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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cactus Pin Cushion


I have a slight cactus addiction as many people do right now! Here is an adorable plush cactus pin cushion you can make in less than an hour! 

Here is what you need:

Felt, or fleece
thread
stuffing
hot glue gun with a few sticks
condiment cup for the base
cardboard
free pattern




Feel free to use this pattern as much as you want all I ask is don't sell it directly, if you make the pin cushion to sell please give me credit for the pattern, and I would love to see your final project! 


Cut 3 pieces of felt from the pattern.


Sew them together.


Flip it around, and flatted the seams, felt will hold it's place so you will not have to iron it, then sew the seems down.


You can stop there, but I like to sew the middle as well, it gives it more texture and looks cool!




Sew a straight line on the top and cut it, this will give your flowers a place to sit.




Cut a circle big enough for your base out of cardboard/chipboard.


Stuff it.


Place the cardboard inside and press it in, then with your hot glue gun glue it down.




Cut a lot of teardrop shapes out of your felt, I used 21 teardrops.


This is the base I used for my cactus, you can find condiment cups at the dollar store and they work great, another things that would work would be small teacups, small bowl, cardboard boxes.




Add a little glue to the flower petal and pinch and hold, be very careful not to burn yourself!


Start gluing all the petals, put a layer of flat petals on the bottom, and then the pinched ones around, when you get to the middle glue about 5 of them together but not completely shut. If you want you can even glue an already made fake flower to the top! There isn't any right or wrong way to do this.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you make this product I'd love to see what you come up with!




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Necklace and Brooch Tutorial


I love monsters so much I wear them around my neck, and on my cardigan! This is a really simple way to add a little horror to your wardrobe on the cheap. 


I found these books at my library book sale, but you can find them in thrift shops, yard sales, even the Internet, google it.... But remember some images are copyrighted and belong to other people, always remember to get permission from an artist.



I placed my image down and traced roughly around my heart image to get an idea of where I wanted it.



Cut around the wood neatly, sometimes there are difficult corners to cut around you can easily use a nail file to file it off.


Paint the sides and the bottom with your color of choice, or you can leave it blank.


Take it outside and spray it with any kind of sealer. I like Mod Podge, it's really glossy and dries fast in the sun, I used 3 coats.



If you wanted a brooch use the brooch backing, you need to use a glue like E6000 so it holds really well. Hot glue could work, but it will last longer with E6000.


To make a necklace I use plastic cord it comes in 100 feet rolls, you can find these usually in the kids craft sections, it's the same stuff we used to make key chains with in the 90s, it works great for jewelry. It's very durable.


You need these clamps, they are in the jewelry section in craft stores.


With your pliers clamp one side down, then the next. 



To make this into a necklace you need an eyelet screw, I use a sharp tool to make a little hole first so it's more easy to screw in the eyelet.


Then add a jump ring, and whatever closure you want and you have a new, customized necklace! One of a kind!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beemo Marker holder DIY


I love the show Adventure Time, one of my favorite characters is Beemo. This pen/marker holder, it's really simple here is what you will need:

Cardboard
Paper
Glue
Tape
Sharpie
Ruler



I used a backing to a watercolor paper pack that I used up for my box, any kind of thick cardboard will work.


I cut 3 pieces the size of 3 x 3 1/2 inches


Tape them together to form a box


I cut another piece 3 x 3 inches for the base


I taped it on in inside, and then on the outside for extra support.


Wrap scrapbook paper around the box, and mark where to fold then I used my ruler to bend the paper for a straight edge.


Fold the tabs down.


I cut the corners so it lays down nicely. Use glue to keep them down, I would suggest using a piece of felt the same size as your bottom to protect your desk.


I cut out little pieces of paper and colored with my copics. In hindsight I would have drawn the outline before I glued the shapes on, it would look nicer, the box is awkward to draw on. Now just fill with pens, markers, knitting needles, make-up brushes, it's very sturdy and can hold a lot!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Easy Quilted Accent Pillow

I've been on a pillow sewing craze lately. Here is a really simple quilted pillow tutorial you can have finished in under an hour. 



 Materials need are:

Sewing Machine
Thread
Stuffing
A Rainbow of fabrics

I begin by cutting all my fabric into 1 x 12" strips, You can make it larger if you want a larger pillow.

Sew all the strips going Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and repeat.

After you have sewn the strips iron your seams down, this step can probably be skipped but I think it looks a little bit better if it's ironed. 

I used a pink dotted fabric for the back of my pillow, sew around, leave about an 3-4" opening so you can stuff it.

Stuff it. I use a poly-fil stuffing, but you can use scraps of fabric, I've even know people to use rice or dried beans, Poly-fil will give you a more fluffy pillow.



Here is the final product, I love how it came out. Thanks for reading, if you do this project I'd love to see your pillow! :)