Archives for Sewing

Bags of Warmth

Categories: Sewing.

 Cool weather is here, in fact we have already had our first frost plus a few more. This kind of weather just makes you want to get cozy with a shawl or an afghan and a little added warmth.   I’ve been making these rice bags or stress bags for a few years now.  In fact one year I think everyone on my Christmas list got at least one of some shape or other.  Now you can go out and buy these items but I’m the sort of person that will look at an idea and think to myself “I can make that for
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Friendship Tea Card

Categories: Craf-tea and Sewing.

Crafty is being craf-tea. Don’t let the world of computers and the internet take away the pleasure of receiving a hand written note or card. Don’t get me wrong, virtual cards are lovely and always arrive in our inboxes on time. But don’t you just love getting a card, whether hand made or purchased, in your mailbox.  Here is another little idea for sending a cup of friendship tea on a birthday or special day. Start with a piece of card stock. The colour choice is yours. Cut it 21.5 cm long by 10 cm high.  About 3.5 cm in
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A Hook Case

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Organization, and Sewing.

Have you used the ergonomic crochet hooks? I’ve been updating my crochet hooks to these. The majority of them came from Michaels and were purchased with 50% off coupons and some of them came from Walmart. I love working with the new hooks, so much better for my arthritic hands. But unfortunately my hook case was full so a new case was needed. I chose to make this one with material as the handles of the new hooks just didn’t slide in and out of the felt that I had previously used for my needle and hook holders. Craft closet
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“Boo”tiful Projects

Categories: Hallowe'en, Knitting, Plastic Canvas, and Sewing.

~ Hallowe’en is a fun time for little children.  It’s a time for witches, ghosts, goblins and jack o’lanterns.  It is a great time of year to make some quick and easy projects.  So why not make some cute Hallowe’en projects for the kids or grandkids. In our family it is an extra special day as our little pumpkin was born on that day in 2009.  She wore her little knitted pumpkin hat I had made on the way home from the hospital.  She still has the hat and one of her dolls wears it now.  Big brother is now
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Pot Holder Towels

Categories: Sewing.

Pot holder towels are a great item to make for your kitchen or to give as a gift.  You need one pot holder and one hand towel, both of which can be purchased at various dollar stores. Find the center of the pot holder and the center of the towel.  Pin together.  The towel will probably be needed to be gathered in to fit the pot holder  Stitch securely. Fold the pot holder in half, stitch a button on the opposite site to the loop.  You can hang this on your over door, fridge door handle or a hook.  It
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A Craf-tea Towel

Categories: Craf-tea and Sewing.

From talking about tea … to sharing teacups  … to rearranging the teapot display … and one thing led to another and I came up with a craf-tea idea.  I had seen this idea on a few sites and thought I would  try making one. I’ve got some friend’s birthdays coming up and wanted something with a personal touch.  You can find the instructions on Martha Stewart’s site.  I used my own template from another craft, an odd bit of material from another sewing project, and a small kitchen towel.   This is my test project, so I used an
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A Crochet Needlecase

Categories: Crochet and Sewing.

Here’s how I made a crochet needle case that resembles a little hat.  I received my original one many years ago as a gift one Christmas from a student.  It has had many years of use. It’s a great little project to use up some odds and ends from the yarn stash.  You also need a small amount of felt and a thimble.  It’s also a great project if you sell at craft sales or bazaars. The original one is about 11 cm. across but the edges are curling after lots of use.  But the curl makes it more like
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Christmas Tea

Categories: Christmas, Craf-tea, and Sewing.

Crafty is being craf-tea. When it comes time to mail out your Christmas cards,  why not include a cup of Christmas tea to share with your family and friends that are far away. This is a simple, sewing craft  to send some holiday cheer.  This takes up very little space inside the card and usually doesn’t add to the cost of the postage. Take one of your favourite tea bags. My favourite is Stash tea as it comes individually wrapped and fits so nicely into my tea chest.  You can buy many varieties of Christmas tea, which usually come 18 or
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