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Uncommon Goods Meditation Box

Meditation Box from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon: Unusual, rare, exceptional.

I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE gifting — I get so much joy out of the whole process: searching, buying, wrapping, giving, and watching their expression. SO FUN. In my opinion the best gifts are always unique, as in something they’d never expect or have never seen before, OR something handmade.

When time doesn’t permit me to whip up a gift (because KIDS), I often check my favorite source for unique gifts, Uncommon Goods. So full of unique, creative pieces – sourced from top quality makers, they do such an amazing job of supporting artists and curating the coolest stuff!

From their website:

Uncommon Goods

I’ve been a fan for years, ever since I received their first little paper catalog in the mail. I use them often for Wedding and Anniversary gifts because they have some of the sweetest things that can be personalized. Great ideas for baby showers, too!

Since this blog centers around creativity, I thought it would be cool to share with you some of the fun crafty items they have that make great gifts for your creative friends and family, or even just fun things for yourself!

Ya’ll know I sew… do you? Do you know someone that does? They want this. I WANT THIS!

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

So simple, and so darn cute – it’s the perfect little holder for your basic sewing needs, which is really all I want to have on my desktop for when I need to do some hand sewing.

Opened Sewing Station

Opened Sewing Station

And it OPENS! You can store notions INSIDE!  Add this to my Christmas list, please.

If you’ve been following my sewing posts for a while, you know I use felt flowers ALL THE TIME. Pretty sure I’ve even posted about my happy place being the felt flower aisle at the craft store. So, my new happy place will be my desk, because..

Felt Succulents

Felt Succulents

..they have a felt flower kit. Felt SUCCULENTS to be exact (even better). They are so pretty!!! And you get to MAKE them!!!

Felt Succulents Kit

Felt Succulents Kit from Uncommon Goods

This would be such a fun thing to do with some girlfriends and wine. “We could MAKE those!” — an often spoken phrase that turns in to an expensive night full of mess and laughter. At least with this KIT, it won’t be expensive and you can’t mess it up!

Any knitters or crochet mavens out there? I LOVE yarn almost as much as fabric, and have a large stash to prove it. But what to do with that tangled mess of a ball once you get going on a project? Especially towards the end it’s just a mess! So imagine my squeal when I saw this yarn bowl the other day..

Yarn Bowl

Heart Yarn Bowl

Isn’t it lovely? No tangles here. And how about that gorgeous shade of blue? It’s even prettier on the inside..

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, I can think of a few crafty ladies that would love one of these!

We have the holder chosen, how about something to do with the yarn? I found two super fun projects that are simple enough for anyone, even the non-crafty type.

First, this weaving loom! These are awesome because they knit without you having to know how to knit (score!). That means you can make endless amounts of handmade scarves for your friends and family – which they will LOVE, btw.

Weaving Loom

Weaving Loom from Uncommon Goods

Second, this Yarn Tree kit! How fun would it be to yarn bomb this tree – I don’t care how old you are, or how un-crafty you are, you KNOW this would be fun and probably pretty therapeutic.

Yarn Tree

Yarn Tree

This is easy enough for kids to do, too – perfect for rainy days.

Yarn Tree Kit

Yarn Tree Kit

And then when done, use it to display jewelry or just as a decoration for their room. I totally want this for MY jewelry, ahem.

One last item I fell in love with, not as crafty but I love the idea and the use of COLOR in this Wishing Wall!

Wishing Wall

Wishing Wall from Uncommon Goods

Such a sweet and thoughtful idea for a wedding or a shower, right? Send them off with sweet wishes from their nearest and dearest! I can also see this being used for a teacher gift from the whole class, or a going away or retirement gift from co-workers.

I hope you like the fun crafty things I found at Uncommon Goods! Be sure to bookmark them, and add them to your favorites — if you’re on Pinterest or Instagram you can follow them there to get great gift ideas in your feeds!

Happy Crafting ~ D

*Imagine my surprise and glee when Uncommon Goods contacted me to collaborate on a post! This is sponsored by them, but these choices are my own, and I was ecstatic to share the company and the products with you.

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Infinity ScarfWhy buy a scarf when you can make one yourself in about 15 minutes? It is really that easy. You can use any type of fabric you like, make it as long or loopy as you like and add whatever embellishments you like. Sew much fun.

This tutorial is for an infinity scarf – you know, the circle ones you wear like a necklace? And this method creates a nice, finished tube — no exposed ends. In my example, the fabric I used measured 18×28″ and makes one loop, perfect for a simple accessory. If you want it to hang low, add length. If you want to wrap it around a few times and make a big, bold scarfy statement, add even more length (double or triple or quadruple!).

infinityfancyA Note on Fabric: Knits work best for scarves since they are stretchy and drape nicely. You can also use fancy fabrics, chiffon, etc., but they will not stretch so be mindful of that (you do need to get it over your head, you know). Regular cotton can work as well, but it is stiff (also does not stretch), and gives your scarf a totally different look. So if you want it to hang nicely, go with a knit or something lightweight and drapey. Is that a word? 🙂

The fabric I used in the tutorial is Modern Jersey from Spoonflower — it’s one of my designs, and I used only a fat quarter! They are generous with this fabric given that their fat quarter for it is 18×28″…bonus! It’s a lovely weight as well – thick, but very soft and stretchy – I absolutely love it.

A Note on Needles: If you are going to use a knit fabric, CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE. Yes, there are different needles for different types of fabric. You may not think you need to use a different needle, or you may be afraid to try to change it, but it is worth it! Trust me. It takes only a second and makes a world of difference. Just refer to your manual for instructions and make sure the flat side of the needle faces the back when you shove it in. If you need some ball point knit needles, here you go!

To make your scarf:

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start by laying out your fabric right side up. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin in place. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Take your tube to the sewing machine and simply zigzag stitch all the way down the end of the tube to sew it together.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

The zigzag stitch will allow for stretching the fabric without breaking the threads.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now reach inside to the other end and pull it through. Don’t turn it all the way right side out, just pull it towards you so you can line up the the two tube ends, one inside the other, the right sides of the fabric facing each other.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Pin around the edges to hold them together if you need (most of the time I don’t need to pin, just depends on the fabric).

If your machine has an end that comes off like mine, you’re in luck – this will be super simple. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start to sew the edges together – I always start where the seams line up.  Just turn the fabric as you sew, going all the way around, but STOPPING about 2 inches before the end (or the start, since it is where you started).

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

–> If your machine end doesn’t come off, that’s OK! Just work with the fabric and sew around as far as you can – you’ll have more than a 2″ gap, but that’s perfectly OK.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Reach inside and turn your scarf right side out — it will all come out, don’t worry. You’ll have a nice circle tube with a hole in it.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now you have two options —- hand stitch the hole closed (a ladder stitch would be great here), OR fold the edges in, pin and sew it shut on your machine. I use my machine. Everytime.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

You’ll have a small seam but that part goes underneath and sits on the back of your neck anyway — just turn it around.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

And you’re done. Applaud yourself and wear your new scarf with pride, my crafty friend!

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

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