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

Come to My Table

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Set your holiday table with customized, handmade place settings. Your guests will feast their eyes on your clever craftiness, putting them in the mood to dine on your lovingly prepared meal.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hot Fudge Felt
  • My Favorite Things Grapesicle Buttons
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Yellow embroidery floss
  • Burlap

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Place Setting, Napkin Ring and Place Card, Fall Foliage, Pierced Rectangle STAX
  • My Favorite Things Large Metal Adapter Plate for Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Stamp Sets: Fall Foliage, All Occasion Place Setting
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Ink Pads: Hot Fudge, Kraft, Lemon Drop, Grape Jelly, Whip Cream
  • White pencil
  • Adhesives: X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, 8-1/2”x11”; adhesive runner; clear dots; foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, embroidery needle

Directions

Sizes

napkin ring, 6”x1-3/4”; place card, 3”x2”

Place Setting

1. Die cut napkin ring from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Hot Fudge cardstock; stamp Whip Cream napkin ring image from All Occasion Place Setting set.

2. Using photo as guide, die cut three small Fall Foliage Die-namics pieces from Kraft, Hot Fudge, and Lemon Drop cardstocks. Stamp coordinating Fall Foliage images onto die-cut shapes as follows: Hot Fudge image onto Kraft die cut; Whip Cream image onto Hot Fudge die cut; Lemon Drop image onto Lemon Drop die cut.

3. Die cut small plate from Place Setting Die-namics set from Grape Jelly cardstock; die cut charger plate from Lemon Drop cardstock. Ink edges of charger plate with Kraft ink. Set aside plates.

4. Adhere double-sided adhesive sheet to burlap fabric.

5. Die cut Place Setting Die-namics pieces from burlap. This will cut cleanly, as adhesive sheet keeps burlap from fraying.

6. Remove the liner from the back of the burlap charger plate, secure the Fall Foliage elements behind the plate, and then adhere to Hot Fudge napkin ring. Cut center section from Lemon Drop charger plate. Adhere Lemon Drop strip, Grape Jelly plate, and burlap silverware to front of napkin ring.

7. Die cut place card from Napkin Ring and Place Card Die-namics set from Kraft cardstock. Stamp borders Grape Jelly, place setting Hot Fudge, and sprig of foliage Lemon Drop. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics acorn from Grape Jelly cardstock and stamp Hot Fudge. Tie hemp cord into bow around stem of acorn; adhere acorn to front of place card with foam square.

8. For candlestick decoration, die cut Place Setting Die-namics from both Hot Fudge cardstock and adhesive-backed burlap. Die-cut Fall Foliage Die-namics sprig from Lemon Drop cardstock; stamp with Kraft ink. Peel backing from burlap and adhere to cardstock circle. Adhere sprig to circle as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through button; tie into bow. Adhere button to sprig with clear dot.

9. Die cut menu card from Whip Cream cardstock using Pierced Rectangle STAX Die-namics; use Hot Fudge ink to stamp sentiment at top right.

10. Die cut Fall Foliage Die-namics leaf from Hot Fudge felt. Freehand mark intended stitch lines using white pencil.

11. Straight stitch over marks using embroidery floss.

12. Wrap Grape Jelly ribbon around menu card and tie into bow on top front as shown in photo. Thread hemp cord through Grapesicle button and tie to felt leaf at back; adhere to bow as shown. Write menu items on card.

Tip

  • To use this same idea for winter holidays, simply die cut shapes from bleached muslin and cream felt; embellish with neutral buttons , ribbon, floss, and ink colors.

by Sherrie Siemens for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Kitchen Tools Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Crackled paint is the key to giving plain glass a complete makeover. Try this technique to make great storage containers for your pens, crochet hooks, drinking straws, etc. Post your craft on the Community page at www.craftsnthings.com – we’d love to see your creation!

Materials

  • Glass quart jar
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Antique White, Nightfall Blue, Spice Brown
  • Raffia

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Crackle Medium
  • All-purpose sealer
  • Satin varnish
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round, liner, large and small shaders
  • Sponge scrap (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use flat brush to apply one coat sealer to outside of jar. Basecoat jar Black.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to jar. Use large shader brush and Antique White to paint jar. (Note: Load paintbrush heavily. Apply only one coat of Antique White. Do not paint over areas that have already been covered or paint will lift. For a smaller cracked appearance, use sponge and apply paint heavily over surface.)

STEP 3

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer pattern to center front of jar.

STEP 4

Use round brush to paint the following: flour bag and measuring cup White; bowl Nightfall Blue; spoon handle Spice Brown. Use liner brush and Black to outline shapes, write “Flour” on flour bag and add accents. Add swirl lines to bowl with White. Use Nightfall Blue and liner brush to paint “Kitchen Tools”; add dots to ends of letters with handle end of paintbrush or toothpick.

STEP 5

Apply two coats varnish to jar. Tie raffia into bow around rim.

Tip

  • Applying a water-based or polyurethane varnish will give your jar a protective coating. Some oil-based varnishes may yellow. Polyurethane varnish provides a durable protective layer that is easy to clean and will give your jar added sheen.

by Alice Duerr

Wool Felt Pie Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Mmmmm! You’ve just baked one of your luscious homemade pies and need to transport it to a special event. Your dessert will be a stand-out when you deliver it in style in this colorful, eye-catching pie carrier.

Materials

  • Wool felt: bright pink, 3/8 yd.; black, 3/8 yd.; light brown, turquoise, light gold, med. gold and white scraps
  • Brown flat buttons, 9/16”, six
  • Six-strand embroidery floss: bright blue, two skeins; black

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, pencil, transfer paper

Directions

Size

12-1/2”

Pie Carrier

(Note:  Put a few dabs of glue under felt pieces to temporarily adhere them to felt circles in place of pins, if desired. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut: 12-1/2” circle and six 1”x3” strips from pink felt; two 12-1/2” circles and one half of 12-1/2” circle from black felt; top of pie shape from brown felt, cutting out slits; bottom of pie shape from white felt; “PIE” lettering from light gold felt; 3/8”x10-3/4” strip (pie crust) from medium gold felt; seven 1/2”x2-3/4” strips from turquoise felt.

2. For top of carrier, pin or adhere black half circle to pink circle with round edges even. Use photo as guide to pin or adhere white and brown pie pieces, and lettering to top of carrier.

3. Use blue floss to blanket stitch around outside edges of pie, including slits in top, and over straight edge of black circle. Stem stitch around “PIE” letters close to edges.

4. Pin or adhere turquoise strips across white pie shape with center strip straight and outside strips angled outward. Trim ends of turquoise strips even with white edges of pie. Pin or glue gold crust strip across top of white pie shape, covering cut edges.

5. Use black floss to single feather stitch over gold crust strip, and blue floss to straight stitch through center of turquoise strips.

6. Transfer “homemade” centered above pie. Use black floss to stem stitch letters.

7. Pin pink and both black circles together with front side of pink circle facing out. (Note: There will be three layers: one pink and two black.)  Use blue floss to blanket stitch around edges of circles to join them, leaving 14” opening at bottom. (Note: Center opening under “PIE” letters.) Blanket stitch over open edge of top of carrier separately; blanket stitch open edges of both bottom pieces of carrier together.

8. For buttonholes, cut 1/2” slits in pink strips, 1/2” from one end. Stack strips together in pairs with slits lined up. Use blue floss to blanket stitch over edges of strip pairs to join them.

9. Wrap embroidered strips over edge of carrier, centered under “PIE”, and on both sides of pie. Use blue floss to sew buttons to strips on bottom of carrier to attach them with buttonhole on opposite end. Sew buttons to top of carrier, matching them up with buttons on bottom. (Note: Do not sew buttons through strips on top.)

10. Insert pie into carrier. Wrap pink strips over edge of carrier and button strips.

by Mary Ayres

DIY Wooden Key Rack

Having just moved into a new place, I realized recently I was in desperate need for a place to store my keys, sunglasses, etc. Things I seem to always be looking for these days. When I recently received this Cherry finished wooden innkeeper sign from Walnut Hollow, I knew instantly that I was going to make a DIY wooden key rack.

I wanted to make this a simple yet sophisticated project. You can create this attractive DIY wooden key rack in a snap using a few materials you probably have on hand.

I love all of Walnut Hollow’s products. This 6”x14” innkeeper signboard turned out to be perfect for my wooden key rack project. Knowing that I would want to use five to six hooks, it turned out to be the perfect size.

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Snow White, Lamp Black, and Neutral Grey. Perfect for my grey kitchen with red accents.

For the embellishments, I used these Melissa Francis flower clip hangers. I deconstructed them by removing the flowers to use as a decorative embellishment for my wooden key rack.

The remaining embellishment is a simple fabric flower, created with fabric scraps rolled into a spiraled flower shape.

Finally, the simple phrase “keys” were die cut using Sizzix’s BigShot Pro, Serif Essential Die Cuts, and Little Sizzles Matboard.

To give my project a little depth, I drybrushed the edges with white paint. Drybrushing is a simple decorative painting technique. Simply load a flat brush with paint, swipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel or other absorbent surface and brush onto project surface. Brush in both directions for a natural look. I used simple cup hooks since they are the most versatile for hanging keys, sunglasses, etc.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

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

 

Tea Caddy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.

Materials

  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape

Directions

(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)

STEP 2

With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.

STEP 3

For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.

STEP 4

Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.

STEP 5

On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Garden Flowers Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Invite your garden indoors with this dancing flower tea towel made from linen and homespun fabric.

Materials

  • Natural linen fabric, 20”x25”
  • Homespun fabric: green, 5-1⁄2”x19-1⁄2”; scraps (flowers), five prints/colors
  • Embroidery floss: green, colors to match flower fabric
  • Flat buttons to coordinate with flower fabric, five

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, transfer paper

Directions

STEP 1

Turn long sides and one short side of linen rectangle under 1⁄4”. Turn edges under 1⁄4” again. To hem, machine stitch close to edges.

STEP 2

With right sides facing, sew one long edge of green rectangle to raw edge of linen rectangle, 1⁄4” from edge. Turn remaining edges of green rectangle under 1⁄4”. Fold green rectangle so long turned edge is even with seam at bottom of linen rectangle. (Note: Right side of fabric should be facing outward.) Hand sew turned edges to bottom edge of towel.

STEP 3

Fuse 2” iron-on adhesive square to back of each flower fabric. Cut two 1-1⁄2”, and one 1-1⁄4”, 1-3⁄8”, and 1-3⁄4” circles from fused fabrics. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Remove backing from circles. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse circles to towel front.

STEP 4

Use two strands of coordinating-color floss to blanket stitch around flowers. Transfer stems and leaves. Use two strands green to embroider stem stitch on stems and leaves and to sew buttons to flower centers.

by Mary Ayres

Cross-Stitch Cookbook Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you ever have problems marking your page in your cookbook, these adorable bookmarks are the solution. They also make wonderful gifts for a housewarming or bridal shower.

Materials

  • White 16-count Aida-cloth bookmarks, 2”x6-7/8”, two
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron, pressing cloth or bath towel

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size of design: 1-7/16”x5-1/4”; Stitch count: 23 w x 85 h

Bookmarks

(Note: Both bookmarks are made in the same way.)

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. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands of floss. To find center, fold bookmark in half, then in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Backstitch with one strand of floss. Backstitch letters with DMC 310 Black and stems with DMC 500 Very Dark Blue Green.

4. Press finished design from wrong side through a pressing cloth or towel. (Note: Pressing without a towel will flatten stitches and dull colors.)

by Pamela Kellogg

Bluework Floral Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wipe away your dishwashing blues with this pretty dishtowel accent in classic blue and white.

Materials

  • Blue Chambray stripe tea towel
  • White fabric doily with crocheted or lace edge, 8” square
  • Blue satin ribbon, 1/4” wide, 5/8 yd. (optional)
  • Blue embroidery floss, one skein

Tools

  • Needle and white thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, safety pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

STEP 2

Transfer pattern to doily. Use one strand of floss to stem stitch design.

STEP 3

If applicable, use safety pin to weave ribbon through openings in edge, beginning and ending at back. Trim ribbon ends to 1⁄4” and whipstitch ends together.

STEP 4

Pin doily diagonally to center front of dish towel. Sew doily to towel with invisible stitch.

Tip

  • Nearly any size or shape doily will work for this project. Just adjust the pattern size to fit the center.

by Mary Ayres

Gingerbread Chef Tea Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Letting you know that “Happiness is Homemade”, this little guy is sure to give your home a warm, inviting feeling this Christmas season.

Materials

  • Rust check dishtowel
  • Cotton fabric scraps: medium brown, off-white, tan
  • Black pearl cotton floss, size 8, one skein
  • Embroidery floss: black, white

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron-on Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

10″ tall

Gingerbread Chef

1. Print and cut out pattern. Trace pattern outlines onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. Trace sections separately: one hat, one upper body (head and arms), and so on. Include dashed-line areas for upper and lower body. Cut out adhesive patterns, leaving a narrow border around pattern edges.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse adhesive to wrong sides of fabrics as follows: body to medium brown, hat and apron to off-white, spoon to tan. Cut out shapes. Remove paper backing.

3. Using pattern as placement guide, position shapes on center front of dish towel. Bottom of legs should be 1-7/8” from bottom edge of towel. Hat should overlap head, spoon overlaps arm, and apron overlaps upper and lower body. Fuse shapes to towel.

4. Transfer details to gingerbread chef. Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of all pieces. Use two strands black floss to stem stitch eyes, mouth, and apron straps. Use one strand black floss to stem stitch lettering. Use white floss to make French knots in cheeks. Use three strands white floss to stem stitch icing lines.

Other Options

  • Make a cute kitchen companion. Cut out two solid bodies. Sew together with wrong sides facing, leaving small section open. Turn right side out and stuff with cinnamon-sprinkled fiberfill or spicy gingerbread potpourri; stitch opening closed. Add a mini wooden spoon and chef’s outfit.
  • Applique this little gourmet onto an apron for yourself or a friend.

by Mary Ayres