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pocket stencil blog hop – cable tamer tutorial & giveaway! :)

The wonderfully creative folks over at Artistcellar have come out with some more stencils that had me flinging paint like a wild woman. (They are making me a complete stencil junkie and really, I have no complaints.) This time they are called Pocket Stencils and their tagline is BIG IDEAS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. Truer words have never been spoken.  And can I just say that they are super adorable?


Before I get rolling with my tutorials (this is a long post, I went wild), I want to mention that there is a blog tour going on for these lovelies and at each stop there is a giveaway for one set of Pocket Stencils of your choosing. So leave a comment on this post by noon EST on Sunday June 8 and I’ll pick a winner. And to increase your chances of snagging a set, swing on by the other artists on the hop to get in on their drawings. Plus they have also done projects for lots of ideas on what you can do with them so you’ll want to see that too, good stuff going on there:

May 31 – Lisa Cousineau

June 1 – Belinda Spiwak

June 2 – Amy O’Toole

June 3 – Lea Cioci

June 4 – me 🙂

June 5 – Effy Wild

June 6 – Tamara Laporte


These little darlings are ATC sized and have holes punched in a  corner so you can put them on a ring to keep them tidy. (They think of everything.) Their small stature really inspired me because I had a project in mind for a while now but just wasn’t sure what I wanted to print on them. Ever heard of Cable Tamers? They help hold your charging cables for your phones, tablets, etc and earbuds in a neat little bundle so you don’t look like a crazy woman trying to untangle it from the depths of your purse.

They are small, simple and while there are plenty out there to buy, I have a studio full of fabric and paint and snaps and I’m not afraid to use them. Enter Artistcellar’s Pocket Stencils and I also had the perfectly sized graphic to print on them. I made these:


(My earbuds are little russian nesting dolls. They’re quirky and I think music sounds better through them.)

Let me show you how easy they are to make. You need felt, size 1 snaps, thread to sew on the snaps, Pocket Stencils, a sponge brush and paint:


I ended up using the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue words on another project (shown after this one). So many cool choices, I want to stencil everything now.

To make your Cable Tamer, do the following:

(1) Cut a strip of felt 1.5″ wide x 4″ long.

(2) Choose a groovy stencil and using a sponge brush and paint, add your design to the felt:






I have to admit that I’ve not printed on felt before. I always figured it would act like a sponge and just suck up all the paint. To an extent it kind of did but it wasn’t so horrible that it disappeared like I dreaded. I will mention though that the blue paint on the yellow felt is textile paint and the orange paint on the red felt is just craft acrylic. After they dried, the blue stayed flexible and I found a couple little peeling spots on the orange. So for this particular project, it does matter if you use textile paint or not.

3) Flip the strip over to the unprinted side (after it’s dry, of course) and sew on the snaps. Position them about a quarter of an inch from the edge in the center of the width:



I’m in love with the final result:


So simple but so useful. Felt is kind of stretchy so I expect over time these may get a little distorted. But I can make replacements very easily so I’m not worried about it.

Now I didn’t stop there, and decided I wanted a slow stitching project that is the complete opposite of the Cable Tamers. I made some Meditation Cloth with the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue Words sets:


What in the world is Meditation Cloth? It’s one of the projects in my book, Intentional Printing. I refer to it as my free therapy. Because these are created for no other purpose then because you want to make them and they take a long time to complete. Perfect for all those spare moments while waiting for appointments or after a long day and you’re wound so tight you can’t see straight. (It’s calorie free too in case you enjoy the occasional wine or chocolate as stress relievers.)

I had some fabric left from a book sample that had large sweeping arcs of chartreuse paint on it. I took each one of the Chakra stencils and printed them in different colors on the fabric:


Aren’t they intoxicating? Pattern and rhythm and lots of good vibes going on there.

After they dried, I took white paint and printed the words over top of everything:


I LOVE the words. They speak to a very peaceful frame of mind and since Meditation Cloth is meant to take a long time to finish, I love that I will get to look at them and really think about what they mean to me.

I started the stitching for this piece before printing the words by running it quickly through the sewing machine. I like to do a combination of machine and hand stitching on these, lends some great texture.

I grabbed a variegated Aurifil thread and began hand stitching on small section:


Slow. Steady. Meditation through thread and fabric. Bliss. 🙂

How can you not be inspired with tools like this to work with? They’re incredibly versatile, I have every confidence that you’ll love them as much as I do. Got any ideas, yet? 🙂



73 Responses to pocket stencil blog hop – cable tamer tutorial & giveaway! :)

  1. Candice June 4, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    I love what you have done with these stencils, especially the meditation cloth!

  2. Deb H June 4, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Love these! I can’t wait to make a dozen or 6. Thanks so much for the artsy way to tame the tangle 🙂

  3. Liz Lumsden June 4, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Love your projects! I love this pocket stencils, I can imagine all kinds of uses for them.

  4. Arlene Holtz June 4, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I love your meditation cloth.. Love the idea of spending time on it hand-stitching and focusing on the words and symbols on it. Really nice idea. I can see you don’t “need” to have a use for the cloth afterwards, but it could be used for something too! Thanks for sharing this idea. Love those chakra stencils.

  5. Jay June 4, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Another fabulous blog….so full of creativity and instruction! Thanks! And I just recently started a course on Meditation so love the chakras!

  6. Robyn C. June 4, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Those cable wranglers are GENIUS! What a great idea! And I love the idea of a meditation cloth. Great use of the stencils.

  7. Gisela Towner June 4, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Sweet! Love that cute little size.
    I’ve become a stencil junkie too. I bought a Silhouette cutter last year and have amassed a huge binder of stencils — very addictive!

  8. Emmie Seaman June 4, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    The stencil are great and love what you’ve done with them.

  9. Debbie St.Germain June 4, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    I love working with stencils and this looks like a fun way to work on fabrics, with fun designs.
    Love how your pieces came out.


  10. Frieda Oxenham June 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    As soon as I had read your post I felt an urgent desire for these little beauties, so fingers crossed. Love the idea of the cable tamers.

  11. upstatelisa June 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    how cool are those stencils! great ideas! and I loooooove those earbuds!!!!!!!

  12. Robbie payne June 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    They are adorable!! As is your ‘output’ using them!! Typical Lynn! So cool!

  13. Kathy Christian June 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Clever little stencils and clever projects to use them on!

  14. ros June 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    love these stencils so handy to carry around with you

  15. elle June 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    These are very cool little stencils. Great many ideas swirling!!!

  16. Cheri June 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    These stencils would be nice for my “collection”.

  17. Gill June 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I love your meditation cloth – fabulous!

    • Mary Ann Littlejohn June 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

      I need to add a name to mine. We have so many we have troble identifying them sometimes.

  18. Jeannie June 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    What is it with mini things that make us a squealy with delight? I love the concept and the Chakra stencils are perfect for an idea I have. Thanks for the tutorial! You’re the best!

  19. Sandy June 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    I love stencils — so versatile, and you can get great effects with them. I love using them on fabric.

  20. mjkasz June 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Love the pocket stencils words and the gear and key have so many possibilities! I would love to create with these!

  21. Lissa June 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    These are adorable

  22. Carol June 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    I need to learn how to use stencils. I never think of using them

  23. Jean K. June 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Wonderful possibilities with these stencils.

  24. Patty June 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Would love to experiment with your pocket stencils.

  25. MelodyJ June 5, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    You did some really fun things with these stencils.

  26. Raine June 5, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    These are wonderful!

  27. ashley June 5, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Oh, I love what you did with these stencils.

  28. Cathy June 5, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Love love love the cable tamer idea and so many variations that it could be used for and the small stencils are just the right size!! Learning so much through this blog hop…thank you for sharing!

  29. Iris June 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Thank you for the inspiration! I love how you’re applying this to textiles (which judging from your blog title is what you do, but I guess it’s kind of new to me because I usually work on canvas or in journals!). I also love how you made something that has an actual use.

  30. Mic June 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    You had me at cable warmers! Such a cool idea and the stencils are the perfect size! TFS!

  31. Tasha F June 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I love the cable tamer idea…quick and easy! Possible good for Father’s Day 🙂

  32. stefanie ladley June 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Wow! Loving all of these 🙂 so nice to see chakra ones too. Looking forward to the rest of the stops on the hop x

  33. Jo Murray June 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I’ve never heard of cable tamers…but what a great idea. It seems there is no end to what you can do with these neat little stencils. Love your chakra cloth too.

  34. Heather Warner-Ferguson June 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Love cable tamers- and never thought of doing them myself although they look pretty simple.. but now I am going to make them for everyone….. thanks! Also, love the idea of a meditation cloth- Awesome! Thank you!!!!

  35. Martice Smith II June 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Lynn, How cool are these stencils?! You’re tutorial is great and I like the fact that it’s functional. Good for everyday use. Thanks for sharing! The meditation cloth is intriguing, too.

  36. Lilian June 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I absolutely love these stencils – and what you’ve done with them.

  37. PJsArtFun L June 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I love the cable tamers, wow I could really use a lot of those. Great idea to use these small stencils on something like that!

  38. Shanti Day June 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Must… resist… stencils… too… cute… aaaargh……..

  39. Jennifer June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Love the meditation cloth! Very inspiring! I really want to try printing on cloth this summer in my backyard!

  40. Robin B. June 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    These stencils are wonderful and I love what you’ve done with them! Terrific!

  41. Karen Borusiewicz June 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I am so inspired… love what you did with these. Thinking a canvas messenger bag would be awesome with the stencils!

  42. Carola June 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh no! Can you use them on fabrics too??? Please tell me that I also get some extra time with it. Love al the possibilities 🙂

  43. Jacki Young June 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    You are so creative! I love these stencils.

  44. Kia June 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I love the cable tamers – I think I’m going to try this because I already have all the things to make them with — except for the stencils, of course!

  45. Janelle Marks June 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Very creative projects. Thanks for the ideas. These stencils are giving me a lot of ideas, I can’t wait to play with them.

  46. Tamiko McCurry June 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    such wonderful ways to use the stencils!! I would imagine the list could go on and on! Decorating cable tamers?? WOW!! How CLEVER are YOU!! I look about my computer area and I immediately think of all the little clevre wraps that would immediately clean up my area and cuten my space!! I have thought about using them with clay.. 🙂

  47. Nancy Wirt June 6, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Oh stencils, how I LOVE thee!!!

  48. Heather June 6, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    I love, love, love the idea with the felt. Great use of the stencils. They look like so much fun. 😉

  49. ambal June 6, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I have admired your work for quite awhile now, especially your color choices. Your use of these little stencils is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win some new toys.

  50. SueM June 6, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    What a great size -so portable and thanks off the opportunity to win a set!

  51. kathleen June 6, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Love, love, love the chakra stencils!

  52. susan salyer June 6, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    wonderful project and beautiful use of the clever little stencils.

  53. Cristiana June 6, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I love Mini Virtue Stencils set!
    Your project are gorgeous!

  54. Shirley Douglass June 6, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Love these stencils! What a great size 🙂

  55. Dee Wojciehowski June 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Love the Stencils – hope to use same soon.

  56. lacyquilter June 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    I love the cord holders

  57. Amy m June 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Love your creativity with these great stencils. The words really speak to me.

  58. Amy Weaver June 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    now that is my kind of meditation! love seeing all the wonderfully creative ways to use these little gems!!

  59. Pam Weiler June 7, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    I love your meditation cloth. I am going to try making one, even if I don’t a stencil set:)

  60. Kim Hine June 7, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    I would love a set of these stencils and I would love to try using them on fabric as you have done.
    Thanks for sharing.

  61. Kristin Langlais June 7, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Ooo I like how you used them on fabric!! the chakras and steampunk ones are my two favorite sets. They offer so much potential!

  62. Elaine June 7, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I love the chakra stencils!!!

  63. Franny June 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    I love the idea of painting on felt! So creative!

  64. Heather Ramsden June 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    What a great idea for sorting the wires, and good to know you can print onto felt too. Thanks for sharing, Lynn. 🙂

  65. Connie Deibler June 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Great creativity!

  66. Carol June 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Love the word stencils!

  67. Cindy Wagner June 8, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    What a creative use of the stencils… we all have cords and you’ve found a great way to store them. : ) I’d love to win a set of these stencils to use in my healing journal for therapy. Their happy positive energy and that’s what I need. Hugs!

  68. Carole Carlson June 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Very original! These do look like nice stencils, I may just turn into a stencil junkie too!

  69. Sarah Nickel Ellis September 2, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Book! Paint and Stencils! MEDITATION CLOTH!!! OMG WHAT an inspiration! Thanks so much, Lynn, you rock! Texas regards! <3

  70. Briana June 17, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    This Meditation Cloth is brilliant! I looooove it! Thanks for sharing all about it!

  71. Silk Dupatta November 9, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    Great tutorials, awesome stencils and beautiful guide. Thank you!


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