Sock Beanbag Bunnies

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some fun to your Easter décor with these adorable beanbag bunnies. They are sure to hop off the Bunny Trail right into your child’s heart!

Materials

  • Fleece or furry sock: pink OR white
  • Dried rice, two cups
  • Pom-poms: one large white, two medium white, small pink
  • White chenille stems, two
  • Pink felt, scrap
  • Ribbon, 12” length
  • Wiggle eyes, two

Tools

  • Circle template, 3/4”
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, measuring cup

Directions

(Note: Materials and directions are for one bunny.)

1. Measure two cups of dried rice and fill bottom of sock. Wrap ribbon length around sock, just above rice; tie bow.

2. Measure 6” from ribbon bow to top of sock; cut off excess. Cut down center of 6” piece, forming two ears

3. Bend chenille stems into teardrop shapes; twist ends together. Adhere shapes on back of ears, wrapping sock around stems and securing on back side. (This makes ears sturdier.) Bend ears.

4. For nose, adhere pink pom-pom on center of face. Adhere eyes above nose. For muzzle, adhere two medium white pom-poms below nose. For cheeks, cut two 3/4” circles from pink felt. Adhere cheeks on sides of muzzle.

5. For tail, adhere large white pompom on back of body.

by Linda Valentino

Hand-Dyed Box Full of Ribbons and Rit Liquid Dye Giveaway

Next week marks the official start of Spring, almost everyone’s favorite time of year. Celebrate sunny days, beautiful blooms and birds by making a hand-dyed box filled with hand-dyed and stamped fabric ribbons. Follow along as I show you how easy it is and then leave me a comment telling me what crafts you plan to do this Spring to enter our giveaway sponsored by Rit Dye and Walnut Hollow. The prize package includes everything you need to complete your own box of hand-dyed ribbons, including a Walnut Hollow Basswood Box, eight bottles of Rit Dye, eight yards of torn fabric muslin, and a package of E-Z Transfer Rub-ons from Royal and Langnickel.

I loved creating this project because it demonstrates the versatility of Rit Liquid Dyes. They can be used for a wide variety of surfaces. I tore 1-1/2” strips of pre-washed and dried cotton muslin from a two-yard piece of fabric. It is important to launder your fabric materials before dyeing to remove any finishes. This will improve the dyeing process by allowing your material to dye more easily.

I chose recipes based on Rit Dye’s color forecast for Spring and I have to say I loved the colors. Color is back in a big way and the intensity of these colors are proof. The names of the colors and formulas are as follows. For each recipe, used one cup of very hot (at least 140 degrees) water in a medium-sized mixing container. I used a plastic shoebox. The wooden shapes and torn fabric “ribbons” were dyed using the “low-water” immersion process which generally means that you are using more dye and less water in a shallow dye bath. Refer to the link provided for more specific directions on this process including materials you will need such as measuring utensils, mixing spoons, etc.

Emerald

  • 1 Tbsp. Aquamarine
  • 2 tsp. Kelly Green

 Linen 

  • 1/4 tsp. Tan
  • 1/8 tsp. Golden Yellow
  • 1/8 tsp. Petal Pink

 African Violet

  •  1/8 tsp Purple

 Nectarine

  • 1/4 tsp. Sunshine Orange
  • 1/4 tsp. Tangerine

Here is my first prepared dye bath of Emerald. I like working close to a sink and stove so that it is easy to clean up and get the proper water temp. Also make sure you wear rubber gloves. I always recommend working on a covered surface. In this case, I got in a hurry and ruined my Mom’s wooden cutting board, so I guess I owe her a new one of those. Dye spills can usually be completely removed from slick surfaces if you wipe them up quickly, but for porous surfaces like wood, you’d better remember to cover.

Place your torn fabric strips into the dye bath and make sure all of it is covered before removing the ribbons with long tongs. Rinse them under cool tap water to remove the excess dye.

Gently squeeze the water from the hand-dyed ribbons and place between the folds of an old towel to remove the excess water. I dyed several strips using the dye recipes above and placed them outside to dry. For the wooden shapes, place them inside the dye bath and make sure they are completely submerged on both sides so that you achieve the desired color intensity. They may need to soak just a bit longer than the fabric. Remove them from the dye and place them on a layer of paper towels to dry.

Once I hand dyed my fabric strips Nectarine, I used the remaining dye and a paint brush to stain the box. This is my favorite part because it is such a quick and easy process. The basswood accepts the dye beautifully and you can add additional coats of dye to achieve a deeper color.

To speed along the drying process, I placed everything outside to dry as it was a dry, breezy, sunny almost perfect day here in Southern Georgia. When everything is dry, the really fun part begins.

I chose rub-on sentiments and a floral motif stamp to decorate the top of the box. I used a solvent ink so that it would quickly dry.

A little birdie shape and wing dyed African Violet and Nectarine respectively added some needed color contrast to the box top.

When your hand-dyed strips of ribbon are thoroughly dry, use an iron with a heat setting to remove the wrinkles. Choose some fun spring sentiments and motifs and stamp the ribbons with the solvent ink. Use the iron on a medium setting to heat-set the ink.

I wrapped my ribbons around wooden spools and nested them inside the box. This would make a terrific gift for an artsy friend. A teacher would appreciate something like this as well. Imagine giving something like this to a new neighbor. These ribbons can be used for scrapbooking, cardmaking, wrapping gifts, or just about anything else you can think of.

Now, aren’t you eager to create your own little box of hand dyed ribbons? Don’t forget to leave your comments here by April 4 at 11:59 PM EST and we will randomly select one lucky winner to receive our prize package. The winner will be announced April 5 right here on the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Happy Spring and don’t forget to…

Live Life Creatively,

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

Felt Chick Basket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Who could resist creating this adorable Felt Chick Basket for Easter? Kids will love it, especially when filled with goodies on Easter morning!

Materials

  • Wool or regular felt: yellow, 3/8 yd.; white, 1/8 yd.; orange, scrap
  • Yellow netting, 1/8 yd.
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Lavender Blue (3840), Lemon (307)
  • Cording, 1/4”, 14” length
  • Buttons (two-holed), two each: white, 3/4”; black, 1/2”; yellow, 1”
  • Light blue satin ribbon, 7/8”, 18” lengths, two
  • Easter grass

Tools

  • White fusible woven interfacing, 3/8 yd.
  • White sewing thread
  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Size

11″ tall (with handle)

Basket

1. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse interfacing to yellow felt. Cut six pattern shapes from fused felt. With wrong sides facing, pin long edges together one at a time; use three strands Lemon floss to blanket stitch pieces together. Place basket bottom on flat surface and press down on inside to flatten bottom.

2. Cut 4”x50” yellow netting strip; fold in half lengthwise. Use Lemon floss to sew basting stitch close to folded edge; pull thread to gather until length measures 18”; knot to secure. Pin gathered edge around basket top, butting ends together on back side. Blanket stitch over top of basket and gathered edge of netting. Separate netting layers for fuller look.

3. For eyes, use white thread to sew black buttons on top of white buttons under netting on one panel. For beak, cut 2” orange felt square. Fold square diagonally just above center. To attach beak to basket, use six strands of Light Lavender Blue floss to make two evenly-spaced French knots for nostrils, wrapping floss around needle three times for each knot.

4. For handle, cut 1-1/4” white felt strip; fold in half lengthwise. Place 14” cord length inside felt strip. Use three strands Light Lavender Blue floss to blanket stitch over felt edges. Sew handle ends to top basket sides. Use Light Lavender Blue floss to sew yellow buttons to basket, covering handle ends.

5. Tie ribbon bows around bottom of handles.

6. Fill with Easter grass to help basket hold its shape.

Tip

  • If necessary, create a basket base by cutting a circle from cardboard to place in the bottom of the basket.

by Mary Ayres

Lucky Clover Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wear your luck around your neck! Kids, create this fun clover necklace to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Emerald Green
  • Green satin cording, 24” length
  • Large jump ring
  • Clear crystal gem (optional)

Tools

  • Heart cookie cutter, 1/2
  • Pliers
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, plastic knife

Directions

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Emerald Clay into 1/4”-thickness. Use heart cookie cutter to cut out four hearts (clover) or use plastic knife to cut four heart shapes from clay. For stem, use plastic knife to cut tiny triangle.

3. Position four hearts and stem on parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth edges. Flip clover over; smooth edges together. Use toothpick to poke hole on top of clover (for jump ring). Add details lines on clover. If desired, press crystal gem in center.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clover in oven. Let cool completely.

5. Use pliers to open jump ring. Insert jump ring through hole on clover; squeeze ring closed.

6. Measure and cut 24” length of green cording. Insert cording through hole on jump ring; knot ends together.

by Phoebe Doehring for Polyform Products

Vintage Framed Bridge Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Rustic covered bridges like this have a special place in America’s heart and history. Use Heartfelt Creations’ coordinating stamps, dies, and papers to recreate that feel in a lovely, nostalgic card.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Classic Editions Paper Collection (HCDP1 224)
  • White cardstock
  • Blue Moon Beads Gold Glass Pearls

Tools

  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Open Vintage Floret (HCPC 3500), Vintage Floret Frame (HCPC 3522), Natural Beauty (HCPC 3526)
  • Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Dies: Decorative Leafy Frame (HCD 731), Vintage Floret Die (HCD 727)
  • Tombow Dual Brush Markers: Dark Violet 559, Saddle Brown 977, Wine Red 837, Tan 942, Purple Sage 623, Carnation 761, Avocado 098, Cool Gray #1 N95, Cool Gray #8 N53, Light Orange 025, Chocolate 969, Colorless Blender N00
  • Ink Pads: Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk Ink Prussian Blue, Olive Pastel, Maroon, Chestnut Roan; Ranger Archival Jet Black
  • Clear detail embossing powder
  • Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, Art Institute Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

7″x5″

Card

1. Make 7”x5” top-fold card from green/brown Classic Editions paper. Sponge edges Chestnut Roan.

2. Stamp Jet Black covered bridge image onto white cardstock; heat emboss with clear powder.

3. Using photo as guide, color main image with markers. Blend colors with colorless blender marker.

4. Trim image panel to 6-1/4”x4-1/4”; very lightly sponge background Prussian Blue and Olive Pastel. Distress paper edges with paper distresser. Sponge distressed edges Chestnut Roan.

5. Cut 6-1/2”x4-1/2” maroon Classic Editions paper panel. Distress paper edges and sponge Chestnut Roan.

6. Layer and adhere paper panels to card front.

7. Stamp Chestnut Roan frame image onto pale gold Classic Editions paper. Sponge frame Chestnut Roan; shade leaves with Olive Pastel ink and colorless blender marker. Die cut frame using Decorative Leafy Frame die. Sponge inside frame edges Chestnut Roan. Adhere frame to card using foam tape.

8. Stamp Chestnut Roan floret images onto pale gold Classic Editions paper. Sponge florets Maroon. Shape floret layers using molding mat and stylus. Adhere floret layers together using Designer Dries Clear Adhesive; adhere pearls to floret centers. Adhere florets to frame as shown

Tip

by Linda Bontrager for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog)

Top 5 Spring Paper Crafting Collections

March is here, which means, like most of you, I’m in the mood for spring crafting!

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a collection of my top five favorite spring paper crafting collections. Spring evokes visions of soft colors, florals, butterflies, baby animals, and rainbows and umbrellas, among other things. (These are in no particular order – just five of my favorites!)

1) Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories

This collection is anchored by a whitewash woodgrain print and includes pastel colors set with a beautiful chevron stripe, umbrellas and butterflies. Simple Stories expanded their embellishments with this latest release and is now including brads, dimensional stickers and other embellishments in their collections.

2) New Beginnings by Webster’s Pages

Perfect for Easter, spring and new babies, this collection includes baby animals, puffy clouds and Easter eggs in Webster’s Pages signature detailed style, along with clean and simple patterns such as plaid, polka dots and hexagons. Embellishments include beautiful trims and cameos, plus new washi tape styles and small patterned bags.

3) Lucky Charm by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts

Navy blue and neutral kraft complement other soft colors in this new release by Elizabeth Kartchner for American Crafts. Text prints, arrows, florals and Dear Lizzy’s signature mason jars make a delightful spring collection when paired with American Crafts’ huge array of embellishments – clothespins, flair, brads, buttons, tags and more.

 4) Mint Julep by BasicGrey

BasicGrey’s new spring release features beautiful florals on a background of mint green, which is proving to be a popular color this spring. The collection includes whimsical deer and butterflies among Basic Grey’s vast line of embellishments, like these woven fabric labels.

5) Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Maggie Holmes’ debut collection for Crate Paper is simply stunning. Musical notes, doilies, clouds and florals are done up in a vintage, dreamy twist. The collection includes new-to-Crate Paper embellishments – fabric frames, resin flower clips, clothespins and more.

I don’t know about you, but these collections are inspiring me to create!

Welcome, spring!

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

Pot O’ Gold Party Favor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

You don’t have to be Irish to have a St. Patrick’s Day party. This party favor is so quick and easy that even a last-minute party planner will have enough time to make dozens. You may not have the rainbow, but you can give your guests their own pots of gold!

Materials

  • Clay pot, 1-1⁄2” diameter
  • Wooden hearts: 1⁄16” thick, 7⁄8” across, three
  • Green craft-foam, scrap
  • Acrylic paints: green, white
  • Gold glitter paint
  • Gold foil-covered candies, enough to fill pot

Tools

  • Matte acrylic spray sealer
  • Black fine-point permanent marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Glue gun and sticks or thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sandpaper, paper towel, paper plate (for palette), household sponge scrap, paintbrush

Directions

Size

2-1/2″ tall

Favor

1. Basecoat all surfaces of clay pot white. Lightly sand heart edges as needed; wipe dust with paper towel. Paint wooden hearts green.

2. Cut a 5⁄8” square from sponge; sponge paint a green square every 5⁄8” around rim of pot. (Note: There will be six green squares, and six white spaces between squares, around rim.) Lightly sponge pot below rim with green. Spray all painted items with one coat of sealer.

3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer one stem onto green craft foam. Cut out stem.

4. With marker, outline stem and each heart with dashed lines; outline squares along rim. If desired, outline white squares 1⁄16” inside edges.

5. Use handle end of paintbrush to dot center of each green square along rim with gold glitter paint.

6. Using photo as guide, adhere hearts and stem in a clover shape to center front of pot. Fill pot with gold foil-covered candies.

by Helen Rafson

Filled with Easter Love

It is spring here in Southern California! The peach tree in the backyard is blooming, the temperatures have been in the mid- to high-70s for the past few days, and Easter is just a few weeks away!

I created a soft, pastel Easter card to share with you today.

1. Make a green 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ top-fold card.

2. Trim pink cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and attach to the card front.

3. Trim kraft cardstock to fit an A2 embossing folder (approximately 4-1/4″x5-1/2″) and emboss with dot texture. Lightly rub the surface of the embossed cardstock with white ink. Trim panel to 4″x5-1/4″ and attach to the card front.

4. Trim pink gingham paper to 2-1/2″x4″ and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card front as shown.

5. Trim green dotted paper into a banner shape and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card as shown.

6. Wrap green satin ribbon around the card and attach. Wrap cream wrinkled seam binding around the card, overlapping the green satin ribbon. Tie a double bow.

Designer note: To give my white seam binding a soft, wrinkled look, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and crumpled it into a ball. Once the seam binding was dry, It was a pale cream color and nicely wrinkled. To create the double bow, I used two lengths of seam binding. I simply tied one bow, and then tied a second bow which I glued on top of the first.

7. Stamp Easter eggs with pink ink onto white cardstock. Using a masking technique, stamp grass over the eggs with green ink. Trim the images out with a die cut template and attach to the card as shown.

8. Stamp a sentiment with pale brown ink onto white cardstock. Trim into a tag shape, ink edges pink, and mat with green cardstock. Glue to the bow as shown.

9. Glue a pink flower to the top of the bow.

10. Line the inside of the card front with kraft cardstock to cover the ribbon. Decorate the inside of the card with a large kraft cardstock panel and a strip of pink gingham paper.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Leaf; Bazzill Basics Petal Soft, Kraft; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Toffee Crunch; Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Fluid Chalk Popcorn; Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink
  • Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Mason Jars Add On III
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Flowers: Inspired by Stamping
  • Embossing folder: The Paper Studio
  • Die cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 1
  • Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Thanks for looking!

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

Ribbon Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Doesn’t this bag just scream spring? This stylish tote is easy to make and the perfect accessory for any woman with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

Materials

  • White canvas tote, 8-1/2″x10-1/2″
  • Ribbons, 2/3 yd. each: 1/4″ hot pink gingham; 7/8″ floral print, hot pink, hot pink dot, lime green dot (two lengths); 1-1/4″ pink dot
  • Lime green rick rack, 1/4″-wide, 2/3 yd.
  • Hot pink/lime green embroidered flower trim, 1/2 yd.

Tools

  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut one each of floral print and hot pink ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut two lime green dot ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut one each of lime green rick rack, hot pink dot, pink dot, and hot pink gingham ribbons to 20″ lengths.

STEP 2

Adhere one lime green dot ribbon horizontally around tote, 1″ from top edge.

STEP 3

Starting below lime green dot ribbon, adhere pink dot ribbon vertically, 3″ from right side of bag; wrap around bottom and up back of tote to bottom edge of lime green dot ribbon. Adhere hot pink gingham ribbon vertically along pink dot ribbon left side. Adhere hot pink dot ribbon, then rick rack, in same way.

STEP 4

Adhere floral print ribbon horizontally, below lime green dot ribbon, and hot pink ribbon below floral. Tie remaining 23” lime green dot ribbon length into bow; trim ends diagonally. Adhere to tote as shown.

STEP 5

Cut two lengths of embroidered flower trim with five flowers each; adhere to front and back of tote along hot pink ribbon.

Tips

  • Substitute flower appliqués or silk flowers for the embroidered floral trim.
  • For a larger or smaller tote, measure around bag in both directions and add 2″ to measurements for ribbon lengths.

by Ann Krier

Bluework Floral Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wipe away your dishwashing blues with this pretty dishtowel accent in classic blue and white.

Materials

  • Blue Chambray stripe tea towel
  • White fabric doily with crocheted or lace edge, 8” square
  • Blue satin ribbon, 1/4” wide, 5/8 yd. (optional)
  • Blue embroidery floss, one skein

Tools

  • Needle and white thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, safety pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

STEP 2

Transfer pattern to doily. Use one strand of floss to stem stitch design.

STEP 3

If applicable, use safety pin to weave ribbon through openings in edge, beginning and ending at back. Trim ribbon ends to 1⁄4” and whipstitch ends together.

STEP 4

Pin doily diagonally to center front of dish towel. Sew doily to towel with invisible stitch.

Tip

  • Nearly any size or shape doily will work for this project. Just adjust the pattern size to fit the center.

by Mary Ayres