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Making Crafty Valentines

February 14th 2017

It’s February!

After Christmas, this is my favorite month for creating, sewing, I get so many ideas for making crafty Valentines. I love all the lovely pink and red fabrics that make the sweetest eye candy for any creative project you can think of (or steal from Pinterest).

i heart fabric summercrafter

There is always such a variety of crafting, wrapping and heart-y goodies in some stores, I find it hard to resist! This loot is from Target dollar bin section.

valentines goodies summercrafter

¬†Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always a great “Gal-entine” day celebrating with friends, going to card shops, movies, shopping and getting ice cream. When I was a teacher, it was always a great time making crafty valentines with construction paper in the classroom to put in our special mailbox.

wood heart sign Romans 58 summercrafter

This year, my bestie from Texas was in town and we shared a crafting day, it’s another great way to spend the day gabbing, painting and creating. This wooden heart was part of my Target loot. We painted them and cut vinyl letters on the Cricut to make this verse, Romans 5:8a. A beautiful mess summercrafter

We made a beautiful mess, a nice memory and a crafty Valentine, such a great time!

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Needless to say, my crafting and sewing for heart day did not end there. I made this cute I Heart You Mini , tutorial and pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I am sending it off to one of my favorite fabric enablers ūüėČ To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

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After making this, I had planned on making another mini but started playing with scraps to make heart pillows, small ones for doorknobs, sidetracked for sure.

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I knew these babies would get lost in pillow puffiness so I “log-cabinized” them with more scrap pretties. So fun!

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They turned out so cute! All that was missing was some fragrant filler. I’ll have to buy some lavender.

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Then I started toying with more scraps. I sewed 4 random strips together, folded them in half to cut these heart shapes.

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Once I added the batting, I stitched around the outline and instantly loved the result. Why hadn’t I done this before?

Sadly, I sewed them up and sent them away so quickly, I do not have the final product photo to show you. Shame on me! You can be sure they went to good homes and I should have those pics soon.

Cute as Some Red Buttons

February 7th 2014

 Whew! Day 7 of the Valentine tutorials thanks to all of you who stopped by every day.

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Today’s project is super easy and can be kid friendly with different glue option.

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What you’ll need:

Wooden frame ($1 at Michaels or Joann’s)

Acrylic paint (I used pink) and brush

Decoupage finish (optional) and sponge brush

Craft Tweezers (to hold buttons near hot glue) optional

Hot glue (Fabri-Tac if kids will be making it)

bag of red buttons

Firm or sturdy felt in white (4″ x 6″) piece or size of your frame

metallic or coordinating trim

adhesive jewels (4)

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Trace your 4″ x 6″ felt using the card board from the frame as a guide. DO NOT THROW THAT AWAY!! ¬†Insert the felt into the frame, center your heart template and trace onto the felt with light colored pen or pencil. (Template can be made by tracing half a heart onto a folded paper or card stock)

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Take the felt out of the frame and paint the frame the color of your choice. Lighter colors need more coats, so do at least two. Once your coats have dried on the front and back, apply one coat of decoupage finish.

I got a bag of assorted red buttons and I removed the shank for several but some I used with shanks. (the loop on the back)

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Glue around the outline of the heart  a little at a time, adding buttons as you go. Use tweezers! That glue is hot!!! Wanna see my blister? okay never mind!  Remember to overlap buttons and cover the nooks and crannies!

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Attach the felt to the white side of the cardboard for support. ( I did white on white to avoid transparency) You could cover the back with plain or decorative card stock so it looks pretty. That was an after thought on my part.

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I also hot glued the trim (dotting the surface with a broken line) and secured it around the back of the frame and added red jewels to the corners to tie it all together.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t sew fast enough so here is a sneek peek of what’s coming later!! ¬†I love HSTs and I bought lots of red and pink just for this little number.

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So I hope my quilting readers will return for Valentine’s day!

Please post to the Flickr group so I can see your projects!

I heart shells!

February 6th 2014

Wow! I can’t believe it’s day six already of these Valentine tutorials!

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I hope that you have enjoyed these projects, today’s is one of my favorites using seashells I collected on vacation!

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Some materials that you will need are:

A glue gun

Craft tweezers (mine have rubber ends)

A 12″ x 12″ shadow box

a 14″ x 14″ inch piece of red felt (a couple of inches extra to wrap over)

Lots of small bivalve shells (buttons will work too!)

Some 1/8 and/or 1/4 inch ribbon

A doll needle. (pointed, large eye, about 2-2 1’2 inches long)

seed beads (optional)

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In this picture you’ll notice the ribbon I selected initially does not work with the needle so I had to modify to 1/8 and 1/4 inch ribbons.

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First, cut a square piece of felt 14 inches. It should be couple of inches larger than your frame size.  Trace the heart in the center of your felt piece. Take into account you will add ribbon around it.

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Start with larger shells around the edge.

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Lay out your shells or buttons just to get a “feel” and make sure you have enough.

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I glued about 4 inches at a time.

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Lay the shells side to side around the perimeter. You may think to do them in one direction, but later I had to “make like the ocean” and just let them tell me where they should go. It’s all good!

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Afterwards, I blasted it with an air can to get rid of unsuspecting sand grains that appeared during the process.

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You may have noticed these shells have holes….

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I filled them with white and red seed beads using Craft Bond Glue.

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Next, thread the ribbon through the needle (I worked with the whole roll then cut at the end) starting at the top center stitch about an inch over and under with the ribbon. Don’t pull it too tight it should just lay flat looser rather than tighter. ¬†Continue until you get to the starting point.

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Repeat with second ribbon, using the same openings from the first ribbon. The second ribbon should be loose, I twisted it a little to give a little texture and movement.

**Watch that the needle doesn’t go through the first ribbon on your second round, or the ribbon can split.

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When taking apart the shadow box, I used the cardboard it came with to secure the now “heavy” felt piece with hot glue around the edges and especially behind the heart.

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I gently centered the felt over the cardboard, and hot glued the overlap to the back. I cut my felt shorter, your margin should be larger based on measurements I gave you. : )

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Lastly, I glued that cardboard to the back part of the shadow box the sits on the lip away from the glass.

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I’m really happy with how this one came out! ¬†Don’t forget to post your projects on the flicker group!

Tomorrow….buttons! Oh have you seen what Sheri is up to at Sunshine in the Attic? Go on, take a look!

Scrappy Kisses

February 4th 2014

Welcome to day four of the Valentine tutorials here at Summercrafter.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

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This is really the only day we can eat it “guilt free” since it was a gift, right? ¬†Well, chocolate was the inspiration for this little project. Chocolate Kisses that is! ¬†I started with this little template I drew out and let my thoughts simmer for a few days.

I was thinking about something along these lines, even though it’s a curvy sort of candy, but I really did not want to bother with applique,¬†More thought simmering…

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The subconscious always sorts it out for me.  I came up with some cute units that make this kiss a scrappy work of art!  You just need some half square triangles (HSTs)  some corner units and the rest is just patchwork!

This runner has three 12 inch blocks. I did 3 different colors so for each color or “kiss” you will need the following pieces: READ don’t just go by the picture : )

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26- 2 1/2 inch (color) squares

Five- 2 1/2 inch neutral/white squares

Two-3 inch squares (each color/newutral)  for HSTs

1 each (color/neutral) 2 inch squares for smaller HSTs

One-1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangle

One- 1/1/2 x 1 1/2  inch color square

Three- 1 1/2  x 1 1/2 inch neutral squares

One- 2 1/2 by WOF strip for top sashing

Three- 2 1/2 by WOF strips for binding

Backing and batting fabric 20″ ¬†by 42″

Six- 6-8 inch pieces of light blue ribbon

First make your HSTs using the 3 inch squares. With right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric.

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Sew 1/4 each on either side of the line, trim on the line and press to darker side.

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Trim your HST to 2 1/2 inches, line up the seam with your mat.

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Now make your corner units by adding a small white square to a 2 1/2″ colored square (3 per block), any corner will do and add the small colored square (1 per block) to a white 2 1/2″ square.

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Sew the smaller HSTs together and then to the rectangle as pictured above.

Lay out your pieces, oops there’s a row missing!

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That’s better! Sew row by row pressing the rows alternately.

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Adding the “tags” is optional since it’s bit tedious. You’ll have to open the seams as indicated by the arrows and insert the ribbon and sew it closed very carefully.

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Once the seam is closed straight stitch or zig-zag right over the ribbon until you get to the end. You can quilt over it later.

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Once your top is done, assemble your quilt sandwich with top, batting and backing. With light blue thread, “quilt” a word or phrase between the ribbons.

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Then quilt the rest as desired and bind. ¬†If you need a paper pattern you can click on¬†Scrappy Kisses Runner. It’s¬†FREE until Feb. 14th, then it will go into¬†for sale at my Craftsy¬†shop called Summercrafter.

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I think a cross hatch quilting pattern would have been perfect but it proved cumbersome for me with the tags in the way, so I stipple quilted instead.

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I used a “Littlest Pet Shop” with hearts fabric on the back, which my daughter enjoys.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Please remember to post your projects over on the FlickR page. Thanks for stopping by I have another tutorial tomorrow, see you then!

Love, American Style

February 3rd 2014

¬†Welcome to day three of the Valentine tutorials! ¬†I hope you are enjoying these projects and are making some of your own. I’d love to see them! There is a Flickr group where you can add your projects too!

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Today’s project was inspired by that show from the 70’s “Love American Style” I was very young, but I remember the song.

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What you’ll need:

A template of a heart (optional)

Needle and thread, sewing machine

Star embellishments or buttons

An assortment of red and white ribbon

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5 1/2 inch squares in denim and white and a 10 1/2  inch rectangle also in white

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Once you have your squares lay them out like this.

(Let me just say right now, that I am so happy with how this turned out!)

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Approximate the size of your ribbons by laying them over the white fabric, you’ll want them to get “sewn” into the seam, arrange them in whatever order you like. ¬†Before you start sewing the ribbons on, make sure you leave the ribbons lying on the mat the way you planned it.

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 As you sew each ribbon on, you will stitch on each end of the ribbon as indicated by the arrows.   **IMPORTANT:  You will want to loosen the tension on your machine (I did 2 numbers less) to reduce puckering and give you the smoothest look. You may also lengthen the size of the stitch as well, for best results.

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Once the ribbons are attached, trim off ¬†the ends and sew your squares together, then the rectangle. ¬†Don’t ¬†forget to press ON THE BACKSIDE, just in case your ribbons can melt!

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Now place your stencil over your flag for cutting.

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CONFESSION: This came out so nice, I did not have the courage to cut my flag. So I kept it whole. ¬†Maybe that disqualifies it as a Valentine project? But I do love the USA! I guess I’ll re-post this for the Fourth of July!

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Next, sew on your star embellishments. I saw a cluster of stars in my mind instead of rows, love that!

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I added some fusible interfacing to the back of the “flag” to give it some body. ¬†Add a nice patterned, patriotic back and sew your pillow closed. You can use this¬†zippered back tutorial¬†from¬†this post¬†over at¬†Amy made that!¬† I didn’t have a zipper so I opted for velcro! ¬†I ¬†like the freedom to take off the cover if I want to.

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Then I measured the backing. The top panel measures 4 plus 1 3/4 for overlap and seam and the bottom 6 inches plus 1 3/4 inch for overlap and seam:  

Notice below the 1/4 inch seam I pressed for the overlap piece

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 I inch overlap for the Velcro.

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 Pay attention to how you sew the Velcro on. See below:

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I made my own pillow insert. ¬†You can also skip the Velcro and forget the insert and just stuff and close your pillow. I don’t like outward pillow seams though.

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Close your Velcro, then with right sides together, pin back and front together and sew

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using a 1/2 inch seam.
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Turn simply by separating the Velcro, easy peasy!

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Put your insert in the pillow.

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¬†I was going to add Rick Rack or trim to the opening on the back, but I like the “invisible” look just fine.

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Now I wish had an “All American” room…. Maybe in the Summer I can work on that!