Saturday, May 25, 2013

Milk Bottle Cap Ornament (X-mas Craft)

Get even the littlest hands involved with this environmentally-friendly holiday project. Recycled plastic bottle caps make fun mini-frames for playful holiday papers.

Materials:
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Ball, 3"
  • Recycled red and green milk bottle caps, 16
  • Holiday scrapbook papers of choice
  • Ribbon: red double-sided satin, 1/8" x 1/4 yd.; holiday taffeta, 1/2" x 1/3 yd.
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Small round paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Circle craft punch, 1" or 1-1/4", or compass
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
     
Steps:
  1. Wash and dry all bottle caps. Use glue gun to glue two bottle caps to opposite sides of foam ball, rim up or down as desired. Glue remaining bottle caps to ball, evenly spaced around first two. Fill in empty areas with remaining bottle caps as needed.
     
  2. Punch circles from scrapbook papers to decorate caps; use 1" punch for inside cap and 1 1/4" punch for top of cap. Note: If craft punches are unavailable, use compass and pencil to draw circles on back of paper; cut out with scissors. Use white glue to adhere circles to caps.
     
  3. Knot ends of 1/8" wide ribbon. Place dot of glue on knot and use skewer to push knot into top of ornament. Tie remaining ribbon into bow; glue to base of hanging loop.

Crochet Beer Cap Hot Pad (kitchen craft)

Get creative with this free kitchen crochet pattern. Using beer caps as your base, you can make a really neat hot pad pattern, perfect for warm mugs and hot pans. These coasters are great for anyone and make really fun gifts.  This is a fun intermediate crochet pattern that's quick to make.  Use favorite colors or create coasters in the colors of your husband's favorite sports team for a set of coasters that would be great for his den.

Materials:
  • 75 yards Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Yarn (Size 10)
  • Size 9/1.40MM crochet hook
  • 19 beer caps of your choice
  • Sewing needle

Gauge:  24 dc/12 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Pattern Notes:
  • Ch = Chain
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sc Dec = Single Crochet Decrease (Insert hook in first stitch indicated, yo, pull up loop, insert hook in second stitch indicated, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull thru remaining 3 loops on hook.)
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch

Instructions:
  1. Ch 5, slst to first stitch to join.
     
  2. Ch 3, 15 dc in ring, slst to join at top of ch 3. Make sure to dc over the tail of the chain to hide it. (16 dc)
     
  3. Ch 2, sc in same st, *sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, repeat between * two more times, sc 3, slst with top of Beg ch to join (20 sts)
     
  4. Ch 2, sc in every st around, slst with top of Beg ch to join. (20 sts)
     
  5. Ch 3, dc in every st around, slst with top of Beg ch to join. (20 sts)
     
  6. Sc Dec around, slst with top of Beg ch to join (10 sts)
     
  7. Sc dec around, slst with top of Beg ch to join (5 sts)
     
  8. Break thread and weave through remaining 5 loops, tie closed and weave in ends.
     
  9. Using scrap crochet cotton, sew 6 cover caps around one central cap on the underneath side where they touch. Then join 12 covered caps around the six. You can mix and match color however you like, so use you imagination!

Cat Bottle Bank (kid craft)

This green crafting project shows you how to recycle a 1-liter bottle into a purrfect cat bank.

Materials:
  • Aleene's® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
  • Chalk pencil
  • Pom poms: 1” grey, 1/2” black
  • Clear plastic 1 liter bottle
  • Wood ball, 2-1/2” diam. for cat head
  • Grey felt
  • Craft knife
  • Ribbon
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • Pattern

Instructions:
  1. Cut a 1/4” x 1-1/2” slot at back edge of plastic bottle.
     
  2. For the head, paint grey on the wood ball with 1/2” flat brush. Let dry.
     
  3. Glue the heads to the top of the bottles. Let dry.
     
  4. Using chalk pencil, trace patterns onto grey felt. Cut out all pieces. Glue into place.
     
  5. Glue on eyes. Glue on grey pom poms, use black for nose. Glue on ribbon trim. Let dry.

Dog Bottle Bank (Kid craft)

Recycle a one liter bottle into an adorable puppy bank that can watch over your money. This is a great green crafting project for kids.

Materials:
  • Aleene's® Quick Dry Tacky Glue™
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic paint, Burnt Umber
  • Chalk pencil
  • Clear plastic 1 liter bottle
  • Styrofoam egg, 2-1/2”
  • Brown felt (we used furry felt)
  • Craft knife
  • Pom poms: (2) 1” brown,(1) 1/2” black
  • Pattern

Instructions:
1. Cut a 1/4” x 1-1/2” slot at back edge of plastic bottle.
2. For the head, paint Styrofoam egg with 1/2” flat brush with Burnt Umber. Let dry.
3. Glue the heads to the top of the bottles. Let dry.
4. Using chalk pencil, trace patterns onto brown felt. Cut out all pieces. Cut out dog bone. Glue felt pieces into place.
5. Glue on eyes. Glue on brown pom poms and black pom pom for nose. Glue on ribbon collar and dog bone. Let dry.

Green Pendant Wind Chime (spring craft)

Turn old bottles into a chic outdoor decoration with this green pendant wind chime. These easy craft ideas a the perfect marriage of eco-friendly and stylish.
Green Pendant Wind Chime
Materials:
  • Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter
  • 3 Glass Bottles in varying sizes: small, medium and large
  • 8 Large Glass Beads (ranging in size from ¾-1” a little larger than the openings of the bottles)
  • 36” cotton cord
Instructions:
  1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
     
  2. Collect three bottles that will nest one inside of the other: large, medium and small.
     
  3. Measure 6” down from the top of the large bottle, 5” on the medium and 4” on the small bottle and mark using a Sharpie™.
     
  4. Using the bottle cutter, score and separate where indicated.
     
  5. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
     
  6. Measure and cut a 34” length of cord. Make a knot on one end of the cord large enough to hold a 3/4” bead.
     
  7. Thread a bead onto the cord until it rests against the knot. Tie another knot 3” from the first and thread another bead onto the cord until it stops at the second knot.
     
  8. Thread the cord up from the bottom of the smallest bottle and through the neck, until the bead is snug against the opening in the neck of the bottle. Tie another knot and slip on a third bead.
     
  9. Measure 1 ½” above the third bead and make a knot. Add a fourth bead, make a knot, pull the cord through the bottom of the medium bottle and up through the neck.
     
  10. Add a fifth bead and another knot. Slide sixth bead onto the cord and make yet another knot.
     
  11. Thread the cord through the bottom of the largest bottle and up through the neck. Knot the cord above the lip of the last bottle, add 1” bead to the cord, and knot again.
     
  12. Measure 9” and make a knot in the cord. Create a loop by inserting a ¾” bead onto the cord, inserting the end back into the bead opening to create a loop. Secure the loop with a double knot to hold the bead in place.
     
  13. Hang the retro chime where a breeze can gently blow them and create a relaxing, peaceful, soothing sound.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cozy Quilted Pet Bed (sewing)

Cozy Quilted Pet Bed

Quilts aren't just for people anymore! Check out this step-by-step guide to make a comfy bed for your pet. 1. Measure the diameter of a circular pet bed insert. Add 1 inch for seam allowances and make a circle pattern this size.
2. You'll need to determine how many blocks to create. Use this formula to determine how many 3-1/4-x-5-1/2-inch rectangles you'll need: pet bed diameter in inches x 3.14 divided by 2.75 inches (round up to nearest whole number).

 

3. Assemble and join enough hourglass blocks and solid squares to equal the circle pattern.
                    
4. Cut one circle each from the pieced fabric and a coordinating backing fabric.
5. Join rectangles to make a pieced strip, then join ends to make a circle.
6. Sew pieced circle to the pet bed circles with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, inserting a long zipper in the bottom seam to make the cover removable for washing.

Galaxy of Stars Quilt (sewing)

Galaxy of Stars Quilt

by Darlene Zimmerman
39" x 29"




Image of Galaxy of Stars Quilt Materials Needed:

Tools





FabricsCutYield
Yellow Solid
2/3 yd.
22" strips4patches
22" stripsfor blocks
13 1/2" stripfor blocks
Medium Blue Print
3/8 yd.
22" strips4patches
12" stripfor blocks
13 1/2" stripfor blocks
Dark Blue Print
2/3 yd.
22" stripsfor blocks
13 1/2" stripfor blocks
2 pks. Double Fold Bias Tape (Delft 040)

Instructions

schematic of yellow and blue print strips sewn together Piecing Directions
Five of the blocks contain 4-patches in the corners. To quickly construct all the 4-patches, sew the 2" yellow solid and medium blue print strips together in pairs (see illustration 1). Press the seams towards the schematic of 4-patchblue print, being careful to keep the strip set straight. Cut the strip sets into forty 2" wide units. Sew two units together, alternating colors, to make a 4-patch (see illustration 2). Press. Make a total of twenty 4-patches.

Block 1
schematic of block 1 Cut 8 - 2" strips from strip set for 4-patches
Cut 4 - Tri pieces from 3 1/2" strip of yellow
Cut 8 - Recs pieces from 3 1/2" strip of dark blue print
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print
Construct four Tri-Recs units following the directions in the Tri-Recs package.

Sew the 3 1/2" square of medium blue between two Tri-Recs units to make the center row of the block. Press towards the center square.

Sew 4-patches to both sides of the remaining Tri-Recs units. (Watch the placement of the blue squares!) Press towards the 4-patches.

Join the three rows to make the block. Press the seams toward the center row.
Block 2
schematic of block 2 Cut 8 - 2" strips from strip set for 4-patches
Lay yellow and dark blue print 3 1/2" strips, right sides together, and cut 4 Easy Angle triangles
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print
Sew on the diagonal edge of the triangles, forming four squares. Press towards the blue triangle.

Sew a 3 1/2" medium blue square between two triangle squares to make the center row. Press toward the square.

Sew 4-patches on both sides of the remaining two triangle-squares. (Watch the placement of the blue squares!) Press towards the 4-patches.

Join the three rows. Press the seams toward the center.
Block 3
schematic of block 3 Cut 8 - 2" strips from strip set for 4-patches
Cut 4 - Companion AngleTM triangles from 2" strip of yellow
Cut 4 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles from 2" strip of yellow
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print
Cut 8 - Easy AngleTM triangles from 2" strip of dark blue
To construct the star point unit, sew a dark blue triangle to the right edge of the yellow Companion Angle triangle. Press toward the blue triangle.

Sew another blue triangle to the left side of this unit and press toward the blue triangle. Make four units.

Add a yellow rectangle to the top of each unit and press toward the rectangle.

Sew two star point units to a 3 1/2" medium blue square. Press toward the square.

Sew 4-patches to both sides of the remaining star point units. Press toward the 4-patches.

Join the three rows. Press the seams toward the center.
Block 4
schematic of block 2 Cut 8 - 2" squares from the medium blue print
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print
Cut 4 - Companion AngleTM triangles from 2" yellow strip
Cut 16 - Easy AngleTM triangles from 2" yellow strip
Cut 4 - Companion AngleTM triangles. from 2" dark blue strip
Cut 16 - Easy AngleTM triangles from 2" dark blue strip
Assemble eight star point units following the previous directions. Four of the star points will have yellow Companion Angle triangles and blue star points, and the other 4 will have blue Companion Angle triangles and yellow star points.

Join the two different star point units in pairs as in the illustration. Press the seam toward the blue Companion Angle triangle.

Assemble the triangle squares for the 4-patches. Assemble the 4-patch units for the corners using the illustration as a guide.

Sew two star point units to both sides of a 3 1/2" medium blue square. Press toward the square.

Sew 4-patches to both sides of the remaining star point units. Press toward the 4-patches.

Join the three rows. Press the seams toward the center.
Block 5
schematic of block 2 Cut 8 - 2" strips from strip set for 4-patches
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print
Layer 2" dark blue print and yellow strips, right sides together, and cut 8 pairs of Companion AngleTM triangles
Sew the triangles together on the right diagonal edge, with the same fabric on top each time. Press the seam toward the blue fabric.

Join the units in pairs to make the star points. Press.

Sew a 3 1/2" medium blue square between two star point units. Press toward the blue square.

Sew 4-patches on both sides of the remaining star point units. (Watch placement!) Press the seams toward the 4-patches.

Join the three rows. Press the seams toward the center.
Block 6
schematic of block 2 Cut 8 - 2" strips from strip set for 4-patches
Cut 1 - 3 1/2" square from medium blue print strip
Cut 4 - Tri pieces from 3 1/2" dark blue print strip
Cut 8 - Recs pieces from 3 1/2" yellow print strip
Assemble four Tri-Recs units following the directions in the package. Note the colors are reversed from Block 1.

Sew a 3 1/2" medium blue square between two of the Tri-Recs units. Press toward the square.

Sew a 4-patch to both sides of the remaining Tri-Recs units. (Watch placement!) Press toward the 4-patches.

Join the three rows. Press the seams toward the center.
Directions for Sashes, Border, and Binding
From yellow solid cut:
5 - 2" strips, recut into 17 - 9 1/2" sashes

From medium blue fabric cut:
1 - 2" strip, recut into 12 stepping stones

From dark blue print cut:
4 - 3 1/2" strips for border
Using the quilt picture as a guide, sew the sashing strips and blocks together in two rows of three blocks. Press the seams toward the sashes.

Construct three horizontal sashing rows made up of three sashing strips and four blue stepping stones. Press the seams toward the sashes.

Join the rows of blocks and horizontal sashes. Press toward the sashing.
Borders
Cut two border strips the exact width of the quilt.

Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press toward the border.

Cut two border strips the exact length of the quilt, including the borders just added.

Sew to the sides of the quilt. Press the seams toward the blue borders.

Layer, baste, quilt and bind.
Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!



schematic of Quilt Grid

One Stitch Quilted Tote (sewing)

 
supplies
 
The fabrics needed for this project are:
• Two Art to Sew™ 'pansies' quilt blocks
• 1 yard purple crackle fabric
• 1/4 yard violet sponge fabric
• 3/8 yard grass green crackle fabric

All of the fabrics used in the model for this project are from the Quilting Basics collection of fabrics designed by Donna Dewberry and manufactured by Springs Global. Art to Sew™quilt blocks are digital reproductions of Donna Dewberry paintings on fabric by SpringsGlobal.

Other supplies you will need are:
Coats Cotton Multicolor Machine quilting thread (Color #818 variegated purple)
• 33” X 22” rectangle of cotton batting
• 31” X 20” rectangle of One Stitch fusible quilt grid
• Rotary cutter and mat
• Quilting ruler
• scissors
• #2 quilting safety pins
• sewing machine with dual feed/walking foot

instructions
 
Cutting instructions: Before cutting read through all instructions
1. Cut two 4 1/2” crosswise strips from the violet sponge fabric
2. Cut one 2 1/2” crosswise strips and two 4” crosswise strips from the grass green fabric.
3. Cut one 35” X 32” rectangle and one 10” X 16” rectangle from the purple crackle fabric
4. Cut one 33” X 22” rectangle of batting
5. Cut one 31” X 20” rectangle of quilt grid being sure to cut along the grid lines.

Laying out the tote: See section on One Stitch Basics for folding and grid instructions.
1. From the 2 1/2” and 4 1/2” strips make single-fold strips.
2. From the 4” strips make triple-fold strips. Trim the selvage ends from all strips.
3. Fuse the grid to the batting. Do not peel the paper at this time.
4. Place the 35” X 32” purple crackle fabric on a flat surface wrong side showing.
5. Center the batting/grid on the fabric grid side up. There should be a 6” margin of fabric on both sides of the batting and a 2” margin at each end.
6. Begin by laying out the pansy squares placing one at each end. The squares should be
7. Place a 2 1/2” grass green crackle single-fold strip across the top and bottom of each square. The folded edge of the strip should overlap the raw edge of the square by approximately 1/4” and should extend beyond the sides of the square by approximately 1/2”.
8. Place a 4 1/2” violet sponge single-fold strip across the top of each square overlapping the raw edge of the grass green crackle strip by approximately 1/4”.
9. Place a 4 1/2” violet sponge single-fold strip on either side of both squares leaving a 1/2” gap between the pansy square and the violet sponge strip. The ends of the violet sponge strip should be even with the raw edge of the violet sponge strip at the top edges and even with the raw edges of the grass green crackle strip at the bottom edges.
10. Fold the 10” X 16” rectangle of purple crackle in half lengthwise and finger press to crease. Open the strip and refold the raw edges in to the center crease. Press the folds with an iron to set the creases. You should now have a strip with two folded edges. Place the strip crosswise on the grid. The folded edges of the strip should overlap the raw edges of both the violet sponge side strips and the grass green crackle strip. There should be approximately 1/2” margin of grid at either end of the strip.
11. To create the double-fold finish fold over each side of the fabric so that the raw edge of the fabric almost touched the batting. Then fold the side along the edge of the batting. The folded edge of the backing fabric should overlap the edge of the violet sponge strip. Fold the ends of the backing in the same way. The folded edge should overlap the raw edges of the violet sponge strips.
12. Create handles for your tote by laying a grass green triple-fold strip with the opening toward the center over the gap between the violet sponge side strip and the center painted square. Allow the ends to overlap the purple crackle bottom of the tote by about 1/2” and the center of the strip will create the handle. Be careful not to twist the strip. Place one strip on each end of the purse. After the strips are in place, tuck the ends of the strips under the wide purple crackle strip.
13. Due to the tacky nature of the grid, you should not need to pin any of the strips except at the corners.
14. Thread sewing machine with Coats multi color thread ontop and in bobbin. Using a walking foot, sew along the folded edges of each strip with a zig-zag, feather, or other decorative stitch. Sew the strips in the same order that they were placed on the purse. Remember when sewing the double-folded edge of the straps to sew all the way around to finish off the strap.
15. After all of the strips have been stitched in place, Fold the purse right sides together and stitch each side about 1/4” from the edge. Flatten one lower corner so that the side seam is on top of the center line of the tote. Sew across the corner about 1 1/2” from the point. Repeat on the other corner.
16. Turn the tote right side out.