The Twinery and Poppystamps Blog Hop

Custom Stamped Gift Wrap by Hugs are Fun

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Today is the last day of the Twinery and Poppystamps blog hop, and if you headed over from Le Cardon Bleu, welcome! If you missed out on the first two days of projects, make sure to head over to the Twinery blog for a full list.

I was able to pick my stamps and I got this super cute Teresa Tea Time stamp as well as two sizes of the sakura.

Custom Stamped Gift Wrap by Hugs are Fun
Custom Stamped Gift Wrap by Hugs are Fun
I picked up some brown craft paper and made my own wrapping paper. I tied some Peapod Stripe, Solid Marigold, and Honeydew Solid around the package and also made some little twine pom poms.
Custom Stamped Gift Wrap by Hugs are Fun
Custom Stamped Gift Wrap by Hugs are Fun

There’s also a chance to win some prizes!
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A Sampler Pack of Shimmer Twine (retail value $32)
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Two pack of Dies (retail value 26.50)

Head over to the Twinery blog for full details on how to enter!

I’m the last stop on the blog hop, but make sure to head back and check out all the other posts!

The Twinery
Poppystamps
Julie Ranae
Patty Tanuz
Amy Crockett
Jeanne Jachna
Rebecca VanDeMark
Rudlis/Irena Kowalczyk
Melania Deasy
Sherry Eckblad
Denise Hahn
Sherry Hester

Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt!

Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I had an idea for a project and I finally sat down and did it. I have a linoleum carving set from an illustration class in college, so I made myself a “cross stitch” stamp.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I made a grid on the shirt first using a ruler and a a fabric pencil. I folded the shirt in half to get the midpoint and started from there and worked out drawing lines every half inch.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
Make sure you put some sort of cardboard inside the shirt to avoid it bleeding through. I used fabric paint and a sponge brush. It was tedious but I brushed a thin layer on every time, I didn’t want to risk dipping the stamp in and getting excess paint on the shirt.
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
I always use a heart when I do my little cross stitch experiments, it’s a simple enough shape and I already have a pattern for it. I want to make a more complicated design now that I’ve done one and know it works! I’m going to block print “cross stitch” all my clothes!
Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun
If you want a more detailed, step by step tutorial, Haley from The Zen of Making has a great one for making a cat shirt here.

Cross Stitch Hand Stamped T-Shirt! by Hugs are Fun

50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive

Mollie from Wild Olive has another fantastic stitching club, this one is the 50 States! I swore to myself I was going to finish the spring stitching club before starting, but I just couldn’t help myself!
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
Every week is a different state and in the end I will have a quilt. I picked out my fabrics and I stitched up the first three states.
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
On Saturday I went to breakfast with Mollie and I gave her a few state themed gifts. I had Jen from 52 Lasers cut this map thread holder and needleminder. I love how they turned out! I also saw these state cookies at Whole Foods and I couldn’t resist picking up a box!
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive
50 States Stitching Club by Wild Olive

You can still sign up for the 50 States Stitching Club here!

Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler

Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
I bought the Dropcloth color wheel sampler months ago and decided to finally start it last week. I am terrible about buying things and leaving them to sit untouched and I really want to remedy that.

I have a lot of other things I’ve purchased and then haven’t used (sashiko samplers, LED stitching kit, specialty threads and fabrics) and I am making it a point to use them. It’s so easy to get caught up on making sure you save them for the perfect project so they don’t go to waste. But in reality, by leaving them sitting around, they are already going to waste.
Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
I really love how this turned out, I found this sampler extremely relaxing and a great learning experience. I love the simplicity and repetition of cross stitch, the same movement over and over, tiny little Xs filling the fabric. But the beauty of embroidery are all the different stitches and I really got a chance to explore them with this color wheel.
Dropcloth Color Wheel Sampler by Hugs are Fun
There is a sampler of the month club which is extremely tempting, all of the samplers are gorgeous. Maybe if I use up a few more of the supplies I’ve been hoarding I’ll reward myself with more Dropcloth samplers.

You can buy your own color wheel sampler from Dropcloth on Etsy.

Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants

Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
I don’t think it’s any surprise that I’ve caught the hexagon bug. I’ve become an English paper piecing machine and I’m finding myself drawn to any and all hexagon patterns. Just check out this pouch, Moleskine, and duct tape that I got.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun

Anyways, Jen from 52 Lasers made an assortment of hexagon pendant frames and I got to help her fill them!

My first thought was obviously fabric. I’m a huge fan of making fabric hexagons, so I knew I wanted to make fabric hexagons to wear.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
I also wanted to cross stitch a design but that hasn’t happened yet. But I did make a little embroidered one. I just hand wrote the letters, I kind of wish I had done a neater job and traced them. But I loved the idea of using the different spaces to make a more modern mother’s necklace. So I put both girl’s first initials and a heart.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun
Now that’s when I started trying to think of other ideas. I saw that Jen was playing with adding additional embellishments and I started experimenting with other supplies. I stamped a piece of origami paper and sealed it with Mod Podge and I made one with washi tape. And my final, crazy idea was to fill the frame with seed beads.

The pendants come as two pieces, a front frame and a back that you glue together. Assembly is really simple, I glued mine together with E6000 glue.
Laser Cut Hexagon Pendants from Hugs are Fun

Jen is selling these in her supply shop Beadeux on Etsy. You can also get the awesome needleminders and floss holders over there too!

Read more about the pendants and see the ones that Jen made over at 52 Lasers.

Hexagon Cuff Bracelet – 12 Hexies Blog Hop

Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun
Hello and welcome to the next stop on the 12 hexies (or less) blog hop. I was so excited when Diane from CraftyPod told me the idea for this blog hop. I have been working on an EPP quilt since the beginning of the year and it is a very, very labor intensive project. So the idea of smaller, more manageable projects is extremely appealing, I put together this cuff in a few hours.

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What you’ll need:
.5″ hexagons
Scraps of fabric
Felt strip 1.5″ wide
Button
Thin elastic
Fabric glue
Needle and thread
Embroidery floss
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun
Assemble some hexagons with your paper template and fabric scraps. Diane has a great video tutorial on the basics of basting. The number of hexagons you will need will depend on the size of your wrist, I used 7 but you might need more or less.
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun
Join the hexagons together into a long row, if you need help Diane has a video on the basics of sewing. I attached the hexagons to the felt strip with fabric glue and then stitched around the edge using embroidery floss and a contrasting color.
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun

Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun
I decided to use an elastic loop and a button for the clasp, but I’m sure there are a lot of options that would work well. I am not a skilled jewelry maker and I’m not sure I did this the best way possible, so bear with me. I left about an extra inch of felt and stitched the elastic down with the loop facing the hexagons. Then, I folded the extra felt over and whipstitched around the edge. At this point, I realized the elastic loop was too floppy to work, so I stitched down each side of the loop to make it more stable.

I really love making jewelry like this because it’s so customizable. You could make so many different color variations. I was also extremely tempted to cut a border of felt around the hexagons leaving a jagged edge, but ultimately I got too nervous about ruining it. I will be making another to try it out though!
Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun

Hexagon Cuff Bracelet - 12 Hexies Blog Hop by Hugs are Fun
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project! Make sure you look at all the other amazing 12 hexie projects in the blog hop!