Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #3 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #3 ~ Tiny Gift Bag

This sweet little gift bag is the perfect size for gifting perfume, some jewelry, nail polish or a special lip stick nestled in some tissue or crinkle paper. The finished size is 2 3/4″ wide and deep x 4″ tall.

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, scissors, adhesive, hole punch, ribbon or twine, stamped greeting, embellishments.

#1} Start with a 6″ x 12″ piece of card stock {two bags can be created from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock}. Starting with the 6″ side at the top, score at 2″.  Turn and score on the 12″ side at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 8 1/4″and 11″.

 

 

#2} Fold on the score lines and crease with the bone folder.
#3} Cut on the folds up to the score line and remove the corner rectangle. Angle cut the top and bottom of the narrow strip above the removed piece. This makes for a nicer looking flap. Add adhesive on the flap as shown and fold the bag sealing the flap. This is now the back of the bag.

 

 

#4} Add adhesive to the flap which is at the front of the bag. Fold the side flaps, then the back flap and finally the front flap which has the adhesive on it. Use the bone folder to press down from the inside making sure it is well sealed on the bottom.

  

 

 

#5} Gently push in the sides as you squeeze the top shut.

 

 

#6} Adhere a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of patterned paper to the front of the bag. You can also decorate the back. Add a stamped greeting/image and any chosen embellishments.

#7} To keep the bag closed, either punch top holes through the front and back and tie shut. Or use a decorative clip or clothespin.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #2 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #2 ~ Christmas Wreath Ornament

Today  I am  sharing a project that you can make with items that you may already have around your house. These little wreaths are great to use as tree decorations, hang on a garland, adorning packages or make a set to give someone for a gift! Please be aware that these are not intended to be elegant looking ornaments. They are most definitely the country/prim look.

 

 

 

You will need: fabric, scissors, mason jar rings, twine/ribbon for hanging, embellishments, adhesive. ∗Please note: other circular shapes will work for this project as well ~ old wrist bangles, small embroidery hoops or even some wire or a pipe cleaner shaped into a circle.

 

#1} Cut strips of fabric 1/2″ x 6″. You can either cut the strips of fabric or tear them. If you decide to tear them, make a tiny snip at the edge of the fabric, grab each side and tear. The torn fabric will produce more loose threads{these can easily be snipped as you go} but will result in a more rustic looking ornament if that is okay with you.

 

 

#2} Take one strip of fabric and double knot it around your ring. Keep adding/tying the fabric strips until the ring is full.

 

 

#3} Once the ring is full, adjust the double knots so they are all on the outside edge of the ring.

 

 

#4} Now it’s time to adjust and fluff the strips until you’re happy with how they look. You may also trim the strips a wee bit if you feel they are too long. Add a hanging ribbon and chosen embellishments. That’s it! You’re done and your ornament is ready for any number of uses 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Pinecone Wreath

A wreath is such an easy way to brighten up a front door, fireplace mantle, entry way mirror or any other spot that needs a cozy holiday touch. You can even get the kids involved by going pinecone hunting then upcycling those pinecones into a wreath. ∗Please note: I would advise letting the pinecones sit in a single layer {for example, on a tray or cookie sheet} in the garage or shed for a while before bringing them into the house. This will reduce the likelihood of little crawlies coming into your home. It also ensures the cones are thoroughly dry.

You will need: wreath form {∗Please note: this can be a Styrofoam, wire form or a circle of flat cardboard with a circle cut out of the center, like I did for mine}, pinecones, hot glue gun/glue sticks, silicone mat or paper to protect your work surface, ribbon, glitter/embellishments{optional}.

∗Please note: glue guns get extremely hot! Please take care when using one to avoid burning yourself and it’s recommended  to keep them away from children.

 

 

Starting around the edge of the inside circle, place and hot glue the pinecones. Then gradually work your way around and out towards the outside of the base. Fill in empty spaces as needed. The wreath can be as deep as you want it to be. The main thing is to make sure that there are no empty spots where the base will show through.

  

 

 

Once you are satisfied with the pinecone placements, check the entire wreath for glue “strings” {those pesky fibers of glue that seem to stretch from one spot to another}. Now it’s time to decorate. The wreath can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. This one is pretty simple as I just added some faux berries, a burlap bow and some sheer ribbon for hanging. I am considering tucking some fresh evergreen sprigs into it closer to Christmas as I think the green would look nice with the berries. What do you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Calender Corkboard

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun project for you ~ a calendar corkboard. These compact little calendars can be used anywhere in your home ~ on a desk, kitchen counter or night stand. Because they use basic supplies, a few can be created to coordinate with your décor. So let’s get started shall we?

 

You will need: chipboard, patterned paper, cutting tools of choice, adhesive, corner rounder, sanding block or nail buffer, 1/8″ hole punch or crop-a-dile, ribbon, calendar print outs {links below}, stapler or brads, paper piercer/piercing mat {if using brads}, eyelets/eyelet setter or crop-o-dile. ∗Please note: if you don’t have chipboard, don’t fret. Cardboard packaging, like a cereal box will work just fine. Just be sure that whatever you use is a little on the thicker side. This will make it easier for the calendar to stand nicely.

 

#1} Download and print off the PDF calendars. Thank you to http://www.print-a-calendar.com for their free downloads! calendar1   and   calendar2

 

 

 

#2} Cut apart into months. Mine ended up measuring 3″ high x 3 1/2″ wide.

 

 

#3} Stack the months lining up the edges. Staple on each end close to the top or just one staple above the month. Or, if you are using brads, measure and make two pencil marks where you want the brads to go. I measured in/down 1/4″ each way. Pierce holes with a paper piercer/mat.

 

 

#4}  Add brads. Cut a backing mat about 1/8″ larger that the calendar all the way around and adhere calendar to it. ∗Please note: Once 2018 is here, just download, print off, cut and stack the new months. Carefully remove the old calendar and adhere the new stack to the mat to enjoy your calendar for another year.

 

 

#5} Cut two chipboard pieces and four patterned paper pieces {two for the front/back and two for the insides}. I just have two patterned paper pieces shown to fit in the picture. Round the corners, if desired. The measurements for both are 4″ x 5 1/2″.

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#6} Adhere patterned paper to all four sides and lightly sand edges to smooth. On the outside of the front piece and the back piece, measure 3/8″ down and 3/4″ in towards the center, make pencil marks and punch holes with a hole punch. Add eyelets.

 

 

#7} Add some foam adhesive to the back of the calendar mat and adhere to front patterned paper/chipboard piece. Cut a piece of cork that measures 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. The cork I used was just thick enough that it wouldn’t fit in the corner rounder so I rounded the corners with small scissors instead. Adhere below calendar. ∗Please note: because the cork is thinner than a typical corkboard, it’s best to use the smallest thumbtacks you can find.

 

 

#8} Put the front and back together, add ribbons through eyelets, tie into knots or bows and trim off the excess. There you go! You now have a pretty little calendar to put anywhere in your home 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create!

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Rag Garland Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today’s tutorial is for making a rag garland. Rag garlands are a fun and easy way to use up pieces of fabric that are just too small to be used for other projects. Depending on the fabrics that you use, they can be created for any room or season. A rag garland will look pretty draped above a head board, strung across a window, mantle, hutch or stair railings, and even as a decoration for a baby/wedding shower.

You will need: length of jute, yarn or ribbon {the length will determine how long you want the garland to be. Also, be sure to add at least an extra 12″ to the total length to allow for the hanging loops on each end, if you want them}, assorted cotton/flannel fabrics cut or torn into pieces about 5″ long by 1″ wide, rotary cutter/ruler/self healing mat or scissors.

#1} The amount of strips required for a garland depends on the desired finished length. I can’t give you an exact number of strips you will need but start with a good sized pile of them. You can always make more strips if you need them. Please note: the strips can be cut with scissors or with a rotary cutter/ruler/self healing mat. If you want a more rustic look, just tear them and you will end up with the frayed ends. To tear the strips, cut 1″ snips along the edge of the fabric{shown below}. This allows you to rip 1″ wide fabric widths and also results in a frayed edge. Cut the strips into 5″ long pieces.  Please note: separate the different fabrics into piles. This makes it easier when you start tying if they are semi-organized.

 

 

 

#2} Begin by making a loop on the first end of the jute. The loop can be as long as you want.

 

 

#3} Start tying the strips around the jute. The first strip will be beside the knot. Be sure the strips are touching so that no jute is showing. Keep tying on the fabric strips until your garland is as long as you want it. You can pull and discard any loose threads as you go.

 

 

#4} When you get close to the end, make another loop. Keep tying on strips until you reach the knot. If you find that some of the strips look uneven, you can snip little bits off of them until you are happy with how they all look. This garland turned out to be approximately 5 1/2′ long {not including the loops}.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial 🙂

 

Please note: a selection of rag garlands will be available at the Carstairs Artisan Market as well as on The Country Touch website very soon.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Rag Table Runners

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share with you some rag quilted table runners I just completed. There are three layers ~ a top, batting and a backing. Quality cotton fabrics and Hobbs Premium cotton batting are used. The squares are sewn together with the raw edges sticking out which are then closely clipped and then washed/dried to create the signature ragging.

#1} Made with the “Family Tree” fabric charm pack by Moda {Colors: cream, aqua, cranberry, chocolate brown, olive, dark orange, rust}. It measures 13″ x 40″.

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#2} Made with the “Secret Garden” fabric collection by Wilmington Prints {Colors: cream, sky blue, light pink, mossy green, peach, tan}. It measures 13″ x 36″. These pretty pastel colors are perfect for spring!

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Both of these table runners are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market. I have more started and will post them when completed.

 

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The Country Touch

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“Welcome Spring” Stitchery

Hi everyone!

I know that spring seems like a long time away but it doesn’t hurt to dream about it during this cold and snowy weather!  This framed stitchery is a simple design with a watering can and flowers stitched on quilted muslin. I left this stitchery as is but it could be aged with a coffee/vanilla/cinnamon stain. The stitched area measures 5″ x 7″. I’ve had this pattern for years now and finally got around to stitching it. Thank you to Cedarberry Stitches for the free pattern. {I’m not sure if the free pattern is still available online. But if anyone is interested in stitching this design, contact me and I will email the pattern}.

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