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Project #18: FREE Printables! Christmas Wall Art

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There’s really no crafting to this one.  BUT, I have provided free downloads of the simple wall art I made! Take a look at the PDFs so you can see the details (patterns in the letters). I found the cute red frame on clearance at Michael’s and the others are just a value pack.

Click here to download the two 8.5 x 11 PDFs.  These are the red ones – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Click here to download the 11×17 PDF. This is the white one with “Silver Bells” lyrics.

Only two steps to this one.  Well, actually three.

1. Print the designs (the Silver Bells one is 11×17, the other 2 are 8.5×11).

2. Curse when you break a nail opening the frames.

3. Frame and hang!

Merry Christmas! Happy Crafting!

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Race Bling Holder from Liz

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Here is a project based on Project #16: Race Bib & Medal Holder, made by my friend Liz.  She puts her race bibs in a scrapbook, so this is just the medal holder.  The unfinished wood she bought already had the frame on it, and she painted the hooks to match the rest of the project.  Credit to our friend Jodi for the phrase “Race Bling.”

Liz is running her first half marathon this Sunday! Go Liz!

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Project #17: DIY Workout Headband

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Another running project! If you’re not much on exercise, it’s cool… I’ll be posting some Halloween projects over the next couple of weeks.  That snazzy green headband I’m wearing is the latest thing I’ve made and it was SUPER easy.  I help plan a 5K run every summer; last year, one of the race directors made these headbands to give to our runners. I reverse engineered that one so I could add a few more to my collection.  Oh, P.S. – you might be asking yourself, “Did Dana put makeup on at 9:00 at night just to take that picture?” You bet I did.

As always, let’s start with materials.  This one is pretty simple… you need spandex fabric (usually sold in the fabric store as “Swim/Dance” or “Performance.”  A cut of 6″ will make you probably 4 headbands.  You’ll also need good scissors (seriously, they need to be good, sharp scissors), a tape measure, and a sewing machine and thread.  You could do this by hand, but a machine will be WAY easier.

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Cut the fabric into  strips that are 3″ wide by 18″ long.  The 18″ length makes a nice snug headband. If you have a giant noggin, you might want to add an inch.  The edges of the fabric are going to roll up – that’s OK.  The weave of spandex/performance fabric is such that the edges won’t fray.  I should warn you that as we get into the sewing instructions, there are a lot of  “turn it right side out” or “fold toward the inside” directions.  I hope they’re not too hard to follow, but rely on the pictures if you have to.

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With the right sides together (the sides without the rolled edges), sew a seam on the short end, to make the headband shape.  I used a half-inch seam allowance,  then trimmed a little of the extra fabric away.

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Turn the headband right side out and fold in both sides at the seam, toward the inside.  Put a couple pins in to keep the folds in place.  I know you’re probably thinking, “Oh blah I don’t need pins.”  Seriously, just use them.   Spandex is tricky.  This is the fabric that brought the world wedgies, so let’s not pretend it’s easy to tame.

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With the pins holding the folds in place, top stitch on either side of the seam.  This will give the headband a nice shape and help keep it in place on your head.  I used white thread so it showed in the photos, but you can use thread closer to the color of your fabric if you want.

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Trim away the threads and you’re done!  Here is what it will look like in a drawer or basket, or on your floor:

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Here is a close-up of this thing on my head. Wish I’d brushed my hair.  Or made an attempt at editing that fluorescent spot on my forehead.

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Happy Crafting! Happy Running!

Project #15: Jam Jar Covers

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Well, the time has come to post a new project. I feel like Jimmy Chitwood in Hoosiers…”I figure it’s about time I start playing ball again.”  If you don’t get a Hoosiers reference, we probably can’t be friends.

Anyway, this is a very easy project that requires essentially zero skill.  There are a lot of pictures, but each jar cover takes about 2 minutes.  There are some other tutorials on the web… I looked at a few of them and did a little experimenting to see what works best.  What is not in today’s blog is how to make the actual jam… this isn’t a cooking blog and absolutely NOBODY would take it seriously if it was. But, I made this jam myself using local farm-fresh strawberries and the Ball Blue Book recipe.

We’ll start with supplies.  You need fabric (gingham is my number one choice because jam jar covers are supposed to be done in gingham.  But I suppose a trendy chevron or burlap might be cute), pinking shears (work a ton better if they’re pinkers and not regular), rubber bands, and ribbon.  You also need a small round template for tracing… I used a tupperware lid.

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First, trace the circle on fabric. I use a fabric pencil that disappears over time, but anything will work.  You probably don’t want to use anything heavy like a sharpie, though (it will soak through).  I can’t believe I just said not to use a sharpie.   I carry a sharpie with me everywhere I go.  Also, my photo editing seems to have blurred away the part where you can see dog bite marks in this tupperware lid. My parents have a remarkably stupid dog.  Also, my mom will comment on this blog post defending their stupid dog.

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Next, use your pinking shears to cut out the circle.  For those who may not know, pinking shears are the ones that make the zig-zag edge.  The zig-zag edge keeps the edges of the fabric from fraying. They’ll still fray a little bit, but not nearly how they would with straight scissors.  The circle doesn’t have to be perfect (mine’s sure not!).

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Center the circle over the jar lid.  If you’re using homemade jam, leave the lid ring on.  Use the rubber band to secure the fabric to the lid.  Here’s a hint – smaller, thinner rubber bands work best.

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You may have to do some re-arranging to get the cover to look neat and straight.  You may also have to pull down a little to keep the fabric tight under the rubber band.  A lot of this re-arranging is dependent on your personal preference.  Fiddle with it until it looks how you like.

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All that’s left is to cover the rubber band.  I tied a ribbon around the lid and then used my fingertips to push it down over the rubber band.  Maybe if this blog ever gets some sponsors, I’ll use the money to get a manicure.

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Ta da! My brother-in-law totally laughed at me for making my jam “cute.”  As if there’s any other way.  Happy Crafting!

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Graham Crafter is BACK!

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If we were still in elementary school, I should have to write “I have neglected my blog.” 50 times as punishment.  We’re not, so I’ll just claim that I’ve been busy. But, it’s a good busy… I bought a house! It has needed a lot of work.  So basically, I’ve purchased the most expensive craft project in history.

I’m going to use GrahamCrafter to post a few before and after shots, and also to post some how-to projects.  I’ll continue with regular craft projects, as well.

I’ll start with the master bedroom redo.  Here are a few “before” shots:

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Let me start by saying I don’t care for blue.  At all.  And this was a lot of blue.  Here is the after…

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The re-decorating included: Behr “Plum Smoke” paint, new carpet, new blinds, Martha Stewart bedding, some new furniture, some refreshed old furniture, a new light fixture, new lamps,  and new wall hangings.  Here is another shot:

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I probably should have pushed the fabric drawers in a little more neatly before I took the picture, but I didn’t think of it until later.  You might be looking at this photo wondering, “what are those little doors for?” Well, I’ll tell you… they’re for the best spot in the house:

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Project Idea – A New Twist!

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Greetings, baseball fans! The Tigers are not doing so well in Game 1 right now, so I’m working off a little anger by posting a project that makes me so happy! You may have seen Project #10 a few weeks ago.  Well, my friend Nicole and her adorable little boy have made one of their own! This is the first time someone has shared a GrahamCrafter project with me and it’s very exciting! More exciting than, say, this Tigers game.

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I love how they used three different papers.  She also used wooden letters (painted black and with lots of GLITTER!) which give some extra dimension.

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He looks so proud of his project! Happy Crafting! Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

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