Tag: diy

Christmas Crafting List

Over the last years I have made a couple of winter and christmas related things. Here they are all in one place, so that you can find it easily. The list contains DIYs from tutorials/patterns made by me and some other sites, some free, some for purchase. I don’t receive anything in return for listing something, these projects are all made with the excitement of trying something out.

I will continue to add current christmas related projects to this list to keep this page updated.

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1. Paper ball. Blogged herePattern. 2. Paper stripe star. Blogged herePattern. 3. Folded Paper star. Blogged herePattern.

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4. Geometric Candles. Blogged herePattern. 5. & 6. Beeswax candles. Blogged here.

 

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7. Knitted gift box ornament. Blogged here. Pattern. 8. Snowflake Mandala. Blogged here + Pattern. 9. DIY Advent Calender. Blogged here.

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10. Knitted Christmas Stockings. Blogged here + Pattern. 11. Reindeer Hand Puppet. Blogged here + Pattern. 12. Snowflake Ornaments. Blogged here + Pattern.

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13. Felt Star Tree Topper. Blogged herePattern. 14. Sweet Home Ornaments. Blogged herePattern.

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DIY: embroidered mini pouches

A while ago I got my hands on a sheet of beautifully woven cotton fabric. I wanted to do something embroidered with it, because the woven structure was simple yet interesting enough to take a closer look. I ended up cutting it into pieces of roughly 15x10cm/6x4inch then embroidered some simple motifs on it.

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To turn it into a pouch sew together the sides and bottom but leave 2,5cm/1inch open at the top of the side seams. Fold these towards the middle and stitch it in place. Then fold the top of the pouch twice and sew it at the bottom line of the fold. This makes a tunnel for the drwastring you then add.

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I use mine for various herbs from the garden and the meadows. I usually have only small quantities of these, because I don’t need that much over one year. You can change the size for your own pouches of course. I think of them as little embroidery samplers in action 🙂

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Tutorial: How to make a Pompom

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Cut 2 circles of cardboard. For this hat we need a size of 8cm/ 3.15inch in diameter. The hole in the middle must be centered and measures 2,5cm/1inch.

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Cut long pieces of yarn and fold it in the middle twice. Then begin to wind it around the cardboard donut. Repeat until you the middle hole is too thin to pull the yarn through. Use a crochet hook to get the yarn through the hole when it’s to thin to pull it with your hands.

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With sharp scissors cut the threads along the two cardboard circles.

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Wind a sturdy thread around the pompom between the cardboard circles. Pull it really tight and knot together. Repeat once.

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Pull the cardboard circles out or cut them open if you don’t want to use the circles again. Cut off outstanding threads and make the pompom even. Be carefull not to cut the attached strings as you will need them later.

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Free pattern: the heart card

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It’s that time of the year again. Hearts popping up everywhere. My gift for you today is a geometric-style heart card you can make for your sweetheart!

You’ll need:

  • 6stranded embroidery floss in red (DMC 321)
  • blank card or folded card stock
  • embroidery needle, scissors, sewing pin
  • heart motif: 13.5x9cm/5.3×3.5inch (download PDF here)

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1. Transfer the Pattern to your card by sticking a needle or pin through the joints of the heart
pattern. This works best if you tape the pattern to the card with removable masking tape.

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2. Stitch all the lines with 3 strands of thread and try to avoid long lines on the reverse side. To
start the thread make a big knot which does not pull through the hole. For ending the thread
make one or two knots around the previously stitched thread on the reverse side like shown in
the picture above.
If you want to hide the stitches on the inside of the card, cover it with a blank sheet of paper.

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Also take a look at my free heart mandala pattern.

 

DIY: feather hair clip

My chicken are molting right now and the upside to their nakedish new look is I have a lot of feathers to make stuff from.

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When my little daughter got the chance to work with pigeons in the circus her school organized, I knew I wanted to make a tiny accessory for her to wear at the show. So this feather hairclip was proudly worn when she made her tricks with the pigeons in the arena.

How to make a feather hairclip

Materials:

2 feathers

1 hairclip

circle of felt about 1x1cm / 0.4×0.4inch in diameter

several sequins and beads

scissors, glue, needle & thread

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1. Choose the right size of your feathers and flatten them with the scissors or pliers where you want to glue them to the hairclip. I chose a rimmed hairclip so I had to flatten the feathers where they would go through the rim.

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2.Cut the felt to the size of your hairclip and sew beads and sequins to it. You can glue these, too, if you are lazy too excited to wait any longer.

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3. Glue the felt circle to your clip. I chose very strong glue to make sure it really sticked to the hairclip. I recomment using liquid glue, because of the feathers height.

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4. Wear your hairclip with pride!

If you feel insecure about using fresh feathers from a bird, put them in a bag into the freezer first to kill potential stuff you don’t want to have in your hair. Storebought feathers will be totally save though.

new shelves for my workspace

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I know this is probably not as exciting for you as it is for me, but I made two shelves completely on my own. Armed with a driller, a screwdriver, screws and a lot of boards I made the addition to my already existing shelf this weekend. Usually a let my hubby do things like this, but he has more stuff like this to do right now which is more important and I thought – hey, I helped last time, I know how it’s done technically, let’s give it a try.

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So this the new storage for my wool and fabric. It’s crazy that the content of all the bags and boxes laying around the room fit in these two shelves.

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DIY: stamping with acryl colors

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Materials

  • paper goods to stamp on (envelopes, notebooks, craft paper)
  • acryl paint
  • paint brush + something to mix your colors on (I use a small cutting board for this)
  • stamp carving rubber or a big rubber eraser
  • carving tools and a cutter
  • a glass of water
  • a pencil

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draw your motif on the rubber base and cut out the shape roughly with your cutter

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Carve out all lines carefully and cut out all parts, that should not be seen in the end (outside parts of the motif).

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Depending on your rubber you’ll notice a more or less amount of rubber crumbles. Gently wipe them away with a soft piece of cloth. Don’t rub it off, it will produce more crumbles again.

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Mix your acryl colors on the palette. For darker paper it’s best to mix in some white to make the colors pop out.

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Depending on your paper mix more or less water into your paint (you need a more paste like consistency with craft paper and smooth surfaces and a more fluid consistency with textured and fibrous paper). Test the stamp on a sheet of waste paper first. Don’t forget: apply the paint gently or the rubber could produce crumbles again.

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Here you can see my tests with consistency. The upper left one has too much paint. If paint gets into the lines, you should use less paint on the brush and apply it softly next time. You can clear these tunnels with the carving tool.
The middle one is better, but still too much paint at some places.
For the bottom one I used too much water. The color is too pale (for my taste) and paint got into the lines again.

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Do you see the difference between the 2 kinds of paper? The smooth white envelope is a delight to stamp on. I used a more paste-like consistency here.
The other paper has a lot of texture going on and eats the water like chocolate, so use more water to mix the paint for this one.

 

 

Tutorial: embroidery folder

I confess: I sometimes often embroider things without a clue what to do with it afterwards. Additionally I have lots of embroidery I created for patterns but obviously I don’t hang them ALL on the walls at home.  It happened to me in the past, that I found a carefully stitched piece somewhere totally wrinkled up because most embroideries I make are square and not rectangular so nothing fits into the usual paper filing things.

So where should I store all of the embroidery without getting it wrinkled and lost? Some storage device is needed here!

A while ago (like 12 years ago…) I made a lot of drawings in larger format and had the same problem with my paper storage. I sew my own folder to hold the quantities of the many formats I was using. Looking at this folder I realized: that’s exactly what I need for embroidery, too!

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Here is how you can make your own embroidery folder

Materials:

1 piece of outer fabric 87x43cm/34.25×16.9inch
1 piece of inner fabric 87x43cm/34.25×16.9inch
optional: 2 pieces of flap fabric 38x20cm/15×7.87inch
3 buttons
1 piece of cardboard 38.5×38.5cm/15.1×15.1inch
1 ribbon 1.70m/67inch
glue stick
sewing pins

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Step 1: Take the sheet of cardboard spread glue excessively over it and place the cardboard on the outer fabric either in the center or slightly off center. I like the golden cut look, so off center it is with me. Put some heavy books on it and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

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Step 2: Spread glue on the upper and lower edge of the cardboard and push your fabric on it. Fold and pin the edges looking over the cardboard. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.

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Step 3: Optional! For the fabric flaps fold the fabric, sew the side seams and put them on the upper and lower edge of the cardboard. Pin them in place.

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Step 4: Spread glue on the cardboard. Put the lining fabric in the exact same position as the outer fabric and put some heavy books on it to press down. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to dry.

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Step 5: Pick up your sewing needle and sew all the edges like in the picture. You can make invisible seams with matress stitch for the outer stitches or show off your embroidery skills. At last this is an embroidery storage so it’s perfect to use some embroidery skills on it, right?

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Step 6: This might be the most time consuming step. Choose your buttons and sew them on 😉

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Step 7: Sew your ribbon on the right side. I inserted mine in the seam and fixed it with some stitches.

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Alterations

The measurements for this particular folder are for my personal size of most embroideries. You may need a bigger or smaller size. To determine your preferred size of embroidery take out all of your embroidery pieces scattered all over the place and put them on one single stack. Now measure which width and length your biggest embroidery piece is and measure how tall your stack is. Admire what you have accomplished! Then adapt the measurements to the original sketch:
1. your cardboard should be a little bit bigger than your embroidery pieces so add at least 2 or 3cm/0.8 or 2.10inch in width and length
2. for the fabric multiply the width of your cardboard by 2, add 2cm/0.8inch for the overlap and if your stack of embroidery is higher than 2cm/0.8inch – add the height of your stack, too. Then add 2cm/0.8inch as seam allowance to all 4 sides.

Why do I use glue?
The glue holds the fabric in place over time and also makes the folder sturdier. Don’t ever use liquid glue for fabric it shows through, use spray glue or a glue stick.

What about the wrapping thingy?
You can use any other closing device you can lay your hands on. It should be a little bit flexible so it still closes easily when your stack inside grows. The wrapping method is perfect for this but a loop for the buttons is also great.

 

the weaving frame

doppelstrickA new double knitting scarf in progress. I call it the green arrow as a working title, no real name candidates in sight yet. You want to give double knitting a try? Here is a tutorial.webrahmenMy daughter wanted a weaving frame and I just made up this wonky, wobbly thingy. We switch places when the yarn of the other is finished. I always wanted to weave and now I can at least show off my kindergarden skills again 🙂 Still dreaming of a future working space where an actual loom would fit in – oh the possibilities! But for now it’s rugs for teapots and tiny houses. webrahmen1

How to embroider a God’s Eye

godseyeI stumbled over this great tutorial on how to make a God’s Eye. I immediately thought this would be awesome to stitch. Here is how I did it:

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stem01With stem stitch embroidery the cross. I used my thread doubled for stability. stem02ge02Repeat the next 5 steps over and over again until your God’s Eye has the desired size.

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making beeswax candles

Yesterday the kids and I made beeswax candles. This was the setup: beeswax pills, scissors, a rice cooker to regulate the heat and could do the whole thing on the table and not on the stove, glasses ( the long ones are sausage jars and the smaller one a honey jar, regular cotton twine and the thinnest candle wick I could find at the craft store, backing sheet, a trowel.
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First there is something the lady at the raft store told me concerning the wick. The thread should be hold in a way, that the structure forms a V rather than an ^. I suppose it’s because of the capillary action. The fibers are laying in a certain way and when they form the V it’s the natural direction for them to pull the wax/liquid up and not down. Maybe it’s that, maybe I’m just bad at physics 😛

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The wax needed endless time to melt. If I had known this, I would have heated the cooker before the kids came back from school and kindergarten. So meanwhile we ate chocolate muffins. That’s ok, too.
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Then I knotted a loop in the wick, pulled them through the wax once, waited until they were hardening and pulled them straight. Then I attached them to a roulade skewer and let the kids dip them into the wax. If you let the candle in the hot wa for too long, it will melt again. It’s enough to dip 1sec and then let it cool down for some seconds when you pulled it out. This way the new layer of wax is not likely to melt as fast when you dip in again.
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When dipping became boring for the kids we poured wax into christmas cookie cutters. That made a mess, because obviously when the cookie cutter was uneven at the bottom the wax simply flowed out. Hold the form in place with pressure and wait a little bit until you see the bottom solidify slightly. If you want to hang the form, place a loop in it before you pour in the wax. I choose to make both, candles and pendants. For the candles I will drill a whole in the middle after the wax is solid and insert the wick then.
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We made some eggshell candles, too.

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The finished candles. We made 5 small ones for the soon to come birthday cake of madame and some larger ones.
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They are less than perfect, but it was not easy not to hit the ground of the glass while dipping the candle. This results in a bending candle. No problem, it was all about the fun anyway 😀

Embroidery hoop bag

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Don’t you know where to put your stacks of embroidery hoops without them looking messy? I have a lot of different shapes and colors and used to simply hang them on a nail in the wall tangled together with a lanyard. With every new addition to the hoop family I hoped it will hold the weight and not fall down.

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It was when I tried to put my hoop collection in place when I thought, there are knitter’s bags, why not make one for embroidery hoops? So the first shape coming to my mind was obviously a circle. I mean when do you possibly have the chance to make a round bag for a practical purpose, right? A circle is also very easy to sew and there is nothing more to it than 3 strips, 2 circles and a zipper. I will make an embroidery project bag, too, featuring an inside pocket for needles, floss and scissors. It’s lined with felt so even if the bag falls down, it should save my hoops from damage.

A sewing tutorial will follow after the weekend!

 

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See right in the middle on the wall. That’s when I had only 5 hoops (there are only 3 hanging on the wall), now there are 15 :). How do you store your embroidery hoops?

 

 

Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

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These two felt flowers are easy to make and don’t need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make.

For one flower you need:

– 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt

– scissors

– sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;))

When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don’t know if that’s the right word, it’s very strong glue).

You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the vintage looking brass ones here in my Etsy shop.