Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

Learn how to make a table runner that’s both a no-sew and budget-friendly Christmas craft idea! Only a few simple steps are needed to know how to make this super fun and festive DIY table runner! Need a last minute table decoration or don’t want to spend too much time making a table runner? Then, try this easy craft tutorial that you can customize to your needs. Feel free to make your own designs or to use stamps that you already own.

Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

This Christmas table runner combines two fun and easy craft techniques I really love – paint-stamping and mosaics from paper or fabric. And bonus…it’s no-sew, too! This runner is made with a special no-fray synthetic fabric that has a fun pinhole texture, but you could also make this holiday craft project with paper or stitch it up with your favorite fabrics.

Supplies

  • Oly*Fun material – white, red, green
  • Paper-lined, double-sided adhesive tape
  • Craft paints
  • Foam stamps
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat

Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

Decide on the size of your runner and trim a long piece of Oly*Fun yardage to size for the base of your runner and set it aside.

Use your favorite foam stamps (and pencil erasers too!) to stamp a random, all-over pattern on 3 colors of the material and let dry. I worked with 12×12″ sheets of green, white, and red.

Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

Cut the stamped material into 3″ strips and then into 3″ squares – cut some squares in half for a more varied look to your mosaic.

Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

Arrange all the pieces on the runner however you like – I love how random paint-stamped patterns and symmetrical mosaic tiles collide!

Adhere two strips of paper-lined tape to the back of each tile, then remove the liners and press each tile into place on the runner. That’s it, you’re done! I sprinkled some pretty red and green acrylic gems in between small votive candles to accent the runner on my table. It’s super cute and festive by daylight or candlelight!

Paint-Stamped No-Sew Table Runner for Christmas

 

 

Comment below and let us know, how do you decorate your Christmas table?

How to Make a Tutu + More Tulle-riffic Crafts

How to Make a Tutu + 4 Tulle-riffic CraftsThe saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I think when it comes to accessories, the tutu is seriously underrated. Tons of little girls love flaunting their fabulous tutus every chance they get. In fact, I know quite a few that tell me dress up time is all the time!

Whether your little princess doesn’t own a tutu or already owns twenty, you can learn how to make a tutu she’s never seen before with the help of these simple tutorials. Weary sewists, never fear. Scroll all the way through this post to learn how to make a tutu without sewing!

 

 

Basic DIY Tutus

1-Hour TutuSo you’ve decided to jump into the tulle-riffic world of making tutus. Congratulations; your adorable adventure starts here! All of these DIY tutu tutorials will teach you everything you need to know to get started, even if you’ve never tried making a tutu before. Dive into these easy sewing projects and learn how to make a tulle tutu:

 How to Make a Tutu for Everyday Wear

How to Make a Tutu DressTutus are more than just a whimsical accessory to add to your child’s outfits. Truthfully, little girls can (and will) wear their tutus any time they want, but if you’re going somewhere with a dress code, their super-poofy tutu might not blend in. Thanks to these easy sewing projects, you can let your child wear their love for tutus on their sleeve….or, rather, on their shirt. Learn how to make a tutu they can wear anywhere:

Homemade Costumes with Tutus

Mystical Mermaid TutuWe’ve already determined that dress up time is all the time, so I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s no need to save your child’s costume tutus for a special occasion. Allow your child to unleash her imagination any day of the week with any one of these adorable DIY tutus:

How to Make a Tutu the Easy Way

No-Sew Fairy TutuIf your sewing skills are a little lackluster, don’t fret; you can still learn how to make a tutu! These no-sew projects will help you outfit your little princess in her own fabulous tutu.

 

 

BONUS! Other Tutu-Inspired Projects

Fluffy Tutu and Button Wall ArtFeeling inspired by all these DIY tutu tutorials? Dress your little girl’s room to match her tulle-riffic style with any one of these decorative crafts!

 

Which one of these DIY Tutus is your favorite?

The Best Blogger Crafts: No-Sew Fabric Flower Bag

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This month we’re celebrating our bloggers and their creativity. In January 2014 at CHA, bloggers gathered at our CHA Networking Event to meet companies and to work more with us here FaveCrafts. After getting a bunch of crafty swag from the event, they set out to make projects out of the materials they were given. We’re featuring these projects all month with giveaways so you can make your own versions of their wonderful crafts.

No-Sew Fabric Flower Bag

No Sew Fabric Flower BagSave up those fabric scraps and breath new life into a plain bag. There’s no need for a needle and thread when you’re working on the fabric flower pattern used for this No-Sew Fabric Flower Bag. Instead, grab some fabric adhesive and paint and start bringing your flower to life. This project is perfect for beginners and best of all, you can make a bunch in one sitting.

best-bloggermini_rightYou can find this project, as well as many other fabulous blogger projects, in our new eBook, The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2014: Decoupage, Sewing, Jewelry Making, and More free eBook. Download your own free copy today!

 

 

Enter to win today’s prize

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Today’s prize is Fiskars Thick & Heavy Mixed Media Amplify Shears as well as the Ultimate Multi-Purpose Scissors.

Be sure to check out these other best blogger craft projects that use Fiskars scissors!

Denim Shorts Chore Chart Cat in the Hat DIY Hair Bows



In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

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What craft materials do you tend to have trouble cutting?

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Thank you all for participating in yesterday’s giveaway! Congratulations to Jeanne K. who answered “With arthritic hands at 70+, almost everything is hard to cut, so good scissors like Fiskars is most important and more than one pair is of equal importance because of having a “senior moment” when one places them down somewhere or other.” We know the feeling and we love Fiskars too. Enjoy your prize!

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Enter to win our Super Spectacular Grand Prize Giveaway! Filled with more than $500.00 worth of amazing prizes from 15 companies, this is the ultimate way to get crafting this month! The deadline to enter is April 25, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

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Sewing Essentials: 7 Easy Sewing Projects to Keep You Organized During the Holidays

As the holidays approach, we’re all gearing up for the big crafting push before Christmas. It’s time to get going on all those hats, sweaters, skirts, quilts, and other sewn gifts that you’ll be putting under the tree come December 25th. But as rewarding as giving a homemade gift can be, there’s no denying that Santa’s to-do list around the holidays is pretty intimidating. But have no fear! AllFreeSewing is here to help you through the stress of holiday sewing with these 7 Easy Sewing Projects to Keep You Organized During the Holidays. From sewing room organization to easy sewing techniques, here are seven secrets to keep you sane through New Year’s!

Easy Breezy Pattern Weights

Easy Breezy Pattern WeightsInstead of using traditional pins to hold the edges of your sewing projects in place, try making these Easy Breezy Pattern Weights. They’re a great way to avoid poking holes in your sewing (and suffering from pinpricks). Best of all, you can whip up these homemade pattern weights in under an hour! There’s no better way to prepare for your Christmas sewing projects than with some snazzy new tools to make sewing just a little easier.

 

One Step No-Sew Quilting Gloves

One Step No-Sew Quilting GlovesThere’s no better homemade Christmas gift than a cuddly holiday quilt, but all that machine work really does a number on your hands. These One Step No-Sew Quilting Gloves are one of those easy no-sew crafts that will totally change the way you quilt—especially during the holidays, when you’ll be spending long hours at your sewing machine. These gloves will preserve your hands and make the work go faster, so you can get as much out of your quilting as the person who will snuggle up beneath the finished product.

Wrapping Paper Organizer

Wrapping Paper OrganizerIt seems like all my scissors and tape mysteriously go missing in the weeks before Christmas. Combat last minute gift-wrapping panic with this awesome Wrapping Paper Organizer, which has more than enough space to hold all the bits and bobs you need during the holidays.

Even better, this nifty DIY organizer can stay in your sewing room all year long so that you can keep track of all the sewing miscellany that never seems to want to stay put (I’m looking at you, seam ripper). This is one holiday sewing essential that you won’t want to do without.

Patterned Tailor’s Ham

Patterned Tailor's HamThe Patterned Tailor’s Ham is insanely easy to make, costs next to nothing, and will radically change the way you sew your own clothes! The Tailor’s Ham lets you shape and sew projects to better fit body contours. Use this great tool to make sewing garment Christmas gifts a breeze. It won’t take any time at all to whip up one of these wonderful sewing helpers. Your gifts will fit better than ever and you’ll save time on troublesome hemlines.

 

Quick and Easy Ironing Mat

Quick and Easy Ironing Mat

Ironing boards are handy and necessary during certain sewing projects, but they’re bulky, cumbersome, and take up tons of space in the sewing room. Give yourself a little elbow room with the Quick and Easy Ironing Mat! This DIY ironing board pad can rest on any flat surface – a table, the floor, or even the seat of a chair. For those projects that call for pressed seams or just a little bit of heat, this is a lifesaver. Even better, this ironing mat is incredibly portable, so you can work on your projects wherever you want to without dragging a full ironing board all over the house!

Sewing Sausage Roll

Sewing Sausage RollSmart sewing starts with good equipment, and it doesn’t get any smarter than the Sewing Sausage Roll. This small DIY cushion helps prevent unwanted creasing during ironing, so your homemade Christmas gifts will look fresh and unwrinkled as they’re unwrapped.

Use the Sewing Sausage Roll as a buffer between between your pressed seam and the rest of the project to get a clean, professional look. This is one of the handiest little sewing tools to have around during the rush of Christmas sewing, when you don’t have time to work with every seam to get the wrinkles out.

 

Handy-Dandy Sewing Caddy

Handy Dandy Sewing CaddyOne fundamental truth about the holidays is that it’s nearly impossible to find time to sit down in your sewing room and get things done. Use this Handy-Dandy Sewing Caddy from Ginabean Quilts to cart projects around during your busy schedule. Any knitting, crochet, or embroidery projects can be tucked safely into the caddy so that you can return to them whenever you have a free moment to sit. The outside pockets are perfect for needles, thread, and scissors, so you’ll never have to worry about losing anything. Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way of your sewing! With a little creativity, you can conquer your to-do list without breaking a sweat.

 

What’s the best trick you’ve learned to get through the stress of the holidays?

No Sew Accent Pillow Pattern with New Michaels Fabric

In celebration of the new pre-cut fabric line at Michaels Stores, we have a fun and simple new home decor project to share. This is a project you can easily whip up in just a few minutes. The new Michaels fabric comes pre-cut and this project uses just that pre-cut piece to create a simple project to add a personalized touch to any room. You can use a pillow form you can purchase at the store or even jazz up an old pillow to match your new decor.

This is a great project to get the house ready for guests or change out your home decor for the holidays or seasons.No Sew Accent Pillow Pattern

Materials List

  • One yard of pre-cut Michaels fabric
  • 16 inch pillow form
  • Safety Pins
  • Two yards of wide ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Lay out your pre-cut Michaels fabric and center your pillow form.
  2. Fold the fabric the long way and secure it with safety pins. No one will see this part of the pillow, the pins are simply there to hold the fabric in place.No-Sew-Pillow-Project-Tutorial
  3. Fold the long ends into somewhat of a point being sure to pull the fabric taut and fold the corners sharply to create an edge on the front of the pillow.No-Sew-Accent-Pillow-Pattern
  4. Pull both ends and tie them in a knot as tightly as you can.No-Sew-Pillow-Project
  5. Add a wide ribbon tied to the pillow for an accent on the front.
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Voila! It’s just that simple. So, if you are having guests over this summer, add a little personal pizzaz with a new accent pillow. Stay tuned, we have one more fun home decor project idea using the new Michaels Fabrics that you won’t want to miss.

You can also find lots of great ideas on Michaels Pinterest page or by following AllFreeSewing for great fabric ideas.

Valentine’s Crafts for Kids PLUS Heartfelt Craft Ideas for Teenagers

Red Valentine RosesWhile any day is as good as the next when it comes to showing your love, the Hallmark holiday of Valentine’s Day has designated February 14th as the most passionate 24 hours of the year. Use your words to express your love the other 364 days, but to make this day special, show you care with homemade gifts. To make a handcrafted present for Grandma that means a lot and really shows the extent of your Rose Wreathappreciation, it’s going to take a bit of work. So, it’s time to start crafting for the day of love, and AllFreeKidsCrafts has heaps of heartfelt ideas. These Valentine’s crafts can be worked on throughout the course of a month, which means they will be completed just in time, and those ever-moving kids don’t have to finish them all in one sitting.

One thing that I really love about Valentine’s Day in my family is that my mom always made the day about family love, not only romantic love. She’d set up a treasure hunt for us every year, and at the end of the hunt we would find a present that showed us how much she cared. Make this true for your family too by crafting lovely gifts together for those about whom you care. Your kids will feel a definite sense of pride as they hand their dad a darling gift made with little hands of love.

Photo Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Alphabet Photography Collage

Little is more meaningful than capturing a special moment and framing it. You’re telling the recipient that they mean a lot to you, and that the event in the picture is something to be remembered. Giving pictures, though, can be boring if they’re not housed with care. Use one of these creative photo crafts to show Grandpa just how much that fishing trip meant or to remind your sister about that awesome day at the park. I’ve been very into the photos of everyday items creating words. Spell out “I Love You” or “You Rock,” and your dad will be amazed. Check out what I’m talking about with the Alphabet Photography Collage. It’s really fun for kids to wander around with a camera and see what shapes and letters they can find.

Other Photo Crafts for Valentine’s Day:

Clever Magazine Picture Frame
Dazzling White Button Frame
Father’s Day Photo Box perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Frugal Ombre Frame Teens!

Valentine’s Day Crafts with Yarn

Finger Knitted Throw Pillow

Impress each member of your family and your best friends with a hand-sewn, finger knitted, or crocheted gift that they’ll love. These are the perfect crafts for older children or the little, expert sewists to make for Mom. Since so many mini crafters have picked up on finger knitting, my top pick for a Valentine’s Day gift is the Finger Knitted Throw Pillow. It’s really useful and very sophisticated-looking, but can be crafted by a child in elementary school. Grandma would love having a pillow on her couch made by you!

Other Valentine’s Day Crafts with Yarn or String:

Easily Embroider Styrofoam
Spider-Man Throw Pillow
Red Valentine Roses Teens!

Cozy Valentine’s Day Crafts

Comfy No-Sew Valentine Pillow

Cupid’s Day is the perfect day for cuddling, so give your favorite snuggle buddies warm presents. Pick out a really fun fabric for a No-Sew Fleece Blanket for your big sister. She’ll love the cozy gesture, and may just let you sleepover in her room. Mom would also adore a comfy gift that encourages her to relax. Then you can sit right next to her, watch a movie, and eat hot popcorn in the coziest of ways. The Comfy No-Sew Valentine Pillow uses the same technique as the blanket, and it will remind the recipients that you love them every time they rest their heads.

More Heartfelt Craft Ideas for Teenagers

Glass Vial Necklace

Teens, get crafting! Below are some more great ideas for everyone you love.

Rose Wreath perfect for the family
52 Reasons I Love You Dad and Grandpa
Scrabble Crossword Grandma’s favorite
Glass Vial Necklace give it to Mom
Pretty Poppies Pin great for friends

 

Bonus: Make the Drawsome Dry Erase Framed Gallery as a Valentine’s Day gift for the kids. Your craft becomes an amazingly fun art project for the children.

Who do you and the kids give Valentine’s Day presents to?

This Week on Cool2Craft TV – Joy of Giving

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Join host Tiffany Windsor for a new episode of Cool2Craft TV. This week’s show theme is the Joy of Giving. EcoHeidi Borchers is sharing one of her favorite vintage Aleene’s recipes for the look of porcelain bread dough roses,  Candace Jedrowicz is creating a broken pottery magnet topped with a wire word and Tiffany is crafting No-Sew Lavender Sachets.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Monday November 7, 2011 at 9 am Pacific/ 10 am Mountain/ 11 am Central/ noon Eastern. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. See you Monday!

 

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This Week on Cool2Craft TV – Fashionista

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Join host Linda Peterson for a new episode of Livin’ the Creative Life TV on the Cool2Craft TV Channel. This week’s show theme is Fashionista and Linda shares creative ideas from several recent road trips. Special guest Julianna Hudgins shows how to make funky wired beads and Linda decorates a silk scarf with fabric markers and upcycles t-shirts into a pretty vintage inspired no-sew rolled roses.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Monday October 31, 2011 at 9 am Pacific/ 10 am Mountain/ 11 am Central/ noon Eastern. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. See you Monday!

 

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Start Planning your Christmas Decorations Now With a New eBook from AllFreeChristmasCrafts

It’s never too early to start planning for the Christmas season.  Case in point, I’ve had a jar of Christmas ornaments sitting on my desk since last December. A little taste of the holiday season (no matter the temperature outside) really create a sense of fun and excitement. Why not start crafting your Christmas decorations today? That way, when Thanksgiving is over, you can immediately switch over your decor and show off your festive side!

To get you started, we’ve collected 8 of our favorite homemade Christmas decorations into a free eBook just for you. In 8 Unique Christmas Decorations to Make, you’ll find everything from kid-friendly ornaments to a tabletop tree made from repurposed materials. These projects are perfect for crafters at all skill levels. For instance, kids can make a Handy Reindeer on their own and hang it anywhere. On the other hand (no pun intended), a project like the Split Tree requires the use of a saw – maybe not the most kid-friendly project and quite possibly more suited for an crafter with woodworking experience.

What makes this eBook special is that it’s so varied – you’ll never get bored or run out of project ideas. I love that one of the ornaments used wrapping paper scraps (we all have plenty of those sitting around during the holiday season). One of the projects is a no-sew advent calendar – a traditional yet easy-to-make project that’s perfect for the season. Now is the time to get working on your crafting projects – don’t wait until it’s too late!

Download a copy of 8 Unique Christmas Decorations to Make today!

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This Week on Cool2Craft TV – Color-ful Crafts

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Join host Tiffany Windsor for a new episode of Cool2Craft TV. This week’s show theme is Color-ful Crafts. EcoHeidi Borchers is showing how to tile a mosaic stepping stone, Candace Jedrowicz is creating a crazy colorful polymer clay heart pendant and Tiffany is making a color-ful layered no-sew fabric flower.

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV Channel right from your computer. Monday October 17, 2011 at 9 am Pacific/ 10 am Mountain/ 11 am Central/ noon Eastern. Watch craft demos and join in the live chat at showtime at Cool2Craft.com. See you Monday!

 

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