Fabric Pumpkins

Make your own unique pumpkin patch in an afternoon!

Materials:

  • Fabric (I’m using a piece 14″ by 22″)
  • Natural Jute
  • Poly Pellets
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Poly-Fil (stuffing)
  • Sewing machine, thread, needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

I’m using a piece of fabric 14″ long by 22” wide.  This will make a 6” to 7” tall finished pumpkin.  By changing the size of the fabric, it will change the size and shape of the finished pumpkin!

If you do not have a sewing machine, you can easily make one by just hand stitching!!

Let’s make pumpkins!!  Start folding the fabric in half, right side to right side making your piece 14” long by 11”wide, sew down the 14” side.  Now sew a long gathering stitch across one side which will become the top (stitch by hand or machine).  Cut a piece of jute about 12” long, hand gather the bottom (the end without the gathering stitch).  Wrap and tightly tie the jute around gathered fabric about 2” to 3” in, make a tight knot and cut off extra jute if needed.

Turn your soon to be pumpkin inside out!  Pour in some Poly-Pellets for weight in bottom of pumpkin.  Add some Poly-Fil (stuffing), do not over stuff.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

Start pulling the gathering threads around the top.

With needle and thread stitch top closed.  I like to tuck in the raw edge of the fabric down then stitch closed.

Cut 3 pieces of jute, each about a yard long, holding the 3 pieces make a knot in middle.  Spread out the jute to make 6 strands, place the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin on the knot.  Bring up 2 of the jute pieces that are opposite of each other and tie in a knot on the top center of the pumpkin.  You do not want to make it too tight, you might want to play around with it and see how you like it.  Do this two more times, all the jute will now be tied up.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

This is the top with one pair tied.

I like to make sure that one of the jute ties is over the seem.

Now you have all 6 pieces of jute on the top, make one big knot, nice and tight.  Do not cut the jute yet, we are going to use it to make the stem!

Pull 2 of the jute strings out, and gather up the other 4. Fold down the 4 making it about 2” tall (this is going to be the stem, so make it shorter or tall to what you like), take the other 2 and tie a knot holding the other 4 in place.

Now fold up the tale, tie another knot, cutting the jute so it fit into the loop.

With one of the long jute piece, start wrapping up and then down (I like to end at the bottom) add a touch of hot glue to hold end of jute in place.  Now do the same with the next piece of jute (I like making the bottom of the stem thicker), glue in place when finished.  If you want a thicker stem, wrap more jute.

You are done!

Are you going to make a pumpkin patch!!

This stem I just folded over all 6 and tie a knot, cutting off the extra jute!

How about using ribbon instead of jute, for a different look!

Hope you are inspired to make your own pumpkin patch!

 

Glass Bead Necklace

Shopping in the mall I saw all the fun and colorful jewelry for summer and saw the prices!  I always keep Jo An Fabric and Michaels coupons in my car for these reason, I need to stop and get some glass beads and cord.  Glass beads cost me $3.00 for a bag(a lot of beads!) and leather cord for jewelry $2.00 (it is thin so the beads will fit).

Materials:

Glass beads varies sizes

Leather cord for jewelry, waxed cotton cord, hemp  (bead needs to fit on cord)

Scissors

Directions:

For a finished necklace 32″ to 34″ total length you will at least 3 1/2 yards of cord. The knots take up a lot of cording, so do not cut yourself short by not having enough cord. Cut two pieces of cording the same length (the longer your cording, the longer the finished necklace will be)  cut the cord into two equal pieces (mine are about 62″ each).  Tie the first knot about4” to 6″ down from one end, and slide on your first bead. I like starting with smaller beads, working the larger beads in the center of the necklace.

Now make another simple knot.  If you are using leather cord do not pull super tight when making the knot, the cord will break.

Here is my trick, slide the next bead onto the opposite cord from the first bead (look can you see it!).  Now a knot!

So just check to see which cord the bead ahead is on and use the other cord for next bead.  Keep going….bead – knot.

Keep going until it is the length you want (you will need about 4″ to tie to the other side of necklace).

When your necklace is the length you like, tie the ends (all 4 pieces of cord) together and you necklace is done.  I made two necklaces, one just a little longer than the other.

I love all the different colors, sizes and shapes glass beads have, making this a perfect summer necklace.  I”m making one for all my special girlfriends.

 

Rick Rack Flowers

Can you believe these flowers are made from Rick Rack? They are so easy to make!

Materials:

  • Rick Rack (medium)
  • Matching felt
  • Hot Glue or Liquid Stitch Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothes Pin
  • Optional: Sewing Machine with matching thread

Directions:

To make a 2” flower, cut a 40″ long piece of Rick Rack (I used medium for the white flowers above), fold in half.  Start weaving the two pieces together, use clothes pin to hold the folded end to make it easier to weave.

There are two ways to make these beautiful flowers.  One is to glue and the other is to machine stitch the two pieces of Rick Rack together after woven into one strip.  I would do this if the flowers were going on a t-shirt or tote bag, or anything that would be going through the wash.  This is simple to do, you just sew down the center of the Rick Rack strip.

Or the other way is with glue; hot glue or Liquid Stitch glue (I love this stuff!).  Liquid Stitch is washable, but will take longer to dry than hot glue, so it really depends on what you are going to do the flowers.

Lets start making the flower.  Now that you have your strip 20″, start with the end that is folded and run a little line of glue and start rolling tight to make the center.

Keep wrapping the strip around with a little glue (what ever type you like), it is best to keep the glue on the bottom half of the Rick Rack.  Wrap until you have the size flower you want or you run out of Rick Rack.  When you come close to the end, fold the tail to the back (side that will not be seen) and glue in place.  The top of the flower should look like the one below.

This is the back, with tail glued.  Cut a circle of matching felt and glue to back.

With your fingers, pull back or roll back to outer rows to shape the flowers.  Play around until you get the look you want.

How pretty are these Rick Rack flowers? They are perfect on a headband, clip, tote bag or picture frame.

I used one package of Rick Rack to make all these flowers for about $1.70 (without a coupon) and a frame on sale for $4.00 and used clear adhesive dots to hold the flowers in place. It made a great {and inexpensive}  gift!

These pink flowers I used the jumbo size Rick Rack.  Below I have the medium size white, next to jumbo size pink.

How about putting a magnet on the back? Or a rick rack flower on gift tag or gift bag? These are so versatile!

 

Wine Cork Letter

Recycle all those wine corks into something fun! Have you ever looked at how different and interesting the designs are on wine corks? Show them off by adding them to a letter.

Materials:

  • Old wine corks
  • Glue
  • Wood letter from craft store
  • Cutter board and knife
  • Optional hook for hanging letter and sand paper

Directions:

Gather up all your wine corks.  I like red wine so most of the corks were stained, I found that a light rub with sand paper will take off some color.  I am using a wooden flat letter from Jo Ann Fabrics, cost about $3.   I gave it a quick coat of brown acrylic paint, then a light sanding. First find your favor corks, if it is the saying on it or the picture you will want it showing in the right direction. Map out your design or pattern for the corks.

I cut some of the cork in half, using a sharp knife on a cutting board.  I liked the look and round size helped the corks fit into place. Each letter will be a different cork puzzle to figure out, but it is not hard.

I was very careful to place my corks so writing/design was going in the right direction.  Start gluing, I’m sure hot glue would work but I love Weldbond Glue. It bonds almost everything it drys clear and does not smell like some strong glues, you can find it in craft stores.

When glue is dry, add hook to back for hanging. Just find the center and good to hammer in place.

You know this would make a great message board, just need decorative push pins.

Still have more wine corks?  Take a large clear vase or candle holder, place small clear vase with candle  into the larger vase and add your extra corks.

Who’s ready for a glass of wine?!

Jingle All The Way Holiday Shadowbox Decoration

This adorable decorated shadow box frame is a simple gift that anyone would love or the perfect decoration for your mantel, bookcase or wall.

Materials:

  • Shadow Box Frame (any size)
  • Wrapping Paper or Holiday Card Stock (that will fit into frame)
  • Stickers (any size) to spell out “Jingle All The Way”
  • Jingle Bells that will fit inside the shadow box frame
  • Ribbon
  • scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Large jingle bell for bow

 

Directions:

Remove back of shadox box frame, cut holiday paper or wrapping paper to fit back of frame.  Fill inside of frame with bells (make sure the bells can move around inside), put the frame back on the frame.

Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your frame, and arrange the stickers “Jingle all the Way” on the wax paper.  This way you can see how the letters will fit and look on the out side of the frame.  Now stick the stickers in place on the glass.

Tie matching holiday ribbon around the outer side of frame, making a bow on top and add extra larger bell to bow.

This frame I used a sticker tree for the I in jingle, glued a bow with hanging bells from the top and add snowflakes.

Wooden Clothespin Painted Santa Ornament

A little paint, a little time and you have these adorable Santa ornaments for your tree or gift bags!

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ package of 30 (sold in craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint: red, white, black, flesh tone
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Snow-Tex Glittering Snow (sold in craft stores in with the paints)
  • 20 or 18 gauge wire
  • Star wire garland
  • Clear Gloss Varnish (sealer)
  • Optional: fine sandpaper, old shoe box, toothpick(s), Q-Tip

Directions:

I have found that on old shoe box works great as a drying rack for this project, but totally optional. If find that the wooden pins to be rough, sand with fine sandpaper. Paint the upper ball and part of one side of the front (see picture below),you will need at least 2 coats.  With red paint, paint around the white in front and the back, you will need at least 2 coats. Make a small oval with flesh tone paint on the white side (see picture below).

We are going to make 2 little eyes, I have found that using a toothpick makes this easier than a small brush.  Dip the tip of the toothpick into black paint and make little eyes (try it on scrap paper to check your size). Mix a little red and white to make darker pink for his mouth, and paint just a little oval (see picture).  Now add more white to your pink, making it lighter for his rosy cheeks, I like using a Q-tip to paint on his cheeks.

We are almost finished – let’s add a little personality1 Dip a toothpick into white paint and make a very small dot in each black eye (try it on scrap paper to check your size).  With small thin brush or the tip of the toothpick give Santa 2 eye brows.  Ok he does look just a little funny, but stay with me….

With a Q-Tip or brush add more white paint around his head, making it look like fur? At this point check to size of his painted mouth, if too large paint some white around to make it the size you like.  Load a small paint brush with white and make his mustache, at just two strokes, from the center out left then from the center right. Let dry.

Paint on a coat of gloss varnish (sealer) and let dry.

For Santa’s beard I like using Snow-Tex Glittering Snow. With a paint brush, apply Snow-Tex below his mouth and down.

Cut a piece of wire 20 or 18 gauge about 12″ long, string a small bell on,twist bell in place.  I like to curl wire around paint brush or pencil, then wrap around top twisting wire in place (don’t worry if it looks funny we are going to cover it).  Take a piece of wired star garland about12″ to 18” long and wrap ends to curl around paint brush or pencil, now wrap/twist to top of Santa covering wire.

Santa is ready for the tree or to decorate gift bag. Ho ho ho!

Button Snowman Pin

These cute little snowmen pins are so quick and easy (not to mention a great way to put all those spare buttons to use!).

Materials:

  • 2 buttons- smaller for head, larger for body: buttons with 2 holes
  • 1 small pin back that will fit behind your buttons
  • small strip of fabric or ribbon for scarf
  • Super Glue or any strong holding glue

Directions:

Find the size buttons that work for you – smaller for head and larger for body.  Glue the smaller head button on with the button holes going cross ways, then glue larger button on with the button holes going up/down.  When glue has dried, tie on a fabric or ribbon scarf, and that’s it! Easy-peasy!

What a cute gift for a teacher or friend to get them in the holiday spirit!

 

Halloween Hair Accessories

So cute and easy to make,  these festive hair accessories can slide onto a headband, alligator clip, or any other type of hair clip – the perfect handmade accessory for little ones this Halloween!

Materials for Spider:

  • Halloween hair accessories template {DOWNLOAD PDF HERE}
  • Black Felt
  • Orange ribbon
  • 1/4″ Black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/4″ wooden dowel
  • 2 small eyes
  • Black thread
  • 2 or more sturdy (not plastic) clips or clothes pins
  • hot glue

First we are going to curl the ribbon for the legs. You will need a wooden dowel, I’m using a 1/4″ dowel, the size of the dowel will be the size of your curl.  (You will need to cut your dowel to 12″, to 14″ long) Clip the ribbon to the dowel (any clip that will hold it and can go in oven, so no plastic), and start wrapping the ribbon tight around the dowel.

 

When you are at the end of the dowel or end of ribbon, hold tight in place with another clip.  Preheat oven to 250 and place ribbon wrapped dowels on cookie sheet.  Place in oven for 20 minutes.

After “baking”, let cool and unwrap.  How much fun is this?! Think of the fun you can have just curling ribbon –  next time try a different size ribbon and dowel.

 

Cut your spider pieces out of black felt.  You need 2 heads, 2 bodies, and 1 back.  Stitch the 2 head pieces together with black thread and glue 2 eyes.

Cut your curled ribbon in to 8 legs 1 1/2″ long or longer if you like.  Glue them to the inside of one of the body pieces ( I hot glued them).  Place the other body piece on top and stitch with black thread.

Glue the head to the body and add an orange bow for fun.

 

For the back we are adding a piece of felt that will become the slide  holder for the clips or head band.  First make the 2 cuts (this allows the clip to slide through).  Run your glue (I used hot glue) around the edges, NOT in center.  Place on back of spider.   How about 3 or 4 spiders on one headband…cute!

 

Now, let’s make a pumpkin!

Materials for Pumpkin:

  • Halloween hair accessories template {DOWNLOAD PDF HERE}
  • Orange felt
  • Green ribbon for bow
  • Orange and yellow thread
  • Hot glue

Download and print out pumpkin pattern.  Cut 2 pumpkin shapes and 1 back to make the slide.

With yellow (or any color) stitch pumpkin lines on just one pumpkin shape.

Now place the other pumpkin shape on back and stitch both shapes together with orange thread.

Glue on a bow.  For the back slide, make 2 cuts (marked on pattern) this is where your clip or headband will slide through.  Run glue (I used hot glue) around the outer edge, NOT in center.  Place on the back of your pumpkin.  This would be easy and fun to make in different sizes for a headband.

The slide you made for the back, you can easily slide a headband, bobby pin, or clip.   Have fun with the pumpkins and spiders!

 

 I’m sharing this with Tip Junkie & Happy Hour Projects.

Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet

This updated version is a twist on the classic safety pin bracelet with a variety of decorative beads that really dress up the bracelet and will have everyone in disbelief that it’s made out of safety pins!

It’s easy to customize this bracelet for any occasion; use your favorite color scheme or create a bracelet with school colors, team colors, or holiday colors. They are great as gifts, and would even be a fun activity for slumber parties!

It’s easier than you think to create your own custom jewelry with supplies you probably have laying around the house!

Materials:

  • Safety pins – 1″ (you will need quite a few; I used 84 in my bracelet)
  • Head pins (I used 50)
  • Seed beads
  • Larger beads, any color/shape/size you’d like to embellish your bracelet
  • Elastic beading cord
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

 

Directions:

Slide 2-3 of your decorative beads onto each head pin.

Use needle nosed pliers to twist the end of the head pin into a loop.

Use the pliers to hold the loop you just created, and with another pair of pliers (or your fingers) start wrapping the end of the wire around the wire below the loop (wrap 2-3 times).

If you have extra wire sticking out after wrapping, use the wire cutters to trim it off. Use the pliers to pinch the wire you just cut so that there is not a rough end sticking out.

I made 50 of these using different sizes and colors of beads. These are what will decorate and dress up your bracelet – you can even add charms if you’d like!

Slide seed beads on to safety pins.

Divide your beaded safety pins into two equal groups – set one half aside, and the other half will be used for adding decorative beads in the steps below.

Slide your beaded head pins on to the remaining half of the safety pins. I slid two beaded head pins on some, and just one on others;  this is what sets your bracelet apart and makes it unique – make it your own, have fun, and add beads in any way that you like.

With the pliers, clamp the head of the pin (the part where the pin opens and closes). You want each safety pin to be securely clamped closed, so it will not open up while your wearing it. Some use glue on their safety pins to keep them closed, but I find that clamping it with the pliers is quicker, easier, less messy, and looks better.

Cut two pieces of elastic beading cord, 10″-12″ long each. Make a knot at one end of each cord.

Now,it’s time to string your safety pins: put one of the strings through the head of a pin, and one through the bottom of the pin. For the next pin, reverse it, so that the bottom is facing up and the head is down (of course, make sure that the beaded side of the safety pin is always facing out). Continue stringing your beads, alternating each one – top, bottom, top, bottom, etc.

For my bracelet, I also alternated a pin with just seed beads, then a pin with the extra beads, and so on.

 

Once all of the safety pins have been strung onto the elastic, it’s time to tie off the ends. Before tying it, check to make sure it will be the size you want but carefully wrapping it around your wrist (I like mine to be a little loose like a bracelet, while others prefer it more snug like a cuff).

 

To finish your bracelet, tie the top elastic cord by gently pulling it (not too tight, or it will change the size of the bracelet) and securely knotting it. Do the same with the bottom cord.

Slip it on to make sure it’s the size you want. Cut off any extra cord, and your bracelet is complete!

 

 

Yo-Yo Flowers

These simple, yet adorable flowers have been around for ages, and they have recently come back into style in a big way! They are great accessories, and look cute adorning headbands, bobby pins, alligator clips – even on clothes and bags!

Yo-yo flowers are super quick and easy to make, and they’re a great project for beginners. Try stacking them for a fun look, and get creative by using them  to embellish napkin rings, t-shirts, decorative pillows, picture frames, or gift bags!

Materials:

-Paper (can be scrap paper)

-Pencil

-Needle

-Scissors

-Strong thread

-Fabric

-Button or beads

Optional to create “slide-on” back for the yo-yo flower:

-felt

-fabric glue or hot glue

 

Directions:

Trace a circle on a sheet of paper – this will serve as the pattern template for your yo-yo flower. Any size circle will work, just keep in mind that the pattern circle you make should be at least twice as big as you want the finished yo-yo flower to be. For example, I traced a 5 3/4″ diameter circle for this tutorial, and the finished flower was 2 1/2″ in diameter. If you don’t feel comfortable free hand drawing the circle for the pattern, try tracing something circular onto the paper – soup cans, cup rims, bottles, jars – there are tons of items around the house that can be used!

Cut the circle out.

Trace the paper circle onto the wrong side (the back) of your chosen fabric. Cut the circle out. Hold  fabric face down (wrong side up) and fold back the right side of the fabric, about 1/8″ – 1/4″ folded back (see picture below). Use strong thread to make small gathering stitches (long stitches that aren’t tight), working your way around the circle.

When you’ve stitched around the entire circumference of the circle, pull the gathering stitch you just sewed, which will gather the center of your yo-yo into the middle of the circle.

 

 

 

 

Add a few stitches to secure the yo-yo, and cut your threads. Sew a button (or anything decorative you choose for the center) into the middle (covering up the hole), making sure to sew all the way through the yo-yo to secure everything into place. Congratulations! The flower is complete!

Now you can use it to accessorize anything you choose. You may want to use the yo-yo flower as a hair accessory – keep reading below to learn how to add a “slide-on” to your flower that will allow it to simply slide on to any headband or hair clip, so that you can use your yo-yo in a variety of different looks. By using this easy slide-on, you can change up the way you wear your yo-yo and switch it between any of your hair accessories, without having to permanently attach it to anything!

You’ll need a small rectangular piece of felt (smaller than the yo-yo you plan on attaching to) – for example, for the 2 1/2″ finished yo-yo that I created for this tutorial, I used a 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ rectangle of felt.

Fold the felt rectangle in half lengthwise, and cut two small slits large enough to slide your clips/headbands through – see picture below.

 

 

 

 

With hot glue or fabric glue (my personal favorite is Liquid Stitch), glue around all four sides of the rectangle, but do NOT put any glue in the center. Glue on to the back of your yo-yo flower.

When the glue is fully dry, your flower is ready to slide on to any clip or headband you choose.

 

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