Keeping the theme from last week, bugs eating bugs, I took this shot in Oklahoma in a barn. The spider was dragging the paralyzed spider around the barn looking for a good place to have his snack. It was wild to see since the spider was bigger than the wasp.
Month: September 2013
Free Tutorial – Fabric Flower Ring
Time flies! I can’t believe it’s already fall, but the air is cooling down and the leaves are starting to change. Just because nature is starting to change does not mean we can’t appreciate the beauty of nature all year-long. Fabric Flower Rings are a fun way to jazz up any outfit and a super easy project for kids.
Project Title: Fabric Flower Rings
Written By: Brandie Bell
Project Description: Create a fun ring to wear year round with fabric flowers and a little bedazzle.
Small fabric bedazzle
1. Gather your materials, Fabric flower ring, bedazzle jewel, ring blank, and glue.
2. Starting with your flower ring, Remove the stem, then remove the middle plastic piece.
3. Grab your ring blank and apply glue to the top. Very gently press the flower to the ring. If your flower has more than the layer, glue in between each layer.
4. Add a tad more glue to the middle of your flower and add your bedazzle jewel.
5. Let it dry and you have a fun, year round accessory.
You can also make hair clips this same way. Just glue to the clip instead of the ring.
You can Download the tutorial with the below link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ad5XPApFfILRk2OwB5rqyPzN2WkzGeMypm6HV0tiuXc/edit?usp=sharing
Beaded Crystal Necklace
Beaded Crystal Necklace. Round peyote around the crystal.
Photo Wednesday – A Damselfly Feast
Did you know damselflies ate flies? I sure didn’t until I saw this one having lunch. Pretty awesome.
Peyote Stitch Peacock Necklace
A gift I made for a friend. Made with seed beads. Round Peyote Stitch Purple on round peyote stitch green with Peacock feather accent. Magnetic closure with mini crystal bead accents.
Free Downloads – Blog Idea Stationary
I don’t know if your like me, but I love stationary and forms. Sometimes the structure of filling something out helps my mind flow. I created a couple of templates to help mind map ideas if you write a blog. It would also work for mapping out an idea or story.
They are available free for download. I hope they make your life easier.
> Right Click on picture > Save As > Save to your destination to download <
Red Panda Tote Hand decorated
Red Panda Tote – Made with fabric paint. Handmade by Brandie. Tote bags make great gifts, this one was for my boyfriends niece, who loves red pandas.
Net Necklace – Handmade
Jewelry time! This necklace was made out of turquoise color seed beads and small pink and green jade round beads. The round beads are recycled from an old broken necklace.
Free Tutorial – 9 Step Iron Skillet Handle Covers
Tutorial Title: Iron Skillet Handle Covers
Written By: Brandie @ Sugar Beet Crafts
Cast iron skillet handle covers are a great way to accessorize and keep safe in the kitchen.
Most “coated” cookware can be toxic after time. In an effort to be healthy we decided in our home to use only cast iron skillets. After burning myself a few times the light bulb in my head went off, “I should make some handle covers!” I found the perfect fabric, so lets get sewing!
I used a colored thread so you can see the stitches, but you might want to use a thread color that matches the seam binding. I am still new at sewing (and this is my first attempt at this project) so please excuse the crude stitching.
(4) pieces of material 3 1/2 x 1 inches (two for inside, two for outside)
(4) pieces of batting (like polyfil)
seam binding – the size of the binding depends on your actual pan handle. You need enough to go around your handle and two short ones for the opening. Mine was aproxomately 15 inches
Step 1: Gather up all your materials
Step 2: Make a template for your pan handle cover. I used my biggest pan, this way I can make one size that works with all of your pans.
Grab a ruler, a big index card and a sharpie. Trace a square all the way around your handle. Make it about an inch larger than the handle to allow for seams.
Step 3: My panhandle was 2 1/2 x 5 1/2. Cut out your template.
Step 4: Cut your material. I made the fabric rectangles bigger than my template so that I can trace the template onto the material and use that as a sew line.
Step 5: Next place your fabrics together, I used a dark green for the inside and the mushroom print for the outside.
Your fabric should be right sides out with the polyfill in the middle (put 2 pieces of polyfill in each side, I tried it with just one and it was not quite enough to protect from the heat). You should wind up with two “material sandwiches”.
Step 6: Sew the top three sides of all the layers together using the lines you traced from the template. Then cut off the excess material.
Step 7: You should have two little “pillow”pieces that look like this.
Step 8: Grab your seam binding. Measure out two pieces to fit the bottom of each side. Tuck your material into the binding (make sure both side of the little pillow are covered) then pin. Once pinned sew across the bott
Step 9: Sew some more seam binding around the remaining three sides. Then using a small amount of the seam binding, make a loop. Pin down the loop to the top and sew. *Make sure you tuck the ends of the seam binding under for a neater look.
I am sure there is probably a better way of making these, so if you have any tips or tricks please feel free to comment.
I hope you can use this tutorial in the future. If you do make one, I would love to see them!
Recycled Syrup Bottle – into a beaded 4 leaf clover vase
My boyfriend’s mother is a wiz at finding 4 leaf clovers. She was keeping them in an old empty syrup bottle from Cracker Barrel. It was begging to be decorated, a 4 leaf clover is special, so it should have a special home. So I did what I do best, I put beads on it.
Have you ever seen an object you just had to decorate? I would love to know please leave a comment.
Small bottle of syrup from Cracker Barrel