Felt Ornament Prototype

Blogged under My College Craft Club,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 11 September 2014 at 3:10 pm



My college craft club has been asking to sew, and honestly, we just don’t have the space and supplies to do any significant sewing. Plus, I probably don’t have the patience to teach it either, especially a group all at the same time. However, I think it is handy for everyone to know some basics when it comes to sewing like how to sew on a button, how to thread a needle, and how to do simple stitches like the running stitch, so I’ve been thinking about how to allow them to do some very basic sewing projects that won’t break our budget or drive me crazy either.

That’s when I came up with the idea of making felt ornaments. Felt is very inexpensive, and we just need some thread, needles, and notions to do this. After I came up with the idea, I checked out YouTube for some help with how to do this. There are (not surprisingly) a fair number of videos over there showing this technique, such as this one.


I gathered some supplies I had on hand to make a prototype, and I think it turned out pretty well considering I whipped it up pretty quickly. I used a cookie cutter and paper to make a template, and then pinned it to the felt and cut out two stars. I stitched a simple button in the center, and then held the two stars together and stitched around them. Before I closed it up, I added some scrap yarn at the top so it can be hung, and then I used extra scrap yarn to stuff it.

I’m sure my club members will come up with much fancier ornaments than this, but at least I have a method to show them. Then they can take it from there and experiment with different stitches. For those who aren’t interested in stitching, glue is also an option.

Scrapbooks, Canvases, and Necklaces

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2:55 pm

Carmi’s Art
I have a sweet resin project on Scrapbooking.com’s blog this week. Paper Embellishments with Jewelry Resin featuring vintage postcards.

Mini Canvases
Cherie makes some mini canvases for her office.

A Bead A Day
Ready for a crafty weekend? Lisa just discovered a crafty necklace project that inspires creativity!

Resin Crafts Blog
A good experiment in resin layering results in some one-of-a-kind “cubes of resin.”

Where to Find Cheap Unique Craft Supplies
I bet you have your own sources for inexpensive craft supplies. Here are some of my faves. Do you have any others?

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of a fabulous new book by Lark Crafts, called “Beading All-Stars”. All your favorite designers in one gorgeous package!

Guitar String Jewelry
Video podcast episode 4 including some “rockin” jewelry and a little fiber too.

Teacher Jewelry Set

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 4:07 pm



School started a little over a week or so ago, and the fall semester is always super busy for some reason, much more than spring. There are also a lot of changes that happen in the fall where teachers and other staff at the school will move into different positions and have different tasks asked of them. This is what inspired my “teach” design pictured above. A friend of mine is moving from being part admin/part faculty to going back to being full-on faculty, which she is thrilled with. In fact, that’s the thing about most teachers. We want to teach. Going to meetings and other time-sucks very often get in the way of what our primary purpose is, so this was a gift from me to her in celebration of going back to what she loves to do.

The pendant is ceramic and came from Blu Mudd. The other supplies include copper wire (21-gauge) and findings; 4mm mother of pearl beads (natural, not bleached); size 11 green glass seed beads used as spacer beads; and 6mm rondelle-shaped Chinese crystal beads. I strung it on .015 Soft Flex beading wire and finished the necklace with copper 2x2mm copper crimp beads.

Beads, Decals, Books, and Plumbing Turns Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 1 September 2014 at 6:42 am

A Bead A Day
There’s always room for learning a new beading technique! Lisa’s getting ready to learn kumihimo! Stop by to lend some encouragement

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek inside the studio of Mary Harding, and be in with the chance to win some of her unique handmade beads!

Resin Crafts Blog
Jewelry grab bag to jewelry box top. Isn’t upcycling fabulous? Easily achieved with EasyCast and any items you have…not just for jewelry!

Do You Know How to Melt Lazertran Decal Images into Wood?
How to create large scale decaled wood objects with no decal edges.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the new book by Tammy Powley, The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition, and it is great!

Resin Crafts Blog
How to use copper plumbing supplies to create pendants with resin.

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