Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix Recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle | Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day 2017 Edition

I’m excited to be part of another round of Craft Lightning, where bloggers are challenged to create 15-minute crafts around a theme. Our theme this time around is Valentine’s Day. As soon as I signed up, I knew I wanted to make something that involved food (one of my favorite parts of the holiday), so I decided on a jar mix. And, what better jar mix for Valentine’s Day than one that can be turned into breakfast in bed? I needed to take the craftiness up a notch – and that’s when I remembered that I still had some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in my goodie closet. The vinyl heart on your jar mix is a the perfect touch to make this gift extra special.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut, Expressions Vinyl, and Oriental Trading.

This project really can be done in 15 minutes (once you gather your supplies), but it’s broken down into 3 parts: preparing the vinyl, preparing the jar mix, and finishing the jar. I’ve also included a printable recipe card that you can attach if you’re giving the pancake mix to a friend (or if you think you may forget how to put the pancakes together for your special someone on Valentine’s Day morning). You can find more Craft Lightning projects by visiting the hosts at The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Make Life Lovely.

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

ExpressionsVinyl Logo

Instructions

Prepare the Vinyl

  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the image. I used Heart #M2F695 from Ashlyn’s Alphabet, which is free with Cricut Access, and sized it so that it would measure about 2″ (5 cm) tall.

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Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Wipe the surface of the milk bottle clean using the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball or paper towel. Allow the surface to dry.
  • Remove the backing from the transfer tape. Place the adhesive part of the tape over the vinyl.
  • Position the transfer tape with the vinyl over the milk bottle. Use the scraper to rub the vinyl into place, flattening out any air bubbles.
  • When the vinyl is correctly positioned, peel off the transfer tape.

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Cricut Access

Prepare the Jar Mix

  • Prepare Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix (recipe below). Fill milk bottle with jar mix.
  • Wipe flour off container with paper towel.

Finishing

  • Tie ribbon in a bow at narrow neck of milk bottle.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

This recipe was adapted from the Basic Pancakes recipe in my all-time favorite cookbook, the Joy of Cooking.

Ingredients (to make about six 5″/13 cm pancakes)

For Jar Mix:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Flavorful mix ins (optional)
    • I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins) and 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans. You could use another dried fruit and nut combination, or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
    • If you don’t use sweetened mix ins, add another 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar to the flour mixture.
  • 1 Oriental Trading clear glass milk bottle with lid (5-1/2” x 2”)
  • A small bottle of maple syrup is optional, but it does take the gift up a notch!
  • Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

Download the Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

For Pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Toppings of choice (such as butter, maple syrup, honey, vanilla yogurt, or fresh berries)

Jar Mix Instructions

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.

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  • Pour flour mixture into milk bottle.
  • Tap gently to flatten. Pour in flavorful mix ins, pushing down gently if necessary.
  • Close lid to seal.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Print recipe card.

Pancake Instructions

  • Preheat lightly greased griddle or frying pan on stove top.
  • Pour contents of jar mix into a large bowl.
  • Pour milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla over jar mix.
  • Whisk together until just combined.
  • Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto hot griddle for each pancake.
  • Turn with spatula when the top of pancake is covered in bubbles and some bubbles have popped open.
  • Cook until other side of pancake is lightly browned.
  • Serve hot or keep warm in 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This recipe and tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the recipe and tutorial to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this recipe and tutorial. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this recipe and tutorial or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. (You are welcome to print out the recipe card to include with any jar mixes you make.) If you want to share the recipe and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/01/09/pancake-jar-mix-with-vinyl-decorated-milk-bottle. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

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Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a stack of old jeans in my closet. (I know I’m not the only one, either.) I’m forever looking for crafty ideas to use up some denim, and I have found my new favorite.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Fiskars.

When Fiskars sent me the 45 mm Easy Change Ergo Control Rotary Cutter to try out, I knew it would be perfect for chopping that pile of jeans up. You can definitely use scissors when cutting denim, but edges will be fraying all over the place. A good rotary cutter will attack that jeans pile with surgical precision so you can leave the pieces in a stack indefinitely as they await their new life in a future craft project.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.These lavender sachets are great for freshening up your drawers and they make wonderful gifts, too. If you can’t get lavender at your local Farmers Market, you can substitute handmade or store-bought potpourri. (Similarly, if for some strange reason, you don’t have a stack of old jeans in your closet, you can substitute cotton fabric for the denim.)

I made this sachet for my sister, who was recently married (hence the ironed-on phrase). You can customize yours appropriately, too, or, if you want to make a batch to store in your handmade gift closet, you can leave them blank.

If you make your own Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachet, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my crafty tutorials or free patterns again!

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachet

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Dried lavender or potpourri. I used Lavender by the Bay’s loose dried French lavender for crafting that I bought at my local Farmers Market. It’s so fragrant! One 8 ounce bag would make three to five sachets, depending on how much you stuff each one.
  • A sewing machine or sturdy, hand sewing needle (to work through the denim) with cotton thread.
  • A small amount of Coats transparent polyester thread with a sturdy, hand sewing needle (for closing up the last part of the sachet).
  • Clover Mini Iron, or standard sized iron.
  • Ironing board or other iron-safe surface.
  • Spoon.

Instructions

Prepare the fabric

  • Lay the jeans out on your cutting mat. With your rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim the bottom hem, side seams, and pockets off of one leg of the jeans. Unfold the leg into a long strip.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Cut the leg into 6″ (15 cm) squares. I maximized the available squares on my jeans by cutting around areas that were very worn or had tears or holes, so I frequently cut against the grain. This just makes the resulting pile of denim squares look more interesting!

Customize and adhere glitter iron-on

  • Trim the Cricut Glitter Iron-on to 4″ (10 cm) across using the Cricut Gold Tools and Trimmer Set or a pair of scissors.
  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the words or images for your iron-on. I used one of the free fonts, A Frightful Affair, and sized the phrase so that it would measure about 3″ (7.5 cm) wide. Your finished sachet will measure about 5″ (13 cm), so be sure that your final iron-on image leaves you an inch or so on each side of the fabric piece to work with.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • To cut the Glitter Iron-on, set your machine’s materials dial to Iron On. Don’t forget to click the check box for “Mirror Image (for iron-on)” before cutting. Place the iron-on on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the clear backing side up and cut.
  • Use the Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around your words or image.
  • Position iron-on at the center of a piece of denim with the clear backing facing up and the iron-on touching the denim. (Letters and images should look right side up as in the image below at right.)

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Using your Clover Mini Iron, press firmly on the clear backing sheet following the iron-on instructions until the letters are firmly attached. Allow to cool completely before removing the clear backing sheet.

Assemble the sachet

  • Place two fabric squares together with right sides facing. Using your sewing machine or sturdy hand sewing needle, sew three sides completely closed. I used a 1/2″ (1 cm) seam allowance. Since you will be stuffing the sachet, be sure to back stitch to make the seams more durable.
  • Sew the last side about half closed. Trim the thread tails so they don’t snag on the stuffing.
  • Turn the sachet right side out. With the spoon, stuff the dried lavender inside, pausing frequently to shake and allow the lavender to settle. For your own sanity, do not overstuff!

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Once the sachet is full enough, use the Coats transparent polyester thread and a sturdy hand sewing needle to sew the last seam closed. Start with the thread knot on the inside of the sachet so it will be hidden. Then fold the raw edges towards the inside so the seam allowance will be similar to the rest of your sachet. Sew along the edge. Back stitch to finish and then draw the needle through the inside of the sachet. Trim the thread on the outer edge so the thread tail recedes into the sachet.
Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This tutorial is for personal use only. You may use the tutorial to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this tutorial. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this tutorial or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/01/02/upcycled-denim-lavender-sachets-tutorial. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

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DIY Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial

DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!It can be difficult to make my apartment look festive during the holidays with two, shall we say, “behaviorally challenged” cats. Just the other day, we came home to a toppled miniature artificial tree with ornaments strewn on the ground. Both cats looked suspiciously at the other as if to say, “It was definitely not me, but him.”

This post contains affiliate links. Supplies for this project were generously provided by Oriental Trading, Kreinik, Cricut, and Minwax.

So, when I came across these DIY unfinished wooden Christmas trees at Oriental Trading, I knew they would make great (translation: safe from cats) desktop decorations. A personalized wooden tree could also double as a gift tag. And, if you’ll have more than the typical amount of children around during the holidays, these would also make a fun kids craft to keep little hands busy while the grown folks are chattering on about something or other.

There are obviously many ways to decorate these, but I’ll share what I did!

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

  • Unfinished wooden Christmas trees.
  • Paint and/or wood finishing cloths. I used:
  • Craft paint brush and container with water to wash your brush.
  • Newspaper or plastic to cover your painting space. (If crafting with children, aprons or old t-shirts may also be in order!)
  • Lots of embellishments! I used:
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    Instructions

    • Start by painting or staining the wood. I used the Minwax Wood Finishing Cloth in Walnut for the trunks and bases of the trees. If you use paint, be sure that you wipe any excess from the groove in the base or the tree won’t fit in after the paint dries.
    • After the trunks dry, apply the paint for the trees. I recommend painting one flat side and the little nooks between the branches first, because you may end up with excess paint dripped on the back while that side dries. You can cover these drips over when you paint the back.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • While the paint is drying, prep your embellishments.
    • I trimmed a piece of Cricut Adhesive Foil to 12″ (30.5 cm) x 4″ (10 cm) with the trimmer. Then I inserted the star shape in Cricut Design Space, which I sized to 0.5″ (1 cm) height. I ended up making about 30 stars, but you could make more or less.
    • To cut the Adhesive Foil, use a Cricut Strong Grip Mat and set your machine’s materials dial to Custom. Select “Adhesive Foil-0.25mm (Cricut)” from the drop down menu.
    • I trimmed the piece down a little further with the micro-tip scissors to make it easier to work with and then used the Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around the stars.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • I also used a crochet hook to make a 30″ (76 cm) chain with the Kreinik Twist.
    • Once the paint was dry, I applied the stars at random.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • Then I wrapped the garland chain around a few times. You could tie it on the back, or connect with a slip stitch.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    As you can see, this is a pretty easy project, and, with the exception of drying time, it won’t take too long. If you wanted to do the project with young children, you could prep the adhesive foil, chains, and other embellishments ahead of time. The children can paint the trees with washable paint and then decorate with a child-safe glue.

    You can find more Christmas crafts ideas here on Oriental Trading, or shop for deals on their coupon page.

Free pattern: Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders with Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #cricutmade #expressionsvinylBack in April, I was introduced to several bloggers who work with Expressions Vinyl at the Snap! Conference. I’ve always been intrigued by vinyl, but I also found it intimidating.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Expressions Vinyl but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut and Wool and the Gang.

After chatting with many vinyl-loving ladies at Snap!, I discovered that vinyl could do even more than I thought it could, and I was determined to get my hands on some for experimentation purposes. The ladies from Expressions Vinyl stepped in and shared a Blogger’s Pack with samples of 7 different types of vinyl.Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmadeThe Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Jade (at the top) called out to me immediately, but the perfect project didn’t come to mind right away.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmadeWith the holidays around the corner, I’ve had gift card holders on my mind for the past few weeks. I realized the Jade was perfect for personalizing a gift card holder for the holiday season, and this crochet pattern and tutorial were born! The heat transfer vinyl pairs perfectly with the Wool and the Gang Billie Jean upcycled denim yarn, but if you decide to make a yarn substitution, be sure to choose a 100% cotton or 100% denim yarn for safety reasons.

If you’re new to vinyl, as I was, I’ve included detailed steps to make your first project a success.

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Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders

Crochet Pattern with Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash!

Finished Sizes

  • Standard (Large) Gift Card Holder.
    • Standard: Approximately 4” (10 cm) wide x 3” (7.5 cm) assembled and folded.
    • Large: Approximately 4” (10 cm) wide x 5.5” (14 cm) assembled and folded.

Materials (Makes one in each size)

  • Wool and the Gang Billie Jean (60% upcycled denim/40% upcycled raw cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g/148 yd/135 m) – 1 skein in Dirty Denim, or approximately 100 yd (91.5 m) in any medium weight 100% cotton or 100% denim yarn.
  • US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 2 – 0.75” (2 cm) sew through buttons.
  • Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Design Space (or other electronic cutting machine with design software), or pencil, scissors, and letter stencil.
  • Expressions Vinyl Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl – 1 sheet in Jade, or approximately 9” (23 cm) x 3” (8 cm) piece of any glitter heat transfer vinyl.
  • Cricut Tools Weeder.
  • Clover Mini Iron, or standard sized iron.
  • Teflon pressing sheet (optional).
  • Ironing board or other iron-safe surface.


Gauge

  • 16 sts in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • t-ch – turning chain
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Gift card holders are crocheted flat in rows and then seamed. Heat transfer vinyl is applied to back of gift card holder. To finish, attach buttons.

Pattern Instructions

Gift Card Holder

  • Ch 18 (or any multiple of 3 sts + 3. If adjusting chain, be sure that it is wider than gift card to start).
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch (counts as sc), (hdc, dc) in next ch, *sk 2 ch, (sc, hdc, dc) in next ch; rep from * across to last 3 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in last ch. (16 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1 (counts as sc), (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st; rep from * across to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in t-ch.
  • Rep Row 2 until gift card holder measures approximately 3”/5” (7.5 cm/13 cm) from start.
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 1, working in back loop only across this row, sc in same st and each st across.
  • Rep Row 2 until gift card holder measures approximately 3”/5” (7.5 cm/13 cm) from ridge formed by unworked front loops on Row 3.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, working in front or back loop only (so that ridge of unworked stitches will be on same side as Row 3 ridge), sc in same st and each st across.

Make front flap

  • Row 5-6: Rep Row 2 twice.

Form buttonholes

  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and next 6 sts, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next 7 sts.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 1, sc in same st and next 6 sts, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in next 7 sts. Fasten off.

Assemble gift card holder

  • Cut a piece of yarn measuring approximately 12” (30.5 cm). Thread yarn needle with thread.
  • Fold gift card holder at Row 3 so that unworked front loops face the outside of holder.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • With wrong sides facing together, use yarn to whipstitch side of holder closed. (If you’re not familiar with the whipstitch, see this tutorial.)
  • Repeat seam on other side. With yarn needle, weave in ends.

Cut heat transfer vinyl (with electronic cutting machine)

  • With your electronic cutting machine design software, create letters approximately 2” (5 cm) wide/tall using the recipient’s initials. (I used the Noah’s ABC Animals font, available free with Cricut Access subscription in Cricut Design Space.)

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Use the “mirror image” function to flip the letters for heat transfer vinyl.
  • Program your machine to cut vinyl.
  • Place the heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the clear, carrier sheet side up.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Once the letters are cut, use the weeder to gently remove the excess vinyl and expose your letters.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Continue on to instructions for applying vinyl.

Cut heat transfer vinyl (by hand)

  • Use stencil and pencil to outline letters on clear, carrier side of vinyl.
  • Cut letters out with scissors.
  • Continue on to instructions for applying vinyl.

 

Apply vinyl to gift card holders

  • Place gift card holders with front side down on ironing board or covered surface.
  • Position vinyl letter on back side of gift card holder with clear, carrier side of vinyl facing up and vinyl facing gift card holder.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Using mini iron, press down on carrier side of vinyl until you can see vinyl begin to remove from carrier sheet. Gently remove carrier sheet. If vinyl letter isn’t properly affixed, cover gift card holder with Teflon pressing sheet to apply more heat.

Personalized Denim Gift Card Holders, free crochet pattern with heat transfer vinyl tutorial by Underground Crafter | These unisex gift card holders add a personalized, handmade touch to an otherwise impersonal gift. These are also a great way to use up small remnants of yarn and buttons from your stash! It's also a great beginner project for those new to heat transfer vinyl. #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Adding button

  • With front side of gift card holder facing you, position button so that it fits through buttonhole with flap closed.
  • With yarn needle and yarn, sew button to gift card holder.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
  • Insert gift card inside of the holder.
  • Button closed.
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Easy Hexagon Gift Tags | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday 2016 Edition

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI’m excited to be teaming up with Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts, and Vanessa from Tried and True for the winter holiday edition of Craft Lightning! When I thought about the idea of coming up with a 15 minute project for the holidays, I knew there wasn’t much I could create with crochet (although this Easy Peasy Buttoned I-Cord Bracelet can be finished in that amount of time) — and, at my speed, there was certainly nothing that could be knit in 15 minutes.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Beacon Adhesives and Kreinik.

But, as you know, I recently got a Cricut Explore Air and our crochet and knit creations are always in need of gift tags, so an idea began to come together.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags

Supplies needed

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Step 1: Select shapes for cutting

I used Cricut Design Space to create hexagons. Click on Insert Shapes on the left side menu, then choose Hexagon. I sized mine so that I could get 6 hexagons from one sheet of cardstock.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI grew up in a multi-faith family, and here in New York City, my friends and family celebrate many different holidays. I started a new document and clicked Insert Images to search for 3 different designs (all of which are free with Cricut Access): a Christmas tree (M36D76), a dreidel (M44259), and a gift box (M31428). Be sure these shapes will be sized small enough to fit into your hexagons. I could fit about 12 of theses holiday shapes onto one sheet of cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out hexagons and holiday shapes

I set the Cricut Explore Air to cut on cardstock. I used the gray for the hexagons and the blueish green for the holiday shapes (Christmas trees, dreidels, and gift boxes).

Step 3: Glue shapes to hexagons

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI used the Zip Dry to glue one shape to each hexagon. The glue dries pretty quickly, so make your design decisions (like, “Should the image be in the center or to one side?” or, “Should the hexagon be point up or flat side up?”) before you apply the glue to the back of the shape.

Step 4: Punch a hole in each hexagon

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueOnce the glue has dried, use the hole punch to create a hole in each tag. Again, you can only make design decisions once on each tag, so decide if you want the hole centered or off to one side.

Step 5: Attach the tag to your handmade project

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueThread the yarn or tapestry needle with the Kreinik Twist and then use the needle to draw the thread through the punched hole.

If you are using the tag for care instructions with a crocheted, knit, or sewn gift, you can also use the needle to attach directly to the gift.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Alternately, you can wrap the gift first in an upcycled paper bag. Use the Kreinik Twist to tie a bow, leaving an extra long tail. Use that tail to thread the needle and then attach the tag. Tie off with a small knot.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI hope you’ve enjoyed this quick little project! I can’t wait to add these tags to my handmade gifts this holiday season.

 

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