Hot Pad of the Month–February Mug

I love a good series.  There’s something about a set of anything that coordinates that gets my attention.  The Coffee Sleeve of the Month series I finished up last spring was so much fun for me.  It’s generally a healthy obsession…generally.  If, for instance, a fabric pattern comes in twelve colors and I own eleven of them I will never sleep again.  Rather than dwell on my personality disorders, lets talk about the new series I’m starting today!

February Hot Pad of the Month - Mug - Crafty Staci

This idea started, like many of mine do, with a page full of scribbling.  I wanted to make a mug-shaped hot pad, but soon my page was filled with other hot pads using the same shape as the cup, but with entirely different themes.  Then I wrote months next to the seasonal shapes, and pretty soon I had a calendar full – and then some.  I can’t wait to show you all of them, but for now, let’s talk about how to make that mug.

You’ll need this pattern, pieced together using the dotted line to match up the two sides.  You could cut the handle from one side before taping them together so you don’t have to trace it into another piece of paper.  Cut two of the mug and handle from cotton fabric, one of each from Insul-Bright and one of just the mug from cotton or cotton blend batting.  If you’d like the accent strip you’ll need to cut a cotton fabric strip 2” by 8 1/2”.

Mug Hot Pad pieces - Crafty Staci

Fold the long edges of the accent strip under 1/4” on each side and press.  Pin it in place on the front of the mug, 2” from the top edge.  Stitch along both edges.

Attaching accent strip - Crafty Staci

To assemble the handle, layer the pieces with the Insul-Bright first, with the two fabric pieces on top, right sides together.  Stitch around the outer and inner curves, 1/4” from the edge.  Leave the two short edges open.

Sewing the handle - Crafty Staci

Clip the curves.  Pin a safety pin to the seam.  Push the pin into the handle.

Turning handle - Crafty Staci

Lead the pin all the way through and out the other side to turn right side out.

Turned handle - Crafty Staci

Press the seams.  Top stitch close to the seams on both sides.

Finished handle - Crafty Staci

To prepare the mug for stitching, lay the Insul-Bright out with the shinier side up.  Lay the front mug, right side up, over that.  Add the handle, with the loop to the inside and the top 1 1/2” from the top of the mug.

Layering pieces - Crafty Staci

Lay the back, face down, over the top.  Add the batting, and carefully pin all the layers in place.  Stitch around the outside edge, leaving a 3” opening at the bottom.

Stitching outside edge - Crafty Staci

Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press, turning in the opening.  Stitch close to the edge all the way around the mug.

Top stitching outside edge - Crafty Staci

You’ll want to add a bit of quilting to keep the layers from shifting.  I went with lines coming from the top and converging at the bottom center of the mug.  Knowing I couldn’t be consistent without some guidelines, I drew the lines on with a pen that can be erased with a bit of water.

Drawing guidelines for quilting - Crafty Staci

It was just a matter of stitching along those lines.  You could go with straight lines if you’re more comfortable with that.

Quilting lines - Crafty Staci

These are really easy, and would make a fantastic housewarming gift!

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

Are you ready for eleven other variations of this cute hot pad? 

Mug Hot Pad - Crafty Staci

Remember when I told you there will be three giveaways for my 5th anniversary?  These two hot pads will be part of the Kitchen Set Giveaway that begins next Monday, so be sure to come back to enter.  You can still enter the giveaway that started this week for a $50 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 1

About this time every year, I share with you the most popular tutorials from my blog.  I usually confine it to the top ten, but because this is a special, milestone year, I decided to expand it to the top twenty.  That gives a few things a chance to have their moment that don’t ordinarily make it onto the all-time list.  I’m here to try to make the popularity contest a little more inclusive.  Coming next to a high school near you.

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Messenger Bag

I made this bag for my daughter when she bought her first laptop computer.  In an instance of blog vs. real life, I wanted to make it with pretty fabric, but it wouldn’t have suited my Batman-loving girl.

20 Messenger Bag

19

Lined Christmas Stockings

My daughter used this pattern to make a stocking for her new husband last Christmas.  <3

19 Lined Christmas Stockings

18

Glass Block To-Do List

The fact that this one made the list was a bit of a surprise to me, but I guess I really like it too, since it’s still in my kitchen after 4 years.

18 Glass Block To-Do List

17

Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

Since I started selling these in my Etsy shop with the teacher’s name hand embroidered on them, I can tell you exactly what you’ll find me working on every evening before Christmas and near the end of the school year.

17 Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

16

Drawstring Wristlet

I’m going to be perfectly honest here – when I started this wristlet, I didn’t think it was going to turn out well.  I took photos anyway, just in case, but I was winging it and I was intimidated by the fabric.  I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

16 Drawstring Wristlet

15

T-Shirt Bracelet

This bracelet was born out of a legitimate fail.  I tried to make a t-shirt into a summer top and it was wrong in every direction.  Fortunately, I was able to use it in this much more successful project.

15 T-Shirt Bracelet

14

Cross-Body Backpack

I made this backpack to carry my stuff on some land excursions during a family cruise to Mexico a few years ago.  This bag and I drove a dune buggy, rode a horse, toured a tequila distillery and hung out at the beach.  I still have it, and I think it deserves another trip.  You know, for the backpack’s sake.

14 Cross Body Backpack

13

Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

These were really fun to make, and now that I have a vinyl cutting machine they’d be even better.  It might be time to make these again.

13 Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

12

Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

I have to assume this made the list because there are lots of other people out there trying to figure out how to make an infinity scarf on a knitting loom.  They’re probably a little disappointed by what they find here.  That, or everyone is enjoying laughing at my mistake.  I kinda hope it’s that second one.

12 Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

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Stethoscope Cover

This is one of the most controversial projects I’ve shared.  All I have to say about it is that these are allowed in some facilities and not others, so be sure to check before making one for yourself or giving it as a gift.  Goodness.

11 Stethoscope Cover

Look for the top ten next Friday!

Be sure to come back on Monday to enter my first Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway, courtesy of Uncommon Goods!

Craft Remix: Kiss Bags

This month marks the fifth anniversary of my blog.  I have all kinds of fun and exciting events coming up to celebrate, but today I want to talk about a project I did way back in the beginning.  In fact, it was one of the first tutorials I wrote.  Don’t just me too harshly here, but it was this Lip Shaped Bag.

Lip Shaped Bag - Crafty Staci

Gotta love the combination of the dark wood banquet table and flash.  I’m no photographer, but I like to think I’ve improved some since then.  Since this was a project I shared back when I had fewer people reading this than were in the coffee shop I was at this morning, I never felt like this cute little thing got the attention it deserved.

Lip Makeup Bag by Crafty Staci

I was planning to sew this again and take better photos.  But rather than a remake, I decided on more of an inspired-by.  The original was a makeup bag, and now it’s the mama bear in this family.

Set of three Lip Bags by Crafty Staci

I started with the baby version on the right.  It’s just big enough for a tube of lip balm or hand sanitizer. 

Lip Mini Bag Pattern by Crafty Staci

In a first for me, I somehow lost every single photo I took during the process.  I guess the fact that I made it five years before that happened is something to be happy about.  So, since I have two to share here and it will help keep this post from getting too long, I’ve typed up the instructions and included them with the pattern.

Mini Kiss Bag - Crafty Staci

Fortunately, I made the handbag a different day, so all my photos from that one survived.  Hurray!

Kiss Handbag Free Pattern from Crafty Staci

While I made the smaller bags from ordinary cotton, I wanted the handbag to be more durable so it could survive the everyday beating they tend to get.  Not just mine, right?  I happened to have some red duck cloth on hand, but you could also use denim or a heavy home dec fabric.  I kinda wished I had some of that red leather left for this.  You’ll also need fabric for the lining, which can be a little lighter weight.  I used a medium weight home dec.  I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be floppy, so I added a layer of iron-on heavy craft interfacing, but that would be optional and probably unnecessary if your fabric is stiff enough on its own.  The last item on the supply list is a white 9” zipper.

Cut out the pattern and piece it together, matching the dotted lines.  Cut out two of the lip shape from the outer fabric and two from the lining.  Cut one of the zipper facing from the outer fabric and one from the lining.  Cut two of the loop from the outer fabric.

Pieces for Kiss Bag - Crafty Staci

Iron the interfacing to the back of the fabric if you’re using it.  Draw the rectangle shown on the zipper facing onto back of the fabric pieces.

Zipper Facing - Crafty Staci

Pin the zipper facing to the bag with right sides together where it’s shown on the bag pattern.  Stitch around the rectangle you drew on previously.  Do the same with the lining.  Cut along the lines shown on pattern – down the center of the rectangle with a clip to each corner.

Applying zipper facing to kiss bag - Crafty Staci

Turn the facing to the inside and press on both the outside and lining.

Turning facing - Crafty Staci

Lay the lining piece right side down.  Center the zipper over the opening, face up. 

Zipper step one - Crafty Staci

Add the outer piece on top, right side up.  I’m not usually a fan of basting, just because I hate to have to remove it later, but you really want all three layers to stay in place while you’re sewing and this is a little thick for pins.  Some large hand stitches will do the trick.

Zipper step two - Crafty Staci

Stitch around the zipper, close to the fold.  When I flipped mine over a small section of the lining didn’t get caught in the stitching, so I added a second row about 1/8” from the first.  Remove the basting.

Zipper step three - Crafty Staci

Lay the remaining lining piece face up.  Pin the lining piece attached to the zipper on top with right sides together.  Keeping the outer piece out of the way, stitch around the lining pieces with a 3/8” seam.  Clip the corners.  The larger seam is to make sure the lining is a bit smaller and will fit easily inside the bag.

Sewing lining - Crafty Staci

Trim the seam. 

Trimming seam - Crafty Staci

Fold the loop pieces in half and press.  Turn both edges in to meet the fold and press again.  Stitch close to the side with two folds.  Fold with the two raw ends together and stitch very close to that edge to make a loop.

Lay the remaining outer piece face up and pin the outer piece with the zipper attached to it with right sides together.  Slip one loop between the two layers on both sides where the pattern indicates with the raw edges even and the loop to the inside.  Stitch with a 1/4” seam, keeping the lining out of the seam and leaving at least 3” open for turning.  You may want to leave an even larger open if your fabric is very stiff.  Stitch again over the loop ends for reinforcement.

Stitching the outer bag - Crafty Staci

Turn the bag right side out through the opening.  Press, turning the opening in 1/4”. 

Press turning in opening - Crafty Staci

Hand stitch the opening closed.  Use carabineers or jump rings to attach your strap of choice to the loops.

Attaching strap - Crafty Staci

This isn’t a big bag, but it will certainly hold the basic necessities.  You know, like your phone and lipstick.

Kiss Bag from Crafty Staci

Or the baby Kiss Bag.  Nom nom.

Kiss Handbag and Lip Mini Bag - Crafty Staci

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Kiss Handbag by Crafty Staci

It was fun to go back and reimagine something from the early days, so this might not be the last craft remix you see from me!

Friday Favorites–Gold Rush

Oh you guys, I’m so excited about what’s coming up in February!  I’m going to wait until next week to reveal more, but for now I’ll just say that I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of my blog in style.  You’re not going to want to miss this!

Now about those Friday Favorites.  I’ve been so busy planning for next month that I forgot there was one more Friday this month, so I hit up my Facebook buddies for some ideas for what to feature.  Look for glammed-up campers and garden stakes coming to a Friday Favorites near you this spring!  When I started my search for those, I noticed there’s an unusual amount of gold everything out there right now.  I’m usually a silver girl myself, but I have to admit these have me looking for somewhere to add a little gold shimmer to my life.

Gold Rush - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I know, mason jars.  If you’ve had enough feel free to move on to the next item, but if you’re like me take a minute to enjoy these Gold Mason Jars from Mason Jar Craft Love.

Gold Mason Jars by Mason Jar Crafts Love

The shine inside these Gold and White Bowls from Le Zoe Musings is just the perfect amount.

Gold and White Bowls by Le Zoe Musings

Check out the pretty home dec win that Found This Painted That ended up with from a busted bargain globe.

Frankenstein Globe by Found This Painted That

Make the drinks extra-fancy at your next soiree with this Metallic Gold Cocktail Rimming Sugar from dellcovespices on Etsy.

Metallic Gold Cocktail Rimming Sugar by dellcovespices on Etsy

If you’d like to wear the gold trend, but not as jewelry, try these 24K sneakers from Dream a Little Bigger.

24K Sneakers from Dream a Little Bigger

You can even have a little gold in your desserty treats with this spun sugar from Cooking Books.

Homemade Cottton Candy by Cooking Books

Don’t these DIY Gold Magnetic Letters from Inspired by Charm look like something a lot more expensive than painted plastic?

DIY Gold Magnetic Letters by Inspired by Charm

How do you take something from not-gold to gold?  Spray paint, of course.  Chris Loves Julia answers the question of which gold paint is best.

Which Gold Spray Paint is Best by Chris Loves Julia

I love the gold as an accent on this Tape Painting from Maria Teorien.

Tape Painting by Maria Teorien

Who says slime can’t be classy?  Check out this Super Easy Gold Slime Recipe from Fun-a-Day.

Gold Slime by Fun a Day

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!

Friday Favorites – Winter

I don’t think winter gets its due.  It gets all lumped in with Christmas, when really it’s only just getting started by the time the holidays are over.  If we’re going to get freezing weather where I live it’s much more likely to happen in January than before.  Dashing through the snow doesn’t involve reindeer or Santa.  So, I’m here to give winter the moment in the spotlight that it deserves.

Winter Crafts - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let anyone actually use this Indoor Snowball Fight from Sew Can Do inside the house, but it’s so cute and fun I think I could be won over.

Indoor Snowball Fight Set from Sew Can Do

You could certainly use this Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek any time of the year, but am I the only one that gets more reading and hand-crafts done when it’s too cold to go outside?

Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek

Evenings find me under a blanket this time of year.  If I had this Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings I could let someone under there with me.

Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings

Has your family been struck down by The Bug yet?  My husband and I were both knocked flat by it before Thanksgiving and we’re still waiting for the cough to completely disappear.  I’m thinking these Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart School House would still be a good idea, even months later.

Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart Schoolhouse

This Get Well Soon Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy would be a great gift to take to a sick friend.  There’s a little pocket on the side to add some tea and cough drops. 

Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy

I love soup in the winter.  And I love pickles.  I’m intrigued by this Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig.  I’m going to have to make a small batch and try it out.

Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig

I feel about hot apple cider the way some people feel about coffee.  I love the smell, but the taste – nope.  However, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate has me wanting to give it another chance.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate

When I was a kid one of my cousins got married in the winter and the girls had faux fur muffs instead of bouquets.  I thought it was so pretty.  Apparently it’s a trend that has returned and Etsy seller sewudesigns has many to choose from.

Faux Fur Muff from sewudesigns on Etsy

Nothing is worse than trying to keep warm in January with a bitter chill blowing under your door.  Well, nothing except flattened Mickey.  This Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables definitely requires a good sense of humor.

Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables

One of my favorite things about winter is boots, but you can get tired of looking at the same pairs over and over all season.  Dress them up with these DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow.

DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow

Friday Favorites–Quick and Easy Gifts to Make

Let’s face it – if you’re still planning on making Christmas gifts they had better be quick and easy, right?  I think I’m done this year, but I always get sucked back in by some cute last-minute idea.  If that happens to you here today I apologize, and we can exchange hot glue scar stories later.

Quick and Easy Gifts to Make - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Fleece is so easy to work with, but sometimes those knots to finish the edge of a blanket aren’t that comfortable.  Pieces by Polly shares an alternative that’s much smoother and can be used on a single layer of fleece.

Braided Fleece Edge Blanket from Pieces by Polly

Brit and Co offers a little different design to the quick crayon candle.

Color Block Candles from Brit and Co

This one might have caught my attention because as our Christmas gift to each other my husband and I are re-doing our bedroom, which I’m over the moon about.  Our soon-to-be organized closet might need these Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft.

Fabric Covered Hangers from The Sewing Loft

I can imagine how good this Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess must smell.

Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub from A Pumpkin and a Princess

I actually made a couple of these Fabric Tortilla Warmers from The Good Hearted Woman a few months ago.  They’re easy to make and go well with an apron, or in a basket of taco night supplies.

Fabric Tortilla Warmer from The Good Hearted Woman

This Washi Taped Toilet Paper Roll French Knitter from Buzzmills would be fun to make with your kids (or FOR your kids!)

Washi Tape French Knitter from Buzzmills

These Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates look like you took a lot of time to make them.

Cozy DIY Flannel Scarves from Delia Creates

Edible gifts are sometimes the way to go when you need something quick.  This Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker could be made in batches for neighbors or family gifts.

Homemade Spice Cake Mix from I Am Baker

These Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia could also be easily made in bulk.

Cream Cheese Mints from Real Women of Philadelphia

This Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework is pretty simple, but those faces on the marshmallows make it feel a little special.

Snowman Cocoa Gift Set from Reasons to Skip the Housework

Visit me on Monday to see the doozy of a cookie recipe I have to share with you! Smile

Friday Favorites–Leather

Nineteen years ago today, I was in the hospital, ready to bring my little boy into the world.  He wasn’t due for another few days, but my doctor was concerned about his size and wanted to induce me.  When he made his appearance, all 9 pounds and 4 ounces of him, I was thankful I listened to that advice.  He’s no chubby baby anymore, but about six feet tall and all muscle.  He’s also finding some domestic interests, like cooking and leather working, which means there’s a very good chance he’ll be able to survive on his own one of these days.

Leather - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I’ll start off with the project that most reminded me of my son.  He rescued an ax that was about to be thrown away a few years ago and refurbished it back to usable condition.  I could see him taking it one step further and making it this Leather Mask from Survival Sherpa.

Tucker and I just started watching a new show together last night called Forever.  I won’t go into the whole story, but it centers around an immortal medical examiner.  In a recent episode, he pulled out his autopsy tools, which were in a leather roll and included a bowie knife.  I’m pretty sure that was the point my son decided he was hooked.  Now he can make one for himself, thanks to this Leather Tool Roll tutorial from Caila Made.

Ever since he started working with leather, wallets seem to be his thing.  He’s got two in the works right now, with another one to follow.  Maybe when he’s done with those, I’ll start hinting by showing him this wallet pattern from The Art of Manliness.

Leather Wallet by The Art of Manliness

Our house has a half-basement, with a bedroom at the back that used to be my sewing studio.  My son traded with me a few years ago (yay!) and proceeded to pretty much take over the whole basement.  We literally have a man cave.  Maybe I could get him to organize it a little with this Sling Magazine Rack from Design Sponge.

Sling Magazine Rack by Design Sponge

While we’re getting him to clean up, let’s throw in these Folded Leather Baskets from Between the Lines.

Folded Leather Basket by Between the Lines

This Woven Belt Seat from Saved by Love Creations is definitely a project I could see Tucker doing.  And it would coordinate with all of his other leather items he’ll be making!

Woven Belt Seat by Saved by Love Creations

Nieces and nephews are probably a few years away, but when the time comes these DIY Moccasins for Children from A Beautiful Mess will be on his radar.

DIY Moccasins for Children by A Beautiful Mess

I wonder if I could get him to squeeze in a bracelet for me from some of his scraps?  Any one of these Three DIY Leather Bracelets from Lia Griffith would be okay with me.

Three DIY Leather Bracelets by Lia Griffith

While we’re at it, I probably need a matching necklace.  How about this Dragon Tail Necklace from Michele Made Me?  You know, just so he can improve his skills. 

Dragon Tail Necklace by Michele Made Me

I’ll save these beautiful Leather Flowers from Funny Squirrel for somewhere down the road when he’s looking to challenge himself a bit.  And make Mom very happy.

Leather Flowers by Funny Squirrel

Happy birthday to my boy, starting his last year of being a teenager!

Puffy Fabric Flowers

It probably goes without saying, but you know I’m going to say it anyway.  Weddings generally involve a lot of flowers.  Especially outdoor summer weddings.  We had flowers EVERYWHERE.  Real, fabric, burlap, whatever we could turn into a flower-ish shape, we did.  One of my favorites was the cute puffy fabric version we used on the sign I showed you last week.  Fortunately, with a few basic materials, they’re also a breeze to make.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 1

All you need is this pattern, some fabric, a little polyester stuffing and a big button.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 2

Cut out ten petals for each flower you intend to make.  Pin two petals with right sides of the fabric together.  Stitch around the curved edge, 1/4” from the raw edge, leaving the straight edge open.  Repeat for the other four petals.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 3

Turn the petals right side out and press.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 4

Add a small amount of stuffing to the inside of each petal.  You don’t want them stuffed tightly, just enough to give them a little fluff.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 5

Pinch a petal so the seams are touching each other at the bottom.  Using a needle and knotted thread, stitch through both seams. 

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 6

Without knotting or cutting the thread, do the same with the next petal.  Repeat until all five petals are on the thread. 

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 7

Stitch back through the first petal again, creating a loop.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 8

Pull the thread tightly to gather all the petals together.  Knot the thread, but don’t cut it.  Flatten all the raw edges together in the center and stitch through the center a few times to hold them in place.  You really just want to make sure they’ll be under your button.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 9

I really like the look of the split petal version.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 10

Stitch the button to the center.  You could also glue it, but I found stitching it through all the layers added to the dimension of the flower.

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 11

Now you can sew or glue these to whatever needs a little puffy flower perk-up!

Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 12

Friday Favorites–Back to School

I cannot believe it.  After spending 18 years getting kids ready to go back to school in the fall, I’m done.  My youngest starts college near our home next month, but it’s just not the same.  He doesn’t need anything from me, and I’m pretty sure his professors won’t be asking for party parents, or help with classroom projects.  It’s the end of an era, but I’m really okay with it.  I enjoyed all those years, but I’m excited to move on to this next phase of our lives.  And avoid the giant mom-line at Starbucks on Tuesday morning.

Back to School - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Start the new school year off right by getting organized with this School Binder with Printables from Thirty Handmade Days.

School Binder Printables from Thrity Handmade Days

If you or your kids pack their lunch, you know sometimes an ice pack makes it a little more edible come lunchtime.  Make them cute and less drippy with these DIY Ice Pack Covers from Little White Whale.

Ice Pack Covers from Little White Whale

The ruffley girliness of this Bustle Backpack from The Sewing Rabbit is so sweet.

Bustle Backpack from Me Sew Crazy

If you have kids of THAT age, you might have noticed all of the options for interior locker decoration available in the stores these days.  Why not make your own?  Sassy Style has you covered with this set of DIYs.

DIY Locker Accessories from Sassy Style Redesign

How come I never noticed that a Twinkie looks like a pencil before?  Thanks to Club Chica Circle, that’s all I’ll see now.

Back to School Twinkies from Club Chica Circle

This First Day of School Sign from Pinkie for Pink is a great way to remember what your kidlet was like each year.  You know, once they’re almost 19 and in college.  Sniff.

First Day of School DIY Sign from Pinkie for Pink

If I needed a lunchbox to head back to school with, I’d make this Bento Box from Lark Crafts.

Bento Box from Lark Crafts

This Back to School Gift for Teacher from Skip to my Lou is a fantastic idea.  You can write your phone number on the tag so the teacher knows how to contact you if they need help in the classroom. 

Back to School Gift for Teacher from Skip to my Lou

My kids were always big readers.  They got it from me, which means someone was always trying to find a bookmark.  We really could have used these Printable Back to School Bookmarks from Simple as That.

Printable Back to School Bookmarks from Simple As That

I don’t remember daily wardrobe being a huge issue for my kids, except for the phase my son went through where any camo was good and it all matched.  In his head.  These closet dividers from West Side View would have been handy to space out the Army green a bit.

Back to school wardrobe organizer from Authentic Parent

To those of you who are getting back in the swing this week, or have already braved those first few days of school, my thoughts are with you!