Apple Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

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

Materials

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

Tools

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

Basic Supplies

scissors, washer, old towel, pencil

Directions

Pillow

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

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

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

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

Figure 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip

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

by Mary Ayres

Easy Bleach Resist T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

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

Materials

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

 

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Spray bottle
  • Cardboard

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

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

STEP 4

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

STEP 5

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

STEP 6

Fill clean spray bottle with small amount of bleach.

STEP 7

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

STEP 8

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

STEP 9

Remove film to reveal nice sharp outline of image.

STEP 10

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

Tip

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

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

Grandma Tribute

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Grandma is probably one of your most favorite people. Stitch this tribute to her for Grandparents’ Day or just because you love her.

Materials

  • Zwiegart Antique White 28-count Lugana, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stich Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-5/8”x4-5/8”; Stitch Count: 122 w x 84 h

Grandma Tribute

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. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Bennie Harman

Lemonade Mix Gift Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

What could be better than a refreshing glass of lemonade in the scorching heat of summer? Present this lemonade gift jar as the perfect hostess gift at your next summer get-together.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint
  • Cardstock: white, dark yellow, glossy light yellow
  • Alphabet stickers, aqua, 1”
  • Yellow twill tape, 1/2”, 24” length
  • Powdered lemonade mix

Tools

  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Clearsnap Colorbox Paintbox Chalk Ocean Breeze
  • Punches: scalloped oval, 2-1/2”x3-1/2”; hole punch, 1/4”
  • Sponge dauber
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Spray paint both items, letting dry between coats.

STEP 2

Spray lower section of clean jar with paint, letting paint mist above that section. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere stickers to spell “lemonade mix” between painted area and clear glass.

STEP 4

For “lemon slice”, cut 1-1/2” circle from dark yellow cardstock; cut in half. Cut four small light yellow triangles to fit inside half circle as shown in photo; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Using foam dots, adhere triangles onto half circle, creating a faux lemon slice.

STEP 5

Punch one scalloped oval each from white and dark yellow cardstock; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Stamp words “Pucker Up” on one oval and mix instructions on remaining oval in desired colors. Punch hole at top of each oval.

STEP 6

Thread twill tape through tag holes and tie around lid. Fill jar with lemonade mix.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

Hankie Coasters

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If you have a collection of pretty hankies just sitting in a drawer, showcase them by creating these darling coasters.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Cream, colors of choice
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam2
  • Pinking shears
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2” square from each hankie. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Steam-A-Seam2 to wrong side of each hankie square. Remove backing from each square.

STEP 2

Place hankie wrong side down onto cream felt and use iron to fuse in place. Using pinking shears, carefully trim around each felt/hankie square.

STEP 3

Machine-sew zigzag stitch 1/8” from edge of hankie.

STEP 4

Adhere cream felt/hankie to another coordinating wool felt color. Use pinking shears to trim around edges, leaving 1/8” border.

STEP 5

Adhere buttons to coaster.

by Rebekah Meier

Starry Night Cross-stitch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Roasting marshmallows, singing campfire songs, and snuggling in sleeping bags under a star-filled sky! Who could resist a night braving the wilderness? Cross-stitch this design for your favorite camper!

Materials

  • DMC 14-count Navy Blue Aida, 18” square
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 9-1/2″x7-3⁄4”; Stitch count: 135 w x 110 H

Starry Night

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands floss.

3. Backstitch lady bug, heart, and faces on bunny and children using two strands 3371 Black Brown. Backstitch remaining design where indicated using two strands 801 Coffee Brown, Dk.

4. Frame as desired.

by Carla Acosta for The DMC Corp.

Beach Chic Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Capture memories of the beach by creating beautiful keepsake ornaments from crushed seashells and pebbles found near the shore during summer vacation.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3″
  • Decorative crushed seashells or tiny green pebbles
  • Beach charm
  • Eye pins, two
  • Coordinating pearl bead
  • Coordinating metallic wired ribbon, 1-3/8″-wide
  • Gold cord, 8″ length

Tools

  • Pallette knife or table knife
  • Adhesives: Gane Brothers and Lane Yes! Paste, Plaid Gloss Mod Podge, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

wooden skewer, shallow bowl, jar, foam paintbrush

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one ornament.)

step 1

Push wooden skewer into 3″ ball to hold while adhering materials onto ornament. Pour crushed seashells into a shallow bowl. Spread 1/4” layer of Yes! Paste smoothly over ball using palette or table knife. Roll paste-covered ball firmly in seashells. Press shell material into paste with fingertips. Sprinkle areas that remain uncovered with crushed seashell and press firmly into the paste. Set wooden skewer into jar to let dry thoroughly.

 step 2

Using foam paintbrush, apply one coat of Mod Podge to entire ball; let dry.

step 3

Attach charm to head of eye pin. Thread pearl bead onto stem. Insert eye pin stem into center bottom of ball.

step 4

Tie full ribbon bow as shown. Remove skewer from ornament and adhere bow to ornament, covering hole.

step 5

For hanger, adhere and insert remaining eye pin into top of bow. Insert gold cording into eye pin and tie into loop.

step 6

Make pebble ornament in same way as crushed seashell ornament.

Tip

  • Instead of ornaments, simply cover balls in crushed seashells and/or tiny pebbles and place in a glass bowl, vase or basket for a charming centerpiece.

by Kathleen George for Dow Chemical Co (www.styrofoamcrafts.com)

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