Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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It’s time again to announce another lucky winner of Free Stuff Friday!! Congratulations to… Randi! Create something beautiful with your new sewing and quilting prize pack!


You’ve won a pack of lightweight interfacing, quilt template vinyl plastic sheets, Fabric Magic Steam Activated Shrinking Fabric, and printable fabric sheets!

The winning answer to “How do you keep warm as the weather gets cooler?” is…

“Socks and warm ankle high slippers. As long as my feet are warm, I am okay. Coffee or hot tea also helps.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Free Stuff Friday!!

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Happy Friday! We have a very special prize to give away today for all you quilters, sewers, or creative crafters!


Enter today to win a pack of lightweight interfacing, quilt template vinyl plastic sheets, Fabric Magic Steam Activated Shrinking Fabric, and printable fabric sheets!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: How do you keep warm as the weather gets cooler?

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Craft Bloopers Drawing

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This is a safe space. A space where it’s okay to admit that you sewed the waistband of a slip incorrectly, and it came loose and fell off while standing in a crowded elevator (it really is, Sherrill L.). This is a space where we won’t laugh at you, but with you because we’ve all been through it. Here, when you share your craft disasters, you won’t be met with ridicule, but with understanding head nods from people who have had their fair share of bloopers. At CreateForLess, we’ll actually reward you for admitting your mistakes. You could win a $100 Gift Certificate to CreateForLess by telling us your biggest craft mishap at the 2013 Craft Bloopers Drawing!

I’ll go first:

I was attempting to sew my first pattern. It was a little bit out of my skill level. It had buttons, interfacing, and even a collar. But that’s not where I started to struggle. I could not figure out what I was supposed to do with the sleeves. I ended up misreading the directions and sewing them in backward. Once I realized my mistake, I was so frustrated with the whole ordeal that I went a little too crazy with my seam ripper taking them out. I ended up ripping my sleeve right in half, along the grain of the fabric, not even along a seam! I was out of fabric to make a new sleeve, so I just added a little hem to the armholes and decided to make it sleeveless!

Here are a few brave souls from last year’s Craft Bloopers Drawing:

I was using my lo-temp glue gun attaching artificial flowers to a straw hat for AG dolls– I used one of my “That Purple Thang” tools to hold and press down the flowers so as not to burn/mess up my fingers. I dropped a flower and leaned over to retrieve it and when I sat up, I couldn’t find my Purple Thang. I bet I looked for an hour – everywhere- even down the front of my dress. After that, I gave up on the project and hours later as I was in the bathroom, there I saw it (in the mirror), stuck to my very fluffy curly hair and held securely with glue. I use a foil pie dish to rest my glue gun and Purple Thang while using it. I see now how my hair brushed it all when i leaned over to get the dropped flower. The rest explains itself.

- Linda N.

I was heading out to a New Year’s Eve party in 2005 and had carefully glued on fake fingernails using a small tube of craft glue as I thought they’d stay on better. I took the glue with me just in case I needed to re-glue a nail. As I was driving, one of the nails came loose. I took the glue out of my purse and used my teeth to help open the lid. To my horror, glue squirted onto my lips and tongue. Suddenly my lips were glued into an Elvis-like sneer and my tongue had an uncomfortable smudge of glue on the tip. I tried my best to get it off, but for the entire evening my lips had a strange little sneer and I spoke with a lisp. My friends thought it was hysterical and it was funny but I had very few dances that evening.

-Eileen T.

Judi B- Craft Bloopers Drawing

While scrapbooking our Gatlinburg vacation, on our last day, I set up my camera delay and propped the camera to the view of my intended subjects (well, except myself). When I made the mad dash to get in the picture, I didn’t allow extra room for my height and the photo printing lab chopped off my head. Well, it was too late for another photo and being at a scrapbook event, I couldn’t reprint this photo from home, so I just had to be creative and draw the rest of my head onto the scrapbook page!

- Judi B.

I was knitting a triangular wrap that could be used a shawl or a wraparound skirt for a dancer. Because it needed to be wide so that it could tie around the shoulders or waist, I used a circular needle, Face it, there is no such thing as a pair of 42″ straight needles.

I took my knitting with me everywhere, including when I took family members for appointments. I’d sit in the lobby or waiting room and knit. One time, a fellow knitter struck up a conversation with me, and we found we had much in common. I just kept knitting away. When that knitter was called in for her appointment I took a look at the shawl. I had totally forgotten that I was making a flat object, and had knit over half-a-dozen rows that were completely circular. The shawl looked rather like a windsock with a triangular tail!

- Celeste C.

I keep a spray bottle with bleach for fabric when I want to remove color. One morning while getting ready for work I was just wanting to mist my curly hair to liven it up. I reached and grabbed my bleach/water combo and sprayed away. After getting my hair pretty wet I was wondering why I smelled something but could not pinpoint what it was at the moment. When it dripped onto my shirt, it dawned on me!!! OOPS!
Too late, Hope it sets a trend!

- Judy T.

If they can do it, you can do it! Send us your craft blooper today and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate!

Craft a Summery Tote with Therm-O-Web

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Summery Tote

Therm-O-Web’s popular Heat n’ Bond products are perfect for people who love to sew but don’t have time to fuss with pins, basting, or shifting when attaching interfacing and fleece. The fusible webbing means no pinning or basting, and perfect professional products every time! The summer tote above uses Heat n’ Bond products to give the bag extra stiffness and makes it more durable to carry everything you need!

Gather up some of our favorite Therm-O-Web products:

Heat N Bond Fusible Fleece
Spray N Bond Fusible Adhesive
Heat N Bond Craft Extra Firm

And learn the techniques used to make this fun tote over at the Therm-O-Web Blog!

Do you love Therm-O-Web as much as we do? Check back on Friday, and you could win your very own Therm-O-Web prize pack at Free Stuff Friday!

Dotee Dolls

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

I spent yesterday afternoon making my first three Dotee dolls, and what fun that was! Have you heard of them? They were invented by a lady in Australia named Dot, and they’re becoming quite the rage, especially for swapping. (Click here to see more dotees)

I was charmed by them right off the bat, and also love that they take so little in the way of materials or even skill. In fact, this would be a great craft to do with a child—a fun way to learn basics like sewing on a button, stuffing a small toy, with a reward at the end in the form of a new toy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scraps of fabric, roughly 8″ to 10″ square
  • A bit of white, cream, or tan fabric for the face
  • Trims for hair (optional)
  • Dangly bits—those earrings from the ’80′s you held onto work well
  • Odd bits and buttons you might use
  • Pens, crayons, etc., for drawing the face
  • Glue, needle & thread, scissors, fusible interfacing, etc.

The simplest dotees are rectangular, with no arms, legs, or even hair. They always have a hanger at the top, and a dangle at the bottom. Well, actually the dangle is optional, too!

To get started, decide about how big you want your dotee to be. Try a rectangular one first—you can make shaped ones next. Cut a two pieces of fabric the size of the doll you have in mind, plus half an inch seam allowance all around, plus about an inch more to allow for the “shrinkage” that will happen when you stuff it. If you like, round the top of the rectangles.

Now cut a circle of the white/cream/tan fabric for the face. You might want to cut a paper circle first, to gauge size. Draw a face on the circle. I used an ink pen, a fine-tip marker, and fabric crayons to draw mine. Use what you have—it’s all good!

Cut a bit of fusible interfacing the same size as the circle, and iron the face in position on the front of your rectangle.

Now sew the rectangles together, right sides facing. Leave a gap at the bottom for stuffing. Clip any curves, and trim the corners, and turn right side out. Stuff lightly, and blind stitch the opening.

If you aren’t going to put hair on your doll sew the hanger into the seam. If your doll will have hair, you can cut a length of string, tie a knot to make a loop, and sew where the hair will cover the knot.

For Plaidy Lady, I used a short length of upholstery fringe for her hair, with a button sewed to each end, and sewed it around her face, going right through the doll, and putting a French knot in several places just for pretty. I also added a bit from a broken necklace, to hand down in front. Here’s the back:

You could also just glue the fringe in place, which is what I did with the two other dotees.

Now choose a dangle—a dangly earring, a bit of a bracelet, etc.—or create your own. Sew or glue it to the bottom of your doll. If you like, cover the place where it’s attached with a button. (I put buttons on the front and back, both.)

Like many crafts, I think the instructions make these dolls sound harder to make than they actually are. Here’s the truth of the matter: I looked at pictures of a bunch of dotees, and just started making them. It’s that easy, and I think you’ll think so, too, once you’ve tried one!

Adding an Appliqué to Clothing

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By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”. 

Making your own appliqué is not hard, but it does take some practice to make it look good.  To make your own appliqué, all you need is Heat & Bond, fabric of your choice and something that needs embellishing!

Here’s what you need:

  • Heat & Bond—make sure it’s the kind you can sew on
  • Fabric that you want to use as part of your appliqué  **Make sure you pre-wash it!!
  • Scissors, Iron, sewing machine
  • Clothing, towel, bag or anything you want to appliqué on!

1. Cut out a piece of fabric you want to use for your appliqué.  I found this bird & love it! Notice I decided to keep the fabric between the legs.  I decided that they are small enough that they would get when I sewed between them; thus, easier and better looking in the end if I left it.

2. Using your Heat & Bond’s instructions, apply your piece to your project.

3. Here’s the harder part that sometimes takes some practice. You need to choose a stitch to sew around the edges of your appliqué. You have some options. If your machine is pretty basic with few stitches, go for a zig-zag. If you have lots of options, you may want to play with what you think looks best. I chose to use #11 on my machine. After using different stitches, it was my favorite.

4. Starting in a less-conspicuous spot of your design, sew around the entire outer edge, making sure your stitches are always catching your appliqué.

Here’s another example of an appliqué a friend did on a towel:

Messenger Bags

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Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

I’m proud to say that it’s been years since I’ve given my family members a store-bought gifts. My gifts vary depending on the person and which craft I’m into at the time. Last Christmas my family received scrapbook calendars. I designed each scrapbook layout depending on the month’s holidays, birthdays and past trips we took that month. For birthdays this year I made candles and candle holders. For Mother’s and Father’s day I used Mod Podge and scrapbooking paper to decorate Paper Mache frames.

Now that Christmas is over, I can blog about what I made this year! This year I’m into sewing. Since everyone is carrying their laptops everywhere, I made messenger bags to tote them around. I used the Stitchin’ Post Messenger Bag & Quilted Laptop Pattern. This pattern was easy to understand, even for a novice sewer like me. But an expert sewer could use this pattern as a template to customize their bags.

I had fun picking out the fabric from each bag. I choose quilting fabric because I wanted something bright and fun. I used interfacing to make the fabric stiffer and so the bag would hold its shape. I followed the pattern and made one large pocket, and a divided inside pocket.

Now that I’ve already made a few bags, I’ve got a ton of ideas to add to my next bag. Which just so happens to be for me :) I would like to add a side outside pocket for my cell phone. Also I want it to close by sewing a loop to the bottom front seam, and a button on the top flap to button it closed. What would you add?

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