1 cup ground cinnamonIn a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup craft glue plus more for decorating
Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour.
Turn out one-quarter of dough onto a cool, flat surface; flatten with your hands.
Flatten with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick. If dough becomes too dry, spritz with water. If it sticks to rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
Cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters (we got a fun woodland set from Ikea) or a craft knife. Make sure to cut out holes for hanging string, or you can push paperclips into the dough for the small ornaments.
Air-dry ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer ornaments to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until dry, about 2 hours.
Using a bottle with an applicator tip, spread craft glue over the area you wish to decorate.
While glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or beads, holding ornament over a bowl as you work; tap off excess.
Repeat with different colors until pretty!
From: Martha Stewart
Abbreviations and Special Stitches
sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
tr treble crochet
picot chain 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook
Round 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch--12 dc.
Round 2: Ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), dc in first st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 chs to form stem, dc) in next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, picot, dc ) in next st; (sc, hdc) in next st, (dc, picot, sc) in next st, (hdc, dc, tr, picot, tr, dc, hdc) in next st, (sc, picot, dc) in next st, (hdc, sc) in last st, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of round.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Approximate project time: 2-3 hours for cutting and assembly, 2-3 hours for embellishment, 1 hour to finish. Total: ~2 half-days
Notes for next time:
I don't use clutches very much so I probably should have added a strap for practicality.
Stiffen the bottom of the bag with interface & more stitching before sewing the bag together.
Approximate project time: 1 day to buy fabric, cut, and piece. 1-2 days to cut the backing & quilt together. 1 day to embellish (less if you can make decisions quickly!). 2-3 sittings to hand sew the binding on. total time: ~ 1 week.
Notes for next time:
Cut backing larger than front piece, I had to trim quite a bit off of the edges to make things square.
Buy a walking foot! I love my machine, but it did not do very well quilting through many layers off fabric.