Winter Wonderland Necklace

With the chill of winter descending across the northern hemisphere, what could be more appropriate than wearing some shimmery snowflake jewelry!

This sparkly piece combines so many of the things I love to make jewelry with: crystals, filigrees, and leather. Including leather in your jewelry designs is a great way to increase your jewelry making repertoire – it gives your jewelry a really individual look and it’s such a hot trend right now. Using a die-cutting machine makes easy work of cutting out the circles of leather but if you don’t have access to one, use a hole punch and piece of cardstock to make a template and then trace and cut out your circles.

The Winter Wonderland necklace uses a silver Metallic Leather Trim piece but a silver leather Bracelet Blank will also work. Or why not substitute Silver Creek Leather’s Gold or Gunmetal bracelet blanks for a different look? Combined with all that Swarovski sparkle, you will shimmer all through the winter.

Silver Creek Leather bracelet blanks and Metallic Leather Trim pieces are available at Hobby Lobby.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather Metallic Leather Trim piece in Silver; or Silver Bracelet Blank
  • Silver filigree circles, 33mm, two
  • Bohemian gold filigree circle, 33mm
  • Silver snowflake charms, 16mm, two
  • Gold snowflake charms, 16mm, nine
  • Faceted AB crystal teardrop, 9x6mm
  • Swarovski Elements Crystal Flatbacks: 4mm, 18; 5mm, three
  • Silver eyelets, 5mm, four
  • Gold curb chain, 8x4mm, 7″ length
  • Gold jump rings: 6mm, 34; 8mm; 4mm
  • Gold findings: ball headpin, lobster clasp

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and 1″ circle die or hole punch and scrap of cardstock
  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Flush cutters
  • Button shank remover
  • ScraPerfect Embellie Gellie Tool
  • Eyelet setting kit with 1/8” hole punch and hammer
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Glue, Swarovski Elements Create Your Style Crystal Glue Pen 

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, permanent marker, scissors, ruler

Step 1

Place leather bracelet blank over circle die and cut out five circles. If using hole punch, punch circle in cardstock and use as template to trace and cut out five circles.

Step 2

Working on one filigree at a time, use toothpick to apply thin layer of Beacon 527 adhesive to within 3/16” of edge. Place leather circle on center of filigree and press down firmly.  Repeat with two remaining filigrees.

Step 3

Cut loop off two silver snowflakes and one gold snowflake with button shank remover.  Use Beacon 527 adhesive to attach two silver snowflakes to leather of silver filigree and gold snowflake to center of leather on gold filigree.

Step 4

Working on one snowflake piece at a time, pick up 6mm flatback crystal with Embellie Gellie tool; apply small dot of Crystal Glue to back.

Place between snowflake and edge of leather. Place six crystals evenly around each of three snowflakes.

Step 5

Place gold filigree and silver filigree back to back, align holes, and join together with jump ring. Connect with second jump ring approximately 3/8″ away from first jump ring. Place second silver filigree against gold one, back to back. Measure approximately 1/2″ around filigrees from last jump ring; connect together with jump rings.

It should form “V”-shape like this.

Step 6

Attach three jump rings together and hook one end onto loop of snowflake and other end to silver filigree, referring to photo for placement. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 7

Place mark on back of two remaining leather circles approximately 1/4″ from edge. Find opposite side of each circle and place another mark. Position hole punch over center of mark; punch it with hammer. Repeat on all holes.

Place eyelet in hole from front of leather and place it face down on mat. Place setting tool into tube of eyelet; tap it lightly a few times with hammer to set.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook through eyelet.

Link two more jump rings together; attach them through jump ring in leather circle. Attach other end onto snowflake charm on end of necklace. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 9

Connect three snowflakes together with three jump rings between each one to form chain. Attach chain of three jump rings to last snowflake. Hook end jump ring into second eyelet hole of leather circle. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 10

Separate chain into two equal lengths. Open end link of each chain and attach to loop of snowflake at each end of necklace. Attach lobster clasp to other end of one chain and 8mm jump ring to other chain.

Step 11

String teardrop on headpin and create wrapped loop. Open 4mm jump ring, attach to bottom of gold filigree and to loop of teardrop before closing.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

DIY Rub-On Labels

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a few more details about a project I created for the Winter 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I love to make homemade treats to give as gifts and am always looking for new ways to package them. When the folks at Grafix sent me some of their products to try, I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a custom rub-on to use on holiday packaging. I loved the way these turned out and wanted to share a bit more about the process with you here.

The first thing you want to do is to design the image you want to turn into the rub-on. I used a computer to make mine, but the products also work with stamps and markers. However, keep in mind that they need to be printed in reverse, so stamped images with text won’t work. I think using a computer and inkjet printer is probably the easiest way to make these. I found some fun chalkboard labels and fonts online and used those to create my design. You can find all the details on that in the attached document at the end of this post.

Once I was happy with the way the label looked, I reversed the image and copied it to fill the page. Here is what they looked like on my computer:

After they were printed, I cut them apart and followed the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the film to the image in order to create the rub-on.

A wooden craft stick is the perfect tool to help work out any air bubbles after applying the film.

Then you need to cut out the rub-on following the outline as closely as possible so that the excess material won’t show around the edges.

From here on out, this works just like any craft rub-on. Peel off the backing and apply the rub-on to the container. I like Weck canning jars because the front of the glass is smooth and that makes it easy to apply the rub-on.

Once the rub-on looks smooth, carefully peel off the protective liner from the front.

And voilà! Custom packaging ready to be filled with holiday goodies.

Looks better all filled up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at the other label I created for containers of my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge.

You know how magazines work several months in advance? Well, this project was created in early July… right around July 4th, and these cookies were something I made for our holiday bbq. Before the party, I pulled out all the ones with red sprinkles and used them for my photo shoot. Wonder if the cookies with blue sprinkles felt neglected?

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and I love this icing: Sugar Cookie Icing. You can download a pdf of the full project with instructions and a supply list, as well as a copy of my grandmother’s famous peanut butter fudge recipe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

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

Quilted Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Never fear zippers again! Create this fast-and-easy quilted mini zippered bag in the embroidery hoop using a FREE download from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Fill the case with cash for a cute stocking stuffer, small candies, sweetener packs, USB drives, ear buds, etc. With added hardware, it makes a super cute key chain, too.

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”: multi dot (front and back), three; green/white dot (lining)
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural 100% Cotton Batting, 2-1/2”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Grosgrain ribbon, red or coordinating color, 5/8”x2” (optional)
  • Polyester or nylon zipper with plastic teeth, 7” (or longer), red or coordinating color
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Swivel clip, 3/4”

Tools

  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop Design (FREE download)
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond, Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sharp scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, bamboo skewer

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop tearaway stabilizer and run color 1, which stitches outline of the design along with center section for zipper placement. Remove hoop from machine when color 1 finishes.

STEP 2

Place closed zipper RIGHT SIDE UP in center of embroidery hoop using center section as placement guide. (Note: Do not use a zipper with metal teeth. Zipper is cut off during this project so longer zipper can be used.) Zipper will fit perfectly inside placement stitches. IMPORTANT – Be sure zipper tab is at top of hoop and zipper stop is at bottom. Center zipper length in the hoop so zipper tab and zipper stop are both well outside outline of design. Tape zipper at top, center, and bottom as shown with flower pins.

STEP 3

Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks zipper to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and remove tape from center of zipper. Be careful when removing tape so zipper tack down stitches are not disturbed.

STEP 4

Fold two front 5”x5” multi dot fabric pieces in half with WRONG sides together so they measure 2-1/2”x5”. Press to form crease. Lightly spray one side of each 2-1/2”x5” cotton batting piece and place inside each folded fabric piece, butting the edge of batting up to the crease of the fabric. Smooth with fingers to adhere batting to fabric to create fabric/batting sandwiches.

STEP 5

Place fabric batting sandwiches in the hoop so creased edges are lined up at zipper teeth and centered over design. Tape in place at top and bottom (outside design area); place tape in center as shown by pins.

STEP 6

Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the front fabrics to the zipper. Run color 4, which quilts the front with a wave quilting stitch. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

STEP 7

IMPORTANT – Remove any tape at top of hoop, covering zipper. Grasp zipper pull and gently unzip zipper until zipper tab is in center of design as shown.

STEP 8

If key chain hardware is not being added, skip to Step 9 now. To add optional ribbon loop and swivel clip, slip clip through ribbon; fold ribbon with WRONG sides together. Place raw edges of ribbon at TOP of design, centered over zipper. Raw edges of ribbon should extend 1/2” OUTSIDE top stitch line of design as shown. Tape both ribbon and clip in place so it doesn’t slip. (Note: A split ring or D-ring may be used in place of the slip clip if desired.)

STEP 9

Still working on front of hoop, place 5”x5” back fabric in the hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it is centered and covers design outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back fabric in place. Remove hoop when color 5 finishes.

STEP 10

Turn hoop over so you are looking at back of hoop. Place 5”x5” lining fabric on back of hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it covers design. Tape at all four corners to secure.

STEP 11

Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 6 which stitches all around the design, leaving an opening for turning. Remove hoop from machine and unhoop design. Carefully pull away all stabilizer from around design. Turn hoop over so lining fabric is on top and unsewn section is visible, which is the turn opening. Scissors in photo point to unsewn area.

STEP 12

Using sharp scissors, trim all around design following stitch line, leaving about 1/4” allowance outside seam line. Take care when cutting through zipper. At unsewn area (turn opening), cut fabric “out” about 1/2” as shown with scissor points.

STEP 13

Turn design inside out through the opening. To turn inside out, reach inside turn opening, grasp unquilted side (lining fabric), and gently pull. Design should easily pull through opening. Once turned inside out, use poking tool (such as a bamboo skewer) to nicely round corners. Scissors point to the turn opening.

STEP 14

Turn design over so zipper is on top. Gently remove all stabilizer from design. Flip open fabric extensions at turn area and trim batting close to stitching to alleviate bulk at turn opening area. (Note: There should be four fabric extensions.) Flip front and back extensions out of way and trim away only the two extensions in between front and back. Trim close to stitching as shown, taking care not to cut into front or back fabric extensions.

STEP 15

To finish turn area, use the following method for a no-sew finish. Turn design over so lining side is on top. Cut small piece of Heat N Bond Ultra slightly smaller than fabric extension; iron onto extension as shown in photo. Allow to cool, then peel off Heat N Bond paper strip. Slip two fabric extensions inside turn opening so they are even with outline of design. Press the turn area to adhere Heat N Bond. Press around all seams of case to ensure design lays flat and has a nice smooth look. (Note: Another method of finishing the turn area is to whipstitch area closed with needle and thread.)

STEP 16

Turn design over so zipper side is visible. Reach inside open section of zipper, grab zipper pull, and unzip case all the way as shown.

STEP 17

Flip design right side out through zipper opening as shown. Poke out corners again if necessary. Remove tape from hardware. Press entire bag (see tip).

Tip

  • Pressing is one of the most important steps in the outcome of your in the hoop projects. Don’t skip pressing! Be careful when pressing zipper area – the teeth will melt!

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Embellished Ribbon Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.

Materials

  • Canvas tote
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Lace
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.

STEP 2

Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.

STEP 3

Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.

STEP 4

Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.

STEP 5

Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.

STEP 6

Set machine for straight stitch.

STEP 7

Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.

STEP 8

Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.

STEP 9

Backstitch at beginning and end of 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. )

STEP 10

Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 11

For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.

Tip

  • If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.

by Singer (www.singerco.com)

Casserole Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Arrive at Thanksgiving dinner in style with your dish piping hot and safely tucked inside of this chic casserole carrier.

Materials

  • Light- to medium-weight cotton print fabric (cover), 3/4 yd.
  • Lightweight cotton fabric (lining), 3/4 yd.
  • Wooden dowels, 5/8”, 13-1/4” lengths, two
  • Coordinating grosgrain ribbon, 1-1/2″ wide, 5” lengths, four

Tools

  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting
  • Hook-and-loop tape, 3/4” wide, 8” length
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing board, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/2” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Carrier is assembled as two separate rectangles and then sewn together in center.)

1. Cut 10-1/2”x36” rectangle from cover fabric, lining fabric, and batting. Baste batting to back of cover rectangle. Sew lining to cover rectangle, leaving 4” opening on one side for turning. Trim seam at corners. Turn right side out through opening. Hand sew opening closed.

2. Cut 14-1/2”x28” rectangle from cover fabric, lining fabric, and batting. For handle openings, cut 4” wide by 2” deep rectangle from center top of 14-1/2” sides on cover, lining, and batting rectangles. Baste batting to back of cover rectangle. Sew lining to cover rectangle, leaving 4” opening on one side for turning. Trim seam at outside corners. Clip seam to stitching on inside corners. Turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Lay rectangle with handle opening flat on work surface with right side facing down. Place finished 9-1/2”x35” rectangle centered on top of the first rectangle with length running in the opposite direction and right side facing down. Sew around the center of the overlapped rectangles 1/4” from edges, stitching a 9”x13” rectangle. (Note: Bottom of casserole will be placed in stitched area. Double thickness of fabrics and batting will work like a pot holder to protect surface under casserole and help keep casserole warm.)

4. Sew hook-and-loop tape to ends of 9-1/2” sides so that the two sides of tape will hook together, fitting nicely over casserole dish.

5. Fold ends of ribbon over 1/2”. Pin ribbon pieces across top of 13-1/2” sides of lining (on both sides of handle openings) with folded ends of ribbon facing fabric. Sew close to long edges of ribbon to make casing. Insert dowel through each pair of casings.

6. Place casserole dish in center of carrier. Bring hook-and-loop sides of carrier over dish and attach tape. Bring handle sides of carrier up and hold handle dowels together to carry.

by Mary Ayres

Honey Bird Convertible Bracelet/Necklace

With the days becoming shorter and the air becoming cooler, now is the perfect time to create something soft and playful to brighten up your fall wardrobe. Honey Bird is a clever piece of jewelry which is designed to do double duty as both a necklace and a bracelet. Wear it wrapped around your wrist as a chunky, layered bracelet one day, and then wear it as an asymmetrical necklace the next.

This bracelet-and-necklace combines the softness and warmth of Silver Creek Leather deerskin lace with the texture of cool metal chain and coordinating beads in rich shades of honey. The simple weaving technique is easy to master and it’s an interesting way of securing the metal chain securely without the need for additional jewelry findings.

Materials

To find your nearest Silver Creek Leather stockist, visit their website: www.silvercreekleather.com

  • Silver Creek Leather Deerskin Lace: 1/8” Buckskin , 3/16” Saddle Tan
  • Textured silver oval chain: 19x15mm, 15x12mm, 11x8mm
  • Brown lentil beads, 14x16mm, four
  • Bicones: amber, 6mm, eight; crystal, 6mm, six
  • Glass pearls: gold, 10mm, four; white, 8mm, two
  • Amber/white glass shell beads, two
  • Cousin silver colored-rhinestone connectors, four
  • Silver round spacer beads: 4mm, eight
  • Silver fold over cord ends, 14
  • Silver eye pins, four
  • Cousin resin bird charm set
  • Silver jump rings, 6mm, 16
  • Silver wire guardians, eight
  • Silver crimp tubes, size #2, eight
  • Silver beading wire, .015”
  • Silver hitch and bail clasp

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose, crimping
  • Wire cutters
  • Multi-holed jewelry punch – set to 2mm (the largest hole)
  • Permanent marker

Step 1

Cut six 3” lengths and one 4” length of each of two colors of Deerskin Lace. Cut two 3-link pieces of largest chain, two 4-link pieces of medium chain, and two 5-link pieces of smallest chain. Cut one 5-link piece of largest chain.

Step 2

Line up ends of 4” Buckskin lace and 4” Saddle Tan lace together.

Place them in fold over cord end with right sides facing down.

Fold top down (if there is one) and fold in each of two sides one at a time; press down firmly using flat-nose pliers so that laces are secure.

Step 3

Cut Buckskin lace to point.

Separate two laces and place large 5-link chain in between them.

Place mark on Saddle Tan lace at point where two laces intersect with center of first link of chain.

Punch hole in center of lace.

Thread Buckskin lace through Saddle Tan lace to secure one end of first link in place.

Pull Saddle Tan lace through to front. Place mark on Saddle Tan lace where two laces intersect in second link; punch hole and thread Buckskin lace through. Weave Saddle Tan lace to back; continue marking, punching, and threading in this way until you have secured first end of fifth link. Line up ends of two laces; trim to same length. Secure them in fold over cord end. Set this piece aside.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 on all remaining pieces of chain and lace. Open jump ring and hook on one 3-link, one 4-link, and one 5-link piece. Connect other end of three pieces together with another jump ring. Repeat with remaining 3-, 4-, and 5-link pieces.

Step 5

Cut two 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread beading wire back through crimp tube and crimp to secure. String two amber bicones through both wires; trim away excess. String silver spacer bead, brown lentil, spacer bead, and two amber bicones. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian. Thread wire back through crimp tube, pulling up slack, and thread through both bicones. Crimp tube; trim away excess wire. Make second component to match.

Step 6

Cut two more 6” lengths of beading wire. Thread on crimp tube and wire guardian as before; crimp. String gold pearl, crystal bicone, white pearl, crystal bicone, and gold pearl. Crimp in place. Create second component to match.

Step 7

String shell bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Attach jump ring to each end. To each jump ring, add silver rhinestone connector. Make second component to match.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook on one of each component; connect together at other end with another jump ring. Create matching set of three with remaining components.

Step 9

Open jump ring of set of beaded components; connect to set of chains. Add another set of chains to other end; connect remaining set of beaded components. Open jump ring on end; add 5-link chain.

Step 10

Thread spacer bead, lentil bead, and spacer bead on eye pin; turn simple loop. Create second component to match. Attach two eye pins together; connect one end to 5-link chain with jump ring. Attach one half of clasp to other end with jump ring.

Step 11

Attach jump ring to other end of necklace, hooking on second half of clasp before closing.

Step 12

Open jump ring of resin bird; attach to jump rings in center of necklace.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Recipe Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a recipe book to hold all of your fall favorites in one place for holiday baking. This recipe book can be passed down to the next generation.

Materials

  • Core’dinations Cardstock: Black, Cream
  • Canvas Corp. Black & Ivory: Recipe Cards (CCP2632), Swirls (CCP2607), Wine & Cheese Sampler (CCP2643)
  • Zutter: Chipboard Cover, 8”x8”; Pages, 8”x8”; Wire; Perfect Closures
  • Black chipboard swirl
  • Ribbon: black, cream, pale green sheer, pale green lace
  • Pale green flowers, two
  • Black self-adhesive rhinestones
  • Black eyelets

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station Home
  • Xyron Glue Stick
  • Xyron 12mm Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Foam Pads made using Xyron 1.5” Create-a-Sticker
  • Zutter Bind-it-all Machine
  • Fiskars Victorian Paper Edger Scissors
  • Eyelet setting tool
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko StaZon Black Ink

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

8”x8”

Recipe Book

1. Cut 8”x8” panel from Black & Ivory Swirls paper; run through Xyron Creative Station Home. Ink edges black; adhere to front of chipboard cover.

2. Punch chipboard cover and page blanks; bind together using Zutter Bind-it-All.

3. Cut cutlery print strip from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper and cut slightly larger Black cardstock; mat together. Run through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere across front center of cover as shown.

4. Ink leather Zutter Perfect Closure strap using Black StaZon ink; let dry. Attach closure hardware of front cover strap to rear cover.

5. Run 8″ length of Websters Pages Designer trim through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere to cover vertically beside wire binding as shown.

6. Select three tags from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper; mat to Cream cardstock. Trim bottom edge of tags with Victorian Paper Edger Scissors. Set eyelet into tag end as shown using eyelet tool. Run tags through Xyron Create-a-Sticker. Insert short length of black satin ribbon into eyelet; adhere to right side of cover as shown.

7. Run cutlery circle and black cutlery strip from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper through Xyron Create-a-Sticker. Fishtail cut black cutlery strip on top edge; tuck and adhere behind bottom tag as shown. Adhere cutlery circle to left bottom cover over lace trim. Run black chipboard swirl embellishment through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere to top left edge of cover.

8. Cut menu from Black & Ivory Wine and Cheese Sampler and slightly larger Ivory cardstock panel; mat together. Mat panel to Black cardstock trimmed on left edge using Victorian Paper Edger Scissors.

9. Use Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to create pleats in cream satin ribbon. Attach pleated ribbon to right side of menu using Double-Sided High Tack Tape; adhere menu to cover at angle using DIY-made foam tape pads.

10. Tuck and adhere two flowers under bottom edge of cream pleated ribbon using Xyron Glue Stick. Cut one 12”-length each of black satin ribbon and pale green sheer ribbon; tie together into knot to top binding ring. Adhere black rhinestones to embellishments as desired.

Tips

Check out these simple to follow video instructions for making your own foam tape pads using Xyron Create-a-Sticker by clicking here.

by Sharon Callis for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Machine-Embroidered Framed Burlap Monogram

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a beautiful framed monogram with your embroidery machine using Embroidery Designs from Five Star Fonts Embroidery.

Materials

  • Natural burlap fabric, 8″x10″
  • Cutaway embroidery stabilizer, 8″x10″
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Frame, 8″x10″ with 5″x7″ mat

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Swirly Embroidery Frame Design
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Runway Model Embroidery Font
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, fabric marking pencil, steam iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop.

STEP 2

Remove any wrinkles from burlap by pressing with warm steam iron. Center burlap fabric over stabilizer in embroidery hoop, ensuring weave of burlap is straight when placed in hoop. Pin burlap to stabilizer keeping pins outside embroidery area.

STEP 3

Create monogram with embroidery software using Frame and Runway Model Font from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Load embroidery design on machine and start stitching.

STEP 4

When design stitching is complete, remove embroidery hoop from machine and remove design from hoop.

STEP 5

Turn design to back and center mat over embroidery design.

STEP 6

Center cardboard frame backing over mat. Using fabric marking pencil, trace around frame backing on stabilizer.

STEP 7

Using sharp scissors, trim away excess stabilizer and burlap using trace marks as guide.

STEP 8

Lightly spray back of mat with temporary spray adhesive. Turn design to front and center mat over embroidered monogram frame. Press and smooth with fingers to adhere.

STEP 9

Insert matted design into frame; replace back of frame.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.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)

Aqualicious Jewelry

Leather jewelry is one of the biggest trends to surface in the fashion world in recent times.  No longer the domain of punks, bikers, and Goths, leather jewelry is now mainstream.  It’s a chic-and-trendy jewelry style that has been embraced by both celebrities and the general population alike.  Popular in both men’s and women’s jewelry, this trend just keeps getting hotter!

With its soft, natural feel against your skin, leather is an ideal stringing material for bracelets. But combined with a sprinkling of beads, leather jewelry takes on a whole new look and adds a new dimension to your jewelry designs.

This bracelet and earrings set combines color and texture using Silver Creek Leather Sof-Suede Lace and a simple braiding technique to create a two tone bracelet with a hint of sparkle and matching earrings in either black or aqua – the choice is yours.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather 3/32” Sof-Suede Lace: Aqua, Goth Black
  • Rhinestone cup chain: small, medium
  • Black Kashmiri bead, 18mm
  • 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Fancy 3-hole silver end connector bars, two
  • Silver ribbon clamps, 6mm, 10
  • Silver jump rings, 4mm, 18
  • Silver eye pin
  • Silver hitch and ball clasp

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Bulldog clips
  • Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue 

Step 1

Cut three 16” lengths of each of the Aqua and Goth Black Sof-Suede lace.  Line up the ends of the three Aqua pieces and place them in the bulldog clip.  Braid the three pieces together evenly until you reach the end.

Step 2

Trim the ends and place a ribbon clamp over the braid.  Hold the ribbon clamp by the sides so that the laces stay in place and then use the flat nose pliers to gently but firmly close the clamp over the laces.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the Goth Black Sof-Suede Lace.

To Make The Earrings

Step 4

Decide whether you want to make the aqua earrings or the black earrings and work with that color braid.  Measure 3” from the folded edge of the ribbon clamp and place a bulldog clip on the other side of the mark. Cut the laces and then secure them with a ribbon clamp as before.

Step 5

Use the chain-nose pliers to create an opening in the top of the braid near one end of the ribbon clamps.

Push the first rhinestone of the small cup chain through the hole and close the gap.

Step 6

To determine how much cup chain you need, hold the two ribbon clamps together so that they form a teardrop shape. Wrap the chain around the teardrop and then cut the chain one link longer than the braid. Apply adhesive with the toothpick to the back of several cups of the chain and press them firmly down the middle of the braid.

Repeat until you are about five cups from the end of the braid. Open the braid as before and push the last link of the chain through to the other side. Carefully apply adhesive to the back of the last few cups.

Step 7

Connect the two ribbon clamps together with a jump ring. Connect the first jump ring to the earring wire with a second jump ring.

Step 8

Make a second earring to match.

To Make The Bracelet

Step 9

Cut two 2” pieces of each of the laces and use ribbon crimps to secure the ends firmly in place.

Step 10

Cut two 2” pieces of medium rhinestone cup chain. Place the last link of one end of a piece of cup chain into an end cup; use the flat-nose pliers to gently press down the claws over the rhinestone. Repeat on each end of the two chains.

Step 11

Use jump rings to attach the braided lace to the outside of the two fancy 3-hole connector ends and the cup chains to the middle holes. Attach the other ends of the braided laces and cup chains to the plain 3-hole connector ends.

Step 12

String the Kashmiri bead on the eye pin and turn a simple loop.

Step 13

Open the eye loops of the Kashmiri bead and attach one to each of the two fancy end connectors.

Step 14

Connect one half of the clasp to each end of the bracelet with jump rings.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)