Winter peppermint jewelry DIY – A 15 minute craft.

Make easy DIY earrings in less than 15 minutes.  winter themed peppermint jewelry for christmas.  Learn how to wrap earring wires in easy steps. tutorial provided

Make easy DIY earrings in less than 15 minutes. winter themed peppermint jewelry for christmas. Learn how to wrap earring wires in easy steps. tutorial provided

Peppermint Jewelry is a fun DIY gift you can give.  Peppermint says Winter jewelry to me.  I love candy themed Christmas trees so candy themed jewelry is pretty cool too.  This project is part of Craft Lightning and we love participating in the event because it always makes us design faster and more efficient.  It took me 15 minutes to design and make both earrings.  I also made a necklace too which I will share tomorrow.  One of the things I love most about making my own jewelry is that when I buy the supplies to make a set for me I usually make an extra set to have in my gift closet.  I am rarely without a hand-made gift.  The peppermints would make great drink charms too.  I am pretty frugal and do not like to let anything go to waste or just sit. I happen to order all my supplies from Oriental Trading Company since I am a blogger for them.  They have really become my go to for supplies.

Supplies needed for Peppermint Jewelry:

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How to make Peppermint Jewelry:

If you follow the pictorial above you will see that it is really simple to make the earrings.

  1. Start by sliding the beads on the head pin in the order you like.
  2. Bend the headpin wire over to a 90 degree angle.
  3. Form a loop around the pliers.
  4. Wrap the excess wire around the bottom of the loop.
  5. Open the earring wire by pushing one side of the loop down and one side up.
  6. Insert the beaded headpin with loop.
  7. Close the wire and repeat for other side.
  8. BAM!  That easy to make your own earrings.

Make sure you visit all the other blogs and see their great and super quick ideas. You will be ready for gift giving in no time at all.

Make an easy sew DIY star ornament

striped star ornament

striped star ornamentAn easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash.  Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too.  The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree.  You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts.  They are also fun for an ornament swap.

Materials for easy sew DIY star ornament:

  • Fabric, scraps: red/white striped, text, plain muslin
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Kreinik 005 Black #16 Medium Braid
  • Thread: black, white
  • Jute, 8” length
  • Embellishments: gem flowers, two; flat-backed rhinestone; holiday sprig with berries

Tools for a handmade star ornament:

  • Lowercase alphabet stamp set
  • Black pigment ink
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, fusible webbing

Basic supplies to make the star ornament.

  • transfer paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament

  1. Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
  3. On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
  4. Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
  5. Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
  6. Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
  7. Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
  8. Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
  9. Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.

 striped star ornament

easy sew whimsical tree table runner

whimsical table runner

 

whimsical tree table runnerMake a fabric scrap big tree table runner for your fall table.  Vibrant fabric scraps , burlap, and wool felt combine to create this colorful autumn-inspired table runner. The runner is whimsical and freestyle so if you make a mistake no one will know.  Use your die-cut machine to cut the leaf shapes or freehand draw and cut out from fused fabrics. You can find printable images online if you are not comfortable with freehand drawing.  You could even ask your child do draw them for you.  Then it will be a joint piece of art for your home or to give as a gift.

Materials for whimsical tree table runner:

  • Natural burlap, one yard
  • Blue/yellow print fabric, scrap
  • Wool felt: yellow, blue, brown
  • Prima Dynasty Flower Centers (536138), five

Tools to make whimsical tree table runner:

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Adhesives: Stick by Fairfield Processing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

BASIC SUPPLIES

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions for making whimsical tree table runner:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut 50”x14” burlap strip. Use sewing machine to sew zigzag stitch 1/4” from edge to prevent burlap from fraying.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt and fabric scraps to fusible webbing with iron and pressing surface.
  3. Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern onto cardstock. Cut out pattern. Trace tree on paper side of fused brown felt five times; cut out.
  4. Use die-cutting machine and Leaves die to die cut four large, medium, and small leaves each from blue, yellow, and print fused fabrics for total of 35 leaves. Remove paper backing and position leaves randomly in place on tree branches. Pin in place. Use iron to fuse leaves on trees, removing straight pins after adhering.
  5. Use sewing machine and straight stitch to sew around edges of leaves and trees.Adhere flower centers onto tree trunks using fabric glue. Let dry.

 whimsical table runner

Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts

a Harry Potter Pillow- Ticket to Hogwarts
Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts tutorial is a part of a Harry Potter series where over 50 awesome bloggers bring the best Harry Potter crafts, tutorials, recipes, book lists, giveaways to you and more.  The series is organized by Rae Gun Ramblings who has done the series for a few years. I hope you enjoy all of the fun ideas and there is even a giveaway that has some amazing Harry Potter gifts.  I really wish I could enter because there are some seriously awesome things.

Materials to make the Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

Instructions for Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

  1. Print the ticket  and follow the manufactures directions on setting the image.
  2. Trim the excess fabric off of ticket.
  3. Sew the two striped strips of fabric to the ticket.
  4. Cut the back fabric to match the size of the front.
  5. Place fabric right sides together and sew around 3 of 4 sides.  On the 4th side leave a small opening to stuff in the PolyFil.
  6. Turn pillow right side out and iron.  Stuff pillow with stuffing.
  7. Sew opening closed using a whip stitch.whipstitchThe content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

I am a heavy user of Polyfil and I purchase it in bulk.  If you are interested in the big size you can order it here.

This year’s series will run until August 1st and every day from now until them we’ll have a bunch of bloggers sharing awesome Harry Potter inspired creations.   You’ll have more chances to enter the fabulous giveaways! Scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways.

Psst..did you know that July 31 is Harry’s birthday?

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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

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Rosette from ric rac
decorative trimmings shoulder tote

Diy appliquéd hoodie



appliquéd hoodie applique hoodie

Make an appliquéd hoodie.  Appliqué fabric scraps to a pre-made sweatshirt or hoodie jacket using a simple leaf die-cut shape. Give your favorite hoodie a make over and use up your fabric stash too.  If you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the leaf shape.

applique hoodie stem

Materials for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Black zip-up cotton jacket aka a hoodie.
  • Fabric scraps of choice, in coordinating patterns
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Dynasty Ivory Flower Center or decorative button

    Tools for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Sizzix BigShot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Jacquard Lumiere Dimensional Fabric Paints: Sparkle Silver, Copper, Turquoise, Emerald
  • Adhesives: Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies for appliquéd hoodie:

  • iron and pressing surface, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface), paintbrush

Directions for appliquéd hoodie:

1.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse fabric scraps to fusible webbing using iron. Fuse 1”x11” green fabric scrap to webbing for stem.   Or use a green ribbon and apply adhesive to adhere to hoodie.

2.  With pattern side up, die cut 13 medium-sized leaves using Leaves die and die-cutting machine. Use scissors to trim 1/2”-wide stem from 11”-long green fabric strip.
3.  Position leaves and stem as shown on jacket. Fuse into place using iron.
4.  Use sewing machine and thread to sew around leaves and stem 1/4” from edges.  I like to use a contrasting thread. You can use a coordinating color or contrasting color.
5.  Ink alphabet stamps with pigment ink; stamp “believe” or sentiment of choice randomly on two leaves. Heat set ink using iron on medium setting.
6.  On covered work surface, use dimensional paints to dot leaves and stem using end of paintbrush handle. Let dry.
7.  Adhere flower center to top leaf using fabric glue. Let dry.  If you use a button then sew into place.

Halloween door decorations – monster mouth

olyfun halloween front door decorations

olyfun halloween front door decorationsHalloween door decorations – Make a monster mouth for your front door.  I chose to use Oly*Fun from Fairfield Processing because it is available in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joan Fabric and Hancock Fabric.  Plus it is in cheap and weather friendly.  It is great for decorating outside and it can be reused year after year.  Our neighborhood does not have trick or treating so we do not get very elaborate on or decorations.  I wanted to make something with little effort and big impact.  Thus the front door decoration.  Our door is a double door and we just painted it black  instead of the green I planned.  The green door would have been the perfect monster or Frankenstein.

I work with Fairfield and Adtech and they send me product to create with and I would not use them if I did not love them.  I chose the Cool Tool because it will not melt the Olyfun, it is safe for the kids and it will hold up to the weather.   This project took about 20 minutes total.  It might have taken less if I was not doing it with two cranky kids.

Olyfun halloween door decorations cheap

Supplies for Halloween door decorations:

Instructions for Halloween door decorations:Front door halloween door decorations monster mouth

  1. Cut the red Oly*Fun to the size of your front door.
  2. Cut enough white triangles to go along the top of the mouth and the bottom of the mouth.  I let the kids cut them.  This assured that they were uneven and unique.
  3. Adhere the teeth to the mouth with a low temp glue gun.
  4. Cut two eye shapes out of white.  front door decorations sharpie
  5. Use a red Sharpie  to add veins to the eyes.  to finish off the eyeballs.cheap outdoor halloween decorations
  6. Add either black or blue Oly*Fun to the bottom of the eyes.
  7. Adhere to your front door and enjoy.

Click on the link below to see other quick and easy Halloween crafts.

 

A DIY shabby chic sign

shabby chic sign family name

This shabby chic sign is a great way to display your family surname and names of family members.  As an added bonus, the image transfer technique is easy and budget savvy.  Make a shabby chic sign for your home to create a warm inviting front door that is perfect for fall.  This year we are participating in a Fall Home Tour with Stringtown Home.   Make sure you stop by and check out all the other Fall Home Tour Participants,

Materials for shabby chic  sign:

  • Wooden plaque, 14”x7-1/2”
  • Ornamental MouldingsWooden Furniture Appliqué Moulding, in design of choice
  • Blumenthal Lansing LeBoutin Jewelry Button
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice

Tools for shabby chic sign:

  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Wire nippers
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black
  • Beacon Adhesives: Premium Tacky Glue, Fast Finish Decoupage

Basic Supplies for shabby chic sign:

  • paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, black marker, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for shabby chic sign:

1.  Sand all wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth. On covered work surface, paint plaque and furniture appliqué Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of wooden pieces. Paint wooden pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.

2.  Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for “The,” surname, and names of family members in font of choice. Make sure letters are “flipped horizontally” and sized appropriately before printing. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Times New Roman” font for surname and Script font for “the” and family member names.) Print images on computer paper using inkjet printer.
3.  Cut out words using scissors and position with right side down on surface of plaque. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
4.  Wet small portion of hand towel. Starting at one corner, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off image. Wipe excess paper from plaque. (Note: Use black marker to fill in areas of image removed when rubbing off paper.)
5.  Use tacky glue to adhere wooden appliqué to top of plaque. Cut shank off back of button using wire nippers. Adhere button on center of wooden appliqué using tacky glue. Let dry.
6.  Attach hanger of choice on back of plaque.
harvest tour of homes 2015
The other participants on this years home tour:

handmade gifts for pets dog & cat treat mix jars

handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars 2
Surprise a pet lover with these adorable treat mix jars.   Fill with their pets’ favorite treats or the ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade munchies.  They are inexpensive to make and fun to give.

Materials Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars:

  • Recycled quart jar or mason jar.
  • Burlap, 1/4 yd.
  • Wooden tags, 1-1/4”x2-3/8”
  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Brown Sugar, Country Red, Beige, Buttercream, White, Grass Skirt, Orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Olive Green, Admiral Blue, Snow White, Spa Blue
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Ultra Dark Beige Gray (3790), Black (310), Light Parrot Green (907), Very Dark Salmon (347), Ecru
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 1/2 yd.handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars pet craft ideas

Basic Supplies for the Handmade gifts for pets:

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sanding block, iron and pressing board

Tools for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

  • DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
  • Alphabet rubber stamps, 1/2”
  • Black pigment ink
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stick fusible adhesive
  • Glue

Directions for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

1. Cut 4-1/2”x8” rectangle from burlap to fit around jar. Fringe long ends.

2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing with iron. Print and cut out patterns from fused felt. For dogs, cut head from Brown Sugar or White, muzzle from Beige or White, nose from Brown Sugar, and collar from Grass Skirt or Red. For cat, cut head from Buttercream, and nose and ears from Orange. Fuse patterns to center of jute rectangles, using photos as placement guide.

3. Use Black, Beige or Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of heads, muzzles and ears. Blanket stitch dog collars with green or red. For eyes, use Black floss to make French knots. Use Black floss to backstitch noses and whiskers. Apply glue to back of burlap and wrap around jar, securing at back.

4. Paint jar lids Country Red, Spa Blue or Olive Green. Dry brush Spa Blue lid and Olive Green lid Admiral Blue. When dry, apply varnish. Paint wooden tags Snow White or Spa Blue.

5. Stamp treat name on tag. Thread 12” ribbon length through tag and tie around jar. Fill jar with treats. Replace lid.

 

Tip

1. Search the internet for tasty and nutritious homemade pet treat recipes.

10 Inspiring Embroidery Projects

Embroidery is one of those crafting techniques that has so many uses. From embellishing pillows to hand stitching your own note cards, embroidery is one of those skills that is great to have! I’ve collected 10 great embroidery projects to get you inspired and working with an embroidery needle on a new project.

10 Great Embroidery Projects

One of the best things about embroidery is how different each and every project can be. It is so easy to really customize whatever you are working on thanks to endless thread options and tons of different stitches.

01 - 733 Blog - Monster Embroidery Hoop Art
Monster Embroidered Hoop Art from Twin Dragonfly Designs for Seven Thirty Three

02 - 30 Minute Crafts - Embroidered Card
Cross Stitched Heart Card from 30 Minutes Crafts

03 - Do Small Things with Love - Framed Satin Stitch
Framed Satin Stitch from Do Small Things with Love

04 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Dog Towel
Embroidered Dog Towel from Condo Blues

05 - Mommy is CooCoo - Embroidered Pillow
Embroidered Pillow from Mommy is Coo Coo

06 - The Sewing Loft - Summertime Embroidery
Summertime Embroidery Pattern from The Sewing Loft

07 - Do Small Things with Love - Embroidered Portrait
Embroidered Portrait with Felt Flowers from Do Small Things with Love

08 - The Country Chic Cottage - Hoop Ornaments
Embroidered Hoop Ornaments from The Country Chic Cottage

09 - Bombshell Bling - Handstitched Cards
Embroidered Notecards from Bombshell Bling

10 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Love Note
Embroidered Love Note from Condo Blues