Pink cupcake gift set

pink spa gift set

Give a sweet treat to your favorite person with a cupcake gift set.  Use your favorite recipe to make the cupcakes and icing and give them the ingredients to make them too.  The cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.

Supplies for Cup Gift Set:

  • Recycled glass jars in various sizes
  • Light turquoise blue fabric, 1/4 yd.
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Olive Green; Bubblegum Pink, Glamour Dust, Duraclear Varnish
  • Cardstock: turquoise; white
  • Black 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
  • Small plastic bag
  • Bubble Stripes Baking Cups (Wilton)
  • Multi colored beads: 6/0 pebble; bugle
  • Birthday Cupcakes stamp set (Inkadinkado)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Circle punches: 1/2”; 1”
  • Toothpicks
  • Batting and Stick Fusible Webbing by Fairfield
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Glue (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Iron and pressing board

Instructions for cupcake gift set:

1. Paint jar lids Olive Green and Bubblegum Pink. Let dry and apply varnish. While varnish is still wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.
2. Trace 4” and 3-1/2” oval, and 2-1/2” circle on batting; cut out with scallop-edge scissors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse light turquoise fabric to fusible webbing. Trace and cut out 3-3/4” oval, 3-1/4” oval and 2-1/4” circle from fused fabric. Layer ovals and circles together and fuse so batting ovals and circles are matted.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp sentiments and images on fabric. Heat set with iron on warm setting.
4. Use three strands embroidery floss to blanket stitch edge of turquoise ovals and circles. Sew multi colored seed and bugle beads for sprinkles on cupcake image. Use fabric glue to adhere sewn ovals and circle to jars. Carefully fill jars with contents (cake mix, frosting and store-bought chocolate sprinkles).
5. For cupcake picks, punch several 1” circles from turquoise card stock and several 1/2” circles from white cardstock. Stamp small cupcake images from set and glue circles together. Glue toothpics to back center of larger circle. Cut small rectangular turquoise piece to fit opening of small plastic bag and mat with white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Place picks in bag and stamp ends to rectangles to secure.
by Melony Bradley

Make a family name pallet sign with Image transfer

sign

Personalize your home with a family name pallet sign. This rustic sign shows off your surname in style with a budget-friendly image transfer technique.  Use a sophisticated fancy font or a basic font to create different looks.  If you are not comfortable with power tools you can ask the person at the lumber counter to cut it for you or a friend.  Take proper precautions when working with power tools.  If you are unsure ask for help.  If you want use a different base color stick to light or pastel colors.

Supplies for pallet sign:

  • Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice
  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Saw
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black, Dura Clear Exterior or Interior Poly Varnish, DecoPage
  • Glue gun and glue sticks, ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Instructions for pallet sign:

  1. Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2”x7-1/2” pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth.
  2. Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
  3. Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using hot glue. Let cool.
  4. Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Stencil” font.) Repeat process for “EST” and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and “EST” on computer paper using inkjet printer.
  5. Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
  6. Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
  7. Attach hangar of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if the piece will be exposed to the elements.

 

Fabric Scrap Bookmarks Tutorial

fabric scrap bookmarks main
Make Fabric Scrap Bookmarks to use up your fabric stash and give a gift any reader would love.  Make the bookmarks to have as a go-to in your gift closet for last-minute gifts.  They are the perfect small thank you gift and they can be combined with a book or a book bag to create a larger gift. Best part is you get to use up every single scrap you have in your stash.

Materials for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

Instructions for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

  1. Start sewing the fabric scraps together patchwork style, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use an iron and pressing surface to steam the seams open on the wrong side. I chose to patchwork my fabric scraps together at an angle.fabric scraps 2
  2. Keep going until you have a piece of fabric that is large enough to cut several 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ bookmarks from. I cut four fabric scrap bookmarks from a piece of 14″ x 12″ patchworked fabrics.fabric scraps 3
  3. Use the rotary cutter and mat to cut strips of Smooth and white wool felt into 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ strips. fabric scraps 4
  4. Now it’s time to make the heart “charm.” To make the stuffed heart, trace a heart shape on the wrong side of the fabric. Double the fabric over and cut two shapes out at once. Sew the shapes together with the sewing machine and thread leaving a 1/2″ open for stuffing. Lightly stuff the heart with Polyfil and sew the heart shape closed. fabric scraps 5
  5.  Use a needle and thread to sew a 5″ piece of black cord to the center. Use the fabric glue to adhere an embellishment to the center “front” of the heart.  fabric scraps 6
  6. Fuse a 5″ square of muslin to the Stick fusible webbing. Cut out into 2″ squares.  Use the alphabet stamps and ink to stamp sentiments to each square.  Use the iron and pressing surface to adhere the square to the bookmark. This will also heat set the ink. Now it’s time to assemble the bookmark. First, sew the edges of the stamped square to the bookmark to secure.  Sandwich the Smooth the fabric strip and wool felt. Sew the edges together.  Then, sew the end of the cord to the bookmark as shown with several stitches.  fabric scraps 7
  7. These fabric scrap bookmarks can be used a great small gifts for neighbors, friends. co-workers, teachers. Use them for quilt guild swaps or anytime you need a great creative gift!

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

Sriracha is a great way to add a little spice to any dish. Even in just a small amount, it adds a ton of flavor and is perfect for amping up the heat in a dish. I’ve collected 19 delicious recipes that use sriracha.

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

From snacks to main meals, this collection has a little something of everything. The one thing you will definitely need is a big bottle of Sriracha so you can work your way through them all.

01 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Sriracha Egg Salad
Sriracha Egg Salad from Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom

02 - Just Us Four - Sriracha Chex Mix
Sriracha Chex Mix from Just Us Four

03 - Copykat - Sriracha Guacamole
Sriracha Guacamole from Copykat

04 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza
Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza from Farm Fresh Feasts

05 - Peas and Crayons - Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli from Peas and Crayons

06 - Copykat - Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters
Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters from Copykat

07 - Raising Whasians - Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken
Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken from Raising Whasians

08 - Copykat - Parmesan Cheese Spread
Parmesan Cheese Spread from Copykat

09 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Coffee Honey BBQ Steak
Coffee Honey BBQ Steak from 3 Boys and a Dog

10 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms
Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms from Farm Fresh Feasts

11 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl from Kalyn’s Kitchen

12 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches from 3 Boys and a Dog

13 - Sidewalk Shoes - Sriracha Honey Popcorn
Sriracha Honey Popcorn from Sidewalk Shoes

14 - Just Us Four - Thai Sweet Potato Nachos
Thai Sweet Potato Nachos from Just Us Four

15 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Sriracha Slaw Burgers
Sriracha Slaw Burgers from 3 Boys and a Dog

16 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs from Kalyn’s Kitchen

17 - Peas and Crayons - Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons

18 - Just Us Four - Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip
Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip from Just Us Four

19 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Tex Max Eggs Benedict
Tex Max Eggs Benedict from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Free motion sewing pinwheel pillow


color circle pillow pinwheel free motion sewing

Make a free motion pinwheel pillow. Gather up your fabric scraps and dive into your button stash to create a fun, funky pillow for cheerful porch décor.  Give any seat in your home a bold pop of color and style with this fun technique.  It truly is a great stash buster.

Materials and tools for pinwheel pillow:

Basic Supplies for the pinwheel pillow

  • scissors, fabric marking pen, pencil, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

Instructions for pinwheel pillow:

Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 17”x13” rectangles from wool felt.

For templates, use circle cutter to cut circles measuring 3”, 2-1/2”, 1-1/2”, and 1” from cardstock scraps.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing onto fabric scraps using iron and pressing surface. (Note: You will need approximately 45 circles of each size to cover front of pillow.) Trace circles onto fused-fabric scraps using fabric marking pen; cut out. Trace three 3” circles onto wool felt scraps; cut out.

Layer fused-fabric circles on wool felt and fabric circles; fuse together using iron. Pressing cloth or wax paper can be used between the layers.

For best variety, vary sizes of circles layered together. Use sewing machine and black thread to freeform sew around edges of circles.Thread sewing needle with black thread. Insert needle through back of circle and through button hole; pull through to front of circle to attach button on center of layered circle. With needle still on circle, place circle on wool felt rectangle; insert needle through other button hole and pull thread through wool felt rectangle to attach circle on pillow front. Secure button/layered circle on pillow; knot and clip thread ends. Repeat process until all circles have been attached onto front of pillow. (Note: Make sure to leave approximately 2” on edges of pillow front so sewing machine needle does not hit buttons when sewing rectangles together.)

Position wool felt rectangles together with right sides facing. Machine-sew right, top, and left sides together using 1/2” seam allowance, leaving bottom side open for turning.

Press seams open. Turn right side out. Insert pillow form. Whipstitch bottom opening closed using needle and thread.

whipstitch

 

leather & button pillow

leather rosette throw pillow

Leather & button pillow – Fringed leather circles create a bright earth tone palette of colored flowers on this plain muslin fabric. Embellish with assorted odds and ends buttons for a multi-layered, textural accent. Use any color combination

Materials for button pillow:

  • Muslin fabric, 1/2 yard
  • Eco-Craft Eco-Friendly Fiberfill
  • Leather scraps from a furniture store or Tandy Leather Factory Odd Lot Sides Assorted Colors Leather (9830-70)
  • Assorted tan buttons, 16

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz 3-D Fringed Flower Die
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip Glue

Basic Supplies for button pillow:

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, sewing needle

Directions for button pillow:

Cut muslin fabric into two 14-1/2”x14-1/2” squares. Pin squares, with right sides together, along three sides, leaving one side open for stuffing.

Use 1/4” seam allowance to sew squares together using sewing machine, stopping 1/4” away from corner. If your sewing machine has a needle down function, use it to pivot pillow cover 90˚. If your sewing machine does not have a needle down function, carefully pivot pillow cover without pulling too much thread from bobbin or needle.

Trim off excess bulk in corners. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed or use sewing machine to finish open edge.

Position leather on die cut machine. Die cut 16 flowers from various colors of leather in small, medium, and large shapes following manufacturer’s instructions. Randomly mix and match small, medium, and large flower shapes in different colors together. Apply glue between flower layers; press together to adhere. Let dry.

Use needle and thread to attach button onto center of each flower.

Use pencil and ruler to mark placement of flowers on pillow front. Use needle and thread to attach flowers onto pillow front by sewing bottom layers onto pillow. Knot and clip thread ends.

leather rosette

Fabric Flower Baby Bib Tutorial

baby bib fabric flower rosette

DIY Fabric flower rosette tutorial. A great stash buster for a shabby chic baby look.

My friends are having babies left and right.  While looking for easy handmade baby gift ideas I came across a Sizzix die cut for a baby bib.  I have the Sizzix Pro and it will fit the large die.  This was the solution to my shower gift dilemma.  With this die I could make everyone bibs and any future babies will get bibs too.  Win/win.  The first baby on my list is a girl and her mom is kind of frilly so I decide to add a flower to her bib. This is one of my go to flowers and it works great with fabric scraps.  For a while I put a rosette on everything. Normally I make the flowers and embellish them with gems in the center but since this is for a baby and I thought it would be safer to leave small bits off.   Be ready to see several versions of this bib.  My creative juices were flowing. 

Materials for Fabric Flower Baby Bib:

  • Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Smooth Fusible Fleece  (received as a sample and I LOVE it.)
  • 2 fat quarters or fabric scraps to make a patchwork piece 9×12 for each side.
  • coordinating thread
  • bias tape or twill tape 1.25 yard
  • Dritz Babyville plastic snaps and snap setting tool

Instructions for baby bib:striped baby bib

  1. Cut fabric to fit the size of the die cut approximately 9×12. Fabric face up, iron the fabric to the textured side of the fusible fleece following manufactures directions. smooth fleece for baby bib
  2. Run the fused piece through the die cut machine following manufacturers directions.
  3. fabric baby bib coral and greyDie cut the back side of the bib.  Make sure you place the fabric the correct side up to match with your  front.  I cut one backwards. IMG_2870
  4. Pin the pieces together.  Use as many pins as you need to keep the pieces aligned. how to layer pieces for baby bib
  5. I sewed the pieces together before I added my binding so that it would not slip or shift as I went along.  I did not do this on the next bib and my results were not as nice.  twill tape as binding
  6. Add the binding or twill tape to the edge of the bib and sew on.  In the future I will use larger tape.  This was too small and took forever to go around because I went so slow to avoid it shifting.how to set a plastic snap.
  7. Add a plastic snap.  The tool makes the job so easy. Use the awl that comes with the tool to poke a hole for the pieces.  Place the pieces though the hole and squeeze.  It really was that simple. dritz plastic snap tool

To make the fabric flower:

  1. Cut or tear one inch strips of fabric.  If you are using scraps like I was you will need several strips as long as possible.  You are aiming for 24 inches of fabric. fabric strips
  2. Starting at one end of strip make a knot, twist tightly and begin to roll into spiral shape.
  3. Use thread to secure edges every 2”-3”. I used a contrasting thread so you could see it.  Try to use a coordinating color.IMG_2889
  4.  If you are using scraps, adhere one end of the fabric to other end to make larger fabric flower.  Adding stitches as you go along.fabric rosette tutorial
  5. Adhere the fabric flower to bib with several stitches. Use coordinating thread and try not to go through both layers.IMG_2893

fabric flower tutorial

 

Other posts with fabric flowers-

Twig Wreath

twig wreath with fabric flowers

Picture Framebutton and rosette frame shabby chic

Rosette from ric rac
decorative trimmings shoulder tote

Reusable feminine pads

Reusable feminine pads hygiene products – Yes, we are going there.  LOL While it might sound odd for a craft site to do a post on reusable feminine hygiene products you will soon see that it is a perfect fit.  Our founder Niki Meiners, turned 44 on March 1st and March also happens to be National Craft Month. We saw this as a great opportunity to give back.  So in honor of both we decided to do a little something different.

At 365 Days of Crafts we are all about the reusable and recyclable.  In many 3rd world countries girls lack hygiene products and have to miss school or work because of this natural occurrence each month.  We chose the Days for Girls organization as our charity for this project. They supply the free kits to girls all over the world.  We committed to making 4 complete kits.  (Niki wanted to do 44 but after we started 4 became the go to number.)

days for girls monthly kit

They provide a pattern for the panty sheild and changeable pad.  You can get the pattern from them.  I will day their method and instructions are not the easiest to follow.  But if you want to contribute to them you need to follow their instructions to the T.  Going forward, if we decide to make some for our local community there are changes we’ll make.

These are the materials we used from our favorite manufactures who donated the products to us for this event.

Materials for Reusable feminine pads:

The other materials we used following their guidelines were

  • Prewashed flannel
  • Prewashed cotton
  • basic sewing supplies
  • Air erasable marker and white pencil
  • Scissors

You have to follow there instructions when making their pattern.  These are some images of our gathering.

We traced the pattern on the Shield lining using pen that disappears after a while.

shield liner for reusable feminine pads

 

Make sure your liner is shiny side up for best results.

Sheild PUL liner

Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics.

how to trace a pattern on dark fabric

Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics.
reusable panty linerThis is what a reusable panty liner looks like when completed.  We used the Dritz snap tool and and snaps. They were very easy to use.  Now that we know how to insert the we will be using a lot more snaps.

flannel panty liner

These are the reusable flannels pad inserts.  They fit inside the panty liners. The image below is our little band of merry makers that worked on the good.  Thanks to everyone for donating the time and the supplies.  Hopefully we make a difference in the lives of 4 girls.

days for girls night in

 

Watercolor Succulent

watercolor succulent

A watercolor succulent makes easy and attractive wall art for your home.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have cool decorations.  The frame was purchased in a 3 pack for half off from a crafts store.  Watercolor paper and watercolor pencils are not expensive either.  I have used the same set of watercolor pencils for 12 years.  It is almost time for a few new ones.  I have my favorite colors and they are getting tiny.  The most expensive item I used in making the piece was a new paint pen for me.  A friend brought over her Posca Pens and after using hers I had to purchase my own.  They are AMAZING! I ordered mine off of Amazon.  They work so well.  I had no problem stopping and starting.  Other paint pens don’t seem to work well after a few uses.  Not with this pen and the white was really white and solid.  I did not have to go over it multiple times for it to show up.  Now I want to purchase a full range of the pens.

Supplies to make the watercolor succulent wall art:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil and good eraser
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Water pen or paint brush and water
  • Paper towel or old cloth to blot paintbrush on
  • Post Pen in black and white

Instructions to make Watercolor Succulent:how to watercolor

  1. Lightly draw your shape in pencil. Use sharpened watercolor pencils or even pastel pencils to color in the shapes you have drawn
  2. Use a water pen or paint brush dipped in water to smooth out the pencil lines inside the shape.  Start with a little water. Too much and it will be uncontrollable.
  3. Once you have the piece colored in you can start adding the details. I started with the black and then added the white.  watercolor succulent 2
  4. Step back and look at the pice again and add more detail.how to add details on watercolor
  5. If you think you need to add more watercolor or highlights you can do that when you use a paint pen. It generally will not change the color of the paint pen.
  6. Pick a frame, hang on your wall and enjoy!

 

 

easy shamrock hair clip

shamrock hair clip with olyfun beautyMake an easy shamrock hair clip using Olyfun and Stickles.  If you can draw a heart you can make this project.  Yes, you can draw a heart and it is okay if it turns out a little wonky.  It is handmade after all.  Plus, in all likelihood your child will be wearing it and they really don’t notice if things are not perfect. Also you could make this a pin to wear on clothes or a backpack.

Oly*Fun is available by the 12×12 sheet in the general craft isle at most big box stores.  You can find it on the bolt in the fabric section.   You can use any fabric glue for Oly*Fun.  I like to use the Cool Tool Glue gun.  It is low temp and does not burn my fingers or melt through the material.  It is also safe for kids to use.

Materials for easy shamrock hair clip:

  • Olyfun 12×12 craft sheets in Pine, Clover and Kiwi.
  • Scissors
  • Adtech Cool Tool Glue Gun and Glue sticks
  • Stickles or glitter glue
  • Hair clip
  • Button

olyfun shamrock stack

Instructions for easy shamrock hair clip:

  1. Cut three hearts in small medium and large. This will give you 9 hearts, three of each size.
  2. Cut a thin strip to cover your hair clip.  I wrap mine around it completely covering it.
  3. Glue tips together as shown in the image above. (no hot glue it will melt) (fabric glue is fine too)
  4. Add accents of Stickles or glitter glue around the edges in a thin line.  Allow the glitter glue to dry or you will have a mess.  You can speed up drying with a cool temperature hair dryer.  DO not use heat or you can melt the Olyfun.
  5. Glue the hair clip to the back of a heart. Leave room for the strip to cover the clip. shamrock back
  6. Cover the hair clip with a strip of Olyfun.  Secure the strip with glue.  Allow to dry.
    shamrock assembly
  7. Glue the stacked hearts on the clip as shown below.

drying shamrock hair clip