On my way to Halloween festivities this week I drove by a guy hanging Christmas lights on his house. There's no denying it, the holidays are right around the corner. And if you are someone who likes to make gifts from scratch, like I do, that means it is time to get to work.
This month I will be running a series of craft tutorial round-ups. Things that have caught my eye and some things that might just end up wrapped up under my own tree. Since we have a full 50 days until Christmas still, this week I have some crafts that may take a while. If not a whole weekend, at least a part of it. I'll have quicker crafts for you procrastinators (I'm talking to myself here) as the month goes on.
1. Tote bags
Skip To My Lou ran a round up of 10 tote bags last year that I really liked. Several feature re-use of fabric items and all are quick and free. Love that!
2. Fabric memory game
Purl Bee is one of my favorite places to get gift ideas. Unfortunately even their "easy" projects are generally time-consuming. This fabric memory game is no exception, but at least it is within the realm of reason for a gift for a special kid or a family of kids to share. Reading through the pattern I wonder if it would be a little faster to use fusible interfacing to adhere the pattern fabric to the felt block rather than cut a window out of the felt, but I'm like that with the cutting of corners.
3. Bleach pen tees
I love this idea: Using a bleach pen to draw a design on a colored shirt. The Show, Tell, Share Blog uses freehand folk designs, but you could write words, trace patterns or drawings, or whatever your heart desires. She also includes a link in the post to other bleach pen craft ideas.
4. Faux antiqued glass vases or votives
This Design Sponge tutorial is by far the most complicated in this set, but the elegant results are worth the effort. This is a great way to re-use some of the nicer glass jars I've been hoarding.
5. Rosewater body lotion
This delicious lotion is another Design Sponge feature. It is actually quite easy, hardly a weekend's work, but if you were going to make it in a big batch the set up and clean up might take you a bit. If you are giving the lotion as a gift (rather than hoarding it all for yourself, not that I would do that or anything), it would be a good idea to use the suggested preservatives. Check the comments for sources for the ingredients and those cute Weck jars.
That's it for this week. Next week, projects that you can make in just a few hours.