Bejeweled Wine Bottle Stopper

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Designer: Katie Leporte

These bejeweled wine bottle stoppers make the perfect hostess gift and are easy to produce in multiples.


Materials:

  • Basic casting resin supplies (see Tips for Using Epoxy Resin“)
  • Small silicone molds (such as Mod Podge Mod Molds: Gems)
  • Colorant: green and blue (such as Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and Transfer Dyes) (optional)
  • Stir stick (optional)
  • Items to submerge in resin (such as glitter, large iridescent sequins, metal findings)
  • Wine bottle corks
  • Industrial-strength glue (such as Super Glue)

Note: Always work with resin in a well-ventilated area.


Assemble the Wine Stoppers:

1. Follow the “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin” instructions, to prepare the resin mixture.

2. Pour resin mixture into desired silicone molds. If color is desired, add a drop of pigment or dye into resin and swirl with a stir stick. Stir glitter into wet resin or submerge cut up sequins or metal findings (see “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin”). Allow to harden for up to 72 hours to ensure a strong bond.

3. Release the hardened resin shapes from the silicone mold by gently pushing the pieces from the back of the mold.

4. Glue resin shapes to tops of wine bottle corks; let dry.

Flowerpot Fancies

flowerpot-fanciesDesigner: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

Spruce up a potted plant with a colorful wrap made from a salvaged sweater.


Materials:

  • Sweater (felted or unfelted)
  • Ribbing from coordinating sweater or cording

 

Assemble the Wrap:

1. Cut two 11″ squares from a sweater, matching any patterns as you choose. If you are not using a felted sweater, when cutting the squares, be sure what will be at the top edge of the finished bag is at the ribbing (bottom hem) of the sweater so this edge does not need to be finished.

2. With right sides together, use 1/2″ seam to sew side and bottom edges, rounding the bottom corners as you sew.

3. To make a tie from cording, weave 35″ of cording through the knit of the sweater about 212” from top of bag; begin and end in center of one side of bag. To make a tie from ribbing, cut a 1×20″ or larger piece of ribbing; hand-sew center of ribbing in place in back center of bag about 212” from top of bag.

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”.)

 

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.

Elastic Gift Bag

its-a-cinchDesigner: Melissa Mortensen

A gift bag that’s useful even after the gift is open? What a concept! This little elastic cinch bag is perfect for wrapping up jewelry, such as the cork pendant shown, and can later be clipped wherever you want to keep something safely stashed.


Materials:

  • 2—412×5″ rectangles of one print (outside)
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 2—412×5″ rectangles of second print (lining)
  • 6″ length of ribbon
  • Metal key ring with clip
  • 10″ length of 14“-wide cotton elastic

* Sew with 14” seam allowances and right sides together.


Assemble the Gift Bag:

1. Using a water-soluble marking pen, mark 34” and 114” below the top edge of one 412×5″ outside rectangle. If using a key ring that does not unclip, thread the hook portion of the key ring onto the ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and pin the ribbon ends together just above bottom mark (Diagram 1).
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2. Place the two 412×5″ outside rectangles together with right sides facing and the key ring between the layers. Sew the sides and bottom, catching the ribbon ends in the seam. Clip bottom corners (Diagram 2) and turn right side out.

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3. Place the two 412×5″ lining rectangles together with right sides facing. Using a water-soluble marking pen, mark 34” and 114” below the top edge. Sew the sides and bottom, leaving the area between the marks unstitched and a 2″ opening along one side. Clip bottom corners (Diagram 3).

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4. Slip outside into lining with right sides together. Match seams; pin (Diagram 4).

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5. Sew outside and lining together along the top edge. Turn right side out through opening; press.

 

6. Turn under the opening in the lining side and hand-sew it closed. Tuck the lining into the pouch and press. Topstitch around the top. Sew around the pouch on marked lines to make a casing (Diagram 5).

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7. Insert elastic into hole in lining and feed through the casing. Holding elastic ends together at the seam opening, adjust the elastic so it is tight, but still loose enough to open and close the top of the bag. Sew the elastic ends together and insert the stitched ends into the casing. Hand-stitch the opening closed.