Holiday Crafting Challenge #2

Soooo….the deadline for Crafting Challenge #1 has come and gone.  Did you find time to make your own braided creation? I’d love for you to share picks with me and your FRS friends! Feel free to post them on the Free Rose Studio Facebook wall. If you haven’t had time yet, don’t worry about that deadline.  It’s just a suggestion, I’d love to see your work when it is finished, whenever that may be! 🙂

But, ready or not, Crafting Challenge #2 is here!  This one is “due” October 14, 2012.  It’s got a few more steps than  #1, but it can also make use of materials you have laying around the house, making it….FREE! A zero cost gift that is full of love and attention, and what’s a better gift than that? Nothing, I tell you! 🙂 Except a hug, maybe.  But, back to the point…I give you “Holiday Crafting Challenge #2!”

**Ok, I’m gonna be honest. I’m being selfish this time, and offering a project that I’ve been dying to do, but haven’t had the pressure to complete. Confession over. The challenge is…..

UPCYCLED SLIPPERS!

-These can be made in all sizes! You just need to know the length of the foot.
-Use old felted sweaters, sweatshirts, new wool felt, fleece, multiple layers of old t-shirts….you get the idea!
-JoAnn sells the non-skid fabric for the soles (in the “utility fabrics” area) if you wish to make them less slippery, just add it to the bottom layer. I have also used puff paint or thick glue to add some grip.
-This tutorial shows the basic pattern and directions. I want to see everyone shine in their choice of embellishments!! Bring it, ladies! 🙂

THE TUTORIALS:
http://www.marthastewart.com/864540/stephanies-sewn-felt-slippers OR
http://www.marthastewart.com/271000/felt-slippers?comments_page=1&showComments=true&

EMBELLISHMENT IDEAS:
Flowers: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-make-t-shirt-flower.html
Lace: http://www.kivikis.com/felted-wool-shoes-for-simplicity.html
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Holiday Crafting Challenge-Are you in?

I’m coordinating a fun, end of year crafting challenge for some friends, and I thought I would share it here in case anyone would like to play along!  At the end, you will have (at least) 7 handmade items that would be perfect holiday gifts for family and friends! I say at least 7, because some of these projects are so cute you’ll want to make more than one!

Here’s the deal: Every two weeks, I will post a challenge that is a general theme, with links to tutorials to get you started.  You’ll have 2 weeks to work on it, and then we will share photos! At the same time, I will announce the next theme.  I’d love to have you play along! So, here it is:

Holiday Crafting Challenge #1: Braided Gifts!

Share your photos starting September 29, 2012!

Option One: Make It and Love It has this amazingly cute tutorial teaching you how to turn old t-shirts into braided headbands.  I love the upcycling aspect! It’s a really versatile technique. You could easily glue the strips of t-shirts together to make them longer, and apply this same concept to make a bracelet, or straps to a bag, or a belt . Use a buckle, or make it extra long so it can wrap around and tie. Check it out here.

Option Two: Sew, Mama, Sew takes it up a notch by using leather and rope to make this classic nautical belt! Check out this great tutorial here. Think of all the different color combinations you could do this in; I’m thinking of trying it with wide strips of old t-shirts and  leather and seeing how that works out.  I’d love to see what you come up with!

I’ll post the next challenge on Sunday, Sept 30. In the meantime, I need to get to work on my own submission.  I look forward to you sharing yours! Post pictures in the comments below, or on the Free Rose Studio Facebook page. Happy crafting!

Birds of a Feather Wallets

If you are looking for a ready to ship,  but still one of a kind gift, my new wallets are for you!  And they are available in my etsy shop now! And to make them even more unique, I use recycled fabrics from my scrap collection to ensure that each wallet is special.

The current pattern offered is made from a combination of Japanese Echino linen fabric and hand picked scraps from my remnant pile. I carefully center the beautiful and striking bird pattern before cutting the shape of the wallet. A recycled vintage zipper keeps your change securely in it’s own compartment, which is beautifully lined in a coordinating print. Open again to reveal a charming and fun interior, created from a mix of remnant fabrics. Everything has it’s place, as this wallet features on large pocket for cash, 4 credit card pockets (roomy enough to hold more than one card in each) and another full width pocket at the bottom.

The edges are carefully bound with contrasting cotton bias tape and finished with decorative stitching. The wallet closes with a professionally set resin snap.

Thanks for browsing, I look forward to adding more soon, using my stash of vintage dress fabrics.  Please comment with your thoughts and suggestions!