Wanda Witch

07-DSCF1944Another gem I found during our recent move.

Years ago I made these witches with my neighbor when I lived in Denver. After I moved to Kansas I misplaced the pattern. My Denver neighbor sent me a copy of her pattern and I started to make them again. Before I could finish them, life happened and they were put away again. I had completely forgotten about them until I made this move and found the parts again.

10-DSCF1957The pattern I used was from the October 1993 Crafts N’ Things magazine.

The bodies, legs and arms were all stitched and stuffed, but they were still just parts. I finished attaching everything and added the faces. The pattern used appliques for the eyes and mouth. I painted mine instead. Probably a good thing as I don’t think they can be purchased anymore.

01-DSCF1914They look a bit like aliens in this photo. :)

02-DSCF1919The clothes pieces were also cut and ready to go. Woo Hoo! That’s half the battle with sewing projects. All I had to do was stitch them together.

03-DSCF1924I made primitive buttons using Sculpey clay.

09-DSCF1952They were nice finishing touches for the dress…

08-DSCF1949…and the shoes.

06-DSCF1942The pattern called for excelsior hair, which I had used with the witches I made previously, but I just wasn’t feeling it this time. I used a mixture of gray, black and white curly doll hair. I also added a roll of black tulle to the brim of the hat.

05-DSCF1939Enjoy!

Make Your Own Craft Paint and Glue Mediums

y702As a crafter there are many supplies and products I need to achieve the desired results. Manufacturers are only too happy sell me the products I need…, but wait! These things can get quite expensive. The following recipes and/or techniques are what I have come up with for making artificial snow paint, crackle paint and decoupage glue mediums. The retail price of anyone of these products is very expensive for a very small bottle or jar. My recipes cost pennies and provide enormous savings at the cash register.

y692I used the snow paint medium for the beard and hair on my Santa Measuring Spoons.

Artificial Snow Paint Medium

Things You Will Need:

Foam ball
Serrated knife
Paper plate
White acrylic paint
Craft glue
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Small mixing bowl
Spoon

Step 1
Cut a foam ball in half using a serrated knife. Hold the two halves over a paper plate and rub them against each other to cause the foam to flake off. Keep rubbing until you have at least a 1/2 cup of foam flakes.

Step 2
In a small mixing bowl, measure and pour in 1/2 cup of foam flakes, 2 tablespoons white acrylic paint and 1/4 cup craft glue. With a spoon, combine the ingredients thoroughly.

That’s it! Really! Apply the snow paint in the same way as the store bought version.

Add water to thin, and more foam flakes if your want to thicken.

y705I used my crackle paint medium on a gourd to transform it into a fall pumpkin. While a round surface has its challenges, it can still be done.

Crackle Paint Medium

Things You Will Need:

Paint, two colors
Paintbrush
White school glue
Hairdryer

Step 1
Paint your project using your chosen base coat color. Allow the paint to dry. The base coat will show through the cracks of the topcoat color.

Step 2
Work on one side of your project at a time. Position this side flat and facing up. This will prevent the glue from running during application. Apply a thick layer of white school glue to this surface.

Step 3
Apply the topcoat color to the wet glue. Using a hairdryer, dry the paint and the glue. The topcoat and glue will crackle as it dries.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all sides of the project have been crackled.

y524I use my decoupage glue medium on a lot of projects. This is one where I decoupaged sheet music inside of an old suitcase.

Decoupage Glue Medium

Things You Will Need:

White glue
Water
Jar

This recipe is so simple, I feel guilty calling it a recipe. There isn’t even enough information to warrant actual steps. Simply mix equal amounts of white glue and water in a jar, shake to mix and start decoupaging.

Depending on the use of your finished product, it may need to be sealed. That’s okay, you had to do that with the name brand mediums too.

Tip: Stock up on white school glue during the back-to-school sales.

Enjoy!

Crochet a Pumpkin Applique-Tutorial

6-new-crochet-pumpkin-appliquePumpkin Applique

Small crochet projects are a great way to keep your hands busy while watching television or attending your child’s sporting events. Crochet pumpkin appliques to embellish a variety of craft projects. These little gourds can be attached to barrettes, magnets and pins, as well as embellishments for clothing and purses.

Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC=half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Things You Will Need:

Orange and green worsted weight, 4-ply yarns
F to J hook (Experiment with what size works best for your yarn and tension.)
Scissors
Ruler

Pumpkin:

Create a Magic Ring: Using orange, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn, form the end of the yarn into a ring with the tail hanging on the left. Pinch at the top where the ring intersects. Insert the hook through the ring. Grasp the yarn hanging on the right and pull it through the ring. Make a slip stitch around both strands of the ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first DC). Crochet 15 DC in the ring, making sure that each stitch is around both strands of the magic ring. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3 stitch. Pull the tail of the magic ring to tighten and close up the center of the ring.

Round 2: SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. SC in the next stitch, SC and HDC in the next stitch. Crochet 2 DC in each of the next five stitches. HDC and SC in the next stitch. Slip stitch to the beginning SC. This is the center top of the pumpkin. Fasten off and weave the end into the back of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Stem:

Attach green, worsted weight, 4-ply yarn to the center, top of the pumpkin with a slip stitch. Leave a 3-inch tail on the back of the pumpkin.

Ch 4. SC in the second chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains. Slip stitch to the base of the stem and fasten off leaving a 3-inch tail. Knot the tails together on the back. Weave the tails into the stitches on the back of the pumpkin.

Experiment with yarn of different fall colors.

Fill a basket to sell at local fall craft shows.

Make several to attach to a ribbon as garland, or attach loops to the tops and hang from a tree branch display at your front door.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

 

Sew Fabric Tube Pumpkins for Fall-Tutorial

2-Fabric Tube PumpkinsAre you ready for a craft show best-seller? These pumpkins practically flew out of my last craft show booth. Even if craft shows aren’t your thing, several of these fabric tube pumpkins will add that touch of fall to your home that you have been wanting. One pumpkin is quick to make, but if you make several using an assembly line technique for the steps, you can finish them in an afternoon.

Things You Will Need:

Fabric
Measuring tape
Scissors
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Embroidery needle
Crochet thread
Stuffing
Long soft-sculpture needle
Stick
Jig saw (optional)
Silk fall leaves
Hot glue gun

Cut a 15-inch-wide by 25-inch-long rectangle from fabric of your choice. I have used fabric of any color, design, texture and weight that I thought would make a cute pumpkin.

Fold the rectangle in half with the short ends together and the right sides facing. Pin the short ends together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. You now have a tube. Do not turn right side out.

y772Thread an embroidery needle with a neutral crochet thread that coordinates with the pumpkin’s fabric. Sew a running stitch around one open end of the tube, 1/2 inch from the end. Cinch the opening closed. Hold the end while wrapping the remaining thread around the gathers (1/2 inch from the end) five times. Knot the end and cut the thread. Tip: Some fabrics may have fibers with a loose or open weave. To prevent the thread of the running stitch from pulling out of the fabric when gathered, knot the thread on the needle in two strands. When you have stitched the running stitches around the opening, insert the needle between the strands, just above the knot. Cinch the fabric and continue with wrapping the thread.

y773Turn the pumpkin right side out. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing. Sew a running stitch around the opening. Cinch to gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread.

y774Thread 3 yards of the crochet thread on a long soft-sculpture needle. Yes, that seems like a lot, but you don’t want to stop part way through making the pumpkin spines. Knot one end of the thread.

y775Insert the needle through the center of the gathers on the bottom of the pumpkin. Don’t worry, the knot will not show when finished. Pull the needle and the length of the thread out the top of the pumpkin. Pull the thread over the side of the pumpkin and reinsert the needle through the gathers on the bottom and back out the top. Cinch to squish the pumpkin and create a spine in the side of the pumpkin. Repeat, evenly spacing six spines around the pumpkin sides. Bring the needle out the top. Knot and cut the thread.

y771Gather a stick from your yard with a diameter approximately the size of your fingers. Break the stick to a length of approximately 4 inches long, or use a jig saw to cut the stick. Apply hot glue to the center top of the pumpkin. Stand the stick in the glue and press down. Hold until the glue has cooled.

Peel four fall leaves from a silk leaf floral stem. Apply hot glue to the back of the leaves and arrange them around the stem of the pumpkin.

3-DSCN7369If desired, finish the pumpkin with a few strands of raffia tied around the stem.

DSCN2865Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

 

Chenille Bedspread Candy Cane Bowl Filler-Tutorial

y871I have posted about this project before, but I have never posted the entire tutorial on my blog. Since this is such a good seller at my craft shows, I thought it was time to share the specifics. :)

Vintage linens offer an unexpected fabric for new sewing projects. I especially love chenille bedspreads. I use them quite a bit in my craft designs, but I am often left with small scraps that I just can’t bring myself to toss. This primitive candy cane bowl filler is the perfect solution for putting those scraps to good use. Made with primitively appliqued stripes and exposed seams, this bowl filler works up very quickly.

Things You Will Need:

Card stock
Marking pen
Ruler
Scissors
White chenille bedspread
Red fabric
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Stuffing

y872Trace a candy cane shape on card stock that is approximately 1 1/2 inches wide by 7 inches tall. This measurement does not need to be exact. You can draw your shape free hand or enlarge a “J” from a favorite font on your computer and print it out. Cut out the shape. This is your pattern.

Lay a white chenille bedspread on your work surface with the wrong side facing up. Place the candy cane pattern on the chenille and lightly trace around it with a marking pen. This is the the back of the fabric, but the cane is sewn with edges exposed, so you will want to cut away the pen marks. Cut out the shape just inside the marked lines.

Cut six 1-inch-wide by 2 1/2-inch-long strips of red fabric.

y873Place the chenille candy cane on your work surface with the right side facing up. Place the red fabric strips across the width of the cane and spaced evenly from one end of the cane to the other. Pin the strips in place.

1-DSCF1869Top stitch the edges of the red strips across the width of the cane, as close to the edges as possible. Trim the ends of the strips even with the cane. This is the front of your candy cane bowl filler.

2-DSCF1875Lay your white chenille bedspread on your work surface with the wrong side up. Place the candy cane front on the chenille with the red stripes facing up. Pin the candy cane to the chenille.

3-DSCF1882Sew around the edges of the cane using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom end of the cane.

Cut out the shape using the front candy cane as your guide. Do not turn the cane. The side on the outside is the right side. Stuff the candy cane. Sew the end closed in the same way as the other edges of the candy cane.

y871Rip a 1-inch wide by 20-inch long strip of red fabric. Wrap the strip around the candy cane and tie into a bow. Trim the ends.

For a variety of candy cane flavors, choose other colors to create the stripes.

Enjoy!