make a crafty key chain

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keychain-key-fob-crafty-idea_365-days-of-crafts key chainMake a key chain – a quick crafty gift that you can make with ease.  These crafty key chains make a perfect Valentine gift for your girlfriends. I made 5 in about an hour.  The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were onside for 50% off.  Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs.  They know how to get me with a coupon.   The metal hardware came from Dritz and are packaged as Key Fob Hardware Sets.  I would never have thought to call them a key fob.  They can be purchased at most big box stores and online. The hardware was the most expensive part of the project and I think a single set was maybe $2 and the 5 set package was around $5.  Naturally I purchased the 5 pack and had to make 5. That was how I justified buying all the different ribbon.

Supplies to make the key chains:

  • belting
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sewing machine and thread
  • key fob hardware
  • pliers
  • ruler or tape measure (optional)

To make the crafty key chain:

  1. Cut the belting and the ribbon to desired length. I used about 10 inches of each.  You can make them larger or small to fit your needs.
  2. Adhere the ribbon to the center of the belting with a quick slide of the glue stick. This way you don’t have to pin the ribbon.
  3. Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
  4. Trim of any loose fibers
  5. Fold in half and  follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
  6. Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
  7. Place in a pretty package.

Voila, it really is that simple.  Create your own crafty key chain using your favorite ribbons.  You can make 5 key fobs in under an hour and you can keep them on hand for when you need a last-minute gift. This quick craft is a part of the Craft Lightning Series.  Click the image below to see may other projects.

 

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

Make a scrappy felt owl pillow

owl pillowDIY felt owl pillow

Luscious wool felt and ruffled print fabrics make this owl a colorful and adorable accent this autumn or to display throughout the year.

MATERIALS for felt owl pillow:

  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Buttercream, 1 yd.; Hallow’s Eve, 1/4 yd.; Copper Canyon, Black, scraps
  • Cotton fabric, in coordinating prints, scraps
  • Fairfield Home Elegance Pillow Insert, 14” x 14”
  • Acrylic crystal rhinestones, 9mm, two

Tools for felt owl pillow:

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive,
  • Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing

BASIC SUPPLIES to make a felt owl pillow:

  • straight pins, scissors, iron and pressing surface, sewing needle

Directions for felt owl pillow:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 15” squares from Buttercream felt for pillow front and back.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing to Hallow’s Eve, Black, and Copper Canyon felt.
  3.  Cut body, two wings, and two eyes from Hallow’s Eve fused-felt. Cut two pupils, two ears, and beak from Black fused-felt. Cut two eye circles from Copper fused-felt.
  4. Using photo as guide, fuse pieces in place using iron and pressing surface on Buttercream square. Set aside beak for attachment in later step. Machine-sew pieces in place using straight stitch and contrasting thread.
  5. Cut six 2”x12” print fabric strips. Machine-sew knife pleat down center of strips creating ruffles. Adhere ruffles on center of owl for feathers. Adhere rhinestones on eyes using fabric glue. Machine-sew beak onto top ruffle.
  6. Using 1/2” seam allowance, machine-sew pillow front and back together with right sides out, leaving bottom side open. Insert pillow form into open side; hand-sew bottom closed using 1/2” seam allowance and running stitch. Knot and clip thread ends.

 

Make a Decorative Weighted Door Stop

weighted Door Stop

Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using  a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside.  We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside.   The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor.  We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.

The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio.  I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas.  The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.

 

Materials use for Door Stop:

  1. Scissors
  2. Canvas fabric
  3. twill tape or ribbon
  4. Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing 
  5. Poly-Pellets
  6. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
  7. Straight pins optional

Instructions for Door Stop:

  1. Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape.  I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
  2. Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
  3. Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
  4. Sew the two panels together along both sides.
  5. Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
  6. Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
  7. Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil.  Sew opening almost closed.  Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
  8. Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.

Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.

 

 

Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts

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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.

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Sit Upon – girl scout craft

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon diy made with Olyfun.  An easy sew or no sew project for kids

A sit upon is a girl scout craft tradition.  I am not sure when the girl scout craft started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too.  What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout craft tradition for camping.

Sit Upon Girl Scout craft

The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun and it is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished and it comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray.  It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed.  Like the best of both worlds.

If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon

Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  • Olyfun (your favorite colors)
  • Cushion
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
  • Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

hand cut olyfun add hand embroidery detail to olyfun

Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  1. Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric.  We free handed the shapes then cut the shape out and set it a side.
  2. Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
  3. If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
  4. Fold the material in half and sew up two sides.  You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
  5. Cut strips of Olyfun for straps.  I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
  6. Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed and trim off any excess material.

Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.

Placemat Pillow – simple sewing

Placemat Pillow

A placemat pillow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a pillow.  I love finding fancy placemats and turning them into pillows.  If I purchased embroidered fabric the pillows would be very expensive to make.  I picked up a 4 pack of place mats on clearance for $5 and I even had a 20% off coupon bringing the cost down to one dollar a piece for the embroidered seahorses.   I could have left them as rectangles but I wanted them as small accent pillows to go in front of my other pillows.  The seahorse pillows will be my summer pillows.

Materials to make a placemat pillow:

  • Placemat
  • fabric for backing
  • Polyfil Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bamboo skewer or wooden spoon

Instructions to make a placemat pillow:

  1. Decide on the size and shape you want your pillow.  I went with squares and trimmed the fronts of the placemats down to 11×11 squares.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric for the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
  3. Place right sides of fabric together and pin around the pair leaving a small opening to add in the Polyfil.
  4. Sew around 3 of the four sides completely and then make sure you leave the opening on the 4th side  for stuffing.
  5. Trim off any excess fabric and clip the corners at an angle.  This will give you better corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
  6. Turn the pillow right side out.  Iron the pillow front and back. I like to iron the opening where the stuffing is going so it has a crisp edge and is easier to sew closed.
  7. Stuff the pillow with the Polyfil.  Use the skewers to push the filling into the corners.
  8. Pin the opening closed and use a whip stitches or a straight stitch to close the opening.

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Sit back relax and enjoy your placemat pillow.  No one will know it started out as a placemat unless you tell them what a genius you are.

Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIYA Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY using geometric fabric that is a good Saturday afternoon project.  This was the first piece I have ever made that was fitted and round.  Normally if I make something round I make it my way and how ever it turns out is how it was meant to be.  But this piece required good measurements and accurate sewing.  I was surprised at how well it turned out for my first piece and all it took was a learning to baste first and take my time.  I have never machine basted before and now I don’t know why I have never done it before.  It seriously made everything easier and when I did make  mistake, because we all know I made a few, it was so much easier to rip out.

Materials for a Foot Stool DIY:

  • Tuffet 
  • 3/4 yard Robert Kaufman Canvas 
  • 3/4 yard Robert Kaufman Geo Pop fabric
  • Rope Trim
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Serger (optional)
  • Zipper Foot
  • Seam Ripper (optional)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • scissors
  • flat head screwdriver or  staple lifter (optional)
  • Power Drill with Phillips Head bit
  • Wood disk and wood feet ( Home Depot)
  • Paint brush and DecoArt PaintMid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Instructions for Foot Stool DIY:

  1. Place the cushion in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed.  I surged the edge but you do not have to.Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  2. Cut your rope trim to size and add an extra two inches.
    Better to have more than enough than to cut it too close. Line up its raw edge along the raw edge of the top panel. You will be attaching it to the right side of the fabric. Start sewing about 2” down from the start of the piping.
  3. Pin the two together and set your machine to baste stitch. At this point, you are just basting, so there is no need to get too close to the cord.
  4. Cut fabric for side panel and surge one edge.  Again, you do not have to surge the edge but I do.
  5. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.  This will hide the basting stitches from earlier.
    Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  6. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place. (Make a test fit as shown in the image below.) Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  7. The zipper foot allows you to get close to the piping-use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  8. Trim off the excess seam allowance, iron open, and sew along the piped edge to ensure that it’s completely closed
  9. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.
  10. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  11. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  12. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  13. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  14. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  15. I painted my feet the day before I started the project and coated it with polyurethane to protect it from chipping.  How you finish the feet is your choice.
    Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Now that you have read the Foot Stool DIY  I hope you are ready to make your own.  You can also check out this project too.  It is another version of the tuffet. 

mermaid beach party game ideas

Underwater limbo
Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities
Mermaid beach party games and activities can be fun and easy at the same time.  We kept it easy and somewhat old school with Under water limbo, Pin the tail on the whale, and walking the bridge from island to island or walking the plank plus a Go fish using a stick and sewn fish. (MERMAID TUTU)

If you would like to see other parts of the party :
Mermaid Beach Party Games

Materials for mermaid beach party activities:

 Underwater limbo
Mermaid party under water limbo
To make the underwater limbo stick we used a large tube from the fabric bolt.  You could use a broom stick or closet rod or even a branch.  The left over plastic table covers and Olyfun from the bolt were cut into strips and tied along the tube and they  were random lengths and widths.  It was really very simple and the kids loved the twist on traditional limbo.
go fish kid game
Go Fish
Draw 6-8 pairs of fish.  Sew fish 3/4th of the way together and  leave an opening to stuff in a magnet or two and then fill with Polyfil stuffing and sew the hole closed.  You can hand sew or machine sew on the Olyfun.
Mermaid party game - walk the plank
Walk the Plank 
This game is self explanatory.  You can make it with what ever supplies you have on hand.  The milk crates we used might or might not be crates we used to hold up our TV in college.  I honestly have no clue where they came from or how old they are but there were two of them and  they worked perfectly.  
This kids loved walking the plank and it was not too high for their skills or comfort level.

We also made sand art necklaces. Naturally this was an outdoor activity.

 sand art necklace stationCraft, games, food, activities for a mermaid beach party.

4 tips for teaching kids to crochet Summer Fun #2

4 Tips for Teaching Kids to Crochet – Udnderground Crafter on Nap-Time Creations

Glittery Ocean Bottle – My Mom Made That

Underwater Limbo – 365 Days of Crafts

Red White and Blue Bark – The Chunky Chef

Pineapple Purse – Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.