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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Altoid Tin...

This is NOT exactly how I would do things today...however I get asked a lot of times why I took the "old" tutorial off the web. SO...here it is again until I can make a better more up to date one. 

List of Materials Needed:

Empty Altoid Tin
Stitched Piece to fit on top
Matting Board to mount stitched piece
Matting Board to fit in the inside bottom of Altoid Tin
Quilt Batting
Tacky Glue
Embellishments (braided cording/complimenting material/etc.)
Mat Knife

1. GLUE quilt batting to top matting board and inside matting board
2. Mount and glue down top, bottom and sides of stitched piect to top matting board. Secure with clothes pins until glue is dry.

3. Cover top of tin with glue and mount top stitched piece onto tin:

4. Repeat the above steps with the inside matting board; instead of using stitched piece use complimentary material.

5. Make "no sew" band; as shown in pictures:
cut long, thin piece of material , but glue down both sides

Fold over top; finger press

fold over bottom; finger press; set aside to dry completely
Glue "strap" onto the bottom material mounted mat board piece...this "strap" will hold scissors in place.

6. Spread glue over bottom of tin and place material piece inside; you may embellish with a bit of cording around the edge - glued into place.

7. Take business card sized magnet and glue into top of Altoid Tin - magnet will be secure place for needles to rest. (this step not pictured)
8. Embellish the outside of tin with braided cording around the stitched piece and then around the bottom. I also added a beaded "handle" for ease in opening the tin (this was done by gluing beads on a straight pin and sticking the pin (with glue) into the stitched piece.

Now you have a beautifully finished Altoid Tin that you can take on your travels with you so that all your stitching necessities (needles, scissors, marking pins, etc) all enclosed in a beautiful little tin!

Finished tin

Inside (handmade, complimentary marking pins on end (right)

Monday, December 22, 2014


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CCN "Christmas Cheer" Ornament Finishing

CCN_Christmas Cheer

To finish please follow the: The Layered Felt Mounted Ornament..

The key to making the tight waves on the felt is: to make sure your wave blade touches the top of the "waves" on the layer above it when you are cutting the layer below it. That's how you gauge the distance from one felt to the other and to get the "tight" waves as show above: make sure the wave blade touches the tip of the waves. 

CCN "Christmas Cookies" Ornament Finishing...

CCN_Christmas Cookies

To achieve this finish, simply follow the: 

The cording is the green floss and the pink floss twisted together using my Krenik cording drill to make the candy cane stripe cording. To make two color cording, first read through my tutorial The Cording...
To make two color cording you are going to take 2-6 strands of the first color - and cut lengths of the floss that are 4x's the outer circumference of the area you want. To do this: all you have to do is take the ornament, and the floss and holding the end of the floss at the corner go around the outside of the ornament with the floss (loosely) to get the length - do that 4 times, cut the floss ~ this is the length you need of both colors. Cut how ever many lengths of each color (in equal amounts) I would suggest cutting at least 3 lengths of each color. Separate the colors into two lengths (matched ends) Take color number one. Fold in half so that all the ends are together. Make a knot. Take color number too, taking the ends of color #2 slip through the circle of color #1. Then match the ends of color number two together and knot the ends. This will give  you both colors in circles tied together. Take color #1 and attach to the cup hook on your corder. Knot end at the corder cup hook. Either have a mounted cup hook somewhere on a wall or have a person hold the knotted end of color #2. 

Begin twisting as in the tutorial link above and follow all the steps as outlined in the tutorial above. 

This will result in candy cane stripe cording. 

To put it on your flat ornament; follow this tutorial guide: Cording and Hanger

Monday, December 15, 2014

Making the Bow...

Supplies Needed:
Ribbon/Chenille/Twine/Cording (whatever you want to make into a bow)
Straight Pin
Tacky Glue

take your ribbon and make your first "leg" of the bow.

make the second "leg" of a bow. This sort of like making a pretzel. Now "play" with it. Is the loops the right size? Are they equal? Does it look good? Cut your ribbon off the bolt now. 

thread a needle and knot the end (this is good to have read and waiting) and come up from the back.

Begin to wrap it around the center. 

Hold the bow firmly and wrap the tread around the center, pulling FIRMLY to pinch the center of the bow. 

Take a couple of small stitches through the ribbon and under the circling wrapped threads and end off; cut thread. 

Hey look! It's a bow!!

flat (hard) projects: (like ornaments, flatfolds, wallhangings, etc.) I like to put a straight pin straight through the middle, place one drop of glue on the spot that you want it on your piece. And push it in - I use the small hammer in the background there so that my fingers don't get sore and bloody (believe me- it happens!)

Soft projects (like pillow ornaments, felt layered ornaments, etc) I actually will not cut off my thread and sew the bow in place on the project. 

No matter how you do it: You'll have perfect bows every time!

If you want a cluster bows...just either make two bows and sew them together at the center or make TWO "legs" on each side of the center and go on as above. That makes bows that look similar to this one:

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Layered Tag Ornament...

Supplies Needed:
Large Quadrant Ruler
Cutting Mat
Mat Knife
Straight Pins
Mat Board
Spray Tacky Glue
White Tacky Glue
Cotton Batting
Grommets and a Crop-o-Dile
Twine or Cording
Complimentary Fabric
Stitched piece

Step 1:
measure your stitched piece to determine size of top layer of tag ornament.
(You can see that a 3 x 3 inch ornament will fit nicely the design)


Step 2:
Make your plan...


Step 3: Cut your top layer mat board (mine is 3 x 3 inches) spray lightly with tacky spray glue.


and put a layer of cotton batting on the mat board and trim to edge of mat board


Step 4: Mount your stitching and glue sides to back with White Tacky Glue

(*hint* I put my glue upside down in a large mouth mason jar to always keep it ready for use rather than having to shake it down multiple times and squeezing. Saves my hands and joints!)


Step 5: Cut the "tag" pieces. You will need two pieces the same size for front and back of the tag.
As per my blueprints above mine is: 4 x 5 inches


Step 6: using a ruler find a "center" for your tag, mark the center area. Since mine is 4 inches wide, I use a center space of 2 inches. You change this center space according to your own personal measurements and projects.


 then, rotate 90 degrees and make a mark on the side corner 1 inch down from top edge on both sides.


You will have something looking like this:


Taking a straight edge match the edge of the corner marks

draw a line:


and cut! Now this will be your corner template for all the other corners so that all corners match on your tag. Please View the following photos to understand the "template" theory.

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You will end up with two "tag" pieces:


Step 6: Now spray the two tag pieces LIGHTLY with tacky spray to cover the boards. Let set a few seconds (in fact I pick them up and fan them a little. You want the glue "tacky" not wet... Then mount on your complimentary to your stitched piece fabric for the "tag", gluing with white craft glue the sides to the back. Cut as much  of the "extra" fabric off as you are gluing the fabric to the back. Cutting the "extra" fabric off at the corners especially will help the pieces to lay flush.


They will end up looking like this:


Step 8: Now we are measuring the center of the "tag" make a small mark on the fabric


using your Crop-O-Dile, bite and punch the circle:


It will end up looking like this:


Using the first bitten "tag" as a template, mark where to "bite" the back of the tag:


You will end up with two "tags" front and back like these, place the grommets and crimp



Step 9, Using Tacky Glue, spread it all around the edges of the tag and then sandwich together.


Step 10: Now layer (mount) the stitched piece on top of the tag. Use white craft glue to glue it down.


It will look like this:


Step 11: Make some cording or use purchased cording, find the center, then glue in the bottom center laying a small line of glue first up one side to top center and using straight pins (if needed - with twin you need to use straight pins) edge the stitching with the twine/cording. Continue on the other side in the same manner.


It will look like this:


Step 12: Make a Bow, place a single dot of glue, and using a straight pin attach the bow to the ornament.

(*hint* You will notice in my photos a small hammer (that I found in a scrapbooking section of the craft store) I use it to save my finger tips when pushing in pins in any of my finishing! Get one, your sore, bloody fingers will thank you! Mine did!)


Step 13: Now make the hanger, by taking twine or string, cutting a length, folding in half and at the fold pinch it and shove it through grommet.


tie a knot in the end with the two "legs" of the hanger and thread it through the pinched center loop


Pull tight and there you have your Layered Tag Ornament!