Cross-Stitch Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stiffening stitching cloth is a great way to turn a simple design into a sturdy wearable. Don’t be without a handmade sign of your American pride this Memorial Day!

Materials

  • White 14-count Aida cloth, 4”x5”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Beacon Adhesives Sparkling Stiffen Stuff Spray Fabric Stiffener
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Stitch Type

  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate size is 2-5/8″x1-5/8″; Stitch Count: 38W x 24 H

Pin

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread. Print chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use two strands of floss to cross-stitch design. Press from back through pressing cloth.

2. Trim fabric to 1⁄2” from stitched area. Spray front and back with stiffener; let dry. Trim fabric to 1⁄8” from stitched area.

3. Adhere pin to back.

by Ursula Michael

One Design = Many Projects

Once I get started making a project, I seem to always have a lot of excess “stuff’ on my desk. If I am making elements for a card or cutting up felt for a project, I usually end up with pieces cut out that are all ready to use – but they are more than I need for this particular project. I have learned over the years that stopping at the end of a project is the wrong place to stop. Now I finish when I have used the materials on hand. That way I not only stretch my creativity to find new uses for the project or materials, but I also end up with embellishments and items ready made for future projects. Sometimes, as a bonus, I end up with multiple finished projects all from a single idea – some for me to use and some to give as gifts.

This is what happened with the “great mushroom project.” I was playing around with AMACO Cloud Clay which is an air-dry clay that comes in great colors, mixes well with itself and with acrylic paints, and  is great to work with. I was thinking miniatures as I love making cute and tiny things.

I was thinking earrings at the time, and with the clay colors laid out in front of me, the red, white, and green were demanding my attention. I immediately thought about mushrooms with white stalks, red tops dotted with white dots, and green grass around the base. The project makes for really cute earrings. Here’s what you need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Red, White, Green (This is a great project for the Assortment Pack which includes 1 oz. each of Green, Red, White and Blue clay.)
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Earring findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, tools

To make the mushrooms, pinch off pieces of Red, White, and Green clay and work each color in your hand to soften and condition it. I like to pull the clay out to a longish piece, fold it in half and in half again, and then repeat. In a few seconds, it is smooth, warm and pliable.

Roll some White clay into a teardrop for the stem of the mushrooms. Roll a sphere of Red for the tops, flatten it a bit and push onto the mushroom stem. While these pieces are drying a bit, roll some Green clay flat using an acrylic roller. It needs to be pretty thin – set it aside to dry.

Pinch tiny seed-size pieces of White clay and roll into balls. Press on the top of the mushrooms.

Once the Green clay is dry enough to handle – this will take a few minutes – cut it into a strip of grass using the scissors. Wrap the grass around the base of the mushroom. If the clay is having problems sticking to itself, dampen it with a little water and it will stick tight.

Once the pieces are dry, you can push a headpin vertically through each mushroom from bottom to top, wrap the end into a loop, and attach an earring wire using a jump ring.

So far so good, but why stop at one set of earrings? Once you’ve made a couple of extra sets for gifts, it’s time to think outside the box. I upped the ante to make a pencil topper. Simply make a larger-size mushroom – or two side by side – and push the piece onto the top of a regular pencil and leave to dry.

To make this pencil topper more robust, coat it with Ranger Glossy Accents – this is a glue as well as a glossy cover coat and it helps not only to protect the piece but also to stick it firmly to the top of the pencil. I also like to use Glossy Accents on the earrings too so they last really well and it also gives them a great shine.

I made a few extra mushrooms to sit around on my desk – you never know when they might come in handy. And I finished off with this “oh so cute” tic-tac-toe game board in green and white – complete with mushroom playing pieces in red and purple.

Next time you’re crafting, challenge yourself to think out of the box – what else can you do with your design and your supplies? Pieces of paper left over from a scrapbook page can be affixed to a tag for gift giving or used on a card. Clay designs can be used for all sorts of purposes and extra pieces from a jewelry project look great dangling from a mini scrapbook or made into a barrette.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Beaded Safety Pin Jean Charms

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can express their personality while adding a bit of flair to their wardrobe with these fun-and-easy safety pin charms.

Materials

  • Darice 2-1/4” safety pin: gold or silver
  • Gold or silver charm of choice
  • Large beads

Darice Safety Pin

Directions

 (Note: Materials listed are for one charm.)

STEP 1

Open safety pin.

 STEP 2

Add beads and charms as desired.

STEP 3

Attach charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Miniature Flower Quilt Sampler Box & Brooch

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Cross-stich this beautiful flower quilt sampler box or a quick-and-easy brooch as a unique gift for Mom or Grandma this Mother’s Day.

Materials

  • Zweigart 32-count White Lugana (box)
  • DMC 18-count White Aida (brooch)
  • Wooden box of choice, 6”x6”
  • Dritz Flat Button Form, 1-1/8”, Size 45
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • White lace, 1/2” wide
  • Pin back

Tools

  • Needle
  • Craft glue

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: box, 4”x4”; brooch, 1”x1”. Stitch Count: box, 63 w x 63 h; brooch, 15 w x 15 h

Box

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. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to place project in box opening.

Brooch

1. Using only heart design from chart, stitch design on 18-count Aida.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions for button form, cut fabric to size and form.

3. Sew gathering stitch along long edge of lace. Adhere gathered edge of lace to back edges of finished button

4. Adhere pin back to button form.

Tip

  • Sudberry House (www.sudberry.com) offers a complete line of products to display your cross-stitch creations. Instead of a box, try this design on a small tray, a trivet, or even a stylish key rack.

by Gail Bussi

Clay Flower Hair Accessories

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wear your bridal or prom look from head to toe with these lovely clay flowers. Shown here as pretty barrettes and combs, the flowers can also be attached to shoe clips or a purse clasp for a coordinated look.

Materials

  • Staedtler FIMO Translucent Clay
  • Barrettes or combs of choice

Tools

  • Decorating chalks
  • Jacquard Products Pearlescent Powdered Pigment
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, paintbrush, oven, parchment-lined baking sheet, toothpick

Directions

Sizes

Flowers, 1⁄2”-3⁄4” diameter; Leaves, 1” long

Hair Accessories

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll into 3” long, 1⁄4” diameter snake; cut into 1⁄4” long sections. Roll each section into ball.

2. For rose center or rosebud, see Figure 1. Flatten ball and stretch into 1⁄4”x1” rectangle. Pinch right edge until thin and “ruffled.” Roll clay from left to right, forming “bud”.

3. For petals, flatten seven balls (for large roses) or five balls (for small roses); pinch edges to ruffle. Press petals one at a time to bud, proceeding in clockwise direction.

4. Dip paintbrush into chalk. Apply chalk to petals, working from outer edges toward petal center. Apply pearlescent powder to petals as desired. Trim bottom of rose flat using craft knife.

5. For leaves, flatten balls; shape into teardrops. Gently indent vein lines in leaves with toothpick. Shape as desired. Dust center with light green chalk and edges with dark green. Apply pearlescent powder as desired.

6. Place finished pieces on baking sheet. Bake at 265° for 35 minutes. Remove; let cool. Adhere to hair accessories as desired.

by Linda Welsh

Light Rose Chandelier Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Think pink! Created with light rose crystal beads by Swarovski, these custom-made earrings are sure to be a sparkling sensation!

Materials

  • Silver chandelier components of choice with three lower loops, two
  • Swarovski Light Rose Bicone Crystal Beads: 4mm, 14; 8mm, six
  • Silver findings: head pins, six; ear wires, two

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, chain-nose
  • Wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

For each earring, attach ear wire to top chandelier loop.

STEP 2

String one 8mm and two 4mm beads onto two head pins. Use round-nose pliers to make loop in each head pin after last bead; cut excess wire. Attach pins to outside loops.

STEP 3

String one 8mm and three 4mm beads onto third head pin; finish and attach to center loop in same manner.

Tip

  • Adhere pink flat-back crystals to chandelier component for added sparkle.

by Katie Hacker

Beaded Dangle Jean Charm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Not only will this pretty beaded dangle charm add personality to your jeans, but the photo charm is a perfect keepsake to remember those you love.

Materials

  • Darice Big Clasp-Large Clasp: Silver
  • Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
  • Blue Moon Silver Photo Frame Charm
  • Assorted beads
  • Silver crimp beads, two

Tools

  • Crimp pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5” wire length.

STEP 2

Thread crimp bead on wire end. Thread wire end through clasp and back through crimp bead, leaving 1/2” tail. Push crimp bead close to clasp loop.

STEP 3

Squeeze crimp bead with pliers to flatten and hold wire in place.

STEP 4

String 2-1/2” of beads onto wire, ending with other crimp bead. Thread wire end through photo charm loop and back through crimp bead.

STEP 5

Use pliers to flatten crimp bead, threading wire end back through two beads. Trim excess wire.

STEP 6

Attach dangle charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Butterfly Acrylic Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make your own stylish acrylic pendant. Just print your favorite photo, design, or saying on Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film. Voilà… a custom look that will match any outfit! Learn more about Grafix printable art & craft films at www.grafixarts.com.

Materials

  • Grafix Clear Adhesive Backed Film, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Digital butterfly image
  • Clear acrylic flat-backed crystal
  • Black leather cording, 18”-24” length
  • Silver jump ring, 9mm

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hand drill with small bit or heavy-duty hole punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, copy paper

Directions

STEP 1

Crop image in photo editing program to match size of crystal. Add desired text to image. Flip photo horizontally to create mirror image.

STEP 2

Paste image into word processing program and size photo slightly larger than size of pendant. Print test image on copy paper. Place crystal over image to check size; adjust image size if necessary. Print image onto sheet of Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film; let dry.

STEP 3

Place flat side of crystal over image. Trace around crystal with pencil and cut out. Trace around crystal again on blank space on adhesive sheet; cut out.

STEP 4

Remove backing from image and adhere to back of pendant; do not burnish.

STEP 5

Remove backing from clear piece; adhere over image. Lightly burnish both pieces using finger.

STEP 6

Drill or punch hole and insert jump ring at top of pendant; close jump ring.

STEP 7

Cut cording to desired length; thread through jump ring. Knot cording ends together.

Tip

 by Tami Sanders for Grafix (http://www.grafixarts.com/)

 

Lucky Clover Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wear your luck around your neck! Kids, create this fun clover necklace to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Emerald Green
  • Green satin cording, 24” length
  • Large jump ring
  • Clear crystal gem (optional)

Tools

  • Heart cookie cutter, 1/2
  • Pliers
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, plastic knife

Directions

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Emerald Clay into 1/4”-thickness. Use heart cookie cutter to cut out four hearts (clover) or use plastic knife to cut four heart shapes from clay. For stem, use plastic knife to cut tiny triangle.

3. Position four hearts and stem on parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth edges. Flip clover over; smooth edges together. Use toothpick to poke hole on top of clover (for jump ring). Add details lines on clover. If desired, press crystal gem in center.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clover in oven. Let cool completely.

5. Use pliers to open jump ring. Insert jump ring through hole on clover; squeeze ring closed.

6. Measure and cut 24” length of green cording. Insert cording through hole on jump ring; knot ends together.

by Phoebe Doehring for Polyform Products

Beaded Watch Jean Charm

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Never be late again!! Keep track of time in style with this beautiful beaded butterfly watch charm for your jeans.

Materials

  • Silver watch face
  • Silver butterfly charm
  • Spring bracelet wire, 14” length
  • Assorted glass and silver beads

Tools

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Gently bend one end of wire into small loop. (This will keep beads from slipping off wire.)

STEP 2

String one bead and butterfly charm onto wire. Continue adding beads for 5” of wire length.

STEP 3

Thread watch charm onto wire length. Continue adding beads until wire length is almost covered, leaving 1/2” at end.

STEP 4

Gently bend wire end into small loop.

STEP 5

Curl wire around belt loop.

by Chris Malone