New Camelot Fabrics

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In my Twitch Stream the other day I talked about some of the amazing new fabric that Camelot is coming out with.  It reminded me that I need to share these fabrics with you!  Today I am going to share the Guardians of the Galaxy line coming out in June.

They even have free patterns that you can use the fabric to make!

I am so excited to see these in person!!

-Toni

 

 


Birds of a Felted Feather

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Perhaps it’s my bias towards sewing skills, but felt and embroidery projects always catch my eye. It’s like my brain is playing a Where’s Waldo type game but with fabric and thread without telling me. 😛 It’s no wonder I easily came across these awesome felt sculptures as a result.

Jill Ffrench, is the owner and artisan of Fantails and Feet, a custom felt sculpture artist that makes beautifully expressive birds out of felt, thread, wire and wax. While you can see she has a passion for peacocks, her entire collection of birds is simply lovely.

I especially love the extra detailing the feathers get to selectively make them pop, but they’re all wonderful. If you’re a bird lover, or know someone who is, I definitely recommend giving this shop of fine feathered friends a look over.


An Abundance of Blooms

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Happy Sunday, all!

Supposedly tomorrow is the first day of Spring here and while the temperature may not reflect that, the amount of sun has definitely improved! It makes me think of green grass, warm breezes, and flowers. Fragrant blossoms arching toward the bright light, full of color and beauty. It’s a bit early for them, though, so what’s a girl to do? How about we make some of our own? I’ve always admired the colors and realism achieved when creating coffee filter flowers:

With a little swipe of essential oil around the sides, these could also give off a delightful scent!

During my spring cleaning, I found an awful lot of stray buttons. We could always make some button flowers:

Perhaps to be made into badges or hair clips?

Or maybe you still have some fabric scraps laying around from other projects and rather than the roses in our Spring Cleaning tutorial, you want some cute little flowers for embellishment:

These would also be great for hair ornaments!

Of course, there is always room for a little bit of crochet so why not some pretty petals of yarn:

These could be placed on a bag or blanket or whatever catches your fancy.

Oh it just makes me think about all of the warm days to come! I sure hope they show up soon.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


A Bit of Spring Cleaning

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Happy Sunday, all!

The up and down weather has continued here but the warm temps have definitely outweighed the cold ones! As it stays brighter longer and the breeze is full of the smell of growing things, my mind inevitably turns to…cleaning! Purging! Out with the old! Seriously, I’ve been putting some real effort into using/recycling/pitching many of those things that have been cluttering up my space. What I’ve found should be no surprise as I am a self confessed fabric and yarn hoarder but I’ve also found a lot of scraps. I *know* I’ll use them but the question is when? Right now, I say! Easter/May Day/Mother’s Day and other celebrations are afoot and what better way to bust some scraps than to make things, especially useful things like this earbud pouch:

This looks like the perfect way to keep them untangled and easy to find.

You could definitely experiment with different pattern and zipper combinations. Along with that pouch, I am always fighting with my various device charging cords so you could also use scraps to make a cord keeper:

Keeping those cords organized in a stylish way!

Now we don’t have to JUST make useful things, there are plenty of pretty projects to use up those fabulous colorful or fancy scraps like this bracelet:

Which could include more than one fabric type for more texture.

Or these bobby pins:

Imagine what I could do with all of my character fabric!

Or even these fabric flowers:

They will last a lot longer than their regular counterparts and you could put some potpourri in the planter so that they still smell lovely.

Now doesn’t that feel good? Even if I didn’t offer something you may want to try, I assure you that there are dozens of other scrap project lists out there. We’d love to see some of yours, too! I’m off to sort through another mountain of stash fabric in the meantime.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Adorable Felt Bookmarks

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I know traditional books are becoming a dying medium, but there is something wonderful about them. The weight and age a book can carry isn’t something that can quite be replicated with e-readers yet. So if you’re like me and still read bound books, I have some super cute felt bookmarks to share with you today!

These adorable things are handmade and designed by Italian creative artist Alessandra Rossi from Lanatema. They’re designed to not only help you find where you left off, but make it super easy as well since they sit on the corner instead of by the binding. Bonus, this also helps keep the spine from being stretched out! She has many other adorable felt creations listed up on her shop like phone cases, key chains, ornaments and even some plush! I certainly recommend you take a look if you are a fan of cute things. ^_^


Dr Who Rug DIY

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Hi there Thursday readers!

I found a super cool, super easy DIY that I had to share with you. It’s also done on the cheap, as most of what you need can be purchased readily and cheaply at any craft store. I love Our Nerd Home, and this tutorial comes from there. You can find the full one here.

That’s right. It’s a Dr. Who runner rug. All made from a beige rug (beige is key since that’s a huge colour in the Tom Baker Dr. Who scarf) from a hardware store. For this project you will need: Light coloured runner carpet, paint – you can look at the photo above for suggested colour types: yellow, blue, green, red, purple, and brown but you can use any you like that speak to you of Tom Baker’s Dr. Who (this tutorial used a mixture of types – acrylic craft paint and latex paint samples). You will need textile or fabric medium (this is a substance that you add to paint to use it to paint fabric), sponge brushes, painter’s tape, a tiny crochet hook, a few shades of yarn, a ruler, and superglue.

Your first step is to use painter’s tape and mark off stripes on the carpet. Use your ruler to make sure they’re even – measure at both sides and at the middle.

Next, before you start painting, you’ll want to mix your fabric paint with the textile medium so that it won’t chip and can even be washed.When you paint the actual carpet, you want to stipple the paint rather than brush the paint on (like tapping the sponge onto the fibers to really get the paint in there)

The stripes will have to be done in a couple different stages, since many painted stripes are right next to each other. The first round of painting, it will be easiest to paint every other stripe. Pull off the tape, let it all dry for an hour or two, and then tape along the edge of the previously painted stripe so that you can paint the one next to it without it looking icky.

You can let it dry and stop there. Or if you feel the need for fringe, then you’ll need wool in colours that match your stripes. You can cut them as long as you want your tassels to be (but double it in length as you’ll be folding it in the middle). Then, just stick a small crochet hook right through the rubber backing on the runner to do a basic fringe (which is basically a slipknot). A little dab of superglue on each little fringe will keep it in place.

And that, my friends, is one of the coolest rugs ever.

Enjoy!

~ Megan


Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge

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While in Houston I was lucky to be at the unveiling of the next Cherrywood Challenge, Van Gogh.

From the Cherrywood site:

Quilts are Due: August 1, 2017

$45 includes registration fee, shipping of fabric, return shipping of quilt, and one fat quarter each of black and three official VAN GOGH blues.

Goal: Use van Gogh’s paintings as inspiration to push yourself creatively, think outside the box and create new fiber art. You do NOT need to choose a painting and copy it inch for inch. Put a little bit of yourself into it. Take inspiration from WHAT he painted, HOW he painted, WHY he painted, WHERE he painted, etc…

Quilts must measure 20″ x 20″ and must be square.

The entire quilt top and binding must be made from Cherrywood Fabric. Backing is your choice of any fabric.

Most of (about 60-75%) of the quilt top must use the official VAN GOGH blues and black. The quilt should “read” blue. (We were pushed to list an actual percentage, but please do not get uptight over this number. The challenge is to use as much blue and black as possible.) Accent colors of Cherrywood may be added. White may be a different brand (we do not carry white).

Any technique or fabric manipulation is acceptable as long as it maintains the color and character of a textile quilt (if so much paint is applied that the original color of the fabric is not obvious, it may lead to disqualification). Embellishments may be added, with the exception of glitter, but must stay within the 20-inch size.

Finished quilt must have a top, a middle, and a backing. Maximum thickness: 1 inch. Note that the quilt will be packed and unpacked many times. No sleeve is required.

First Place – $700 Gift Card
Second Place – $200 Gift Card
Third Place – $100 Gift Card

Ever since I saw the Wicked challenge two years ago I have been wanting to participate in the Cherrywood Challenge.  I decided to take the plunge this year!  I purchased the basic Van Gogh pack.

I won’t be making a pixel quilt (what I am known for), but want to challenge myself and make another art quilt.  I am definitely going to make it geeky!  I am starting the brainstorming process and hope to get started on it after Magfest.  August 1 may seem like it is a long way away, but it will be here before I know it.

Want to participate in the challenge?  You can buy the kits right from Cherrywood or from your local quilt shop that carries their fabric.  Let me know if you are participating!  I am creating a special Facebook group for everyone I know that is making a quilt so we can support each other and cheer each other on.

-Toni


Unique Little Book Purse, DIY Style!

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Good morning, Thursday Crafters!

Today I have a nice little tutorial for you that I thought was super cool. It is all about finding a great hardback book and turning it into a purse. How, you say? Well I’ll show you. This tutorial is from Instructables, and you can find the whole thing here, though there are many tutorials that float around online.

First you need to find a book that you like. There’s a few really good places to go to find unique, hardcover books. Thrift stores will be one of your best friends as well as antique and used book stores. A lot of them are pretty cheap too, so you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to get a super cool book to be the cover of your purse.

You will next need to remove the pages of your book. Use an exacto knife/box cutter to remove everything cleanly. If you selected a book with really cool images or you’d like to reuse your pages, there are several tutorials floating around (and maybe I’ll post another one next week) where you can use the pages as a crafting material. You will need to cut a piece of fabric of your choice in the same size as the book cover, fold the edges in 1/2 inch and iron the fold so it will stay.

Your next step (you can skip this if you’re planing on making a clutch) is to get your handles ready. At many fabric or craft stores you can buy purse handles separately. But keep in mind this isn’t your only choice. Keep your eye out in your closet for purses you don’t use anymore or you can even check out the second hand or vintage stores to see if there is anything you can easily take apart. Every set of handles is going to be different. You will basically need a way to attach your handles to your purse, so if you only have metal D rings or places for straps, you’ll need to get creative and buy/make your own (as seen above).

Glue your fabric strips to the book. You can use a glue gun, though I prefer stronger industrial adhesives (like E6000) for things like this.

You will also need to glue your fabric with the fold side down onto the cover, covering the handle straps.

Use a large piece (or a couple frankensteined small pieces, and tracet he cover of your book onto the paper, making sure to MARK both ends of the spine of the book on your paper.Measure the width of one side of the book, and draw a line that is that same length about 75 degrees from where you marked the beginning of the spine.  This angle controls how wide your purse will open.    The smaller the angle the wider your purse will open.

You will need a mirrored image on all the other sides, and you can do so by strategically cutting and folding at the centre lines so that you don’t need to keep finding angles. 🙂 When you’re finished, cut two pieces of lining fabric out of this stencil.

Next you will want to sew the angles that you made to the straight sides with the right sides facing each other. This will help to create a box-like shape for the inside of your purse.

Do the same with the second piece, and then when you’re finished, turn one of the pieces inside out (so you have a result like the photo above).

Put the right side out piece inside the wrong side out piece, and sew around the top edge.  You need leave a hole big enough for you to put hand though so that you can…

… turn it inside out! You will need to seal the hole you used to do this, so you can either slip stitch it by hand or do a neat little top stitch on your machine.

Sew some velcro into this section of the purse so you can close it (or you can improvise and glue a clasp or tie across the top of the book when it’s done… or both)

Your last step is to glue the inside pocket of your purse to your binding. And voila! You have just made a pretty cool book bag. Literally, a book that’s a bag. Love it.

Happy Crafting!

~Megan


Camelot Fabrics Coloring Contest

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Coloring Books have shown to help with de-stressing, calmness, and overall wellness.  There have been some great coloring books being released lately aimed at adults.

Camelot Fabrics wants creative brains to have a little time to unwind.  So they have created their own free designer coloring book.  Each of the illustrations represents the diverse and modern styles of Camelot Fabrics.

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In addition to giving you a free coloring book, they are holding a contest!  Follow them on Instagram and use the hashtag #cfcoloringbook when you post pictures of your colored pages.  On Friday August 19th, they will pick one lucky winner at random to receive a fat quarter bundle of their quilting cotton.

As of today, there haven’t been any submissions!  So get coloring and share your entry with us at Craft Hackers as well as on Instagram.

-Toni

 


Spring Fabrics

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Last week was Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  Quilt Market is where all of the fabric manufacturers launch their new lines of fabric. This happens only twice a year.  One of my favorite fabric manufacturers, Camelot Fabrics released a lot of amazing fabrics I can’t wait to work with.  Their Licensed Collections are stunning.

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I am super excited about some of these free projects as well!  The best thing about their new line is the Frozen coloring fabric.

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The entire line of fabric lets you color it yourself!  There are a lot of choices of pens and markers that are permanent and can be washed.

I can’t wait to dive into these fabrics and create new quilts and pillows with them!

-Toni