A Haunting We Will Go Candy Pockets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

There is no “trick” here when it comes to making these cute candy pockets! They are definitely a “treat” for the witches, vampires, and goblins that come ringing your doorbell!

Materials

  • Wool felt: 1⁄8 yard each: black, tan, beige, rust
  • Homespun fabric scraps
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Black (310), Tan (738)
  • White buttons, two each: 1⁄4”, 1⁄2”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge

Tools

  • Freezer paper
  • Embroidery needle
  • Wire cutter
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prepare felt. (Note: Washing and drying will soften and give felt “aged” texture.) Cut out pattern. Transfer to freezer paper; cut out, allowing 1⁄4” borders. Iron freezer paper to felt; cut pockets and face patterns from felt as indicated. Remove freezer paper. Arrange faces on pockets; spot glue.

STEP 2

Blanket stitch pockets together using Black for ghost and pumpkin, and Tan for cat. Stitch ghost’s eyes and mouth, and pumpkin’s eyes, nose, and mouth Tan. Stitch cat’s nose Black and backstitch whiskers and mouth Tan.

STEP 3

Fold top edge of pockets down 1” to form cuff. Blanket stitch cuff with contrasting floss color. For eyes, attach buttons to cat and pumpkin.

STEP 4

For hanger, cut three 10” wire lengths. Poke wire length through pocket; twist inside to secure. Curl length around pencil; poke through remaining side and twist inside to secure. Cut three 8” lengths from fabric scraps. Tie fabric into bow on hanger.

by Sue Allemand

Textured Trick-or-Treat Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate Halloween with soft colors and new embellishments from Close To My Heart.

 Materials

  • Cardstock: old gold, black textured
  • Papers: white watercolor, Canvas Corp. Kraft Corrugated, Authentique Free Bird Collection Endless
  • Close To My Heart Antique Gold Mini-Medley Accents
  • Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon

Tools

  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Perfect Fit Stamp Sets: Halloween, Frames
  • Circle punch, 1-7/16”
  • Heat tool
  • Fiskars Scallop Scissors
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Ink Pads: Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Tools: Block, Spritz Cleaner, Stamp Scrubber
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, double-sided tape, foam dots, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x5” gold top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5” black cardstock square. Cut and adhere 4-1/2” corrugated paper square to black panel.

STEP 3

Cut 4” orange paper square; trim top 1/2” from square with scalloped scissors. Stamp Sorbet sentiment across panel, 1/4” from top edge. Adhere to layered panel.

STEP 4

Cut 7” burlap ribbon length. Wrap ribbon around bottom of layered panel, leaving corrugated paper edge visible; adhere ends at back using double-sided tape. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 5

Stamp Buttercup pumpkin image onto watercolor paper; heat emboss with clear powder. Punch image into circle; ink edges Sweet Leaf.

STEP 6

Stamp Sorbet dot frame image onto orange paper and Sweet Leaf date image onto watercolor paper; detail cut images. Adhere pumpkin to frame center with foam tape.

STEP 7

Cut 1-3/16” square and 1”x3” strip from watercolor paper. Ink square Buttercup and strip Sweet Leaf. Trim one end of strip into a “V”; stamp Sorbet sentiment. Adhere date circle to yellow square with foam dots; adhere one end of strip to back of dot frame.

STEP 8

Using photo as guide, adhere elements to card; use double-sided tape for pumpkin element and foam dots for date element.

STEP 9

Adhere crocheted flower to card with clear dot; adhere button to center with clear dot.

Tip

Clear embossing the pumpkin image adds a subtle hint of shine to an otherwise matte-finish card.

by Dawn Gehring

Crocheted Pumpkin Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Using bright orange and green fabric, crochet this pumpkin as a treat bag for all the little ghosts and goblins in your life or as a fun tote to carry during the Halloween season.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric: orange, 4 yards; green, 1 yard
  • Felt scraps: yellow, black

Tools

  • Q crochet hook
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, measuring tape or ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Tear orange and green fabric into 1”-wide strips.

STEP 2

Knot same-color fabric strips together on one end. Roll same-color strips into balls (like yarn).

STEP 3

Using crochet hook and orange fabric, chain 18. Row 1: Single crochet into second chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across, turn. Row 2: Continue single crochet across each row until it measures 18” in length. Fasten off. Fold in half lengthwise and use fabric strip to weave between stitches, closing each side of bag. Tie off ends.

STEP 4

Tie green fabric strip onto top edge at one side of bag; single crochet into top row of bag. Repeat for one additional row. Fasten off. Tie end of fabric strip through crochet stitches at one side of bag. Chain 38, securing final chain through crocheted stitches at opposite edge of bag. Single crochet into second chain from hook, crochet in each chain, turn and repeat for total of two rows. Fasten off.

STEP 5

Print and cut out pattern. Adhere felt pieces onto front of bag. Let dry.

STEP 6

To finish, weave knotted ends of fabric strips in between crocheted stitches, trimming ends.

STEP 7

Measure and cut 18”-long strip of green fabric. Tie strip into bow and glue onto top of bag.

by Lorine Mason

Crafts ‘n things: The Newest (And Best) Blog For Fun And Easy Crafts

Welcome! To the first Crafts ’n things Blog post! I am honored to be the first team member to share a post with you. My name is Gloria Stengel and I come to you from sunny southern California. I have been paper crafting for 22 years and have seen crafts and craft trends come and go, and come back again. I am excited to share projects and tips with you twice a month.

The new Crafts ’n things Blog Team hopes to bring you the latest news and the best tips and techniques; we will share the fun of crafting with you as we share projects, product reviews, and even peeks into our creative spaces.

I want to share a cute Halloween card that I made for the Crafts ’n things 30-minute cards section.

I purchase the pre-made mini bingo cards in every theme and style I can find. I also have a number of bingo-themed stamps. You just cannot have too many bingo cards!

Add a few buttons, some die cut shapes, a bit of trim, and you have a cute (and not very spooky) Halloween card!

And don’t forget to decorate the inside of your cards. I like to line my cards with a light-colored paper or cardstock, stamp a sentiment, and maybe put a small strip of printed paper at the bottom.

For instructions on making the Halloween Bingo card and a complete supply list, visit the 30-Minute Cards section.

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)