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…

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.

Craft Book Month: Week 1 in Review + Giveaway!

Did you catch all of the great projects from our Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop last week? We saw everything from quilted pillows covers to knitting projects and needlework and easy applique!

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 Projects Week 1

Heidi from Fabric Mutt shared a Cotton + Steel patchwork pillow.

Want to make an easy child’s tee? Lindsay Sews has a great project idea for you!

Rae Gun Ramblings shares how to mend and remake children’s clothes!

Applique fashionable throw pillows with a tutorial from the Craftside blog.

Knit up a home makeover with The Feisty Redhead!

Quilt some throw pillows the Elizabeth Hartman way with Nancy of The Fabric Studio.

Get stitchy with a needlework clutch pattern by Anna Maria Horner at Marci Girl Designs.

Small Town Stitcher shows off adorable embroidery hoop wall art!

Make a quilted tote bag with Lindsey from LRstitched.

Sharon at A Prairie Sunrise was inspired by a beary cute children’s book that also has knitting patterns!


Giveaway!

Did you enter the Chunky Knits book giveaway? Our friend Ashley wrote this book which includes fun and fashionable home decor projects you can knit for your living space. You can win the book before it hits stores! The giveaway ends in 2 days, to don’t delay.

Here are the bloggers to follow this week!

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

 

If you’d like to craft along with us, just share a project that you’ve created from any craft book this year. There are some great prizes to be won!

Prizes! Craft Book Month 2014

Did you see the Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop schedule and sew along details? All month long, we are inviting you to create any project from a craft book and share it via your blog, instagram or Flickr.

If you link up your crafts here, you’ll have a chance to win one of the prizes below! Refer to the original post for rules and to link up your crafts.

Prizes

1 Winner (International): Fat Quarter Shop $75 Gift Certificate

#7 – Star Crossed Love Clutch – Marci Girl Designs

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): Fat Quarter Bundle of Geofabulous from Blend Fabrics

#1 – Applique Pillow Makeover

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): Fat Quarter Bundle of Turkish Delight from Blend Fabrics

#9 – From Bolt to Beauty: Amy Butler’s Cosmo Bag

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Quarry Publishing, Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction and Made by Yourself

#40 – Paint Creek Quilt – Flower Bed quilt

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From C&T Publishing, Patchwork City

#46 – My Summer Quilt from Bioni’s Book!

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2 Winners (International): 3 Sew Sweetness PDF Patterns

#26 – Make A Travel Pillow
#34 – annies home: Cherries Jubilee

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1 Winner (International): 3 Clover & Violet PDF Patterns

#8 – Vera @ Negligent style

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1 Winner (International): From Emmaline Bags, Spring Sling, Butterfly Sling and Totes Ma Tote PDF Patterns

#29 – Norma’s Bag Boutique: Go Go Bag

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1 Winner (International): Complete set of PDF Patterns from Imagine Gnats

#21 – The Littlest Thistle

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1 Winner (U.S. only): From Fabric Seeds, Signed copy of Little Stitches by Aneela Hooey

#38 – Quilt Color Workshop: Dresden Flower Tote

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1 Winner (U.S. only): From Tuttle Publishing, Basic Black and Stylish Skirts

#14 – Lisa Liza Lou Designs: Craft Book Month Blog Hop

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1 Winner for each book (U.S. only): From Storey, Little One Yard Wonders and Quilting with a Modern Slant

#16 (Little One Yard Wonders)- Lisa Marie

#13 (Quilting with a Modern Slant) – 13 Spools

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1 Winner for each book (U.S. only): From Martingale, Sew a Modern Home and Imagine Quilts

#32 (Sew a Modern Home) – El’s Journey – Craft Book Month – Orange Pomander

#36 (Imagine Quilts) – Kinda Quilty: Craft Book Month – Quiltopedia

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Potter Craft, Adventure Time Crafts and Let’s Sew Together

#30 – A Blue Sky Kind of Life: Paper-pieced pouch

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Better Homes and Gardens
Best of Halloween and Best of Christmas Ideas

#12 – A Prairie Sunrise

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Lark Crafts, Wee Felt Worlds

#37 – Hen & Chicks Softie – Handmade Toy

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Lark Crafts, Fabric Blooms and Never Been Stitched

#15 – sewVery

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From North Light Books, New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry
and from Wiley, More Jewelry Making

#44 – Jen B. My Raspberry dessert

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Are you ready to create with us? Grab your favorite craft book and sew along!
Here’s the post with the official rules for Craft Book Month 2014.

 

Back to the Books! Announcing Craft Book Month 2014

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of your inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric MuttLindsay Sews

Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside

Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty RedheadThe Fabric Studio

Thursday 9/4:  Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher

Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery

Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou

Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour

Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds

Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog, your Flickr or (NEW THIS YEAR) Instagram, and enter to win prizes. Please hashtag your posts #craftbookmonth so we can find them!
Note: Even if you share on instagram, please also come back and link the instagram URL in the linkup tool below to be eligible for prizes!
You may link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!

Rules

1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014. 

3) Create a new blog post, instagram or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!

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!


 

  Craft Book Month at Craft Buds
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