Fabric Bowl

It seems like I have the inability to pass through the Holidays without some form of sickness. One year it was the flu on Christmas Day, before that it was a kidney stone on New Years. Add some sinus problems and the occasional pneumonia in there and you just start to expect it. Luckily this year it was only a head cold, so I still had the ability to eat leftover cookies and drink hot rum cider. However, being sequestered to the couch is not something I do well, and so I needed a project I could work on between sneezes and episodes of the Twilight Zone Marathon. These little fabric bowls are super easy and will utilize lots and lots of random scrap fabrics, yarn, and even some left over ribbons from Christmas presents if you want to get super creative; not to mention they are perfect for those days that you want to be productive but you just can’t get off of the couch.

Fabric Bowl Step 1

Gather your scissors, fabric, yarn, and a needle with a large and eye and gauge (a curved upholstery needle works best). Now cut or rip the fabric you want to use into long strips about 3/4″ to 1″ wide. You won’t know how many strips you want until the bowl gets bigger so keep the fabric handy.

Fabric Bowl Step 2

Cut the yarn to about 4 feet (this length might not last the whole bowl, but will get you quite a ways), thread the needle with it, and begin with a knot at one end of a fabric strip. This will be the starting point and the very center of your bowl, you will spiral out from here.

Fabric Bowl Step 3

Now start wrapping the fabric with the yarn as you go around, making sure to always grab two layers of fabric with each pass through with the needle. What I love about this project is that it’s messy and imperfect and each bowl looks completely different…so don’t worry too much about being precise.

* Twist the fabric a bit as you go and it will be easier to work with*

Fabric Bowl Step 4

Try and keep the bowl flat for a while, it will start to curve upward naturally as it gets bigger, but it needs a good base.

*Whenever you need to add a new fabric strip just overlap an inch of the remaining strip with an inch of the new one and twist. Once you’ve passed around it with your yarn a few times with will be completely incorporated.*

Fabric Bowl Step 5

Try adding different colors with each fabric strip.  I finished mine out at the top by wrapping the top two layers completely with the yarn and then passing it back underneath with the needle to lock it in place. Now you’re done! I wouldn’t wish this Cold on anyone, but if you should find yourself laid up on the couch surrounded by Kleenex this just might brighten your day:)

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Pinwheel Present Toppers

This weekend I am going to commit to wrapping all my gifts, trimming my tree, finish christmas shopping, and then, once that’s all done, probably drink this.

Before all of that happens, however, I’m going to nail down my wrapping strategy, which leads me into this week’s Craft Session: Pinwheel Present Toppers. Pinwheels

We’ve all made ’em at some point I’m sure, but I think the addition of ribbons, bows, and contrasting colors makes paper pinwheels perfect toppings for gifts. I used this paper from Oh Happy Day. This helped me decide on what colors I wanted to use for all of my holiday projects, navy, light blue, orange, cream, oatmeal, and teal.

Paper Pinwheel Tutorial:

Step One

You will be able to get two pinwheels (at 4″ in diameter) from one 8.5″ /11″ sheet of paper. Begin by making small folds, about a 1/4″,  across the length of the paper.

Step Two

Use a ruler to measure the center point, which should be 4-1/4″. Cut in half.

Step Three

Now cut into fourths, roughly 2-1/8″ at center.

Step Four

Press each into an accordian and trim one side into a point.

Step Five

Now connect two together with a dab of glue on the flaps, and one in the center to hold its shape.

step Six

Now just add some ribbon to the back or bows to the front and they become something super festive!

For The Makers

So last year for Christmas my boyfriend got me the best gift, a For The Makers subscriptions for 6 months worth of projects. Full disclosure, he did this because I told him to….BUT he also did it because he knew it was a gift that was going to last a long time, keep me preoccupied through the slushy winter, and satisfy my need for both pretty packages in the mail and constant crafting.

It’s getting down to the wire for shipping, so this is honestly the best last-minute gift you can give your special crafter. Here’s how it works: each month that you purchase you get a box filled with supplies for 4-6 projects delivered to your door. The projects range from jewelry to tea towels and the boxes always have a theme.

Check out December’s box:

Couture Sewing Set from Anthropologie

I was scrolling through the Gifts for Kids section on Anthropologie’s website (which should be called Pretty Toys for Grownups since everything in there is on my Xmas list) and I stumbled upon the very best gift for a budding seamstress or tailor: an adorably packaged Couture Sewing Set by French toy maker Moulin Roty.

~Add some pretty vintage fabric squares and this would be the most amazing present for some little one itching to sew.~

The color palette is perfection and the notions (scissors, buttons, thimble, tailor’s tape, etc.) are all top notch….I sure hope some little one opens this darling package up this Holiday Season and gets crafting.

Fringe Trees

As promised, here’s the first Holiday Craft to kick off the season! I know I should have waited till December 1st at least, but I’ve already watched Elf and broken out A Very She & Him Christmas Album, so the season has begun. This project is super-duper easy and involves no sewing: Fringe Trees.

Begin by making the tree cone using your scrap cardboard (cereal boxes work best) and tape it in place with your fancy washi tape. Set that aside and start cutting long strips of fabric for your fringe. I went through my scrap pile and found this great red and green plaid. Cut the strips about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide. The length will depend on the tree height, but at least a couple of feet should do it. Next cut into the strips making a fringed edge. I made my cuts about every 1/4″ and a little more than half of the way through.

Now its time to break out the trusty hot glue gun. Start anywhere on the base with the fringe side pointing down and start wrapping your tree, glueing in place every couple of inches. Stretch a little as you wrap and the fringe will look shaggier. Wrap in a spiral all the way to the tip and make sure to overlap each layer so the cardboard doesn’t show.

This is so quick and easy I went crazy and made a bunch! My goal is to fill my mantle with different colored and sized trees and perhaps a few Anthropologie owl ornaments for good measure.

Crafty Halloween Porch

I’ll never be over Halloween. I love the movies, candy, costumes, and general creativity that Halloween inspires in people. I had a 7 year old trick-or-treat at my house wearing a homemade vending machine costume with actual candy hanging inside. It’s a week later and I’m still thinking about it. I think what I love most is that Halloween is a holiday that turns everyone into crafters! There were also some truly spectacular Halloween houses on my block, and most way way out of my league (as this is my first home-owning Halloween). I was pretty worried that I couldn’t stand up to the competition.  However, Halloween night, a slightly older boy with a bloody saw blade sticking rather realistically out of his neck said “your house is my favorite.” My heart skipped beats and I gave him extra candy.

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Personalized Packaging

For me, packaging is everything. I always want each package to be unique and personalized so they might love their order even before they open it. Here’s a little peak at a recent Hem Makers dress package that I loved most.

We Love Citrus

I’ve always been a lover of teeny tiny craft stores that sell teeny tiny craft supplies. We Love Citrus is a freshly curated and consistently darling online craft shop who’s sparkly packaging accessories and confectionary embellishments win me over with every visit.

~I’m especially obsessed with those Gold Stork Scissors~

~I’m sure these will all go to good use in many future crafty endeavors~

Dandelion Puff

Make This: Dandelion Puff

So, yeah, I’m not one of those crafters that thinks they have just discovered the yarn puff. I’m aware, and I also know Pinterest addicts everywhere are bombarded with this poofy little craft. But you know what? I still like it! I also have one of those day jobs that doesn’t required scissors or glue, pretty sparkly ribbons, or twine…in fact it’s kinda frowned upon. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is sometimes I want an easy craft I can do real quick to distract myself from the fact that I don’t get paid to use burlap or polka dot washi tape. So take a lunch break and make something pretty to sit next to your computer that rekindles the hope that in your next life you’ll be a professional crafter.

~Supplies: Scissors, fork (perhaps you brought a lunch?), a foot or so of pretty yarn (maybe just remember to bring from home next time)~

~Wrap around fork, then middle, then knot~

~Cut wrapped ends~

~Dandelion Puff. A pretty little distraction~