Summer Shopper Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Whether you’re heading to the farmer’s market or perusing your favorite boutiques, don’t forget this stylish, functional tote!


  • Canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Decorator-weight fabric: large floral, 1/2 yd.; stripe, 1/8 yd.; small floral, 1/8 yd.
  • Dark pink rick rack, 1 yd.
  • Pink assorted buttons, 11
  • Pink embroidery floss


  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and dark pink thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins




Tote Bag

(Note: Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.)

1. Cut fabrics as follows: 13-1/2”x2” small floral; 13-1/2”x3” stripe; 13-1/2”x6” and two 20”x 2-1/2” large floral; 13-1/2”x17”, 13-1/2”x5-1/2”, and 13-1/2”x12” canvas.

2. Using photo as guide, machine-sew stripe and small floral strips to 6” large floral strip, creating one patchwork piece. Press seams open. Finished patchwork piece will measure 13-1/2”x10”.

3. Pin wrong side of patchwork piece to 12” canvas strip along sides, keeping side and bottom edges even. (Note: Canvas strip will extend 2” beyond patchwork on top of piece.)

4. Machine sew rick rack onto patchwork seams.

5. With right sides together, pin 5-1/2” canvas strip to bottom edge of patchwork piece; machine sew. Press seam downward. Finished tote front will measure 13-1/2”x17”.

6. With right sides facing, place tote front and 13-1/2”x17” canvas backing together. Starting at top, machine-sew around sides and bottom of tote, leaving top open. Clip corners and turn right side out.

7. Press top edge of canvas down 3/4”. Fold down 3/4” again; press and pin in place. Canvas will overlap top striped strip 1/4”. Machine-sew zigzag stitches 3/8” from top edge of bag.

8. For straps, press 20”x2-1/2” floral strips in half with wrong sides together. Press raw edges under 1/4”; press. Press ends of each strap under 1/4”.

9. Machine sew 1/4” from edge of strap. Repeat for remaining strap.

10. Center and pin straps 3” apart to inside of tote. Machine-sew straps to bag with cross stitches.

11. Use three strands of floss to sew buttons to large flower centers.

by Rebekah Meier

Kitchen Tools Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Crackled paint is the key to giving plain glass a complete makeover. Try this technique to make great storage containers for your pens, crochet hooks, drinking straws, etc. Post your craft on the Community page at – we’d love to see your creation!


  • Glass quart jar
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Antique White, Nightfall Blue, Spice Brown
  • Raffia


  • Delta Ceramcoat Crackle Medium
  • All-purpose sealer
  • Satin varnish
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round, liner, large and small shaders
  • Sponge scrap (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)



On covered work surface, use flat brush to apply one coat sealer to outside of jar. Basecoat jar Black.


Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to jar. Use large shader brush and Antique White to paint jar. (Note: Load paintbrush heavily. Apply only one coat of Antique White. Do not paint over areas that have already been covered or paint will lift. For a smaller cracked appearance, use sponge and apply paint heavily over surface.)


Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer pattern to center front of jar.


Use round brush to paint the following: flour bag and measuring cup White; bowl Nightfall Blue; spoon handle Spice Brown. Use liner brush and Black to outline shapes, write “Flour” on flour bag and add accents. Add swirl lines to bowl with White. Use Nightfall Blue and liner brush to paint “Kitchen Tools”; add dots to ends of letters with handle end of paintbrush or toothpick.


Apply two coats varnish to jar. Tie raffia into bow around rim.


  • Applying a water-based or polyurethane varnish will give your jar a protective coating. Some oil-based varnishes may yellow. Polyurethane varnish provides a durable protective layer that is easy to clean and will give your jar added sheen.

by Alice Duerr

Wool Felt Pie Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Mmmmm! You’ve just baked one of your luscious homemade pies and need to transport it to a special event. Your dessert will be a stand-out when you deliver it in style in this colorful, eye-catching pie carrier.


  • Wool felt: bright pink, 3/8 yd.; black, 3/8 yd.; light brown, turquoise, light gold, med. gold and white scraps
  • Brown flat buttons, 9/16”, six
  • Six-strand embroidery floss: bright blue, two skeins; black


  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, pencil, transfer paper




Pie Carrier

(Note:  Put a few dabs of glue under felt pieces to temporarily adhere them to felt circles in place of pins, if desired. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut: 12-1/2” circle and six 1”x3” strips from pink felt; two 12-1/2” circles and one half of 12-1/2” circle from black felt; top of pie shape from brown felt, cutting out slits; bottom of pie shape from white felt; “PIE” lettering from light gold felt; 3/8”x10-3/4” strip (pie crust) from medium gold felt; seven 1/2”x2-3/4” strips from turquoise felt.

2. For top of carrier, pin or adhere black half circle to pink circle with round edges even. Use photo as guide to pin or adhere white and brown pie pieces, and lettering to top of carrier.

3. Use blue floss to blanket stitch around outside edges of pie, including slits in top, and over straight edge of black circle. Stem stitch around “PIE” letters close to edges.

4. Pin or adhere turquoise strips across white pie shape with center strip straight and outside strips angled outward. Trim ends of turquoise strips even with white edges of pie. Pin or glue gold crust strip across top of white pie shape, covering cut edges.

5. Use black floss to single feather stitch over gold crust strip, and blue floss to straight stitch through center of turquoise strips.

6. Transfer “homemade” centered above pie. Use black floss to stem stitch letters.

7. Pin pink and both black circles together with front side of pink circle facing out. (Note: There will be three layers: one pink and two black.)  Use blue floss to blanket stitch around edges of circles to join them, leaving 14” opening at bottom. (Note: Center opening under “PIE” letters.) Blanket stitch over open edge of top of carrier separately; blanket stitch open edges of both bottom pieces of carrier together.

8. For buttonholes, cut 1/2” slits in pink strips, 1/2” from one end. Stack strips together in pairs with slits lined up. Use blue floss to blanket stitch over edges of strip pairs to join them.

9. Wrap embroidered strips over edge of carrier, centered under “PIE”, and on both sides of pie. Use blue floss to sew buttons to strips on bottom of carrier to attach them with buttonhole on opposite end. Sew buttons to top of carrier, matching them up with buttons on bottom. (Note: Do not sew buttons through strips on top.)

10. Insert pie into carrier. Wrap pink strips over edge of carrier and button strips.

by Mary Ayres

DIY Wooden Key Rack

Having just moved into a new place, I realized recently I was in desperate need for a place to store my keys, sunglasses, etc. Things I seem to always be looking for these days. When I recently received this Cherry finished wooden innkeeper sign from Walnut Hollow, I knew instantly that I was going to make a DIY wooden key rack.

I wanted to make this a simple yet sophisticated project. You can create this attractive DIY wooden key rack in a snap using a few materials you probably have on hand.

I love all of Walnut Hollow’s products. This 6”x14” innkeeper signboard turned out to be perfect for my wooden key rack project. Knowing that I would want to use five to six hooks, it turned out to be the perfect size.

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Snow White, Lamp Black, and Neutral Grey. Perfect for my grey kitchen with red accents.

For the embellishments, I used these Melissa Francis flower clip hangers. I deconstructed them by removing the flowers to use as a decorative embellishment for my wooden key rack.

The remaining embellishment is a simple fabric flower, created with fabric scraps rolled into a spiraled flower shape.

Finally, the simple phrase “keys” were die cut using Sizzix’s BigShot Pro, Serif Essential Die Cuts, and Little Sizzles Matboard.

To give my project a little depth, I drybrushed the edges with white paint. Drybrushing is a simple decorative painting technique. Simply load a flat brush with paint, swipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel or other absorbent surface and brush onto project surface. Brush in both directions for a natural look. I used simple cup hooks since they are the most versatile for hanging keys, sunglasses, etc.

Live Life Creatively,





Melony Bradley (


Pinch to Grow an Inch Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A mix of floral patterns and butterflies is perfect for summer birthday greetings.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Soho Garden Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Jillibean Soup Birthday II Collection Soup Labels Stickers
  • White crocheted lace trim
  • Pearl brad
  • Blue paper blossom


  • Die-cutting system and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Butterfly Die
  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Plate
  • Tiny butterfly punch
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat



Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card.


Cut smaller teal floral and newsprint floral panels. Distress teal panel edges slightly using scissors blade. Center and adhere panel to card. Center and adhere newsprint panel to teal panel.


Cut strip of blue/white dot paper same width as teal panel. Adhere strip across card as shown. Cut and adhere lace to lower edge of strip. Sew around edges of teal panel, catching blue dot strip and lace ends.


Die cut larger butterfly from white cardstock; emboss with dots texture. Punch two tiny butterflies from cardstock.


Adhere label sticker and two butterflies near bottom of card.


Pierce hole through center of larger butterfly. Join flower and butterfly with brad. Adhere to card.


  • If you don’t have the butterfly die, use a craft punch or stamp and detail cut a butterfly instead.

by Melanie Douthit (

Monogrammed Bath Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Personalize towels and other fabric accessories with this quick-and-easy spray paint technique.


  • Towel set, in color of choice
  • Simply Spray Stencil Paint!: Black (or color to coordinate with towels)
  • Coordinating ribbon, 1” wide, 2 yds.


  • Alphabet stencils, 2” tall
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper towels, masking tape, washing machine and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)



Wash and dry towels without fabric softener. Protect work area with plastic tablecloth.


Cut desired letters from stencil sheet, leaving at least 1/8” border. Apply stencil adhesive to stencil backs; position letters on towel. Apply masking tape to secure letters to towel and to mask off areas between stencils. Tape cardboard around edges of stencil to mask remaining towel areas.


Place towel on plastic tablecloth. Shake Simply Spray can well. (Note: Practice spraying on fabric scrap or paper first if desired.) Spray over top of stencil until desired coverage is achieved. Dab excess paint with paper towel. Remove stencils and let dry.


Turn ribbon ends under and sew to towels as shown.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Butterfly Beverage Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep drinks ice cold and refreshing while you give your summer party décor a boost with this bright and stylish beverage cooler.


  • Galvanized 5-1/2-gallon oblong tub (available at Lowe’s)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash; Citron Green; Pumpkin; Bahama Blue; Calypso Blue; Dark Chocolate


  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: White Taklon: Liner, Series 599, #1; Shader, Series 159, #6; White Bristle: Angular Sash, Series 985, 2”
  • Decoart Americana Sealers: Multi-Purpose; Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Spray, Matte
  • Masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil



Place tape around top and bottom tub rims. Apply Multi-Purpose Sealer on side of tub. Let dry.


Paint side of tub (on top of sealer) several coats Bahama Blue, letting dry between coats.


Print and cut out pattern. Transfer butterflies to tub. Paint wings Calypso Blue and bodies Dark Chocolate. Let dry


Transfer details. Paint: center of top flowers on wings Pumpkin; center of bottom flowers Citron Green; flower petals White Wash; antennae and details lines on wings Dark Chocolate.


Using Dark Chocolate, paint small dots along antennae lines, long lines on wings, and around edges of wings. Paint large dots at ends of antennae, long lines on wings, center of flowers, tips of flowers, and two on top of body. Let dry.


Spray sealer on side of tub to protect finish. Remove tape


  • To paint dots, dip end of paintbrush handle into paint, then dab on tub. Repeat for each dot to make them all the same size. Use end of large brush handle for large dots and small brush handle for small dots

by Mary Ayres

Just Swingin’ Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use assorted dye inks and glossy photo paper to create the pretty background for this die-cut silhouette scene.


  • Bazzill Basics Paper Cardstock: Black, White, Mint Green
  • Glossy photo paper
  • May Arts White Silk Ribbon


  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Just Swingin’ (S4-391), Nestabilities Card Creator A2 Curved Matting Basics B (S5-172)
  • JustRite Papercraft Topsy Turvy Cakes Stamp Set
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Stylus
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Tuxedo Black
  • White gel pen
  • Beacon Adhesives Advanced 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil



Make 4-3/4”x5-3/4” mint green side-fold card. Cut 4-1/2”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel; adhere to card front.


Die cut/emboss A2 Curved Matting Basics B #9 shape from glossy photo paper.


Using stylus with sponge dauber tips and working from top to bottom, lightly apply Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, and Bamboo Leaves inks in rows across die-cut photo paper. Blend each color towards center and together with each application to achieve gradient look. Let dry.


Die cut/emboss Just Swingin’ Tree Scene, Tire, and one Rope from black cardstock. Highlight shapes with white gel pen; let dry. Adhere shapes to inked background as shown. Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment in lower right corner; let dry. Adhere background panel to card front.


Tie small bow; adhere to top of rope.


  • Tap inked sponge dauber off onto scrap paper before applying to photo paper for softer effect; it is easier to add more color than it is to take it away.

by Darsie Bruno for Spellbinders Paper Arts (

Great Finds Friday: CHA Summer 2013 Hot List Part I

Create-n-Connect, the summer trade show sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association, tantalized crafters with a tempting array of nifty new artsy toys and inspiration.

Here’s the first of our two-part, exhaustive look at what’s new, hot, and enticing, from trends and tools to inks, stamps, and more.

First, we did a little trend spotting. Remember when washi tape was the hot new thing? We still can’t get enough. Whether you call it washi, masking, or decorative, it’s tape-tastic, with much variety.

Scotch, for instance, has shipping, masking, washi, and “magic” tape you can write on, in playful patterns and colors. We cooed at: Little B’s darling tapes, stickers, adhesive labels, and intricately cut sticky notes; We R Memory Keepers cool chevron-cut tape; and boy-centric designs from Queen & Co. There’s more at Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Bazzill Basics Paper, and others.

Love dies? Love stamps? Love dies that match stamps? You’re in luck. There are dies to create pop-ups (Art Gone Wild, Ecstasy Crafts, Sizzix), movement (Stephanie Barnard/Sizzix® Flip-its), boxes, bags, and more.

We’re loving Spellbinders new Nestabilities® Enchancing Elements, which cut, emboss, deboss, and stencil, enhancing existing dies in the line. There are also new embossing folders, embossing plates ideal for Media Mixáge, and hat pin bezels. Check out the Web site for inspirational videos.

Dies are now sophisticated enough to make the most intricate cuts. Explore dies and stamps by Elizabeth Crafts (we’re ga-ga over the ribbon-cut Christmas tree), Penny Black (see delicate birds perch on a branch), Hot Off the Press, Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions, and others. Lifestyle Crafts has wonderful nesting dies, embossing folders, letterpress plates, and more.

A close cousin to dies, stencils are also plentiful; they are great for backgrounds and various techniques. The Crafters Workshop has many sizes, including big and bold; Ranger’s Dyan Reaveley and Tim Holtz contribute funk and grunge; Dreamweaver, a long-time leader with brass stencils, has shapes perfect for Zentangle designs, paste, ink, chalk, etc., plus adorable die/stencil combos.

What crafter doesn’t love tools and storage? We found some doozies. We R Memory Keepers wowed with its Fold-Down Craft Table. It’s a wall unit with a chalkboard and storage. No, it’s a desk. No, it’s both! Don’t even get me started about the stylish wall shutters for cards, photos, etc. The company continues innovating with Punch Boards, like the Envelope Punch Board, which scores envelopes in just a few turns and punches. The new boards make it easy to create boxes and bags. Check the Web site for more cool tools.

The new Sizzix Sophisticut is the cutest thing. Shaped like a purse, it sits on your desk, all demure, but pop open the doors and you have a lean, mean cutting machine. Although limited in scope (it only cuts steel-rule dies, has a limited 3”-wide platform and doesn’t emboss), it is so darling and lightweight you might not care.

Sizzix introduced a magnetic base for its standard cutters and added more delightful dies for everything from weddings, parties, and home baking, to baby, boxes, and bags, not to mention Tim Holtz yumminess.

Want to emboss an entire 8-½”x11” piece of cardstock? Craftwell’s eBosser does it at the push of a button. Large embossing plates are fun, fun, fun.

Xyron’s new 3” Disposable Sticker Maker gives 20 feet of permanent adhesive. Also new: Double-Sided High Tack (as strong as red liner tape, but hand tear-able) and Adhesive Dots. Need a crafty gift? Check out Teresa Collins Class Kit in her signature pink box with magnetic closure. It has a sticker maker, adhesive eraser, tape runner, double-sided tape, foam squares, and clear dimensional glue/glaze. You’ll want to use up everything just for the box.

Imaginisce’s new i-rock Pro has a vacuum suction to pick up and place hot-fix gems, plus an LED light for visibility. Also new: a reverse-tension tweezer with LED light and the Score ‘n’ Pierce, a four-pronged retractable piercing tool.

We saw a prototype for Layer Creator, a tool designed by Cindy Echtinaw for Spellbinders for no-measure layering. And although it has nothing to do with stamping, we are intrigued by Bottle Cutting Inc’s Kinkajou bottle cutter that lets you turn bottles into goblets, dishes, and more.

Check out part II of this CHA Recap in Great Finds Friday on August 30th to read about inks, dyes, paper, and stamps. Visit the companies mentioned in the Resources list for more information on new products.


American Crafts

Anna Griffin

Art Gone Wild

Art Impressions


Bazzill Basics Paper


Bottle Cutting Inc.

Canvas Corp.




Doodlebug Design


Echo Park/Carta Bella

Ecstasy Crafts

Elizabeth Craft Designs



Hot Off The Press


Impression Obsession


Lifestyle Crafts

Little B

May Arts

Maya Road

My Mind’s Eye

Penny Black



Queen & Co.




Some Odd Girl

Something Tattered



Stamper’s Anonymous

Taylored Expressions

The Crafter’s Workshop

Tim Holtz



We R Memory Keepers

Whimsy Stamps

World Win Papers


by Roberta Wax (

Meet the Mice Stamp Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of the House-Mouse Designs® Stamp Giveaway featured in the August 2nd Great Finds Friday post. If you missed the exciting news about House-Mouse Designs® and Stampendous!®, read more here. These new images, available in wood-mount and Cling Rubber™ stamps, are the newest licensed designs available from Stampendous!®.

House-Mouse Designs® is the creation of Vermont-based artist Ellen Jareckie. Her characters — Amanda, Monica, Mudpie, Maxwell, and Muzzy, along with their friends — all have distinct personalities and each of them will delight the recipients of your holiday and everyday greetings.

Here’s the stamp that Stampendous!® is giving away to two lucky blog readers, plus a cute holiday card created by Crafts ‘n things blog team member, and Stampendous! design team member, Suzanne Czosek. The stamp is called “Trick or Cheese” and features Mudpie.

The winners, as chosen by, are Karen and Joe. We asked readers to leave a comment telling us their favorite mouse. Karen is a Mudpie fan; Joe picked wee Monica.

Congratulations winners! I will contact you via email with more information about claiming your prizes.

Be sure to read the next Great Finds Friday post today for a recap of trends and cool products discovered by Crafts ‘n things Contributing Writer Roberta Wax at this summer’s CHA Create-n-Connect event held in Las Vegas. Part II of the recap will be featured in the Aug. 30th Great Finds Friday post.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff