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9 Dec

HOW TO TUESDAY: Drop Cloth Tablecloth

Cue the Christmas music! ‘Tis the season to give and here’s a really simple and easy, quick-to-make, personal present idea. I was scouring Pinterest, admit it, you do it as well – you’re probably doing it right now! – and I came across this drop cloth table cloth idea from Blue Cricket Design and I had to make one. All you need is a drop cloth, size of your choosing – preferably one that fits the table you’re making it for, and some sharpies. Our How-To today is probably my favorite one ever!

Step 1: Acquire a drop cloth the size of your table. Cut and hem, if needed.

Step 2 (optional): If you’re like me you’ll want to iron out any creases or wrinkles.

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Picture courtesy of Blue Cricket Design

Step 3: If you’re being brave and want to start work on the table cloth on the table itself, you’ll need to put down some newspapers to avoid the ink from seeping onto the table. I chickened out and did it on the floor.

Table Cloth Mitali

Step 4: Begin writing the words on the cloth. There’s no method to it but I like to start in the middle and fan out. It’d also be helpful to make a list beforehand of all the words that you’d like to write out.

Table Cloth 1

Step 5: Voila! A few hours later you’ll have a table cloth full of words and phrases that mean something to you.

Table cloth 2

Here are some of my favorites that I included above: I studied abroad in Florence, love Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Barbie is throwback to my childhood obsession with collecting the dolls and who doesn’t love pizza? Can you spot some of them?

I took a moment to look over and check for spelling errors and the almost blunders I avoided while making it and realized how fun it had been. All the words now had more meaning once I started associating them with the making of  this table cloth. It’s something you can make with anyone, friend, coworker, sibling or parents!

Happy Holidays, friends! Let us know what you’re looking forward to most this season. And don’t forget to check back for more including our Freebie Friday this week!

New in December & January!

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17 Oct

Freebie Friday: Cobwebby Scarf

BOO!

Did I scare you? No? Well, maybe the Internet isn’t the most effective place to give a Halloween startle. But you know what is truly scary? The fact that we’re giving away this FREE PROJECT and you haven’t started it yet!

scarf closeup This short yet luxurious cowl-like scarf can be made as cobwebby as you like and will still keep you toasty-warm when there’s a chill in the air. The swirling flowery design is the same on both sides, so no need to worry about a spooky breeze turning it inside out.

This project is one of many found in Carnival of Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 26 Colorful Projects for You and Your Home by Gillian Harris, inspiring you to capture the carnival atmosphere of bright colors and cheerful patterns with stylish felted projects. Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range of 26 brilliant accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case
  • variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Plus, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, and step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

And this isn’t the first time we’ve featured cool felting projects! Discover how to make Fabric Pumpkins , a Needle-Felted Pig, and a stylish Spectacle Glasses Case in case you missed these posts the first time around.

And be sure to check back here on Sunday, when we’ll be giving away 20 copies of Carnival of Feltmaking. Or if you just can’t wait, buy a copy now!

 Carnival of Felting

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26 Sep

Freebie Friday: Knitted Notebook!

There are two things we here at SMP Craft are passionate about: books and crafts. That’s it! (Okay, okay…that’s not all we’re passionate about, but they’re pretty high up there.) So when I saw this clever knitted notebook pattern from Erika Knight’s popular Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects, I felt my heart begin to race like a candy addict’s at the dentist. Naturally I wanted you to share in my rhapsodic joy, so it’s this week’s FREE PROJECT!

The coolest part? Once you’ve knitted the notebook cover (or many notebook covers in various colors!), Erika shows you how to fill it with textured papers! simple knitting notebook detail 2And that’s only one of the cool projects in this workshop-based book that teaches you how to knit. With each of the twenty projects you learn a new skill, and build upon the techniques learned with the proceeding project until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous knitwear.

Come back on Sunday when we’ll have details about our giveaway!

Can’t wait? Order your copy today!

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15 Aug

Freebie Friday: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case

Are you the kind of person that shoves their stuff into their bag randomly and later regrets it? No, just me? I once threw my spectacles in my overstuffed bag (as a backup! I was wearing contacts!) right next to my keys and have ever since regretted my hasty actions. Why? Well, the left lens on my spectacles now sports a lovely circular scratch from one of the keys on my key-chain.

 Today’s Freebie Friday is a huge help for anyone like me: A Felted Spectacle Glasses Case from CARNIVAL OF FELTMAKING by Gillian Harris. I think Gillian had me in mind when she came up with this project. Or at least people like me!

Look how cute and stylish it is:

FELT CASE

  The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

Carnival of Felting

Add a splash of color and charm to your wardrobe or home by creating the delightful felt projects in Carnival of Feltmaking. In the follow-up to the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range oftwenty-six brilliant felt accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luxurious cowl-like scarf featuring
  • a stunning swirling floral designa luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either
  • a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Additionally, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, plus step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

Like what you see? Order the book today!

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
Indiebound
Powell’s

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29 Jul

How to Tuesday: Colored Pencil Vase

Now that July is coming to an end I decided I better put away my Christmas tree switch out my 4th of July table centerpiece for something new. When browsing various websites I came across this Colored Pencil Vase. Being that this vase was found in a list for kids’ crafts I had a feeling my handy dandy glue gun and I could handle it. The hardest part of this craft was deciding which colors to use and how to arrange them. So grab those rogue colored pencils you’ve been hiding in your junk drawer and get craftin’!

Supplies

 

Supplies
– colored pencils (I used 42 for a vase that had a circumference of 4.5″.)
– rubber band
– glass vase or jar (Make sure to choose one that is smaller than the pencils so no vase shows. I used this one from Michaels.)
– glue gun
– pencil sharpener (optional)
– ribbon (optional)

 

 

Arrange your colors

 

 

1. Wrap the rubber band around your vase. Place the pencils between the rubber band and vase in the order you want them to be glued. Tip: Try to use colored pencils that don’t have any markings and/or price tags. I struggled to arrange the pencils without a little painted price tag or engraved brand name showing.

2. Once you have the pencils arranged and your glue gun is heated up, it’s time to start glueing. Take off the rubber band and work around the vase one pencil at a time. I found it was helpful to keep the bottom of the pencil on the table (the part that won’t be glued to the vase) and pull it away from the vase creating a 45° angle. Add a thin line of glue to the pencil and bring it to the vase and hold for a few seconds.

  hold pencil  finished product

That’s it! Only two steps. Couldn’t be easier. Add some flowers, wrap a ribbon around that bad boy, and call it a day!

My favorite thing about this craft is there are lots of ways to make this your own design. I chose colors that matched my tablecloth and did my best to make a pattern out of the colors I had bought. If that kind of thing makes your eye twitch then choose all one color or forget the pattern and put the pencils where you please. Another way to change up the pencils’ appearance is to sharpen them. Bonus points if you make them varying lengths! Halfway through my vase I realized it would look cool if I had tilted the pencils a bit, but I’ll save that for next time! Speaking of next time…who wants a homemade vase for their birthday/anniversary/Christmas present?

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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