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Plastic Animal Bookends. First of all, thank you so much to all of you who voted on the first round of So You Think You’re Crafty.

Plastic Animal Bookends

Weren’t the projects fantastic? I have my work cut out for me in this competition! My animal bookends didn’t quite take first place, but I was ecstatic to see how many people liked my project the best. Besserina’s adorable Flour Sack Outfit received the most votes and for great reason. Be sure to check out the tutorial for her project on the SYTYC blog. Since I wasn’t the first week’s winner, it means that I get to share the tutorial for my project here for you! To make plastic animal bookends, you will need: dollar store plastic animals sharp scissors strong craft glue acrylic photo frames spray paint (optional) I was so excited to get started on this project, that I didn’t take a before picture of the plastic toys.

To bisect the toys, I just pierced the animal in the midsection (this is beginning to sound like a biology lab) with my scissors, and cut all the way around. Yes? Apartment Projects. Stacked End Table Shelf. Double Dovetail Box. After admiring the double and double-double dovetail joints that are capable with the Incra and other jigs, I started thinking, “Why not try this by hand?”

Double Dovetail Box

So this box is my first experiment with handcut double dovetails. It took me some time to figure out the joinery process, but once I realized a few things about this type of joint, it seemed do-able. It was quite challenging but also a ton of fun. It also does take some degree of patience and precision…which I’m still working on. In this blog, I’m focusing on the sides of the box, but here’s a few pictures of the nearly completed box - Materials.For this box’s sides I used three types of primary contrasting woods, although there is no real reason to do so. The picture below shows the rabbet joint cut on each end of each side – I set the rabbet depth at 1/8” and cut it on my router table. Below is a top-view picture of the pieces in relation to each other once they become integral to the box. The close-up below shows in more detail. Adding a Hidden Compartment.

Adding a Hidden Compartment The current issue of Woodsmith (No. 127) features a drawer with a hidden compartment that's built into the back of the drawer.

Adding a Hidden Compartment

Charging Cell Phone Holder. My husband and I both have cell phones.

Charging Cell Phone Holder

And both of us have phone chargers. And that means lots of obnoxious cords. You never know when one of us may be moving phone cords around, to give our phones an extra charge while we’re chatting away……… or trying to charge our phones up before running errands or something. Needless to say, those phone cords seem to be everywhere…..and are generally in the way and hanging all over the floor. (Okay, and how about when you’re in a hotel or visiting family/friends. Hula Hoop Rug. Piggy Pillow. As promised, I have completed the tutorial and the pattern for the “Be My Valentine – Piggy Pillow”, which was published 3 weeks ago.

Piggy Pillow

This time I made a pair for my kids, they love it. You may not be able to do it in time for this valentine but as I said, if you have love in you, everyday is valentine. Hope you sew some for your loved ones no matter if it is Feb 14. Besides as a pillow, you can use this pattern to make into other things, for example, pin cushion, smaller softy as gift, or a piggy back pack for little children.

Just change the size by reducing or enlarging and modify it to fit into your design. Material you need:1. Print out the PDF pattern of the piggy pillow. Use a pencil and trace the pattern onto the cotton fabric. Sandwich the towels in between 2 fabrics. Sew it up on the sewing line, it can be from sewing machine or hand stitching. Turn body, ear and tail inside out. Tie a knot at the tip of the tail as shown, mark a length of 4″ from the tip.

Sew the ears on. Sock Teddy Bear. Bean Bag. Looking for hours of entertainment?

Bean Bag

Meet, The Rollie Pollie bean bag chair. It’s a chair, it’s a toy, it’s your favorite pillow. Made of durable cotton twill or soft vinyl, each bag is actually a slip cover (with another Rollie Pollie inside) then filled with mounds and mounds of soft cluster stuffing. So if it gets dirty, just zip it off and throw it in the wash. And with a handle on top, it’s easy to toss around. Now, pick your favorite…. Bean Bag. Whether it’s extra seating you need or a plush spot to put your feet up, this cozy circular beanbag pouf fits the bill.

Bean Bag

The playful dot pattern adds retro-inspired whimsy and visual interest. Skill Level: Intermediate Materials: 3 yd fabric; tape measure; water-soluble marker; string and tape (optional); scissors; pins; iron; thread; sewing machine with zipper foot; 20" zipper; 6 yd 3/8" cording; polyester bean filler (we used Poly-fil Beanbag Filler from Fairfield Processing).