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Monday, 07 July 2014
The first Monday of the month we hop with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month's theme is Celebrations. This past week both Canada and the US celebrated on the 1st for Canada and of course July 4th Independence Day! With friends and guests celebrating the 4th I created a super quick easy and inexpensive table runner and napkin rings. made from felt rectangles it can be made to fit any table length just by adding more pieces.
You will need:
9" x 12" Craftcuts of Kunin Classicfelt in Red, White and Blue
Star Diecut by Sizzix
Red, white, blue buttons by Buttons Galore
Fabri-tac Adhesive by Beacon Adhesives
3 yards striped ribbon
Scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, Sizzix Bigshot
1. Cut felt cuts in half 9" by 6" pieces. Place side by side in red, white, blue pattern, repeat. Cut ribbon in 6" strips and glue to hold pieces of felt together.
2. Die cut stars from white felt and glue to red, blue center sections.
3. Cut a 2" by 7" strip for each napkin ring.
4. Glue strip of ribbon down center of each ring.
5. Overlap ends 1/4" and glue to make a napkin ring.
The same runner can be easily created for other holidays using different colors of felt, red and green for the Christmas holidays, pastels for Easter or maybe green and white for St. Patrick's Day! Keep the celebration going by hopping with the button in the sidebar!
Monday, 02 June 2014
It is the first Monday of June and we are hopping with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month's theme is Handmade gifts, a very special and personal way to show someone you care.
The heart is my favourite icon and felt my material of choice, I combined the two to create a special graduation Heart felt keepsake card for a close friend's daughter. I wanted to incorporate some inspirational quotes into the inside. I used Craft Attitude film to print out the quotes for the inside of the card.
You will need:
9" x 12" Craftcuts of Kunin Rainbow Classicfelt, 1 White, 1 Fuchsia and 1 Printzfelt.
Fabri-tac glue by Beacon Adhesives
Craft Attitude Film for fabric, 1 sheet.
Embellishments, charm, stick on pearls.
1 Hook and loop closure.
Scissors, rotary cutter and mat, embroidery floss and needle, glue stick.
1. Cut from Printzfelt a 7" by 12" piece for envelope. Cut a 3" heart from Fuchsia piece. Cut a 6" by 11" piece from white felt for inside of envelope.
2. Fold Printzfelt piece 4" over to create bottom of envelope, fold the top piece over 3" to create top of envelope. Flip over to position heart in center of piece and glue heart leaving edge of heart open. With floss embroider a blanket stitch around heart. Add stitching along both ends.
3. Print out inspirational quotes on Craft Attitude film in one column to fit white felt piece. Adhere and trim.
4. Glue white felt piece to back of Printzfelt. Embellish.
5. Embellish front of envelope. Fold envelope again and adhere hook and loop closure where the two pieces overlap.
A special gift card with a meaningful message in only a few minutes! Enjoy more crafty handmades by hopping along with our DCC blog hop button!
Monday, 05 May 2014
The first Monday of the month the DCC, Designers' Craft Connection Blog Hop shares creative projects from a group of talented designers. This month our theme is flowers, I am sharing a project from the archives that I designed for Creative Homearts magazine a few years ago. It is one of my favourites and especially appropriate because this past weekend was my first in the garden. There may still be a bank of snow in the back yard but there are also tiny green shoots everywhere and the crocus are dotting the garden! Yay, it is finally spring!
One of the easiest flowers I like to make are these ruffled ones on the garden gloves. So simple and quick. Here's how! Take strips of fabric, 3", 4", 5" widths by 12"-18" lengths. Press in half right sides out. Sew a straight stitch along the raw edges with a strong thread like upholstery or quilting. Pull the stitches and the strip will begin to gather and curl into a circular shape. Take a few stitches to hold shape, add button to center. Add a second narrower ruffle on top for a layered flower.
Gathered strips of 6" by 36" are added to a plain square pillow to make a large flower to add to springtime decor. Always nice to freshen up a space with some new pillows, a colorful throw rug and fresh flowers.
Check out all the other designers flower inspired projects. Just hop along with the button in the sidebar.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Craft Attitude! When Jonathan Fong asked me to participate in a Mother's Day blog hop using Craft Attitude transparent film I was very excited! Jonathan is a sweetheart and it is an awesome product! I have had this piece of vintage fabric for several years and finally I got to use it. I also wanted to try Craft Attitude with felt. Most of all I wanted to make something to celebrate two very special women who are dear to my heart.
My Grandmother and Great Aunt were remarkable women. My grandmother raised five children along with working at my Grandfather's several businesses. Three of the four boys were haemophiliacs and one also a severe diabetic. She saw them through many crisis all the while working on the chicken farm, at the canning factory and later the woollen shop. My Great Aunt never married and was the book keeper for the Ganong Candy Factory for fifty years.
Both were gracious, kind, hard working, patient and so loving. I have many wonderful memories and many are centered around the kitchen. I made this apron to have those memories close and be reminded as I now become a grandmother to create those same kind of memories.
If you don't sew you can take any purchased or vintage apron and add the medallion and button on pocket with a fabric glue. Here's how!
You will need for Pocket and Medallion:
1/2 yard of fabric
9" x 12" Craft cut of Kunin ClassicFelt, 1 Ivory
1 sheet of Shoe Attitude TM
Fabri-tac Glue TM by Beacon Adhesives
1/2" Buttons, 2 Ivory
Needle, Thread, Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Ruler, Cutting Mat, Printer, Iron, Ironing Board
1. Cut from fabric, four 9" by 11" pieces for pocket and cut one 3" by 24" piece for medallion ruffle.
2. Press short ends of strip piece under 1/2". Press strip in half as shown.
3. Sew a gathering stitch along raw edge of strip. Set aside leaving needle attached.
4. Following manufacturer's instructions print images onto film.
5. Cut around images and glue to felt. I have to admit to a craft fail at this point. I glued the wrong side of the film as you can see in the photo below, shiny side down not up!
6. Use rotary cutter to cut images from felt with a 1/8" border. Cut carefully around 4" circle image for medallion. (Tip: If medallion is smaller or larger add or subtract 6" of fabric for each 1" of medallion circle size.)
7. To finish medallion: Pull stitches to ruffle strip fit around medallion 1/4" in from outer edge. Adjust gathers and glue with Fabri-tac.
8. To finish pocket: Right sides together place pieces in pairs, glue or sew around three sides for both pairs. Turn right sides out.
9. Fold open end under 1/2". Glue or stitch closed.
10. Fold ends over 2" on each piece, glue or stitch in place. Glue pocket pieces together with folded over ends out.
11. Choose one side as front and glue felt image pieces side by side. Add embellishments of desired.
12. Sew buttons in corners and sew through to apron. Stitch medallion to apron front. (You could also use hook and loop fasteners for easy removal before laundering.
Thank you Gram and Aunt Anna for being the best role models and leaving your legacy of love! Check out the other great Mother's Day projects with Craft Attitude!
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Springtime, Easter and an upcoming Baby Girl Shower have me thinking bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies! Smoothfoam have these hollow sphere halves which come in a variety of sizes. I decided to make a mobile to hang as a centerpiece over the dining room table for the baby shower. Of course the theme being bunnies my new Sizzix bunny diecut was perfect and of course the bunnies had to wear tutus!
You will need:
Smoothfoam 12" Hollow Sphere
9"x12" craft cuts Kunin Classicfelt, 3 Candy Pink, 3 White, 1 Yellow
9" x 12" craft cuts Kunin Printzfelt, 2 Saralma
3 yards each of 4" wide tulle, pink, white
1 1/4 yards each of 1" wide Ribbon, white, pink, yellow gingham
1 1/4 yards each of 1/2" wide Ribbon, pink, yellow, green
6-1" Buttons, yellow
4-3/4" Buttons, green
6 Flower Buttons
Bunny, Flower Dies by Sizzix
Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives
Big Shot or Fabi, rotary cutter, cutting mat, scissors, needle and white thread, ruler, measuring tape.
1. From the Saralma cut eight 2" by 12" strips. Cut the white, pink and yellow felt pieces in half to measure 6" by 9". Photo 1
2. Die cut four white and four pink bunnies. Die cut two pink, one white and one yellow flower set. Glue bunnies together in pairs. Layer flowers beginning with two large pink, one white and one yellow. Glue three layers together for each flower. Photo 4
3. Cut tulle pieces in half. Fold pieces in half and sew a basting stitch through both layers. Pull tight to fit around bunny's waist. (Not sure if bunnies have a waist? ;) Secure stitches. Repeat for all four bunnies.
4. Tie four yellow and four pink ribbons for bunny necks. Glue in place. Cut four 8" pieces of green felt and make a knot at one end. Glue knot to top of tutu on each bunny. Set bunnies aside.
5. Use ruler to mark edge divided evenly in half, in half again and repeat once more to make eight. Place a 2" width of felt on flat edge with mark centered in middle of strip edge. Stretch felt slightly over curve and glue at center top. Repeat for eight pieces. Tip: To remove bulk at center top trim remaining pieces to just meet the first two joined at center. Photo 2 -3
6. Glue white ribbon around edge extending 1/2" beyond sphere edge. Glue yellow gingham ribbon over top of white ribbon.
7. Cut a 3" piece of the white ribbon and make a loop. glue to center top. Cut pink ribbon in half and tie two bows. Glue to either side of loop. Glue yellow button to center of pink bows. Add a flower button to centres.
8. Alternate around gingham border, centered on the felt strips, a yellow button with a green flower center and the layered felt flowers.
9. Glue end of bunny ribbons alternating at center of every other felt strip.
The rest of the Smoothfoam design team are playing with the spheres too! Check out the Smoothfoam blog April 1st! Check out the Kunin blog too! I am their Design and Social Media Co-ordinator and we have some great projects happening! Keep creating!