Category Archives: Tutorial

Make It Monday: Rainbow Cloud Plushie

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Free pattern and tutorial: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/toy/free-rainbow-cloud-plushie/95696

Etsy Store:
www.etsy.com/shop/HeartFeltPlush

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/HeartFeltPlush

Twitter:
twitter.com/HeartFeltPlush (@heartfeltplush)

Instagram:
instagram.com/heartfeltplush/ (@heartfeltplush)

Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/HeartFeltPlush/

Email: heartfeltplush@yahoo.com

Wanelo:
wanelo.com/heartfeltplush Store: wanelo.com/store/heartfeltplush

OH, and I also have a YouTube channel that has 5 short videos on how to do some basic sewing stitches.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcAfzY8uLzVeG1lRfLZK3Vg

Make It: Easy Pillow Cover

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This week’s Make It Monday comes from Jessica at White Window Creations.  It is a pillow cover for the beginner.  Make it!

Easy-Schmeasy Pillow Cover

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I live for the quality Hand-Me-Down.  Whether it be clothes from the older cousins, great-grandma’s recipes, or these pillows that just needed some love and attention.  These pillows are feather-stuffed and fabulous….except for the stains and broken zippers.  We’ll look past that and see them for their true value of feathery softness!!  They will look great on my other recent hand-me-down, a huge brown microfiber sectional couch in nearly-new condition.

This guide is very easy, but very non-specific so you can apply it to any size pillow you are updating.  I would like to thank all of the perfectionists for stopping by.  I truly do appreciate you but this day is not for you.  There are no measurements, just a method of assembly. Read on if you wish, but any hair-pulling on your part will fall under the “I warned you” category.  😉

So, here is what we are working with – large dingy old pillows with broken zippers but they are stuffed with feathers just waiting to be loved!  Fluffy and cuddly and yes please!  One final goodbye:

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GOODBYE!

First, bring your pillow to the fabric store with you.  I didn’t because I am a rebel but you should unless you also throw caution to the wind.  I figured I’ll just make an awesome bag out of any leftovers.  You will need three layers of fabric just larger than the size of your pillow.  See pic:

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After you cut something similar to the above pic (times 3), you then cut several inches off of two of the layers on one end.  I ended up cutting off more (3 inches shown) – cut off about 6 inches or so depending on how large the pillow is that you are covering.  Major “ish” factor applied.  It doesn’t matter as long as you leave plenty of room for overlap.  (I folded the fabrics up so you could see all three layers – nothing special happening there, just visual clarity.)

2014-03-06 12.12.53Next, on the two short ends that you have cut:  SEPARATELY make a clean edge each.  Fold under twice and sew as shown.  We are just making a pretty edge for the opening.  Again, no need to measure as long as you can handle a straight line.  If not, iron before sewing to make life easier.  See below:

2014-03-06 12.15.52Now we are going to assemble the pillow.  Essentially, we are making an envelope.  Place the largest piece right-side-up.  Top with the two smaller pieces, overlapped in the middle right-side-down (so right sides are together) and pin all around the edges.  Sew all four edges and clip the corners.  Turn right side out and stuff with your pillow.

A few hours (and 700 distractions) later….(excuse the toys in the background)

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Enjoy your gorgeous new pillow at an insane savings.  Decorative pillow covers can cost you well over $50 per pillow in large brand name stores.  For this set of four, I spent under $20.

White Window Creations can be found here:

http://www.whitewindowcreations.etsy.com

http://www.facebook.com/whitewindowcreations

http://www.wwcreationsllc.wordpress.com

Twitter @wwcreationsllc

Make It: The Face Scrub

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Try this great crochet face scrubber for beginner crochet.  This comes to us from Megan Sweet at Add Some Stitches on Etsy.

I had attempted to teach my sister how to crochet… We failed miserably until a friend of ours came over and they both decided they wanted a face scrub. I talked them into crocheting it themselves thinking it would only take about 30 mins to teach 2 people who have never crocheted before minus a few chains. WRONG! It took us nearly an hour and a half to finish this little scrub! I promise, as long as you know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet, it probably won’t take you that long!

I use a G hook, but you can use a smaller one if you’re more comfortable with that.  You’ll need some cotton yarn. I use the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn. You can use whatever brand you like, but make sure it’s cotton!

Row 1 : ch 3, 11 dc in third ch from hook, sl st to top of first dc

Row 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st to top of first dc

Row 3: ch 3, 2 dc in each stitch around sl st to top of first dc

To make the handle of the scrub, ch 16 (more or less if your hand doesn’t fit or it’s too loose), line the handle across the scrub and  sl st to the top of the stitch so the handle goes across the middle of the back of scrub. Sl st in next st, and sc across the handle, st into top of stitch, if you’d like a thicker handle, repeat the row of sc’s, when the handle is to your liking, tie off and weave in end.

And… There is your scrub! I don’t care if you sell the finished product, just remember to link back or mention it was by AddSomeStitches. Enjoy! :]

Crochet Heart Applique – Make It!

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Crochet heart applique – tutorial pattern for beginners

Provided by Kikamora Crafts at http://www.kikamoracrafts.com/

Valentine day is coming and You could definitely use some of those cute heart appliques, right? Well, You can either buy them or make them. If You decide to make them here is tutorial of very simple heart applique – simple, but still great looking.

By the way – if You want buy them – I have some in my etsy shop! Take a look!

Notes about this tutorial
You will need a little bit of yarn or crochet thread and crochet hook.
For this tutorial I used 2,5 mm crochet hook and 4-ply mercerized cotton yarn. Heart applique made of this yarn measures ~ 4 cm (1,6″) in width and ~ 3,5 cm (1,4″) in height. But You can also try different yarns and threads.

Used stitches:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet
ss – slip stitch

So, lets start!

Step 1 – chain

Step 1

Chain 5

Step 2 – make ring

Step 2

With slip stitch make ring.

Step 3 – round 1

Step 3 – round 1

Note: All stitches of this round You make in the ring.

Chain 1; 1x single crochet, 1 x double crochet, 1 x triple crochet, 4 x double crochet, 1 x triple crochet, 4 x double crochet, 1 x triple crochet, 1 x double crochet, 1 x single crochet.

Well, if You have good imagination this already starts to look like heart. Now we will give  this applique shape of heart.

Step 4 – round 2

Step 4 – round 2

[2x single crochet in the next chain]; repeat [..] 3 more times; 1 x single crochet in next 3 chains; 3x single crochet in next chain, 1 x single crochet in next 3 chains; [2x single crochet in the next chain]; repeat [..] 3 more times; slip stitch in the ring. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Congratulations!
You have made crochet heart!

Large heart – crochet hook 4mm, wool
Medium heart – crochet hook 2,5 mm, cotton yarn
Small heart – crochet hook 1,75 mm, cotton thread nr.10

These are different size and different material hearts made by this pattern.

Grapevine and Burlap Wreath

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I love Make-It Monday!  This GENIUS tutorial was provided by Santeen Creations….and now I have three Christmas gifts on the to-make list.  😉

There is a practical side to me, the part that says 1 wreath to hang for most of the year and decorate as the holidays come and go is perfect.  Not to mention, storing wreaths takes up space.  I’d rather store the smaller wreath decorations, so here is my solution:  The Twig and Burlap Wreath.

If you have any questions, just ask!

What you will need:

1 grapevine wreath – this one is 18″ and was purchased at Hobby Lobby.
1 package burlap with wire – 2.5″ wide (also purchased at Hobby Lobby – 30 ft roll – don’t worry, you won’t use all of it if you decorate parts only.  To do the entire wreath, I would have an extra roll on hand).
1 Hot Glue Gun (always be careful)
Hot glue sticks
Floral Aluminum Wire
Decorations on alligator clips

This project took me about 20 minutes to do.

To Start:

Put glue on the wreath and put your first edge of burlap down.
Bunch your burlap in this pattern.
Remember to glue the base of each bunch down to the wreath.  Continue this for as far as you want, you could even do then entire wreath if you want.  Glue the end down when finished.
Cut a piece of aluminum wire (mine is dark green) and tie it to the top of the back of the wreath.
That’s it!  Your done!
As I do make bows and accessories, I made a couple St. Patrick’s Day Themed items, put them on alligator clips and clipped them on to the burlap bunch  The decorations are easy to remove, easy to store and the wreath is easy to redecorate for any season!

Make-It Monday: Paper Seed Bomb

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DIY Paper Seed Bomb

This Earth Day I saw a lovely tutorial for seeded paper bombs and thought, I need to make that ASAP!  
 
About 3 months later, I got it done.  Well, my son and I got it done. After all a craft this messy and free form should really be shared with the 4 year old in your life!
 
Step 1: Shred paper and add to a bowl of water
 
Step 2: squish, swirl, mix paper with water until it gets mushy.
 
Step 3: Pour paper into a mesh strainer and press out extra liquid.
 
Step 4: Press paper into a cookie cutter on top of a decent stack of paper towels.  Add Seeds.
 
Step 5: Gently pull seeded paper out and place on a paper plate in sun to dry out.
 
 Step 6: Plant into a garden or wrap and give as a gift!
 
If you have a tutorial to share, visit Promo Junkies of Etsy team (on Etsy, wink) and look for the Make-It Monday thread. 

Make-It Monday: Crochet Bath Puff

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Coming to you straight from Add Some Stitches blog, Megan shows us how to make these uber-adorable and very useful Crochet Bath Puffs.  Pair it with some homemade bath goods for the perfect holiday gift!  Read below and visit Add Some Stitches blog for more great ideas.

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From Megan:   I’ve made these bath puffs before. They’re easy to make, and fun to use (so says the people I’ve given them to!). I suggest using cotton yarn of your choice (not bulky!!!). I use Bernat Handicrafter, or Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn.  (I’ve used them both and they both work great!) The problem I’ve seen with Sugar n’ Cream is you have to buy 2 or more balls of the 2oz sizes. (I bought 2 of them and was about 10 stitches short) So, pick your yarn, get your hook ready and let’s get started!

Abbreviations:  st = Stitch  ch = Chain sl st = slip stitch  dc = double crochet rnd = round

I use a size G hook (4.25mm)

Ch 4, form a ring by joining the first ch with a sl st

Ch 40 (This will be the loop for hanging the puff- if you’d like it longer/shorter, you can adjust it now) sl st into the center of the ring

Rnd 1:  ch 2, dc 40 into center of the ring, join with a sl st (For me, it got REALLY tight trying to fit them all in, but if you don’t, your stitches towards round 4 will be loose and it won’t be a tight ball-like puff.)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st

Rnd 3: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st

Rnd 4: ch 2, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st

Tie off, and weave in ends… then enjoy your new bath puff!