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No Sew Lavender Sachet (watercolor your fabric)

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No Sew Lavender Sachet (watercolor your fabric)

Supplies:

-Cotton fabric (5x10”) natural or white

-Watercolor paints and paint brush

-Fabric medium and another paint brush

-2 cups - 1 for rinsing brush in water and 1 for fabric medium

-Ribbon (2/3 yd)

-Double sided tape (1/4”)

-Dried Lavender

-Plastic to cover work surface

-Heat tool and iron

Directions: Read thru all directions before beginning.

  1. Wet your fabric, wring out, and lay fabric vertical and flat on top of plastic.
  2. Decide on your colors (choose about 4-5 that will blend well together).
  3. Start at top of fabric, use a couple brush strokes of first color and then rinse brush before selecting next color.
  4. Continue moving down fabric changing colors as you go till you get to about the middle of the fabric and then continue with colors in the reverse order the rest of the way down the fabric.
  5. Take the second cup and use about 1/8 cup of water and stir in about a teaspoon of the fabric medium (it doesn't have to be exact - fabric medium allows the fabric to move/bend without feeling crunchy and paint cracking when it is dry).
  6. Paint with fabric medium over the entire piece of fabric.
  7. Set aside to dry or use heat tool to speed up the drying process.
  8. After it is dry press fabric with iron and trim stray threads.
  9. Fold over 1/4” along each long side and press; after doing both sides repeat with the ends.
  10. Fold in half to form your sachet and finger press along the fold (imagine you now have a front and back to your sachet).
  11. Open fabric and put double sided tape along the folded edge of both sides of the back of your sachet starting at the fold and going to the top. Trim tape at the top.
  12. Put double sided tape along the back top folded edge as well.
  13. Peel off the paper backing along the sides (NOT along the top edge) and match edges and corners starting at the top and working your way to the fold of the sachet. Finger press the edges together.
  14. Now pour lavender into the sachet to desired fullness.
  15. Peel off tape backing along the top edge and finger press the two top edges together.
  16. Wrap sachet with ribbon and tie.

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Slime Recipe

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Slime Recipe

Recipe (using liquid starch)

1/4 cup glue or glitter glue
1/4 cup of water
3 caps full of liquid starch
Bowl for mixing
Popsicle stick for stirring

Directions:

  • Add glue, liquid starch and water to bowl and stir
  • Add food coloring or paint to the glue mixture in the hue of your choice and mix
  • Knead with hands until no longer sticky

Recipe (using Borax)

1 teaspoon borax powder
1 1/2 C water, divided
4 oz. (1/2 C) Glue
2 Mixing bowls and 2 spoons or popsicle sticks for stirring
  • Heat 1 cup of water in microwave for 30 seconds, pour into bowl. Add borax and stir until it has dissolved. 
  • In separate bowl put the other 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of glue, or equal parts glue and water. Mix evenly. 
  • Pour borax mixture into glue mixture, while stirring. 
  • Knead with hands until well incorporated.
  • Remove slime from bowl and discard excess water. 



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Reversible Gift Card Holder

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Reversible Gift Card Holder

Supplies:

3-4 coordinating prints of fabric

Cut 2 pieces 3x3"

Cut 2 pieces 3x8"

Directions:

Fold each 3x3" square in half on the diagonal and press

Place one of the 3x8" rectangles, right side up, on the work surface.

Place one triangle on each of the two corners at one end of the rectangle, raw edges matching

Place second rectangle, wrong side up, on top of first rectangles with raw edges matching and pin in place

Stitch 1/4" all the way around the rectangle leaving a 3" opening along one side so it can be turned right side out

Trim corners and turn

Press raw edges to the inside and finish pressing

Use 2 pins to mark 1 1/2" from the end with the triangles on both sides; this will be your starting and ending spot for top stitching

Top stitch around the rectangle, 1/8", starting at one pin mark (you'll need to pull back a triangle to stitch underneath) and go all the way around to the next pin mark (pulling triangle back). Be sure to stitch back and forth at the beginning and end to secure thread

Trim and you are ready to use to store business card, gift cards or to give as a gift.

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Pom Pom Bunnies

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Pom Pom Bunnies

Supplies:

  • Yarn (style of bunny depends on thickness of yarn – thick yarn takes less than the thinner yarn, but also gives a different look)
  • Cardboard
  • Felt – pink and whatever color will closest match your yarn color
  • Tiny black beads for eyes*
  • Tiny pink bead for nose*
  • White pom pom (ready made) for tail
  • Stringing wire for whiskers or use fishing line if the bunnies are for small children
  • Scissors and glue gun or super tacky glue
  • Download and print pattern for ears and feet 


Directions:

READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING
* Tips for small children
Cut cardboard for body (2 1/2×5 or wrap around 4 fingers), head 1 5/8×5 or use 2 fingers)
Bunny size is determined by cardboard size and can be made larger or smaller. You may want to experiment and see what you like depending on the kind of yarn you use.

To make the body using thick yarn wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 100 times; using thinner yarn wrap about 200 times. To make head using thick yarn, wrap around about 50 times and using thinner wrap about 100 times.

After you have wrapped the yarn around the cardboard cut another piece of yarn about 18 inches long (if using thinner yarn you should cut 2 pieces) and lay it/them horizontally on your work surface.

Now take your wrapped cardboard and place on top of the 18 inch piece of yarn and gently pull cardboard out of the center of the yarn.

Be sure the wrapped yarn is centered on the 1 inch piece of yarn. Gently bring the 2 ends together to tie in a knot being sure the 18 inch piece remains centered around the wrapped yarn.

After it is knotted hold the 2 long pieces in one hand, pinching close to the knot, and begin to cut the loops open all around the whole pom pom.

Once all loops are cut open begin to give the pom pom a haircut and shape into a nice round ball. (best to work over a trash can :)

Repeat the process to make the bunny head.

Now take the 2 finished pom poms and tie together in a knot and trim off excess yarn.

Set on work surface like a bunny, with large pom pom on the bottom, and use glue gun to secure tail in place.

Take bunny ear pattern and cut 2 large ears out of the felt that is the closest color to the bunny and 2 smaller ears out of the light pink. Cut 2 bunny feet.

Glue the smaller ear on top of the larger ear about 1/4 inch from the straight edge and then put a dab of glue along the bottom front edge of the ear and fold in half to make a tuck at the bottom of each ear.

Glue floppy ears towards the back of the head, glue bunny feet under the bunny and glue 2 black beads in place for eyes. *For small children be sure to sew eyes in place to avoid a choking hazard.

14. Cut 5 pieces of beading wire each 2 inch long and poke thru the tiny pink bead; glue wire in place. *For small children use fishing line (longer pieces) and put whiskers thru the bead and tie to bead and then sew in place to avoid a choking hazard.

Have fun and keep all carrots hidden!

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Mixed Media Canvas

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Mixed Media Canvas

Supplies:

8x10 canvas

5 colors of acrylic paint and foam brushes

Washi tape

Background stamps

4-5 different patterns of cardstock for flowers and 4-5 for leaves

3 buttons

Glue gun and glue

Glue stick or tape runner

Distressing tool or scissors

Directions:

Place 5-7 pieces of washi tape on canvas

Spread 2-3 colors of paint over tape using foam brush or credit card; speed dry with heat tool; be sure to go around the edges of the canvas so no white is showing

 

Spread acrylic paint onto background stamp and randomly stamp; use at least 2 different background stamps and 2 colors of paint. Set aside to dry

Cut out graduating circles in a variety of coordinating colors and patterns; distress the edges. Make enough to have 3 flowers with 4-5 circles in each

Glue circles on top of each other and glue button on top

Place flowers on canvas and use pencil to draw stems on each

  

Cut leaves in a variety of colors and sizes and glue in place

Glue flowers onto canvas

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