Quilted Charm Necklace

What crafter/artist/sewing enthusiast, etc. doesn’t keep all kinds of bits and baubles in their stash? As creative thinkers, we are hesitant to discard of anything that might be used in some random project in the near or even not so distant near future. This is what inspired me to create my Quilted Charm Necklace.

Quilted Charm Necklace

To make the quilted charms, simply raid your fabric stash scraps for any light colored cotton or muslin. Cut them into 2-1/2″ squares. You will need two squares for each charm. Then grab some really tiny strips of fused cotton muslin, a stamp pad,and some inspiring stamps, and stamp words using StazOn ink. Heat set the ink with an iron. Then fuse the stamped phases to one of the fabric squares by peeling off the paper backing and using the iron to fuse the fabric in place.

Gather some tiny bits of printed fabrics, beads, and wool felt die cuts. I used my Sizzix BigShot die-cutting machine and smaller dies to die cut flowers, vines, and leaves.

Embellish each charm as desired. Use your imagination. Use your bits and baubles leftover from other projects or even old repurposed charms and other jewelry bits, vintage fabrics, flat-backed stones… the sky is the limit when you are creating this quilted charm necklace! Once you have embellished each square to your liking, use the sewing machine to stitch items in place, adding a cool mixed media feel to your necklace. Beads will have to be hand-stitched using strong thread and a beading needle. Beadalon is a great source for these materials.

Now you are ready to assemble your quilted charms. Cut 2-1/4″ squares of interfacing that will serve to give “body” to each of your charms. Sandwich the interfacing between the two fabric squares and sew the edges together. I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each charm.

Use some jewelry chain, jump rings, and some assorted bits of beads and stones. Mine came from a pair of beaded sandals my aunt didn’t want to wear any longer. The lined crystals came from a favorite necklace that broke. Look around your stash of mis-matched earrings and broken jewelry stash and I will bet you will come up with all sorts of cool things for your Quilted Charm Necklace.

I hope this inspires you to think about unusual ways to mix mediums together and come up with some unique creations in 2014! I love quilting and I love jewelry so I thought of a way to marry the two. What do you love?

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Cloud Clay Embellished Cuff

Burlap is a very popular fabric to be working with right now. It’s got a very natural feel and inspires a lot of creative possibilities. I’ve been making a lot of things with burlap and today I’ve got a project that combines burlap with Cloud Clay!

Now these are two media that you may not consider combining in the same project but, in fact, they go quite well together. One of the features of Cloud Clay is its ability to stick to itself so for this project I wanted to apply the Cloud Clay to the fabric and the solution was to sandwich the fabric between two pieces of Cloud Clay.

As soon as two pieces of Cloud Clay are pressed together they’re only too happy to stick fast. Here’s how to use this feature to make a cute Cuff with Cloud Clay accents:

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: White,  Red
  • Burlap
  • Felt in colors of your choice – I used grey and two shades of pink
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

To begin, take a piece of burlap long enough to wrap around your wrist comfortably. Typically, you’ll want a little more than 8-9″ of burlap to start with. Pull some threads out of the burlap so the Cloud Clay can poke through the holes in the burlap and form a nice join with itself.

I pulled three long threads out of the middle of the burlap and then every eight threads on the short edge I pulled out another two threads. This gave me a nice even grid to work with. Depending on how coarse your burlap is, you may want to adjust the number of threads that you pull out. Basically, you need to make square holes smaller than the embellishments but large enough to get good adhesion for the clay.

Condition some White Cloud Clay so it is nice and pliable and then add a tiny piece of Red clay to it to make a pale pink color. Put some of this clay aside and add another small piece of Red Cloud Clay to the remaining pink clay and make a slightly darker pink clay. Continue until you have 3-4 shades of pink clay.

Pinch off small pea-size pieces of the colored Cloud Clay, roll them into small balls, and press them over the holes in the burlap, then flatten them slightly. Use a range of colors so you have a pattern of Cloud Clay pieces that go from light to dark and back again.

Now take some half pea-size pieces of Cloud Clay and roll them into balls. You’ll place these under the burlap directly under each of the Cloud Clay pieces and then press lightly to adhere them. Make sure the topmost flattened balls are nice and round as they’re the side that shows.

Because the Cloud Clay pieces are bigger than the holes in the burlap they won’t pull through it and the Cloud Clay pieces on the back will keep the pieces on the front in place and secure. Check that everything looks good and set aside to dry while you do the sewing.

For the cuff, take three pieces of wool felt and cut them into the lengths to use for the cuff. The inner piece (grey in this case) needs to be wider and slightly shorter than the outer pieces. You need to make the cuff large enough so that you can pull the cuff on and off your wrist without requiring a clasp but not so large that it falls off!

Start by sewing the gray felt into a circle to make the base of the cuff. Over the top of this add a piece of dark pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the grey felt. Sew it to the grey felt using small stitches and coordinating color thread.

On top of that, add another layer of lighter pink felt – it will be narrower and just a little bit longer than the previous piece of pink felt. Sew it in place.

Once the Cloud Clay on the burlap layer is dry, you can add it. Use small stitches and make a stitch over each of the burlap threads to make sure that the burlap won’t fray any further and to affix it to the felt layers below.

The finished cuff is a quaint and unusual mix of Cloud Clay, felt and burlap, a little bit chunky, and a lot of fun!

You could take this design idea a step further and instead of using small balls of clay, make your own molded embellishments by pressing small pieces of Cloud Clay into a mold. Place the molded shape on top of the burlap and press another piece of Cloud Clay to the back of it to make your piece is secure.

You can make your own molds using a molding compound and buttons or other found objects or you may find small molds used for candy making that will have nice design elements you can use.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (www.amaco.com)

Kit Club Winners!

Happy Tuesday, Crafters! It’s time to announce the THREE lucky winners of the kit club kits offered by Crafts ‘n things blogger Jill Cornell in her last blog post on October 8th. Read more about the fabulous Noel Mignon and Citrus Twist Kits monthly kit clubs here. Whether you’re a scrapper, card maker, or altered artist, you’ll love the abundance and style offered in these monthly kits. They are definitely worth a look!

As chosen by Random. org, the three winners and their kits are:

1) Red Jess won the Noel Mignon Union Square Kit.

2) Mary Ann won the Citrus Twist Kits Monthly Kit

3) Pam Payne won the Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit

Congratulations to all of our winners and a huge THANK YOU to Noel Mignon and Citrus Twist Kits for donating these amazing kits to Crafts ‘n things blog readers. Thanks to Jill for introducing us to both kit clubs, too! Please visit their websites for more information and tons of inspiring paper-crafting ideas.

Winners, we’ll contact you via email for your mailing addresses.

Happy Kit Club Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Celebrate National Sewing Month with Fiskars and WIN!

HAPPY NATIONAL SEWING MONTH, CRAFTERS! September is National Sewing Month and to celebrate, we’d like to invite you to post your favorite fabric projects to the new Community section of the Crafts ‘n things® website. You’ll need to register on the site; just click here and you’ll be on your way to sharing your favorite sewing projects with a community of creative souls just like you. While you’re there, click on the Newsletters tab to sign up for our free Craft of the Day emails, as well as notification when each new issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly goes live. We don’t want you to miss a minute of crafting inspiration!

Join in the excitement this month by visiting great craft industry manufacturers like Fiskars®. They’ll be celebrating all month long on their website, as well as on Facebook and other social channels. They are running an Instagram/Facebook contest in September which features ways to find inspiration for your sewing projects. It promises to be lots of creative fun! You’ll also find loads of inspiration on the Fiskars site. The Fiskars design team is one of the best, and they always provide great project ideas and tips.

Fiskars has just released their new Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears, which were used to create the darling upcycled Denim Pocket Banner shown above. Here’s a link to the project.

Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears are designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics. These premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks. Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, the shears sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through heavy materials. This amazing innovation in scissors technology means that sewing and quilting enthusiasts can expand creative boundaries and work with more adventurous materials than ever before.

The shears are fantastic with denim, canvas, and a host of other heavy-duty fabrics. Here’s another fabulous project available on the Fiskars site; it’s a floor cushion made from a rug! Pricey floor cushions can cost $40 and up, even at discount stores, but you can now make your own from a $5 throw rug and a few everyday supplies. How cool is that?! Here’s a link.

For a chance to WIN a pair of the new 8” Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears for yourself, leave a comment on this post by September 29th at midnight PST telling us what current sewing project you’re working on. Limit one entry per visitor, please.

For an EXTRA CHANCE TO WIN, be sure to “Like” Fiskars on Facebook. Click here. Add “I liked Fiskars” to your blog comment and you’ll be entered twice. Two lucky winners will be announced on our blog on Monday, September 30th.

Retail value of the shears is $29.99 and they can be ordered now on the Fiskars site www.fiskars.com or purchased at JoAnn stores. Shears feature a protective sheath to keep the blades safe and the shears come with a lifetime warranty.  Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control. The Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears belong in every fabric crafter’s toolbox.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Kit Club Winners!

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell here with you today to announce the lucky winners of the “A Closer Look at Kit Clubs” blog post contest. In my last post on July 16th, I announced that I would be profiling a few scrapbooking and paper crafting kit clubs in coming months. The first two clubs, Frog Dog Studio and Scrapbook Circle, are each giving away this month’s kit! Be sure to click this link to get all the details about both of these fun and inspiring kit clubs.

The winner of the Frog Dog Studio kit is Amy. The winner of the Scrapbook Circle kit is Jennie. Both winners were chosen using Random.org. Congratulations, Amy and Jennie! We will contact you by email with more information about your prizes.

Here’s another peek at both kits. The kit below is from Frog Dog Studio.

The Scrapbook Circle kit is shown below.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the post. Until next time, happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

 

Great Finds Friday: Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to introduce you to a brand-new product from Fiskars, maker of the famous orange-handled scissors we all know and love. Now, Fiskars has married innovative Amplify™ technology to their unique design to create an amazing new line of tools for mixed-media crafters.

Fiskars Brands, Inc., has one of the most enduring histories in the craft industry. Established in 1649, Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland. Yes, you read that correctly. . . 1649! To read more about their history, and their many modern achievements, visit their site. Learn how and why those famous handles got their color, too.

The “Original Orange-Handled Scissors” celebrated their 45th anniversary last year. First introduced in 1967, they provided the home seamstress and professional alike a lighter and more comfortable design.

In my home, and at Grandma’s house, they were known as “the good scissors” and were off-limits to the kids. I can’t tell you how grown-up I felt the first time I bought my own pair of orange-handled scissors. And I’ve guarded them with my life, just like Mom and Grandma.

I’m now the proud owner of several pairs of Fiskars scissors, including the new Amplify Mixed Media Shears. These premium shears are designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials like chipboard, corkboard, canvas, vinyl, leather, magnet, and more.  They also cut fabric and ribbon, so I don’t have to switch scissors midway through a project.

Amplify Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces (6”), all-purpose cutting (8”), and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts (10”). All shears include a sheath to protect the blades and all come with a lifetime warranty.

Here are photos of the 6” and 10” shears, as well as the protective sheath that comes with each pair. The sheath takes a little fine-motor coordination to remove, so little hands are less likely to come into contact with the blades, but they are very sharp and should be kept in a safe place.

Another thing that makes these shears so unique is that they sense blade separation as you’re cutting, and the design mechanism forces the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials. The tool does the work, saving strain on your hands and making every project more enjoyable to create.

Purchase Fiskars Amplify Shears at JoAnn Stores now, or on the Fiskars customer service page. Shears retail from $24.99 to $39.99 and come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re a mixed-media crafter, you may never need to buy another pair of scissors.

Watch for more information about Fiskars Amplify shears, including an exciting announcement, in early September on the blog as we celebrate National Sewing Month.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff