Yarn Needle Case

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilight Kallisti

Yarn Needle Case

Sewing needles are essential for crafters but they can easily get misplaced. Tired of pricking my finger when another needle fell out of the paper package I came up with a yarn needle case to store my needles safely. Using yarn, plastic canvas and fabric this case will keep your needles in place in a fashionable way.

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How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant

By Guest Blogger Diane from the blog CraftyPod

In addition to her fantastic sewing and craft projects, Diane’s blog CraftyPod gives insider tips and ideas for selling your crafts and your blog.

How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant by Guest Blogger Diane from CraftyPod

I get thousands of emails each week, begging me to offer more plastic canvas coverage on my blog.

(…Okay, well – perhaps that actually happens only in my mind. But still.)

How to Make a Needlepoint Pendant by Diane from CraftyPod

I’ve been noodling with these needlepoint pendants lately, and liking both the process and finished product. They make up quickly, and use up odds and ends of embroidery floss. Plastic canvas makes a great base for these, because it adds a “heft” that helps the pieces drape well.

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Featured Crafter – Tracia Price

Gifts by Tracia is a handmade craft business. Our product line is crochet, plastic canvas sewing items and more. We have been in business since 2009. We are located in the Southern Maryland area. I am also a co-founder of a non profit group called the Twisted Stitchers. Twisted Stitchers is craft organization. We focused on all types of crafts such as knitting,crocheting,needlepoint,jewerly making and much more. You can visit Gifts by Tracia and you can also visit Twisted Stitchers.

Interested in being a “Featured Crafter”? We want to hear from our crafty friends about what they like to create. Share with us what you put your energy into, whether it is your passion, your business, or simply something you enjoy doing. Do you have your own blog, Etsy store or craft products? Tell us about it!

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Featured Crafter – Rhonda Cooley

There are many crafts I enjoy – cross stitch, plastic canvas, paper crafting. I am self-taught, by trial and error, in all the crafts I do. The craft I enjoy most is sewing. I started out making purses but have since moved on to a variety of things from household items to baby/children’s things. 

I always enjoyed making handmade gifts for family for birthdays and Christmas and everyone enjoys receiving them because they appreciate how much time and effort, not to mention love, is put into each gift I make.

After many compliments and some encouragement from friends and family, I decided to open an etsy shop four years ago (wow-has it been that long??). I sell my baby/children items there. I also sell purses, household items, etc. on Bonanza. 

I am always trying to come up with new ideas for both of my online shops and I love it because it gives me a boost of confidence when something I make is a big hit! 

Here are my store links:

Lil’ Bit Sassy on Etsy
Schoolhouse Designs on Bonanza

Interested in being a “Featured Crafter”? We want to hear from our crafty friends about what they like to create. Share with us what you put your energy into, whether it is your passion, your business, or simply something you enjoy doing. Do you have your own blog, Etsy store or craft products? Tell us about it!

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How to Make a Cool Button Pendant

Welcome Guest Blogger, Diane Gilleland, from the Blog and Podcast “CraftyPod”.

CraftyPod is made by me, Sister Diane – aka Diane Gilleland. I’ve made things my whole life, and would gladly give up most household chores for an afternoon of serious crafting. When I’m not crafting, I producepodcasts, and make zines, and write and blog about crafts. I live in Portland, Oregon – the coolest city ever. I also run DIY Alert, a website for Portland crafters. If you’re a local, you should check it out.

How to Make a Cool Button Pendant

How to Make a Cool Button Pendant at ThinkCrafts.com

How to Make a Cool Button Pendant at ThinkCrafts.com

Here’s what we made at Church of Craft yesterday: Button Pendants. They use good old plastic canvas as their base, which means they can easily be converted to pins. Speaking of which, Susan has two great button projects in Bead Simple that use those plastic canvas rounds. (That’s Page 147 and 213, for you book owners.)

So, you begin with some small pieces of plastic canvas. The 10-count variety is best – the more-commonly available stuff with the larger holes. Start with a piece that’s roughly the size you want your finished pendant to be, plus a little larger. This is a very flexible project, so you can always cut away excess canvas, or even add more later.

Next, gather some cool buttons. You’ll want a mix of sew-through and shank buttons. And you’ll also need some coated copper craft wire in either 24-gauge or 28-gauge. I like 24 myself, but if that seems to stiff to handle, try some 28. You can use any color of wire, by the way.

Okay, now we’re going to wire these buttons to the plastic canvas. Begin with one of your sew-through buttons. Position it on the canvas and move it slightly until you’ve lined up the holes in the button with the holes in the canvas.

Take about an arm’s-length piece of wire. Thread one end through the first set of holes, passing through the button and the canvas. Pull the wire through until there’s about a 6″ tail of wire sticking out from the back of the canvas.

Poke the leading end of the wire back down through the other set of holes – again, passing through both the button and the canvas. Carefully pull the wire through until you have just a little stitch or wire on top of the button. (If your button is a four-hole button, then take another stitch with the wire through those holes, too.)

Now, here’s something to watch out for as you pull your wire through the canvas: it will want to twist up. Take lots of care to avoid these twists! If you pull twisted wire too much, it will kink, and kinked wire can easily break. So, any time your wire begins twisting, stop a moment and un-twist it before you continue pulling.

Let’s add a shank button to our pendant now. Shanks are great, because they can overlap the sew-through buttons and give your pendant some nice dimension.

Place your shank button where you like it on the pendant, and then look at it from the side, like this. Make sure the hole in the shank is in a location you can easily reach. (If it’s not, just spin the button around.) And then, guide the leading end of the wire up through the canvas so that it’s close to where this hole is.

Now that you have the wire positioned, you can thread the button onto it. Scoot it down the wire until it’s back in place on the pendant.

. . . And then pass the wire back down through the canvas, and pull it tight. Apologies for the focus here.

This is a good time to mention: for sew-through buttons, I’ve found that one set of wire stitching is plenty to hold it to the canvas. For shank buttons, I like to stitch them twice, so they don’t flop around.

If you’re using vintage buttons that have wire shanks, these will always have a tendency to flop. You may have to anchor them with a little glue later on.

Keep wiring buttons to your pendant. You can really get creative, stacking buttons on top of each other, and you can of course add beads and other embellishments.

You can even wire a button to the outside edge of your canvas, as seen here. Or, if you decide to make your pendant larger, you can cut a second piece of canvas and wire it to the back of the first one.

When you’re done wiring on buttons, flip your pendant over. You’ll have all these stitches on the back. Finish off the two loose ends of your wire by weaving them under a few of these stitches.

Cut the end very short, like 1/4″ or less, and then use some needle-nose pliers to bend that end down into the canvas, so it won’t stick you when you wear your pendant. Finish off both loose ends this way.

By the way, sometimes you’ll end up with excess canvas sticking out from under the buttons. No worries – you can simply cut this away with scissors. . . . And your wire-cutters can help you reach into tighter spots.

See? Custom-shaped backing. You can also cover this back with felt, if you’re so inclined.

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The Primrose Granny Square

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The Primrose granny square is a beautiful, modern take on something that is very traditional and has stood the test of time. Granny squares are a favorite with many crocheters; they are quick, fairly simple so a great confidence booster or fairly mindless project, and look great either as a focal piece to a project or as the basis of a project. And you can use your scraps!

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