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Magic Boxes

Due to popular demand, I am doing a tutorial on the Magic Boxes I showed off in some previous posts. To begin, choose your paper. You need six sheets of matching paper (preferably a heavier weight). Choose one for your outside, budgeting for a contrasting one for your lid, and 4 to create the inside boxes. Outside: 6 x 11 3/4ths Lid: 8.5 x 8.5 4 inner boxes: 8 x 8 The only challenging part of this project is creating the lid and inside compartments. 1. 2. fold the tips of your paper in so that they meet at the center. Fold in all four sides, and then unfold. 3. This fold gives you the sides of your box. 4. I have also colored four triangles. 5. 6. Do the same thing on the other side. 7. Repeat this process on your 8 inch and 8.5 inch papers. Now for the outside. 1. 2. To put the boxes in, first adhere one to the very top right corner, making certain that you are flush with the corner of the outside paper. Adhere the next one to the bottom left corner, once again flush to the edge.

3D Paper Owl The gifted Larissa from mmmcrafts is here sharing her amazing talents with an unbelievable 3D paper owl. Larissa writes… Left: art made with this tutorial, Right: art made with alternate colors (see note at the end of the tutorial) Hey, Craft Campers! I’m delighted to participate in this summer kid-craft lineup. This 3D paper owl art project is for you and your crafty older kids, say around 11-ish years and up, who can wield a pair of scissors, handle smallish pieces and follow placement instructions carefully. Moms: You can definitely young this down by cutting out the shapes for younger kids, and skipping the pop dots and folding. Alrighty young crafters, here’s what you will need to make the nighttime owl pictured above: Got all that together? Step 1: Print out the pattern pieces! Make a test print of the first page on regular paper and measure the guide box with a ruler to be sure you are printing at the correct size. Step 2: Score all your folds. Step 4: Punch out some circles.

Herringbone Quilt Block Tutorial This month it's my turn to lead the quilt design for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches. Mmm... I had thought to send my circle to Holly's great tutorial for her 12.5" square chevron blocks and that would be that. Really! Holly's tutorial calls for 2.5" wide strips, but the bulk of my scrap strips are 2" or narrower. Herringbone Block Tutorial *Finished size 11" x 22" (11.5" x 22.5" unfinished)*Supplies: 2" wide strips and 6" x 24" rigid quilting ruler Step 1: Cutting Sort through your scraps to find strips that are at least 2" wide and 11" long. Step 2: Layout The Herringbone block is worked in two separate halves. I admit that there's something funky going on at the very bottom of my stagger, but you'll see I fixed it in the next step. Step 3: Piece Pairs At the sewing machine piece your pairs together, matching the 11" side of each strip with right sides together. You can bust through all 7 pairs really quick this way. Step 4: Piece Stagger Lay out your strips again on your work surface.

How To Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom Hardbacks Previous image Next image We love to integrate books into our decor, but does your child have favorite books that aren't quite in display condition? Materials: cardboard about 1/3 yard of cotton fabric glue stick tape one sheet of cardstock 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You're done! (Images: Katie Steurnagle)

Wind Up Paper Butterflies I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. Growing up, I had an aunt who lived in Canada. Every year for my birthday she’d send me a card and a fancy little gift. She always found the neatest things! I made my butterflies into Monarchs, but you could use different materials to create any sort of colorful butterfly. Materials: You’ll need heavy cardstock, 24 gauge wire, silicone rubber bands (I found mine in the hair aisle at Walgreens) needle-nose pliers, scissors, tape, a paintbrush, a black marker, and a white ink pen. Step 1: Measure and cut your wire. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Step 5: Find the center of the shorter wire, and wrap it around the base of the paintbrush. Step 8: Draw the shape of your wings and cut them out. Step 11: Tape each wing to the body of the butterfly. See more awesome from Amelia on The Homebook

Tutorial: Strip and Flip Baby Quilt This fun scrappy quilt is quick to put together and great for beginners. Use lots of different colors to keep it bright and fun…or just a few colors to keep it calm and simple. Finished Size: 36" x 41" 1. You’ll need to cut 27 color strips 2" x width of the fabric (at least 36") and 2 white strips 1 1/2" x width of the fabric (at least 42"). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Fast, fun, and CUTE!

How to Make Simple Crochet Slippers IMPORTANT NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology. You can find the SLIPPER SIZE, YARN and HOOK specifications at the end of this article !!! (To see more of my patterns, please visit my ONLINE SHOP!) I am an addict. An addict for crochet slippers. It all began when I saw slippers similar to these somewhere on the internet. I loved them so much I couldn’t get their tempting image out of my head. All I needed was a pattern. But because I am terribly, terribly impatient, I found creating my own pattern quicker than looking for an official one on the web. And since I’m no crochet guru, the pattern turned out to be really simple. Actually, these slippers might be the simplest slippers in the universe. Or not. But they might. This is what I did… Round 1: 5 ch (chain stitch); join into ring with sl st (slip stitch) Round 2: 3 ch; 7 dc (double crochet stitch) into the center of the ring; join with sl st Round 3: 3 ch; 1 dc into first stitch; 2 dc into each next stitch; join with sl st Row 14: turn (!)

Handmade Fabric Origami, Origamis with Fabric | Handmade Jewlery, Bags, Clothing, Art, Crafts, Craft Ideas, Arts and Crafts Blog Since most of the handmade goods are one-of-a-kind and made in small quantities, I do not have to worry about having a friend show up to my party with the same dress I am wearing. Random Facts About You? 1) I am a fabric maniac 2) I love folding Origami 3) I make a mess all over the house with my craft habit, but the outcomes are totally worth the mess!!! What got you started crafting? I have been making small things out of fabric as long as I remember. What is your source of inspiration? I grew up around my mom's sweat shop back in burma. What have you made recently? I have made a tsumami kanzashi using silk and cotton fabric. Where do you sell your crafts presently? I started my etsy store in december. Why are handmade crafts important to you? Growing up in a sweat shop, I have seen how mass producing co-operates can influence in factory worker's everyday life. Lack of quality in mass producing market is always a frustrating thing.

Magical 3-in-1 Cat Bed Simon and Pixel, my two wonderful kitties, are convinced that my worktable is the very best spot for napping. So, to give them a comfy place where they can still be close, yet well out of harm’s way, I designed this simple, compact 3-in-1 cat bed for my desk. Even my furry snobs—who prefer cardboard boxes and freshly washed laundry to plush cushions any day—couldn’t wait to snuggle in. Since I know that finding a cat bed that persnickety kitties will actually use qualifies as a minor miracle, let’s get right down to the project. Supplies:* 2 yards of 36” wide craft felt. Tools:* Sewing machine* Embroidery needle* Fabric scissors* Measuring tape or ruler* Straight pins or fabric clips* Compass or 13” round cooking pot * Paper* Pen or pencil* Tailor’s chalk (optional) Step 1Using fabric scissors, cut out two 13” circles out of craft felt for the bottom of the cat bed. Step 2With right sides facing out, stitch the two circles together with your sewing machine using a ¼” seam allowance. 1.