Riley Blake and Accuquilt Giveaway Winner!

September is National Sewing Month! To help celebrate, we’re here to announce the winner of the Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle valued at $60 offered on Jennifer Davey’s blog post on September 6th. For more details about Riley Blake, Accuquilt, and the wonderful pillbox pincushion Jennifer created, read her post here!

The winner of the Riley Blake and Accuquilt giveaway prize, as selected by Random.org, is Diana, who said she’s hoping to teach her granddaughters how to sew. Congratulations, Diana! We’re sure these fun fabrics will help. We will contact you for your mailing address.

Happy Sewing!

Dawn @ Crafts ‘n things (www.craftsnthings.com)

Flowers & Felt Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This project has a secret! Those clusters of flowers and buttons are actually magnets, waiting to be moved and put into use! Felt-covered MAGPANELS magnet boards are the perfect accent for any room. Swap colors to match any décor.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Extra Large Magpanel Vertical
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Pumpkin Spice, Copper, Mac ‘n Cheese
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection, assorted colors: Bouquet, Dahlia
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Wildberry Lace
  • Vintage buttons and crocheted motifs
  • Large black grommets, two

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Branch with Leaves Die
  • Grommet setter
  • Adhesives: Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue; Tombow Power Tabs

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

14-3/8”x15-7/8”

Magnet Board

1. Cut 9”x18” Pumpkin Spice felt panel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, center and adhere felt to center front of Magpanel. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut; adhere ends at back of Magpanel. Let dry.

2. Cut two 4-1/4”x18” Copper felt strips. Adhere strips to sides of Magpanel, overlapping pumpkin felt edges 1/2”. Adhere excess fabric at back of Magpanel, neatly wrapping felt at rounded corners. Clip corners as needed to ease fit. Let dry.

3. Using small dabs of Fabri-Tac adhesive, cut and adhere four strips of crocheted lace to Magpanel; adhere vertical strips, then horizontal strips as shown. Cut lace lengths 2” longer and wider than Magpanel; wrap and adhere ends at back. Let dry.

4. Adhere included felt backing to back of Magpanel to hide raw felt edges. Let dry.

5. Using photo as guide, cut holes in felt and set grommets for hanging.

6. Die cut three branches from Mac ‘n Cheese felt. Adhere to Magpanel using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

7. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and large vintage button using Power Tabs. Adhere buttons to flower centers using Gem-Tac adhesive; let dry.

8. Cluster magnets in decorative arrangement at upper right and lower left sections of Magpanel when not in use.

Tip

  • No need for a lot of glue! A little bit is all that’s needed for attaching crocheted lace to the Magpanel and for attaching buttons to flowers.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

School Memories Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make a “School Memories” book to hold school photos and milestone moments as a keepsake of your child’s grade school or even college years. Make it fast with adhesives by Xyron!

Materials

  • Simple Stories Red Sn@p Binder and Inserts, 6”x8”
  • Vintage book page
  • Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection Chalkboard Stickers
  • School-themed cardstock stickers
  • Michaels Apple-Shaped Felt Frame
  • Assorted ribbon: white, yellow, striped
  • Hydrangea Hippo Rainbow Rick Rack Assortment
  • Buttons Galore & More Sunshine Yellow Buttons

Tools

  • Xyron Mega Runner
  • Xyron 5″ Create-A-Sticker Max
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • White crayon (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

6”x8”

School Memories Book

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, run vintage book page through Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max. Peel page off backing and apply to center of binder cover. (Note: With Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max, there is no drying time, unlike découpage medium, and the texture of the vintage book page is preserved.)

2. Apply adhesive to back of felt photo frame using Xyron Mega Runner; adhere frame to binder cover as desired.

3. Adhere chalkboard sticker to center of photo frame. Adhere two school-themed stickers to chalkboard sticker. (Note: In place of school-themed stickers, write message or child’s name on chalkboard sticker using white crayon.)

4. Adhere buttons to felt frame as shown using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

5. Wrap white and yellow ribbons and rick rack around binder cover and tie into bows, clustered at top. Tie smaller striped bow. Adhere bow and button to ribbon cluster using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Use Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots to hold buttons, bows, and other dimensional embellishments to any surface, from paper and plastic to wood and metal.

by Jennifer Priest for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Autumn Hues

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Brisk winds and falling leaves are sure signs that harvest is near. Stitch this autumn-inspired design to update your fall décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Chai Tea 28-count Jobelan, 12” x 16”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Just Another Button Company Buttons (2212L, 2247S, 2275T)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch:  As indicated in key
  • Cross-stitch:  1 strand each color

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-3/4”x9-1/2”; Stitch count: 58 w X 95 h

STEP 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.)

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

STEP 3

Finish as desired.

by Jackie Hendricks

Great Finds Friday: National Sewing Month Edition

There are two things any seamstress must have: the proper tools and a place to put them. Today, I am pleased to share a few of my favorite “must haves” for any seamstress no matter the skill level. These items are traditional sewing tools but with a fresh new take.

My friends at Clover and Creative Solutions have generously helped me put together the perfect sewing stash. So, on to the fun part of Great Finds: the GIVEAWAY!! If you are the lucky winner you will receive…

Some of my favorite tools by Clover that every sewing basket shouldn’t be without …

and of course the products featured today

And from Creative Solutions the perfect place to store all your new tools

AND a Pillbox Pincushion made by yours truly.

Giving us a retail value of well over $100 dollars, which would put a smile on any seamstress’ face.

All you have to do for your chance to win is comment on this post, then for an extra chance click on over to my blog and comment on my Friday Finds post for 9/13/2013.

Post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013.

Everyone needs great storage and Creative Options brings us practical storage solutions with flare. The Tapered Tote is the perfect sewing basket that will fit all your sewing basics and currently comes in two great color choices.

Love the idea of a thimble but never could find a comfortable one that would stay on my finger. Clover brings us the solution.  Protect and Grip Thimbles have flexible rubber for a comfortable fit that stays put and a metal thimble cap to protect your finger.

Wonder Clips and the New Jumbo Wonder Clips hold multiple layers together without damaging or distorting the fabric. Perfect for vinyls, piles, and heavy weight fabrics. Wonder clips all have a flat back that makes it easy to feed to the presser foot. The clips also have seam allowance markings. Check out a few clever ways to use these great tools… here.

And last, but certainly not least, Accuquilt.  Have you ever envisioned the die you need for a project, just to find that no matter how hard you looked and how many companies you look at, your perfect die just doesn’t exist? Well Accuquilt has the solution in Create your own GO! Custom dies. Send them the concept, approve the design, and your die ships in 5 business days! And if you are one of the first 100 you get a little something extra. Go check it out at Accuquilt.com.

Don’t forget to post your comments by 12am PST 9/19/2013 for your chance to win the “perfect sewing stash”.

GOOD LUCK!

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

Apple Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The warm colors, doily accents, and blanket stitching make this pillow the perfect accent decoration for fall. And just so your apples are not all in one basket, stitch an extra pillow for that special friend.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric prints, 45” wide: black, neutral, 1⁄8 yard each
  • Cotton fabric solids, 45″ wide: tan, 3⁄8 yard; red, 1⁄8 yard; brown, scrap (for stems)
  • Cotton fabric stripes, 45″ wide: neutral, 1⁄8 yard; tan and black, 1-1⁄2”x6” (for bowl)
  • Fabric and crochet lace doilies, 4”, two; 6”
  • Black piping, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Black pearl cotton #8
  • Off-white flat-backed buttons, 1⁄2” diameter, four
  • Pillow form, 12” square

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Lightweight iron-on adhesive
  • Tea bags, saucepan, air soluble marker (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, washer, old towel, pencil

Directions

Pillow

(Note: Sew with right sides facing using 1/4” seam allowances.)

1. Wash and dry fabrics. (Note: For small pieces, it is best to wash by hand and air dry to prevent tangling.) Press fabrics.

2. If desired, tea dye doilies for a vintage look. To tea dye, fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes; remove tea bags and stir. Place doilies into tea, stirring fabric occasionally. Check every five minutes until desired color is achieved. Remove fabric from tea; squeeze out excess liquid. Line dry or place in dryer with old towel (to absorb the tea). Press doilies. Wipe out dryer before drying other items.

3. For center panel, cut a 6”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from tan fabric and a 3”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from black fabric; set aside tan rectangle. Use Fig. 1 as guide to pin 6” doily to right side of black rectangle. Trim doily even with top edge of rectangle. Use off-white thread to sew doily to rectangle.

Figure 1

4. For appliqués, print pattern twice. Set one pattern aside to use for placement in Step 6. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. (Note: To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window.) Position adhesive over pattern and trace. Cut out appliqués just outside traced lines; remove paper backing.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse iron-on appliqués to wrong sides of following fabrics: apples to red; stems to brown scrap; bowl to tan striped. Cut out appliqués on traced lines.

6. Using photo and pattern as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: apples; stems; bowl. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

7. With black pearl cotton, blanket stitch around outside edges of apples, stem, and bowl. In addition, blanket stitch between fabric and crocheted sections of doily. Sew buttons to apples as indicated by “x” on pattern.

8. Sew black print center panel to bottom of tan center panel with right sides facing using 1⁄4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.

9. For border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x8-1⁄2” strips from neutral print and two from neutral striped fabric. For corners, cut four 2-1⁄2” squares from black print.

10. Sew one striped border strip to left side and one to right side of center. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

11. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks. (Note: Outer edges of doilies will extend over edges of pillow front.) Trim doilies even with edges of pillow front. Sew doilies to pillow front using matching thread. With black floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily. (Note: Stitches should point toward center of pillow.)

12. Beginning and ending in a bottom corner, sew piping around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edge. Clip piping seam at corners as you work to round edges.

13. For pillow back, cut a 12=1⁄2” square from remaining tan fabric. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To ensure even stitches when blanket stitching, use an air-soluble marker to draw stitches before stitching.

by Mary Ayres

Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Would you believe the lamp is actually a glass goblet? The shade is made from Bristol board, a type of paperboard found in craft and art supply stores. Make a different lamp for all seasons and special occasions!

Materials

  • Goblet, 2-1⁄2” diameter opening, 7” tall
  • White Bristol board, 8”x14”
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Goldenrod Yellow, Garnet Red, Jungle Green, Christmas Red, Paprika
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel (for painting on glass): Dark Goldenrod, Rooster Red, Hunter Green
  • Battery-operated tea light

Tools

  • Leaf and acorn stencil
  • Paintbrushes: stencil, 1⁄4” and 3⁄8”; round
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors or craft knife, pencil, paper towels, newpaper (to cover work area)

Directions

STEP 1

To make the shade, print and cut pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use pattern to cut shade from Bristol board. If you prefer a shade with a straight edge or are using a different style stencil, cut pattern on dashed line.

STEP 2

Place stencil on shade. Starting with lightest color and working to darkest color, stencil leaves and acorns. Use some of each color on all leaves and acorns. Stencil stems with Garnet Red, Christmas Red, and Paprika. Reposition stencil as needed to fill bottom of shade with leaves and acorns. Set shade aside.

STEP 3

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply conditioner to base and glass. Do not apply to stem. Paint base with two coats of Rooster Red, letting dry between coats. In the same way, paint outside of glass with Dark Goldenrod.

STEP 4

Cut one acorn design from stencil. Using single acorn and Dark Goldenrod, stencil four acorns around base. When dry, stencil portions of each acorn with Hunter Green.

STEP 5

Apply two coats of clear gloss glaze to outside of glass and base, letting dry between coats.

STEP 6

Overlap short ends of shade approximately 1⁄4”; glue to secure.

STEP 7

Place tea light in glass. Place shade on glass.

Tip

  • For a different look, purchase goblets with colored stems and bases. Leave the glass section unpainted.

by Dorris Sorensen

Easy Bleach Resist T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create your own wearable t-shirt art! Design an original look using Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film, a spray bottle, and bleach. It’s so easy and stylish!

Materials

  • Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film Sheet, 9”x12”
  • T-shirt
  • Bleach
  • Printer paper

 

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Spray bottle
  • Cardboard

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, credit card, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print desired image at size needed for t-shirt. (Note: You will only see silhouette of image.)

STEP 2

Tape film over paper image and cut around outside of image.

STEP 3

Remove paper backing from film cut-out and adhere to t-shirt, positioning film so there are no wrinkles or bubbles.

STEP 4

Burnish film to t-shirt using smooth, flat object such as a credit card.

STEP 5

Insert cardboard inside shirt so bleach doesn’t bleed through to back.

STEP 6

Fill clean spray bottle with small amount of bleach.

STEP 7

(Note: Protect skin, eyes, and clothing from contact with bleach. Locate open work area outdoors to prevent bleach damage.) On covered work surface, lightly spritz shirt with bleach. Stop when desired level of lightness is achieved.

STEP 8

Rinse t-shirt thoroughly under water to stop bleaching process.

STEP 9

Remove film to reveal nice sharp outline of image.

STEP 10

Machine-wash t-shirt separately once before wearing or washing with other clothing.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Ruby Rock-it At Last Giveaway

Hi there, Alice here today with another giveaway from the Australian company, Ruby Rock-it. Their brand-new At Last collection is filled with shimmery papers in lovely pastel colors that are perfect for wedding projects, but versatile enough to use in all sorts of paper crafting.

Ruby Rock-It will be giving one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader an assortment from the At Last collection. This includes a mix of their fun printed papers, as well as some beautiful embellishments.

To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post by midnight PST on Monday, Sept 16, 2013, and if you have a recommendation for a favorite book, movie, or television show, I’d love to hear it. Winners will be announced here on Sept 17th.

I just finished another book by Kate Morton called The Secret Keeper and I enjoyed it… although not as much as The Forgotten Garden. I’ve been slowly making my way through James Clavell’s Asian Saga books, but I like to break that up with other books in between and I’d love to get some new ones to add to my reading list. I’m looking forward to reading your replies.

Okay… back to crafting!

The At Last collection is perfect for weddings and I created these cake boxes that could be used as a favor or favor/place card combo.

It was fun to mix and match the papers and die-cut borders. To create consistency between them, I added the same crinkled ribbon, die-cut stamped vellum tag, and glittered flower sticker on the top of each box. The boxes open up from the back, so the ribbon is decorative and functional; that’s how the box stays closed. The tag is tied onto the bow using paper floss.

To go along with the favors, I simply wrapped strips of paper around inexpensive clear votive holders and added a bride-and-groom sticker. The papers all have a subtle shimmer (which is really hard to capture in a photo). To add even more shimmer, I created a double-sided paper by covering the backside with a gold metallic paper that creates a beautiful glow once you add a lighted candle inside. These would be really easy and economical table decorations, and look great even without the stickers.

This collection isn’t just for weddings and showers. Here is a birthday card created with the same line.

The cut-out banner, cake, and metallic corners are all part of the Bella! Die-cut pack, and one of the things I love about this set is that each die cut is reversible; it’s the same shape in a different color palette or with different wording. How cool is that?

It would be so easy to create the cake boxes for a birthday celebration and swap out the bride-and-groom stickers on the candles for something birthday-related, or maybe even a monogram. They could work for bridal or baby showers too.

Thanks so much for joining me today. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Supplies

  • Ruby Rock-It At Last patterned paper and embellishments
  • Green Sneakers Cake Box Template
  • Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, SuperStik Glue Stick
  • Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Vellum Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Tremendous Tags Die
  • Papertrey Ink Little Labels Clear Stamp Set
  • Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Ink
  • Karen Foster Design Cornflower Scrapper’s Floss
  • Me & My BIG Ideas MambiStones Adhesive Rhinestones

Happy Crafting!

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

Felt Flower Hair Clips

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create sweet hair adornments for your little girl by dressing up snap hair clips with felt flowers.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Felt: Razzle Berry, Blu Raspberry, Grapesicle, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Buttons
  • Snap hair clips, six
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Large Rolled Rose, Pretty Posies, Flower and Leaf Trio, Royal Leaves
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

(Note: Make two of each type flower.)

step 1

Die-cut two Large Rolled Rose shapes from Razzle Berry felt, two sets of Flower and Leaf Trio shapes from Blu Raspberry felt, two sets of Pretty Posies shapes from Grapesicle felt, and six large and six medium Royal Leaves from Sour Apple felt.

step 2

Roll two Razzle Berry roses. Starting at outer edge, use fingers to roll felt towards you. Using glue gun, apply glue to bottom edge to secure flowers.

step 3

Use glue gun to adhere three Blu Raspberry flower layers together, from largest to smallest. Repeat to make second flower. Adhere self-adhesive rhinestones to flower centers.

step 4

Repeat Step 3 for Grapesicle flowers. For flower centers, thread two buttons with hemp cord; tie into bow. Adhere buttons to flower centers using glue gun.

step 5

Use glue gun to adhere one large and one medium Sour Apple leaf to base of each flower.

step 6

Open snap hair clip and adhere flower/leaf combination using glue gun. (Note: Open hair clip before adhering flower to prevent clip from being glued closed.)

Tip

  • Make additional flowers, of one type or multiple types, to decorate a headband or cuff bracelet.

by Jodi Collins for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)