Wood-Burned Pendant

Designer: Jodi Harris

Experiment with a variety of wood-burner tips to freehand-draw dots, lines, squiggles, and letters onto colored wooden beads and a blank disc.


Materials:

  • Wood-burning pen (such as Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner)
  • Wood-burning tips: flow point and cone point (such as Walnut Hollow tips)
  • 8 to 10 colored wooden beads ranging in size from ¾” to 1″
  • 2″ round wooden disk
  • Transfer paper
  • Drill with ⅛” bit
  • 2 coordinating filler beads with small holes
  • Suede necklace cord
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 2 crimp ends with loops
  • 2 split rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jewelry chain
  • Pendant pattern (get it here)

1. Place desired wood-burning tip on the wood-burning pen. Freehand-draw lines, squiggles, dots, and letters onto the beads.

2. Place transfer paper on top of the wooden disc. Place the pendant pattern on top of the transfer paper. Using the blunt end of a ballpoint pen, trace the pattern to transfer it onto the wooden disk.

3. Burn the design lines on the wooden disk using a wood-burning pen fitted with a cone point.

4. Drill two holes spaced approximately ⅜” apart at the top of the disk.

5. Cut a necklace cord to desired length. Thread the cord ends from front to back through the holes in the disk. Adjust the cord so that the cord ends are even and the cord lays flat between the holes on the front of the disk.

6. Tie an overhand knot in the cord along each side of the wooden disk. Thread a filler bead onto each cord end; the knots should prevent the beads from touching the disk.

7. Thread the wood-burned beads onto the cord ends. Arrange the beads to create a balanced design on each side of the disk.

8. Using jewelry pliers, attach crimp ends to each cord end. Attach a split ring to each loop on the crimp ends.

9. Attach a lobster clasp to one split ring. Cut a 6″ length of jewelry chain; attach to the remaining split ring.

10. Fit necklace around your neck; adjust the chain length as needed by cutting off the excess chain. Leave about 2–3″ of necklace chain for small adjustments.

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelets

Designer: Alison Gamm

Rather than sharing your latest selfie, give one of these bracelets to a friend.


Materials:

  • Old T-shirt (multiple-strand and braided bracelets)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 12“-wide clamp ribbon end jewelry clasps with jump ring ends: silver (one pair per bracelet)
  • Lobster clasps (one per bracelet)
  • Old shirt or scarf (knotted bracelet)
  • About ten 12“-diameter glass marbles (knotted bracelet)

Make the Multiple-Strand Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×6″ strips from T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges to make T-shirt yarn.

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over each end of the grouping. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Braided Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×9″ strips from a T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges (see Photo 4 below).

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over one end of the grouping. Braid the strings. Pinch a clamp ribbon end over the braided end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Knotted Bracelet

1. Cut a 3×25″ strip from an old shirt or scarf. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides together.

2. Using a 14” seam allowance, sew the strip together along the long edges. Turn the strip right side out.

3. Tie a knot 1″ from one end of the strip. Insert a marble through the opening on opposite end and push it down to the knot. Twist and pinch the strip around the marble, then tie a knot to hold the marble in place.

4. Continue adding knots and marbles and tie a final knot to the strip end. Trim the strip end as needed, but leave at least 1″ of fabric at end.

5. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end to each strip end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


How to Make T-Shirt Yarn
1. Cut across front of T-shirt just below armpits. Cut off bottom hemmed edge; discard strip.
2. Cut 12” wide strips beginning at one side seam and ending approximately 1″ before opposite side seam.
3. Open uncut side seam; finger-press. Cut diagonally across seam (from strip one on right to strip two on left) to connect every other strip and make one long continuous strip.
4. Stretch strip to curl side edges. Roll into ball.

Embellished Bobby Pins

Designer: Jordan Strickland Morris

Banish plain bobby pins with these simple upgrades.


Materials:

  • Long round bobby pins (such as Goody Classics Metallic Long Round Bobby Slides)
  • Tacky glue
  • Embroidery floss
  • Sewing needle
  • Fork
  • 3 to 5 two-hole 12” buttons

FRIENDSHIP BOBBY PIN

1. Glue a short length of embroidery floss to the back of a long round bobby pin. Thread opposite floss end onto a sewing needle.

2. Insert the needle through the top two slides of the bobby pin. Weave over one side and under the other in a back-and-forth motion over the top portion only.

3. To begin another color, exit needle to back side of pin and remove the needle. Tie new floss color to the tail from the first color.

4. Weave down the length of the pin as before. Tightly wrap the floss around the rounded end of the pin.

5. To finish, take a stitch into the underside of the woven end, make a tight knot, and cut the floss end.


POM-POM TRIO BOBBY PIN


 

1. Cut one 8″ strand of embroidery floss. Thread the floss through the center two tines of a fork, leaving the tails trailing down the front and back of the fork.

2. Wrap uncut floss around the base of the fork tines, while holding the floss tails in your hand around the fork handle. Continue wrapping tightly until most of the tines are solidly covered.

 

3. Tie loose tails of the 8″ length of floss around the wraps. Pull tightly and tie in a knot.

4. Gently pull the pom-pom off the fork. Snip through pom-pom loops. Fluff pom-pom, and trim to shape it. Leave tails intact.

5. Repeat to make a total of three pom-poms in desired colors.

6. Use the pom-pom tails to tie each pom-pom to the back of a bobby pin to form a tight cluster.


BUTTON BOBBY PIN

1. Beginning at the rounded end of bobby pin, glue a row of buttons on top of the pin, making sure the buttonholes are in a straight line that runs the length of the pin. Note: Avoid gluing at buttonholes.

2. Thread sewing needle with embroidery floss, and knot the end. Bring needle up through end buttonhole. In an in-and-out motion, sew through the buttonholes along the button row.

3. Knot floss on back of bobby pin.

Oversized Bow Clutch

Designer: Molly Hanson

An oversize fabric bow lends a bit of fanciful flair to an all-purpose bag that’s just right for stashing your essentials.


Materials:

  • 3—18×22″ pieces (fat quarters)
    in cream print (bag), light blue (lining), navy (bow)
  • 10″-long zipper
  • Lightweight fusible web (such as Heat ‘n Bond Lite)
  • Double-stick sewing tape (such as Wash Away Wonder Tape)

Finished ba: 812×1512

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42″ of usable fabric width. Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut Fabric:
From cream print, cut:

  • 2—9×16″ rectangles (exterior)

From light blue, cut:

  • 2—9×16″ rectangles (lining)

From navy, cut: 

  • 1—16×18″ rectangle (bow)
  • 1—4×5″ rectangle (bow loop)

From lightweight fusible web, cut:

  • 2—9×16″ rectangles

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press each fusible-web rectangle onto wrong side of each cream print 9×16″ rectangle; let cool. Peel off paper backings ad press fusible-web side of each exterior rectangle onto wrong side of each bag light blue 9×16″ lining rectangle to make a bag front and a bag back (Diagram 1); let cool.

2. With right sides together, fold navy 16×18″ rectangle in half to measure 8×18″. Sew along the 18″-long side to make a tube (Diagram 2). Turn tube right side out, center the seam on back, and press

3. With right sides together, fold navy blue 4×5″ rectangle in half to measure 212×4″. Sew along the 4″-long side to make a tube. Turn tube right side out, center the seam on the back, and press. With the seam on the outside, fold tube in half and match short raw edges. Sew the ends together to make a ring (Diagram 3). Turn ring right side out.

4. Carefully insert the tube into the ring. Adjust pieces so the seam for the tube is facing the front and the seam for the ring is facing back.

5. Fold bag front in half crosswise and then lengthwise; finger-press the intersecting fold to find the center; unfold with exterior side faceup. With the wrong side of the bow facedown, center the bow over the center mark and pin the bow ends to the bag sides. Sew bow ends to sides using a scant 14” seam allowance (Diagram 4).

 

6. Place bag front on a flat surface with bow side facing up. Cut a 16″-long piece of double-stick sewing tape. Following the package instructions, press double-stick sewing tape to a 16″-long edge of the bag front. Gently peel off tape’s paper backing to expose sticky side of tape. Note: Wash Away Wonder Tape is available in fabrics stores in the notions department.

 

7. Match right side of zipper to sticky side of tape, pressing with your finger to secure zipper. Tape will hold the zipper firmly in place without pins. If your machine has a zipper foot, attach it to your sewing machine. If you don’t have a zipper foot, you can still sew on a zipper, making the stitching line as near to zipper teeth as possible. Sew along edge of bag front near zipper teeth (Diagram 5). When you get to the zipper pull, do not swerve to go around it. Instead, stop with the needle down in the fabric, lift presser foot, and slide zipper pull up and out of the way. Lower presser foot and continue sewing.

8. Fold zipper face up (Diagram 6). Finger-press bag front away from zipper. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the bag back, sewing down opposite side of zipper teeth in the same manner. Finger-press as before.

9. Topstich 18” from folds on each side of zipper (Diagram 7). Note: The sewing tape is temporary and will not gum up your needle.

10. Remove the zipper foot from the sewing machine and replace it with a regular sewing foot. With right sides inside and zipper almost all the way open, fold bag body in half, matching 9″-long edges; pin. Sew the sides and bottom (Diagram 8).


11. To shape bottom of bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 9). Measuring 2″ from point of triangle, draw a 2″-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 12” seam allowance. Repeat with remaining bottom corner of bag.

 

12. Turn bag right side out through open zipper. Arrange bow pleats as desired.

Spring Scarf

Designer: Jennifer Keltner

Scarves have graduated from wintertime accessories to anytime must-haves.


Materials:

  • 1 yard red stripe fabric*
  • 34 yard woven cotton linen
  • Size 5 embroidery needle
  • Valdani perle cotton: size 8 (M43–variegated multicolor reds)

*Note: Because the stripe on our fabric ran parallel to the selvage, extra yardage was required to allow for only one seam. If not using a directional or stripe fabric, you could buy only 34 yard.

FINISHED SCARF: 6312×1212

Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


From each fabric, cut:

  • 2—13×32″ rectangles, noting direction of stripes (along 32″ length)

 

1. With right sides together, sew 14” seam along one short end of red stripe rectangle to make one long strip that is 13×6312” Press seams open.

2. Repeat Step 1 for woven cotton linen rectangles.

3. Layer red stripe strip and woven cotton linen strip with right sides together. Sew 14” seam on each long edge. Leave short ends unstitched. Turn right side out and press. If you like, place pins along some of the red stripes to keep layers together while hand sewing.

4. Using a size 5 embroidery needle, thread approximately 18″ of perle cotton and tie a knot. Starting on the red stripe fabric side of scarf, about 12” from end, stitch with a long running stitch along a stripe. When you run out of thread, finish with a knot on the red strip side and begin again with another length of perle cotton.

5, Repeat Step 1 to sew along as many stripes as you want.

6. Pull out a few threads on each unfinished edge to create a frayed finish.