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Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Nifty Gifty Kid’s Edition: Indoor Snowball Fight!

Here’s a fun and easy DIY gift for the young ones in your life! It’s even easy enough for crafty kids to make for themselves or for younger siblings! The main ingredients are yarn and pom-pom makers, and you know that I love any excuse to bust out the pom-pom maker!

Here are my supplies. This is the perfect project for using up yarn remnants if you have them! 

I followed the pom-pom maker’s directions and created lots of fluffy “snowballs” in both sizes! I used different kinds of yarn to add variation (and to use up scraps).

So FLUFFY! 

Who’s ready for a snowball fight?! These pom-poms won’t hurt ya’, but they will make you smile! 

For gifting, I divided the snowballs between cloth bags labeled with the contents. To continue the snowy theme, you could also turn these snowballs into cute ornaments! Wouldn’t they be adorable as gift toppers too?! So many possibilities!

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🙂

Nifty Gifties Kids’ Edition: Felt Playsets

Nifty Gifties Kids’ Edition: Felt Playsets

While poking around in my craft stash one day, my inner child became inspired! Turns out I had all the random bits needed to create felt playsets for my nieces! Each playset is basically a miniature world that kids can customize and use for creative play! There are lots of cute ideas on Pinterest, but I decided to make a Fairy Playset and a Camping Playset. I used the same basic templates for both sets and added custom “accessories” to make each special! Here are some of my supplies:

For the figures in my playset, I used “peg dolls,” simple people shapes cut from wood. I left my people unpainted, but you could paint and decorate them too! 

I used the smallest and second smallest sized dolls, like those in this set.

Next, I raided my felt stash for a large piece of green and a small piece of blue. The green felt would become the “grass” base of the playset, while the blue would become a water feature. I used similar bases for both playsets!

Since we had grass, we also needed trees! I used wooden spools for trucks and cones of felt for the leaves/branches. I began by creating a cone template out of paper. I taped it together and made sure that the size worked well with the spool “trunk.”

I traced the template onto dark green felt and cut it out!

I used hot glue to carefully (and somewhat tediously) glue the felt cone together.

I coated the outer edge of the spool top with glue, then inserted the spool into the cone.

 

With the grass, water, and trees in place, our playset was ready for some peg dolls! Ta-DA! 


Although the playset was super cute as is, I added some accessories to add fairy charm! Firstly, those little peg doll fairies needed a place to stay! I used large silk leaves and pipe cleaners to make a tent.

First, I glued the leaves together and bent the pipe cleaners into a square frame. I then hot-glued the pipe cleaner frame to the leaves.

Once the glue hardened, I bent the tent into shape!

So cute!!

I added more silk leaves, silk flowers, and plant marbles to “fairy-ize” the playset! 

The fairy playset was so cute, that I couldn’t stop there! I used the same felt base and felt trees to make a camping set!

To make a tent, I cut two pieces of felt that were both 3.5″x7″ in size.

Next, I bent pipe cleaners into a rectangular frame and glued the frame to one piece of felt.

I glued the second piece of felt on top, sandwiching the frame in between the two felt pieces.

After the glue hardened, the felt could be bent in half into a tent shape!

Small rocks, pinecones, and pieces of driftwood helped create a woodsy setting for the campsite!

Hope the kids have as much fun playing with these sets as I had making them! There are so many more playsets ideas waiting to be created! I may be making more soon… Here are some supplies to get you started!

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Freezer Paper Stenciling

Customized T-shirt are some of our favorite projects, and what better excuse to make shirts than our Blogiversary?! Yes, our blog has officially turned one! Cue the music and bring on the cupcakes! Make the fanclub shirts and wear them shamelessly! Wha-hoo! 🙂

In order to make our shamelessly-worn-fanclub-shirts, we turned to a favorite technique, the use of freezer paper stencils! Freezer paper looks alot like wax paper and can often be found near the foil and plastic wrap at the store. Making stencils from freezer paper, while time consuming, allows you to get relatively professional-looking results for your fabric paint money. Once you cut a stencil from freezer paper, you can iron the paper to fabric and cause it to stick! When you apply paint to the stencil, the paint will only be able to stick to the fabric exposed by the stencil. The freezer paper will later be pealed up and removed, leaving the painted fabric underneath. There are lots of fun painting ideas available on Pinterest, but this tutorial was what first inspired me to give it a try! After making many shirts, I have developed a few tips for gaining that hard-worked-for professional look. Here’s what works for me! 🙂

Firstly, gather your supplies:

  • freezer paper
  • template 
  • masking tape
  • x-acto knife and/or small scissors
  • cutting board
  • iron and ironing board
  • fabric paint
  • paint sponge applicator
  • T-shirt- washed and dried
  • drop cloth.

As always, I washed and dried my t-shirt before doing any work on it. I then designed my template in a word processing program and printed it out.

Next, I cut a sheet of freezer paper a little bigger than my template. I laid the front of my template onto the SHINY side of the freezer paper. (The shiny side is what will eventually be ironed onto the fabric.) Recap: Front of template touches shiny side of freezer paper.

Tape that template down!

Flip the papers over so that the freezer paper is on top, while the template is readable underneath. (The dull side of the freezer paper should be facing you.)

Next, I used an x-acto knife and scissors to cut out the shapes and words. This takes patience, but a more accurate stencil will yield neater results.

Be sure to save the small freezer paper cut-outs from letters like “o” and “a.” We will replace those shapes back into the letters when the stencil is ironed to the shirt. Once the words have been cut out, cut the freezer paper down to the size of the paper stencil behind it. Note: Don’t miss this step! You will need the stencil to be a symmetrical shape for the next steps! You can remove any left-over masking tape.

Next, we need to ensure that the stencil will be ironed to the shirt with the proper orientation and alignment. These next steps show my way to find reference points on the shirt to help me line up the stencil. These steps don’t ensure perfection, but they lead to much better results than simply “eye-balling” the stencil’s placement! Note: Very cheap t-shirts have a tendency to shrink and warp in the wash. A higher quality shirt should be easier to work with! Start by folding the shirt in half, smoothing out any wrinkels, and marking along the center fold. This will give us a vertical line of reference. (I used a disappearing ink pen from my sewing stash for this part.)


Lay the garment as flat and straight as possible so that you can create horizontal reference points.  One way to do this is to place a rule from armpit seam to arm pit seam. Mark this line with the disappearing pen. Another horizontal line can be drawn from the top of each shoulder seam.

Next, measure the bottom hem and find the middle point.

Place a ruler between this point and the center of the neckline to make another vertical reference line. This line may differ slightly from the one drawn when the shirt was folded in half and can help you double check its accuracy.

Now that the shirt is marked, I also marked the middle points of each side of my stencil. It’s a bit hard to see in the picture, but I marked these points on the stencil with a Sharpie. Once that was done, I could then align these points with the reference lines on the shirt! Yay for a centered stencil!! (Be sure to do a visual double check to see if the stencil appears straight!)

Use a little masking tape to secure the stencil to the garment in the correct orientation. 

It’s finally time to iron the stencil to the shirt! I usually start ironing at one side of the stencil and work across. Once the stencil is secured in place, though, you can remove the masking tape so that you don’t accidentally iron it! Carefully iron down the edges of all the letters and shapes. You don’t want any paint to be able to leak under the edges of the stencil!

Once the letters are ironed down, add the small cut-outs that you saved from letters with inner shapes. Place these shiny-side-down, then use the tip of the iron to gently iron them in place.

Hurray! Now it’s time for painting! I use Soft fabric paint from Tulip, because this paint does not become bumpy or crunchy. I applied the paint with one of my painting sponges, but a foam applicator would work nicely. Before painting, line the shirt with cardboard, freezer paper, or wax paper to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the back of the shirt. Of course, don’t forget to protect your work surface with a drop cloth!

 Sponge the paint all over the cut-outs of the stencil, making sure all the details are covered in paint. For my shirt, I let the paint dry for at least half before adding a second coat. I wanted to ensure that my letter would be opaque and vibrant.

After waiting a several hours for the paint to dry, it’s time to remove the stencil! Carefully peal up the edges of the freezer paper and remove any small pieces!

Ta-DA! 

I was so excited about these shirts that I even made one for my husband! It was the least I could do considering all the photos he has taken for me! Of course, Lindee had to get in on the action too! 

We heart custom shirts and Partnersincraft.com! 🙂 Happy Blogiversary!

Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin crafts to help you join the pumpkin party!

I combine my love of both pumpkins AND pom-poms with this first project! You guessed it- I’m making cute lil’ pom-pom pumpkins to add to my fall centerpieces.

You can create these fuzzy little guys using pom-pom makers, different textures of yarn, and green pipe cleaners!  Check out our Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial for the fun, easy DIY!

While I am very attached to my pom-pom maker, I also have a thing for fabric paint and stamps. I couldn’t pass up an excuse illuminate plain dish towels with fall motifs!

You can find the complete towel stamping tutorial in our post Nifty Gifties: Stamped Dish Towel!

I used foam stamps from the craft store, but you can also make your own! For step-by-step stamp making directions, check out our Funny Bunny Scarf post!

These make such cute fall gifts! I have given them away so fast, that I have yet to make some for me!

Of course, no pumpkin quest could be complete without real pumpkins! We made our yearly visit to a local farm to pick the perfect pumpkin, taste some apples, and snap pictures of the beautiful produce!

I was super excited to finally be able to wear this sweater and vintage wool skirt! To add to the 1940’s vibe, I accessorized with vintage earrings and a homemade snood hair net. You can find all the snood-making details in our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net post!

Happy Pumpkin Time, Everyone! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Apple Crafts

Apple Crafts

Apple harvest is underway, and I have been busy creating a “bushel” of fruity crafts! These projects use some of my favorite techniques from previous posts, but give them an apple twist! All of these crafts would be perfect for teacher gifts (show those teachers some love!) or cute fall projects for you! I started by crafting fuzzy pom-pom apples from yarn remnants.

This project was based on our Pom-Pom Pumpkin post from last fall! (Find that tutorial here! ) I just changed the yarn color and glued little felt leaves to the stems! Here are my supplies, including my pom-pom makers, which you can find on Amazon (here).

These little guys would look cute grouped as a centerpiece or hung as ornaments!

Or by themselves!

A great way to round out an apple-themed gift is to stamp an apple card! Check out our paint-stamping tutorial here in this post!

Of course, I couldn’t pass up a chance to add some apple style to my wardrobe! Using the fabric stamping technique from our t-shirt tutorial (here), I added fruity details to a simple dress! I just had to wear it on an apple-buying expedition!

Enjoy apple season! 🙂

Ice Dyed Curtains

Ice Dyed Curtains

Two of my best friends recently moved into a new appartment and needed some new curtains. I thought what could be more fun than tye dying them some curtains! My mom had saved some white cotton sheets and Brit and I had just tried out ice dying when I visited her. I loved how the ice dying turned out and since I have a nice sized lawn, I had plenty of space to do my project.

For our tutorial on how to ice dye and what supplies are needed, check out our previous post linked here: https://partnersincraft.com/ice-dye-apartment-edition/

Soaking the sheets in soda ash.

Set up!

We let the dye melt into the fabric for 3 hours.

After washing and drying the sheets, I made them into curtains.

This is essentially what I did to make them curtains. I did iron the sheets beforehand to make measuring and cutting them as accurate as possible. Remember to leave extra lenght for hemming!

Results!

They look so beautiful with sunlight coming through them!

I had an extra sheet which I didn’t cut. Instead, I pinned it up on the wall like a tapestry.  In an appartment where you can’t paint the walls, this is a great way to add color and it looks great!

The curtains turned out great and my friends love them! Success! 

Flower Applique Earrings

Flower Applique Earrings

Here’s a quick tutorial for DIY earrings that are perfect for a summery state of mind! You may even have some of the supplies in your sewing stash! First, find some cute appliques and/or ribbon flowers. You will also need blank earring posts, earring backings, and E6000 craft glue. (Optional: Before you start, you could coat your appliques with a thin layer of Mod Podge glue to add stiffness and/or protect delicate appliques. This gives the flowers a bit of shine as well!)

 

 

 

Next, grab a paper plate or piece of parchment paper to use as a work surface. Turn the flowers face down and put a blob of glue where you want the earring post to be. Nestle the post into the glue, adjusting it’s placement as needed. Let the glue dry for at least several hours or overnight if possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, find a floral outfit in need of some cute earrings! Head outside to enjoy the summery weather and bright blooms!

 

Vintage Earring Remake: Post to Pendant

Vintage Earring Remake: Post to Pendant

Ever find a big, bright pair of 1980’s earrings and wish you had the guts to wear them? You could just woman-up and wearing those earrings as is! Or you could remake them into something a little more modern but just as fun! Enter the post-to-pendant tutorial! Today, we are going to turn some giant post earrings from the ’80’s into pendants that can be hung as earring or on a necklace! Let’s get started!

The first step is to find some big ol’ post earrings, preferably at your local thrift store. Note: The lighter the earrings, the better they are for earrings. If they feel heavy, they are best for necklace pendants. You will be adding additional weight when you create the pendants, and you don’t want to make something too heavy for your ears. To get started, remove the original earring post backings by using pliers or wire cutters if necessary. (I have found that soaking the earrings for a few minutes in soap and water can soften the glue and allow the backings to be pulled off.) Next, assemble your supplies: earring bails, earring posts with loops to hang beads from, supportive earring backings, jump rings, and glue. (I used E6000 Jewelry and Bead.

 

 

 

Now it’s time to glue a jewelry “bail” to each earring. The bail has a flat surface that is glued to the earring and a loop that then allows the earring to be hung as a pendant. Note: The bails that I found at the craft store were bigger and heavier than what I really needed. The addition of these bails made my pendants heavy. I later discovered that you can buy “earring bails” that are smaller and lighter. I found those my local bead store and also online.  (Here is a link to an example I found on Etsy.) When I do this project again, I will use those smaller bails, but this is a picture of the large ones I used.

 

 

 

Next, it’s time to glue the bails to the earrings! The paper plate made a good work surface, while little pieces of foil added support under the earrings while the glue dried.

 

 

 

 

According to the glue directions, I let the glue dry for at least 24 hours before moving to the next step. If you wish to make a necklace, the pendants are now ready to hang from a chain or cord. If you want to make earring, we need to attach the pendants to the earring backings using jump rings.

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray, we now have earrings! I love how beachy these look!

 

 

 

I tried wearing the pendants as earrings and on a necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These will be so fun to wear for summer! I can’t wait to make more! 🙂

 

 

 

Basic to Trendy- Patches!

Basic to Trendy- Patches!

The patch trend has gotten us pretty excited!  We love a good excuse to make our wardrobe basics unique through the addition of small embellishments! Lindee and I discovered, however, that our patching plans required research, shopping, and much stitching. To start with, lots of time went into finding and obtaining the elusive patches. The hunt was made more challenging by our avoidance (where possible) of the expensive patches at craft stores. I found many of my embellishments at a favorite fabric thrift store, called Legacy. ( Check it out here.)  Lindee, on the other hand, discovered the joys of online patch shopping. Army Surplus stores proved to be great places to shop for military and nautical themed patches, while souvenir shops provided travel patches. While on the hunt, we also sourced garments to be embellished. We looked for items with moderate weight fabric and multi-season wearability. Finally, the time for patching arrived! Here are some of the results!

 

One of my first projects was a hoodie sweatshirt that needed a touch of preppiness. I ironed the patches onto the sweatshirt first. I then made tiny stitches around the edges of the patches, securing them to the fabric. The thread I used matched the patches, making the stitches barely visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfy sweatshirt + cute details = lots of wardrobe potential!

 

 

 

Next came my denim jacket re-do. Since I had more jacket than patches, I decided to use fabric paint and foam stamps to paint some large background shapes onto the jacket first. I then ironed and stitched patches among the painted shapes to add texture and details! (For instructions on fabric stamping, check out this tutorial from our Nifty Gifties posts!)

 

 

 

Here are some close ups!

 

Denim jackets are my go-to layering piece, and the patches make this one special! (Check out this tutorial for making a coordinating summer necklace!)

 

 

 

Lindee went to town with her projects, adding embellishment to jeans, jackets, and accessories! For her first project, she searched for months for the perfect jacket. Once she found the style she had in mind, she realized that the material posed a unique challenge. The jacket’s nylon material was heat sensitive, which prevented her from ironing the patches to the jacket. Instead, she pinned each patch in place before stitching around the edges.

 

    

 

 

Lindee’s denim projects took lots of time, but turned into showstoppers! Although she was able to iron the patches to the fabric in some cases, she was always careful to stitch down the detailed outlines of the patches. Denim is such a heavy fabric, that delicate patches could easily peel up from the fabric and rip during washing. Note to crafters: Floral patches are beautiful, but each bloom and leaf has to be secured to the garment! Note #2: Floral motifs look super cute mixed with patches from the army surplus store!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, Lindee turned a simple sweatshirt into an adorable one-of-a-kind! She highlighted the British flag patch by surrounding it with lace appliques. Her finishing touch was a tiny crown patch on one cuff!

 

  

 

No patch post could be complete without accessories! One great travel patch was all Lindee’s cap needed to become unique! She discovered that this was a great way to make her own souvenirs from a favorite trip!  Note to crafters: hats have a curved shape, which makes it difficult to pin and stitch flat patches in place.

 

 

Our quest for patch perfection was quite an adventure! We have yet to run out of patches, however… More patch-tastic projects are sure to be in our futures! Stay tuned!

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Today’s post features some of our favorite gifts to make for Mother’s Day! What’s our mom’s favorite? Although she likes most of our creations, she especially loves the stamped dish towels from our Nifty Gifties series! She says she can ALWAYS use more dish towels, especially cute ones! 🙂 What would the moms in your life appreciate? Click the titles or photos for each project to see step by step instructions!

 

Magnets from Vintage Bling

We LOVE vintage bling! This project is a great way to show off old jewelry or buttons that might otherwise sit in the craft stash. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to look for low-cost costume jewelry. If you don’t have vintage buttons, you can find fun retro styles at the craft store!

 

 

 

Stamped Dish Towels

Here’s our mom’s favorite nifty gifty! This is an easy stamping project that is super customizable! If you want to make your own stamp, check out the Funny Bunny Scarf tutorial (here) for step by step instructions!

 

 

 

Statement Necklace DIY

Who doesn’t love a new statement necklace for spring?! This project features beading supplies that are easy to find at the craft store. You may, however, get a little over-inspired by the bead choices available! That’s ok- you can always make one for Mom AND one for you!

 

 

 

Stamped Tote Bag

These pictures are making me want to dream up some fun tote or beach bags for spring! As with all of our stamping projects, the options for customization are endless! This process also works really well on T-shirts, so check out our Stamped T’s post (here) !


 

 

Leafy Green Earrings

Here’s another fun way to DIY some spring accessories! You can make the earrings small or larger, bright or subtle, depending on the beads you use! You could even use small buttons, rhinestones, pom poms, and more!

 

 

With all this crafting going on, you may as well make something special for both you AND your mom! Or make something WITH Mom! Have fun, Partners in Craft!