Fabric Scrap Bookmarks Tutorial

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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!

Free motion sewing pinwheel pillow


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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.

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leather & button pillow

leather rosette throw pillow

The 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.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.

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Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

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Color sort busy activity for children in rainbow colors and in neutrals can both be made in 15 minutes or less.  I came up with the popsicle shape, cut, sewed, colored and labeled all 10 colors in 32 minutes from concept, gathering materials, to completion.  You can do yours in 15 minutes and make half or take a half hour and make them all.  The materials list is very short.   The activity will keep little ones busy and it can help them learn too.  I colored the bottom of the craft sticks solid.  This is to help them learn to match their colors and I also wrote the name on it for when they are ready to learn sounds and letters.  The popsicle sticks can also be used for creative play.

OlyFun can be purchased in the craft isle at most big box craft stores in sheets or craft packs.  It is also available via bolt in the fabric section.  I really like this material because it dos not fray so you can treat it like paper or fabric.

Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

Materials for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  • OlyFun craft sheet package in 12×12 assorted colors
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread or fabric glue or glue gun (your choice)
  • markers
  • craft sticks

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Instructions for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  1. Draw a popsicle shape out on the Olyfun or freehand cut the shape. Cut two of each shape for popsicle.  Repeat for each color.
  2. Sew or glue the shapes along the outer edge.  Repeat for each color.
  3. Lable the popsicle stick with corresponding color.  Use a marker to color in bottom half with corresponding color. Repeat for each color.

busy bag craft for kids color sort busy bag

Click on the image below to find other busy bag activities. Thank you to 30 Minute Crafts, Glued to My Crafts and The Country Chic Cottage for hosting.

hub cap flowers

hub cap flowers
Make urban-style garden art on the cheap. Add color to your garden even in the winter. Use found objects like abandoned roadside hub caps. The found pieces are given a makeover with spray paints and simple wooden shapes. Give your garden color all year round. Create a batch of forever flowers to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and all year long.

Materials & Basic supplies for hub cap flowers:

  • Recycled automobile hub cap
  • Wooden shapes, 1”: circles, rings
  • Recycled wire clothing hangers
  • Green duct tape
  • Cable zip ties
  • Bubble wrap
  • Acrylic crystals, 14mm
  • Hanger of choice
  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint: Pumpkin Orange, Blue Ocean Breeze, Gum Drop
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Brown alchohol ink
  • newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for hub cap flowers:

    1. Thoroughly clean and dry hub cap. Position hub cap flat on covered work surface. Adhere wooden shapes on center of hub cap. Attach cable ties around outside edges of hub cap.
    2. In well-ventilated area, spray center of hub cap Pumpkin Orange or Blue Ocean Breeze. Spray outer portion of hub cap Gum Drop or Pumpkin Orange. Apply several coats as desired, letting paint dry between coats.
    3. With pliers, un-twist tops of two wire hangers; straighten hangers. Use wire cutters to cut 14” lengths from hanger (for leaves). Use pliers to shape wire lengths into ovals for leaves. Position other long wire length on work surface (for stem).
    4. Cut bubble wrap into long 2”-wide strips. Starting 3” from top of stem, wrap strips around wire hanger and wire leaves. Beginning at top of stem, wrap green duct tape around bubble wrap. Wrap green duct tape around leaves, permanently attaching leaves to stem.
    5. Adhere crystals on flower center using glue. Let dry.
    6. Use pliers to bend 3” of top of stem around base of hub cap, attaching stem to flower. Attach hanger of choice on back of flower.

mixed media pendant

mixed media pendant
Making jewelry can be extra fun when you use the unexpected.  Making a mixed media pendant does not have to cost a lot of money either.  A die cut is used to make an adorable heart pendant from fabric. Embellish as desired and add a large link chain for a great gift for Grandma.

Materials and supplies for a mixed media pendant:

  • Cotton fabric, scraps: light pink, hot pink print, white, turquoise
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing, Stick Fusible Webbing
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Silver chain, 16” length
  • Silver findings: jump rings, 12mm, three; lobster claw clasp
  • Toner Plastics Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge
  • Buttons Galore and More Orange Fabric Brad
  • Gold vintage button
  • Silver pebble beads, 6/0, four
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Bigz Primitive Hearts Die
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needles: sewing, embroidery
  • Tiny alphabet rubber stamps
  • Round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Gold glitter
  • Black pigment ink
  • Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Misc.: scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins


DIRECTIONS

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to light pink, hot pink print, and white fabric scraps. Die cut one medium heart from fused hot pink fabric. Die cut one large heart from hot pink print and one from light pink fabric. Peel paper backing away; fuse smaller heart on center of light pink larger heart. Cut white fused-fabric to 1/2”x1-1/2” and fuse across center of hearts.

2.  Machine-sew edges of fused rectangle to heart. Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment on strip; heat set with iron.

 

3. Hand-sew knife pleat in center of turquoise fabric scrap. Hand-sew to secure to front of hearts using photo as guide for placement.

 

4. Use round-nose pliers to bend 5” wire into coil. Thread embroidery needle with three strands embroidery floss and couch wire to heart. Pull embroidery floss from back of hearts to front; slip one bead on needle and pull to back. Continue until all beads have been sewn to heart. Knot ends.

 

5. Place small amount of glue on center of fabric-covered brad. Sprinkle glitter on brad. Cut tiny hole in hearts and insert brad. Sew gold button to heart. Knot ends.

 

6. Pin large hearts together with straight pin in center. Starting on right center edge of hearts, use backstitch to hand-sew together using needle and thread, sewing around edges of heart on center. Hand-sew edges of larger hearts together, leaving small opening on edge for stuffing. Lightly stuff heart with polyfill. Sew opening closed.

 

7. Open one jump ring with chain-nose pliers and attach through fabric at top of heart. Open second jump ring and loop one end through jump ring on heart and then on center of chain. Open third jump ring and attach onto end of chain. Attach lobster claw clasp to remaining end.

Friendship Brownies in a jar

friendship brownies in a jar

Share the love with this fun and tasty treat in a jar!  Make friendship brownies in a jar mix.  Recycle a spaghetti sauce jar or a pickle jar and use pattern paper from your stash.  You don’t have to be elaborate on the packaging because we all know that it is what is on the inside that matters most.

Materials for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

  • Ball Quart Jar (Jarden Home Brands)
  • Americana Acrylic Paint (DecoArt): Soft Blue.
  • Patterned papers: brown/white Swiss dot; red/white polka dot
  • Off-white cardstock
  • Red wool felt scrap
  • Wool roving: brick red; white
  • Blue Tiny Alphas Alphabet Stickers (Making Memories)
  • Acrylic gems: blue, 32; clear
  • Silver clip
  • Jute twine
  • Brownie mix ingredients (see recipe)

Basic Supplies for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

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Tools

  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Needle felting tool and pad

Directions for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

1. Paint jar lid. Let dry. Apply varnish.

2. Cut 4″x12″ rectangle from paper to fit around jar. Adhere to jar. (Note: Wrap rubber bands around paper to secure while glue dries.) Use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 1″x12″ strips from cardstock. Glue to top and bottom edge of rectangle.

3. Print and cut out pattern.

4. Needle felt heart red. Draw flower center and needle felt white. Glue flower to jar as shown.

5. For label, cut a 1″x2-1/2″ from paper. Adhere stickers. Cut 8” length from jute, thread through clip and clip to label. Tie label around jar.

6. Adhere blue gems to scallop edges and crystal to center of heart.

7. Write or print jar mix instructions on remaining cardstock; cut out and glue to back of jar. recipe instructions

Recipe:

  • 1 2/3 cups  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4 cup  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • chopped nuts
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    PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; stir well. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen brownies.

by Melony Bradley

Country Chic Valentine decor

Country Chic Valentine decor – My littlest child thinks we need to have decorations for every holiday and I tend to agree.  I love to create and decorate and make our house a home.  She is old enough to help and definitely has a great sense of what she likes.  She posses a huge amount of creativity for a preschooler and it makes my heart swell with joy.  The option to color the hearts red or pink was given to her.  She declined because hearts come in all sorts of colors and sizes and she wanted to make the hearts pretty with all the “stuffs”.   This artistic mom could not have been happier with that statement.  We made these with a the box of Christmas craft supplies that were never quite incorporated back into my craft stash and were sitting in the corner of my room patiently waiting to be sorted and put away.  The bits of twine, ribbons, buttons and fabric were all left over from a craft night before Christmas.  Even the straws were left over from another festive occasion.  I keep a large box of Poly-Fil on hand so we did not have to purchase anything to make this decorative trio.   Making the decorations from leftovers made me happy and we created something that can be displayed for many more Valentine’s Days to come.
muslin heart trio - country chic valentine

Supplies for Country Chic Valentine decor:

  • Duck Cloth or Canvas
  • Pencil
  • Fabric scissors and utility scissors
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Embroidery floss and embroidery needle
  • Iron on letters and Iron
  • Paper Straws
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Fairfield Processing – Polyfil fiberfill
  • Adtech Pro100 Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paint brush
  • Americana Acrylic Paint – White,
  • DecoArt Metallic Luster –  Gold Rush, Iced Espresso
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics – Gold
  • Washi Tape
  • Misc. buttons and trim in neutral colors
  • shredded brown paper
  • rocks 

Country Chic Valentine decor Instructions:

  1. Gingerly paint the terra cotta pots with a coat of white paint.  If you go too heavy on the paint you can remove excess paint while it is damp using a cloth or use sandpaper after the paint is dry.  Allow the paint to dry then wrap the washi tape around the lip of the pot.  Use your finger or a cloth wrapped around your finger to apply the metallic paint around the edges and along the rim of the terra cotta pot.  Start with the Gold Rush then layer on the Iced Espresso.
  2. Trim jute and ribbons to size and hot glue on bits of old doilies, rickrack or other natural colored embellishments.
  3. Draw one large and two small hearts on canvas and then cut out the shapes with scissors.  Water down Gold paint and drizzle over fabric randomly.  Let the paint dry.  Add hand embroidery details around the hearts.  Place right sides together and sew the pieces together leaving a small opening at the bottom for the Poly-Fil and to place over the straws.  Iron on the sentiments of your choice to cotton ribbon remnants.  Hand sew or hot glue on the decorative embellishments.
  4. In the bottom of the terra cotta pots, place a few small rocks and generously add hot glue into the bottom to adhere the rocks..  While the glue is still warm insert a bamboo skewer into the glue.  Then place the straw over the skewer and hold in place until the glue cools.  The skewers provide stability.  Add the Poly-Fil to the hearts.  Add a small dot of glue onto the top of the straws and place the hearts on the straws through the opening at the bottom.  Let the glue cool and close off the opening with embroidery floss applied in a decorative fashion.   Add in brown shredded paper.  I run leftover cardstock through the home office paper shredder.

Tip: Hot glue a few rocks in the bottom of terra cotta pots to weight them down and to keep objects centered.  Use an old credit cards to smooth the washi tape ripples.

Valentine heart flag with Olyfun


Valentine heart flag

Create a Valentine heart banner with Olyfun.  The flag is super easy to make because the material does not fray and cuts like butter.  I used a heart die cut from Sizzix.  You can layer up to 4 layers of the material over the die but I like to do two at a time.  To adhere the fabric together I used  Fabri-Tac glue. If you have a low temp glue gun you can use that as well.  If you have a sewing machine that is also an option.  The 12×12 OlyFun sheets can be found in most craft stores or big box stores with a craft department. If they don’t have the sheets they might have it by the bolt.  Either way it is pretty inexpensive .  I used my sewing machine to make a quick straight line across the top.  You could hand sew or use glue.  I might go back and ass some glitter and more hand detailing.  But considering this is supposed to be a quick craft I did not.  This piece was actually made in 10 minutes including drying time.  The fabric glue dries super fast.   Last minute I added buttons in coordinating colors.  The flag needed a little pop.  if you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the hearts.

I’m excited to be participating in the Valentine edition of Craft Lightening sponsored by The Country Chic Cottage30 Minute Crafts, and 100 Directions.

heart buttons

Material for Valentine heart flag with Olyfun:

 

Valentine heart flag with Olyfun Instructions:

  1. Place die on machine and add two layers Oly*Fun.  Run through the machine.  Remove hearts and repeat as many times ass needed for your flag.
  2. Glue the two layers together for each heart and then glue onto the black 12×12 sheet.  Let a few hearts go off the edge.  Trim off the excess.
  3. Cut the slate grey sheet of Oly*fun in half.  Fold over and sew on the top edge of the Black 12×12 sheet.
  4. Glue on the yarn and buttons.
  5. ENJOY and

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dyed muslin favor bags

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Dye muslin favor bags  to customize wedding favor bags perfect for giving small gifts at a wedding reception, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, shower or even Valentine’s Day gifts.

Materials for muslin favor bags:

Tools

  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Dies: Primitive Hearts, Small Flower
  • Rit Liquid Dyes: Purple, Denim Blue, Kelly Green, Lemon Yellow
  • Alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Adhesives: Stick; Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac and Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies muslin favor bags:

washing machine, small mixing container, mixing spoon, hot water, rubber gloves, old towel, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, plastic tablecloth or trash bag, rotary cutter and mat.

Directions muslin favor bags:

1.  Machine wash cotton muslin. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth or trash bag. Wearing rubber gloves, mix 1/2 tsp. Kelly Green, 1 Tbsp. Lemon Yellow, and 1 cup hot water in small mixing container. (Note: Water should be 140º or hotter.) Stir with mixing spoon. Submerge fabric and 12” string length into dye bath. Let set for four minutes. Remove from dye bath; squeeze out excess dye and rinse under cool tap water. Squeeze out excess water; wrap in old towel to remove water and dye. Let dry. Iron on pressing surface to remove wrinkles. Repeat process for lavender fabric, mixing 1/8 tsp. Purple, 1/8 tsp. Denim Blue and 1 cup hot water.

2. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 6”x7-1/2” or two 4”x5-1/2” pieces from dyed fabric. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse small scrap (approximately 1-1/2”x2”) of white muslin to fusible webbing using iron. Use alphabet stamps and solvent ink for sentiment of choice to stamp muslin. Heat set with iron on medium setting.

3. Die cut heart from burlap. Die cut flower from black wool felt. Pin burlap heart to front of bag and machine-sew around edges, leaving small opening for stuffing. Lightly stuff with fiberfill and sew opening closed. Machine-sew stamped sentiment 1/4” from edge using straight or zig-zag stitch.

4. Steam 1/2” seam at top of bag pieces; machine sew using zig-zag or straight stitch. Place right sides of bag together and sew sides using 1/2” seam allowance on left, bottom, and right sides of bag. Steam seams open. Turn bag right side out and press.

5. Use fabric glue to adhere black felt flower on bag. Adhere rhinestone on flower center using Gem-Tac. Adhere dyed string onto top of bag (for handle) using Fabri-Tac. Let dry.