Saturday, October 24, 2020

Halloween at Home: Monster Cookies

Well, it happened. Our city has officially discouraged families from going door to door and trick-or-treating this year, due to the pandemic. 

Funny enough, our son hasn't mentioned one thing about dressing up or trick-or-treating, so having a "Halloween at home" will be a pretty easy sell! Some friends of ours are doing a pinata in the backyard, and a local church is doing a "drive-through" Trunk or Treat where the kids never have to get out of the car, but they see a lot of decorated cars and get a bag of candy at the end.

We've already spent a few afternoons making Halloween crafts to decorate the house with. Last night, we decorated monster cookies, and it was super fun! We even put some extra cookies "blanks" in the freezer so we can pull them out on Halloween and do the activity again. 

 Want to give it a try?

Monster Cookies supplies  

What You'll Need: 

- Cookies! We baked sugar cookies and chocolate chip. Want an easier time? Why not decorate store-bought cookies or even graham crackers?

- Eyeball sprinkles

- Funfetti Halloween icing  

- Assorted decorations, like this bag of mixed Halloween candy. (We cut up Twizzlers and Hershey miniature bars, used chocolate chips, etc. Mini marshmallows would also be great here.)

- Plastic sandwich bags

- Small containers (or icing lids) to sort sprinkles

Sprinkles 

1. First, you'll want to prepare a work space. I used the lids of the Funfetti icing and other small plastic containers to store the sprinkles that come with them. After the cookies have cooled, place them onto a clean cookie sheet or plate for decorating.

Baggies

2. Next, you'll want to prepare the frosting bags! To make it easier to add the icing, I spooned it into a plastic sandwich bag and then used scissors to snip off one corner. The hole should be an opening of 1/4" to 1/2" for the best results. Seal the bag, and use your fingers to gently push the icing toward the opened corner. You can squirt it directly onto the cookies and start decorating, or keep a butter knife nearby to smooth things over.

Halloween at Home  

3. Next, go wild with decorations! We had fun piling up the icing super tall and putting candy everywhere. You can use cut up Twizzlers for mouth or antennae, use as many eyeball sprinkles as you want, and find interesting ways to add chocolate chips and candy sprinkles.

 Monster Cookies 

There you have it! Having just two colors of frosting and a few different types of decorations really leads to a lot of possibilities. We thought the orange and green icing made a perfect pumpkin cookie!

Are you planning a Halloween at home this year due to COVID-19? What kinds of fun activities have you come up with?



 
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

DIY AirPods Case with kraft-tex

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This month, I'm sharing a free tutorial for using kraft-tex, the vegan material that looks like leather but cuts and sews like paper. As part of the kraft-tex Color of the Month challenge, I'm working with kraft-tex Sapphire, a gorgeous deep blue shade that has so many possibilities: sew it, stamp it, dye it, paint it.

DIY Airpods case 16

Yesterday was my birthday, and my husband gifted me with some Apple AirPods! They are wireless earbuds that you connect via bluetooth to my phone. I took them on a run, and they were perfect for listening to music. They also make it easier to talk on the phone with my mom while I'm walking around the house, because I don't have to carry anything. The only problem is, Matt has AirPods too, so I thought it would be easy for us to mix them up.

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To help protect my case and keep it clipped onto my purse, I used kraft-tex to sew a simple AirPods case! Do you want to DIY your own AirPods case? This free pattern will work with kraft-tex, cork, or leather. Let's get started!

DIY Apple AirPods Storage Case

Materials: 

8" x 8" piece of kraft-tex, cork, or leather

1" wide swivel clip

9.5mm metal snaps and setting tool

scissors

sewing machine and contrasting thread 

white school glue 

AirPods case pattern (printed at 100% scale)

 

Cutting:

From kraft-tex

- Cut 1 Airpods case template from pattern

- Cut 1 strip 3/4" x 2 1/4" for swivel clip

DIY Airpods case 1

 

Directions:

1. Using a contrasting thread, machine stitch 1/8" from the edge around the pattern piece cut from kraft-tex. Sew slowely and carefully.

DIY Airpods case 2 

2. Use the pattern piece to mark the placement for the swivel clip loop on the right side of the kraft-tex.

DIY Airpods case 3

3. Fold the kraft-tex strip in half, threading it through the end of the swivel clip. Place the two ends over the bottom of the marked rectangle.

DIY Airpods case 4

4. Stitch a box with an "X" through it to secure the loop to the kraft-tex.

DIY Airpods case 5

5. Place the AirPods on top of the wrong side of the kraft-tex. Fold the left flap in.

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6. Fold the right flap in, over top of the left flap.

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7. Fold the bottom flap up over the two previous flaps.

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8. Fold the top flap down, over the three previous flaps. This gives you the basic shape of the AirPods case. Next, we'll attach the snaps.

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9. Use the pattern piece to mark the snap placement. Attach one male snap to the wrong side of the top flap and one female snap to the right side of the bottom flap, as shown. (The other side of the top snap is blue, to match my case.) 

Test the snaps before the next step, which is gluing.

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10. Use white school glue to secure wrap the right flap over the left flap.

DIY Airpods case 11

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11. Here, I've flipped the case upside down. Add more school glue on top of the left-right side flaps, now wrapped around the AirPods case. Fold the bottom flap up and over the glue.

DIY Airpods case 13

DIY Airpods case 14 

12. Press the snaps together, leaving the AirPods inside the case overnight or until it dries. Once it's dry, you can slip out the AirPods and admire your handiwork!

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Ta-da! The swivel clip makes it easy to take my AirPods on the go.

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I think I'll sew up this case in a few different colors so I can accessorize! I love how this turned out, and think it's even cuter than any of the leather AirPods cases I found while perusing the Internet.

If you want some more ideas for using kraft-tex in accessories, bags, and home decor, you can check out my book kraft-tex Creations: Sew 18 Projects with Vegan Leather; Print, Stitch, Paint & Design (Stash Books).


kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020

I’m looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I’ll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones). Here are my past projects.

August: kraft-tex Journal Necklace and Fringe Necklace
July: kraft-tex Boxy Zipper Bag
June: kraft-tex Woven Basket
May: kraft-tex Succulent Plant
April: kraft-tex Pillow Boxes for Gift Wrap
March: kraft-tex Flat Zipper Pouch Tutorial
February: kraft-tex Wallet
January: Wide Zipper Pouch

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

kraft-tex Journal Necklace and Fringe Necklace

Can you believe summer is almost over? School is back in session in our house, and it's virtual school for the time being. Everything has it challenges right now, but we are hanging in there, taking things one day at a time.

kraft-tex necklace 

All year, I've been participating in the kraft-tex Color of the Month Challenge, and August's color is Greenery! The perfect shade for summer, this month's color inspired me to make two necklaces.

kraft-tex necklace  

The mini journal necklace is a project from my book kraft-tex Creations: Sew 18 Projects with Vegan Leather; Print, Stitch, Paint & Design (Stash Books). 


 You can see some other colors of the journal necklace on the book's cover.


  kraft-tex necklace  

The fringe necklace is just a design I was playing around with. I started with a square of kraft-tex Greenery, then used white school glue to add it on top of a rectangle of kraft-tex Emerald, trimming it into a chevron shape. Then I added more Greenery underneath, glued it, then trimmed a longer chevron shape. Then I used scissors to cut the chevron parts into fringe.
 
kraft-tex necklace 

I used a hand stitching needle to poke a hole into each of the necklaces and added a gold jump ring, then attached a jewelry chain. The journal can be left open, or tied closed with a tiny strip of kraft-tex. I used embroidery floss to stitch a design on the journal's spine.

kraft-tex necklace

kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020

I’m looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I’ll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones). Here are my past projects.


July: kraft-tex Boxy Zipper Bag
June: kraft-tex Woven Basket
May: kraft-tex Succulent Plant
April: kraft-tex Pillow Boxes for Gift Wrap
March: kraft-tex Flat Zipper Pouch Tutorial
February: kraft-tex Wallet
January: Wide Zipper Pouch

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit CTPub.com and search kraft-tex.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.





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