Penguin Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Here’s a perfect, quick-and simple design to create if you’re new to cross-stitch or need a last-minute gift idea.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White 18-count Fringed Aida Bookmark, 1-7/8”x6-1/4”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Print pattern and key.

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric.

Tip

To find center of bookmark, fold in half and in half again in opposite direction. Mark center with contrasting thread.

by Charles Craft

 

Givin’ Me Fever Knitted Pom-Pom Hat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pairing the luscious combo of silk and alpaca with the funky texture of mohair, this hat is sure to turn heads and raise temperatures wherever you go. So get ready to perk up those gray winter days with this bold, cozy knitting project!

 

Materials

  • Kollabora Let’s Shag Mohair Yarn: Chrome Scooter, two skeins; Strawberry Alarm Clock, one skein
  • Kollabora Like a Rolling Stone Smoke Quartz Silk & Baby Alpaca Yarn, one skein

Tools

  • Knitting needles: size 8 (or any size needed to obtain gauge); size 10 for knitting in the round (or any size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Pom-pom maker, extra large

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure

Abbreviations

BO = Bind off
CO = Cast on
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 together (decrease)
P = Purl
P2tog = Purl 2 together (decrease)
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
RS = Right side
st(s) = stitch(es)

Directions

Size

One size fits most.

Gauge

20 sts in garter ridge rib pattern (holding one strand each of CA and CB and using smaller needles) = 4″. For best results, check gauge. (Note: Brim band should measure 1.75” wide. Designer used 36″ circular knitting needles along with the “magic loop” method, but a set of double-pointed needles will do.) 

Special Stitches

  • Garter Ridge Rib (knit flat) – Row 1: (RS) K1, (p1, k2) twice, p1, k1. Row 2: K2, (p2, k1) twice, k1. Row 3: Repeat Row 1. Row 4: Knit. Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.
  • 3 x 2 Rib (knit in the round) – Rnd 1: (RS) K3, p2. Repeat Rnd 1 for pattern.

(Note: Chrome Scooter (CA), Smoke Quartz (CB), and Strawberry Alarm Clock (CC) throughout. Brim band is knit flat in a strip and then seamed. The rest of hat is worked in the round from the brim band up to the crown.)

Hat Brim Band

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CB together and using smaller needles, CO 9.

2. Follow Garter Ridge Rib pattern until band measures approximately 22” long, ending after Row 3. BO loosely, following pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tails.

3. With RS facing and short edges together, use yarn needle to sew edge closed with yarn tails.

4. With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on wrong side. Turn brim band facing out (right side out).

Hat Body

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CC together and using larger needles, begin next to the seam and pick up 80 sts evenly along the long edge of brim band. Place marker and begin working in the round.

2. Follow 3 x 2 Rib pattern, moving marker each round. Continue until hat measures approximately 7.5”, including brim band.

Shape Crown

1. Rnd 1: *K2tog, k1, p2. Repeat from * around. (64 sts)

2. Rnd 2: *K2, p2. Repeat from * around.

3. Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2.

4. Rnd 4: *K2, p2tog. Repeat from * around. (48 sts)

5. Rnd 5: *K2, p1. Repeat from * around.

6. Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 5.

7. Rnd 7: *K2tog, p1. Repeat from * around. (32 sts)

8. Rnd 8: K2tog around. (16 sts)

9. Rnd 9: K2tog around. (8 sts)

10. Fasten off with long yarn tails. Thread yarn tails through yarn needle. Pull yarn tails firmly through sts several times, drawing tightly to close crown. Remove sts from needle. Finish off by weaving yarn tails inside of hat.

Pom-Pom

1. Holding one strand each of CA and CC, follow manufacturer’s instructions to create pom-pom.

2. Fasten off with long yarn tails. Thread yarn tails through yarn needle. Position pom-pom at top of crown; use yarn needle and yarn tails to sew pom-pom to hat. Finish off by weaving yarn tails inside of hat.

Tip

Learn how to make your own pom-pom maker from cardboard at: http://bit.ly/DIYpompom.

by Marie Segares for Kollabora (http://www.kollabora.com)

Felt Snowman Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This cozy tote is perfect for all your little essentials. It’s fuzzy. It’s fun. And it’s oh-so-easy to make!

Materials

  • Wool felt: light blue, 1⁄2 yard; white, grey, scraps
  • White flat buttons, 1⁄2″, five
  • Black beads, 1⁄8″, six
  • Bright blue 6-strand embroidery floss
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Cardboard, 2-1⁄2″x8-3⁄4″ (optional)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Liqui-Fuse

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, clothes dryer

Directions

(Note: Use three strands floss for all blanket stitching and one strand pearl cotton for all stem stitching.)

1. Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: For best results, wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

2. Cut the following light blue rectangles: two 8″x9″ (front and back); two 3″x8″ (sides); 3″x9″ (bottom); two 1″x8″ (handles). Print pattern. Cut snowman (in one piece) from white and scarf from grey.

3. Use Liqui-Fuse to adhere snowman and scarf to front of bag. Transfer details. Blanket stitch around snowman edges and over scarf. Stem stitch mouth and arms. Use pearl cotton to sew beads to eyes, nose, and chest. Use floss to sew button to scarf.

4. Blanket stitch sides to bottom ends and front and back to side/bottom strip with right sides facing out. Blanket stitch across top edges of bag.

5. Fold handle in half lengthwise; blanket stitch along raw edge. Use floss to sew buttons to handle ends, attaching them to top front and back of bag, 2-1⁄2″ from sides.

Tip

To make bag stand, place cardboard rectangle in bottom of bag.

by Mary Ayres

Clay Snow Angel Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Sitting atop an ice cube, this little snow angel is trying to keep its cool! This ornament would make the perfect gift for that someone special!

Materials

  • Clear acrylic cube, 1” square
  • Oven-bake polymer clay: white, orange
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Black seed beads, two
  • Ribbon: gold, 1⁄4” wide, 6” length; iridescent, 3⁄4” wide, 8” length
  • Gold craft wire, 20-gauge, 4” length

Tools

  • Textured snow paint
  • Spray matte sealer
  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or rolling pin
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Clay needle tool or toothpick
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay.

STEP 2

For body, roll a 1” ball from White; press into pear shape and press onto cube.

STEP 3

For legs, roll two 1-1⁄2”-long, 11⁄16”-diameter tapered logs from White. Shape wide ends into feet and press narrow ends against body at base so feet rest at sides of cube. Use toothpick or clay needle tool to press snowflake design in bottom of each foot.

STEP 4

For arms, roll two 9⁄16” White tapered logs. Gently flatten wide ends to 1⁄4” thickness. Pinch and pull gently on one side of each to shape thumbs. Press narrow ends against body at shoulders; arrange hands on cube.

STEP 5

For head, roll 7⁄8” White ball; press to body. Use clay needle tool or toothpick to position beads sideways into face for eyes. Draw, and gently press, smile below eyes, pinching slightly at center for open mouth; indent smile ends. Roll 1⁄8” orange ball for nose; press to face. Apply chalk or blush to cheeks.

STEP 6

For halo, twist wire to form small loop at end. Bend loop forward and insert halo into head. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake snow angel; let cool.

STEP 7

Cover cube with masking tape. Spray snow angel with sealer. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter; remove tape. Apply snow paint to halo. Tie gold ribbon into bow around neck. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to back for wings.

by Shelly Comiskey

Decemburrr!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Decemburrr is here! With snowflakes swirling about, this adorable snowman is sure to be the hit of your holiday décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports 14-count Wedgewood Aida, 11”x12”
  • DMC: 6-strand Embroidery Floss, 6-strand Light Effects Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament
  • Wichelt Imports Mill Hill Treasures Metallic Snowflake Embellishment, Crystal Seed Beads

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Half Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Straight Stitch: 1 strand

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4-1/8”x5-1/2”; stitch count: 58 w x 78 h

Snowman

1. Print key and pattern.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Embellish several stitches on snowman’s face and body with one strand Kreinik Blending Filament #032 (Pearl) with cross-stitches sewn over existing cross-stitches.

4. Sew one Mill Hill Metallic Snowflake #15001 with two strands DMC B5200 (Snow White) and one Mill Hill Glass Seed Bead #00161 (Crystal) for each snowflake. (Note: Snowflakes come four to package.)

by Janis Lockhart for Cross-Point Designs

Snowman Lawn Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Let it Snow! This cheery fellow is a fun way to greet your guests during the holidays with wishes for the winter season!

Materials

  • Metal bucket, 10” tall
  • Wooden items: fence post, 54” tall; plaques, 1⁄4” thick, 3”x10”, 3”x12”, 3”x14”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Pumpkin, Hydrangea Pink, Black, Opaque Yellow, Opaque Red, Rhythm in Blue
  • Fleece fabric: red, 3⁄4 yard; blue, 1⁄4 yard
  • Yellow rick rack, 5⁄8” wide, 32” length
  • Ribbon: green polka dot grosgrain, 1” wide, 18” length; yellow satin, 1⁄4” wide, 8” lengths, two
  • Buttons: red, white, 1⁄2”; white snowflakes, 3⁄4”, six
  • Artificial greenery, small amount

Tools

  • Delta Stencil Magic Whimsical Dot Alphabet Stencil Mania Stencil
  • Delta Stencil Magic Stamp and Stencil Sponges
  • Delta: Metal Primer, Exterior/Interior Varnish, All-Purpose Sealer
  • Hammer and nails
  • Adhesives: Delta Sobo Glue, masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to post and primer to bucket. Basecoat post and bucket White, small plaque Opaque Yellow, medium plaque Opaque Red, and large plaque Rhythm ‘N Blue.

STEP 2

For signs, position stencil on plaque; secure with masking tape. Stencil lettering White. Paint White wavy lines around edges and add White dots to Rhythm ‘N Blue sign.

STEP 3

Print pattern. Transfer details to bucket. Paint cheeks Hydrangea Pink and nose Pumpkin. Add Tangerine details to nose and paint eyes and mouth Black. Add White highlight dots to eyes and cheeks.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply varnish to signs and bucket.

STEP 5

For hat, position red fleece around bucket with 1” overlapping at back; glue in place. Roll up 3” to make cuff; glue hat to bucket and rick rack around cuff line. Stuff hat with plastic bags. Gather hat at top; tie green ribbon bow. Thread yellow ribbon through white button; tie bow. Glue button to green bow. For fringe, trim fleece above bow to 4”; cut 1”-wide fringe.

STEP 6

For scarf, tie blue fleece around bucket; knot and spot glue. For fringe, cut 4” slits, 1” apart, in scarf ends. Thread yellow ribbon through red button; knot and tie bow. Glue greenery to face, button to greenery, and snowflake buttons to greenery and scarf.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, nail signs to post. Adhere bucket onto top of post.

by Cheryl Ball for Delta Technical Coatings, Inc.

 

Bubba The Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter is on its way! With a belly full of rice, this adorable snowman is perfect for kids to create as a holiday decoration or thoughtful gift.

Materials

  • Recycled white tube sock
  • Recycled print socks
  • Fleece, in print of choice: 1”x9”
  • Pom-poms
  • Kitty litter or dried rice

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: black, orange
  • Pink powdered blush
  • Thick craft glue or fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), rubber bands

Directions

Note

Directions are for one snowman.

Snowman

1. Fill tube sock 1/3 full with kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. Add more kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. (Add more if making three-circle snowman.)

2. For hat, cut foot from recycled print sock. Position top portion of sock (hat) on top of snowman body. Gather and adhere top edge of hat together. Adhere pom-poms to top of hat.

3. On covered work surface, paint nose orange and dot eyes and mouth black. Let dry.

4. For scarf, measure and cut 1”x9” fleece strip. Tie scarf around neck; snip ends to create fringe.

5. Use sponge scrap to lightly blush cheeks pink.

by Florence Tebbets

Ribbon Obsession

I am a self-confessed ribbon-aholic! I have more ribbon than any crafter has a right to own. I am sure I use ribbon on 95% of my projects and the more ribbon I use, the more I purchase. How can I resist? Ribbon is beautiful. Ribbon comes in many colors. Ribbon is versatile. Ribbon is easy to incorporate into many types of crafting. Look how I used ribbon two ways on the card below.

I created a double bow with two shades of gold ribbon, and I pleated some brown ribbon at the bottom of the card. Nothing jazzes up cards, tags, and scrapbook pages quite like ribbon.

Happy harvest Materials List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Coffee, X-Press It White Blending Card
  • Echo Park Paper Co. This & That Charming Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims: Diamond Satin in Turftan Brown, Old Gold, and Yellow Gold; Natural Hemp
  • Brown button
  • SpellbindersGrand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Dies: Standard Circles SM and LG, Classic Ovals LG, Classic Scalloped Ovals LG, Lacey Ovals
  • Stamps: Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
  • .Too Marker Corp.COPIC Markers
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Glue

One of my favorite places to purchase ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon (www.reasonableribbon.com). They have a unique selection, reasonable prices, fast shipping, and great customer service.

Really Reasonable Ribbon has been meeting the ribbon needs of crafters, wedding planners, rubber stampers, scrapbookers, and the artistic community for over 10 years. We offer great wholesale pricing on full spools of many of our styles, and “really reasonable” discount retail pricing on ribbon by the yard.

Our large selection of ribbon styles includes a variety of colors and widths in grosgrain, organza, gingham, satin, ric rac, twill tape, velvet, bakers twine, jute, and much more.

Here is what the owner, Bonnie Garby, had to say:

I took over as owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, located in New York, in January 2010, from my good friend Debbie who was ready to retire. I had worked with her for two years prior to becoming the new owner. When I took over the business, I was leaving a job where I was not exactly happy. Since taking over RRR, it has been a pleasure to work for myself. I have been crafting my whole life, starting with rubber stamping in 1995. The ribbon business seemed like a perfect match for me because I get to shop for terrific new ribbon for a living! It is so fun to be surrounded by crafty stuff and call it my job!

Bonnie has graciously donated TWO ribbon assortments from the RRR Ribbon Club to one lucky winner!

To enter your name for this fantastic prize, leave a comment on this post telling us why you love ribbon! We will draw one lucky winner and post the winner’s name on November 19th!

Here is a card I made using the October Ribbon Club selection. These lovely Christmas-themed ribbons and laces are simply stunning.

 MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS MATERIALS LIST:  

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Crimson, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Authentique Wonder Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Really Resonable Ribbon Trims: October Ribbon Club Collection, Christmas Baker’s Twine
  • Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Pure Poppy Button
  • SpellbindersGrand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Nestabilities Standard Circles SM, Classic Scalloped Circles SM, Classic Rectangles LG, Classic Scalloped Rectangle LG; Shapeabilities Holly Motifs
  • Hampton ArtStamps: Hot Fudge Studio Reindeer, Art Warehosue Holiday Dreams and Wishes
  • Ink Pads: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Old Paper
  • Sakura of America Star Dust Gelly Roll Pen
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Glue

Please leave a comment here to enter to win this prize! And stop by to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration, blog hops, and challenges!

Many Blessings,

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Fall Bake Sale Treats

Hello there! I’m so excited to be joining you with my first post as part of the Crafts ’n things Blog Team. My name is Alice Golden and I live in Massachusetts with my husband of 23 years, three teenage boys, a dog and two cats. I’ve loved arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my youngest son was born 13 years ago that I started working in the industry. One of my favorite things about my job is teaching classes, so I was thrilled when Crafts ’n things asked if I would be interested in sharing ideas with their readers twice a month on this brand new blog.

Today I have some ideas that combine two of my favorite hobbies – baking and paper crafting. It seems like fall is full of opportunities for creating yummy baked goods. Whether it is making a treat for a friend, goodies for a class party, or something special for a family celebration, a homemade delicacy is always sure to delight.

For many school organizations and community groups a national election is a fundraising opportunity not to be missed. Next Tuesday here in the U.S., in addition to choosing the next President, you’ll most likely be faced with lots of tasty choices at the ubiquitous Election Day Bake Sale. If you are helping out with a bake sale, I have a few ways for you to put your crafting skills to good use.

By using a few inexpensive paper goods and craft supplies – many are probably things you already have on hand – you can turn a humble cookie, brownie, or loaf of bread into something that looks like it came from a high-end bakery… and will get top dollar at your bake sale.

Using cellophane bags – not thin plastic ones, but the stiffer ones that make a crinkling sound – makes a huge difference. You can find them in a variety of sizes and they don’t cost that much… on average just a few cents each. I got these from ClearBags.com.

I also like using glassine bags. Many online retailers carry these – try searching for “glassine envelopes” or “glassine sleeves”. I used a glue stick to attach the strip of red and white paper to the top of the bag for a custom look.

I found these unbleached, natural waxed paper bags at my local grocery store for less than 5 cents each. A circle punch and sticker help to quickly make a label.

There are usually a lot of kids in tow with their parents, so having a few items geared to the younger crowd is a good idea.

Miniature loaves of bread always seem to be a big hit at bake sales. Cover up plastic wrap with strips of patterned paper, ribbons, and a tag.

This is a great way to use up paper scraps too… even a 1” wide strip of paper can come in handy. Don’t have any ribbon on hand? Try using inexpensive jute garden twine instead for a rustic look. You can create your own tag using punches or die cuts, or use a pre-made tag from the office supply store.

If you are making lots of one thing, use your computer and printer to create labels. Print an entire sheet and then punch or die cut one at a time (this is a perfect job to do while catching up on your favorite fall television shows).

If you are using a die that you can’t see through, try creating a template out of a scrap of cardstock. Place the opening over the spot you want to cut and then use that to help position the die.

I cut a slit in the template to make it easier to remove when the die is in place. I also use a piece of tape to help hold the die in place.

Who could resist a brownie wrapped up in parchment paper and tied with baker’s twine? The tag came from the office supply store.

Hope I have given you some useful ideas today… at the very least, I bet I’ve made you hungry! Please take a minute to say hello and let us know what types of projects you would be most interested in seeing in the future.

Happy Halloween!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.typepad.com)

 

Quick Knit Fingerless Gloves

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

When the cold wind starts blowing, these fingerless gloves are a sure way to keep your hands warm and fingers free. From only one skein of yarn, you can knit several pairs!

Materials

  • Coats & Clark Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: Pretty ’n Pink (solid) or Pink Camo (multi-colored), 1 skein

Tools

  • Knitting needles, size 8
  • Sewing needle and coordinating thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

One size fits most adult women or teens.

Gauge

15 sts = 4”; 21 rows = 4”

Gloves

1. Cast on 30 sts.

2. Work in St st (K 1 row, P 1 row) to 8”. End P row. Bind off.

Finishing

1. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew seam 5” from one edge and 2” from opposite edge, leaving 1-1/2” opening for thumb.

2. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

by Kathleen Sams for Coats & Clark