Hankie Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


If you have a collection of pretty hankies just sitting in a drawer, showcase them by creating these darling coasters.


  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Cream, colors of choice
  • Buttons, assorted


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam2
  • Pinking shears
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Cut 4-1/2” square from each hankie. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Steam-A-Seam2 to wrong side of each hankie square. Remove backing from each square.


Place hankie wrong side down onto cream felt and use iron to fuse in place. Using pinking shears, carefully trim around each felt/hankie square.


Machine-sew zigzag stitch 1/8” from edge of hankie.


Adhere cream felt/hankie to another coordinating wool felt color. Use pinking shears to trim around edges, leaving 1/8” border.


Adhere buttons to coaster.

by Rebekah Meier

Pinterest for Crafters

Hello there. Alice Golden with you today to talk about one of my new favorite tools for crafting… it’s not a new stamp set or paper trimmer, but a website – Pinterest – and if you haven’t already become a convert, I can’t wait to introduce you!

Over the years I have found many ideas and much inspiration in the pages of a magazine. I love nothing more than curling up with a new issue and a hot cup of tea. Until recently, if I saw something I wanted to refer back to, such as a delicious-sounding recipe, photo of a beautiful kitchen space, or cute holiday decoration, I would tear out the page and place it in one of my many inspiration folders.

Pinterest is like an online version of those folders. It is a way to catalog, organize, and share ideas without all of the paper clutter. Instead of tearing out a page from a magazine and putting it in a file, you can “pin” an image to an online bulletin board that you create.

The sky is the limit as to the number and types of boards you can create. For crafters, Pinterest is a great way to collect and organize ideas for projects to make, products to buy, techniques to try, new color schemes to use, and more.

This is a sampling of some of the things I collect on my Pinterest boards:

Getting Started

If you want to give Pinterest a try, you are not alone. According to Alexa.com, Pinterest is currently ranked as the 15th most popular website in the United States, with the vast majority of its users being women. Luckily, setting up an account is easy. Simply visit Pinterest.com and they will walk you through the necessary steps.

Once you have an account, you can add a “Pin it” button to your browser (Pinterest will make that easy for you to do as well). As you are browsing the web and see something you want to save, just hit the “Pin it” button and you will be able to choose the image you want to save and indicate which board to save it to. You also have the ability to upload a pin from your computer, so if you have a photo, project, or recipe you want to share with the Pinterest community, it is easy to do so.

Many websites and blogs have facilitated posting to Pinterest by adding a “Pin it” button directly to their images. For example, if you want to save a project from Crafts ‘n things Weekly,Crafts ‘n things’free online digital publication, to your Pinterest account, simply click on the “P” symbol above the project title.

Getting Social

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Pinterest is all the social sharing that occurs on the site. Think of it like window-shopping with friends where each of you is pointing out fun finds to the others. Not only can you set up boards and pin things you want to remember, but by following others, you can see what they find interesting too.

Browsing the main Pinterest page will allow you to scroll through everything that has been pinned. You can also browse through pins in different categories, such as DIY & Crafts, or search for specific things, like “cross stitch” or “cupcakes”.

When you see something you like, you can either pin it to one of your own boards (called “re-pinning”) or “Like” it. You can also leave a comment for the original pinner. As you find pinners whose style you enjoy, you can choose to either follow one or more of their individual boards or “Follow All”. Once you are following someone, when you go to Pinterest, you will be presented with your individualized “feed” that shows you what the people you are following have pinned since the last time you visited.

The Crafts ‘n things blog team members are active on Pinterest and we would love it if you want to check out our boards and follow us:

- Crafts ‘n things

- Gloria Stengel

- Jill Cornell

- Melony Bradley

- Alice Golden

- Helen Bradley

- Suzanne Czosek

What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try? Or are you already on Pinterest? If so, I’d love to check out your pins. Just leave a link to your Pinterest account in the comment section and I will try to visit soon.

I also should add that Pinterest should come with a warning label… it can be pretty darn addictive!

Happy Pinning!

Alice Golden of Golden Moments (http://www.alicegolden.com)

Best Friends Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Kids can create a colorful craft stick frame to capture a fun summer memory with their friends.


  • Jumbo craft sticks, 20
  • Cardboard scrap, 5”x6”
  • Scrapbook paper: blue, blue/green plaid, yellow/green plaid
  • The Beadery Alphabet Beads
  • Glass E beads, in coordinating colors, 23
  • Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire, 15” length
  • Photo, 4-1/2”x3-1/2”
  • Wire photo hanger


  • Adhesives: glue stick, craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)



On covered work surface, apply glue stick on one side of nine craft sticks. Press craft sticks on blue paper. Cut around craft sticks. Let dry. Repeat process to cover eight craft sticks with blue/green plaid paper and three craft sticks with yellow/green plaid paper. Let dry.


Position cardboard rectangle, with 5” side at top, on work surface. To make frame, use craft glue to adhere one blue stick horizontally at top on 5” side. Continue adhering blue sticks horizontally on rectangle, covering completely. Let dry.


Adhere photo 1/8” below top edge of bottom horizontal blue craft stick on frame, centering in space. Let dry.


Measure 1/2” from each side of frame. Adhere blue/green plaid stick vertically on each side of frame, slightly covering edges of photo. Let dry.


Stack blue/green plaid sticks into two stacks of three. Adhere stacks on top of frame (on top two blue sticks). Let dry.


Adhere yellow/green plaid sticks on top and bottom sides of photo. Adhere remaining yellow/plaid stick centered on top of blue/green plaid stacks as shown in photo.


Cut 6” length of wire; loop one end. Thread wire into alphabet beads to spell “BEST” with glass beads between. Loop other wire end. Repeat process using 9″ length of wire to spell “FRIENDS”. Adhere beaded wires on frame as shown in photo.


Adhere wire hanger on back of frame. Let dry.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Fun In The Sun Backpack

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Hit the beach in style with an eye-catching carryall – perfect for toting flip-flops, sunscreen, beach towel, and so much more!


  • Light yellow fabric backpack or sling
  • Duncan Tulip Dimensional Slick Paints: Pink, Orange, Purple
  • Beads: flower, two; micro-beads, clear


  • Cardboard
  • Transfer paper

Basic Supplies




Wash and dry backpack without fabric softener.


Enlarge pattern to desired size if necessary. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Print and transfer pattern to backpack. (Note: Flower on pattern is for placement of bead only; do not transfer.)


Insert cardboard inside backpack. Apply Orange dot to tip of straps; press flower bead in place. Outline flip-flops Orange, dots Purple, and paint straps Pink; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.


Trace lettering with all three paint colors as shown in photo; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for Duncan Enterprises

Sunflower Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Create this bright Sunflower Wall Hanging as a cheery addition to your summer décor. Not only is the center panel colored with crayons, but it’s also tea dyed. Just follow the steps in our “How to Tea Dye Fabric” tutorial to learn this simple technique.


  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: muslin, 1⁄4 yd.; blue print, 1⁄8 yd.; flower, 1⁄4 yd.; fabric of choice for backing, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Low-loft batting, 12”x16”
  • White quilting thread
  • White flat-backed buttons, 3⁄8” diameter, six
  • Raffia
  • Twig, 14-1⁄4” long


  • Quilting needle
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Black fine-line permanent marker
  • Tea dye items (optional): tea bags, saucepan, water, wooden spoon, old towel

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plain paper, glue gun, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, iron and ironing board, freezer paper



11-1⁄2”x15-1⁄2” (not including hanging tabs)

Wall Hanging

1. If you want the muslin to have a vintage look, see “How To Tea Dye Fabric,” tutorial located at the end of this craft. Mark 6”x10-1⁄2” rectangle on muslin with pencil. Do not cut out.

2. Iron freezer paper to wrong side of muslin. Freezer paper should remain on wrong side of muslin. (Note: If freezer paper does not stick to fabric, pin muslin to freezer paper just outside of rectangle.)

3. Print pattern and cut along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using pattern and marker, trace pattern onto fabric panel. The letter “I” should be about 1” from top 10-1⁄2” pencil line and 5⁄8” from side pencil line. (Note: To easily trace pattern, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace pattern.)

4. Color design with crayons as desired. The designer used the following colors: Yellow, center of sun; Golden Rod, outline of sun’s rays; Laser Lemon, sun’s rays; Granny Smith, two sections of beach ball; Orange, two sections of beach ball; Wisteria, two sections of beach ball; Blue, sand pail; Periwinkle, inside sand pail; Brown, shading around entire center panel. (Note: Color intensity depends on pressure used while coloring.) When finished, peel off freezer paper and discard.

5. Place plain paper on ironing board. Place design, right side down, onto paper. Press carefully to set colors. Cut out center panel on pencil lines.

6. (Note: Sew 1/4″ seams with right sides facing. Press seams away from center panel.) Cut a 1-1⁄2”x45” strip from blue print fabric. Sew strip to top of panel; trim even. In same way as top, sew and trim strip at bottom, then sides of panel. Side strips will cross over top and bottom strips.

7. For flowered border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x45” strips from flower print fabric. Sew one strip to top and one strip to bottom of panel; trim each strip even. In same way, sew strips to sides of center panel; trim even. Again, side strips will cross over top and bottom strips. Press all seams.

8. For hanging loops, cut three 2”x6” rectangles from remaining blue print fabric. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew long raw edge together. Turn right side out. Press each hanging loop, with seam center in back. Fold each loop in half with raw edges even. Pin one loop to center back of top. Pin remaining loops 2” from each side of wall hanging.

9. For backing, cut 12”x16-1⁄2” rectangle from fabric of choice. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Leaving 5” opening at bottom edge, sew around edges, catching hanging loops as you sew. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

10. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Using white quilting thread, hand-stitch around center panel, 1⁄4” from blue fabric border. Stitch around both edges of flower fabric border, 1⁄4” from each edge.

11. Use photo as finishing guide. Adhere buttons to corners and centers of long sides of blue fabric border. Slide twig through each fabric loop; adhere in place. Tie two-loop bow around each hanging loop with raffia; trim ends as desired.

Things To Know About Tea Dyeing

1. The size and number of projects will determine the amount of tea needed. For the Sunflower Wall Hanging, two cups of tea should be plenty. For larger projects, a gallon or more of tea may be needed.

2. Brewed coffee can be used instead of tea for deeper color.

3. Fabric that is 100% cotton generally works best for tea dyeing. It’s always a good idea to test a fabric scrap for color results.

How To Tea Dye Fabric Tutorial

1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove pan from stove: add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea bags used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags from pan and stir.

2. Place fabric into tea. Stir fabric occasionally, using wooden spoon. Check every 5 minutes until desired color is achieved. (Note: Fabric appears darker when wet. If fabric appears too dark, rinse in clear water to remove some color.) Remove fabric from tea and squeeze out excess liquid.

3. Fabric may be line-dried or placed in the dryer. If using the dryer, place old towel in with the fabric to absorb the tea. Be sure to wipe out the dryer before drying other items.

4. For some tea dyeing projects, you may wish to leave the fabric wrinkled for a vintage look. Otherwise, press the muslin when dry.

by Shirley Hudson

Sailboat Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Give your home or summer cottage décor a fun nautical feel with this colorful sailboat towel. Or, stitch it as a gift to a friend who loves sailing.


  • Charles Craft White Fingertip Towel with 14-count inset
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

Backstitch: 1 strand

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies



Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-5/8”x1-1/2”; stitch count: 93 w x 22 h

Sailboat Towel

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. Stitch design centered on inset using two strands floss.

3. Backstitch as indicated on chart using one strand floss.

by Charles Craft

Tranquil Candle Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


As you sit back and enjoy a warm summer’s evening, help set the mood with this beautiful candle holder.


  • Wooden drapery finial
  • 6″ metal candle plate
  • Pillar candle, 3″
  • Utility chain, #16, silver, 54” length
  • Split ring, 1-1⁄4″
  • “S” hooks, 1″, three


  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Krylon Spray Paint: Black H2O, Charcoal Crafter’s Metallic, Flat White Interior-Exterior
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Antique White Metallic Paste

Basic Supplies

plastic bag, wire cutter, paper towel



Use drill bit same size as finial screw to drill hole in center of candle plate. Screw plate onto finial.


Cut chain into three 18” lengths. Attach one end of each 18” chain to split ring. Attach “S” hooks to other ends and use pliers to close hooks, securing chain. Attach “S” hooks to plate, spacing evenly apart so plate is balanced; close hooks. (Note: Drill holes in plate if no holes exist.)


Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply two coats of White paint to finial. Randomly mist entire candle hanger with Black paint. Immediately dab with scrunched plastic bag. (Note: If bag has printing, turn inside out.) Repeat, using Charcoal and White. Let dry.


Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Antique White Rub ‘n Buff paste to raised areas of entire candle hanger; buff with paper towel.


Twist candle onto screw. (Note: Never leave burning candle unattended.)

by Barbara Matthiessen

Hatbox Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


To beat the summer heat, throw a “Christmas in July” party. Create this adorable, quick-and-simple Hatbox Snowman to decorate your patio and spread the Christmas cheer! No snow required!


  • Round papier-mâché boxes with lids, one each size: 5-1⁄2”x7” diameter, 4”x8” diameter, 4-1⁄2”x10” diameter
  • Wooden shapes: 3⁄4” discs, five; 1” disc, three; 1-1/4” hearts, two; 2” carrot
  • Rusty tin items: primitive heart, 1-1⁄4” across; jingle bell, 1” diameter; shovel, 12”
  • Fabrics: green/ecru homespun, 1”x27”; burgundy felt, 1⁄4 yd.
  • Acrylic paints: Rust, White, Black, Burgundy, Hunter Green
  • Aleene’s Brush-on Snow
  • Artificial pine sprigs, two
  • Pine cone, 1-1⁄2”
  • Jute twine, 1-1⁄4 yds.


  • Palette knife
  • Paintbrushes: flat, liner
  • Needle and burgundy thread
  • All-purpose primer
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)



20″ tall


1. Remove lid from small box and discard. On covered work surface, apply one coat all-purpose primer to outside of boxes and remaining lids; let dry. Paint boxes White. Adhere boxes together, with smallest box at top; let dry.

2. Paint the following: small discs (eyes/mouth) Black; hearts (cheeks) and two large discs (buttons) Burgundy; carrot (nose) Rust; remaining large disc (button) Hunter Green. Let dry.

3. Using palette knife and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply brush-on snow to boxes. While still wet, and using photo as placement guide, push painted wooden shapes and rusty tin heart into snow. Let dry overnight.

4. For hat, cut 5”x14” piece from felt. Sew gathering stitches along both long edges. Pull gathers tight on one edge for top of hat. Fit open end of hat around top of head; pull threads to gather and spot glue to head.

5. For hat band, cut 1-1⁄2”x23” strip from felt. Beginning and ending at center back, adhere band around top of head, over hat gathers. Trim ends as needed.

6. Using a liner brush, highlight eyes, cheeks, and nose with White. Thin brush-on snow with water; spatter paint hat.

7. Cut three 6” lengths from twine. Tie each length into a bow; adhere bows to buttons. Use remaining twine to tie shovel around neck. Tie fabric around neck to hide twine; knot fabric at right side of neck. Adhere bell to top of hat. Adhere greenery and pine cone to right side of hat.

by Bonnie Stephens

DIY Custom Play Mat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Kids will enjoy this fun-and-easy project which allows them to incorporate their favorite toys during play time. Use Sakura’s Permapaque dual-point markers which contain a durable ink that goes on smoothly like paint.


  • Vinyl (may also be called “faux leather”, “naugahyde”, or “marine vinyl”)


Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Cut vinyl to preferred size.


Create design for mat. If your child is old enough, have them draw their own design. Involve smaller children by asking what they think should be included.


Outline design using fine point of Permapaque marker.


Use various other shades of markers to create background items, such as small town, field of flowers, or farm with animals. Use the chisel tip edge of Permapaque marker to fill in larger areas of play mat. Finish coloring design, including background area.


Spray light coat of clear finishing spray on completed mat in well-ventilated area. (Note: Only adults should use spray cans.)


Roll up the finished play mat and secure with an elastic band for portable playtime.


  • Sakura’s Permapaque dual-point markers contain a durable ink that goes on smoothly like paint. It dries almost instantly so there are no worries about smearing. The broad chisel point is ideal for coloring in large areas. For this project, the entire background was filled in without stopping, and the color stayed consistent the entire time. Visit Sakura’s YouTube Channel for a video demonstration of this project.

 About this project

  • The play mat is a portable play space for your child to use while also protecting furniture surfaces. But, just how durable is this project? The Permapaque ink stays put pretty well, even when rubbed with a damp cloth. After a couple weeks of intense playtime, there may be some minor scratches from car wheels. It can be prevented by spraying a light coat of clear finishing spray on the completed mat. This spray can be found in the fine art section of the craft department, typically by the paints. Since multiple brands of sprays react differently with fabrics and inks, it is recommended to always test your specific fabric type prior to final application. Always use sprays in well-ventilated areas.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (sakuraofamerica.com)

CHA Week

I love when CHA time arrives because there are always sneak peeks of new products and exciting news being shared. CHA stands for The Craft & Hobby Association, and the two big CHA trade shows each year give manufacturers an opportunity to introduce their new product lines to craft store buyers, independent shop owners, and professional craft designers all in one place. I am thrilled to be sharing some fantastic news here on the Crafts ‘n things blog. Here is the official announcement from Stampendous:

Stampendous is pleased and proud to announce that  we’ve received the license to produce House-Mouse Designs® images as rubber stamps. In addition to our quality wood-mounted stamps, these designs will now be available for the first time in Cling Rubber. Now you can get even more of your favorite images by artist Ellen Jareckie in “easy-to-store” cling stamps. House Mouse images for Fall and Holiday are already winging their way to your local rubber stamping and scrapbooking stores, as well as your favorite online retailers. These images will also be available July 20 on our website at  www.stampendous.com  where your orders are always filled by independent  retailers.

I am lucky enough to be part of the Design Team at Stampendous and had access to some of the new cling stamps being released. I created a few cards to share with you.

My first card is one of the sweet Halloween images. The little mouse in his dinosaur costume is just too cute! I stamped the image in black water-resistant ink. I colored the images using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I added a hint of crystal micro-glitter to the candy corn and the scales. I decided to make him look like a dragon with my choice of colors.

I then laid the die template I chose over the image and traced the edges of the die onto either side of both tails. I removed the die template and cut out just the tails with detail  scissors. I folded the tails inside the cutting edge of the die temple and die cut the shape around my colored image. Next, I sponged the side and top edges of the die-cut image with a mix of green and blue dye ink. I sponged brown dye ink along the bottom.

Mount the image onto a brown cardstock panel slightly smaller than the outer edges of the die cut; the brown shows at the corners of the die-cut shape. Mount the layered piece onto green cardstock cut slightly larger than the brown layer.

Cut card base from brown cardstock and layer green cardstock and orange patterned paper on top. Cut a strip of brown cardstock, attach it across the top, and tie with striped twine.

Adhere the image piece to the card with foam dots.


  • Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows Paper
  • Cardstock: brown, green, white
  • May Arts Twine
  • Stampendous House-Mouse HMCR02 Dino Treats Stamp
  • Spellbinders – Label Die
  • Inks: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo; Tsukineko Memento Pear Tart and Blue Bahama
  • STAEDTLER  Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencils, Waterbrush
  • Stampendous Micro-Glitter Crystal
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • Glue pen

For the second card, I took a Christmas image and turned it into a birthday image.

I stamped the image using black water-resistant ink and colored with watercolor pencils. I added a few polka dots to the packages using a white highlighter, after I had finished blending my colors.

I cut the image into a rectangle and distressed the edges. Next, I mounted the main image onto brown cardstock. Layer onto another layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Create card base from brown cardstock. Add a layer of white cardstock and distress the edges. Attach chevron background paper over the white cardstock. Tie ribbon with button accessory onto card. Adhere the main image to card with foam dots.


  • Cardstock: brown, white
  • Stampendous Stamps: House-Mouse HMCR06 Gifts Galore, Soaring Sentiments
  • May Arts Twine
  • Ranger Archival Inks: Jet Black, Viridian
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell: Watercolor Pencil, Waterbrush
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen

This week, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing House-Mouse projects all week long. Hop over to the Stampendous Blog every day this week for more inspiration! And watch for a fun House-Mouse giveaway coming to Great Finds Friday on theCrafts ‘n thingsblog next month.

Happy Inking!

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