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The Craft Patch

Crafts, Home Decor, DIY's and Recipes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cross Stitch Embroidered Pencil Cup

 I've been wanting to try an unconventional cross stitch project for quite some time now. Have you seen the cool things people do, like embroidering a big chair or even a wall? I think it's so creative! I decided to start with something small since I really don't do much embroidery. Here's my attempt at an out-of-the-hoop cross stitch project, a pencil cup!


I found this cup at the dollar store, but they sell them almost anywhere that sells office supplies. The mesh holes just screamed, "embroider me" so I did!

I used this cross stitch chart as a loose pattern:

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Search for cross stitch patterns and you'll find a ton of cute options. I had to modify the shape of my stitches to fit on the diamond shaped mesh. Instead of doing little X patterns, I just looped the stitches around the mesh. 


As long as you do all of the stitches the same, it looks pretty good! Here's a little close up:


To finish, I used a little bit of fabric glue to tack down the end strings so they wouldn't show or come loose during use. And that's all it took to make an embroidered pencil cup. Don't you think everyone needs an embroidered pencil cup in their life?!

This was such a fun little project! I loved using some of the embroidery thread in my stash and creating something unique for my office. If you give it a try, send me a pic and I'll share it on my Facebook page!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Chunky Stairstep Throw Pillow

I have fallen head over heals for knitting and crochet. It's so relaxing to sit and work on a project and it's portable so I can take it with me in the car or at the park with my kids or to a friend's house.

I loved the first crocheted pillow I made so much that I decided to try another variation. This time I used a fun crochet stitch that is full of texture and has a stairstep pattern. I LOVE how it turned out and because I used extra bulky yarn, the project came together really quickly.


Want to make one too? I'll start with the full written pattern, then I'll walk you through the pattern step-by-step with pictures!

Modern Textured Crochet Pillow

Materials Needed: (affiliate links included for your conveniece)


This pattern fits an 18 inch pillow form.

Increase:

Row 1: ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook, DC in next 2 spaces
Row 2: ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook, DC in next 2 spaces, flip (see video below), (sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row
Row 3: ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook, DC in next 2 ch spaces, *(sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * twice; turn
Row 4: ch 6, DC in 4th ch from hook, DC in next 2 ch spaces, *(sl st, ch 3, 3 DC) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * three times; turn
Rows 5-9: Continue the pattern of increasing 1 block on each row until there are 9 blocks across, or enough squares to fit the size of your pillow form.

Decrease:

Rows 10-18: slip st across first 3 DC, * (slip st, ch 3, 3 DC) in next ch-3 space of previous row; repeat from * to last ch-3 space; slip st in last ch-3 space; turn. Repeat until you’ve completed the square.

Fasten off.

Repeat pattern to make a second square for the back of the pillow.

The last step is to sew the front and back squares together. Using yarn threaded through the blunt tip needle,  whip stitch around three sides of the squares. Insert pillow form. Finish stitching across the fourth side. Tie off and tuck in ends.

Crochet Pillow Photo Tutorial:

Ch 6. DC into 4th ch from hook.


DC into next 2 spaces


Ch 6. DC into 4th ch from hook.



DC in next 2 stitches. FLIP (see video at the end of post).


Sl st in corner of first square. Ch 3.


3 DC.


Ch 6.


DC into 4th ch from hook.


DC in next 2 stitches. FLIP.


Sl st into corner of round 2 square.



Continue increasing pattern until you have nine rows.


To decrease, sl st across top three stitches.


ch 3, 3 DC, sl st


 Continue decreasing pattern…


… until you have a completed square.


Create a second square in the same manner as the first.

Sandwich the two squares together and whip stitch three sides together.


Insert pillow form, then whip stitch fourth side closed.


Tie off ends and weave in.


There’s really only one tricky instruction in this crochet pillow pattern, so I’ve included a short video to show you how to do the FLIP required at the beginning of each new row.

video

  I hope you enjoy your new pillow! Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Personalized Wooden Jewelry Organizer

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My jewelry box used to be a hot mess. Everything was piled into one container. I could never find a matching set of earrings and all of my bracelets were one big tangle. So I set out to find the perfect way to organize my small jewelry pieces and keep everything separate and in sight. This is what I came up with:


Isn't it cool? I love all of the little cubbies and there are a ton of them, so ALL of my earrings have a home.


Want to make one too? For this project, you will need:


- paint (I used gray Americana Decor Chalk Paint)
- gold printable foil or gold vinyl

Begin by painting the wooden parts of the box. I chose to paint the insides of the trays solid gray, used a wash to lightly paint the outside of the box, and left the outsides of the trays natural wood.

Next, design an image to add to the clear plastic window. I chose the phrase “True Beauty Comes From Within.” I thought it would be a good reminder as I get ready each day.

Once you’ve designed an image and prepared it for cutting in the Silhouette Studio software, load a sheet of Gold Foil onto your cutting mat. Choose the setting for Printable Foil in the cut settings screen under “Material Type.” Change your blade to level 5, then cut out your design.


To add the design to your lid, peel away the extra gold foil material, leaving only the desired words or image. Transfer the design to image transfer paper or contact paper. Then position the design on the lid, rub the image firmly to adhere the image to the lid, then remove the image transfer paper slowly and carefully.


The printable gold foil has the most beautiful sheen. And even though I chose not to for this project, you can actually print designs on the foil with your home printer. That feature opens up a world of creative possibilities!


When your jewelry organizer box is done, go ahead and sort through your tangled pile and give every pretty bobble it's own home.


Isn't it great to be able to see everything?! 




If I were going to make it again, I think I might paint it a bright color. Wouldn't it be cute in coral or turquoise or yellow?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Easy and Funny Mother's Day Gift Idea

Hey friends! Are you looking for a Mother's Day gift idea? I like to buy my mom live flowers on Mother's Day so she can plant them in her yard. This year I bought her pansies and the card pretty much wrote itself...


Ha ha... I crack myself up! Plus, TRUTH right?

Motherhood is hard. It takes courage to make difficult choices, strength to keep moving forward, patience to deal with children 24/7, and a pretty non-existent gag reflex because EW... I never knew moms had to clean up so many icky things!

I'm so thankful to my own mom for all she's done, and continues to do, for me. She is an inspiration! Love you, Mom!

Anyway, I'm rambling. Back to the gift idea.

It's an easy, useful and funny gift that every mother would love. Just get a blank card, print out the graphic, add some pretty scrapbook paper, glue it all down, and you've got yourself a great Mother's Day gift!

To download the free graphic, just click on this link:



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Easy, Elegant Naked Cake Raspberry Cheesecake




My goal in life is to trick people into thinking I'm an amazing chef. I love delicious recipes that are super easy but look fancy and complicated. I can't wait to show you my latest easy-but-gorgeous kitchen creation. Introducing the no-bake mini naked cheesecake stack:


So pretty, right? Naked cakes are all the rage right now and I have to say, I kinda love them! Here's how I made mine in about 20 minutes. You heard that right, friends. In less than 20 minutes I made a dessert that's perfect for a dinner party or tea party or Mother's Day or a million other times when you want to be a little fancy.


Easy Naked Cake

1 Sara Lee Cheesecake
1 container Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 container fresh raspberries

Begin by removing the metal ring from around the cheesecake.

Using a large canning ring, cup or round cookie cutter, push the outline of three circles onto the top of the still-frozen cheesecake. A thawed cheesecake is too messy to cut, so be sure it's fresh out of the freezer. Then use a sharp knife to cut around the circle. Keep the knife vertical for the prettiest cut.


Next, mix about a cup of Cool Whip with a big handful of raspberries. I tried to moosh some of the berries with the spoon so they would release their juices and turn the Cool Whip a pretty pink.


Place the first cheesecake circle onto a serving dish. Add a layer of berry Cool Whip and repeat with all three layers. Garnish with fresh berries.

See? SO easy, but so pretty! The best part about this dessert is that you can keep all of the ingredients in the freezer and whip up this amazing treat at a moment's notice. When unexpected guests arrive, you'll be prepared to entertain in style!


If you have leftover Cool Whip, it can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Good to know, right?

You can find Sara Lee Desserts and Cool Whip Whipped Topping products in the frozen foods section at your local Kroger store.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.