Travel catch-all

There was lots of traveling last year, and one thing I found that I really needed was a little catch-all for my jewelry, etc. I like my room organized so I don’t misplace things while I’m not in my element.

My last trip to Oslo I discovered Stoff & Stil fabric/craft store by my work office. Um HELLO!!! It was my home away from home. I picked up this beautiful thick felt (in gray of course) that was perfect for a little travel catch-all. Add a few sew-on snaps and you have lightweight collapsible organization!

MATERIALS

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Cut your felt into a 10″ x 10″ square if you haven’t already.

 

Step 2:

Thread your needle with 2′ of thread and leave a few inches at the end. Now imagine a 2″ square on each corner of your felt…position a set of snaps like the diagram below. Don’t forget that one side the bump faces up, and the other the bump faces down.

 

Step 3:

With the snaps facing you, start at the top and thread the following pattern: in 1 / out 2 / in 3 / out 4 / in 5 / out 6.

 

Step 4:

Repeat step 3 following over the stitch, tying a double knot at the end to secure the thread. I know I know…it’s not the right way to sew on a sew-on snap. But I wanted the other side to look like a cute star with the contrasting thread so I’m breaking the rules. :)

 

Step 5:

Repeat on all remaining snaps.

 

Step 6:

Snap the corners together, making clean right corners. Now you’re ready to use your catch-all!

Day 14: Felt pine cones

I love a versatile craft. These felt pine cones are perfect for a holiday table scape, a fireplace mantel, or gathered in a bowl. You could do them in almost any color depending on what your theme is for the occasion. Bright colors for a modern Christmas? Or maybe all white for a classy clean Christmas. I created mine in a gradient of multiple colors.

It’s a two-fer-one day so don’t forget to check out tinsel + trim today for her holiday candlesticks DIY.

TIME TO COMPLETE

45 min to 1 hour

MATERIALS

  • Felt (cut into 1″ wide strips)
  • Styrofoam egg (2 5/16″ x 3 1/16″)
  • 1/4″ ribbon (cut into 2.5″ strip)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

First choose your felt colors. You can do one color or multiple colors depending on what you want your end result to be. Cut your felt into 1″ wide strips, and then cut them into 1″ diameter circles. The circles don’t need to be perfect. Part of nature is its imperfections.

The number of circles may depend on whether or not you do all one color or multiple colors. My pine cones used a range 60-70 circles. It justs depends on the size of the circle and how much you overlap.

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Step 2:

Cut a piece of 1/4″ wide ribbon into a 2.5″ piece, and fold in half. Cut a small slit in the top of the Styrofoam egg.  Place a little dot of hot glue into the slit and then place your ribbon into the slit. Hold for a few seconds until it sets.

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Step 3:

Begin at the bottom of egg (opposite side where you glued the ribbon) and glue one circle right on the tip.

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Step 4:

Start a bit above the circle and start to glue circles slightly overlapping each other. Glue one row around the Styrofoam, and then continue to another row.

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Step 5:

Continue all the way up to the top. Make sure you are overlapping enough so no Styrofoam is showing. Make sure you don’t overdue the hot glue. If you put too much on it will melt the egg!

Step 8

Arrange a few on the Christmas mantle, or in the center of the table for Christmas dinner.

Felt pine cones

 

Day 12: Felt trees

Inspired by the modern, graphic style of these wooden Christmas trees from Curbly, we decide to put our own twist on it by using felt instead of wood. For day 12 of 25 days of crafts, we’ll use inexpensive wool sheets to create modern felt trees with an inner accent color. These look great as part of a tablescape centerpiece or on your mantel.

TIME TO COMPLETE

Allow yourself 30 minutes to create two trees.

MATERIALS

  • 2 felt sheets in one color (outer color)
  • 1 felt sheet in complimentary or contrasting color (inner color)
  • 1/2 yd. Heat Bond iron-on adhesive
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Print outs of the felt tree pattern (PDF)

Materials

Step 1:

Cut a piece of Heat Bond to fit the size of the felt sheet. Place it adhesive-side down on a sheet of the outer color. Iron it according to the Heat Bond instructions.

Tip: Place an old dishcloth underneath your felt to prevent adhesive from getting on your ironing board.

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Step 2:

Peel off the paper backing on the Heat Bond. Layer the inner color so the Heat Bond is between the two felt sheets.

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Step 3:

With the inner color side up, iron the felt according to the Heat Bond instructions.

Tip: We found it took longer to have the Heat Bond full adhere to the felt so you may also need to give it more time than the instructions suggest.

Step 3

Step 4:

Cut out both the top and bottom patterns from the felt. Do not cut out the slot.

Tip: We cutout freehand but you may prefer to pin the patterns in place.

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Step 5:

Repeat Step 1 for the second sheet of outer color. Place the two cutouts, inner color face down, on the second sheet. Flip over and iron.

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Step 6:

With scissors, follow the edge of each pattern piece to cut off the excess felt.

Step 6

Step 7:

Cut out the slots for each piece.

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Step 8:

Insert the bottom piece into the top piece.

Step 8

Look at that! You just made a felt tree!

Felt trees

 

Day 2: Felted acorns

I have always wanted to learn how to make felted balls. I picked up some wool in San Francisco this summer and I have yet to test the waters. So when Cathie from tinsel + trim wanted to share her felted acorn craft for Day 2 of 25 Days of Crafts, I was anxious to see how it was done. She was gracious enough to give me the play-by-play instructions while we documented this craft. I can now say I know how to make them and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this technique in the months following 25 Days.

Take note, these aren’t your ordinary small acorn caps. These are giant acorns! She swooped up this amazing find while on a trip in Dallas, Texas.

TIME TO COMPLETE

For each ball, allow yourself approximately 7 minutes to shape it and more time for it to dry.

MATERIALS

  • Need felting, wool roving (we used felt from Dimensions)
  • Dried, cleaned acorn tops
  • Soap and water
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Glitter paint or spray (optional)

 

materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Take a piece of wool roving from your skein and gently open up the fibers by pulling and separating the denser patches. The size of wool you need depends on the size of your acorn top. For the giant acorns tops we used an 8 inch piece.

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Step 2:

Add a few drops of soap to the center of your wool piece. Hand or dish soap works well.

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Step 3:

With your hand, dab a small amount of water over the soap. Lightly massaging it into the wool.

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Step 4:

Begin pinching the middle of the wool, gradually bunching it into the start of a ball. As the ball starts to form, fold the remaining pieces of wool over and around, molding the ball shape as you go.

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Step 5:

With your hands slightly damp, lightly roll the ball with minimal pressure between your palms.  If your hands begin to slip, rinse any excess soap and continue. As the ball continues to take form, be aware of lines. Knead them to minimize their appearance.

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Step 6:

When the ball looks good, run it under water and squeeze to remove some of the water and soap. Continue rolling between your palms, applying increasing amounts of pressure.

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Step 7:

Stop rolling when the ball becomes dense and firm to the touch.  Rinse and squeeze out the remaining water and soap.

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Step 8:

Once the ball is dry, it’s time to apply the acorn top (we sprayed the tops with gold glitter beforehand to add a festive touch.) Put a small amount of glue on the inside of the acorn top and then press the ball firmly into the acorn top, holding it a few seconds while the glue takes hold. Tip: If your ball came out with a line or two, you can easily hide it by positioning it on the interior of the acorn top.

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There you go! You’ve just made a felted acorn!

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