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…

#1 Dad Project and Stencil

Father’s Day is almost here but you’ve still got time to put together a customized gift for those special guys your life! I designed this No. 1 Dad stencil that I incorporated into a painting that I worked on with my toddler. It could also be used on a baseball cap or a messenger bag with fabric paints. To get the stencil, just click the link to view the PDF. If you have trouble printing it, choose the File menu in the upper left and then choose “Download original”.

I used a Silhouette SD (that I recently won, woohoo!!) to cut out the stencil out of cardstock paper. In my stencil PDF I’ve included both the more detailed image I used and a more simplified image that would be easier to cut by hand with an xacto knife. 

To make this project, start with a piece of canvas and paint the background a solid color. I used a neutral taupe color and acrylic paint.

Next, coat the back of your stencils in rubber cement and allow them to dry before positioning on your canvas.

Then paint in your image one color at a time, allowing it to dry between coats of paint.

My lettering got a little messy so after it dried I went back with a tiny brush to touch it all up.

Then I put a variety of paint colors in a pyrex dish, gave my toddler a paintbrush and let him create his masterpiece! I used a piece of paper to cover over my image while he painted to make sure it would stay readable.

The canvas is ready to go as is, or you can put it in a frame and it’s ready to give to Dad!

Jelly Roll Giveaway from Fabric Seeds

Back in April we did an interview on starting a craft business with Sarah of Fabric Seeds, an online fabric store. Well lucky for all you readers, Sarah has generously decided to giveaway a jelly roll of Farmyard by Sentimental Studios for Moda in honor of the start of farmer’s market season! (A jelly roll is a 42 piece bundle of 2.5″ x 44″ strips.)

Sarah has also given us the coupon code farmmarket good through June 21 for 15% off your total purchase at her shop!

To enter (required), just leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite item from the Fabric Seeds store! For additional entries you can do any or all of the following and leave a separate comment on this post for each that you do:

  1. Become a Google Friend Connect follower of the Fabric Seeds blog
  2. Become a Google Friend Connect, e-mail, or RSS follower of Craft Buds
  3. “Like” Craft Buds on Facebook

The contest is open until June 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm EST and is open to the US and Canada. At the close of the giveaway, one winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by e-mail.


Giveaways Roundup

If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with lots of current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.

Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 6.15.11

Knitted Bus Yarn Bomb

Yarn Bombed: We couldn’t forget about National Knit in Public Day last Saturday, thanks to this Knitted Bus image from Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, via The Telegraph. Amazing!

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes @ I'm a Mom

A Little Corny: What’s not to love about Jaime’s take on Corn on the Cob cupcakes? You’ll never guess what she’s used for butter!

Ice Cream Dress and Bonnet @ Made by Rae

Peekaboo, I See You: She’s done it again. How adorable is this Ice Cream Dress (and Peekaboo Bonnet) at Made by Rae?

Anna Maria Horner

Business Tips: Anna Maria Horner blogs about being in the craft design business, in which she attempts to answer that all-important question, “How do you do it?” Her insights into the years of struggle and perseverance that have led to her dream career are encouraging and enlightening. A must read! (Above photo by Carolyn and Me)

Large Canvas Tote @ Make Lemons

And finally, we are thrilled to see Julie’s take on Mary’s Tote Bag Tutorial, which she posted at her blog, Make Lemons. Fabulous bag, Julie, and roomy enough for stashing summer pool gear!

If you’ve made something from any of the Craft Buds tutorials,
why not link them up at our new Flickr pool?

Tutorials @ Craft Buds

As always, we’ve got some lovely giveaways this week, so stop by and enter to win some handmade goodies or craft supplies!

Free Pattern Features: 4th of July

You still have a few weeks left before the 4th of July to work on those patriotic projects! Here’s our list of free patterns/tutorials for your stars and stripes inspiration.

Autie from ICandy Handmade shares her tutorial for this cute flag pillow over at the Crafting Chicks.

Flag Pillow by Autie at the Crafting Chicks

This child’s pillowcase dress from White Water Crafting is made from Hobby Lobby bandanas! Since the bandanas come pre-hemmed it’s a fast project.

Stars Pillowcase Dress from White Water Crafting

Sugar Bee Crafts used a MADE pattern for these flat front flag shorts with pockets.

Patriotic Flat Front Shorts at Sugar Bee Crafts

And this cute bunting from Surviving Motherhood will add a festive 4th feel wherever you hang it!

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

Simple Summer Headbands Tutorial

It’s been incredibly hot around here lately so between the heat and planting a garden I needed a way to keep my hair out of my face! To solve the problem I designed these two fun and functional adult-sized headbands. They’re a great way to use up scraps of fabrics that you love and didn’t want to throw away! I did a regular headband style that’s reversible and a 3 strand headband, both with elastic at the base.

Three strand headband materials list: three strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, one 3 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ elastic (elastic not pictured)

Reversible headband materials list: two strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, two rectangles of fabric 2″ x 18″. Fold the rectangles into quarters and cut off the corners (second photo below) to form the headband shape.

Prepping your fabric for either headband:

For either headband, you’ll make double fold bias tape out of the long 1″ strips and single fold bias tape out of the short 1″ strips. To do this, iron the strip in half. Then open it back up, fold both sides toward the center crease and iron again. You now have single fold bias tape. For the two long long strips, fold in half with the raw edges inside and iron one more time.

Sewing the three strand headband:

First, sew shut all 3 long strips of bias tape.

Then sew the three strips together at the ends.

Sewing the reversible headband:

With wrong sides together, line up the front and back and sew the strips of bias tape onto the sides.

Finishing both headbands:

Stitch the elastic strap to each side. Wrap your single fold bias tape around the seam where the elastic is sewn on. Fold under the raw edge, pin down and stitch along the top and bottom.

And here’s one last shot of the completed headbands!

Additional notes:

  • I based the size off of a storebought headband that fits me well. When you get to the elastic stage, you may want to safety pin it in place before sewing it down to make any adjustments necessary for a comfortable fit for you.
  • Rather than using homemade bias tape as directed, you could also use store bought.
  • These directions have you make 1/4″ bias tape. If you’ve never used bias tape before or if you find it’s tricky to work with you may want to make yours a bit wider. If you cut your strips to 1 1/2″ rather than 1″, your bias tape will be 3/8″ rather than 1/4″.

Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 6.8.11

Father’s Day is not far off, and we’ve already combed through some of the best free patterns for dads. But this summer is also filled with bright ideas for repurposing common objects, like a watermelon, old maps or boring curtains. Have fun looking through this week’s Fresh Picks!

Watermelon Shark @ Sun Scholars

Shark Attack! Hats off to this great summer snack idea at Sun Scholars, complete with a Jell-o ocean and Swedish Fish.

Gift Tags @ The Chocolate Room

To and From: These gift tags are made from brightly colored tissue paper, recycled maps, paper punches, a label maker and some creativity. Check out more of Shelley’s work at The Chocolate Room!

Painted Curtains

Painted Curtains: We love this tutorial for painted drapes, a knockoff of a West Elm Design. Check them out at PB&J Stories!

Paint Chips bunting

Upcycled Bunting: Lots of ides for repurposing paint chips at the Naughty Secretary Club, like this pretty bunting made from hues of red.

Made It

Made It: Have you heard of the handmade store Made It? It’s the Etsy of Australia, and The Crafty Mummy tells us how she uses her blog to promote Made It sellers!

Giveaways Roundup
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with more than 40 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.
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