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!

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–Valentine Crafts

This isn’t romantic or mushy, but I’m sick.  I’ve been on my couch since last weekend.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is in the hopes you’ll forgive me for the sparse info here today.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to show you the great Valentines crafts out there, but that’s about all I have in me.  While you read this I’ll be taking it easy, watching the blizzard blow in.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines Crafts - Crafty Staci

Wonderland Valentine’s Day Tea Party on Catch my Party

Wonderland Valentines Tea Party on Catch My Party

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels by A Farm Girls Dabbles

Winged-Heart Sachets from Positively Splendid

Winged Heart Sachets by Positively Splendid

Conversation Heart Tree from Amanda Jane Brown

Conversation Heart Tree on Amanda Jane Brown

Victoria’s Secret Bag Heart Banner from R & R Workshop

Victorias Secret Bag Heart Banner on R and R Workshop

Paper Clip Love Birds from The Craft Patch

Paper Clip Love Birds on The Craft Patch

Pink Cinnamon Rolls from Love From the Oven

Pink Cinnamon Rolls on Love From the Oven

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Love Note Valentine Bunting from Lil Luna

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Before I crash again, I just wanted to let you know that my blog anniversary is next week, so be sure to check back to enter my giveaway!

Disney Princess Printable Valentine Cards

It’s been several years since my kids were the age to hand out Valentines to all their friends at school.  I actually remember when it ended.  I was sad I’d lost the excuse to go pick out cute, themed little cards.  Yeah, I could say it was about the kids, but lets be honest – it was fun for me too.  And here’s the proof I never really got over it .

Disney Princess Printable Valentine Cards - Crafty Staci 1

Now, at first glance you may be asking yourself what these are.  It started with Disney princess skirts.  Does that help?  And just in case you’re a little stumped on the who’s-who:

Disney Princess Printable Valentine Cards - Crafty Staci 2

These are simply print, cut and fold, but I glued on a few embellishments and liked those too.

Disney Princess Valentine Cards by Crafty Staci 5

You can find the printable to download and more tips on how I made these over at Undercover Tourist today!

Friday Favorites–Will You Be My Valentine?

Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog?  You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.  That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Now, about those favorites – Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays.  This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.

Friday Favorites - 10 Valentines - Crafty Staci

The Better Martha has some adorable, printable Love Bug mason jar Valentines.  This one just says “boy” to me.

Love Bug Valentines by The Better Martha

There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.

Smarties Valentines by Tip Junkie

Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.

Nacho Average Valentines by Skip to my Lou

These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.

Fortune Cookie Valentines by She Knows

This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.

Bubblegum Valentines by Project Denneler

These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.

Arrow Valentines by Creative Capital B

Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.

Heart Owl by Housing a Forest

I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to.  If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.

Frozen Olaf Valentines by One Creative Mommy

If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.

Sock Monkey Superhero Valentines by Over the Big Moon

You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?

Valentine Pocket by ThermoWeb

Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!

Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month–Heart and Arrow

It’s almost February, which means love is in the air.  We all know someone whose love for coffee lasts all year, so why not give them a gift to encourage that addiction? 

For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to get back to the reversible option that I started out with.  This one looks a little complicated because there are so many corners, but they’re all straight lines, so it’s really just a lot of pivoting.  For you new sewists out there, be sure your needle is down in the fabric when you lift your presser foot to make a corner.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 1

To make this sleeve, you’ll need this pattern, a small piece of interfacing (if you intend to embellish the heart at all), a 3” piece of elastic cord, InsulBrite and two buttons.  Cut one of each pattern piece from fabric, then flip the pattern over to cut the piece for the back.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 2 

Apply the interfacing to the back of the front heart.  Add embroidery, applique, buttons or whatever trim you’d like.  I just embroidered using a font I had on my computer and a back stitch.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 3

Stitch the ends of the arrow to the sides of the heart for the front and back.  Also stitch or tie the two ends of the elastic cord together.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 4

Press the seams away from the hearts.  Using the front side as a pattern, cut a piece of InsulBrite to match.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 5

Layer the pieces with the front section right side up with the elastic centered on the arrow and the loop to the inside.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 6

Lay the back section, right side down over the top, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place. 

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 7

Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam.  Leave one section of the end open for turning.  Clip all the corners.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 8

Turn right side out.  Use a pointy tool to push out all the corners, being careful not to poke through the fabric.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 9

Press, turning in the opening.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Cup Sleeve - Crafty Staci 10

Top stitch around the edge of the entire sleeve and down each side of the heart.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 11

Make a mark 1” from the end of the arrow and centered in the middle.  Stitch the two buttons at that mark, slipping a toothpick under each button.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 12

Ready to give to your Valentine.

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 13

And don’t forget, when they’re tired of that side, there’s another one to use!

Heart and Arrow Coffee Sleeve - Crafty Staci 14

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next Thursday.  I say we start a petition to have it moved to the weekend.  How about the second Saturday in February every year?  Better yet, let’s make it Friday so that the kids who are still allowed to celebrate it at school get the opportunity to do so, then take their little sugar-fueled selves home to their parents for the weekend.  What do you think?  Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?  Speaking of fun…

It’s a little too late to fully utilize all the ideas in the 14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas, but you can still choose a few of your favorites.

14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas

If you want to have a little DIY feel to your valentines, try these S’More Valentine Printables from Domesticated Lady.

Valentine S'mores from Domesticated Lady

This Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo caught my eye because it’s just so pretty.

Valentines Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo

This I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life reminds me of when my kids were little.  They used to say “I love you bigger than the sky” but it sounded like “I love you bigger than this guy.”  Sniff.

I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life

These Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By have convinced me I need to find neon food dye.

Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By

Pizzazzerie shares lots of cute printable Valentines here, but my favorite is the Bee Mine Burt’s Bees.

Valentines Gifts from Pizzazzerie

Playing with Legos while making Valentines with the kids?  I’m in.  Check out these Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe.

Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe

This Candy Pouch Printable from Melissa Esplin is cute, but simple enough you could make enough for a whole class.

Candy Pouch from Melissa Esplin

The heart-shaped eye patch stitched onto these Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag adds the perfect touch.

Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag

I’m not sure I need to say anything about these Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe.  Will you be my Valentine, and will you send me one of these?

Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe

Pizza Box Valentine

The one kid I have still living at home full time is a 17-year-old boy.  All of my cute, girly ideas are completely wasted on him.  He’ll smile and nod, but for the most part I feel like he’s just humoring me.  However, there is one thing that he, like most teenaged boys can’t get enough of – pizza.

Pizza Box Valentine 1

So, obviously, pizza was my inspiration for this Valentine project.  It consists of a printable pizza box that says “I want to give you a Pizza my heart, Valentine” and a felt pizza candy pocket.  Please don’t make me explain my pizza pun, like I had to do for my son.

Pizza Box Valentine 1.5

To make the box, you’ll need this printable.  I printed mine on white cardstock first, then kraft cardstock, which looks more pizza box-ish.  Be sure to figure out which way you need to turn the paper to print the second side with some less expensive paper before you use the cardstock.  When it’s finished, the box measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1”.

Cut around the outside of the box pattern.  Cut in at each of the eight dotted red lines.  Score the remaining lines by holding a ruler next to each and running down it against the paper with something dull.  I used the curved end of a paper clip.  Fold up at each of those lines.

Pizza Box Valentine 2

Apply glue to each of the six tabs on the Pizza printed side of the box.  I used those roll-on sticky glue dots.

Pizza Box Valentine 3

Fold the tabs in and stick them to the inside of the box walls.

Pizza Box Valentine 4

Fold the top closed.  You could stop here and fill it with some candy or a cookie.  But I couldn’t let this go until there was a pizza inside.  A cookie made to look like a pizza would be adorable, by the way.

Pizza Box Valentine 5

I made the pizza using felt, embroidery floss and a few buttons.  You’ll find the shapes I used here.  Cut two crusts, one sauce and one cheese.  I also cut a few olive slices and green pepper bits.  If you don’t have buttons the appropriate color you could also cut those from felt.

Pizza Box Valentine 6

You could glue all the pieces together, but I chose to sew them down with embroidery floss.  I found it was unnecessary to stitch the red because the yellow covered almost all of it.

Pizza Box Valentine 7

Stitch the buttons and remaining pieces on with matching floss and simple stitches.

Pizza Box Valentine 8

Stitch across the top edge – I used a blanket stitch, but a simple straight stitch near the end would work too.

Pizza Box Valentine 9

When you reach the top of the heart on the right, as shown above, stack the second crust under the pizza.  Continue stitching through both crusts until you reach where you started on the front.

Pizza Box Valentine 10

Flip it over and finish stitching just the back crust.

Pizza Box Valentine 11

Fill the heart with candy or other small trinkets.

Pizza Box Valentine 12

Pop it into the box…

Pizza Box Valentine 13

Close it up…

Pizza Box Valentine 14

And give it to your favorite pizza-loving Valentine!

Pizza Box Valentine 15

 

 

 

he 36th AVENUE- A creative DIY blog. Sharing tons of recipes, gift ideas, crafts, home décor and home improvement easy to follow tutorials. Come visit to make the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY on a budget! www.the36thavenue Follow on Pinterest pinterest.com/...#recipes #crafts #decor

Last-Minute Valentines

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Thanks to a pair of early dentist appointments and a full schedule for my husband on Tuesday, we’re celebrating today.  That consists of a trip to Costco, shopping for a television to replace the one that croaked over the weekend and probably lunch somewhere.  Your definition of a romantic date adapts to whatever life circumstances you happen to be in.

Before I go, I thought I’d share a couple of last-minute ideas I found via Pinterest, in case you’re scrambling to find a way to show your affection tomorrow.

Money is always great when you’re short on time, right?  Pretty it up by folding it into an origami heart, as shown on Instructables.

Dollar-Bill-Origami-Heart 

All you need to do is print out these cute Valentines from Pumpkins and Posies and scribble a little note.

6a0128779272da970c0148c728f082970c-450wi

I love this idea so much I can’t stand it, and found it from both Papervine and Craftster.  It’s a little more time consuming, but could still be finished before tomorrow.

Lowri McNabb Cards (2)

2253999244_8a08214708

Maybe the way to your Valentine’s heart is through his or her stomach?  Try these cute kabobs from The Inspired Collection.  They’re really easy, but still look fancy.

SAM_0616 (1)

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day used to require a lot more planning on my part.  The kids were small, so there were school parties and Valentines to make, or at the very least write on.  These days it comes a little more quietly.  The down side is that I kinda miss the experience, but there is a plus.  I actually get to remember that I have a Valentine myself.  We’re celebrating with dentist appointments in the morning and working late to make up the time.  Ahh, being an adult is so romantic.

We may not get much time together on Valentine’s Day, but I could still surprise my sweetheart with this Man Candy Box from Frou Frugal.  Click through and you’ll also find directions for matching duct tape roses.

mancandy1_thumb2

These Heart Envelopes from Forty Weeks may look somewhat ordinary, but they fold out to reveal a heart shape, perfect for a love note.

heart envelope4

These Arrow Cupcake Toppers from The Sweetest Occasion are also cute embellishments for brownies.

valentines-day-brownies

Originally shared as a Christmas craft, I think this DIY Serving Tray from Tutto Bella would be a perfect Valentine addition.

imag0678 (1)

I kind of love anything made from branches, so I this Wreath from Tree Branches from Pretty Handy Girl would be great for my front door.

close_up_wood_heart_wreath

Zakka Life shares a great video showing how to make these Origami Lucky Hearts.

lucky heart necklace

It’s not often you see Strawberry Cocoa, but this version from Babble looks fun and Valentiney.

Maria-and-Josh-1

These Adorable Homemade Valentines from Our Crazy Boys are exactly the kind of thing I miss making.

Valentines

Or these Blast Off Rocket Candy Cards from Family Fun

blast-off-rocket-valentines-day-craft-photo-420-FF0203VALENA07

These Super Valentines from Zakka Life (again!), might push me over the edge.  Somebody is getting a Valentine.

Superhero Valentine 8