Father’s Day Mini Album

I made a mini album for Father’s Day. In Germany we already celebrated this day two weeks ago. My daughter painted small pictures and wrote letters for her dad. These should come into the album.

Father´s Day Mini Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Father´s Day Mini Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Father´s Day Mini Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Father´s Day Mini Album by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

So I wanted to integrate little pockets into the album. All the little letters should come into these. This gave me the idea to do the whole album with the Pocket Maker Punchboard. Also the book cover should be a pocket.

We R Memory Keepers Pocket Maker Punch Board

The inner part consists of 6 pockets. I created them all with the Pocket Maker Punchboard. This was very quick and easy. For one pocket I used a painted picture of my daughter. Also a photo is suitable well for a bag. Here you have to be careful that the motive is not too big. So that it is not cut off during folding.

We R Memory Keepers Pocket Maker Punch Board

Please note that the bottom side of the pockets is not glued. This must be open so that the pockets can be sewn to the spine of the book.

Mini Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keeprs

If you still want to edit the pockets with the Mini Clear Cut Punch or the Word Punch Board, do so before the bags are bound into the album.

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

When you’ve finished the bags, the book cover will be made. I have made this bag longer than the size shown in the table. I wrote the measurement on the photo. I hope you can see it.

Pocket Maker Punch board by We R Memory Keepers

The pocket is narrow and long. The spine is 1.25 inch wide. So that the 6 pockets have enough space.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Maybe you can see it on the photo. I folded the bag at 3 inches and at 1 ¾ inch.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

That’s what your book cover looks like. Now glue the back pocket to the book cover.

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Then the remaining pockets are attached to the spine of the book with the Book Binding Guide. I have sketched the inside of the spine. Whereby on my picture a dot is missing.

I made this only for orientation. The distance can vary afterwards. Because there are 5 pockets, which are sewn in.

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Now the lower fold is fastened from the pocket into the ruler. Therefore the flap must be open. I have attached the bag to the spine of the book with clamps. So that it does not shift. Now prick the holes for the normal book binding with the needle.

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That’s what it looks like on the spine of the book.

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If the bag is attached to the spine of the book, the bottom side of the bag can be glued.

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Here is a short video and photos from the finished album.

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Thank you very much for watching and if you have any questions, please feel free to write me.

I wish you a happy Father’s Day!

Steffi

 

SUPPLIES:

Pocket Maker Punchboard

Word Punch Board

Mini Clear Cut Punch

Journal Studio – Book Binding Guide

Trim and Score Board

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Wrap Idea

Hello there!  It’s Rebecca with you today and I’m sharing some fun gift wrap ideas for Mother’s Day.  My own mother passed away a few years ago, but there are many other women I consider and think of on this special day.  My mother-in-law inspired my project today, as she LOVES to shop and a gift card is always a good bet for her.  We usually end up taking her out shopping on Mother’s Day, as well, so, for her, the gift card becomes the conduit with which we share the holiday.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

We’re just a few days away from May 12th, as well, so if you’re in a pinch for a gift, this is a quick one to create at the last minute!  I used the Pocket Maker Punchboard to create several gift card holders, and then I selected a few other We R Memory Keepers tools to make embellishments and dress them up.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Pocket Maker makes light work of creating card holders, and you can create a pocket in loads of sizes, too!  I chose pockets with a flap so I could close them, and created them with the Easy Peasy paper stack from DCWV.  The florals in this stack made me think of moms everywhere and became the perfect outerwear for the gift cards found inside.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

On almost all of the pockets, I used the Word Punchboard to create name tags, then I notched them with the Bow Guide from the 1-2-3 Punchboard.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

My husband’s family is Filipino so the kids call his parents Lolo and Lola; hence this pocket is for my mother-in-law from them.  I added a pretty flower detail to the outside with the Stitch Happy Punch Needle.  I used a stencil that came in the kit for the flower design, and then used the needle to stitch it up.  This one takes a little planning–don’t assemble the pocket and add adhesive until you’ve completed your stitching!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Tassels always make presents more fun, and gift card holders are no exception!  I whipped up a few with the Tassel Loom and a matching palette of crochet thread, attaching them with some mini glittered clothespins.  Don’t forget that you can use practically any kind of trim–thread, twine, yarn, ribbon–to create tassels with this tool.  Out of my entire WRMK repertoire, it’s safe to say that the Tassel Loom is the tool I use the most often!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Another favorite for gift decorating is pom-poms!  They just scream FUN and I actually find them fun to make, too, especially with the Party Pom-Pom Maker from WRMK.  I used to wind yarn around my hand and get an incredibly uneven pom-pom that required loads of trimming.  But I can make a few of these (they’re made with the smallest maker) in a few minutes and they turn out great!

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I paired the pom-poms with some grosgrain ribbon bows that I made with the Bow Loom.  This is another tool that gets a lot of use in my house, and you can use all sorts of different trims again with it, like the Tassel Loom.  I created a simple bow, then glued the pom-pom to the center of it.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

If you’re giving a gift card to the wonderful women in your life on May 12th this year, maybe you’ll try one of these variations.  And if you’re giving a gift card, it might be nice to accompany your special lady when she uses it…Moms love a little extra quality time with their favorite people.

Mother's Day Gift Wrap Ideas by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

 

Pocket Maker Punchboard

Stitch Happy Punch Needle Kit

Word Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Party Pom-Pom Maker

Bow Loom

1-2-3 Punchboard

 

Mother’s Day Heart Art Gift

Hey there We R fans, Laura here today! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t think there is any better way to show your mom you love her than making a handmade gift! Today I am going to teach you how to create a beautiful heart art piece using some of my favorite We R tools.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by cutting out the letters MOM using the alphabet punch board. I used the second method to cut the M where you start with a larger piece of cardstock rather than gluing two pieces together.

We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board

Next, cut out lots of mini hearts using the mini heart clear-cut punch. I used the fun Easy Peasy paper stack from DCWV. It has bright, fresh colors and the paper is double-sided.

I cut out hearts in a rainbow of colors.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Clear Cut Punches

Use your hot glue gun to attach the hearts in any pattern you like. I followed the rainbow theme by starting with pinks and reds at the top and ended with greens and teals at the bottom. Before attaching your hearts fold them in half so they look more three dimensional on the letters.

Mother's Day Heart Art Gift Idea by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Since the hearts stick out a bit, you can see the backside of the paper from certain angles. You can change up the look by using a paper stack where the pattern on the cardstock is only one sided and the backs are white instead of another pattern.

Attach your hearts on all three letters.

Cut a piece of designer poster board that is 7” tall by 16” wide, using your supreme ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat.

Cut three pieces of chipboard with your utility knife – two pieces that are 7” tall by 4” wide and one piece that is 7” tall by 8” wide. This will allow you to create a tri-fold on your poster board to set the art on a table.

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If you want to simply hang the artwork you can cut one large piece of chipboard to fit along the backside. If you plan to hang the artwork you could leave the poster board without a chipboard backing, but you would need a stiffer poster board design than the one I used.

Use hot glue to adhere the letters to the poster board. I added one additional red heart above the letter O on the artwork.

Mom will be sure to love this gift and you can create any color combination to match your mom’s décor at home.

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Do you prefer to make or buy gifts for Mother’s Day?

Supplies:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Clear-Cut Punch, Heart

DCWV Easy Peasy Paper Stack

Hot Glue Gun

Designer Poster Board

Chipboard

Supreme Ruler

Craft Knife

Craft Mat

Red Sticky Tape

Ombre Glitter Tumbler With The Spin It

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here today to share my first experience making a tumbler with the new Spin It turner and its accessories!

Ombre Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make a tumbler you’ll need: the Spin It turner, spray glue, glitter, epoxy kit, gloves, popsicle sticks, wax paper to protect your surface and a cute vinyl design.

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The Spin It tool plugs into a USB power source making it easier to use!

We R Memory Keepers Spin It

For this first experience, I used a spray glue but you can also use Modge Podge with a brush. Make sure to tape off the bottom and top of the cup before spraying the glue.

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I wanted a fun blue ombré so I went for silver, soft blue and navy for the color combo. I started on top of the cup with the lightest one : silver. Then I put back the glitter into the bottle thanks to the glitter clean up tray. I continued with the soft blue and finally the navy. Just let the Spin It turn at the lowest speed to be sure to put glitter everywhere! Smooth the color transitions with your fingers.

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When the glitter is set up and the glue is completely dry, prepare your epoxy resin with solution A and solution B. Don’t forget to wear gloves all along the epoxy process since it’s a chemical product. Also, be sure to read all the instructions before trying it! Keep your windows open unless you craft outside. A and B must have the same volume ratio before being mixed togerther.

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Gently pour the expoxy on the tumbler then use your hand (with gloves!) to spread the resin all over it. Once you’re done with it, remove the tape then let the tumbler on the Spin It turner for about 4 hours. And here is the beautiful result!

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Let’s add some fun with a vinyl design from the Spin It range. I chose to use the llama design.

The vinyl is on a transfer paper that you directly apply on the tumbler then take it off like a rubon.

Once the vinyl is perfectly in place, repeat the epoxy process and let the Spin It turn for about 4 hours. Take off the tape before letting the epoxy dry. The tumbler needs to dry 24 hours to be completely finished.

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And voilà! Here is my first tumbler! I hope you had fun joining me for this super cool experience.

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Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Spin It turner tool

Epoxy kit

Prep kit

Glitters

Spray glue

A tumbler

Vinyl design

 

 

Video Tutorial: DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It

Hello friends! It’s Aly here today with something I think might help get you through your Monday. I’ve been dreaming of heading to the beach for a sunny and relaxing vacay, so when I got my hands on the new Spin It tumbler turner that’s exactly where my creative brain went! I made a custom beach themed tumbler that I can fill with ice and my favorite cold drink, and since it’s insulated it will stay cold for hours.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a plain stainless steel tumbler that I picked up at Walmart, and looking at the colors of glitter on this tumbler now, I can just imagine lounging in the warm sand next to the gorgeous aqua water full of foamy waves under the clear blue sky. Are you with me?

Full disclosure: I am not a tumbler making expert. This is a totally new craft for me, but I can’t be any more excited than I am to be starting this fun creative journey! These custom beauties make excellent gifts for grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, grads, bridesmaids, teachers and more. I’ve got crafty plans to make a ton of these this spring to give away!

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There are so many ways to make glitter tumblers and tons of tutorials on YouTube so I did some research, watched several tutorials and planned out my project. I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape in two different widths to create the glitter stripes on my tumbler. That’s an easy way to get nice clean lines and to apply the glitter before coating the tumbler with epoxy.

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I also used a clear spray sealer to seal the glitter before adding epoxy. That way the different colors of glitter don’t get spread around and mixed up while adding the coat of epoxy.

Here are a few tips I picked up as I did my research and completed this project:

  • Work with epoxy in a ventilated area. We R Memory Keepers epoxy doesn’t have strong fumes, but it still has a slight smell that you may not want in your craft room or house.
  • READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Epoxy has a limited working time so you want to be sure you know what you’re doing before you mix it up.
  • If you want your glitter colors to really pop and look vibrant, try spray painting the outside of your tumbler white before adding the glitter (which I didn’t do, so my colors are more muted).
  • Super Chunky glitter doesn’t work well with thin stripes–stick with large surface areas if you want to add super chunky glitter. Trust me–I know because I started with one color of super chunky glitter and had to remove and re-do some stripes.
  • For medium glitter, apply one coat of epoxy and allow to cure completely. Then sand with medium grain sandpaper, buff with fine sand paper, wash thoroughly by hand, and then apply a second coat of epoxy.

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So, now that I’ve share some things I learned in my creative process, check out the video tutorial below. Please note: I did not take video of spraying the glitter sealer, or doing the sanding and final layer of epoxy since that part is pretty self explanatory and I already showed how to add the first layer of epoxy. I do mention them in the video so you know when those steps need to happen.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make a Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the new Spin It collection.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and keep dreaming of the beach until you get to the weekend–you can do it!

Supplies:

Spin It Tumbler Turner
Spin It Glitter
Craft Knife
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution

Hello WRMK fans!  I’m Rebecca and I’m happy to be here with you today!  I do a lot of die cutting when I’m crafting.  I also have a very small workspace so I don’t have room to keep a large cutting machine on my desk; I have to lug it out for each and every craft session.  Admittedly, it makes me not even want to bother sometimes.  That’s why I was so excited to start using the Mini Evolution from We R Memory Keepers.  It’s small enough to keep out, and it comes with all kinds of fun things to whip up some cute and quick projects–read on!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebcca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Evolution comes with 8 stitched circle dies nested together, as well as 2 embossing folders; one is polka dots and the other is a herringbone-type design.  The plates are included to make the proper “sandwiches” for cutting or embossing, and there’s even a pack of 50 white and cream cardstock sheets that are already cut down to the perfect size for this machine!  When I set out to decorate a birthday gift box duo for a friend, the ME was the tool I went to to create the tags.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With papers by Heidi Swapp and Pebbles, I made 2 gift boxes with the 1-2-3 Punchboard.  The floral print size is 4″ x 4″ and the navy-blue pattern is 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4.”  After assembling the boxes, I die cut a bunch of circles from the white and cream stock, some patterned paper, and even some vellum.  The machine and included tools cut and embossed all of them with ease.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the plain paper and vellum, I used the embossing folders to dress them up and add texture.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also used a sentiment die I already had to cut out “happy” and “birthday” after stamping them.  The Mini cut them just perfectly, and due to the size of the dies I used, it was so convenient not having to use my bigger cutting machine on such small dies.  It’s such a time-saver!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After arranging all of my circles to my liking, I punched 1/8″ holes in them with my Crop-a-Dile, then strung them onto each box with white twine.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

*Tip:  To get the ‘fanned’ look of the circles, I punched most of the holes off-center.  If I wanted the tag to peek out from the right, I punched the hole on the left, and vice versa.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I also made a couple of tassels for each package with thread and the Tassel Loom, which I strung on under the top-most tags.  The final touch is a string of navy-blue sequin trim.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Mini Evolution by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You might be surprised by how much you can do with the Mini Evolution, and its size, for me, is the best thing about it.  I’m excited to have a quick go-to machine I can leave out on my small workspace.  It comes with a set of great dies and embossing folders, and also works with the wafer-thin dies I already own.  Die cutting projects just got a little less time consuming for me–and that is always a great thing!

Supplies:

Mini Evolution Machine and Tools

1-2-3 Punchboard

Tassel Loom

Crop-a-Dile

 

 

Foil Quill Photo Frame

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here to share a project with the absolutely incredible new We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill. Once again, We R Memory Keepers has hit it out of the park with this innovative tool! The Foil Quill turns your digital die cutting machine into a foiling machine. Yes! The beautiful look of a foil finish in minutes! It gets better. The Foil Quill is compatible with the leading digital die cutting machines on the market!

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Wedding photos are some of our most-cherished pictures and they need to be showcased. I created this photo frame with black cardstock and the Foil Quill, along with Foil Quill Gold Foil. Simple products that have been transformed into something elegant and stunning. While I created this frame with our wedding photos, I will be making this project as a wedding gift for couples in the future.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, I used an SVG file from the Foil Quill Kelly Creates digital drive. There are several different thumb drives available for purchase from your favorite American Crafts designers. The drives are loaded with beautiful images, words, letters, and more! I chose this beautiful floral image and put the image into my digital die cutting machine’s software. After resizing the image and positioning it where I wanted it to be foiled on my cardstock, the design is ready to be sent to the machine.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To prepare my paper for foiling, I placed my cardstock on the standard mat for my digital die cutting machine. Then I put the foil over the cardstock, only in the places where I know the design will be foiled. The foil needs to be held in place. The Foil Quill comes with a roll of washi tape to help with that. I would recommend using the tape liberally, especially with more intricate designs such as this. The foil also needs to be secured with as few wrinkles as possible, again, the washi tape helps with that.

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The key to all this gorgeousness is the Foil Quill pen. Using your digital die cutting machine’s pen option, the Foil Quill becomes the magical tool you see creating gorgeous projects. The kit comes with 3 different sized pens. The medium nib (teal) will be the one you will use the most often. Within the kit are several adaptors, when added to the pens, adjusts to your specific digital die cutting machine’s dimensions. Amazing, right?

While you are preparing your image and paper, be sure to plug your Foil Quill pen tool into a USB port. The Foil Quill pens need to heat up before sketching on your cardstock. I found that 5-10 minutes of warm up time was adequate.

Once the Foil Quill is heated, the fun could start! I sent my file and watched the magic begin. With in a few minutes, I had a stunning foiled design on my cardstock. Look at the shine!

Foil Quill Photo Frame by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I also foiled a frame design from Paige Evans and cut it out. Inside that frame, I added our wedding photo. Twenty years ago, wow we were young. I cannot wait to put this on a wall in our house!

What wedding photo do you need to take out of an album and frame beautifully with the Foil Quill?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Foil Quill
  • Foil Quill Gold Foil
  • Foil Quill Digital Drive: Kelly Creates (flowers), Paige Evans (frame)
  • Trim & Score Board

Bazzill:

  • Black 12×12 cardstock

 

 

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath

Hi there We R friends! It’s Aly here on this lovely Monday morning sharing some Big Happy Jig inspiration with you. I’ve noticed a lot of large wire handlettering in home decor, wedding decor, and event decor on the interwebs lately, so when I saw the Big Happy Jig was coming soon I was so excited to DIY that cool look and incoporate it into my own home! Check out what I made with the new Big Happy Jig!

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve wanted to make a hoop wreath for a while now, and the large scale wire handlettering possible with the Big Happy Jig lends itself perfectly to this trend.

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Big Happy Jig works just like the smaller size Happy Jig, only on a much larger scale. It comes with a booklet full of instructions and 20 templates for making fun shapes and words. It also has all the pegs you need, wire cutters and some wire to get you started. You can also use the 80+ free template available on our @werhappyjig Instagram account.

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I love that for a teen or tween bedroom decor or party you can create your designs with battery powered Neon Wire too!

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I picked up the gold hoop wreath at my local craft store, hot glued some silk flowers and greenery to it, and then I left some extra wire at each end of my word so I could wrap it around the hoop to secure it. Place a little dot of hot glue under the wrapped wire on the back of the hoop to keep it from sliding around.

Big Happy Jig Hoop Wreath by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This project is ideal for home decor, Valentine’s Day decor, wedding decor and more. I’m so excited about the possibilities with this awesome new tool!

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Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Supplies:

Big Happy Jig
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Ribbon Cutter

Holiday Gift Idea: Kate Spade Inspired Penguin Pouch + free pattern!

I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online. I decided to create my own version of it as a gift for my friends.

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I wanted my gift to be something practical and unique. I decided on tissue pouches given the cold and flu season. I’m a crafter more than a sewist, so I went with felt as my fabric of choice. It feels more like crafting than sewing when I work with it. I found a great tutorial online for easy tissue holders HERE and got started!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’d like to make one for yourself, or as a gift, you can download a free pattern for the Penguin Pouch below.

We R Memory Keepers Penguin Pouch Pattern

I started by cutting a 6 3/4 x 5 7/8 inch piece of white felt. I folded the short ends toward the center of the felt so they touched each other and then pinned them down.

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I sewed each end about 1/4 inch in from the edge with my Stitch Happy sewing machine and some white regular thread. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5/8 inch strip of black felt for your loop to attach a key ring. Fold it in half and hot glue the short ends together. Then center the loop and hot glue it in between the double edges of the tissue holder.

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Next, I cut a 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 inch rectangle from black felt. I used a dinner plate to cut a curve in one of the long edges. Then, to create the beak, I folded the felt in half with the short edges together, and cut a 1/2 inch slit at an angle just above the curve.

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Cut a 1 inch yellow square from golden yellow felt and adhere it to the back of the black felt over the slit you cut for the beak. (I used my USB Power Mini Hot Glue Gun, but you can also use fabric glue or tacky craft glue). Place adhesive along the edges of the square only so your beak isn’t attached and can fold upward. Using black Stitch Happy thread, handstitch around the shape of the beak to add some detail.

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Next, create your eyes by cutting two 1 3/4 inch circles from white faux fur (or felt). Then cut two 1 1/4 inch circles from black felt, two 3/4 inch circles from white felt and two 1/2 inch circles from white felt. Cover the 1/2 inch circles with silver glitter using clear glue as adhesive. Set them aside to dry. Hot glue the 3/4 inch white circles in the center of the 1 1/4 inch black circles. Then hot glue those in the center of the 1 3/4 inch white faux fur circles. Once they’re dry, glue the 1/2 inch white glittered circles in the center of the 3/4 inch white circles and hot glue black enamel dots in the center of the glittered white circles.

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Tip: you can cut the circles for the eyes with scissors using the free template, or you can cut them with the Evolution Advanced and some circle dies.

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Hot glue the black curved rectangle to the back of the tissue holder (opposite side of the slit). Hot glue the eyes on either side of the beak. Add a key ring to the felt loop.

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I added a waterfall tassel to the key ring for a touch of style, and because tassels make everything cuter…right? To make a water fall tassel, use the Tassel Loom and some silver Stitch Happy metallic thread to make three 2 inch tassels, leaving the ends for hanging extra long (8-10 inches).

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Thread the ends of the first tassel up through the band of the second one and tie the ends tight so the top of the first tassel comes up under the bottom of the second tassel. Do the same thing to the third tassel, so all three are connected and overlap. Use the ends to tie the waterfall tassel to the key ring.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fill the tissue holder pouch with pocket size tissues, wrap it up and gift away! Your recipient can attach this adorable Penguin Pouch to a purse, backpack, keys or a brief case, and they’ll have tissues ready to go for cold and flu season or any time they need them!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Stitch Happy Fabric Scissors
Stitch Happy Black Thread
Stitch Happy Silver Metallic Thread
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Supreme Ruler
Angled Rotary Cutter
Tassel Loom
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Black, white, and golden yellow felt
Black enamel dots
Silver Wow Glitter

Throwback Thursday: Stitch Happy Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers
I love fabric projects but I have to admit I am not an expert seamstress, I feel more confortable using paper and I love that my Stitch Happy Machine makes the job really easy!

To make my banner I trimmed my paper in a crest shape and added the little hearts made with felt from the Stitch Happy Card Kit. The machine is strong enough to sew it to paper!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Next I added a cloud shape made with a lovely embossed cardstock from Bazzill and stitched all around with the gold thread.  On top of my cloud I added a phrase with thickers and the Stitch Happy had no trouble sewing it to two layers of paper. Just go slowly!

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To hang my Paper Wall Banner I folded the paper on the top and sewed 2 straight lines. The machine has a guide so you don’t have to worry about getting your lines all crooked.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I also used the pink thread to make a border and used the scalloped stitch on the bottom.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To decorate my Paper Wall Banner I made some pompons using the DIY Party Pom Pom Maker and some cotton yarn.

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers

I hung three different colored pompons on one side and braided the rest of the yarn.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

With the Stitch Happy Machine you can easily sew paper, cardtstock, felt, wood venners and even leather! The threads are thick so they really stand out on your projects.

Wall Hanging with the Stitch Happy sewing machine by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today! Wall Hangings are very cute and easy to do, they are definitely a great Christmas Gift for children and teens.

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy  Pink Thread

Stitch Happy Gold Thread

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker