Christmas Tree Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add some holiday spirit to your décor with this warm and fun Christmas Tree Pillow. There’s no complicated fabric piecing to tackle. You can make this pillow by simply fusing, then stitching!  


  • Cotton fabrics: burgundy check, 3⁄8 yard; ivory, 6”x9”; light brown, scrap
  • Green wool felt scrap
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fringed trim, burgundy, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Flat buttons: off-white, 1⁄2”, four; assorted colors, 3⁄8” to 3⁄4”, four
  • Burgundy embroidery floss


  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultrahold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins



12″ square


1. Print and cut out pattern. Cut pieces from adhesive slightly larger than tree and trunk. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse adhesive to back of green felt and brown fabric. Cut out tree and trunk, adding 1⁄4” to top of trunk as shown on pattern.

2. Remove backing; fuse shapes to center of ivory rectangle, with tree overlapping trunk. Transfer dotted lines to tree. Use three strands floss to blanket stitch around tree as shown.

3. Cut 6”x9” rectangle from adhesive; fuse rectangle to back of ivory rectangle. Cut 5”x8” rectangle from center of ivory rectangle; remove backing.

4. Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from burgundy-check fabric. Fuse 5”x8” ivory rectangle to center of one burgundy-check square. Use three strands floss to feather stitch along outside edge of rectangle. (Note: If desired, use blanket stitch instead.)

5. Use floss to sew off-white buttons to corners of ivory rectangle and remaining buttons to tree dots.

6. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew trim (with fringe facing toward center) around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edges. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to back along trim stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom edge. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

by Mary Ayres

Do You Love Sketches?

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the sketch tutorial today, it is time to announce the winners of the Graphic 45 prize packs!

The winners of the two prize giveaways, as chosen by, are:

Anne Schilling (Place in Time Collection)

Rosslyn Gale (Nutcracker Sweet Collection)

Please contact Gloria Stengel to claim your prize! ( Please note, if the prize winners do not claim their prizes by the end of December, the prizes will be put back into the “prize bin” for a future give-away.

Do you love sketches? I am talking about the kind that you use as a “map” for planning cards or scrapbook pages. Do you love the idea of sketches, but simply cannot seem to make them work for you? Maybe you have never tried a sketch before. Well, now is your chance. I have created a sketch for the Crafts ‘n things Blog with step-by-step directions!

1. To print the sketch, right click on the image and select Print. You can also Copy the image and place it into a program such as Photoshop. You may want to size your sketch to “real dimensions” prior to printing.  If you place the image into Photoshop, you have the ability to size it before printing. For this sketch, size it to 5″x5″. That way you can measure each element for precise placement. Once you get the hang of using sketches, you may skip this step.

Here is the card we will be making, using the sketch as a guide.

2. Cut dark blue cardstock to 5″x10″. Score at 5″ to create a top-fold, 5″x5″ card base.

3. The sketch shows the next layer to be a printed paper and to be slightly smaller than the card front. I like extra layers so I added one layer of kraft cardstock and then the designer paper.

4. Trim kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Do NOT attach the next layers to the card base until we add ribbon in step 8.

5. Trim blue designer paper to 4-3/4″x4-3/4″. Attach to the kraft panel.

6. The sketch shows the next layer is a vertical layer approximately 4-1/4″x3-1/2″, and rests slightly right of center. Again, I like extra layers; therefore, I have added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the newsprint designer paper.

7. Trim dark blue cardstock to 4-1/4″x3-1/2″. Trim newsprint designer paper to 4-1/8″x3-3/8″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach these panels to the one created in step 5, approximately 1″ from the left edge.

8. The sketch now shows that there is a thin “band” at the bottom of the card. I decided to interpret that band as ribbon.

9. Wrap a 7″ piece of cream lace around the kraft panel and affix ends to the back. Wrap a 7″ piece of blue-and-gold ribbon around the center of the lace and affix to the back. (I use single-sided tape to attach the ribbon).

10. Attach this series of panels to the card front. Your ribbon is now sandwiched between the card base and the first panel.

11. The next layer, according to the sketch, is the horizontal layer measuring approximately 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. I have once again added a panel of dark blue cardstock behind the snowflake-print designer paper.

12. Trim dark blue cardstock to 2-7/8″x3-5/8″. Trim snowflake-print designer paper to 2-3/4″x3-1/2″ and attach it to the dark blue panel. Attach the panels to the card front, approximately 1/2″ from the left edge of the card base.

13. Looking at the sketch, we can see that the next layers are the small “tags” to the right of the “image” panel. Trim two banner shapes using a die-cut template or free hand with scissors from designer paper. Stamp a sentiment with black dye ink onto kraft paper and die cut or punch it into a label shape.

14. Tuck one of the banner shapes under the bottom right edge of the snowflake panel. Set the other banner and the sentiment aside.

15. The last layer is your image. You may stamp an image, trim out a pre-made image from designer paper, use a photograph, or use another item. Your image should be approximately 3-1/8″x2-1/8″. Attach the image to dark blue cardstock, trimmed to 3-1/4″x2-1/4″.

16. Tuck the second banner shape and the sentiment under the right edge of the image. Then attach this panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1″ from the left edge of the card base.

17. The sketch shows three “dots” in the upper right corner of the newsprint designer paper. Glue three small gold rhinestones to your card front, as indicated. 

18. The sketch contains three flower shapes at the bottom left edge. You can interpret this in many ways and do not need to add flowers to your project. For the sample, tie a double bow with the blue-and-gold ribbon. Using fabric glue, attach the bows to the left edge of the ribbon you wrapped around the card in Step 9.

19. Tie a double bow from cream twine and attach to the top of the ribbon bow.

20. Trim the shank from a snowflake button and glue it to the top of the stack of bows. Add a medium-sized gold rhinestone to the center of the snowflake.

21. Your card is now finished to the specifications of the sketch. If you wish, you could also decorate the inside. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″. Stamp sentiment with black dye ink. Adhere the kraft cardstock to the inside of the card.

22. Trim a piece of dark blue cardstock to approximately 1-3/4″x4-7/8″. Punch one long edge with an icicle border punch and attach to the top of the kraft cardstock.

23. Trim a piece of the snowflake designer paper to 3/4″x4-3/4″ and attach to the punched strip. Your card is now ready to mail.

I hope that this tutorial helped you to see sketches in a new light. If you have never used a sketch before, I hope you will try this one and share your creation in a comment here on the CnT Blog.

Feel free to check my sketch gallery for more sketches.

Here are a few other sketch sites for you to try:

Got Sketch? (

Mojo Monday (

Page Maps (

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Storm, Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft
  • Papers: Echo Park Paper Co. Times & Seasons Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad, Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection January Cut-Aparts
  • Stamp Sets: Papertrey Ink 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, HamptonArt/7 Gypsies Time Pieces
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Antique Lace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Fishtail Flag Stax, Mini Tabs Quartet
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Bamboo Cord, Charlotte Natural Crochet Lace; May Arts Navy/Gold Ribbon
  • My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy Collection True Blue Bling Rhinestones
  • Michaels Glitter Snowflake Button
  • Tools: Bow Easy, Martha Stewart Crafts Icicle Border Punch
  • Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Fabric Glue; 3MScotch Brand ATG Runner, Foam Mounting Tape

Have a blessed Christmas. I will be back on December 31st with another post. We will be talking about adhesives.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (

Christmas Star Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Give paper scraps star quality when you bring them together in this charming ornament.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper Papaya Puree Medium Cardstock
  • Karen Foster Design Christmas Collection Papers: Ornaments, Christmas Bells, Home for the Holidays Collage, Poinsettias
  • Metallic gold floss


  • Computer and printer
  • Scoring tool
  • Small star punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pine Needles Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Gold Glitter Glue
  • Therm O Web Adhesives: Zots Singles Small, 3D Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, white printer paper





1. Print pattern front and pattern back onto orange cardstock. Print second front pattern onto printer paper. Cut out patterns; set aside back pattern.

2. Using straight edge, scoring tool, and pattern as guide, score orange cardstock front piece along dashed lines. Gently fold “mountain” peaks on star points to center; folds will come toward you. Gently fold “valley” peaks from center to opposite edge; folds will point away from you.

3. Do not score printer paper star. Align it with orange cardstock star, rotating shape for best fit. Once stars are aligned, number corresponding sections on both stars from one to 10.

4. Cut numbered sections from printer paper star; use sections as templates to cut pieces from assorted patterned papers. Ink edges of each piece with Pine Needles ink; adhere to corresponding section on orange star using glue stick.

5. Stack and apply four foam squares to center of back star; apply foam square in middle of each point. Apply small adhesive dot at tip of each point.

6. Cut gold floss length for hanging loop; knot ends and press to adhesive at top point. Adhere front and back orange stars together.

7. Punch small star from orange cardstock and adhere to ornament center; coat star with glitter glue and let dry.


Using a glue stick to adhere individual pieces of paper gives you a bit more drying time to get them in position, compared with using other types of adhesive.

by Alice Golden (

Snowman Christmas Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


This dimensional tag is a special addition to presents and works great on scrapbook pages after the holiday.


  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Pomegranate, Orange, Accents Frost White Glitter
  • Papers: green/white dot, red/white dot
  • Red/white polka-dot ribbon


  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Stamps: Stampendous! Small Typewriter Alphabet, Inkadinkado Ornate Christmas Cling Set
  • Large acrylic block
  • Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, hole punch, craft knife, toothpick


(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, roll half of Frost White Glitter clay into sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

4. Stamp black snowman image onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around snowman. Roll three tiny Pomegranate balls and place over berries on stamped hat band. Shape small Orange tapered coil and place over nose on stamped snowman. Using toothpick, add crosshatch marks to carrot nose. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

5. Cut two 2-1/4”x4” green dot paper pieces; adhere tags together back to back. Punch hole at one end. Trim two top corners to create tag shape.

6. Stamp “be merry” on red dot paper strip. Adhere strip to tag on an angle; trim ends. Adhere snowman to tag with Quick-Dry Adhesive; let dry.

7. Thread ribbon through hole; knot end together just above hole.


Look for stamps to create dimensional elements like reindeer, Christmas trees, and more.

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products (

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.


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


  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies




Print pattern and key.


Stitch design centered on fabric.


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

by Charles Craft


As Autumn Winds Down

Depending on where you live, if you don’t have a lot of wind in autumn, you may still have some leaves on your trees. In Northern California where I am, there are still trees laden with golden leaves. However, if your leaves are all gone but you’re still in a fall mood, why not make some fall leaves and decorate with them? I designed this fun fall-themed photo holder as a way to bring all the color of fall inside where it is warm and cozy.

This is an easy fall craft project to make. I used unfinished wooden photo holders and AMACO Cloud Clay for the leaves. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay so it’s easy to use for kids and adults and it can take quite a bit of detail as you can see in my Gingko leaves. If you don’t have a leaf mold in your stash, you can cut leaf shapes from Cloud Clay using regular scissors once it has dried a bit or you can use a cookie cutter. Cloud Clay colors can be mixed so you can get the colors of your choice – it’s a great medium to use for a range of fun crafts.

Here’s how to make this Fall photo stand :


  • DecoArt Finish It Jumbo Paper Clip Photo Holders
  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Orange, White


  • Acrylic roller (optional)
  • Leaf mold or leaf shape cookie cutter (optional)
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint: terra cotta, white
  • Glaze medium
  • White craft glue

basic supplies

scissors, paper towel, paintbrush


Step 1

Paint the photo holders with a coat of gesso and set aside till dry.

Step 2

Paint the photo holders with two coats of terra cotta paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3

Make the leaves by mixing some Orange and White clay to get the color you want. I went for a golden color which matches the colors of the Gingko leaves. Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Pinch off enough Cloud Clay to fill your mold and then press the Cloud Clay into the mold to fill it. Release the Cloud Clay from the mold and set it aside to dry. You will need one leaf for each side of each photo holder.If you’re not using a mold, roll the clay to make a 3/8″ sheet and cut your leaf shapes from it using a cookie cutter. Alternately, wait until the clay is dry to the touch and cut leaf shapes from it using sharp scissors.

Step 4

Mix the white paint into some glaze medium and paint the photo holder with the white glaze. Immediately wipe the paint off with a paper towel.

Step 5

When the glaze layer is dry and your Gingko leaves are dry, adhere to the photo holders using Elmer’s white glue.

Step 6

Print some favorite fall photos and place in the photo holders. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy your personalized photo holder, perhaps contemplating other fun crafts to make this holiday season.

Check back over the next few days as we share more fun crafts for you to make and enjoy.

by Helen Bradley (

Gift Card Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Worried that a gift card may not be so personal? Be creative by presenting your card inside this adorable snowman to show that time and heart went into creating their unique gift.


  • Recycled glass jar (with wide mouth)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3” diameter
  • Wooden teardrop, medium
  • White construction paper, scrap
  • Black felt, scrap
  • Chenille glitter stem
  • Metal office clip
  • Red gingham ribbon, 12” length
  • Wiggle eyes, two


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Sapphire, Jack-O’-Lantern Orange
  • DecoArt: Glistening Snow-Tex, Duraclear Varnish
  • Snowflake paper punch
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, toothpick, black marker, newspaper (to cover work surface), plastic spoon or spatula



On covered work surface, insert toothpick into bottom of foam ball (head). Use spatula or spoon to apply snow texture on head. Let dry. Use spatula to apply snow texture on side of jar. Let dry.


Paint lid blue. Let dry. Apply varnish. Paint wooden teardrop (nose) orange. Let dry. Use black marker to outline nose.


Punch snowflakes from white copy paper. Adhere snowflakes onto side of jar.


Cut two mitten shapes from black felt. Adhere mittens onto sides of jar.


Adhere nose and wiggle eyes on head. Let dry. Cut small piece from bottom of head (so head sits flat). Adhere head onto top of lid.


Insert chenille stem end through loop on office clip. Adhere other chenille stem end onto bottom of lid. Attach gift card on office clip. Replace lid on jar.


For scarf, tie ribbon around jar. Knot ends.

by Melony Bradley

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!



  • 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


  • 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


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)



One size fits most.


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.


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.


Learn how to make your own pom-pom maker from cardboard at:

by Marie Segares for Kollabora (

12 Tags for 12-12-12

What better way to celebrate 12-12-12 Day than with a dozen tags that would be perfect for a last-minute gift? And to top it off, how about a chance to win two sets of printable images from Iralamija’s Etsy shop.

The winner will receive both the Peppermint Tags image that I used for this project as well as another image of their choice. All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The winner will be posted here on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

I’m always on the lookout for a project that is quick, easy, and inexpensive and this one fits the bill on all three counts. Let me show you what I mean. First, I printed out a sheet of the Peppermint Tags images.

Using a good quality photo paper makes a big difference – this is my favorite brand:

Making the tags can be as simple as punching or die cutting each one, adding a smaller hole to the top, and threading with string or ribbon.

If you have a little more time, you can try inking the edges and adding “To” and “From” using a stamp.

This is a great project for using up supplies you might already have on hand (come on, admit it… you have some eyelets stashed away, don’t you?).

You can keep these tags as simple or embellished as you like. I added die-cut cardstock circles and holly leaves to a few of my tags.

I also have a soft spot for glitter and sparkly brads.

In hardly any time at all, I had a dozen gift tags all ready to be packaged up.

I love to stock up on canning jars since they make great containers for all sorts of gifts. One tip I have for making a jar look full when the item you are putting inside wants to settle to the bottom is to add a piece of crumpled cellophane to act as a support.

Some velvet ribbon and another tag and you are all set.


  • Peppermint Tags – Iralamija’s Etsy shop.
  • Premium Presentation Paper Matte – Epson
  • Holly Die – Papertrey Ink
  • Handmade Hodgepodge and Tag-Its #9 Stamp Sets – Papertrey Ink
  • Small Craft Zots Adhesive, SuperStik Permanent Glue Stick – Therm O Web
  • Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors – Ranger
  • Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Ranger
  • Onyx Black VersaFine Ink Pad – Tsukineko
  • Sparkle Brads – Karen Foster Design
  • Crop-A-Dile Punch – We R Memory Keepers
  • Silver eyelets
  • Silver thread

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway!

Happy “12” Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Mambi Prize Package Winner

It is time to announce the winner of the Mambi prize package from Me & My BIG Ideas offered in my Tabletop Christmas Tree blog post on November 28!

The winner is Macy.

Macy, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Thank you for all your nice comments.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (