How-To Tuesday: Reusable Produce Bag

19 Aug

Happy National Peach Month, Crafters!

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy all the delicious seasonal produce! August is National Peach Month, so now is the time to stock up on this favorite Southern fruit and try some new recipes. Whether you’re hitting the local farmer’s market or making a trip to the nearest grocery store, why not bring along your own reusable produce bag? This craft comes from Delia at Delia Creates, who shared this fun and simple way to reuse old T-Shirts to create your own produce bags.

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Image from Delia Creates

 

As a lover of reusable products (and someone who hates the little plastic bags from the grocery store), this is a project I need to get started on before I buy my groceries over the weekend. And while I’m on this upcycling kick, I thought I’d share some other great ways to reuse old T-Shirts:

To put some whimsy in your life, try making these adorable T-Shirt Pom Poms by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.

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Image from Craftaholics Anonymous

 

In need of a new rug? Make your own colorful Braided T-Shirt Rug, à la Cintia at My Poppet.

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Image from My Poppet

 

For more decorative fun, Lisa at The Red Thread created these cute Coil Fabric Bowls.

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Image from The Red Thread

 

A great headband or fun bracelet can add the finishing touch to any outfit. Give this Braided Headband, posted by Alisa Burke on her personal blog, and this T-Shirt Bracelet, by Staci at Crafty Staci, a try.

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Image from Alisa Burke

 

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Image from Crafty Staci

Who doesn’t love a cozy quilt? Make your own T-Shirt Quilt with this pattern by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. Add some matching throw pillows, like these no-sew ones by Kristy at 3 Peppers, and you’ve got some free new bedding!

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Image from C.R.A.F.T.

 

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Image from 3 Peppers

 

Time to clean out your closets, crafters, and get started!

 

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GOODREADS GIVEAWAY: Carnival of Feltmaking

17 Aug

This week our featured Freebie Friday was  A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case from CARNIVAL OF FELTMAKING by Gillian Harris a really useful thing to have in your bag if you’re like me!

Carnival of Felting

Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful felt projects in Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range oftwenty-six brilliant felt accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

Here’s your chance to win a copy of the book over on Goodreads:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Carnival of Feltmaking by Gillian Harris

Carnival of Feltmaking

by Gillian Harris

Giveaway ends August 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Freebie Friday: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case

15 Aug

Are you the kind of person that shoves their stuff into their bag randomly and later regrets it? No, just me? I once threw my spectacles in my overstuffed bag (as a backup! I was wearing contacts!) right next to my keys and have ever since regretted my hasty actions. Why? Well, the left lens on my spectacles now sports a lovely circular scratch from one of the keys on my key-chain.

 Today’s Freebie Friday is a huge help for anyone like me: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case from CARNIVAL OF FELTMAKING by Gillian Harris. I think Gillian had me in mind when she came up with this project. Or at least people like me!

Look how cute and stylish it is:

FELT CASE

  The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

Carnival of Felting

Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful felt projects in Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range oftwenty-six brilliant felt accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring
  • a stunning swirling floral designa luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either
  • a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

Like what you see? Order the book today!

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How-To Tuesday: Gift Card Holder

12 Aug

This How-to Tuesday is a guest post by one of our SMP Crafters! Michelle Cashman is a publicity assistant who has helped Karen on numerous How-to Tuesdays…take it away, Michelle!

Gift cards are lifesavers.  Sure, I always try to look for that perfect gift but sometimes if that alludes me due to time, funds, or a general feeling of “I just don’t know what to get them,” I never feel bad about purchasing a gift card for someone.  It always guarantees that they can get exactly what they want (just so long as they like the store you bought it from).

One thing I do hate about gift cards is the store-branded holders they come with.  I find them ugly and tacky. What if I didn’t want all the other guests knowing I only bought you a $10 Starbucks card for your birthday? So instead of using the designated holder, I whip up my own customized ones in a few minutes using adorable scrapbook paper. They are cheap to make and one piece of standard sized scrapbook paper can make several holders.  The instructions below fit a standard sized gift card.

Supplies
Scrapbook paper, preferably heavy-weight
Ruler
Scissors
Glue or double stick tape
Pencil
Clips (optional)
Stickers, glitter, decorative materials (optional)

1. Using the corner edge of your paper measure a rectangle that is 4 1/2 inches long x 3 1/2 inches wide. Then,  draw a line down the middle of your rectangle (this will be 2 1/4 inches from the outside edge).  You gift card should be able to fit inside of these two rectangles.

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2.  On the right side of the rectangle, draw a line 3/8 inches from the outside edge. Then draw another line 3/8 inches from the bottom edge of the right rectangle. These will form the tabs.

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3. Draw four angled lines on each end of the tabs you just created. You can erase any excess lines you have on the paper.

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4. Cut out the pattern. Be careful not to accidentally cut off the tabs.

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5. Score the paper on the remaining lines. One for each tab and one down the middle, making sure you don’t cut through the paper. (Note: if using a thinner weight paper, you may not have to score the paper as long as you can bend and fold it easily)

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6. Put a thin layer of glue on the outside of each tab.

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7. Fold the left side of the holder over, securing to the tabs.  If necessary, use clips to secure the back of the holder to the tabs while it dries.

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8. When the glue is dry, you can customize the card holder further with stickers, glitter, or whatever your crafty heart desires!

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Now your gift card says more than, “I didn’t have time to buy you an actual gift.”  It will say, “I got you this awesome gift card because you deserve to treat yo’self and because I love you, I took the time to make you the fabulous one-of-a-kind holder because that’s how special you are to me.”

Want to kick this up a notch? Here’s some other awesome DIY gift card tutorials courtesy of Buzzfeed!

Ready to take your gift card to the next level? Buy Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe and give it a go!

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Goodreads Giveaway: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

10 Aug

It’s hard to believe it’s already Sunday! But SMP Craft has just the thing to cure the Monday Eve blues: a giveaway!

On Friday, we shared how to make a pincushion from Susan Briscoe’s 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. If you’ve already finished that project and mastered those blocks you’re ready for the other 128!

130 Mini Quilt Blocks is the perfect book for quilters wanting to learn numerous block patterns. Each block comes with a full cutting list, assembly instructions, and construction diagram. Each chapter also features a small project. In addition to the blocks there is an extremely useful finishing section that shows how to combine different block sizes, add borders, insert batting, and more! 130 Mini Quilt Blocks shows quilters of all abilities how to get the most out of their fabric packs while creating their own unique small-scale projects.

You could win 130 block patterns, but you only have 4 days to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe

130 Mini Quilt Blocks

by Susan Briscoe

Giveaway ends August 14, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Don’t trust Lady Luck? Buy your copy today!

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