Friday, October 24, 2014

Chatterbox Hostess Apron by Design Team Member Staci Wendland

 
My thanks to Craft Warehouse for welcoming me back for a second year on their Design Team!  My name is Staci, and I can usually be found over at my blog, but today I'm here to talk about a fun pattern I recently got to take for a spin.
When I received the three prints from the Windham Fabrics Oh Clementine line by Allison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew, it immediately brightened up my sewing room, even just stacked on my table.  Also included in the box was the Chatterbox Apron Pattern from Mary Mulari Designs.  It had me at "reversible" and "only 2 yards of fabric."  Before I cut into it, I happened to visit Craft Warehouse and saw the apron sewn up and hanging in the fabric section.  I can tell you, the picture on the envelope doesn't quite do it justice.  It's so much cuter in person!


The first thing I noticed when I opened the pattern is that all of the pieces are printed on one heavy sheet of paper.  I had planned to trace the pieces, but after seeing how sturdy the paper was I had no concerns about just cutting them out.  I also didn't need to worry about losing the instructions in the process, because they're printed directly onto one of the big pieces.


Another thing I loved about the pattern was a little prompt to write down when you made the apron and who it was for.  I always intend to do this when I use a pattern, but never remember to.
 
I noticed while cutting this out that the pattern is clearly hand-drawn, rather than rendered digitally.  A designer after my own heart!  I like a simple project, and this one fits right in with its two-yard fabric requirement and six pattern pieces.
To make it even quicker and easier, the designer suggests cutting both sides of the reversible apron at the same time by stacking the two pieces of fabric.  I would have done that, except I was using three fabrics, so both sides wouldn't be exact opposites of each other.  Even so, I had the whole thing cut out in no time.   The only notion required is a piece of Velcro, but I happened to have some who-knows-how-old ric rac in an orangey-red that coordinated with the fabrics perfectly.  

  I stitched it onto the pockets and top of one side before assembling the apron.  You could do the same with ribbon or bias tape.


I didn't notice until it was too late that the daisy print was directional.  This is a pretty common problem for me.  In fact, I have a particularly hilarious pair of pajama shorts.  No worries here though.  My daisies aren't growing, they're cascading.


The instructions are very clear and the pieces all went together smoothly.  This was especially important since the method of assembling this apron was new to me, but very clever.



One bit of advice I can give you, based on mistake number two, is know where all of your straps are when you're top-stitching.  I almost made it through without pulling out the seam ripper.

These three fabrics came together to made this unique pattern even more cheerful.  I actually thought the side with the red trim was going to be my favorite.

But it actually turned out to be the side with the upside-down daisies and the ric rac.  Fun and a little whimsical.

This apron would also make a great hostess gift.  Because it's reversible, I'd love to make it  with a fall or Thanksgiving print on one side and a Christmas print on the other.  Flip it over and you're ready for the next season!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Craft Warehouse Deign Team Member Staci Wendland


Welcome back Staci Wendland, Craft Warehouse Design Team Alumni! Staci is our local seamstress! We love her classic projects that have inspired so many of our customers! Staci's heart for teaching is why we keep asking her back! She has a great way of explaining a project so that anyone - no matter if a beginner or advanced in sewing - could feel confident in trying out her designs. Here's what she has to say about what inspires her to create!



How long have you been crafting? 

I’ve been crafting so long, I don’t remember ever not doing it!  One of my first sewing memories was being allowed to help on a quilt my grandmother had made before she passed away, just after I was born.  My mother and several of my aunts were quilting it on one of those big, wooden frames and they let me quilt a small section.  I was only three or four years old, so my stitches are very wonky, but I felt so grown-up!


 
What inspires you to be creative?


Inspiration is a funny thing.  It has definitely taught me to be more patient and open-minded.  It can come from anywhere, but it will come on its own time, not mine.


 
What Craft Warehouse products do you love to use? 


I'm always a big fan of Craft Warehouse, but with my daughter's recent wedding, I was there A LOT.  We bought jewelry supplies, scrapbook paper, vinyl, paint, mason jars and accessories, frames, fabric, wood, and more.  If you need to know where to find something in that store, I can tell you!
 
 



How can you encourage others reading this column? 

Read the instructions, make sure you're within your current skill level and go for it.  But don't give up if a project fails.  I've had so many things not turn out the way I had hoped, but I have to laugh about it and move on to the next thing.  I usually hang onto those fails because sometimes, down the road, I'm able to turn it into a win.

Join us tomorrow where Staci will be our guest and show off a fun reversible apron tutorial! It is a perfect hostess gift idea right in time for the gift making season!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Paper Mache Cones


Paper Mache Cones are perfect no matter the season! These Christmas cones are perfect for a mantel, holiday craft night, or fun gift! Make them with your girl friends or children! It is fun for the whole family!

Holiday Paper Mache Cones @craftsavvy @sarahowens #craftwarehouse #papermache #cones #christmas #diy

Santa Cone

Supplies:

A small, medium & large paper cone.
Red acrylic paint
Martha Stewart glue & fine red glitter
1 yard 1” black ribbon
1/4 yard 1/2” black ribbon
2 yards of white marabou
2 packs of Darice clear square rhinestones
Tools
Scissors
E-6000 glue & glue gun

Directions:

1. Paint the cones with red acrylic paint.  Set aside and let dry.

2. Once completely dry...take the Martha Stewart glue and apply on cone.  From there, coat in glitter.  Sprinkle off excess.  Set aside and completely dry.

3. Take your black ribbon.  Wrap around the middle of each cone.  Glue the ribbon with E6000.  Let it dry.

4. Place rhinestones on card stock paper in square formation.  Cut paper around the rhinestones to create the buckle.

5. Take white marabou (or a boa) and cut to fit the bottom of the cone.  Use up top!  Glue on and then dry!

Christmas Tree

A small, medium & large paper cone.
Christmas paper with 10-12 sheets of paper
Wood Stars
Gold glitter
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue
Red Acrylic Paint

Directions:

1. Paint the cones with red acrylic paint.  Set aside and let dry.

2. Take the scrapbook paper and cut into strips.(3”long by 1/2” wide for the large cone), (2 1/2” long by 1/2” wide for medium  cones) (and 2” long by 1/3” wide for small cones).

3. Make a loop with the paper strip.  Glue gun.

4. Glue each loop, on to the cones.  Let dry.

5. Coat the wooden start with Martha Stewart glitter glue.  From there, sprinkle gold glitter and shake off excess.

6. Enjoy your new paper holiday tree!

* 50% off Paper Mache Cones until October 27th, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Hoops


Use your favorite fall fabric collection and these simple hoops to make a festive and fun wall decor! Change your look every season quickly and easily! Use Soft and Bright batting to give your fabric some body and the hoop art some depth!


Fall Pumpkin Hoops @crafsavvy #craftwarehouse #pumpkin #embroidery #hoop #dyl #homedecor

Supplies:

•    14” or 18” wooden embroidery hoop
•    Fat quarter of fabric
•    ½ yard of fusible fleece
•    A bag of polyester fleece
•    Iron on word* if you are creating the welcome pumpkin
•    Aleene’s Tacky  Glue
•    Americana Gloss Enamel in complimentary color
•    Twine
•    Masking tape or painters tape
•    Cardboard larger than your hoop (a cereal box is great!)
•    Pen or pencil
•    Embellishments
•    Frixion pen, optional

Directions:

1. Using the Frixion pen, trace the inner hoop onto the fusible fleece.  Center the same hoop on your fat quarter and again with the Frixion pen, trace around it.  Again with the inner hoop, trace it onto the cardboard.  Cut out each.  The marks made by the Frixion pen disappear when you iron on the fleece.

2. Using the tape, securely tape the cardboard to the inner hoop. Set aside.


3. Center the fleece circle on the fat quarter, matching it to the traced mark.  Following the fleece manufacturer’s directions, fuse the circle in place.   Don’t trim the excess fabric.

4. Mound the polyester filling in the center of the cardboard and hoop.  Center the fat quarter/fused fleece circle on top of this mound.  The fused fleece circle keeps the polyester filling from looking lumpy on the outside. (If the entire fat quarter was fused with the fleece, you would find it very difficult to close the hoop.) 

5. Slowly put the outside hoop on, smoothing the edges of fabric and stuffing the little bits of stuffing back inside the inner hoop and pulling the fabric to tighten it.  Every so often you should flip the pumpkin over to make sure you don’t need to add or subtract stuffing in different areas.  Tighten the screw at the top of the hoop to secure it and turn the pumpkin package over.

6. Begin taping the fabric to the cardboard, gently pulling the fabric as you tape.  The entire process feels like you are trying to stuff things in a suitcase and close it!  I don’t think you can over-tape the fabric to the cardboard.  When you are happy with the way it looks on the front and the fabric is securely taped on the back, remove the outer hoop. 

7. Measure 3 lengths of twine or ribbon long enough to go around your pumpkin and allow you to tie a knot to create your pumpkin segments.  Being mindful of any directional design on your fabric, tie each piece of twine in the back to create the pumpkin segments as shown.  Paint the outer hoop or glue ribbon on to it.  When the paint is dry, run a bead of glue along the outside of the smaller hoop (on top of the fabric).  Put the outer hoop back on the pumpkin and tighten the screw. 

8. Add leaves, flowers, etc. to hide the hoop screw.

Note: If you want to create the welcome pumpkin, you will need a word, a fat quarter, ½ yard of fusible fleece and a hoop.  Make sure the word will fit into the size hoop you choose. Fuse the fleece to your fat quarter.  Trace the outer hoop onto the right side of your fabric.  Add 2” all the way around this circle and cut it out.  Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the word onto the right side of your fabric circle. If you plan to paint the outer hoop, now is the time to do that.  Centering the circle in the inner hoop, place the outer hoop on and tighten, pulling the fabric taut as you go.  Tighten the screw as tight as you are able.  Flip the pumpkin over and trim the excess fabric off the back.  Trim the hoop with ribbon, etc.  Cover up the hoop screw as desired with flowers, leaves, ribbons, etc.


* Lowest price of the season 50% off regular prices on Embroidery Hoops, Fabric Tac Adhesive $10.88 (reg $16.99), and Soft and Bright Batting 4 oz $4.88 (reg $6.99), and 30% off Fall, Halloween, and Christmas Bolted Cotton Fabrics on sale until October 27th, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Burlap Fall Leaf Table Runner


There are so many ways to incorporate burlap into your fall decor! A simple burlap runner can do wonders for your table setting. We have also used it on pillows, tied it into wreaths and wrapped it around candles! The possibility are endless! Today I am going to share with you how to create this felt and burlap runner!







This will make 1- 72” or 2 - 36” runners

You will need-

•    14”x72” jute table runner
•    3-6 colors of wool felt, 12”x18” sheets or 1/8 yard of each
•    2 ¼ yards of wool felt for under runner, optional
•    Coordinating embroidery floss, embroidery needle
•    Frixion pen
•    Aleene’s Tacky Glue

1. Cut out the 2 leaves and use as templates.  Trace 12-18 leaves onto each color of felt with the Frixion pen.  (I use Frixion pens for so many sewing and crafting projects.  Write, draw, mark-when you are done,a light touch with your iron over the ink and voila! The marks are gone!!) If you are more comfortable following a line, draw veins on each leaf. 

2. Embroider each leaf-I used a backstitch.* Cut out each leaf.  With your iron on medium heat, iron each leaf to make the pen lines disappear. 
Spritz the table runner or use steam to get the fold lines out of the jute/burlap runner.  If desired, cut the runner in half. 

3. Place the leaves in a pleasing design. Glue in place.  Let dry and enjoy!

4. Place the leaves in a pleasing design.  Do you want to use a centerpiece with this runner?  Be sure to leave room in the middle for it.  Glue in place.  

Let dry and enjoy!

Quick tip: I found it easiest to embroider each leaf and then cut them out.  There is more fabric to hold if you do it this way.

* Get the download printable for this project on our Craft Warehouse website here!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Embossed Santa Card


There is nothing like getting a handmade card! Handmade cards are something different. After all, what makes a more beautiful keepsake than a personalized handmade holiday card? This darling Santa card is a favorite with all our customers! It will be sure to be a favorite with anyone you send it to!

Embossed Santa Card @craftsavvy #craftwarehouse #christmas #holiday #diy #card

Supply List

• PA-White A2 cards and envelopes
• PA- white, red, skintone, and black cardstock
• Darice- Sparkle Christmas pom poms (mixed bag)
• Tape runners and foam tape
• Scissors
• Fiskars- scallop edger scissors
• Wilton/ EK success Mustache/bowtie punch
• Uchida/Marvy- 1” circle punch
• Corner rounder
• Darice-1218-39 snowflakes and flourishes embossing
folder
• Ellison/Sizzix- Texture Boutique embossing machine
• C2F- uniball signo white gel pen
• C2F- micron black pen
• Ranger- distress ink spun sugar
• Darice- foam blending pods
• OPTIONAL- Ranger- Stickels glitter glue-Diamond

Directions

1. Cut skin tone cardstock to 4 1/4” x 2”
    Cut red cardstock to 4 1/4” x 1 1/2”
    Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 2 1/2”
    Cut white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 1” 
    Punch skin tone cardstock with 1” circle punch
    Punch 2 black cardstock with 1” circle punch
    Punch white cardstock with mustache/bow tie punch

2. Use a white 4 1/4” x 1” cardstock strip and use the Fiskars scallop edger to cut a decorative edge along 1long side of this strip- this will be the trim on Santa’s hat.

3. Fit the edged trim white cardstock, the punched out mustache, and the white 4 1/4” x 2 1/2” cardstock into the snowflake embossing folder all at the same time by arranging the pieces so they are not overlapping or hanging out the sides of folder. Then run through the Texture Boutique  to emboss.

4. Use 1 white A2 Card, 1 skin tone 4 1/4” x 2” strip cardstock,and 1 strip of red cardstock 4 1/4” x 1 1/2”. DRY FIT the skin tone strip, the red strip, and the embossed larger strip of
cardstock onto the front of the card before they glue- so they can see how it’s going to come together. Glue the red strip at the top of the card first. Then but the skin tone cardstock right up next to the red cardstock already on card and glue in place. finally layer the larger embossed snowflake white cardstock to bottom of card- this will overlap the skin tone layer a
little.

5. Use the 2 black circle punches, 1 skin tone circle punch and DRY FIT these along with the embossed mustache and hat trim. BEFORE GLUING the face in place- give Santa some color! Use foam blending pod to apply a little pink ink to the apples of his cheeks, and go ahead and dust one edge of the skin tone circle punch out with the pink ink as well. The black circles get adhered with tape runner. Placing them close together helps with the cute factor- wide set eyes will give Santa a
‘crazed’ look. Add the nose and mustache with foam tape.

6. Use tape runner to add embossed trim to hat. This may overlap the eyes slightly.

7. Apply tape runner to the 2nd piece of red cardstock 4 1/4” x 1 1/2 and lay this over the top left corner of card at an angle- this is to be the long pointed end of Santa's hat- so adjust into an elongated triangle. Turn card over and use scissors to cut away the excess red cardstock hanging over the edges.

8. Finish- Glue dot a pom pom to end of stocking hat. Use black micron pen to add lashes, and use white gel pen to add highlights on eyes, and a couple of white freckles in the pink cheeks.

9. OPTIONAL- Add Stickels glitter glue here and there on embossed snowflake areas.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lawn Fawn Sending Hedgehugs Card


There is nothing like getting a handmade card! Handmade cards are something different. After all, what makes a more beautiful keepsake than a personalized handmade holiday card? This darling hedgehog card will make anyone that you send it to smile!

Coloring Technique: Coloring images in with color pencils first- using a medium to heavy pressure and color in small circles. This will lay down your base color- and give a slightly waxy coat. Then use Tombow brush markers in same colors to layer over the top- the marker glides over the waxy build up allowing you to blend the marker with the pencil resulting in a blended finish that has depth. It’s fast, easy, and satisfying!


Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Card @craftsavvy @lawnfawn #craftwarehouse #lawnfawn #card #diy

Supply List

• PA-White A2 cards and envelopes
• PA- light blue cardstock
• PA- medium blue cardstock
• PA white smooth cardstock (for stamping/diecutting)
• tape runner and foam tape
• Scissors
• Darice red/white bakers twine
• EK success heart puffy stickers (or similar)
• We R Quick Stick tool
• We R Evolution die cutting machine
• Lawn Fawn- hedgehugs dies
• Lawn Fawn- hedgehugs stamps/ acrylic handles
• Versafine black ink pad
• color pencils (tan, brown, pink)
• Tombow brush markers (tan, light brown)

Directions

1. Cut light blue textured cardstock to 5” x 3 3/4”

2. Cut medium blue textured cardstock to 5 1/4” x 4”

3. Die Cut snowy hillside with stitched dies. (start with a 5 1/2” x 2” strip of smooth cardstock

4. Use a piece of white cardstock 3” x 2” and stamp the 2 different hedgehogs with black Versafine ink. Then color. First use color pencils (medium-heavy presuure- pushing hard enough in small circles so that you get a sort of waxy build up) color bodies light tan, and the quill area in brown. Can add a little pink on ears/cheeks) Now take similar color tan Tombow brush marker and color over the color pencil in same shade. The marker will blend with the color pencil resulting in a blended finish that looks professional! Repeat with the brown color on the quill area.

5. Next, position the stamped images and dies to be die cut. Use slightly tacky washi tape to secure die in place before die cutting.

6. Use 1 white A2 card, and 1 each of the light and medium blue cardstock and layer to card front using tape runner. Then wrap a double length of red and white bakers twine around card and tie on front. Use scissors to trim ends.

7. Use black Versafine ink to stamp the ‘sending hedgehugs’ to snowy hillside or stamp inside of card
instead. Use tape runner to layer snowy hillside diecut to bottom of card.

8. Finish!- Use foam tape to add stamped, colored, and die cut hedgehogs to card front. Add a mini
heart sticker.

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