Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love

Blair Stocker

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 0762449691

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.

Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames—perfect for a teenager’s room—plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men’s shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.

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front to secure and trim the tails to 3 inches. (See illustration, page 91.) 6)Make and sew on the binding. For this blanket, you’ll need a total of 192 inches of binding (the total measurement of all four sides, plus 10 inches). Measure and cut 2½-inch-wide strips across the width of the solid-color fabric. Sew the strips together end to end at a 90-degree angle, right sides together, until all are joined into one continuous strip. Once joined, fold and press the entire strip in half

had one winter, I created a handmade set of checkers that continues to be used regularly at our house. Demonstrate to the small hands how to wet felt wool roving onto rocks and they will soon be more than happy to help. Search on Etsy.com for “wool roving supplies.” If you don’t want to use wool for the checkerboard base, other suitable fabrics are home decor–weight fabrics or canvas—any fabric that has a bit of body and weight. The finished size of the board is about 14 inches square; each of

To create two half-square triangles squares from two solid squares, begin by placing two contrasting fabric squares, right sides together, evenly on top of each other. Using a ruler and a fine-point pen, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Machine stitch a line ¼ inch away from, and parallel to, the drawn line, on both sides of it. Using a rotary cutter or fabric scissors, cut the squares apart directly on the drawn line, press the seams open, and voilà! You now have two squares of

Rocks, 37–38, 39 May Day Cones, 18, 19 Pebble and Beach Glass Necklace, 42, 43 Pinpoint Oxford Eiderdown Coverlet, 50, 51–53 Pot Handle Covers, 26, 27 Recycled Flower Mirror, 34, 35–36 Statement Dishes, 30, 31 Statement Dishes, 30, 31 Summer Bloom Specimen Jars, 70, 71 Summer projects Bead-Bombed Tote Bag, 83–86, 84 Custom Patched Jeans, 72, 73 Doily Tees, 64, 65 Found Crystal Bracelets, 74, 75 Glass Fishing Floats, 87–89, 88 Hand-Painted Journals, 80–82, 81 Hunted and Gathered

of coordinating yarn (optional) Picture-hanging hardware (optional) Note: If you need a new mirror for the frame, it’s best to have it cut and installed into the frame after you paint the frame, but before you add the flowers. Here’s a little trick I’ve learned from mirror cutters. Before having the mirror installed, but after you’ve painted the frame, lay it on your newspaper-protected work surface with the back of the frame facing up. Using either a thick black marker or black paint and a

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