Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fancy Matchbox Tutorial

Here is the tutorial for a Fancy Matchbox Holder that you can leave out on a table (providing there are no kids around, of course).

Materials needed: 2 corkback coasters
4 boxes of matches
4 wooden beads
and a glue gun.
Glue matchboxes onto back of one coaster in the directions shown.
Glue second coaster picture side up on top of the matchboxes.
Glue a wooden bead on each box end to use as a handle to slide the box open.
Another finished project. Perfect for a last minute gift. Takes about five minutes to complete.
Happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Upcycled bags

A friend bought a 'Grenfell' coat at a thrift store. These coats were, and probably still are,made in Newfoundland. They are made from blanket weight wool and embroidered with motifs, most commonly, eskimos. She gave me some of the wool when she took apart the coat. I decided that this was too heavy for hooking. After a while of dwelling on the material, I figured a purse would be nice made from it. Keeping the embroidery intact (I don't know the name of the crafter who embroidered it), I cut out the pieces for the purse, lined it with satin lining from a sports jacket that I had taken apart,(complete with a cellphone pocket inside) and added a recycled leather belt for the strap. Here is the result
Seeing I was in a crafting mood, I then took a sweater that I had felted, lined it with a printed cotton fabric, added a pocket outside for a cellphone or keys and added a set of wooden handles (recycled too, of course) and another purse was born. Here is the end result.....
All in all a very productive few days. Now that the Forests Secrets rug challenge is finished, I have started a new rug. This one is a Jane McGown Flynn pattern called 'Crewel Allure' I purchased this pattern that was printed on burlap from a lady that was selling off pieces from an estate sale. Will show some pictures of progress in next post. Happy Hooking .................. and crafting. Melaine