Upcycled Bottle Cableknit Bracelet – Free Pattern

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Bottle Cableknit Bracelet

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts goes green – and not just the holiday color. For all those plastic bottles laying around ready for recycling, bring new life to them while stuffing those stockings at the same time.

Also visit the other 12 Days of Christmas Tutorials

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Day 7: Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

Day 8: Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Day 9: Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Day 10: Upcycled Sweater Mittens Tutorial

Day 11: DIY Jewelry Bucket

 

Upcycled Bottle Cableknit Bracelet

Crafting Time: 20 minutes

Materials

Yarn: Approximately 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn, depending on length
Needles: Size 7 circular or double pointed needles or comparable size – gauge is not important as long as it’s relatively sturdy + 1 cable needle
1 Plastic bottle
Scissors or Exacto knife for cutting
Jewelry closure

Cable Knit Bracelet Pattern
CO 18 stitches
Row 1: Place market at beginning of round. Knit all stitches
Row 2: P2, K5, P2, K to end
Repeat Row 2 three more times.
Row 3: P2, Sl3F, K2, K3CN, P2, K to end
Repeat Row 2 eight more times
Knit Row 3
Repeat Row 2 four times.
Knit Row 3
Repeat Row 2 nine times.
Knit Row 3
Repeat Row 2 four times.
Row 4: Knit all stitches
Knit until the length is to your liking, 7 to 8 inches is standard for a bracelet.

Assembly instructions
1. Once you have knit your cable tube, cut a ring of plastic from your bottle making sure it is just slightly narrower than your tube opening.
2. Shimmy your plastic into the center of the cable tube.
3. Cut off any excess plastic and close the ends of your knit tube either using a three needle bind off or by stitching them closed.
4. Weave in your ends and attach the jewelry closure.

For more step by step pictures, click here to see the original tutorial for Recycled Plastic Bottle Cable Knit Bracelet.

Rather buy it instead? I have sold these bracelets in my shop ZyloHandmade before – just convo me and ask for another!

 

  • About 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on length
  • Size 7 needles*
  • a plastic bottle with a flat round
  • Scissors or a knife to cut the plastic
  • A jewelry closure
  • Darning needle

- See more at: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/#sthash.tZLNvx1J.dpuf

  • About 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on length
  • Size 7 needles*
  • a plastic bottle with a flat round
  • Scissors or a knife to cut the plastic
  • A jewelry closure
  • Darning needle

- See more at: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/#sthash.tZLNvx1J.dpuf

  • About 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on length
  • Size 7 needles*
  • a plastic bottle with a flat round
  • Scissors or a knife to cut the plastic
  • A jewelry closure
  • Darning needle

- See more at: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/#sthash.tZLNvx1J.dpuf

  • About 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on length
  • Size 7 needles*
  • a plastic bottle with a flat round
  • Scissors or a knife to cut the plastic
  • A jewelry closure
  • Darning needle

- See more at: http://fanofstuff.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-knit-bracelet/#sthash.tZLNvx1J.dpuf

20. December 2014 by Zylo
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DIY Jewelry Bucket – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Jewelry Bucket

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a true quickie. For all those trinkets you collect and the jewelry collection that seems to spread to infinity, losing pieces along the way, here is your quick fix.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Day 7: Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

Day 8: Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Day 9: Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Day 10: Upcycled Sweater Mittens Tutorial

DIY Jewelry Bucket

Crafting Time: 5 Minutes

Materials

Small tin bucket – try a thrift store or the Target dollar bins

Permanent Marker or pen

Hammer and small nail

Towels or scrap wood to hammer on

Washi tape, optional

Sand paper, optional

Directions

Lay out the punches you’re going to make around the top rim of the bucket. I found that about half an inch was comfortable between the pair of earrings and about 1 inch to the next. Do whatever you think looks nice and place them evenly around the top, marking them with a small dot in pen or permanent marker on the inside of the bucket rim.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Jewelry Bucket

Lay the bucket on its side on a few towels or something that can take the impact of hammering without damage. Line up the nail with the pen marks and lightly hammer until you pierce the side. Repeat with the remaining dots. Sand the outside edge down if you like to make it smoother.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Jewelry Bucket 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Jewelry Bucket

If you’re feeling extra crafty, measure the outside rim of your bucket. Mine had the handle pieces on the outside so I measured from handle to handle. Cut a coordinating piece of washi tape and cover the holes with the tape, forming it to the curve as you press it down. Then just open the holes through the tape with your nail.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Jewelry Bucket

BAM. Jewelry bucket. Now shove it full with pretty things and hand her away as a gift for the organizationally challenged jewelry addict.

 

19. December 2014 by Zylo
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Upcycled Sweater Mittens – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Day 10 is an upcycling project that can help save all those sweaters sent to an early death in the washing machine. Shrunken wool sweaters see life again as these snazzy mittens that you can customize any way you like. I kept it simple here as these were a gift and my recipient is a lot a little classier than me!

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Day 7: Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

Day 8: Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Day 9: Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Crafting Time: 20 Minutes

Materials

One felted sweater & matching quilting thread

Small red pompoms and green felt

Green sewing thread

Sewing machine, scissors, and scrap paper

Directions

Lay your hand over the scrap paper. Remember Thanksgiving turkeys? Same principle here. Just trace a mitten shape around your hand leaving about half an inch of space all around to make it larger. Once you’re happy with the size, cut it out.

Lay out sweater on a flat surface making sure the bottom hem is even. Lay the paper mitten over the sweater lining up the bottom of the mitten hand with the bottom hem of the sweater. You bottom hem will create the wrist cuff of your mittens. Carefully cut out the shape, making sure to cut both the bottom and the top of the sweater. You will now have two “mirror” hands.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Flip the paper pattern over and repeat on the second mitten.

With the right sides facing together, stitch the mirrored sweater hands together to create your mittens. Don’t sew the bottom hem! That will be the opening for your wrist. *Sewing Tip* Use a ball point sewing needle so it is less likely to catch and go for a smaller stitch length. It will help hold it together. I also went over my straight stitch with a small zigzag in any areas I thought would get a lot of strain such as the thumb.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Flip inside out and try the on. You should have enough give to make it easy to slip over the hand but not too much to make them loose. I had to do a trial run before I got mine right the first time, but most medium to large sized sweaters should have plenty of bottom hem to make about 3 mittens.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Sweater Mittens

Cut green felt into holly leaf shapes and pull out 5 to 6 small sized red pompoms for the berries. Arrange your leaves and berries the way you like and stitch them down. Be careful to run your needle through the center of the pompom or you might not catch enough material for them to stay attached.

Once your holly berries are sewn together, place them on your mittens and stitch in place.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Upcycled Sweater Mittens

 

18. December 2014 by Zylo
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Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar Tutorial – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts comes from a guest blogger, Jess of Feath & Kee shop and blog. She is a friend of mine from Etsy who is also a leader of the TEMPT Team and Ingenuity Team along with me.

This cute theme jar uses recycled materials and can be a great start as a piggy bank for a little one — just slip a few dollars in to start them off. You can also leave the lid in tact and fill with any number of homemade beauty products or DIY recipes. Now without further ado, here’s Jess!

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Day 7: Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

Day 8: Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Crafting Time: 45 Minutes + Paint Drying Time

It seems like every year, the Christmas shopping list seems to get longer and longer.  While sometimes possibly a bit stress inducing, this is a good thing, because it means that your network of friends and loved ones has grown.

The project that I am going to share with you today should help you cross a few names off of your list with thought and care while providing a little bit of stress relieving craft time.  I make these money or tip jars for the Etsy shop that I have with my husband, and are great to sit on your dresser or counter to collect loose change.

Supplies

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

  • glass jar with lid ( any jar will work, preferably one that you are recycling though).
  • something to poke a hole in the lid.  This can be a flathead screw driver, or if you have one, a chisel works great.
  • A hammer to wack the screwdriver or chisel with.
  • Pliers – Needle nose are best
  • Paint (acrylic is great, inexpensive, mostly washable)
  • Brushes
  • Paint pen (this is optional, but if you are going to write on your jar it makes things a lot easier)
  • Clear acrylic spray or polyurethane
  • Paper bag or something to protect your work space.

 

The Process (with Pictures!)

Okay, first step is that you will want to make sure that your jar is clean and free of labels and sticky glue.  Running it through the dishwasher with your other dishes should do most of the work.  Rubbing alcohol or Goo Away will take care of the rest.

Now that you have a clean jar, go ahead and take off the lid and this is where you will use your screwdriver or chisel to poke a hole in it. Place the lid, inside facing up, on a flat piece of wood or other surface that you don’t mind having a dent in.

Position your screwdriver or chisel where you want to start making your hole.  Hit the end of the screwdriver fairly hard.  Continue doing this until you have cut out a narrow rectangle shape in your lid.

Bend the rough edges underneath the lid and smash them down.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Now you are ready for the fun part!  This is where if you have kids, it would be great for them to help out especially if this will be for a teacher or loved one.

Grab your paint and get to work!  Use your imagination and decorate to your hearts content.  For this post, I made a “Santa Fund”.  Since I have writing on this jar, I went with a lighter color, then decorated it with complimentary colors.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

You will need to allow some time for drying, but acrylic dries pretty fast.  You should be able to complete one of these in a day.  Once you are happy with everything, it is time to add your writing to personalize your jar.  You can use a skinny paint brush or a paint pen to do this.

Once your jar has completely dried, apply a coat of clear acrylic to seal and protect your design.

You can fill your jars with candy or other treats.  They make great gifts.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Hand Painted Christmas Money Jar

Jess runs Feath & Kee with her husband where they make cute reclaimed wood earrings (I’ve bought 2 pairs!), money jars, and jewelry holders.

Thanks Jess for this great tutorial! If you’ve fallen in love with this cute Santa Fund, you make your own with her great tutorial or purchase this one from here shop here.

17. December 2014 by Zylo
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Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is another quickie stocking stuffer that’s super quick to make. You only need a few materials for this stretch bracelet tutorial and can personalize these to your hearts content. Don’t just stop at one either, make a handful for someone to stack on their wrists for extra bling.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Day 7: Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

 

Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Crafting Time: 10 Minutes for a set

Materials

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial.7mm Stretch Magic Cord

Glue, bonding-agent, or clear nail polish

Beautiful beads

Fabric or mat to keep materials from rolling away

Scissors & Ruler

Directions

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Start playing with your beads and lay them out in the pattern that they should be strung. Bracelets are typically 7 to 8 inches around for small to medium sized beads. For extra chunky beads, 8 to 9 inches may be more appropriate.

Cut about 12 inches of cord. You need enough to comfortably string the beads plus extra for tying – cutting the cord too short will make your knots difficult to complete.

String your beads in the pattern you laid them out. I prefer to have my largest bead on the end and I’ll tell you why in a minute. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, you can wrap it around your wrist to measure and see if the length is good. Just fiddle with it a little until you love it.

Tie a square knot with your cord. Make it tight enough that the beads are not loose as they’ll shift around and you’ll be able to see the cord. However, don’t tie the knot so tight that the elastic is stretched which will bunch up the beads and won’t fit properly. Dab a little glue on the center of the knot and tighten it. Set aside while you string the rest and let the glue dry a little.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

Now about that large bead. I like to have the largest bead next to my knot so that once I clip off the excess cord, I can slip the knot into the bead. This helps to make sure you can’t see the knot and that it will be protected inside the bead making it less likely to come undone or break. When you pull the knot into the bead, do so slowly so that you don’t accidentally break the string.

* A note on cord size *

I like the .7mm size for most bracelets. The .5mm is prone to snapping when worn because it’s a little delicate. The 1mm is nice for larger beads, but once the knot is tied it’s usually too large to fit into small beads and will remain visible. You can pick up Stretch Magic at most craft stores.

If you love this set, you can also head over to my shop to pick some up!

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Stacking Stretch Bracelet Tutorial

16. December 2014 by Zylo
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Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

Day 7 of the Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a quick but lovely stocking stuffer for the book lover in your life. Bonus points if you use upcycled book pages to make the beads. Or maybe not. Some book lovers worship the printed word and may consider this sacrilege so consider that before dismantling the book no one wants.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 6: Braided Cable Headband and Ear Warmer

Paper Bead Bookmark Tutorial

Crafting Time: 15 Minutes

Materials

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

12-20 inches of lace to fingering weight yarn

Beads

Small to medium size paper punch

Decorative Paper

Paper glue

Beading needle or small sized crochet hook

Clothespin optional

Direction

The length of yarn you need is determined by the size of the book you want to use if for. Paperback bookmarks can be smaller, but you might want a longer one if the receiver likes to read hardbacks. Pick 2 to 3 beads for the bottom and another 2 for the top. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the bookmark and slip on the first bead. String the rest of the beads you want on the bottom of the bookmark with a slipknot on either side to hold the beads in place. Use a beading needle if you need to or a small crochet hook. The hook is also good for getting the knots closer to the beads so they fit snug.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

Tie another bead into place at the other end of the string with about 4 to 5 inches of yarn to spare. Measure the size of your punch and leave that much space on the yarn before stringing the last bead.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

Punch 8-12 shapes with the paper punch from coordinating paper. The number of punches you’ll need will depend on the size and how full you want the bead to be. Fold each punch in half with the patterned or colored side inside.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

Cover half of one punch with paper glue and stack on top of another punch. Continue gluing and pressing until all the punches are glued together but not glued in a circle. I like to hold it together with a clothespin for a few minutes.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

Line up the bead with the yarn and glue the last side. Join the bead together to finish it off and hold it together until the glue dries a bit. If the bead is unbalanced, just pinch the paper into place to spread them evenly in a circle.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

If you need to, trim the ends until they are even but don’t cut into the knots. If you cut the ends too short, put some glue onto the knots just to make sure they won’t come undone. I like to trim close at the bottom and leave a little tail at the top. And you’re done. Stuff it in a book and give her away!

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Paper Bead Bookmark

15. December 2014 by Zylo
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Braided Cable Headband Ear Warmer – Free Pattern

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Braided Cable Headband Ear Wamer

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Countdown starts off with this stylish headband and ear warmer. Most knitters can whip this up in just an hour and I bet you’ve got plenty of stash yarn just waiting for it!

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

Day 5: Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Braided Cable Headband Ear Warmer

Crafting Time: About 30-45 Minutes

This quick headband provides some sparkle for the holidays or parties. It also doubles as an ear warmer for the cold. The pattern suggests two yarns used in the pictures, but any two worsted weight yarns held together should work. Experiment with bulky and super-bulky too.

Materials
55-60 yards of Patons Metallic Yarn in Pewter
55-60 yards of Yarn Bee Diva Yarn in Istanbul
Size 11 needles
Cable needle and darning needle

Gauge
Gauge is not too important, but one repeat of the pattern should be roughly 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches long.

Pattern
Cast on 19 stitches
Row 1 and all wrong side rows: p9, k1, p9
Row 2 (RS): C6F, k3, p1, C6F, k3
Row 4: k9, p1, k9
Row 6: k3, C6B, p1, k3, C6B
Row 8: k9, p1, k9
Repeat rows 1-8 about 9 more times for piece that measure roughly 19 inches long. If you need it long, simply knit more reps. Seam the two short ends together and block if needed.
*Pro-tip: For an extra professional look, use a provisional cast-on for a seamless headband.

Stitch Glossary
C6F – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold forward, knit 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches from cable needle
C6B – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold back, knit 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches from cable needle

Rather buy it instead? I have this one in my shop ZyloHandmade.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Braided Cable Headband Ear Wamer

14. December 2014 by Zylo
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Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a classic. Pretty snowflakes meet traditional cinnamon ornaments for a festive and deliciously scented gift you can whip up quickly.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Day 4: Rice Hand Warmers

 

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes & Snowballs

Crafting Time: About 3 hours including baking time

Materials

3/4 cup applesauce

2 (2.37 ounce) bottles of ground cinnamon

Snowflake cookie cutters & drinking straw

Baking tray, cooling racks, and parchment paper

Glitter glue & Loose glitter

Plate or cup

String for hanging

Bake the Ornaments (Via McCormick)

I made one full recipe of the dough, but rolled out half for the snowflakes and used the other half for the snowballs. Adjust accordingly if you are only doing one or the other. For these tutorials, realize that I am using half of the dough for each.

Directions

Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.)

For the snowflakes, roll half the dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

For the snowballs, take the other half of the dough and roll into truffle sized balls in the palm of your hands.

Pour a small amount of loose glitter into a cup or onto a plate. Roll the snowballs in the glitter to coat, then press the glitter into the dough by rolling them again in your hands. (Also prepare to look like a disco ball for the rest of the day.) I liked the way it looks when half were “naked” and the other were glitter so I left them half and half.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Place snowflakes and snowballs onto a parchment paper lined baking tray.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.).

To finish the snowflakes, use the glitter glue to outline or embellish the snowflakes. Let glue dry thoroughly before handling.

Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang the snowflakes. For the snowballs, arrange into dishes for decorating, or a pretty jar to give as a gift. They are great to use in car ashtrays for continued scent.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes and Snowballs

13. December 2014 by Zylo
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Rice Hand Warmers Tutorial – 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

Day 4 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a quickie sewing project you can finish in no time. You can use a fat quarter or scraps to put yours together, but it takes very little fabric and you probably already have everything on hand. Perfect for Winter weather, especially for outdoorsy types.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Day 3: Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Rice Hand Warmers Tutorial

Crafting Time: 30 Minutes

Materials

Cotton fabric – enough for 4 or 5 (if you’re doing a pocket) 5″x5″ squares, a fat quarter works nicely

Rice and a funnel or scrap paper

Scissors, a needle and matching cotton thread

Sewing machine

Directions

I will assume you are making 2 hand warmers, one of which has a pocket. Adjust accordingly if you make a different combination.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

These are the 3 pieces you will need for one hand warmer with pocket. The companion without the pocket will only need the 2 squares.

Cut 5 squares measuring 5″x5″. On the last square, snip off a corner. The more you cut, the smaller your pocket will be.

Fold down a small hem on the slanted edge you just cut for the pocket and sew it down.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

Layer one square with the pocket on top, then another square with the right sides facing in. Layer the second square with right sides together as well. Pin in place.

Start sewing a straight stitch 1/4 to 1/2 inch around the squares, leaving about 2 inches unsewn for turning.

Clip your corners, but not too close to the thread. Turn inside out and use a pencil or knitting needle to pop out the corners.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

Start filling with rice. I prefer mine about 3/4 full as this has a nice heft and keeps heat in without being overly stuffed.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

Fold the raw open edge under and use an invisible couching stitch or an overhand stitch to sew it closed.

Instructions for Use

Microwave in 15 second intervals. 15-30 seconds usually does the trick depending on the strength of your microwave. Just don’t chuck them in there and heat away though because they will burn.

To use as a cool pack, stick them in the freezer for a few hours.

I don’t suggest using them as projectile weapons, but I can’t promise you won’t be tempted. I won’t look.

Try them in different shapes too!

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Rice Hand Warmers

Love them, but don’t have time to make them? Pick up this set in my shop!

12. December 2014 by Zylo
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Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves – Free Pattern

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is for comfy perfect fingerless gloves that you can whip up in about 2 hours. Make at the zero hour and still have some time to wrap them before the guests arrive.

Have you suffered the indignity of imperfectly striped ribs? Does that tiny purl bump of uneven color make you cry into your teacup?
Well, suffer no more!
This is the easiest way to get perfect stripes that I wish I had known years ago. These fingerless gloves knit up fast and make them perfect for gifts. Use your team colors or whip up a pair for your favorite outfit. And above all, bask in the perfect seamless color change, ribbed for your pleasure.

Day 1: Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern

Day 2: Stenciled Tea Towels

Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Crafting Time: 2 Hours

Materials

Main Color (MC): Approximately 55 yards
Contrast Color (CC): Approximately 18 yards
(Level-up Bonus: stashbust by using different leftovers for each stripe)
4 size 8 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker

Gauge
14 stitches and 13 rows in ribbing equals 2 inches square, unstretched or blocked. Gauge is not too critical considering how stretchy they are, so just use this as a guide and adjust as you go to fit your own hand.

Directions for both gloves
Cast on 32 stitches distributed on 3 double pointed needles. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Rows 1-5: Knit in 2 x 2 rib (knit 2, purl 2) using MC
Row 6: Knit all stitches using CC
Row 7-10: Knit in 2 x 2 rib using CC
Row 11: Knit all stitches using MC
Row 12-20: Knit in 2 x 2 rib using MC
Row 21: Do not join in the round. Knit 10 rows flat following the 2 x 2 rib pattern. Transfer to straight needles if that is easier for you.
Row 31: Using CC, join your work in the round again and knit all stitches.
Row 32-35: Knit in 2 x 2 rib using CC
Row 36: Knit all stitches using MC
Row 37-40: Knit in 2 x 2 rib using MC
Bind off in pattern.

Don’t just go for Christmas colors – knit them in team colors for the sports fan in your life. Try out Harry Potter house colors like the pair I did below. The possibilities are endless.

Love them but can’t knit? I’ve sold both these pairs in my shop and I make custom orders. Just send me a message through Etsy for your own pair.

12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts Perfect Stripe Fingerless Gloves

Slytherin House Gloves – Sold but not forgotten

11. December 2014 by Zylo
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