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Heart Pillow

Designer: Michaela Koch

1802913 Soft-Cut Premium Line Scissors, 21 cm
1802532 Comfortline Soft Grip Hobby Scissors

4900200 Oaki Doki Uni Fabrics, 70 x 50 cm, Assorted
4900600 Oaki Doki Print Fabrics So Cute, 75 x 50 cm, Assorted
1480347 Glitter Iron On Transfer Sheet, Hot fix, 15 x 20 cm, Light Blue
1796286 Punch XXL, Retro Flower, 58 x 56 cm
1002000 Puffy Polyester Wool Stuffing for Filling and Decoration, 250 g, White

Additional: Template, Pencil, Needles, Sewing Machine, Sewing Thread, Baking Paper, Iron, Sewing Needles.

1. Transfer the half heart (template) to the Oaki Doki fabric without a seam allowance. A left and a right half are required for each of the two fabrics. Take one plain and one patterned half heart and place them together with the right sides facing inwards. Sew the two halves of the heart together down the middle. Repeat for the other two halves.

Tip: Lay the two fabrics on top of each other and place the paper half heart before cutting. Fix the paper half heart to the fabric with pins. When the fabric is cut two identical heart halves (one left and one right) are automatically created.

(2) Remove the film from the glitter transfer sheet and punch out a flower. Place the flower on the white heart half and fix it with the iron. (Position baking paper over the glitter sheet.)

(3) Place the hearts right sides together and secure them with pins. Then sew them together leaving a turning opening.

Trim the seams as much as possible especially at the curves. Cut the seam at the heart tip. Turn the fabric through the opening and fill well with the wool filling.

(4) Sew the opening together by hand with a concealed mattress stitch.

You can download the template from Efco’s German Website.

Check out the Textiles Catalogue for the range of Oaki Doaki fabrics and Hot Fix Transfer Sheets.


Designed by Kathleen Hauck

1802532 Comfortline Soft Grip Hobby Scissors
1802730 Aluminium Ruler, 30 cm
1804102 Hot Glue Gun, 55 W for ø 11.2 mm
1805005 Glue Sticks, 300 x 11.2 mm, Clear

2213525 Wire Ring, ø 25 cm, White
2213535 Wire Ring, ø 35 cm, White
2002002 Alcantara Cord, Cream, 3 mm
3456832 Feathers Deco Ribbon with Fringe, 40 mm, Light Pink
3429001 Flower Embroidery Lace Ribbon, 22 mm, White
3429032 Flower Embroidery Lace Ribbon, 22 mm, Light Pink
1223832 Crochet Ribbon, 20 mm, Light Pink
1233033 Cotton Ribbon, Romance, 25 mm, Light Pink
1215132 Double Satin Ribbon, 3 mm, Light Pink
2002201 Cotton Waxed Cord, ø 1 mm, White
2004202 Cotton Waxed Cord, ~ 0.5 mm, Cream
1004301 Marabu Feathers, 100 – 120 mm, 2 g ~ 20 Stk, White
1023701 Indian Pearl Beads, Matt, ø 5.5 mm, transparent
1023777 Silver Lined Indian Pearl Beads, ø 5.5 mm, Lilac

1. Cut a 3.2 m piece of Alcantara cord. Glue one end to the small wire ring with the hot glue gun. Wrap it around the ring until there is about 7-8 cm of the ring left visible. Glue the end to the ring with the hot glue gun.

Cut approx. 5.4 m of Alcantara cord for the large ring. Glue one end to the large ring. Wrap the ring approx. 15-20 times. Then position the bare section of the small ring against the large ring and continue wrapping both rings, binding them together. When the bare section is covered return to wrapping just the large ring. Fix the end of the cord with more glue.

2. Cut pieces of the various ribbons. Wrap them around the rings, sticking them to the back. Remove any excess ribbon. Fill the gaps with satin ribbon or cotton cords, fixing them in position with glue.

3. Cut 4 40 cm pieces of white cotton cord. Tie each strand in the middle of the two ring bound section. Thread the cords with matt Indian beads. Tie knots in the thread to create irregular intervals between the beads.

Cut 3 40 cm of cream cotton cord. Tie these to the two rings in between the white cotton cords. Thread the silver lined pink Indian beads onto the cords. Tie knots to create irregular intervals between the beads.

Cut 4 40 cm pieces of double satin ribbons. Use a touch of hot glue to stick the middle of the ribbons to the rings in between the cords. Pull the ribbons straight and use scissors to cut the ribbons to make the ones at the sides shorter than those in the middle.

4. Cut a 1.2 m piece of double satin ribbon and fold it in half. Attach the ribbon either side of the two ring bound section to create the hanging strap. Use the hot glue gun to attach three feathers to the rings either side of the strap.

Check out the Ribbons/Napkins and Autumn/Winter 2017 Catalogues to view Efco’s range of ribbons.

Texture Mat Coasters

Designed by Kathleen Hauck

1607602 Square Beer Mat, 9.3 x 9.3 cm x 1.5 mm, 100 Stk.
9500525 FolkloreTexture Mat, 90 x 90 mm
4510999 Stamp Mat, Black
4510910 Stamping Block for Texture mats
4512089 Stazon Ink Pad, Black
4512100 Stazon Stamp Cleaner
1988506 Pigment Liners, Black, 0.05/0.1/0.2/0.3/0.5/0.8 mm, 6 Stk.
1990312 Textile Marker, Fine Point, 1-2 mm, 12 Stk.
1965003 Spray Varnish Satin Matt, 300 ml, Clear

Additional: Kitchen Paper


1. First place the texture mat on the stamp block with the double-sided adhesive film. Ink up the texture mat and stamp it on the beer mat. Leave to dry for a minute. Use the pigment liners to continue the design to the edge of the coaster and, if necessary, fill in any parts of the image not printed properly.

2. Colour the design with the textile markers. Leave to dry. Spray the beet mats with clear matt varnish and leave to dry. Spray the back of the mats with clear varnish for protection and leave to dry.

Check out the Autumn/Winter Trends Catalogue for the Texture Mats and Textile Markers.

Fabric Covered Box

Designed by Michaela Koch

1802730 Aluminium Ruler
1802911 Soft-Cut Premium Line Scissors
1880424 Flat Paintbrush Gr. 24
1880412 Flat Paintbrush Gr. 12
9311433 Mixing Palette
1879900 Paintbrush Water Container, Plastic
1804003 Hot Glue Gun
1805001 Glue Sticks

2638012 Flat Round Box
6832016 Martha Steward Satin Acrylic – Surf
6832098 Martha Steward High Gloss Acylic – Marmalade
9586205 Transparent Craft Glue
4901400 Oaki Doki Printed Fabric, 70 x 50 cm
4900300 Oaki Doki Bias Binding, 3 m x 20 mm, Red
1402402 Wooden Clothes Pegs, 45 mm
1402720 Wooden Cupped Round Blank, 20 mm
1174497 Country Button
2002728 Waxed Cotton Cord, Red

1. Paint the inside of the box and lid light blue using the wide brush. Leave to dry. Paint the outside of the base orange and leave to dry.

2. Cut a piece of Oaki Doki fabric approximately 23 x 23 cm. Use the thin brush to cover the outside of the lid with transparent glue. Position the lid in the centre of the fabric. Stick the fabric to the lid, smoothing it out to the edges. Apply more transparent glue to the edge of the lid. Pull the fabric down over the edge of the lid. The tighter the fabric is, the less folds will appear around the rim. Fix the fabric with wooden pegs and leave to dry. Use scissors to cut the excess fabric.

3. Cut a 42 cm strip of bias binding. The bias binding is folded in the middle making it easier to fold it over the edge of the lid. Wrap it around the bottom edge of the lid (half on the outside, half on the inside) and stick it in position with transparent glue. Hold it in position with wooden pegs whilst it dries. Thread a piece of waxed cotton cord through the button and knot it. Glue the button to the centre of the box lid using the hot glue gun.

Check out the Catalogue page for the products needed to complete this project.

Cutlery Pouch

Cork Cutlery Pouch

3370603 – Cork Leather, Stripes
1945040 – UHU Kraft Adhesive
1402404 – Wooden Clothes Pegs
4900100 – Oaki Doki Bias Binding Tape
9586205 – Transparent Craft Glue
2004228 – Waxed Cotton Cord
2523308 – Smyrna Needle

1. Cut a 45 x 10 cm piece of cork leather. Fold over 10 cm at one end and stick it with UHU Kraft glue. Use wooden pegs to hold it together whilst it dries.


2. Fold a piece of Oaki Doki bias binding tape over the opposite end. Apply a thin layer of transparent glue to the cork leather to stick the tape in position. Hold it there whilst it dries with wooden pegs. The Oaki Doki binding should be flush with the cork.

Tip: To ensure that the tape doesn’t fray over time make sure that the edges are firmly stuck.


3. Draw a heart on grid paper using crosses as a template for the cross stitch decoration. Place the pouch on the felt pad. Use masking tape to fix the template on top of the cork beneath the binding. Use the awl to pierce the corners of all the crosses. Remove the paper template and, if necessary, re-pierce the holes in the cork. Cut a 240 cm piece of waxed cotton cord and tie a knot in one end. Thread the smallest Smyrna needle with the cotton and pass the needle up from the back through the bottom left hole. Create little cross stitches until the heart is created. Tie the cord off at the back with another knot and trim the excess cord.

4. Apply a line of UHU glue down either side on the back of the cork leather (approx. 26cm long). Fold the leather in two, pressing the edges together. Hold it in place with clips until the glue has dried.

Beton Bag Planter

Beton Jute Bag

9318701 Beton Hobby for Modelling, 1,5 kg
3423122 Jute sack with cord, 14 x 18 cm
9911005 Empty container 155 ml, ø 69 mm, h 65 mm
1260178 Wool Cord, brown, 5 mm


1. Remove the cord from the jute bag and turn it inside out. Wrap the beaker in clingfilm.

Weigh out 1 kg of modelling Beton and mix it thoroughly with 160 g of water until it forms a smooth concrete mass. Leave the mixture to rest for 2 minutes before using it to fill the jute bag. Make sure the bag is filled completely (including the corners) and that there are no air pockets. Push the wrapped beaker into the Beton and loosely tie a piece of wool cord around the sack just below the top of the Beton. Leave to dry for several hours (preferably 24 hours).

2. Discard the wool cord. Carefully remove the jute bag by using a scalpel to cut the seam open and peeling it off the Beton. Remove the beaker and peel away the cling film. Tie a piece of wool cord around the Beton bag to finish.

Check out the Spring/Summer 2017 Trends Catalogue for efco’s range of Beton products.

A corker of a bag!

Efco’s cork leather and fabric can easily be hand or machine sewn with a standard foot. They are available in 4 different designs: 1 dark – Marron and 3 light – Granulo, Mosaic and Stripes. The leather has a faux suede effect backing and is medium weight whilst the fabric (labelled ‘Tissue’ in the catalogue) has a woven fabric backing and is the heaviest weight.

The Marron cork leather sheet (45 x 35cm) along with some of Efco’s cork tapes is all you need to create a simple yet stylish small bag…

Quick and simple to create this would make an ideal workshop project for anyone running sewing classes. Instructions can be found on the Projects4Crafters.com blog page.

To view the full cork range please see the Basics Catalogue.

iZink I see flamingos!

Flamingo Coasters


1607601 – Round Beer Mats
4550607 – iZink Dye Ink, Aurore
4550663 – iZink Dye Ink, Menthe
4550407 – iZink Pigment Ink, Pearl effect, Citronella
4550461 – iZink Pigment Ink, Glitter, Bamboo
4550435 – iZink Pigment Ink, Pearl effect, Orchid
4550307 – Stampo Bird Stamps and Ink Pad
4511400 – Stamp Cleaner
4512700 – Embossing Powder
1965002 – Matt Varnish Spray, Clear

1. Protect your work surface with paper before you start. Place the beer mats side by side on the paper. Sprinkle the beer mats with drops of yellow and green iZink dye ink. Leave to dry.

Spritz the surface of the mats with yellow and green iZink pigment ink sprays. Leave to dry.

2. Stamp the coasters with flamingos using the Stampo black ink pad. Whilst the ink is still wet cover them with transparent embossing powder and tap off the excess.

Heat with the embossing heat tool until the powder has melted.

Tip: When working with embossing powder always keep a piece of paper handy to tap any excess powder onto so that it is easier to pour it back into the jar.

3. Colour the famingos pink with a brush and pink pearl effect iZink pigment ink. Leave to dry. If the green colour shows through when dry reapply the pink colour and leave to dry.

Spray the beer mats with clear matt varnish and leave to dry. Spray the backs of the beer mats with clear varnish and leave to dry.

Tick Tock Time Flies…

Creaflexx Leaves Wall Clock

3400001 – Creaflexx White
3400021 – Creaflexx Transparent
6832062 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Pollen
6832010 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Scallion
6832003 – MS Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic, Scottish Highlands
9320300 – Stencil-Fix
9320300 – Leaves Stencil
1855313 – Quartz Clockwork Mechanism

Apply a thin coat of stencil fix to the back of the stencil and leave to dry. Place the stencil adhesive side down on the rough side of the white Creaflexx. Use a stencil sponge to apply the acrylics colours, allowing them to blend, over the entire surface of the stencil. Repeat the process using half the stencil. Leave to dry.

Cut out an approx. 8 x 8 cm piece of white Creaflexx. Cut out the stencil decorated Creaflexx to create a wavy edged rectangle (only the area of the whole stencil leaving the half stencil for later). Make a hole in the centre of the white square and then a hole in the decorated Creaflexx off centre to the right. Heat the smooth side of the white Creaflexx square with a rubber stamping heat tool and stick it on the back of the decorated piece aligning the holes. Insert the quartz clock movement and fix the clock hands according the package instructions.

Note: It is advisable to work on a heat-resistant surface and place a layer of baking parchment on top so that the Creaflexx doesn’t stick to the surface when warm. In addition, we recommend you wear thin cotton gloves when working with Creaflexx, as the glue gets very hot when heated.

Heat the clock below the clock hands’ radius and shape the Creaflexx into a wave whilst hot. The Creaflexx should be left in this position for 2-3 minutes until cool. Creaflexx can always be reheated and re-shaped at any time if necessary.

Tip: The Creaflexx can be laid over a pipe or the cardboard tube whilst warm, but always cover the surface with baking parchment so that the Creaflexx doesn’t stick.

Cut out an isosceles triangle approx. 8 x 15 x 15 cm from the transparent Creaflexx. Cut out some leaves from the half stencilled Creaflexx. Heat the transparent Creaflexx and shape it in waves. Heat the cut leaves one by one bending them slightly. Heat the upper right corner of the clock and stick the transparent triangle behind it. Glue the leaves onto the transparent Creaflexx by heating them. If desired, add a few leaves to the decorated white Creaflexx. No extra glue is needed for this, as the white Creaflexx becomes sticky when heated and adheres to itself.

Note: Since the clockwork is off centred most of the leaves must be stuck on the right side of the clock so that it will hang straight.


Wood Veneer Vase

Wooden Egg Shaped Vase

3480520 – Wood Veneer, 20cm x 1.25m
2239116 – Plastic Egg with hole, 160mm
1549976 – My Colors Cardstock, Olé (brown)
1520612 – Tacky Special Double-Sided Tape, 12mm

Cut a 50 cm piece of wood veneer. Cut this piece into 6 mm wide strips. Take the plastic egg and wrap a strip of wood veneer around the centre where the two halves connect to conceal the join. Wraps lots of wood veneer strips around the egg, making sure that it is evenly covered.

Tip: If the wood veneer is glued in several places, one on top of the other, the curvature of the wood veneer may not be as smooth. Simple stick the ends in place with pieces of Tacky double-sided tape.

Cut two 1.5 cm wide strips from brown paper. Use a piece of Tacky double-sided tape to stick one of the paper strips together to form a circle. Reinforce this by sticking the other paper strip to it. Wrap the paper strips with a 1.5cm wide strip of wood veneer. Place the egg opening side down on the work surface and position the circle on top, bending it as necessary to fit the egg. Cut out four 2 x 3 cm pieces of brown paper and fold them in half (1.5 cm). Use Tacky double-sided tape to stick them on the inside of the paper circle, half on the egg and half on the paper/wood veneer stand. Turn the egg over and fill with your chosen flowers or plant!