Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bunny Projects

I do this every year. I go a little crazy about bunnies right around Easter. I blame pinterest and the plethora of adorable bunny projects that pop up. Granted I think bunnies are cuter when you don't have to clean up from them, so I much prefer bunny-decorated crafts rather than the real thing hopping around.

Here are some that I'm enjoying right at this moment.

DIY Iron-on Bunny T-shirt from Alice & Lois

This tutorial for an adorable bunny shirt from Alice & Lois could solve any last minute bunny needs, since it's literally just print and iron-on. But the real loveliness of this project is the bunny. I think you could spend a long time looking for the perfect bunny image without finding another this perfect.

Bunny Coin Purse from Sew DIYSew DIY's Bunny Coin Purse is a simple sewing project and would be great for a beginner sewer. Especially when I'm learning something, I appreciate a quick project. That way I won't exhaust my patience for how slow I am at working on new things.

Peek-A-Boo Bunny Bag from Minted StrawberryNot that I need another tote bag. But none of my current totes have a pocket on the outside. So maybe I do need this one. The easy tutorial is from Minted Strawberry.

The Giving Bunny Project from Urban ThreadsThe Giving Bunny Project from Urban Threads makes me happy as only free art does. If you've ever wanted to participate in a free art project (or just want to make these cute but weird tiny bunnies), check out the project here.

All of the photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

I was very excited to receive Cut Out + Keep's book: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects. So for this  month's craft night, I chose to do a project out of this book.

The book is broken up into regions of the United States with a project for each state. I'm pretty jealous of the obviously epic road trip the writers took to create the book. There are photos and anecdotes about each state. It's interesting to see the country through their eyes, maybe because they aren't Americans, but also because of their obvious delight with the strange and interesting.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

The projects themselves are a mixed bag. They are, for the most part, projects that could be completed in a few hours and don't require a lot of specialized tools or supplies that the average crafter wouldn't have on hand. But the aesthetic ranges across the board. There's likely to be at least one thing for most every crafter in the book, but probably not many who want to do every project.

So Monday night was craft night.

The Delaware project is a shrinky dink necklace, "The First State Necklace". We chose to forgo the cork backing and pin.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

It's a pretty simple project; it requires: clear shrink film, some maps you don't mind cutting up, double-sided adhesive, a jump ring, and a chain.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

The ladies who attended craft night hadn't played much with shrinky dink (or at all) so we had a lot of fun crowding around the oven to watch it shrink. It's seriously magic.

I think we could have finished the project in under an hour if we hadn't spent so much time talking and being distracted by my cat. But really what's the point of crafting together if we aren't going to distract ourselves?

The longest part of the whole endeavor was probably finding exactly the right piece of map to use.

There are definitely a few more projects I'm looking forward to from the book and I read all the way through for the travel anecdotes alone.

Book Review: Cut Out and Keep Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects | Red Circle Crafts

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for this review, but no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Patty's Day Decorations

While I'm not super excited about St. Patrick's Day, I do love a good excuse to either dress up or decorate. Although I still don't understand people's wish to be Irish for one day a year.

Here are some crafty tutorials for the upcoming holiday.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Last year's project to ensure I had something green to wear, this shamrock and rainbow pin tutorial is fun and easy.

Clover Crown from Oh Happy Day

I  love this clover crown from Oh Happy Day! It's clever and beautiful.

Shamrock Streamers from Studio DIY

If you make the crown (above), you'll probably have green streamers leftover. So why not make these Shamrock Streamers from Studio DIY.

St Patricks Day Photo Props from Lia GriffithEveryone loves a good photo booth (they seem to be everywhere these days). And these props from Lia Griffith are great. While she makes them on her Cricut machine, they would still be as cool hand cut.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Baby Clothes & Screen Printing Stencils

Baby Shower Gift | Red Circle Crafts

I went to a good friend's baby shower last weekend, so I can finally share what I made. Although if you follow me on Instagram, there were a few sneak peaks.

Bear Baby Outfit | Red Circle Crafts

This isn't the first time I've used these particular patterns even in this size, but it always amazes me how small newborn baby clothes are. How on earth will a human being fit in them!

Bear Baby Outfit | Red Circle Crafts

The shirt didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. Part of which was definitely the machine I used. My sewing machine died on me recently. (I may need to hold a memorial service for it.) Fortunately my Mom was able to gift me her old machine to use until I'm able to get a new sewing machine. BUT this machine has few of the bells and whistles I'm used to. I prefer to use a double needle to sew knits. And there's no second spindle to hold a second spool of thread. I kind of made do, but it wasn't great and required a bit of finagling. So when I might have taken out a seam and redone it, I chose not to, because I didn't want to sew more than necessary. Also, I must have stretched out the neck when I sewed on the edging, or attached the front and back at the shoulders incorrectly. Either way, I didn't realize it until was far too late to fix, without practically starting over. My last shirt from this pattern turned out much better.

The pants pattern is a free pattern from The Allison Show.

The shirt pattern is from Small Dream Factory and comes in sizes all the way up to 2T.

Mountain Scene Screen Print | Red Circle Crafts

I also bought a pack of newborn onesies to screen print on. Because I had a few ideas I wanted to print.

Bunny Screen Print | Red Circle Crafts

I LOVE how they turned out. The bunny was probably the most difficult to draw, cut out, and print. I won't be recreating it, because I didn't end up with a clear print even once, but I still like it. The bear and the mountain scene were comparatively easier. I've included a pdf of them at the bottom of this post that you're welcome to print out and use to make your own screen printing stencils from. They would both work with my screen printing kit (available for sale in my etsy store).

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