Crafty Kitchen: Oreo Spiders

I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with Halloween related goodies like our Owl S’mores and now these spiders! These are an easy treat to make. For ingredients you’ll…

Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make…

Free Pattern Features: Halloween Pillows

Looking for ways to add some Halloween fun to your decor? On Craft Buds we’ve featured Halloween printables, fabric pumpkins, and owl smores. Lots of other crafty sites have been…

Jack-o’-Lantern Shirt Stencils

Looking to add some Halloween fun to your family’s wardrobe? Here’s a shirt idea for either you or your kids to make. It would also be a fun project for…

Applique Name Blanket + Panasonic Iron Giveaway!

I was invited to take part in the “Keep Calm and Press On” Challenge, sponsored by the Panasonic and their new Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron.

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I was excited for the challenge, which was to use my new iron to tackle a Pinterest DIY project I’ve been putting off. Well, that’s a tough one. Which project have I NOT been putting off? The several baby blankets I’d wanted to make were near the top of the list.

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These days, I’m always looking for products to make my life easier. And since I already use and love another Panasonic iron (read Mary’s review here), I decided to give Panasonic newest cordless iron, the Panasonic NI-WL600, a spin. The main difference between the two irons is the lightweight design of the new Freestyle iron, and the way it glides across the ironing board. It’s like an ice skater! DSC_1188

The other main difference between the two irons is the dual points on the iron plate, making it easy to flip the Freestyle iron around 360 degrees as you work on your project. This would come in very handy for ironing bias tape, pressing open seams and other quilting tasks. Because the iron is cordless, you really have all the versatility you need to iron your project without worrying about a cord.

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Like my other Panasonic cordless iron, I appreciate the sturdy charging base. If I leave the room while my iron is still hot, I can just cover up the iron with the plastic cover, and not have to worry that my cats or my baby will tug at the cord and put themselves in danger. This is the main reason my husband wanted me to have a cordless iron in the first place, and it really is my favorite feature!

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And now . . . for that project I’ve been putting off. As you can see, I’ve been playing with applique letters to make a few baby blankets. If you’d like to make this name blanket, it’s so easy! You can read my tutorial for an easy applique name quilt over on the Craftsy blog.

Applique Name Blanket

This is baby Killian’s name quilt, which is Shannon’s Cuddle fabric on the front and Ann Kelle flannel fabric on the back. I cut a simple fabric elephant to sew on the front in order to match the design on the flannel back. If you’d like to learn how to make an applique, we have another tutorial here on Craft Buds that should get your started!

Applique Name Blanket

I’d like to thank the folks at Panasonic for letting me test drive this awesome new NI-WL600 iron. Now, you’ll have a chance to win one, too!

Disclaimer: I was provided with this iron free of charge in exchange for my participation in the design challenge. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Follow the Keep Calm and Press On Challenge via social media at @HomePanasonic and #KeepCalmPressOn.

Giveaway!

Would you like to win your very own Panasonic Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron ($129 value)? View the Rafflecopter form below for several ways you can enter to win!

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Guest Post: Stenciled Jack O’ Lantern Drinking Glasses

Today we’ve teamed up with with Angela from blue i style. Welcome to any new visitors hopping over from her site! Using our jack o’ lantern shirt stencils from a few years ago (see original post here), Angela came up with a great idea to use the stencils on drinking glasses. You can downloaded the stencils here at Craft Buds. Then head over to blue i style for the full drinking glasses tutorial, along with links to many more Halloween themed projects! Here’s a sneak peak!

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Pumpkin Face Stencils Download
(The above link will take you to a single page pdf file that will look like the image below. You can choose to print or download it from there.)

2014 Pumpkin Face Stencils

Note: These stencils have been resized from the 2011 original post to fit drinking glasses, so make sure to use the download link here and not on the old post!

 

 

Easy Fabric Letters

Easy Fabric Letters

Looking for a quick and easy no-sew fabric project? Since I have less and less time to sew these days, I decided to make a fabric-covered letter to hang on the wall in my son’s room. Here’s how to make your own!

Materials:
- Fabric (I used Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics)
- Wooden letters from the craft store (I got mine on clearance for $1.49)
- Mod Podge (I used matte finish)
- Paint brush or foam brush
- Scissors (the sharp kind, for cutting fabric)

Easy Fabric Letters Tutorial

1. First, cut a piece of fabric a bit larger than your letter.

2. Place your letter right side down on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Cut around the letter, leaving about 1/2” of fabric on each side. You may need to adjust this based on the height of your letter.

4. Snip the fabric in the corners and around the curves.

5. One section at a time, use your paint brush or foam brush to apply Mod Podge just to the edge of the letter, folding the raw edge of your fabric over top. Now paint over the raw edge of the fabric to seal, smoothing the fabric out with your fingers. Repeat this around all of the edges of your letter.

6. Let this dry, then Mod Podge a second layer over the raw edges of the fabric on the letter back.

7. I chose to leave the front of my fabric letter as is, for a natural, fabric look. If you want a more slick texture, you can Mod Podge the entire front of the letter using one or two coats.

Fabric Letters Tutorial It’s that easy! The letter is perfect to add to a keepsake box or pin on the wall with a single nail or straight pins. This idea also works with thicker, boxy letters. You’ll just need to apply fabric to the front of the letter, and then wrap strips of fabric around the 3-D sides of each letter.

Easy envelop pillow

Here’s a simple patchwork throw pillow I made using some other prints from Turkish Delight, using the easy envelope pillow cover and DIY pillow form!

Turkish Delight for Blend Fabrics And the rest of the Turkish Delight fabric collection . . .

What’s your favorite easy, no-sew fabric project?

Covered Light Switch Plates

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Turn something ordinary into something special by designing and creating a unique wall light switch plate (also called wall protectors, light switch surround or finger plates). Say goodbye to boring wall features and brighten your home!

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Materials:

To make your own light switch plate, you will need:

- Fabric, wrapping paper or thin paper with a printed image
- Switch plate – used or new, metal or plastic
- Pair of scissors
- Adhesive or spray glue
- Spray lacquer (or acrylic gloss) or Mod Podge
- Toothpick
- Utility knife and a cutting mat

Step One 

Cut out your selected design or, if you have a piece of favorite artwork on your computer, use a graphics program to edit it to the right size and print. Hold the switch plate up to the light to find a good position for the light switch hole to fit into the picture. Trace plate boundary lines adding a margin of 1/2″ or so and then remove any excess paper with a sharp knife. Make notches at the corners – this makes it easier to fold the covering around the plate corners later.

Step Two

Spray on or brush on a coat of adhesive on the entire front of the plate and its back edges, using a paper plate or old newspaper to protect your surface. Press the fabric or printed image on the front of the plate, then flip the plate over to the back and fold the fabric or image over the edges around to the back. Use a toothpick or small implement to carefully handle and press any small pieces. Fold over the corners first, then the sides. Check the covering for possible bubbles, and gently press them out.

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Step Three

Cut an ‘X’ in the center of the plate inside the switch opening and fold the triangles inwards towards center and to the back of the plate. Use the toothpick to make any holes (if necessary) for screws. If using fabric, use sharp thread snip scissors to cut out the switch opening all the way to the corners and to cut out the screw holes. Cover with Mod Podge or spray the front of the plate evenly with up to three coats of lacquer, allowing half an hour between coats to dry, and overnight before your new surround is ready to fit and use. Enjoy the new look!

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Although it is not difficult to make these at home, another option to design your own wall lights switch surround is to use a custom switch plate vendors (found via Amazon or eBay) and use the option to upload your own design and print. The high-quality switch plate is then created to your preferences.

Do you have any custom light switch plate covers in your home?

Note: This post was written in collaboration with Tesco Direct and Creative Bloq.

Craft Book Month: Week 2 Inspiration!

Another week of great projects from our Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop last week!

In case you missed a few, I’ve been pinning them on this Craft Book Month Pinterest board, so make sure you follow me on Pinterest.

Craft Book Month Week 2

Now it Time to Link up Your Projects!

Prizes

Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

DIY for Dogs: 5 Projects to Make

It’s fun to pamper pets whether you are a pet lover or know someone who is. Here are some of our favorite DIY ideas for those special dogs in your life. And if you’re a cat lover, don’t worry! We’ve got some cat projects listed here (and some of those projects would work well for dogs too!).

First up, Urban Threads shares this cute tutorial for a dog hoodie.

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

 

At Totally Stitchin’ is this cute and easy customized dog leash.

Dog Leash at Totally Stitchin'

Dog Leash at Totally Stitchin’

 

This great tutorial for a collapsible travel dog bowl is featured at craftstylish.

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

 

Have some fleece scraps? Use this tutorial at HGTV to braid a fleece rope dog toy.

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

 

And lastly from Martha Stewart are these fun pet ID tags with a free downloadable template.

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Happy pet sewing! This post is part of the 2014 Dog Fence DIY Hackaton.

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