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How-Tuesday: Mitten Garland and Cupcake Toppers

Nov 27, 2012

by Sarah Goldschadt

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Pay tribute to sweater weather with two quick and cheerful paper projects — cupcake toppers and garlands — from Sarah Goldschadt’s new book, Craft-A-Day. As the title implies, her book offers a year’s worth of crafts, with each week centered around a visual theme. Today’s How-Tuesday features two tutorials from “Mitten Week.”

As a crafter, I love projects that don’t require a lot of time or a big investment in special supplies. So when I was approached by Quirk Books to write Craft-a-Day, it seemed like a no-brainer to introduce traceable patterns with weekly themes that use basic supplies for each craft. Then came the fun part of actually designing the templates, making the crafts and photographing everything. The result is a whopping 430 page book with photos of every project!

Most of the projects in the book revolve around paper and felt projects like toppers, garlands, cards, and ornaments, and once you have one technique down, you can apply it to all the patterns. Below is the mini mitten pattern from Mitten Week, and instructions for making your own cupcake toppers and garland. With basic supplies like cardstock, scissors, and a glue stick, you’ll be on your way to making a handmade project for everyone you know this holiday season!

Feel free to add your own twist by using other colored or patterned paper or even glitter. If you feel like sharing pics of your finished project, tag them with #craftaday or the Craft-a-Day Flickr group. Happy crafting!

Mini Mittens Toppers
Supplies:
Pencil
Printer
Scissors
Red and white cardstock
Glue stick
Clear tape
Toothpicks

Directions:
1. Print mitten pattern on regular printer paper.

2. Transfer pattern and cut as many shapes as desired out of red and white ?card stock.

3. Arrange shapes as in the photograph. Glue in place.

4. Tape a toothpick to the back of each mitten. Trim excess tape.

Mini Mittens Garland

Supplies:
Pencil
Scissors
Red, pink, and white card stock
Glue stick
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle

Directions:
1. Print mitten pattern on regular printer paper.

2. Transfer pattern and cut as many shapes as desired out of red, pink, and white card stock.

3. Arrange mitten and cuff shapes as in the photograph. Glue in place.

4.  Thread needle with embroidery thread. Lay out mittens in pairs, with thumbs facing.

5. Take a large straight stitch across the cuff of a mitten, poking the needle down through one side and up through the other. Leave a short length of thread and then take another straight stitch through the second mitten. Leave a larger length of thread and then take a straight stitch through the first mitten of the next pair.

6. Repeat until you have reached the desired length of garland.

 

A big thank you to Sarah Goldschadt  for sharing this project with us. For more projects like this one, check out Craft-A-Day, available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you. If you make your own mini mittens project, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.

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