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Sew a Knot Pillow for Fairfield's 80th Birthday Celebration

Fairfield is celebrating their 80th birthday with 80 different craft tutorials. To join in on the celebration, I am sharing a tutorial for a knot pillow. If you haven't seen a knot pillow before, they are very popular and there are a few different ways to tie the knot, this is just one. For the pillow, we are going to tie a ball-type knot. I have included a video tutorial on tying the knot, to make it easier for you to follow. So let the celebration begin!

Materials:

  • stretch fabric
  • ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • empty wrapping paper tube
  • poly-fil
  • string, rubber band - optional
  • Fabri-Tac  -  optional

Directions:


Working with the full length of the fabric, cut a band that is 5" wide.
I used some fabric remnant I had on hand.


You can cut off the selvage ends if you desire but it isn't necessary.
Pin the width of the fabric together (right sides together) so that the 5" width is now 2.5".


Sew along this long edge, removing pins as you go.
You can sew one end of the tube closed if you desire.
A zig-zag stitch is desired for the stretch in the fabric.


If you didn't sew one end closed, you can use a cord to knot it closed or use a rubber band.


While still wrong sides out, insert a wrapping paper tube into the fabric tube.
Gather the entire fabric tube onto the wrapping paper tube.


This is a little tricky but it does work.
Stuff the closed end of the fabric tube into the center cavity of the wrapping paper tube and begin to fill the fabric with poly-fil.
Keep stuffing and pushing it down into the tube.
If needed, use a device to assist you like a ruler, or knitting needle.
You will need about 1/2 a pound of poly-fil.


If you find a hole in your seam, or actually create one by pulling too tight on the fabric,
I found that Beacon's Fabri-Tac works wonders and you don't need to sew the gap closed.

How to tie the knot:


I cut two lengths of fabric but only need one for the pillow, so I made two!

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Glow in the Dark | Halloween Card

This month I am participating in a Halloween video blog hop. I created the card above for the hop and I am sharing the cutting files free (links below). The unique quality of this card is that the spider web glows in the dark.

 


 

I used my Cricut Maker to cut the black cardstock and the clear overhead projector sheet. I had some trouble finding the right setting for the overhead plastic, I ended up using the Cricut mat cover sheet setting and adding more pressure. The finished folded card is 6" x 4"

Some items used in this post have been provided.

Materials:

  • black cardstock
  • white cardstock - 8" x 6"
  • overhead projector sheet
  • glow in the dark paint
  • paintbrush
  • adhesive
  • Xyron
  • heat gun (optional)
  • personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • free cut files (linked below)

Directions:

The file contains both cut images. [cut file]
To download the file, click on the text in the brackets above, the image will open in a new window.

Right-click the image and save as an SVG file.

Video Tutorial:


Well, glow in the dark photographs blurry, but here is a close-up of the web.

The next video on the hop can be found here: https://youtu.be/dCFa8qXjiWQ

 

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Make a Quick and Easy Card

I have a video tutorial on the ScraPerfect blog today showing how to make a card. This is part two of a three-part series that makes the card and envelop in the image above. Visit me on ScraPerfect and follow along with each step. [step 1 - DIY stamp] [step 2 - card]

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Make a Paper Mobile with Maker's Movement

With just a few simple materials you can make this beautiful hanging mobile. Today I am working with Maker's Movement to bring you this tutorial. I just love how it turned out. I have it hanging in the doorway between my living room and dining room. My daughters noticed it and mentioned how pretty it is and the cats noticed it and are deciding whether or not they want to try and play with it!

 

Materials:

  • nested die
  • CrossOver II
  • coordinating cardstock
  • adhesive
  • 2 beads
  • cord
  • washi tape
  • scissors

Video Tutorial:

 

 


Here it is hanging in my house.

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Making Mini Bows for Embellishments

Embellishment costs for crafting can really add up. I enjoy making my own whenever possible, I've used quite a few materials from the Dollar Tree, and I have done so in this post as well. You see mini bows in all kinds of crafting,  I have found making my own enjoyable and relaxing as well as saves me money. Plus, I can make the bows the size and color I need for my projects.

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Materials:

Video Tutorial:


finished bows

 

Making a Mirrored Trivet

This mirror trivet was made using a design piece from Denise Boddey Designs. I am a member of the Denise Boddey design team and I am provided with materials to create this post. When I saw this delicate chipboard piece I had a concept in my mind for placing it on a decorative mirror. The video tutorial will take you through my process.

Materials:

  • chipboard - Deco Doily Small
  • Folk Art paint - platinum
  • foam brush
  • round mirror 
  • rhinestones
  • uv resin
  • epoxy resin
  • e-6000

Directions:

 

A few lessons learned and suggestions:

Using both kinds of resin was not necessary.

The epoxy resin took away the bling of the rhinestone facets.

 

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Make Your Own Stamps

I have a video tutorial on the ScraPerfect blog today showing how to make your own stamps. This is part one of a three-part series that makes the card and envelop in the image above. Visit me on ScraPerfect and follow along with each step. [step 1 - DIY stamp]

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Making Embossed Earrings with Maker's Movement

I absolutely love the detail in these earrings. I wasn't sure if I could emboss faux leather but I gave it a try and it turned out fabulously! I stamped an image onto the faux leather, applied embossing powder, and then heat set it. I was really impressed! I actually ended up making two pairs of earrings. Check out the how-to video below.

 

Materials:

  • faux leather *
  • Versamark ink
  • stamp
  • embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • soda can
  • dies *
  • Mini Maker *
  • super glue
  • jewelry making tools *
  • jewelry jump rings and ear wires *
  • silver paint pen

The items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by Maker's Movement.

Video Directions:


smaller pair of earrings

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How to Fold a Cute Mini Basket

These adorable mini baskets are easy and fun to make. They are made from construction paper which is inexpensive however, you could use different paper. I bought my paper at the Dollar Tree, it was the Crayola brand. They would make cute little treat baskets for a wedding or a baby shower. How would you use them? What would you put in them?

Materials:

  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • adhesive
  • decorative element

Directions:

If you are interested in the flower embellishments, here is a link to the tutorial. [flower embellishments

Follow the video tutorial below.

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