Appliquéd Butterfly & Bug Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make bath time a splash! Stitch these adorable bug and butterfly towels to make bath time a fun treat for kids instead of a chore.

Materials

  • White bath towels, two
  • Cotton fabrics: bright purple, 1/8 yd.; bright pink, 1/4 yd.; bright blue, 1/8 yd.; bright green, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: bright purple, bright blue, black pearl cotton
  • Yellow flat buttons, 3/4”, four
  • Black baby rickrack

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Needle
  • Adhesives: Iron-on adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

General

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.). Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use computer and desired font to print names; transfer to towels, adding swirls at beginning and end. Stem stitch names on towels using four strands bright blue floss for bug and bright purple floss for butterfly.

Butterfly Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than top and bottom wings. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut top wings from fused purple and bottom wings from fused pink fabric (along dashed lines). Adhere wings to towel above name on right side (top wing should overlap bottom wing). Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of wings.

2. For antennae, fold 7” rickrack length in half; adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

3. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top wings.

4. For binding, cut 3”-wide strips to towel width plus 1” from pink fabric. Place strip across bottom front of towel with right sides together (edge should be even at bottom and extend 1/2” at sides). Sew strip 3/4” from bottom edge of towel. Turn raw edges of strip over to back of towel. Turn long edge under 3/4” (turned edge should be even with stitching on front side). Hand sew turned edges of strip to towel.

Bug Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than head and body. Follow manufacturer’s instruction to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut head from fused blue and body from fused green (along dashed lines).

2. For legs, cut six 4-1/2” black rickrack lengths. Fold pieces in half so both sides are same length. Adhere raw ends under body at placement of leg lines on pattern.

3. For antennae, fold a 5” baby rickrack length in half and adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

4. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top of bug.

5. Make binding in same way as Butterfly Towel, using green fabric.

by Mary Ayres

Doorknob Curtain Tiebacks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle an old doorknob set to create your own unique, yet elegant, curtain tiebacks.

Materials

  • White doorknob set, 5-1⁄2” long
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paints: Country Red, Eucalyptus, White, Almond

Tools

  • Delta: Easy-Grip Spreaders, Easy-Twist Detail Tips
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Small rose stencil

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface. Apply stencil adhesive to back of stencil; position on doorknob.

STEP 2

Combine small amount of Country Red and White to create soft rose color. Apply small amount of rose mixture and White directly to stencil. Use pointed spreader to spread paint over stencil, blending colors. Clean spreader.

STEP 3

In same way, use Eucalyptus to paint leaves. Remove stencil.

STEP 4

Mix small amount of Almond and White; use mixture and small dot tip to apply dots around rose.

STEP 5

Repeat Steps 1-4 for remaining doorknob.

by Irene Mueller

Cork Message Center

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Pretty and practical! Craft this cork message center as an organizational tool to keep track of your family’s messages.

Materials

  • Unfinished wood frame, 12”x12”
  • Off-white cardstock
  • Coordinating papers: light green, bright green, green check, orange check, stripe, large floral print, blue dot
  • Basic Grey Fibers
  • Coordinating buttons
  • Silver paper fasteners, medium, four
  • Eyelets: round silver, metal screw
  • Cup hooks, 7/8”, four
  • 3M Post-it Notepad, 1-1/2”x2”
  • Cork sheet, 1/4” thick
  • Heavy cardboard, 10”x10”
  • Thumbtacks
  • Pen

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Wedgewood Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Blue ink pad
  • Hole punch: 1/8”, 3/16”
  • Corner rounder punch (optional)
  • Circle punches: 1-1/4”, 1-1/2”, 1-3/4”
  • Scoring tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper trimmer, paintbrush, pencil, sandpaper, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Remove backing from frame; lightly sand frame edges. Basecoat Wedgewood Blue; let dry. Lightly sand painted edges for aged look.

STEP 2

Trace and cut out frame shape from light green paper. Cut narrow strips from striped and checked papers; adhere across top, bottom, and sides of paper frame, overlapping ends. Cut 1-3/4”x11” piece from large floral print paper. Round left corner on strip if wood frame has rounded corners. Ink edges and adhere to left side of paper frame. Punch 1/8” hole and attach paper fastener.

STEP 3

Punch four 1-3/4” circles from bright green paper; sand edges. Punch four 1-1/2” circles from green check, and four 1” circles from blue dot paper. Adhere circles on top of each other. Evenly space and adhere circles across paper frame bottom. Punch 3/16” holes in centers of circles.

STEP 4

For pockets, cut 2-1/2”x3”, 2”x5”, and 2”x4” pieces from cardstock. Score lines 1/2” from bottom edges; fold to back. Cut 1-1/4”x3-1/2” and 1-1/4”x2-1/2” pieces from large floral print and stripe papers. Adhere across tops of wide pockets. Punch 1-1/4” circle from large floral print paper; adhere to center of narrow pocket. Punch 1/8” hole in center of each pocket; attach paper fasteners. Punch half circle from top centers of pockets. Adhere assembled pockets to right side and top of paper frame.

STEP 5

Adhere assembled paper frame to front of wood frame; sand edges. Attach cup hooks to holes in centers of circles at frame bottom edge. Attach metal screw eyelet to top left side of frame. Adhere notepad to left side of frame.

STEP 6

Sand edges of buttons. Insert fibers through two buttons and tie on top. Adhere three buttons to frame right side, above pocket. Adhere remaining buttons to thumbtacks. Attach fibers to pen, then to eyelet on frame.

STEP 7

For treasure tag, cut 3/4”x4” piece from orange check paper; trim two corners for tag shape and ink edges. Print “treasure” on tag with black marker. Punch 3-16” hole in tag top; attach eyelet. Tie fibers through hole, and tuck tag inside pocket.

STEP 8

Cut corkboard to fit 10”x10” heavy cardboard (or size to fit inside frame.); adhere to cardboard. Insert corkboard into frame and replace backing.

by Mary Ayres

Americana Floor Cloth

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of Americana to your home décor and celebrate America’s birthday all summer long with this patriotic accent rug.

Materials

  • Half-round rug, 18”x36”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Country Red, Uniform Blue, Antique Gold

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Extra Thick Glaze
  • Paintbrushes: round; flat; foam, 2” wide

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Use photo as painting guide.)

Step 1

Use foam brush to basecoat front of rug Light Buttermilk.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Place heart pattern in left top corner of rug, 3” from top and 6” from side. Transfer heart pattern and draw horizontal lines 2-5⁄8” apart across rug for stripes. Use foam brush to paint alternating Country Red and Light Buttermilk stripes. (Note: Wiggle brush slightly to make irregular edges. Do not paint through heart.)

Step 3

Carefully cut letters from pattern apart. Transfer letters to Light Buttermilk stripes to read “my home sweet home.” Transfer three small stars to Light Buttermilk stripes. Use a round paintbrush to outline heart and letters with Uniform Blue and stars with Antique Gold. Use a flat brush to fill in center of shapes.

Step 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray two or three coats of glaze evenly over entire rug.

by Chris Malone

Chipboard Inspirational Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Transform chipboard and printable film from Grafix into an inspirational accent piece. Personalize with names, phrases, words and more!

Materials

  • Grafix Chipboard Squares: White , five; Black, three
  • Grafix Silver Metallic Foil Board, 10”x13”
  • Grafix Computer Grafix Clear Adhesive-Backed Film
  • Assorted black-and-white ribbons

Tools

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Heat tool
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Music Background, Old Letter Writing, Zig Zag, Canvas Stripes, Lattice Background; Hampton Art Flourish Background
  • Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Pearlescent Accent Spray: Cherry Ice, Gingersnap, Sun Kissed, Limolicious, Splash, Grape Burst
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment Ink Pads: Frost White, Black
  • Clearsnap Top Boss Embossing Powder: Black, White
  • Clearsnap Color Catcher Spray Box
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, hole punch

Directions

Size

24”x4”

step 1

Stamp Frost White and emboss White three Black chipboard squares as follows: first square Flourish Background, second square Music Background, third square Old Letter Writing.

step 2

Stamp Black and emboss Black three White chipboard squares as follows: first square Canvas Stripes, second square Lattice Background, third square Zig Zag.

step 3

Print “CREATE” in font of choice, sized to approximately 1-1/2” to 1-3/4” tall, and spaced so that letters can be cut out in 2” squares, on Clear Adhesive-Backed Film Sheet. Let ink dry, then cut out letters in 2” squares.

step 4

Cut six 2”x2” squares from remaining White chipboard squares. One at a time, place 2”x2” White chipboard squares in Color Catcher and spritz each with a different color of Smooch Spritz; set aside to dry.

step 5

Adhere letters to “Smooched” chipboard squares. Cut six 2-1/4”x2-1/4” squares from Silver foil board; mat “Smooched” squares on foil board squares.

step 6

Adhere matted letter squares to centers of 4”x4” chipboard squares as shown to spell “CREATE”.

step 7

Mark and punch two holes on both sides of 4”x4” chipboard squares for “R”, first “E”, “A”, and “T”. Punch only right side of “C” and left side of second “E”.

step 8

Cut ten 8” ribbon lengths. Thread ribbons through punched holes to tie letters together.

Tip

by Tami Sanders for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Cupcake Dreams

Cupcakes have just the right balance between fluffy, sweet frosting and cake. I’m not a big cake person, but cupcakes piled high with frosting are great in my book. Cupcakes also look pretty, so they look great regardless of whether they are edible or if they are faux cupcakes for decorating or wearing.

My cupcakes are sized according to their purpose, big ones for decorating and tiny ones for earrings. They’re all made from AMACO Cloud Clay which is light and yet very robust when dry.

You will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay in white and colors you can mix to make the colors you need. Or, buy a packet of white and color it with acrylic paints (think DecoArt Americana or Plaid FolkArt) or alcohol inks (think Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks).
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, cell phone charm attachment, key-ring attachment
  • Jewelry tools

Mix the white clay with the color. If you’re using colored clays, you only need the smallest bit of color to mix with the white to get dreamy pastels. If you’re using paint or ink, start with small amounts and add more if you need it. To mix the clay, add the colored clay, paint, or ink, and fold the colored bits into the white clay. Pull apart, fold over, and repeat. It only takes about 20 folds and pulls to mix the color; it’s simple to do.

Now shape your cupcake. For the big one, I used an individual silicone cupcake mold and filled it with the Cloud Clay (once the clay is a bit dry you can easily remove the mold to complete drying). For little cupcakes, just roll into a small cylinder and add dents around the edge by pressing the edge of a credit card into the clay. Set aside to dry a little while you mix the color for the icing.

For the big cupcake, I mixed a heap of colored Cloud Clay for the icing. Pull it into long strips and you’ll see it begins to take on a texture. I just placed one end on the cupcake base and started winding and building it up so it looks like piled-up icing.

For the little cupcakes, you need a much smaller amount of clay. Roll it into a long thin snake and curl it for the icing. Tuck the end of the clay back into the icing to finish.

Make a strawberry shape – basically a large teardrop – from red clay. As it dries, press small dents into it with a toothpick for its seeds. Add a small green leafy top and push it into the icing so it dries in place.

The tiny cupcakes just need a small ball of red clay and a green leaf if desired.

The large cupcake, when dry, is a fun decorative piece. The smaller ones can become cell phone charms and key-ring charms if you add the appropriate hardware. The teeny tiny ones are great earrings – I like to cover these mini cupcakes with a coat of Glossy Accents to protect them and give them a sheen.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Mambi Sunny Summer Days Winner!

Hello, crafters! Alice Golden with you today to announce the winner of the Sunny Summer Days Giveaway offered on my June 18th blog post. I created a fun birdhouse-and-mini chairs set that featured new summer-themed products from Me & My BIG Ideas. The folks at Mambi generously offered to give one lucky reader a chance to win a variety of summer-themed products.

All you had to do for a chance to win was to leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer spot. The winner of this amazing prize package, as chosen by Random.org, is Laura Perez. Laura wrote, “My perfect spot for summer is in the shade in my backyard with a book!” Other favorite spots included the beach, the pool, the lake, as well as assorted parks, playgrounds, and camping sites. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.

And congratulations, Laura! We will contact you via email for your mailing information.

Until next time,

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

 

Trendy Scarf Belt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With just cold water, Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye, and a little bit of imagination, you can change a plain white scarf into a stylish scarf belt. It’s so quick and simple, you’ll be inspired to create other designs!

Materials

  • White silk scarf
  • Duncan Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye: Turquoise

Tools

  • Plastic wrap
  • Disposable cup
  • Lingerie bag

Basic Supplies

paper towels, plastic gloves, cotton-tip swab, washer and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth and wet scarf. Wring dry with paper towels, leaving slightly damp. Wearing gloves, fill dye bottle with water and replace cap. Shake to mix thoroughly. Squeeze 1”-wide stripes, leaving 6” space between stripes onto scarf. Dye will slightly wick out. Pour small dye amount in cup. Dip cotton-tip swab in dye; dot between stripes. Cover scarf with plastic wrap and let sit four to six hours.

STEP 2

Fill washer with small load of water and laundry soap. Place scarf in lingerie bag. Wash and dry.

by Frances Lopez for Duncan Enterprises

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.

Materials

  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth, sewing needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.

STEP 2

Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.

STEP 3

Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.

STEP 4

With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.

STEP 5

Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.

STEP 6

Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.

STEP 7

Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.

Tip

  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Pledge of Allegiance

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Display your loyalty to America not only on the 4th of July but throughout the entire year. Stitch this Pledge of Allegiance cross-stitch design to express your pride and devotion to America.

Materials

  • 14-count light blue Aida
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid

Tools

  • #24 tapestry needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand braid
  • French knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 7″x5″; Stitch Count 98 w x 70 h

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Using two strands floss or one strand braid, cross-stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch words using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue. Stitch all other backstitch using one strand Anchor 403 Black. Stitch French knots using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue.

4. Frame as desired.

by Lois Winston