Sweater Coffee Cozy

warmth-at-handDesigner: Lisa Bee-Wilson

Keep your coffee—and your fingertips—nice and warm with a cozy for your cup.


Materials:

  • Sweater sleeve
  • Needle: embroidery
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scraps of felt or felted wool (optional)
  • Snowflake pattern

1. Turn sleeve wrong side out. Cut long edges of the sleeve as necessary to make two pieces with parallel edges (Diagram 1). (We cut ours so it was 5″ wide.) Measuring from the cuff end of the sleeve, cut sleeve so it is about 16″ long. Machine-sew the long edges and the noncuff end closed using a 14” seam (Diagram 2). Turn right side out. Hand- or machine-sew cuff end closed; we covered the cuff end with a strip of felted wool and hand-stitched it in place using embroidery floss (Diagram 3).

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2. Wrap the sleeve around a nonhandled mug to determine how tightly you want to wrap the mug cozy; start wrapping the sewn end of the sleeve around the mug (Diagram 4), then overlap the sleeve on top of itself to make the cozy (Diagram 5). Pin the overlap to secure it, then slide off the mug.

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3. Using embroidery floss and a whipstitch, hand-stitch over the top and bottom edges of the overlapped area on the sleeve to secure. (Diagram 6).

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4. If desired, fuse or sew an embellishment on the mug cozy. (Find the snowflake pattern we used under “Materials”.)

 

Festive Outdoor Hanging Decor

spoon-ballsDesigner: Jan Carlson

Turn red plastic spoons from the party supply store into dimensional accents to hang above a door.


Materials:

  • 5″-diameter plastic-foam ball
  • Spray paint: red
  • Plastic spoons: 200 red
  • Wire cutters
  • Glidden Gripper primer paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Burlap ribbon: natural
  • Fishing line
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Assemble the Decor:

1. Use wire cutters to snip the handles off the red spoons, leaving 3″ of each neck intact.

2. Brush Glidden Gripper primer paint onto the neck of one spoon. While the paint is wet, push the painted spoon neck into the foam ball. Repeat with a second spoon on the opposite side of the foam ball. Continue adding spoons to alternating sides until the entire ball is covered with spoons. Let dry.

3. Cut a 36″ length of burlap ribbon and tie the ends together to make a loop. Tie a length of fishing line around the spoons; tie into a knot. Tie the other end to the burlap ribbon loop. If desired, make a large burlap bow and hot-glue it to the burlap loop.

Clay Gift Tag Accents

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Add a special touch to store-bought gift tags! These cute clay shapes are so easy and fun to make.


Materials:

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Assemble the Clay Shapes:

1. Roll the oven-bake clay to approximately 1/4″ thickness.

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2. Cut out your shapes using the metal cutters.

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3. Referring to the photo at the top of the blog, cut out clay embellishments using a knife. We added frosting stripes and buttons to the gingerbread man; a cuff, heel, and toe to the stocking; a scarf to the snowman; and ornaments and a star to the tree.

 

4. Bake at 275 °F  for 30 minutes.


Assemble the Gift Tags:

1. Using crafts glue, attach the shapes to a gift tag.

2. Use baker’s twice to tie the gift tag to your present.

Paper Christmas Tree Wall Decor

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Designer: Sara Perez

Deck the walls with a tree that stars your paper scraps!


Materials:

  • 12×15″ piece of watercolor paper (or size to fit your frame opening)
  • Frame (ours is 16×20″)
  • Heavyweight cardstock: pale green, mint, forest green, gold, silver glittered
  • Crafts glue
  • 78” star punch

1. Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into strips ranging from 114–112” wide for the tree branches. Cut a 112” square from gold cardstock for the trunk.

2. Glue the trunk to the center bottom of the watercolor paper. Cut one pale green strip to 812” long. Referring to the photo, position the strip horizontally approximately 112” above the bottom edge of the ivory cardstock background for the bottom tree branch, overlapping the trunk; glue in place.

3. Cut a forest green cardstock strip slightly shorter than the pale green strip from step 2. Referring to the photo, glue the strip above the pale green strip, placing it at a slight angle and overlapping the strips.

4. Continue adding strips in the same manner. Alternate shades of cardstock, and overlap strips at alternating angles until satisfied with height of tree.

5. Punch a star from glittered silver cardstock. Glue star to the top strip of tree.

6. Insert tree artwork into frame.

Embellished Wine Bag

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Designer: Izzy Anderson

A bottle of wine is always a thoughtful gift, but you can personalize it by enclosing it in an embellished bag.


Materials:

  • Purchased burlap wine bag
  • Assorted holiday-theme patterned paper
  • 112” square punch
  • Fast-drying glue
  • Red sewing thread
  • Chipboard accents: tree and package
  • Red-and-white gingham ribbon

 

Assemble the Wine Bag:

1. Remove side seams from burlap wine bag and lay bag flat. Note: If your bag has a separate bottom piece, remove the side seam down to that piece, but leave the bottom piece intact.

2. Punch twelve 112” squares from assorted holiday-theme paper. Arrange the squares on the front of the bag in a grid of three rows and four columns. Apply a dot of fast-drying glue to the back of each square to hold it in place.

3. Using red sewing thread, machine-sew just inside each square edge using a zigzag stitch. Turn wine bag wrong side out.

4. Sew the side seam closed; turn bag right side out. Glue the tree and package chipboard accents to the grid of squares.

5. Use the gingham ribbon to tie the top of the bag closed.