Ice Cream Appliqué Placemat by Lisa Fulmer DIY craft

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Ice Cream Applique Placemat Lisa Fulmer

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Everyone needs a special placemat to enjoy their favorite scoops. This project has a little hand stitching and a little machine stitching, but it’s very beginner-friendly if your sewing skills are limited like mine are. It’s a great design for using some fun novelty fabrics, plus you can make it reversible! This placemat is easy to spot clean or wipe spills off the vinyl, so you don’t need to worry about laundering.

Watch my super cool Ice Cream Applique Placemat YouTube video tutorial!


– Front fabric piece trimmed to 13″ x 17.5″
– Lightweight quilt batting piece trimmed to 13″ x 17.5″
– Back fabric piece trimmed to 15″ x 19.5″
– Thin-gauge clear craft vinyl trimmed to 12″ x 16.5″
– Scrap fabrics
– Iron
– Image of bowl and a round circle to trace
– Parchment paper
– Charcoal pencil and bone folder
– Aleene’s Fabric Fusion sheets
– Scissors
– Embroidery floss and needle
– Embroidery hoop
– Puffy Paints and pale colored pencil
– sewing machine, thread, straight pins
– Decorative ribbon and glue (optional)

1.  Press all your fabrics. Trace bowl from image on to parchment paper with charcoal pencil, then transfer by rubbing with a bone folder on to back side of a piece of scrap fabric; cut bowl from fabric.

2.  Trace 3 circles that are the right size for your bowl onto scrap fabrics (scoops of ice cream), then freehand-cut a small heart-shaped circle (cherry) and trim out.

3.  Arrange your fabric pieces in the center of your front fabric, and use a few small squares of Fabric Fusion to tack down each piece into position.

4.  Place in embroidery hoop and make a series of random straight stitches by hand in coordinating colors on each scoop, so it looks like candy sprinkles (3-ply floss). Straight-stitch around the edges of the bowl, then straight-stitch a little stem for the cherry.

5.   Remove hoop and press out wrinkles from the back.

6.  Use a pale colored pencil to mark sprinkles around the appliqué on to the front fabric, then paint over the marks with random colors of Puffy Paint; allow to dry.

7.  Layer and align the front fabric and back fabric (wrong side up) with quilt batting in between. Fold excess back fabric on all four sides over to the front and press in place to create a border. Lay the vinyl on top, tuck inside the border, and pin into place, mitering the corners.

8.  Machine stitch with zigzag around the border to secure all the layers.

9.  If desired, you can glue decorative ribbon around the border to cover the stitches.

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Aleene’s Lampshade Bowl by EcoHeidi Borchers – DIY Craft

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Fabric Lampshade Bowl by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers has come up with a clever way to upcycle a lampshade. Cover it with fabric strips and transform it into a bowl. Now that’s a cute DIY craft!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Lampshade Bowl YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web
Lampshade (size of your choice)
Hammer (to remove inside lampshade wire frame)
Cardboard (or matboard) to create bottom piece for bowl
Pen or pencil

1. Remove inside wire frame (the part that goes over the lightbulb) from lampshade. I just used my hammer to tap it out from the inside of my lampshade.

2. Determine which end of lampshade that you want to be the bottom of your bowl. Place that end onto cardboard and trace around with pen.

3. Cut along pattern line and slip circle into lampshade to determine if size and shape are correct. Remove from lampshade.

4. Cut 1 piece of fabric approximately 1″ larger than cardboard circle.

5. Cut 1 piece of fabric approximately 1/4″ smaller than cardboard circle.

6. In a well-ventilated area, spray one side of cardboard circle with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Place face down onto wrong side of large fabric circle.

7. With scissors, clip fabric at 1″ intervals around entire fabric circle. This will help to ease fabric around circle in next step.

8. To glue excess fabric to circle, spray around outside edge of cardboard (and fabric) with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Press excess fabric into Fusible Web.

9.  Spray wrong side of smaller fabric circle with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Place onto back of cardboard. You will now have a circle covered on both sides with fabric.

10. To cover lampshade, rip strips of fabric approximately 1-1/4″ wide. The number of strips will be determined by the size of your lampshade.

11. Iron ripped strips flat.

12. Apply a 1″ line of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive along top edge of lampshade and press end of first strip into glue. Begin wrapping strip around and around shade, overlapping approximately 1/2″ until you come to the end of the strip. Glue end of strip in place on lampshade.

13. Continue to add and glue fabric strips until all of lampshade is covered in fabric.

14. Slip fabric covered cardboard circle inside and press into bottom of lampshade. If desired, glue in place.

15. Create bow from fabric strip and glue in place on top edge of bowl. Use clothespin to hold in place while glue dries.

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Kid’s Fabric Easter Egg Decorating Book by Lisa Fulmer

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Kids Fabric Egg Decorating Book by Lisa Fulmer

Make this easy, mostly no-sew soft book with fabric and felt to put in your favorite kid’s Easter basket! The cover is embellished with a pretty ribbon-striped egg, and each page inside has a large, blank felt egg ready for decorating with felt strips and shapes. Kids can have fun decorating their eggs and learning about shapes and colors too.

Watch my super cool Kids Easter Egg Decorating Book YouTube video tutorial!


  • Print and solid fabrics
  • Fusible web
  • Iron and ironing pad
  • Matching colors of felt
  • Variety of ribbons
  • Cardstock trimmed to one small and one large egg shape
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel-n-Stick Sheets
  • Rotary cutter with pinking blade
  • Cutting mat and ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing machine and/or embroidery floss and needle
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  1. Trim pieces of print fabric for cover and solid fabric for inside pages to 9″ x 12″ with rotary cutter.
  2. Fold each piece in half to 6″ x 9″ and press the fold.
  3. Sandwich some fusible web between the wrong side of print fabric cover and one of the solid fabric pages and press with dry iron on high heat until fused.
  4. Optional – machine stitch around the edges of the cover after fusing.
  5. Peel bottom liner off a sheet of Fabric Fusion and apply the sticky side to a piece of fabric.
  6. Use cardstock template to trace a small egg shape on the top liner of the Fabric Fusion, then trim the liner/fabric into the egg shape
  7. Peel back the top liner and carefully finger-press ribbon strips across the fabric egg on the sticky side, nested closely together
  8. Trim the edges of the ribbons flush with the edge of the fabric egg.
  9. Use another sheet of Fabric Fusion to adhere the ribbon egg in position on the book cover.
  10. Use cardstock template to trace the large egg shape on to several pieces of felt and trim out.
  11. Use scraps of the Fabric Fusion to adhere a felt egg to the center of each page.
  12. Optional – machine stitch or hand embroider around the edges of the eggs to further secure them to the page on both sides.
  13. Trim out various shapes and strips of different colors of felt for decorating the eggs – kids can glue the shapes in place permanently when desired.
  14. Write a greeting or special message inside the front cover with fabric marker and glue felt shapes around it to embellish.
  15. Lay the page spreads on top of the cover spread with folds aligned in the center, then machine or hand stitch down the fold line.


Cool2Cast Gift Cans by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Cool2Cast Gift Cans by EcoHeidi Borchers

Save your cans to create these super cute gift cans by EcoHeidi Borchers. By using a “no-sharp edges” can opener you can transform trash into treasures! Tuck in a small gift and you have a unique gift container! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Cool2Cast Gift Can YouTube video tutorial!


Cool2Cast  (¼ cup of C2C plaster to 1/8 cup of water will fill 2 medium lids)
Water & measuring cups
Zip top plastic bag
Tin cans (use a can opener that removes the lids safely with no sharp edges)
Stamp pad – any color
Small rubber stamps – various shapes and an alphabet
Alcohol inks
Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
Papers, paint, trims, glue, embellishments and fabric to decorate tin cans

NOTE: Remove lid from can using the type of can opener that leaves no sharp edges on the lid.

1. Pour ¼ cup Cool2Cast plaster into zip top bag.

2. Add 1/8 cup room temp water to bag. Re-zip bag to seal and shake bag for about one minute.

3. Cut off one corner on the bottom of the bag.

4. Hold over lid and let the plaster flow from the cut corner into the lid.

5. Fill to the top edge of can lid. Carefully tap the edge of the lid, to help the liquid plaster settle. Let plaster dry completely. It will be solid to the touch in about 1 hour but leave overnight to dry completely.

6.  Decorate the top by brushing on alcohol inks on the plaster. Let dry.  Next, stamp words or sayings with rubber stamps.

When you use the no-sharp edges type of can opener, you should find that the lid will snap back on when you are finished. If your lid does not, just tie ribbon from top to bottom to hold the lid in place in transit.

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LOVE Applique Tea Towel by Heather Valentine

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Love Applique Tea Towel by Heather Valentine

In this video, Heather Valentine stitches up a love-ly tea towel applique perfect for a Valentines or anytime gift.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heather’s super cool Love Tea Towel YouTube video tutorial.

Visit Heather’s blog for print tutorial for this super cute Love Tea Towel!

Aleene’s Bottle Cap Birdie by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Bottle Cap Birdie by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi transforms plastic bottle caps into a whimsical birdie. Mix and match fabrics, wire and a feather top notch make this birdie eco cute! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Bottle Cap Birdie YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic water bottle or soda caps – the deeper caps are the best choice for this project – smaller size for head – larger size for body
Drill and small drill bit
Cardboard – cereal box or thin cardboard
Circle template
Fabric scraps
Batting – 1/4″ thickness
Craft wire – 18 gauge (or strong enough to hold birdie upright)
Craft foam
Flat back beads – black (for eyes) or wiggle eyes or buttons

1. Drill two small holes in side of larger cap – spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. (These will be used for wire legs.)

2. Use your circle template to determine the inside measurement of the bottle caps. Cut circles from cardboard to fit inside caps.

3. Cut and glue fabric to one side of each cardboard circle.

4. Cut and glue batting to outside top of caps.

5. For head, measure and cut two circles approximately 2-1/2 times larger than the smaller bottle cap. Apply glue to outside and inside of cap. Place cap batting side down centered on wrong side of fabric. Wrap fabric up and around sides of cap and press into glue on inside of cap.  Adjust to remove as many excess wrinkles or folds on top of cap.

6. Glue fabric covered cardboard inside cap to cover gathered fabric.

7. Repeat to cover body cap with fabric. Note: Be sure to mark where the drill holes are so that you can find them again after you attach the fabric in place.

8. Cut two pieces of wire to approximately 7″ each. Turn one end of each wire into a spiral. This will help to stabilize the wire inside the cap. Cut the opposite end to a sharp point and press one wire through each hole. Glue spiral end inside cap. Cut sharp point to a blunt end.

9. Using pliers, form a triangle shape at the blunt end of the wire and then bend at 45 degree angle to form birdie foot.(Once you fully assemble your birdie, you may need to readjust the feet angle.

10. For beak, cut two pieces of craft foam into small triangles. Glue in place on front of head cap.

11. For eyes, glue two beads in place above beak.

12. For wings, cut two leaf shapes. Fringe edges with scissors. Glue in place on body.

13. Glue head to front top of body.

14. Glue small feather fluff on head. Let glue dry completely.

15. Re-adjust feet as needed so that birdie can stand solidly.

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Aleene’s Cinnamon Stick Angels Garland by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Cinnamon Stick Angel Garland by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers shares how to make this adorable angel garland featuring cinnamon stick arms and bay leaf wings. Cute on your tree, wall or door to add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decorating! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Cinnamon Stick Angel YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Fabric scraps (for dresses)
Wooden doll clothespin (for body) – painted fleshtone
Drill and extra small drill bit
Needle and thread (to match fabric color)
Small wood heart (for feet) – painted ivory
Embroidery floss – ivory
Cinnamon sticks
Bay leaves
Pearl beads
Wooden bead (for head)
Wedding novelty ring (for halo)
Narrow gold ribbon (for bow)

1. For each angel, cut fabric 3″x5″.

2. If desired, to create fringe along fabric edge, apply line of glue approximately 3/8″ from edge of fabric. Let dry then remove threads to create fringe.

3. Add line of glue to one 3″ edge and fold over other 3″ edge to create tube. Let glue dry.

3. Drill small hole through neckline of clothespin.

4. With needle and thread, stitch running stitch along top edge of fabric. Add line of glue around neckline of clothespin. Slip fabric over clothespin, align stitching at neckline (over glue) and pull thread to gather fabric around neckline. Press fabric into glue. Tie off thread to hold gathers in place.

5. Align cut in clothespin so that it faces forward. This will help to assure that you are applying glue correctly for hair. Apply glue to top and back of clothespin head for hair. Cut length of yarn and starting with one end, press into glue and loop around and around to create hair.

6. Glue heart to end of legs with point of heart facing to back. Let all glue dry completely.

7. Cut embroidery floss to desired length of garland (add extra for ends). Run embroidery floss through neck of angel. Add one cinnamon stick to each side and one pearl to each side (for hands).

8. Determine where you want angel on the garland and tie a double (or triple knot) next to pearl. This will help to keep the angel from moving or shifting on the embroidery floss. Repeat to add more angels to garland. Tie off embroidery floss at end.

9. For wings, glue two bay leaves to back of angel.

10. For halo, glue ring in place on head.

11. Tie ribbon into bow and glue at neckline. Let dry completely.

12. Tie raffia to ends of embroidery floss.

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Reversible Holiday Gift Bag by Lisa Fulmer

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Reversible Fabric Gift Bag by Lisa Fulmer

Lisa Fulmer shares how to create an easy-to-sew reversible fabric gift bag that can be used over and over again. Fill it with your special friend’s favorite craft supplies and you have a perfect giftable for the holidays! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Lisa’s super cool Reversible Fabric Gift Bag YouTube video tutorial.


1/4 to 1/2 yard each of 2 holiday cotton fabrics
Coordinating color thread
Sewing machine
Rotary cutter (with plain and pinking blades)
Self-healing cutting mat
Large quilter’s ruler
Iron and ironing board

1. Measure and trim both fabrics to desired size strips using the quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat. Allow an extra 1-1/2″ in the width for seam allowances, and allow an extra 1/2″ in the length for the final top trim. For example – to end up with a finished 12″x15″ bag, trim each fabric to 13.5″ x 30.5″.

2. Fold over and press a 3/8″ flap to the wrong side along both long edges of each fabric.

3. Place both strips right side together, with folded flaps facing out, and pin edges together.

4. Straight stitch 1/8″ in, along both long edges, pulling the pins out as you go, to turn the strips into an inside-out “tube” – anchor your stitch line by sewing backwards a few stitches at the beginning and the end.

5. Turn the tube right side in, and press the seam edges flat.

6. Fold tube in half and straight stitch each side together, right up against the first seam, ending about 1/2″ from the top.

7. Trim the top edges just about 1/8″ with the pinking blade.

8. Have fun with lots of different ribbons to gather the top of your gift bag and tie it shut.

Fabric Birdie Mosaic on Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

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Fabric Birdie Mosaic on Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

Love the look of mosaic but don’t like the idea of cutting and grouting glass tiles? Tiffany Windsor shares an easy faux mosaic technique with fabric on canvas. This technique is also great on home decor pillows, wearables and more! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s super cute Fabric Birdie Mosaic YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Canvas – shape of your choice
Acrylic paint – black
Paint brush
Cotton bandana – white
Cotton fabrics – print and colors of your choice – one color for body and wing layer, one color for beak, one color for wing layer)
Non-stick scissors
Bird pattern of your choice (I drew mine freehand with a comma for the body, hearts for the wings and triangle for the beak)
Chalk or pencil (to draw bird leg lines)
Push pin or straight pin
Small black beads (for eyes)
Optional: Ribbon – for hanger

1. Paint canvas front, sides and back with black acrylic paint. Let dry completely.

2. Apply one sheet of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick to back of white fabric. Cut fabric even with outside edge of sheet. Turn sheet over and smooth fabric with fingers to be sure that it is adhered over entire sheet and along all edges. (Depending on the size of your canvas, you will need to prepare several pieces of white fabric this way.)

3. Apply one sheet of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick to back of bird body fabric and smooth fabric onto adhesive. Trace bird body onto back side (paper side) of fabric. Cut along pattern line. Remove paper backing and press in place on canvas. Smooth with finger to adhere all edges.

4. Draw leg lines with chalk. This will help to give you a pattern line to remind you to avoid placing fabric over this area. (Remember to erase these lines when gluing is complete.)

5. Cut white fabric into triangle and various shapes representative of glass tiles. (You can use project photo as a guide for suggested shapes.)

6. Remove paper backing from first piece of white fabric. (I use a pin to help separate the release paper from the fabric.) Place glued side down onto canvas. Repeat to cover background and sides with white fabric pieces. Be sure to leave gaps between the pieces to replicate grout.

7. Cut and layer fabric hearts for wings and glue in place. Cut and glue beak in place.

8. Apply Aleene’s Tacky Glue to beads and glue in place for eyes.

9. If desired, glue ribbon runner to back of canvas.

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Aleene’s Scarecrow Pick by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Aleene's Thanksgiving Scarecrow Pick by EcoHeidi Borchers

Here’s a fun project that the kids will LOVE helping Mom create! Crafted by EcoHeidi Borchers, the scarecrow body is made from cereal box and small fabric squares are glued in place with Aleene’s Tacky Dots. “Plant” your pick in a jar, arrangement or use for placecard holders on the special holiday. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Scarecrow Pick YouTube video tutorial![


Aleene’s Tacky Dot Roll
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Scarecrow Pick Patterns – click to print pdf
Cereal box – cut open to lay flat
Acrylic paint – flesh, black
Paint brush
Fabric scraps (I used denim for the overalls and cotton print for the shirt, hat and bow)
Brown bag scraps
Craft stick(s)
Black permanent marking pen
Small hole punch
String or embroidery floss (to hang sign)
Optional: glass mason jar with sand, raffia, black beads (eyes), brown craft foam (nose)

1. Trace patterns onto cardboard. Cut along pattern lines.

2. Paint face with flesh paint and shoes with black paint. Let dry.

3. Cut fabric pieces into small squares and rectangles. Using photo as guide, apply a Tacky Dot to back of each fabric square and glue onto front of scarecrow body to create shirt and overalls.

4. Cut several pieces of 3/4″ x 1″ brown bag. Snip edges to create fringe. Crinkle and glue in place with Tacky Dots for straw at hands, feet and head.

5. Tear strip of fabric for bow. Tie into bow and glue at neckline with Tacky Glue.

6. Cut fabric from hat pattern and use Tacky Glue to glue over cardboard hat. If needed, trim to fit. Glue strip of fabric with Tacky Glue for hatband.

7. Glue hat to face, glue face to body with Tacky Glue.

8. Draw facial features with marking pen.

9. Apply Tacky Glue on end craft stick (about 1″) and glue to back of scarecrow leaving unglued portion at bottom to use as “pick”.  If desired for more stability, glue another craft stick to back of scarecrow.

10. For sign, glue several layers of brown bag together. Let dry. Cut to look like jagged edge. Write “THANKS” with marking pen. Punch holes in corners and tie with string.