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sensory bins.

My friend Robin of Messy Play Kits asked me to create a few felt pieces for her new sensory bin kits. Eee, I love making cute things like these in bulk because they are fun to photograph. I made three shapes — Picnic Baskets I made 50 picnic baskets for her Picnic Sensory Bin. The original design was a 3-inch cube, but we made it even smaller (2-inch cube) for extra cuteness. Somehow, they fit perfectly in this box for shipping out to Robin. Each sensory bin includes one of five picnic basket colors. I might need to make these as little treat bins moving forward. Suns and Rainbows I made 50 suns and 50 rainbows for her Weather Sensory Bin. An additional 50 suns will be used for an upcoming bin — can you guess what the theme will be? Thank you to Robin for inviting me to collaborate on these projects! It’s so fun to see all the kits she comes up with; her ideas keep on flowing and keep the littles (and …

mini leather.

My friend Laura (of @laurabsewin) sent me a leather pouch kit. Omg yes. Ever since my class with Tilt Leather, I’m up for any leather hand sewing project. It was fun to refresh on a stitch I learned in class. The pouch kit came with a piece of precut leather complete with punched holes and a snap, thread, and needles. It arrived flat, so when I clasped it together I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was a bear pouch! So. Cute. I used a saddle stitch for the pouch, sewing with two needles from the top of the pouch to the bottom. Once I reached the bottom, I did a few backstitches, then knotted the thread in the back of the pouch. I sewed the thread back through to the front and to the back one hole to hide the lose ends, then trimmed. Bear! 🙂 Now, what to keep in this cute lil pouch? What fun crafty projects have you been working on lately? Share below!

diy kits.

Some of my ‘vending at craft shows’ energy has been put into creating DIY kits for easy gifting and crafting. In all my years of designing workshops, I had yet to design a kit! I have released three new kits since April and I’m so excited for all of them. Check them out and tell me what you think! #1 Aloha Felt Flower Clips First to launch were my Aloha Felt Flower Clips. These were very much inspired by my hula days. I loved all of the floral and leafy head pieces I got to wear during performances. These are a great everyday alternative to my felt flower crowns, and it makes for a simple, quick, fun, and beautiful DIY. I had blue bags in my packaging stash so I designed the kit to fit the bags. I developed step by step instructions, and figured out how to create a compact felt stack both to fit the bag and to allow for lots of color options for the clips. Packaging everything up is definitely my …

friendship.

I’ve been teaching crafty workshops all summer, and I finally participated in one as a student! I attended The Neon Tea Party‘s heart pattern friendship bracelet virtual workshop and it was the most fun! Marisa, owner and creative everything of The Neon Tea Party, taught us two friendship bracelet knots, we created the heart pattern together, and at the end of class she reviewed how to read a friendship bracelet pattern. My mind is blown. I don’t think I made friendship bracelets as a kid; not this kind at least (I remember lots of bead bracelets…), so it was fun to learn as a grown up. Also, shout out to all the kids in the class with their friendship bracelet making skills and bravery for showing face on Zoom. (It seemed like most of the adults were hiding. :)). For this craft we only needed minimal supplies – two yarn colors, a pair of scissors, a ruler or tape measure, and tape or a safety pin to hold your project in place. You can make …

crafty challenge.

This month I am a featured maker in the CraftBuzz Crafty Challenge. Over the last couple of weeks, five creatives (including me) have been sharing easy DIY tutorials on the CraftBuzz Instagram page. I hosted a tassel tutorial! You can also learn how to create herbal bundles from the Rah Rah Collective, all about meditative drawing with Rae Miller Arts, furushiki gift wrapping with Bestowe Gifting, and tie dye with Crave Workshops. If you share what you make now through July 31 you are entered to win prizes from all of the participating creatives. This month’s Crafty Challenge benefits Black Artists + Designers Guild, too! Here’s the companion tassel tutorial in picture form! Materials and tools: Yarn Non-stretchy cord (like embroidery floss or baker’s twine) Tassel tool (can be a sturdy book or cardboard, select something that is at least the length of your intended tassel) Scissors How to: Hold your tassel tool in one hand. Secure your yarn either on the tool’s notch or under your thumb. Wrap yarn around your tool (do not …

makin’ stuff.

Craft shows aren’t happening, but I’m still busy making felt goodies! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately for Feed the Fish co. Pennant Party at Jenny Lemons I taught pennant making with Jenny Lemons for their virtual craft night. All participants received a pennant kit and craft night snacks, and I demoed a few shapes and letters, plus tassels. I was also the featured maker in their shop for June so they sold my Hurray and Yay! pennants as part of their special edition grad packs and featured my pennant craft on their blog. Vote – Resist – Yay! I received a special request to create pennants that faced the other way. This was kind of a trip to make, but they turned out perfect! Flower Crown Update My friend Dia spotted one of my crowns and requested a different floral pattern. So instead of making a new one, I gave this lavender-inspired beaut an update, keeping the crown shape, but re-organizing the flowers and adding more leaves. Frolicking ready! The Graduate It’s always …

more felt goodies.

I’ve been keeping busy making a few custom felt goodies! Floral Clip This design was greatly inspired by my hula days and all of the colorful floral clips I got to wear during my performances. My friend Tiffany ordered a custom clip for her lil one. I hadn’t made these in a while so it was nice to revisit this design. And, fun news – I’m planning to turn this into a DIY kit so you can make your own anytime, anywhere! Stay tuned. Better Late Than Ugly Another crafty lady friend, Sarah, ordered a custom wall hanging to add to her Feed the Fish co collection. Keke, this is perfect for any vanity! I like receiving requests for custom wall hangings. There’s a lot more room on the wall hangings versus the pennants so people get super creative! Sister District Marin Felt Suite One of my repeat customers works for a local democratic political organization and she wanted some Feed the Fish co flair for her group gatherings. She ordered a garland for use …

weave along.

This past weekend I hosted my first workshop on the interwebs (on Instagram!), and it was so cool because people actually joined me and crafted along! It was a free class, but I sold weaving kits complete with Crafterateur loom and assorted yarn for those who needed materials. Class was two and a half hours. I demonstrated a weaving from start (setting up the loom) to finish (adding a stick and hanging), and shared tips and tricks along the way. I also took questions as much as I could, but it was definitely a different experience not being able to see my students during class. Here’s the piece I worked on, plus some of the weaving stitches and techniques I shared. And here are some of the in-progress and finished works from makers across the state and nation! Tap through for weaving/photo credits; I’ve tagged all the makers’ Instagram handles. Thank you to everyone who joined my first online workshop! As a bonus I’ve recorded a few low-budget videos so you can craft along, too. …

macraweave.

I created this macrame piece for Craftcation 2020; my friend Rebecca and I were going to host a community weaving project and use this as the base for the weaving. But Craftcation was cancelled, so I continued the weaving on my own. For the macrame base I used a 3 foot dowel and 48 strands of 12-foot rope, plus more for hanging. From top to bottom, I included Lark’s head knots, square knots, double half hitch knots, ‘loops,’ and finishing knots. Check out my fiber arts station – it’s a bike rack. 🙂 For the weaving I stuck with using roving and super thick yarn so it would fill in the gaps nicely. First mustard, then some white, then lots of earthy colors leftover from my soap felting project. And then I filled in the rest with white. I used variations on tabby stitches and soumak weave. Since this project was quite large and I wasn’t working in straight lines, I found it best to work in sections. Also, the roving is delicate and passing …

egg hunt: zinnias.

Here’s my last Easter egg design for the year! Complete your plant trio with zinnia Easter eggs. For this craft you will need: Plastic eggs Felt in colors of choice (I went with warm tones) Fabric scissors Hot glue Unlike the last two in this egg series, this flower requires strips of petals. Cut out 3-6 strips (the more you use, the fuller your flower!). For the center, cut fringe into two small rectangular pieces of felt. Roll the inner piece and seal with hot glue. Roll and glue the outer piece onto the inner piece. Glue to the top of the egg. Glue the petal strips onto the egg. Wrap each row with two layers of petals to get a fuller flower. Glue petals first to the top half of the egg. Then glue petals to the bottom half of the egg. Make sure petals don’t get attached to both the top and bottom halves of the egg so you can still open it. I like to keep the base bare so the flower …