Showing posts with label craft tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft tools. Show all posts

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pacifier Clips

I had a pacifier clip for my son that I got at Target. I never liked it because it wasn't cute and it always felt too short. So I decided to make some of my own.

The snap end snaps to the pacifier, and the clip end clips to the baby's clothes.
First, I found ribbon I liked (the double sided ribbon looks the best in the end). I didn't want them too long otherwise it becomes a choking hazard, so I cut the ribbon to the length I felt was functional, but safe at the same time (the length ends up shorter than you cut since both ends fold in).
On one end, I attached a suspender clip (I actually bought some suspenders at the thrift store that looked brand new and cut off the clips to use) It was only about 75 cents for 4 of them compared to the $2+ for a set of 2 at Jo-Anns.

I looped one end through the slot and then folded the ribbon under and stitched near the clip to secure it.
The other end was a bit trickier. I used my Mom's "Snap Setter" to attach these - combined with the muscles of my husband to hammer them together. I tried, but aparantly, I am not strong enough. Her snap kit came with instructions on which pieces to pair together. But I also folded the end of the ribbon in before attaching the snaps so it was a cleaner edge.
The spacing between the 2 sets will depend on the pacifier you use. I use the Avent ones that have a really thin ring/handle thing. Other brands have a thicker handle, so you would want the spacing to fit the brand you use.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

THE "Crop-A-Dile"

The craft I made during nap time today is drying and should be ready to finish and photograph for tomorrow . . .

So I wanted to introduce you to my one of my favorite crafting accessories . . . .

The Crop-A-Dile!!!

My Mother-in-law bought this for me as a Christmas gift a few years ago. I had never heard of it before. But I LOVE it. You can find it at Jo-Anns or Michaels stores . . . but I suggest waiting till you have a 40% off coupon since these are about 30 dollars. They have the tool by itself or you can buy a green one that comes with eyelets and other accessories. There's even one called the "Big Bite," but I haven't ventured that far yet.

You can use this amazing tool to punch holes (on the sides of the tool). It has a sliding place marker so that you can rest your paper or fabric on the bar while punching and this way you can make punches at the same distance in from the edge of the paper if you're doing multiples.

At the top, it has different settings for different size eyelets so that you can attach them to the paper. When I was growing up, my mom had a tool set that would set eyelets, but you had to have a hammer and a tool to hold it in place. I always hated it cause sometimes it would squish the eyelet or scrape the color off the metal.

It even has a setting to put in snaps!

Here are a few pics of things I've done with the Crop-A-Dile:

  • I've punched a hole in the center of a paper flower to put an eyelet in so it looks better
  • I've used eyelets to make an envelope in my scrapbook to hold pieces of paper. The eyelets are holding the velum on so I didn't have to glue it
  • I used it to add detail on strips of paper in my scrapbook