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Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share

Updated on May 1, 2014

Microcrafts: Crafting in Miniature

The craft book Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share contains a wonderful assortment of doable crafts, all tiny and cute!

This book was published in 2011 and was compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz, and friends. The friends are listed in the back of the book. There are 14 of them, all talented and very dexterous!

My daughter made the tiny book shown here from the project in Microcrafts aptly titled Books.This itsy bitsy book measures just over 1 inch square.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share - Craft book with fun (and tiny) projects

This craft book has 25 projects but the possibilities are endless. Many of the crafts can be altered a bit to make something new.

Who says Monsters and Cats can't be friends?
Who says Monsters and Cats can't be friends?

Monster Babies and Cats

Easy felt critters

I made this blue Monster Baby and a lot of Cats like this yellowish orange one from the two separate projects in Microcrafts. They are easy felt projects that take very little materials and very little time to whip up.

For the Monster Baby, I used blue and white felt and black thread. And not much of either one.

For the Cat, I used orange felt and black thread. Again, just a tiny bit of each.

I used one cotton ball to stuff about five of these guys. They are itsy bitsy.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Make Millions of Monster Babies and Cats - with this felt and embroidery thread

Pastel Acrylic Craft Felt: 50 Sheets, Assorted
Pastel Acrylic Craft Felt: 50 Sheets, Assorted

A good assortment of felt is recommended. Monster Babies and Cats like to be unique.

 
Iris Craft Thread Giant Pack, Multicolor, 105-Pack
Iris Craft Thread Giant Pack, Multicolor, 105-Pack

Thicker thread like embroidery thread makes the critters' stitching stand out. This is a plus. Ask any critter.

 
IRIS USA, Inc. Iris 1255 36-Pack Embroidery Floss Pack, 8m, Pastel Colors
IRIS USA, Inc. Iris 1255 36-Pack Embroidery Floss Pack, 8m, Pastel Colors

More thread with which to whip up wonderful critters. (I love alliteration.)

 
9” X 12” ASSORTED PACK PREMIUM CRAFT FELT - 50 PCS
9” X 12” ASSORTED PACK PREMIUM CRAFT FELT - 50 PCS

More felt. You can never have too much felt.

 

Microcrafts or Macrocrafts

Cat trio.
Cat trio.

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My daughter sewing a tiny book.
My daughter sewing a tiny book.

Books -- Really Tiny Books

Light reading for doll houses and little hands

My daughter saw this craft book and immediately wanted to make a tiny book. The instructions show how to make these little bitty books, but they looked too complicated to me. But my daughter is a self-professed nerd (she teaches calculus, so there you go) and asked me if I had this and that.

I fetched this and that (the craft supplies, which can be seen below, plus a few tools like a pushpin, cutting board, cardboard, glue). And she was off. She made three little books.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Make Miniature Books - Make two, they're small.

Again, like the Monster Babies and Cats, making tiny books doesn't require lots of materials. The following items will get you started.

Echo Park Paper Note to Self 12 by 12-Inch Collection Kit
Echo Park Paper Note to Self 12 by 12-Inch Collection Kit

You'll need some decorative paper for the book's endpapers and cover.

 
Epson Bright White Paper (8.5x11 Inches, 500 Sheets) (S041586)
Epson Bright White Paper (8.5x11 Inches, 500 Sheets) (S041586)

The book's pages can be made with regular computer paper or whatever paper you have.

 
Omnigrid R11248 3 Piece Value Pack Ruler
Omnigrid R11248 3 Piece Value Pack Ruler

Cutting the paper to the right size is crucial.

 
Coats & Clark Dual Duty All-Purpose Thread, 400 Yards/1 Spool of Yarn, Black
Coats & Clark Dual Duty All-Purpose Thread, 400 Yards/1 Spool of Yarn, Black

Yes, you sew, with thread, the tiny book pages together!

 

Do you like to craft in miniature - or is big more your thing?

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      bossypants 

      5 years ago

      The older I get the more of a challenge tiny can be. But I do love tiny things and am impressed by those who can create them!

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      Terrie_Schultz 

      6 years ago

      What a cool idea! I love those little tiny books.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always been intrigued by tiny things. Unfortunately, I'm all thumbs when it comes to making little things.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @flycatcherrr: That's great! I like tiny, too!

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      Years ago, after visiting the Bronte house in Haworth and seeing the tiny books made by Charlotte (I think it was hers), I got into a great fit of making miniature books of my own. Ever since, I've been completely hooked on anything DIY and very tiny. My hands and eyes don't always appreciate the challenge, but I sure do. :)

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