Sunday Afternoon Housewife

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Gearing up for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange June 10, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Craft Fairs,Glass Tile Pendants,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:24 am

This last week I have spent an enormous amount of time getting ready for my favorite craft show of the year: the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange! The summer show will be held this Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 16th and Delaware in conjunction with the Independant Music and Arts Festival. Over 100 vendors will be on hand to showcase their handmade jewlery, clothing, plush toys, soaps, cross-stitches, and there will even be delicious edibles from vendors such as the Hot Cookie, who was recently featured in Ready Made Magazine!

Before I head to the IHE, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the new goodies I’ll be bringing along. There’s a lot, so I hope you like pretty pictures, and I really can’t wait to see you this weekend! Also, don’t forget, that the first 50 people in line at the IHE table in the gym when the show opens at noon will get awesome reusable tote bags filled with IHE vendor swag. If you happen to be one of the lucky 50, bring your Sunday Afternoon Housewife postcard to my booth (Booth #63 in the Gallery#2) and claim your free goodie! I’ll see ya Saturday!

 

How to Make Glass Tile Pendants May 29, 2010

Filed under: Classes,craft,Glass Tile Pendants,make and take jewelry,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:00 pm

Glass Tile Pendants by Sunday Afternoon Housewife

One of my favorite things to make next to my Scrabble Tile pendants are glass tile pendants. They are fun, easy, and always look great when finished. A couple of weeks ago I taught a class at Mass Ave Wine Shop on how to make glass tile pendants, and there was lots of interest in where to supplies came from because everyone wanted to make more than just one! I thought about it and decided that I would write this tutorial as a reminder for those who were in the class, as well as those who could not make it, and also start offering glass tile pendant kits (more on that below!). So, if you are interested in making a nice glass tile pendant for yourself, it’s a really simple process and the all you need to know for how to do it is right below!

Supplies needed:

A variety of glass tiles are available from shops on Etsy.

Glass tiles: There are lots of options here- I mainly use 1″ glass or circle tiles, but there are also rectangles, ovals, and many different sizes available. One good source for glass tile pendants is Etsy, search under supplies for glass tiles, and many options will come up.

Aanraku Bails

Bails: The most common type of bail is an Aanraku bail. These are widely available on Etsy. There have also been lots of new bails introduced on the market recently, and these types of glue-on bails are even now readily available at Hobby Lobby.

Glue: You have two options here for adhering the image to the tile, you can use either Mod Podge or Judikins Diamond Glaze.  Mod Podge is easily purchased at any craft or hobby store, while I have only been able to find Judikins Diamond Glaze online. Again, Etsy is a great place to purchase both.

Adhesive: Also a glue, but this type you will need for adhering the bail to the glass tile. I have only every used and highly suggest E-6000. This type of adhesive provides a very strong bond between the bail and the glass tile.

Images: What are really fun about glass tiles is that you can put anything on it! You can use a favorite photograph, a found image, or you can easily purchase fun images from Etsy by searching for “digital images” under supplies.

Paint Brush: You’ll just need one to paint the glue on. It doesn’t have to be any fancy kind.

Chain: Of course most pendants are going to need a chain. I provide a ball chain necklace with my glass tile pendants, but you can use any kind of chain that you have already, or you can purchase a chain off Etsy or at stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Ok, so now that you have all your supplies in order, it’s time to make your pendant.

Step one is to cut the image you have selected to the right size to fit on the tile. Once your image is cut, you will be ready to glue it onto the tile. The tile normally will have two distinct sides- one will be smooth and the other will be slightly bumpy.

Apply the Judikins glaze to the back, or bumpy side of the glass tile in a thin coat

You will use the Judikins or Mod Podge to glue the image onto the the bumpy side face up so it is viewable through the clear clear side. Act quickly when gluing on the image, and don’t skimp on the glue. If a little bit squishes out the side, you can wipe it off right away, or easily scrape it off when it dries. Make sure you press the image very hard up against the glue and glass so that it makes a tight bond and to ensure there are no air bubbles. Allow the glue to dry.

Apply two layers of diamond glaze to the back side, allowing each to dry before moving onto the next step.

After it drys, you’ll want to put two coats of glue on the back side of the image. Make sure you are careful to get it on all the edges really well and put good coats over the back (though do make sure you are letting it dry between coats!).

Apply a generous amount of E-6000 to the bail...

Once the glue has dried, it’s time to attach the bail. Use the E-6000 to adhere the bail to the back center of the tile and allow it to dry. It will take a bit longer than you expect, so let it dry throughly.

Press bail firmly to the center back of the tile. Excess glue can be easily peeled off after it is dry.

Once it is dry, any excess E-6000 that oozed out can be easily peeled off. If you got any excess glue anywhere on the tile, you can use your fingernail (or I guess like a nail file or something more official!) to scrape off the dried glue. Put it on your chain, and that’s it! You’ve made yourself a glass tile necklace!

Your finished tile is now ready to be put on a chain and around your neck!

Now that your necklace is finished, you can wear the heck out of it and brag to all your friends about the awesome necklace you made for yourself! Disclaimer: Remember to take it off before you go swimming, get in a hot tub, or take a shower, or else you will totally ruin it.

So, now you know how to make the necklace, but you still need the goods? I know if you only want to make one, you could spend upwards of $30 on supplies and shipping, so I’m making it really easy by offering you the brand new Sunday Afternoon Housewife Glass Tile Pendant Kit!

The Sunday Afternoon Housewife Glass Tile Pendant Kit

This kit includes everything you need to make your own glass tile pendant. It comes with 1 glass tile, 1 bail, 1 chain, 1 tube of Judikins Diamond Glaze, 1 tube of E-6000, 5 pre-cut and hand selected images, and a sheet of directions. It comes packaged in a super cute take-out style box which makes it great for gift giving as well as keeping for yourself and all for the great price of $10! It saves you the hassle of having to shop around, and it also comes with my personal supplier list, so if you decide you want to make more, you’ll know where to get the best deals! Click on over to my Etsy and get your kit today, or come see me at any of my upcoming fairs to pick up a kit for yourself or a friend!

 

Crafting for a Cause April 20, 2010

Filed under: craft,Crafting for a Cause,silk screening — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 3:46 pm

A little less than 2 weeks ago we found out that due to budget shortfalls, the Indianapolis- Marion County Library Board of Trustees may have to close 6 library branches in the Indianapolis area. One of the branches on the chopping block is Spades Park Library.  This little library is my neighborhood library and sits only a few houses down and across the street from me. I can see it from my front porch and I go there on a very regular basis.

Spades Park Library

Spades Park Library was gifted to the City of Indianapolis by Andrew Carnegie and has been a community gathering place, safe haven, and resource to the community ever since. Now it might be closed after 98 years of service.

This news is heart-breaking to me and the large majority of my neighborhood. We attended in full force a meeting of the IMCPL board of Trustees last Wednesday to voice our concerns and had record-breaking attendance at our neighborhood association meeting (yes, at the library!) last Wednesday.

After the meeting, I decided I had to do something, and fast. Thanks to the quick work of  Cheryl Andrey, I was able to get a tee shirt design in my hands by late Sunday evening. Last night, my husband and I spent the night crouching over the YuDu pulling shirt after shirt as the orders began to pour in.

I’m so proud of my neighbors and their willingness to give money to save the library in our neighborhood (all proceeds from the shirt sales are going to Spades Park Library).  Plus, I feel good that I was quickly able to put shirts on the backs of over 25 people before we attend another meeting to fight for our library later today.

It’s hard sometimes to keep up on blogging, tweeting, Facebook-ing, all creating my own jewelry to sell at fairs and on Etsy, but I know you’ll understand if I’m less than active on the blog over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve taken on a serious role in this, and I’m trying my hardest to fight this library fight and save our community center.

Even if you don’t live near Spades Park Library (or in Indianapolis for that matter!) You can still support our cause and get a shirt for yourself. If you paypal $18 plus $3 shipping to mellenlatta@gmail.com, I’ll send you a shirt, and you can feel good knowing you are helping to keep open a small, historic and very valued community resource.

 

Handmade Monday: Bottle Cap Magnets March 1, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Funky Finds,Places to find me,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:38 pm

Happy Handmade Monday! I must admit I’m pretty busy this week. It’s midterms this week at school and I also have several classes that are ending this week, which means I have a lot of grading to do! Top that off with the facts that I have  fair this Saturday (first of the year!) and next Saturday is my 2nd fair of the year, all the way in Fort Worth, TX, and you might understand why I’m feeling a little frazzled today! I still wanted to take time though to check in with the blogosphere and put up a little something for Handmade Monday, so I thought today I would share with you some bottle cap magnets I am making to take down to the Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth on the 13th.

I really enjoy making bottle cap magnets. It’s a pretty easy process where I use a 1″ hole puncher and stamp out the circles, the glue them into the bottle caps with enormous amounts of ModPodge, let it dry thoroughly and then pour in a thick layer of epoxy resin. After the resin is totally dy, about 24 hours later, I glue on a super strong neodymium Rare Earth magnet on the back with E-6000 glue and, ta-da, bottle cap magnets. They are super easy to make and a really fun intro to using resin, plus they really enhance the front of your fridge!

Fun Blue, Cream, and Brown Bottle Cap Magnets

You can find lots of images on Etsy for creating these magnets. There are several sellers, like Piddix for example, who have the circles ready for you to print off your computer and punch out with your 1″ hole punch.

Funny Cats Doing Funny People Things

If bottle caps aren’t your thing, you can also make really fun magnets with glass baubles (I don’t really know what to call them). These baubles I got ages ago from Paper Source and the images came, again, from Etsy. All you need to do to make these magnets are to cut your images to shape, glue on with ModPodge (put a couple thick layers on the back) and then glue on your magnets.

Fun Cats Doing Normal Cat Things

So, if you need to dress up your fridge, here are two easy options. Let me know if you’ve every made bottle cap magnets before. Also let me know if you’ve ever pinched your fingers with those strong rare Earth magents- Ouch! I hope you have a Happy Handmade Monday!

 

Handmade Monday + Tee Shirt Design Contest: Silk Screened Tee-Shirts February 22, 2010

Filed under: craft,giveaway,silk screening,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:34 am

Happy Handmade Monday! I’ve got a fun and informative tutorial for you today sharing how to make silk-screened tee-shirts with the YuDu Screen Printing System. Of course you should have a YuDu before this tutorial will be of any help, but even if you don’t and you have an awesome tee-shirt design idea, you can enter my “I’ll make your tee-shirt!” Contest and have a chance at winning a couple of tee-shirts with your design screen printed on it! More details on the contest are listed at the end of this tutorial.

The YuDu Silk Screen System

In today’s Handmade Monday tutorial, I am going to go over the steps to create a screen and show how to screen a shirt with a YuDu. The YuDu website has great line-drawn instructions, but of course, seeing it in “real life” is always helpful, too!

Step one when getting ready to make a screen for the YuDu is to first select a design to put on the screen (and then tee-shirt).   Once the image is selected, it will be copied to a transparency.

Step 1: Select an image to transfer to a transparency

The image can be copied to the transparency in a couple of ways. YuDu sells ink jet printer-friendly transparencies, so you could print an image off of the computer onto the transparency, or you can simply free hand draw or trace an image with a Sharpie marker.

Image is copied to the transparency.

Once your image is ready to go on the transparency, the next step is to prep your screen by adhering the emulsion to the screen. The emulsion is what you will “burn” your image into later.

A clean screen, emulsion sheet, and water bottle are needed for the next step.

On a side note, you might see the faint outline of letters on the screen in this picture above. The reason for this is because the screen I am using in this picture has been used before. Once the emulsion is applied these faint letters will not remain visible. This quality is one great thing about YuDu screens- they are reusable.

When starting with the screen in this step, whether it is new or used, make sure the screen is very clean with no oils or fuzz or anything like that on it.  Be sure to do the following steps in a dimly lit room to avoid exposing the emulsion to too much light. I’ll apologize in advance for the next couple of dark pictures, but I didn’t want to risk ruining an emulsion sheet by exposing it to a camera flash. Now, use the water squirt bottle to soak the screen pretty thoroughly. Once the screen is wet, remove one sheet of emulsion from the protective black plastic wrap. You will put the dull side of the emulsion sheet down onto the back side of the screen (the back side is the flush side-no lip or edge). Center the sheet in the middle of the screen as best as you can and use a squeegee (on the shiny side of the emulsion sheet)to pull out any air bubbles and ensure good contact between the emulsion and the screen. If you need to add a little more water to ensure all the emulsion is wet against the screen, use the squirt bottle to mist both sides of the screen.

The emulsion sheet is adhered to the screen.

After the emulsion is on the screen, it is time to dry the screen thoroughly. This step may take 20-40 minutes. You can use a towel to dry the edges of the screen, but don’t rub it on the emulsion. The YuDu has a built in fan, so you will slide the screen into the drying area and click the button to turn on the fan.

Slide the screen into the bottom rack of the YuDu to dry it.

Do not try to rush the drying step. It is very important to allow the screen to dry all the way. Do not try rubbing your fingers on the emulsion to check for dryness, or you may ruin it. Just be patient! When the emulsion is completely dry, there is a plastic film on the screen that held the emulsion that will need to be peeled off. If applied corrected and allowed to dry thoroughly, the plastic should easily peel off the screen at this point. It is now time to burn the image onto the screen.

Using clear tape, center and then secure the transparency to the glass.

Using clear tape, secure the transparency to the center of the glass light box, then put the screen down on top of the transparency.

Make sure the screen aligns on the 4 corner pegs when placing it on top of the transparency.

Align the screen on the four pegs, being sure to put the flush side of the screen (the emulsion side) down on the transparency.

Place a platen, foam side down, on top of the screen.

Next, put your YuDu platen down on top of the screen foam side down. Be certain you put the foam side down. If you put the sticky side down then you will ruin the screen.

Add about 5 pounds of weight on top of the platen.

Pull down the blue frame and then put about five pounds of weight on top of the platen. You can use a brick or whatever you have handy. I just happened to have this vintage owl planter handy, so that is what I used. After you have applied the weight, set the timer on the front of the YuDu to 8 minutes, and turn on the exposure light (press the sun burst button). This is the best part of the process, because when the light goes off, you will see your screen is almost done!

When the screen has been exposed, the emulsion will turn blue.

Once the screen has been exposed, the emulsion will turn blue and you will see that your image is a green outline on the blue emulsion (sorry, I forgot to take a picture on this step). You can use a sink or your squirt bottle to wet the screen again. Wait for about a minute, and then the green lines will start to dissolve, leaving clean white lines. You may need to use a towel or sponge to help remove the green parts and reveal the white lines. After all the green lines are gone and your image is all white (like the picture above) it is time to dry the screen again. You can use a towel this time to remove most of the moisture, then slide the screen back into the YuDu, turn on the fan, and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Again, make sure it is totally dry before moving onto the next step.

I forgot to take pictures of the next two steps, but after the screen is dry you will want to run clear tape around the outside edges of the screen. Where ever there is not blue, ink will go through the screen, so tape off the edges to avoid getting ink where you don’t want it.

You will then put a tee-shirt on a platen and lift up the blue frame and place the platen on the platen posts. Smooth out the shirt if necessary. Pull the frame about halfway down and place the screen on the blue frame on the posts to hold it into place and, here’s the exciting part, put some Yudu ink on the screen and prepare to make your first shirt!

Apply a thick line of ink above the image.

I decided to use a brown ink for this shirt, but there are tons of colors of YuDu ink to choose from. The YuDu ink is very nice because it is water soluble before it dries, so it will wash off your fingers and the screen and squeegee easily when you are ready.

Make sure the first pull of ink fully fills in all the white lines of the image on your screen.

Using a squeegee, pull the ink down toward you to cover the image. Make sure you haven’t pulled the frame all the way down yet- the first time you pull the ink you do not want it on the shirt. The ink should fully fill in all the white lines on the screen.

When the screen is against the shirt, you can see the ink transfer from the screen to your shirt on this second pull.

Now, pull the frame all the way down onto the shirt and smoothly and evenly, and in one motion, pull your squeegee across the screen toward you. This pull will transfer the ink from the screen onto your tee-shirt. You will be able to see this happen because the ink on the white lines will leave the screen as you pull the squeegee across the After this pull, lift the screen frame back up off of the shirt. You have now successfully screened your first shirt!

The screened image will have clean, crisp lines. Allow the shirt to dry on the platen for a few minutes before removing.

How exciting! Now you have made your first shirt and you can make as many more shirts with the same design as you want! To make your next shirt, remove the shirt on the platen off of the YuDu machine and add another shirt on another platen, add ink and make your first pull with the screen off the shirt, then bring the screen down and pull again to transfer the image to the shirt. If you only have one platen, you will want to wait about five minutes to let the ink start to dry before trying to remove the shirt to use the platen again. You can also use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

If you want to change colors of ink, you’ll have to wash the ink off in the sink (this is ok because YuDu ink is biodegradable!) and allow the screen to dry completely before adding a new color. If you do not let it dry the ink will run, so be sure to always use a dry screen!

The final step is to allow the ink to dry and then to iron the image with the cotton setting on your iron for about one minute. Just move the iron back and forth slowly. The heat from the iron will set the ink into your shirt. If you fail to do this step, the ink on your shirt can run out and ruin the image and shirt.

The screened image will have clean, crisp lines. Allow the shirt to dry on the platen for a few minutes before removing.

Now you can make as many shirts as you want! Remember when you are finished making shirts that you wash the ink of off your screen so you can use it again later. The screen will last a long time if you take care of it. When you are done with the image, you can use YuDu emulsion remover to clean off all the blue emulsion and start over again with a new image! The YuDu is such a fantastic all-in-one system that I know you will enjoy it if you get one for yourself!

Here I am enjoying my new shirt!

“I’ll Make Your Tee-Shirt!” DESIGN CONTEST

Wouldn’t you like a shirt with your own design on it? Well, lucky for you, I’m launching a “I’ll make your tee-shirt!” Design Contest today! This is the first time I have hosted a contest like this before, but I am very excited to do it. If you have a tee-shirt design floating around in your mind, you can submit for a chance to win 2 tee-shirts in your choice of sizes with your design screen printed on it!

THE CONTEST DETAILS

Ok, here is how the contest is going to work. Between now and March 21st I am inviting you to submit an image (or several if you want to!) for a chance to win 2 shirts with your image screened on it. There are a few things I’d like to do with the winning image: Make you 2 shirts and make approximately 25 shirts with your image to sell in my Etsy Shop. If you submit an image, you retain the rights to that image, but, by submitting, you are agreeing to allow me to reproduce the image up to 25 times. You will receive full credit for the image in all Etsy listings and I suggest you even include your signature in an appropriate way somewhere on the image. The image should be a line drawing and will only be printed in one color, so please keep that in mind while designing. The image should be no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 (like a regular sheet of paper size).

So, how do you enter this contest? It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is design your image and email it to me by March 21st. The winner will be announced by March 24th and then I will make the shirts and mail you your shirts. I will also announce your win on the blog and link to your blog or website.

To submit your image, email it either as a .pdf or .jpg to me at mellenlatta[at]gmail.com with your contact information . If I select your image I will email you and find out what size shirts you want and even what color shirts and ink you would like!

Good luck and I can’t wait to see your image designs! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, or email me directly. And again, Happy Handmade Monday!

 

Handmade Monday: Embossed Doily Valentine’s Day Card February 1, 2010

Filed under: craft,embossed valentines,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 6:23 am

With Valentine’s Day only 13 days away, it’s time to start making handmade Valentine’s for the most important people in your life. Today I want to share with you how to make an embossed doily Valentine’s Day card. If you have never embossed anything before, this technique is really fun and pretty simple, but it does require a special tool- a heat embossing gun. I finally got my a while back when I got a 50% off coupon from Joann Fabric in the mail. Normally the heat guns cost about $25, but if you can get one on sale or with a coupon then you can get it for about $15. There is one on sale now at Joann.com. It’s not the same brand as mine, but I don’t think it would vary much.

Besides the heat gun, you will need the following things to make this particular card (yes, there are more things in the photo that what you actually end up needing for this exact card- sorry, I was just getting started and wasn’t sure exactly what I would use)

What you will need for this card:

white paper, card stock preferably

pink paper, card stock preferably

scissors (regular paper scissors)

bone folder

ink pad,  I used pink, but whatever color you want is ok as long as it is lighter than the embossing powder in color

embossing powder, I used silver, but you can use what ever color you want

embossing heat gun

glue stick

ruler

paper heart doilys- mine were Wilton brand and I picked them up at the grocery store

The first step is to measure your white paper and cut it to the size you want your card to be. The card pictured is about 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches folded, so when you measure it would be 11″ by 5 1/2 “. I highly suggest you take the time to use a ruler to measure and draw your straight lines.  After you cut it out, you can fold it in half and then use the bone folder to crease the fold. A bone folder is not required, but it does make much better scored lines, or folds, than if you just try to fold paper with your hands. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can also use the back side of a butter knife. P.S. A bone folder doesn’t have to be made from bone- mine is a very hard plastic.

After you have cut and folded your card, if you want to, and you have the stamp to do it, you can put a “handmade by” stamp on the back of the card. Some people don’t care to do it, but I like to do it so the recipient know it is handmade with love.

Because I was going to be embossing anyway and I had the stuff out, I decided to go ahead and emboss this stamp. When you emboss with embossing powder, you sprinkle the powder right onto the wet ink as soon as you stamp, so be prepared to go. You have to work quick so the ink doesn’t dry. After you stamp, sprinkle the powder right onto the ink and shake off and it will look like this:

Before you apply heat, what you see basically looks like a very fine powder stuck to ink. Be careful not to wipe it with your finger or you will end up wiping the powder right off. Once you have put the powder on, get your heat gun and apply heat from about 4-6 inches away.

Be sure to sweep the heat gun back and forth. Do NOT hold it in one spot for very long or it will basically burn or blister the embossing powder. You can tell when the powder is done embossing because it will fuse together and raise up slightly and change color, too.

Ok, the next step is the fun (and messy) step.  You will need a piece of scrap paper to work on because what you are going to do is lay the doily down on the paper and turn the ink pad upside down and press ink all over the doily.

You will want to make the ink go on pretty thick, and you need to remember to work fast on this step because as soon as you are done inking the paper doily you need to pour the embossing powder all over the doily. I often operate under the theory that more is more, so just dump that embossing powder all over the doily to cover it really well. Any extra powder can be poured back into the container after. Your doily should then look like this:

It should be covered pretty well all over with embossing powder. Again, be really careful not to smudge or brush off any powder with your fingers. Right now it is going to look like a lot of powder is stuck all over the doily. That’s ok. The next step is to apply heat from the heat gun. Again, remember to sweep it back and forth slowly to avoid burning the paper or embossing powder. When you are done, you will have a very spectacular looking embossed doily. Up close you can see how the powder melts all together and forms an even, raised layer all over the doily.

The next step is to cut out the back ground color that you want to put behind the heart doily. I selected pink because I really liked the way it contrasted with the silver embossing powder.

The heart itself was about 3 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ inches, so I cut the back ground square at 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. Again,  it helps to use a ruler to mark your lines before you cut so your square is square! After you cut out your square you are going to use a glue stick to glue the doily to the background color. Be very careful not to push much glue through the holes on the doily and be sure to get it best around the edges.

You may want to set a book on top the the doily to help it dry flat. Once it is dry, the next step is to rip (yes, rip) the paper against the grain all the way around the edges. Be careful not to tear too close to the heart. We are just wanting the outside edges to be distressed and torn looking like this:

Ok, the last step is to use the glue stick and put glue on the back of the torn edged paper and adhere it to the middle of the white card paper. Again, you may want to lay a book on top to keep it flat while it drys. Once it is dry, you have a beautiful handmade Valentine to give to someone you love very much!

 

Football Craft Saturday January 23, 2010

Filed under: craft,Football,football brooches,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:10 pm

I had a lot of fun picking out some football crafts to share last Sunday while I was watching the Jets beat San Diego, so I said  if you checked back on this  Sunday I would have more football crafts for you to look at and work on while watching the Colts beat the Jets. As I was getting ready for the blog, I realized that it would be a lot better for you to have these craft ideas the day before the games this week, in case you wanted to bake the fantastic cupcakes I found on hostessblog.com, or one of the football brooches I am going to show you how to make in today’s blog. So, I finished up making the brooches  earlier than I planned so I could share with you. It’s a pretty quick tutorial. I will apologize in advance for the lower than normal picture quality. It’s been so gloomy and rainy this week, and it is harder than I ever imagined to get a good photo in my house where there is zero natural light (yet another reason to invest in a light box I suppose).

So, what I made for this week’s football crafts are cute little football and Colts brooches (I suppose if you like another team then you can adjust the colors!)

For the brooches you will need the following materials:

blue felt, white felt and brown felt

brooch/pin backs

a needle and a small amount of thread or embroidery floss

fabric glue (I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue)

scissors

So, let’s go through the football directions first because it is a bit simpler. What you’ll need to do is cut 2  football shapes of equal size from brown felt, and one long “lace” and 3 short “laces” from the white felt.

Use your fabric glue to glue the long lace down the center of one of the football shapes, and then glue the 3 shorter laces equally over the longer one.  With the other football shape, use your needle and thread to securely sew the pin back to the center of the felt football.

The last step is pretty simple. All you need to do is spread some glue all over the back side of the football with laces on the front, making sure to get it to the edges, and place it on the back side (pin-less side) of the other football and glue it together by pressing it together and making sure it is lined up on all edges. If there is a bit of overhang, you can trim it up with scissors after the glue dries. Once the glue is dry you can pin it on your sweatshirt on game day, or put it on your coat lapel and show your love for the sport up through the Super Bowl!

Ok, now for the Colts brooch. What you’ll need to do first is cut two circles of the same size, one from blue felt and one from white. What you need to is use your needle and thread to sew the pin back onto the blue circle of felt.

Next is the tricky part. You’ll want to maybe draw a horseshoe outline on the white felt. Since it is a horseshoe, you can fold the circle in half as you cut to make a more even horseshoe. When you finish this step, you will have these two pieces:

Next you’ll want to apply a bunch of fabric glue all over the back of the white piece of felt,

and then press it onto the blue piece. One thing I forgot to mention is that you’ll want to make sure the center “tab” part of the horseshoe covers the threads from where you stitched on pin back. And here you go, after the glue dries, you have a great and fast Colts themed brooch that you can wear all weekend long to show your support for the team. Go Colts!

Ok, if you are feeling super crafty and like baking, I found this link via Twitter. It’s a blog called Hostess with the Mostess and it looks pretty great overall (hello!  chocolate mustache lollipops), but these cupcakes alone are pretty amazing. My favorite is the Football Cupcake. It’s totally amazing!

I also really like this team color cupcake, too. This one looks great with the orange frosting, but of course I would have made it blue! (Go Colts!)

One last football thing I found this week that I really liked and wanted to share was this super cute (and chocolate) football soap from LoveLee’sSoap over on Etsy. If you don’t feel like making any football crafts, you can still pop over to Etsy and buy these!

Well, this ends my football craft round up for this week. I hope you liked the second installment. I’d love to hear if you have done any football related crafts, and would love if you would share them. Maybe I’ll feature it on Super Bowl weekend Football Craft Round Up!