Summer Shopper Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Whether you’re heading to the farmer’s market or perusing your favorite boutiques, don’t forget this stylish, functional tote!

Materials

  • Canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Decorator-weight fabric: large floral, 1/2 yd.; stripe, 1/8 yd.; small floral, 1/8 yd.
  • Dark pink rick rack, 1 yd.
  • Pink assorted buttons, 11
  • Pink embroidery floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and dark pink thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2”x15-1/4”

Tote Bag

(Note: Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.)

1. Cut fabrics as follows: 13-1/2”x2” small floral; 13-1/2”x3” stripe; 13-1/2”x6” and two 20”x 2-1/2” large floral; 13-1/2”x17”, 13-1/2”x5-1/2”, and 13-1/2”x12” canvas.

2. Using photo as guide, machine-sew stripe and small floral strips to 6” large floral strip, creating one patchwork piece. Press seams open. Finished patchwork piece will measure 13-1/2”x10”.

3. Pin wrong side of patchwork piece to 12” canvas strip along sides, keeping side and bottom edges even. (Note: Canvas strip will extend 2” beyond patchwork on top of piece.)

4. Machine sew rick rack onto patchwork seams.

5. With right sides together, pin 5-1/2” canvas strip to bottom edge of patchwork piece; machine sew. Press seam downward. Finished tote front will measure 13-1/2”x17”.

6. With right sides facing, place tote front and 13-1/2”x17” canvas backing together. Starting at top, machine-sew around sides and bottom of tote, leaving top open. Clip corners and turn right side out.

7. Press top edge of canvas down 3/4”. Fold down 3/4” again; press and pin in place. Canvas will overlap top striped strip 1/4”. Machine-sew zigzag stitches 3/8” from top edge of bag.

8. For straps, press 20”x2-1/2” floral strips in half with wrong sides together. Press raw edges under 1/4”; press. Press ends of each strap under 1/4”.

9. Machine sew 1/4” from edge of strap. Repeat for remaining strap.

10. Center and pin straps 3” apart to inside of tote. Machine-sew straps to bag with cross stitches.

11. Use three strands of floss to sew buttons to large flower centers.

by Rebekah Meier

Vintage Charm Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Design your own charm bracelet using discarded bits and pieces of vintage jewelry often found at flea market jewelry vendor booths. Even the smallest pieces can make an eye-catching accessory.

Materials

  • Vintage jewelry pieces
  • Chain with clasp
  • Jump rings

Tools

  • Jewelry tools: pliers; wire cutters

    Examples of Flea Market Jewelry Pieces

Directions

STEP 1

Gather all jewelry parts. Cut chain to fit wrist. Use pliers to reattach jump ring at one chain end.

STEP 2

Add jump rings to jewelry pieces as desired.

STEP 3

Open all jump rings and jewelry pieces and attach charms evenly-spaced to chain.

Tip

  • Add a photo or monogram charm for a more personalized design.

by Rebekah Meier

Vintage Pillowcase Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

At first glance, you’d never guess this shirt is made from a vintage pillowcase! Search flea markets or garage sales to find pillowcases with pretty patterns or embroidery.

Materials

  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2” wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.)

1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.

2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.

3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.

4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.

5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.

6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.

7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.

8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.

9. Tie straps around neck.

by Lisa Bychowski

Gardener’s Apron & Kneeling Pad

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make gardening even more fun with this coordinating gardener’s apron and kneeling pad. The kneeling pad will protect and cushion your knees as you garden the day away in this stylish, yet functional, apron.

Materials

  • Fabrics: large floral print, 1 yd.; stripe, 1/3 yd.
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 2-1/4 yd.

Tools

  • Foam, 2” thick, 8”x16”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Apron

1. Cut 24”x31” rectangle from floral fabric. Fold in half lengthwise. Use pencil to mark 6” from fold at top edge, 8” from top, and 14” from top along selvage edge. Use pencil to draw a line from 6” mark down, 8” then curve line to meet with 14” mark on selvage edge. Use scissors to cut along line, creating one-piece apron shape.

2. Fold side and bottom edges in 1-1/2”; press. Open up and fold edges into crease and press again. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire edge of apron. Fold top edge in 2”, press. Open up and fold raw edge into crease and press. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire top edge of apron. Cut and sew 22” ribbon length to top two edges for neck loop, and two 28” lengths at sides for apron ties.

3. Cut 8-1/2” square from striped fabric. Fold in all edges 1/2”; press. Use pencil to mark bottom two corners 2” from bottom edge and 2” in from each side. Use pencil to draw line between marks and press along line to create clipped corners. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire shape of pocket. Use straight stitch to sew pocket to apron, leaving top edge open.

Kneeling Pad

1. Use sharp scissors to cut 8”x16” rectangle from foam. Cut 11”x19” rectangle from floral and stripe fabrics. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew right sides together and sew around all sides, leaving a 4” opening along top edge.

2. Use pencil to mark 1-1/2” in from each edge at all four corners for two marks at each corner. Open up corners and place seams together, matching edge markings. Straight stitch between marks for a pleated corner. Repeat for three remaining corners. Turn case right side out and insert foam. Hand sew opening closed.

by Keri Lee Sereika

Crocheted Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, learn how to crochet using our easy-to-follow tutorial. Then crochet this purse as a great beginner project.

Materials

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in choice of color
  • Wooden barrel bead, 3⁄4”

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size N (10mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Directions

(Note: Use three strands of yarn held together throughout.)

Purse

1. Chain (ch) 16.

2. Row 1. Single crochet (sc) in next ch. *Yarn over (yo) and insert hook in next ch. Pull yarn through ch, then yo and pull through all three loops on hook. Repeat from * across. Turn.

3. Row 2. Sc in next sc. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1. Turn.

4. Rows 3-20. Repeat Row 2.

5. Rows 21-31. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1.

6. Row 31 (flap “trim”). *Sc in next sc. Skip one sc. Double crochet (dc) four times in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off

Strap

1. Ch 55 to 65 (depending on desired length of strap).

2. Row 1. Sc in each ch. Fasten off.

Finish up

1. To assemble purse, fold bottom edge up, about 7”. Use yarn needle to sew edges together. Turn right side out.

2. Sew straps inside purse on each upper side edge. Sew bead to center front of purse.

Tip

by Nancy Smarinsky

Under the Sea Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this adorable tote bag with sunscreen, beach towel, and other essentials, then head for the beach for an afternoon of fun!

Materials

  • Turquoise tote bag, 13-1/2”
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint: Sweet Melon, Tangerine, Hauser Light Green, Buttermilk, Lamp Black
  • Blumenthal Lansing Co. Favorite Findings Shellz Buttons: Green, Turquoise, Pink
  • Clear rhinestones, five

Tools

  • DecoArt Fashion Sequins Writer: Orange Blaze, Lime Fizz
  • Aleene’s Jewel-It

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, chalk, transfer paper, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use chalk and transfer paper to transfer patterns onto tote bag.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint: fish body Tangerine, fins and tail Sweet Melon, eye Buttermilk. Let dry. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Paint plants Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Dot eye Buttermilk.

STEP 3

Use paint writers to add Orange Blaze accents on fins and tail and Lime Fizz accents on plants. Let dry.

STEP 4

Position buttons and rhinestones on design in desired pattern. Use jewelry glue to adhere buttons and rhinestones on bag. See photo for guide. Let dry.

by Terry Ricioli

Trendy Scarf Belt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With just cold water, Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye, and a little bit of imagination, you can change a plain white scarf into a stylish scarf belt. It’s so quick and simple, you’ll be inspired to create other designs!

Materials

  • White silk scarf
  • Duncan Tulip One-Step Fashion Dye: Turquoise

Tools

  • Plastic wrap
  • Disposable cup
  • Lingerie bag

Basic Supplies

paper towels, plastic gloves, cotton-tip swab, washer and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth and wet scarf. Wring dry with paper towels, leaving slightly damp. Wearing gloves, fill dye bottle with water and replace cap. Shake to mix thoroughly. Squeeze 1”-wide stripes, leaving 6” space between stripes onto scarf. Dye will slightly wick out. Pour small dye amount in cup. Dip cotton-tip swab in dye; dot between stripes. Cover scarf with plastic wrap and let sit four to six hours.

STEP 2

Fill washer with small load of water and laundry soap. Place scarf in lingerie bag. Wash and dry.

by Frances Lopez for Duncan Enterprises

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.

Materials

  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)

Tools

  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”

STEP 2

To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.

STEP 3

To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.

Tip

  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

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

Crocheted Lacy Wrap

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Whether it is cool and breezy in the summer months or a bit brisk in early autumn, this soft and cuddly wrap has just the right amount of warmth, elegance, and style for your wedding day.

Materials

  • Coats & Clark Red Heart Baby Clouds Yarn, 3 skeins, Cloud

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size Q
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitches
v-st = V stitch

Special Stitches

V-st: – A V-stitch resembles a “V” when it is completed and is actually three stitches created in one stitch. To create a V-stitch, work the following all in a single stitch: one double crochet stitch, then one chain stitch, and then another double crochet stitch (Dc, ch 1, dc – all in same stitch).

Directions

Size

24”x72”

Gauge

2 rows = 2”

Wrap

1. Ch 37. (Note: For wider shawl, use a multiple of three, plus one to increase size.)

2. Row 1: Beginning in 5th ch from hook, work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, for a V-st. *Skip 2 ch, 1 V-st in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with 1 dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

3. Row 2: Work 1 V-st in space of V-st of previous row. Continue in same way across, ending with 1 dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

4. Repeat Row 2 until shawl is 72”, or desired length.

5. For side borders, sc in each of the 37 sts, ch 1, turn. Repeat for four additional rows. Fasten off.

6. Attach yarn to opposite end of shawl. Crochet border in same way. Fasten off. Use yarn needle to weave in yard ends.

7. For fringe (optional), see Figs. 1-4. Cut three 8” strands for each fringe. To attach, fold strands in half. Insert hook through shawl edge from front to back. Hook folded strands at center. Pull strands half way out to form a loop; bring strand ends through loops and pull to tighten.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 4

by Madeline Arendt