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Easy Crafts? - November 14th 2009, 12:54 PM

Winter is coming along, and I was thinking about doing some fun and easy crafts while I'm stuck in the house. Do you guys have any easy and fun projects? I'm thinking about making some of those fleece blankets that you tie the ends. Anything like that would be great. I don't know how to knit or crochet and I don't really have a working sewing machine.. but I can hand sew pretty well.

Please post any crafts and any directions that you would like to share.




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Re: Easy Crafts? - November 14th 2009, 02:33 PM

Hey Kelsey!

I don't know if you sew at all but this is one of my favourite crafts! Its a felt snowman!!

Materials:

One 9" x 12" sheet each of FlashFelt™
- Holiday Red (or Red Rainbow Classic Felt™)
- SnowFelt/White (or White Rainbow Classic Felt™)
- Deep Space/Black (or Black Rainbow Classic Felt™)
- Emerald Green (or Kelly Green Classic Felt™)
9" x 12" sheet of Rainbow Classic Felt™
- Apple Green
Two 5/16" buttons
Embroidery floss: Black, Red, Light Grey & Orange
Craft glue
Fiber fill
Blusher (optional)
General supplies: Scissors, sewing thread, pins, ruler, needle, and fabric marker.

Instructions:

WWSF = With Wrong Sides Facing

1. Cut felt as directed on the pattern pieces. Transfer markings with the fabric marker. Also cut a 1" X 10" scarf and 3/8" X 6" hatband of Holiday Red FlashFelt.

2. Using six strands of Black floss, stitch French Knots in place to create the "coal" eyes and mouth. Stitch a "carrot" nose using three strands of the Orange floss and a Satin Stitch.

3. WWSF, pin the front and back body sections together. Using two strands of Light Gray floss, Blanket Stitch around the sides and head, leaving the bottom open. Stuff the body with fiber fill to the desired plumpness. Gather stitching along the lower edge. Pull the thread tightly and tack with a few Back Stitches to secure.

4. WWSF, pin the two feet sections together. Using two strands of Black floss, Blanket Stitch around the outer edge, stuffing lightly as you stitch. Place the feet under the snowman, centering over the gathered area, and stitch in place.

5. WWSF, pin two arm sections together. Using two strands of Light Gray floss, Blanket Stitch around the outer edge, stuffing lightly with fiber fill as you stitch. Attach to shoulder area, stitching the top of the arm in place with a button. Repeat this process for the remaining arm.

6. WWSF, pin the hat sections together. Using two strands of Black floss, Blanket Stitch around the top curve, leaving the lower edge open. Place on the snowman's head and baste in place. Carefully cut the slit in the hat brim and place over the hat, slightly overlapping the lower edge. Stitch in place.

7. Pin the hatband in place, overlapping the ends at one side. Stitch in place.

8. Stitch the holly leaves in place using six strands of Red floss and French Knots. Tack one side of the front brim up, if desired.

9. Cut a 1" x 10" piece of Holiday Red FlashFelt or Rainbow Classic Felt as a scarf and tie around the snowman's neck. Trim ends to desired length. Clip ends to create fringe.

10. Lightly brush cheek area with blusher, if desired.





Its so cute when finished!! Heres the link to the site. Hope you like!

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Re: Easy Crafts? - November 14th 2009, 03:12 PM

Kelsey,

One of the best decisions I ever made was learn to knit. I learned entirely off of online videos. You can do it too! I've made so many wonderful things since then. To get an idea, you can stroll through my photostream on Flickr. Everyone finds it amazing that I taught myself how to do all of that, to be honest. You can get basic start up supplies at WalMart, or you could find an LYS (local yarn store) in your area. Using KnitMap, you can find out where yarn stores are. LYSs provide lessons as well as quality materials.


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Re: Easy Crafts? - November 14th 2009, 06:27 PM

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Kelsey,

One of the best decisions I ever made was learn to knit. I learned entirely off of online videos. You can do it too! I've made so many wonderful things since then. To get an idea, you can stroll through my photostream on Flickr. Everyone finds it amazing that I taught myself how to do all of that, to be honest. You can get basic start up supplies at WalMart, or you could find an LYS (local yarn store) in your area. Using KnitMap, you can find out where yarn stores are. LYSs provide lessons as well as quality materials.
I have everything I would need to knit.. I have several books and I even had someone try to teach me, but I still don't know how.. Maybe I'll try super hard this winter so I can really learn how to knit. And your projects are amazing!!




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Re: Easy Crafts? - November 16th 2009, 02:05 AM

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I have everything I would need to knit.. I have several books and I even had someone try to teach me, but I still don't know how.. Maybe I'll try super hard this winter so I can really learn how to knit. And your projects are amazing!!
KnittingHelp has some great videos for when you are trying to learn. My stuff looks good, but there still are TONS of things that I don't know how to do and I often refer to the site to learn new techniques.


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Re: Easy Crafts? - November 16th 2009, 04:11 AM

I don't knit either.. I have the stuff to knit.. but can never get my hands placed right haha.

I do crochet though.. I find it extremely easy..
Like knitting, you can also find great starter videos on line.. Just look on Youtube. There's an amazing lady that posts videos...

http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963

That's her link. She's great, and if you have any questions she's willing to answer them.

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She also does random give aways where she gives away hooks/needles/magazines etc.


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