacto Knife
Optional - Propane Torch I am using MAPP gas but it burns hotter than propane so it is easier to mess something up.
Optional - Ribbon or Flowers to cover the top

Making Your Farmhouse Style Sign

I started by burning my hoop.  Practice on the inner hoop so you can get an idea of how to move the flame.  Leave the screw in holding the outer hoop together.  I took it out in the video below and it caused my hoop to warp.  The warping caused issues for me later.  Once your hoop has cooled off wipe it down with a paper towel or a scrap of fabric to remove the soot.  If you want to add more depth to your hoop rub some olive oil on it. It really brings the hoop to life.

I used "Create the things you wished existed" as my quote.  I used two fonts, Beautiful People and Cookies and Milk. Both fonts are free for personal use.  When I do something like this in design space I draw the shape of the sign.  So, in this case, I made an oval 12x20.  This lets me size the words and see what it looks like.  I just delete the oval before I cut. Cut and iron your vinyl using the recommended settings for your vinyl.  I did trace around my hoop with a pencil so when I iron on my vinyl I could make sure it was centered.  Just remember to erase your pencil marks.

Putting your kraft-tex into the hoop is a two-person job. Kraft-tex is thicker than fabric so it can be a little difficult to get it tight in the hoop by yourself.  Once you have it in the hoop how you want it to be, use the Exacto knife to trim the excess off. If you are good you could use your rotary cutter but I'm not that good.  Paul is, he trimmed my Christmas sign up with the rotary cutter. 

If you make a sign be sure to tag me @homeecmel on Instagram and use the hashtag #krafttex so we can see what you create with kraft-tex. 

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