Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

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.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)

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

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)

Cross-stitch Kitty Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A kitty in a teacup? What a charming idea! Cross-stitch this simple and quick design onto a napkin to add a little something special to your next tea with friends.

Materials

  • Ivory 14-count Aida cloth napkin
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

  • Approximate finished size is 2”x2”; Stitch Count 29 w x 28 h

Napkin

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. Count up 10 stitches diagonally from one corner of napkin. Use two strands of floss to stitch design on chart.

3. Backstitch stems on cup with one strand 3345. Work all other backstitch and French knots with one strand 310.

by Lois Winston

Bingo Markers Watchband

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

B-I-N-G-O! You’ll be the big winner after making this fun bracelet-watch from antique-looking, wooden bingo markers.

Materials

  • Watch base
  • Wooden bingo call markers, eight
  • Beads: red E, 10; silver small crimp, six
  • Beading cable, size .015, 20” length
  • Silver chain, 2” length
  • Magnetic ball clasp

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Crimping tool
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, tack cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Drill hole through each marker. Sand and wipe dust with tack cloth.

STEP 2

Cut cable length in half; thread two crimp beads onto one length. Insert end through loop on watch base, then back through crimp beads in opposite direction. See Figure 1. Use crimping tool to crimp beads, leaving 1” wire tail.

Figure 1

STEP 3

Thread one E bead between each four markers onto cable, starting and ending with E bead. Thread cable through silver-chain end link and one half of magnetic clasp. Thread crimp bead onto cable; crimp bead and trim excess cable.

STEP 4

Repeat steps to make other half of watchband on remaining cable length.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.

Materials

  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)

Tools

  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”

STEP 2

To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.

STEP 3

To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.

Tip

  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Baseball Pedestal

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Does Dad have an autographed baseball he treasures from years ago? Use Krylon paint, a candlestick, and some vintage baseball paper to create a pedestal to showcase his special memento.

Materials

  • Wooden candlestick, 9” tall
  • Wooden 6” square, 1/8” thick
  • Vintage baseball paper
  • Black Rub-on alphabet letters
  • Black electrical tape
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint: Flat Ruddy Brown, Gloss Black
  • Krylon Short Cuts Gloss Red Pepper Brush-on Paint

Tools

  • Handsaw
  • Découpage medium
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Allow paint to dry before applying next color.)

step 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint candlestick Ruddy Brown.

step 2

Using photo as guide, paint candlestick cup top and bottom edge, top edge of center section, and base Red Pepper.

step 3

To create bat handle grip, wrap electrical tape around upper portion of center candlestick section as shown in photo.

step 4

Cut 2” corner from wooden square (home plate). Sand rough edge; wipe with soft cloth. Spray paint entire square Black; let dry.

step 5

Trace home plate on back of vintage baseball paper. Draw line 1/8” inside tracing line; cut on inside line. Apply rub-on letters to paper edge to spell “home” as shown. Adhere baseball paper to home plate using découpage medium; let dry.

step 6

Adhere candlestick to center of home plate.

by Colette George for Krylon (www.krylon.com)

Earring and Necklace Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at some fun new products from Close To My Heart, maker of beautiful stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, tools, and more. First, I want to announce the winners of our 5/31 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The book winners, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Felicity Jordet won Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More

Amy Fearday won Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs

Laura won I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods

Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing addresses.

Now, on to today’s featured find! Late May/early June is an incredibly busy time in my home because I have school-aged kids. We have end-of-the-year parties, field trips, concerts, and games, and it seems like we’re always in need of a quick gift for a teacher, coach, or parent helper.

Because shopping for gifts can become time-consuming and expensive in a hurry, I decided to make this handmade “thank you” gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. I simply covered a recycled cocoa canister with Chantilly Collection paper from Close To My Heart, added some of their unique embellishments, and filled the canister with the teacher’s favorite candy. I know this teacher loves to read, so I also created a pretty bookmark to go with the treat. Both projects came together in about 30 minutes, great when you have multiple kids and multiple teachers to thank.

To finish the canister, I adhered Hollyhock Zipper Lace (my new favorite trim!) around the top edge and tore a strip of polka-dot For Always Textiles fabric to make the bow. I used mini adhesive dots to secure both embellishments, and trimmed them with the new Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. The scissors get right between the zipper teeth, and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to my adhesive. The label is perfect for a teacher gift because it’s a Close To My Heart Chalkboard Shapes sticker! Write on them with Close To My Heart’s Chalk Marker to add trendy chalkboard style to any project.

For the bookmark, I wanted it to have real textural appeal, so I cut a 15” length of Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon and folded it in half. I cut a 1-1/4”x7-1/2” strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, which coordinates with the Chantilly paper, and adhered that inside the layers of burlap using a tape runner. Next, I cut a “v” from the ribbon end opposite the fold. I used the scissors tip to make a small hole through the layers near the fold and inserted an 8” length of hemp baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection through the hole to make the streamer. I finished the bookmark with a crocheted flower and a metal button from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection, a strip of the Zipper Lace, and a strip of the torn For Always Textiles fabric.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and this peek into some of Close To My Heart’s new products for spring and summer crafting. Please visit them online at www.closetomyheart.com for product information, projects, tips, and more.

Close To My Heart is giving away the prize collection shown below to one luckyCrafts ‘n thingswinner! The collection includes a sheet of Chalkboard Shapes stickers, a Chalk Marker, a roll of Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and a roll of Burlap Ribbon. Retail value of this prize is $18.80.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment here telling me the best handmade gift you ever received.  We’ll announce the randomly-selected winner here in the next Great Finds Friday post on June 21st.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Fishing Fund Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make saving pennies fun for your favorite fisherman! Stickers with a fishing theme make decorating quick and easy. Add a few pennies and give to Dad for Father’s Day!

Materials

  • Ball: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar, Gold Wide Mouth Jar Band
  • Wooden items: rectangle tags, 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2”, two; rectangle, 1⁄2”x1”
  • Paper: stripe, coordinating parchment
  • Dimensional stickers: fishing gear, fishing sentiment
  • Artistic Wire Permanent Colored Wire: Black, 18-gauge, 27” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Oak Gel Stain
  • 3M Scotch Craft Stick Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, paper towel, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply stain to tags and jar band; wipe excess with paper towel and let dry. Cut 4”x12-1⁄4” parchment paper strip; adhere around jar. Cut 3-1⁄2”x12” striped paper strip; center and adhere to parchment strip.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, attach dimensional fishing gear stickers to jar. Adhere fishing sentiment to small rectangle; adhere rectangle to jar as shown. Adhere additional fishing gear stickers to tags.

STEP 3

Curl wire around pencil, leaving 3” straight at both ends. Wrap wire around jar neck; twist ends together. Thread tags onto wire ends; twist to secure. Screw band onto jar.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff