Friday Favorites–April Fool’s Day

I thought since April Fool’s Day is coming up next week, it might be fun to round up some ideas for you.  I’m not a big jokester, so I don’t have any in my own bag of tricks, but oh boy are there some creative people out there when it comes to pranks.  I’m pretty sure some of them would make me cry, but if you’re tougher than I am feel free to go check out some of the twisty things people do to each other.  I’m keepin’ it family friendly right here.  No joke.

April Fools Pranks - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Hamburgers for dessert?  That’s just crazy.  Trick your youngsters with these Chilly Cheeseburger Ice Cream Sandwich Sliders from Tablespoon.

Chilly Cheeseburger Ice Cream Sandwich Sliders from Tablespoon

There are no losers when it comes to this Prank Juice from kelleymarie on Instructables.  Funny, and you still get a treat in the end.

Prank Juice from kelleymarie on Instructables

This Portable Milk Splatter from mekoolu, also on Instructables, would probably make the victim’s heart stop for a minute.

Portable Milk Splatter from mekoolu on Instructables

I love that Kitchen Counter Chronicles used a Dr. Seuss book as the inspiration for her low-key pranks.

Who's the Fool from Kitchen Counter Chronicle

These Cookies ‘n Cream Fudge Rocks from Hungry Happenings could make for some funny moments – and they sound delicious.

Edible Fudge Rocks from Hungry Happenings

I gotta tell you, these Dessert Deviled Eggs from Sherrybaby81485 on Instructables sound kind of tropically yummy.  Go ahead, play this trick on me.

Devil Dessert Eggs from Sherrybaby81485 on Instructables

A little frozen milk and cereal and you’re starting April Fools Day off with a bang.  Thanks to Clean and Scentsible for this one.

Easy April Fools Day Breakfast from Clean and Scentisible

I thought the ramen package in this April Fool’s Day Lunch from Foneticlee Speaking was kind of funny.  I could picture my son looking at it and saying “What am I supposed to do with this?”

April Fools Day Lunch from Phonetically Speaking

Okay, I’m drawing the line here.  This is just wrong people.  You do not mess with a person’s chocolate chip cookies.  You just don’t.  Since I know you’re going to anyway, you’ll find the recipe at 4 Jacqs.  I don’t know how you’re going to sleep at night after this though.

April Fools Day Chocolate Chip Cookies from 4 Jacqs

I had to include these printable Silly Tickets from Piikea Street because I thought they were cute.  And harmless.  Unlike tricking someone into thinking you made her favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Silly Tickets from Piikea Street

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

My Huge Bedroom Remodel

My house is old.  I probably shouldn’t say that, because it’s actually a couple of years younger than I am, but I’m not still wearing stuff from the 70’s.  We bought it because it has a phenomenal view and good bones.  It’s been a lot of work, mostly for my industrious husband, but we’ve brought the better part of it into this century.  The most recent transformation was our bedroom.

My Huge Bedroom Remodel - Crafty Staci

Before I give you a tour of what it looks like now, you need to fully appreciate where it started.  When we took our first tour of the house, this room was lemon yellow with a pastel wallpaper border.  There were very dark, sliding, louvered closet doors and carpet that had been subjected to whatever the previous homeowners’ pets wanted to do to it.  At least, I’m assuming it was pets, based on the crazed scratch marks on the inside of the bedroom door.  One wall was covered in wood paneling.

We didn’t make it any better by buying furniture that was way too big for the small room.  I had the wallpaper border down before we moved in, and we threw on some paint (which looks green in most of these photos, but is actually a pretty depressing grey).  We eventually took the closet doors off and pulled up the carpet, but that’s as far as improvements got in that room.  We had an entire house to deal with, and as long as the door closed, it got bumped to the bottom of the list. 

We finally decided last Christmas that updating our bedroom would be our gift to each other.  Our budget was $3500 for the entire room, so Ikea was our friend.  We started gathering supplies like closet organizers and a new bed.  I agonized over paint colors.  We splurged a little on the flooring, choosing a gorgeous Acacia that I love more than I can tell you.  My husband started gutting the room the day after Christmas and was finished with everything by the new year.  Yes, I was amazed too.

You can’t fully understand the differences without seeing them side by side, so here’s a few before-and-afters.  Let’s start with what we were faced with just walking into the room.  That entry had not one, but three doors.  There was the one entering the room, the bathroom door to the right, and a pocket door that slid out just past that.  We really aren’t sure why it was there, but that slider is gone now.  Removing that door and the surrounding unnecessary wall really opened it up and made it feel bigger.

before and after - walking in

The closet.  Oh, the closet.  It was oddly shaped inside, had no sort of organization whatsoever, and was just plain ugly.  Because of the weird interior, my husband was able to bump it back a couple of feet and gain us more floor space. 

before and after - the closet from the doorway

It’s nice to have a full-length mirror in the room without having the entire closet mirrored.  The extra lights he installed above the doors make it so much easier to find what I need inside the closet.

before and after - the closet

I think this photo says it all.

before and after - inside closet

The giant furniture I mentioned?  I was so happy when our Craigslist buyer hauled it away.  We were constantly dodging that footboard, and the two dressers took up most of the room. 

before and after windows and foot of bed

We knew we didn’t want another dresser if we could help it.  Instead, we opted for drawers under the bed and a wall cabinet above.  We didn’t plan the cabinet originally, but I actually love how it fits into the room.  The answer to the question everyone asks is, no, we don’t hit our heads on it getting into bed.

before and after - headboard

There wasn’t much in the room that was salvageable, but we were able to update our early 2000’s blue ceiling fan.  Joel took the blades off and spray painted them tan and we replaced the blue glass with bubbled clear.  I love it now!

refurbished ceiling fan

After Joel had finished the construction and assembly, it was my turn to add some softer touches.  I made the blue quilt you see on our bed in the before pictures, but that wasn’t going to match our new color scheme, and we were ready for something new anyway.  I didn’t want to make a queen-sized quilt again, so we started searching for something ready-made to buy.  We found very few that we liked, and our price range and quality standards were miles apart.  I got out my graph paper and we took a trip to the fabric store. 

I thought it would be interesting to make the quilt from microfiber, or faux suede, but I wasn’t sure if that was even possible.  I contacted GenClare, the quilters I would be sending the quilt to, and they didn’t foresee any issues, so I went with it.  It turned out exactly as I envisioned, and was even better after the quilting was done.  And it can be thrown into the washer and dryer!

Microfiber quilt

In an odd twist, I intended to also make the curtains, but wound up buying them instead.  I should say, I made the curtains, hated them, and found some I loved at Target.  Go figure.  The windows are two different sizes, and odd sizes at that when it comes to curtains, so I bought some that were too long and hemmed them.  Look for a project coming soon using the part I cut off.  And don’t worry about those reject curtains.  With a little reworking, they were perfect for our guest room.

curtains

The last thing I added was these pillows, although we still plan to hang a map somewhere in the room.

Map Pillows - Crafty Staci

I’m sure by now you’re all tired of hearing how amazing I think my husband is, but this was quite a feat, and one he pulled off in a short time but exactly the way we hoped.  Best Christmas present ever!

Friday Favorites–Garden Markers

A while back, on my Facebook page, I asked if there topics anyone would like to see covered in my Friday Favorites.  One of my real-life friends (you might remember Patty from the second red leather jacket repurposing project) mentioned she’d like to see some creative garden markers.  I started searching, and in no time at all I had found LOTS of them.  I thought since today is the first day of spring it was the perfect time to show you what’s out there.  We’ve had such great weather here lately, I’m ready to go plant something!

Garden Markers - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I love everything about these Juice Lid Garden Markers from Still Parenting, right down to the cute ladybug push pins.  How much fun would it be to find all those fruit and veggie photos with the little ones?

Juice Lid Garden Markers from Still Parenting

These DIY Garden Markers from In My Own Style also reuse juice lids, but in a little different way.  I’ll be those little baubles really throw the sparkle when the sun hits them.

DIY Garden Markers from In My Own Style

I love these Rustic French DIY Garden Tags from Studio G, but I’m not sure if I retained enough of my high school French to remember what they all mean.

Rustic French DIY Garden Tags from Studio G

Do you happen to have any paint sticks left over from a project?  You can make these DIY Rainbow Garden Markers from Living Well Spending Less.

Rainbow Garden Markers from Living Well Spending Less

Sometimes garden markers disappear.  Maybe it’s the wind, or an industrious forest animal, but it’s frustrating.  You can prevent that with these Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details.  I mean, we’re not talking bears or anything, right?

Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details

Rocks are another good, solid medium to start with for garden markers.  These Vegetable Garden Rock Signs from Repeat Crafter Me are adorable.

Vegetable Garden Rock Signs from Repeat Crafter Me

These Herb Garden Plant Markers from Creative Cain Cabin retain more of a natural look.

Herb Garden Plant Markers from Creative Cain Cabin

These Wooden Spoon Garden Stakes from Twig and Toadstool would be another fun one to make with kids.

Wooden Spoon Garden Stakes from Twig and Toadstool

Or you can opt for a little more grown-up project – collecting enough wine corks to make these Fork and Cork Plant Markers from Artsy VaVa.

Fork and Cork Plant Markers from Artsy VaVa

Is it just me, or do these Plant Markers from Woo! Jr. look like magic wands?  Does that mean they would magically help my garden grow?

Plant Markers from Woo! Jr.

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

Hot Pad of the Month–March Bunny

Call it what you will – hot pad, mug rug, trivet – but I’m sure you can find a spot in your home for this little guy.  The second in my Hot Pad series, this bunny is easy to make and would make a perfect spring gift.  As I promised, he has the same shape as the Mug Hot Pad from last month.  I thought about calling him March Hare, but seriously, look at that face.  He’s definitely a bunny.

Hot Pad of the Month - March Bunny by Crafty Staci

To make one yourself, you’ll need:

  • this pattern, with the head pieced together
  • 2 heads cut from cotton fabric
  • 1 head cut from InsulBright
  • 1 head cut from cotton or cotton blend batting
  • 1 head cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 outer ears cut from the same fabric as the head
  • 2 outer ears cut from medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 4 inner ears cut from pink cotton fabric
  • craft thread
  • embroidery pattern transfer pen

Supplies to make bunny hot pad - Crafty Staci

Adhere the interfacing to the back of one of the heads and two of the outer ears.  If you’re using different prints, the interfacing goes on the side with the face.

Attaching the interfacing

Trace the face on the paper pattern with the embroidery transfer pen, then iron onto the fabric side of the head with interfacing.  If you want to skip the embroidery, just use a fabric marker and a light source to trace the pattern onto the fabric.

Transfering the embroidery pattern

Use the craft thread to embroider the features.  I added a little pink to the nose, but that part is optional. 

Embroidered bunny face

Pin two of the inner ear pieces with right sides together.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving the bottom open.  Clip the seam at the tip, turn right side out and press.  Repeat with the remaining two pieces.

Bunny's inner ears

Pin the inner ears to the center of the outer ears with the interfacing.  Stitch around the inner ear, close to the edge.

Attaching the inner ears

Pin the remaining outer ears to these, with right sides together.  Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving the bottoms open.  Clip the tip, turn right side out and press.  Topstitch close to the edge.  There’s no need to topstitch the bottom edge, as it won’t be seen.

Finished bunny ears

Lay the InsulBright bunny head down, shiny side up.  Lay the embroidered fabric head, face up, on top.  Add the ears, each 3/4” from the side with the pink side down and the tips facing inward.  After pinning them at the top edge, pin the rest of the ears back with safety pins so they won’t get caught in the side seams.

Pin ears back so they don't get caught in the side seams

Lay the back head over the top of the ears, right side down.  Add the batting on top and pin all the layers together.  Stitch around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom.  Clip the corners, turn right side out, unpin the ears and press, turning in the opening.  Stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

Topstitching the bunny

The reason we didn’t put any batting inside those ears is so that he can either wear them up…

Bunny Mug Rug from Crafty Staci

…or down!

Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ll bet you know someone who wouldn’t mind finding this bunny in her Easter basket!

March Bunny Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

Shopping and To-Do List Printables

I came here today to share some colorful, cheery printables, but I have a bit of breaking news first.  I heard from Mary, the winner of the Uncommon Goods gift certificate in my recent giveaway, and you HAVE to see what she made!  If you’re thinking “Made?  I thought Uncommon Goods sold ready-made items, not supplies,” you would be correct.  However, that didn’t stop Mary, who made some adorable quilts using tea and coffee themed towels.  She was kind enough to send me photos, with her permission to show them to you!

This is the coffee quilt:

Mary's Coffee Quilt

And the tea quilt:

Mary's Tea Quilt

In case you missed those corners, check out the adorable paper-pieced coffee cup:

Mary's Coffee Quilt Corners

And tea cups:

Mary's Tea Quilt Corners

She has one more towel, with a beer theme, that will also become a quilt with mug corners.  I love that a handmade project unexpectedly came out of this giveaway.  My thanks to Mary for letting us see her creative idea!

Back to our regularly scheduled program.  I made some printable to-do and shopping lists a couple of years ago, using this great padding compound from Chica and Jo (no Amazon affiliation here, I just love this product).  I thought it would be a fun thing to include in the giveaway but when I sat down to print them out, I couldn’t do it.  Miss an opportunity to play around and make something new?  Not me!

Free Printables - Craft Room To Do List or Grocery and Menu Pad from Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before (or many times) that I love a list.  I have different sorts all over my house.  I don’t know if I make lists because I can’t remember things, or if I can’t remember things because I’m so used to making lists.  Hmm.

Anyway, I’ll start with the do-to list.  I made it to include in the DIY giveaway set, but I think I might need one of my own.  I used a rainbow of colors, and inspirational words.  You know, to keep you moving when you’re crafting.  You can find the printable here, which consists of 7 sheets, for a total of 28 lists.

Colorful To-Do Lists by Crafty Staci

I used the same technique as before, cutting a piece of medium weight cardboard to fit the size of the pages and clamping it all together with large binder clips.  I slipped a wide popsicle stick under the clips to prevent them from denting the pages. 

How to make a to-do list pad - Crafty Staci

I brushed a heavy coat of padding compound across the top and hung the pad up to dry for about a day.

Allow padding compound to dry for a day - Crafty Staci

I especially love the shopping list.  It was included in the Kitchen Set, but I can’t wait to try it myself for ease of weekly menu planning.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

On each printable page there is a shopping list and a matching menu page.  The file includes 12 pages.

Menu and Matching Shopping List Pad from Crafty Staci

I hope these bright. easy-to-make pads make the beginning of your week a little sunnier!

Friday Favorites–St. Patrick’s Day

I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this, but clearly I was hungry when I compiled this week’s favorites.  It isn’t like I pull these together all at once, but rather I collect them over the course of weeks or sometimes months.  But there must have been something about St. Patrick’s Day that made me want to look at food.  I hope you’ve eaten lately.

St Patrick's Day - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

You often see shamrocks representing St. Patrick’s Day.  There are also plenty of rainbows to go around in March.  However, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the two combined the way they are in these Homemade Rainbow Shamrock Chips from Smart School House.

Homemade Rainbow Shamrock Chips from Smart Schoolhouse

Those little Girl Scouts get my husband every year.  He says it’s the Thin Mints, but who can say no to those sweet little girls?  I’ll have to hang onto this recipe for Chocolate Covered Mint Patties from Mom on Timeout for when his stash in the freezer runs out.

Chocolate Covered Mint Patties from Mom on Timeout

What is it about two little eyes and a smile that makes everything cuter?  Check out this Kanzashi Shamrock Pin from Wild Olive.  No one would pinch you while you’re wearing it.

Kanzashi Shamrock Pin from Wild Olive

I’m kind of loving this bark trend.  It’s so easy, and you can throw just about anything you like in there.  It’s the soup of desserts.  Celebrate St. Paddy’s with this Leprechaun Bark from Paint Chips and Frosting.

Leprechaun Bark from Paint Chips and Frosting

What’s a more appropriate St. Patrick’s Day decoration than a bunch of lucky pennies?  The beauty of these Lucky Penny Letters from Made by Marzipan is that they could be left out all year!

Lucky Penny Letters from Made by Marzipan

This Rainbow Seeds Printable from A Few Short Cuts would be fun for kids to share.  Is it still a rainbow if I only want the red and purple Skittles?  And a few orange ones?

Rainbow Seeds Printable from A Few Short Cuts

I love the surprise inside these Hidden Pot of Gold Brownie Cups from Pizzazzerie.

Hidden Pot of Gold Brownie Cups from Pizzazzerie

These printable St. Patrick’s Day Soda and Beer Labels from Today’s Creative Blog are a fun and easy way to add a little green to your day.

Printable St. Patrick's Day Soda and Beer Labels from Today's Creative Blog

In general, I’m not much of a beer drinker.  Baileys Irish Cream, on the other hand, is one of my favorites.  That said, I think it would be interesting to try these Beer Mug Cupcakes with Baileys Filling from Tablespoon, but substitute the water called for in the recipe with beer.

Beer Mug Cupcakes with Baileys Filling from Tablespoon

This Irish Sewing Blessing Printable from The Inspired Wren is made up, but I love it anyway and need it for my sewing room.

Printable Irish Sewing Prayer from The Inspired Wren

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

5th Anniversary Celebration Wrap-Up

Three giveaways, three new sewing projects and lots of reminiscing filled the last month and helped me start off year six with a bang.  I had so much fun, and I hope you did too.  I’m so grateful for the very sweet, motivating and constructive comments on all of those posts.  You had some fantastic ideas, and I’ll be integrating many them into this space over the next year.  You are amazing.

I’ve already heard back from the winners of each of the giveaways and their prizes are on the way.  Mary won the Uncommon Goods gift certificate, and has plans to use their beer and coffee kitchen towels as center panels in her quilts.  What a great idea!

Coffee Kitchen Towel from Uncommon Goods 

Christi will be receiving the Kitchen Set, which includes the Mug Hot Pads and Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner.  Hopefully it will warm her up over there in North Carolina.  If I could have figured out how to send her a little of the sunshine we’ve been enjoying here lately it would be on its way too.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

The DIY Set, which includes the Alphabet Block Pincushion, will be arriving at Elizabeth’s doorstep in a few days.  You can find her writing about her adventures with her adorable boys over at Elpalchica.  Check out her Batman projects – you know we’re big fans over here!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

I’d also like to send out one last BIG thank you to my giveaway sponsors!

Uncommon Goods

Tuttle Publishing

Craft Warehouse

And also my deepest thanks to all of you who took the time to read and comment.  Here’s to our next 5 years together!  3325582-org [Converted]

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep–Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

This book was provided to me for review by Laurence King Publishing Ltd.  All opinions are my own.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Cut Out and Keep’s Crafty Superstars a couple of years ago.  I was very familiar with their long-running craft community, and it was a huge honor for me.  When I found out they had published Cut Out and Keep – Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Cut Out and Keep Book Review by Crafty Staci

The authors, Kat Morley and Tom Waddington, are the duo behind the website and authors of the book.  They are from Scotland, and had never visited the United States before.  They set aside 8 months and traveled all over the country, visiting all 50 states.  I’m so completely jealous.

Cut Out and Keep Book Intro

Besides the fun travel photos and experiences throughout the book, each state is represented by a craft tutorial.  The flavor of each state is reflected in its project.  One nice consideration by the authors is that many of the same crafting materials are used for multiple projects, so you can make lots of them without buying different supplies.

The book happens to start off in my neighborhood:  the Pacific coast.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Pacific Coast

It’s funny to see a snapshot of your own state through the eyes of newcomers.  I wasn’t surprised to see Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell’s Bookstore make the must-see list, but I liked the fact that the Oregon Caves were mentioned over the usual Multnomah Falls or Crater Lake.

And the Sasquatch Slipper Boots to represent us here in Oregon?  Well, it’s hard to argue with that one.

Cut Out and Keep Book - Oregon

I like the way the project instructions are laid out.  There’s a small photo for each step, making it much easier to understand if you’re a visual person like me.  On a side note, if you hope over to Cut Out and Keep, you’ll find the full instructions for this License Plate Notebook!

Cut Out and Keep - License Plate Notebook

There are a broad range of difficulty levels represented, so there’s something for everyone here.  There are even a few recipes thrown in.

Cut Out and Keep Book Bunting

I was glad to see the projects listed by region in the front of the book, then broken down into project category in the back.  It makes searching very efficient.

Cut Out and Keep Book Project Index

My husband and I are hoping to eventually visit every state ourselves.  We’re up to a little over a third of the way through the list, so we have a good chunk of them left to go.  Reading this book just made me want to reach that goal that much more.  In the meantime, thanks to Cat and Tom, I can craft my way across the country!

Cut Out and Keep Book Back Cover

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I hope you were all able to get your entries in for my anniversary giveaways.  Entries are closed now, and I’ll be notifying the winners today!

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Friday Favorites–Top Ten Friday Favorites

In the last week for me to look inside my blog before heading back out into the wild for my Friday Favorites, I’d like to focus on the top ten collections that have been part of this feature.  While I love everything I include on Fridays, there were a few that all of you out there loved just a little bit more.  If you click on the topic below the number, it will take you to the Friday Favorites collection with that theme, and if you click the photo it will take you to the blog or site that specific project is from.  Enjoy!

10

Owls

There are some crafting trends that you wouldn’t think would last all that long, but seem to anyway.  Chevrons, chalkboards, moustaches and mason jars have been declared dead more times than I can count, and yet they’re still everywhere.  Owls were another on this list that I thought we’d never see the end of.  I’m still wondering.

Felt Owls Brooches from Bugs and Fishes

9

Snowflakes

The only snow we got this year was back in November or so, and it was only a light dusting that lasted all of five minutes.  I know I shouldn’t complain with everyone out east getting bombarded, but I need to see some snowflakes.

8

Valentine’s Day

It’s a little weird to talk about Valentine’s Day so close after it just happened, but this one is on the list.  There’s never any shortage of cute Valentine’s crafts and recipes out there.

Sweet Rose Treat From Craftberry Bush

7

Pinterest Finds

This collection was from the moment when I finally got what Pinterest was all about.  You know, the point at which I lost all my free time.

Fatorzs Kucko - Fecni

6

Halloween Costumes

This is always one of my favorite round-ups to do each year.  There are so many fun costumes out there, and so many cute kidlets wearing them.

TrinitysTutus on Etsy

5

Christmas Treats

I’ve had so many Christmas themed Friday Favorites over the years, I couldn’t really tell you why this one made the list over the others.  It is filled with holiday deliciousness though.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer from Betty Crocker Wannabe

4

For the Car

While there are lots of great ideas in this one, I know exactly why it’s on the list.  The project shown in the photo is one of my busiest pins.

Car Seat Organizer from 8th Day Creations

3

DIY Gifts for Guys

This just goes to show that guys are tough to DIY for, and everyone is looking for ideas to fit them.  Including me.

Pallet Coasters from HowellsProducts on Etsy

2

T-Shirt Refashion and Recycling

I could write a hundred of these collections that focused solely on t-shirts.  This craft staple is always fun to work with.

Long Sleeved Shirt to Short Sleeves from Make It and Love It

1

Fat Quarter Projects

Fat quarters are so easy to find, inexpensive to buy and fun to sew with.  It’s no wonder my most popular Friday Favorites theme would revolve around the many things you can do with them.

Small Treat Totes from All People Quilt

If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, you have until Sunday, March 8th to get in on the Uncommon Goods giveaway, the Kitchen Set giveaway and the DIY giveaway to celebrate 5 years of Crafty Staci!

Alphabet Block Pincushion

I’ve been wanting to make a new pincushion for a few years now.  I know, a basic pincushion is about as simple as it gets, so what was the hold up?  I wanted something different.  Something I hadn’t already seen out there with pins sticking out of it.  I starting thinking about what kinds of shapes would lend themselves to pin stickery, and I’m not sure how I got from there to here, but I’m happy with the results.  Do you want to know how to make one?

Alphabet Block Pincushion by Crafty Staci

You’ll need:

  • 2” square block of foam
  • 6 pieces of wood print fabric cut 2 1/2” square
  • 6 pieces of fusible fleece cut 2 1/4” square
  • 4 pieces of stitch witchery or Wonder Under cut 2 1/2” square
  • 4 pieces of felt 2 1/2” square
  • Craft thread
  • These letters and numbers (the font is Cooper Black)

I tried this first with regular stuffing and ended up with less of a block than a ball, so I switched to foam.  Some foam is springier than others, so you might want to try a pin-stab test before you choose one.

Lightly trace a number onto the front of one fabric square.  Iron a square of fleece onto the back.  Stitch the number on with craft thread, using the embroidery stitch of your choice.  I used a simple back stitch.

Trace the frame and reversed letters onto the paper side of the stitch witchery.  This flat light table my husband gave me for Christmas is AMAZING.  It’s not even a quarter of an inch thick.

Tracing letters on light table - Crafty Staci

Iron the letters onto the felt squares. 

Letters ironed onto felt - Crafty Staci

Cut out the letters and the inside of the frames.  I found it was easier if I cut the inside of the frames first, then the inside of the letters (like the D), then the outside of the letters.

Cut out felt letters - Crafty Staci

Peel off the paper and iron the frames and letters onto four of the remaining fabric squares.

Felt letters ironed onto fabric - Crafty Staci

Add some decorative stitches to the letters to hold them to the fabric.

Number and letters stitched - Crafty Staci

Iron the fusible fleece onto all five remaining fabric pieces (the four with letters and one blank).

Attach fusible fleece - Crafty Staci

Pin the number and one of the letters with right sides together and the tops of the characters pointing the same direction.  Stitch together with a 1/4” seam, beginning and stopping 1/4” from each end.

First seam - Crafty Staci

Do the same with the opposite letter, but with the bottom of the number and top of the letter pointing the same way.  Be sure to continue leaving 1/4” open at both ends of each seam.

Second seam - Crafty Staci

Add the two side letters with the tops of the letters closest to the number.  Add the blank square to the bottom of one of the letters.

All sides sewn on - Crafty Staci

Stitching one seam at a time, pull the sides of two letters together, with right sides facing each other.  Begin the seam where the two previous seams meet at the top (which should be 1/4” from the corner) and end it 1/4” from the bottom. Repeat for all four sides and the top.

Side and top seams sewn - Crafty Staci

Fold the edge of the open flap under 1/4” and press.  Do the same with its matching side on the cube.  This will make it easier at the end when you’ll be hand stitching that seam closed.

Fold edges under - Crafty Staci

Stitch the two sides as you did all the others.

Sewing side seams - Crafty Staci

Carefully clip the corners to reduce bulk.  Turn the cube right side out through the opening.  Push out the corners with something pointy.

Cube turned right side out - Crafty Staci

Compress the foam cube and push it into the opening.  Use your fingers and/or your pointy tool to align the corners and straighten the sides. 

Adding foam cube - Crafty Staci

Pull the two folded edges together and hand stitch closed.

Hand stitching final seam - Crafty Staci

Just add pins, and you’re finished.

Alphabet Block Pincushion from Crafty Staci

I made one of these that has already found its place next to my sewing machine.  The other one is part of the DIY Set I’m giving away on March 9th to one lucky reader.  If you haven’t had a chance to enter, be sure to head over and do it before midnight on March 8th!

Alphabet Block Pincushion - Crafty Staci