Friendship Cuff Bracelet

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Friendship Cuff Bracelet

This friendship cuff bracelet takes me right back to the 80s, but I still love it today!  I made this based on the tutorial at Sew 4 Home, using the recommended flat braid woven ribbons from Simplicity.  The belting used as the base of the bracelet can be purchased here.

They look like the knotted friendship bracelets we made back in high school, but without the time investment.  The entire bracelet probably took about 15 or 20 minutes to make.

I love how the ends fray!  They look even more authentic with the ends undone like fluffy little tassels.

Top 10 Posts of 2011

10.  Planes, Trains and Automobiles Play Mat Quilt

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Play Quilt

This little play mat/quilt was made for my friends Clint and Angela’s boys.  Clint was battling testicular cancer when we came up with this idea.  This post was the hardest one I’ve ever tried to publish, because I didn’t like talking about even the possibility that he might die.  I miss you, Clint.

9.  A Quick, Easy Way to Frame a Bathroom Mirror

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

Velcro.  It’s AMAZING.

8.  Dr. Who Fabrics

EXTERMINATE Fabric

Whovians want their fabrics!  I’ll be showing you a TARDIS messenger bag soon, I hope, but here’s a little zipper pouch I made with some of the other fabric.  These are large enough to hold a phone and an iTouch, and I made a little stack of them for my kids and their friends at the start of the school year.

7. One More!

Sunrise over a New Bag

I made three of these bags this year.  I got to keep this one!

6.  Sunglasses Case Tutorial

45/365 Embroidered Glasses Case

When I was fairly new to sewing, I was upset that I couldn’t find a sunglasses case tutorial.  So I made my own.

5. Button Monogram Pillow

Button Monogram Pillow

Easy monogram pillows!

4. Snowball Soap

Snowball Soap

This is a really easy to do with or for kids.  Grate Ivory soap, mix in a bit of water and form into “snowballs”.  They’re even better if you hide a little toy inside!

3.  Mom Knows Best

Kim's Checkerboard Tote

Bags made from the Summer 2011 issue of Stitch magazine, designed by Ayumi Takahashi.  This one was for my best friend Kim, and in the post you can see the one I made for my Mom, too.  I love these bags!

2.  Stencil Painted Headboard

Painted Headboard

I still adore this headboard and am so glad for the time I invested in it!  (But it did take AGES to hand paint on these textured walls!)

1.  52 Reasons I Love Him

52 Reasons I Love You

There are many, many more than 52 reasons why I love him, but I was happy to share of few of them!

Thank you for bothering to read my little craft blog, and Happy New Year!

Upcycled Circle Pouch Keychains

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Circle Pouch Keychains

My friend Nannette gave me some squares she’d cut from her son’s USMC uniforms and wanted to see what kind of crafty use I’d have for them.  When I showed my 18 year old the fabric squares Nannette sent me, she asked me for one. She didn’t even need it made into anything – she just wanted to keep a fabric square with her because a Marine wore it in Iraq and Afghanistan, and she just wanted that reminder to keep with her.

Well, I’d just seen this tutorial from Erin Erickson for circle zip earbud pouches and thought that was a much better way for her to keep a bit of that fabric with her.  It just used a 5″ fabric square for the front and back and a few other scraps and supplies, and now she has a useful little reminder or our troops and all they do for us.

I made one for Nannette, using a little piece that had her son’s name stamped inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

And I’ve made a few more for some of the guys on our Christmas list. (I think it’s safe to post that here, I don’t think any of them read this — but if you know them, don’t tell!) I liked a bit of color inside.

Circle Pouch Keychains

They’ll be given with tags explaining they came from recycled uniforms of a USMC combat engineer who toured Iraq (twice!) and Afghanistan, in the hopes that this will be a visual reminder to thank and pray for our troops.  (Most of the squares are being saved for a future project, so hopefully you’ll be seeing them again!)

OORAH!

How to Make Your Printer Work on Fabric

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Organizer Covers

Did you know that if you iron a piece of fabric to the waxy side of freezer paper, then cut it to regular paper size (8.5″x11″), you can put it through your computer printer?  Well, it worked for me with my Kodak printer anyway, although I did learn to keep my hands on the fabric to steady it as it feeds through after my first attempt jammed inside.  The result is a little grungy looking, as you can see little stripes and smears of ink here and there.  As that’s kind of what I was going for, I’m pretty happy with the look.

These are a couple more of the organizer wallets from my last post.  They are addictive little things, and I’ve found that I enjoy them even more if I get a little creative with the covers.  Having an easy way to incorporate writing makes me that much happier with them.

Being able to print on fabric opens up a whole new world of crafting ideas!  Think about how you can personalize gifts with a favorite quote, scripture or even a private joke, so the recipient will know the gift was made just for them.  If you are working on a handmade Christmas this year, I hope this helps!

Wine Cork Trivet

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Wine Cork Trivet

Make an easy trivet out of a handful of wine corks and a dryer vent hose clamp.  Use a screwdriver to “unwind” the clamp as far open as it will go, then stand up wine corks inside the circle.  It helps to use corks that are very close in height to create a flat surface.  I turned mine all in the same direction because I liked the variations in color, but you could switch it up so that each side of your trivet has some color.  Once the circle is full, lift the clamp so that it’s halfway up the corks, then use the screwdriver to tighten the clamp very firmly around the corks.  (Check to be sure you can’t wiggle any of the center corks.)  Ta-da!  Instant trivet, and you have an excuse to buy more wine.  You’re welcome!