Sunday, December 4, 2016

Festive & Fun: The Craftastic Monday Link Party


We're in full swing of the holiday season now that December is here.  Share all your creative projects, festive or otherwise, in an all new Craftastic Link Party below.

Got a crafty shop? Be sure to link up to my weekly Craftastic Mixer over on Facebook.  It's a great way to advertise your holiday deals for FREE!  Crafty Blogs & Giveaways are welcome too.



Last week I shared my festive 3-D Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clip Tutorial:



I also kicked off my Holiday Fabric Bundle Giveaway, where one lucky winner will get all these cute Timeless Treasures prints.  the giveaway ends this Friday, so get those entries in!


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Now let's see some Craftastic Picks..

Sparkle Living shared how to create these amazing poinsettias out of clay:



Sadie Seasongoods turned some old tennis rackets into cute oversizes cross stitch decorations:



Busy Being Jennifer had this cute DIY Christmas sock snowman tutorial:


Vikalpah showed how create shaker holiday cards.  It's like a snow globe in a card!



Happier Than A Pig In Mud made these fun little Christmas tree deviled eggs:


Frugal Foodie Mama got me with two of my favorite things in one recipe: buffalo fried okra.


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to Be Featured Here?  
Remember to link back to the party somewhere.
I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!
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Advertise your blog/shop for FREE:  
Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It's bonus exposure for your crafty site or business every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Friday, December 2, 2016

Timeless Treasures Holiday Fat Quarter Fabric Giveaway


Let's start this December weekend with a fabric giveaway to celebrate the holiday season!

I'm giving away this gorgeous stack of 
holiday fat quarters:



This is 8 awesome fat quarters full of sweet seasonal goodness from Timeless Treasures.  


Use 'em for projects this year, get a jump start for 2017 or give 'em as a gift to a fellow fabric fanatic (or just add them to your eye candy fabric stash).  I'm keeping this giveaway brief so I can get this prize out with enough sewing time before the holidays.  Can you see the sewing possibilities with these?!?  There are penguins, gingerbread men, foxes, Santas, elves AND reindeer!



Holiday Fat Quarter Fabric Giveaway

Good Luck Everyone!!
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tutorial Time: 3-D Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips


Now that December is here, I'm ready to celebrate the holiday season with a month of fun & festive projects.  Today I'm kicking it off with this little tutorial: Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips.

Using just a few basic supplies, you can create this cute ribbon tree that is an adorable addition for hairstyles or can be glued to a brooch pin instead to become a wearable piece of jewelry.



I'd seen pics of these around for sale, but couldn't find any actual tutorials, so I decided to figure it out on my own & share how I made them.

- Spool of each: red and green 3/8inch wide grosgrain ribbon
- 3/8 inch wide brown grosgrain ribbon (9 inches=2 clips)
- Plastic star beads
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Hair clips
- Optional: lighter for sealing cut ribbon edges

I started by cutting ten 2 1/2 inch strips from my red and my green ribbons for each tree.  I ran a lighter along the cut edges of each strip to prevent fraying.  I chose a green ribbon with dots to give the looks of tiny ornaments for my trees:



I started by putting a dab of glue onto the back side of either end of my green ribbon strips and attaching a red strip.  Then I made a little loop and glued those ends together.  I repeated for all the strip pairs.



Next I layered a few loops at the tops, on a slight angle, and glued them together, 4 in one bunch, 3 in the next, then 2, leaving 1 loop alone:



Then I glued the layers together to create my little trees:



I had these little plastic stars in my bead stash that were the perfect size for the tree toppers, but unfortunately they were clear:



so I grabbed some silver acrylic paint I had knocking about and gave them a little makeover and when they were dry I glued them to the tops of my trees.



For the clips, I cut a piece of brown grosgrain 4 1/2 inches long, sealed the ends.  To wrap the clip, I put a line of glue along an inch and opened the clip and stuck it to the underside of the clip's top half (I missed taking a pic of this bit, so this is a substitute of how to get started that used some red ribbon):



Then I added some glue to the top, end and around the base to wrap the ribbon all the way around. 



The brown gives the perfect tree trunk base:



Then I added some glue to the top of the clip and attached the ribbon tree:


And these sweet trees were ready to wear!  Fun to make & a thrifty holiday accessory too:)


I've got more ribbon-related hair goodies coming up this month, 
so stay tuned!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hello December, Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday Crafty Friends!  With Thanksgiving now over, it's time for the festive winter season, so let's bring on all things celebrating winter, Christmas, Hanukkah & the New Year (and of course anything else crafty you've been creating!).

Also, if you have a crafty shop, be sure to link up to my
Craftastic Mixer over on Facebook this week.  It's a great way 
to advertise your Cyber Monday deals for FREE!


Last week I shared my Faux Fur Lined Muff Tutorial for keeping hands warm this winter:

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Now let's see some Craftastic Picks..

Cut Off in The Keweenaw shared how to create these fluffy yarn Christmas trees.  So easy & cute:


The Scrap Shoppe made these gorgeous vintage-look ornaments & shared exactly how to make them:


Atta Girl Says made this cute red door ornament in just a few minutes (and shares how you can too):


RavenWould showed how create a burlap cornucopia from scratch:


The Organized Dream made this rustic chic Pottery Barn inspired twig star tree topper:


Frau Tschi-Tschi created a cute chalkboard house Advent village:


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to Be Featured Here?  
Remember to link back to the party somewhere.
I can't feature your link if you don't share the party in some way.

I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   
Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to giveaways, shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post (not the main page of your blog).  Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post or blog somewhere.  Party pages are fine.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Advertise your blog/shop for FREE:  
Join in the Craftastic Facebook Mixer!

Give your YOUR site/Facebook page a little boost. Crafty blogs AND shops are welcome.  It takes just seconds and gives you a chance to get more page likes & followers.  It's a great way to discover new sites to love too.  You can even add crafty giveaways 


How It Works:
Head over to the Craftastic Mixer post on Sew Can Do's FB page.  Instead of a specific post, share your main blog, crafty shop or Facebook page link in the comments there.  It's bonus exposure for your crafty site or business every week!  Click HERE to go link up now!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Warm for Winter: Faux Fur Lined Muff Tutorial


With chilly weather upon us, what better way to stay warm, than with a classic look from the winters of past eras: A Faux Fur Lined Muff!

Muffs are such a nice, warm and toasty alternative to mittens.


Added bonus - they're a lot harder to lose than gloves or mittens thanks to being a single piece and having a handy neck strap (which is a way to show off even more of the little deer print cuteness too):


I used some cute reindeer print cotton for my decorative outer fabric and ultra soft faux fur to coordinate.  The cuddly faux fur not only looks pretty trimming up the ends, but it continues its coziness inside as a full lining.  There's also a insulated batting interior between them that means the muff isn't just for looks.  It keeps hands as warm as thick gloves, only now with a retro feminine style:  


The nice thing about this wearable is it doesn't require a lot of fabric either, so there's plenty to use on other winter projects like stockings, gift bags or quilts.  A big thanks to Kawaii Fabric for providing me with the cotton reindeer Christmas fabric.  They have loads of high quality festive prints over there, so whether you like classic, retro, rustic, modern or kawaii (aka cute), they'll have the holiday season fabric you want!    


~~How To Make A Fur Lined Muff~~

Materials:
- Cotton fabric (I used Cozy Christmas Reindeer
- Faux Fur 
- Insulated batting
- Ruler, rotary cutter/shears, pins, iron, hand sewing needle

Mine is child-sized at 9 inches in circumference and 11 inches wide when finished.  If you want adult sized, just add a few inches to the width and height. 

Cut the following pieces:

- From the cotton, cut a rectangle 8 inches wide by 13 inches high and two vertical strips that are 2 inches wide by 13 inches high.

- From the faux fur, cut a rectangle 14 inches wide by 13 inches high.


Cut a piece of insulated batting to the same dimensions as the outer fabric as well.  This is usually available in the stabilizer section.  It's polyester batting that is needle punched with mylar, which makes it great for retaining heat:


Place the insulated batting behind the wrong side of the outer fabric.  I find that the texture of the batting clings to cotton well enough not to need to baste them together:


With right sides facing, stitch together one short end of each of the neck strap pieces with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I made sure to have the direction of the print going downward on both, so one side of the strap wouldn't look upside down when done:


Fold the strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing, and press, then open and fold each raw edge inward and press (as you would make double fold bias tape):


Edge stitch down the open side to finish the neck strap:


Find the midpoint of the fabric and baste the raw edges of the neck strap to either raw edge at the middle of either side:


With right sides facing (and fur nap direction going downward), clip, then stitch together the length sides of the outer fabric to the length sides of the faux fur, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Now a long tube has been created:


This is what it will look like turned right side out:


To do the seam turning into a cylinder: with the muff wrong side out, match up the raw edges of the faux fur and outer fabric and clip/pin together to form a short tube like this:


Stitch all the way around, but leave a several inch gap on the outer fabric bit for turning.  Turn right side out when done.


Then slipstitch the opening closed and the muff is done.


Now this cozy muff is ready to keep hands warm:



It's a perfect companion to the new Veruca Faux Fur coat I recently got for my little lady too. In case you're wondering, it's from Mini Boden's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl collection.  We're huge fans, so it only seemed right to make a cute fur muff to go with it!





I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received fabric from Kawaii Fabric, to review & use as I desired.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.   For my complete disclosure policy, click here. 

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