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Prim Fur Collars

November 24, 2013

6-fur-collars.jpgOne of the trends that appeared on runways over and over this year is faux fur, in everything from capes and coats to handbags.

I wanted to get in the trend without going fur crazy. I love faux fur, but my aim was to create a project that I could mix and match with existing wardrobe pieces that would also be functional in terms of warding of the cold. And it had to avoid that problem of bulk -- one of my most problematic issues with dressing to stay warm. So I settled on the idea of simple fur collars.

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Don's Magical Fabric Christmas Trees

November 4, 2011

I got so many compliments on the fabric wreaths, that I decided to use a similar concept to make little fabric trees for Christmas.


You will need a pinking shears/pinking rotary cutter, an awl or icepick, Styrofoam cones and some fabric glue for the top. This was an extremely quick project and took less than 30 minutes once I had pulled all my materials together.


For the Green tree:

I began by cutting 2x4 inch squares of fabric. I put them in the tree randomly and was deliberate about where I put them on each row. Once I completed going all the way around the tree, I moved up about a ½ inch and inserted another strip of fabric into the Styrofoam. I pushed the fabric in with the awl (no glue necessary). If the fabric did not stay, I pushed a little more in to hold it in place. I ran into issues at the top of the tree when I pushed too hard and the top break. With a little Arlene's Glue, put it back together and glued the last few pieces at the top together.

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For the Scraps tree:

My mom helped with this one - we took scraps from other projects and then started randomly putting them into the tree. She cut strips of scrap fabrics and I inserted them into the tree, with no rhyme or reason. I started at the bottom of the tree and worked my way up. We used pins when I got to the top - the Styrofoam was weak there and the pins help the fabric in place.

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Other thoughts and suggestions:

You could do an entire tree with pins which might allow you to make color designs with the fabric. I plan on adding a copper star to the top that I will be cutting out of a copper sheet of metal. For those that do not have a space for a large tree, this is a great way to bring a little holiday spirit to your desk or home.

The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 12

November 16, 2010

On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a minky throw that's ultra cozy!

Who doesn't love a cozy throw to curl up with while watching holiday specials on television? This minky throw makes a luxurious gift, and really could not be much easier to make. All you need to make that special someone feel hugged even when you're not there is 3.5 yards of soft, snuggly minky and about 40 minutes to an hour of your time.

I used one of the darling holiday minky prints from Kaufman that we have in stock. So cute for the holidays!

-Once you have your minky in hand, make sure your ends are cut straight across the grain of the fabric.
-Once everything is squared up, simply fold your minky in half, matching up the cut ends.
-Stitch around the three non-fold sides of your minky, leaving 8-10" open for turning. If you really wish to speed up production (great if you have a lot of these to make), I suggest you skip pinning and use binder clips to keep things in place instead. Much faster, and less likely you'll lose one along the way.
-Clip excess fabric from corners to reduce bulk.
-Turn throw right side out. Make sure you get your corners turned so they come to a nice sharp point.
-Top stitch around entire blanket 1/4" from edge, including the folded edge. Close up the opening you used to turn the throw with this top stitch. You may want to once again employ binder clips to ensure that everything stays neat while you top stitch. I find the clips are extra helpful for keeping the folded edge in place, since it tends to want to wiggle around.

Clip your loose threads and call it day - you just marked one more gift off your list!


Worried about working with minky? Be sure to check out our helpful video for tips and tricks!

The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 11

November 15, 2010

** Please welcome our latest contributor, the fabulous Don from HR! Today's post is his handiwork - I just uploaded it for him while we work out some technical difficulties. Hooray for Don!  - Holly  **

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: festive custom stationery!

I settled in with lots of craft supplies, determined to produce some of my own cards to send out via snail mail to my friends this Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had just purchased a set of blank cards from and couldn't wait to see how they turned out. Armed with a set of markers, ink pad, my favorite owl stamp, ribbon and cardstock, I flipped on Wheel of Fortune and got stamping. Surprisingly, my efforts turned out well.


For the owl card, I pulled together all my green and blue markers and started to color. I used an olive green ink for the owl stamp. This makes a great "anytime" card. The hearts on the card could be changed with any color markers or even adding glitter (I was not that ambitious).



For the "you make a difference" card, I rubbed my blue ink pad over one of the cards to create a variance in color, which was shown to me from one of my fellow crafters at work, Michelle. Then, I used crafting glue to adhere my ribbon and card stock to the card. I did use a little too much glue (oops), but my candle sat on top as a weight for the night ensured that the card was good to go this morning.


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For the "Heartfelt Thanks" cards, I plan on using this at Thanksgiving to send out to relatives. I purchased small craft jewels to embellish the stamps that I had purchased online, along with a maroon and brown ink pad. After using the stamps on the card, I attempted to use some glue dots for the jewels, which did not turn out well. I ended up moving to the craft glue to ensure the jewels stick to the stationary. This was the most time consuming part of the card creation. On the bottom of each card, I added a foil leaf that I had saved from last year (my mom is infamous for adding confetti to cards), attached with craft glue.


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For the remember card, I used a tree stamp from my collection, along with some sticker ribbon and a "remember" stamp.  I was attempting to create a more serious card with this endeavor. I accidentally messed up the first time I laid the stamp down with the olive green ink. Instead of tossing the card, I re-stamped it creating a look of multiple trees in the background. I laid the black sticker ribbon in front of the trees, trying to create the illusion of a wrought-iron gate in front of the trees. Finally, I added the "Remember" in black ink.



As always when you are stamping, make sure you clean your stamps between ink changes and after you are completed.




The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 10

November 12, 2010

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... neck wear customized just for me!

If you can tie a knot, you can make an edgy fringe scarf or necklace for the fashion-forward person in your life. These are great projects for kids or teens to make for themselves or as gifts. Low on cost, high on fun.

The first item I made in my knot-stravaganza is a scarf made entirely from recycled tee shirts.

-I took three tees out of my scrap pile, and cut 1" strips across the shirts so they would stretch lengthwise.
-Then I stre-e-e-e-e-e-etched those pieces out so the edges curled in, giving the strips a ropey, corded appearance.
-After stretching, I cut one base strip about 40" long, then the rest of the strips into 7-14 inch pieces (I like variation).
-The next step was to attach all those little pieces to the longer piece. I used a Lark's Head knot (also called a Cow Hitch) to tie my smaller pieces on, but any knot you like will do! I went with a basic repeat of my three colors (I loved you, shirts - thanks for the memories!), but I encourage you to play with color patterns to your heart's content. The fabric has enough tooth that if you tie a nice tight knot, you don't need to do anything special on the ends. I just cut the extra fabric on each end off and tied it into a basic knot, leaving enough length so the "tail" would look like another piece of the fringe.


If you prefer to start with fabric instead of a tee shirt, jersey is an excellent choice.

For my second knot-speriment, I wanted to go a little more elegant. This is a simple necklace (easy to extend in length to become a scarf) made from grosgrain ribbon. It's construction is identical to the scarf above, except I used a basic right-over-left simple knot. The ribbons were cut in 8-10" pieces, with the base piece about 40". It's a fast fun project, again, great for crafters of all ages!


The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 9

coffee cozy wool.jpgOn the ninth Day of the 12 Crafts of Christmas, we have a great idea for the coffee lover on your Christmas list. It's also for the Eco-minded among us. Create a custom Coffee Cup Cozy from almost any fabric. I'll give you a quick description of the project, and then some variations.

You will need a cardboard sleeve from a coffee shop - the kind that saves your hands from getting burned. You will use this for your pattern. If you use a fabric like wool melton, felted wool or polyester felt, you will not need to add seam allowances because the fabric doesn't ravel. Otherwise, add 1/2'' all around for hemming and a seam.  If you choose to use a cute cotton print to match your

coffee sleeve fabric.jpgGiftee's personality, you will need a piece of felt or heavy interfacing cut without seam allowance. We also carry an interfacing called Insul-Brite that has insulating properties. You will center this ''insulator/stiffener'' in the center of your cotton fabric and fold the seam allowances over to hem. Sew the two sides together to make a circle. To finish the coffee cozy, if you have used fabric that ravels, serge or zigzag the seam allowance to prevent raveling.

 You can embellish your Coffee Cozy further with an embroidered initial or an applique. Just embellish before you sew your final seam so you can work with it flat. Needle felting is also a great embellishment if you are using wool melton, felted wool or polyester felt. The picture above is a needle felted coffee cozy my sister made.

The 12 Crafts Of Christmas - Day 8

November 11, 2010

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a fabulous Recycled T-Shirt that you can make yourself!  What more could a girl as for?

I absolutely love this project,it is so easy to do, but it will look like you picked it from some swanky boutique!  This is the perfect Christmas project because it is perfect to make for your girlfriends, but I promise once you complete your shirt and see how amazing it looks, you are going to want to keep this baby for yourself! The best thing about this project is that it requires no sewing and doesn't take much time to complete.

The first thing you need is a T-Shirt.  You may have an old shirt laying around or you can go out and purchase one.  For my T-Shirt I went with more of a fitted one, but any kind of T-Shirt will work just fine.  For the shoulder fringe on the shirt you need strips of fabric, preferably a cotton knit fabric or a polyester/rayon knit fabric for the best results.  You may have scraps laying around, if not be sure to browse the knit section on our website for some fabric options.
Once you have selected your fabric for the shoulder fringe, you will need to cut the fabric into strips.  Cut different lengths of fabric to add more dimension and make sure to taper the ends of the fabric strips.  Make the fabric is folded in half and cut the strips at the crease.  You determine how many strips you want for your T-Shirt, but I think the more fabric strips you have, the better your T-Shirt will turn out!

Now that you have your fabric strips cut, turn your shirt inside out and cut tiny holes on each side of the should seams.  These are the holes that you weave your fabric strips through.  Once you weave fabric strips through all the holes, you can go back again and weave additional strips of fabric through the holes to give your shoulders more bulk.

Once you have completed adding your fabric strips to each shoulder, you can stop there or you can embellish your T-Shirt even more.  You can add apparel trim in with your fabric strips, for example the ZipR Trim would give a really cool effect mixed in with the fabric strips.  Or even try adding some brass & copper embellishments around the neckline for more of an edgier look.  The style possibilities are endless! 

The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 7

November 9, 2010

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a Cuddle Bug that's super cozy!

Blankets with sleeves continue to be popular - and they're super easy to make. We call ours a Cuddle Bug! You can give everyone on your list the gift of cozy comfort, without giving up all your sewing time this season.

These directions are for an adult-sized Cuddle Bug. Scale down for kids or smaller adults.

Start with 3 yards of fleece, and cut according to the diagram below. (You'll have a little left over.)


-Cut two yards for the Cuddle Bug body.
-23" down from the top of the body, cut 2 circles 10 inches in diameter. To mark the center point of each circle for placement, divide the width of the body into thirds. Most fleece is 58-60" wide, so the center of each circle will be about 20" from each edge.
-Cut the remaining yard down to a piece that is 25" long along the grain.
-Cut the 25" piece in half lengthwise, so you have to sleeve pieces which are each 25" x approx. 30"
-Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise, and stitch closed along long edge.
-Sew the sleeves into the sleeve holes, orienting the seam towards the bottom and easing in as necessary.
(Since fleece is so easy to work with, I don't even bother with pins or clips on this step - just go for it!)
-If desired, finish the edges of the blanket body. You can hem them, serge them, cut them into fringe - you're the designer!

And that's it!

Cuddly fun for everyone. Couldn't you just curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a remote right about now?


The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 6

November 8, 2010

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me: cosmetic bags o'plenty!

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The free Diva-licious Cosmetic Bag pattern is a perfect resource for your holiday gift-giving projects. Everyone can always use more cosmetic bags, and these babies go together in a flash. In a weekend, you could easily take care of many people on your holiday list!

The great thing about a bag like this is that it offers myriad design choices. Make it with a softer interfacing for a bag that conforms to odd-shaped items. Make it with heavier interfacing for a crisp, structured bag. Add tabs at the zipper stops or even a handle.

The real key to customizing a bag like this for the recipient is in the fabric choices. Girly prints and pretty florals are natural choices for little ladies and grown-up girls, but don't leave out the men in your life! If you choose fun prints with a boyish slant, these bags become perfect on-the-go storage for small toys - just in time for holiday travel. A more masculine fabric like faux suede or faux leather makes these bags into perfect alternates for the standard shaving-kit style bag.

No matter who is on your "nice" list this year, they're sure to delight in a bag designed and sewn especially for them!

The 12 Crafts of Christmas - Day 5

November 5, 2010

FinNecklace.jpgOn the fifth Day of the 12 Crafts of Christmas, I have Die Cut flowers from Faux Suede and made all kinds of accessories! This is a stash buster type of project. You only need a few things, which you may already have, to make fabulous accessories for all the fashionistas on your list! I decorated a hair clip, an existing chain necklace and a set of magnets to create a pin.

I used the Sizzix Die Cut Machine to cut out different shapes and sizes of flowers from faux suede. By the way, the Sizzix Dies cut many types of fabrics including fleece! We have one die with three different flowers that can be layered like we did. The adhesive to layer the flowers together is E-6000. I also used it to glue the flowers to the hair clip and the magnet for the pin. Another tip, if you use magnets instead of pins, you will avoid holes in your garments, and you can wear the pin more places, like a suede coat.

I already owned the necklace I decorated with the suede flowers. I am a huge fan of Anthropologie's style. This necklace has a hard and soft component that I have admired in their jewelry styles. I glued the leaves on the back of the largest flower first. I let it set, and sewed the flower on to my necklace. then I glued the rest of the layers over the stitches.

These faux suede flowers can decorate just about anything. The E-6000 adhesive will adhere fabric, wood, metal and glass. Let your mind wander over the giftable possibilities of this project!


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