Wedding Guest Book Quilt

Remember when guest books at weddings used to be simple things?  There was a book and a pen with a feather on it.  Or not.  But it wasn’t complicated.  These days, there’s a little pressure to have something unique and creative for guests to sign when they arrive.  We went through LOTS of different ideas before finally landing on the one that appeared at my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding.

Guest book table with quilt sign - Crafty Staci

We cut 9” squares from home décor fabric (so it would be a little sturdier than quilting cotton) and provided fine-tip permanent markers for guests to write with.  Guests got pretty creative with it, with a few following the chevron pattern with their writing.  It gave them plenty of space to leave advice, notes and good wishes.  The plan was to sew the squares together after the wedding to make a quilt.

Guest book pens - Crafty Staci

We happened to find a quilt in the perfect colors to use as the table cover – no I didn’t make it.  Because we wanted to save it from any stray ink, and to give guests a hard, flat surface to write on, my husband cut a piece of wood to lay across the front.

Guest book quilt - Crafty Staci

Rather than stack the squares up somewhere, we wanted to display them during the event, so we hung jute cord behind the table and decorated some clothespins with washi tape.

Hanging quilt squares - Crafty Staci

We had the escort cards for seating right next to the guest book table to make it easier for guests and my lovely nieces and my nephew’s girlfriend who served as our guest book attendants.

Escort cards - Crafty Staci

We didn’t really have a plan for what we were going to do with gifts until a couple of days before the wedding.  It turns out a picnic table works beautifully to display the gifts at different heights.

Gift table - Crafty Staci

Back to the guest book table – my big project was the sign.  I cross stitched the words onto burlap in an embroidery hoop using this free software.  Then I added a layer of batting behind the burlap and stitched together some felt squares and cut it to fit the embroidery hoop.  I glued that to cover the back, since it could be seen from some angles.  I added a few twisted rosettes, which I learned how to make here, and found a picture frame easel to hold it.

Please Sign Our Guest Quilt Cross Stitch - Crafty Staci

You might be wondering at this point how that quilt is coming along.  Well, the mistake we made was not letting guests know that they needed to stay away from the edge of the fabric while they were writing on it.  After the wedding we realized that much of the writing would be hidden, even with the tiniest of seam allowances.  All was not lost though, as I just finished putting all the squares into a memory book where the bride and groom can still read them and remember everyone who shared their amazing day.

My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!

Fleece Ice Scraper Mitt

We have had a serious lack of winter weather this year.  My husband and I were at the beach last week, and it was mostly sunny and in the mid to high 50s.  What?  I shouldn’t be complaining, but this is January in Oregon and it just isn’t right.  I don’t really like to be cold, but I do like to look at it through the windows of my nice, warm house.  I probably won’t even get to use my toasty new ice scrapper mitt this year.

Fleece Ice Scraper Mitt by Crafty Staci

Enough of my whining.  I’m sure there are many of you out there who can use one of these this year and they’re easy to make, so let’s get started.  You’ll need some fleece, an ice scraper (I bought mine at the dollar store), this pattern and some heavy craft floss.

Ice Scraper Mitt supplies - Crafty Staci

Cut two on the fold, as indicated on the top of the pattern.

Pattern pieces for ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

Fold each piece with the right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the bottom edge.

Bottom seam on ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

Turn right side out and roll the seam between your fingers to flatten it out.  Top stitch 1/4” from the seam.

Topstitching on ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

Pin the two pieces together with the outsides facing each other – in my case that’s Woody and Buzz.  Make sure you use lots of pins to keep all four layers together.  My stitching didn’t catch one layer on my first try, and removing stitches from fleece is no fun at all.  Stitch down both sides, leaving the top folds and the bottom seam open.

Side seams stitched on ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

Turn right side out.  Clip the seam at each bottom corner so it pokes out less. 

Ice scraper mitt turned right side out - Crafty Staci

Insert the handle of your ice scraper into the hole at the top.  You can use it this way, if you don’t mind having to put it together every time you want to use it. 

Ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

I wanted the mitt and scraper attached to each other.  Mark the spot on the scraper where it’s inserted into the mitt as far as it will go.  The shape of your scraper will be a factor in where your holes will have to go.  Try to find flat spots that are about 1/4 – 1/2” from the top edge of the mitt.  Drill holes.

Drilling holes for ice scraper mitt - Crafty Staci

Insert the scraper back into the mitt and sew through the holes using heavy craft floss, catching both sides of the mitt each time.  A large needle is helpful here.

Stitching scraper to mitt - Crafty Staci

Knot the thread under the fleece.  The nice thing about these large stitches is that if the plastic scraper happens to break, you can just clip them and install a new one.

Stitches attaching mitt and scraper - Crafty Staci

Now you can just reach inside, grab the handle and rid your window of all that ice while your hand stays warm and dry.

Ice scraper handle inside mitt - Crafty Staci

If you’re concerned at about this fitting large hands, I had my son try it on and he has some GIANT paws.  He had no trouble getting it on, and his hand fit completely inside.

Ice Scraper Mitt fits guy hands too - Crafty Staci

Bring on the cold!

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks

I love giving a little something handmade with something store bought.  It makes it just a little more personal and special.  I don’t know how many coffee cup sleeves I’ve given along with a coffee shop gift card or travel cup.  So many, in fact, I think just about everyone I know has one and it’s time for something new.  These bookmarks can be made from fabric scraps, take no time at all and would be great paired with a book or bookstore gift card.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 1

I made about two dozen of these, just using pieces of fabric from my scrap box.  You need two 4” by 4” pieces of iron-on interfacing and three 4” by 4” squares of fabric.  Cut one of the interfacing squares in half diagonally and save one half for your next bookmark.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 2

Iron the triangle of interfacing onto the fabric you want for the corner.  Iron the square of interfacing onto the piece you want to face the front behind the corner.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 3

Fold the fabric with the triangle in half diagonally, where the interfacing edge is, and press.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 4

Lay the square with interfacing on it face up.  Add the triangle on top in the upper right corner.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 5

Lay the other square on top, face down.  Pin.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 6

Stitch around the outer edge with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 1 – 1 1/2” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 7

Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 8

Stitch all the way around, close to the outer edge.

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 9

Slide a gift card inside or slip it onto a book.  This would also make a great little gift all by itself!

Quick Fabric Corner Bookmarks - Crafty Staci 10

Giveaway Day Winner

Congratulations to my Giveaway Day winner – Sandra!  Here’s her favorite holiday gift:

“This year I made quilted Christmas postcards instead of regular cards. The recipients were really thrilled with them. One niece wants to learn to make them as gifts next year. Love to share ideas with loving family.”

How much do we all wish we knew Sandra right now?  What a great Christmas card idea! 

Sandra’s prize of three Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits is on its way to her today.

December 2014 Giveaway Day prize at Crafty Staci

My deepest thanks to everyone who entered!

December 2014 Giveaway Day

It’s that time of year again – Sew Mama Sew has organized their semi-annual Giveaway Day!  I don’t often participate in the December party because I’m so busy it’s difficult to come up with something good to give away, but this year I have the perfect thing.

December 2014 Giveaway Day at Crafty Staci

I’ve gathered up three of my most popular DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits and they can be yours!  They make great gifts for people who sew, or stitch them up yourself for those coffee lovers on your list.  When they’re finished, they look a little something like this:

Crafty Staci's DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits

One winner will receive all three kits shown in the photo.  This giveaway will be open until midnight PST on Friday, December 12, 2014.  At that point a winner will be drawn at random and notified via email.  If I’m unable to make contact with that winner by 6 pm PST on Sunday, December 14, 2014 a new winner will be drawn.  This contest is open to international entries.

Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits from Crafty Staci

To enter, just leave a comment here telling me about one of your favorite handmade gifts, given or received.  Be sure to visit Sew Mama Sew to enter all the other great giveaways starting today!

The Bouqs Review and Mason Jar Vase Cover

I received a bouquet free of charge for this review and this post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

As a DIY blogger, I get offers to review items often.  If I feel like it’s a product that’s relevant to what I do here sometimes I accept.  When I was contacted by The Bouqs recently, my first instinct was to say no.  I wasn’t sure if fresh flowers really fit in here, even though I love bouquets and the photos on their website were drool-worthy.  But then I realized I had a project I’d been wanting to make that would pair perfectly with a beautiful bunch of flowers!

The Bouqs and Fabric Mason Jar Vase Cover by Crafty Staci

Lets start with those flowers.  They offered a list of options I could choose from, and I went with a bouquet called Fortified.  I was very excited to see these in person, but I have to admit, when this box arrived in the condition it did I feared for the delicate cargo inside.

The Bouqs box - Crafty Staci

I’m pretty sure it was the bat in someone’s lunchtime baseball game.  I didn’t need to worry though, because when I opened it up I found these without a bit of damage.

The Bouqs first opened - Crafty Staci

The packaging inside kept the contents from feeling any of the roughness that the poor box had been through.  They were secure and well-wrapped.  They even had this goopy gel on the ends, which I can only assume kept them hydrated.  It did its job well.

Gel on flower stems - Crafty Staci

I was prepared to be critical of these roses because I wanted to make sure this was an impartial review and not pull any punches.  But these roses were (and still are) GORGEOUS.  Everyone who has seen them so far has commented on how beautiful they are.  I would order them again in a heartbeat, with my own money, which I did for my grandmother’s birthday.  If I had one complaint about the roses, it would be that they arrived a day early and had it been for a special event that could have been disappointing.  However, they did deliver Grandma’s sunflowers on her birthday as I requested and sent my confirmation the moment she received them. 

I’ve had these roses for eight days now, they’ve opened perfectly, and not a single petal has dropped.  I haven’t changed the water or clipped the stems since the day they arrived.  The Bouqs will get my business again.

Roses from The Bouqs - Crafty Staci

How about that container?  I was trying to think of a way I could use fabric to change up a vase for different seasons, so I came up with this cover that slips over a 1/2 gallon mason jar.  And it’s reversible!

Fabric Mason Jar Vase Cover by Crafty Staci

To make this you’ll need two rectangles of fabric that are 17 by 12” (I used a fall fabric for Thanksgiving and a snowflake for Christmas) and two strips that are 1 1/2” wide by 42” (or the width of the fabric). 

Fabric to cut - Crafty Staci

Fold the two long edges into the middle on one of the strips.  I recommend a bias tape tool for this.

Making bias tape - Crafty Staci

Unfold the short ends and fold each to the inside 1/4”, then refold.  Fold the entire length in half with the raw edges to the inside and press.  Stitch close to the folded edges.  Fold the tie you’ve made in half and stitch close to the fold to hold.  Repeat to make the second tie.

Ties - Crafty Staci

Bundle up most of the tie and secure it with a pin or tying.  This will keep it from accidentally getting sewn into the wrong seam.  Place the tie fold you stitched even with the 12” edge of the fabric rectangle, 2” from the top.  Make sure your pin head is on the outside.

Pinning the tie - Crafty Staci

Fold the rectangle in half, lining up the 12” edges.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, backstitching over the tie.  Repeat for second rectangle.

First seam - Crafty Staci

Press the seam open and center it in the back.  Stitch across the bottom, leaving 2” open on one of the rectangles.

Second seam - Crafty Staci

Flatten the corners with the bottom seam centered, as shown.  Stitch across the corner 1 1/2” from the tip.  Trim off the corner.

Boxing the corners - Crafty Staci

Turn one right side out and stuff it inside the other.  Match the seams and edges.  Pin in place.

Upper edge - Crafty Staci

Stitch all the way around the edge.  Turn right side out through the opening at the bottom.  Hand stitch the opening closed.

Turned right side out - Crafty Staci

Push one side back into the other and press the fold at the top.  Stitch close to the fold.

Topstitching - Crafty Staci

Slide a half-gallon mason jar inside and tie the top to use as a vase.

Fabric Mason Jar Vase Cover on jar - Crafty Staci

Or you can use it as a gift bag for a quart-size mason jar full of goodies!

Fabric Gift Bag for Quart Mason Jar - Crafty Staci

Mine is sitting on my table, holding my fiery flowers from The Bouqs!

Beautiful bouquet from The Bouqs - Crafty Staci

Disney Movie Quote Ornaments

I’m just popping in today to tell you about the holiday ornaments I’m sharing over at Undercover Tourist today.

Disney Movie Quote Ornaments - Crafty Staci

Each of the ornaments features a quote from a Disney movie.  They can be printed out on your home printer, and are sewn with straight lines, so they’re really easy.

Disney Movie Ornaments - Crafty Staci

Hop on over to the Undercover Tourist blog for all the details!

Disney Movie Quote Ornaments by Crafty Staci

Felt Camera Ornament

Business in the front:  today is the last day of the Holiday Sale in my Etsy shop – free shipping on any order over $10 within the U.S.!  Enter coupon code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  International customers receive a $4 discount on your order with code WORLD2014. 

And party in the…Christmas tree.  I was playing with some felt recently, and thinking about all the camera fans I’ve met through my shop.  I know I like to have some ornaments on our tree that reflect the interests of the people in my house.  I’ve noticed a couple of camera ornaments in stores, but nothing all that cute, so I thought I’d see if I could come up with something better. 

Felt Camera Ornaments - Crafty Staci

These take a little time with all that stitching, but they aren’t particularly difficult.  In fact, if you don’t mind losing the look of the stitching, you can simply glue everything together!   

To make one of these, you’ll need this pattern, felt in black, white, grey and your choice of color, a button no larger than 1/2”, ten inches of 1/4” wide ribbon and embroidery floss. 

Felt Camera Ornament ingredients - Crafty Staci

Cut two of the camera body pieces, two of the flash (one is shown in the photo below, but you need two) and one of each remaining piece.

Felt Camera Ornament Pieces - Crafty Staci

Stitch the top and bottom pieces (green, in my case) to the top and bottom edge of a body piece.  Stitch only along the inner edge of each, as shown.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 1 - Crafty Staci

Sew the button on with the smallest circle underneath on the left.  Sew the viewfinder on the right.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 2 - Crafty Staci

Sew the white paisley-shaped reflection onto the black circle.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 3 - Crafty Staci

Stitch the black circle onto the grey circle.  While I used white thread for most of the stitching, I did this in black to make the reflection stand out.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 4 - Crafty Staci

Stitch the lens onto the body with a straight or blanket stitch.  I did one of each and I actually like the plainer straight stitch better.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 5 - Crafty Staci

Sew an asterisk shape onto one of the flash pieces.  You might want to draw it onto the felt first.  I didn’t, and it turned out a little wonky.  Stitch the two flash pieces together with white thread.  Make sure the knots are either in between or near the bottom edge.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 6 - Crafty Staci

Pin the ribbon near the edge of the back body, 1” down on each side.  Pin the flash next to the ribbon on the left, 1/4” down.

Felt Camera Ornament  Step 7 - Crafty Staci

Pin the camera on top.

Felt Camera Ornament Step 8 - Crafty Staci

Stitch all the way around the outside edge through all layers.  Make sure to hide your knots between the layers and stitch through the ribbon and flash as you go.

Felt Camera Ornament in Green - Crafty Staci

These would make a great gift for the shutterbug in your life – maybe that’s you!

How to Make Felt Camera Ornaments by Crafty Staci

Black Friday Weekend Sale Preview

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow?  We’re going to celebrate twice.  I’m cooking dinner for my boys on Thursday, then my daughter and son-in-law are joining us for leftovers and some Christmas decorating on Friday.  I’m not sure I warned them about the decorating part, so that might be a little surprise.  They can work on assembling the Lego Christmas village.  That’s less like work and more like play.

After everyone has spent the day with family and friends on Thursday comes Black Friday and the official start of the shopping season.  Like every year, I’m having a four-day long sale in my Etsy shop.  What’s different about this year is that I’m including my custom items!  Here’s the deal:

Black Friday Weekend Sale - Crafty Staci

Shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday with FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10 within the United States using the code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  I haven’t forgotten my international customers, so use the code WORLD2014 for $4 off any order over $10.

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That means you sewists out there, or those of you encouraging others to sew, can get two of my new Coffee Cup Sleeve Sewing Kits for $10 shipped!

Make Your Own Coffee Cup Sleeve Kit - Crafty Staci

The coupon codes will be active at midnight on Thursday through Monday.  Have a great Thanksgiving and happy shopping!