Leaf-Embellished Skirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall into fashion with a stitched autumn leaf-embellished skirt. You can choose a new skirt or spruce up one in your closet that needs a little something extra. Either way, you’ll have an updated item to wear this season!

Materials

  • Skirt
  • Solid cotton fabric, assorted colors, 1/4 yard each
  • Brown all-purpose thread, or contrasting color of choice

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Die-cutting machine and leaf die (optional)
  • Fabric marking tool

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Freehand draw or locate leaf pattern. Determine desired number of final leaf shapes for shirt. Cut 3-4 leaves for each leaf shape from cotton fabrics. (Note: If die-cutting machine is available, leaves can be die cut from fabric.)

STEP 2

Group leaves in stacks of 3 or 4, layering colors. Pin together.

STEP 3

Using fabric marking tool, draw vein lines on top leaf in each stack.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch.

STEP 5

Thread top of machine and bobbin with brown all-purpose thread or with color that contrasts fabric.

STEP 6

Carefully stitch veins into stack of leaves. To turn, stop sewing with the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric to the new direction, and lower the presser foot before beginning to sew. The presser foot will help you guide the fabric evenly while stitching. Sew slowly for better control when guiding the fabric while stitching.

STEP 7

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to the raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to the end of the fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

STEP 8

Wash and dry leaves to add distressed details

STEP 9

Pin distressed leaves in place on skirt.

STEP 10

Using technique mentioned in Steps 6 and 7, stitch leaves in place following vein lines.

STEP 11

Trim threads. Enjoy your fabulous new skirt!

Tip

  • To learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

I am an avid lover of shadow boxes. It’s so easy to add depth to projects when creating handmade shadow boxes. If you’re looking for a Fall craft to celebrate the season, here is a Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box that’s easy and fun to create.

Materials and Tools for Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas, 10″x10″, (#29471)
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint 
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Dies: Bird, Flower Layers
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fast Finish Decoupage, Gem-Tac 
  • Fairfield Polyfil Fiberfill
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Black wool felt, scraps
  • Patterned papers with scallop edges: black/white polka dot, self-adhesive cork with script font
  • Wooden block, 1″
  • Assorted embellishments: self-adhesive pearl rows, gem stone rows, flower centers, decorative stick pins
  • Inkjet fabric sheets or rubber stamps, ink, and muslin scraps
  • Wire, 18-gauge, 10″ lengths
  • Foam brush, paintbrush, wire cutters
  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, needle and thread, ruler, paper trimmer

I started by painting the unfinished box Lamp Black. Even though you will be covering most of the handmade shadow box with decorative papers, you want to start with a nice evenly-coated black canvas.

 To découpage the box, measure the sides and insert of the basswood canvas and cut the papers to size using the paper trimmer. I usually cut the papers about an 1/8” smaller than the actual measurements, which makes it easier to découpage. Use the découpage medium and a foam brush to apply the papers to the sides and insides of the box. If you want to cover the back as well, feel free to do so.

Coat the back of the papers with the découpage medium with the foam brush, as well as the surface you will be applying it to. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers, being careful not to tear the découpaged papers.

To create the die-cut flowers which will embellish your shadow box, use die-cut machine, flower layers die, and fabric scraps in Fall-inspired colors. Stack them together and use a little glue to hold in place. As an option, you can pin them together before sewing.

Let the glue dry and then use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the flowers in place in a freeform motion.

Create a fall-themed sentiment by typing it into a word processing software program and then printing it out on inkjet fabric sheets. As an option, you can stamp on muslin scraps with alphabet stamps or an Autumn-themed sentiment with black ink.

As the focal point for my Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box, I chose a black crow. Die cut the crow using the bird die-cut and black wool felt two times. Using the sewing machine and thread, sew the sentiments on one of the bird die-cuts.

Use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the bird together, leaving about 2” open at the bottom for stuffing with the fiberfill. Cut two 5″ lengths of wire for the bird legs. Use a little glue to secure to one side of the felt bird.

Use needle and thread to whipstitch the opening of the bird closed. Adhere the wooden block to the back of the bird. This will give a dimensional effect as the crow will be standing in the Autumn-themed shadow box.

Now here comes the fun part! Putting your Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box together! Adhere the flowers to the inside of the shadow box on the sides, as desired. Embellish further with the self-adhesive gem stone rows and flower centers. Adhere the wooden block to the center of the box so the crow stands up inside the shadow box.  If you wish, embellish the crow further by adding some decorative stick pins.

Use your imagination and materials you have on hand to create your own unique Autumn-themed Shadow Box. Happy Fall!

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Autumn Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall is a favorite time of year, with leaves falling and friends stopping by for cider. This bright, cheery fall wreath will welcome guests to your home.

Materials

  • Paper: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection
  • Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection Bling and Die Cuts
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper doily, 6” diameter
  • Raffia
  • Burlap (for hanger

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug and Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder
  • Imaginisce i-bond Glue Gun Tool and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, scissors

Directions

Size

16” diameter

Autumn Wreath

1. Cut 5”x5” patterned paper square. Roll into cone shape; adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 15 additional cones from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut 5”x5”cardstock square. Emboss using Cuttlebug. Lightly sand raised pattern, then roll into cone shape. Adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 5 additional embossed cones from assorted cardstock.

3. Cut 5”x5” cardboard square; run through Xyron 9” Creative Station. (Note: This is a great way to recycle a cereal box, etc.) Leaving center open area smaller than doily, dry fit cones around cardboard in desired pattern. When desired placement of cones is achieved, firmly press cones to cardboard to adhere in place. (Note: More cones can be created and added to fill in gaps if necessary.)

4. Fold raffia on itself several times; trim and nestle between cones. Secure with hot glue gun.

5. Using doily as reference, cut patterned paper circle smaller than doily; adhere to center of doily with tape runner from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Stack several layers of adhesive foam squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit in open center of wreath. Adhere doily to foam squares.

6. Embellish doily with die cuts and gems; adhere with foam tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

7. To create hanger, cut strip of burlap to desired length; tie into bow. Adhere burlap to cardboard back.

Tip

  • Rolling papers into cones is a simple task when you use a Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Burlap-and-Fabric Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Carry your latest craft project or magazine in this handy and stylish tote accented with burlap. Choose from the wide selection of home décor fabrics available at most fabric and craft stores to create a look that’s just right for you!

Materials

  • Fabric: cotton decorator, 54″ wide, 1⁄2 yd.; coordinating-color burlap, 1 yd.
  • Flat buttons, 3⁄4″, 12
  • Piping, 4 yds.
  • Heavy cardboard, 3-3⁄4″x14-3⁄4″

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, needle

Directions

Size

18-1⁄2″x13″

Tote Bag

1. Cut two each of the following rectangles from cotton and burlap: 15″x20″ (bag/lining); 1-3⁄4″x17″ (handle/lining); 1-3⁄4″x5″ (side straps/lining). For pocket, cut one 6-1⁄2″x9-1⁄2″ rectangle from cotton and one from burlap.

2. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew piping around pocket front, 1⁄4″ from edge. Sew pocket front to lining, leaving 3″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Pin assembled pocket to bag front with bottom edge 5-1⁄2″ from bag bottom edge. Machine-stitch on top of piping, along side and bottom pocket edges.

4. Sew piping around two long sides and one short side of burlap strap fronts. Sew strap fronts to linings along piping stitching. Trim corners and turn straps right side out. Baste raw edges of straps to side of bag front (bottom edges of straps should be 3″ from top of bag; see photo).

5. Sew bag front to back along sides and bottom. Line up side and bottom seams at each corner and stitch 4″ straight across fabric, 2″ from corner seam (Figure 1). Trim corner 1⁄4″ from stitching. Sew front and back of bag lining together in same way as outside of bag, leaving 4″ opening in middle of one side.

6. Sew piping around top of bag 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending on one side. Sew outside of bag to lining along piping stitching on top edge, matching side seams. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Hand sew opening closed.

7. Sew piping around burlap handles 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew burlap handles to fabric handles along piping stitching, leaving 2″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners. Turn handles right side out. Hand-sew openings closed.

8. Sew two buttons to end of each strap on front of bag. Sew two buttons to end of each handle, attaching them to top of bag front and back. (Note: Bottom edge of handles should be aligned horizontally with bottom edge of straps and vertically with pocket edges.)

9. To make hard bottom for bag, cut two 4-1⁄2″x15-1⁄2″ rectangles from burlap. Sew burlap rectangles together along two long sides and one short side. Trim corners and turn right side out. Insert cardboard rectangle. Turn under raw edges of burlap rectangles 1⁄4″ and hand-sew along edge. Place in bottom of bag.

Tip

  • Personalize your bag by adding an inital to the pocket using embroidered iron-on lettering.

by Mary Ayres

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Heavy sweaters, hot cocoa, and pumpkins from the garden are all signs that fall is here! Paint this festive pumpkin sign to welcome friends and celebrate this fun season.

Materials

  • Wooden items: plaque, 6-3/4”x15-1/2”; plywood or basswood, 1/8” thick, 6”x12”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Antique White, Pumpkin, Poppy Orange, Black Green, Green Sea
  • Fall color silk leaves, two stems
  • Raffia
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge, 25” length
  • Branch, 3/4” diameter, 24” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1/8” bit
  • Wire cutter
  • Paintbrushes: flat; liner; shader, small, large
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/4” and 1/2” squares
  • Sponge scrap
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Satin varnish
  • Crackle medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, paper towel, old toothbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x15-1/2” (not including hanger)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

1. Print and cut patterns along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Transfer two pumpkins, two leaves, and outline of sign to plywood or basswood; cut shapes from wood. Sand all rough edges; remove dust with damp paper towel.

2. Drill holes in pumpkins and oval (sign) where indicated by “X” on patterns. Use Figure 1 as guide to drill holes in plaque.

3. Use flat brush to basecoat all surfaces of the following: pumpkins Pumpkin; plaque, sign, and leaves Black Green. Apply crackle medium to front and sides of plaque; set aside.

4. For pumpkins, use large shader brush double loaded with Pumpkin and Poppy Orange to shade sections. Paint stems Black Green. Use 1/4” square stencil and sponge to checker leaves with Green Sea. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint dots and broken lines/stitch marks on stems and leaves, close to edges. Use toothbrush and Black Green to lightly spatter pumpkins.

5. For sign, use 1/2” square stencil and sponge to checker sign with Green Sea. Transfer lettering to sign; use small shader brush and Antique White to paint letters. Use liner brush and Pumpkin to outline right edges and add dots to letters. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint broken lines/stitch marks on sign, close to edges.

6. For plaque, use flat brush and Antique White to paint over crackle medium. (Note: Use long strokes and paint each area only once for best results.)

7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply one coat antiquing gel to plaque and shapes. (Note: For a lighter antiqued look, apply one coat varnish before applying antiquing gel.) Apply one coat varnish to plaque and shapes.

8. (Note: Use photo as assembly guide.) Adhere leaves to pumpkins. To attach pumpkins and sign to plaque, cut 18, 10” lengths from raffia. Holding six lengths together, insert raffia into left hole in shape; thread through left front hole in sign. (Note: For easier threading, tape raffia ends together tightly; tape can be cut off after threading.) Insert raffia through remaining hole in back of sign and shape; tie bow in front to secure.

9. For hanger, cut two 4” lengths, two 6” lengths, and three 2-1/2” lengths from craft wire. Fold each 6” length in half and insert ends through holes in top of plaque from back to front, leaving 1” loops in back of plaque. Bend loops up so they are flat against plaque; wrap wire ends around loop to secure.

10. To attach branch, insert each 4” length through loop; wrap wire around branch and twist ends to secure. To attach leaves, hold stem against branch; wrap remaining wire around branch to secure.

Tips

  • Use pre-cut wooden pumpkins instead of cutting your own with a scroll saw.
  • For a year ‘round “Welcome” sign, make different embellishments to replace the pumpkins, such as turkeys, Christmas trees, hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, flags, etc.

by Linda Lover

Trick-or-Treat Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Halloween will be here before you know it! This fun acrylic banner was created with a non-traditional floral look to reduce the scare factor for the little ones this Halloween.

Materials

  • Clear Scraps 5-Piece Acrylic Banner
  • Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection Paper Pad, 8”x8”
  • Gold adhesive pearls
  • Orange glitter alphabet stickers
  • Sheer black ribbon, 5/8” wide

Tools

  • Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting System and Samantha Walker SVG Digital Cutting Files: Flowers, Flourishes
  • Xyron 5” Creative Station
  • Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Viva Décor Bronze Pearl Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

24” long

Trick-or-Treat Banner

1. Using Cameo Cutting System and digital cutting file, cut 45 flowers in three graduating sizes from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut desired number of flourishes from green paper.

3. To give flowers dimension, bend and shape petal edges using fingers.

4. To assemble flowers, use Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere one small, one medium, and one large flower layer together.

5. Adhere pearl to center of each flower using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

6. Peel protective film from both sides of each acrylic banner piece.

7. Cut five 3″x4″ rectangles from desired patterned papers. Run each rectangle through Xyron 5″ Creative Station; adhere patterned papers to banner as shown in photo. Trim excess paper using scissors.

8. Place small square of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape where flourishes are desired on banner pieces. Press flourishes over tape squares.

9. Using photo as guide, adhere assembled flowers to banner using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

10. Adhere “TRICK OR TREAT” alphabet stickers to banner as shown.

11. Tie banner pieces together with sheer ribbon. Tie additional ribbon lengths to banner ends for hanger.

12. Add decorative pearl dots where desired using pearl pen; let dry.

Tip

  • For a brighter version of this banner, cut flowers and flourishes from purple, lime, and orange papers. Tie banner pieces together using playful Halloween ribbon or baker’s twine.

by Cristal (Pinky) Hobbs for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you love watching the colorful autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, get ready for the change of season with an easy, new fall centerpiece.

Materials

  • Large foam pumpkin
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection 12”x12” Paper Pack
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodle Seals Cardstock Stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodads Pins
  • Bamboo skewers, six
  • Brown/white dotted grosgrain ribbon, 1” wide
  • Brown fabric strip, 1” wide

Tools

  • Xyron *NEW* 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • EK Success Punches: Circle, 1-1/2”; Scallop Circle, 2”
  • Scallop-edge scissors

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

1. Punch one scallop circle and two circles for each of the seven rosettes (“lollies”) from various patterned papers.

2. For each lolly, use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 2”x12” strips from a single patterned paper. (Note: You will need a total of 14 strips for seven lollies; cut strips for each lolly from a different paper.)

3. Accordion-fold strips along “valleys” naturally created by scallops.

4. For each lolly, adhere two matching accordion-folded strips to one another along 2” edge with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Bring ends together to form a circle and connect them using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

5. Gather and gently press accordion-folded circle flat to create lolly. Adhere lolly with three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to center of one punched circle for back of lolly. Adhere scallop circle to center front of lolly using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Using Xyron 1/2” High Tack Tape, adhere remaining circle to center of scallop circle. Repeat to create six more lollies.

6. Adhere Doodads pins to centers of six lolly fronts using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Embellish front of seventh lolly with turkey sticker; set lolly aside.

7. On back side of six remaining lollies, use three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere blunt end of bamboo skewer to center of circle. Punch six additional circles from patterned papers and run through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; cover skewer on lolly back with sticker.

8. Tie length of ribbon in knot around each bamboo skewer.

9. Randomly poke pointed ends of bamboo skewers into foam pumpkin top as shown in photo.

10. Run 1” fabric strip through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and wrap around center of pumpkin.

11. Use extra fabric to make bow; adhere over fabric strip at center front of pumpkin using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

12. Adhere turkey lolly to top of bow using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • You may also use the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to adhere fabric to the pumpkin for a strong hold.

by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Fall Candy Jar / Table Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you’re someone who smiles when the Halloween candy appears in the stores, you’ll love creating this cute-and-easy candy jar to hold your favorite treats. The only problem you may have is numerous trips back to the store to replenish the candy!

Materials

  • Quart-size Mason jar
  • Craft felt: orange, light green, purple, black
  • May Arts Ribbons, 1-1/2” wide: Rust/Black Iridescent (405-15-36), Wired Faux Burlap (445-15-32)
  • Small white buttons
  • Treats of choice

Tools

  • Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive
  • Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Sizzix Dies: Bigz Branch with Leaves & Flower, Bigz Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals, Sizzlits Vintage Lace

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Using 3” Xyron Sticker Maker, apply adhesive to Rust/Black ribbon and attach around the center of jar.

STEP 2

Die cut Vintage Lace border from black felt; run through the Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Adhere border around jar along center of Rust/Black ribbon.

STEP 3

Run purple, orange, and light green felt sheets through Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive Cartridge; die cut vines from light green felt and flowers from purple and orange felt. Peel off paper backing and apply to jar over ribbon as shown. Using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots, apply buttons to centers of flowers.

STEP 4

Wrap burlap ribbon around top of jar; tie into bow. Adhere bow to jar using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Fill jar with your favorite seasonal treat!

Tip

  • Die cut additional flowers from leftover, adhesive-backed felt and store them for future projects; just don’t remove the backing paper until ready to use.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Fall Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome fall with a festive banner made using Die-namics dies and richly colored cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Sour Apple, Kraft, Tangy Orange
  • My Favorite Things Sour Apple Buttons, seven
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Green glitter cardstock
  • Paper: corrugated, patterned
  • Heavy jute cord (for hanging)

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX, 1/4″ Rosette, High-Rise Alphabet, Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage, Mix & Match Banners, Open Simply Scallops Trio, Mini Doily Circles, Circle STAX
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: tape runner, foam tape, glue gun and sticks, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

32″x4-1/2”

Fall Banner

(Note: Use photos as guides throughout.)

1. For each pennant, die cut largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX die from corrugated paper, next smaller die from Hot Fudge cardstock, and next smaller die from patterned paper. Die cut smallest Open Simply Scallops Trio die and Mini Doily Circle die from corrugated paper. Die cut fourth smallest die from Circle STAX large set from scrap paper. Die cut two 1/4″ Rosettes from contrasting patterned paper.

2. Die cut letters to spell FALL from green glitter cardstock using High-Rise Alphabet dies.

3. Die cut seven Mix & Match Banners pennants from corrugated paper.

4. Die cut two each of three leaves from Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage die set.

5. Sponge edges of die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, except Hot Fudge cardstock layer and scrap circles.

6. Trim 1/4″ from long edge of both 1/4″ Rosette die cuts and accordion fold on scored lines.

7. Continue until both strips are folded.

8. Apply two pieces of Scor-Tape to both ends of one strip.

9. Adhere two strips together, overlapping ends. (Note: Strips should now form circle.)

10. Flatten circle and apply heavy bead of hot glue around center opening, approximately 1/2″ from center.

11. Working quickly, adhere scrap circle over hot glue, keeping it centered and smooth. Allow glue to set and cool completely.

12. When set, flip medallion over and apply hot glue in same manner to front, approximately 1/4″ from center.

13. Working quickly, adhere Mini Doily Circle die cut to center of medallion and smooth with fingers.

14. To assemble pennant, adhere patterned paper, Hot Fudge cardstock, and corrugated layers together with tape runner. Trim Open Simply Scallops Trio die cut to width of largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX layer and adhere with foam tape. Adhere medallion to pennant with hot glue. Repeat for all six pennants.

15. Score leaves through center and shape with fingers. Using photo as guide, arrange two sets of leaves and adhere together with hot glue; tie hemp cord into bow around stems. Adhere one set to each outer pennant. Adhere letters to four inner pennants with foam tape. Tie buttons with hemp cord and adhere to Mix & Match Banners. Arrange in correct order, starting with small pennant, then alternating large and small.

16. Flip banner over, face down, maintaining correct order.

17. Make 1″ loop from heavy jute cord and secure with tape; apply heavy bead of hot glue to back of first mini pennant.

 

18. Quickly adhere jute cord in hot glue; allow to set and cool.

19. Run heavy bead of hot glue on first large pennant and quickly adhere jute cord. Leave approximately 1/4″ between pennants to allow for draping when hanging.

20. Adhere jute cord to rest of pennants in same manner until complete.

Tip

  • If score lines on 1/4″ Rosette die cuts are not deep enough, try shimming with a sheet of cardstock.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)