“Knitted” Dog Bone Stocking

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create a Stocking Especially for Your Furry Friend!

I have many crafting talents; knitting is not one of them.  I can knit a pot holder or a scarf but the list pretty much ends there.  However, I love the look of knitted stockings.  I already have store bought knitted stockings that I embellished for the humans in my life, but my dog needed his own stocking to hang by the chimney with care.  I couldn’t find a knitted dog themed stocking in stores, so I set out to make my own.  By cutting up an old sweater, I was able to have a stocking that looks knitted but only required my sewing skills!  So, get ready to make your furry best friend the best “knitted” stocking ever.

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Burlap Ruffled Tree Skirt

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create a cute ruffled tree skirt with pratterned burlap.

Buying a tree skirt is always filled with problems for me.  The inexpensive ones always look cheap.  The ones the look good are like $50.  Not to mention, there are hundreds of shades of red or green and it’s almost impossible to find your shade of red or green.  I usually walk out of the store feeling frustrated or broke, neither of which are in the Christmas spirit.  So this year, I decided to make my own.  It was cheaper and in my color scheme.  Follow this tutorial to learn how to make your own!

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Reversible Table Runner

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create your own table runner for all occasions!

The holidays revolve around food in many households.  So, you want your table to look nice for all those meals.  Table runners are a great and easy way to add a bit of flare to your table.  To help you save money, this table runner is also completely reversible.  I put the same fabric on both sides so I can easily hide a stain or spill if I don’t have time to wash it.  However, you could just as easily use two different fabrics and make your guests think you have two different table runners.  I like using upholstery fabric for table runners so it has a weighted more luxurious look.

Materials:

  • 3 yards of fabric (if you’re using the same fabric for both sides, this is all you need. If you want a different pattern on the other side, buy an additional 3 yards of fabric)
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Large Ruler

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Bias Tape Napkins

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Custom Napkins with Bias Tape

For holiday dinners, I like to use cloth napkins.  I personally think they express that the dinner is special.  I see so many adorable napkins in stores but those “extras” increase the price.  Instead of paying more, I take ordinary and plain cloth napkins and make them look special.  One of the easiest ways to do this is with bias tape.  You can buy it or make it yourself depending on how crafty you’re feeling.  Your guests will surely be impressed with this project.

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Bat Mask

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Easy Bat Mask for Halloween

Did you make the Bat Cape with me or do you just want a spooky mask?  Masks are an essential part of many Halloween costumes.  This Bat Mask will take your costume up a notch.  You can also edit this mask to fit your needs.

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Pretty Little Hand Warmers

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

It’s getting to be that time of year again, friends! Cold weather time! And while I must admit that I love the cooler months of the year, I’m not a big fan of freezing fingers, so hand warmers are a must in our house. But why should they be boring? Never! Here are a few of our favorite DIY hand warmer projects. Psst, they make great holiday gifts! So check them out and get crafting!

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart Handwarmers - WormWoole Etsy Shop

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart HandwarmersWormeWoole Etsy Shop

So pretty! Am I right? These recycled sweater hand warmers turn old, worn out sweaters into something newly useful and beautiful! Soft and snuggly, I can just imaging them tucked into my pockets, keeping my fingers warm. It must be love!

Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers - Haberdashery Fun

Mini Heart Shaped Hand WarmersHaberdashery Fun

And speaking of love, how about these precious heart shaped hand warmers? Adorable, right? Perfect for using up spare bits of fabric, these would make fantastic teacher gifts from your child (but be sure to make them a set as well!).

Homemade Hand Warmers - Repeat Crafter Me

Homemade Hand WarmersRepeat Crafter Me

And these! Ack! Possibly the cutest hand warmers ever made, these little owls are a lovely project for a beginner sewer and a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list.

Have you made hand warmers for your loved ones? Tell us about your project or send us photos! We love to see them! And check out these and other hand warmer projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

Nothing is more comfy in hot weather than something that feels like you aren’t wearing it at all. Nudity without the embarrassment of exposure—that’s what this tunic-style shirt feels like.

And it was SO easy to make. You make ONE cut. You sew TWO seams. Finish edges, sew in the elastic shirred waist (this isn’t hard, but does take about as long as the rest of the shirt-making combined), and you have a new, fun, flattering top!

Start with the right fabric. I bought this as a remnant, so I don’t know exactly what it is. I’m guessing it’s a rayon challis. You’ll want a fabric that is lightweight, drapes well and isn’t too crisp or thick.

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