Tutorial: Christmas Paper Stars – #CIJParty 2018

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Christmas Paper Stars by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

These Paper Stars are quick to make and you need a minimum of material. The effect is fantastic. I made this tutorial in May and looked for Christmas inspired papers in my stash. If you would love to make these stars for your Christmas decoration, Christmas tree, or very small to embellish your Christmas presents, look for papers at Christmas time. I am sure you find truly beautiful papers.

Materials Used

Paper / Cardstock Paper – not to strong Scissor /Cutter Glue Ruler Clips or Needles

Tutorial Directions

1. You need 12 Stripes of Paper. Cut it in 1 cm x 15 cm Stripes.

2. Wove 6 Stripes together in the middle.

3. The distance between the stripes are about 4- 5 mm.

4. Where the stripes crossed, fix it with glue. Take the same with the other six stripes. Be sure that the glue is dry, before you take the next step.

5. Wire the outside Stripe a half and glue it together with the other 90° outside stripe. Clip it together with a clip or a needle and let it dry very well. Do it also with the other three edges, and also with the second woven piece.

6. Now you have two shells.

7. If all is dry, bring the two shells together.

8. Glue the three stripes together. And clip it with a clip or a needle. Let it dry very well.

9. If all is dry you can cut the tips in shape.

10. Now you need always a needle, to punch a hole for a thread in one tip, to hang the star up in your Christmas tree.

Conclusion

Enjoy!

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Tutorial: Chinese Lucky Stars – #CIJParty 2018

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Chinese Lucky Stars by Mairi of mairidesign

When I was at art school, my friend gave me a jar filled with these lucky stars for Christmas. I thought they were wonderful so she showed me how to make them. Thank you Wing Mun!

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What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Perfect for recycling scraps or used wrapping paper, which can be scattered over your dining table at Christmas, or given as a good luck in the New Year gift in little jars. As a relaxing family activity, it is great for calming things down when the festive excitement is high.

Materials Used

wrapping paper, pencil, metal ruler, craft knife, scissors, cutting mat

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Tutorial Directions

Chinese Lucky Stars Tutorial Video

1. Measure out and cut the paper into strips 1 cm x 23-35 cm (approximately – shorter for thicker paper, longer for thinner).

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2. Make a knot at one end, flatten, and tuck in the excess to make a pentagon shape.

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3. Wrap the paper strip around itself, following the natural folds and edges, continue until all the strip is used, tuck in the end and trim it if necessary.

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4. Using both hands, pinch the points and press in the edges to make a star pillow.

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And that’s it!

Conclusion

Now, start saving all those scraps and used bits of paper and create jar loads of lucky stars for your friends and family.

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Tutorial: Boho Christmas Tassel Swag – #CIJParty 2017

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Tutorial: Boho Christmas Tassel Swag by Marijean of MariMartiDesigns

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

I love adding flair and festivity to the holidays and any chance to add a new trend to all our traditions is loads of fun!  These fun drop tassels can be used to hang as ornaments in your tree, add to wreaths, tie on bags of homemade Christmas fudge–YUM!!–or as thoughtful gift wrap embellishments that enrich the gift giving and gift opening experience.

Introduction

Sit back, relax and enjoy this YouTube video Boho Christmas Tassel Swag Tutorial with Marijean!

Conclusion

Thank you for watching and please let Marijean know if you have any questions!

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Tutorial: Travel Utensilo – #CIJParty 2017

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Tutorial: Travel Utensilo by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

This is a very simple sewing tutorial for a Travel Utensilo. It’s a perfect tutorial for a handmade gift. It is suitable for sewing beginners, and also for children who want to make their first steps at the sewing machine and would like to give something homemade.

Introduction

A truly quickly to sew and super-practical gift is this travel utensilo. It can be folded small and fits in every suitcase and in every travel bag. Whether in a hotel, on a visit or for example in the hospital, your things like jewelery, glasses, climate change, cosmetics etc are stored on their own place.

Materials Used

For three different sized utensilos are required: 3 solid colored fabrics and a patterned fabric, sewing thread, fabric clips or pins, an iron.

Tutorial Directions

1. The patterned fabric is cut: 1x20x20 cm 1x22x22 cm 1x24x24 cm 1. These squares are placed on the right to the right on the solid colored fabrics and cut out. The squares are clip together and sewn together with a seam of approx. 7mm, please let an opening of approx. 4 cm for turning on the other side.

2. At the corners, cut off a small triangle near the edge.

3. Turn the square. The corners nicely work out, which folds quite well with a thicker knitting needle, crochet hook, spoon pin, or similar.

4. Iron the seams, adjust the turning opening to match the overall seam.

5. The turning opening need not be closed further, that happens at a later time.

6. Now begin the Origami folding. The solid-color fabric will be inside the finished utensilo, the patterned is outside. The solid color fabric is below, the patterned fabric above. Now fold the fabric across the diagonal and iron over the pleat. Fold out, turn 90 degrees and fold again to the diagonal, iron. Unfolding this and see a cross along the diagonals.

7.  The solid color fabric is again below. Now fold the corners towards the center. And iron.

8. To mark the ground turn the fabric so that the patterned bottom is now below. Fold the sides towards the middle and iron. When ironing, make sure that the pleats are not flattened again.

9. Now start folding. For this, the corners must be united and fixed with the fabric clips or pins. I always start with one corner, then the next until I have all four corners. Then I correct corner by corner until I have a straight edge down which hits the bottom.

10. Now sew around the upper edge, thereby also closes the turning opening. The utensil is now sewn. The threads can now be sewn or cut off.

11. The sides can now be folded. To get a sharp edge again, iron the whole thing in the folded condition.

Conclusion

If you like, embellish your work with buttons, beads, ribbons or anything you love!

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Tutorial: Wooden Christmas Ornaments – #CIJParty 2017

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Tutorial: Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Megha of  byTheArtBug

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Everyone loves cute tree ornaments and they become more special if they are handmade! I was inspired to make something for my tree this year that was cute and traditional, so decided to do these “Mini Gift Ornaments” with some recycled boxes.

Introduction

Make these cute and Super Easy Christmas Ornaments in less than 10 minutes!

Materials Used

Wooden Beads (1 Inch or more) Wooden Buttons (1 Inch or more) Fine Ribbon Scissors

Tutorial Directions

Cut two 18″ Strips of Ribbon

Double it and, Put through the bead

String the Ribbon stands two through each button hole

Once done pull the bead up to the desired loop length

Tie a knot with all four ribbon strands

Trim the tail

That’s all, Your Ornament is DONE!!

Conclusion

You may also use twine instead of ribbon, or use more stands, or even decorate the beads with glitter!

Have Fun!

Happy Crafting!

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Tutorial: How To Make A Cactus Pincushion

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“Tutorial: How To Make A Cactus Pincushion” by Megha of byTheArtBugc

Introduction

Make a fun Cactus Pincushion with this easy step by step tutorial.

Materials Used

Felt – For Cactus, Flower, Base (green for cactus and any color you like for the flower)

Floral Scrap Cloth and Ric-rac or lace

Paper Coffee Cup

Cardboard Paper

Pebbles

Scissors

Glue

Synthetic Cotton Filling

Sewing Needle & Thread

Tutorial Directions

Cut the coffee cup to make a mini pot, I left just about an inch, fill in with some pebbles to give some weight.c1

Add glue and cover with a cardboard paper.c2

Cover the base with floral cloth and ric-rac. Use felt to cover the top.c3

Cut 8 shapes like below from green felt.c3

Sew the curved edge using a blanket stitch.c5

Use  6 pieces to make 3 sides, join the sides on the inside nicely.c6

Now for the fourth side first attach and sew the insides and at last do the outside blanket stitch.c7

Fill in with the cotton, stuff nice and tight.

To cover the base sew a square piece.c8

Cut the following pieces to make the flower. c9

Put the smallest piece, then the orange piece and then the petals, gather it together and sew, attach the flower to the top side. Glue the cactus to the base.c10

Conclusion

I also added one additional detail, that is the pebbles which I made by rolling the left over felt pieces from the flower petals and glued them to the base.c11

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Tutorial: How To Make A Ring From Scratch

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“Tutorial: How To Make A Ring From Scratch” by Susan of SusanDeBayJewelry

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Introduction

I try to make my jewelry pieces to inspire the artist in all of us. Christmas is my busiest time of year and I love seeing the faces of the people who pick up their custom made pieces to give out as gifts. It blesses me to be a part of their Christmas giving experience.

You will see the whole process of how a ring is made from scratch using metal smith skills!

Here I am making a sterling silver ring with a star shaped Larimar stone. You have to cut the silver, hammer the silver, solder the silver and finally polish the silver! Oh and do not forget the patina! Enjoy watching the video!

Materials Used

Sterling Silver
Star shaped Larimar stone
Sterling silver bezel
Silver Solder

Tutorial Directions

How To Make A Ring From Scratch

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Tutorial: How To Make A Girl’s Summer Head Kerchief

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“Tutorial: How To Make A  Summer Girl’s Head Kerchief” by Tetiana from DiMaryboutique

 

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Introduction

Maternity is the biggest happiness in the world. All values are changed in the mind after baby is born. I had opened the new talents as my own after my daughter Mariya come to this world. Her appearing in my life had strong influence for my brain,I become to draw the sketches of baby dresses and hats in my imagination and became to handmade (sew and crochet ) – to make my creations real.

Handmade is made with love special for somebody.
My handmade and creation for my Mariya is one way to express my huge love to my child.

Summer girl kerchief for my daughter is created special for Christmas and July group.
One very nice crochet hat had been lost by my daughter when she were playing in the yard and I did not think for a long time what tutorial to create. I decided to made summer head kerchief for toddler girl, cloth one with crocheted edge.
I will be very glad if my tutorial become useful for other moms!
When I am out home, my next door neighbors or even strangers in the street ask me where have I bought such nice toddler head kerchief.

 

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Materials Used

  1.  Piece of cloth
  2. Thread and Crochet
  3. Rubber
  4. Sewing Machine
  5. Ruler
  6. Pencil(or chalk)

 

Tutorial Directions

Measure baby’s head

Draw a triangle length=40 cm/16 inch Height = 30 cm/12 inch. Ad 1 cm in every edge for sewing (stitching). And cut with scissors.

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Draw small rectangle 10*5 cm/ 4*2 inch, cut piece of rubber of length 4 cm/1.5 inch

Tuck and sew edges of triangle

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Stitch the lace to the triangle

Sew rectangle and twist it, pull a piece of rubber inside and stitch this detail with the triangle.

 

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Collage Art Creation

Guest post by Carmen from CarmensArt

Carmen Beecher Creates Collage Art 

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I am primarily an oil painter, but I also enjoy doing collage. Collage art is much harder than using paint. You have to give the observer enough information to make out what the subject is, and if it’s a portrait it is really a big challenge. I use good-quality magazines, and when I start I spend a very long time finding pieces to tear out that I may possibly use. I put them in piles according to color; if I am doing a black and white collage, which is easier than color, I put them in piles according to value. I always start with order and good intentions, but before it’s over I have paper everywhere and it all gets mixed up. I get too excited as I find various pieces and before I know it it’s a messy pile.
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I draw my sketch on the canvas, then I draw over it with a Sharpie. I put down the biggest shapes first, usually the background, using Liquitex Matte Medium and my fingers. I don’t use a brush, I find it just gets in the way and my fingers are going to be a mess anyway. I put medium on both the canvas and the back of the piece of paper, put it in place, smooth it down, and then put more medium on top of it. If it looks wrinkly it adds character, so I don’t worry about that. After the whole thing is done and dry, I varnish with Golden Varnish with UV protection. At this point the collage is virtually indestructible.
I should add that if you are very obsessive, neat, and orderly, you probably won’t like this medium!
I use the Gojo Barrier Lotion on my hands before I begin. It helps a little for getting the medium off my hands later. Nothing really keeps it all off. I wash my hands with Dawn and a scrubber. The Liquitex Matte Medium is for gluing the paper down, and I pour it in a shallow container; the Golden UV Varnish is the final step, a protective varnish.
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I choose my papers carefully. Some papers are just too thin and transparent. Vogue and W are good magazines to use. Some people do a completely different kind of collage and use tissue paper or art papers with lots of fiber in them, but that wouldn’t do for my kind of collage.
You must be willing to get messy. Be patient, it can be a long process. Much more time is spent looking for the right piece of paper than applying it. Don’t forget to step way back and look at it to see if the colors and values are actually forming a picture. Start with a black and white collage. It’s easier.
And, as my teacher stressed: don’t use the thing for the thing. In other words, if you are making lips, don’t cut out a picture of lips and use it. It can look quite creepy and ruin the whole thing.
To be a collage artist, you must be patient, a hard worker, and willing to get very messy.
Carmen Beecher

Tutorial: Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus – #CIJParty 2016

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“Tutorial: How To Make Sitting On The Edge Santa Claus” by Barbara of MermaidsHatbox

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What is your Christmas Inspiration?

Santa Claus is my inspiration!

Introduction

Sitting on the Edge Santa Claus

This is a sitting on the edge Santa Claus. It is very simple to sew. The size of my pattern is variable, so you can sew it smaller or bigger.

You can make him with felt or paper and instead of sewing , you can glue the pieces with your kids.
On one side of the coat you can sew a little pocket, for a money present . You can give him legs. Or what you want.

It’s a nice Christmas decoration.

Materials Used

Red Cotton 30 x 40 cm
White Cotton (little piece)
Rough white Cotton for the beard
2 Buttons for the Eyes or something other
Maybe a little pompon or bell for the hat
Filling material

Tutorial Directions

The Pattern:

You need two Triangles, both have the same size.

Please work two Triangles by the instructions you see on the pictures. Transfer it on a cardboard.

One of them is for the 3 triangles for the solid sides of the Santa.

Before you cut it out, draw a seam allowance of 0,5cm to the triangle.

The second triangle:

Cut out the different pieces. The coat and the beard have the same sizes. This pieces need  +seam allowance!

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The Work:

Cut out:

– Red Fabric: The big triangle 3 pieces for the sides and the bottom

Think of the seam allowance!!!

– Red Fabric: The pattern for the hat, and 2 x for the coat

– Rough fabric: the beard

– White fabric: the eyepieceA5

Sew:

Sew the coat and the beard together

Sew the hat and the eyepiece together

Sew the top and the lower part together

Now the front side is ready!

Sew the red triangles on the sides of the front and close it on the back to a pyramid.

The last solid triangle is for the bottom. You can fix it with pins and sew.

Let a part of 3 cm open!

Pull it on the right side and fill it with your filling material

Close the open seam- sew by hand

Now you can glue eyes or stitch it, or sew little buttons.

On the hat you can fix a pompom or bell.

Ready!!!

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Conclusion

Extras:
Pocket: –  Cut out a 4 x 6 cm piece of fabric
– Iron the seam allowance on on small side ca 0,5cm
– Iron the seam allowance on the  both length sides ca 0,5cm
– Sew the both length sides on the front of the Santa

Legs:   – you can take cord or other materials like felt or a rope ca 2x  15 cm
-Beads for the feet
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