Category: "Crafting Ideas"

  11:55:00 am , Categories: Crafting Ideas, 2D Programs

PCStitch

Link: http://www.pcstitch.com/Default.aspx

 

 
If you can picture it, You can stitch it!
 
PCStitch is the most popular design tool for creating counted cross-stitch patterns available! We invite you to look it over, try it for free, and contact us with any questions.
With PCStitch, the only limit to the projects you
can create is your own imagination!

PCStitch is advanced, but it's perfect for any cross-stitcher. If you're looking to extend your crafting creativity, we invite you to take a look at the ultimate design software available today.

Here's some of what PCStitch 10 can can do

 
Convert Pictures or images into a patterns instantly!

 

 
Includes over 2000 library patterns you can use in your own creations.

 

 
Our Text Feature is awesome.
50 fonts are included or create your own!

 

 
Add Borders instantly. Use ours or create your own.

 

 

 
Custom Stitches are a snap to create and use in all your designs.

 

Printing Options let you stitch off paper that fits your style.

 

 

Share Your Favorite creations or download patterns from other PCStitch users!

Other Features Include:
Highlight Palette Entries: Instantly see where a floss is used in your designs.
Designer Logos: Insert Logos and other graphics into the Pattern Information sheet.
Auto Backstitching: Instantly add backstitching around a single or multiple color area.
Custom Palette Sort: Define a custom order of palette entries on your printouts.
Palette Symbol Enhancments: Select custom symbol colors for printouts. Choose symbol by stitch type.
Export to PCStitch 7: Allows you to save your pattern files in old PCStitch format.
Pattern Browser Panel: Easily find PCStitch files on your system.
Open PVF Files: Allows you to Display and Print Pattern Viewer Files.
Complete Design Tools: Cut, Copy, Paste, Rotate, Flip, Fill, Mirror Mode
Multiple Stitch Types: Use full, 1/4, 3/4, and half stitches
Beads: Add Mill-Hill beads to your patterns
Flexible Backstitching: Attach backstitching to any location in a grid square.
Multiple Floss Lists: DMC, Anchor, Kreinick & Coats floss lists included.
Specialty Stitches: Use over 60 speciality stitches such as the Lazy Daisy.
6 Display modes: View the pattern stitches as symbols, stitches, or both.
Unlimited Zoom Settings: View as much or as little of the design as needed.
Enhanced Rulers: View rulers as inches, centimeters, or stitch count.
And Much, Much More... Download PCStitch now and see all it has to offer!

 

Other Features Include:

  • Highlight Palette Entries:   Instantly see where a floss is used in your designs.  more...
  • Designer Logos:   Insert Logos and other graphics into the Pattern Information sheet.
  • Auto Backstitching:   Instantly add backstitching around a single or multiple color area.
  • Custom Palette Sort: Define a custom order of palette entries on your printouts. 
  • Palette Symbol Enhancments: Select custom symbol colors for printouts. Choose symbol by stitch type. 
  • Export to PCStitch 7: Allows you to save your pattern files in old PCStitch format. 
  • Pattern Browser Panel: Easily find PCStitch files on your system.  more...
  • Open PVF Files: Allows you to Display and Print Pattern Viewer Files.  more...
  • Complete Design Tools:   Cut, Copy, Paste, Rotate, Flip, Fill, Mirror Mode
  • Multiple Stitch Types:   Use full, 1/4, 3/4, and half stitches
  • Beads:   Add Mill-Hill beads to your patterns
  • Flexible Backstitching:   Attach backstitching to any location in a grid square.
  • Multiple Floss Lists:   DMC, Anchor, Kreinick & Coats floss lists included.
  • Specialty Stitches:   Use over 60 speciality stitches such as the Lazy Daisy.
  • 6 Display modes:   View the pattern stitches as symbols, stitches, or both.
  • Unlimited Zoom Settings:   View as much or as little of the design as needed.
  • Enhanced Rulers:   View rulers as inches, centimeters, or stitch count.
  • And Much, Much More...   Download PCStitch now and see all it has to offer!


Recommended System Requirements:
OS: Windows XP, Vista or higher
Memory: 2 GB or more
Hard Disk: 130 MB
Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display

  03:32:00 am , Categories: Crafting Ideas

Swiffer Duster CloneTutorial

A fun project & saves money at the same time! Make a homemade reuseable swiffer type duster being frugal and green at the same time! Organize your supplies. You'll need:

duster


One fat quarter (or scraps) of fleece
one fat quarter (or scraps) of flannel (an old pillow case works great)
thread
rotary cutter
cardboard (a cereal box)
scissors
pen
measuring tape
a swiffer duster handle.

pattern

 

 

Create your pattern.

 

Using the swiffer handle, trace the forked end onto a piece of box board.

 

Make a rounded rectangle around the tracing that you may need.

 

 

 

fleece-flannel
 
 
 
 
Cut Fleece & Flannel.
 

Using your pattern, rotary tool & cutting mat, cut four pieces of fleece and two of flannel.

 

 

 

layer-flip
 
 
Layer your pieces.

 

Lay your flannel on top & fleece below in a neat pile, then FLIP OVER.

 

Lay your flannel on top & fleece below in a neat pile, then FLIP OVER.

 

 

get ready to cut

 

 

Line up one piece of fleece on your mat.

 

You're going to cut off 1 inch of the top layer, so line up one short end of fleece with an inch marker on your mat then use your rotary cutter to remove one inch of fabric.

 

 

 

line up

 

 Line up your four layers of fleece material.

 

(Set the flannel aside.)

 

The top layer should be one inch shorter than the rest as shown.

 

 

 

center line

 

 

Sew a straight line down the center of your pieces (length wise).

 

 

 

 

 

insert handle

 

Insert your Swiffer duster handle as shown.

Use a fabric marking tool to draw a 3 sided rectangle around the swiffer duster handle to know where to sew your "pocket".


   Sew a three sided rectangle around the swiffer duster handle that you drew in 

This should create two long pockets to insert the swiffer duster into.

 

 

flip again

 

 Turn over your fleece pieces (shown here in black) so that the pocket you just created faces down.

Add your two layers of flannel on top.

Stitch a straight line down the center of the flannel material to attach it to the fleece.

You may choose to extend this stitch from end to end or shortenas pictured.



 

 

flip once more

 

Flip back the top layer of flannel at the fold as shown.

 

Cut the second layer of flannel approximately 3/4 to 1 inch shorter than the flannel sides.

 

Repeat on opposite side.

 

 



tiered

 

Cut the top layer of flannel approximately 3/4 to 1 inch shorter than the flannel sides.

 

This will create a tiered look to your duster allowing for easy cleaning in small areas.

 

(More surface area = greater dust pick up)

 

 

YOUR DONE!

 

Cut 1 inch strips in all layers of the flannel & fleece without cutting through your stitched lines.

 

You should cut one layer at a time for best accuracy.

 

Finished product should look like this.

 


This is completely washable and with every washing it will fray, but that just means it will attract more dust.

Get more ideas @ Wife.Mother.Teacher

  11:46:00 pm , Categories: Crafting Ideas

Make your own laundry detergent and fairies in a jar

Laundry SoapMake your own laundry detergent

Savesmoney and cost little to gather ingredients:

 6 ingredients, cost you about $28 a year, this recipe makes a batch that will last a year! Works in High Efficiency  washers and with cold water too!

Ingredients -

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (optional but worth adding)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (any color is fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- or use 3-4 bottles of Scentsy Washer Whiffs. (which can be found in the detergent aisle).

The hardest most time consuming part is grating the cheese soap. It looks like pink cheese….has anyone ever seen pink cheese?

If you do not have a food processor you will need to use a typical hand grater. We would recommend using a large mixing bowl to grate into and using the fine side of the grater. Another option is to microwave the soap before hand. First, cut the bar into chunks or slices. Pop it into the microwave for about a minute. It will expand… a lot…but then it is dry and just crumbles into tiny bits!

Now you can start to mix everything together. Use a very large bucket and take a layering approach to mix it easier. Take a small amount of each ingredient and layer it on top of each other, then grab a large mixing spoon and mixed it together. Do this about 5 times. This is so much easier than dumping all the ingredients in at once and then trying to do it well.

This batch makes A TON!

Now for probably the best part…you only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on the size.

Now here comes the stroke of genius, if you opted to put the Purex Crystals in your batch, you can scoop the detergent right into your bottle and use the cap as your measuring spoon. There are 3 lines on the side and the middle one is approximately 2 Tablespoons…genius right?


Fairies in a Jar --- Something to ammuse the little ones.

Fairies

This is something everyone will love! Just imagine the look on your childs face when they see this.

FAIRIES IN A JAR DIRECTIONS:
1. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar.
2. Add diamond glitter
3. Seal the top
4. Shake hard

This is something they will never forget so its worth a little work on this one.



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