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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Top Five Must-Have Crafting Supplies | Family Economics

By Marie

Here is my list of crafting supply must-haves. These supplies will have you ready for most basic crafting needs. I keep these items at my fingertips for all my crafting projects.

1. Scissors: These are an important part of almost any craft project. A good pair of scissors is what you'll want for cutting fabric and a plethora of other things.

2. Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat: Rotary cutters make it so easy to cut a straight line, especially with a clear measuring ruler to aid you. The healing mat is a major must-have, saving your table from cuts. These usually come in a kit together and I highly suggest you have them on hand.

3. Needle and Thread: You never know when you're going to need to patch up a hole in your pants, sew on a button or bind a quilt. Most fabric/craft shops sell a basic needle package that includes a variety of needle sizes. For your thread, start with white and black thread, you'll use those for most of your projects.

4. Paper Trimmer: For cutting paper, you want it to be as straight as possible. It's a good idea to have a 12 inch paper cutter/slicer on hand. It is perfect for making cards and trimming paper edges.

5. Hot Glue Gun: If you don't sew, you can glue. A hot glue gun is great for fusing anything together. Other glues that are great for paper are a simple glue stick or glue dots. But I like to have a hot glue gun on hand for fabric or more heavy duty projects. (Warning: a glue gun is very hot. Please be careful and have an ice cold bowl of water on hand for an emergency.)

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On Monday, May 28, 2012, That one chick over there wrote

I don't even sow... So my top 5 WOULD be Scissors Googly eyes Pom Poms Pipe cleaners GLUE

On Monday, July 26, 2010, Lori from Campbell, CA wrote

If I could only pick 5, that is pretty close to what I'd choose! I don't think I could only pick 5 though- packing tape, glue sticks, felt tip markers, sharpies, cardstock, double stick tape, brads... I love my craft supplies. :)

On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, Andrea -- StuffWeMake.com wrote

We craft a lot with cardboard, so my top five would be: 1- Same as Marie... Scissors 2- Box knife 3- Giant butcher paper for making patterns (Our movers left behind a TON of moving paper, so we have a massive supply of large unbleached newsprint). Giant paper is also awesome for making paintings, large signs. Our kids have free access to it and they come up with anything and everything. 4- Heavy clear packing tape 5- Elmer's glue

On Friday, July 16, 2010, Alyice Edrich of The Dabbling Mum wrote

Acrylic paint, a paint brush, and watercolor paper. Paint can accentuate almost any medium. It is also one of the cheapest hobbies.

On Friday, July 16, 2010, Cathi95 wrote

A Black pen. Any type - sharpie, regular ink, felt, whatever. Sooner or later I always need a black pen.

On Friday, July 16, 2010, Heather wrote

Double sticky tape! It has saved me more than once.

On Friday, July 16, 2010, butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams wrote

My top 5: good paints, oil pastels, quality paper, tissue paper and markers

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