Stacked Clay Pots Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

It looks like wood and expensive paint, but the secret to this eye-catching centerpiece is everyday clay pots and acrylic paint.

Materials

  • Clay items: bowl, 8″; pot, 4″; saucer, 6″
  • Wooden beads, 30 to 35 each: round, 3⁄4″, 3⁄8″, 1⁄4″; oblong, 3⁄4″
  • Wooden items: hearts, 1″, eight; wheels, 1⁄2″, eight; knobs, 1″, two; buttons or discs, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic or outdoor paints: burgundy, black
  • Spray sealer
  • String or heavy thread
  • Damp sponge or cloth
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newpaper (to cover work surface), damp sponge or cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Turn saucer upside down; adhere pot to saucer and bowl to pot. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2

String beads as follows: large, medium, small, oblong, small, medium; adhere strand to bowl edge. For seam between bowl and pot, string all large beads; adhere in place. For seam between pot and saucer, string medium, small, oblong, small beads; adhere in place.

STEP 3

For handles, adhere buttons/discs to sides of bowl; adhere knobs to buttons. Adhere evenly-spaced hearts under beads between bowl and pot. Adhere wheels to hearts.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint centerpiece burgundy; let dry. For antique look, paint small sections black and quickly wipe with damp sponge or cloth. Apply sealer.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for iLoveToCreate

Maple Leaf Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Maple trees will soon color the fall landscape with their changing leaves in brilliant shades of red and gold. Capture the beauty of the season with this decorative pillow made from soft, textured wool felt.

Materials

  • Wool felt: light brown, 1⁄4 yd.; burnt orange, scrap
  • Off-white cotton fabric, 3⁄8 yd.
  • Brown flat buttons, 7⁄8″, eight
  • Jute twine
  • Brown pearl cotton
  • Pillow form, 12″ square

Tools

  • Embroidery needle and off-white sewing thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, dryer, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: Wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

STEP 2

Cut two 8″x12-1⁄2″ light brown rectangles. 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.) Cut leaf from burnt orange. Adhere leaf to one rectangle. Transfer details and lettering. Blanket stitch around leaf edges and stem stitch words.

STEP 3

Adhere jute twine to leaf veins and stem. Blanket stitch over twine. Sew buttons loosely to both rectangles, 3″ from corners.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2″ off-white squares; sew together with right sides facing using 1⁄4″ seam; leave 10″ opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 5

Place light brown rectangles on off-white pillow. Wrap twine around buttons on both sides; tie into bows at sides and trim ends.

by Mary Ayres

Four-Season Magnet Board: Fall

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

MAGPANELS are so versatile! Make a different paper collage and matching magnets for each season and have four times the fun.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Medium Horizontal Magpanel
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Rust cardstock, 12”x12”
  • Papers, 12”x12”: BoBunny Press Autumn Song Collection Autumn Song, two sheets, and Autumn Song Harvest, one sheet; Graphic 45 Typography Collection Imagine
  • BoBunny Press Autumn Song Collection Embellishments: Layered Chipboard, Jewels
  • BoBunny Press Wildberry Pansy Blossoms
  • Assorted fibers: ribbon, jute twine, etc.

Tools

  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″; Tombow Power Tabs; low-tack temporary tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, ruler, pencil, small paintbrush, talcum powder

Directions

Size

12-3/16”x9-3/16”

Magnet Board

1. Referring to photo for placement, cut two sheets of large leaf Autumn Song paper diagonally and adhere together using double-sided tape. (Note: Tape should be on front of paper.) Cut 3/8”x12” strip from left edge of dot-pattern Harvest paper. Place paper strip on tape over seam; trim edges. Adhere cardstock to back of collage for durability. Position magnet panel over collage; use craft knife and cutting mat to cut around magnet panel.

2. Use small paintbrush to lightly dust back of chipboard embellishments with talcum powder to deactivate adhesive. (Note: If powder is not available, back shapes with cardstock scraps to cover adhesive.) Using Power Tabs, adhere magnets to back of two or more paper flowers and three or more layered chipboard embellishments.

3. Position collage on front of magnet board, using magnets to hold it in position, or adhere at corners only with small pieces of low-tack, removable tape. Adhere jewels to collage front as desired.

4. Carefully cut holes in top edge of collage for fibers; holes should align with holes in Magpanel. Knot fibers together every few inches as shown in photo. Insert fibers through holes to hang board and tie into loose knot at back. (Note: Tying knot loosely will make it easier to untie when it’s time to change collage.)

5. Use magnets to hold art, tickets, notes, and more.

Tip

  • Create a different rounded-corner collage and coordinating magnets for the other three seasons or for any special occasion (birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations).

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

The Great Outdoors Wooden Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Dollar-bin finds spark the imagination. Use Xyron’s New High Tack Double-Sided Tapes and Adhesive Dots to turn inspiration into a fabulous nature-themed gift.

Materials

  • Wooden plaque
  • BoBunny Press Trail Mix Collection Papers and Embellishments: Trinkets, Noteworthy Die Cuts
  • Ribbon: red plaid, Maya Road Burlap
  • Bells, two

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain Ink Pad

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sandpaper, sponge dauber, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Trace wooden plaque onto a piece of wood-pattern paper and cut out.

STEP 2

Run patterned paper through 9” Creative Station; adhere to plaque.

STEP 3

Sand and apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to plaque edges.

STEP 4

Pull die-cut lantern tag from Noteworthy package. Cut two small strips from rust and gold papers; notch one end of each strip and ink edges Walnut Stain. Staple strips to tag as shown. Use Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere metal trinket to tag.

STEP 5

Pull bear, oar, and bird label die cuts from Noteworthy package. Run shapes through 3” Sticker Maker; adhere to bottom of plaque as shown. Detail cut one lantern from patterned paper; run through 3” Sticker Maker and adhere to plaque.

STEP 6

Apply Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to back of tag and “The Great Outdoors” die-cut banner. Adhere pieces to plaque, slightly puckering banner as shown.

STEP 7

Tie burlap ribbon around handle. Tie red plaid ribbon into small bow; adhere plaid ribbon and bells to burlap ribbon using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Use leftover papers and embellishments to alter several surfaces at once. Xyron adhesives work on a variety of surfaces; visit the website for more information.

by Stacy Rodriguez for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Celebrate National Sewing Month with Fiskars and WIN!

HAPPY NATIONAL SEWING MONTH, CRAFTERS! September is National Sewing Month and to celebrate, we’d like to invite you to post your favorite fabric projects to the new Community section of the Crafts ‘n things® website. You’ll need to register on the site; just click here and you’ll be on your way to sharing your favorite sewing projects with a community of creative souls just like you. While you’re there, click on the Newsletters tab to sign up for our free Craft of the Day emails, as well as notification when each new issue of Crafts ‘n things Weekly goes live. We don’t want you to miss a minute of crafting inspiration!

Join in the excitement this month by visiting great craft industry manufacturers like Fiskars®. They’ll be celebrating all month long on their website, as well as on Facebook and other social channels. They are running an Instagram/Facebook contest in September which features ways to find inspiration for your sewing projects. It promises to be lots of creative fun! You’ll also find loads of inspiration on the Fiskars site. The Fiskars design team is one of the best, and they always provide great project ideas and tips.

Fiskars has just released their new Amplify™ RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears, which were used to create the darling upcycled Denim Pocket Banner shown above. Here’s a link to the project.

Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears are designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics. These premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks. Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, the shears sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through heavy materials. This amazing innovation in scissors technology means that sewing and quilting enthusiasts can expand creative boundaries and work with more adventurous materials than ever before.

The shears are fantastic with denim, canvas, and a host of other heavy-duty fabrics. Here’s another fabulous project available on the Fiskars site; it’s a floor cushion made from a rug! Pricey floor cushions can cost $40 and up, even at discount stores, but you can now make your own from a $5 throw rug and a few everyday supplies. How cool is that?! Here’s a link.

For a chance to WIN a pair of the new 8” Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears for yourself, leave a comment on this post by September 29th at midnight PST telling us what current sewing project you’re working on. Limit one entry per visitor, please.

For an EXTRA CHANCE TO WIN, be sure to “Like” Fiskars on Facebook. Click here. Add “I liked Fiskars” to your blog comment and you’ll be entered twice. Two lucky winners will be announced on our blog on Monday, September 30th.

Retail value of the shears is $29.99 and they can be ordered now on the Fiskars site www.fiskars.com or purchased at JoAnn stores. Shears feature a protective sheath to keep the blades safe and the shears come with a lifetime warranty.  Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control. The Amplify RazorEdge Fabric Shears belong in every fabric crafter’s toolbox.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

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 (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Monogrammed Bath Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

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

Materials

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

Tools

  • 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)

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

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.

STEP 3

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.

STEP 4

Turn ribbon ends under and sew to towels as shown.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Tea Caddy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.

Materials

  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape

Directions

(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)

STEP 2

With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.

STEP 3

For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.

STEP 4

Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.

STEP 5

On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Desktop Box Organizer

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Get organized! Craft this elegant Desktop Box Organizer as a stylish way to keep your desk neat and clutter-free.

Materials

  • Wooden box, 5”x6”
  • Wooden oval plaque, 3”x4”
  • Grosgrain ribbon: lavender, 3/8”; white, 7/8”
  • Coordinating lavender and white patterned papers, two

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Lavender, Magnolia White, Purple
  • Delta Stencil Magic Floral Border Stencil
  • Delta Blendable Stencil Paint Créme Floral Collection: Amethyst Purple, Dark Hunter Green, Jungle Green, Pink Carnation, Sunflower Yellow
  • Delta Adhesives: Sobo Craft & Fabric Glue, Stencil Adhesive
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Stencil brush

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, masking tape, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, basecoat box and plaque Lavender; let dry and apply second coat. Paint plaque trim Purple.

STEP 2

Cut two 4”x5” rectangles and two 1-1/4”x6” strips from each patterned paper; trim bottom edge of strips with decorative scissors. Using photo as guide, adhere rectangles to center of each side of box; trim strips along top edge of each rectangle.

STEP 3

Cut 10” length from each ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Adhere lavender to center of white ribbon. Adhere vertically down center of box front, wrapping around to box inside.

STEP 4

Tape off desired section of stencil; apply Stencil Adhesive and press stencil onto plaque. For leaves and stems, start with Jungle Green and slowly blend in Dark Hunter Green. For flowers, paint center Sunflower Yellow. Start petal Carnation Pink and slowly blend in Amethyst Purple. Let dry; adhere plaque centered over ribbon on box front.

Tip

  • Use this box as a planter, or fill it with rolled towels and soaps for a bathroom organizer.

by Meggan Maravich