Sewing a Knitting Needle Roll

Hi Crafters –

As an inspiring knitter, I  discovered, like any crafting projects, there were so many supplies and materials but where would I store all of these? As a crafter yourself, you know that piles of supplies and materials can and do become a storage space nightmare. Inspired by all the different knitting needle rolls for sale and for DIY, and in particular by this tutorial, I decided to sew one myself with some variations and I’ll share them with you as well as pointers I discovered while sewing. Refer to the tutorial for the original knitting needle roll.

  1. Choose the Right Fabric. Although you can use one fabric for everything, I’d suggest using at least 2 fabrics. I used two. My second fabric complements one of the colors of my main fabric. I decided to use one large patterned fabric as my main and small patterned fabric as my secondary one. You can also use 3 fabrics – one plain fabric for the outside, one large patterned fabric for the smaller pocket and one small patterned fabric for the larger pocket.
  2. Determine your Desired Tie. Instead of using a ribbon, I decided to use my main fabric as a strap for the roll to use with the D-rings. I cut 3.5″ x 28″ to allow me to loop around the roll a couple of times and then secure it. The ribbon wasn’t sturdy enough for me. If you wanted to use ribbons instead, I’d suggest not using D-rings, instead use two ribbons – about 28″ that you can tie into a bow when you roll up the knitting needle roll.
  3. Determine the Size of the Needle Pockets. Measure and mark out the lines for stitching the needle pockets using your determined intervals. For mine, I used for the bottom pockets – 1″|1″|1″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″| and for the upper pockets – 2.5″|2.5″|1″|1″|1″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|. The two 2.5″ ones, I placed above the pocket with the flap.

So, it turned out great and looked much better than the ones I’ve seen on Amazon.

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Easter Egg Chicken Project @CampbellSoupCo #Marthasgoodeggs

Only one more day until Easter! I remember decorating eggs and doing an egg hunt at home every year when I was a kid. Those were the days of rainbow easter baskets with cello grass, easter dresses with ruffled fold over socks and mary janes. In tribute to my childhood days, I decided to resurrect a craft project I did as a kid for Martha’s Good Egg’s promo.

Supplies:

  • raw egg
  • fleece in red, white, and orange or yellow
  • craft googley eggs
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Campbell’s Chicken Soup can
  • straw grass
  • bias tape (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Drain egg by tapping bottom of egg firmly against hard surface like a kitchen counter.
  2. Using a pin, poke a hole on the bottom and slowly enlarge the hole by moving it around. I found it was best to use  chopstick to enlarge the hole and drain the egg. This will take awhile so you’ll need some patience. There are videos out there that show you some techniques on draining an egg that you might want to view before starting.
  3. Rinse the egg shell and let dry.
  4. Empty soup can contents, making sure to keep the back of the lid attached. Look for soup cans where the tab is near the front so when you pull open the lid, it will stay attached to the back of the can.
  5. Rinse the can with a little bit of soap and water, being careful not to get the outside too wet.
  6. If you have bias tape, I suggest covering the edge of the can and lid because of the sharp edges. You can also cut out a piece of fabric to cover the lid for decoration before gluing on the tape.
  7. Create the nest by wrapping the straw around your fingers so that you have a large ring. Place this over the edge of the can. If you want, you can fill the can with newspaper and place the nest on top of this. It’s not necessary though.
  8. Place your egg onto the nest. If you want, you can also glue this to the nest now or wait until after you are done decorating it.

    Now it’s time to decorate your egg! To create the pieces to glue on the egg, I just eyeballed the shapes while cutting the fleece. But, it might be easier if you draw out your shapes on paper and use these as a guide when cutting your fleece.

  9. Cut out the chicken’s comb from the red fleece and glue to the top. I sort of cut this with a concave bottom and scalloped top.
  10. Glue on the eyes. If you don’t have googley eggs, you can use black fleece or just draw on the eyes.
  11. Create the beak by cutting two triangles (with one convex side) out of the yellow/orange fleece. Glue the beak by attaching the curved side to the egg.
  12. Create the chicken’s wattle from the red fleece and glue under the beak. These looked sort of like two droopy raindrops.
  13. Lastly, cut out two white wings. These sort of look like teardrops. Glue to the sides of the egg.

That’s it! Try this project with your kids on Easter, they’ll love making their own little pet chicken. 🙂

Duct Tape-Bow Pencil Case #2

Last week, I posted a tutorial on creating a duct tape bow pencil case. I decided to girly it up and add a fan bow on the front and use a red trim with the houndstooth pattern. I’m very happy with how this turned out! I also made this pencil case wider so that it ended up being 10 in. wide x 4 in. tall. The instructions are pretty close to the original but there are some differences. Check it out!

Supplies:

  • 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
  • 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand Red)
  • self-adhesive velcro dots
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • mat

Instructions:

  1. Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips (houndstooth). Try lining up the pattern as you go.
  2. Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape (red).
  3. Cut two 10.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
  4. Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the outside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
  5. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket. Tuck the extra .5 in of tape inside the case at the top.

    Now for the fan bow embellishment:

  6. Create an 8 in. x 3.5 in. duct tape sheet with the pattern on both sides (You’ll use four 8 in. strips total, two for each side.)
  7. Fold the sheet like a fan and secure by pinching the center and using a small piece of tape.

    Back to the pencil case:
  8. Create a 9 in. long ribbon of the solid color by folding in the edges, keeping the center sticky.
  9. Adhere the ribbon to the front leaving about 1 in. at the bottom. Flip the case over and secure the bottom part of the ribbon to the back of the case.
  10. Flip the case back to the front. Peel back the ribbon and adhere the fan bow to the center with another piece of small tape. Place the ribbon back over the case, covering the center of the fan bow.
  11. Place the velcro dot (soft side) at the bottom of the ribbon on the front side of the case.
  12. Flip the case to the back side. Cover the sticky side of the ribbon at the top with another piece of tape. Place the (comb side) velcro dot on the underside of the ribbon.

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I had a lot of fun experimenting with this project and I think this would be fun to do with your kids or teens.

Happy crafting!
Dawn

 

Duct Tape-Bow Pencil Case #1 #paperpastels

Hi everyone! For today’s post, I’d like to share this cute duct tape bow pencil case I made based off Paper Pastel’s Bow Pencil Case Video Tutorial. I really liked this project and thought to myself, I wonder if I can replicate it with duct tape! I think it turned out great. 🙂 Make sure you make the case a little wider if you plan to store unsharpened pencils in your case. My case ended up being 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall.

Supplies:

  • 1 patterned duct tape roll (I used Duck Tape brand black and white houndstooth)
  • 1 solid color duct tape roll (I used black from Alex Toys, it looks and feels like faux leather)
  • 1 solid metallic color duct tape (I used a skinny silver from Alex Toys)
  • self-adhesive velcro dots
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • mat

Instructions:

  1. Create a 10.5 in. wide x 8.5 in. long duct tape sheet by slightly overlapping five 10.5-in. pattern strips. Try lining up the pattern as you go.
  2. Flip the pattern side over so the sticky side is up. Start covering the back side in the same way with the solid color duct tape.
  3. Rotate the sheet so that the strips are vertical. Cut two 8.5 in. x 1 in. strips. Place one strip over the top edge of the sheet and fold over, making sure half is on each side. Do the same with the other strip for the bottom edge.
  4. Trim the sheet so you have a straight-edge 8 x 10 in. duct tape sheet. Fold the sheet in half so that the bottom trim meets the top trim. I chose to put my pattern side on the inside of the case. You can choose whichever side you like, it’s up to you!
  5. Cut two 5 in. x 1 in. strips and seal the left and right sides to form a pocket.
  6. Take a look inside!
  7. Without cutting from the duct tape roll, start taping the skinny strip to the case about 1/3 from the bottom on one side. This 1/3 will end up being the bottom of your bow. Then, wrap the tape all the way around the other side and bring it to the top. Leave about 5 inches at the top and cut. Fold the strip down to cover the sticky side but fold down enough so that 1/2 in. overlaps with the case. This means that the sticky side of the skinny tape will not go all the way to the top of the solid side of the case. This allows for flexibility when wrapping.
  8. Add velcro dots to end of skinny tape and to the bottom of the case.

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I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in the way PaperPastels inspired me!

Enjoy, Dawn

Top Rainbow Loom Projects for Valentine’s Day

As promised, here is my collection of the best Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

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  1. Pair of Lips charm by Jordantine1: Check out her YouTube channel for a lot of creative loom ideas.
  2. Heart charm by Elegant Fashion 360: The girls have made so many of the projects from this channel and it’s so easy for them to follow.
  3. Made by Mommy Valentine Heart Bracelet: I love this bracelet, it’s probably my favorite of all the projects. I think your friends, daughters, classmates, (whoever!) would adore this gift. This is a favorite channel for the girls.
  4. Paging Supermom’s Bow & Arrow Free Printable Valentine: What an absolutely clever and cute idea! A great alternative to passing out candy to your kid’s classmates.
  5. Loom Love Circle of Hearts Bracelet: I actually tried to make my own rainbow loom bracelet and followed this video tutorial. It was an easy project to do! I doubled the bands to make the hearts thicker and used transparent glitter bands to make the hearts stand out. I think I did pretty good–what do you think?? 🙂
  6. Heart of the Ocean Bracelet: I was so impressed by how close this rainbow loom bracelet matched it’s picture, I had to share. Here’s a video tutorial by Justin’s Toys. I encourage you all to find your own piece jewelry to try to replicate with loom bands!
  7. Double Cross Long Heart Stripe Bracelet: Another cute bracelet idea from Jordantine1’s YouTube channel.

Find more projects on my Pinterest board, XOXO,
Dawn

More Rainbow Loom Bracelets

The girls spent all day during Super Bowl Sunday making bracelets and charms during our Super Bowl party. I wanted to share some of the cute bracelets they made for me—I’m learning a lot from them about all these patterns and techniques! They are definitely not like the friendship bracelets I used to make as a kid.

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts :)

Here I am wearing my pretty gifts 🙂

I ❤ the heart bracelet and it inspired me to collect some Valentine’s Day Rainbow Loom projects for you on my pinterest board. Stay tuned for my post on the top rainbow loom projects for Valentine’s Day! I also promise to share some of the adorable charms they made. It’s amazing what some people can do with these little bands.

XOXO,
Dawn

Repurposed Placemat Throw Pillow

What’s a placemat pillow you ask? It’s a quick and easy way to make a throw pillow for your chair, bed, or couch using a placemat! I learned this technique from my sister and I’m excited to share with you today.

I got my LOVE placemat after Valentine’s Day one year and decided to repurposed it into a pillow. This project is great if you have or find a placemat you can’t use for the dining table because you don’t have enough for the table. Browse the store after a holiday or stop by a thrift shop and look for a vintage design.

First off, make sure the placemat you want to use has two pieces of fabric sewn together. Using a seam ripper, cut the thread along one side to create a small opening. Stuff the placemat with polyfill and seal the opening by doing a blind stitch by hand.

Here's my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

Here’s my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

If you haven’t done this before, check out this easy-to-follow tutorial by Amy at Positively Splendid. That’s it! Quick and simple and you’ll be done in about 15 minutes!

XOXO,
Dawn

 

Piano Rainbow Loom Bracelet

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Rainbow loom bracelets are so popular with the kids now! While you’re crafting, you can keep the kids busy making bracelets. You can find a ton of tutorials for different patterns and ideas online with different difficulty levels. I made this piano/keyboard bracelet using a tutorial I found from Justin’s Toys. It turned out SO cute!

The project may look challenging but the video made it so easy to follow. If your kids are really young, you will definitely need to help them with this project. I also found that the Roseart rainbow looms were easier to use than actual Rainbow Loom-brand bands for this design. They seemed stretchier so they were easier to loop 3x, which will be required for this project.

Here’s the video:

Repurposed Wine Corks into Geo Stamps

A friend brought over a bag filled with wine corks one Saturday and suddenly, I was on a mission to find a use for them! Martha Stewart has a cute Valentine’s Day project to turn wine corks into X and O stamps. She uses them to actually stamp red X’s and O’x on cocktail napkins.

I was so inspired, I grabbed my black sharpie and exacto knife right away and started making my own. Instead of just doing X’s and O’s, I figured out a number of shapes that would be needed to create my own geo font stamp set. The shapes on the right of the photo are the ones I recommend if you want to be able to stamp letters. Some letters will require a couple of shapes.  Within an hour,  I had a set of outlined shape stamps and filled shape stamps. The cork was pretty easy to carve and now I can’t wait to find different fabrics and papers to stamp! You can create napkins, cards, name tags, custom gift wrap, canvas bags, and more.

I did a quick test using an inkpad and cardstock.

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Stay tuned for what becomes of my geo stamps! What stamps will you create with your wine corks?

XOXO,
Dawn