Retread Your Threads: Melly Sews

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Today, we are lucky to have a guest post from the talented Melissa Mora of Melly Sews. Melissa has been working with our Stick-N-Washaway™ and came up with a great way to use it to update an old button up. It’s really an excellent lesson in how to add a new feature to something old to make it new again. Love it!! Thanks so much to Melissa for this fabulous tutorial:).

Lace Pocket Shirt Tutorial

This lace pocket shirt tutorial is an easy refashion. I had a chambray shirt with an old company logo on it. The fit was great. The company, on the other hand, wasn’t a great fit. So I removed the pocket with the logo on it. But, that left some uneven fading on the shirt, so you could clearly see where the pocket had been.

Prep: remove pocket

I really liked the idea of adding a lace pocket to my shirt, but lace can be finicky to work with. It’s shifty and can be hard to hem. Then it came to me – Pellon® Stick-N-Washaway™ would be the perfect stabilizer, allowing me to work with the lace, but then washing out so that the pretty detail could be seen. Win!

So, I measured my pocket area, and added 1/4″ (6mm) to each side for a seam allowance.

Step 1: Cut lace

I cut a piece of Stick-N-Washaway™ to the same size, peeled off the backing and applied it to the wrong side of my lace.

Step 2: Apply Stick 'n Washaway

Now that my lace was acting like regular fabric, it was easy to baste my edges to the wrong side of the fabric and hem the top edge of the pocket. I did the top and bottom, then the sides.

Step 3: pin edges 1/4" to wrong side

Step 4: Baste edges

Now all that was left to do was to pin the stabilized lace pocket onto my shirt and topstitch it into place.

Step 5: Topstitch pocket in place

Then I threw the whole thing in the wash. The Stick-N-Washaway™ magically disappeared, leaving only the pretty lace detail to see.

Lace Pocket Shirt

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Retread your Threads: Woven T-Shirt Cuff Bracelet

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Today’s post is bittersweet… It’s sweet because we LOVE these guest posts from Jenelle and adore what she creates with reclaimed materials + Pellon® products. It’s bitter because it’s our last week of the Retread Your Threads series and we’re a little sad to see it go! We hope you enjoy this last project from Jenelle and encourage you to visit her at TrashN2Tees for more projects & inspiration.

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Spring has finally sprung, and I’ve been trying to find some quick and easy ways to inject a splash of funk & color to my wardrobe. Today’s project, the woven t-shirt cuff bracelet, will do just that. It can be modified in a few different ways so I encourage you to experiment with it and have fun. Be sure to share your upcycled designs with us using hashtag #retreadyourthreads we’ll be featuring your projects right here later this week!

Materials Needed: 
Tshirt scrap
Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
Rotary Cutter & Ruler
Thread & Needle (or Sewing Machine)
Optional: Button or snaps for closure

It’s been a pleasure to join Pellon® for Earth Month and I’m grateful for the opportunity to not only educate you about textile and clothing waste but also inspire you to find creative ways to reuse, re-purpose, and recreate with clothing through the Retread Your Threads series. I believe that all waste has value and would love for you to join me in my movement to change the way we consume and create. Find out how by visiting me at www.trashn2tees.com and www.createchangemovement.com  Have you learned something new, been inspired to upcycle something old, or have a juicy question? Leave a comment below and let’s continue this conversation.

Previous Posts:
Cornhole DIY by Pellon®
Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees
T-Shirt Pendants by TrashN2Tees
Reclaimed Scraps with Pellon® by The Sewing Loft

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Thanks so much Jenelle! We’ve adored having you as a guest poster this month! Can’t wait to see all of the new projects you come up with throughout the year

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting  www.trashn2tees.com.

Find Jenelle online: Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Etsy

Retread Your Threads: The Sewing Loft

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We absolutely adore seeing all of these fabulous ways in which to reuse old clothes, fabric scraps and more! Continuing with our Retread your Threads series, we’re excited to introduce you to Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft. She’s been known to reuse a thing or two and has done a wonderful job with pulling together a variety of tutorials for you to check out. Don’t forget to check out her blog. It’s an excellent source for sewing tutorials, reviews, patterns and is truly just a fun online destination! Take it away, Heather!

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Hello Pellon® Readers, Heather here from The Sewing Loft.

When Erin asked me to share some of my creative process related to reclaiming, I was all in. Truth be told, I am a scrapper at heart. I feel like I am always savoring the very last bit of amazingness when it comes to fabrics. And I do mean EVERY last bit! That’s with no discrimination regarding age, style or fabric blend. If the fabric speaks to me, I save everything, especially vintage!

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Reclaimed fabric scraps into yardage using Pellon®

To keep my smaller scraps in line, I store them in a metal basket until they start to get unruly. For me, that’s when the magic happens. One of my favorite things to do is create scrap fabric yardage from leftover bits. My “fabric blend” of choice is reclaimed men’s buttoned down shirts mixed with brightly colored printed cottons. The mixture can create the most amazing patterns.

The possibilities are limitless. To give you more inspiration and fun ideas to reclaim your creativity through fabric and Pellon®, I have created a quick rounded up with a sampling of a few favorites.

Reclaim Scraps with Pellon®[Projects, clockwise from top left: Elbow Patches, Peacock Pillow, Travel Sewing Kit, Gold Glitter Polka Dot Sweater, T-Shirt Pendant Necklace, Gift Card Holders, Patched Pocket Panel, Hand Sewn Travel Checkers]

They range from simple board games to hand-made accessories. These are easy to make and eye-catching projects that combine both new and reclaimed materials.

For more ideas to reclaim your creativity through scrap fabric and Pellon® can be found on the Retread Your Threads Pinterest board. And by all means, don’t stop there! If you have a fun way to reclaim your scraps we want to hear from you! Please share your ideas, tips and tricks with us in the comment section below or join the conversation on Twitter using #retreadyourthreads hashtags.

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Thanks so much Heather! We’ll have more tutorials coming soon, rolling into our final week of Earth Month, so stay tuned!

About Heather:
Heather is an outgoing, creative dreamer that loves to stitch!  After 20 plus years designing for others in the apparel industry, she decided to jump ship and follow her own creative voice.

She blogs at The Sewing Loft and creates tutorial style patterns.  She likes to think of the blog as more of a community, a place to share ideas, tips and techniques used during the creative process.

Find Heather online:
BlogFacebookTwitterPinterestEtsy — Instagram — Flickr

Retread Your Threads: T-Shirt Necklace Pendant

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Welcome to week 3 of our Retread Your Threads Series. Today is extra special because it’s Earth Day! We’re so thrilled to have a brand new tutorial from Jenelle at TrashN2Tees. Have fun with this one — we’re loving it!

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Hug a tree, plant an organic garden, have a picnic, or cut up discarded t-shirts — however you’re planning on spending Earth Day (today!) have fun & make it count!

We all know about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle but the statistics are staggering when it comes to the amount of clothing/textile waste we toss into our landfills. According to the EPA,13 million tons of textiles are thrown away each year (in the US alone) and while our recycling rates continue to rise, only a meager 15 percent of textile waste is recovered for reuse and recycling, wasting nearly 11 million tons each year! Even the most worn out items can be collected and processed into new materials, whether it’s cleaning rags, carpet padding or rubberized playgrounds. What do you do when your clothing gets worn out?

I’m committed to changing the way we consume and create and I’m honored to be here on the Pellon® Blog all month long for the Retread Your Threads series. Through TrashN2Tees I’ve been able to not only raise awareness about clothing recycling, offer options for collection and processing, and teach creative workshops that transform unwanted items into wearable and practical works of art — to date I’ve been able to divert more than 20 tons of clothing from our landfills. Join me today & let’s create change together with these sweet upcycled t-shirt pendant necklaces. (Pssst! Mothers Day is coming up too!)

 Materials Needed:
Tshirt or Fabric Scraps
Scissors
71F Pellon® Peltex® I Ultra Firm
Pellon® Clear-Fuse® 800
Needle and Thread
Jewelry Findings (Chains, bails, jump rings)
E600 Adhesive or Hot Glue Gun

1. Cut t-shirt material (2 layers) and Pellon® Clear-Fuse® to the same size. Fold your Pellon® Peltex® in half and cut desired pendant shape. This will give you two exact shapes. My pendants are approximately 2 inches. I tested out different shapes including tear drops, rectangles, hearts, and circles.

2. Press Clear-Fuse® following directions. Tip: Let cool & be sure to remove clear plastic film before proceeding to Step 3.

3. Stack both Peltex® shapes on top of each other and place onto fabric. Tip: If you don’t have Peltex® on hand you could substitute with cereal box cardboard or the like.

4. Cover with second layer of t-shirt and press.

5. Use needle and thread to hand stitch around shape.

 

6. Cut out pendant shape.

7. Finish pendant either a jump ring or gluing a bail to back. Tip: I love the jump ring because it offers a little more versatility and you could use 2 different colors for a reversible pendant. 

All of our Retread Your Thread tutorials offer you a creative way to curb waste and pollution, and inject a sense of color and wondering into our communities. Doesn’t it feel good knowing that you’re creating change? Be sure to tag your creations using #retreadyourthreads and share with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram– we’ll be featuring all of your upcycled designs here next week.

Previous Posts:
Cornhole DIY by Pellon®
Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees

If you would like to learn more about TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling,  join the movement to change the way we consume and create, shop my designs, or are looking for more upcycling inspiration- please visit me at www.trashn2tees.com.

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Thanks so much Jenelle! What a sweet and perfect gift for Mother’s Day! We’re pretty sure everyone needs a custom t-shirt necklace;).

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting  www.trashn2tees.com.

Find Jenelle online: Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Etsy

Retread Your Threads: Cornhole DIY

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Fun for Friday = A new Retread Your Threads DIY! This is a great weekend project and one that will help you get ready for that first Spring BBQ!

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Last Summer, my husband and I bought a travel version of the popular lawn game, cornhole. We’d both played plenty of times before on vacations and at friends houses, but felt it was time to have one of our own for some good Summer BBQ entertainment. I’ll admit that our game is not high quality. It’s not ‘regulation size’ and the bags that came with it feel chalky and flimsy. To get ready for a new Summer of BBQs and get togethers, I knew that it needed a bit of a facelift. Step 1? New bags!

In the spirit of Earth Month and our Retread Your Threads series, I made new cornhole bags out of 3 different shirts that we had kicking around in our Goodwill pile. The project is super easy, fast and results in hours of fun!

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Materials & Tools
3 old shirts (I used two print & one solid)
Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
Popcorn Kernels
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Board
Thread
Circle & Star Templates — download here

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Cutting Instructions
Cut eight 5″ x 5″ squares of solid shirt
Cut four 5″ x 5″ squares of each printed shirt
Cut sixteen 5″ x 5″ squares of Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
Cut four 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of each printed shirt
Cut eight 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®

*Please note that since we’re using a travel-sized version of the game, I chose to make my bags a bit smaller. If you’re using a larger board, you’ll want to cut 7″ x 7″ & 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ squares.

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Following manufacturer’s  instructions, fuse Wonder-Under® to wrong side of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ printed squares. Fuse the 5″ x 5″ squares of 931TD to the wrong sides of all 5″ x 5″ fabric squares.

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Using the templates provided, trace the circle onto the paper side of all four 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares of one printed fabric and trace the star onto the paper side of the 4 squares of the other. Cut out the shapes and remove the paper-backing of the Wonder-Under®. (Tip: I like to lightly score the paper of the Wonder-Under® with a pin to help in peeling off the paper backing.)

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Center the shapes onto the solid 5″ x 5″ squares and fuse in place. Finish with a zig-zag stitch around the edges.

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Place circle squares right sides together with coordinating fabric squares & pin. Place star squares right sides together with coordinating fabric squares & pin. Stitch around all 4 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ gap on one side for turning. Trim threads and clip corners.

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Turn squares right side out through gap and carefully push out corners. Press.

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Fill each bag with about 6oz. of popcorn kernels. Pin opening closed and topstitch about 1/8″ from edge to secure the gap closed.

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Admire your work and get ready for some cornhole!!

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This project was created and sewn by Erin @ Pellon®. It was inspired by the Retread Your Threads series, and the lovely Jenelle Montilone of TrashN2Tees. For more projects in this series, see links below.

Denim Cylinder Sleeve by TrashN2Tees
Triangle Tee by Pellon®
T-Shirt Trays by TrashN2Tees

For more repurposing information, check out our Pinterest board here.

Coming Up: A brand new project from TrashN2Tees on Monday, April 22 — Earth Day!!

Retread Your Threads: T-Shirt Trays

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Happy Monday and welcome to week dos of Retread Your Threads, I’m Jenelle from TrashN2Tees and we’re celebrating Earth Month with this great series sharing creative ways to repurpose clothing and textiles using a variety of Pellon® products. Be sure to check out last week’s project which had you playing with denim, sharp scissors, and fire! Today’s tutorial is super simple and a great way to reuse t-shirts and
also to re-organize. A quick fact to share: If everyone in the US repurposed just 1 t-shirt we would recover 210 billion gallons of water and keep 1 million pounds of CO2 from our atmosphere! (Just in case you needed some added motivation!) So grab your tees and a pair of scissors and let’s get started!!

Materials Needed: 
Scissors or Rotary Cutter 
(2) t-shirts 
Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece
Pellon® 72F Peltex® 2-Sided Fusible

Sewing Machine
Walking Foot (optional)

This project is completely customizable. Depending on your needs and the materials you have on hand, your tray size may vary. 

For a small trinket/toy tray I used: 2 pieces of 8″x8″ t-shirt material, 1 8″x8″ piece Pellon® 987F Fusible Fleece, and 1 5″x5″ piece Pellon® 72F Peltex®.

For the larger tshirt tray I used: 2 12″x12″ pieces of t-shirt material, 1 12″x12″ piece Pellon® 987F  Fusible Fleece, and 1 8.5″x8.5″ piece Pellon® 72F Peltex®.

1. Cut your materials to size 

 2. Fuse the fleece to underside of main pattern. Fuse Peltex® to center of underside bottom pattern.

3. Pin & sew along all four edges using preferred seam allowance (I used 1/4″) and be sure to leave a 4″ opening for turning.

*I opted to utilize my walking foot attachment for this project, however it’s not necessary. A walking foot attachment has a feed dog that moves the upper fabric while the lower feed dog moves the lower fabric. This keeps the fabrics together when many layers are stitched, important when quilting and equally when sewing with jersey knit material (tshirts) to keep from puckering. 

4. Snip and flip. After trimming corners, turn your project right side out. Then press, tucking in raw edge (pin that) and also fusing the Peltex®. 

5. Topstitch around the edges, this will also finish the closing you used for turning.

6. Pinch corner and sew. Repeat x4. If you use the Peltex®, you’ll be able to feel it and pinch there- if you opted not to use Peltex® it’s approximately 1″ to 1.5″ in from the corner. You could also hand stitch this with embroidery floss.

And there you have it, a finished t-shirt tray. In my opinion, the perfect catch all for  those playmobile and legos I step on find around the house. They’re also great for organizing a craft drawer, sock drawer, coloring books/magazines, and if you happen to be a crafterprenuer too, it’s  an excellent way to display products at an upcoming show. 
 
Share your finished upcycled projects with us by tagging @PellonProjects and @TrashN2Tees on Instagram and Twitter with hashtag #RetreadYourThreads. I hope you’ll join me back here next Monday for more, but until then find Retread Your Thread Project inspiration on Pinterest.

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Thanks so much Jenelle! We are loving these T-Shirt trays!! For all of your crafters who are following along, Earth Day is April 22. How will you give back?

About Jenelle: (in her words)
Hi! I’m Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores… I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills. I’ve been called a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. You can find out more about my commitment by visiting  www.trashn2tees.com.

Find Jenelle online: Website :: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram :: Pinterest :: Etsy




Retread Your Threads: Triangle Tee

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In the spirit of Earth month, we’re hoping to post a handful of fun, quick & easy tutorials for how to use something old + a little bit of Pellon® to make something brand new! You’ll see new posts from designer Jenelle Montilone of TrashN2Tees every Monday and we’ll pepper in a few more throughout the week;). Have fun and happy re-purposing!!

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The Triangle Tee

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 T-Shirt (I used a Men’s size L tee so that I could size down)
  • Pellon® 805 Wonder-Under®
  • Fabric Scraps (I used three different patterns)
  • Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

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— Start by turning your tee inside out. Try it on and, using pins, make marks where you’ll need to alter the sleeves, the sides and the bottom.

— Lay the t-shirt out on a flat surface. Using the pins as a guide, draw lines along the sleeves and down the sides of the tee. I like to pin the shirt in place along the lines to prevent shifting. Cut a band off the bottom of the tee about 1” below the mark. This will be hemmed later.

— Sew along the lines, backstitching at the start and finish to secure the stitches.

— Cut off the excess material about a ¼” outside the stitched line.

— Pin the neckline together, making sure to line up the shoulder seams. Draw a line for your neckline. I did a ‘V’, but you could also do a scoop neck, a boat neck, or a wider crew. Cut about 1” outside the line (toward the original neckline). This will be hemmed later.

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— Fold up the bottom of the tee by ½” and press. Fold up another ½” and pin. Sew in place to create your bottom hem. I like to use a zig-zag stitch here as it allows the material to stretch.

— Follow the same process with the neckline, but stitch in place using a straight stitch for a clean finish.

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— Turn your tee right side out and admire!

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— Cut 1 4” x 6” rectangle from each of your fabrics. Cut 3 4” x 6” rectangles of the Wonder-Under®.

— Place the Wonder-Under® rough side up on your ironing board and lay your fabric on top, right side up. Cover with a cloth and press firmly with a dry iron for about 8-10 seconds. Do this for each fabric.

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— Cut out a triangle shape from a piece of cardstock (or simply draw your own design). Trace the triangle shape onto the paper back of the Wonder-Under® (on the back side of the fabric). Trace as many as you’d like.

— Carefully cut all triangles out on the drawn lines.

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— Remove the paper-back from the Wonder-Under®. I find that scoring the paper lightly with a pin sometimes helps to get the process started. Think of it as removing the paper off the back of a sticker.

— Arrange the triangles however you’d like with the Wonder-Under® against the front of the t-shirt.

— Cover the triangles with a cloth, spray the cloth with water from your iron to dampen, and firmly press in place for about 8-10 seconds. Repeat this process until all triangles are fused to the t-shirt.

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— Put your new t-shirt on and flaunt it around town!!

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See you on Monday for a brand new tutorial from Jenelle!