Under the Sea Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this adorable tote bag with sunscreen, beach towel, and other essentials, then head for the beach for an afternoon of fun!

Materials

  • Turquoise tote bag, 13-1/2”
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint: Sweet Melon, Tangerine, Hauser Light Green, Buttermilk, Lamp Black
  • Blumenthal Lansing Co. Favorite Findings Shellz Buttons: Green, Turquoise, Pink
  • Clear rhinestones, five

Tools

  • DecoArt Fashion Sequins Writer: Orange Blaze, Lime Fizz
  • Aleene’s Jewel-It

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, chalk, transfer paper, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

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.) Use chalk and transfer paper to transfer patterns onto tote bag.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint: fish body Tangerine, fins and tail Sweet Melon, eye Buttermilk. Let dry. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Paint plants Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Dot eye Buttermilk.

STEP 3

Use paint writers to add Orange Blaze accents on fins and tail and Lime Fizz accents on plants. Let dry.

STEP 4

Position buttons and rhinestones on design in desired pattern. Use jewelry glue to adhere buttons and rhinestones on bag. See photo for guide. Let dry.

by Terry Ricioli

Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Something other than a sack made from burlap? You bet! Stamp butterflies onto burlap to create this pillow and table runner, plus learn the trick to cutting straight, even edges on burlap fabric!

Materials

  • Natural burlap fabric, 36” or 45”-wide, 2 yds.
  • White cotton fringe, 4” long, 3-1/4 yds.
  • Pillow form, 16” square

Tools

  • Stamps: butterfly, fern
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric-painting medium
  • Glaze sponge
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler

Directions

Sizes

Pillow, 16” square; Runner, 21”x35”

Pillow/Table Runner

1. Apply adhesive to cut edges of burlap; let dry. Wash burlap in hot water without fabric softener. Press to remove wrinkles.

2. For straight-edge cutting guide, pull two threads across width of burlap; cut along line. Measure 18” from straight edge and pull two threads across width again for 18”-wide fabric piece.

3. For pillow, cut two 18” squares from burlap. Cut 21”x35” rectangle for runner, using same thread-pulling method for straight edges.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix paint with fabric-painting medium. Use sponge to apply paint to stamp. Stamp runner and one pillow square. See Tip.

5. To assemble the pillow, pin fringe around edges of stamped pillow square, with fringe ends toward center. (Note: Gather fringe slightly in corners to prevent puckering.) Pin remaining square to pillow.

6. Sew pillow together with 5/8” seams, leaving 12” of one side open for turning. Trim corners close to stitching and turn right side out. Insert pillow form; slipstitch opening closed.

7. Zigzag or overcast stitch around runner edges. Press 1” to wrong side along 35” edges; straight stitch in place. Pin fringe along 19” edges, wrapping ends around to back side; topstitch in place.

Tip

  • Practice stamping on scrap burlap. Mark center with pin. Press stamp firmly, then lift straight up; do not rock from side to side.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Great Finds Friday: Books

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to tell you about three craft books that are on my project table this summer. To me, summer is the perfect time to try a few new techniques, to explore new surfaces and materials, and to carve out some creative time for myself. No time limits, no pressure, just play time. For a chance to WIN one of these great books, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about summer by 11:59pm EST on July 18th. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on July 19th.

MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES: 25 Crafty Projects and Recipes by Pip Lincolne, Hardie Grant Books (distributed by Rizzoli New York), (www.hardiegrant.com.au), ISBN: 9781742701318, retail value $29.95.

You will adore this book! Every colorful, happy-inspired project inside is a “make it just because you want to” idea, but all are functional and gift-worthy, too. None of the projects require a huge investment in tools or materials, so they’re perfect for your summer “try something new” time. And MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES is as much fun to read as it is to flip through, as you explore the fabulous photographs. Here’s an excerpt from Pip Lincolne’s “Amazingly Cute Gift Bags” project on page 16: “You will not believe how easy it is to carve your very own stamp. It honestly is. You will think you are an incredible crafty marvel…Your friends will think you are the cleverest ever and will demand presents all the time. But don’t blame me for that!” Lincolne’s style is part crafty friend, part encouraging instructor and 100% playful in her approach to crafting. In addition to the projects, which cover loads of techniques, you’ll find recipes, a reading list, a suggested playlist, and a great basics chapter. Spend your summer making hey!

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space by Lexi Barnes, Storey Publishing, (www.storey.com), ISBN: 9781603427975, retail value $19.95.

Dust off your sewing machine, take a critical look at which parts of your home need a little refreshing, and grab this how-to guide. Sew Up a Home Makeover includes 50 ways to elevate your home’s style and functionality with fabric and basic sewing skills. There are no complicated patterns or templates, and projects can be fully customized for your needs. As author Lexi Barnes explains, once you’ve lived in your home for awhile, things can begin to ”feel too familiar, or dated, or (gulp) boring.” Have you been there? I know I have. The first project I can’t wait to try is the Dreamy Duvet Cover shown on the book cover. Using a flat sheet, pretty fabric, buttons, and twill tape, I’m planning to transform the master bedroom from “final resting place of clean laundry” to peaceful oasis for Mom and Dad. Fabric is a little bit magic that way; it makes a big impact without too much effort or expense. Barnes also offers great design tips for budget-savvy crafters and would-be decorators, along with easy-to-follow project instructions.

Practical Origami: Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by the Editors of Shufu-no-Tomo, Vertical Inc., (www.vertical-inc.com), ISBN:9781935654407, retail value $19.95.

Presentation is everything when it comes to gifting and entertaining, and Practical Origami includes dozens of designs to entice your hands into the art of paper folding. Project categories include: Gorgeous Everyday Containers (including Sweets Box, Cookie Box, Deli Box, and more); Tabletop Decorations (including Chopsticks Envelope, Bunny Chopsticks Rest, Herb Pouch, and more); Gift Wrappings with a Japanese Twist (including various pouches and envelopes); Desktop Accessories (including book covers, CD Case, Pen Tray, and more); and Decorations for Every Season (including animals, flowers, and more). Decorate your own home or use your origami creations to house handmade gifts, creating two lovely gifts in one.

Remember, leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Good luck!

Happy Summer Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Secret Garden Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

The soft glistening tones of rose Czech faceted crystals create a sweet, feminine necklace that’s sure to land you plenty of compliments!

Materials

  • Rich, earthy color linen or nylon thread, 2-1/4 yd.
  • Fire Mountain Gems Rose Czech faceted crystals, 10mm
  • Vintage baubles: antique skeleton keys, faceted glass, faux pearls
  • Small millinery bloom (from antique hat) or silk craft flower
  • Vintage button (for closure)
  • Antique brass metal headpins, 24-gauge, 4-6
  • Silk ribbon, scrap

Tools

  • Mini crochet hook, size 8
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose, wire-cutting
  • Fray Check solution
  • Fabric glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick

Directions

STEP 1

Leaving thread attached to spool, chain stitch approximately 15 and make loop large enough for vintage button to fit through for clasp. Chain 2.

STEP 2

Stretch the last chain stitch out approximately one yard, keeping stitch intact, and clip end from spool. Leave a small tail of thread, and just under the chain stitched loop, tie two knots around the previous two chain stitches. Apply a dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish to knots. Let dry. At end of one yard length, snip thread, creating two lengths onto which you will knot crystals.

STEP 3

Slide one crystal onto thread and tie two knots; repeat with all beads until necklace is desired length. Tie two extra knots after attaching final crystal.

STEP 4

Attach vintage button by passing both threads through button hole, and tie thread off underneath. Snip thread close to knots and apply dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish.

STEP 5

Gather vintage bits and baubles, and small silk millinery flower. Attach beads and pearls to center point of necklace using headpins and pliers.

STEP 6

Use headpin to attach vintage bead or crystal to silk flower by passing through the middle hole and wire wrapping to necklace. Tie a wisp of silk ribbon behind flower to give it a bit of vintage sweetness and create dimension. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends.

by Maryellen Kim

Tea Lantern

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a fun and simple way to display the beauty of nature with this pressed flower tea lantern.

Materials

  • Clear self-adhesive vinyl paper, 9”x10”, two
  • Assorted pressed flowers and greenery
  • Craft foam, two colors of choice, 1”x10-1⁄2”, four (trim); 1”x9-1⁄4”, one (handle)
  • Two brass paper fasteners
  • Battery-operated candle or tea light

Tools

  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Remove paper backing from one piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Arrange pressed flowers as desired on sticky side. (Note: Do not place flowers within 1” from edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper.)

STEP 2

Remove paper backing from remaining piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper and press onto first piece, covering flowers with side edges overlapping 1”.

STEP 3

Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one long side of each trim piece. See photo. Adhere one trim piece along one long edge of self-adhesive vinyl paper aligning edges. Repeat same for other end.

STEP 4

Form self-adhesive vinyl paper into a cylinder so trim pieces are on inside of cylinder; press together, overlapping edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Adhere remaining trim pieces onto outside of cylinder, sandwiching self-adhesive vinyl paper in between.

STEP 5

Use decorative-edge scissors to trim both long sides of handle. Use hole punch to make a hole in center of each short end of handle, 1⁄2” from edges. Use hole punch to punch two holes in center of one trim end, punching second hole directly opposite first. Use paper fasteners to secure handle to lantern.

STEP 6

Place lantern over battery-operated candle or tea light.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Sparklers Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a little glitz to your Independence Day table with this easy-to-make star-spangled centerpiece!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Block 2”x5”x7”
  • Fabric: red/white striped, 6”x19”; blue/white star, 6-1/2”x9”
  • Red Felt, 1-7/8”x6-7/8”
  • Star picks: four blue, three red, two red/white/blue
  • Silver metallic bag filler

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Star cookie cutter, 3-1/2”
  • Pebbles or fishing weights, 1/2 cup
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, melon baller

Directions

STEP 1

For vase bottom, use melon baller to scoop out a small cavity from one long 2”-wide end of plastic foam. See photo. Center and adhere striped fabric to vase, overlapping edges, folding and adhering excess fabric to top and bottom of vase.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s directions for adhesive, iron adhesive to wrong side of star print fabric. Use cookie cutter to trace two stars on wrong wide of fabric; cut out. Iron one star to upper left corner of one long side of vase. Repeat for back.

STEP 3

Adhere pebbles or fishing weights into vase, filling cavity. Adhere felt to bottom of vase.

STEP 4

Use scissors to curl several streamers from picks. Use wire cutters to cut 3-1/2” length from bottom of each pick; adjust length of pick as necessary. See photo. Insert picks into top of vase.

STEP 5

Adhere filler to top of vase.

Tip

  • Spray glitter on base to add some sparkle to your centerpiece.

by Annabelle Keller

Happy Fourth of July

I love The Fourth of July. When I was a child, “the 4th” was the best holiday of the year. All of my older siblings would come home for a long visit. We always had a huge picnic in the backyard, complete with icy cold watermelon. My brothers would place the watermelon in the creek to chill until lunch. We all attended the local parade and fireworks. Plus, our small town always had a carnival and festival. It was the best of times.

As an adult, I am proud of my relatives who have served our country. I especially thank my father (a World War II veteran) and my four brothers (two who are Vietnam veterans) for their military service. I created a card suitable for wishing them a happy Independence Day.

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

2. Cut 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ star paper panel. Distress edges with scissors and sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut 4-1/8″x3″ brown cardstock panel. Cut 4″x2-7/8″ plaid paper panel. Layer and adhere panels together. Wrap red twill around center of panel and knot on right side. Adhere panel to card 1/2″ from bottom edge.

4. Using scissors, distress edges of bingo card; sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to top left corner of card on angle.

5. Die cut/emboss Nested Lacey Pennants #3 shape from brown cardstock. Die cut/emboss Nested Pennants #3 shape from blue star paper. Layer and adhere pennants together; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Dark Cashmere ink, stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock. Die cut/emboss sentiment into Ribbon Banners #3 shape. Before removing shape from die template, use sponge to stencil openings with Venetian Lace ink, concentrating ink more heavily near ends. Remove template. Adhere sentiment to center of pennant.

7. Using Nestabilities Stars Five die set, die cut/emboss smallest star from red and white cardstock, next smallest star from red cardstock, and star #3 from dark blue cardstock. Adhere stars to the card as shown using foam dots. If desired, save one small red star to decorate matching envelope.

8. Tie twine through holes of cream button; adhere to twill knot using clear dot.

9. Decorate inside of card with strip of decorative paper. Stamp sentiment as shown.

Products used:

  • Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup; October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Report Card
  • Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road; Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Bazzill Basics Paper Maraschino
  • Jenni Bowlin Studios Bingo Card
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Twill
  • StampingScrapping Stamp Sets: Design Label Accents, Design Fancy
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Nested Pennants, Nested Lacey Pennants, and Ribbon Banners; Nestabilities Stars Five
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Pads: Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape Runner and Foam Squares; Glue Dots International Glue Dots

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

XO Tin Star and Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Down-home charm transforms a tin star into a sweet, subtle patriotic display. Hang it in remembrance this 4th of July and leave it there year-round.

Materials

  • Tin star, 7-3/4” across
  • Stampin Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: white printer-weight, red/brown dot, cream/brown text
  • Clear button
  • Hemp
  • Brown/crème gingham ribbon

Tools

  • Stamps: flower, alphabet
  • Stampin Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads: Chocolate Chip, Early Expresso
  • Sponge dauber
  • Tag punch
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Trace one section of star onto white printer-weight paper and cut out for pattern. Cut five from either dot paper or text paper. Turn pattern over and cut five from remaining paper. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink along paper edges. Adhere to star.

STEP 2

Cut and adhere two 4” ribbon lengths into loops. Cross loops and adhere to center of star.

STEP 3

Trace button onto brown cardstock and cut out slightly inside traced line. Adhere cardstock to back of button; poke holes with needle or similar tool. Tie hemp through holes. Adhere button to star.

STEP 4

Stamp Early Expresso flower on cream cardstock; punch with tag punch. Stamp Chocolate Chip “XO” over flower. Sponge same ink along edges. Mat tag on dot paper. Tie tag to star with hemp.

by Lindsey Botkin

God Bless America Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

So patriotic, you may find yourself humming “God Bless America” while painting this pin!

 Materials

  • Wooden shapes: rectangle, 2”x2-1⁄2”; circle, 1-1⁄8” diameter; star, 1-1⁄2” across
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Tomato Spice, Midnight Blue, Spice Brown, Golden Brown
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: round: Series FAB, #4; Series 4000, #5; wash, Series 4550, 1⁄2”; angular shader, Series 4400, 1⁄4”; DES Stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Black ultra-fine tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use wash brush to basecoat rectangle and circle Light Ivory and star Golden Brown.

STEP 2

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 details. Use #5 round brush to basecoat left corner of circle (“union”) Midnight Blue, and to paint Tomato Spice stripes. Dot union field Light Ivory. Use angular shader to float Spice Brown around inner blue edges. Transfer lettering and details; trace with marker.

STEP 3

For worn look, sand edges of shapes; wipe with soft cloth. Apply varnish to all shapes. Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel