5th Anniversary Giveaway–DIY Set

Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci.  If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter.  Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!

My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things.  It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well.  That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric!  I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself.  Shhh.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway fabrics

You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread.  It’s my sewing machines’ favorite.  I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway thread and buttons

Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that. 

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway Wrapping with Fabric book

I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do.  I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store.  I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway checklist

Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something.  I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there.  I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much.  Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Alphabet Block Pincushion

Whew!  Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future.  It can be anything your heart desires.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.  If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).

This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Kitchen Set

Welcome to the second of the three giveaways to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary!

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Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th.  I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today.  I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing.  You really want these – trust me.

Cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing - Crafty Staci

You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project.  This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.

Apron for Craft Warehouse - Crafty Staci

The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon.  To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

All this can be yours!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.

This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

Good luck everybody!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 2

Since I began writing in 2010, I’ve shared 188 of my own tutorials here.  Wait, let me say that again –

188!!!

They account for about a quarter of my posts.  It felt like a shame to only talk about a few of those, so I settled on the top twenty for my anniversary Friday Favorites this year.  Last week I covered 20 – 11, so this week we’re down to the top ten.

10

More Fabric Flowers

This flower came about because I needed one that could be washed without fraying.  And it seemed like I was putting flowers on EVERYTHING for a while there.

10 More Fabric Flowers

9

Passport Wallet

This wallet happened when I was invited to participate in Pocket Week at Always Expect Moore.  It’s seen some action since then, and I’m hoping to take it to new places in the future.

9 Passport Wallet

8

Make Your Own Tags

I went through several methods of making my own tags before I landed on the one I use now.  Besides business purposes, I think they’re a nice way for a gift recipient to remember who a handmade item came from.

8 Make Your Own Tags

7

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have an entire box of these in my Christmas decorations.  I had to stop making them because I ran out of space to put them.  I might have to start slipping them into mailboxes or something.

7 Ribbon Candy Ornaments

6

Felt and Wire Angel

I almost didn’t even bother posting this little angel because I thought it was too simple for anyone to care about.  Lesson learned.

6 Felt and Wire Angel

5

Ninja Monkey Bag

This was one of the first projects where I stepped back when I was done and thought “I just designed a pattern!”

5 Ninja Monkey Bag

4

Fabric Daffodils

I still love these daffodils, but it will forever drive me crazy that I left off one petal.

4 Fabric Daffodils

3

Creamer Bottle Snowman

This chilly guy was the one that made me ask myself if I could share this stuff with others.  I guess you could call him my original muse.

3 Creamer Bottle Snowman

2

Robin Hood Hats

I don’t get to make a lot of things for my son, and he’s not easily impressed, so this hat will forever hold a place in my heart.  I also love how people around the world have adapted it for so many different characters.

2 Robin Hood Hats

1

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

This one is in the number 1 slot by a landslide.  Always.  I’ve made hundreds of these.  No kidding.  Besides selling them on Etsy, everyone I know ends up with one at some point, and I actually have a storage area in my closet just to hold my own collection.

01 Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

Don’t forget to come back on Monday to enter my second Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway, sponsored by Tuttle Publishing and Craft Warehouse!

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!

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Uncommon Goods

As I promised, today is the first of three giveaways happening this month as part of my blog anniversary bash!

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

For this giveaway, I’m partnering with Uncommon Goods.  You may remember them from the amazing glasses they sent me last summer, or their numerous appearances on my annual birthday wish list and in my Friday Favorites.  Browsing their website reminds me of when I was a kid and my sisters and I used to sit and look through catalogs, easily finding something we wanted from each page.  I can tell you from my experience with them, the quality and customer service lives up to their I’ll-take-one-of-everything selection.

Now, about that giveaway.  Uncommon Goods has generously offered to send one reader a gift certificate for $50 to use at their online shop!

5th Anniversary Giveaway - Uncommon Goods

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry:  Leave a comment here telling me which product from Uncommon Goods you might use the gift certificate for.

2nd entry:  Follow Uncommon Goods on Twitter or subscribe to their email, leaving a second comment here telling me you’ve done so.

This giveaway opens on February 16, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Good luck!

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.

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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

11

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!

Friday Favorites–Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the biggest crafting holidays on the calendar.  There are so many ideas out there it feels like floating in a sea of pink and red.  And yet, I seem to usually find myself scrambling at the last minute.  Not this year – welcome to planning ahead (a little) with me!

Be My Valentine - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I don’t so much love the hang-it-on-the-door-and-run suggestion here, but the idea of having Valentine Pennie Pockets, like these from Moda Bake Shop is a winner.

Valentine Pennie Pockets from Moda Bake Shop

Every Day Cheer has a great printable card you can edit to show the number the days that applies in your situation, along with a link to a calculator to help you figure that out.  It’s kinda fun to play with!

Printable Valentine Card from Every Day Cheer

I’m fairly certain I couldn’t make these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts by 1 Fine Cookie quite as pretty as she did, but I’ll best they’d taste good enough to make up for it.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts from 1 Fine Cookie

Even though these are called Man Approved Valentines, from Dating Divas, I know lots of people they would be perfect for who aren’t, myself included!

Man Approved Valentines from The Dating Divas

How fun would Mad Lib Valentines be?  Check out these from Design Mom.

MadLib Valentines from Design Mom

These gumball machine Valentines from Meet the Dubiens are adorable.

Valentine I Chews You from Meet the Dubiens

These Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes could be slid onto all kinds of things.  Click through to see them on breakfast silverware.

Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes

My son’s new favorite movie is definitely Guardians of the Galaxy.  I might have to make him this I am Groot Card from Spellbinders.

I am Groot Card from Spellbinders

Are you looking for a healthier, but still tasty, Valentine this year?  Check out these sweet Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family.

Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day gift, you’ve got to see this Custom Tree Carving Love Quilt from Quiltbarnidaho on Etsy.  Beautiful!

Baby Crib Custom Tree Carving Quilt from Quiiltbarnidaho on Etsy

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!

Book Review: Wrapping with Fabric

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.

I’ve used fabric as gift wrap in the past, but it didn’t match the beauty of the options shown in Wrapping with Fabric:  Your Complete Guide to Furoshiki, the Japanese Art of Wrapping by Etsuko Yamada.  Not only is using fabric to wrap friendly to the environment, but there are more options and wrapping styles than I could have imagined.  Making a furoshiki goes beyond just taking a piece of fabric and wrapping it around an item, but is easy enough that anyone can do it.

Wrapping with Fabric Book Review by Crafty Staci

Following the table of contents is a page showing a small photo of each project in the book.  It’s fun to see everything together like that.

Wrapping with Fabric options - Crafty Staci

You’re greeted with a taste of what types of things can be wrapped with a furoshiki, the shapes that can be used, the fabric options and even decorative ways the top can be finished.

Wrapping with Fabric . Crafty Staci

The most important part of the wrap is the knot or knots.  If not tied correctly it will come undone and ruin the entire furoshiki.  Fortunately, it’s easy to learn and the book illustrates the technique well.

Book Review Wrapping with Fabric - Crafty Staci

Each method of wrapping is covered thoroughly with step-by-step instructions and photos.  The dual sided wrap used makes a lovely knot on top of the Errand Wrapping.

Reviewing Wrapping with Fabric - Crafty Staci

Oddly shaped items are addressed as well, like this Roll Wrapping.

Book Review - Wrapping with Fabric - Crafty Staci

The Bottle Wrapping would be great for gifting a bottle of wine.  The recipient could either send the furoshiki on to the next person, or use it as a small tablecloth.

Review of Wrapping with Fabric by Crafty Staci

I love the idea of the furoshiki bags.  They’re pretty, stylish and functional but can be untied and used in other ways.  I would happily take this Shoulder Bag shopping.

Wrapping with Fabric Book Review - Crafty Staci

I can’t even tell you how many fun wrapping options there are in this book.  A picnic basket that folds out to a little picnic blanket, book covers, bouquet holders and plant wraps.  You can even update your pillows with this Cushion Cover.

Wrapping with Fabric Review by Crafty Staci

There are ten common sizes for furoshiki wraps.  Each is covered here, in addition to the size and fabric type noted at the bottom of each project.

Wrapping with Fabric furoshiki sizes - Crafty Staci

There’s an extensive history of furoshiki, along with a description of how they are used in modern culture.  The lined shopping basket shown here is something just about anyone could use.

Wrapping with Fabric - Reviewed by Crafty Staci

Wrapping with Fabric introduced me to a craft I didn’t even know existed and I’m excited to try it myself.  Tuttle Publishing also wants one of you to experience it, so look for an exciting announcement on February 11th!

Friday Favorites–Stuffed

I don’t know if I’m just noticing them right now, or if there really is an unusual number of stuffed creatures being sewn out there.  I was even in the fabric store the other day when I woman came in with a stuffed bear she had made that was so cute everyone stopped what they were doing to admire it.  So, whether it’s my imagination or everyone else’s, we’re talking stuffed today.

Stuffed - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites 

This Stuffed Fox from Stitched by Crystal looks like it would be pretty easy to make, especially since it’s made from fleece.  I love that he’s wearing a little scarf.

Stuffed Fox from Stitched by Crystal

My son would have loved this Pillow Fight Shield from Busily Spinning Momma.  I’m sure he and his sister would have put its ability to the test.

Me and my Scottish roots think I need this DIY Nessie from We Lived Happily Ever After.

Nessie Pattern by We Lived Happily Ever After

This stuffed ambulance from Ric Rac would be adorable anyway, but the personalized windshield makes it even better.

Personalized Ambulance by Ric Rac

I think this is the third sock-based project I’ve featured from Craft Passion, but this little dragon was just too cute to leave out.

Sock Dragon by Craft Passion

A Stuffed Snail isn’t something you see every day, but Cook Clean Craft made him seem more sweet than slimy.

Stuffed Snail by Cook Clean Craft

This Boom Box Pillow from I’m Feelin’ Crafty actually plays music!

Boombox by I'm Feelin' Crafty

This Stuffed Giraffe pattern from DIYFluffies on Etsy reminds me of one my daughter had when she was little.

Giraffe Plush Toy by DIYFluffies on Etsy

What do you do with a bunch of colorful, orphaned socks?  Make this Mismatched Sock Snake from Grosgrain.

Mismatched Sock Snake by Grosgrain

This Flying Squirrel from Wild Olive looks like a perfect balance between cuteness and mischief.

Flying Squirrel by Wild Olive

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