Monday, May 1, 2023

Lavender Sachets ~ A Scrap Fabric Project ~ No Sewing


Items Needed:
-Scrap fabric
-Iron on Fusing Web
-Ironing Board, or Ironing pad, and Iron
-Dried Lavender 
-Pinking Sheers
-Measuring Spoons (optional, but makes it easier to insert into your sachets), or disposable spoon, or spoon specifically used when mixing essential oils
-Scrap string, ribbon or yarn to tie around a set of sachets if gifting (optional)
-lavender essential oil (optional)

I use a travel size iron and ironing pad for craft projects.  I can place this on a kitchen counter, table or other smaller area to work.

I also grow lavender, but you can purchase it.

Fusing web can be found in different lengths, widths and brands.  I picked up this brand, as we have a long drive to larger craft stores.

1. Iron fabric if needed and cut 2 squares the same size for each sachet.  I cut mine approximately 4 x 4 inches.  Both sides do not have to match.  It's all about putting use to scrap fabric.

2.  Cut 4 pieces of fusing web for each side and place on the backside of one piece of fabric.  Heat your iron and place second piece of fabric on top with right side up.

3. Using the iron, press 3 sides to seal the fusing web.  Allow to cool and insert rice and lavender into the open side.  Add any amount you would like.  I used about 1 Tbsp. rice and 2 tsp. lavender.  If you add too much, you will have trouble sealing the 4th edge.

Note:  You can add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to your rice (or mix rice and oil in a bowl prior to starting this project and have it ready when needed).

4. Using pinking sheers, trim each side.  Note:  You can add hangers for hanging these if preferred, but I just tucked them into dresser drawers and placed them on closet shelving.

That's it!  These made nice homemade Christmas gifts, or gifts in general.  

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Plant Pot Protectors Using Scraps of Shelf Liner


Save leftover scrap sections of removeable shelf liner for other uses in your home.  I got my shelf liner by the roll at the local box store (made by Easyliner).  I had small sections left that would not fit any cupboard or drawer.

Those scrap pieces of shelf liner can be cut to fit under plant pots in your windowsill or on floors or table tops.  

In a pinch, these cut circles could also be put under cup coasters, especially cotton yarn, hand crocheted coasters (for protection of any wetness or spills).

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Scrap Yarn Hangers

 Simple Tip:  Save those small scraps of yarn to create hangers on anything needing one.  We found punching a hole in the plastic bags for leaving Random Acts of Kindness around towns, made it easier to leave in random places (hook on the back of a bathroom door, end cap store shelf, etc.).

I simply store the very small balls of yarn in a cardboard shoe box, but those small yarn balls can come in handy.  

Saturday, January 28, 2023

How to Crochet a Mini Scrap Thread Heart ~ Mini Crochet Heart Embellished Paper Clip


Items Needed:
-Scrap Cotton #10 Crochet thread, color of your choice
-Steel #6 Crochet hook
-tapestry needle to sew in ends
-jumbo paper clips
-E6000 glue, odorless, dries clear

1. Crochet the mini heart using the crochet thread and above crochet hook:

Chain 4

Join to form ring, Chain 1, SC in ring, Chain 3

In ring -  (2 tr, 8 dc, 2 tr)

Ch 3, sl in ring, fasten off, sew in ends

Optional:  If you would like a point at the bottom of the heart, you would do this in the ring instead:

(2 tr, 4 dc, ch 3 sl in first stitch to create a picot, 4 dc, 2 tr)

Ch 3 sl in ring, fasten off, sew in ends

Made with no picot at the bottom of the heart.

Here is a heart with the picot.

2.  Using E6000 glue and safe work surface, glue the heart to the top of a paper clip and allow to dry. 

Note:  I purchase waxed paper from the dollar store, and use a flat toothpick to help guide the glue onto the heart.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Mini Bow Crochet Embellished Paper Clips


Use the crochet pattern to make your bow - HERE.
Simply glue the finished bow to the top of a jumbo paper clip.

Give as gifts, random acts of kindness or just for yourself.

Easy and Simple!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Mini Bow Crochet Embellished Hair Barrettes

Items Needed:

-Crochet #3 scrap thread
-Size C, 2.75mm crochet hook
-needle to sew in ends
-hair barrette, 1.75 inches long
-either glue gun and glue or E6000 glue (will need craft clips for the E6000 glue)

1.  CH 4
2.  5 Treble Crochet into the first CH
3.  CH 4, Sl into first CH
4.  Making other side of bow, CH 4
5.  5 Treble Crochet into first CH of first side of bow
6.  CH 4, SL into first CH, fasten off leaving a long tail.  Wrap tail around center of bow about 8 times, tie both ends into a knot, sew under yarn, and cut thread.

Glue bow to the barrette.  If using E6000 glue, use a craft clip to keep barrette open and allow glue to dry.

Monday, May 30, 2022

How to Make Embellished Bottle Cap Earrings

Items needed:
-washed and dried bottle caps with a design (you can also paint your bottle caps.

-small flat back rhinestones
-E6000 glue
-small jewelry jump rings
-eye pins (for jewelry making
-fish hook earrings
-scrap beads
-jewelry tools (round end tool, pliers, cutters)
-punch tool

Step 1:
First, if you are adding the flat back rhinestones, glue those on first and allow it to dry.

Using punch tool, punch a very tiny hole into the top edge of the bottle cap.  You can also do this using a nail and hammer and safe work surface.

Step two:

Prepare the fish hooks, but adding your jump rings.

Step three:  

Going from back of bottle cap insert the eye pin thru the bottle cap, add a bead if desired, then the jump ring attached to the fish hook.  Using cutters, cut off some of the pin, and using your jewelry tool with rounded ends, bend the pin back into and under the edge of the bottle cap.