Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Washi Taped My iPhone Charger

Washi Tape - My newest Craft Purchase

On pinterest I've been seeing Washi Tape everywhere so a couple of days ago I decided to buy some of my own and they just came today.  Ive seen people make stickers out of them which I think is pretty neat, I'm excited to see what I come up with.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Glitter Colored Domed Glass Magnets Tutorial

I have a couple of magnetic boards in my house (one in my craft room and two over the desk in my kitchen) and I am always looking for different magnets to use on them.  I had a couple of bags of flat bottom glass marbles and a ton of old magazines laying around so I decided to make my own magnets.  Here's what I did:

Glitter Colored Domed Glass Magnets Tutorial:

  • Flat bottom glass marbles
  • Old magazines, old kids books, scrapbook paper or any other printed paper
  • Glue gun and Glitter glue sticks (if you dont have a glue gun, you could do this with Mod Podge and loose glitter, but I find it easier to use the glue sticks with the glitter already built in- one less step)
  • Magnets smaller than the size of the flat bottom marbles you're using
  • Scissors

  1. Heat up your glue gun- put a glitter glue stick inside.
  2. Trace the outside of the flat bottom glass marble on the paper you want to make the marble out of. I've found that they are all a little different in shape so I trace each individually. If yours are more uniform then trace another piece of paper/thin cardboard to make a template that you can use instead.
  3. Cut out the backing just inside the line.
  4. Optional: If you would like to add any embellishments (like a cut out letter on top of the background) glue them (regular craft glue) to the top of the cut out paper now.
  5. Put a dab of the glitter glue on the flat side of the glass marble. Attach the paper to the back of the marble (making sure to press from the inside out).
  6. Once the glue has dried, add another dab of glue to the back of the paper and attach your magnet.
  7. Enjoy your new magnet!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fleece Stuffed Rainbow Star Pillow Sewing Pattern Tutuorial

My mother in law gave me this star wall hanging made out of upcycled magazines for Xmas.  Last week I was bored and looking around my craftroom for inspiration of something I could sew and I focused in on the star.  Recently in a sale I stocked up on a bunch of fleece fabric remnants since they were so cheap, so I decided to make a fleece 3D star.  I think if I made another one I'd replace the yellow color with somethign else but overall I like how it came out.  The pillow came out approximately 14.5 inches accross when finished so its the perfect sized pillow for a nursery or as a fun accent anywhere. If you'd like to make your own check out the pattern below...

**If you sell or post any items made from this pattern, please include a link back to my site.  (EX- "This item was made from a pattern on Stargazun Designs" ) Thanks!!**

Fleece Stuffed Rainbow Star Pillow Pattern:
  • Scraps of 10 colors of fleece
  • Pattern Tracing material like Pellon 830 (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter and mat or Scissors
  • Thread (I used a medium tone grey- it seemed to blend the best with all of the colors)
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Sewing Machine

  1. I created a pattern on my pattern tracing material. Measure and cut a piece 2.5in by 10in. On one of the longer sides, mark up 3.5in. Using your ruler, make two cuts by connecting the mark to each of the opposite corners. You should now have a off center triangle like below. (*NOTE* If you don't create a pattern, you can cut each piece of the star like this to get the same result.)
  2. Cut out two triangles of each of the fabrics. Make sure you cut them opposite- one with the pattern right side up and one with it wrong side up. After cutting, when you line up like sides, the triangles should be right sides together. The easiest way to do this is to fold your fabric in half and cut two pieces at once (which I know is sometimes hard to do with fleece).
  3. Lay your pieces for one side in whatever order you choose. (Match long sides of the triangle to create a star point. Keep the smallest edges towards the middle of the triangle and match those in between points.) Repeate the same pattern with the pieces of the other side WRONG side up.
  4. With your fabrics that are right side up, sew along the long edges creating 5 sections of the star (sew them in the order they are in but make sure to keep the seams on the WRONG side of the fabric).  Sew the 5 sections together along smallest sides. Repeate with the pieces that were layed out wrong side up (again, keep them in the order they are in but make sure to keep seems on the WRONG side).
  5. In the center, my sewing wasn't perfect and my edges didn't match up perfectly. I took some thread and needle and hand sewed the pieces together where needed. If you dont want to do this you can put a button in the middle of both sides once the piece is finished to cover up any imperfections.
  6. Put the two star shaped pieces RIGHT SIDES together. Match colors and pin.
  7. Sew around the edges leaving a 4in seam opening on one of the edges of the star.
  8. Clip down points so there isn't a lot of excess fabric. Turn the star right side out making sure to push out points.
  9. Stuff.
  10. Hand sew opening closed.
  11. Enjoy your new pillow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Two-Tone Crochet Braelet Tutorial featured in CricketLady's 'Learn Crochet' Squidoo Lense

I only recently have ventured onto Squidoo, but I was happy to find that CricketLady had featured one of my bracelet Tutorials on her "Learn Crochet" Lense.  It's nice to be featured by other crafters so I want to pay it forward.  A couple of blogs I've found recently that I found interesting: