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Sunday, November 30 2014

When talented designer friend Laura Kelly asked me to be part of a blog hop introducing her adorable hats, a 2015 Ellison Release Die-Cut Hats, I was so excited! She sent me a few to have fun with along with her buttons from Buttons Galore and products from iLoveToCreate.  The hats I received were all cut from Kunin’s Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt. How could I resist the one  in Candy Pink to create a snowflake tote to pop all those little extras in when taking baby Anna on a winter outing. The premium weight of felt makes a sweet yet sturdy tote. This is a two hour project or less using fabric glue. Sweet and simple!

You will need:
2/3 yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt, Candy Pink
1/3 yard Kunin Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt, White
Laura Kelly pink buttons by Buttons Galore
Scribbles Fabric Paint, Pink, White by iLoveToCreate
Quick Dry Fabric Fusion by iLoveToCreate
Circle Die & Big Shot by Sizzix
Scissors, pins, cutting mat, rotary cutter


How to:
1. From pink felt cut: two 13” by 14” for back and front, two 3” by 23” for straps, fourteen pink circles in total, 2”, 2 ¼” sizes. From white felt cut one 10” bottom piece, one 2” by 14” band, 5” by 9”, 6” by 10”, 1” by 3” pieces for bow, four circles.

2. Glue white band 1 ½” down from top end of pink front piece. Glue white bottom piece to bottom end of pink front piece. Glue back pink piece opposite end of white bottom piece. Fold piece in half matching side seams. Glue side seams with a thin line of glue close to the edge.


3. Refer to photo to paint snowflakes, stitch lines on bag and bow pieces, dots on hat. Let dry. Place bow pieces on top of each other centering the smaller piece. Pleat center and wrap the small white strip around the center overlapping and gluing. Set bow aside.

4. Fold pink strap pieces in half lengthwise and glue edges. Measure in 3” from each end of tote and glue strap end to the front, repeat for second strap and glue to back.

5. Glue polka dots to bottom of bag using photo as a guide. Glue bow in place on band. Glue on hat.

This tote can also be easily sewn, wherever the instructions call for gluing, topstitch instead. Make a grown up version with a black and pink color combination. For a wee boy, make a single bow for a bowtie in blue and white and add a blue hat. Have fun making this so cute tote!

Check out all the other super cute and fun designs using Laura's new dies! Enter to win an awesome prize!

Laura's Winter Hat Die-Cuts from Ellison Education and Sizzix will be available in January 2015!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by: Debra Quartermain AT 06:00 am   |  Permalink   |  9 Comments  |  Email
Monday, November 03 2014

1st Monday of the month we hop with the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC). This month's theme Gratitude, thank you cards and gifts. As felt is my favourite material to work with, I designed a felt envelope to hold a thank you note or card. I wanted a playful, whimsical feel to the project with bright colours and a simple embroidery. The reversed "y" was unplanned but I actually like how it looks, simple sincerity straight from the heart.

You will need:
9" x 12" craftcuts of Kunin Classicfelt TM, 1 White, 1 Red
Sizzix Fabi Flower Layers and Leaves Die
Sizzix Big Shot
Teal Craft Thread
Teal buttons
Hook and Loop Circle fastener
Aleene's Fast Grab Fabric Fusion
Scissors, pencil, ruler, pins, embroidery needle

How to:

1. Cut a piece of white felt 7" by 12". Diecut both red and white flowers and leaves.
2. Refer to photos and layer flowers, buttons. Stitch buttons to centers and use a straight stitch to outline petals.
3. Fold felt envelope 5" from bottom. Finger press. Use pencil to draw "thank you" on front of envelope. Straight stitch.
4. Add buttons to front and back. Fold envelope and blanket stitch sides. Straight stitch around top flap.
5. Glue on flowers Glue top flower to back. Add hook and loop circle to close.
6. Write a card to someone special to slip inside and deliver!

Enjoy other great projects from our talented designers! Our button is in the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep creating!

Posted by: Debra Quartermain AT 12:24 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
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