20 minute crafter. chalkboard mugs.

Hello happy crafters. :)
Today's 20 minute crafter is Fawnda from
Fireflies and Jellybeans

She is here to show us how to make some adorable mugs...I saw these
and my first thought was how perfect these would be for teacher gifts!
Because summer will be here soon, right?
And technically this a total of 20 minutes of crafting
and not 20 minutes all at once. :)

I am so excited to share this project here on a Little Bit Funky!
This is one of my favorite blogs and Crystal has amazing projects and posts!
These CUTE chalkboard mugs will be perfect for any party! AND they are SUPER easy to make!

Here is what you will need:

Mugs (either new or ones you already have!)
Painter's tape
Sand paper (Optional)
Primer (not pictured)
Chalkboard paint (you can get this at most hardware, or craft stores)

1. Tape off your mug where you want your chalkboard rectangle to be.

2. Prime you mug in the area you taped off. Let primer dry according to the label.

3. After the primer is dry, paint on your first layer of chalkboard paint.
Let dry according to label.

**Some primers suggesting sanding inbetween layers**

4. Paint on your second coat of chalk board paint.
Let dry and cure according to the label.

5. Remove the painter's tape.

6. Rub some chulk all over the area you painted and wipe off to set the chalkboard paint up.
Invite your friend over for some nice warm drinks!

Or you can write the name of the drink on the mug...

Or write your blog name!
Thanks Crystal for having me today on:
**Note: these mugs are now HAND wash only***

20 minute crafter. how to make a simple applique.

Ready for another one?
Am I adding too much to your to-do list?
And I apologize that it is just me again this week...I
have just not had enough time to research new crafters.
Today we will learn to make a Crystal applique.
I call it that because I have no idea if this is
how normal people do it...this is what I
came up with. :)
You will need:
Wonder Under
First, print out your template onto card stock.
This is American Typewrite in 850 font.
Second, cut it out.
Third, trace your letter onto Wonder Under-the smooth side.
Be sure to trace it backwards.
Fourth, iron your wonder under onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Fifth, cut it out. :)
Sixth, peel backing and iron onto your item of
choice then run a zig zag stitch around the edges.

Done and done. Now you can make anything cute.


feeling blah.

had to take a mini break.

forced to make some painful decisions about long time issues.
trying to focus on the positive things in my life.
two wonderful boys.
a fabulous husband.
a God who knows when I don't have a clue.

enjoying my boys.
planning our vacation to Boca Raton.
celebrating Aaron's birth this week.
great chats with my in-laws.

resting in the knowledge that God loves
everyone far more than I can.
that He knows the plan.
and letting Him be the savior.
and taking deep breaths. again and again.

hoping to get on my feet again soon.


20 minute crafter. what muffin top? (belt tutorial)

ready for another round of quickie crafting?
how about a SUPER cute belt!?
not only is this a quick craft BUT it is also great camo...
people will say cute belt and won't think twice about your little ol' muffin top. :)
The great part is that you can make as many cute
belts as you want...one for every single
outfit if you really want. You can get the materials
needed in any color and combo you could think of.
Here is what you need:
1in wide webbing (I found mine in the ribbon section at Joanns)
length of the webbing should be your waist size plus 10 in inches or so.
2 d-rings or rectangular ones like I have (I found these in the purse handle section
fabric of choice
sewing machine (or MAYBE iron on adhesive?)
having a cutting mat and guide (shown in photo) will help a lot
First, wrap the webbing around your waist where you wear your belt.
Add about 8-10 inches to that and cut and seal the ends with a lighter.
Like if your waist is 28 cut 38 inches of webbing.
Second, thread the webbing through your
d-rings and sew the end down as shown.
I went over it several times to ensure strength.
Third, cut your fabric 2 1/4 wide by your waist measurement PLUS one inch.
In my 28 inch example I would cut the fabric 2 1/4 by 29 inches.
You could make a patchy belt..that would be cute. :)
Fourth, fold in half and iron with 1/4 guide...then turn it right side out.
Fifth, once you have turned your little
fabric tube right side out...iron it with
the seam in the middle of the back
...as shown...tuck in the ends a half inch or so as well.
Sixth, center your fabric onto your webbing...pin if you would like...be sure to cover your previous stitching with your fabric AND allow room for your sewing foot to get in there.
Sew all around the sides...using 1/4 guide.
Then go flaunt your new sass and leave them saying...what muffin top?
Leave questions in the comments and I will answer them there. :)


20 minute crafter. felt polaroid.

Ready for some funky polaroid fun?
Today's 20 minute crafter is Katie from katie.cupcake.
I first saw this sweet little jewel when Julie forwarded me a link...
...being the mommy sieve that my brain is I promptly forgot.
Happy I stumbled upon it again and thought it would be perfect for this segment.
Katie originally made this as Christmas ornaments...
but I think they could be good for year round crafting.
I added a sweet little heart to mine making it perfect for this time of year.
supplies needed:
white felt. [the 9" x 12" rectangles from craft stores are perfect!]
sewing machine & thread
picture(s) [i used 4x6 inch pictures]

***ETA: if you're making these for small children, i recommend adding a piece of thin chipboard [like a piece cut from a cereal box] to your ornament to prevent it from getting bent as easily. just cut it the same size as your photo, glue it to the back of your photo and slip it into the Polaroid felt sleeve.]
1. cut your felt into a 9 inch by 4 1/4 inch rectangle.

2. fold in half, hamburger way. [lol] and sew a straight line 1/8 inch on two sides, creating a little pocket, with the folded edge at the bottom. [i used dark thread to show you which two sides, but you can just use white.]
3. turn it right side out, and poke out the corners
with a chopstick or the eraser side of a pencil.

4.iron on the lowest setting on your iron.
5. cut out a square on one side for your picture. mine ended up being approximately 2 3/4 inches. set aside the felt polaroid.

6. trim your photo. [mine ended up being approximately 3 3/8 inches by 4 inches, but it will vary on whether or not you have portrait or landscape photos and where your seams ended up.]

7. insert into your felt polaroid sleeve. if it doesn't fit, trim off 1/16 inch pieces until it does. set felt polaroid with picture aside.

8. trim your ribbon to the desired length. [mine ended up being about 8 1/2 inches, laid flat.]
9. start in the upper right corner, and sew a straight line down to corner, making sure to back stitch at the beginning. turn the polaroid, while the needle is still inserted into the felt and the presser foot is raised, sew along the bottom [folded] edge of the polaroid. turn again, and sew up the other side.
10. when you get to the top left corner, stop you sewing machine, and get your ribbon. cross the cut ends, so that it creates a loop for the polaroid to hang from.

11. insert your ribbon, so it is centered on the ornament. be sure to put it behind the picture, but in front of the back layer of felt on the polaroid.
12. sew across the top of the polaroid. back stitch over the ribbon to make sure it is secure. when you get back to the upper right corner, back stitch again.
13. sew a straight line across the bottom of the picture square and hole,
back stitching at the beginning and end.

14. trim strings and enjoy your polaroid ornament!
just remember, that your polaroids don't need to be perfect.
i think that's what gives them their charm, just like real polaroids. :)

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