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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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Friday Favorites–Quick Gifts to Make for Kids

Today is the last day to enter to win my Coffee Cup Sleeve Kits for Giveaway Day – click through to leave a comment to enter!

 

We’re getting down to the tinsel-covered wire, but if you’re like me there’s still Christmas making to be done.  Even when I feel like I’m getting an early start it seems like things keep popping up.  If you have little ones left to craft and sew for, I’ve got a few ideas here that can be completed before you can say jingle bells.

Quick Gifts to Make for Kids - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

This Ice Skating Rink from an Altoid Tin by Small World Land is a great idea, and I think the idea she mentions about using tiny photos of your kids would be adorable.

Ice Skating Rink from Altoid Tin from Small World Land

I think the reason this Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun folds open so you can easily see what’s inside, but I think that makes it a great portable play mat as well.

Velcro Kids Activity Bag from Haberdashery Fun

With a little decorating of the cardboard, these Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crates would make a cute gift for a little musician.

Finger Cymbals from Kiwi Crate

These Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations would be fun to make with your kids to give their friends.

Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations

This CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy would be a great activity to keep in the car – providing you don’t have the quick-to-get-carsick kidlets that I did.  What a great way to recycle old cases!

DIY CD Case Labyrinth from The Journals of Giddy Giddy

If you’re looking for a gift for a little DIYer in the making, why not give them a Puppet Making Kit from Childhood 101?

Something about this Mini Foosball Table from U Create just cracks me up.  How fun would this be to make?

Mini Foosball Table from U Create

These Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado can also double as a memory game.  I love that you can store them on a ring to keep them from getting lost.

Felt Flash Cards from Sew Much Ado

These last two projects only qualify as quick if you already have a bit of sewing experience under your belt.  Sew Can She shares the pattern to make this handy Bike Messenger Bag.

Bike Messenger Bag from Sew Can She

This DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After would be fun and cute in a little one’s room.

DIY Bear Rug from We Lived Happily Ever After

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!

Friday Favorites–Gifts for Guys

I’ve been writing Friday Favorites for years now, and some of my most popular collections are the Gifts for Guys.  Take a spin in the Way Back machine to see the 2011, 2012 and 2013 versions.  See, guys aren’t that tough to make stuff for!

Gifts to Make for Guys - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Make a hanging rack from hammers for your guy, like this one from The Family Handyman.  Just make sure you don’t use the good tools – maybe old hammers with broken handles.

Hammer Hanger from Family Handyman

There are all kinds of fun games to be played with these Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue.

Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue

I can only imagine how fantastic this Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family smells.

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family

Add to that these Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew for a fun shaving set.

Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew

My favorite thing about this Dad’s T-shirt from She Knows is that little established year.  It’s a cute touch.

Daddy T-Shirt from She Knows

It would be nice to have a couple of these Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Sets from ManMade around for beer tasting with friends.

Custom Rough Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set from Man Made DIY

If you want to expand that beer theme, try this Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker.

Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker

No matter how hard we try, we always seem to have several remote controls around.  Keep yours confined to one place with this Remote Control Pillow from Make it Handmade.

Remote Control Pillow from Make It Handmade

Bags don’t get much more manly than this Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home.  Unless you rub some dirt on it.

Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home

Cashew are delicious, and bacon is bacon, so what guy wouldn’t love this Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell?

Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell

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). 

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pin the camera on top.

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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

Friday Favorites–Counting Down to Christmas

Most of us are either eating leftovers or standing in Black Friday lines today (or maybe both?).  If you’re shopping at home, remember my Black Friday Weekend Sale starts in my Etsy shop today!  Shop Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday with FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10 within the United States using the code JOLLY2014 at checkout.  For international customers, use the code WORLD2014 for $4 off any order over $10.

Black Friday Weekend Sale - Crafty Staci

I’m part of that crowd that’s putting up Christmas decorations today.  In fact, most years it’s all I can do to wait until Thanksgiving is over, so today is a little victory for me.  I usually blame my hurry on the fact that the Christmas countdown needs to be up before the 1st.  Works every time.

Countdown to Christmas - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Speaking of Legos, skip the expensive, pre-filled advent calendars and make your own Lego Gingerbread Path Countdown with Frugal Fun for Boys.

Lego Gingerbread Path Advent Calendar from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

This Mousetrap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs might be one of the most unique I’ve seen.  It can also double as a card holder!

Mouse Trap Advent Calendar from Fynes Designs

This Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou looks fun to make.  If you wanted to get fancy, you could add some embroidery stitches onto the felt.

Felt Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

It doesn’t get much simpler than this DIY Advent Calendar from Third Floor Design Studio.

Paper Bag Advent from Third Floor Design Studio

These fabric links from Stitch/Craft are so cute, and the daily countdown activity inside each one is a nice touch.

Countdown to Christmas from Stitch Craft

Technically, this project from Skip to my Lou is called Advent Calendar for Boys, but I see no reason why this wouldn’t be great for girls as well.  Just ask my daughter.

Yardstick Advent Calendar from Skip to my Lou

This Paper Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo is a fun way to use some of the pretty paper you find in the craft stores.

Gnome Advent Calendar from Twodaloo

If you have any toilet paper rolls left from those Thanksgiving projects, this DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity would be a great use for them.

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar from Morning Creativity

This Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley is pretty amazing.

Animals in the Forest Advent Calendar from Deli from the Valley

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans – can I get a hallelujah?

Advent Calendar for Seamstresses from 2 Little Hooligans

Book Review: Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics

I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing.  They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own.

If you’re in the market for a unique gift for a friend who sews, or you’re looking for something a little different to try yourself, I have the book for you. 

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Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics by Emiko Takahashi might look a little ordinary at first glance.  It’s filled with 25 basic handbag designs, with variations to bring the impressive total to 60 different options.  The colors used throughout the book are fairly neutral, and the many of the shapes we’ve seen before.  Why is this book so unusual then?  All of the bags are meant to be sewn completely by hand.

Knowing that really changes the way you look at this book.  I’ve been doing a lot of hand embroidery recently, but I’m so tied to my sewing machines that I forget it’s possible to construct something without touching a machine at all.  Somehow, a simple bag is a little more beautiful when you know it was made entirely, and literally, by hand.

The projects are divided into three categories,  and the first is shopping bags.  My favorite here is the Checkout Basket Bag.  What a smart idea!

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The next topic is everyday bags, with a selection of simple bags that could be used in a million different ways.

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The last group is fashion bags.  There are some nice shapes in this section.  And a hand-sewn zipper!

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Following the projects, the book covers the construction techniques, equipment and materials used to make these bags.  Everything is explained in such a way that I wouldn’t be afraid to give this book to even the most novice sewist, with the recommendation that she read through the whole book before starting on her first project.

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The instructions for each project seem very thorough.  There are plenty of illustrations, which is a huge plus for me in both sewing and recipe books.  Apparently I’m more of a show, don’t tell kind of person.

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As I mentioned, I’ve been embroidering like crazy, so I really appreciate that the book doesn’t just say “put this sort of stitch here.”   There are diagrams showing what each stitch looks like and how it’s made so that even someone nervously clutching her first skein of floss knows what to do with it.

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Many of the bags are constructed using basic shapes, but there is a pattern sheet in the back of the book for the more oddly shaped.

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Without a doubt, this is my favorite book I’ve reviewed for Tuttle Publishing so far.  There isn’t a single bag shown that I wouldn’t consider making, and I’m completely in love with the idea of sewing it with nothing but a needle and thread.  Maybe some pretty bag fabric will find its way into my Christmas stocking!

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