Don’t throw your empties away!
Check out my new tutorial article for five wine bottle projects. Decorate your home or make several to give as gifts.
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Another project for the heat.
Yes, I know seems a bit early for Christmas crafts, but my first fall show is the end of September and I have another one at the beginning of October. Anything I can knock out when I can’t stand the heat outside will make last-minute projects easier to handle.
I still need to add the hanging loops, but other than that they are done.
I’m working on the tutorial. I’ll share more when it is published.
I always have some ornaments left from the previous year, but I also like to add something new and to replenish things that sold well in the past.
I found a bundle of barbed wire during my cleaning spree this summer. Actually, I found more hanging on the pasture fence next to the barn, and more inside the barn. I only used one bundle, but they sold so well, I will definitely be saving the rest of the wire for more ornaments in the future.
Barbed wire isn’t the easiest stuff to work with, but once I found the right tool…a bolt cutter…it was a piece of cake.
I made one of these last year for a tutorial.
I also made these salt shaker angels last year. They sold out. I didn’t think I had anymore shakers, but during my wonderful cleaning spree I found a box that I had stashed and forgot about. It was like opening a Christmas present in July.
This idea wasn’t mine. I found it while blog surfing one day, but I can’t remember where. My apologies to the original designer.
The idea stuck in my head when I saw it, but I’m sure my technique would make the designer cringe. I used what I had, which I am sure didn’t resemble much of the original “supplies needed” list. I had a bag with an assortment of rings. There were brass rings, shower rings, plastic rings and round frames. They were all different sizes and different thicknesses. I used a pipe cleaner for the belt and made buckles from clay.
Also a hit last year. The flap on the back opens so that candy or a small gift can be tucked away inside. You can find my pattern and tutorial here.
By the way, the craft show this past weekend was a success. I don’t have anymore shows planned before Christmas because of family things that may happen. They might not happen either, but because of the unknown I can’t commit to more shows this year. I am continuing to sell things locally so that I can still make what I normally do each year and to bring my inventory back down to a manageable size for storage. I guess if there’s a will there’s a way.
Christmas is fast approaching, so I wanted to share my Santa’s Union Suit Pattern. A few weeks ago I posted that I was making them for a craft show, but they are so stinking cute and quick to make, I thought I’d post the instructions.
Do you need a cute treat bag for a school party, or a small gift bag for something bright and shiny that also does double-duty as a tree ornament? Whip up a bunch of miniature Santa union suits to bring smiles to all who receive one.
Things You Will Need:
Red flannel or felt
1/4-inch-wide red ribbon
4 small, white buttons
Print the PDF pattern on card stock and cut out.
union Pattern PDF
Trace one suit pattern and one flap circle onto red flannel or felt and cut out. The suit shape is the back of the suit. Measure down 3 inches from the center of the neckline. Cut a 2 1/2-inch horizontal slit centered between the sides of the suit. Fold the circle in half. Sew around the curve of the half circle 1/4 inch from the edge.
Pin the folded edge of the flap just above the slit on the suit. Sew along the folded edge 1/4 inch from the edge.
Pin the back of the suit to more red fabric with the flap facing up. Cut a 5-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide red ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half with the cut ends together. Place the cut ends under one shoulder of the suit and pin to secure.
Sew around the suit along all edges, 1/4 inch from the edge. Using the attached shape of the suit as your guide, cut out the stitched suit. Do not cut off the ribbon. Your suit is now constructed. The slit under the flap is your only opening.
Use craft glue to attach two small, white buttons down the front of the suit and two white buttons to each top corner of the back flap.
Fill with candies and enjoy!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Actually, in my house, preparing for Christmas is an all-year, on-going process. It has to be. When you sell at craft sales you can’t wait until December to start making merchandise. I have a show this weekend that I originally didn’t think I would be able to do. It runs Friday through Sunday. Friday wasn’t going to work for me, but they are allowing us to come in Saturday morning to set up for the remaining two days. The event is the Habitat For Humanity 4th Annual Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. Come check it out.
These Santa union suits are a quickie craft I am whipping up (last-minute) for the show.
I work in assembly line style. I seem to be able to accomplish more in a short amount of time that way.
The attached back flap hides a slit for filling the suit with special treats.
The entire outer edge of the suit is stitched closed. The ribbon hanger is attached at the same time.
After adding buttons to the front…
…and the back…
It is ready to hang on the tree.