Metallic-Painted Coffeepot

Designer: Katie Leporte

Play with the possibilities of linear arrangements by adding metallic triangles to form star motifs on a plain coffeepot.


Materials:

  • Ceramic coffeepot or vase
  • Stencil (such as Stencil 1 Small Star Pattern from FolkArt)
  • Glass marker: gold
  • Spray stencil adhesive

1. Spray back of stencil with adhesive, and position it as desired on teapot or vase. Trace stencil lines with gold glass marker. Remove stencil.

2. Follow the glass marker manufacturer’s instructions to cure the gold marker lines.

Hot Air Balloon Greeting Card

Designer: Elizabeth Stumbo

Let your creativity take flight on a greeting card.


Materials:

  • Assorted scrapbooking papers
  • Baker’s twine: red-and-white, brown-and-white
  • Clear-drying glue stick
  • 5×7″ white card
  • 38” letter stickers
  • Balloon Pattern

1. Print patterns onto white paper; cut out. Trace balloon shapes A–E onto desired scrapbook papers, including the vertical segment lines on shape A; cut out the shapes.

2. Glue shapes B and C to shape A as indicated by the dashed placement lines on the pattern.

3. Using a glue stick, outline the vertical segment lines on shape A. Adhere lengths of red-and-white baker’s twine over the glue lines. Trim the ends even with the edges of shape A.

4. Cut four 114“-long pieces of brown-and-white baker’s twine. Glue one end of each length to the bottom of shape A and the opposite ends to the back of shape E. Glue shape D to the bottom of shape A as shown on the pattern, covering the twine ends.

5. Glue hot-air balloon to the front of the card and add letter stickers to spell “Hello.”

Kitchen-Inspired Embroidered Linens

Designer: Särah Goldschadt

Made by: Jann Williams

Whether your are a well-versed foodie or culinarily challenged, these embroidered linens and framed artwork are inspiring ingredients for a fun kitchen.


Materials:

  • Two linen hand towels
  • Rickrack: 1″-wide orange, 14“-wide orange, 12“-wide teal
  • 34“-wide twill tape: teal
  • Sewing thread: teal and orange
  • Sewing needle
  • 18″ square of teal wool
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Perle cotton: Valdani size 12 #0/244 (variegated orange), Valdani size 12 #0/550 (variegated teal), and DMC size 5 Ecru
  • Embroidery needle
  • Square frame with 112“-square opening
  • Whisk Pattern
  • Silverware Pattern
  • Mixer Pattern

1. Measure width of towel and cut rickrack and twill tape 12” longer than measurement. Referring to the photo, above, for placement, hand-sew rickrack and twill tape to the hemmed edge of the towel using matching sewing thread and tiny tack stitches. Tuck under the rickrack raw ends and stitch in place.

 

2. Use a light box or sunny window to trace whisk and cutlery patterns onto hand towels using a sharp pencil. Position the whisk approximately 12” above the rickrack and the cutlery 112” above the rickrack. Lay a piece of transfer paper onto teal wool. Lay mixing bowl and mixer pattern on top of transfer paper in desired location. Using a stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen, carefully and firmly trace over design lines to transfer design onto wool.

 

3. Place towel or wool in embroidery hoop. Referring to color key on patterns for thread colors and stitches, embroider the designs.

 

4. Remove embroidery from hoop. Using a warm iron, press finished embroidery.

 

5. For the framed piece, hand-stitch 14“-wide orange rickrack to the mixer as shown in the photo, above, using matching sewing thread and tiny tack stitches. Tuck under the raw ends before securing. Insert embroidery into frame.

Roll-Up Makeup Brush Pouch

Designer: Linda Lum Debono

It’s time to face your cosmetics clutter. This easy-to-sew pouch is perfect for traveling!


Materials:

  • 9×22″ piece blue dot (pocket)
  • 9×22″ piece (fat eighth) teal dot (cover)
  • 18×22″ piece (fat quarter) green print (lining, tie, and binding)
  • 8×1212” batting
  • Water- or air-soluble marking pen

 

Finished brush roll: 8×1212

Fabrics are 44/45″-wide. Sew with 14” seam allowances and right sides together.


1. Cut the following pieces:

 

From blue dot, cut:

  • 1—712×1212” pocket rectangle

From teal dot, cut:

  • 1—8×1212” cover rectangle

From green print, cut: 

  • 1—8×1212” lining rectangle
  • 2—112×22″ strips for tie
  • 2—212×22″ binding strips

 

2. With wrong side inside, fold and press blue dot 712×1212” rectangle in half lengthwise to make a 334×1212” pocket rectangle.

3. Layer teal dot 8×1212” cover rectangle wrong side up, 8×1212” batting rectangle, green print 8×1212” lining rectangle right side up, and pocket rectangle (Diagram 1). Pin layers together.

4. Mark stitching lines using a water- or air-soluble marking pen. Quilt layered roll with straight-stitch lines beginning 114” from a short edge (Diagram 2). Referring to diagram, continue quilting straight lines at 1″- or 2″-wide intervals across surface of roll. Leave 114” unquilted along opposite short edge.

5. Join green print 112×22″ strips along one short edge; press seam open. With wrong side inside, fold and press green print 112×4312” strip in half lengthwise. Open strip and press long edges to center fold line. Topstitch 18” from folded edges to make tie. Knot each end of tie and trim excess fabric at an angle to prevent raveling.

 

6. Fold tie in half. Pin center of tie to lining side of roll, aligning tie with folded top edge of pocket, to complete roll (Diagram 3).

7. Join short ends of binding strips. Press seam open. Fold in half lengthwise to make 114” double-fold binding. Aligning raw edges, join binding to brush roll cover using machine, keeping tie ends free from stitching. Turn folded edge of binding to brush roll lining and top-stitch edge of binding.

Studded Wood Picture Frame

Add rows of studs to twill tape and attach them to the sides of a plain frame.


Materials:

  • Flat-front wooden frame (the frame shown is 6×8″ and has 58“-wide sides)
  • Twill tape slightly narrower than the frame sides (purple tape shown is 38” wide)
  • Silver square pyramid studs to fit width of twill tape (studs shown are 38” wide)
  • Metal spoon
  • Four large silver square pyramid studs (studs shown are 34” wide)
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. Cut four lengths of twill tape to fit the sides of the frame.

2. Attach a 38“-wide square pyramid stud to the center of each piece of twill tape. Use the back of a metal spoon to push the prongs down on the back side of the tape. Add studs to each side of center until you reach the desired length of stud row on each piece of twill tape.

3. Hot-glue ends of tape to frame sides at frame corners.

4. Push prongs flat against the back of the 34“-wide square pyramid studs using the back of a metal spoon. Hot-glue a stud to each corner of the frame.