Saturday, May 18, 2013

Make your own tic tac toe board travel pack

Saw these cute little tic tac toe travel totes on Pinterest one day and decided to make some. I seem to always be looking for things to do with my grandchildren and just fell in love with these. All you need are:
4 squares of felt and a little ribbon. I cut 2 sheets of felt 8" x 8" square. Then I cut 4 strips in a different color 1/2" x 8". And cut 2" pieces of ribbon 12" long. I then pinned the strips of ribbon evenly to One piece of felt and the two ribbons as shown. You can check your placement by looking at the picture. Sew the strips and ribbon onto the 1 piece of felt.  I then made a pocket and sewed it to the other piece of felt, making sure to only sew the sides and bottom making a pocket. Then I put the 2 pieces together and simply sewed them together.  For the X's and O's I just cut the shapes out of 2 different colors of felt. Now I'm not a very good cutter without some sort of pattern but I think the letters turned out okay. You do not have to limit yourself Be creative... You can do any shapes you want. For example make stars and half moons or if you really want to make it special spend a little time and make doggies and kitties as you Xs and Os.
My granddaughter loved this tote so much. I made 1 for her to take home, 1 for my house and a couple of more just cause they were very cute.
Well until next time.
Happy crafting

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Well the craft show is over and it was a bust. But I don't feel too bad because no one was selling anything. Everyone just barely cover the cost of their table. With economy so bad, I am sure most people are like me and really try to be a little frugal.
I wanted to show you the cute little key chains I made for that show. I took them to work a day or two later because someone wanted to see them and sold almost all of them.
These are so easy to make. All you need is a few scraps of fabric, a small piece of fusible interfacing and 2 -1 inch keyrings.
Measure your fabric 13" long by 3" wide.
Cut your interfacing 12" by 1" wide
Iron the interfacing to the inside of fabric centering it down the middle.
Fold the fabric twiced to get a strap that is 1 inch wide. Sew along the folded edge. I iron mine for a nice crisp edge.
Now slide the strap inside one of the keychain circles. Trim your raw end edges and sew the strap ends together. Then fold the strap inhalf making sure that end seam is as close as you can get to the keyring but still far enough away so you can sew another seam that will hold the ring in place.
And that's all there is to it.
You now have a cute keychain that you can match up with a cute little pouch you can make.
I sold all of the little puppy paw keychains. I also sold alot of the heart ones I guess because it was a few days until Valentine's Da.
Well until next time.
Happy crafting, Becky

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cute little Post It Note Holders

I'm back to crafting. My crafting block finally melted. So I've been trying to get ready for a small craft show in February. Now you know how I love Pinterest. I ran across these cute little Post It Note Holders a couple of months ago. The other day I ran across the acrylic picture frames at the Dollar Tree. I picked up 5 of them, a couple of generic post it note tablets each holding 4 packs of notes. I already had the scrap book papers and small pencils.
So here is how I made them....
I acrylic picture frame that measures 3.5 x 5.
scraps of thick scrap book paper
Elastic pony tail holders or ribbon
Paper punches
 a few buttons
and 1 small pencil

Cut the paper to fit the frame. Then just slide it in the back of frame. I then hot glued the post it note pack on the front of the frame. I glued the paper cut out to the pony tail holder and added a button. You can use ribbon if you prefer. You just glue the paper cutout to the ribbon if that's your choice.
Slide the pencil or pen behind the ribbon or ponytail holder and voila! Cute little gift or craft show item.
Total cost is $1.50 or under.
Now you can't get much cheaper for such a cute gift. Not sure how much I will charge. I'm thinking maybe 4.00
Well back to it. Until next time....
Happy Crafting1

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Year - New Craft

  Well, it's a new year and I wanted to try some new crafts or to learn more options with what crafts I  know how to do. I have been pretty lazy as far as creating and crafting over the past year. I really hadn't done much. But close to Christmas I got the itch again and made a bunch of small things for people. All my co workers got handmade hand warmers and lapel pins. You know I always have to make handcrafted gifts of some kind for Christmas. I then had a baby shower to go to and made the new baby bibs, burp cloths, a teddy bear and some cute felt booties.

  Since September of last year I have been ooing and aawing all the beautiful yarn work on Pinterest. But as much as I loved all the crochet, my crochet talents were very limited. Limited to the single and double crochets and the Granny Square. And knowing I have 2 more showers to attend by March and really wanting to learn how to do some of these beautiful little hats and booties, I decided to try my hand at them. Or at least the easiest of them. So last week I pulled out my yarn bag and went through it. Had some fancy yarns like fun fur yearns and half a skein of grey and half a skein of black, along with a G hook. So I ran up to Walmart for a couple of baby friendly colors of yarn and  a J hook.  Well I picked up a white skein of Red Heart yarn but they were sold out of most of the hook sizes. Well darn! So later I sat down with a YouTube video by Mikeyssmail on "how to do the easiest baby booty ever". I really suprised myself  when I actually did a booty. Well that was enough motivation for me! I did another one and they were the same size and shape.
  So I moved on and tried my hand at a pretty 3 layered crocheted flower by Epicabundance night before last. I did it! I was so proud of myself. Now that flower was not a beginner's project and I really made it and it looks really good.I made another one last night. I have not taken pictures yet but I will.
  My next challenge is to learn to read a crochet pattern. I found a pretty little baby booty pattern online. So I am going to attempt to make these by reading the pattern. There is not a video for this one so we will see how I do.
  So for my goals this year 2013, I will be the best I can be and that means learning new things and enhancing what I do know.
  Wish me luck! Until next time my little chicas....
  Happy crafting!