Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to make a recycled wool sweater Peep garland

Generally when you think of wool sweaters you think of winter and Christmas crafts well not me. I was flipping through Felt Me a Smile: Heart-made Projects to Make and Give and boy was I smiling with page after page of pure cuteness! Specifically this bunny just called to me and reminded me that Easter is just around the corner.
One of my all time favorite bunnies is the bunny Peep and I thought that was just the bunny to make.
I found an outline online (that was fun to type :) of the Peep. I simply pinned the pattern to a bit of yellow recycled wool felted sweater and cut it out, and then cut more out, until I had all the Peeps I could make from my sweater scrap!
To make the eyes and nose I used a bit of black Tulip dimensional paint.

After the cute little faces were dry I ran a bit of thread through the bunny Peep ears. The recycled wool felted sweater is thick enough to hold the thread.

If you too like to make cute little felted things then I bet you will love:
Felt Me a Smile: Heart-made Projects to Make and Give
Toyoko Sugiwaka

More about the book from the publisher Potter Craft:

" Cute, quirky, huggable, & lovable animal-inspired projects for crafters of every skill level!

These 16 simple, useful, and wonderfully whimsical animal-inspired projects are guaranteed to elicit smiles all around. They use felting, embroidery, crochet, and fabric-painting techniques and are suitable for crafters of all levels and interests thanks to the step-by-step photographs, templates, and stitch-by-stitch instructions. Fans of today's popular Japanese crafts as well as animal-lovers everywhere, will find these ideas totally irresistible—from the twinkle-toed poodle baby booties to the adorable pair of hugging bears."

Monday, February 20, 2012

Joyeux Mardi Gras Chain link fence decoration

I am now addicted to decorating my chain link fence gate! One of my neighbors commented to me that he looks forward to seeing what I come up with every time. Well, here is the latest decor to celebrate my French peeps! I simply covered it with Mardi Gras beads. Happy Mardi Gras!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are chances to win 2 sets of 3 fabulous craft books, your choice of Indygo Junction patterns along with info on the Vintage Inspired Modern Style Design Challenge, a tutorial on how to paint on fusible web and a recipe for vegan Oreo cookie cookies.

Aileen's Musings
Get your grunge on with Aileen's Grungy Heart Shrine tutorial.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi get's to work with the new Claudine Hellmuth HSN kits!

Crafty Princess Diaries
When does quality matter? Tammy takes a look at her second trip to a local yarn store and considers the cost of good yarn.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Sew a cute pin cushion bracelet to keep your pins (literally) on hand.

Mixed Media Artist
Mixed media cards were the order of the day when Michelle Mach hosted a challenge!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
An old purse gets a new look with Simply Spray paint.

Craft Gossip Recycling

Enter to win a whole big bunch of Simply Spray Paint.


Sister Raye: Chie Mihara Makes the Best Shoes in the World

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An old purse gets a new look with just a coat of Simply Spray Paint

Sometimes transformations can be so simple. Such is the case today. This Coach bag was rescued from my neighbor's trash. I loved the hardware details. If nothing else I thought I could cut them off and recycle them into a new project. But I really did love the shape of the purse but not the color. I don't like brown at all!!!! Well, as the title of today's post and the product's name that I used to complete my transformation states- all it took was a can of Black Simply Spray Paint for Upholstery to recycle this brown unusable purse (IMHO) into a fabulous stylin' black one.

The great part about using Black Simply Spray Paint for Upholstery was that the texture of the tone on tone print was still retained because the paint soaks in rather than sitting on top of the fabric.
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