Freebie Friday: Stencil It!

22 Aug

For this Freebie Friday we decided to mix it up a bit. Instead of a pattern or project download, we’ve given you some FREE TIPS on using paint and a stencil brush from Stencil It so you can get started on your next design project immediately!

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There are lots of ways to customize your home: paint, new furniture, fancy home decor items from those fancy catalogs you never seem to ask for…but by far, one of the most expressive—and least expensive—is stenciling. Did you know stencils have been used for centuries to decorate interiors? It has come a long way these past few centuries! Helen Morris, founder of The Stencil Library, has kept stenciling a popular craft by developing numerous designs, styles, and techniques. (She’s even stenciled on glass, mirror, concrete, and even plaster.) Stencil It shows 101 ways to stencil in your home. From lamp shades to walls and even furniture, you’ll learn how to achieve new decorative schemes by using various configurations and color combinations to create a range of dramatically different looks. Stencil It comes with 15 specially-designed stencils to help you turn your entire home into a blank canvas.

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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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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:

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  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.

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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.

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Freebie Friday: Pincushion

8 Aug

Happy Friday, Crafters!

Confession: I have been keeping my sewing needles in a Ziploc bag buried in my top drawer. Most—if not all—of you are shaking your heads at me and saying, “But needles are sharp and plastic bags are weak! It’s only a matter of time before the needles puncture the bag and fall out.” And you are correct, folks. That is exactly what happened. With numerous needles mixed in with my hair accessories I decided it was time to invest in a pincushion. But why buy when you can DIY?!

Today’s FREE PROJECT is a quilted pin cushion from Susan Briscoe’s 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. Along with the project’s instructions, we’ve included the pattern for a Cake Stand quilt block AND instructions on adding borders. 3 for 1—Freebie (Threebie?) Day has never looked this good!

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130 Mini Quilt Blocks is perfect for today’s quilter looking to make small projects with widely-available fabric packs. This is an extensive collection of mini blocks designed to take advantage of the assortments 130 minilike Fat Quarters, Jelly Rolls, Cake Layers, and Charm Packs that quilters love. The blocks, made to be mixed and matched, showcase a range of styles including Amish, retro, stars, Japanese-inspired taupe blocks, Baltimore albums, contemporary Japanese prints, and American country classics—like log cabins and simple strip designs.

Each block comes with a full cutting list, assembly instructions, and construction diagram, plus each chapter features a small project. A comprehensive techniques section covers all the skills required. A useful finishing section, showing how to combine different block sizes, add borders, insert batting, and more guarantees a professional-looking result. 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.

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Goodreads Giveaway: 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza

3 Aug

On Friday, SMP Craft showcased our newest star: Melvin the Musical Monster and offered him as a free pattern download.

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We discovered Melvin in 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza. He was hanging out with gorgeous scarves, beautiful sweaters, a purse, socks, elegant shawls… and urged us to check out his colorful world.

And so we did.

10 Secrets includes a bevy of exciting patterns aimed at knitters from beginners to experienced, and encourages us to relax and have fun, to see that knitting can be as much about process as about the finished product.

It didn’t take much time to convince us that every knitter needs to relax and have more fun and so we’ve decided to spread the good word with a Goodreads Giveaway of 10 Secrets. But, as we all know, all things, even good ones, eventually come to an end. This giveaway ends August 7, so if you don’t want to miss out on the chance to win a free copy of 10 Secrets, enter now!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters by Vicki Stiefel

10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters

by Vicki Stiefel

Giveaway ends August 07, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Patience not one of your virtues? Don’t fret. Purchase it this instant.

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