Santa Treat Sacks in the Embroidery Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This quick-and-easy in the hoop project is perfect for stocking stuffers or last minute gifts. Fill with small treats like candy, spools of thread, chapstick, or any other small gifts.

Materials

  • Acrylic or Wool Felt, 5”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Machine embroidery thread, 40-weight: red, green
  • Satin Ribbon, 1/4”, 12” length: red, green

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape

Directions

Treat Sack

(Note: All designs shown in main image are included in set. Directions apply to all designs.)

1. Hoop stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1, which stitches outline of treat sack.

2. Lightly spray wrong side of one felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place sticky side down in hoop, ensuring it completely covers outline of design.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which stitches felt to stabilizer. Run colors 3 and 4, which stitch the lettering on the design. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

4. Turn hoop over so BACK of hoop is visible. Lightly spray wrong side of 5”x5” felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place felt on back of hoop so it completely covers outline of design. Smooth with fingers to adhere felt.

5. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 5, which stitches the two pieces of felt together by outlining design. Remove hoop from machine.

6. Unhoop design and gently tear away all stabilizer from around design.

7. Using sharp scissors, trim around design using stitch line as guide, leaving about 1/4” of allowance outside the seam line as shown. Reach inside opening and gently tear away stabilizer inside sack. (Note: It may be easier to turn treat sack inside out to remove all stabilizer.)

8. Insert candies, gift card, spools of thread for your sewing friends, etc.

9. Pinch top of sack together with fingers and tie with one or two lengths of ribbon that match your sack.

Other Designs

  • Santa Treat Sacks In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set includes several different Christmas sayings. Quick and easy, make several in a very short time!

Tip

  • Felt will dull needles quickly. Be sure to change your embroidery needle often.

for Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

 

O Holy Night

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Easy-to-cut, self-adhesive, and removable, Silhouette vinyl is the perfect way to add your favorite quotes and designs directly to the walls of your home and projects. To get your Silhouette Holiday Sale discount, visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/black between November 28 and December 8 and enter promo code CNT upon checkout.

Materials

  • Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit
  • Ceramic tile
  • Picture easel

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Designs: Nativity Wisemen, Star

Directions

O Holy Night

1. Load vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo without cutting mat. Select “Silhouette Vinyl” in media menu of cut settings.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create and cut image in the Silhouette Studio software using Nativity Wisemen and star designs, plus font of choice for sentiment. After image is cut, remove vinyl from the Silhouette and peel away negative space, so all that remains on vinyl backing is design.

3. Cover vinyl design with section of transfer paper and smooth down using the Silhouette scraper tool.

4. Lift transfer paper off liner and arrange on tile. (Note: The vinyl design will be held in place making it easy to arrange on your tile.)

5. Rub vinyl firmly on clean, dry tile. Lift transfer paper, carefully making sure that all vinyl is stuck down.

6. Place tile on easel.

Tip

  • The vinyl starter kit contains all the materials you need to get started with vinyl décor, including four colors of premium vinyl, 10 feet of transfer paper, 10 vinyl designs, an instructional DVD, and Silhouette’s hook and scraper. Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl has a stronger adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s gentle enough for most indoor walls, but resilient enough to withstand the sun and weather.

for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Cardinal Greetings Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Recreate the feel of a walk through winter woods with this sparkling, embossed card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird
  • Red/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System and Distress Stripes A2 Embossing Folder
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment stamp
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers: Black, Red, Orange
  • Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, clear dots, Sakura of America Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters, scrap paper

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Cardinal Greetings Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” kraft side-fold card.

2. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock panel; emboss panel with Distress Stripes texture.

3. Stamp sentiment as shown.

4. Using photo as guide, highlight embossed “branches,” a few at a time, with glue pen; sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container.

5. Continue applying glue and glitter until background panel is complete.

6. Using wire cutters, snip legs from wooden bird. Color and shade bird with markers. Adhere to background panel with clear dots.

7. Wrap twine several times around base of panel, tying bow at right side. Adhere panel to card with foam dots.

Tip

  • Flip embossed panel horizontally to create snowy ground effect.

by Cary Eldred

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”

Materials

  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

3”x6”

Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Merry Christmas

With the holidays arriving so quickly, I decided to share a quick-and-easy holiday card that can be made within a few minutes.

Cut top-fold card base from white cardstock measuring 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. Stamp Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake using Versamark on front of card.

Use makeup sponge to apply Blue STAEDTLER Karat Pastel Chalk and smear over Versamark image.

Trim edges of card 1/8″ on both sides of snowflake.

Ink up IndigoBlu “Looks Like Rain, Dear” deer stamp with Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and stamp over snowflake.

Ink up Hero Arts sentiment using same ink and stamp on top left corner.

Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ from brown cardstock and mount to inside of front cover of card.

Accent with crystal gems.

A quick card to replicate and stock up for the holidays!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Holiday Wine Tags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a variety of holiday wine tags to toast your favorite host or hostess.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Primitive White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things My Favorite Felt: Wild Cherry, Gumdrop Green
  • Sequins

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Poinsettia, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase
  • Craft glue

Directions

Joy Tag

1. Using Let’s Toast Die-namics Die, die cut one wine bottle tag from Primitive White Cardstock.

2. Die cut two large and two small flowers from Wild Cherry Felt using Poinsettia Die-namics Die.

3. Die cut letters j, o, and y from Gumdrop Green Felt using High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase Die-namics Dies.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble poinsettia layers and adhere.

5. Adhere sequins to poinsettia center.

6. Adhere poinsettia to top left side of bottle tag.

7. Adhere “joy” letters to bottle tag.

Other Holiday Tags

Once you know the basics of assembly, have fun creating themed wine tags for a variety of gift-giving occasions. Use the supplies listed below and the photo as a guide to create these holiday tags.

Brr! Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, High-Rise Alphabet Lowercase; Let It Snowflake
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Limeade Buttons; My Favorite Felt Bubblegum, Gumdrop Green

Happy Holidays Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Black Licorice, Kraft, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Large Scale Backgrounds, Ornament Banner Builder, Sheet Music Background
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Jumbo Christmas Stocking
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Black Licorice, Sweet Tooth
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: Electric Red Buttons

Let’s Celebrate Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Steel Grey, Steel Blue
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Birthday Sentiments, Timeless, Cooper Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Stacking Stars
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Steel Grey
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Grapesicle

Thank You Tag

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Fuse Green
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Plaid Background Builder, Big Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Let’s Toast, Fall Leaves
  • My Favorite Things Ink: Hot Fudge, Fuse Green
  • Other My Favorite Things supplies: My Favorite Felt Hot Fudge, Tangy Orange Button, Hemp Cord

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

 

Stitched Holiday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple stitched details on a holiday card say how much you care. Spread the holiday cheer by sprucing up your season’s greetings to family and friends.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, red chevron textured, light green Swiss dot textured
  • Ribbon, red, 2” length
  • Silver brad
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Ornament Punch, 1-1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” red cardstock rectangle; score at 4-1/4” to make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 2-1/2”x3-1/2” white cardstock panel and 2-1/4”x3-1/4” light green cardstock panel. Notch bottom edge of white and green cardstock to create flag shape as shown.

STEP 3

Punch ornament into green cardstock as shown.

STEP 4

Lay green flag on top of white and lightly mark position of ornament opening.

STEP 5

Cut 2” length of ribbon. Position ribbon in center of marking.

STEP 6

Set VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that contrasts cardstock. Carefully stitch top and bottom of ribbon in place. (Note: The presser foot will guide cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 7

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching is done by reversing a few stitches on top of machine stitches at beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 8

Open card and lay flat. Position both flags flush to top edge of card fold as shown; sew straight stitch at 1/4” and 3/8” from scored fold line across top of flags.

STEP 9

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 10

Pierce hole for brad placement in center of ornament ribbon; insert brad. Re-fold card.

Tips

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching.
  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Advent Calendar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Count down to Christmas with this interactive Advent Calendar filled with hidden surprises.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Wild Cherry, Primitive White
  • Kraft paper or paper grocery bag
  • Advent items (to use as filler)

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Document It – Holiday Traditions, Sheet Music Background, Max Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Electric Red, Gumdrop Green
  • My Favorite Things Die-Namics LLD Accent-It Dies: Flags & Tags, Holiday Traditions Elements
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesives: strips, foam dimensional tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

Size

2-1/2”x4”

Advent Calendar

1. Using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Holiday Traditions Elements, die cut 25 circles from Primitive White cardstock. Die cut 13 Wild Cherry and 12 Gumdrop Green flags using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flags & Tags. Use paper trimmer to cut 25 panels of kraft paper measuring 4-1/4”x5-1/2”.

2. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp each kraft panel with Sheet Music Background.

3. Stamp each Primitive White circle with the “Dec” sentiment, using Gumdrop Green ink for 12 and Electric Red ink for 13. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp numbers 1 through 25 on each circle with Max Alphabet stamps.

4. On back of kraft panel, apply adhesive strip along one short side. Apply second strip halfway up long side from corner of first strip. Apply third adhesive strip in center of opposite long side.

5. Remove backing from short side adhesive strip and adhere short ends together to form cylinder.

6. Remove backing from second strip and press end of cylinder closed. Fill cylinder with desired Advent items (candy, bible verse, etc.)

7. Remove backing from third piece and press packet closed in opposite direction as first end.

8. Reinforce each end by crimping 1/2”.

9. Repeat Steps 4-8 for all kraft panels.

10. Staple one Accent It Flag to end of each container.

11. Adhere Accent It Holiday Traditions stamped circle to top of each flag using foam tape.

Tip

  • To hang Advent Calendar containers on a tree or banner, add a loop of string around the foam tape before adhering the medallion to the container.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Machine Embroidery Gift Card Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Give gift cards a personal touch this holiday season. Create this fast-and-easy gift card holder using the FREE In the Hoop Gift Card Holder design from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. For your FREE download, visit www.fivestarfonts.com.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric scraps: red (package), green (bow), white (back of gift card holder)
  • Mid-weight vinyl, 4”x4”
  • Stablizers: heavy-weight cutaway, Sulky Fabri-Solvy Water Soluble
  • Embroidery thread: red, green
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4” wide, 2” length

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE In The Hoop Gift Card Holder Embroidery Design (FREE download at www.fivestarfonts.com)
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, cotton swab

Directions

size

4″x4″

Gift Card Holder

(Note: Be sure to wind embroidery thread on bobbin to match top thread (green and red) since you will be able to see the back of the design.)

1. Hoop wash-away stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1 which outlines the package portion of the design.

2. Lightly spray back of fabric with Sulky KK2000. Place fabric on top of design outline with RIGHT SIDE UP, ensuring it completely covers the stitched outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks package fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes. Using appliqué scissors, carefully trim around outline of design, close to stitches.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the bow outline to show bow fabric placement. Lightly spray wrong side of bow fabric; place in hoop RIGHT SIDE UP. Run color 4, which tacks it down. Remove hoop and carefully trim all around bow outline, trimming close to stitches.

4. Place hoop back on machine and run color 5 which finishes the stitches around the bow fabric. Remove hoop from machine when color 5 finishes. Fold 2” ribbon length in half with wrong sides together and press to form crease. Turn hoop to the back and place ribbon loop centered over placement line. Raw edges of ribbon should extend about 1/4” inside placement line as shown. Tape ribbon in place.

5. Lightly spray back of heavy cutaway stabilizer with spray adhesive; place on back of hoop, ensuring it covers the design. Lightly spray wrong side of white fabric with spray adhesive and place it RIGHT SIDE UP on back of hoop, covering heavy cutaway stabilizer as shown.

6. TURN hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run color 6, which tacks ribbon in place and also stitches stabilizer/fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 6 finishes. Turn hoop to back. Using appliqué scissors, trim both fabric and stabilizer close to stitches as shown. Take care not to cut into ribbon located at top of package.

7. Place hoop on machine and run color 7 (red thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the package. Run color 8 (green thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the bow. Remove hoop from machine when color 8 finishes. Turn hoop to the back and place edge of vinyl on back of design so the edge lines up with the top of the stitches on the package as shown in photo. Tape vinyl in place. (Note: Tape vinyl on the sides of the design, well outside the design area.)

8. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run final color 9 (red thread), which stitches vinyl in place. Remove hoop from machine when color 9 finishes. Turn hoop over so back of hoop is visible. Carefully trim the vinyl close to the stitches as shown.

9. Unhoop design and trim wash-away stabilizer as close to stitches as possible without cutting into stitches. Use a cotton swab moistened in warm water and dab gently around edges to remove excess stabilizer close to stitches.

Tip

  • Attach your gift card holder to the tree or tie it on a present.

for Five Star Fonts (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

1. Make gold 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)