Woven Crocheted Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Weave knitted cord through a crocheted-mesh pattern for a stunning purse you can make in any color combination.


  • Caron yarn: Jewel Box Emerald, one 2-1/2 oz. skein; Simply Soft Country Blue, one 6 oz. skein
  • Bond America Embellish-Knit! cording machine
  • Toggle button, 3/4″


  • Crochet hook, size G/6
  • Large safety pin or bodkin

Basic Supplies

scissors, large needle



 7″ square


16 sts and 14 dc rows = 4″/10cm over pat st


1. Row 1: With Emerald, ch 37.

2. Row 2: Sk first 3 ch. *Dc in next ch 1. Ch 1. Sk next ch.* Rep bet *’s across, ending with dc in last ch. Ch 3.

3. Row 3: *Dc in top of dc on previous row. Ch 1.* Rep bet *’s across, ending with last dc in last ch. Ch 3.

4. Rep Row 3 for pat st. Continue for 30 rows of mesh grid; end off.

5. Follow cording machine manufacturer’s instructions to make cording from entire Country Blue skein.

6. To finish, attach safety pin or bodkin to end of cording. Weave cording horizontally through crocheted mesh, over one dc st and under the next. Work weaving in opposite direction for next row. Rep until entire purse has been woven, except last row.

7. For last row, weave through all but last grid row. Weave to center and pull down a 1″ loop to use as the button loop; continue weaving across the row. Cut remaining cording; end off. Fold up bottom 6″ and sew side seam. Fold over top. Sew button to front at loop.

by Cari Clement for Caron International

Give Thanks Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create appealing texture on handmade cards with layered chipboard stickers and a touch of machine sewing.


  • Bella Blvd. Finally Fall Collection Papers: Autumn Splendor, Apple Holler, Borders, Cute Cuts, Leaf Pile
  • Bella Blvd. Stickers: Finally Fall Collection Alpha + Bits Stickers, Just Write Journaling Stickers, Chipboard Icons; Sophisticates Collection Quattrofina Mustard & Apricot Alpha
  • Turquoise button


  • Sewing machine and threads: bright green, light blue
  • Turquoise acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush, non-stick craft sheet, sewing needle, bone folder



Make 5-1/4”x4-1/4” top-fold card from Apple Holler paper; fold with apple side out. Make second card of same size from Autumn Splendor paper; fold with wood grain side in. Set aside Autumn Splendor card until last step.


Cut orange strip from Borders paper; adhere across bottom of apple card. Sew light blue straight stitch along bottom edge of strip.


Paint turquoise border down right edge of card to create look of torn paper; let dry.


Adhere brown journaling sticker to card as shown. Cut smaller Leaf Pile panel; distress edges slightly with scissors blade and adhere to journaling sticker. Adhere green leaf tab sticker to top edge of journaling sticker.


Adhere alphabet sticker sentiment to orange border strip as shown. Adhere Alpha & Bits “give thanks” sentiment above “happy.”


Detail cut cloud from Cute Cuts paper; adhere to layered panel. Adhere tree, pumpkin, and apple chipboard stickers to layered panel.


Sew bright green thread through buttonholes, knotting at back. Adhere button to card with clear dot.


Adhere cards together with apples on outside and wood grain on inside. Firmly crease fold with bone folder.


To make cards that are patterned inside and out, adhere two layers of patterned paper together to approximate the weight of traditional cardstock.

by Michelle Clement for Bella Blvd. (http://www.bellablvd.net/)

Apple Orchard Memories

Many of our early fall traditions have come and gone this year, but I still have a lot of photos that I want to use to document my family’s memories. It’s Jill Cornell here with you today to share a mini album idea that highlights favorite photos of a fall tradition we love – picking apples at the orchard! My daughters love looking through tiny hand-held mini albums, so I created this “Apple of My Eye” tag mini album with them in mind. (All of the supplies and instructions to make this mini album can be found in the October 2012 issue of Crafts ‘n things.)

 I used a tag album by Maya Road and used the tags as a template to trace onto patterned papers (Farmhouse Collection by Crate Paper), then I either machine-stitched each tag before adhering or traced around the edge with a brown journaling pen.

The design inside the album is very simple. The photos were printed at 2”x3”. I covered the inside cover with a patterned paper that had lines for journaling.

 Each tag has minimal embellishments – a few stickers with sentiments and some chipboard frames, photo corners, etc.

Sometimes, I dressed up the chipboard elements, such as the rhinestones I used here.

And on the final pages, I even used a brad (where I removed the prongs) and a button threaded with twine.

To assemble the album, I hooked it together with the ball chain that was included with the album and tied some tulle at the top for a little texture.

Documenting family memories can be so easy, yet it can seem very overwhelming when looking through photos of an event. The key I try to remember is that I don’t have to use every photo but rather choose the highlights and go from there. For those with older children, they can also be involved in the process by selecting photos and journaling their memories of the event. Before the hustle of the holidays is upon us, take some time to document those fall family memories!

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

Give Thanks Appliquéd Heart Pocket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add color and charm to your Thanksgiving décor with this beautiful heart-shaped pocket that’s sure to let your guests know you hold your blessings close to your heart.


  • Wichelt Imports Lambswool 28-count Linen, 10” x 8”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: as listed on key; #3033 Very Light Mocha Brown
  • National Nonwovens Rust Polynesian Sunset Woolfelt, 9”x12-1/2”
  • Green grosgrain ribbon, 2/3 yard
  • Yellow buttons, 2/3”, two


  • Embroidery needle
  • Dritz Fray Check

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: as indicated on key
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand wrapped two times
  • Sheaf Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, pen, pencil, straight pins, iron and pressing surface


Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 7-1/2″x6″; stitch count: 90 w x 65 h


1. Print heart pocket cross-stitch chart and key. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

2. To create stalks, work sheaf stitch on top of cross-stitched field. For sheaf stitch: Stitch five vertical straight stitches over six squares. After stitching fifth straight stitch, bring threaded needle up from back, under center of stitches. Move needle under, around top and back under five straight stitches to gather gently at center. Secure thread ends on fabric back to hold in place. Continue with remaining stacks.

Sheaf Chart

3. When stitching is complete, carefully press design. Trace heart template onto paper and cut out. Place large heart pattern close to top edge of felt piece. Track around pattern with pen. Flip felt and repeat to make a second heart. Cut out both heart shapes, just inside inked lines. Center small heart pattern on back of stitch design. Check centering by holding up to light. Pin in place and trace heart using pencil on wrong side of stitched piece. Remove pattern and double check tracing. Adjust as needed and carefully cut out on traced lines. Apply Fray Check to raw edges.

4. When dry, center stitched heart on top of one of felt hearts. Pin in place; use two strands DMC #3033 to buttonhole stitch along edge of stitched heart, attaching to felt backing. (Note: To finish off buttonhole stitch at end, catch first stitch with last stitch and knot ends on back.) Place layered heart on top of remaining felt heart. Pin in place; and buttonhole stitch outer edges with two strands DMC #918. To create a pocket, be sure to stitch through only single felt layers along top edges (between large X’s shown on chart) and begin stitching front top edge. Start at upper right and work from right to left continuing around outside of heart.

5. Create hanger by folding 1” flat loops on each end of ribbon. Place looped ends on each side of heart, center small button on each, and stitch through all layers to secure ribbon ends and buttons in place.

by Lettie Eckberg for The Needle’s Notion

Autumn Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Become your own personal florist – it’s easier than you think. Impress family and friends by making this beautiful autumn centerpiece this Thanksgiving season.


  • Dow STRYOFOAM Brand Foam Disc, 2″x8″
  • Silk autumn leaves bush
  • Silk mum and berry bush
  • Autumn fruit and gourd picks, three
  • Glass candleholder, 5-1⁄2″ diameter., 8″ tall
  • Spice-scented candle, 4″ tall
  • Glass floral beads, small bag
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue


  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors


Centerpiece Base

1. Cut foundation foliage to 8″ lengths. Dip ends in glue and insert into side of disc, facing to the right and rotating disc counter-clockwise as you insert foliage. Leave room in center of disc for placement of glass candleholder.

2. Cut flowers into 5″ lengths, dip ends in glue, and insert at various positions within foliage.

3. Dip pick ends in glue and insert at equal intervals throughout.

4. Let dry for two hours. Fluff foliage for a more natural look.


1. Gently place glass beads in bottom of candleholder.

2. Insert candle and place holder in center of base. (Note: Never leave lit candles unattended.)


Substitute the candleholder and candle with a jar candle. You’ll find so many great color and scents!

by Barb Sunderlage

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.


  • 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)

Give Thanks Greeting Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks… of family gatherings and holiday meals… a time for Indian corn and holiday parades. Why not say it all with this simple front door greeting?Materials

  • Rusty tin plaque, 5-1/2″ x12″, #11-90117 (available from Cupboard Distributing, www.cdwood.com)
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylics: Antique Gold, Autumn Brown, Bamboo, Black, Burnt Umber, Charcoal, Dark Forest Green, Golden Brown, Red Iron Oxide, Rooster Red, Straw, Terra Cotta, Trail Tan


  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Paintbrushes: Angular, Series 2160, 3⁄8”, 1/2”; Shader, Series 2150, #8; Liner, Series 2595, #10/0; Round, Series 2250, #4; Angular, Series 2160, 3⁄8”; Glaze/Wash, Series 2700, 3/4”
  • Sponge roller
  • Outdoor water-based varnish

Basic Supplies

transfer paper, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface)



1. Wipe surface with damp cloth to remove dust. Use sponge roller to base Bamboo.

2. Print pattern; transfer basic details onto sign board.

3. Use glaze/wash to float Autumn Brown along edges of sign board. Use 1/2″ angular and Burnt Umber to run soft float along right side of letters, and along bottom of letters and images sitting on ground; deepen sign board corners. Use #4 round to base letters Black. Use Terra Cotta to base left ear of corn and pumpkin. Use Golden Brown to base center ear of corn, right apple, and every other turkey feather. Use Trail Tan to base corn leaves, remaining turkey feathers, and Indian head band. Use Autumn Brown to base turkey body, head, and wings. Use Antique Gold + Terra Cotta (3:1) to base hat buckle, turkey beak, and center apple. Use Charcoal to base Pilgrim hat and turkey hat. Use Rooster Red to base right ear of corn, wattle, and left apple. Use Red Iron Oxide to base hat band on Pilgrim and turkey hats. Use Dark Forest Green to base pumpkin leaf with one coat; base stem Burnt Umber.

Painting Instructions

Ears of Corn
Shade Red Iron Oxide along inside edges of two outer ears; highlight Straw along outer edges. Shade Burnt Umber along outer edges of center ear; highlight Straw down center. Shade Dark Forest Green along bottom of each leaf and to separate leaves. Use 10/0 liner and Burnt Umber to add corn detail lines.

Pilgrim Hat
Shade Black above and below hat band and buckle. Shade Charcoal on hat band to either side of buckle. Shade Burnt Umber along bottom of buckle. Highlight Straw along top of buckle; add strong highlight lines across top and sides of buckle.

Float Burnt Umber on wings along edges of body to separate wings from body; float along bottom of body and under hat. Use Black to deepen shading separating wings from body; float little “c” stroke feathers on wings. Float little Burnt Umber “c” strokes on body. Float Autumn Brown along outer edges of tail feathers. Starting at top center of tail feathers, float Autumn Brown along left side of right tail feathers, then along right side of left tail feathers. Float Red Iron Oxide along left side of wattle. Highlight Straw on right side of beak and center of hat band. Dot eyes Black. Use Trail Tan to line feathers on body and wings, and to highlight along bottom of hat; highlight dot eyes. Use Burnt Umber for line work on tails feathers, and Red Iron Oxide for bands of color. Use Black to loosely outline entire turkey, body, beak, and wattle.

Indian Head Band
Use Burnt Umber to shade fold of headband; outline edges of band and triangles. Use Red Iron Oxide to paint triangles. Use any color on palette to paint feather. Use liner and work one color at a time to form shape; layer with several other colors. (Note: Artist finished by adding charcoal in tip and center stripe.) Base nail Charcoal; add Bamboo highlight lines.

Float Red Iron Oxide along outer edges; repeat along down side of each as needed. Add strong Straw highlight stroke on each apple. Paint stems Burnt Umber. Add Dark Forest Green stroke on a leaf or two.

Float Red Iron Oxide to separate sections, and to float along bottom and top; deepen with Burnt Umber. Use Straw to dry brush highlight in center of each section; add strong highlight strokes in middle sections. Use Dark Forest Green to shade along bottom edges of leaf and down center for vein; add a couple curly tendrils. Use Trail Tan to highlight along top edge of leaf and down center vein. Use Black to shade along bottom of stem.


Apply several varnish coats

by Robyn Thomas

Rustic Pumpkins

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Turn your front porch into the envy of the neighborhood with this trio of quick-and-simple rustic pumpkins.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheets: 1″x12″x18″, 1⁄2″x12″x12″
  • Modern Options Paints: Metallic Surfacer, Iron; Antiquing Solution, Rust
  • Brown acrylic paint (optional)


  • Paintbrush, 1″
  • Utility knife or serrated kitchen knife
  • Teaspoon

Basic Supplies

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



9-1⁄2″, 14-1⁄4″, 17-1⁄2″ tall


1. Print and cut out pattern. Transfer design. Use knife to cut materials from plastic-foam as indicated. (Note: Rub blade with bar soap to help blade glide through foam easily.) Make 1⁄4″-deep, “V”-shaped cuts along section lines. Use edge of spoon to smooth cut edges and tip of spoon to press central vein line on each leaf.

2. Adhere leaves to pumpkins.

3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to paint pumpkins and leaves two coats Iron. Paint backs Iron or Brown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and use disposable brush to paint pumpkins and leaves Rust.

by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Co.

Fall Gold Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


This autumn mixed media card is highlighted with Premo! Sculpey maple leaves you create yourself. Create just the embellishment you want in any color imaginable!


  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Purple, 18K Gold
  • Paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Collection Paper Pad, DCWV Ciao Bella Stack
  • Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes
  • Prima Softees Collection Bonnet Flowers
  • Horizon Group Industrial Chic Charms by Susan Lenart Kazmer #MKP24088-123


  • Polyform Tools: Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine or Acrylic Roller, Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Set, Premo! Mini Metal Cutters Nature
  • Oven and parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Inkadinkado Autumn Foliage Clear Stamps
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: Brilliance Dew Drops Pearlescent Crimson, Pearlescent Rust; VersaMagic Hint of Pesto
  • Jacquard Products PearlEx Gold Powder Pigment
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, liquid glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, waxed paper, sponge dauber





1. Wash hands. Cover work surface with waxed paper; do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Preheat oven to 275°F; test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Do not use microwave oven.

2. Knead each package of clay until soft and smooth, washing hands between colors, or follow manufacturer’s instructions to use Clay Conditioning Machine. Run clay through machine several times on widest setting; fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded edge into rollers first.

3. When clay is pliable, mix small amounts Purple and 18K Gold clay. Run clay through Clay Conditioning Machine on #1 setting to create sheet. Cut six maple leaves from clay; use needle tool from Starter Set to make vein lines. See Photo 1.

Photo 1

4. Place leaves on parchment-lined baking sheet. Use finger to edge leaves with gold pigment powder.

5. Bake clay shapes as directed; let cool completely.

6. Choose three Butterfly Garden paper sheets. From first sheet, make 5”x7” side-fold card; sponge edges Hint of Pesto.

7. Using Pearlescent Rust ink, stamp sentiment onto second sheet of paper. Tear stamped area from sheet; sponge edges Pearlescent Rust.

8. Determine sentiment placement but do not adhere paper. Press Pearlescent Crimson ink pad onto card once so ink will be partially visible behind sentiment. Adhere sentiment to card.

9. Tear thin strip from third sheet of paper. Tear wider strip from Ciao Bella purple paper. Trim both strips to 7” long and sponge edges Pearlescent Crimson. Adhere strips to card.

10. Use liquid glue to adhere corrugated shape, flower, and charm to card; let dry.

11. Use liquid glue to adhere clay leaves to card; let dry

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products

Land of the Free Patriotic Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Show your pride in being an American this Veteran’s Day! Stitch this striking bookmark for those veterans and miltary personnel who have red, white, and blue flowing in their veins.


  • Zweigart Linen 24-count Gold/White Stitchband (#7272-018)
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid


  • Embroidery Needle

Stitch Type

Backstitch: 1 strand
Cross-stitch: 2 strands
French Knot: 1 strand, wrapped two times

Basic Supplies



Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 24-count stitched over two threads = 12-count. For 12-count: 2” w x 6-5/8” h; Stitch count: 24 w x 80 h


1. Print pattern and key.

2. Using two strands floss, center and stitch design, working over two threads.

by Pamela Kellogg