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One of the featured projects this month is a cute door sign or away message. Now you'll know if your little (or grown-up) zombie is in or out. Hang it on a doorknob or a computer. The bat-shaped felt piece came from a craft store's Halloween section, but you can make any shape. The sign is made in no-time thanks to Kreinik Iron-on Threads (and we used glow in the dark colors). 

What, you've never heard of iron-on threads? They couldn't be any easier - you get the look of thread embroidery in less time; the fiber has a heat-activated adhesive that sticks to a surface when you use an iron. Don't believe how easy that sounds? Watch this video as we make the Zombie Away Message.

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Zombie Away Message

Materials needed:
  • Felt bat shape (we bought ours at Michaels Arts & Crafts Store)
  • Kreinik Iron-on 1/8" Ribbon in colors 6700 Cantaloupe, 6720 Honeydew
  • Kreinik Iron-on #16 Braid in color 6710 Coconut
  • Kreinik Adhesive Press Cloth (size small to fit a small craft iron)
  • Mini Craft Iron or household iron
  • For the trim: Kreinik Custom Corder, one spool Kreinik Medium #16 Braid in 005 Black and one spool of 100 White, black sewing thread
  • Template with words (PDF download)
  • white or other light colored pencil
  1. While your iron is cool, cover the plate with the Adhesive Press Cloth. This surface will keep the adhesive in the thread from sticking to your iron. Some household irons are already coated with non--stick surface, but most craft irons are not coated. 
  2. Turn on your iron to the highest heat setting and let it heat thoroughly.
  3. Using the template as a guide, trace or copy the words onto each side of the felt bat piece. 
  4. Using one color of iron-on thread per word, begin ironing. Put the thread at a starting point, cover with your hot iron, and hold for several seconds until the thread adheres. Continue working this way as you iron on the thread in your design.
  5. Make cording using the Custom Corder, following the directions that come with the tool, using the black and white Braid. Sew to your felt bat to be a hanger.

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