New Year’s Party Hat

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Ring out the old boring party hats! Upcycle leftover Christmas decorations to bling in new, airbrushed party hats for your New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Party hat
  • Plastic headband
  • Recycled Christmas items: white shirt box, bows, silver tinsel garland
  • Small brad

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Compressor-Standard or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2 oz.: Opaque Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Lace fabric
  • Silver glitter
  • Adhesives: double-stick tape, all-purpose glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, scrap paper, straight pin, paper plate, plastic spoon, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Deconstruct party hat and use as template to trace onto shirt box. Use a small cup to trace a circle (clock base) and freehand draw two clock hand shapes onto the shirt box; cut out all shapes.

STEP 2

Cover work area with Cleaning Drop Cloth. Following manufacturer’s instructions, assemble airbrush to chosen air source.  Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Fluorescent Pink Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

STEP 3

Practice airbrushing on piece of paper before applying paint to project. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off.  Roller at front of airbrush allows flow of air to be adjusted.  To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of the paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Fluorescent Pink paint onto party hat.  (Note: Heavy amounts of paint may warp the cardboard, so keep coats of paint very light.)  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 4

Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, simply insert included wire tool into opening of cap and remove any dried paint.  If airbrush sit is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

STEP 5

To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place.  Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Lay lace fabric over painted party hat.  Lightly press trigger and spray light, smooth, even strokes of Opaque Black paint until lace is covered completely.

STEP 6

Carefully remove lace to reveal design.  Set aside to dry.

STEP 7

Airbrush clock face with Fluorescent Yellow Paint.  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 8

Apply glue to clock hands and run bead of glue along edge of circle as shown. Cover glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Brush off any excess glitter.

STEP 9

Securing all with double-stick tape, reassemble party hat into cone shape, attach tinsel to base and bows to top of hat. Using straight pin to start holes, poke brad through all pieces to form clock and attach to hat.  Position clock on opposite side of hat’s seam.

STEP 10

Cut small slits in sides of hat; slide headband through slits. If desired, use black marker to write, “Happy New Years,” or further personalize it by the adding the year or name.

Tips

  • Attach folded tape to the bottoms of your shapes to secure them while airbrushing and glittering.
  • Place items to be glittered on a paper plate for easy clean up and use a plastic spoon to sprinkle the glitter.
  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.

by Emma McDonald for The Testors Corporation (www.testors.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)

Leaf-Embellished Skirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall into fashion with a stitched autumn leaf-embellished skirt. You can choose a new skirt or spruce up one in your closet that needs a little something extra. Either way, you’ll have an updated item to wear this season!

Materials

  • Skirt
  • Solid cotton fabric, assorted colors, 1/4 yard each
  • Brown all-purpose thread, or contrasting color of choice

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Die-cutting machine and leaf die (optional)
  • Fabric marking tool

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Freehand draw or locate leaf pattern. Determine desired number of final leaf shapes for shirt. Cut 3-4 leaves for each leaf shape from cotton fabrics. (Note: If die-cutting machine is available, leaves can be die cut from fabric.)

STEP 2

Group leaves in stacks of 3 or 4, layering colors. Pin together.

STEP 3

Using fabric marking tool, draw vein lines on top leaf in each stack.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch.

STEP 5

Thread top of machine and bobbin with brown all-purpose thread or with color that contrasts fabric.

STEP 6

Carefully stitch veins into stack of leaves. To turn, stop sewing with the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric to the new direction, and lower the presser foot before beginning to sew. The presser foot will help you guide the fabric evenly while stitching. Sew slowly for better control when guiding the fabric while stitching.

STEP 7

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the 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. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to the raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to the end of the fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

STEP 8

Wash and dry leaves to add distressed details

STEP 9

Pin distressed leaves in place on skirt.

STEP 10

Using technique mentioned in Steps 6 and 7, stitch leaves in place following vein lines.

STEP 11

Trim threads. Enjoy your fabulous new skirt!

Tip

  • To learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Burlap-and-Fabric Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Carry your latest craft project or magazine in this handy and stylish tote accented with burlap. Choose from the wide selection of home décor fabrics available at most fabric and craft stores to create a look that’s just right for you!

Materials

  • Fabric: cotton decorator, 54″ wide, 1⁄2 yd.; coordinating-color burlap, 1 yd.
  • Flat buttons, 3⁄4″, 12
  • Piping, 4 yds.
  • Heavy cardboard, 3-3⁄4″x14-3⁄4″

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, needle

Directions

Size

18-1⁄2″x13″

Tote Bag

1. Cut two each of the following rectangles from cotton and burlap: 15″x20″ (bag/lining); 1-3⁄4″x17″ (handle/lining); 1-3⁄4″x5″ (side straps/lining). For pocket, cut one 6-1⁄2″x9-1⁄2″ rectangle from cotton and one from burlap.

2. Beginning and ending in a corner, sew piping around pocket front, 1⁄4″ from edge. Sew pocket front to lining, leaving 3″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out. Hand sew opening closed.

3. Pin assembled pocket to bag front with bottom edge 5-1⁄2″ from bag bottom edge. Machine-stitch on top of piping, along side and bottom pocket edges.

4. Sew piping around two long sides and one short side of burlap strap fronts. Sew strap fronts to linings along piping stitching. Trim corners and turn straps right side out. Baste raw edges of straps to side of bag front (bottom edges of straps should be 3″ from top of bag; see photo).

5. Sew bag front to back along sides and bottom. Line up side and bottom seams at each corner and stitch 4″ straight across fabric, 2″ from corner seam (Figure 1). Trim corner 1⁄4″ from stitching. Sew front and back of bag lining together in same way as outside of bag, leaving 4″ opening in middle of one side.

6. Sew piping around top of bag 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending on one side. Sew outside of bag to lining along piping stitching on top edge, matching side seams. Turn bag right side out through opening in lining. Hand sew opening closed.

7. Sew piping around burlap handles 1⁄4″ from edge, beginning and ending in a corner. Sew burlap handles to fabric handles along piping stitching, leaving 2″ opening along one side for turning. Trim corners. Turn handles right side out. Hand-sew openings closed.

8. Sew two buttons to end of each strap on front of bag. Sew two buttons to end of each handle, attaching them to top of bag front and back. (Note: Bottom edge of handles should be aligned horizontally with bottom edge of straps and vertically with pocket edges.)

9. To make hard bottom for bag, cut two 4-1⁄2″x15-1⁄2″ rectangles from burlap. Sew burlap rectangles together along two long sides and one short side. Trim corners and turn right side out. Insert cardboard rectangle. Turn under raw edges of burlap rectangles 1⁄4″ and hand-sew along edge. Place in bottom of bag.

Tip

  • Personalize your bag by adding an inital to the pocket using embroidered iron-on lettering.

by Mary Ayres

Raven Feather Witch’s Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this eerie and elegant accent to decorate your home or your Halloween costume.

Materials

  • Burlap drawstring bag, 4”x6”
  • Vellum
  • Black netting
  • Ivory lace trim
  • Black feathers
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Jeweled spider earrings, one pair
  • Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Symphony Tissue Tape

Tools

  • Stampendous! Cling Raven Background Stamp (CRR152-R)
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMark; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
  • Stampendous! Embossing Powders: Fran-táge Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Black Detail Embossing Powder
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Black Magic, Sunshine Yellow
  • Adhesives: clear dots, liquid glue, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, heat tool, sponges, non-stick craft mat

Directions

Size

4″x6″

Purse

1. Using watermark ink, stamp raven image onto vellum. Heat emboss with black embossing powder. Tear vellum around image edges.

2. Sponge torn vellum edges with watermark ink; heat emboss with gold embossing enamel.

3. Sponge vellum with Distress Inks to create aged effect.

4. Layer black netting over burlap bag; adhere with liquid glue. Let dry.

5. Tear and adhere tape strips to upper right and lower left corners of vellum.

6. Cut 2-1/2” lace length. Place lace on non-stick craft mat and spray with yellow and black Glimmer Mist; let dry. (Note: Swipe ivory or white cardstock scraps through leftover Glimmer Mist to create unique backgrounds for a future project.)

7. Adhere raven image to netting and burlap bag using liquid glue; let dry.

8. Use black floss to tie several feathers together. Adhere bundle to bag using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Using Scor-Tape, adhere lace to bag as shown. If using pierced earrings, insert earrings through front of burlap bag and replace backs inside bag. If using clip-on earrings, adhere earrings to bag using several clear adhesive dots.

10. Spray edges of burlap bag and drawstrings with black Glimmer Mist; let dry.

Tip

  • Discount stores are a great resource for inexpensive costume jewelry like the spider earrings shown here.

by Suzanne Czosek (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

When the crisp autumn wind starts to whirl, this Jack -O’-Laughter sweatshirt will keep you warm and let everyone know you’re ready for a little Halloween fun! Use this same design to create a trick-or-treat bag or decorative door banner.

Materials

  • Sweatshirt, adult size
  • Cotton fabrics: burnt orange, 1⁄4 yard; gold, 6” square; brown, 3” square
  • Black pearl cotton
  • Brown four-hole buttons, 5/8” diameter, two

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Red fabric paint
  • Large stencil brush
  • Thermo O Web HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tracing paper, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Note

Wash and dry all fabrics before beginning. Use photo and pumpkin pattern as placement and stitching guides throughout.

Pumpkin Sweatshirt

1. Cut 3” square, 6” square, and 10”x12” rectangle from iron-on adhesive. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse squares to wrong sides of gold and brown fabrics. Fuse rectangle to burnt orange fabric.

2. Print and cut out patterns along dashed lines; transfer nose to gold fused fabric, stem to brown, and pumpkin outline to burnt orange. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.)

3. Position pumpkin and stem on sweatshirt with top of stem 2-3⁄4” below top edge of collar; fuse pumpkin and stem to sweatshirt. Fuse nose to pumpkin.

4. Use tracing paper and pumpkin pattern to transfer eyes, mouth, and line below stem to pumpkin. Drybrush cheeks red.

5. Using one strand pearl cotton, blanket stitch around pumpkin, stem, nose, and mouth. For eyes, sew buttons to pumpkin, crossing thread to make an “X” in each eye.

Tip

  • The secret to a professionally crafted look is the quality of fabric you choose for your pumpkin. Skip the sale table and opt instead for a textured print or heavyweight solid fabric for best results.

by Mary Ayres

Vintage Bumblebee Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fusing glass is so easy when you use Diamond Tech’s line of Fuseworks tools! Create these vintage-looking earrings to celebrate the last days of summer!

Materials

  • Diamond Tech: Fuseworks Bug-A-Boos Fuse Art Decals, Opalescent White 90 COE Fusing Glass
  • Delphi Glass Gold Plated Round Cabochon Mini Links (85435), two
  • White oven-bake polymer clay, small amount
  • Gold findings, two each: headpins, earring wires

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Glass Cutter, Kiln Paper, Kiln; Studio Pro Running Pliers
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic paints: gold, black
  • Microwave oven
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, soft cloth, oven mitts, craft knife, damp paper towel, scissors, container of water, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

3″

Earrings

1. To cut white glass, position on flat cutting surface with smooth side facing up. Starting on edge of glass and holding cutter firmly in one hand, push cutter gently and evenly across glass. Decrease pressure slightly as you reach the opposite edge of the glass; lift cutter off glass at end. Hold glass in one hand, with score facing up. With other hand, center score line in jaws of running pliers about 1/2” onto glass surface. Apply pressure to handles until glass separates into two pieces. Cut four 3/8”x3/8” squares from white glass. Clean and dry with soft cloth.

2. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper to fit base of kiln. Place paper on kiln base. Arrange two 3/8” glass squares on top of kiln paper about 1/2” apart. Place another square on top of base square at 90º angle so corners of top square hang over sides of base square. Carefully place kiln base with glass on center of microwave oven. Place lid on top of base.

3. To achieve full fuse, microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes. (Note: Every microwave oven and kiln will vary. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, keep the time consistent but increase the power.) When microwave time has expired, use oven mitts to carefully open lid. If glass is not fused to your liking, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until fused. (Note: Glass is VERY hot. Be extremely careful and never touch the glass.)

4. When desired results have been achieved, use oven mitts to remove kiln from microwave oven. Set kiln on heat resistant work surface and let cool for 30-45 minutes. (Note: Do not leave the lid off the kiln for an extended period of time during this stage. Removing the lid may cause your glass to crack.)

5. While glass is cooling, create two mini beehives by rolling 1/2” balls of clay into cone shapes. Use craft knife to carve three horizontal lines around each cone. Insert headpin  through bottom center of each cone. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake beehives on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

6. Once fused glass from kiln has cooled, remove fiber paper from back of glass by rubbing surface with damp paper towel.

7. Use scissors to cut out two bumblebee decals. Cut tiny slits around edges of each decal to help set on rounded surface. Place decals in container of water for 30 seconds. Slide backing paper off decal and set on cooled glass. (Note: The decal should slide off backing paper easily. If it doesn’t, let soak in container of water for 10-15 more seconds.) Use paper towel to pat moisture from decal and glass. Smooth out air bubbles with fingertip. Let dry thoroughly before firing.

8. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper and place on base of kiln. Place two pieces of glass on top of kiln paper. Carefully place kiln in microwave oven. Follow fusing guide on decal packaging for best results when fusing decals. Use oven mitts to carefully open kiln lid after time has expired. If white residue appears on decal, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until white residue disappears. (Note: Never touch the glass. Glass is VERY hot.) Let glass completely cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from kiln.

9. On covered work surface, paint each beehive gold. Let dry. Lightly paint with (1:1) mixture of black paint and water. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Drybrush beehives gold. Let dry.

10. Adhere each fused glass piece to front of cabochon link using glue. Let set.

11. Use chain-nose pliers to bend wire end on headpin in beehive to 90º angle. Grasp headpin with round-nose pliers and pull wire up and over top of round-nose pliers to form full loop. Cut excess wire off looped end on headpin using wire cutters. Open loop and attach onto bottom link on cabochon; close loop to secure. Attach earring wire to top link on cabochon. Repeat process for other earring.

by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech (www.diamondtechcrafts.com)

Crocheted Animal Booties

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Your little ones will love these delightful animal booties! Just crochet and then whipstitch them to a purchased pair of infant socks.

Materials

  • Infant socks in coordinating color, 1 pair each
  • Sport-weight yarn (for elephant), 2.5 oz.: light blue, 1 skein; pale blue, 1 skein; black, small amount for facial features
  • Sport-weight yarn (for lion), 2.5 oz.: light yellow, 1 skein; yellow, 1 skein; white, black, light blue, small amount of each color for facial features

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size E/4 (3.50mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

0-6 months

Special Technique – Loop Stitch

  • 1. Insert hook in st, wrap yarn counterclockwise around first finger of left hand, insert hook from right to left through both loops on finger; adjusting yarn to loop size called for in instructions, pull through st, drop loop, yarn over and pull through loops on hook. See Fig. 1.

 

Gauge

6 sc = 1”; 6 sc rows = 1”

Note

Do not join at end of each rnd unless otherwise indicated.

Elephant Booties (make two)

1. Starting at bottom of sole with light blue yarn, ch 21.

2. Rnd 1. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; working down opposite side on starting ch, sc in each ch. [40 sc]

3. Rnd 2. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 18 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times. [44 sc]

4. Rnd 3. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 20 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times. [48 sc]

5. Rnd 4. (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of the next 22 sc, 2 sc in next sc) two times [52 sc]

6. Rnds 5-7. Sc in each sc around. [52 sc]

7. Rnd 8. Working in front loop only for this rnd, sc in each st around; fasten off light blue yarn. [52 sc]

8. Rnd 9. Working in back loops of Rnd 7 for this rnd, join pale blue yarn with sc in next st, sc in each sc around. [52 sc] (Note: This round creates a ridge around bootie.)

9. Rnd 10. Sc in each of the next three sc, *(slip st, ch 3, 8 tr, ch 3, slip st) in front loop of next sc for ear*, sc in each of the next 44 sc, repeat between *’s one time for second ear, sc in each of the next three sc.

10. Rnd 11. Sc in each sc around, working in back loop of Rnd 9 at each ear. [52 sc]

11. Rnd 12. Sc in each of the next 12 sc, skip next 28 sc, sc in remaining 12 sc. [24 sc] (Note: This round creates the back of the elephant head.)

12. Rnds 13-14. To begin face, sc in each sc around. [24 sc]

13. Rnd 15. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. [16 sc]

14. Rnd 16. Sc in each sc around. [16 sc]

15. Rnd 17. To begin trunk, *sc in next sc, skip next sc; repeat from * around. [8 sc]

16. Rnds 18-21. Sc in each sc around. Fasten off at end of Rnd 21. Weave in loose ends.

Lion Booties (make two)

1. With light yellow, ch 21. Repeat Rnds 1-7 of Elephant, dropping light yellow yarn at end of Rnd 7. Do not fasten off.

2. Rnd 8. Join yellow yarn in same st where light yellow yarn was dropped, ch 1, turn; working around bootie in opposite direction from Rnds 1-7, work 1/2” loop st (see Special Technique – Loop Stitch) in each sc around; join with a slip st in beginning st. Fasten off tellow yarn. [52 sts]

3. Rnd 9. Pick up light yellow, ch 1, turn; working around bootie in same direction as Rnds 1-7, sc in each st around. [52 sc]

4. Rnd 10. Sc in each of the next two sc, *(slip st, hdc) in front loop of next sc, (dc, tr) in front loop of next sc, (tr, dc) in front loop of next sc, (hdc, slip st) in front loop of next sc for ear*, sc in each of the next 40 sc, repeat between *’s one time for second ear, sc in each of the remaining two sc.

5. Rnd 11. Sc in each sc around, working in back loops of Rnd 9 at each ear. [52 sc]

6. Rnd 12. Sc in each of the next 12 sc, skip next 28 sc, sc in each of the remaining 12 sc. [24 sc] (Note: This round creates the back of the lion head.)

7. Rnds 13-14. To begin face, sc in each sc around. [24 sc]

8. Rnd 15. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around. [16 sc]

9. Rnd 16. Sc in each sc around. [16 sc]

10. Rnd 17. *Sc in next sc, skip next sc; repeat from * around. [8 sc]

11. Rnd 18. Slip st in every other sc around until four sc remain. Fasten off; weave in loose ends.

facial features

1. For elephant’s face, use black yarn to make one French knot for each eye and two straight stitches to define top of eye; see Fig. 2. Backstitch a U-shaped smile beneath trunk.

2. For Lion’s face, see Fig. 3. For each eye, work one chain with white and another chain with light blue inside it for iris; work two straight stitches with black for center of eye. Define top of eye with two straight stitches with black. For top of nose, work four chains on each side with yellow yarn, forming an upside down “V.” With black, satin stitch nose; backstitch mouth.

3. For whiskers, thread yarn needle with four strands of white yarn. Insert needle from side to side behind nose; remove needle. Knot ends together on each side of nose. Trim whiskers to length desired. Tack bottom of mouth to instep of bootie.

Finishing

1. Slip one sock into each bootie with toe at animal’s head. Turn sock cuff downward halfway to outside of bootie.

2. With yarn needle and coordinating yarn, whipstitch cuff to bootie, stitching between ribs of cuff; be sure to stretch sock cuff while sewing for a better fit.

by Sue Penrod

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)

Felt Flower Hair Clips

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create sweet hair adornments for your little girl by dressing up snap hair clips with felt flowers.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Felt: Razzle Berry, Blu Raspberry, Grapesicle, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Buttons
  • Snap hair clips, six
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Large Rolled Rose, Pretty Posies, Flower and Leaf Trio, Royal Leaves
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

(Note: Make two of each type flower.)

step 1

Die-cut two Large Rolled Rose shapes from Razzle Berry felt, two sets of Flower and Leaf Trio shapes from Blu Raspberry felt, two sets of Pretty Posies shapes from Grapesicle felt, and six large and six medium Royal Leaves from Sour Apple felt.

step 2

Roll two Razzle Berry roses. Starting at outer edge, use fingers to roll felt towards you. Using glue gun, apply glue to bottom edge to secure flowers.

step 3

Use glue gun to adhere three Blu Raspberry flower layers together, from largest to smallest. Repeat to make second flower. Adhere self-adhesive rhinestones to flower centers.

step 4

Repeat Step 3 for Grapesicle flowers. For flower centers, thread two buttons with hemp cord; tie into bow. Adhere buttons to flower centers using glue gun.

step 5

Use glue gun to adhere one large and one medium Sour Apple leaf to base of each flower.

step 6

Open snap hair clip and adhere flower/leaf combination using glue gun. (Note: Open hair clip before adhering flower to prevent clip from being glued closed.)

Tip

  • Make additional flowers, of one type or multiple types, to decorate a headband or cuff bracelet.

by Jodi Collins for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)