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earth rainbow.

Embroidery kit fun! I met embroidery artist and kit maker Rosanna Diggs at the Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium; she was my booth neighbor. I snagged one of her earth rainbow embroidery kits. The kit comes with a pattern, cloth, embroidery floss, hoop, needle, felt backing, fabric pen, and instructions. You just need to supply your own scissors. I’ve tried my hand at embroidery before, but it’s mostly been practice stitches and not an actual ‘piece’ with an image. I was very excited to try working with a pattern to create my first embroidery art. The water-based fabric pen is so cool! I had never used one of these either. It writes well on fabric, and washes away cleanly with water (no scrubbing required!). I used the pen to draw guidelines. Then, embroidery! This piece used running stitch, couching, and satin stitch. Also, can we talk about this color combo? Yez, so pretty. Once I finished all the stitches, I ran the fabric under running water to remove the pen marks, then let it dry. I …

leather tasselry.

After my last leather bag workshop I had lots of extra leather to play with so I made tassels! Here’s how. Materials: scrap leather, keyring, ruler, roller cutter, fabric scissors, self-healing mat, hot glue, bead (optional), ribbon (optional). Cut a rectangular piece of leather, any size; then cut fringe. Leave at least a finger’s width uncut at the top of the fringe. Cut out one strip of leather; this will be the part that anchors the tassel to the keyring so make sure it’s narrow enough to fit. Insert the strip of leather onto the keyring and attach strip to itself with a drop of hot glue. Add glue to the top of the tassel on the wrong side, and roll onto the keychain. Do this step slowly, adding glue little by little, in between rolls. Trim the anchor leather if it peeks out from the tassel. Done! More options: Try out different sizes, use ribbon instead of leather to serve as the tassel anchor, add a bead before glueing on the tassel, just add …

tambourine.

My friend Laura and I took a leather tambourine bag class! I was so excited for this class because I wanted to learn to sew leather on a machine (my last leather class involved hand sewing) and how to sew circles. I was also eager to review adding a lining and working with zippers. I found most of my supplies at Discount Fabrics – sheep leather, velvet ribbon, D rings, and leather sewing needles. For the lining I dug through my stash for some options and purchased zippers and thread at Joann. Our instructor Sienna DaFonseca provided the pattern for the class and guided us through the process. First, we cut our fabric. We finished the ends of the strip inner lining to avoid fraying. Then sewed the inner lining and leather with a basting stitch to keep the pieces together as we constructed the bag. We added the zipper on a curve. Then sewed on the second circle. After all the pieces were attached, we trimmed the excess fabric. Then the moment of truth: …

soap.

I felted soap! I’m quite the soap collector. I love buying locally made soaps when I travel, and when I stay in hotels I’m a big fan of taking the daily soaps. I grew a collection so I decided to share the goods and create some felted soap for gifting. The felt acts like a loofah! The process is quite simple For this project you will need: bar soap, wool roving, pantyhose foot, draining rack, warm and cold water, and a bowl (optional). I read that merino and alpaca wool roving works best for this project. I went with merino because I found that it comes in many more colors and is less expensive than alpaca wool. Wrap each bar with small pieces of roving, wrapping in different directions. Then, working one bar at a time, enclose the wrapped soap tightly in a pantyhose sock so it’s completely covered. Dip the soap in a bowl of warm water and rub the soap in different directions for 1-2 minutes. The idea here is that the roving …

ring dishes.

For our fifth annual Hearts and Crafts Valentine’s celebration at work we made ring/catch all dishes out of air dry clay. We celebrated early to allow the air dry clay to dry in time for Valentine’s day gifting. To set the crafty mood, we decorated with paper fans and honeycombs, a felt ball garland, and heart balloons (leftover from Hubby’s tennis bday!). My friend and I made a snack plate and guests brought additional goodies to share. All set up for the craft! I also made kits for my coworkers who were out sick (it’s flu season!). Look at all the fun creations my coworkers made! Someone even made a rat (for Lunar New Year)! Here’s the how-to for the marbled effect. You will need: air dry clay, hard surface, parchment paper, circle shape guide and Xacto knife (or cookie cutters), rolling pin or glass jar, paint markers, decoupage glue and brush (optional), and stamps (optional). I explored the interwebs for the best air dry clay and found Maqaroon’s super helpful air dry comparison video. …

mini envelopes.

Valentine’s is just around the corner. Here’s a super quick paper envelope DIY for the occasion (or any occasion!). For this craft you will need: paper, paper cutter, bone folding tool (or similar), and glue. Cut paper into a square, any size works. I cut out 5″ squares to form ~3.5″ by 2″ envelopes. Fold paper in half diagonally, open, fold in half diagonally the other way, and open. This creates guidelines. Use a bone folder to create crisp lines. Fold the left and right corners into the midline. Fold the bottom corner up, not quite to the midline. Fold the bottom ‘corners’ up, aligning the edges with the tip of the bottom corner. Add glue to the left and right flaps. Fold up to seal. Write a mini note. Fold the top flap to complete the envelope. Optional: add stickers or other decor to your envelope. Review! Happy Valentine’s crafting!

heart.

I came across these heart shaped grapevine wreaths – so cute! I usually use grapevine wreaths in my felt workshops, so I wanted to see if I could decorate a wreath with non-felt supplies. I chose paper! For this project you will need: Heart shaped grapevine wreaths Scrapbook paper with fun designs that you can cut out Paper scissors Hot glue String I went through my scrapbook paper stash to see if I had any designs I could use. I decided on cutting out flowers. Cut as many designs as you want to fill the wreath and use hot glue to adhere. Careful! You can really feel the heat of the glue through the paper. I filled most of the wreath with paper flowers, and overlapped flowers in some areas. Then added a string for hanging. A super simple craft with a big impact! How cute would these be on each door of your home! What have you been crafting for Valentine’s? Share below.

xoxo.

More weaving with shapes! Vilasinee of The Loome also came out with a lip weaving tool. She’s so sweet; she included one in my order when I bought the rainbow tool. I thought these would be perfect for love day gifting. For this weaving project you will need: the Loome lip tool, yarn (at least two colors), non-stretchy cord, scissors, and a craft needle. The full weaving tutorial can be found on The Loome. Protips: Use two colors – one for the lips and one for the lipline. And make sure to pull the warp tight to get the Cupid’s bow on top. I finished my weavings by adding a hanging string with hot glue and sewing on a pomtass. I went a lil crazy with the color combos, but I’m into it! All together now! Hope your Valentine’s crafting is off to a colorful start!

sparkle clips.

I found these festive vintage floral and star patches on my last visit to Tinsel. They spoke to me. I knew I had to create something special with these pieces. Look at the detail! I had some fabric swatches in my stash (remember my fabric swatch garland post?). I picked out the velvetty ones. I wish you could feel these! And I decided to make clips! For this project I used: Patches Fabric swatches Felt or fabric (for backing) Metal clips Fabric scissors Hot glue First, some color and texture pairings… Then, to cutting! I went with different shapes. To get a layered look, I used the patch as the template and first cut the top layer, then used the top layer as a template to cut a second layer. I assembled with hot glue. For each clip I cut out a matching back. Cut two small slits in the backing for the clip, then hot glue onto the back of your piece. I really liked how these turned out. These would be perfect for …

a weaving rainbow.

My friend Vilasinee of the Loome came out with a few new maker tools, including a rainbow loom! Ka-yoot. I was very excited to try it out. For this craft you will need: Rainbow Loome tool Non stretchy cord Assorted yarn Felt Fabric or hot glue Fabric scissors Crafting needle The complete details can be found in V’s super helpful how-to video using the larger of the two rainbow looms, but in general: Use the non stretchy cord to set up your loom (this is called the warp). Weave a rainbow using a basic/tabby stitch (this is the weft). V recommends starting your weave at the top of the rainbow; I agree. This helps with achieving a more defined arch shape. Once you fill in the open arch shape, remove the rainbow from the loom. Untie the knots made in the warp, then remove the warp from the notches, one at a time. Alternate pulling the loose warp cord to secure the weft. I started from the middle and worked outward. Sew loose weft and …