Fun Halloween Crafts With Jo-Ann #spookyspaces

I was compensated by Joann Fabrics & Crafts for this post.

On Sunday afternoon, my daughter and grandsons came over for a crafting party.  I had been shopping at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and had all the supplies ready to make personalized Trick or Treat bags for the boys when they arrived.

All the supplies are ready to go when they arrive

All the supplies are ready to go when they arrive

I had one canvas tote bag that I got from Jo-Ann Fabrice and Crafts, and a cute burlap bag that came from somewhere else. The burlap one had a company logo on it, but I decided to use it because the logo would be covered up when the bag was finished.

First things first! Parker was a hungry boy when he got to Granny's house.

First things first! Parker was a hungry boy when he got to Granny’s house.

Because Parker is only 9 months old, I made his and Spencer, who is 11, made his own. We decided to use fabric scraps, fabric glue, fabric paint markers, and bead paint to decorate our bags. The tools we had were a pair of scissors, some pins, a paint brush for spreading the glue, and some 3″ plastic letter stencils for making initials.

Parker's Trick or Treat Bag

Parker’s Trick or Treat Bag

If you are making this craft with younger children, you will want to cut out the letter in advance, or let them pick out the fabric and trace the the letters with the stencils themselves, and then have an adult cut them out.

Deciding on our design

Deciding on our design

Choose a fabric scrap that is big enough to fit on one side of the tote bag. Cut out the shape you want, and set that piece aside. Choose a contrasting fabric scrap, and cut out a smaller shape to fit inside the first one you cut out. Glue the second one to the first one with fabric glue. You can use any kind of fabric glue that you may have on hand. We used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.

Fabric Glue

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue

Trace around the stencil letter with a fabric paint marker or pen. Cut out the letter. We used two P’s, for “P”umpkin “P”arker, but you can come up with your own ideas as well. We talked about just using Spooky,or Booooo!! but decided to put Parker’s name on the bag.

Trace the stencil on the fabric to make your letters.

Trace the stencil on the fabric to make your letters. We used Tulip Fabric Markers.

Glue the letters to your design, then use the Tulip Fabric Marker to write the rest of the words in spooky letters.

Parker's Trick or Treat Bag. It says Pumpkin Parker.

Parker’s Trick or Treat Bag. It says Pumpkin Parker.

After the letters are glued on and the rest of the name is written in, glue the whole design to the front of the tote bag with the fabric glue. Use enough glue to make sure the design will stick, and press it down well with your fingers. After the design was glued on, I used Tulip Beads In A Bottle to finish it up.

Spencer in his Batman mask.

Spencer in his Batman mask.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the table, Spencer decided he did not want his name on his bag. He had other ideas about what would be spooky! He choose a large black fabric scrap, and cut out a bat freehand! I was really impressed with the way his bat turned out. It really did look spooky on his Trick or Treat bag. After he cut it out, he used the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue to glue it to the front of his tote bag. Next, he used some Tulip Beads In A Bottle in Gold and Copper to make eyes, a mouth and some “blood drops” on his bat.

Spencers Bat. He cut this out freehand, then decorated it himself.

Spencer’s Bat. He cut this out freehand, then decorated it himself.

Next, he made a skull and ghost out of white paper, and used the tulip paints to add features to them before gluing them on.

Spencer's Skull, Ghost, and Goblin Dog

Spencer’s Skull, Ghost, and Goblin Dog

The last thing he added was a hand drawn “goblin dog” using the Fabric Markers. With that, his trick or treat bag was complete.

Spencer's finished Trick or Treat Bag.

Spencer’s finished Trick or Treat Bag.

How would you decorate your trick or treat bag? You can find lots of crafting ideas at Creativity Made Simple.  You can save 50% off one item at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts to help you get started!

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Pinterest In Practice: My Halloween Garland

I knew my grandson, Spencer, was coming over for a craft day with me, so I searched Pinterest for some ideas for easy crafts we could do together using things I had on hand. I found this cute Halloween Garland from Bether Homes and Gardens:

Photo from Better Homes and Gardens website.

Photo from Better Homes and Gardens website.

I showed the picture of it to Spencer, and we read the instructions together. Then, he got to work. While his garland does not look “exactly” like the one show in the Better Homes and Gardens illustration, it was lovingly made for me by my grandson.

My Happy Halloween Banner made by Spencer

My Happy Halloween Banner made by Spencer

Spencer was proud of his creation, and helped me hang it up in my living room. What are your kids making for halloween? Do you look for creative ideas on Pinterest?

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Spencer working on his Halloween Garland. He does not like to have his picture taken.

Back To School With Crafts From Michael’s

Michael’s provided me with a gift card to purchase supplies for the project in this post.

School is starting up again, and when it does, my daughter Emily will be going back.  The fact that she is going back is so special for us this year, because she had a stroke back in February after her son, Parker was born. She has been a teacher for a few years, and we were really worried that the stroke would affect her ability to teach. I am so very glad to say that it has not.

my back to school poster

my back to school poster

In recognition of her return to work, to her school, to teach again, I wanted to make something for her classroom. I decided to make a patchwork poster with one of her favorite quotes to hang on the wall. She chose this quote:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

After choosing the quote, it was time to go to Michael’s to get some supplies. I found some solid red and some solid black fabric, which are the school colors for the high school where Emily teaches. When I saw those, more ideas came to me about how to make the project. I also found a pretty red, black, and white print. Next I got a 18″ X 24″ poster frame in white. I also picked up some glue sticks and some duct tape for another project I had in mind. Oh, and I couldn’t resist buying some extra fabrics in a variety of colors. They package the fabric in 2 yard pieces, which is plenty for any project I could think of using them in.

The quote and graphic I used for my project.

The quote and graphic I used for my project.

To make this project, I had to figure out a way to print the quote and a graphic onto a piece of white fabric. The tutorial I found said to use freezer paper, and iron it onto the back of the fabric, then cut the piece to the size of a piece of printer paper. I didn’t have any freezer paper, but I did have some Wonder Under, so I used that. I practiced printing onto paper until I had the graphic and quote exactly how I wanted them, then I printed it on my white fabric.

Next, I had to come up with a design that was somewhat like was floating around in my head. That design process is the hardest part for me. I can think of something and see it in my head, but getting it out into the real world, sometimes that is a different story.

Um, not exactly right yet

Um, not exactly right yet

After a couple of days of fiddling around with the concept, I finally figured out how I wanted this to look. I stitched it all together, and put it in the frame, and uh-oh! it turned out too crooked to even think about letting anyone see it in person:

Ack! too crooked!

Ack! too crooked!

This meant I had to take the whole thing apart, put it on the cutting board, and cut with the ruler and rotary cutter, then sew it all back together again. When it was all done, I put it back in the frame, used some of a glue stick to set it on the frame backing. All done:

my back to school poster

my back to school poster

I am really happy with the way this project turned out. I made mine for my adult daughter, using one of her favorite quotes and her school colors. I think this type of project would be great for any child’s room with an inspirational quote, or what about a birth announcement, or a wedding invitation, or…..What would you make? Who would you make it for?

 

Decorating With Fabric: Tutorial

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Today I wanted to make a frame of sorts for some photographs that I love. I have been wanting to put them up on my dining room wall, but I don’t have the funds to get them matted and framed. So, until the day when I do have the money, I decided to use fabric that I love as a backdrop for the photos. The first thing I did was iron the fabric to get all the wrinkles out.

Cut the fabric about two inches larger than your cardboard

Cut the fabric about two inches larger than your cardboard

I got a piece of cardboard that was several inches larger than the photograph. Then, I cut the fabric about two inches larger than the cardboard all the way around. I used straight pins to hold the fabric in place until I could put a piece of packing tape to hold it to the cardboard. You could also just use the straight pins without the tape.

Pin the fabric to the cardboard, then use packing tape

Pin the fabric to the cardboard, then use packing tape

Once you have all four sides of the fabric in place, cut a piece of yarn or twine about two inches longer than the piece of cardboad is wide. Tie a knot in each end.

Cut a piece of yarn about two inches longer than your piece is wide

Cut a piece of yarn about two inches longer than your piece is wide

Put the end of a straight pin into the knot, then push it into one side of the cardboard. Do the same thing on the other side, measuring to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top of the piece.

Measure to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top

Measure to make sure both ends of the yarn are the same distance from the top

I used small, almost invisible straight pins to attach the photograph to the finished “frame”. You could also use double sided tape or a hot glue gun.

Use small straight pins to attach the photograph to the "frame"

Use small straight pins to attach the photograph to the “frame”

Hang with a straight pin in the wall

Hang with a straight pin in the wall

To hang my finished pieces, I used a straight pin that I pushed into the wall. The project is very lightweight so it doesn’t need a big nail to hang it.

My friend and co-worker at the Grand Canyon took this photograph of Aspens in autumn.

My friend and co-worker at the Grand Canyon took this photograph of Aspens in autumn.

I love how my dining room wall turned out:

My dining room wal: Art that I love!

My dining room wal: Art that I love!

 

 

 

 

Fabric Art For My Sewing Room/Office:Pinterest In Practice

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While Fabgrandpa was painting the office for me today, I decided to work on a project that I saw on Pinterest. I saw it on the Hawthorne Threads Blog last year ,but when I tried to find the original post today it was gone. Good thing I pinned it! The idea is simple enough: you get some stretched canvas like a painter would use, and staple some pretty fabric on it. I loved the idea of it right away, because you know how I LOVE fabric.

Last week when we went to Rome for my gastro appointment, I saw a Michaels and asked Fabgrandpa to take me there after my appointment. We stopped there, and I got what I thought was a 2 pack of canvases. It turned out to be a grade 2, but with the packages that I bought, I wound up with 2 16″ X 20″ and 2 8″ X 10″ canvases, so it worked out to be enough.

Picking the fabrics to use was hard, because every piece I picked up, I thought of some other project I could use it for, but finally decided on four pieces to use.

For a 16″ X 20″ canvas, you need a 20″ X 24″ piece of fabric, and for an 8″ X 10″ one you’ll need a 12″ X 14″ piece of fabric. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles before you start.

Cut the fabric all around 2 inches larger than your canvas

Cut the fabric all around 2 inches larger than your canvas

Put the fabric face down on your work surface, then lay your canvas face down on the fabric. Fold the edges of the fabric over to the back of the canvas.

Fold the fabric to the back of the canvas

Fold the fabric to the back of the canvas

Us a staple gun to staple it in place.

Use a staple gun to staple the fabric to the canvas

Use a staple gun to staple the fabric to the canvas

Do the two longest sides first. When you do the two short sides, fold the fabric into a mitered corner.

Fold the fabric on the short edges into a mitered corner

Fold the fabric on the short edges into a mitered corner

Put one staple into the top edge of the canvas. Fold the fabric down onto the back of the canvas and staple some more.

Done!

Done!

Repeat on the other side, and you’re done. Be careful that you don’t staple your fingers. That staple gun if powerful! Also, I didn’t realize until I was finished that I got a blister on the inside of my thumb.

That is an ouchie!

That is an ouchie!

The finished product looks great hanging on the wall. I’ll show you the finished room tomorrow.

My Pinterest in Practice project looks pretty good.

My Pinterest in Practice project looks pretty good.

Finished project

Finished project

 

 

 

Girlie Girl Backpack

Here it is, the first of the Girlie Girl backpacks I am making this week. This one is green and hot pink and white polka dots and plaid and floral. It has one large pocket on the outside, and several pockets on the inside. It would be good as a tote for a little girl, or a big girl, or even a diaper bag.

This backpack is big enough to hold a small laptop computer, a nook or kindle, and all the accessories to go with them. It is quilted and has very stiff Peltex interfacing so it will stand up by itself. It is for sale. The price is $45 and that includes shipping in the United States. I will ship to other countries, but you will have to pay shipping if outside the US. Send me an email or use the contact form found in the menu above if you are interested in purchasing this cute bag.

Handmade girlie backpack

Pockets inside

A view from the front

And from the back

I love this one!