July Crafternoon – Weaving

July’s Crafternoon was all about weaving & dips! Weaving is probably pretty self explanatory. A lot of us bought looms from Target, and we used youtube videos to explain the best ways to weave, create hanging parts, make shapes, etc. I have not finished my weaving yet (seen above) and have kept mine pretty simple, but using lots of colors I love. The dip part of crafternoon went like this..Everyone brings a dip (savory or sweet) and I provide stuff to dip. It was really fun and the second time we’ve done a dip party like this.







As always we did a white elephant swap. I made this funny broad city tote bag (because lots of the ladies are fans of the show) by making a iron on from the map insert that comes with the DVD set of the show. I found the Milk Bar truffle mix and cute squirrel pen at Target! I’m slowly putting together a book-lover themed gift for the next white elephant gift. Some times gathering and making goodies for the swap is one of my favorite things to do.

April Crafternoon








Crafternoon for the month of April was a combination of baked potato bar feast & a craft attempting to sew a bunch of tank-dresses. I baked up a bunch of potatoes and then just had as many toppings as I could think of spread out along the table. It was one of the easiest ways I have ever fed a crowd. As for the dresses you can find all kinds of tutorials for them online just by searching “fast tank dress”. You sew a gathered skirt from fabric to elastic, and then sew a tank top onto it. After sewing our skirts I think most people decided to just keep it as a skirt and that way you could wear any tank top with it, and achieve the same look. Jessee went ahead and made her dress ahead of time which was very helpful as she could then assist everyone. The skirt sewing portion went pretty smoothly. Mine ended up on the large size (I can pull the skirt outward and easily fit another person in there with me) but you can’t really tell when I have it on. It does tend to slid down slowly over the day though, so I am going to try and alter it to not have so much stretch.
A lot of the ladies do not enjoy sewing, so I loved that everyone was such a great sport! You can see there was such a variety of fabrics, and lots of trying on the skirts over whatever we were wearing. I used the beautiful Trefle Cucito Double Guaze fabric by Kokka for my skirt, and I am so pleased that I ended up having a bunch leftover so I can play around with it.
I found the silly PA Dutch napkins at a thrift shop recently. It was an unopened package for 25¢, and too funny not to pick up for crafternoon.
The last photo is the items I stitched up for the white elephant gift exchange. I love this free drawstring bag pattern as a go-to for a quick way to wrap up a gift.
Next month we are going to be working on some faux food and I have been so excited planning for it!