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This Week’s Project:

Howdy guys, hope you’re settling in to the new year with ease. We’re excited to be crafting with one of our favorite items this week: tags. Some refer to these as luggage tags, the actual box I purchased at Staples refers to them as inventory tags hinting at their original intent/purpose. I’m afraid I couldn’t find a background to share on these, which makes me even more intrigued about their history. If you know or find anything please let us know! See you tomorrow with ideas on how to cleverly use tags for your next event!

 

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#2: Handkerchief Placemats

What an easy way to dress up a luncheon or shower, use mismatched vintage handkerchiefs as placemats!



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#1: Handkerchief envelope

This little fabric envelope is a cute way to repurpose a vintage handkerchief, and quite simple to make. Fold the hanky in half, starch and iron flat, then stitch around the edges. Next, fold the bottom two-thirds up and the top one-third down. For an added embellishment you can add a button and/or the recipient’s initial with embroidery thread.

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This Week’s Project:

Well Christmas is over, it’s hard to believe. I hope y’all had a wonderful day celebrating with family. I’m in Texas at my mothers house surrounded by lots of family heirlooms and thought it’d be fun to do some projects this week with her vintage handkerchiefs.

BACKGROUND:

A  handkerchief, handkercher, or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that is carried in the pocket for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one’s hands or face, or blowing one’s nose.

Handkerchiefs have historically been used as:

  • A decorative accessory
  • By children as way to carry around small items when a bag or basket was unavailable
  • A substitute for a bandage over a small injury
  • A head-covering at the beach

King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose.

adapted from this Wikipedia article

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Web Round-up: Felt

Kelly and I have been wanting to showcase felt for a while now and with Christmas this weekend (still not ready) it seemed like three ways to wrap gifts with felt was in order. There are still so many great felt ideas out there though so don’t be surprised if you see felt return for an encore presentation. Here are just a few of our favorites from around the web:

Loving these felt pinecones. They would make great name cards for each place setting at your next Thanksgiving feast.

These would be great for package ties any time of year. Or how great would a big one look on top of a simple white cake?!

Heart Handmade UK features some amazing felt crafts. These pillows would make fabulous gifts or would really dress up a lounge area at your next event!

And you will definitely see me making these from Martha Stewart. I want to have a party just so I can pass these out at favors with witty little sayings in them. So fun!

Hope you enjoyed felt this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. XOXO

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Pom-pom Package Ties

I came across this wreath made from felt a while back and just adore the pattern the felt makes. We adapted this concept to make felt pom-poms for package ties. It would probably be better to sew them by hand but I just got out the glue gun and went to town and it did the job beautifully. You will need 9 circles of felt, a glue gun and ribbon or twine. Take one of your circles and and lay it flat – this will be your base. Fold your ribbon/twine in half and glue the folded end in the center of your felt circle. Take another circle and fold in half and then in half again. Glue onto the circle with the ribbon and continue with 3 more felt circles. Flip over and do the same with your four (4) remaining circles. Once the glue dries, fluff your pom-pom and tie onto a package.

I simply wrapped baker’s twine around my box and then tied the pom-pom onto it. It makes such a statement. I also tried a variation with the pom-pom attached to a wooden dowel instead of the ribbon. These would look great in a plant to dress up a hostess gift or stick a bunch of them into your holiday dessert!

I love that the cream and white ones look like snowballs!

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This Week’s Project:

Since Christmas is less than a week away (insert freak out here) and we showed you DIY gift ideas last week, we thought this week we would show you 3 ways to use felt to wrap some of those fabulous gifts you made. What’s even better is that felt, or any fabric, is an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional wrapping paper and can serve as a small gift itself. Felt comes in a wide array of colors and is very easy to work with as long as you have a good pair of fabric shears.

BACKGROUND:

Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any colour, and made into any shape or size.

Many cultures have legends as to the origins of feltmaking. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of feltmaking was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash. The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.

Feltmaking is still practised by nomadic peoples in Central Asia and northern parts of East Asia, where rugs, tents and clothing are regularly made. Some of these are traditional items, such as the classic yurt, while others are designed for the tourist market, such as decorated slippers. In the Western world, felt is widely used as a medium for expression in textile art as well as design, where it has significance as an ecological textile.

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#3: Ornament Lights

Every once in awhile in our crafting adventures we’ll work through some projects and then it comes the great idea, and it’s like a light goes off. Well this one had both a literal and figurative light. I’m afraid the picture doesn’t quite do the effect justice. But trust me adding these glass ornaments to a basic string of white Christmas lights creates something quite stunning. I’d love to create a gigantic glass vase centerpiece with these lights and ornaments, the reflections alone would be insane! (but that would require me to have a large table, many, many large glass vases which would require much, much storage….someday I will folks!) To make we simply removed the hook and silver cap off of our ornaments, inserted the light and snapped the hook back into the ornament to secure the light.


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#2: Glitter Feather Ornament

To create these I filled my clear glass ornaments with glitter sprinkled feathers. I sourced the feathers from an old down filled pillow. I opened up the edge of the pillow and pulled just a few feathers out. Next I dragged the edge of the feathers through some basic Elmers glue and then sprinkled them with glitter. I let the glue/feathers dry over night and put them carefully into the ornament with a set of tweezers.


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#1: Gold Tinsel Ornament

This ornament took me two minutes to make, our kind of holiday decor! Take the top/hanger off your clear glass ornament and fill with gold tinsel, I used a pencil to guide the tinsel inside. You can try other colors (but we think Gold trumps all!)

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