Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Reloved Magazine!!! I am just over the moon to announce that I have three holiday projects featured in the November issue of Reloved, and one of them is on the cover! Never in a million years did I ever imagine that something I made would grace the cover of a magazine, especially one as fabulous as Reloved! If some of you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a fantastic UK mag that features diy projects, home decor, interviews with cool people, all kinds of things related to repurposing and lovely thrifting! It is a beautifully designed publication and always has so many awesome quality diy projects! In the US we are usually a month behind on issues, the November issue should be here in stores any week now. You can find issues at retailers like Barnes and Nobles and craft stores like JoAnns and Michaels. To learn more about Reloved, check out their website Here. You can find cool articles on their blog and subscribe to the magazine. You can also subscribe and download issues on your phone or tablet through the app store. I feel so blessed to be included in this wonderful issue! It made my year!
Category Archives: Crafting
Since Halloween is not until Friday, I thought I’d squeeze in one more super easy diy for the holiday. These little spider hair clips are incredibly easy and fast to make, and they are a perfect weeknight craft! You can make a whole batch of them in under twenty minutes. Here’s the how-to……
Here’s What You Need:
*Fake Spiders (I bought my glitter spiders at Walmart)
First gather your supplies and remove spiders from their packaging.
Dab a bit of E6000 on to the front top of the hair clip.
Flip the spider on its back and glue the hair clip to the belly of the spider. If you are using the E6000 you may want to use a few books to hold the hair pins upright on the spiders so they dry properly. Once the glue is thoroughly dry you are ready to wear!
I love these fun spider hair clips! My sister in law Valerie just dyed her hair purple, and they look amazing in her hair, dontcha think! You can pile them on for a funky look, or just wear one or two to add a little Halloween style to your day. You could do the same thing with other creepy Halloween critters too. Have fun with it and make it your own! I’ll be back next week with a start to the Christmas holiday crafting! Can you believe it! Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! The best thing about Halloween when you’re little is dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating! When I was little we got a new bag or bucket for every year. I think I had a few pumpkins, and tote bags we decorated, and I know I had a few happy meal buckets. I don’t have kids of my own just yet, but I do like to make a bags for Halloween every few years. Here’s my latest Halloween tote…
Here’s What You Need:
*Black Tote Bag
*White Doilies (I bought mine in the dollar section of Michaels)
*Glow in the Dark Plastic Spiders (I bought mine at Dollar Tree)
*Fabric Glue (I like Fabritac)
Gather your supplies. Lay out your doilies on top of your bag where you want your “webs.”
Once you have your doilies positioned where you want them, trim off the excess doily close to the edges of the bag.
Load up the back of your doily with fabric glue.
Glue your doilies down onto the front of your bag, lining them up where you need them. Press down firmly and smooth out the edges.
Once your doilies are dry, you can glue on your spiders. Place a dollop of hot glue to the underside of your glow in the dark spiders. Press the spiders onto your bag where you want them.
Once everything is nice and dry you are ready to fill er’ up and go.
I just love my spider web tote! My favorite part is that the little spiders glow in the dark! It was super easy to make and pretty inexpensive too! Although I use mine for running errands, I think it would make a wonderful trick or treat bag! I think that kids would like the glow in the dark features maybe even more than I do. I am a sucker for doilies as well! I hope some of you guys will make one of these for yourself or your kiddos this year! It’s a blast! I’ll be back next week with more Halloween fun. Until then…
One of my absolute favorite things to make are plush toys! They are so fun and rewarding! They make great gifts for kids and funky adults like me and my sister! Every Halloween I have to make some kind of plushie. This year I decided to make a little cartoon candy corn for Hannah. Here’s the how-to…..
What You Need:
*1 sheet each of white, yellow, and orange felt
*Marking Pen or Pencil
*Black and Orange Embroidery Floss and Embroidery Needle
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating thread
Here’s The Pattern:
First, cut out your felt pieces. Draw in your face with a marking pen or pencil.
Stitch on the face with your black embroidery floss. I used all six strands and used a simple back stitch embroidery stitch.
Once your face is stitched you are ready to stitch your pieces. line up the top of the bottom piece with the bottom of the middle piece, right sides together. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Open up the seams and lightly press open with your fingers a few times or a cool iron.
Stitch the top to the middle with right sides facing. Do the same thing with the other pieces. You should end up with two candy corns. Lay the front and back together with right sides facing each other. Pin all the way around, matching the seams at the sides.
Stitch all the way around your candy corn leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning and stuffing.
Turn the candy corn right side out through the hole in the bottom.
Stuff your candy corn with fiber fill or other stuffing of your choice.
Whip stitch the opening in the bottom closed with some orange thread. To finish off, tie some ribbon around the neck in a bow.
Isn’t he adorable! I named him Carl. My sister loved him and he is now residing in her room! I would have made one for myself, but Beau would have destroyed it, since anything with stuffing automatically becomes his. I hope you stitchers out there enjoy this little pattern! I can’t wait to see your cute little candy corns! I’ll be back tomorrow with a no sew trick or treat bag! Until then…
Hey everybody! Today I am going to share a super easy and quick Halloween diy with you, my spider covered glitter frame. You can get most of what you need at the dollar store. The best part is that it can be made in less than half an hour, which makes this perfect for a weeknight craft!
Here’s What You Need:
*Black Frame (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
*Mod Podge or Clear Drying Craft Glue
*Halloween Spiders( I got mine at Dollar Tree)
First, gather up all your supplies. If you can remove the glass, do so at this time, if not, tape up the edges of the glass.
Paint a thin layer of decoupage medium on your frame. You can paint it all at once if you are quick, or you can work in sections.
Once you have your decoupage medium painted on, sprinkle glitter all over the wet medium. Carefully lift up edges and tapp the frame gently to remove excess glitter.
Set your frame aside to dry. Once the medium has dried well, you can add the spiders. Add a dab of hot glue to the belly of a spider. Glue the spider down to the frame where you want it. Glue more spiders on in the same way until you have a look you are happy with. I di one side of my frame and then the top opposite corner on mine, but you could just as easily cover the whole frame, or do even less. Once the glue has dried, you are ready to add your art print and enjoy!
I think it turned out pretty dang cute! I love the art print with it from The Cottage Market! It is one of four designs. You can find them all Here. I used stretchy spiders since they looked a little creepier to me, however you can use any kind of creepy crawly you like! I love this frame so much, I think I may make another one with some little snakes. I’ll be back tomorrow with a cut Halloween plushie! Until then…
Hi guys! Recently I came across some clover yarn bowl/basket forms at the craft store. It instantly caught my eye, as I’ve never seen one before, and I always love finding new DIY tools and kits. I have never done any weaving and although I love yarn and have piles of it at home, I still have not learned how to knit or crochet. So, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into and how it would turn out, but I decided to give it a try anyways.
Here’s What You Need:
*Clover Yarn Bowl/Basket Form ( I used the Large)
*Clothespins or Large Clips
*Felt or Fabric and Fabric Glue for the bottom
I bought the large bowl forms, and decided to use some red and white nubby yarn I had at home left over from a Christmas wreath. The instructions are super easy to follow. I wanted to stripe my bowl, so the only thing I did differently was cut and tie on the other when the previous color was around an inch thick when I was weaving it around. You basically weave your yarn around the form according to the directions, then wrap a bunch of yarn around the top clipping and un-clipping it as you wrap. Then you whip stitch the top with yarn to hold the top all together. If you want to line your basket, there is a template for you to cut out your fabric or felt and you glue it to the bottom of the bowl form.
I think it turned out pretty cute! I made this bowl one night while we watched TV, and it was so easy and fun! I think it is a great fall and winter decor piece. Right now it is holding apples in my kitchen. At Christmas I will probably fill it with ornaments or little pine cones. So, next time you are at the craft store, pick one of these bowl forms up and give it a try too!
A few weeks ago I was in Anthropologie with my mama, and came across these fun place-mats. I thought it was so cute, but we’re not that fancy when it comes to our place settings. In fact most of the time, we eat on tv trays in the living room. I carried the place mat around the store with me none the less trying to figure out if there was somewhere else in my house it would fit. I am always making bags with napkins and tablecloths, so I thought, man this would be a cute clutch purse. So I bought the one place mat and got to work. This clutch is super easy and you can use any place mat you fancy!
Here’s What You Need:
*Zipper long enough to cover the height of your place mat. I think mine was a 14″
*Double fold bias tape
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Embroidery Floss and Strong Hand Sewing Needle
First gather all your supplies together. Measure and cut your placemat in half width wise so the sides of the placemat are your bottom of your clutch.
Sandwich the cut top side of the front clutch piece in between your double fold bias tape. You may want to pin the tape on. Top stitch close to the bottom of the bias tape all the way across. Do the same thing with the back clutch piece.
Cut a scrap of leather to make your pocket. I made mine to be 5×6″. Center the pocket on the front bag piece. Stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket leaving the top open.
Now you are ready to stitch on the zipper. Put on your zipper foot. Lay one side of your zipper centered right on top of the top of your front of your clutch piece. Pin in place. Your teeth should be laying right above the top of the clutch piece. Stitch the zipper tape down. You will need to stitch up to the zipper pull, then making sure your needle is down into the fabric, lift up your foot and unzip the zipper past the foot. Then put the foot back down and continue sewing. Once you have the one side of your zipper stitched, repeat with the back side of the clutch piece. Make sure you line up the two sides so they are sitting exactly mirrored. Pin the zipper and stitch it down like you did the front side. Snip off any extra zipper tape.
Now you are ready to stitch around your clutch. If you have a place mat that is chunky like mine you will have to hand stitch the bag. If you have a thinner place mat, stitch around the sides and bottom close to the edge. If yours is too thick to sew on a machine, thread a needle with embroidery floss and hand stitch all the way around using a back stitch method, or whatever stitch you prefer. Once your bag is stitched all the way around, you are done. Fill er’ up and go!
I just LOVE my new clutch! This is a fantastic weekday bag for me since when I’m running errands or just out for a few moments, I can toss in my wallet, phone, and keys, and go! It is a good size too! Not too small to where I’d lose it easily, but not too big to carry either. It fits perfectly under my arm! I love my anthro place mat purse! This was such an easy DIY, I may have to make more of them, next time I see a place mat at a store I just love. I hope you all will give this project a try sometime! It’s a lot of fun, even the hand stitching! I’ll be back next week with some fun Halloween DIY’s! Until then….