Patriotic Bow Maker Wands

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Patriotic Bow Maker Wands

Independence Day is quickly approaching. Help the little ones resist the temptation to get close to anything that snap, crackles, or pops by creating a safe alternative. Patriotic Bow Maker wands are a fun and easy craft for any age.

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Clover’s Bow Makers are available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Each package includes three reusable templates.

8450 8451 8452The templates allow you to create three different types of bows: Triangle, 5-point star, and 7-point star.

 

 

 

Instructions for making Bow Maker Wands:

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  • Large 7-point star Bow Maker
  • Medium 5-point star Bow Maker
  • 1 ¼ yard ribbon in ¾”-1” width
  • 1 yard ½” coordinating ribbon
  • Button of choice
  • 14” of 5/16” wooden dowel
  • Assorted coordinating paints and a brush
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun

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Cut your wooden dowel at approximately 14”.  Paint the dowel in coordinating colors to your ribbon using masking tape for the stripes.  Make two sets of bows using the large 7-point Bow Maker with your ¾”-1” ribbon.  Next, make two sets of 5-point stars with your medium Bow Maker using 1/” 2 coordinating ribbon.  Attach the large bow with the smaller bow on top using the button of your choice.  You should now have two identical sets of bows.  Using a hot glue gun, glue the backs sides of the large bows together with the wooden dowel in between to create a beautiful wand!

Kanzashi Shopper’s Bag

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Create stylish embellishments with Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Makers. Although “Kanzashi” means “hair ornament” in Japanese, we’ve found that they can be used for so much more than that. Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Makers are reusable templates available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Daisy, Orchid, Round Petal, Pointed Petal, and Gathered Petal templates allow you create quick and easy designs. Designer Diane Gilleland shows us how to spruce up a shopping tote, create a flower brooch, and flower clip.

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picture-628430Diane Gilleland is a designer, teacher, and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She’s the author of Kanzashi in Bloom and co-author of Quilting Happiness. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and websites. Catch Diane this fall with CreateLive as she shows us the technique of t-shirt quilting. This FREE live class is available Aug 21-22, 2014 from 9am-4pm.

Sign up for this course here: T-Shirt Quilting: Warm Up Your Life Story with Diane Gilleland 

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Gifts for Dads and Grads

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Gifts for Dads and Grads

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The Clover team just returned from the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee. As always, it was great to see all the gorgeous beaded inspiration. Now that the crew is back, we’ve been working on some DIY gifts for dads and grads. Sewing a pillowcase with inspiring words is a great simple and quick gift. This is a great beginner project and doesn’t take much sewing to create. For more DIY inspiration, check out Clover on Pinterest.

View a recap of the Bead & Button show through pictures:

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Our Basket Is Full

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We have been crafting up a storm and now our baskets are full and ready to go for this weekend. Pom-Pom’s, Felting, Flower Frills, Kanzashi’s and more, when you’re using Clover crafting tools the possibilities are endless! Our little friend was made using Clover’s Pom Pom makers, shaping and piecing the pom pom together allows you to create all kinds of furry friends. The Single Needle Felting tool allowed us to detail the felted eggs. The 3-D designs and embellishments were easily created with the “pinpoint” accuracy of the Single Needle Felting tool.

What spring projects have you been working on? We’d love to see!

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Whimsical Felted Flowers

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Spring is finally here. We’re enjoying the beautiful weather, green grass, and flowers in full bloom. The gorgeous scenery has inspired us to create some whimsical felted flowers. Beckie Hansen shares her technique for flower making with felt, find instructions and more felting inspiration listed below:

Pom Pom’s in Bloom

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Pom Pom’s are a great way to use up any leftover yarn. What’s even better is that you can create “images” inside your Pom Pom depending on how you wind the yarn. Clover’s Pom Pom makers make it easy!

Have you tried to create unique designs with your Pom Pom Maker? We’d love to see!

 

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For more Pom Pom inspiration: